Rookie Jefry Rodriguez started on the mound for the Nationals in game two. Anthony Rizo was the only man to reach base for the Cubs after a hit by pitch but no runs were recorded. Albert Almora Jr and Kris Bryant recorded the first two outs with flyouts prior to the hit by pitch, and Javier Báez ended the inning with a strikeout.
Báez redeemed himself in the home half of the first with a great catch in foul territory to get Trea Turner out. Cubs starter Cole Hamels then got a swinging strikeout from Anthony Rendon. Bryce Harper recorded his third walk of the doubleheader, followed by a flyout to center field from Ryan Zimmerman to end the inning.
Rodriguez was sharp in the second, with a quick 1-2-3 inning of all swinging strikeouts from Kyle Schwarber, David Bote, and Victor Caratini.
Ian Happ hit a hard liner to first but was robbed of a hit on a fantastic leaping catch from Ryan Zimmerman in the third. Happ later made a decent, although less dramatic, catch in right field along the foul line for an out to Turner.
The Cubs had the leadoff man on base for the first time in the game in the fourth after Bryant walked on seven pitches. Báez reached on what was originally scored a fielding error by Zimmerman but was later changed to a double. Schwarber was intentionally walked to load the bases for Bote. No heroics from Bote during this at-bat, as he went down on a swinging strike. Cubs fans would have to wait till the next at-bat for the magic: Caratini flipped his bat on a beautiful grand slam to put the Cubs up 4-0.
The Nationals responded in their half of the fourth with a run-scoring on a triple from Adrián Sanchez, scoring Harper, who had led off the inning with a walk. Almora made a valiant attempt at a catch against the wall in center but slightly misjudged it. The inning ended with the score at 4-1.
Austen Williams replaced Rodriguez in the fifth and faced Almora leading off, who reached on a blooper to shortstop Turner. Bryant and Rizzo followed with contact outs and Báez ended the inning with a strikeout.
Hamels struck out the side in the fifth, displaying a nasty cutter for a few swings and misses from Spencer Kieboom, pinch-hitter Andrew Stevenson, and Turner.
Sammy Solis entered the game to pitch for the Nationals in the sixth and faced Schwarber. He got a single and tripped around first, but no injury resulted. Addison Russell then came in to pinch run for Schwarber. The rain started to come down again, and the Cubs left the inning without bringing in any further runs.
Defensively, the Cubs switched things up with Bryant moving from third to left field, Báez moving from shortstop to second, Russell remaining in at shortstop, and Bote moving to third base.
Rendon led off the sixth with his 19th home run of the season to bring the score to 4-2, followed by consecutive walks to Harper and Zimmerman. Robles grounded into a double play, with Bote scooping the ball at third and making a perfect throw to Rizzo at first. Hamels was knocked out of the game after a run-scoring double from Sanchez, making it a one-run game at 4-3.
Carl Edwards Jr pitched in relief of Hamels, after the starter went 5.2 innings with three hits, three earned runs, five walks, and five strikeouts.
Edwards faced Michael A. Taylor and walked him on five pitches, but he was able to record the final out of the inning on a strikeout from Kieboom.
Pinch hitter Tommy La Stella led off the seventh with a single to center. Wander Suero came in to pitch for the Nationals, and Terrance Gore pinch ran for La Stella. Gore was able to steal second and third, and Bryant added an insurance run with a double with two outs. The inning ended with the Cubs up 5-3.
Steve Cishek took the mound for the Cubs and got a swinging strikeout from Adam Eaton. Turner followed with a single that stayed just fair along the third base line and would score on a double from Rendon. Justin Wilson then came in to replace Cishek and gave up a two-run homer to Harper, putting the Nationals ahead 6-5.
A new reliever, Koda Glover, came in for the Nationals and faced only Russell, who flew out to left. With Daniel Murphy up to bat in place of Bote, the Nationals replaced Glover with closer Sean Doolittle. It started to really pour again as Murphy struck out on a very awkward swing. Doolittle got the third out on a flyout to left from Caratini.
The tarp came back out before the Nationals’ half of the eighth.
Sorry for the delay on this one, friends, but it didn't look like the rain was going to let up and I had to turn in for the night.
When play resumed, Jesse Chavez was in to pitch for the Cubs and Willson Contreras was in to catch. Chavez worked a scoreless inning, with a lineout from Taylor, a pop out to Contreras from Kieboom, a single from Reynolds, and a groundout from Turner.
Greg Holland replaced Doolittle for the Nationals in the ninth. The Cubs were not able to answer, though. Contreras led off with a hit by pith, but Happ followed with a flyout to center and pinch hitter Ben Zobrist grounded into a double play to end the game.