How it happened: After a rain delay in the fourth inning, the Nationals went to work on Jeff Samardzija. He gave up a solo home run to Wilson Ramos, then a slew of singles, including RBI hits to Kevin Frandsen and Jayson Werth. An Anthony Rizzo error allowed another run to score and the Cubs trailed 6-2. Before the rain they had tied the game 2-2 on a Luis Valbuena long ball after Washington scored single runs in the second and third innings. Adam LaRoche opened the scoring with his 11th home run. LaRoche added another RBI hit in the ninth. Samardzija was done after five innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits.
Rain delay: The rains came in the bottom of the fourth inning with the score tied 2-2. There was a 55-minute wait.
What it means: It will be easy to say that the rain delay affected Samardzija more than his counterpart, Blake Treinen. Both stayed in the game, but it was Samardzija who gave up the runs. The contact after the home run wasn’t much, but the Cubs right-hander didn’t look sharp and it cost him. Some will second-guess whether he should have been be allowed to return, but any delay less than an hour typically isn’t an issue for a starting pitcher. Then again, Samardzija’s arm is a sacred piece of Cubs property right now.
An injury and they’ll get nothing for him in a trade. A healthy Samardzija -- even if there are some rough outings along the way -- should still bring a good-enough haul.
Sunday off: The Cubs have their first scheduled Sunday off in 82 years as the annual Pride Parade is taking place in the neighborhood, and the team and the city agreed that the Cubs should play a doubleheader Saturday to avoid major traffic concerns Sunday.
What’s next: The Cubs are scheduled to fly immediately to Boston and will have the day off there Sunday before opening up a three-game series Monday, when Jake Arrieta (4-1, 2.05 ERA) takes on Jake Peavy (1-6, 4.93).