The Washington Post

Nationals-Cardinals postponed, doubleheader Wednesday

During the hours between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. central time tonight, a few Nationals played poked their head out of the clubhouse and into the dugout, just to see what was going on. At various points, they would have seen quarter-sized hail, flashes of lighting, pitch-black clouds and sideways rain. They may have also heard sirens, indicating a tornado warning for downtown St. Louis.

“Guys were coming in saying they had never seen anything like it,” Manager Jim Riggleman said.

After the biblical weather persisted nearly three hours, officials cancelled tonight’s game and scheduled a day-night doubleheader for Wednesday. John Lannan, tonight’s scheduled starter, will face Jake Westbrook in Game 1 at 2:15 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann will face Jaime Garcia in Game 2 at 8:15 p.m.

The Nationals swept a doubleheader Sunday in Washington against the Brewers, then did not play Monday or Tuesday. Because of several early scheduled off days and bad weather, the Nationals have not played baseball six days out of 20 since March 31, opening day.

“It’s too many off days,” Riggleman said. “That’s the thing about scheduled off days. You know you’re going to get some rain in April. It’s certainly not ideal. But we’ll make the adjustment to it.”

Riggleman will make one change from his lineup tonight for Game 1 tomorrow. Ivan Rodriguez will catch in place of Wilson Ramos, who will instead catch Game 2. “No particular reason,” Riggleman said. But the switch will allow Ramos to bat against left-hander Garcia. Riggleman prefers using Ramos against lefties because it takes advantage of his power, in which he has a considerable edge over Rodriguez.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
From clubfoot to climbing: Double amputee lives life of adventure
Learn to make traditional soup dumplings
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Play Videos
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
The rise and fall of baseball cards
How to keep your child safe in the water
Play Videos
'Did you fall from heaven?': D.C.'s pick-up lines
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
How to get organized for back to school
How to buy a car via e-mail
The signature drink of New Orleans