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Game 86: Padres at Nats

Jul 8, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Winners of two straight, the Nats go for a sweep over the Padres tonight.

Heat and humidity leaving you in a bad mood? This might help you feel better: The Nationals have a chance to sweep the NL West-leading Padres.

After back-to-back, one-run victories the last two nights, the Nats have a shot to make it three in row tonight at Nationals Park. Given all that's happened around here the last couple weeks, that would be quite the positive development.

It won't be easy. The Padres send a really talented right-hander to the mound in Mat Latos, who was born in Alexandria and apparently still has friends and family who live in Northern Virginia who will be on hand tonight. Luis Atilano will have to be in top form, and the Nats' lineup will have to continue what it's done the last two nights.

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: Partly cloudy, 90 degrees, Wind 10 mph RF to LF

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


  1. Richard in BB - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Glad to see Hundley out of their lineup! He kills us. I'm wondering what you think of their CF'er-Denorifia? From what i saw last night, he looks like a real good player to me.

  2. Peanuts and Cracker Jack - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    If you are a friend of Mat Latos and intend to go to Nationals Park and cheer for the Padres, well, you suck. Go Nats!

  3. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    totally inappropriate Peanuts and Cracker Jack, you can root for a player and not neccisarily for his team especially if your his mother

  4. Jim Webster - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Peanuts and Cracker: Let's be a bit more welcoming to Latos family and friends. I'd be delighted to see him in a Nats uniform some day. I saw him hold Giants to 2 runs (5 Ks) at Petco on May 18 and he impressed. (Though SFG got to SD pen and won 7-6 in 12 innings\.)

  5. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Whatever happened to those couple of days off for Nyjer Morgan that Riggleman was trying to get, but couldn't because Bernadina had the stiff neck or whatever? Bernadina seems to be healed now, so try harder, Jim. Get Morgan out of there!

  6. Cwj - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Maybe it's all the hot weather, 2 wins in a row, or something, but I had zero interest in this game. I just watched it casually on tv. The result wasn't a huge shocker. The Padres were due for a win, and Atilano supplied the rest.Tomorrow's game, however, is a must see. With the extra day of rest, Riggleman must give Strasburg a long leash tomorrow.



x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's games


x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Friday's games

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SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
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WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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