The Washington Nationals have once again made a first-round exit in the postseason. The National League East’s top club couldn’t get past the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in a decisive NLDS Game 5 at home on Thursday evening despite winning just one day prior at Wrigley Field to force the rubber match.

For general manager Mike Rizzo and the Nationals, that is now four losses in Game 5’s over the last six seasons.

“It’s never easy,” Rizzo told MLB.com. “I thought we should have won all four times. We had the talent to win, but it didn’t happen.”

The Nationals overcame an early first inning run by the Cubs, thanks to the heroics of center fielder Michael A. Taylor, who bashed a three-run homer in the second to put Washington up, 4-1. However, the Cubs reeled off seven unanswered runs and wound up winning the game, 9-8, en route to advancing to the club’s third consecutive NLCS.

The adage that “there’s always next year” has been used time and time again for the Nationals. But while some may believe the Nationals’ window is closing, Rizzo still does not.