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Game 83: Mets at Nats

Jul 4, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats host the Mets on a gorgeous Independence Day in the District.

Happy Independence Day, everyone. And what better way to celebrate than by watching a ballgame in the nation's capital?

The Nationals will look to make the day really special by defeating the Mets and taking three of four from their division rivals during this long weekend series. Craig Stammen gets the ball for the Nats, hoping to duplicate his impressive return to the rotation last week in Atlanta. Left-hander Hisanori Takahashi starts for New York.

Jim Riggleman planned to start Roger Bernadina in center field today and give Nyjer Morgan the day off, but Bernadina's back is still bothering him, so he again will be out. Alberto Gonzalez starts at shortstop. Wil Nieves is behind the plate.

Check back for updates throughout…

METS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m.
TV: Ch. 50, MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Sunny, 90 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (36-46)
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. K.D. - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Awesome play! Go,go Gonzo!!

  2. Knoxville Nat - Jul 4, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Looks like Stammen has returned to his early inning self once again. Not looking good at all!

  3. Dryw - Jul 4, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Ouuuuuuuuch!!!! :-(

  4. Anonymous8 - Jul 4, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Back to reality with Stammen. Unfortunately….

  5. natsone_va - Jul 4, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Back to reality for this whole team. When was the last time we dominated ONE game from beginning to end? It's been sooooooooooooooooooooooooo frustrating. Why can't I have a stress-free day? Well, I guess I'll have to wait till tomorrow. We won't fall behind, play crappy defense, and just look awful and loose tomorrow because we DON'T PLAY. It's that the only way??? I might be.

  6. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Hope that you have a nice 4th as well. We'll be heading out to the Pfitz for the P-Nats game and fireworks.

  7. SBrent - Jul 4, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    I wish Riggs had put Pudge in to bat for Nieves.

  8. Dryw - Jul 4, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    I wish the Nats had been able to do ANYTHING with bases loaded and no out!! :-(

  9. SBrent - Jul 4, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    I will say this. At least for each of the last four innings there was a tangible sense of possibility that the Nats could break something open and catch up. They never pulled it off, but they didn't just roll over, they played active baseball the whole second half. At least, that was my impression, listening to the audio feed over the internet.

  10. Anonymous - Jul 4, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    @ManassasThere problem in the last 4 innings was the same. Early runners got on later runner couldn't produce. Kennedy gets a triple when no one on and a K when the bases are loaded. Bases loaded Nieves hits a DP, when Kennedy was third a single. timing is the key, I go back to the stat I always go back to.Avg with RISP.Mets today 8 for 16. Nats 3 for 13. There is the difference as usually is. They hit in the clutch, we didn't.However that being said most players did come to play today (Stammen didn't but most the others did).

  11. Doc - Jul 4, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Right on Mark, in heading for the hamburgers. No point hanging around to write about the Nats dead meat! A little bit of SP to-day, and we would have had a game. Still haven't gotten over the excitement of Saturday's game. WOW!!!

  12. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 4, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Enjoy the burgers and the cookout with the in-laws and The Lovely Wife. You deserve it. Enjoy the day off on Monday and then three with those pesky Padres. I see three low-scoring tussles on the horizon, all played in less than today's three hours, 49 minutes. Ugh!Happy 234th birthday, everyone!

  13. carolync - Jul 5, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Today's game was a disappointment but it was a beautiful day and I enjoyed watching Alberto Gonzalez play a sweet game at short.Wonder why he's only occasionally played.

  14. Anonymous8 - Jul 5, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Carolync – I agree with you about Gonzo but keep in mind that his issue is lack of power and will chase pitches.I think Gonzo needs to play more and next year I don't see Guzman and Kennedy on this roster.

  15. carolync - Jul 5, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Kennedy was a one year fill-in since they didn't sign Orlando Hudson. Guzman is surely gone and I hope they can get something for him. I'm trying to be patient with Desmond but I find it hard to foresee a great deal of improvement. Even his touted UZR has fallen into negative numbers. So I'm where I was last year, hoping Rizzo can find two middle infielders. Espinosa has been on a tear lately….

  16. Richard - Jul 5, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Espinosa is batting .252 (OBP .332) and is 5 for his last 20. Some tear. With 3 for 5 yesterday, Guzman is batting .299 (OBP .340) and IMHO he's doing enough to play every day at 2nd base at least until Espinosa, Lombardozi, Kobernus, Kelso or another 2010 draftee is ready.

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NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS

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SAT: Game 2 at Washington, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3 at San Francisco, TBA (MLBN)
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