Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann faced off as the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Washington Nationals for the first time this season in Washington, D.C. Both starters gave up doubles in the first inning, but the hit was more costly for Greinke than for Zimmerman. Whereas the Nationals starter quickly recorded the three outs, Greinke gave up a home run to Anthony Rendon after Denard Span doubled, giving Washington the early 2-0 lead.
Heading into the second, Zimmermann gave up back-to-back base hits to Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe but managed to deal another scoreless inning. Greinke gave up just one hit in the bottom of the inning as weather conditions in Washington, D.C began to worsen. The two starters worked through a scoreless third and the game was delayed due to the rain going into the bottom of the fourth.
The game resumed almost three hours later, and Brandon League took the mound for Greinke in the bottom of the fourth and retired the batters in order. Aaron Barrett replaced Zimmermann and also threw a quick 1-2-3 inning. Scott Hairston hit a lead-off single to begin the bottom of the fifth followed by another base hit from Span, but League was able to force a double play to eliminate runners on second and third.
Carl Crawford hit a grounder up the middle, the Dodger bats remained silent as Jerry Blevins took the mound in the sixth. Chris Withrow entered the game and issued a walk to Ian Desmond but closed the inning by striking out Danny Espinosa and Nate McLouth.
Heading into the seventh, Blevins was replaced by Drew Storen, who gave up a lead-off double to Matt Kemp but managed to retire the next three batters as the Dodgers remained scoreless. Brian Wilson entered the game and looked for redemption after his last disappointing outing. He managed to labor through a scoreless inning that included two hits and a walk.
Tyler Clippard replaced Storen and had an efficient inning, and Nate McLouth was taken out of the game after making a nice catch on a Dee Gordon foul ball. Pedro Baez made his major league debut and gave up a two-run home run to Espinosa to extend the Nationals’ lead to 4-0. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for the Nationals and retired the side in order.
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