Drops Of Jupiter

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Something strange is going on this spring at Roger Dean Stadium. Home to both the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, the nearly 7,000-seat ballpark in Jupiter has found itself right in the jet stream of every storm since the beginning of March. In fact, the Cardinals have had rain at all but one of their home games so far this spring. On Saturday, when they were “hosting” the Marlins, they waited out a two-hour delay before finishing.

We weren’t optimistic that we would buck that trend on Sunday morning. After all, if the weather at first pitch had been anything like what we experienced on the drive down, there would certainly have been no baseball played Sunday in Jupiter. A torrential rain storm washed over Interstate 95 just south of Viera, dragging the usual torrid pace of drivers on that stretch to a near halt. Even with the wipers on high, you could only see a couple of dashes ahead on the lane lines.

Some fans waited out the weather delay, but ultimately Sunday's game was cancelled.

We ended up with pretty nice looking skies by first pitch, but our optimism was short-lived. Just as the Nationals began to put a rally together in the top of the fourth, the rain began to fall. And as Gio Gonzalez finished his fourth and final scoreless frame, the skies really opened up, chasing both teams to the dugout. While the rain brought the tarp crew onto the field, the wind nearly blew them back off, sending all the fans in attendance, save a few brave, ponchoed souls, running for cover.

After a delay of better than an hour, with no improvement in the weather, the game was cancelled. However, there was still good news on Sunday, as Gonzalez looked sharp again. He pitched around a pair of errors in the third inning, inducing a double-play ball to help him get out of the frame. He also showed he can field his position, snaring a line shot right back at him by Daniel Descalso, saving a run and ending the second inning. In all, Gio has allowed just three hits in 7.0 scoreless frames so far.

There was also another silver lining to this cloudy and wet day. The lack of a result leaves the Washington’s unbeaten streak intact, and leaves them with this bizarre line through the first 10 games of Spring Training: four wins, three losses, two ties and a rainout. We’re back home against these same Cardinals on Monday, where hopefully we’ll end up with a real result. For now, here’s a recap of the Nationals results to date:

vs. Georgetown (exhibition) – W, 3-0

@ Houston – L, 3-1

vs. Houston – L, 10-2

@ New York (NL) – W, 3-1

@ Atlanta – W, 5-2

vs. St. Louis – T, 3-3

vs. Houston – W, 8-0

@ Miami – L, 3-0

vs. New York (NL) – W, 8-2

@ Detroit – T, 5-5

@ St. Louis – Canceled (rain)

vs. St. Louis – Monday, 1:05pm

Overall Record: 4-3-2

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