The Washington Nationals were not amused by the Philadelphia Phillies' decision to try to sneak yesterday's game in before a fairly large storm descended on the City of Brotherly Love. The 3:05 PM EDT matchup started in a light rain which increased dramatically during the second inning and after one and a half were in the books, it was pouring, so the tarp went on the field and an hour and a half later they decided to postpone the game and wipe the books clean.
Nats' skipper Matt Williams was asked how frustrated he was with the handling of the situation after the game.
"'Extremely,'" he told reporters, including NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman. "'Burned our pitcher. I’m not very happy about it.'"
If there is a positive to be taken from the situation, however, it's that the extra day of rest gave some of the Nationals' walking-wounded time to rest, so instead of the Matt den Dekker, Michael Taylor and Clint Robinson outfield that was sent out in Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, the Nats are now about to send out more of an everyday-ish lineup this afternoon for the first game of two in Philadelphia.
Denard Span, whose back flared up again, forcing him to sit out Friday's series opener, is back atop the lineup this afternoon and patrolling center field and Bryce Harper, who is nursing a hamstring injury, is back in right with Taylor returning to left field. Wilson Ramos, who was sitting in a day game after a night game, is back behind the plate catching Stephen Strasburg as the right-hander makes his second start since coming off the DL with five scoreless last Tuesday in the nation's capital.
Here's the Nationals' lineup for the first game of two to be played in quick succession this afternoon:
Still no word on the starter for the second game of two today. Matt Williams will reportedly announce his Game 2 starter after the first game...