Apr 27, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT
Today the Nationals and Padres close out their four-game series with the Nats looking to win their third in a row. Taylor Jordan (0-3, 6.23) and Ian Kennedy (1-3, 3.60) are your starting pitchers.
The Nationals will be without Bryce Harper once again, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a left thumb sprain. Nate McLouth is starting in his place for now, and will likely platoon with Kevin Frandsen while Harper is out.
Updates to come…
SAN DIEGO PADRES VS. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 62 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to CF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Taylor Jordan
SS Everth Cabrera
LF Chris Denorfia
C Yasmani Grandal
2B Jedd Gyorko
1B Yonder Alonso
RF Wil Venable
CF Cameron Maybin
3B Alexi Amarista
RHP Ian Kennedy
HP Marvin Hudson
1B Cory Blaser
2B Ben May
3B Doug Eddings (cc)
1:42 p.m. — Though Taylor Jordan has found trouble in the first innings of games this season, he had no problems this time around. Jordan allowed a one-out single to Denorfia, but that was it. On to the bottom of the first with Jordan at 12 pitches.
1:57 p.m. — Once again the Nationals find themselves with an early lead thanks to back-to-back doubles by Rendon and Werth with one. Rendon’s nearly cleared the fence in right-center field and Werth’s was to the left-center field gap. Kennedy threw 24 pitches.
2:03 p.m. — Three groundballs got Jordan out of the second inning rather quickly. He is at 21 pitches after two.
2:22 p.m. — The bottom of the second saw no runs come across for the Nats, but Espinosa did reach base after getting hit in what looked like his right knee with a pitch. Espinosa was down on the ground for about a minute as the Nats’ training staff took a look at him. He appears fine now, however.
2:27 p.m. — Maybin led off with a double, but the Padres are still without a run after two innings. Jordan has thrown 38 pitches.
2:35 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth. Kennedy is at 60 pitches in this 1-0 game. Fourth inning is up next.
2:52 p.m. — The Padres tied the game in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Gyorko. He brought home Denorfia who led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Grandal. Ross Detwiler was actually warming up with Jordan’s velocity appearing to be down. His fastball has been sitting in the high-80s in recent starts, but today was topping out in the mid-80s. Stay tuned on that.
2:59 p.m. — 1-2-3 for the Nats who saw LaRoche fly out, and Desmond and Espinosa each strike out. As we start the fifth, Detwiler has replaced Jordan and Zach Walters has come in for Espinosa. Espinosa was hit by a pitch earlier, if you remember.
3:14 p.m. — The Padres scored another run in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Cabrera singled with two outs and stole second base. He then reached third on a wild pitch by Detwiler. Denorfia was able to single him home in the next at-bat.
3:22 p.m. — Another inning of nothing for the Nats. Ian Kennedy has now retired 12 straight batters. He’s thrown 86 pitches.
3:53 p.m. — Kennedy sets the top of the Nats’ order down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth and that’s now 15 straight batters he has retired. Nats have gone ice cold. It’s a 4-1 game with the seventh inning up next.
4:13 p.m. — The Nationals got a man on as Desmond doubled with two outs, but that was it. Desmond never advanced as Kennedy continues to deal. He has thrown 117 pitches through seven innings of one-run ball.
4:21 p.m. — Drew Storen took over for Blevins in the top of the eighth and tossed a perfect inning. Bottom of the eighth is up next.
4:31 p.m. — Nate McLouth led off with his first home run as a Nationals player, a solo shot to cut the lead to 4-2. Tyler Clippard will now take over for the ninth inning.
4:42 p.m. — No runs for the Padres in the top of the ninth. That leaves Werth, LaRoche and Desmond up to try and come back to win this thing.
4:50 p.m. — Nats lose 4-2, here is the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/04/27/instant-analysis-padres-4-nats-2/
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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