Nats Lose In Close Game Against Cubs. ARLINGTON, VA, April 21, 2012 /NATSweb/ -- The Nationals fell to the Cubs in a see saw battle 9-8. The top of the lineup had an impressive game. The first five batters of Chris 'Buster' Kane, Mac 'Freak' Mulock, John 'Bandit' Merlene, 'Cool Hand' Luke Nardini, and Alex 'Alf' Sisson-Postma combined to go 6 tor 16, score six runs, and drive in five runs. Bandit Merlene pitched five innings giving up two earned runs and striking out 12 batters. Toby 'Tigger' Heidrich made his pitching debut striking out one batter in one inning of work.