It’s been a long rainy week in the nation’s capital, and the inclement weather continued last night with the scheduled series opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers postponed by rain. It was Major League Baseball’s decision since it was LA’s only visit to Nationals Park, and it was clear from the start that there would not be baseball in Washington, D.C., though they tried to do what they could, before the forecast of a night’s worth of heavy downpour led to the final decision.
“I think the consensus was the forecast, which obviously we can’t predict,” Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts told MLB.com.
“[We] walked the field just recently and the field was in good condition, so I guess MLB and the Nationals decided that the forecast was the ultimate thing.”
With rain in the forecast again this afternoon, the two teams still scheduled a doubleheader for today to try to get all three games in this weekend.
“I know that if we don’t get in two tomorrow, then a doubleheader on Sunday is a possibility, and now you’re looking at the June 4 mutual off-day,” Roberts explained.
“We haven’t really found common ground on that.”
For the Nationals, this afternoon’s game, which ended up starting on time... was the first full game since last Sunday afternoon in Arizona, though the Nats did play 5 1⁄2 innings with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Nothing like jumping right back in with nine hours or so of baseball in one day. The Nats lost the first game of the doubleheader, 4-1, and now they play one more.
Max Scherzer takes the mound in the nightcap looking to extend his eight-start unbeaten streak, which stretches back to his second start of the season.