​It's never easy to get kicked out of the playoffs, especially in the way that the Nationals did on Thursday night. 

The Cubs scraped together some serious postseason magic after falling behind 4-1 early in the game. All in all, 17 runs were scored throughout the game in what embodied the textbook definition of a nail-bitter. Even though the Nats lost, outfielder Michael Taylor made history in the past two games. 

​​After hitting a grand slam in Game 4, Taylor followed up his big fly with two more hits for four RBI on Thursday, one of which was a three-run shot in the bottom of the second that seemed to be the spark that lit the powder keg. 

The Nationals had a chance to move on. They had everything. Pitching, living, breathing offense, and even a coveted unlikely October hero in Michael Taylor. 

All that and they still couldn't find a way to get past the anti-Washington barrier that is the NLDS.