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After another wild win last night, the Nats are back at U.S. Cellular Field today.
So John McLaren is once again at the helm this afternoon, and he's put together a lineup that includes Ryan Zimmerman as DH, Jerry Hairston at third base and Brian Bixler (one of last night's heroes) in left field. Tom Gorzelanny gets the start against fellow lefty John Danks.
Remember, today's game is on Fox, so no MASN coverage before, during or after the game. Check back here for all of your updates, and check out CSN later for video...
NATIONALS at WHITE SOX
Where: U.S. Cellular Field
Gametime: 4:10 p.m.
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 180
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 6 mph in fromt LF
STARTING LINEUPS3:43 p.m. -- Pregame news update: There is no news. At least not about the manager. We thought the announcement would come pregame, but that's not happening. Could come during the game, or maybe even after it. But it will come today.
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
DH Ryan Zimmerman
1B Michael Morse
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Jerry Hairston
C Ivan Rodriguez
LF Brian Bixler
CF Roger Bernadina
(P Tom Gorzelanny)
WHITE SOX (37-40)
RF Brent Lillibridge
3B Brent Morel
RF Carlos Quentin
DH Paul Konerko
SS Alexei Ramirez
1B Adam Dunn
CF Alex Rios
C Ramon Castro
2B Gordon Beckham
(P John Danks)
3:46 p.m. -- In actual baseball news ... Some of you already heard that Drew Storen's maternal grandmother passed away yesterday. He's staying with the team through the weekend, though, then will drive home to Indiana with his father, who happens to be here for this series. Storen will miss Monday's game in Anaheim while attending the funeral, then plans to rejoin the club Tuesday. ... As for Ryan Zimmerman DH'ing today, John McLaren said he wanted to give Zim a break after having thrown as much as he has (both pregame and in-game) since coming off the DL. No injury, just a break. ... As for the bullpen's availability today, McLaren said he really hoped Tyler Clippard wouldn't pitch last night. Once he did, that left him completely unavailable for today's game. McLaren stressed the need for Tom Gorzelanny to provide some significant innings this afternoon.
4:11 p.m. -- We're underway with a strike from John Danks to Jayson Werth.
4:15 p.m. -- Quick top of the first for Danks. He struck out both Werth and Zimmerman and got Ian Desmond to line out to center. Chicagoland native Tom Gorzelanny now taking the mound for the Nats.
4:30 p.m. -- Not a great first inning for Gorzelanny. He allowed back-to-back singles to Brent Lillibridge and Brent Morel to open the inning, then a sac fly to Carlos Quentin that scored Lillibridge. Gorzelanny got out of it without allowing anything else, but the White Sox have taken a 1-0 lead after one.
4:39 p.m. -- Wow, major development here in the top of the second. John Danks has been lifted after appearing to strain something in his side/ribcage. He's done, and suddenly Ozzie Guillen has to go to his bullpen in the second inning after a 14-inning game last night. Brian Bruney will now pitch for Chicago.
4:57 p.m. -- Well this is turning into a strange game already. Gorzelanny just navigated his way through a bizarre bottom of the second that included a balk and a batter reaching on a strikeout/passed ball. Amazingly, no one scored and Gorzelanny wound up recording three strikeouts during the inning.
5:10 p.m. -- You may have seen reports out there about John McLaren intending to resign as bench coach once Davey Johnson officially becomes manager. I haven't been able to confirm that myself yet, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise. McLaren was close to Jim Riggleman. He probably also understands that Johnson deserves to have a right-hand man he's comfortable with. Who might that be? One name to keep in mind is Pat Corrales, who has been the Nats bench coach before, remains in the organization and is very close to Davey. The two spent nearly every day at spring training together, driving around from practice field to practice field in a golf cart together. I have no first-hand knowledge Corrales will be the guy, just a name that comes to mind.
5:34 p.m. -- Four innings in the books now, the White Sox still leading 1-0. Gorzelanny has been in trouble all afternoon but escaped major damage. The Nats, meanwhile, did nothing against Bruney (a shocker, I know) and now are about to face Jake Peavy, who is making the first relief appearance of his career.
5:55 p.m. -- That's eight baserunners allowed now by Gorzelanny through five innings, yet only the game's first one has scored. Chicago leads 1-0 through five.
6:14 p.m. -- Adam Dunn: 0-for-3, three strikeouts. And the crowd here really lets him have it. It occurs to me, the last time I saw Dunn in person, he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. And got a standing ovation! (In his Nationals Park finale.)
6:21 p.m. -- The Nats have come up to bat seven innings against three different pitchers, and they've managed two singles and a hit batter. Nine strikeouts. Hasn't exactly been a banner day for the lineup. Then again, they only trail 1-0. And as we've seen in the last week, they're certainly capable of some late-inning magic...
6:35 p.m. -- No magic in the top of the eighth. Only another 1-2-3 inning and two more K's by Peavy. That's 11 total strikeouts now between the three Chicago pitchers. It's still 1-0, with Henry Rodriguez entering to pitch the bottom of the eighth.
6:52 p.m. -- So much for the low-scoring, tight ballgame. Rodriguez has opened the floodgates. Three singles, two walks and a wild pitch later, the White Sox have taken a 3-0 lead and loaded the bases. It'll be up to Ryan Mattheus to clean up this mess.
6:56 p.m. -- Credit to Mattheus. He cleaned it up. Helped that Lillibridge couldn't get a suicide squeeze down, leaving Rios hanging out to dry. So it's 3-0 going to the ninth. Top of the order due up for the Nats.
7:05 p.m. -- Well, emotion and adrenaline can only carry you for so long. The Nats simply were overwhelmed by the White Sox pitching staff today. Final score: 3-0. Gorzelanny takes a very hard-luck loss. They're back to one game over .500, heading into tomorrow's series finale.