National League Game Summary - Chicago at Washington|
(Sunday, May 12th)
Final Score: Chicago 2, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alfonso Soriano scored on a throwing error
by Kurt Suzuki in the ninth inning as the Chicago Cubs edged the Washington
Nationals, 2-1, in the finale of a three-game set.
Soriano and Julio Borbon hit back-to-back singles off Rafael Soriano (0-1) to
start the inning. With one out, they attempted a double steal and Suzuki
made an errant throw, allowing Soriano to reach home.
Starlin Castro drove in one run for the Cubs, who took the final two games of
the series. Starter Scott Feldman had six strikeouts and allowed one run on
five hits and three walks in six innings.
"It was just a battle and we were able to get a couple runs there at the end
and come away with a series win," said Feldman. "It's huge. It's a good team
win and hopefully we'll get some momentum rolling back home."
James Russell (1-0) threw a scoreless bottom of the eighth to pick up the win
and Kevin Gregg was flawless in the ninth to notch his sixth save.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez had a perfect game through five innings before
giving up a leadoff single to Dioner Navarro in the sixth. Gonzalez allowed
just two hits and a walk while striking out six over seven frames.
Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 and drove in the lone Washington run in the
"Anytime you lose a ballgame, especially after you lead late and lose a
ballgame, it's a missed opportunity, no doubt about it," said Nationals
manager Davey Johnson.
Washington scored in the first. Zimmerman smacked a one-out double to right,
scoring Denard Span, who doubled to begin the frame.
Neither team had much success from there until the eighth, when Navarro hit a
leadoff single. Travis Wood came in to pinch-run and later scored on a single
Gregg struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning to end the game. Suzuki was ejected
after arguing over a called third strike.
Washington went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on
base ... The Cubs have seen 34 of their 37 games decided by four runs or less.
05/12 19:54:09 ET