WASHINGTON – If this is what the rest of October has in store for the Cubs, buckle up for another wild ride.

And maybe even November.

In an epic, strange, often ugly Game 5 of their National League Division Series against the Nationals, the Cubs came from behind to win 9-8 and clinch a third consecutive trip to the National League Championship Series.

“We’re not done yet, either,” pitcher Jake Arrieta said.

If manager Joe Maddon wanted the Dodgers – as he suggested when asked about them in August – he’s got them.

Game 1 is Saturday in Los Angeles, with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw staring the Cubs in the face and, probably, Jose Quintana going for the Cubs – the same Quintana who came out of the bullpen in the seventh inning for a nail-biter appearance that likely doubled as his between-starts side session.

Game 5 was anything but routine from start to electric finish – with Cubs closer Wade Davis striking out Nats superstar Bryce Harper to close out his third inning of work on this night and send the Cubs into another raucous celebration.

“This is the most fun I’ve had playing in a baseball game,” said Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who drove in …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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