|Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER|
The Nats have yet another chance today to build off a dramatic, 'could this be the one' win. Lately their response to such victories has been rather flat, just look at their 11-0 loss yesterday in the first game of the doubleheader.
Today they face Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.07 ERA) who has already beaten the Nats three times this season. He pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings on April 21, seven innings of one-run ball on June 5, and six innings with one earned run on June 29.
Dan Haren (4-11, 5.79) will pitch against the Mets for the second time this year. He got shelled for five earned runs in four innings on June 5.
Stay tuned for updates...
NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 3:05 p.m. EDT
TV: FOX, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Scattered T-storms, 84 degrees, Wind 12 mph RF to LF
NATIONALS (50-54)3:15 p.m. -- Haren moved through the first inning with little trouble, needing just 11 pitches (10 strikes) to set down the Mets' top of the order. Wright did reach base, however, on a Rendon fielding error with two outs. That's the rookie's 11th error of the season which ties Ian Desmond for second most on the team. It was a slow grounder right to him, he just muffed it.
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
CF Denard Span
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Dan Haren
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Marlon Byrd
1B Ike Davis
C John Buck
CF Juan Lagares
SS Omar Quintanilla
RHP Dillon Gee
HP Dave Rackley
1B Kerwin Danley (cc)
2B Lance Barksdale
3B Vic Carapazza
3:21 p.m. -- Three up, three down for the Nats in their first inning on offense. Harper flew out to deep right field, Rendon grounded out to the pitcher and Zimmerman flew out to left field. Gee is at ten pitches (nine strikes) after one.
3:28 p.m. -- Haren is through two efficient innings now, allowing the Mets to get contact, but avoiding any big hits. He set them down in order in the second, getting Davis to pop out, and Buck and Lagares to ground out. Haren's thrown 24 pitches (18 strikes).
3:38 p.m. -- The Nationals took the lead in the second inning with back-to-back solo home runs by Ian Desmond and Denard Span with two outs. Desmond's was to left-center and Span's over the scoreboard in right. That was Span's first homer of the season and it marked the seventh time this season the Nats have hit back-to-back jacks.
3:48 p.m. -- Quintanilla got on with a leadoff walk and made it all the way to third after a sac bunt and an infield groundout. He didn't score, however, as Murphy ended the inning on a long flyout to left field. Haren is now through three having thrown 35 pitches. Still 2-0 Nats with Haren to lead off in the bottom of the third.
3:56 p.m. -- Put two more runs on the board for the Nats as Harper smacked a two-run shot off Gee with no outs. Haren led the inning off with a double that sailed over Lagares' head in center field and Harper then took a 1-1 pitch just inches over the fence in center field. It landed within feet of the walkoff shot he hit on Thursday. Nats now up 4-0 as Gee has thrown 44 pitches after three.
4:04 p.m. -- Haren allowed his first hit of the day in the top of the fourth on a single to left field by David Wright. He then got Byrd to strike out swinging and Davis to ground into a double play. LaRoche snagged Davis' hard grounder on a dive to the ground and made the throw to second from his knees. Desmond then threw it back to LaRoche for the 3-6-3 double play. 4-0 Nats as we move to the bottom of the fourth.
4:11 p.m. -- Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth as Werth ground out before flyouts retired both Desmond and Span. Gee is at 49 pitches through four as the fifth inning is up next. Still 4-0 Nats.
4:16 p.m. -- Another clean inning for Haren who is putting in one of his best starts of the season, as long as this doesn't jinx it of course. He struck out both Buck and Lagares swinging, then got Quintanilla to ground out. Haren's now through five innings with just 61 pitches thrown.
4:24 p.m. -- The Nats got a man on in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out single by Harper, but came away with another zero as the game remains at 4-0. Rendon hit a long flyball for the third out that was caught on the run by Lagares. He had to stretch for it and made a very nice grab.
4:38 p.m. -- New York finally got a run off Haren in the top of the sixth. After Young reached on an infield single, he stole second to get into scoring position. A single to left field by Wright then brought him home to make it a 4-1 game. Wright's hit was a hard bouncing grounder that just got past Zimmerman's glove. Haren is at 87 pitches (61 strikes).
4:45 p.m. -- Werth got on with a two-out single to left field, but that's all the Nats could muster in the bottom of the sixth. Desmond flew out to end the inning and it's 4-1 heading into the seventh.
4:57 p.m. -- A 1-2-3 inning for Haren in the top of the seventh and he has now thrown 103 pitches with one earned run. Tyler Clippard is up warming so that may be it for him today.
5:08 p.m. -- A quick inning for Clippard who got Young to strike out to bring us to the bottom of the eighth. Up next for the Nats are Clippard (or a pinch-hitter), Harper and Rendon.
6:14 p.m. -- And we're back after rain delay of one hour and two minutes. I apologize for not updating the game thread during that time (oops). Anyways, Rendon and Zim lined out to end the bottom of the eighth and Rafael Soriano is coming in to close this one out. Still 4-1 Nats.
6:30 p.m. -- Soriano allowed a single to Murphy, but came away with his 26th save of the year. 4-1 is your final score as Nats move to 51-54.