Aug 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
The Nationals didn’t exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper’s effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound.
Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst start in over a month after giving up four earned runs in Kansas City on Aug. 25. Tonight he faces the Mets for the third time this season, he holds a 4.91 ERA through 11 innings against the club. Haren last faced the Mets on July 27 and held them to one run through seven innings in a 4-1 win at Nats Park.
The Nats will get their second look at former sixth overall pick Zack Wheeler (6-3, 3.42) tonight. They faced him in his third career start back in June and handed him his shortest outing of the season. That day Wheeler was yanked after 4 2/3 innings with five earned runs off two homers surrendered.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from RF
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Dan Haren
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Josh Satin
1B Ike Davis
C Travis d’Arnaud
RF Juan Lagares
CF Matt den Dekker
SS Omar Quintanilla
RHP Zack Wheeler
HP Mark Carlson
1B Gerry Davis (cc)
2B Dan Iassonga
3B Brian Knight
7:13 p.m. – Quick work for Haren in the first as he retired the Mets 1-2-3 hitters in order. He got Young to ground out to second, Murphy to fly out to deep center and Satin to go down swinging. 12 pitches for the veteran through one.
7:20 p.m. – It was three up, three down for the Nats as well in the first inning. Span, Zimmerman and Harper were all retired on groundouts. Wheeler also threw 12 pitches.
7:32 p.m. – The Mets took an early lead in the second inning after plating two runs on a Quintanilla double. The hit was a long fly ball to center field and Span got a glove on it on a dive attempt, but couldn’t reel it in. Nats down 2-0 as we move to the bottom of the second.
7:41 p.m. – Nothing going for the Nationals in the bottom half of the inning. Werth popped out to the catcher, Desmond grounded out to first and LaRoche struck out swinging. Wheeler has thrown 28 pitches.
8:09 p.m. – Well, that one got out of hand quickly. The Mets scored six more runs in the top of the third to make this an 8-0 game. Haren gave up five more on a battery of singles, and was then replaced by Tanner Roark. Roark then walked Quintanilla to load the bases and Wheeler to score the final run. Nats now down big in what has turned into a blowout.
8:18 p.m. – The Nats made matters interesting in the bottom of the third with a pair of two-out singles, but came away with nothing to show for it. Zimmerman ended the inning on a deep flyout to right field that was about three feet from clearing the fence. Score remains 8-0 with the fourth up next.
8:27 p.m. – Roark gave up a leadoff double to Satin, but that’s all the Mets would get. Two strikeouts and a Lagares groundout later and it’s still 8-0 with the bottom of the fourth on deck.
8:34 p.m. – Another quick inning for the Nats on offense who were set down in order. Harper struck out swinging before Werth grounded out and Desmond lined out to right field. Wheeler is grooving through four scoreless having thrown 60 pitches.
8:40 p.m. – Roark gets through the top of the fifth in short order, beginning the frame with two swinging strikeouts. The third out was a groundout by Wheeler as LaRoche, Ramos and Lombardozzi are up next in the bottom of the inning.
8:45 p.m. – This Wheeler kid is pretty good. Either that, or the Nats already have their sights set on tomorrow. Once again it was 1-2-3 for Washington, LaRoche and Lombo grounded out and Ramos flew out to deep right field. Wheeler is through five scoreless having thrown 65 pitches.
8: 56 p.m. – Roark allowed a single and a walk in the top of the sixth, but no runs for the Mets. Murphy was thrown out on his single, a leadoff hit, by Bryce Harper as he tried to stretch it to two. Still 8-0 with Roark leading off for the Nats.
9:12 p.m. – Finally some runs for the home team. Anthony Rendon pinch-hit for Roark and took first after he was hit with a pitch. Span then joined him on base with a single, and Harper later walked. Werth was able to bring Rendon home with a sac fly to left field. Desmond then hit a broken bat singled into left field to score Span from second. 8-2 is the score.
9:21 p.m. – Fernando Abad took over in the top of the seventh and walked den Dekker with two outs. That was it for the Mets, however, as it remains 8-2.
9:33 p.m. – Rendon and Span both singled in the bottom of the seventh, but once again no runs for the Nats. Span’s hit was actually his third of the day. That’s his 12th three-hit game of the year. He also pushed his career-high hitting streak tonight to 14 games.
9:47 p.m. – Three more runs for the Mets in the top of the eighth off Ryan Mattheus and this one is as good as over. 11-2 is the score as the Nats have six outs to go before Gavin DeGraw takes the stage.
10:00 p.m. – There were no runs for the Nats in the bottom of the eighth, despited a pair of doubles. Harper led off with a double but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it. Desmond doubled an out later, but never advanced past second. 11-2 with the top of the ninth up next.
10:15 p.m. — The Nats got another run in the bottom of the ninth as Span singled home Jhonatan Solano. That was it though as they fell 11-3 to the Mets.
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