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Game 9: Nats at Phillies

Apr 15, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats look to avoid a sweep this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILADELPHIA — Whew, busy day already here at Citizens Bank Park.

If you haven't seen all the roster moves, check the homepage for details, but in a nutshell…

– Jason Bergmann was designated for assignment, clearing space for Scott Olsen to be recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to start today's game.

– Justin Maxwell was recalled from Syracuse to take the spot left open by last night's demotion of Roger Bernadina. Maxwell will start in right field.

– Garrett Mock, who had been optioned to Syracuse on Sunday, has actually been called back and placed on the 15-day DL with a neck injury.

So after all that, there's still a game to be played, with the Nationals looking to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies. Check back here throughout the game for updates, and check the homepage for other news…

NATIONALS AT PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 3:05 p.m.
TV: MASN-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Mostly sunny, 71 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (3-5)
CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
2B Cristian Guzman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. BowdenBall - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    I wonder if Christian Guzman has the lowest career OPS of any #3 hitter in the modern baseball era. He's gotta be pretty close.

  2. alm1000 - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Come on Justin, we are pulling for you. Mark, what did he do at AAA to deserve the call-up?

  3. Section 222 - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Sounds like JMax didn't do much of anything, other than continue hitting right-handed and the Nats expect to face a bunch of lefties in the next week or so, so they'd rather have JMax here than Bernadina.

  4. Jeeves - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Actually, Maxwell did very well during his brief time in Syracuse.

  5. jeeves - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Actually, Maxwell did very well during his brief time with Syracuse.

  6. natscan reduxit - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    … so Garret has pressure on his neck. Now he should understand the pressure he has placed on the shoulders of Nats fans everywhere…. and clearly the pictures Bergie has stashed away are fading in the bright light of day.Go J. Maxwell!Go Nats!!

  7. Les in NC - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    This has been asked a couple of times 'how has JMax done in Syracuse?' so here is his stat line…G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS 4 15 5 5 2 0 0 2 7 5 3 2 2 .524 .467 .333 .990 not bad…I hope he does well, we certainly need some good luck.

  8. Les in NC - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Another Utley HR?! Do we not have any scouting reports on this guy?! We certainly aren't pitching to him like they do….

  9. Tcostant - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Anyone thinking about going to Stephen Strasburg tomorrow, it now a sell out.http://harrisburg.senators.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100414&content_id=9301590&vkey=news_t547&fext=.jsp&sid=t547

  10. raymitten - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Scouting report on Utley: knock him off the plate. Nobody does it. Question: Dibble made several points about pitch selection last night. Who calls the pitches — Pudge? Is the 'fear of shaking off Pudge' factor that Lannan identified a couple of weeks ago perhaps a contributor to the pitching staff's poor performance?

  11. Noah - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    The idea that no one knocks Utley off the plate is totally ignorant of reality.He's the Major League leader in HBP the last 3 years running.

  12. Tcostant - Apr 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    The Phils pitcher has alreasy walked 4 in three innings and thrown 58 pitches already. The Nats need to jump on this guy.

  13. Section 222 - Apr 15, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    It's great how well Olson is pitching thus far, but let's wait until he gets to the seventh inning before we proclaim him a big success. Pitching a few scoreless innings and $3.50 will get you a latte at Starbucks, if you blow up in the fifth or sixth.

  14. K.D. - Apr 15, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Raymitten, Pudge is calling the pitches today against the same line-up, the difference of course is that Olsen is making them close, and believing in them.

  15. Anonymous - Apr 15, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Oh Ok Section 222 thats a great way to look at it, I'd sure take a latte and some scoreless innings as opposed to that stiff last night…

  16. Jeff Wang - Apr 15, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    we're averaging 1 SB per game… Wow.

  17. NatinBeantown - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Mark (or others watching):For those of us stuck at work, please describe that Utley K in the 6th. A good sign to be this deep in the game and still getting a Natkiller to miss.

  18. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    NatinBeantown: Olsen did a nice job using all his pitches to get Utley. Fouled off a fastball for strike one. Swung and missed at a nasty slider for strike two. Swung and missed a changeup for strike three. Really, Olsen has been impressive.

  19. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Until now…

  20. Anonymous - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Awesome another pitcher who cannot make it through 6 complete innings! Our bullpen will have their arms in slings before SS ever throws a major league pitch!Mark – are we last in the majors in quality starts in 2010? Over the last 5 years?Oy vey!

  21. NatinBeantown - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Nice work by Clippard. I always think it's a bad idea to bring in a guy to IBB his first batter. Not easy to find the plate after that. Why not leave the last guy in to IBB?And thanks for the Utley K breakdown, Mark!

  22. K.D. - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Hey, if Olsen pitches like this in his next game, I would be happy.

  23. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Beantown – I think they only intentionally walked him after Clippard fell behind 2-0. So it was kind of his fault.

  24. sweetesq - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Clippard is really the only reliable guy coming out of the bullpen these days.

  25. Jeff Wang - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    go Zimm!

  26. sweetesq - Apr 15, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Dunn and Zimmerman go yard! Now this is what we hoped for.

  27. Jeff Wang - Apr 15, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    I just noticed, Mawell was up 3 times, 2 BBs and 1 SO. Not bad.

  28. David - Apr 15, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    that was huge! pudge comes through, i know he's way up there in age, but it's been a pleasure to watch him play for us

  29. natscan reduxit - Apr 15, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    … yes, Yes, YES!!! Matt Capps for President … no wait, for Commissioner!Go Nats!!!

  30. Natsochist - Apr 15, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Fun stat from Fangraphs: Zimm's HR had a .447 WPA. Not bad, my man! (Also, that's one way to get around a balky hammy).GO NATS!

  31. LoveDaNats - Apr 15, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    That's one way to raise your heart rate without going to the gym! Yeah

  32. Sam - Apr 15, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Natsochist: The graph at Fangraphs is hilarious. I love that huge drop.

  33. natsfan1a - Apr 15, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    I would have thought Capps for Surgeon General the way he gets our heart rates going, natscan. :-)Very nice win for the Nats on getaway day, to hand the Phillies only their second loss.

  34. Suicide Squeeze - Apr 16, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    If any of us Nanatics had been offered 4-5 going into a ten game homestand at the beginning of the year, we would have taken that in a Cardiac Capps heart beat. We know reinforcements are coming and April would be a tough month, so anything close to .500 in however fashion is EXACTLY what this team needs to do. Well done, boys!

  35. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 16, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Suicide Squeeze: You read my mind. Check out the first paragraph of my postgame story!

  36. Suicide Squeeze - Apr 16, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Maybe I should start a blog!(Ummmm……no.) :)

  37. Anonymous - Apr 16, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    It was nice to see Dunn and Zim homer but no one is talking about the reason we actually won the game…Pudge! Without his hitting we would have gone into extra innings last night, does anyone think Burke, Bard, Flores or Nieves drives in those runs!?

  38. NatsNut - Apr 16, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Mark,How do you find these little tidbits so quickly in the middle of a game? It takes me forever to find a stat to make a point I'm trying to make, I have no idea how in the world you find them on a play as it's happening."…Adam Dunn has hit a home run. First of the year, including spring training. First since Sept. 22, 2009."and"It's now 7-5. Capps, for what it's worth, has never recorded a save of more than one inning."

  39. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 16, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    NatsNut: Thanks, these nuggets come from a few different places. Baseball-reference.com is a fantastic site to look up stuff and is used by myself (and other writers) on a daily basis. The Nats' PR department also puts out a daily notes package that includes info like the last time every player homered. And sometimes when there's a particularly unusual development — like both starting pitchers failing to make it through two innings as Craig Stammen and Kyle Kendrick did the other night — either team's PR department can call up the Elias Sports Bureau and find out quickly when the last time something like that happened (2008: Baltimore's Garrett Olsen vs. Detroit's Zach Minor).

  40. natsfan1a - Apr 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    For those fans who might be interested, press pass notes are published on the team site before game time (see link below). Back in the day, you used to be able to get them from some of the program vendors at RFK, which was cool, in a geeky kind of way. I sometimes print them out before heading out to a game (if they're posted there before I leave).http://nationals.mlb.com/mlb/presspass/gamenotes.jsp?c_id=was

  41. NatsNut - Apr 16, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Mark and 1a, thanks. good stuff to know.

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