Cubs’ Joe Maddon on Friday's rainout: 'We wanted to play last night.' (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)
The start of Saturday’s rescheduled game between the Cubs and Nationals was delayed by 2 hours, 10 minutes due to inclement weather.
That came after Friday’s game was delayed twice first for 1 hour, 21 minutes, then, after they started playing, 2:55 more until the game finally was postponed.
The teams finally squared off after delays totaling 6 hours, 26 minutes. It was not worth the wait for the Cubs.
Any hope of getting a contribution from left-hander Jaime Garcia faded, as Garcia walked three and was pulled after Juan Soto was credited with a two-run single that skipped past the glove of first baseman Anthony Rizzo during a three-run first inning as the Nationals cruised to a 10-3 win.
After allowing a double to Tommy La Stella with one out in the first, Nationals starter Max Scherzer (17-6) retired 15 consecutive batters en route to his 10th career complete game. Scherzer allowed nine hits but struck out 11 and walked none.