In nine innings of baseball Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals seemed to summarize the highs and lows of the entire 2013 season thus far in an 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs that nearly didn’t happen.
Washington cruised into the fifth inning with a five-run lead over a team that could muster only a solo home run by Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the first until that point.
In the top of the second, Washington had quickly erased Rizzo’s solo shot. Kurt Suzuki batted in Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche with a sharper grounder that deflected off Rizzo’s hand at first. Then, starter Ross Ohlendorf added an RBI sacrifice bunt to make it 3-1 Nationals by the end of the second.
In the third, Jayson Werth, who continues to ride an astonishing hot streak, contributed a three-run shot to put Washington on top 6-1. [Read more...]