6/28 Nationals 3, Cubs 0 – First game
* Dallas Beeler took the loss in his Major League debut, but made an great first impression. The right-hander gave up four hits over six innings and was charged with one unearned run, which scored on a wild pitch. He struck out six and walked three. He’s the fifth Cubs starting pitcher to go at least six innings and not allow an earned run in his Major League debut. Others to do so include Jeff Pico (May 31, 1988), Bob Scanlan (May 7, 1991), Amaury Telemaco (May 16, 1996) and Ryan O’Malley (Aug. 16, 2006).
“He just pitched against one of the leading clubs in the East with quite a few good ballplayers on the other side and I think he managed himself well through this outing,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He looked very composed. He didn’t look like he was flustered at all. Just a sense of calm out there. He looked like he belonged.”
* The Cubs have been shut out 10 times this season.
– Carrie Muskat