- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Figuring out who will start when has been a fantastical exercise for the Washington Nationals during the National League Division Series.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that Gio Gonzalez will start deciding Game 5. First pitch is at 8:08 p.m. in Nationals Park. The series is tied, 2-2. Whichever team wins Thursday night will open the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Gonzalez pitched Game 2 of the series. He allowed three earned runs in five innings. Gonzalez has a 4.24 career ERA in the postseason.

Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer will also be available out of the bullpen.

Also, the Nationals will stick with the same lineup they used in Game 4:

Turner SS

Werth LF

Harper RF

Zimmerman 1B

Murphy 2B

Rendon 3B

Wieters C

Taylor CF

Gonzalez P

The Cubs made small adjustments:

Jay LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras C

Almora CF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Hendricks P



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