Sep 22, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT
Okay, let’s give this another shot. The Nationals and Orioles had their series opener postponed on Monday night, so now they will try again on Tuesday with the same pitchers scheduled to start.
The forecast is much better for this one with a slight chance of rain in the early evening before it clears up around game time. Gio Gonzalez (11-7, 3.83) and Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 4.31) will start as both teams cling to slim chances of making the playoffs.
The Nationals enter Tuesday having won seven of their last eight, while the Orioles have won eight of their last 12. Gio struck out 12 against the Phillies in his last game. Ubaldo allowed four runs on six hits and three walks against the Red Sox in his previous outing.
Please check back for updates throughout the game…
BALTIMORE ORIOLES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 106.7 FM, 980 AM, 1500 AM, XM 183/842
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to RF
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
CF Michael Taylor
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez
LF Nolan Reimold
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Steve Pearce
2B Jonathan Schoop
C Caleb Joseph
SS J.J. Hardy
CF Junior Lake
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
HP Brian O’Nora (cc)
1B Mark Ripperger
2B Ed Hickox
3B Alan Porter
7:23 p.m. — We are through one at Nationals Park with the score locked at 0-0. The Orioles got Davis on thanks to Desmond’s 27th error of the season, a throw that bounced on its way to Robinson at first. That was it for them, though. The Nats didn’t score either, but they got two on as both Escobar and Harper walked. On to the second.
7:47 p.m. — The Orioles went up 2-0 in the second on RBI singles by Jimenez, the pitcher, and Reimold, their leadoff hitter. Joseph got the rally started with a one-out walk and Hardy followed with a walk of his own. Both came home to score. The Nats saw Desmond lead off with a walk, but he was thrown out at first by Joseph.
8:03 p.m. — It’s still 2-0 after three. The Orioles went down in order at the Nats couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff walk by Rendon. On to the fourth.
8:23 p.m. — The Nats got on the board in the fourth inning, but they could have had more. Robinson got on to lead off thanks an error by Lake in center. Desmond then reached on a groundball to third. Lobaton hit a grounder to Schoop one out later that resulted in an E4 as Schoop couldn’t corral it. The Nats had two men on and one out, but Gio grounded into a 5-3 double play to finish off the frame.
8:50 p.m. — The Orioles added two more runs in the fifth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Davis and Pearce. That made it a 4-1 game and that’s where we stand with the sixth inning up next. One thing did happen for the Nats, however. Harper drew his second walk of the night, which gave him the team’s single season walks record. He has 117 on the year.
9:03 p.m. — It’s still 4-1 as neither team did much on offense in the sixth. The O’s went down in order and the Nats got nothing more than a two-out single by Taylor.
9:34 p.m. — It remains 4-1 after eight innings. Casey Janssen pitched the eighth. Now Blake Treinen will enter to pitch the ninth.
10:00 p.m. — Nats lose, here’s my instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2015/09/22/orioles-4-nats-1-momentum-halts-as-gio-lineup-struggle/
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