Jul 17, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
After four days off for the All-Star break, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night with a big series against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers come to town with their vaunted pitching staff, but it will not be Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke starting on Friday night. Instead, L.A. will pitch 27-year-old right-hander Mike Bolsinger.
Bolsinger, though, is no slouch himself. He has a 3.08 ERA through 13 appearances this season, his second year in the majors. Bolsinger has never faced the Nationals before.
Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 3.22) will pitch for the Nationals. He will hope to be better than his last time out when he gave up four earned runs on nine hits against the Orioles.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
LOS ANGELES DODGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, MASN, MLBN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from RF
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
LF Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
CF Joc Pederson
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Jacob Turner
1B Adrian Gonzalez
C Yasmani Grandal
RF Yasiel Puig
LF Andre Ethier
SS Jimmy Rollins
RHP Mike Bolsinger
HP Jim Wolf
1B Adrian Johnson
2B Bill Miller (cc)
3B Doug Eddings
7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway on a muggy, 83-degree night. Big crowd still making its way into the park here as Jordan Zimmermann fires ball one to Joc Pederson.
7:28 p.m. — The first inning was scoreless, but still quite interesting. The Dodgers made Zimmermann work, forcing 24 pitches from him vs. five batters. He struck out Yasmani Grandal to strand a pair of runners on base. The Nats, meanwhile, had a man on second with one out when Mike Bolsinger threw away Danny Espinosa’s bunt back to the mound. Up stepped Bryce Harper … who was intentionally walked. Wow, in the first inning, with one out and one man on base? Who’s the last guy to get that kind of treatment, Barry Bonds? Then again, if Clint Robinson and Wilson Ramos each strike out on pitches out of the zone, opposing teams are probably going to continue doing this. Tough way for the inning to end.
7:38 p.m. — Zimmermann retired the side in the top of the second, but it was hardly routine. Harper got twisted around on Yasiel Puig’s drive to deep right field, ultimately making the catch. Zimmermann then hit the deck on Andre Ethier’s comebacker, somehow making the catch as he fell to the ground. The good news: He only needed six pitches in the inning, giving him a manageable 30 through two frames. Bolsinger set down the Nats in order in the bottom of the second. So it’s still scoreless heading to the third.
8:04 p.m. — The Nats are on the board in the bottom of the third, thanks in part to another comebacker hit by Espinosa. For some reason, these relatively simple plays appear to have spooked Bolsinger, who took a big tumble on this latest one and wound up doing a somersault and appearing to injure his left knee. The Dodgers trainer looked at him carefully before letting him stay in to face Harper with one out and runners on the corners. Harper could only manage a soft grounder to second, but that was good enough to bring the runner home. It’s 1-0 Nats after three thanks to Harper’s 62nd RBI.
8:19 p.m. — Uh-oh, we’ve got a semi-power outage here. One of the banks of lights high above the third-base line just went out, and they’ve pulled the players off the field in the bottom of the fourth inning, with the Nats now trailing 2-1 after Adrian Gonzalez’s 2-run blast into the second deck in the top of the inning. Hopefully this won’t take too long to rectify.
9:19 p.m. — Ugh, we’re now one hour into the power delay, and nothing has changed. The one light bank that went out hasn’t come close to turning back on. The crowd (and press box) has been given very little in the way of an update. People are, understandably, frustrated.
9:42 p.m. — And after a delay of 1-hour, 23 minutes, we are back underway. Bolsinger remains on the mound for the Dodgers, but Tanner Roark is warming in the bullpen for the Nats, so it looks like he’ll replace Zimmermann in the fifth.
9:49 p.m. — Guys are going up there swinging at everything after the delay. Tyler Moore popped up on the first pitch he saw. Michael Taylor also popped up to end the inning. Roark then recorded a quick 1-2-3 top of the fifth. Bolsinger is now out of the game, replaced for the bottom of the fifth by right-hander Chin-Hui Tsao.
9:51 p.m. — Oh, no. The same bank of lights just went out again prior to the bottom of the fifth. Fans (and quite a few media members) are furious right now.
Chase taking over while Mark goes live on CSN
10:34 p.m. — And we are back. This delay was 41 minutes, so the lighting problem delay total at this point is 2 hours and 3 minutes.
10:43 p.m. — So, the power came back on in more ways than one (get it?). Tanner Roark led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and Escobar followed with a homer. That put the Nats back on top 3-2. But then, as the teams were getting ready for the sixth inning, THE LIGHTS WENT OUT AGAIN. We are in a delay for the third freaking time.
10:53 p.m. — The game has been suspended.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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