Friday, May 14, 2010

Game 36: Nats at Rockies

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
More rain is expected tonight at Coors Field.
DENVER -- The pitching matchup of the young season takes place tonight at Coors Field. Who would have guessed that matchup would involve Ubaldo Jimenez and Livan Hernandez?

Jimenez, of course, has enjoyed a breakout six weeks, tossing his no-hitter last month in Atlanta en route to a 6-1 record and 0.93 ERA. Hernandez, meanwhile, stands right behind Jimenez with a 1.04 ERA to go along with a 4-1 record.

These two already faced each other April 22 at Nationals Park, with Jimenez getting the better of Livo, winning 2-0. Those two runs are the most Hernandez has allowed in any start so far this season.

So this figures to be another nip-and-tuck ballgame tonight ... assuming it gets played at all. Yes, it's raining again. It was gorgeous this morning. But the clouds started rolling in around lunchtime, and it's now pouring. Forecast doesn't look good for the rest of the evening.

So buckle up for another long night. I'll be sure to post regular updates, both on the weather and the game...

Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 9:10 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Showers, 50 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to LF
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
1B Adam Dunn
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Willie Harris
SS Ian Desmond
RF Roger Bernadina
C Wil Nieves
P Livan Hernandez

ROCKIES (16-18)
CF Carlos Gonzalez
LF Seth Smith
RF Brad Hawpe
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Todd Helton
C Miguel Olivo
3B Ian Stewart
2B Clint Barmes
P Ubaldo Jimenez

7:15 p.m. -- Tonight's game has officially been rained out. It will be made up tomorrow as a day-night doubleheader. Livan Hernandez will face Ubaldo Jimenez in the opener at 2:10 p.m. EDT. Luis Atilano goes up against Jason Hammel in the nightcap at 8:10 p.m. EDT.


Anonymous said...

Zim batting clean up???? WHHHAT?!

Uncle Atom said...

I've been thinking Riggs should switch those two. Ruth batted in front of Gehrig a lot, worked pretty well for them.

dale said...

I would bat Zim clean up too. So many times Dunn has been up with runners on third and all that is needed is contact. A Dunn walk in front of Zim has more potential for a run being scored. Willie batting fifth is a head scratcher though.

Souldrummer said...

Riggles like the LRLRLR stuff because he's probably hoping that they'll be able to wait Jimenez out with a high pitch count and he wants to make it tough for Tracy to match up with him when he brings in relievers.

David said...

Harris is more of a threat to go deep than either Desmond, Bernadina, or Nieves. He's averaged 18 home runs per 600 at bats over the last 2 + seasons

Jaumiusk said...

Mark: The crawl on MLB network claims the game's off, confirm/deny?

natsfan1a said...

Nationals Journal says that same thing, and that they'll play two tomorrow. That means I'll get to see both games in real time. Yay!

Carl in 309 said...

Good news for Mark--he gets to knock off early for the day. Get some rest--tomorrow will probably be a long day!

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