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NLDS Game 1: Braves at Giants

Oct 8, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Braves and Giants kick off their series at AT&T Park.

Five games have already been played this postseason. We've seen a no-hitter. We've seen a couple of managers ejected. We've seen a 10-strikeout game. And we've seen the road team win four of those five games. And one of the four Division Series hasn't even started yet!

Finally, the Braves and Giants are ready to commence with their NLDS out in San Francisco. This series has its own intriguing storylines, from Bobby Cox's final run as Atlanta manager to the Giants trying to win their first World Series since Willie Mays roamed the Polo Grounds in 1954. It also features Tim Lincecum's postseason debut, which is reason alone to stay up late tonight.

Nationals fans may also be interested to learn of one player who was left off the Giants' postseason roster: Jose Guillen, who was picked up in midseason after getting dumped by the Royals and wound up playing a significant role down the stretch. Guillen, though, has a disc problem in his neck, and the club determined he couldn't play, so he's off the roster.

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES — GAME 1
ATLANTA BRAVES at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park
Gametime: 9:37 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTEM-980 AM
Weather: Mostly clear, 63 degrees

BRAVES
3B Omar Infante
RF Jason Heyward
1B Derrek Lee
C Brian McCann

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  1. BQ - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Finally I get a chance to watch a game today. It has been mad crazy because of all assignment and stuff.two of my support teams (Rays and twins) are on the brink of elimination so I would just concentrate on Giants now. let's hope they don't disappoint me.

  2. BQ - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:10 AM

    i didn't know Guillen wasn't playing. I was wondering when I saw the lineup that a familiar name is missing. Too bad for jose. The closest he will ever get to playoffs.Is TL on fire tonight? 9 SO through first 6 innings. Just love the fireballer. Wish we get SS back soon and make the similar run.

  3. BQ - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    Oh My God! Unbelievable! Sandoval just plain sucks. The announcers and Bobby Cox read into the situation very well when Uribe was walked with Posey on third but one out in bottom of the sixth. I mean when Uribe was talked, the announcers started saying how that was a good thing. Bobby switched Lowe with Venters and Pablo obliged with a nice DP.

  4. Sec3My Croix de Candlestick - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:49 AM

    Guillen is not such a surprise, his being hurt and all, but the fact that they left Zito off the roster is both surprising–he's the highest paid player they have–and no surprise at all if you've seen him pitch lately. Apparently he took it well–he's at the park, maybe charting pitches?

  5. JaneB - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    I have pitching envy.

  6. dj in Fl. - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:54 AM

    Starting pitching, starting pitching and more starting pitching is what you have to have at this level. So know I understand why the Nats went for Detwiller instead of Heyward. I was a little confused earlier.Excellent games all day.Once again the umps will take it on the chin.

  7. BQ - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    Wait, what? Zito is not on Giants' roster. WOW, how did I miss that? i just looked up his numbers and they gone up as the regular season came to close. Still I am surprised given that he is veteran and all.Anyways, I would definitely leave TL to finish things off. He seems locked in right now. let's not disturb his rhythm.Oh, can someone tell me how Posey was supposed to be caught stealing before he scored the only run of the game? I missed the play.

  8. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 8, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    What a great, dominant performance by the young Arlo Guthrie… er, Lincecum. I missed Halladay's outing; glad I stayed up for this one.

  9. Sec3HummBaby! - Oct 8, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    You know, for a 1-0 playoff game, that didn't feel like the Braves were close. BQ, Posey stole second, but he should have been out–the ump was out of position and missed the call, pretty blatantly.

  10. BQ - Oct 8, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Yep, totally worth watching TL on the mound. That was just brilliant. What's the record for most strikeouts in a single postseason game? I am going to try and watch tomorrow night game as well. Cain and Hanson are also capable of dominating hitters the way TL did tonight. Oh and needless to say but Giants' bats need to come out of slumber for them to continue winning. They can't have TL pitching every night so better produce offensively when pitchers have an off day. Go Giants!!!

  11. Samantha - Oct 8, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Thanks to Mark for the previews of each series and the running threads during the games.

  12. JaneB - Oct 8, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    Right on Samantha. It's making the games waaaaay more fun!

  13. natsfan1a - Oct 8, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Missed seeing the bulk of the game but was pleased to hear the results this morning. Will plan to watch the replay later.BQ, respect the Kung Fu Panda, grasshopper. ;-)

  14. markfd - Oct 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Another power pitcher dominating..hint hint Mike Rizzo!

  15. Cwj - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    I don't understand how Lincecum manages to still be a strikeout pitcher despite only throwing 89-91 mph. Has he somehow reinvented himself since losing his velocity? Is it his delivery? What makes him so effective?

  16. Anonymous - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    OT but here's the video (in Chinese) to CMWang's 1 inning work.http://tw.nextmedia.com/applenews/article/art_id/32870544/IssueID/20101008Scrub forward to 1:02 to see Flores throw to 2b to nail the base runner.enjoy!

  17. Mrs. Z. - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    In a perfect world, my 2012 Nats starting rotation would look something like this:Stephen StrasburgTimmy LincecumRoy HalladayCliff LeeLivo, just for the sake of nostalgia and traditionAlso in my perfect baseball world, Strasburg throws a perfect game, the Nats go 120-40, Teddy wins, Screech is replaced by a respectable mascot, MASN figures out how to be a decent media outlet, and the Phillies are moved to more deserving city–like Pittsburgh. Oh, and this blog becomes wildly successful, setting the new standard for online sports journalism and earning Mark enough money so that I don't have to work and can just travel with the Nats fulltime. Hey, a girl can dream.

  18. Mark Zuckerman - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Anon: Thanks for the link — that was awesome!

  19. Josh - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Re: how Lincecum is still a strikeout pitcher with a 90/91 mph fastball: first of all, he can (and did occasionally) dial it up to 93-94 mph. Secondly, his offspeed stuff (changeup and now slider) are so good that batters can't sit on the fastball as much as they can with many other pitchers, or they'll just look absolutely silly (like they did many times today). He also varies the eye levels of the batter with the change, after which he can pump a high fastball right by them. There's a reason they call him The Freak.

  20. natsfan1a - Oct 8, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Mrs. Z, I like it, and I hope that all your dreams come true. Could we just add "the Nats seal a deal with a radio station that has a decent signal throughout the DC metro region"? 'kay, thanks. :-)

  21. JaneB - Oct 8, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    I wish Mrs. Z had the checkbook and the power to make this happen! on ALL counts…

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