Aug 29, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan has his hands full with the Cards and Adam Wainwright today.
Wild game last night, huh? Between the offensive explosion from Adam Dunn, Michael Morse and others, Livan Hernandez gutting his way through 6 1/3 innings, Ian Desmond getting called out for interference running down the first-base line and then Nyjer Morgan getting called out for missing the plate and being pushed back toward it by Ivan Rodriguez … well, quite the eventful ballgame.
Despite all the good things that happened during the 14-5 victory over the Cardinals, it appears the lasting image of this one will be the play involving Morgan, in which he appeared to go out of his way to make contact with catcher Bryan Anderson despite there not being a play at the plate. Nyjer's not in the lineup today, and Jim Riggleman basically told reporters at the park it's a form of punishment for his actions last night. Riggleman said Morgan was upset all day because he had been dropped to eighth in the lineup and for some reason decided to take out his frustration on the opposing catcher. Riggleman felt the need to apologize to both Anderson and Tony La Russa this morning, perhaps sensing somebody would be getting plunked today otherwise.
This has not been a good week for Morgan. He got into it with Phillies fans last Saturday night, leading to a seven-game suspension from MLB (which he has appealed so he could continue to play). Now this. Could this be the tipping point that affects Nyjer's ultimate place on this roster? We'll see.
Meanwhile, the Nationals have a chance to take three of four from the Cards with a victory today. They face a stiff challenge in right-hander Adam Wainwright. But perhaps the emotions of last night's game could carry over and propel them through today's series finale.
As was the case last night, I'm not covering the game today. Will pick things up in Florida tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy today's game and enjoy chatting with each other about it…
CARDINALS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m.
TV: Ch. 50, MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Sunny, 87 degrees, Wind 3 mph out to CF
2B Adam Kennedy
SS Ian Desmond
CF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
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