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Game 84: Pirates at Nats

Jul 2, 2011, 10:37 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It'll be John Lannan vs. Brad Lincoln in Game 2 of the doubleheader.

After a frustrating, 5-3 loss in the opener of today's doubleheader, the Nationals are right back on the field for the nightcap. They'll need a win to get back to the .500 mark.

John Lannan takes the mound for the Nats, looking to bounce back from a ragged outing in Anaheim where he surrendered 11 hits in only 5 2/3 innings. Right-hander Brad Lincoln, summoned by the Pirates from the minors just for this game, gets to make a spot start.

Unlike Game 1, this one will be televised by MASN2 beginning at 7 p.m. Of course, I'll still be posting updates throughout, so please stick around…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 87 degrees, Wind 4 mph out to LF

LF Roger Bernadina
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Michael Morse


  1. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:54 PM


  2. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Wood down, Lincoln up.LineupPresley 7, d'Arnaud 6, McCutchen 8, Jones 3, Diaz 9, Walker 4, Harrison 5, Fryer 2, Lincoln 1

  3. Tim - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    This where Werth needs to hit… in the five hole. That's where he spent his most productive time with the Phils. I never understood his batting second, besides his OBP.Time for him to get hot!GYFNG!

  4. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Oh Yeah!! I like this lineup (finally)Bernie is awesome Espinsosa is ready to hit in the 2 holeZim is goodMorse — finally batting 4th where he belongsWerth: His spot #5 prediction? Werth thrives in his familiar spot — watch him go.Go Nats take this one

  5. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Time to drink some koolaid! (Mine is spiked)! Let's Get a win..tim.. agree, it's about time werth is 5th..

  6. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    What is "GYFNG"?

  7. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Also, any one at the game.. I would love to here how the concessions stands are doing. A double header is a real test.Had shake shack last night.. hmmm.. okay, not great, but not awful..Trying blue smoke on Monday

  8. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Remember not to long ago when the Nats were hands down winners in the Hanrahan/Burnett trade…..after further review…not so fast my friends

  9. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Steve.. GYFNG.. Go you Freakin Nats GO or whatever F word you would like to add in… I think there is a string some where that Sec3 put together a whole bunch of phrases for it

  10. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    GYMFNG!!(too crude?)

  11. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Mark – how did you get the three grounds crew guys back in the same spot for the Game 84 photo?? You cleared the crowd too. OMG.

  12. ExposedinDC - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Zim needs to pick it up and quick, hopefully with Morse in the clean up spot he may see some more pitches

  13. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Can we trade for McCutchen? Or when is he a free agent? That's the CF I would like!

  14. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Pitcher's not a spectator (how many times my former coaches yell that?)You gotta get over there, lannan

  15. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    I want Granderson in center — in my dreams

  16. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Lincoln's era and whip are through the roof. Let's score some runs today!

  17. Jeeves - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Jd, referring to Desmond and last post. If you had read my post properly, I was comparing desi's offensive stats in his rookie year. I said as much. Instead, you referred to 2011. Obviously, he must be near the bottom of the group this year. But you managed to make yourself look all knowledgeable, while making me look like a doofus.

  18. Wally - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Span is the guy for CF. Maybe the best defensive CF in the game (or Bourjos).Lannan has touched 93 a few times on the TV gun. Doesn't seem like that could be right.I like Davey. Straightforward talker.Werth goes yard here

  19. Bill B - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    I agree with Wally on Davey. Riggleman was all "he's great" all the time. Davey lays it out: tells Burnett what he's got to do, expresses confidence to pump him up, but makes his limits clear. Consistency + standards + straight talk = good personnel management.

  20. HHover - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    WallyAccording to fangraphs, Lannan has topped out at 92-93 in most of his recent starts.As for Desmond – he falls near the bottom of NL SS's in total WAR this year (he's tied for 3d worst, ahead only of Tejada and Bettencourt). That's due mostly to his lousy offense–his defense is 6th best.As for Davey – I like the frank talk in public, but let's not mistake what's said in public for what's said behind closed doors. Riggs seldom called his guys out in public, but what he said in private could be different.

  21. Wally - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Alright, let's get some runs here, dammit

  22. Wally - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    HHover – that surprises me. Happy, tho.C'mon Desi, I am not satisfied yet.

  23. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    OMG.. CMW update and he is pitching well at potomac!!!!

  24. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    I do like how the new lineup already is productive — let's score 10 more!GYMFNG

  25. Sec3MySofa - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Mark, with the benefit of the replay, the ball clearly hit a foot or more over Werth's glove. I can't vouch for the air under him, but it was a tough catch in any event.He's still overpaid, but not that time.

  26. Exposremains - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Zim does a lot of great things but the throwing thing and the DP are really a big minus

  27. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Amazement at Beast Morse every game.

  28. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Someone asked about the food stands? The cheap hot dog special put a hurtin' on just about every vendor. No line at the new,fry place, but, there never is. No line at taco spot. Tried last homestand.. it was okay. Very fast line at shake shack.( observations from 1st game. )

  29. Sec3MySofa - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Do you think "Jayson Werth Strikes Out" could catch on as well as "Past a Diving Vidro"?Nah. How about a book title?

  30. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Trivial Observation: Looks like Johnson is a tobacco chewer.Now that's old school.

  31. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Sec3..I want the book title to be: "Beast Mode: How the Nats won a World Championship!" One can dream! The spiked koolaid is kicking in!

  32. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Espinosa chew too.

  33. baseballswami - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Can we have another new concession stand at Nats Park? Spiked Koolaid! It comes in a souvenir cup with a picture of MM. I am buying! GYFNG! Oh, and can we please have some more offense before the 9th inning?

  34. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    chews.. not chew.

  35. Anonymous - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    I am sad to see Epsi with such a disgusting habit. There is gum in the dugout -switch. It's not worth the oral cancer.

  36. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Swami.. the reason it is spiked koolaid is this team is the Kardiac Kids..the only way we can survive@

  37. JaneB - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Okay. Remember how good Alfonso Soriano was for us? And how lousy he was for the Cubs for three years? He is on fire now. Took him all these years ti refind his mojo. I hope Jayson Werth has a shorter learning curve. Which is to say a much MUCH shorter learning curve. And tha whatever is working against Zimm lets up, like, today sometime.Alfonso got it, but good. Jayson will tooGYFNG!

  38. Exposremains - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    wow, this guys are so frustrating

  39. Tim - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Michele… I'm with you (again). I went out with the fam for ice cream and came back and saw the score and said, "Why does every game have to give me cardiac arrest!?!"

  40. Sec3MySofa - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Soriano's first season in Chicago wasn't that bad..299/.337/.897, All-Star, 12th in MVP voting; a 3.6 WAR isn't great, and doesn't seem worth $10MM, but they did make the playoffs (where he disappeared, but not alone). That's not lousy.

  41. Exposremains - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    They almost changed all the coaches and one thing hasn't change the offense. I Hate to wish somneone gets fired but I think they at least need to try a new hitting coach.

  42. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    So.. I think the confidence Davey is showing in the Shark is paying off.. he is on first again…Maybe, JUST MAYBE, by the end of the season we will have our leadoff hitter

  43. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    These guys are killing me

  44. Exposremains - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    I have zero confidence in Zim, Werth and Desmond. Right now, they are automatic outs.

  45. JaneB - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Sec 3, Soriano wasn't lousy that Saxon….you totally right. I was going by the remarks of my Cubs -loving nephew Grant. All I head from him for years was,"I hate that guy." but still, the point remains…he wasn't what they thought they'd bought, fir a long while. Now he is.Meanwhile, is it that Ryan is not really healed yet? He's ever struggled more than a few games like this. I feel worse for him than anyone.

  46. JaneB - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    Season, not Saxon, damnyouautocorrect.

  47. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    OOhh Zimmerman's throw hasnt been fixed yet? When will he get it down? Or more — Can he get it down.

  48. gonatsgo - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Even in Game 84, it still shocks me to see Major League hitters looking so lost at the plate. As much as our new manager wants an offensive club, that's not who they are. He is going to have to swallow his pride and play some small ball and scratch out some runs. That's what Pittsburgh has been doing to us all weekend. Our guys have RISP -itis and it's contagious. I just am thankful for our pitching staff – they pitch under pressure each and every pitch of each and every game.

  49. Tim - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    The Nats coaching staff should be shot for screwing with Zim's throwing during a season. That is offseason stuff. Bad move. Now Zim is thinking about every throw instead of just throwing. It's like thinking about your golf swing while swinging.Please no broken bones for Morse!

  50. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Umm.. who can play 1st?

  51. Anonymous - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    That is going to be the picture on the front page of the WaPo Sports section tomorrow.

  52. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Listen to the Boo Birds at National's Park giving the razz to Werth.

  53. Tim - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Michele… Cora, Bixler probably, Pudge, LaRoche, Marrero… Oh wait…

  54. Steve J, Alexandria - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Stairs and Cora can both play first, maybe Pudge.

  55. Tim - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Btw… How many SBs do we have under Davey? 0? 1?

  56. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    I think I need something stronger than Koolaid to be drinking right now..

  57. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    I want an IV of moonshine at this point! GO BIXLER!!!

  58. JaneB - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Bixler is always working to make something happen!

  59. Tim - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    We lucked out there – big time.

  60. MIcheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Can you say.. Jaime Carroll Part 2????

  61. JaneB - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    I really hate when we boo anyone at our stadium, let alone our own guys,

  62. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Please please please

  63. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    Tim.. Werth = Luck,, Bixler = Skill

  64. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Desi? Come back, Desi!

  65. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    We need MATT STAIRS! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  66. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:56 AM


  67. nationals7 - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:57 AM


  68. Exposremains - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Not a big fan of boos but i think it shows that Nats fans are expecting more from their team now.

  69. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Good to hear the crowd!

  70. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    I love the Klaxon!

  71. JaneB - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    So, not two wins in a row but two WINNING DAYS in a roW. I'll take it.Michelle, how do you post from the stadium? I never can.

  72. Tim - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Curly W! Gotta love it!Don't give up the Koolaid Michele. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  73. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    JaneB.. I have a droid, and i can do it.Also, JaneB. I think we have to offer our fan services up to the Lerners.. Good Seats for us and a cheerleading section for Werth. I am sure we could be loud enough to drown out the boo birds!

  74. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Wait.. Ray Knight just called them the Kardiac Kids!!!

  75. A DC Wonk - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Pudge to fans (once again) – I still ain't dead yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  76. gonatsgo - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    Nice to see the guys pull another rabbit out of their hats! A little tired of Ray Knights man-crush on the manager, though. It's not about him , it's about the team. Pudge is just soooo clutch! Bixler is definitely a Jamie Caroll type player. Even though they are the Kardiac Kids – it's nice to see someone new be the hero every win. The true meaning of a team.GYFNG!!!!!! Get em again tomorrow!!!!

  77. MicheleS - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    As Davey says..'It takes 25 guys to win'… Bixler and Pudge just prove that!Ray's man crush comes from being the MVP of the 86 world series.

  78. Drew8 - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    Coupla points:Can you believe these guys are .500 when Bixler (.220) has a higher average than Ryan Zimmerman (.219)?In the postgame Debbie Taylor offered Davey Johnson a softball, asking him what he thought about the team's situational hitting, or something like that. Davey said it's been "terrible," the kind of public candor we never heard from Acta and Riggs.As for the trade deadline, it will be interesting to see how this month plays out. With the Braves on fire, it's hard to see Rizzo dealing good prospects to make a push this year.I'd sure like to see the guys finish above .500.

  79. Drew8 - Jul 3, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    Tonight's farm report:At Syracuse, Chad "For the love of" Gaudin blew the win for Tom "I got your 40-man" Milone. The lefty gave up one earned over 6.1 IP and dropped his ERA to 3.38. He now has an incredible 101 strikeouts and five walks.At Harrisburg, the Senators scored 11 runs with no help from Derek Norris, who is now sub-Mendoza at .197. (What is wrong with Derek?) In that contest Erik Davis, the ex-Stanford hurler acquired from San Diego for Alberto Gonzalez, threw a complete game, improving his record to 5-2 and lowering his ERA to 3.62.At Potomac, as Mark noted, CM Wang had an encouraging night, allowing one hit in four scoreless innings. OF Destin Hood also had a big night, clubbing two homers and knocking in five runs.At Hagerstown, A.J. Cole had a rocky start, allowing three earned in four innings. His ERA is now 3.29.Harper had a couple of hits and stole two more bases, giving him five in two games and 19 for the season. Big OF Kevin Keyes now has eight homers and 21 RBIs in 29 games at Hagerstown.

  80. natsfan1a - Jul 3, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    Just got home and had a snack, then read Mark's game summaries. Will post a P-Nats report tomorrow, as I'm about to toddle off to bed (and Mark covered Wang's part of the game in a para. above – though I was thinking there were a couple of flyouts and a lineout – will have to double-check my scorecard). Confidential to Big Cat: the P-Nats were definitely hitting today (15 of them, if memory serves, with a number of them being long balls). Good night, NatsTown.Oh, and FP sounds like a gamer to have sat in the press box throughout the first game, which wasn't televised.

  81. Anonymous - Jul 3, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    Great catch Drew8 on the softball Debbie gave Davey. His answer was really refreshing. The Nats' hitting with men on base has been "terrible," exactly as he said.I was shocked, even as a close follower of the team, when I saw the Nats' offensive (and I mean offensive) stats in the Post today. They are the perfect picture of mediocrity at the plate. Actually, reaching "mediocrity" would be a gigantic improvement over what they're doing now.The strikeout numbers really struck me, so I drilled down on the MLB site. The Nats have 665 K's, the 2nd most of 30 MLB teams. They are also second-worst in terms of team batting average.I think Davey Johnson is going to fire Eckstein. Right now, the Nats are a team where if a guy watches 3 balls, then watches 3 strikes, Eckstein pats him on the back and says, "Great at bat–you saw 6 pitches."I have written over and over on this blog that the pitch-count God is a false god. Hopefully Davey Johnson will slay the false god and tell these guys they get paid for hitting the baseball, not for watching it.

  82. natsfan1a - Jul 3, 2011 at 3:44 AM

    Er, make that 18 hits (and 14 runs).

  83. HHover - Jul 3, 2011 at 3:52 AM

    As for the unsung heroes of today–let's hear it for Livo and Lannan.On a long day, each went 7 innings and minimized the work of the BP, but neither figured in the decision. Between them, they allowed an average of only one baserunner per inning.And Livo looks like a late blooming strikeout king–15 Ks in his last 2 games, in 13-2/3 IP.

  84. Jim in MD - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    At the end of the 2nd game, Davey Johnson and Rick Eckstein were walking toward the mound with their arms around each other. It doesn't look Rick is going anywhere.

  85. A DC Wonk - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Drew8 said of Millone: He now has an incredible 101 strikeouts and five walks.That it utterly jaw-dropping. That must be some kind of record, no?And thanks for the minor league report!HHover said…As for the unsung heroes of today–let's hear it for Livo and Lannan.On a long day, each went 7 innings…(Make that "long, hot, day")Good, point, HH! Our pitching, all year, has been superb. Enough so that we can still we at .500, despite near-pathetic hitting.

  86. natsfan1a - Jul 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Er, never mind on the "couple of flyouts, too" – I was looking a little too far ahead on the scorecard. hehe.

  87. Unkyd - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    JI'm 12:04…. I thInk 'Fredo got a kiss, before he went fishing, at the end of GF2…

  88. Big Cat - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Natsfan….That was my first P-Nat game of the season. Was interested in seeing Hood up close. Unfortunately, they gave him the game off. The Winston Salem pitcher was a lefty with an 0-6 record with a 6 something era. We didn't sniff him. Guess I picked a bad night.

  89. natsfan1a - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Unkyd, the secret is, every time you step in the box you say a Hail Mary and every time you say a Hail Mary you get a hit. You believe that? It's true, that's the secret…. ;-)Big Cat, I think I was just lucky. Yesterday aside, I don't believe the P-Nats' offense has been firing on all cylinders, either. btw, I don't tend to frequent other venues much these days, but I noticed at one point that there was someone who posted as Natsfan on some blogs. fwiw, I've always had "1a" tacked onto my moniker, in cooperation with my alphabetical cohorts "1b" and "1c." Long-winded way of saying feel free to call me 1a. :-)

  90. Big Cat - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Ok…..1aGuess Hood had a good game. 2 bombs. With all the hype on Harper, this kid is quietly coming on. Didn't we give him a million bucks to sign. Think he had a full football ride to some big school and we stole him away



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