Aug 21, 2014, 2:14 PM EST
Thanks to yet another walk-off win – their fourth in the last five days – the Nationals now have a chance to tie a team record with a 10th straight win today.
It’s a 4:05 p.m. start between the Nats and the Diamondbacks who close out a four-game series. Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.06) will go up against fellow lefty Wade Miley (7-9, 4.46).
Ian Desmond is out of the lineup with a day off, as Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop. That moves Wilson Ramos up in the lineup to bat fifth.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 89 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
SS Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez
CF Ender Inciarte
SS Cliff Pennington
RF David Peralta
1B Mark Trumbo
2B Aaron Hill
3B Jordan Pacheco
LF Alfredo Marte
C Tuffy Gosewisch
LHP Wade Miley
HP James Hoye
1B Bob Davidson (cc)
2B John Tumpane
3B Bill Welke
4:27 p.m. — There were no runs to report on in the first inning, though the Nats did get two runners on base. Span led off with a single and was joined on base a batter later when Werth walked. LaRoche, however, then grounded into a double play. LaRoche was originally called safe at first to keep the inning alive until a Kirk Gibson challenge overturned the call. Gio is at 15 pitches (despite a 10-pitch first AB) and Miley is at 13.
4:46 p.m. — Still scoreless through two here, though the Nats did threaten again. They saw Ramos and Harper lead off with singles before Cabrea, Espinosa and Gio had quick outs. Gio is at 28 pitches, Miley has thrown 33.
5:06 p.m. — Another inning with no runs, and another inning that saw the Nats waste two baserunners. This time it was Span and Rendon who got on, but couldn’t come all the way around. Werth flew out before LaRoche grounded into a double play. In the top half of the inning, Gio got out of a jam with two men on and no outs. He is at 44 pitches while Wiley is at 49.
5:19 p.m. — Still scoreless through four innings here, as a light rain has started to come down. Both teams went 1-2-3, Gio is at 52 pitches while Miley has 60.
5:28 p.m. — The game remains 0-0 after 4 1/2 innings, though Gio was again tested. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases on a Marte single, Miley single and Inciarte walk before Pennington popped up to end it. Miley’s single allowed Marte to reach third thanks to an error by Harper in left. Miley just got a line drive over the glove of Espinosa at shortstop and Harper misplayed the ball. Once he recovered, he threw the ball home instead of hitting the cutoff man which allowed Miley to go to second. In the end, it didn’t matter, of course. Gio is now at 73 through five.
5:45 p.m. — Can somebody on either team please score a run? This time the Nats loaded the bases before LaRoche struck out swinging for the third out. The third baserunner was Werth, who walked. During the at-bat he fouled a pitch off his left shin and was down in pain for several minutes. He looks to be okay, though.
6:01 p.m. — Still 0-0 through six innings and once again the Nats blew a big chance. Ramos and Harper led off with singles before Cabrera struck out looking and Espinosa grounded into a double play. Gio will go out for the seventh having thrown 89 pitches. Miley is at 94.
6:26 p.m. — Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Yet again an inning passed with no runs to report on. And again, the Nats blew chances to break this scoreless tie. Kevin Frandsen pinch-hit for Gio and singled to lead off. He was later joined by Werth and LaRoche, who walked to load the bases with two outs. Ramos, however, flew out to right field to end the inning. At this point, it looks like one run will win this thing. Will the Nats be the ones to break through?
6:42 p.m. — You guessed it, still scoreless. This time it was three up, three down for both teams. On to the ninth where Rafael Soriano will pitch for the Nats.
7:07 p.m. — Nats win in another walk-off thriller, here’s the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/08/21/instant-analysis-nats-1-diamondbacks-0/
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