Jul 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (center) high fives shortstop Ian Desmond (20) after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Rain Casts Doubt On Harper’s Second Game


After he homered in his first at-bat yesterday, what does Bryce Harper have in mind for his encore? We may not find out until tomorrow, as it is currently raining at Nationals Park and is showing no signs of letting up. Weather.com seems to think the rain will peter out soon, but the radar map shows a pretty big storm system converging on D.C. If tonight’s game does indeed go on as scheduled, the Nats will start Stephen Strasburg, who has been dominant of late. In his past eight starts, he has thrown 45 innings and allowed just eight runs, good for a 1.47 ERA. Despite this, he has an unimpressive 4-6 record because he is last in baseball in run support. Harper will look to change that tonight, and he has a good shot against Brewers starter Wily Peralta. Peralta was great in his first MLB action last year, with a 2.48 ERA in 29.0 IP, but has regressed a ton this year, and now has a 5.58 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Jayson Werth RF

Harper LF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Adam LaRoche 1B

Ian Desmond SS

Anthony Rendon 2B

Kurt Suzuki C

Strasburg RHP

Milwaukee

Norichika Aoki RF

Logan Schaefer CF

Rickie Weeks 2B

Aramis Ramirez 3B

Juan Francisco 1B

Sean Halton LF

Martin Maldonado C

Jeff Bianchi SS

Peralta RHP

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