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Game 36: Nats at Rockies (Take 2)

May 15, 2010, 4:08 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The forecast is shaky again … but let's play two!

DENVER — This could be a long day of baseball.

Even if the weather holds out, the Nationals and Rockies will play two today: the makeup from last night's rainout at 2:10 p.m. EDT and then the regularly scheduled game at 8:10 p.m. EDT. And the weather is not supposed to hold out. It's not raining at the moment, but it's expected in periods throughout the day and evening. So no one would be surprised if there are delays or even if only one of the two games gets played.

Fortunately, tomorrow looks fantastic, so a Sunday doubleheader would not be threatened.

Unfortunately, today's first game is not going to be televised. It falls under the window that is exclusive to Fox, so MASN can't broadcast it. Which is a real shame since Game 1 features Livan Hernandez vs. Ubaldo Jimenez.

Fortunately, your trusty reporter is here to chronicle it all. I'll try to provide more play-by-play than usual given the situation. So be sure to check back for updates…

Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 2:10 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Chance of showers, 54 degrees, Wind 4 mph out to LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
1B Adam Dunn
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    This whole FOX baseball contract deal is just stupid beyond belief. Someone needs to replace the fire Jim Bowden site with a Fire Bud Selig site. Two best pitchers era wise in baseball this season, and its blacked out…what a cryin shame. JTinSC

  2. Souldrummer - May 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    What a total shame about the FOX deal. It's not like they're deliberately scheduling the game. I wasn't going to watch the FOX game and I definitely won't watch it now. I'll listen to Charlie and Dave instead. MASN loses on the one day I was planning to watch them.

  3. Carl in 309 - May 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    I too am not a fan of the way baseball excludes baseball from the average fan–exclusive arrangements for blocks of time on free tv, plus exclusive rights for pay-tv to cover most other games. That's on top of fewer and fewer afternoon games (way more family friendly) and no scheduled double-headers (as another writer stated earlier this year). I'm generally ready to fire Bud (he's not treated well in today's NY Times piece on the "best interests of baseball"). Maybe if we start by revoking their ill-gotten anti-trust exemption . . .Perhaps I could better use my time simply rooting for a Nats sweep today.

  4. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    The kicker is this game might be over before the Fox game even begins. Do they have a 6 hour window or something?

  5. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    WTF? i cant believe this game isn't televised. what's the email address or phone number to complain about this? anyone know? it's beyond ridiculous. two best pitchers in baseball right now, and no one can watch it.

  6. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Anon: Unless you've got a direct line to Bud Selig, I'm not sure there's anyone else you can contact about this one.

  7. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    I'm not blacked out … but then true geeks don't watch TV they do everything with their multi-media computing centers. Including watch ballgames.

  8. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Did you know that Murdock had a bust of Lenin in his dorm room in college?

  9. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Aeolino: If you're able to watch a TV broadcast of this game, I will be truly impressed. It's not being blacked out. It's not being televised at all. Only video evidence of this game will be the Coors Field Jumbotron feed.

  10. David - May 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    no problem with the radio broadcast, though, right?

  11. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    David: Charlie and Dave will be coming in loud and clear.

  12. Will - May 15, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Mark – I think perhaps (hopefully?) a feed may be streamed for through MLB Network's "live look-in" camera for Coors. The game is currently listed as being shown via "" for subscribers as opposed to the usual listings of MASN-HD and whatever the opposing team's station is for the game…What's also ridiculous is EVERYONE in Texas getting the last place 'Stros over the first place Rangers simply because of who the 'Stros happen to be playing today…the second to last place Cubbies.

  13. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Will: Interesting. If that system works, please let me know so I can pass it on to other fans who are worried about getting left out.

  14. David - May 15, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    According to Slowes, Harris is 5 for 8 with two doubles and a triple against Jimenez. I guess it makes sense then to bat him 5th.

  15. Grandstander - May 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    If you have it appears, for the time being at least, that they have the feed up. Only the Colorado feed though, no MASN, which makes sense, because why would you tape a game no one can see anyway.Perhaps they're broadcasting with the home announcers exclusively for Obviously the game can't be televised anywhere but the Internet…Either way, 2012 can't come soon enough! I'm so sick of Selig and his crappy handling of just about everything.

  16. Will - May 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Mark – An update. subscribers will apparently be able to watch through the Rockies' home feed of Fox Sports Rocky Mountain (FSRM). No MASN feed, as you noted.

  17. Will - May 15, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Grandstander beat me to the punch. Well done. I guess we'll all settle in for a nice afternoon with the Rox' crew.

  18. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Will: Thanks for the update. Still bizarre that the game is allowed to be broadcast online but not on the air.

  19. Chris - May 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Does anyone have the URL for the Nats Radio broadcast online?

  20. raymitten - May 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Mark — indicates that the game is available to subscribers. Only problem is that they black it out to local fans because of the local telecast, which is, as you state, not availble because of Fox. So, if I was in Cleveland I could watch this game on the computer, but since I live in the city that the team plays in, I can't. Thanks Fox. Makes a whole lot of sense.

  21. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    David: Um, yeah, I already noted Harris' career numbers vs. Ubaldo up above.

  22. cadeck13 - May 15, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Bummer no broadcast, alas I am consoled because I have to work and at least I can live it through the chronicles of our most trusty reporter and MLB radio! BTW Mark, great podcast with Rick Ecstein last night. Now, remember to leave the booth only during Dunn's at bats – you seem to be his good-luck charm :)

  23. David - May 15, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    doh! didn't have time to cross-check. thought i was breaking news because i had the radio in for the pregame :-) didn't mean to steal your thunder

  24. Rocket1124 - May 15, 2010 at 6:14 PM appears to have a scoreboard feed with the Rockies radio team. But that will be blacked out in DC.

  25. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Thank goodness for XM. I'm going to the car. I like baseball on AM radio — I prefer the bacground hiss where I first heard baseball.

  26. kaizenakira - May 15, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    after that first run, for now at least, Livan is the era leader.

  27. meixler - May 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    So… where can I get a radio broadcast of this game? If I try to stream from 1500 or 820 all I get is an interview with Rupert Murdoch.

  28. Doc - May 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Blacking out an away game in the home market area–now that takes a bit of intelligence!

  29. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 15, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    What's next? Murdoch will make us sit through an hour with Sarah Palin in order to get the baseball scores?

  30. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Yep, Mark I am watching it … every bugs bunny curve. I think I saw Murdoch and his bust of Lenin up in his box? I bet Wigi is watching as well …

  31. HabsProf - May 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Yout comments about the pitches in the low 60's reminds of a scene from the movie Major League III (generally a bad movie, but it had its moments). In one scene where a career minor league junk-ball pitcher is throwing to a major league slugger, someone comments that the reason the major leaguer can't get a hit is that he hasn't seen stuff that slow since high school.Which makes me wonder: How many other pitchers in the majors throw as slow as Livo? Is he uncommon or are there quite a few others who throw breaking stuff in the low 60's?

  32. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Field looking kind of wet … have to wonder if more rain is due to arrive.

  33. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    HabsProf, as the FOX Lenin Busts like to say, think Jamie Moyer. Of course unlike the FOX guys we know that Moyer is younger than Livan "Satchel Paige" Hernandez.

  34. meixler - May 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    according to espn gamecast, the rockies got 4 outs in the 2nd: Olivo grounded to short, Steward grounded to 3rd, Barnes lined to center, and finally Jimenez grounded to first. WTF? Someone tell me again why I can neither watch nor listen to this game.

  35. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Morgan gets caught again?

  36. meixler - May 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Morgan keeps getting caught on the steal? You want to know why? Because he always looks in. Why does he look in? Once he decides to run he's gotta put his head down and make a mad dash.

  37. Doc - May 15, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Nyjer Morgan's speed and/or stealing strategy ain't working. Stealing bases may no longer be part of Tony Plush's game. He's just becoming another out!

  38. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    3 K's 0 walks for the amazing Livan after 3.

  39. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Starke difference: Berndina and or Morgan wold have had that ball that Hawpe couldn't handle. Gonzalez made it on the next one … defense is very different in the outfield this year for the Nats.

  40. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    I am listening to the game on 102.1 The Game,out of VA.Beach, via It seems to be the only consistent stream of Nats I can find.By the way, comcast has 3 games showing currently on their MLB Extra Innings in central Fl. But no Nats!

  41. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM


  42. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 15, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    The Big Dunn-Key sounds like he launched one. Of course, I wouldn't really know. All I get on MASN is this silly Sarah Palin biography … interspersed with a 15-year-old NASCAR race.

  43. meixler - May 15, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Thank You, Mr. Anonymous, who mentioned 102.1 The Game. Now I get to listen to… the game.

  44. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Upper deck home run … way up there third level.

  45. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Bernadina singles to left.

  46. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Slaten up for Hernandez. The Hammer may pinch hit.

  47. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Might walk Desmond ready for "the Hammer".

  48. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Inning over … Bernadina caught stealing. Desmond strikes out. Bad inning for the rookies!

  49. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Slaten in for Livo now. Livo is on the hook for the loss … nevertheless another sparkling quality start for the unexpected ace.

  50. Sec314 - May 15, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Maybe the Nats should just stop trying to run on Olivo.

  51. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Uh OH! Tornado warning in Denver!!!!

  52. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    The broadcast is full of Tornado warning bulletins now … Nats are under a Tornado watch … will let you know if Bowden is responsible …

  53. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    B R U N E Y … and now it gets worst … B A T I S T A is warming up … sigh … Tornado?

  54. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    All I can say is B. Bruney (BB) must stand for Base on Balls.

  55. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    TWO WALKS for Bruney. Now 2 OUTS. Please we don't need Riggleman's mancrush Batista to do the home run honors.

  56. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    RBI double by Stewart. Its now 4 – 2.

  57. Dryw - May 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Is Bruney pitching a sign that Riggs is conceding this game?

  58. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    RBI single. 6 – 2 Rockies. B R U N E Y.

  59. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    …and the BBs cost him. This guy has to go the way of veterans like Pat Burrell D-F-A

  60. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    No Batista is that sign.

  61. dcusimano123 - May 15, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Is the Brian Bruney Experience going to end soon? He's terrible.

  62. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Bruney's job. Why he was signed was to be setup for Matt Capps. He pitched well enough last night to give it another try.

  63. Ben - May 15, 2010 at 8:31 PM


  64. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Batista is far, far worst. GasCanRahan was better.

  65. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    ESPN reporting that Nick Johnson may be done for the season as he requires wrist surgery.Here he was essentialy a hired bat as a full-time DH and he gets injured. For all those Nick Johnson fans, you still want him?

  66. Bote Man - May 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Surely, Bruney is the Nats' best option out of the bullpen. Surely??? We all know that there are absolutely no other pitchers in the entire organization who could fill his tiny shoes.

  67. Sec314 - May 15, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    The (win) Killer B's must go! Can they get Storen and English from Syracuse to Denver in time for Game 2?

  68. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Network glitch … could be Tornado.

  69. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    If your name ends in a "B" and you are in the bullpen, you are in trouble. I think there is 3 of them!!!

  70. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Aeoliano: Your "tornado" is located 50 miles east of town and is heading in the opposite direction.

  71. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Bruney now at 7.64 ERA.

  72. Spike94wl - May 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    How did this guy survive in the AL East facing the Red Sox and Rays?!?!?!? Bruney couldn't strike out a kid at pinata party.

  73. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Mark, so tell them to stop the klaxons all over the place during the broadcast! Its getting ridiculous!

  74. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Tornado =~ Miguel Batista pitching allowing 15 more runs.

  75. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    NJ? Sure. Late inning defensive replacement for Dunn and part-time pinch hitter at the league minimum? Why not?

  76. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Nats lose 6 – 2. Onto the second game.

  77. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Bringing Bruney into any game that means anything is unfair to the rest of team. Rizzo does not want to admit that he made a mistake on this pickup. Can't we trade him to Pittsburgh for something?

  78. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Thank you Mark. The Klaxons have stopped.

  79. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Aeoliano – Who said the league miniumum. LOL Sure, league min you keep him, of course. It worked out in hindsight well for the Nats getting rid of him last year.Of course the whining from a few in the fanbase after the trade again are proved wrong.

  80. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Bruney is just making the inevitable Storen replacement far easier … neither he nor his agent will be able to muster much of an argument when the Nats make their move. But, Batista? He truly is AAAA.

  81. cadeck13 - May 15, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Mark,How much longer do you think the Nats will keep putting Bruney out there? When is Rizzo going to be tired of watching the guy pitch?

  82. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    In May Bruney has a 8.44 ERA. On the road his ERA is 12.91.

  83. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    In May Batista boasts a 7.50 ERA. His ERA against Chicago is 10.80. Batista 5 homeruns including a grandslam, 16 walks and 12 strike outs … His overall ERA is 6.05 and his WHIP is 1.57. Batista has 1 hold, 1 save and 2 losses.Bruney has 20 walks, 1 home run, and 16 strike outs. His WHIP is 2.32. He has 4 Holds. 0 blown saves. 1 win and 2 losses.Pick one.

  84. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    correction: Meant to say against Colorado not Chicago. sorry.

  85. NatsNut - May 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    cracked me up:"Really dialed it up there against the opposing pitcher, uncorking an 87 mph fastball that surely left Ubaldo quaking in his boots."

  86. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Was Bruney a Rizzo guy when he played for the Diamondbacks? I think he was.That may explain why. Rizzo seems to play favorites (IMHO) which will get him into trouble and seems susceptible to falling in the trance of a brown-noser or 2 including some that he didn't recruit.Under JimBo, brown-nosing was an art form. JimBo brown-nosed Mark L. and JimBo in turn liked it from his employees.

  87. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Forgot shortstop in your lineup Mark?

  88. Mark Zuckerman - May 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Sorry, Desmond's at SS and batting seventh.

  89. Anonymous - May 15, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    I watched the game out here in Idaho on what I think was the Rockies feed (on my computer), but I never saw any graphics so I'm not sure. Saw the whole thing.Farid

  90. Aeoliano - May 15, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Picked this up from Bill Ladson's tweets:Jim Riggleman was visably upset that the game went out of hand after Brian Bruney entered the game.Jim Riggleman said the Nats are thinking about making a move on RHP Brian Bruney._____________________________________________________________________This sends another subliminal message I believe? I do think that at least at the on-field coaches/manager level they believe this squad could be a true playoff contender? Hopefully sans Batista as well as Bruney if that's the way it goes.





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