Boxscore  / Highlights

The Bad:

Hitting: The Cubs managed to let themselves be dominated by Gio Gonzalez for five whole innings. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that we managed to squeak a single out of the infield. Barney got the first hit of the game for the Cubs, keeping the no-hit streak alive at 7,475 games. The last time the Cubs were no-hit was on September 9, 1965, against Sandy Koufax. It was a perfect game.

The Cubs had three more hits, only one run. Thank goodness for Anthony Rizzo, or else this game would have been even more embarrassing than it already was. He hit what Len described as a “majestic” home run in the 9th to put us on the board.

Pitching: The pitching tonight was horrendous.We gave up 6 home runs altogether. We gave the Nationals more home runs than we had total hits. The pitching is always bad, though, so nothing new here!

The Ugly: Dale. Dale, Dale, Dale. What is the point in getting ejected in the fifth inning of a game against the best team in baseball? Planning on firing up the players? The fans, perhaps? You’re about 4 1/2 months too late.

Also, calling this series a “men vs. boys” series is accurate. Four of tonight’s starters have spent a reasonable amount of time in the Minors at some point this season. The Nationals are the best team in the league. The rest of the season is going to be quite rough.

Summary: The Nationals are pretty good. This beating should not come as a surprise to anyone. It is late in the season, young players are being tried out, and good teams are surging toward the playoffs. If you haven’t grown a thick skin/picked your AL favorite for the postseason yet, I suggest you get moving.

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec