What to Watch for: 6.29.13
Washington Nationals (40-39) vs. New York Mets (32-44)
RHP Taylor Jordan (NR, -.–) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.82)
Following Friday night’s thrilling, come-from-behind victory, the Nationals turn to Taylor Jordan, called up for his Major League debut for this Saturday matinee. Washington can secure its second straight series with a win in Flushing.
1. Span CF
2. Rendon 2B
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Werth RF
6. Desmond SS
7. Bernadina LF
8. Suzuki C
9. Jordan RHP
Ian Desmond homered off Matt Harvey in the fifth inning and doubled home Jayson Werth to snap a 4-4 tie in the ninth to lift the Nationals to an unlikely 6-4 victory over the host Mets on Friday night at Citi Field. Trailing 4-1, Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run double with two outs in the eighth tied the game and set the stage for Desmond’s 10th game-winning RBI of the season. The Nationals posted their 17th comeback win and matched their largest deficit (three runs) overcome to win this season.
NATIONALS CALL ON THE KID WITH TWO FIRST NAMES
Taylor Jordan becomes the ninth starter to toe the rubber in a starting role for Washington in 2013. During last year’s 98-win NL East Championship, Davey Johnson employed the services of only eight starting pitchers. With today’s start, Jordan will become the 10th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals to start a game for Washington, joining John Lannan (124 starts), Jordan Zimmermann (97), Ross Detwiler (67), Stephen Strasburg (60), Craig Stammen (38), Tom Milone (5), Nathan Karns (3), Brad Peacock (2) and Marco Estrada (1).
With 25, Ian Desmond has already set a Nationals (2005-present) record for RBI in the month of June. The only Nationals to post as many or more RBI than Desmond’s 25 in any calendar month are Adam Dunn (27, May ‘09) and Ryan Zimmerman (26, September/October ‘12; 25, Aug. ‘07).