Posted by Steve Elliott on Jun 15 2002 at 05:00PM PDT in 2019 Season
Saturday night the Nationals did something that the opposition had not been able to do for 32 consecutive league games. Suffering a 9-4 loss to the Cubs, the Nationals beat themselves in game 1, and ended the third longest winning streak in team history. Loose defense put the Nationals in an early 4-0 hole, and cold bats failed to produce a baserunner until the fifth inning, when the team broke through on consecutive singles by Paige, Franson, and Dettman. Despite adding another run in the sixth and two in the seventh, the team fell for the first time since July 2000. The team responded admirably in game two and played its best overall game of the young season. Unfortunately, the offense continued to struggle and the team fell 4-3 in 10 innings. Nick Kibler was the story in game two. Pitching 9.3 innings, Kibler held the potent Cubs offense to 7 hits with pinpoint control and exceptional command. Chris Marks' two run homer in the sixth inning sent the game to extra frames. A Brian Gibson single gave the team a one run lead in the eighth, but the Cubs matched in the bottom half of the inning before scoring on a single in the tenth for the victory. The team next faces the rival White Sox on Sunday night at Kuenn field. Game one starts at 6PM.


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