Friday, it all started out well with the Washington Nationals taking game 1 of the weekend series over the Chicago Cubs 7-2 (mlb.com video) and the Washington Capitals taking game 5 over the New York Rangers, 2-1 (nhl.com video).
The good times would only last until Saturday’s fifth inning, when, after dominating, Stephen Strasburg came completely undone. A Ryan Zimmerman error was followed by a walk, then an Edwin Jackson (his revenge!) double, followed by a walk, followed by a single. Four runs were home and the game was effectively over. Zach Duke just threw gasoline on the fire and the Cubs won 8-2 (mlb.com video) .
Sunday also started out promising – Gio Gonzalez retired the first 15 batters. Zimmerman drove in an early run. After 7 innings, the Nats were beating the Cubs 1-0. Then Drew Storen replaced Gonzalez and gave up a run. Then in the ninth, Rafael Soriano couldn’t get it done and Kurt Suzuki made an error that led to the winning Cubs run. Cubs take the game and series 2-1.
The evening was no better, the Caps couldn’t get on the powerplay once, while the Rangers did 5 times. The Rags won 2-1 (nhl.com video), forcing Game 7, tonight at 8 p.m. (have fun beat writers!) in D.C. The Nats are out on the West Coast for the next week too, so no games before 10 p.m. We’ll have to console ourselves with this great Post feature on Bryce Harper’s swing. (By the way, Bryce, you can start hitting again.)
When it comes down to it, the Cubs and Rangers just love their moms more.