Sep 22, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT
Let’s try this again. After last night’s rainout, the Nationals and Marlins will pick back up with a doubleheader today, this the last day the Nats play at home during the 2013 regular season. Because of the postponement, the Nationals adjusted their pitching assignments to have Dan Haren (9-13, 4.88) throw the first game and Stephen Strasburg take the night game.
Haren is making his 30th start of the season for the Nationals and taking on the Marlins for the fourth time this year. He holds a 5.40 ERA through 13 1/3 innings against Miami, including an 0-2 record. He last faced them three starts ago, on Sept. 6, and allowed five earned runs in just three innings of work. The Nats have only lost two of their last 14 games since that day.
Pitching for Miami is right-hander Tim Koehler. The Nats got to him big last time out, scoring six runs in five innings on Aug. 29.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees, Wind 13 mph RF to LF
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Steve Lombardozzi
C Jhonatan Solano
RHP Dan Haren
LF Chris Coghlan
2B Donovan Solano
CF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Logan Morrison
3B Placido Polanco
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Tom Koehler
HP Fieldin Culbreth
1B Dave Rackley
2B Bill Welke
3B Brian O’Nora
1:47 p.m. — Haren is not off to a good start today as the Nats find themselves down 2-0 already after the top of the first. Haren got two quick outs before serving up a double down the right field line to Yelich. Stanton then worked a full count with two outs, including a questionable ball three call, and smacked a two-run home run opposite field. Morrison followed with a single, but Polanco flew out to right field to end the frame. Haren threw 25 pitches.
1:55 p.m. – It’s still a 2-0 game as a Zimmerman single was all the Nats could manage in the bottom of the first. He got the hit with one out and Werth followed with a double play to end the inning. Koehler threw 12 pitches.
2:00 p.m. – Three up, three down for the Marlins in the top of the second. Hechavarria grounded out, Mathis flew out to center and Koehler struck out swinging.
2:11 p.m. – The Nats got another man on base, this time on a Desmond HBP, but that was it. Lombardozzi popped up to end the inning and Koehler has thrown 28 pitches. Still 2-0 Marlins.
2:19 p.m. – Haren gave up another home run in the top of the third, this a solo shot by Yelich. It’s now 3-0 Marlins. Haren has 54 pitches through three.
2:24 p.m. – Koehler made quick work of the Nats in the bottom of the third, getting Solano, Haren and Span all to fly out. He’s thrown 36 pitches.
2:33 p.m. – Haren gave up a pair of one-out singles, but that was it for the Marlins. It’s a 3-0 game as we move to the bottom of the fourth. Haren has thrown 71 pitches.
2:42 p.m. – 1-2-3 for the Nats with a trio of flyouts from Zimmerman, Werth and Harper. Koehler is cruising with 50 pitches through four.
2:49 p.m. – Haren put in another scoreless frame in the top of the fifth. Solano reached on a single with one out, but Yelich then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Haren has already thrown 82 pitches through five.
2:54 p.m. – LaRoche singled with one out, but a Lombardizzo grounder induced a 4-6-3 double play. The Nats have two hits through five innings off Koehler.
3:02 p.m. – Haren threw a scoreless inning despite allowing two baserunners, and that will likely do it for him today. He is due up second for the Nats and Corey Brown is swinging a bat.
3:15 p.m. – Finally some runs for the Nats. Span walked with two outs and Zimmerman followed with his 26th home run of the season, a two-run bomb to center field. It’s now 3-2 Marlins as Ryan Mattheus will take over for Haren. Haren’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 99 pitches, 64 strikes.
3:27 p.m. — Hey folks, Mark Z. taking over here now as Chase cranks out the Instant Analysis for Game 1. Mattheus just entered for the top of the seventh, needing to keep the deficit at 1 run. He couldn’t do it. Mattheus gave up a single to Juan PIerre — who incredibly now has more hits in his career (2,216) than Joe DiMaggio(?!) — and then let him steal second, take third on a wild pitch and score on Donovan Solano’s sac fly. It’s 4-2 Marlins at the stretch, and the Nats have some work to do.
3:47 p.m. — Drew Storen got into some trouble in the top of the eighth, giving up back-to-back, two-out singles. But he struck out Jeff Mathis on a slider in the dirt to end the inning and keep this a 4-2 deficit heading to the bottom of the eighth. Time’s running out for the Nats.
3:55 p.m. — The Nats got a leadoff single out of Steve Lombardozzi in the eighth, but then Davey decided to pinch-hit Zack Walters for Jhonatan Solano. And Walters grounded into a double play, killing that rally. So it remains 4-2 as we go to the ninth and Erik Davis takes the mound.
4:05 p.m. — OK, last chance for the Nats now. It’ll be Span, Zimmerman and Werth, with Harper hoping somebody gets on base, in the bottom of the ninth against Steve Cishek. They trail by 2.
4:14 p.m. — That’ll do it. The Nats lose 4-2, and that’s a tough one on multiple levels. Not only do they fall to 5 games behind the Reds for the moment, they’re in danger of falling to 5 1/2 games behind both the Reds and Pirates if the score from Pittsburgh holds up. And this loss officially clinches the NL East title for the Braves, who are leading in Chicago at the moment but can now celebrate their first division title since 2005.
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
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