What to Watch for: 6.5.13

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New York Mets (22-33) vs. Washington Nationals (29-29)

RHP Dillon Gee (3-6, 5.68) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-6, 5.09) 

After 57 games without a walk-off win, the Nationals earned their first of the 2013 season last night off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi, who looped a sac fly to left with to score Adam LaRoche from third base in the ninth inning. With Dan Haren on the mound tonight, the Nats look to build off last night’s late rally and provide better run support, after only collecting three hits in Haren’s last start against the Orioles.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Rendon 2B

7. Lombardozzi LF

8. Suzuki C

9. Haren RHP

NOW THAT’S A PLATE APPEARANCE

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steve Lombardozzi’s nine-pitch sac fly was the longest plate appearance of the season to conclude in a game-ending RBI. In fact, the last player to end a game with a plate appearance lasting in excess of nine pitches was Jayson Werth, who homered on the 13th pitch of his ninth-inning at-bat in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against St. Louis to give the Nationals a 2-1 win.

FIRST BLOOD

The Nationals are 22-5 when scoring first in 2013 and their corresponding .815 winning percentage ranks second among National League teams behind only Atlanta (24-3, .889).

GOOD WOOD, SLICK LEATHER

Ian Desmond has hit safely in eight straight games at a .333 clip (10-for-30) with three doubles, two homers, three RBI, a walk and four runs scored. Defensively, Desmond has played 39 consecutive errorless games (155 total chances) since last committing an error on April 21 against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

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