Game 2 of NL Division Series
Nats (0-1) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) at Nationals Park
The Nationals dug themselves a hole in Game 1 by falling to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, a game that could have easily been theirs if they took advantage of several offensive chances. Now they are just two games away from elimination, hoping Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83) can even things up at 1-1 and start this series anew before they head to Los Angeles.
After inclement weather postponed Saturday's original start, the Nats and Dodgers will now give this another shot with a 1:08 p.m. first pitch on Sunday. There is no rain in the forecast, but there are winds upwards of 20 miles per hour.
Roark had a fantastic season and pitched well against the Dodgers on June 21. That day he went 7 1/3 innings with three runs allowed and took the loss in a 3-2 game.
Opposite Roark will be Dodgers lefty Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12), who spent part of the 2015 season in the Nationals organization at their Triple-A affiliate. Hill has not seen the Nats this year.
The Nationals have Bryce Harper still in the second spot in their lineup with Jayson Werth behind him in third. The only change is Jose Lobaton at catcher. He's replaced rookie Pedro Severino.
First pitch: 1:08 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports 1
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, ESPN
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Dodgers - Rich Hill
CF Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Tanner Roark
2B Chase Utley
SS Corey Seager
3B Justin Turner
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Josh Reddick
CF Joc Pederson
C Yasmani Grandal
LF Andrew Toles
LHP Rich Hill
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If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week.
For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored.
He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games.
Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored.
With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times.
The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East.
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DENVER (AP) -- Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer in the seventh, Colorado's lights-out bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies beat Washington 8-4 on Monday night, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.
Trailing 4-3, Blackmon lined a hanging slider from lefty Enny Romero (1-1) into the right-field stands. It was Blackmon's sixth homer of the season and followed a pinch-hit double from Pat Valaika -- his first hit of the season.
The Rockies' relievers came through once again after starter Tyler Anderson wore down. Carlos Estevez (2-0) got four outs and Adam Ottavino threw an effective eighth. Greg Holland pitched the ninth in a non-save situation after the Rockies added three insurance runs in the eighth. He got pinch-hitter Bryce Harper to ground out to end the game.
The Rockies' bullpen is now 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA, which is tops in the NL.
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