Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question.
Also in question is the Nats lineup, which hasn’t been posted as of 11:40 a.m. Sounds like they still have to check on the status of Bryce Harper’s hamstring, Denard Span’s back and Yunel Escobar’s hand. Lee Kuntz, Steve Gober and the rest of the training staff are up to their necks right now.
If and when they play, it’ll be Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, with rookie left-hander Adam Morgan starting for the Phillies. (No truth to the rumor his personal catcher’s name is Foggy Bottom.)
Updates to come…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Gametime: 3:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184/869
Weather: Chance of rain, 72 degrees, Wind 16 mph RF to LF
CF Michael Taylor
3B Danny Espinosa
SS Ian Desmond
RF Clint Robinson
2B Dan Uggla
1B Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
LF Matt den Dekker
LHP Gio Gonzalez
CF Ben Revere
2B Cesar Hernandez
1B Maikel Franco
RF Jeff Francoeur
LF Darin Ruf
3B Andres Blanco
C Carlos Ruiz
SS Freddy Galvis
LHP Adam Morgan
HP Paul Emmel
1B Jerry Meals (cc)
2B Andy Fletcher
3B Jordan Baker
1:15 p.m. — Some updates for you … First of all, the lineup still hasn’t been posted. The Nats continue to check on Bryce Harper and Denard Span, hoping one or both could play today. Yunel Escobar, though, is a “no-go,” according to Matt Williams. Meanwhile, the weather update: It just started raining lightly here, and there’s lots more on the way. The forecast is a 60 percent chance of rain at 3 p.m., then an 80 percent chance from 4-5 p.m., then 100 percent from 6 p.m. through midnight. So, in other words, it’s not going to get any better, it’s just a question of whether the heavy stuff holds off long enough for them to attempt to play.
1:30 p.m. — OK, the lineup has been posted. And it’s not pretty. Harper is out. Span is out. Escobar is out. Ramos is out. Ian Desmond is hitting third. That’s all assuming they actually play this game, which remains very much in doubt.
2:45 p.m. — Well, they’re going to attempt to start this game on-time at 3:05 p.m.
3:05 p.m. — And we are indeed underway on-time. Mother Nature toys with us yet again.
3:25 p.m. — That was a long first inning, especially when you consider nobody scored for either team. Michael Taylor led off the game with a bunt single but never advanced past first base. Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, allowed a hit, a stolen base, uncorked a wild pitch, saw two infielders bounce throws to first base and threw 18 pitches himself … yet somehow emerged with a zero on the scoreboard.
3:37 p.m. — And here comes the tarp. The Nats stranded a pair of baserunners in the top of the second, at which point the rain was coming down too hard to continue. So we’re in a rain delay in a scoreless game. And there’s little reason to believe the skies are going to let up anytime soon.
4:37 p.m. — Well, it’s been an hour, there’s been no letup in the rain but there also has been no announcement of anything.
5:05 p.m. — Game postponed. True doubleheader tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.
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