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Game 56: Reds at Nats

Jun 4, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
After a brutal stretch of road games, the Nats are back in town for a big homsetand.

Is it just me, or does it feel like forever since we were last at Nationals Park? It has been awhile, considering the club just came off a 10-game, three-city road trip. And even before that, there was only a brief, five-game homestand after another three-city road trip.

Thus, 19 of the Nationals' last 24 games came on the road. Their record over that span? A disappointing 9-15.

At last, the Nats return home for a nice stretch. Twelve of their next 18 are at the friendly confines, with only trips to Cleveland and Detroit coming up.

This is not, however, an easy weekend. The Reds are playing very good baseball, are battling the Cardinals for the NL Central lead and boast a potent lineup that leads the NL in runs, hits, homers, batting average, on-base percentage and OPS. It's Livan Hernandez's challenge to shut those guys down tonight and stop a three-game losing streak.

Check back for updates throughout…

REDS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN2-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Chance of storms, 85 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (26-29)
2B Cristian Guzman
CF Nyjer Morgan
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Mark,Any update on injured players?

  2. A DC Wonk - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Even though the season is 1/3 over, and we start the homestand . . . I tend to think of Tuesday as the beginning of the rest of the season — when we open a series against a weak team at home (finally!), start Strasburg, and get back Pudge all at once.OTOH, you can never count Livo and Lannan out — here's hoping at least one of them can shut down the hot Red bats!

  3. cadeck13 - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Welcome back Mark! I'm glad you got some much deserved time off, but I sure am glad you are back – really missed in game posts :)Let's get a Curly W tonight!

  4. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    June 19th now a 4:10 game on Fox.

  5. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    So it's a nationally televised Strasburg start AND Zimmerman bobblehead day!

  6. Spotsynats - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Speaking of injuries, any news or update on Wang? That line has been awfully quiet for a million dollar pitcher

  7. Andrew - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Anonymous said… June 19th now a 4:10 game on Fox. Do you think Fox didn't do the math and figure that to be Strasburg's 3rd MLB start and that Prez Obama was "maybe" gonna show up to see his White Sox?

  8. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    @spotsynats, he is down in Viera with everyone else. Except he is apparently behind Zimmermann and Detwiler. I suspect you will want Zimmermann back before Wang anyway.

  9. SpotsyNats - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Really?! I hadn't heard too much lately that's why I asked. I thought Zimmermann was out until August and Wang was a July guy.As for Dear Leader, he won't come regardless if its the CWS or not. Its not basketball so he won't care. If its not about him he wont do it. Viva la Revolucion!

  10. Sec$39.99 - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Well, that was one pissed-away road trip. Looks like all of Riggleman's efforts to get the regulars a day off here and there were actually too little–they look bushed. And I know managers don't get days off during the season–comes with the job, SOP, everybody does it, blahblahblah, but either get him a weekend somewhere or get him some Adderall, because [DANG].

  11. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Zimmermann is way ahead of schedule and has pitching simulated games. His fastball is up to 94mph. Wang has yet to get that far. Detwiler will begin pitching rehab starts in Potomac on June 9th. He may get to have Pudge as his battery-mate.

  12. A DC Wonk - Jun 4, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Dang . . . Reds have 5 guys in their lineup hitting over .280 — we have two.

  13. A DC Wonk - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Well whaddya know . . . Guzzy, for the second straight at bat (including yesterday), gets a hit with two out RISD.

  14. Suicide Squeeze - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Mark — Considering this was "supposed" to be SS's debut, how's the crowd? I know you're about 3 miles up in the media center, but curious if you can get any feel of the crowd. On TV, looks like it's fairly full….

  15. Mark Zuckerman - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Very good crowd. I'm impressed. Looks like well over 30,000 here.

  16. Suicide Squeeze - Jun 5, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    I'll be one of 40K+ (hopefully) on Tuesday! Section 109 has a bit of an angle to the view, but I'll be in the park! I was at the Opening Night game, which was the last time I feel like the park was truly full and buzzing.

  17. K.D. - Jun 5, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Think the crowd has perked up the team?

  18. Michael J. Hayde - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    "Right now, the Nats may not have a better hitter in the clutch than Desmond."Nor a worse umpiring crew chief than Joe West.Unbelievable.

  19. Cwj - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    Quick…if the Nats are ahead by 2 runs in the 9th, do you rest Capps and try someone else? Or do you throw him back out there?

  20. Michael J. Hayde - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Will this be the first game in which we get "Clip, Store and Save" in that order?

  21. Nervous Nats Fan - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Is that even legal? I saw the replay, and until the manager was arguing, the 3B umpire didn't look at the other umps, didn't ask for a consult, nothing. How did Joe West overrule him? Seriously, he needs to "retire" effective immediately.

  22. Waddy eye no - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Haven't the umps had a bad enough week without Joe West making things worse?

  23. Suicide Squeeze - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    Bob and Ron went nuts on the umps after that reversal, and rightly so. Best lines (no surprise) came from Dibble: "Two worst umps in the game on the same squad" and "The Umpires are running amok."

  24. Suicide Squeeze - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    *Rob (Sorry, Homer.)

  25. Cwj - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    So the answer to my question was: bring in Capps :)

  26. Michael J. Hayde - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    How great that the Nats were able to pull off a win in front of this crowd! Hopefully at least half of these speculative newcomers will return to see more Nats baseball, and not just Strasburg.

  27. Anonymous - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    Bang! Zoom!

  28. rmoore446 - Jun 5, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    Blast from the past, just noticed that Chad Cordero has just gone in for the Seattle Mariners against the Angels. I think this is the first time he's pitched in the major leagues since leaving Washington.

  29. Anonymous - Jun 5, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    I'm watching the replay right now. Dibble has done GREAT work calling out umps this game. But why is he criticizing Wil's pitch-calls, when Wil is plainly looking at the dugout for orders on which pitch to call?

  30. David - Jun 5, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    i died laughing when Dibble made fun of West giggling at the ball girls misplayed grounder late in the game after Desmond was ejected. that might have gotten him in trouble, but my sides hurt from laughing so hard. at least Dibble has an opinion and isn't afraid to say it!

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 46 --
ATLANTA 58 48 0.5
MIAMI 52 53 6.0
NEW YORK 51 55 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 60 12.5
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TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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