8/20 Nationals 4, Cubs 2
Brian Bogusevic and Donnie Murphy each hit solo home runs but it wasn’t enough as the Nationals beat the Cubs, 4-2, on Tuesday. Chris Rusin took the loss, giving up two runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. Dan Haren struck out six over six innings for the win. Murphy now has seven home runs, a career high. He’s tied with Alfonso Soriano for second most homers in the Majors in August (the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera has eight). Bogusevic’s blast was his first as a Cub, and came in his first game back from the DL. The Cubs have hit 136 home runs, second in the NL, and one shy of the 137 the team hit in 2012 total. The bad news is, the Cubs are 4-for-37 (.108) with runners in scoring position in the first eight games of this homestand.