Jun 2, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Hey, let’s try this again. After last night’s washout, the Nationals and Blue Jays are back at the park early today, attempting to pull off a day-night doubleheader despite more rain in the forecast at various times during the day. (Actually, there’s rain in the rain in the forecast every day this week.)
Both teams are going with the same lineups and pitchers as planned yesterday. Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Nats against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Denard Span remains out of the Nats’ lineup, still bothered by a swollen knee. Manager Matt Williams said Span will continue to get treatment during the afternoon and could be able to play in the 7:05 p.m. nightcap.
Also keep in mind that both teams are allowed to add a 26th active player for the second game of the doubleheader. For the Nationals, that most likely would be a reliever (perhaps Rafael Martin).
Stay tuned for updates throughout what could be a long day and night at the park…
TORONTO BLUE JAYS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Chance of rain, 67 degrees, Wind 11 mph in from CF
3B Yunel Escobar
SS Ian Desmond
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
LF Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
BLUE JAYS (23-29)
SS Jose Reyes
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
1B Justin Smoak
LF Chris Colabello
C Josh Thole
CF Ezequiel Carrera
2B Ryan Goins
RHP R.A. Dickey
HP Toby Basner
1B Brian Knight
2B Vic Carapazza
3B Larry Vanover (cc)
1:07 p.m. — And we’re underway, with a light rain falling and a very sparse crowd in attendance for this makeup game.
1:25 p.m. — Jordan Zimmermann looked sharp in the top of the first, pitching around a 1-out single to Josh Donaldson by striking out Jose Reyes and Justin Smoak. The Nats, meanwhile, got two singles on two pitches from R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the inning, with Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond get on base. But Bryce Harper didn’t look comfortable facing the knuckleball and struck out looking, then Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos lofted flyballs to end a scoreless first.
1:35 p.m. — A scoreless second inning as well. Zimmermann gave up a 2-out single to Ezequiel Carrera but also benefited from a nice sliding catch by Michael Taylor in center field. The Nats continue to be aggressive at the plate vs. Dickey, with a right-handed-hitting Danny Espinosa singling to left off the righty knuckleballer in the bottom of the second, but Taylor and Zimmermann striking out to end the inning. Still 0-0 here.
1:50 p.m. — Zimmermann is through three scoreless innings on only 38 pitches. The Nats have had more success against Dickey (four singles, two by Escobar) but nothing to show for it. Harper has had some really ugly swings; he actually looked more comfortable facing Aroldis Chapman’s 102-mph fastball the other day than he has so far facing Dickey’s knuckler. To the fourth we go…
2:27 p.m. — The Nats finally broke through in the fifth, with the big names driving in the runs. With runners on second and third and one out, Harper stepped up to bat. Normally, that would be an automatic intentional walk. But Bryce had looked so bad in his first two at-bats, the Blue Jays decided to pitch to him. Mistake, because Harper lined an RBI single up the middle. Moments later, Zimmerman battled his way through a long at-bat to send a sac fly to center. So it’s 2-0 Nats after five.
Chase taking over for Mark as he writes his postgame story
2:47 p.m. — No runs to report on in the sixth inning from either team. The only baserunner was Taylor for the Nats, who walked. That was with two outs as Zimmermann quickly lined out to right field to end the inning.
3:06 p.m. — Both teams threatened in the seventh inning, but it remains a 2-0 game. The Blue Jays got two runners in scoring position before a pinch-hitting Russell Martin grounded into a double play. The Nats saw Harper walk with two outs and steal second, but Zimmerman lined out to right field to end the inning. Zimmermman will go back out there having thrown 95 pitches. Dickey was removed during his at-bat last inning for Martin.
3:19 p.m. — Still 2-0 after eight innings as Drew Storen will take over to pitch the ninth.
3:26 p.m. — Nats beat Blue Jays 2-0 as Drew Storen earns his 17th save of the 2015 season. 1st game of the doubleheader is in the books.
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