MIAMI, FL - APRIL 15: The home run sculpture in the outfield goes off after Omar Infante of the Miami Marlins hit the first home run in Marlins Park during a game against the Houston Astros at Marlins Park on April 15, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Both teams wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
It's the usual suspects in the Washington Nationals' lineup for the first game of the second half of the 2012 schedule. Nats' right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is making his second straight start after pitching the last game of the "first half" against Colorado before the All-Star Break. Zimmermann gave up just one run on three hits in 7.0 IP in that outing, but the Nationals lost 4-3 when the bullpen blew one and the 26-year-old starter received no decision. Now the '07 2nd Round pick is back on the mound to start game 84 of 162 against a team he's yet to beat in six career starts. Not only that, but he's starting against a pitcher, in the Marlins' Josh Johnson, that the Nationals have been unable to beat yet after sixteen starts for the right-hander against Miami's divisional rivals from D.C. The Nats are 2-3 against the Marlins so far this season, having taken two games of a three-game series in the nation's capital before the finale was postponed and having dropped all three games during a visit to Marlins Park (May 28-30) in which they were swept by the Fish.
Here's the lineup Nats' skipper Davey Johnson's sending out behind Zimmermann tonight:
Nats vs. Johnson: Lombardozzi 7, Harper 8, Zimmerman, Morse 9, LaRoche, Desmond, Espinosa, Flores, Zimmermann— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 13, 2012
MLB.com's Marlins' beat writer Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) tweeted the Marlins' lineup Zimmermann will be facing:
#Marlins lineup Reyes, Infante, Lee, Morrison, Ramirez, Ruggiano, Bonifacio, Buck, Johnson— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) July 13, 2012
• Game Time 7:10 pm EDT from Marlins Park. Tonight's GameThread will be up at 6:40 pm EDT.