WASHINGTON — Even Anthony Rizzo wasn’t sure he had gotten the tag.
With two outs and two on in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals trailing 9-8 to the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, catcher Willson Contreras fired a snap throw to Rizzo at first base, who slapped the tag on a sliding Jose Lobaton. First base umpire Will Little called Lobaton safe, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon challenged the call.
After a replay review, the ruling was reversed and Lobaton was called out to end the inning. Washington went on to lose by that same 9-8 score, ending the season for the NL East champs and sending the 2016 World Series champion Cubs to the NLCS for a third straight year.
“I didn’t think I had him initially,” Rizzo said. “But on those bang-bang plays, you never know. It’s one of those you have to take a peek.”