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Game 18: Dodgers at Nats

Apr 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats and Dodgers will try to get today's game in before the rain picks up.

When I arrived at Nationals Park around 10 a.m., the sky was blue and it looked like it would be a beautiful day. But the clouds have rolled in, the rain is coming and it's not supposed to stop until tomorrow night.

So that could create some problems here. Team officials are hopeful that the precipitation will be intermittent this afternoon and allow today's game to be played. Tomorrow, however, is a bigger concern. All the more reason to try to get today's game in.

Ryan Zimmerman update: He's out of the lineup again with the hamstring injury. Same deal as last night. He could be available to pinch-hit, but if he does, he won't be allowed to run hard down the line. Jim Riggleman also said it's "doubtful" the third baseman will start tomorrow.

Ivan Rodriguez, meanwhile, could come off the bench to hit today after departing last night's game with tightness in his lower back. It's not serious, and Riggleman was planning to give him today off anyway. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow.

Check back for updates throughout the game…

DODGERS AT NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV: MASN-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Chance of showers, 60 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (9-8)
CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
2B Cristian Guzman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. sec3 - Apr 24, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    re AG/Zimm. He's not the only one, either–Willie Harris didn't make anyone wish Zimmerman were in there instead. I was wondering if that has some affect on these guys, knowing they're in for a Gold Glover, and upping their game on account of it.

  2. Les in NC - Apr 24, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    C'mon Josh, when you're in a 1-2 hole you HAVE to swing at the close pitches thereafter! These called 3rd strikes are really disappointing to see, especially with RISP. I'm looking at you 2 Nyger!

  3. mde - Apr 24, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Boneheaded play by Morgan there. Should be a Nats lead. Ugh.

  4. Les in NC - Apr 24, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    I like Morgan, but have to agree that was a greedy/boneheaded play! I hope it doesnt cost us later…

  5. NatinBeantown - Apr 24, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Boneheaded play by Morgan, or should Stammen have been running harder? Hard to fault your pitcher who's got 2H and an RBI, but still…

  6. mde - Apr 24, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Agree Les.And like they say, baserunning mistakes usually come back to haunt you. And it just did.

  7. Anonymous - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    [Where are all you posters today?] I'd like to see those baseruning erros and dropped balls end. Z – do you think that this club has an unusual amount of baserunning blunders. [This year I mean] If so, to what do you attribute it?

  8. Anonymous - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Mark, whatever you do… DON'T leave the pressbox!!!

  9. Les in NC - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    I didnt realize the 'Hammer" had the speedy wheels he is sporting so far this season. 4 SB's already! As a whole the team is really burning up the paths, are we implementing some new strategies by Riggleman or is it just a small sample?

  10. sec3 - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    It's definitely Riggleman.

  11. sec3 - Apr 24, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    so if it rains and they suspend, I guess they come back to it before tomorrow's game, but it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow. LA isn't back here again, so they are really going to do everything to get this in, I gotta figure.

  12. Joe - Apr 24, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Is there a reason why Pudge has to run the bases? Are Atilano, Olson, and Lannan really riskier on the basepaths? I remember Tomo Ohka pinch running on an emergency basis for the Nats – is there nobody on the team who fills that role now? Or perhaps there is – but it is Stammen and/or Marquis?

  13. Doc - Apr 24, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Where does Listach figure in the baserunning blunders by Morgan and Desmond??? My feeling is similar to others that Nats make too many base running mistakes. Also, Morgan has great skills, but he makes more mistiakes in judgement than might be expected.

  14. sec3MySofa - Apr 25, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    @Joe-Pudge was the last catcher, can't pinch-run there. If Zimm had hit for Nieves, they could run for him and bring Pudge in, but the guy is hitting four-something. Bad break, there, is all.@Doc–Not at all. Morgan got himself thrown out all by himself–play was in front of him the whole way. I doubt he even looked for Listach.Desmond's was a reaction play–by the time the coach is yelling "BACK!" Desmond had already broken the wrong way and committed himself.Too many mistakes? Sure. How many is the right amount? Nyjer plays at 110mph, that's just how he is, and it still took 2 very good throws to get him (from the team with the most errors in the league). (But still, you cannot get thrown out there. Dumb.) Desmond is young–a boneheaded mistake he will, hopefully, learn from.

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