The Nats were just flat last night. In very soggy conditions with rain and wind in later innings in this shortened 6 inning game, the Nats were not able to put things together. In the fifth they came very very close. A few feet higher and a few feet longer and Trea Turner's hit in the fifth would have gone out of the park or at least bounced off the wall. Instead it was caught and that essentially ended the game.
From the Post:
The score held until the game was stopped with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Just a few minutes earlier, with runners on first and second, Trea Turner crushed a line drive through the wind and rain to the warning track in right-center field, where Mitch Haniger caught it to end the fifth inning and make the game official. On cue, the rain intensified and fans scurried for shelter.Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez did not have a good night. He allowed way too many hits which created way too many base runners. Although the Nats defense was not up to snuff either. Maybe you can blame it on the weather. Or just one of those games when nothing seems to go right for a team.
“I thought it had a chance to get out or worst-case go off the wall, and I realized he caught it and I was pretty confused,” Turner said. “But I think the wind and the rain were howling in pretty hard from right-center. And that’s how it goes.”
The only silver lining in all of this was that the Dodgers. So the Nats are still two games ahead of the Dodgers in the quest for home field advantage. The Nats need to be one game up on the Dodgers to secure it. Fingers crossed the Nats can play well and the weather cooperates to get the games in.
|Rain pouring down as I left the park.|