Nats Drop Series Opener to Braves After Long, Pointless Rain Delay

Photo: @JakeRussell

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals and Braves waited three hours and five minutes to play a baseball game. The irony in that wait is that it was from a rain delay without rain. The decision to delay the game came in account of threatening storms incoming but it somehow never hit the Navy Yard area of Washington, D.C.

The game finally got underway at 10:10 p.m. Thousands of fans were upset and left but like Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post mentioned, the ones that stayed were in for a treat. Actually four. A baseball game plus free water, soda and ice cream that the Nats decided to reward for those who remained in the park. They also let ticket holders reenter the ballpark and sit anywhere of their choosing.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Difo. The Braves tied it in the third with an RBI double by Freddie Freeman. They took the lead the following inning with an RBI single by Johan Camargo. The Nationals tied it in the fifth with Brian Goodwin’s seventh home run of the year. The Braves took the lead for good in the sixth with a home run by former Nat Kurt Suzuki and added two more insurance runs in the seventh. The Braves would win 5-2. The game ended around 1:20 a.m.

Gio Gonzalez took the loss as his record dropped to 7-4. He went six innings allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Finally the moment you’ve been waiting for, scenes from last night’s interesting affair.



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