The Washington Nationals (12-14) look to take the third game of their four-game set with the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants (13-13) this afternoon at Nationals Park. Jordan Zimmermann (1-4, 4.55) is on the bump for Washington, and will certainly need more than the offensive output mustered on Saturday (just two Rick Ankiel hits) to get the victory.
Hard-throwing righthander Matt Cain (2-1, 3.34 ERA) takes the ball for San Francisco. Cain has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his five starts this year.
Both the Nationals and Giants will be without one of their main offensive weapons today and for the foreseeable future in fact. It was announced yesterday that Ryan Zimmerman will be out at least six weeks because he will need to undergo surgey to repair a torn abdominal muscle. In the other dugout, slimmed down Kung Fu panda Pablo Sandoval will miss four to six weeks after it was revealed he has a broken bone in his right hand.
First pitch is 1:35 p.m. from Nats Park. Let's hope the Washington bats finally awaken from their season-long slumber.
CORRECTION: The story initially said this was the rubber game of the series. The two teams also play Monday.