The Nationals needed all three of their best late-inning relievers to secure their 8-6 victory this afternoon, and two of them will most likely not be available tonight. Sean Burnett faced four batters, all in the same inning, and threw 13 pitches, so Jim Riggleman believes he should be ready tonight.
Drew Storen (17 pitches) and Tyler Clippard (29) both pitched across multiple innings, and so they will not be available tonight. It will be a big night for Collin Balester and Brian Broderick, the only two Nationals reliever who didn’t pitch in the first game. Broderick would be pitching against the team who did not protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Yesterday, he said it felt “a little strange” to be in Busch Stadium as an opposing player.
With a win, the Nationals can sweep the doubleheader, win the series and secure their longest winning streak since the final day of the 2009 season. Talk about the game right here.