A tale of two cities. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.The U.S. capital was at a standstill as the national pastime was threatened by outside, and po sibly even internal, forces. Thousands waited near the capitol building for a threat that never arrived.About 920 miles to the south, a storm raged through St. Petersburg, Fla., as “Florida’s Sunshine City” failed to live up to its name. But even as gale force winds blew outside Tropicana Field and lightning illuminated the night sky over the stadium, there was baseball played.Unfortunately for Red Sox ace, Chris Sale, he surrendered a pair of home runs while allowing four runs on seven hits in a 4-1 lo s to the Rays. Sale did strike out 12, with two walks, but did not get the run support as the Red Sox were limited to five hits.Tropicana Field has a roof. Nationals Park does not Jose Iglesias Jersey and simply the threat of rain caused the Nationals to delay the start of Thursday’s game against the Braves for more than three hours. As the teams, and the fans who remained through the delay, waited for a storm system that never came, the game scheduled to begin at 7:05p.m. ET could have been completed by the time the game finally began at 10:10.Nationals manager Dusty Baker apparently did not want to risk a wasted outing by lefty Gio Gonzalez, who is 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA. So, instead of po sibly having Gonzalez pitch for a few innings before a delay, the Nats decided to postpone the game’s start as they monitored a nearby storm system. The delay did not go over well, especially with fans and the Nationals Wikipedia page was briefly modified to say the Nats were a “‘profe sional’ organization of cowards who refuse to perform their job due to fear of embarra sment.”The Pirates and Phillies were delayed about 45 minutes before Pittsburgh’s eventual 6-3 win, but it actually rained in Philadelphia.The home team is in control of weather-related delays prior to the game’s start. Once the game is underway, that decision is turned over to the umpire crew chief.MLB might want to review this policy because it spoiled an entire night for those https://www.tigersedges.com/detroit-tigers/nick-castellanos-jersey expecting to see a baseball game.The Nationals did wind up giving fans who waited out the delay to see the Braves get a 5-2 win free conce sions in the form of soda, water, ice cream and hot dogs.Thursday’s MLB scores Indians 11, Padres 2Rays 4, Red Sox 1Pirates 6, Phillies 3Brewers 11, Cubs 2Reds 6, Rockies 3Blue Jays 7, Astros 4Cardinals 4, Marlins 3Tigers 6, Giants 2Twins 6, Orioles 4Braves 5, Nationals 2Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4Athletics 7, Mariners 4Studsof thenight Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez led the way for the Indians in an 11-2 win over the Padres. Encarnacion went 4 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs while Ramirez had three hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning to get things rolling.Cardinals rookieLuke Voit, a St. Louis native, continues to impre s his hometown fans. Voit went 2 for 4 with a home run and double while driving in three of the Cardinals’ four runs in a 4-3 win over the Marlins. Voit, who went to the same St. Louis high school as Pirates third basemanDavid Freese and former Phillies All-Star Ryan Howard, is now hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 11 games.Duds of the night The Nationals as a team, and specifically Baker, deserve a collective dud of the night. The team’s decision to delay Thursday’s game for rain that never really arrived, outside of a light sprinkle, forced many to waste hundreds of dollars.Kyle Schwarber returned for the Cubs in Thursday’s 11-2 lo s to the Brewers, but went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and committed an error in left field during Milwaukee’sseven-run third inning.Highlights The Brewers quietly have one of the best middle-infield tandems in baseball in second baseman Jonathan Villar and shortstop Orlando Arcia. The two displayed amazing chemistry and agility to turn a double play in the first inning of Milwaukee’s blowout win at Wrigley Field.This was an extremely nifty double play from Jonathan Villar and Orlando Arcia. pic.twitter.com/Ej1cXKdoeD ?SI MLB (@si_mlb) July 6, 2017 Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is 43-years-old, pa sed Twins Hall of FamerRod Carew for the most hits by a player born outside the U.S. with his 3,054th career hit in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game at Busch Stadium. What’s Next Royals (44-40) at Dodgers (58-29) 10:10 p.m. ET day after third basemen Mike Moustakas and Justin Turner were added to the All-Star Game, their teams will play a weekend series at Dodger Stadium before the break. Led by Moustakas, Daniel Norris Jersey the Royals are just a game back of the Indians in the American League Central, after having the worst record in baseball at the end of April. The Dodgers have the best record in the National League and will send Kenta Maeda (6-4, 4.56 ERA) to the mound as the Royals turn to Jason Hammel (4-7, 5.08).