Yeah the Nats had a terrible year, but there are parts that you can't really argue with: Scherzer and Harper.
Scherzer had a game yesterday, almost a complete one.
And Harper had a moment.
And the Cubs dropped 2.
They've played 21 games in 19 days, and it's showing.
It's also going to get waaaay more serious on Monday when the Brewers come to town, and the Cubs finish the 23 games thing.
Victor Caratini's grand slam was sooo magnificent, and we thought okay, the Cubs are gonna jump all over this game.
But the bullpen's kinda spent and a little leaky right now, so it didn't happen.
The other bright spot, however, was Kris Bryant's RBI double, the one that looked exactly like a Kris Bryant double with that smooth (even with his hand attached) stroke.
That hit was gorgeous, and maybe the start of something...
Jaime Garcia... pretty rough being a starter and tagged for a loss when you're in the game for 23 pitches and one out.
But it was a good try by management to fill in a body during this looong stretch.
It just didn't work.
Harper, for all the accomplishments and fame and everything, mostly it seems he's not such a factor against the Cubs.
More of a fear factor.
You're not gonna get him every time.
Without wallowing in the loss, just allow me one "OWWWWWWWWW" for that homer, because damn that hurt.
Okay, today's another day so take a deep breath, and let's hope Mike Montgomery goes 7 innings with the Cubs up big.
And go lightly with the bullpen.
The Cubs will then come home, and Jon Lester starting Monday's game is a rain-delay blessing.
Expect a bulldog performance that day.