Jul 10, 2014, 3:22 PM EST
BALTIMORE – Thanks to a postponement on Tuesday and a 6-2 win on Wednesday, the Nationals now find themselves with an opportunity to take the series against the Orioles in Baltimore. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52) will make his 14th start of the season looking to secure the rubber game of this interleage matchup and the Nationals’ 50th win of 2014.
Gonzalez is going up against the Orioles for the seventh time in his career. He is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA against the O’s.
Pitching for Baltimore will be Wei-Yin Chen (8-3, 4.12), a fellow lefty. Chen holds a 7.71 ERA in two starts against the Nats.
Tonight there is rain in the forecast, so watch out for that. It has been raining much of the day in Baltimore and there is a chance for thunderstorms later on.
Updates to come, so please check back…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Camden Yards
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 106.7 FM, 980 AM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Scattered T-storms, 86 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to CF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
DH Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
2B Kevin Frandsen
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)
RF Nick Markakis
LF Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
DH Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Manny Machado
C Caleb Joseph
2B Jonathan Schoop
(LHP Wei-Yin Chen)
HP C.B. Bucknor
1B Hal Gibson III
2B Gary Cederstrom (cc)
3B Dan Iassogna
7:23 p.m. — The Orioles jumped out to an early lead in the first inning on a Steve Pearce solo home run off Gio. Pearce took a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence for his 11th homer of the year, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. It also ended Gonzalez’ 22-inning scoreless streak. The Nationals went down 1-2-3 before that in the top of the inning as LaRoche will now lead off the second. Chen threw 11 pitches, Gio tossed 14.
7:36 p.m. — No runs for either team in the second inning as both teams went three up, three down. Harper and Machado both struck out swinging for the third outs. Chen is at 21 pitches, while Gio has thrown 27. Still 1-0 O’s.
7:58 p.m. — The Orioles added three more runs in the third inning after the Nats went down in order. The runs came on two plays that were not helped at all by the Nationals’ defense. The first RBI hit was by Jones who doubled to right field with two men on. Markakis came around to score on that one from second as Werth misplayed the ball as it bounced. The second and third runs came in on an infield single by Cruz with two men in scoring position. Pearce first scored from third, but Jones was able to come home from second as Desmond sailed a throw to third over the head of Rendon. Desmond has now committed 15 errors on the year, that’s tied for second in baseball. 4-0 Orioles after three.
8:22 p.m. — The Nats got on the board in the top of the fourth, but probably left the field lamenting a few blown chances. Rendon singled with one out to start the rally and one out later was joined on base by LaRoche who was grazed by a pitch. LaRoche was awarded first on a manager’s challenge by Matt Williams. Zimmerman then singled home Rendon with a line drive up the middle and reached second on the throw to home. That left two runners in scoring position for Harper, who was not able to break out of his slump. He struck out swinging to end the frame. It’s 4-1 O’s.
8:38 p.m. — The Nationals came away with another missed opportunity in the fifth with two men on and two out. Rendon, however, struck out swinging to end the frame. Gio then went 1-2-3 to finish the fifth wih 73 pitches. Chen has thrown 75. Still 4-1 Orioles.
8:58 p.m. — The Nationals struck for two runs in the top of the sixth to make this a one-run game at 4-3. Werth led off with a solo home run to left field and a pair of doubles by Zimmerman and Desmond brought in the second score. Chen was also replaced by Tommy Hunter who got the third out. Gio then set the Orioles down 1-2-3 to finish the sixth with 86 pitches.
9:22 p.m. — It is still a 4-3 game after seven as the Nationals failed to get a runner on and the Orioles blew a chance with two men on and two outs. Aaron Barrett replaced Gio to get the third out with Pearce grounding out on one pitch. Werth will lead off the eighth.
9:48 p.m. — The Nationals loaded the bases in the eighth and came away with nothing to show for it. That, however, was not the story of the inning. Desmond was the third baserunner after taking a fastball off his fingers from Darren O’Day. Desmond stayed in the game on first, but was removed for Danny Espinosa after warming up on defense in the middle of the frame. We’ll see how bad it is after the game, but it certainly does not sound good.
9:57 p.m. — Werth grounds out to end the game. Nats lose 4-3. Here’s the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/07/10/instant-analysis-orioles-4-nats-3/
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