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Game 129: Cardinals at Nats

Aug 27, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals host the Cardinals for Game 2 of a 4-game series tonight.

They will play another ballgame tonight at Nationals Park. The flags are not at half-staff. It'll be business as usual, aside from the dark vibe hovering over the ballpark after today's news of Stephen Strasburg's pending Tommy John surgery.

Scott Olsen starts for the Nationals against Cardinals rookie left-hander Jaime Garcia. Another new-look lineup from Jim Riggleman: Alberto Gonzalez leads off, Ian Desmond returns to the 2-hole, Justin Maxwell starts in center field with Nyjer Morgan out.

Strasburg is about to speak in the Nationals' interview room (you can watch it live on and I'll provide updates of what he had to say in a little while. Check back here the evening for game updates…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees, Wind 4 mph out to LF

2B Alberto Gonzalez
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. P. Cole - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Is Morgan getting the day off to rest, or is this part of his "suspension"?

  2. natscan reduxit - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    … if Nyger loses his appeal, can or will tonight's 'sit-out' be counted as the first game of the suspension?Go Stephen Strasburg! Go Nats!!

  3. Mark Zuckerman - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Just a day off for Nyjer against a left-handed starter. Has nothing to do with the suspension.

  4. U-Hoo - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Glad to see (sort of) that Holiday and Pujols are alright. I was afraid Holiday might have broken something in his wrist after being hit by that pitch, and wondered if Pujols might have sprained his ankle. The Cardinals' payoff hopes would have been flushed in one unfortunate night in D.C.Go Nats! Beat 'em at full strength!

  5. Doc - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Over the course of the season I've been critical of Nyj, but this suspension is BS! He was merely doing what the majority of OFs do with spare baseballs—toss them to the crowd.Hope you're successful with your appeal Nyj!

  6. Golfersal - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Talking about suspension, no Dibble for the third straight night. Is he just too embarrassed to return since it's obvious that his comments were not timed very well or is he gone???Tonight would of been a perfect night for him to eat some crow, apologize and get on with his career with the Nats.I felt that the comments were probably some of the dumbness statements made, but a lot of people love Rod (like myself) and want to see him back.So Mark was the scoop on Dibble not coming back tonight?????

  7. JaneB - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    Yeah. I miss Dibble. Golferal is right — he could have said "oops — I didn't realize, mea culpa, hey! Look at the second homer Roger just hit at Nats Stadium." Something like that would have been good all the way around.I am so impressed with Strasburg's comments, and believe he really will be back. I hadn't realized Nat Killer Tim Hudson had this surgery. That makes me feel confident that it's just a matter of time before we get Stras back the way we (and he) wanted him. In the meantime, Mike Rizzo: Get the Lerners to buy us some pitching. Some grown up, proven, scary ass pitching. Ok? I'm rooting for us never to get a draft pick lower than 10th place ever again.

  8. rmoore446 - Aug 28, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    I think the announcement on Dibble indicated he would not be back until Saturday. While I always thought those particular comments were unfounded and certainly unwise given the uncertain outcome, I have sympathy for a guy who has a daily show and has to be edgy at times to keep listener interest up. If you are in the public eye and talk long enough, sooner or later you are going to say something that will get you in trouble.

  9. Grandstander - Aug 28, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    I think today just soared to the top of the "Worst 5 Days in Nationals History" list. This game is really the icing.

  10. DKSW - Aug 28, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    The boys are distracted tonight, that's for sure. This is a dark day in Natstown….

  11. JaneB - Aug 28, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    Pudge 2800th hit! And Justin got one too. And Scott got only one earned run. I'm taking what pleasure I can. But it does go on the five worst days list.

  12. Dryw - Aug 28, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Eleven through six? Really?

  13. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - Aug 28, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Best day: 6/10/10: Jesus fans 14Worst day: 8/27/10: Jesus out until 2012There is no joy in Nats Town tonight. Mighty Strasburg has blown out his elbow

  14. rmoore446 - Aug 28, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Great for Willie to get a homerun. Too bad Morgan was picked off yet again…down four runs, you ain't going to be stealing. How do you get picked off in that situation? I am sick of this knucklehead.

  15. N. Cognito - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    A salute to the Keystone Kops tonight at the ballpark.

  16. Anonymous - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:35 AM

    Help me out here. I was at the game, and I swear that the Kennedy not-a-double kicked up chalk. They don't show replays in the stadium, so I have no idea whether it was fair or foul . . . Can someone tell me what the replays showed? Thanks!

  17. Ernie - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    Home from the game. When did they change the third error to a hit? We noticed the change around the 8th inning. The scorer seems to do this a lot…

  18. Grandstander - Aug 28, 2010 at 6:06 AM

    We have a scorer? I thought it was just a monkey back there pushing buttons. Hmmm…

  19. CapPeterson - Aug 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Ernie, I was at the game too. Heard the announcement (sit in the 300s under the press box) an inning or two later. That decision was defensible, I thought. But did think Bernie could have been charged an error on the ball he presumably lost in the lights. I know you normally don't get charged with an error when that happens, but that ball was hit right at him and he did get his glove on it. I know Bernie's still getting used to LF, but doesn't it seem our guys have inordinate problems in the twilight zone here? Shouldn't we at least have a homefield advantage, if the lights are that bad?On the plus side, Dunn made a really nice catch on that foul pop!

  20. N. Cognito - Aug 28, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Ernie said… "Home from the game. When did they change the third error to a hit? We noticed the change around the 8th inning. The scorer seems to do this a lot…"I have no problem with that being called a hit – it was a tough play for Gonzo.The biggest problem with that play is Gonzo tried to make it and not Desmond. If Gonzo picks the ball, he's still got a very difficult cross body throw to try to get the out at first. Desmond would (should?) have had a much easier play, plus it was on his side of the bag anyway.

  21. Anonymous - Aug 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Did someone already say this: The Nationals fortunately have good bench strength in the booth. Moving Knight to the booth, and installing Phil Wood in with Johnny makes a strong lineup, IMHO. Actually, Knight is very professional and informative in the booth and I liked last night's broadcast lineup. Kudos to Knight.

  22. Anonymous - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Mark, your writing about the game last night was pure comedy! Seriously, I love it. Watching that game was frustrating and the spin you gave it made me laugh and helped me lose some of my bitterness.





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