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Preview: Dodgers And Nationals Resume Play Following Suspended Game



Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The first game out of the All-Star break was a rough one for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. A bank of lights off the third base line went out in the bottom of the fourth inning, causing a delay that lasted one hour and 22 minutes.

Play resumed only to be halted nine minutes later when the lights again went out; leading to a 40-minute delay. Because the teams hadn’t endured enough frustration, there was a third outage after 12 of minutes of play with the umpiring crew this time suspending play for the night.

Thus we have Saturday’s 11:05 a.m. PT start that picks up with Justin Turner leading off the sixth inning and the Dodgers trailing 3-2. Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run home run in the fourth inning gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead that Chin-hui Tsao was unable to protect when he took over for Mike Bolsinger in the fifth.

Tanner Roark led off the inning with a double and Yunel Escobar followed with a go-ahead home run. Having thrown just seven pitches Friday night, Roark is expected to start Saturday’s game.

There will be little rest for the weary as Saturday’s originally scheduled game will begin at 1:05 p.m. PT or 20 minutes after completion of the first game, whichever is later. It will feature Clayton Kershaw and Doug Fister, plus a 26th man on the active roster for each team.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday morning the identity of the player his club has called up would be revealed between games. Lineups below reflect changes made up to the start of the sixth inning.

Dodgers Lineup:

CF: Joc Pederson

2B: Howie Kendrick

3B: Justin Turner

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

C: Yasmani Grandal

RF: Yasiel Puig

LF: Andre Ethier

SS: Jimmy Rollins

P: Chin-hui Tsao

Nationals Lineup:

3B: Yunel Escobar

2B: Danny Espinosa

RF: Bryce Harper

LF: Clint Robinson

C: Wilson Ramos

SS: Ian Desmond

1B: Tyler Moore

CF: Michael Taylor

P: Tanner Roark

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