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Game 160: Nats at Mets

Oct 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

NEW YORK — OK, let’s try this again. After nonstop rain pelted the city all day and all night, conditions are supposed to clear up this afternoon before the Nationals and Mets take the field the first half of a day-night doubleheader.

Gio Gonzalez and Noah Syndergaard will take the mound as each originally was supposed to last night. (Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey square off in the star-studded nightcap at 7:10 p.m.) Bryce Harper, who still holds a .331-to-.329 lead over Dee Gordon for the NL batting title, is in the lineup batting in his customary third spot.

Plenty of updates to come on what will be a long day and night at the ballpark…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 189/869
Weather: Rain ending, 52 degrees, Wind 21 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (81-78)
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
CF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
RF Matt den Dekker
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

METS (89-70)
CF Juan Lagares
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Yoenis Cespedes
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
SS Ruben Tejada
RHP Noah Syndergaard

UMPIRES
HP Phil Cuzzi
1B Sean Barber
2B Jim Wolf
3B Gerry Davis (cc)

1:10 p.m. — We are underway on a very cold, very windy, very overcast afternoon in Queens. Not a whole lotta folks in attendance as Noah Syndergaard delivers his first pitch to Anthony Rendon.

1:24 p.m. — Scoreless first inning for both clubs. Bryce Harper struck out in the top of the frame, leaving him 4 for his last 31, his batting average down to .330.

1:38 p.m. — With the stiff wind blowing straight in from center field, it’s going to be next-to-impossible to hit one out of the park today. But Travis d’Arnaud just gave it his best effort, driving a double off the top of the wall in deep left-center with two outs in the bottom of the second. Gio Gonzalez was able to escape without any damage, so it’s still scoreless here through two.

2:08 p.m. — Gio just walked three batters in the bottom of the third … and somehow didn’t allow a run. Big assist from Matt den Dekker, who made a spectacular, lunging catch in deep right-center to rob a sure RBI double. Den Dekker has been playing out of his mind the last few weeks. Still 0-0 after three.

2:24 p.m. — Still 0-0 after four. Harper is 0-for-2 and is down to .329.

2:34 p.m. — We’ve got a humdinger of a pitchers’ duel going on here. Gio has thrown five innings of two-hit ball. Syndergaard has thrown five innings of one-hit ball.

2:54 p.m. — It continues. Still nothing but zeroes posted by Gonzalez and Syndergaard through six innings. Syndergaard did nail Harper in the left knee/shin with a 97-mph fastball, which on a cold day like today can’t feel good. Bryce did stay in the game. To the seventh we go.

3:20 p.m. — The good news: Clint Robinson hit a ball three rows from the top of the second deck in right field to give the Nats a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh. The bad news: Blake Treinen and Matt Grace gave the run right back to the Mets in the bottom of the seventh.

3:42 p.m. — Guess Harper’s leg is fine, because he just launched a 2-run homer into the second deck off Addison Reed in the top of the eighth. And after a 1-2-3 frame from Casey Janssen, the Nats hold a 3-1 lead heading to the ninth.

3:55 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 3-1. Felipe Rivero gets his second save in as many games. They’ve clinched a winning record for the fourth straight season.

  1. natsfan1a - Oct 3, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Let’s play two!

    • unkyd59 - Oct 3, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      +2!!

  2. Sonny G 10 - Oct 3, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Go Nats! Entertain me twice today and once tomorrow. Let’s go out with a bang!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 3, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      Once for tomorrow, once just for today!

      • sjm308 - Oct 3, 2015 at 11:38 AM

        Don’t let the “Doors” hit you on your way out!

  3. JamesFan - Oct 3, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    these last three games must be misery for Williams. He is the talk of baseball about his responsibility for the Nats being the biggest disappointment in baseball.

    I have no problem with the Nats hiring a former player who has never managed in the big leagues with one exception–Cal Ripken. Cal was a great player but never a leader in Baltimore. I think of him as like Ryan Zimmerman who doesn’t get hurt.

    The Nats need a respected manager who knows the game and can relate to the players.

    For all the good Rizzo has done, his hiring of managers and his stocking of the bullpen has been terrible so far. Like they say about rookies, you only get so many chances in the major leagues.

    • trfwans - Oct 3, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Matt Williams is the first manager Rizzo has actually hired. He inherited Riggleman and he lucked into Davey. Hopefully he learned from the Williams hire and will do a better job this time around.

      • knoxvillenat - Oct 3, 2015 at 3:17 PM

        Actually Rizzo promoted Riggleman from bench coach to interim manager in 2009 and then hired him as manager in 2010 after trying without success to get someone else.

    • 3on2out - Oct 3, 2015 at 11:52 AM

      I had the opportunity to spend several hours with Billy and Cal at a fund raiser in the late 90s. The brothers’ ability to communicate was not unlike their careers: VERY different! It is no surprise to me that Billy is a talking head on MLB TV and Cal can barely read the script for those moronic PNC commercials. Generally great players don’t make good managers…they can’t relate to the struggles of mortals. But a great player who can’t talk? This is not a good combination.

      • Section 222 - Oct 3, 2015 at 2:32 PM

        That’s a really good first hand observation. Thanks.

  4. Drew - Oct 3, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    3 to reach 100 at 22.

    658 from Henry Aaron.

    • Section 222 - Oct 3, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      It’s a darn shame he probably won’t make it to 100. I really wanted that, for you as much as anything. Still an incredible season, giving us much to look forward to. Can he match Aaron? Who knows. But it’s going to be fun to watch.

    • natsfan1a - Oct 3, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      2 down, 1 to go.

      • Drew - Oct 3, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        I think he means the 100 homers, but the 100 ribbies is another milestone for Bryce.

      • natsfan1a - Oct 3, 2015 at 5:48 PM

        Ah, I was thinking of steaks.

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