The Friday night game between the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Steel City has been rained out. The two teams will make up the game on Monday during what was a planned off day for both teams. Friday's rain out marks the third time this season the Nationals have had a game cancelled due to the elements.
The first rain out occurred on April 16th at Nationals Park against the Milwaukee Brewers. Three days later, the team was visiting the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, and strong storms postponed the first game of the series as well on April 19th. In both of those instances, the Nationals made up the games in doubleheaders.
The Nationals rotation will stay on schedule, with Livan Hernandez pitching Saturday, Jason Marquis pitching Sunday and John Lannan taking the mound the final game of the three-game series on the Monday make up. Friday's rain out works in Lannan's favor, as he now will pitch on regular rest.
The Nationals and Pirates go to battle Saturday night at PNC Park at 7:05 P.M. EST.