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Game 85: Padres at Nats

Jul 7, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
After last night's heroics, the Nats look to win in more conventional fashion.

Did you know the Nationals' last three wins have all come in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth? You can even look it up!

Thursday vs. Mets: Ryan Zimmerman's sac fly scores Willie Harris. Nats win 2-1.

Saturday vs. Mets: Ivan Rodriguez's bases-loaded single to right scores Zimmerman to cap a three-run comeback and seal a 6-5 victory.

Last night vs. Padres: Zimmerman homers off Luke Gregerson to give the Nats a 6-5 win.

Actually, it could have been four walk-off wins in the last week had Roger Bernadina not been picked off second base Friday night and Harris had a chance to drive in the winning run.

So the Nationals clearly have established their ability to come from behind or pull out a late victory. Perhaps tonight they'll manage to take an early lead, hold it and then finish the Padres off in more conventional fashion. J.D. Martin faces Jon Garland on another disgustingly hot night on South Capitol Street.

Check back for updates before, during and after the game…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Mostly sunny, 96 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from CF

CF Nyjer Morgan
RF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Mark, for how much longer should we expect to see Dunn in the lineup? Rosenthal says the Nats are asking the ChiSox (who Olney says are really pushing for Dunn) for one of Gordon Beckham and Carlos Quentin.Thanks in advance.

  2. tystoneman - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    In case anyone was wondering, in the alternate universe where Bernadina didn’t get picked off second base, Willie Harris struck out looking.

  3. Richard - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    The other day Mark said he thought the Nats, like most Nats fans, wanted to keep Adam Dunn and Adam wanted to stay, but the negotiations over a new contract might drag on into the off season. He commented that he thought they'd get it worked out. So I'd say Rosenthal is off his meds again.

  4. Mark Zuckerman - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Look, there are going to be a lot of Dunn rumors that crop up over the next three weeks. Most of them will probably come from other teams who are expressing interest in him. As was the case last summer, I expect Mike Rizzo's asking price to be pretty high (Beckham or Quentin would certainly qualify). I do believe that the Nats want to sign Dunn to an extension. It's just a matter of settling on terms that both sides can live with. If someone blows Rizzo away with an offer, maybe he gets moved. But I think the chances of that happening are pretty remote.

  5. Les in NC - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Personally, I don't think I would be happy with a Dunn trade that only landed either Quentin or Beckham. Maybe one of those 2 plus a top prospect like Mitchell or Danks. If Dunn doesn't regress terribly for the remainder of the season he will be a type A free agent worthy, of 2 top draft picks.

  6. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Well folks, it's a balmy 110 in Manassas. Enjoy the cool weather at Nats Park!

  7. JayB - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Keep Dunn and trade Willingham….any word on International FA signings Mark?

  8. Jaxpo Nat - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    You Mid-Atlantic folk need to get over it. Sure, you might be hitting 100 degrees right now, hotter than us here in Florida even, but when you have to deal with 90-degree weather from March through December then you get the right to whine like you are. Until then, deal with your one hot month. 😉

  9. court - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    If you think DC only has one hot month, you need to get out of Florida a little more. Considering we had 5 freaking feet of snow in addition to the hottest June ever leading into this July, we've got you beat.

  10. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    There's also talk about Dunn to the Rays for Upton … and the Angels are interested as well. Mike Rizzo did say that it would be very painful for the franchise to lose Dunn, but that it would also be very painful for any other franchise to acquire him.

  11. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    JayB, Willingham is the better player both offensively and defensively. He has even been walking more than Dunn. He definitely manages left field far better? Sometimes you scare me.

  12. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    @JaxpoNat,Dude I've lived in both places. Believe it or not the humidity from all the nearby swamps combined with the heat make DC far worst than FLA and GA for that matter. Then there's the pollen and smog … and then winter comes.Fla types are spoiled. Just ask all the upstate NY types that live there now.

  13. phil dunn - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Gordon Beckham straight up for Dunn?? That's insanity. Beckham is hitting .206 with no power. Alberto Gonzalez can give us more than that at second base. If Rizzo make that trade, he should be fired.

  14. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Ditto phil dunn.

  15. JayB - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Willingham is selling high and will bring more than Dunn….This team needs so much and LF should be easier to find than Catcher which is what we should be trading for.

  16. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Beckham hit .270 with an .808 OPS last year. 28 double 14 homers. Sounds like he has some power. That was his rookie year, he is 24, the season is still only half over. He fields flawlessly. Now, who would you rather wait on? Second baseman want-to-be Willie "I am right where I want to be at .153" Harris? Or this guy's second half? Especially if another player like Quentin is thrown in? I'll admit it would be better to get another prospect like a Jason Castro, or Wilson Ramos for Dunn instead of Quentin. But …

  17. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    @Jayb,I am firmly convinced that former catcher Willingham would play a far better first base than Adam Dunn. Imagine BJ Upton out there? With Bernadina, Morse and Morgan? I agree that Gonzalez should be given a shot to play second base full time over Guzman. But Beckham was a legitimate B prospect.Prefer pitching plus a player like Beckham, Quentin, Upton … suspect that Rizzo is demanding a B pitching prospect in addition to one of these players.

  18. phil dunn - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    The Nats should never pitch to Adrian Gonzalez, just like they should never pitch to Albert Pujols. It as simple as that, but they never seem to figure it out.

  19. Slidell - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Martin has something to work with now. Let's see what happens.

  20. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    It looks like a good start for the Nats tonight. Now for the roller coaster of trying to see the Nats hold on.

  21. Les in NC - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Smatt, that was exactly what the rest of us were thinking (but not saying)! :)

  22. phil dunn - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    There we go again–another big fat pitch to Adrian Gonzalez. The Nats never learn.

  23. Sec3MySofa - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    tystoneman said…In case anyone was wondering, in the alternate universe where Bernadina didn’t get picked off second base, Willie Harris struck out looking. —————————-Unless, of course, you follow the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which case there exists an infinite number of alternate universes, including an infinite number of universes where he didn't get picked off and Willie Harris struck out, where he didn't get picked off and Willie Harris hit a home run, singled, doubled, tripled, inexplicably bunted up the third base line … an infinite number of universes where consecutive balks scored the run …

  24. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    The price keeps going up to keep Adam Dunn.

  25. David - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    and another big fat pitch to Dunn :-) make that two HR's for him, apparently they don't learn either

  26. A DC Wonk - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    "Willingham is selling high and will bring more than Dunn"Right — and then that only leaves us with yet another hole to fill.(And, he's selling so high that he couldn't rate even a mention, except in DC, about all start possibilities)

  27. Richard - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Hey, Mark, look, in short, if they trade Dunn I'm finished with them.

  28. A DC Wonk - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Despite the homer allowed, it seems Peralta is underappreciated and underused, no?

  29. David - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:33 AM


  30. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Matt Capps–All Star closer–What a joke!

  31. Smatt1001 - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    And another close game on this roller coaster. Let's go for the sweep tomorrow!!

  32. Michael J. Hayde - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Nobody said he doesn't walk the tightrope… but Capps got it "Dunn" tonight. Ugly or not, it goes in the books as another save for the All-Star.

  33. Sec3MySofa - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    Yeah, tied for the league lead in saves — which is his ONLY job — You go ahead and laugh, Anon 9:57. Feel free.

  34. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Capps–39 innings pitched–52 hits given up. It's only a matter of time before his luck runs out. His 23 saves are a fluke.

  35. Cwj - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Anon10:20 – Capps' BABIP going into tonight was .361 (very high). He gives up lots of hits, but with a nice K and BB rate he can get results. I gotta admit though, he allows LOTS of hits. Perhaps he's an example of the theory that you can throw too many strikes.

  36. Sec3MyAnonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    See, this is the problem with stats–people quoting random numbers without half an idea of what they're talking about. Might as well let parrots post here. He's a CLOSER. The only stats that count are Saves, and Blown Saves. Period. Full Stop.

  37. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    Fellas, what a game. I saw Soriano hit 3 at RFK and now Dunn hit 3 at Nats Park. Sometimes I'm very critical of the team, but I have to tell you I loved this night at Nats Park.

  38. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    ahm sec3my whatever? Storen is 0.5 wins above replacement while Capps is 0.6 wins above replacement? There's a reason for that don't you think? Clippard is 1.1 wins above replacement. Burnett is 0.5 above replacment? Just perhaps he is better as a tradable commodity than as a keeper?

  39. Cwj - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    Sec – I agree with you. I was merely pointing out to Anon that despite all the hits he gives up (and bad luck), he is still successful.

  40. natsfan1a - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Dang. I didn't see most of last night's game, as we were catching up with 1b, who is in town for a visit. Did manage to watch the bottom of the 9th, which was, um, eventful but gratifying. Sorry to have missed sec 222's anthem as well.We will be at the park tonight and tomorrow, however. Bought the tix months ago in anticipation of 1b's visit, but she it looks like she managed to pull an SS start for tomorrow. Nice. As it worked out, it's also the first of his starts that I'll witness in person. Wish us luck. :-)

  41. Cwj - Jul 8, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Natsfan1a – For some reason I thought SS was starting today…but apparently it's Atilano (did they flip flop in the rotation?).Anyway, have fun at the games.





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