Jun 6, 2015, 9:07 AM EDT
After breaking out for seven runs in their win over the Cubs on Friday night, the Nationals will try to continue that momentum on Saturday and give rookie Joe Ross some help in his MLB debut.
Ross, 22, was called up from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in while the Nats’ rotation deals with injuries. The right-hander was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres this offseason. Ross joins the Nationals after holding a 2.81 ERA through nine starts with Harrisburg.
Veteran right-hander Jason Hammel will take the mound for Chicago. He is 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA this season.
Yunel Escobar is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a sore right wrist. Ryan Zimmerman is back hitting second and Anthony Rendon is batting cleanup, just like last night.
Check back for updates throughout the game…
CHICAGO CUBS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 80 degrees, Wind 10 mph LF to RF
CF Denard Span
1B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Joe Ross
CF Dexter Fowler
1B Anthony Rizzo
3B Kris Bryant
C Miguel Montero
RF Junior Lake
LF Chris Coghlan
2B Jonathan Herrera
RHP Jason Hammel
SS Addison Russell
HP Joe West (cc)
1B Kerwin Danley
2B Gabe Morales
3B Rob Drake
12:06 p.m. — The first pitch of Joe Ross’ MLB career is a 95 mile per hour called strike and we are underway…
12:21 p.m. — No runs in the first inning, as Ross made it through on just 14 pitches. He started off by striking out Fowler and then getting Rizzo and Bryant out on balls in play. The Nats saw Harper reach with a two-out single to left field, but that was it.
12:36 p.m. — The Nationals are on the board thanks to a solo home run by Ramos, he crushed one into the Red Porch in center field. Ross is still cruising through two, as the Nats now lead 1-0. Ross will go back out there now to start the third.
12:47 p.m. — So, this Ross guy is pretty decent. He mowed through another inning and has retired all nine batters he’s faced so far through three frames on 41 pitches. Nats are still up 1-0 on the Cubs.
1:11 p.m. — The Cubs tied this one up in the top of the fourth with three consecutive singles to begin the inning off Ross. Fowler and Rizzo each singled before Bryant smacked one off the glove of Rendon to score the run. The Nats then went down 1-2-3, so it’s 1-1 with the fifth up next.
1:38 p.m. — Ross ran into more trouble in the top of the fifth inning, as the Cubs got two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Herrera began the rally with a bunt single and moved to second and then third on groundouts. Fowler singled him home and then scored himself on a double by Rizzo to right field. The Nats saw Espinosa walk with two outs-but that was it. Ross’ day is over as Felipe Rivero will take over.
1:56 p.m. — The game remains 3-1 Cubs after six innings. Rivero allowed a leadoff walk to Montero, but got Lake to ground into a double play. Span also led off the Nats’ half of the inning with a walk before Zimmerman grounded into a double play.
2:12 p.m. — No runs in the seventh as it remains a 3-1 game. Rivero will go back out there for his third inning of work. Top of the order up next for the Cubs.
2:29 p.m. — Rivero pitched another scoreless inning, but the Nats couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff double by Espinosa to begin the bottom of the eighth. Taylor Hill will now pitch the ninth in a 3-1 game.
2:42 p.m. — The Cubs added an insurance run off Hill thanks to a Herrera single. Montero came home from second on that one. It’s 4-1 Cubs with the bottom of the ninth up next. It will be Harper, Rendon and Ramos looking to claw the Nats back into this one.
3:00 p.m. — Nats fall to the Cubs 4-2 for their seventh loss in nine games to spoil Joe Ross’ solid MLB debut.
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