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Yankees Rain on Nationals’ Banner Raising Opening Day

The Nationals claimed their first World Series in franchise history 267 days ago, but they are just now raising their championship banner due to the Covid-19 shutdown. Washington wanted to get off on the right foot, but Mother Nature and the New York Yankees decided to rain on their parade.

Thunderstorms struck D.C. last night causing the game to be called during the top of the 6th with the Yankees prevailing by a score of 4-1. The real lightning, however, came from the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. He went 2-3 with 3 RBIs and a 459 foot home run off of Max Scherzer in the top of the first. Aaron Judge also came to play with 2 hits, an RBI, and a run scored.

With DJ LeMahieu still recovering from Covid-19, 25-year old Tyler Wade got the start at second base, and he provided a spark for the Yankees at the bottom of the order. His speed played a big factor early on. After leading off the third inning with a walk, Scherzer paid a lot of attention to Wade at first base and lost focus with the batter at the plate. Judge struck a one out double with Wade scoring all the way from first.

Yankees fans have been clamoring for Gerrit Cole to make his pinstripes debut, and the former Houston Astro delivered on Opening Day. Cole struck out five batters over five innings and only gave up one hit and one run off a solo shot from Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton in the first inning. At one point in the game, Cole retired 10 Nationals hitters in a row.

Cole’s counterpart, Max Scherzer, did strike out 11 batters over 5.1 innings, but he also gave up 6 hits and 4 runs with the Yankees threatening to score once again before the game was called in the top of the 6th.

The storyline heading into last night’s game was that Juan Soto tested positive for Covid-19. He will be out indefinitely, and the Nats certainly missed his bat in the lineup last night.

Washington will look to get into the win column Saturday night when they play the second of a three game series against the Yankees. The Nats will send out Stephen Strasburg, while the Yankees will throw James Paxton. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM ET and will be broadcasted on FOX.

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