During the Washington Nationals 2-0 shutout loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, Jayson Werth suddenly left the game and was replaced by Brian Bixler in the ninth and final inning. It seemed peculiar at the time and no one seemed to know why it happened. After the game, it was found out that Werth had injured himself earlier in the game.
The popular right fielder suffered a mild groin strain in the fifth inning while chasing an Ian Kennedy single into right field. The team does not seem overly concerned with the injury and Werth's removal was precautionary. Werth on the injury says:
"It could just be like a muscle spasm. We’ll see tomorrow. I don’t think it should be a big deal. Whether Davey wants to play me tomorrow or not, I don’t know. . . . I don’t think it’s anything to worry about."
So Washington waits and watches. It certainly would be a shame to lose Werth at this point as he seems to be finally warming up at the plate and producing, but so far the chances of any extended time out is slim.
Zimmermann battled for six scoreless innings before the seventh inning when he gave up a two-run bomb to Arizona's Sean Burroughs. He finished the night pitching six innings giving up two runs on five hits, walking five and striking out four. It is the sixth time in 2011 that Zimmermann has been tagged with the loss giving up two earned runs or less. Was this the righty's last start of the season? He is close to his 160 inning limit, but some believe he will have one more start before he is shutdown.
It was a poor performance by the Nationals offense who did little against Snakes pitcher Ian Kennedy and did little for Zimmermann. Several scoring opportunities presented themselves throughout the game, but the Nationals seemed unable to get runs across the plate and stranded 21 runners.
In the fourth inning the Nats and D-Backs traded HBP's and were warned by the umpire.
Monday night's game between the Washington Nationals and Arizona DIamondbacks was pretty uneventful. The same can't be said of Tuesday's night game which gets more bizarre as the night goes on. The Nats and Snakes share a 0-0 tie, but not a whole lot of respect for each other right now.
The game started strangely enough with a 20 minute game delay due to an East Coast earthquake that happened earlier in the afternoon and neither team could score a blow-- on the scoreboard. In the fourth inning Nats pitcher Jordan Zimmermann hit Justin Upton with a pitch. It was the fifth time Upton has been hit by a Nationals pitch this season and was visibly upset. Zimmermann's bad pitch did not seem intentional. However, Ian Kennedy plugged Michael Morse in the bottom of the inning and quickly the home plate umpire issued warnings to both benches.
The tension gets any worse a fault is going to crack in D.C.
Third baseman Ryan ZImmerman is 1-for-2 Tuesday night, but his one hit has put him on a 29-game streak of getting on base safely.
The Washington Nationals opened up the gates of Nationals Park at 6:40 P.M. and the game between the Nats and the Arizona Diamondbacks will take place in chaotic post-earthquake Washington at 7:25 P.M. The game is only starting 20 minutes later than the original 7:05 P.M. start time.
Team officials and other parties were concerned with the structural integrity after Washington D.C. suffered a 5.9 earthquake earlier this afternoon. After a lengthy review of the Park, it was determined that the game would go on, only a bit later than expected.
The traffic in Washington D.C. is bad, everyone seems to be avoiding the Metro like the plague and the Washington Nationals officials seem to be keeping everyone (including hundreds of fans waiting outside Nationals Park gates) in the dark on what exactly is going on when it pertains to Tuesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
During such a strange day, it is only fitting that a Diamondbacks writer would break the news, apparently ahead of majority of Washington beat writers:
Of course, he might be wrong, things change and social media is not an exact science, but for all that it is worth it looks like Tuesday night's game will start on time however, gates to the park have yet to be opened to fans.
The D.C. earthquake from earlier on Tuesday has left the status of the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals in a state of flux. While both teams are currently at Nationals Park, the team has closed the center field gates until further notice, according to a press release. The team continues to inspect the stadium for any residue damage from the brief earthquake, which registered a 5.9 on the scale.
That throws the status of the game in doubt. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals officials believe the game will go on, but it all depends on baseball's inspection of the stadium. If it does occur, there is also a chance it is delayed, because the Diamondbacks' bus only arrived at the stadium at 5:15 p.m.
As of now, it would be a surprise if the game didn't take place, but then again, nobody expected an earthquake to hit Washington D.C.
The Nationals hope to push their win streak to three while continuing Arizona's losing streak. The D-Backs have lost six straight games, the most recent loss at Nationals Park during Monday night's 4-1 Nationals victory.