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Game 100: Braves at Nats

Jul 27, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
For the first time in 16 days, the Nats are home.

Sure has been a while since the Nationals played a game on South Capitol Street. Sixteen days, as a matter of fact, have elapsed since the Nats hosted the Giants and then departed for the All-Star break, followed by a 10-game road trip.

They return at last tonight, still stinging from a 3-7 swing through Florida, Cincinnati and Milwaukee, but with Stephen Strasburg and Livan Hernandez starting the next two games against the Braves. If you missed this stat I calculated yesterday, the Nats are 18-11 this season when Strasburg or Hernandez starts. When anyone else pitches, they're 24-46. (So, you're saying they've got a chance!)

The Nationals also come home to a less-than-perfect playing surface. Dave Matthews Band played here Friday night, and the damage remains. Almost the entire outfield grass is discolored from the stage and seating area. It's probably just a case where the field needs to be watered and get sunlight for a couple of days and everything will be fine again. But it certainly doesn't look very pretty at the moment.

Check back throughout the afternoon and evening for updates…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    i hate dave mathews band!

  2. JayB - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    I wish we could get to a point where winning baseball games was the Nationals priority…if they just made that the focus they would make more money than getting a cut of Dave M on a year.

  3. Pete - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Well, at least Willie Harris isn't in the lineup.

  4. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Why would they schedule a concert just a few days before a series began? If the concert had been scheduled two weeks ago – BEFORE the 16-day layoff – then the grass would be fine today.

  5. JayB - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Dave M. has the hand here…..until the Nats make winning the focus…

  6. Bowdenball - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Jesus, you people will whine about anything. Sometimes I lose my temper with this team too, but I at least try to keep it reasonable.I don't know the details about the concert, but I do know that the Nats don't own the Park. I also know that a band that fills 40,000 seat stadiums probably can't move their schedule around to end up in the mid-Atlantic two weeks earlier than planned. I'm sure the Nats have some control over the use of the Park during the season, but is there any evidence that this was entirely the club's call? Since they don't own the Park, I'd assume it wasn't until I heard otherwise. Have you all heard otherwise?

  7. cadeck13 - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Hi Mark! off topic, but I wanted to let you know I got my Nats Insider tee shirt! I really like it :) I would wear it tonight, but my Strasburg shirt is calling my name so I'll wear my Insider shirt to Sat game. For those who haven't gotten theirs yet, it's worth it and supports Mark :)

  8. Jimmy D - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Thank you Bowdenball. The whining grates sometimes. Plenty to complain about this season. A DMB concert four days ago that made the grass slightly less pretty than normal is not one of them. That concert, and others like it, will continue to help make Navy Yard a destination year round, increasing the likelihood that we get some good development, including bars and restaurants, right there on half street – which is certainly in the clubs interest. Grass aside, this should be a beautiful evening for some baseball. Last week, staring back and forth between my tickets for tonight, and my 6 months pregnant wife, I was just imagining the difficulties of having to "whatever you need hon" my way out of a sweltering ballpark after just a couple of innings. Alas, the storms came, ruined traffic for many and cooled the area off enough to assure me a full 9 at Navy Yard!

  9. meixler - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    So much for batting Desmond in the 2 hole.

  10. Bzl. - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Dave Matthews also did 2 shows at both Fenway (where they play annually) and CitiField on this tour, so let's not just blame the Nats, okay?

  11. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Bowdenball…..if memory serves me correctly when the lease was signed between the city and the Nationals, there is a clause in there that allows the park to be used a certain number of days a season when the Nationals are out of town. The team has no call on this, since it's in the lease. I beleive the Eagles had a show there in June as well while the Nationals were on a road trip. A band like DMB has their tour planned out months in advance and all they cared about what was date worked best and it happened to be 7/23.

  12. JayB - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    As I recall….Nats have complete control of the the Park and it's uses and it's revenue…Stan is making these calls and Nats make the money…other than the lease payment. That is why you can have your wedding at Nats Park if you like….Stan will laugh all the way to the bank.

  13. mjr - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Anybody know how I might be able to pick up the game in Portland, OR? I'm at a conference and hotel cable is … limited, shall we say. Checked the listings for ESPN, TBS, and TNT but they don't seem to be broadcasting the game. Thanks!

  14. swang - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Subscribe to MLB's service? I don't know if you can get decent video streaming from the Hotel wifi. But if you go the audio route, that should work…

  15. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    As I recall….Nats have complete control of the the Park and it's uses and it's revenueWrong, boy wonder. They're just the primary tenant. The city owns the park and has ultimate control. They just can't do anything that would interfere with the regular activities of the primary tenant.So, did the Dave Mathews Band do any worse damage than the Pope and his Cardinals did?

  16. JayB - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    I think we are both right but the Pope, the two guys and pianos and DM were all Stan's and the Nationals doing…they control the park in season and out of season…that is what the lease with the city says….boy wonder…

  17. JayB - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Hey Boy Dumber…check it out…..right from Nats website… Policies and ProceduresNon-game Day AvailabilityNationals Park is available for rent on all non-game days, including evenings and weekends. Any event requiring field access is subject to approval by our groundskeeper.Booking an EventIn order to secure a date, time, and location for an event, the Ballpark Enterprises department will issue a formal contract which requires a signature, Certificate of Insurance, and deposit payment.

  18. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Sure, the Nats can use the park for non-baseball activities if they want to. But so can the DCSEC, the ballpark's owner, if they want to – provided it doesn't interfere with Nats events.And I'm standing here right now looking down on CF. It doesn't look all that bad. RFK often looked much worse.

  19. JayB - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    RFK looked worse… that is some kind of Standard to be attained……All those events have been pushed by Nats in the between inning stuff and in email to season ticket holders…..just admit you were wrong and you are a jerk.

  20. Brian - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    What happened to Strasburg????

  21. natscan reduxit - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    … what Brian said (asked)!!!!!!!!!

  22. We Need a Bat - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    MASN and Nats don't know yet. Gotta think Mark is working on it. Guess either injured or traded, he he. This place is gonna go nuts either eay.

  23. We Need a Bat - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    Should have said Nats Journal

  24. swang - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Can't trade Strasburg today. You can't trade him until the minute after you sign Bryce Harper (assuming Bryce Harper signs in the last minute of eligibility.)

  25. Michael J. Hayde - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:16 PM

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  26. swang - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Strasburg was afraid of Heyward. So he asked Batista to hit Heyward for him. SS will pitch in relief of Batista next inning.:)

  27. Brian - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Does anyone on here, besides JayBee and whichever Anonymous he's currently bickering with, really give a **** about who booked the DMB concert? As was mentioned above, the band's schedule is taken into account, not just the Nationals' schedule. Also, I would imagine that DMB paid the city to rent the stadium, just as the Nationals do. It was a good thing for the neighborhood and the city, and who really cares if the grass doesn't look it's best? I think we, as fans, have a lot more to be worried about right now. A LOT more…

  28. Michael J. Hayde - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Patterson. Chico. Cordero. Detwiler. Zimmermann. Olsen. Lannan. Marquis. Atilano. Stammen. Walker. (Have I forgotten anyone?) Now it looks like Strasburg will be joining this dubious clique. This has gone wayyyyyy beyond coincidence and "bad luck." Something somewhere is terribly wrong with the way we handle pitching. Are we doing too much? Too little?If Stras winds up being shut down for a prolonged period, there had better be some answers coming quick.

  29. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Mark — with those two pitching contenders, Saturday is looking bleak.

  30. Don Hammack - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    They played soccer at Fenway Park last week. Stuff happens on fields in the middle of the season. Relax.

  31. Anonymous - Jul 28, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    I'd written this game off when the pitching change surfaced, but it's looking pretty good. Good game.

  32. dj in Fl. - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    I love that a sellout crowd is seeing the Nats play an excellent ball game. This is what they need to get more folks to the park. It does not have to be only about SS.Way to go Miguel, and your cast of pen mates.

  33. Anonymous - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Batista 5 innings 6Ks 3 hits, 0 runs….likely a better line than Strasburg would have had

  34. Doc - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Nats best 'character' game of the season! Way to go bull pen!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. LoveDaNats - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Excellent game! I'm at OBX and didn't think I'd see a game all week. Bonus that MASN is on the cable channel.





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