|Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER|
Haren is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break and the Giants can't seem to hit anything, so the Nats should like their chances today.
Pitching for San Francisco is Ryan Vogelsong (2-4, 6.71) who is making just his second start since returning from the disabled list, he had been on the mend since way back in May. Vogelsong is making his second start against the Nats this season and, despite his overall disappointing campaign, he took the win against Washington on May 20 after pitching five scoreless innings.
It was in that game, however, that he took a pitch off his right pinky, breaking several bones in the hand. Perhaps today is a chance for redemption.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game...
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Clear, 78 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF
NATIONALS (59-60)4:22 p.m. -- Haren nearly got this one off to a disastrous start by loading the bases in the first. Crawford and Posey singled before Pence walked, bringing Sandoval up with a great opportunity. Haren, however, got him to pop up to Zimmerman at third and escape the inning. Haren is at 27 pitches already though.
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Dan Haren
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
1B Brandon Belt
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Roger Kieschnick
CF Gregor Blanco
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
HP Jim Joyce (cc)
1B Jeff Nelson
2B Jim Wolf
3B Mike Estabrook
4:31 p.m. -- Vogelsong has had a season to forget, but as I mentioned above, he found success last time out against the Nats. Today he's off to a good start with three quick outs, including a strikeout of Harper to end the frame. He needed only 12 pitches overall as we head to the second inning.
4:35 p.m. -- That's a little more like it, Dan. Haren needed just 13 pitches to record three outs this time around. One man got on, Gregor Blanco, but it was only because Rendon muffed the grab for an E4. Vogelsong then lined right to Werth who threw behind Blanco at first to get the double play.
4:51 p.m. -- In the bottom of the second the Nats got a loaded bases situation of their own. After a Werth single, Rendon doubled to put both in scoring position. The Giants then intentionally walked Suzuki to get to Haren, and the move paid off. Haren struck out to finish the inning and keep this one scoreless. Vogelsong has thrown 37 pitches so far.
5:00 p.m. -- A 1-2-3 inning for Haren, but it took 18 pitches to make it happen. Haren has now thrown 58 pitches through three innings which isn't exactly efficient. If he doesn't come up with some quick innings and soon, the Nats may need to dip into their bullpen early which isn't ideal with a big series vs. Atlanta starting tomorrow.
5:27 p.m. -- It took about an hour and a half into this thing, but we finally have some runs. The Nats pushed three across in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead on Vogelsong and the Giants. Desmond doubled home Span and Werth to score the first two and LaRoche followed with a bloop single to left to bring home Desmond. Vogelsong has thrown 76 pitches.
5:31 p.m. -- Another quick one for Haren who got Posey and Pence to fly out to center field, then Sandoval to ground out to LaRoche at first. Eight pitches is all it took as Haren is now at 66 through four. That could take him a lot further into this game.
5:45 p.m. -- The Nats saw two men get on in the fourth and Vogelsong leave the game, but no more runs put on the board. Suzuki led off with a single and Zim walked before Jose Mijares came in and got Harper to line out for the third out. Fifth inning up next.
5:54 p.m. -- Haren is through another scoreless inning and is putting together another very strong start. He allowed a leadoff walk to Kieschnick who reached third on a throwing error by Desmond, but that was it. Haren has thrown 83 pitches now through five and hasn't allowed a hit since the first inning.
6:10 p.m. -- Guillermo Moscoso took over in the bottom of the fifth and nearly let the Nats pull away altogether with this thing. He allowed a leadoff double to Werth (who's now hitting .332 on the year at the moment) and followed that with an intentional walk to LaRoche. A throwing error by Moscoso on a pickoff attempt put both runners in scoring position, and Suzuki was then given a free pass. But Haren flew out to right field to keep it a 3-0 game as we turn to the sixth.
6:19 p.m. -- Haren finally gave up a run to the Giants with one out in the sixth, allowing a solo home run to Brandon Belt that dropped in the left field visitor's bullpen. Posey and Pence then flew out to let Haren walk away with a 3-1 lead. He's thrown 98 pitches and Fernando Abad is warming up now.
6:32 p.m. -- The Nats saw Harper and Werth get on with two outs, but Desmond strike out to end the inning. Fernando Abad replaces Haren who leaves with 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, HR, 98 pitches, 63 strikes.
6:41 p.m. -- Three up, three down for Abad who takes the Nats to the bottom of the eighth with the 3-1 lead intact. Drew Storen was warming in the bullpen and will likely take over for the lefty.
6:55 p.m. -- After an uneventful inning for the Nats' offense, it is Tyler Clippard now in to pitch. Does that leave the ninth for Storen? Ian Krol? We'll see. They have to get there first, of course.
7:07 p.m. -- Clippard gets through the eighth thanks to a fantastic diving grab by Rendon on a Belt grounder. Soriano is up warming so it looks like we won't see Storen. LaRoche, Rendon and Suzuki are up next in the bottom half of the eighth.
7:10 p.m. -- Three quick minutes later and the Nats will send Soriano out looking for his 32nd save.
7:25 p.m. -- Soriano's 32nd was not meant to be this evening. Posey led off with a single and Kieschnick walked, then a pinch-hitting Hector Sanchez blasted a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right field to put the Giants up 4-3. The bottom of the ninth will now be necessary with Sergio Romo coming in to try and shut this one down.