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Game 30: Marlins at Nats

May 8, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It's a beautiful, but windy, day as the Nationals host the Marlins.

If not for the fierce wind blowing from left to right field (gusts could approach 40 mph today) this would be a perfect afternoon for baseball.

How that wind affects this game remains to be seen. Because it's a crosswind, it could make life difficult for Matt Chico and Josh Johnson to locate their pitches. Chico will be amped up, making his first big-league start since May 22, 2008. Since then, he's endured Tommy John surgery, the long recovery from that procedure and then another half-season working his way back at Class AA Harrisburg.

Chico wasn't happy that the opened the season at Harrisburg. Obviously he would have preferred to be in Washington, but he felt he should at least have been at Class AAA Syracuse. We'll see if he can channel that aggression into a strong start against a good Marlins lineup.

Nyjer Morgan gets the day off. With the Nationals in the middle of a stretch of 20 straight days with games, Jim Riggleman wants to make sure everyone gets at least one game off, so Morgan is the guy today. Roger Bernadina starts in center field, with Willie Harris in right.

As always, check back here for updates throughout the game…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 22 mph LF to RF

SS Cristian Guzman
2B Adam Kennedy
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn


  1. Nervous Nats Fan - May 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Re: 1:05 update – Not a good start to the day.

  2. Knoxville Nat - May 8, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Mark,Nothing posted between 2:04 and 2:47? How were the refreshments:)?

  3. Mark Zuckerman - May 8, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Knoxville Nat: If the photos I was taking from the stands come out blurry, I guess there were refreshments involved. If they come out in-focus, I'm off the hook! :)

  4. Natsochist - May 8, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    I dunno, Mark – reread your last update (2:47pm). I think we caught you regardless of the photo status ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Mark Zuckerman - May 8, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Natsochist: Whoa, not sure what happened there. Must have been suffering from heat stroke after those 20 minutes in the sun. Yeah, that's it. Right.

  6. Knoxville Nat - May 8, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Mark,sure hope you got a good photo or at least a good view of Willingham's homer. Now maybe your trip to the stands can bring us a curly W.

  7. Nervous Nats Fan - May 8, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    This is why you have defensive replacements.

  8. NatsNut - May 8, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Ok, so I missed everything on the game, just came in to settle in to some Nats news. Started here with Mark, going through the intro, feeling excited for Chico and then this: 1:05 p.m. — Matt Chico's first big-league pitch in two years hits Cameron Maybin.I haven't even read any further but that has to be the FN funniest thing I've read in a long time. Poor Chico! LOL! …..sniff…..ok. gotta catch my breath and get back to reading.

  9. Mark Zuckerman - May 8, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    NatsNut: Keep reading, it gets better.

  10. greg - May 8, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    really nice day at the park today. it's hard to concentrate completely on the game when you bring your dog, but i enjoyed what i did get to see and the dog had a good day, too. even got his big massive head up on the jumbotron late in the game. if you saw a big mastiff/bloodhound mix standing with his front feet up on some guy's lap, that was me.

  11. Anonymous - May 8, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Does anyone else get really annoyed at Rob Dibble when he hollers and yells when the Nats make a big play? The guy's paid to be a broadcaster not a fan…

  12. Section 222 - May 9, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Um yes, Dibble is a doofus. I'm doing plenty of cheering without having to hear him grunt.

  13. natsfan1a - May 9, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    No, it doesn't bother me. I actually like Dibble.

  14. Cwj - May 9, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    I like Dibble. I think he's a nice change from the typical color man.Speaking of the announcers, I think Phil Wood would make a good one.



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