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Game 29: Marlins at Nats

May 7, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ryan Zimmerman and the Nats hope to fare better against the Marlins this weekend.

The above photo has nothing to do with tonight's game. I took it last night during the Nats-Braves game. I've been trying for weeks to get a good shot of a guy trying to break up a double play, and I finally got one. But since that play had no bearing whatsoever on last night's game — Scott Olsen and Willie Harris kind of stole the show — there was no chance to publish it. This seems as good a place and time as any to throw it up there for all to see.

As for tonight's opener of a three-game series with the Marlins, the Nationals will hope they play more like they did against the Braves earlier this week than they did in Florida last weekend. With Chris Volstad and Josh Johnson on the mound the next two days, that could be a tough challenge.

No announcement yet about tomorrow's starter for the Nats. All signs would point to it either being J.D. Martin or Matt Chico. As soon as I have something concrete, I'll let you know, so check the homepage for that.

And as always, check back here for updates throughout the game…

MARLINS AT NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (15-13)
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. alm1000 - May 7, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Mark,What is Rigg's reasoning for batting Willie before Desmond? Makes NO/zero/none sense to me. It hurt us in the braves lose when Willie made out with 2 on in the first and Desi on deck.Its just not right to me. I don't buy the veteran/rookie reason, if that's it. Are the Braves batting Hayward 8th? I know Desi is not hitting like Hayward but he is hitting a lot better than Willie and deserves to bat before him – and the team deserves it also.

  2. Section 222 - May 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    I assume part of the reason is to not have three RH hitters after Dunn. Riggleman seems to like to alternate L R L as much as possible. At least he didn't bat Willie 6th.

  3. Doc - May 8, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Riggleman's mistake was thinking that Bruney's pitching could be more important than Willingham's bat. At this point in the season, there's nothing to back up this kind of thinking.

  4. Section 222 - May 8, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    Mark, thanks for pointing out the botched double switch in the seventh. It made no sense to take Willingham out of the game with the Nats behind. Harris did make a nifty catch in left, but I agree that this was slipup. I would much rather have seen Willingham in the 9th instead of Kennedy. And Dunn might have appreciated having him behind him in the order too.

  5. Anonymous - May 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Riggs' mistake was in giving the ball to Bruney at all. But — who else, I guess. Oh well. A bit of action from the bats and we're not discussing this at all. What's so cool about this game is: Go get 'em tomorrow, guys.

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ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
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