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Game 76: Nats at White Sox

Jun 24, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
U.S. Cellular Field hosts the Nationals tonight.

CHICAGO — And now, back to baseball. As it were.

John McLaren is managing the Nationals tonight, and probably will be managing for a couple of days until Mike Rizzo names his permanent interim manger. The coaching staff remains intact, with Trent Jewett (who has traveled with the club all season as an extra coach) essentially taking over as bench coach for the moment.

McLaren's first lineup bears some similarities to the ones Jim Riggleman wrote out over the last week. Jayson Werth leads off. Since this is an interleague game in an AL park, the pitcher isn't batting, so we don't know if he would continue to hit the pitcher eighth. Laynce Nix will DH tonight, though, with Jerry Hairston in left field.

Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the Nationals, looking to continue his hot streak and the team's hot streak. A win tonight would be the Nats' 12th in their last 13 games. Right-hander Edwin Jackson (whose name came up in trade discussions last summer) starts for the White Sox. Slumping Adam Dunn is batting sixth.

Plenty of updates to come, and catch me live on Comcast SportsNet at 6 p.m. Eastern…

NATIONALS at WHITE SOX
Where: U.S. Cellular Field
Gametime: 8:10 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 180
Weather: Partly cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (38-37)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
DH Laynce Nix

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277 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    I miss the walk off home run king Zimmerman. When do we get him back? I know it couldn't have been a walk off tonight, but you know what I mean. My stomach is killing me.

  2. Dave - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    I'll be glad when Ryan Zimmerman is back. That BA dropped pretty quickly to sub-.250.

  3. LoveDaNats - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Werth is lost at the plate. Pass the Maalox.

  4. Cwj - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:52 AM

    What a crazy game!Come on Nats, it's almost my bedtime.Some of us have to get up early tomorrow :)I think Storen will be fine. As an Anon pointed out he's been pitching very well.His ERA will take a hit though.Still confident in a win tonight, but have a feeling it may be a while…

  5. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Of course, that just means they have to pay him thru 2013, not keep him. Still, I suspect he's not making $600,000/a.

  6. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    I love the way Morse comes off the bag after a putout. JT

  7. dj in Fl. - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Well the good news, is pretty soon it will be tomorrow and Clip will be available

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    @LovedaNats: Sure you don't want some bourbon with that Maalox?

  9. dj in Fl. - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    Well, since it is now tomorrow, Clip should be available. Davey wants a year with Stras and Harper, and a shot at one more ring.Good for him.

  10. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    OK, let's go get 'em.I may have to change my signon…

  11. Dave - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:03 AM

    So, yeah, Nix is designated to hit in this game. And he does.

  12. baloney - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    It's really crazy how good Steve Stone is at being a color man.

  13. Unkyd - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    4 hours and 200+ comments later… Can we put these clowns away?!

  14. baloney - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    Clip now available in eastern time zone.

  15. dj in Fl. - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    and Clip begins to warm up!!!!!!

  16. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    One good AB a night, Wilson….

  17. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    That was a good AB.

  18. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:12 AM

    This night has been so weird…why not Brian Bixler as your hero?

  19. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Biggest hit of Bixler's life!

  20. dj in Fl. - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Excellent, Bix turn to win one!!!!!!

  21. NatinBeantown - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Mark, tonight must be surreal. Your updates are in rare form. One question… Teddy Lerner or Roosevelt?

  22. Drew8 - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    Bixler!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5aW08ivHU

  23. Unkyd - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:16 AM

    Every time I think I've seen it all… Brian "Clutch" Buxler comes through!!!!Didn't see THAT coming…

  24. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    It has to be Clippard now.

  25. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    Unkyd: Brian Bixler–Expect it.

  26. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Bourbon and Maalox all around for my friends, barkeep! Let's get through the 12th, please.

  27. Wally - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:23 AM

    Ok, I had to take care of a crying kid. So what did I miss?

  28. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    Is this really happening?

  29. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    WTF???

  30. baloney - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    You've got to be effing kidding me.

  31. Unkyd - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    hehe sofa…..

  32. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    What's the MLB record for most blown saves in one game?

  33. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    JaneB: They just wont give you the curly W

  34. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Barkeep, please make that double bourbons and Maalox all around for my friends.OH, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

  35. Dave - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Okay, you know what? I think I've had enough for today. Pierszinski ties it again at 5 with a dinger off Clippard, bottom 12.

  36. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:28 AM

    When do we bring in Livan?

  37. Alan_A - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    Oy.

  38. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    hmmm. better get Livo out to the 'pen.

  39. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    I guess the reliable bull pen just is not happy that Riggleman is gone, seems they have let down 3 times now. Come Ballester you have to come through.

  40. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    To answer my own question, according to Google, the record for most blown saves by a team in one game is four. Please, let's not tie it!

  41. Unkyd - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    Apparently, we're gonna need to bat around, and get 6, or so here…GYFNGOGOGOGOGOGOGO!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    Is it just me, or did anyone else who turns the sound off during commercials think that schoolmatch.com commercial was for a dating site?

  43. Drew8 - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    A quick clarification:Eleven hours ago, when I said "Let's Play Two" — I didn't mean tonight.

  44. baloney - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    Bernadina is just a mayhem maker.

  45. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    Jayson "Manor House" Werth, a $128 million house by the side of the road.

  46. NatinBeantown - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:37 AM

    Jewett has got to be the worst manager in the history of managers. Can't manage a 'pen to save his life. I can't wait until this bum is on the street. (I kid. 13 innings is a lot of bourbon in this house.)

  47. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    We won in the 14th in AZ. We can do it in Chicago.And may I say, these white Sox fans are behaving a lot like Phillies phans.

  48. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    Werth and Zim 1 for 13 with 6 Ks. Com one guys you are suppose to be the leaders one of you lead,

  49. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    And may I add that these guys DESERVE to win, after the week they've had. McLaren deserves them to win. Its just the right baseball karma for the Nats to win, GYFNG,

  50. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    I dunno, Jane–I thought the guy yelling "Ozzie! America's got talent!" was funny.

  51. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    Okay. Next Nats Pitcher, whomever you are: focus. Three outs. Go get them.

  52. baloney - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    Yelling "THROW IT AWAY" at the TV usually doesn't work.

  53. dj in Fl. - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    YES!!!!!!I love Bixler's speed.You are right JaneB we deserve thisNow lets end it here!!

  54. Steady Eddie - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    SHARK ATTACK II!!!This game is just surreal.

  55. Alan_A - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:57 AM

    @baloney – Sometimes it does.

  56. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    Jane, no…we ain't th'u withem yet.

  57. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Now THAT's how you avoid four blown saves!

  58. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Ahem.

  59. Steady Eddie - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    Last captcha was "ousti", as in "time to ousti these sawx!"And now Zimm!

  60. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    Great Zim did some leading Werth was walked. How about Roger Bernadina against a touch lefty 4 hits tonight and he none until the 8th.

  61. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    C'mon Bally-Star. Feed Rios the DP pill and let's go to bed. GYFNG…early morning edition!

  62. dj in Fl. - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Yes, Yes, and Yes.We got our moneys worthtonight kids.Steady Eddie- you been hanging out with Beantown?

  63. NatinBeantown - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    I can't imagine a more appropriate way to cap off a bizarre 48 hours than with this bizarre hilarity from Crashburn Alley: http://t.co/sWdYwBhGYFNG!

  64. Drew8 - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    "Three days later, Rasputin's body, poisoned, shot four times, badly beaten, and drowned, was recovered from the river."We had it all the way….

  65. Grandstander - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    No one turned it off right?

  66. Sec3MySofa - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    game yesterday finally now gorsed!

  67. Oldguy - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    It just keeps getting better!

  68. JaneB - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    I love them. I just love them. Brian Bixler! Bernie! Nix! Morse! Coliin! All of them. And John McLaren is my honorary favorite skipper of all time.Thank you all Insiders!

  69. CBinDC - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:13 AM

    What a game !!!!! I am so tired I could not type for 4 innings good night all

  70. Unkyd - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    bang….(yawn….oy)…zoom…….So……. How many Ws do we get for this?NiteyNite, all…..

  71. Steady Eddie - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    Back atcha', Jane.These guys are unreal! How can you not love 'em? These guys are something special and they will not be beaten down. Morse was bouncing around after playing a game and a half!And now McLaren can go out undefeated.

  72. Steve M. - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    Just got back to the hotel. What a crazy game. 3 blown saves and then the 4 run inning to win it! Hope you heard us screaming on the TV.

  73. Steve M. - Jun 25, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    JaneB said… We won in the 14th in AZ. We can do it in Chicago.And may I say, these white Sox fans are behaving a lot like Phillies phans. June 25, 2011 12:40 AM No kidding. When we left the stadium we were concerned for our safety. We were heckled but no violence so it wasn't like Phillie phans as there would have been a fight as we had on Nats jerseys and caps.

  74. Anonymous - Jun 25, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    THIS is the most important win since baseball returned to Washington. I have NEVER, in any sport, seen a team come back more times in a single game.This team is something special. This is GMU in the Final Four and also VCU. We've all been so caught up in predicting the number of wins we've missed the FACT that this team is a special composition of very, very determined men.Repeat: there is something special about the Nats in 2011. Zimm and Werth went 2 for 14 combined, and the team scratched out the most amazing win in baseball in 2011.The Washington Nationals will be in the playoffs in 2011.

  75. Steve M. - Jun 25, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    How good was Bixler and Bernadina and Morse and Nix in the clutch?

  76. Scooter - Jun 25, 2011 at 6:51 AM

    wow

  77. Dave - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    @Grandstander: "No one turned it off right?"Well, I signed out of this thread, brushed my teeth and so on as if to go to bed, but then turned it on again on the bedroom TV. Saw it to the bitter end.I thought last Tuesday's 8-6 come-from-behind versus the Cardinals was the most important win. Then the Wednesday one that got them to .500. Then the Nix walk-off sac fly before the skipper skipped out.But yeah, I think I'd have to say this 14-inning no-quit marathon is probably the biggest win so far.GYFNG!

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ATLANTA 68 61 6.0
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