Apr 19, 2014, 11:33 AM EST
With a quick turnaround after their 3-1 win the night before, the Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 5.27) out to the mound on Saturday to face a St. Louis Cardinals team that has given him trouble in the past. Zimmermann is 0-3 with a 8.27 ERA in eight career starts against the Cards. He’s allowed 30 earned runs in 32 2/3 innings.
Zimmermann will try to build off his last start where he pitched seven innings with two runs allowed in Miami on April 14. It was the best of his three starts so far this year, and came after the shortest outing of his career.
Denard Span is back in the Nats’ lineup to face Lance Lynn (3-0, 4.00) after spending seven days on the disabled list. Span played each of the last two nights with the Hagerstown Suns on a Single-A minor league rehab assignment.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS VS. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, WUSA-9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 89, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly sunny, 63 degrees, wind 9 mph out to RF
CF Denard Span
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Anthony Rendon
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
RF Allen Craig
SS Jhonny Peralta
2B Kolten Wong
C Tony Cruz
RHP Lance Lynn
HP Adam Hamari
1B Greg Gibson
2B Bill Miller (cc)
3B Vic Carapazza
1:12 p.m. — Great start for Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning. He struck out Carpenter on four pitches, got Jay to ground out to the Rendon at third, and then got Holliday to whiff to end the frame. Zimmermann threw 11 pitches.
1:20 p.m. — The Nationals got a man on in the bottom of the first on leadoff single by Span, but couldn’t cash in. Harper hit into a 6-3 double play, and Werth struck out swinging trying to check a pitch way inside. Lynn also threw 11.
1:32 p.m. — The Cardinals got three runs in the top of the second, all of them unearned. The rally started with a one-out walk by Adams. Peralta then hit a groundball to Rendon who made a throwing error to second on a potential double play. Cruz then singled to right field to bring the first two runs home. And Lynn then poked a double past a running Werth in right field to score the third run. Zimmermann is now working with an early deficit at 3-0. He’s at 34 pitches through two.
1:39 p.m. — The bottom of the second was a quiet one for the Nationals, though they did see Desmond single to left field with two outs. Lynn has thrown 24 pitches.
1:47 p.m. — Zimmermann gave up a leadoff single to Jay in the top of the third, but that was it. Holliday grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, and Adams hit a hard grounder directly to Espinosa who was playing in shallow right field on a shift. Zimmermann is at 44 pitches.
1:55 p.m. — Despite a leadoff walk for Leon, it was another uneventful inning for the Nats’ lineup. Zimmermann popped up a bunt, Span struck out swinging and Harper flew out to right field. Lynn has thrown 36 pitches.
2:06 p.m. — Though Zimmermann held the Cardinals scoreless in the top of the fourth, his pitch count is now at 63 after four.
2:16 p.m. – The fourth inning went about as well as the first three did for the Nationals. All four frames have seen the Nats get one man on base, but leave with no runs to show for it. This time it was Rendon who singled to right field with two outs, but a Desmond strikeout ended the inning. Lynn has thrown 51 pitches.
2:25 p.m. — Zimmermann allowed a single to Carpenter with one out, but that was it. He’s at 78 pitches now through five after using 15 in that go-around.
2:32 p.m. — The Nationals are finally on the board thanks to an Espinosa solo home run on a 2-1 pitch to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Three quick outs ended the inning, but the game is now 3-1.
2:38 p.m. — Adams led off with a single before three quick outs ended the top of the sixth. Zimmermann is at 87 pitches through six.
2:57 p.m. — The Nats will be kicking themselves for this one. They had the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn’t make it count. Werth got them started with a one-out single, and LaRoche then walked. Rendon drew a 3-0 count, but ended up striking out looking on a pitch that was high and inside. Desmond walked to load the bases before Espinosa flew out to deep center off reliever Kevin Siegrist. Still 3-1.
3:10 p.m. — The Cards added another run in the top of the seventh off a Holliday RBI single to left field. It’s now a 4-1 game. Harper was replaced by Kevin Frandsen to begin the inning, so that is something to watch. He has been dealing with quad tightness over the last week.
3:17 p.m. — No runs for the Nats in the bottom of the seventh despite Span’s second single of the day. It’s 4-1 with Ross Detwiler set to take over to start the eighth.
3:22 p.m. — Three flyouts for the Cardinals against Detwiler, and we’re on to the bottom of the eighth. Up next for the Nats: Werth, LaRoche and Rendon.
3:33 p.m. — The Nats got another run in the eighth, but could have added more. LaRoche doubled with one out and was brought home by Rendon who quickly hit a double of his own right after. Desmond, however, then grounded out and Espinosa struck out swinging to end the inning. Top of the ninth is up next.
3:40 p.m. — Just a single for the Cardinals in the top of the ninth, as Trevor Rosenthal will now take over looking to close this one out. Down two runs, the Nats will send McLouth, Walters and Span in search of a comeback.
3:53 p.m. — The Nats added a run off a fielder’s choice, but Werth struck out to end the game. Instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/04/19/instant-analysis-cardinals-4-nats-2-2/
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