Here are the lineups for the second game of the Braves-Nationals series that’s set to start at 7:10 p.m. Saturday.
1. Jason Heyward (L) RF
2. B.J. Upton (R) CF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
5. Justin Upton (R) LF
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. Evan Gattis (R) C
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Alex Wood (LHP)(1-1, 1.93 ERA)
1. Anthony Rendon (R) 2B
2. Nate McLouth (L) RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
5. Ian Desmond (R) SS
6. Bryce Harper (L) CF
7. Kevin Frandsen (R) LF
8. Sandy Leon (S) C
9. Taylor Jordan (RHP)(0-0, 1.42 ERA)
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
Location: Turner Field -- Atlanta, Ga.
Challenges with the challenge
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez walked to the field on three separate occasions Friday night to discuss close plays. The Braves never challenged one, but the process is still long and drawn out and the general consensus is that no one is truly on the same page. What can be challenged? Was that play at second base a neighborhood play, or did he get dragged off the bag by the throw? Which one can be challenged? Does everyone have to give a base runner coming home an open lane to the plate, or just the catcher?
These are all questions still being posed. And while Gonzalez knows all the answers, there’s still too much discussion going on. Then teams have to take into account which feeds will be provided, will they be able to utilize Xmo replay or will the Xmo feed even get to the reviewers in time. That is if they’re in a stadium that even has Xmo.
It’s going to take a while to flush the system out, and there’s always going to be questions. At the end of the day Gonzalez said it best. “It’s just got to be faster.”
Benched after a 3-run bomb
Shortstop Ramiro Pena went 1-for-4 on Friday with a three-run blast while filling in for the injured Andrelton Simmons, who will be inserted back into the lineup Saturday.
Gonzalez joked to Simmons before batting practice that Simmons should complain about being sat back on the bench after contributing with a three-run home run the night before.
“Those guys know their roles,” said Gonzalez. “He knows his role. He ended up getting eight at-bats in two games. That will end up paying dividends whether it’s tonight, tomorrow or somewhere down the road.”
On the bump
Alex Wood is making his second start of the season and the fourth in his career against the Nationals Saturday. He took the loss on April 6 after throwing seven innings of one-run baseball. He got little run support and Atlanta fell 2-1.
In his career against the Nationals, Wood is 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA.
This season Wood has made two starts and is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA. He pitched seven innings in both outings and has given up nine hits (five against Milwaukee and four against Washington). Wood struck of five and walked three Brewers while giving up one earned run on April 1. He struck out four and didn’t allow a walk in his April 6 outing against Washington, while giving up two earned runs.
Gavin Floyd and Mike Minor will both make rehab starts on Sunday.
Floyd will pitch for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, while Minor will be in Rome, Ga. to pitch for the Single-A Rome Braves. Floyd is continuing his return from Tommy John surgery in 2013. Minor was placed on the disabled list on April 3 with left shoulder tendinitis.