May 10, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT
Over .500 for the first time this season, the Nationals will look to keep their good fortune going on Mother’s Day in a Sunday afternoon matchup to close their weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. Sunday will also mark the end of their recent homestand, as up next is a trip west to play the Arizona Diamondbacks and then the San Diego Padres.
Jordan Zimmermann (2-2, 4.15) will look to carry over his recent success, as the right-hander has a 2.73 ERA over his last four starts. He saw the Braves two starts ago on April 29 and gave up three earned runs in seven innings of work.
Lefty Alex Wood (1-2, 4.32) will start for the Braves in his seventh appearance of 2015. He also started on April 29 and earned the loss with five earned runs in five innings against the Nats.
Bryce Harper enters the day with six home runs in his last three games, including a walk-off bomb on Saturday night. We’ll see what he has in store for Sunday as the hottest hitter in the game.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 183
Weather: Cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 5 mph RF to LF
3B Yunel Escobar
SS Ian Desmond
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
RF Nick Markakis
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Kelly Johnson
3B Alberto Callaspo
2B Jace Peterson
C Christian Bethancourt
CF Cameron Maybin
LHP Alex Wood
HP Jim Reynolds
1B Manny Gonzalez
2B Paul Schrieber
3B Fieldin Culbreth (cc)
2:01 p.m. — The Nationals jumped out to an early lead in this one with three runs in the bottom of the first. Escobar led off with a single on the first pitch and Harper doubled him home two batters later. Harper missed his seventh homer in four games by about three feet as the ball bounced off Maybin’s glove and landed on the warning track. The ball was hit about as deep as one can put one in Nats Park without clearing the fence. Zimmerman followed that with an RBI double and Ramos then brought him home on a single to right field. It’s 3-0 Nats after one.
2:24 p.m. — The Braves got on the board in the second inning to make it a 3-2 game. Callaspo started the rally with a one-out walk and was brought home three batters later on a Maybin single. Wood, the pitcher, then singled to center field to score Bethancourt. Zimmermann is already at 44 pitches through two innings of work on this humid day at Nats Park.
2:46 p.m. — Atlanta scored another run in the third inning to tie it up at 3-3. This one came on a Peterson single to center field to score Freeman, who started the rally with a one-out walk. Zimmermann is laboring today with 68 pitches already through three innings. It looks like it will be a short day for him, unless he all of a sudden finds his groove. The Nats went down in order, capped by a Harper lineout to right field.
3:00 p.m. — Not much to report on from the fourth inning, as neither team scored. The Nats did see Escobar leave the game, though. He was replaced by Dan Uggla, while Espinosa shifted over to third base. Exactly why he left is unclear, but we should have more information after today’s game. Seems like it was due to injury.
3:20 p.m. — No runs again in the fifth inning. The bottom half ended on a video review. Wood threw to second to pick off Uggla and he was originally called safe. The umps then overturned the call to say he was out. The play left two men on with Harper at the plate. We’ll see if that ends up hurting them.
(Daniel Shiferaw here, taking over for Chase as he writes the game story)
3:35 p.m. — Zimmermann was able to work around a walk and a single to get out of the sixth inning unscathed. With the bullpen warming throughout the inning, it’s likely he’s done for the day. His final line: 6 innings, 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts on 107 pitches. Harper singled to open the bottom of the frame, but was wiped out by a Zimmerman double play ball. Game still tied 3-3 heading into the 7th.
4:00 p.m. — The Braves took the lead in the top of the seventh after a couple of defensive miscues by the Nats. Harper dropped a popup to right field and Dan Uggla couldn’t handle the relay throw, allowing Freeman to advance to third. Then Alberto Callaspo hit a bloop single to give Atlanta a 4-3 lead. The Nats were unable to answer in the bottom of the inning.
4:20 p.m. — Sammy Solis entered the game and pitched a scoreless 8th inning. The Nats rallied to take the lead after Ryan Zimmerman’s out-out single up the middle to score Ian Desmond, and later when Wilson Ramos’ double to right field scored Zimmerman. Nats head into the top of the 9th with a 5-4 lead. Storen coming in.
4:28 p.m. — Ballgame. Storen closes it out and the Nats sweep the Braves after a 5-4 win. They’ve won 10 out of their last 12 games.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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