The Dodgers conclude their suspended game against the Nationals on Saturday, and the the two teams will face off in their regularly scheduled matchup, with Clayton Kershaw and Doug Fister on the mound in the second game.
The Nationals issued a statement regarding the suspension of Friday's game, that the problem has been fixed for Saturday:
"Our initial investigation indicates the power failure at Nationals Park last night was caused by a faulty circuit breaker. It was replaced shortly after midnight and the lights were tested throughout the night with no additional outages," a team spokesman said. "While we believe we have identified and corrected the issue, additional tests are being conducted by the manufacturer of the field lighting system."
The two teams will each get a 26th man today for the second game. I always assume an extra pitcher for this spot, which for the Dodgers would likely mean Daniel Coulombe or Preston Guilmet, depending on whether the club wanted to go left-handed or right-handed with the extra arm. But it could be a position player, someone like Austin Barnes, which would give Don Mattingly more freedom to use Yasmani Grandal as a pinch hitter in the nightcap.
Especially since Grandal was going to catch all three games this weekend until the suspension-indued doubleheader changed those plans.
Mattingly said only real change caused by suspended game is he won't start Grandal all 3 games of series now. Ellis-Kershaw in 2nd game— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 18, 2015
For the second game, originally scheduled at 1:05 p.m. PT (it will either be played then, or 30 minutes after the completion of the first game, whichever is later), Kershaw brings a 12-inning scoreless streak of his own into the game. Kershaw has allowed one run in his last 21 innings.
But first things first. Chin-hui Tsao and Tanner Roark, each of whom pitched the fifth inning on Friday night in relief, will begin again on the mound on Saturday for the resumption of the suspended game.
Time: 11:05 a.m. PT / 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA (Game 1); SportsNet LA, Fox Sports 1 (Game 2)