The Nationals and Phillies waited almost two hours for rain to stop so they could start game two of their four game series, but with just one out in the bottom of the first inning, the rains returned and the tarp was back on the field. The Phillies had already scored a run on Ryan Drese, but the game was called and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 1:05 p.m.
With the Nats and Phils not playing, the National League East leading Braves lost, 6-4, to the Dodgers, and the Wild Card leading Astros lost, 4-1, to the Cubs.
The Nationals are now 4.5 behind Atlanta in the NL East, while the Phillies are five behind the Braves. In the Wild Card standings, the Nationals are within a half game of the Astros for the lead.
The Nats and Phillies will play tonight at 7:05, with Esteban Loaiza (7-8, 3.54 ERA, throws right) pitching against Jon Lieber (11-10, 4.92 ERA, throws right).
The rainout was welcome for the Nationals, because Ryan Drese looked ready to stink it up. Instead, the Nats look to put a little breathing room between themselves and the Phillies by sending Esteban Loaiza to the mound tonight.
Drese, unfortunately, will still get a start in this series, as he is slated to pitch the second game of the doubleheader on Thursday.