Jul 8, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
Try to forget, if you can, the horrendous 11th inning from last night’s game and appreciate the 10 innings that preceded it. The Nationals and Orioles played one heck of a ballgame, getting great pitching performances, fine defense and a couple of big home runs from star players. The atmosphere inside the park was electric, certainly not a typical Monday night in July.
The atmosphere should be quite similar tonight for the second game of this year’s Battle of the Beltways, the finale of the D.C. portion of the series. And there’s every reason to believe we’ll see another well-pitched ballgame with Doug Fister on the mound for the Nats and Bud Norris returning from the DL for the Orioles.
The Nationals will hope to get a few more clutch hits than they did last night. Only one change to Matt Williams’ lineup: Wilson Ramos gets the night off, so it’s Jose Lobaton behind the plate. Otherwise, same as it has been, including the slumping Bryce Harper batting sixth.
Updates to come, so please check back…
BALTIMORE ORIOLES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 106.7 FM, 980 AM, 1500 AM, XM 188, MLB.com
Weather: Chance of storms, 91 degrees, Wind 14 mph out to CF
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister
RF Nick Markakis
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
LF Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
C Caleb Joseph
2B Jonathan Schoop
RHP Bud Norris
HP Dan Iassogna
1B C.B. Bucknor
2B Tripp Gibson
3B Gary Cederstrom (cc)
6:35 p.m. — Not-so-good news: The start of tonight’s game will be delayed because of a storm system approaching from the west. Updates if we get them…
7:33 p.m. — The rain has finally begun here, and fans have been told to take cover under the concourse. The wind has really kicked up.
8:40 p.m. — I wish I had more news, but unfortunately I don’t. The skies started to clear here and we had a rainbow over right field, but the rain has picked up again. I’ve been getting questions about the possibility of a two-city, day-night doubleheader tomorrow. To which my response is: Are you nuts? Wait, on second thought, don’t answer that. I know they did it in New York before, but the distance between Yankee Stadium and Citi Field is only 9 miles. From Nationals Park to Camden Yards, it’s 38 miles. With a whole lot of traffic in between. I just can’t imagine the logistics that would be involved in trying to pull that off.
9:30 p.m. — It’s still raining, though not as hard as it was earlier. They’ve waited this long, so you’d think they’re still hopeful of playing. But no official update. Sorry.
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Through Sunday's early games
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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