[Updated 8:08 p.m.]
The opener of the Nationals' interleague series with the Blue Jays has been postponed due to heavy rain in the region. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, with a rescheduled game starting at 1:05 p.m. and followed by the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest.
Jordan Zimmermann will start the first game of the double-header, as he was scheduled for Monday night's game. Max Scherzer will remain as the starter for Tuesday night. The Blue Jays will start R.A. Dickey for the first game and right-hander Marco Estrada for the second.
The Nationals will look to call up a 26th man for the first game, but they are not sure whether it will be a pitcher or a position player. All signs, however, do point to them adding another arm to help out their tired bullpen.
"It depends. We have to look at who is available, who is scheduled to pitch today, who may be available tomorrow. No decision has been made yet. We'll do that in the morning," manager Matt Williams said.
Tickets for Monday's rainout can be used for Tuesday's doubleheader opener or comparably priced tickets to a future game.
Heavy rain struck Nationals Park in mid-afternoon, forcing both clubs to move batting practice indoors. The rain eased up for awhile, then struck again in heavier amounts early in the evening, forcing the postponement.
"The field is pretty bad, so what we don't want to do is get somebody hurt," Williams said. "If it's unplayable, then sloshing around out there does nothing but end up badly. That being said, we're going to schedule two for tomorrow and see if we can go get them."
The academic school year is coming down to the wire which means this marks the final week of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Baseball Academy's after-school program in southeast D.C.
On Wednesday, the students were treated to a surprise end-of-year visit by former President Barack Obama, who took a few hacks at the plate, visited the on-site farmers market, and coached students on the value of teamwork and working hard in school.
"I think everybody here -- if you guys work hard, work hard in school, listen to your coaches -- you guys are gonna do great things. So, I'm gonna be on the lookout for ya because I think you're gonna do something important. You guys are gonna make a real difference and we're gonna be really proud of you," Obama told the kids.
The Obama family has stayed busy in and around D.C. since leaving office in January 2017. Former first lady Michelle Obama has hosted roundtable discussions with students at Ballou STAY High School in Washington and the former president has made additional visits to McKinley Tech High School, the Langston Terrace community, the Jelleff Boys & Girls Club, Dog Tag Bakery, and Children’s National Hospital.
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The Washington Nationals just can't catch a break, now 11 games under .500 after last night's dismal 6-1 loss to the New York Mets.
This time, the loss came at the hands of usually the most reliable reliever for the Nats, Sean Doolittle, who came into the game during the 8th inning with two runners on and two outs.
Wednesday night, he was not so reliable.
Doolittle failed to get that last out, hitting Carlos Gomez, then Juan Lagares cleared the bases to make it 3-1 on a double.
Then, with two on, Rajai Davis, who had just come up from the minor leagues, stepped up to the plate.
Davis had just taken a two hour Uber ride from Lehigh Valley, PA., arriving during the third inning of the game and getting lost upon arrival when trying to find the clubhouse. Davis was put in to face Doolittle during the eighth as a pinch hitter and his first career at-bat as a Met.
Of course, Davis delivered with a three-run home run to seal the 6-1 win.
A pinch-hitter with his first career at-bat as a Met hitting a three-run homer is a poetic end for the failing Nationals, now with a 6.98 ERA, the worst in Major League Baseball.
The Nats are now in danger of being swept by the Mets, now third in the NL East, with a 12:10 matinee Thursday again at Citi Field.
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