Aug 24, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT
The Nationals may not be holding on to a winning streak anymore, but on Sunday they have a chance to win their fourth consecutive series.
Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.41) will look to make it two out of three against the Giants who are starting right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.73) in an early afternoon tilt. Strasburg will make his 28th start of the season – if you can believe it – and his second appearance against the Giants this year. On June 9 he took the win after allowing just one run through six innings.
Through Strasburg’s career, he’s been very good in matchups with San Francisco. Through four starts he is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
Vogelsong has conversely been terrible against the Nats. He has a 6.39 ERA in eight appearances. He was Strasburg’s counterpart on June 9 and got blasted with six earned runs off nine hits and two walks in six innings.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, TBS, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly sunny, 77 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from LF
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 Stephen Strasburg
CF Gregor Blanco
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Michael Morse
2B Joe Panik
1B Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
HP Chris Conroy
1B Jordan Baker
2B Jerry Meals (cc)
3B Paul Emmel
1:52 p.m. — The Nats are down early thanks to a leadoff home run by Blanco. Blanco worked a full count before hitting a solo shot over the fence in right field. The Giants would get two more baserunners in the frame as Sandoval singled and Morse walked, but one run was all they could manage. It’s a 1-0 game with the bottom of the first up next. Strasburg threw 24 pitches.
2:08 p.m. — The Nats got two baserunners of their own in the bottom of the first, but no runs. Rendon and LaRoche walked before Desmond lined out to left field for the third out. Vogelsong also threw 24 pitches in his first go at it.
2:26 p.m. — The Nationals find themselves down 2-0 now after the Giants again led off an inning with a solo home run off Strasburg. This time it was Ishikawa who knocked one into the left field stands. The Nats would manage just one baserunner in the bottom half of the inning, a Cabrera walk. Strasburg has thrown 39 pitches, Vogelsong has needed 40.
2:50 p.m. — Strasburg was already struggling through two innings today, but it was the third where it turned into a true disaster. Strasburg allowed three more runs on four hits and a sac fly. The Nats now trail 5-0 and Strasburg has allowed seven hits and two walks on 62 total pitches. He hit in the bottom of the third, though, so it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. Top of the fourth is up next.
3:19 p.m. — The Nationals got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a trio of doubles by Werth, LaRoche and Cabrera. Strasburg was then removed for Nate Schierholtz who pinch-hit in his first at-bat as a National. Craig Stammen will now take the reins in a 5-2 game with the top of the fifth up next.
3:38 p.m. — Stammen allowed two singles, but no runs in the top of the fifth, and the Nats went down in order in the bottom half of the inning. It’s still 5-2 with the sixth inning up next.
4:24 p.m. — Well, that was something. The Nats put six runs on the board in the sixth inning alone and now lead 8-6. They batted around the order off Vogelsong and reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Desmond hit his 21st homer of the season, a solo shot. Harper scored on a wild pitch. Lobaton, Werth and LaRoche had RBI singles. Hairston had an RBI double. Now Drew Storen will come in to pitch the seventh.
4:52 p.m. — The Nats added another run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Span. That makes it 9-6 with Tyler Clippard set to start the eighth inning.
5:21 p.m. — I hope you all like insurance runs. The Nats added five more in the eighth inning to make this one a 14-6 game. That’s the highest scoring game for the Nats this season. Rafael Soriano will now look for the final three outs to finish the Giants off.
5:28 p.m. — Ballgame: http://natsinsider.com/2014/08/24/instant-analysis-nats-14-giants-6/
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