Spectacular storms wipe out Nats-Cards contest

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday night's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals was rained out and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.

The game never had a chance. Heavy thunderstorms, accompanied by sporadic tornado warnings, blanketed the area from mid-afternoon well into the evening. Spectacular lightning displays above the Capitol dome were visible from the upper deck of the new Nationals Park.

The tarp was on the infield well before the 7:10 p.m. scheduled start time. By 9 p.m., huge puddles were forming in the outfield. Team officials didn't announce the postponement until 9:47 p.m.

It was the second night in a row that weather held sway at Nationals Park. Tuesday's game, won 6-1 by the Cardinals, was interrupted by two rain delays totaling 2 hours, 40 minutes. The game ended after midnight.