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Game 89: Giants at Nats

Jul 11, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It's the final day of the season's first half at Nationals Park.

And so we have come to the end of the first half of the season, a first half that included some dizzying highs (Stephen Strasburg's debut, Willie Harris' game-saving catch in New York, Adam Dunn's recent power surge, a record that stood five games over .500 in mid-May) and some terrifying lows (three straight blown leads to the Orioles, more errors than any other team in baseball, Jason Marquis' three starts).

It bears noting that at this point one year ago, the Nationals' record was 26-61. Manny Acta was fired right as the All-Star break began and Jim Riggleman took over. Today will be Riggleman's 164th game as Nats manager. His record entering today: 72-91. A win today against the Giants would leave the Nationals at 40-49 going into the break. Good enough? No. But progress? Yes.

Sad news to report on this otherwise glorious Sunday: Bob Sheppard, the Yankees' famed PA announcer since Joe DiMaggio was roaming the outfield, died today at age 99. In Sheppard's honor, I'll present today's lineups in his signature fashion.

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

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m.
TV: Ch. 50, MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Sunny, 88 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

The center fielder, number 1, Nyjer Morgan. Number 1.
The second baseman, number 15, Cristian Guzman. Number 15.
The third baseman, number 11, Ryan Zimmerman. Number 11.
The first baseman, number 44, Adam Dunn. Number 44.

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  1. markfd - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    RIP Bob SheppardNice tribute with the lineups Mark!

  2. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    What is McCatty doing to prepare the starters? They aren;r ready it appears to me.

  3. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    What ever the starters are doing to prepare, is not getting them prepared for the first inning. McCatty needs to come up with a plan

  4. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    a 2-0 count and Michael Morse grounds into a double play. A 2-0 count you swing at a pitch you can drive. not one you can only top. That is taught in high school. That is one of the reasons that Eckstein needs to go fundamentals learned early in life are ignored and not re-emphasized by Eckstein.

  5. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    @ManassasAppears the hitters have left for their all star break already starting last night in after the 5th inning.Interesting after Adam Dunn;'s infield single he is now batting .427 (90 for 211) in at bats where he put the ball in play. He has struck out 106 times.

  6. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Thank you Pat Listach.

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

    Thank you Listach another run lost.

  8. Anonymous8 - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Unreal. Heyward is out of the All Star game, and kiss butt Charlie Manuel replaces him with another pitcher Kuo who makes 4 of Torre's Dodgers.

  9. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Wow Mark! Really starting to rip with the snarkiness. Looks like we could be in for another longggg season.

  10. Jim Webster - Jul 11, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Anons 3:22 and 3:27 — easy for you to second guess. From where I sat (just below press box) there was no way Listach could have anticipated the outfielder misplaying the ball.

  11. Anonymous - Jul 11, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    @ ManassasI agree with you Jim. Speed is not Dunn's forte. A reasonable play by the CF and Dunn would be out by 15 feet, and Listache would have been ripped much more. Had he known it was going to be bobbled, then of course he would send him. However this leaving men on base is a bad habit. I plan to do some research on how bad it is.

  12. natsfan1a - Jul 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Mark, not a Yankees fan by any stretch but I do appreciate the history of the franchise. Your lineup tribute was appropriate and moving, imo. Thanks for that.





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