Dodgers @ Nationals July 18, 2015: Let’s Try That Again

Well, that was weird. Let’s see about finishing that first game off so we can get to the second game, shall we?

Dodgers
Nationals
11:00 a.m. PT
Washington D.C.
CF
Pederson
3B
Escobar
2B
Kendrick
2B
Espinosa
3B
Turner
RF
Harper
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Robinson
C
Grandal
C
Ramos
RF
Puig
SS
Desmond
LF
Ethier
1B
Moore
SS
Rollins
CF
Taylor
P
Tsao (R)
P
Roark (R)

Let’s reset where we are. When the game resumes, the Nationals will have a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth, and Justin Turner will be leading off for the Dodgers. Tanner Roark is technically still the active pitcher for the Nationals after throwing seven pitches last night, but there’s still at least some chance he wouldn’t continue:

Chin-hui Tsao is the active pitcher for the Dodgers, and will start:

Yasmani Grandal was supposed to start all three games of the series, but due to today’s “doubleheader,” he’ll now be replaced by A.J. Ellis in the second game. Yes, that means Ellis is catching Clayton Kershaw. But he wasn’t supposed to, and remember this when we hear talk of “personal catchers” again.

In “you learn something new every day” news, the Dodgers (and Nationals, obviously) will be allowed to have a 26th man for the second game. Since this isn’t a full doubleheader I had assumed that wasn’t the case, but apparently not. Of course, we’re not going to know who until after the first game:

Since I don’t believe the “must stay down for 10 days following an option” rule is in effect for the 26th man, that essentially means we’re looking at Daniel Coulombe, Ian Thomas, Yimi Garcia, or Josh Ravin, barring something pretty unlikely like Preston Guilmet. Thomas and Ravin each pitched in last night’s 3-2 win over Round Rock, so Coulombe seems the likeliest option.

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