Game #105 New look bullpen in finale in San Fran: Game Thread

As expected, Mark Melancon is with the Nationals in San Francisco and has been activated to the 25-man roster, and to make room for Melancon, the Nationals have optioned Reynaldo Lopez back to Triple-A Syracuse.

For those wondering, Melancon will wear jersey number 43. Melancon wore number 35 with the Pirates and as he has done with every team he joins, he has changed to a new jersey number. Ross Ohlendorf was the last Nat who wore number 43. Could it be that Melancon is a Larry Brown fan?

Jonathan Papelbon will begin a new role in the Nationals bullpen with the acquisition of Melancon, and Papelbon took the news of his demotion like a pro.

“I think anybody losing their job is a hard thing to accept, period,” Papelbon said after yesterday’s game. “I think that’s just a hard pill to swallow, no matter who you are and what job you’re in. … I think for me I’m just going to have to do whatever it takes to accept a new role and a new challenge for myself.”

The Nats hope today is the day they get to debut Melancon in the 9th inning. For today’s game, Daniel Murphy will get a second consecutive day off to rest his sore hamstring, and Jayson Werth gets a scheduled day off.

Gio Gonzalez will face Matt Cain in today’s finale in this four-game series. There have been swirling rumors that the Giants want to replace Cain who has struggled to a 5.95 ERA on the season.

Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants
Stadium: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
1st Pitch: 4:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2,  Comcast Bay Area,

Line-ups (subject to change without notice):

  1. Trea Turner 2B
  2. Ben Revere CF
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Wilson Ramos C
  5. Anthony Rendon 3B
  6. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  7. Chris Heisey LF
  8. Danny Espinosa SS
  9. Gio Gonzalez LHP
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