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Game 150: Orioles at Nats

Sep 22, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

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…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
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

ORIOLES (73-76)
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:

  1. natsfan1a - Sep 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Well, allrighty then. Go, GIO! Go, NATS!!

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    At least two of these script a happy ending for the Nats…and some of the others are amusing…

    • ArVAFan - Sep 22, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      Thanks for the link–that was hysterical. And the odds are, one is probably right (ok, probably not the one with 3 Bartolo Colon home runs).

    • natsfan1a - Sep 22, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      Creative and funny.

    • janebeard - Sep 22, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      I;m so glad you posted it! I loved the one that wrote of the epic fail and the Nats clinching the division in NYC. We can all dream right? At least as long as our guys win tonight, that is. May Ubaldo have another rough outing.


    • Section 222 - Sep 22, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      Thanks for posting. Lots of creativity in those Mets fans, that’s for sure.

      I see that Max will pitch tomorrow, but JZnn will get an extra day’s rest to pitch on his bobblehead night. Fine with me.

      • natsfan1a - Sep 22, 2015 at 6:18 PM

        Niiice, seeing as how I’ll be there on Friday (and Saturday, and Sunday, and Monday). I need a JZ no-no bobble to go with my Souza figurine. And my memories. 🙂

  3. natsjackinfl - Sep 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    So the Orioles are just gonna let all the pitches bounce off the umpire or are they going to name a catcher?

    • jfmii - Sep 22, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      Small detail

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      Like beer league softball…they just expect every pitch to be put into play.

  4. bowdenball - Sep 22, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Chances, in order:

    1. Slim
    2. None
    3. Dependent upon the 2015 Braves offense putting up some runs

    They make the 2008 Nationals look like the 1927 Yankees.

  5. Nats fan - Sep 22, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Only 8 Orioles listed in your line-up for Baltimore? Piece of cake!

    • natsfan1a - Sep 22, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      It would have been more impressive if they had one guy fielding all positions, but evidently Bugs was not available.

  6. natsjackinfl - Sep 22, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Nobody on the Nats pitching staff frustrates me more than Gio Gonzalez when he goes into his “Gio being Gio ” mode.

  7. Joe Seamhead - Sep 22, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Really, Ian Desmond? Picked off by the catcher? And, FP, it was not that close.

  8. veejh - Sep 22, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    bad bunt from Gio leaves runs on the bases.

  9. veejh - Sep 22, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    amazing slide from Machado. Had Werth dug that out a little faster, I think that run doesn’t score.

  10. fpa4356 - Sep 22, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    This one is going to have to be pulled out by the offense.

  11. hummel26 - Sep 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    The Nats have just not had that hot, hot, hot stretch, not like the Mets who have had THREE eight game winning streaks since the AS break. This is an example. You just have to have a big streak to have any chance. Gio ain’t a clutch guy, now is he.

    So sad about Espi. That’s it, folks, everyone on the team has been hurt, pretty much. Everyone except, oddly Capt. K himself, Ian Desmond.

  12. philipd763 - Sep 22, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Since 2005,the Nats have had lots of difficulty beating the Os.

  13. philipd763 - Sep 22, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Nats blowing a chance to gain a game on the Mets!





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