Cubs-Nats rained out, rescheduled for Thursday

Both clubs to fly back for off-day makeup in Washington

September 9th, 2018

WASHINGTON -- After waiting through at least three hours of weather delays for a third consecutive day, the Cubs departed Washington on Sunday without completing the finale of their scheduled four-game series against the Nationals.

Sunday's rainout was rescheduled for Thursday at 3:05 p.m. CT, which means the Cubs must make an out-and-back trip to the nation's capital in the middle of a six-game homestand. Tickets for Sunday's game will be honored for the rescheduled game.

The makeup game also forces the Nationals to return home in the middle of a three-city, eight-game road trip, traveling after a night game in Philadelphia on Wednesday and before a Friday night game in Atlanta.

The probable starters for the Cubs' home series against the Brewers remain unchanged, beginning with lefty facing Milwaukee southpaw on Monday. The Brewers won their third straight on Sunday to pull within two games of the first-place Cubs in the National League Central.

Sunday's scheduled Cubs starter, Mike Montgomery, will be skipped.

After the Cubs' 10-inning win Thursday night, they endured 10 hours and 56 minutes of rain delays over three days while playing only two of the three scheduled contests, dropping both ends of Saturday's doubleheader. They finish a 10-game road trip 5-5.

"This is a first," manager Joe Maddon said Sunday morning. "This is a first with this intensity [of weather] throughout the entire weekend. Especially at this time of the year."

While the rain cuts short a stretch of 23 scheduled games in 23 days, it also wipes out the Cubs' first true off-day. Instead, they're likely to return from Washington on Thursday night before opening a weekend series against the Reds with a 1:20 p.m. start on Friday.