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Game 14: Brewers at Nats

Apr 17, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jason Marquis faces Yovani Gallado in Game 1 of today's doubleheader.

It's a beautiful day for baseball. Let's play two! (Sorry, I had to.)

We've got an old-fashioned, Sunday doubleheader here in the District. A reminder to those of you coming to the park: If you have a ticket for today's game, it's good for both games. If you had a ticket to yesterday's game, you can exchange it for a seat of equal value at both of today's games.

Game 1 features Jason Marquis vs. Yovani Gallardo. Jim Riggleman is fielding the lineup he planned to use yesterday before the rains came, with Danny Espinosa leading off, Ian Desmond sixth, Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate and Alex Cora at third base.

If you didn't see the earlier news, Todd Coffey has been placed on the DL with a left calf strain and Collin Balester has been recalled from Syracuse. More to come on that, and obviously plenty of updates to come from both of today's games…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m.
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), XM 183
Weather: Sunny, 60 degrees, Wind 19 mph out to RF

2B Danny Espinosa
CF Rick Ankiel
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche


  1. JaneB - Apr 17, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Hurrah for Collin!

  2. Grandstander - Apr 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Nyjer sitting against Marquis? Is Roenicke just not gonna play him this series? Can't wait to get to the ball game(s)! Couldn't plan a better Sunday.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    will the Red Porch be able to show the Caps game? I can think of nothing better than a great day for Nats baseball while keeping an eye on the Caps.

  4. Rich - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Does anyone know what channel the seconda game will be on? the first is on Masn but the O's have a game on Masn in the evening so are they on Masn 2 or are they bumping the O's?

  5. JaneB - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    I've never been to an honest to goodness double header before. Added to Spring Training, it's another notch in my baseball experience belt. Looking for a perfect game from one of our own sometime soon to make it three. Why the heck not?Surely Ramos will catch Livo. ANd get some good run production while he's at it.

  6. Waddu eye no - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    CB-welcome home

  7. rccoleon - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Both games today will be on MASN per Any one know what the Red Porch's policy on showing something like the Caps game is?

  8. mjames - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    We have to do something about Cora and Harsten. Neither can hit. Cora is late on everything and just pops out to the left fielder. Watch the game today and you will see. They need to retool their bench with Stairs, Cora and Harsten DFA'd. Lastly this Willingham trade is looking a little iffy.

  9. Nats fan in NC - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Only a matter of time before Nyjer says something stupid

  10. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    WOW doubleheader sounds exciting. How I wish I could come to today's games?Oh and I was thinking that if there is interest, we could form a fantasy league of NI followers.

  11. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Yea… That Josh Willingham… hitting a robust .212 and butchering up left field like he's been doing for the A's is exactly what we need.

  12. Stranded_in_Philly - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    "FS said…. . . Oh and I was thinking that if there is interest, we could form a fantasy league of NI followers."I like that idea

  13. Unkyd - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Thanks, Jack… Calling a trade of a journeyman outfielder, for two prospects, who might come up this year "iffy", after 13 games seems impatient….

  14. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Oh and Riggs should have switched Hernandez and Marquis for today's DH. Have Livan face off against Gallardo, giving us a better chance of winning than Marquis against an ace pitcher. If I recall, Livan threw a shutout against Milwaukee last season.

  15. Doc - Apr 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Right on NatsJack! Let's give HRod/Cory Brown more than 2 weeks to show value, over a guy hitting .212.Maybe Rizzo pulls a fast one on Billy Beane, afterall.

  16. Manassas Nats Fan - Apr 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Mu first honest to goodness doubleheader occurred June 14, 1964. The Senators lost to the Twins twice 4-0. Pascal and Kaat pitched for the Twins. Killibrew homered in each game."I Get Around was number 1 on billboard that week.My father though he hated Calvin Griffith (Or was it CLark he hated), still cheered for the Twins as he considered them the real Senators.Life as an 8 year old didn';t get better than a double header with your dad. I asked my 28 year old son if he wanted to go today, and like all my other friends none wanted to go. I guess I need to just start going solo.

  17. Manassas Nats Fan - Apr 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Updated statsBat average Nats 30th Brewers 17thERA Nats 13th Brewers 4thFielding Nats 25th Brewers 2nd

  18. A DC Wonk - Apr 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Manassas — We're almost the same age, although my first twin-bill came a bit later. My first double header was at Shea Stadium, summer of 1969, Mets won two against the Padres. I was 12, and had suffered through a number of Mets' years that were worse than anything the Nats had done. Tom Seaver threw a shutout in one of the games, can't remember who pitched the other one (but, I'd bet I can find it on

  19. A DC Wonk - Apr 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Manasas notes:Bat average Nats 30th Brewers 17thERA Nats 13th Brewers 4thFielding Nats 25th Brewers 2nd Yeah but, the bottom line stat:Brewers 7-6Nats 6-7 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I don't think Werth's strikeout was a borderline pitch. The umpire completely missed that one. I hope Marquis can last at least 6 and keep the team in the game.

  21. Smatt1001 - Apr 17, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Not looking good for Marquis right now. I hope we don't kill the 'pen in game 1.

  22. Smatt1001 - Apr 17, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    …and Marquis gets out of the inning with only 1 run allowed

  23. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Did I tell you guys I have Gallardo also on my fantasy team (like Cliff Lee)? Does not look like Marquis can last long, one more I guess.Oh and I believe Espinosa does not have a hit yet from leadoff spot (only 2 games though).

  24. Natman - Apr 17, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    NatsJack,Stop being ridiculous. Do you really think Willingham is going to hit .212 at the end of the year? He was a good player here. Give him that. And he was traded for prospects. That's the point, they are prospects, not sure things.

  25. Smatt1001 - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    And Espinosa jacks a 3 run homer off of Gallardo

  26. A DC Wonk - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    FS: "Oh and I believe Espinosa does not have a hit yet from leadoff spot"Well timed! Let's see if you can reverse-jinx anyone else!

  27. Nattydread - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Nice call Mark!

  28. TimDz - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Manassas… Thanks for the walk down memory lane… I went to a double header with my late father in 1970… being 1 of 4 kids, 1 on 1 time with my dad was a rare occurrence… as a divorced dad with a son who is a HUGE Baseball fan, Having the Nats In town has been a Godsend to me.

  29. Doc - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    The good news is that Espinosa did that while Mark remains in the press box–which will be a permanent stat from now on.

  30. Jeeves - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    No Natmat, you stop being ridiculous. The last three years Willingham has averaged 60 runs scored, 60 RBI's and a batting average of 260. He was hurt, each of these years, you say. Yeah, exactly. And he plays a mediocre defense as well. Nats Jack was right. Now, the Nats have two potentially good players.

  31. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    A DC Wonk, glad to be of help.Does anyone what position in the lineup Danny used to hit in minors? Anyways, he is leading the team in RBIs I guess. Maybe he is not fit for leadoff spot either.

  32. Smatt1001 - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    And now Pudge HOMERS!!

  33. sm13 - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Yay Pudge. He still has gas left on the tank!

  34. A DC Wonk - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Special delivery telegram from Pudge to DC Fans: "I ain't dead yet."

  35. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Is Laynce Nix better defensively or what? I have noticed Riggs has done the Nix-for-Morse switch some times this season. Glad to see Pudge chase Gallardo away. I might lose the fantasy matchup because of his performance but who cares if my team wins.

  36. Unkyd - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    DESI!!!!! Thats My Boy!!!!

  37. A DC Wonk - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Special delivery telegram from Desmond to DC Fans: "I'm getting on track, don't worry!"

  38. Natman - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Jeeves,Willingham's numbers in a Washington uniform .263/.377/.479 an OPS of .856 and an OPS+ of 128. That's a great hitter. His batting average is NOT the entire answer for his abilities. For reference, Jason Werth had numbers a bit below this for most of his time in Philly (2010 being the exception). There are some people on here, and you might not be one of them, who just have to slam former Nats players as lousy. Willingham is not a lousy player. Just be honest. He's a nice player who was traded for prospects. We'll see how the trade turns out in the future.

  39. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Special delivery telegram from FS to Nationals: "I almost had a heart attack. Please consider making it easy for fans."Those walks and Espinosa getting played by wind almost cost us the match.

  40. NatinBeantown - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Natman, I liked Hammer, but you're just as guilty of selectively using stats. Rate stats don't tell the story for a guy who only plays 100 games a year. And he was tough in left field. And we only had control of him for one year. It was a good trade.Let's win two!

  41. FS - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    I consider Hammer as Werth without the glove. He just never got a chance to contribute on a daily basis. Injuries always hampered his play. Sometimes he would play injured or miss playing time. Otherwise I really liked him. Then again, Rizzo was trying to built more defense-oriented lineup and Josh did not fit the bill. @ Stranded in Philly, let us see if more people are interested, then we can work out something.

  42. Anonymous - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Good day for the vets–Ankiel, Cora, and Rodriguez. Good bench; good win. Good for them.

  43. JaneB - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    …but it didn't. We won! One more to go. This sure is fun. Do they start with the national anthem and everything? Go Livo!! Go Nats!

  44. Slidell - Apr 17, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Manassas 1:27: Clark was the old man, nice old guy; passed on about '56. Calvin was the step-son who moved the club just when it was getting good when DC wouldn't pony up for a new stadium. Calvin is buried in DC in an undisclosed location (I'm not kidding).

  45. Natman - Apr 17, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    NatinBeantown,I'm not saying Willingham is the best player ever. Nor am I saying it was a bad trade. I'm just saying Willingham is not some washed up lousy former National. The guy has value as a major leaguer.

  46. BinM - Apr 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Marquis steps up today as the 'cooler' on the staff, going seven IP & coming out the backside with the win. Clippard looked a bit ragged, but hung in there for the Game Finished; Let's get two.



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