Jul 19, 2014, 3:15 PM EST
The second half of the Nationals 2014 season didn’t get off to a great start with a 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Friday night. On Saturday they’ll look to bounce back with Tanner Roark (8-6, 3.01) on the mound before Austin Mahone takes the stage for a postgame concert.
Roark will make his 19th start of the season and his first ever against Milwaukee. The right-hander was excellent his last time out, taking the win in Philly with seven innings of one-run ball.
Matt Garza (6-6, 3.69) will pitch for the Brewers in his 20th start of the year. The 30-year-old took a loss against the Nats on June 23 despite tossing a quality start. He went seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. The Nationals won that day by a score of 3-0.
Both Mark and I are here again for tonight’s game, so please check back for updates…
MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Tanner Roark
CF Carlos Gomez
2B Scooter Gennett
RF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
C Jonathan Lucroy
LF Khris Davis
1B Lyle Overbay
SS Jean Segura
RHP Matt Garza
HP Vic Carapazza
1B Angel Camps
2B Bill Miller (cc)
3B Chad Fairchild
7:52 p.m. — The Nationals leave the first inning with a sizable, five-run lead thanks to the worst start of Matt Garza’s 2014 season. Garza was removed after allowing five runs, all of them earned, with just one out recorded. He threw 42 pitches before Ron Roenicke replaced him with Marco Estrada. The rally got started by a leadoff single from Span, with Werth and LaRoche reaching to load the bases. Zimmerman then singled to center to bring the first two home. Desmond brought another run in with an infield single, and a single to center by Ramos scored the fourth and fifth. Roark threw only 12 pitches.
8:09 p.m. — The Brewers got on the board in the second inning with their first run of the game. All-Star Jonathan Lucroy doubled with one out and then stole third base. While sliding into third Ramos’ throw sailed past Zimmerman and into left field, allowing the Brewers catcher to score. The Nats would then go down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning, giving us a 5-1 game after two. Roark is at 31 pitches.
8:27 p.m. — It’s now a 6-1 game as the Nats added another run in the bottom of the third. Ramos singled home Harper who doubled and then moved to third on a sac fly by Desmond. Ramos now has 3 RBI on the night. Roark has thrown 40 pitches.
8:54 p.m. — Make it 7-1 as the Nats scored another in the bottom of the fourth. Werth and LaRoche walked with two outs before Zimmerman poked an RBI single to center to score the former. Roark will take over to begin the fifth having thrown 58 pitches.
9:15 p.m. — Not much to report on in the fifth inning as neither team mounted much of anything. Segura doubled for the Brewers, but they came away with nothing. The Nats then went down in order. Roark is at 81 pitches as he trots out to begin the sixth.
9:36 p.m. — Put another one on the board for the Nats, who now lead 8-1 after six. This one came on a LaRoche sacrifice fly that scored Rendon from third base. Rendon started the rally with a one-out single and was moved to third on a double by Werth. Roark will now go back out for the seventh with a seven-run lead and 100 pitches on the night.
9:52 p.m. — It is still 8-1 with the eighth inning up next. Roark was removed for a pinch-hitting Scott Hairston. Jerry Blevins will now take over as pitcher with Nate McLouth replacing Werth in right field.
10:16 p.m. — The Brewers got two more runs off Blevins thanks to a two-run homer by Braun. The Nats then got nothing going in their at-bat, leaving the ninth inning for Ross Detwiler who will work with a 8-3 lead.
10:27 p.m. — Nats win 8-3, here’s my instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/07/19/instant-analysis-nats-8-brewers-3/
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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