Tonight's series opener between the Nationals and Braves has been postponed due to dangerous storms sweeping through the area, the club just announced. No makeup date has been set, though manager Davey Johnson said he believes it will be played in August during the Braves' next trip to Washington.
Though the forecast looked unfavorable all afternoon, and though tornado warnings were issued in other parts of the region, the Nationals tried to hold out hope the game could be played. Eventually, they realized it wouldn't be possible.
Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start for the Nationals against Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor. Michael Morse was due to make his season debut after coming off the disabled list earlier in the day.
Johnson said Strasburg will now start tomorrow's 4:05 p.m. game, with Gio Gonzalez starting Sunday's 1:35 p.m. series finale. The Braves will skip over Minor's rotation spot and instead go with NL ERA leader Brandon Beachy tomorrow as originally scheduled.
One interesting result of tonight's rainout: If everyone stays on schedule, Strasburg is now lined up to face the Red Sox June 8 at Fenway Park. He would not have pitched in that series otherwise.
Despite the lack of baseball, there was still some history made at Nationals Park. A group of 500 trombone players took the warning track shortly after 6 p.m. and became the largest such group ever to perform in one place at one time.