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Friday, 13 October 2017 07:17

NLDS Game 5: How the Nationals' season unraveled in a matter of minutes

Written by  USA Today

WASHINGTON — Thirty-eight baseball players participated in Thursday night’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals who collectively played tens of thousands of innings leading to this, an elimination game in the prime of their athletic careers.

And it’s likely none of them ever witnessed a season-turning half-inning like Thursday's top of the fifth, a fever dream within a 4-hour, 37-minute hallucination of baseball at Nationals Park.

Not in Little League, or high school or the low minors. And certainly not in a winner-take-all game where two dominant franchises’ courses collided, one going home, the other to giddily fly west to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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“I’m sure I’ve been in some crazy stuff before,” said Max Scherzer, the Washington Nationals ace whose fifth-inning entrance electrified his home crowd of 43,849, “but that’s crazy baseball.”

His Nationals would go on to lose this game, 9-8, and see their season end shy of the NL Championship Series for the fourth time in six years.

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