The shutdown starting pitching of the Washington Nationals was to face off against the hard hitting lineup of the New York Yankees in what was among the more anticipated series of the early season. Sadly, this was not to be this week.
The week started on a promising note for the Nationals. Thanks to a first inning home run by Anthony Rendon, followed by a two run second inning on the strength of an RBI single by Andrew Stephenson and an RBI double by Pedro Severino, Washington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. However, the Yankees would battle back on the strength of three RBIs by Tyler Austin. Austin hit a two run home run in the fourth inning, and an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth. Gio Gonzalez pitched the first five innings and was able to limit the damage and prevent New York from going ahead. After a scoreless top of the sixth inning by Wander Suero, the game was called off, with the intent to finish at 5:05 PM on Wednesday afternoon as part of a doubleheader. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans.
The rain continued to fall throughout the day in Washington, D.C., forcing both games of the doubleheader to be postponed, they will be made up on June 18th.
The Nationals will have a day off tomorrow and host the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend.