The Washington Nationals have been having a fabulous year so far. They had a winning percentage of over .700 going into a road trip against 3 of the best teams in both leagues. They went 5 and 1 against the 1st 2 teams. So they went to play the Chicago Cubs. Apparently, that was the first time to teams both playing over .700 had met in decades (50 years, 80 years, something like that).
The Nationals lost all 4 games. Hard-fought games are nice, but splitting them would have been nicer. Sometimes, a team plays well and just loses. The Nationals hit slashing line drives - directly to fielders. They hit long right to the outfield walls - just within jumping reach of the outfielders. When they hit to the corners of the outfield where no one could catch them, they were a foot foul.
The Cubs were so afraid of Bryce Harper, they walked him 6 times in one game. It would have been 7 ( a record), but one pitch hit him on the foot. He got on base 7 of 7 times in one gamne and not a single one counts as an official "at-bat"! He was walked 18 times in a 4 game series. The Nationals lead several of the games, but lost in the last inning of each. Hey, that's what WE normally do to other teams.
Those Cubs are GOOD! I won't deny that at ALL! But that's a harsh way to lose a series. Can you imagine having a 19-12 record and being in 2ND PLACE? This is going to be one HELL of an exciting season if things keep up like this!
Better news. One of our pitchers, Max Scherzer, struck out 20 Detroit Tigers tonight, tying the record...