May 20, 2015, 3:29 PM EST
So, what do the Nationals do for an encore tonight? Does Bryce Harper have another home run in him? Does Ryan Zimmerman have another walk-off homer against the Yankees in his bag of tricks? Or is something else completely unexpected bound to happen?
Matt Williams’ lineup is mostly the same from last night’s dramatic, extra-inning win, the lone change Tyler Moore starting in left field instead of Michael Taylor. Ian Desmond remains in the 2-spot, where he has suddenly turned productive, with 7 hits in his last 18 at-bats.
Jordan Zimmermann gets the start, looking to build off his six scoreless innings last weekend in San Diego. Updates to come…
NEW YORK YANKEES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 71 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
LF Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
LF Brett Gardner
RF Carlos Beltran
1B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
2B Stephen Drew
CF Chris Young
SS Didi Gregorius
RHP Adam Warren
HP Marvin Hudson
1B Chris Segal
2B Chad Fairchild
3B Jim Joyce (cc)
7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway on a breezy, 72-degree night here in D.C. as Brett Gardner digs in against Jordan Zimmermann.
7:28 p.m. — Another eventful first inning here tonight, for both teams. The Yankees got a pair of runs off Zimmermann, with Carlos Beltran doubling home Brett Gardner and then scoring on Brian McCann’s sac fly. The Nats, though, got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Ian Desmond once again homered to center field. This was a rocket, well over the fence, leaving Desmond 8 for his last 19. So it’s 2-1 New York after one.
7:40 p.m. — Better stuff from Zimmermann in the second inning, with only a 2-out single to Didi Gregorius allowed. The Nats had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the frame, but Denard Span popped out with Danny Espinosa on third and two out. It’s early, but the Nats are 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position tonight. Still 2-1 Yankees after two.
8:01 p.m. — Oh boy, we’ve got drama in the third inning. And it ends with both Bryce Harper and Matt Williams getting ejected for the second time in seven days. Harper appeared not to like a strike one call from Marvin Hudson (it was low, by the way), but that’s not what got him tossed. Harper appeared to step back in the box, then when Hudson didn’t immediately resume play, he stepped out of the box. Hudson yelled at him to get back in the box, at which point Harper pointed that he had been in the box. Hudson then ejected him, and later Williams, who came out to argue in his star’s defense. Matty put on a show, too, kicking dirt on the plate before departing. Wild stuff. Anyway, it’s still 2-1 Yankees after three eventful innings.
8:12 p.m. — Anyways, there’s still a game going on here, and Tyler Moore just tied it up 2-2 with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the fourth. He just cleared the fence for his third homer of the season.
8:25 p.m. — Things have settled down somewhat, with Zimmermann in a nice groove. He has retired 15 of the last 17 batters he’s faced. Still 2-2 after five.
Chase here taking over while Mark works on his postgame story
8:47 p.m. — Not much to report on from the sixth inning as it remains a 2-2 game. Zimmermann is at an efficient 76 pitches through six innings.
9:14 p.m. — The Nationals took a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Span. Ramos started the rally by reaching on an E5. Moore then walked and Dan Uggla walked two batters later when pinch-hitting for Zimmermann. Span followed that with a single to left field to score Ramos and give the Nats a one-run lead.
9:41 p.m. — It is still 3-2 Nationals as Drew Storen will take over looking for his 12th save of the 2015 season.
9:51 p.m. — Nats win 3-2.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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