Nationals watch rally die on heartbreaking overturned call

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) picks off Washington Nationals' Jose Lobaton on a throw from catcher Willson Contreras during the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, early Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. The Cubs challenged the call on the field and it was overturned on review. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trailing 9-8 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Washington Nationals had runners on first and second with leadoff hitter Trea Turner at the plate. Following a Wade Davis pitch to make the count two balls and one strike, Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras fired the ball down to first base in an attempt to pick off Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton.

Lobaton would originally be ruled safe, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon requested that the play be reviewed. Sure enough the Cubs were right, as the replay official ruled that Lobaton’s right foot was off the base for a split second while he was being tagged by first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

As a result the Nationals’ threat ended, with the team leaving a player on second base and the aforementioned Turner at the plate.

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