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NLDS Game 4: Giants at Braves

Oct 11, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Derek Lowe faces Madison Bumgarner and tries to keep the Braves' season alive.

Let's answer everyone's biggest question first: No, Brooks Conrad is not in the Braves' lineup tonight. And really, after last night's three-error performance, how could Bobby Cox put Conrad back out there? So Omar Infante moves back to second base and Troy Glaus comes off the bench to play third base. The only problem: While Glaus has 1,337 games of experience at third, he's been there only nine combined times the last two seasons. Not exactly a huge upgrade defensively.

In order to stave off elimination and force a Game 5 Wednesday night in San Francisco, Atlanta will have to play solid defense while also getting a strong start from Derek Lowe, who returns on three days' rest. Lowe has done this five times previously (going 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA) so he's comfortable with the challenge. Whether he delivers, we'll have to wait and see.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy would have brought Tim Lincecum back on short rest had his team trailed the series. But since San Francisco leads 2-1, Bochy instead is going with rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who isn't too shabby himself (1.18 ERA over his last six starts). And if the Braves pull this one out, the Giants will still have Lincecum ready to go for the decisive Game 5…

Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:37 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Clear, 75 degrees

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey

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  1. JaneB - Oct 12, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    For Bobby's sake, and for Brooks, I hope they hold the lead. Loved your updates during Brooks' fateful missteps…Whichever team comes through I just don't see how they beat Philadelphia.

  2. Doc - Oct 12, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    For Nats fans it might be noted that lefty M. Bumgarner was taken by the Braves in the '07 Draft, a few selections past Ross Detweiler.

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    That was a great game, and a great series. I also thought it was classy for the Giants to salute Cox. It wasn't only the guys in the dugout, as those who were on the field stopped their celebration to do the same.

  4. Richard - Oct 12, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Adding to Doc's comment above re the 2007 draft, commentators are noting that Heyward was drafted 14th that year. And in 2008 the Nationals drafted Arron Crow with the 9th pick. In 2006 it was the still-mired-in-AA Marrero. Throw in Strasburg's unfortunate injury and the highly unknown prospects of Harper and the Nationals' record in the draft is, well, not so good.

  5. Dave - Oct 12, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Seriously? You're going to attribute Strasburg's injury to a bad draft? Yes, I'm as bummed as anybody about the Nats' season this year, but I think that's a bit of a stretch.

  6. Anonymous - Oct 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Wow, the number of posts here have dropped off significantly since the end of the season. I think this shows the DC fans are not fans of the sport but only fans of the hometown team…sad!

  7. yankish2 - Oct 12, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Tonight's Lee/Price duel should have every baseball fan glued to the tele. I wonder if Mark will be blogging?

  8. Sec3MySofa - Oct 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    anon at 12:14 — doesn't mean we aren't reading. we just limit our pointless diatribes and finger-wagging to in-season Nats topics.Mainly.

  9. Richard - Oct 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Dave, the point of course was not that Stephen's injury was the Nats' fault but that the Nats are both inept and unlucky re the first round of the draft, but mostly inept. On the positive side, though, their full 2010 draft looks good, and it may be the first one over which Mike Rizzo has fully presided.





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