Nationals to start Gonzalez in Game 5 vs. Cubs

From ESPN - October 12, 2017

The Washington Nationals will start Gio Gonzalez for the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night, the team announced.

Gonzalez, who gets the start over Tanner Roark, will start against the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks at Nationals Park. The Nationals also will have Max Scherzer available in the bullpen as they try to win their first playoff series in four attempts since moving in 2005 to Washington, D.C.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer could go for two innings and Roark would be "the early option" should he be needed.

"We weighed it out, right-left, and who's been, you know, the best behind the other two guys, but everybody is on call. And you know, Gio had gone Game 5 a couple years, three years ago, you know, and did not do too well, so I am sure redemption is on his mind, as well. All those factors went into choosing today's starter," Baker said.


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