Oct 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
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
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
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
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.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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