Jun 2, 2015, 6:52 PM EDT
And we’re back for the nightcap of this day-night doubleheader. There’s still more rain in the forecast, but it’s not as ominous as it looked earlier.
Max Scherzer faces one-time National Marco Estrada (anyone remember him?) in a matchup of right-handers. You’ll notice Denard Span is again out of the Nats lineup. He was supposed to test out his knee in between games to see if he was ready to play. Apparently, he wasn’t. Matt den Dekker is here now, called up as the 26th man for the game, giving the team another healthy outfielder if needed.
Ryan Zimmerman, meanwhile, gets the night off. That’s the first time he hasn’t been in the lineup this season, leaving Ian Desmond as the only member of the team who has started all 52 games.
Updates to come…
TORONTO BLUE JAYS 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: Chance of rain, 65 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from CF
3B Yunel Escobar
SS Ian Desmond
RF Bryce Harper
1B Tyler Moore
LF Clint Robinson
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer
BLUE JAYS (23-30)
SS Jose Reyes
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
C Russell Martin
1B Chris Colabello
LF Danny Valencia
2B Munenori Kawasaki
CF Kevin Pillar
RHP Marco Estrada
HP Brian Knight
1B Vic Carapazza
2B Larry Vanover (cc)
3B Sean Barber
7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway for the second time today. Max Scherzer strikes out Jose Reyes to get this one started in fine fashion.
7:27 p.m. — A scoreless first inning is in the books. Scherzer found himself in a jam when he walked Josh Donaldson and when Yunel Escobar threw wildly to first base on Russell Martin’s grounder. That was only Escobar’s second error this season. Scherzer, though, took matters into his own hands and struck out Chris Colabello to end the inning. Bryce Harper singled off Marco Estrada in the bottom of the frame, but that’s all the Nats put together.
7:43 p.m. — The Blue Jays have a bunch of mashers in their lineup, but who would’ve guessed the guy who would first take Scherzer deep would be Kevin Pillar? Yep, the No. 8 hitter tagged a 3-2 fastball over the left-field fence, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead. The Nats looked like they might get at least one run back in the bottom of the inning, but the cold air kept Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton’s well-struck drives to center and right-center fields in the park.
7:57 p.m. — Want to know what I love about baseball? This scene that just played out in the bottom of the third. Scherzer, at the plate, fouled off four straight 2-2 pitches, the crowd getting into it after each one. Then after taking ball three to load the count, he nearly sent a base hit to right field, only to be robbed by Muneori Kawasaki, who ranged way to his left to make the play and throw to first just in time to get the hustling Scherzer. It goes in the books as a 4-3 groundball, but it earned Scherzer a standing ovation from the crowd here. Love it. Still 1-0 Blue Jays after three.
8:18 p.m. — Tough night to hit here at the park, with a chill in the air and the wind blowing in. Harper found that out in the bottom of the fourth when he roped a ball to deep right field but watched as it clipped the top of the fence and bounced back into play. What could’ve been Bryce’s 19th homer instead was his 10th double. No matter, though, because Moore (given a chance to hit cleanup tonight) delivered an RBI double moments later, then scored on Jose Lobaton’s 2-out single to right. Nice inning for the backups, and because of it, the Nats have taken a 2-1 lead after four.
8:42 p.m. — Make it 3-1 after five thanks to a manufactured rally that began with Scherzer getting his base hit (his sixth of the season in 27 at-bats), included Harper reaching first when Estrada flat-out dropped a throw from his teammate and then was capped by Moore’s sac fly to right for his second RBI in as many innings.
Chase taking over while Mark works on his postgame story
9:12 p.m. — The Blue Jays bounced back in the sixth inning to take a 4-3 over the Nats thanks to Pillar’s second homer of the night. Valencia began the rally with a two-out double before Justin Smoak pinch-hit with a walk. Pillar followed with a bomb to left field to give the Blue Jays back the lead. The Nats then saw two quick outs in the bottom half of the inning before Taylor doubled to right-center. Dan Uggla lined out to left field to end the frame while pinch-hitting for Scherzer. Scherzer’s night is done after six innings, as Blake Treinen will now take over.
9:39 p.m. — The Blue Jays added three more runs to make it 7-3 in the top of the seventh. Treinen quickly ran into trouble by allowing back-to-back singles to Reyes and Donaldson. Colabello then singled home a run two batters later and Valencia followed with a sac fly to center. The Blue Jays got the third run on a double-steal with two outs that saw Lobaton sail a throw attempt to second base as Martin then came home to score. Felipe Rivero took over before the double-steal and will continue to pitch in the top of the eighth.
9:56 p.m. — Not much to report on in the eighth inning, as neither team scored. Casey Janssen will now pitch the ninth against the team he spent the first eight seasons of his MLB career with.
10:06 p.m. — Janssen allowed a leadoff single but got Martin to strike out and Colabello to ground into a double play. The Nats trail 7-3 as Lobaton, Taylor and a pinch-hitter will try to save this one in the bottom of the ninth.
10:12 p.m. — Nats lose 7-3 in the second game of today’s doubleheader. They have lost 5 of their last 7.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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