There was quite a storm in the nation's capital tonight and the Washington Nationals didn't wait long after the scheduled start time for the series opener with the Toronto Blue Jays before deciding to postpone the game.
The first game of the three-game set will be made up at 1:05 PM EDT tomorrow afternoon as part of a split doubleheader with Tuesday's game at 7:05 PM EDT as previously scheduled.
We're waiting for word as we write this sentence on how the pitchers will line up if there are any changes....
Jordan Zimmermann and R.A. Dickey were scheduled to go tonight and according to reports from Nationals Park, neither pitcher warmed up in their respective bullpens before the game was first delayed and then postponed so they're both likely to go tomorrow in one of the two games.
Now it's official for the Nationals at least...
Jordan Zimmermann will start the first game tomorrow with Max Scherzer starting in the evening. #Nats— Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) June 1, 2015
The #Nats will remain on turn for tmrw's doubleheader. Jordan Zimmermann will start Game 1 at 1:05pm & Max Scherzer will start at 7:05 pm— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 1, 2015
When they do play, it will be the first matchup between the Nationals and Blue Jays since 2012 when the Nats visited Toronto, Ontario for a three-game set which they swept, outscoring the Jays 16-7 and outhitting them 33-17, as the Nationals pregame notes for tonight's scheduled game mentioned.
The Nationals have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams and they have split the eighteen games they've played against the Blue Jays since relocating from Montreal to D.C. for the 2005 season.
The Jays last visit to the nation's capital came back in 2009 when the Nationals won the first two games of a three-game set in Nationals Park on back-to-back walk-offs.
Adam Dunn hit a walk-off single in the eleventh to drive Cristian Guzman in and end an extra-innings game in the series opener and Willie Harris hit a walk-off home run in the second game of three to end a 12-inning affair.
[ed. note - "Yes those are links to our archived game reports from those walk-off winners, and the second one has a fun interview we did with Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman and Nick Johnson that June."]
Here are the official announcements on tonight's postponement from the Nationals (and a note on dollar dogs for those of you who were planning on stuffing your faces -- and yes, they have vegetarian dogs for a dollar too, in case you were wondering)...
$1 Dogs will be available at tomorrow's 1:05 pm make-up game. Available at all Nats Dogs stands, until the start of the 6th inning.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 1, 2015