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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nationals 4, Cubs 2

By Jesse Rogers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 4-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: Chris Rusin was fortunate while Dan Haren was simply very good for the Nationals. Haren limited the Cubs to a single run in the fourth inning on a Brian Bogusevic long ball, his first of the year. Haren kept the ball down on a night when the wind was blowing straight out. Meanwhile, the Nationals hit the ball hard off of Rusin as he gave up 10 hits in 5.2 innings pitched, but only two runners crossed the plate. A Ryan Zimmerman double in the first scored one and a Tyler Moore single in the sixth scored the other. Otherwise Rusin got big outs when he needed them, including three in a row with men on second and third and none out in the second inning. The Nats added two in the ninth when Ian Desmond and Denard Span drove in runs charged to James Russell and Kevin Gregg. Donnie Murphy hit a homer in the ninth as the Cubs offense managed only six hits off Washington a day after scoring 11 runs.

What it means: Bogusevic returned from the disabled list with a bang. When the Cubs traded David DeJesus on Monday it opened up playing time for Bogusevic, who hit everything thrown to him in spring training and at Triple-A this season. A converted pitcher from the Astros organization, the Chicago native is trying to stay in the majors as a hitter. He’s off to a good start coming off his hamstring ailment. ... Anthony Rizzo returned to the lineup after a day off due to illness. He went 0-for-4, leaving four men on base while seeing his average drop to .228, the lowest since May 2. Starlin Castro batted eighth for the first time this season and was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

What’s next: Game 3 of the series takes place Wednesday night at 7:05 CT with Jake Arrieta (2-2, 0.91 ERA) on the mound for the Cubs facing Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85) of the Nationals.