Aug 7, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT
After bouncing back on Wednesday night with a 7-1 win over the Mets, the Nationals have a chance to end their homestand with two straight victories before heading to Atlanta to face the Braves.
Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) will take the mound in his 23rd start of the season. The right-hander is coming off one of his best outings of the 2014 season when he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Phillies on Aug. 2.
Zimmermann has faced the Mets just once this year, on May 18, when he took the win after going six innings with three runs allowed. He has 17 career starts against New York and holds a 3.29 ERA in 98 1/3 total innings.
Pitching for the Mets will be rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77). The 26-year-old will face the Nats for the first time in his career.
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NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
RF Curtis Granderson
2B David Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
CF Juan Lagares
SS Wilmer Flores
C Anthony Recker
RHP Jacob deGrom
LF Eric Young, Jr.
HP Vic Carapazza
1B Dan Iassogna
2B Paul Nauert
3B Larry Vanover (cc)
12:56 p.m. — It is a scoreless game after one inning here, as the only hit in the first was a single by Murphy to left field. Zimmermann threw 17 pitches, deGrom needed 10. Lagares will now lead off for the Mets in the top of the second.
1:17 p.m. — The Nationals took an early lead in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-run homer by Desmond. LaRoche led off with a double to right field before Desmond hit a liner off the sidewall in the visitors bullpen in left field. Jacob deGrom had not allowed a homer in 66 innings prior to that. Both starting pitchers are at 33 pitches after two.
1:33 p.m. — The third inning saw the Mets strike for their first run and Span extend his streak of games reaching base. The Mets’ run came on a Murphy double to left-center field. He brought home deGrom, who singled and moved to second on a sac bunt. Span would then single to right field in the bottom half of the inning to make it 33 straight games he has reached base. He also has an 11-game hitting streak. Zimmermann is at 49 pitches, deGrom is at 40.
1:52 p.m. — The Nationals added another run in the bottom of the fourth, and it came from a familiar place. Again it was LaRoche who got them started with a one-out double and again it was Desmond who brought him home. Desmond singled to left field to score LaRoche from second for his third RBI of the afternoon. Nats lead 3-1.
2:13 p.m. — It’s still 3-1 after five, though the Nationals had their chances to add to their lead. Lobaton led off with a single in the bottom of the fifth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zimmermann. Lobaton then reached third on a single by Span to center field. That gave the Nats runners on the corners with one out, but Span was thrown out at second on a steal attempt and Rendon flew out to center to end the inning. Zimmermann has thrown 71 pitches, deGrom is at 76. By the way, I am about to start writing instant analysis while our summer intern, Peter Hailey, takes over the game thread for the rest of the game. He will have an update for you after the sixth inning.
2:35 p.m. — The score remains 3-1 through six. Zimmermann got himself into a bit of trouble in the top of the sixth but was able to work his way out of it. With two outs, Lucas Duda snuck a grounder through a shifted infield and David Wright advanced to third, but the Nats starter struck out Juan Lagares to end the inning and leave two men on. LaRoche reached base for the third time today with a walk in the bottom half of the inning, but deGrom struck out the side, getting Harper swinging to end the frame. He has thrown 97 pitches today, while Zimmermann is up to 84.
3:06 p.m. — The top of the seventh inning saw the ends of both starter’s days and the Mets tie up the score. After a single to left field by Wilmer Flores, Kirk Nieuwenhuis came on to pinch hit for deGrom, whose day ended after 6 innings pitched and three earned runs. Nieuwenhuis promptly singled through the left side, which led to Matt Williams’ decision to replace Zimmermann with Drew Storen. The Nats starter got a nice hand from the crowd for his 6 1/3 innings of work. Storen threw a wild pitch that allowed both runners to move up, and after an Eric Young sac fly, Curtis Granderson roped a single up the middle to tie the game. Jerry Blevins came on to replace Storen and retired Murphy to end the inning. Reliever Vic Black replaced deGrom and only needed 10 pitches to get through Cabrera, Lobaton, and a pinch hitting Scott Hairston. Score now 3-3.
3:35 p.m. — The Nationals threatened to take the lead in the eighth but couldn’t get the hit they needed. Tyler Clippard took the mound for the top of the eighth and sat the Mets down in order. Sped led off the home half of the inning with, no surprise here, another hit, bumping up his average to .299. The Nationals then went hit and run with one out and Werth up, whose hard hit single to center moved Span up to second but kept him from advancing to third. With two on and one out, Mets manager Terry Collins brought on lefty Josh Edgin from the bullpen to face LaRoche and it worked; the first baseman fanned on a pitch out of the zone. Ian Desmond’s groundout ended the inning. The score is 3-3 going into the ninth.
3:59 p.m. — We’re headed for extras after neither team could score in the ninth inning. Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for Washington and had a 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Asdrubal Cabrera laid down a bunt with one out and beat the throw from Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, then headed to second following a wild pitch. Jose Lobaton walked, but Steven Souza Jr. struck out after pinch hitting for Soriano. With two outs, Dana Eveland was summoned from the Mets bullpen, and got Denard Span to ground out.
4:14 p.m. — Matt Thornton’s tenth inning was an impressive one: two fly outs and a three pitch strikeout of Murphy. Right hander Buddy Carlyle took the mound for the bottom half of the tenth, the sixth Mets pitcher to throw today. Rendon grounded out, Kirk Nieuwenhuis robbed Werth of a base hit with a fine diving catch in center, and LaRoche struck out. Still 3-3, heading to the eleventh.
4:29 p.m. — Craig Stammen’s 34th appearance on the year meant he was the seventh National to pitch in today’s game, and it was a tidy 1-2-3 top of the eleventh. Bryce Harper smacked a Carlyle offering to right field to get on base with one out for Washington, but Cabrera popped out and Nieuwenhuis made another sweet diving grab, this time preventing Lobaton from being the hero. Twelfth inning coming up next.
4:55 p.m. — Stammen worked around a walk to Nieuwenhuis and kept the Mets score at 3. Jenrry Mejia took Carlyle’s spot on the mound for the Mets and gave up a single to Denard Span. It was his fourth hit of the afternoon and it put him on with one man out. Werth’s two out soft liner bumped him to third, and up came Adam LaRoche. However, fans were denied a walk-off again as No. 25 struck out. Lucky number inning 13 coming up.
5:12 p.m. — Fans who stuck around for all 13 innings were rewarded with a fantastic ending. In the top of the 13th, Stammen got two quick outs but then was tagged by Wright for a double to left center. He intentionally walked Lucas Duda to get to Eric Campbell, and stopped a sharp come backer to get out of the slight jam. In the bottom of the 13th, Carlos Torres became the Mets eighth pitcher of the contest, and started the inning by walking Desmond. Bryce Harper stepped up and decided enough was enough, hitting a walk-off homer to left field and winning the game 5-3. The Nationals dramatic victory puts them at 62-51 on the year.
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