The Never Say Die Washington Nationals almost pulled off another late game comeback to beat the Chicago Cubs, but fell short and lost 4-3. The Nats still had a good series by taking two of three road games to start the 2012 season.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched a really good game for the Nats by going seven innings and allowed the Cubs one earned run on six hits, but takes the loss. It was a similar story all of last season where Zimmermann would pitch more than well enough to win, but a lack of run support doomed him.
The Nats bullpen finally had a letdown as Ryan Matthues gave up a couple of runs and allowed the Cubs to get the necessary runs they needed to win the game.
The Nats went into the ninth inning trailing 4-1 and attempted to mount their third successful late game comeback when Adam LaRoche clubbed a two-run home run to make it 4-3.
Jayson Werth is off to another slow start and is still looking for his first hit of the season heading to play the NL East rival New York Mets.
I was very impressed with Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija going 8.2 innings and holding the Nats to four hits. He was still throwing some serious 97 mph heat late in the game. I’ll be adding him to my fantasy baseball pitching staff if he’s still available.