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WASHINGTON -- Here are three words for which the Los Angeles Dodgers can be thankful: sunny Southern California.
After this week, the Washington Nationals might want to move there, too.
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The Dodgers completed a series win over the Nationals on Thursday, but what a messy trip it was to the nation's capital. It rained Tuesday, nearly ruining Stephen Strasburg's comeback game. It rained Wednesday. It rained Thursday. OK, Monday was fine, but that seems like a long time ago.
Somewhere in between, there were three games played, including a 7-4 Dodgers win Thursday afternoon before another round of torrents canceled the second game of a doubleheader.
Oh, and did we mention that the Nationals have also recently experienced hurricane-related weather and an earthquake -- the latter of which is actually much more common in Dodgerland?
"It's been a pretty active weather season," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said, "when you talk about earthquakes, hurricanes and downpour of rains for days and days at a time."
The doubleheader was necessitated because Wednesday's game was postponed after four hours of on-again, off-again drama involving the Major League Baseball front office, which would prefer to see every team play a full 162 games.
But postponed it was, so the teams returned Thursday to try to play two. They got the first one in, but the second one won't be made up unless it's needed at the end of the season to determine a playoff race, an unlikely scenario.
"You're going to try and play the games," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't think they like not playing 162. Both of us, it doesn't look like we're going be making any noise in the playoffs. If it doesn't mean anything, I'm sure we won't be flying back in here. ... I hope we have to. That would be great, actually."
Billingsley got out of a jam after walking the bases loaded in the second, but he gave up five hits in a four-run third that tied the game. Then he was gone - his shortest start in more than two years.
"We gave him some runs early -- then he walks three guys in one inning," Mattingly said. "Got to locate. I don't care who you are - you've got to locate."
"The guys threw the ball extremely well out of the bullpen," Billingsley said. "They've been throwing up some good innings. That's the game right there."
"We only had a couple of guys that faced Chien-Ming before and Juan was one of them. [His numbers] jumped at me so I had to keep him in there," Mattingly said.
Wang worked six innings -- allowing four runs and seven hits -- in his eighth start since returning from shoulder surgery.
"I was very pleased. He was strong at the end," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "I'm not going to go too much longer with him. He's making progress."
When it was over, the Dodgers headed for a weekend series in San Francisco, where sunshine is in the forecast. The Nationals will stay home -- where thunderstorms are possible, seemingly indefinitely.
"It's just been weird," Storen said. "It's part of the job. You can't control the weather."
|Tony Gwynn gets his first RBI since Sept. 1 with a two-run double in the ninth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||5||0||4||1||0||0||0||.296|
|James Loney, 1B||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.288|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||2||1||0||0||0||2||.318|
|Juan Rivera, RF-1B||4||0||2||4||0||2||1||.262|
|Aaron Miles, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Jerry Sands, LF-RF||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||.195|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Justin Sellers, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike MacDougal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Trent Oeltjen, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.220|
|Javy Guerra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Billingsley, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.160|
|Josh Lindblom, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||.257|
|a-struck out for MacDougal in the 9th|
|2B - James Loney (24, Wang), Juan Rivera 2 (22, Wang, Wang), Tony Gwynn Jr. (11, Storen)|
|RBI - Dee Gordon (8), Juan Rivera 4 (60), Tony Gwynn Jr. 2 (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dee Gordon (2), Tony Gwynn Jr. 2 (11)|
|SB - Dee Gordon (17, 2nd base off Storen/Ramos), Tony Gwynn Jr. (21, 3rd base off Storen/Ramos)|
|CS - Dee Gordon (4, 2nd base by Wang/Ramos)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Mike MacDougal (W,3-1)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.88|
|Javy Guerra (S,16)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.09|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 74-45, Josh Lindblom 35-24, Hong-Chih Kuo 5-1, Matt Guerrier 14-10, Kenley Jansen 12-10, Mike MacDougal 17-9, Javy Guerra 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 3-2, Josh Lindblom 4-2, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-0, Mike MacDougal 1-1, Javy Guerra 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 15, Josh Lindblom 8, Hong-Chih Kuo 1, Matt Guerrier 4, Kenley Jansen 3, Mike MacDougal 4, Javy Guerra 3|
|Ian Desmond, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.291|
|Michael Morse, LF||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.312|
|Jayson Werth, CF||3||1||1||2||1||0||2||.230|
|Rick Ankiel, RF||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.245|
|a- Jonny Gomes, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.207|
|Chris Marrero, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.282|
|Wilson Ramos, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.259|
|Chien-Ming Wang, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|b- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Collin Balester, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Alex Cora, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.221|
|a-walked for Ankiel in the 5th|
|b-popped out for Wang in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Balester in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Zimmerman (18, Billingsley), Michael Morse (33, Billingsley), Rick Ankiel (17, Billingsley)|
|HR - Jayson Werth (19, Billingsley)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (41), Michael Morse (83), Jayson Werth 2 (55)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Drew Storen (L,6-3)||0.2||3||3||3||1||1||0||3.22|
|HBP - Sands (by Drew Storen)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 80-53, Todd Coffey 11-6, Tyler Clippard 13-9, Drew Storen 25-11, Collin Balester 5-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 10-4, Todd Coffey 1-2, Tyler Clippard 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 24, Todd Coffey 3, Tyler Clippard 4, Drew Storen 7, Collin Balester 1|
|Attendance - 0|
|Game Time - 3:30|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - James Hoye|