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Game 104: Phillies at Nats

Jul 31, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler faces Joe Blanton in the second game of the series.

Onto tonight's game, which features the Nationals shooting for their second straight win against the Phillies and their fourth win in five days against the top two teams in the NL East.

Ross Detwiler, who had a rocky return to the big leagues last weekend in Milwaukee, takes the mound for the Nationals. Joe Blanton starts for the Phillies, who will be sitting Ryan Howard tonight for the first time all season. (He's been terrible against left-handers recently.)

Check back here for updates throughout the game…

PHILLIES at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (45-58)
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Anonymous - Jul 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Nice catch, Nyjer. Let's send these Phillies fans and their rusted-out 1977 Olds Cutlasses and their skanky girlfriends back up I-95 in a foul mood. Oh, they're in a foul mood, already? Make it worse

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimstic_For_Me - Jul 31, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Nice standing O for the Big Dunn-key tonight. Very nice. Now, sign him, Uncle Teddy.

  3. Slidell - Jul 31, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Nyjer has certainly picked up his game, both defense and offense.

  4. JaneB - Aug 1, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    where the heck is the strike zone tonight????

  5. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Freaking Ibanez. That old guy will be hitting home runs off us when he's 64.

  6. Doc - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    The Phillies are a really old team. Maybe they're using old bottles of Geritol to keep them standing up!

  7. Anonymous - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    @ManassasI thought was already 64 years old.

  8. Anonymous - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    QManassasI left the name out thought I thought I pasted it in. I thought Ibanez was already 64 years old.

  9. Anonymous - Aug 1, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    Can anyone explain why they strike out so much for a non power team. So far tonight 12 more in 8 innings.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 1, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    @ManassasI hear Jim Palmer say one time a few years back, that 72% of the time you walk the leadoff batter he scores. 38% of the time if you give up a lead off hit they score (and that inclused leadoff homers). He said that statistically pitchers should be aware of this stat and pitch like they understand it. The Nats walk a lot of lead off batters.

  11. JaneB - Aug 1, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    What's up with the rope-like necklaces so many Nats are wearing? Nyjer, a coupla pitchers?

  12. Smatt1001 - Aug 1, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Let's go Zim!!

  13. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - Aug 1, 2010 at 2:32 AM

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.Have a nice night at that $29.99-a-night Motel 6 and enjoy that ride back up I-95, you Phillie knuckleheads.And good luck with Brad Lidge as your closer. What, John Hanrahan wasn't available?

  14. Cwj - Aug 1, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    These new look Nats of ours are knocking out very good teams. :)

  15. Andrew - Aug 1, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    So nice! Good news for Nats fans today! Dunn, Jordan Zimmermann, Maya, Detwiler, and a great evening capped off by a Ryan Zimmermann walk-off!!!!!!!!

  16. JOE - Aug 1, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Mark, I am curious about why the pitch was called a ball when the ump ruled that Blanton had leaned into and was ordered back into the batters box?

  17. Mark Zuckerman - Aug 1, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Joe: It's actually the umpire's judgment to call the pitch a ball or strike depending on where he thought it would have crossed the plate if it didn't hit the batter. Because the Blanton pitch was still inside, it was a ball. (I had to ask the official scorer about that one myself last night.)

  18. JOE - Aug 2, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Mark, thanks for the info. We thought it should count as a foul ball or something. So it would not count against the pitcher.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 45 --
ATLANTA 57 48 1.5
MIAMI 51 53 7.0
NEW YORK 50 55 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 59 12.5
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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