The Washington Nationals have activated Reynaldo Lopez for this game in what is thought to be a one-game ‘spot’ start for the Nats. It is Lopez’s second career start. Wilson Ramos will get a rare rest day, and Daniel Murphy will nurse his sore hamstring.
The Giants start Jake Peavy who has been struggling in the second half of the season, and the last 7 hits Peavy has given up includes 5 home runs. Hunter Pence returns from the DL after he tore his hamstring and was expected to be out for the entire 2016 season. The first 20,000 fans who attend today’s game at AT&T Park will receive a Buster Hugs Mug™ and the irony is that it has been the Nats who have been giving and receiving the hugs and high-fives in the first two games of this series.
Last night the Nationals turned a baseball rarity in a 3-3-5 triple-play started by Ryan Zimmerman that StatCast® measured Zimmerman’s throw to Anthony Rendon at a maximum velocity of 36 mph!
— Daren Willman (@darenw) July 30, 2016
The young man playing 2nd base was Trea Turner who has now been involved in three Nationals baseball rarities in his 41 career MLB games. Turner was playing in Scherzer’s no-hitter last October, Turner has stolen home, and now was part of a triple-play.
Here are the Nats stats against Peavy:
Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants
Stadium: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
1st Pitch: 4:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, FS1, Comcast Bay Area, MLB.tv
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Trea Turner 2B
- Ben Revere CF
- Bryce Harper RF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Pedro Severino C
- Reynaldo Lopez RHP