And the Cubs get swept in the doubleheader, which means a series tie with the Nationals after taking the first two games.

Jeff Samardzija had a mixed outing, both in terms of the numbers (6 Ks and no BBs in 5 innings, in isolation, is quite good … but 5 ER on 7 hits and a HBP is not) and in terms of his performance before and after a nearly one-hour rain delay after the fourth inning. In retrospect, Samardzija probably shouldn’t have come out for the fifth.

Offensively, Luis Valbuena had a two-run homer (but a weak bat flip effort), which accounted for the Cubs’ two runs. The bullpen was mostly solid once again, with James Russell throwing yet another scoreless inning to bring his ERA under 2.

june 28 2 box

Full box score.