Chicago jumped on Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman early, slamming him for a total of eight runs on seven hits. He gave up three home runs, two that belonged to Schierholtz, and was chased out of the game after a disastrous five innings.
Jeff Samardzija picked up his seventh win of the year, going the distance and striking out five. The only blemish on his night belonged to Wilson Ramos, who belted a seventh-inning solo home run that gave the Nationals their only run of the night. It was the lone bright spot on the six hits they scattered throughout the night.
Schierholtz had a record night, hitting two home runs on a night where he drove in six of the Cubs 11 total runs. His night started with a first inning bang, hitting a a three-run homer. Then in the third, he laced an RBI double. He scored Chicago's first four runs of the game. He then wrapped up his 2-for-3 night with a two-run shot (18) to just add to the damage.
After dropping the weekend series to St. Louis, the Cubs took out big night of frustrations on Zimmerman and the Nationals. They'll look to continue the damage on Tuesday night at Wrigley, with first pitch set for 8:05 P.M. Eastern. The Cubs will send left-hander Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06 ERA) to the mound to face Dan Haren (7-11, 4.79 ERA). Rusin had a quality start last time out, but suffered a loss to Cincinnati. Haren has been strong lately, going at least six innings and allowing four hits or fewer in his past four starts.