Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann faces Jon Niese in today's series finale at Nationals Park.
Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nats, coming off back-to-back shaky outings. Everyone will be very interested to see how he responds today. Left-hander Jon Niese starts for the Mets, and he'll face a lineup loaded with right-handed hitters (including Brian Bixler, who makes his first career start in center field).
I'm here at the ballpark today, but I'm going to be handling all the trade deadline stuff. Fortunately, Chase Hughes is right here by my side, and he'll be providing updates on this blog for your enjoyment. Please treat him just as you treat me. On second thought, treat him better than me...
METS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m.
TV: MASN2, Ch. 50
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly sunny, 94 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF
CF Brian Bixler
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Michael Morse
RF Jayson Werth
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Jonny Gomes
C Jesus Flores
P Jordan Zimmermann
SS Jose Reyes
2B Willie Harris
1B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
CF Angel Pagan
LF Jason Bay
RF Lucas Duda
C Josh Thole
P Jon Niese
1:20 p.m. -- Chase here for Mark today (he is here but on deadline beat), the Nationals are seeking their first series win since July 4-7 when they beat the Chicago Cubs. It will be interesting to see which Jordan Zimmermann shows up this afternoon.
2:20 p.m. -- Bizarre sequence there, Werth catches Wright's fly and holds the runner with his throw. Then, with a Morse cut-off the Nats end the inning as Murphy gets caught at first. Jordan Zimmermann has thrown 46 pitches through three innings of work.
2:50 p.m. -- Jordan Zimmermann looking great at the moment, through five innings he has allowed 5 H, 1 BB, with three strikeouts on 85 pitches (50 strikes).
3:13 p.m. -- Zimmermann strikes out Jason Bay to get out of a jam on his 107th pitch, tying his season high. We are still scoreless as the Nats come up to bat in the 6th.
3:49 p.m. -- Pedro Beato on the mound for the Mets as the Nationals lead 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th. Ankiel the pinch-hitter, looks like we'll see Clippard in the 8th.
4:04 p.m. -- Storen is up and warming in the bullpen, looks like he will remain a National as the deadline passes. Meanwhile it is still a 2-1 game as the bottom of the 8th is set to begin.
4:16 p.m. -- Drew Storen heads to the mound with a 2-1 lead as the 9th is about to start, the crowd gives him a nice ovation. Probably wouldn't be the best day to blow a save, we'll see.
4:27 p.m. -- Scott Hairston homers to left to tie the game at 2-2, both Mets runs have been on Hairston home runs. Right-hander Bobby Parnell is in to pitch for New York as Jesus Flores starts us off in the bottom of the 9th.