The story before the game was Zack Greinke and his 18 consecutive game streak of at least 5 IP and 2 or less runs allowed. Well, Greinke reached that run total after two batters, a Denard Span double followed by an Anthony Rendon home run to center.
The rest of the story was a 3 hour plus rain delay, Pedro Baez making his debut (and giving up a 2-run home run), leading to the Nationals shutting out the Dodgers 4-0 as Monday became Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Greinke never appeared to get into a groove, Nationals had several well struck balls plus they played in an ongoing rainstorm. The rain was forecast to start around 9:00 p.m. but it started at first pitch and it got worst as the game went on.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, just before Greinke got started, the umpires called a for the tarp and the game was delayed for 3 hours and 17 minutes.
Brandon League came into the game and pitched the 4th and 5th innings, the 5th inning saw a potential triple play, with runners on first and second, a grounder to Uribe, he touched third, threw to second for the second out but they missed out on the triple play. League got the next batter to ground out to end the inning.
Chris Withrow and Brian Wilson pitched an inning apiece, Wilson struck out the side but also left 3 runners on base as hie is still trying to get back in form.
Pedro Baez joined Red Patterson as pitchers who made their first career appearance on this road trip. Baez gave up a single to the first batter he faced and then Danny Espinosa hit a 2-run home run. Baez struck out Kevin Frandsen for the first out and then he retired the next two batters on a fly out and another strikeout.
The Dodger offense couldn't string much together, leaving 6 men on base. Carl Crawford had 3 singles in 4 at bats and Matt Kemp was 2 for 4.
Clayton Kershaw returns to the Dodger rotation against the always tough TBD for the Nationals
Home runs: Anthony Rendon (5), Danny Espinosa (4)
WP - : Aaron Barrett (2-0) 1 IP, 2 strikeouts
LP - : Zack Greinke (5-1) 3 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeouts