(CBS) Cubs left-hander Jon Lester wasn’t available to pitch in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, but the nerves of a wild contest got to him.
When the Cubs called upon closer Wade Davis to record a seven-out save and hold a 9-7 lead, Lester couldn’t even watch.READ MORE: Dozens Of Officers Rally Outside CPD Headquarters, Protesting City's Vaccine Mandate
What did he think of the performance by Davis?
“I don’t know, I blacked out,” Lester said to NBC Sports Chicago as he took a drink of champagne amid the postgame celebration. “I have no idea. I watched literally, probably, three outs of it. I have a problem in postseason games actually watching the game in the dugout. I watched the last three outs in the dugout, and it was awesome. He did a great job the last three outs. The other four, I have no idea what happened.”READ MORE: WalletHub Ranks Chicago With The Second Most Popular Skyline
Lester missed out as Davis allowed a run in the eighth inning but escaped after a video review ruled that Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton had his foot slide off first base on a pickoff play. The Cubs went to the ninth inning with a 9-8 lead.
Davis held strong with a one-two-three ninth inning, finishing Game 5 with a strikeout of Bryce Harper. From there, the Cubs began their celebration before headed out to Los Angeles and beginning the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers.MORE NEWS: Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, And Louisiana Removed From Chicago Travel Advisory
As the celebration continued on in the Cubs’ clubhouse, Lester requested a beer instead of champagne and was rudely granted his wish.