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Game 46: Nats at Giants

May 25, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
AT&T Park, home of the Giants, sopping wet today.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hello from beautiful AT&T Park, along the San Francisco Bay and McCovey Cove. This is one of the prettiest venues in the major leagues, and my view from the press box (which is as close to the field as any in the game) actually doesn't do this place justice. From the upper deck, you can see the bay, the bridges and downtown San Francisco. I'll try to head up there one of the next two days and take some shots from different perspectives.

Today, however, is not the day to venture out. As you can see from the above photo, it's raining. It started around noon, has intensified since and is expected to continue all evening. The locals say this is incredibly rare, certainly for this time of the year. That's also what they said when we were in Denver two weeks ago. I thought the black cloud that followed the Nationals the last two years had moved north to Baltimore. Guess I was wrong.

Anyways, if they do get tonight's game in, we should be looking at a low-scoring affair. This whole series should be low-scoring, if for no reason other than the Giants possess a great pitching staff and a horrible offense (they've scored five total runs in their last seven games). The Nats, meanwhile, send "ace" Livan Hernandez to the mound and are dealing with a depleted lineup now with Ivan Rodriguez on the DL. (I know Pudge had been slumping some at the plate, but he's still more productive than Wil Nieves and Carlos Maldonado).

I'll keep you posted on the weather up until gametime, and then I'll keep you posted on the game itself…

NATIONALS at GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park
Gametime: 10:15 p.m.
TV: MASN2-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Showers, 50 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (23-22)
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. natsfan1a - May 25, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    We were there for a game last May, and the view from the upper deck was indeed spectacular. I also love that they play "I Left My Heart in SFO" after wins (hope that the Nats won't be hearing it much if at all this trip ;-)). Go get 'em, Livo!p.s. Wonder whether Livo might have some memories to share regarding his time there.

  2. cadeck13 - May 25, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Mark,If you get a chance, check out The Franciscan Crab Restaurant,Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 43 1/2 – ohhhh I wish I was there :) Great food, great atmosphere – get a boothe overlooking the Bay and check out the old Hollywood pics – just feels like Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra are going to walk through the door. http://www.fransciscancrabrestaurant.com it's one of my favorite places in SF

  3. Positively Half St. - May 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Mark-If the teams get rained out tonight, I imagine Livo will pitch tomorrow. If the Giants do the same, and the teams don't play a day-night double header, I guess we would miss Zito.Ah, screw it. Let's play them at their best, and try to be our best. Go, Nats, go.

  4. Anonymous - May 25, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Its bound to get colder too ….

  5. BinM - May 26, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    @+1/2St. – If the Nationals don't see Zito in a 3-game set, they probably see Cain. Pick your poison.

  6. Section 311 - May 26, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Mark, With Ethier not in the Dodgers Lineup at 139 PA and the Dodgers playing their 45th game and a requirment for 3.1 PAs (3.1 x45=139.5) isn't Guzman the de facto National League Batting Average leader at the start of tonight's game?

  7. BinM - May 26, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Hmmm – per Mark's 8:49 update, that would lead me to believe that it will be JD Martin (on extra rest), unless Chico goes 'short' (3IP, 50 pitches) tonight for SYR. Just my $0.02 worth.

  8. Mark Zuckerman - May 26, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Section 311: Uh, I'll take your word for it. Don't really have time to do the math right now, but Guzie did enter the day second to only Ethier in NL batting average. So if Ethier no longer has enough PAs to qualify, yes, Guzman would take over the lead (as long as he continues to have enough PAs and nobody else has snuck up from behind).

  9. Section 311 - May 26, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Mark, I missed one HBP for Ethier so it appears at 140 PAs he has .5 to spare and he will last one more game at the top. Guzie has plenty of PAs and .018 lead over Werth so maybe this is tomorrow night's news.

  10. Anonymous - May 26, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Vote Guzman: write-in at second base for the National League.

  11. Anonymous - May 26, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    Its Martin's turn. He has an under 3 ERA and a pretty decent WHIP for the Chiefs in spite of his own back issues etc.

  12. Doc - May 26, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    Hey Mark, I missed your ESPN interview about our saviour. Can you put it on your blog? Otherwise, I'll check ESPN site. Dang!

  13. Doc - May 26, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    Anyway, Mark didn't I tell you a few games ago that you'd soon be doing a gig on one of the major sports' networks? Talk about psychic (not to be confused with psycho).

  14. Les in Nc - May 26, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    The Nats are making Wellermeyer look GOOD tonight!

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 43 --
ATLANTA 54 46 2.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
NEW YORK 47 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 13.0
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
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