The Chicago Cubs put up a bit of a fight in the end, but ultimately lost 9-3 to the Washington Nationals on Friday afternoon.
Trea Turner led off against Cubs starter Jon Lester with a flyout, but Adam Eaton followed with a solo home run. Anthony Rendon grounded out and Juan Soto lined out after and the inning ended with the Nationals with an early 1-0 lead.
The Cubs couldn’t manage anything against National starter Aníbal Sánchez in the bottom of the first. Jason Heyward grounded out, Nicholas Castellanos struck out swinging, and Kris Bryant flew out to left.
The Nationals scored again in the third with a sacrifice fly from Turner to increase the lead to 2-0.
Two more runs were added to put the Cubs behind 4-0 in the fourth inning. Rendon led off with a line out, but Soto and Howie Kendrick singled, followed by an RBI single from Kurt Suzuki. Brian Dozier hit another single, and after walking Robles, Sánchez got an RBI on a sacrifice bunt.
After one-out singles from Eaton and Rendon, Pedro Strop replaced Lester. Lester went 4.1 innings with nine hits, six runs (all earned), one walk, and two strikeouts. Strop got a strikeout from Kendrick but then hit Suzuki with a pitch to load the bases. Rendon then scored on a wild pitch, Dozier walked, and Robles singled to bring the score to 7-0.
Tyler Chatwood pitched the sixth and Addison Russell entered the game at shortstop. Chatwood had a 1-2-3 inning with a groundout from Turner, a flyout from Eaton, and called strikeout from Rendon.
Soto led off the seventh with a home run off of new Cubs pitcher David Phelps. Ian Happ also entered the game at center field. Suzuki then flew out to center and Dozier struck out, and the Nationals now led by 8-0.
Steve Cishek worked a scoreless eighth for the Cubs. He got a swinging strikeout from Robles. After singles from Sánchez and Turner, he got Eaton to pop out and Rendon to ground out to end the inning.
The Cubs sent Derek Holland to the mound in the ninth. He faced Soto in the leadoff spot, who walked. He would come around to score on a double from Kendrick; although Happ made an effort to catch the ball at center, he was ultimately unable to recover the ball. Holland was able to set down the rest of the batters in order, with strikeouts from Suzuki and Dozier and a pop out to short from Robles.
Sánchez returned to the mound in the bottom of the ninth and walked Tony Kemp. Kemp advanced to second on a ground out from Russell, and Victor Caratini reached second on a throwing error by Rendon at third base. Kemp scored on the play, and at this time Sánchez was pulled in favor of reliever Matt Grace. Grace gave up a double to Castellanos on which Caratini scored. The Cubs were now trailing 9-2. Holland was called out on strikes for the second out, and Castellanos took third on defensive interference with Rizzo at bat. Rizzo singled and took second with Happ at the plate. Unfortunately, Happ grounded out to third to end the game.