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Game 88: Dodgers at Nats (resumed)

Jul 18, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Okay, let’s try this again. After Friday night’s game was suspended due to lighting issues, the Nationals and Dodgers will resume play on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. The game will start in the top of the sixth inning with the Nationals leading 3-2.

There will be two games played today with the second one beginning at 4:05 p.m. Doug Fister (3-4, 4.08) and Clayton Kershaw (6-6, 2.85) will be the starters.

As a reminder about tickets, if you attended Friday’s game you will not be able to use those tickets for the resumed game today. Those tickets can be exchanged for later game in 2015, depending on availability. Those with tickets to Saturday’s 4:05 p.m. start can come early and watch both matchups. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Stay tuned for updates…

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 2:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 853
Weather: Chance of storms, 91 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (48-39)
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 Tanner Roark

DODGERS (51-39)
CF Joc Pederson
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Justin Turner
1B Adrian Gonzalez
C Yasmani Grandal
RF Yasiel Puig
LF Andre Ethier
SS Jimmy Rollins
RHP Chin-Hui Tsao

UMPIRES
HP Jim Wolf
1B Adrian Johnson
2B Bill Miller (cc)
3B Doug Eddings

2:05 p.m. — And we are… underway. The game has resumed after about 15 hours.

2:21 p.m. — The Nationals began the day with a 3-2 lead, but that didn’t last long after play resumed. Gonzalez smacked a solo homer to left field with one out in the top of the sixth to make it 3-3. The Nats then went down in order in the bottom half of the inning. Aaron Barrett will pitch next for the home team.

2:51 p.m. — The game remains 3-3, though the Nationals did get a very good chance in the bottom of the seventh. Escobar reached with one out on a misplay by Kendrick at second. He lofted a high pop-up to shallow right field and Kendrick lost it in the sun. The Sun Monster struck again. Harper then joined him on base by getting intentionally walked. Robinson followed that with a walk, but Ramos struck out to end the frame. Casey Janssen will now take over for the top of the eighth.

3:14 p.m. — The Nationals are back on top with a 5-3 lead as Drew Storen will take over looking for his 28th save. The two runs came on a pinch-hit homer by Matt den Dekker. He scored Taylor, who reached on a groundball in the previous at-bat.

3:27 p.m. — Nats win 5-3 and move to 49-39 on the season.

  1. TimDz - Jul 18, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Any word as to the cause of the lights going out? Was it rectified?

    • Candide - Jul 18, 2015 at 11:40 AM
      • Jfmii - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        Thanks

    • Tyler Babip - Jul 18, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      There’s a thing in the twitter feed on the side of this page from the Nats–circuit breaker?

  2. nattygoats - Jul 18, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    With kershaw going in the 4 pm game it is important to hold onto the lead in the first game.

  3. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 18, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Williams needs four BP innings in Game 1A — I kinda doubt Roark is available (and won’t be, unless he is the first pitcher out of the box). So that’s potentially four pitchers. Then whatever is needed to get through Game 2 — and Fister isn’t exactly known for extended innings. Unlike the rain-out double header rule I don’t think there is any roster relief. This is going to tax bullpen stamina and Williams’s managerial savvy.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 18, 2015 at 11:58 AM

      Roark threw only seven pitches last night. No reason he shouldn’t be able to go multiple innings today.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:01 PM

      Isn’t it Scherzer’s day to throw, anyhow? Warm him up in the first game, let them wonder.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        He’s starting tomorrow. That means he doesn’t throw today.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM

        Criminy, is it Saturday already?? 😉
        been busy…

  4. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Can they call up a 26th guy for this?

  5. thelatencn - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Okay, what is the rule for who is eligible in a suspended game? A suspended game could conceivably be played at any time, so if the only players eligible are those who were eligible at the time of the suspension, then it is conceivable that some players could be injured, traded or otherwise no longer on the team. Are their replacements eligible? What would happen if a player on one of the teams was traded to the other team in the interim. Is he eligible to play for either team?

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      Players who played in the original game and were removed are obviously ineligible to return. Beyond that, eligibility consists of players on the 25 man roster on the day of the game’s resumption.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      As I understand it, anyone on the roster at the time the suspended game is restarted — with the exception of a player who was in the original game and had been removed from that game — is eligible. You end up with some anomalous situations, as you suggest.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      I believe that has, in fact, happened – a player appearing in a game for both teams. I’ll see if I can find it.

    • hantiaolang - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      The pine tar game from 1983 is a good example for this situation. I think that game was completed about 3 months after George Brett getting called out was reversed. The Yankees had at least one player who played in the original game but was no longer on the team when the game was resumed.

    • tcostant - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      This happen years ago vs. The Astros, The game was resumed at least a month later. Joel Hammerham (Sp?) got the win even though he was trade to Pittsburgh…

      • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:54 PM

        Hanrahan. Or as he was often called here — Gascanrahan.

  6. thelatencn - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Thanks for the explanations, folks. How about this one? Could the Nats have optioned JZimm to Syracuse last night and replaced him on the roster with, say, Joe Ross. Could Ross pitch in the suspended game today?

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM

      JZnn would have to agree, for one thing, as a 5-year player. Then he’d have to stay there for 10 days.

      So, theoretically, I suppose, but no, not really.

      But if they brought Ross up some normal way, then sure. Why not?

      I asked about the doubleheader-26th guy rule for today, but nobody’s answered, so I’m guessing not.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

        And that’s assuming Znn has an option year. I’m not going to bother looking.

      • thelatencn - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM

        Sorry, I hit report comment by mistake. Sofa, I didn’t know about the 10 day rule. Thanks. I figured the options on a veteran like him would be pretty worthless if he had any, silnce he’s unlikely to be sent down for cause. So you’re right, it’s not going to happen.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:43 PM

      If they option him to the minors he has to stay there 10 days before they could bring him back up. He’d miss at least two starts.

  7. natsdial8 - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    26 th man question is a good one – seems to me with all the emphasis put on players safety and ” convenience ” that exists in modern MLB it would seem logical that a call up 26th man would be allowed.

  8. Dave - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Roark is announced as three game 1 guy. Also, for game 2 the teams can have a 26th player. Extra-man rule per ESPN and others; Roark potter Matt Williams via Nats Twitter account.

    • Dave - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      The game 1 starter. Stupid Swype autocorrect.

    • Dave - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:43 PM

      Roark per MW.

      Swype is really great except when it’s not. Then it’s stupid.

  9. Hiram Hover - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Anyone know – Is the resumed game on MASN at 2:05?

    Trying to set DVR. Schedule shows other programming and not sure if they are preempting that.

    • Dave - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:54 PM

      MASN just sent out a text announcing the 2:00 game, so they seem to be broadcasting it.

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM

      I’m sure it’s going to be on MASN and other programming will be pre-empted. I suppose it could be on MASN-2, but since the Nats are on MASN-1 at 4:00 pm that would be odd. You could record both channels to be sure.

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

      Game is on MASN. It all starts (or rather, resumes) — RIGHT NOW!

  10. veejh - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Looks like Roark has picked up where he left off

  11. unkyd59 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Well… No game on dish network… Anybody else getting it?

    • veejh - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:15 PM

      Si. MASN.

      • unkyd59 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM

        MASN &MASN2 are both blank, for me 😕

      • unkyd59 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:47 PM

        HERE IT IS!!!😀😛

      • unkyd59 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        Argh…. Just in time for Willie’s whiff…..

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:22 PM

      DIRECTV has it. Cue the commercial.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    And Roark continues giving up the HRs at an alarming pace

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:30 PM

      Yet on non home run pitches he looks great. Not sure what the deal is.

  13. Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Was Barrett talking to his hat like Soriano?

  14. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Desi now 3 times more errors than homers

  15. veejh - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    now that was LOL!

  16. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    The sun mobster

    • unkyd59 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:36 PM

      Mobster… Heehee…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:39 PM

        It was all part of the plan no sun last night.

  17. Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Puig is having a heckuva game.

  18. Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Three walks for Harper, two intentional. Mattingly is a smart manager.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      Only Clint Robinson can stop these walks. Until he makes them pay why pitch to Harper.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    The only way we can stop these walks is the batter behind Harper making them pay. Until happens he will be walked a lot this season.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Did yall hear the loud boo on the intentional walk to Bryce … yeah that was me and my dad… hahaha

  21. mauimo22 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    And why aren’t we IBB’ing Adrian Gonzalez???

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      I thought Roark was doing a pitch around. I expect Rivero for his next atbat

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      We aren’t as smart

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Mattingly playing this like Game 7

  23. Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Peralta yucking it up with Mattingly and Turner. Wonder what that was about. “Hey, I did good, right skipper? That walk to Harper was epic.”

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:42 PM

      He said he better not score as it goes against me. Have Howell walk him as he would gave more vested in pitching to Robinson.

  24. mauimo22 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    OK Buffalo, show time!

    • mauimo22 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Time to start grooming some young catchers. Ramos is washed up.

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Please no slow roller…. to the SS.. or 2nd baseman…

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Ramos go with the pitch pkease

  27. philipd763 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    The sad trusth is the Nats only offense is provided by Escobar and Harper and they are pitching around Harper.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      Right now that is true.

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:12 PM

      Esco, Harper…. and Matt den Dekker.

  28. philipd763 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Ramos is a hopeless sucker for every low, outside pitch, just like RZim.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      They both gave the same problem, they are way to far from the plate.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM

        Gave = have

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    A fastball on the inner part and he misses it completely.

    He stands way to far the plate, thus first two strikes are easy. If he hits those rolls it over. He needs to move up 6 inches at least closer to the plate. Is Schu watching? Is Schu coaching?

    • mauimo22 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      All I want to see is improvement, not making same BS mistakes. OK Coach Schu, time to schedule a little Buffalo 1-on-1.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:58 PM

        What he and RZim both do is easily fixable. Ian much harder to fix.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Was that a strike that Wilson struck out on?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:57 PM

      On the inside corner clearly a strike. Based on where Wilson stands that should have been in wheel house and clobbered. He swung slow.

  31. mauimo22 - Jul 18, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    If MW doesn’t figure out how to get some contributions from players other than Esco and Harp then this will be the text book blue print of how to shut the Nats down!

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Notice Ouig came in that time

  33. Nats105 - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Johnny with the radio play by play…painful.

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      Wait, he’s on the radio too?

      • Nats105 - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:22 PM

        No…it’s just that he talks like he’s doing radio play by play!

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    That’s right, den Dekker sucks too.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      Maybe that Upper Dekker nickname is well earned.

  35. everendp - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Ambush!

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Mrs B was it you I heard yelling at Matt DenDekker for swinging at the first pitch.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Ok Storen how about 3 up 3 down.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    I guess 3 up 3 down was to much pressure. Argggg

  39. philipd763 - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Storen digging a big hole.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      Most closer seem to live doing that.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Storen why are you making me go to maloox . a 2 run lead should be safe.

  41. veejh - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Impressive bounceback from Storen. I had my doubts.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    No pitch near his hit zone Pederson swings at balls.

  43. veejh - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Love it. Nice win.

    den Dekker!!!!!!!!!

  44. unkyd59 - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    WHOOP WHOOP!!!

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Playoff atmosphere.

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