Sep 1, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT
After losing the first two of this weekend series with the New York Mets, the Nationals will send Ross Ohlendorf to the mound looking to avoid the sweep. They sit 7 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card with 27 games remaining on their schedule, this the first of their final month of the regular season.
Ohlendorf is making his fifth start of the season for Washington and his second against New York. Having also faced the Mets in relief, Ohlendorf has allowed two earned runs through nine innings vs. the club this year. As a starter this season he is 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA through 22 1/3 innings pitched.
Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69) is facing the Nats for the first time this year. The 26-year-old, however, has a strong history against the franchise. Through six starts against Washington he sports a 3-0 record and a 2.37 ERA.
With the lefty on the mound, Davey Johnson has given Adam LaRoche and Denard Span the day off. In their place are Tyler Moore at first and Bryce Harper who is playing center and batting leadoff.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF
CF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
LF Scott Hairston
RHP Ross Ohlendorf
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Josh Satin
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
RF Juan Lagares
CF Matt den Dekker
SS Omar Quintanilla
LHP Jonathon Niese
HP Gerry Davis (cc)
1B Dan Iassonga
2B Brian Knight
3B Mark Carlson
7:55 p.m. — Tonight’s game is on ESPN2 by the way, I had originally said it was on ESPN. Sorry for the confusion! Anyways, we’re about to get started here with a 8:06 p.m. first pitch.
8:17 p.m. – It was not a great start for Ohlendorf and the Nats in the top of the first. The Mets scored two runs in the frame, the first on back-to-back doubles by Young and Murphy. Duda later singled home Murphy to score the second run and make it 2-0 Mets. Ohlendorf threw 16 pitches.
8:24 p.m. – Harper led off with a single to center field, but a Rendon swinging strikeout and Zimmerman GIDP ended the inning. Niese threw 11 pitches. We’ll see if Ohlendorf can settle down after a rocky first inning.
8:32 p.m. – It doesn’t look like Ohlendorf is ready to settle down yet. He gave up another run in the second, this one on a upper deck blast by Matt den Dekker. It was the outfielder’s first major league home run, a day after he recorded his first hit. Ohlendorf has thrown 26 pitches through two, but nearly every time the Mets have made contact it’s been right on the barrel.
8:46 p.m. – The Nats again saw their leadoff batter get on, a double down the left field line by Jayson Werth, but this time they cashed in. Moore hit a grounder up the middle to score Werth from third with two outs and it’s a 3-1 game. Niese has 38 pitches through two after tossing 27 in that inning alone.
8:56 p.m. – Ohlendorf managed to toss a scoreless inning in the top of the third, but it wasn’t exactly a clean frame. He allowed a double off the wall to Satin who crushed a 89 mph fastball left up in the zone. It sailed over Harper’s head in center as he backpedaled and turned twice to get into position. Ohlendorf has thrown 42 pitches through three.
9:06 p.m. – No runs came across for the Nats in the bottom of the third despite three men getting on base. Harper walked, but was replaced by Rendon at first after he hit into a forceout at second. Zimmerman then singled to center to put Rendon at third, but a Werth groundout killed any hopes of a rally. Niese has tossed 54 pitches.
9:20 p.m. – The Mets are seeing Ohlendorf well tonight. They didn’t score in the top of the fourth, but again got a man in scoring position on a well-hit ball. Lagares doubled off the wall in right field and made it to third on a den Dekker infield grounder. Quintanilla then grounded out to end the inning. Ohlendorf has thrown 67 pitches.
9:27 p.m. – It’s now a 3-2 game after Hairston hit an RBI single up the middle to score Desmond. They could have scored more, however, as Harper batted with men at second and third with two outs. He grounded out to first base on the first pitch to end the inning. Niese is at 63 pitches through four.
9:39 p.m. – The Mets notched another run in the top of the fifth after Niese, the pitcher, led off with a double to right field. He was moved to third on a Young sac bunt and then brought home by a Murphy single. It’s now 4-2 Mets as Craig Stammen is up in the Nats’ bullpen.
9:49 p.m. – The Nationals came up short with no runs in the bottom of the fifth despite Rendon and Zimmerman leading off with singles. Werth popped up, Desmond struck out swinging and Ramos flew out to deep center field. Niese has 80 pitches through five. Stammen in to pitch for the Nats.
9:58 p.m. – Stammen is off to a good start tonight, he allowed a two-out single to den Dekker but that was it for the Mets. On to the bottom of the sixth we go with Moore set to lead off.
10:12 p.m. – The bottom of the sixth saw two Nats runners get on base and Niese leave the game with a leg injury, but no runs for the home team. Scott Atchison got Rendon to pop up to end the inning and it’s still 4-2 with Ian Krol on his way to the mound.
10:28 p.m. – Put another on the board for the Mets as they now lead 5-2. Krol gave up an RBI single to Duda with two outs that scored Young. Ryan Mattheus then came in to get the third out and take us to the bottom of the seventh.
10:41 p.m. – 5-3 now as the Nats chip away with another run. This one came on a Ramos RBI single to bring home Desmond. The shortstop singled and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches by Atchison before he was sent home. Erik Davis now in to pitch for Washington.
10:51 p.m. – Davis gave up a one-out single to Justin Turner, but that was it. Still 5-3 with the bottom of the eighth on deck. Lefty Scott Rice will take over for the Mets with Hairston leading off.
11:17 p.m. – The Nats scored three runs in the eighth to take the lead 6-5, capped by a Jayson Werth double to right-center field to score Zimmerman from first. Soriano is in looking for his 36th save of the season.
11:18 p.m. – That’s all folks, Nats come back and win to move to 69-67 on the year.
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