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Game 119: Nats at Phillies

Aug 13, 2011, 7:48 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan faces Roy Oswalt tonight if the weather cooperates.

PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where it's been raining on and off. The forecast shows a potential window of clearing around the time of tonight's game, but tomorrow doesn't look good at all. We'll just have to wait and see how this goes.

If and when tonight's game is played, John Lannan will be on the mound for the Nationals. And Hunter Wendelstedt will be calling balls and strikes behind the plate. Why is that significant? Because, you may recall, Wendelstedt was the plate umpire right here on July 26, 2007, when Lannan made his big-league debut … and was ejected after plunking Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in succession. (Lannan was in no way intentionally throwing at either guy. He was a 22-year-old rookie scared out of his mind. Wendelstedt didn't see it that way.)

The best news of the day for the Nationals is that Michael Morse is back in the lineup after missing last night's game, still feeling the effects of getting hit in the left elbow by a pitch Thursday in Chicago.

Plenty of updates (both game-related and weather-related) to come live from the ballpark, so be sure to check back often…

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Chance of storms, 82 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

CF Rick Ankiel
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Michael Morse

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  1. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Oh, geez. Not Wendelstedt again. If memory serves, Acta also got ejected and spent the rest of the game with the kid in the clubhouse.Good news about Morse. Go, LannEn! Go, NATS!! Go (away), Wendelstedt! (Just kidding on the last part. Golly, Mr. W., you're my very most favorite ump of all. Really. I like you even more than Joe West. Or Angel Hernandez even. ;-))

  2. NatsLady - Aug 13, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    So Chien Ming Wang could get rained out two times in a row? Hope the boys don't lose another off-day.

  3. gonatsgo - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    If CMW does get rained out tomorrow that might be good – look what happened the last time! At least they are very close to home now. The Phils do have an off day on Monday, though. They also just had one on Thursday – like they need any help.

  4. JaneB - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    I agree with gonatsgo, that the extra rest seemed to help Wang. But a true day off would probably be better for everyone involved.GYFNG!

  5. Nats Outsider - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    While we are waiting to see if there is a game today, here's a reminder that the Nats still have $2 tickets available for Tuesday's game against the Reds. They usually sell those tickets out, but the Web site still lists them. hope to see some Insiders there!

  6. m20832 - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    If the game is played, will Jags be with FP again? I really like that combination!Great news about Morse! Glad he's a quick healer. And a tough Beast to boot!Why, oh why do the Nats get saddled with crappy umpires most of the time?GYFNG!!!

  7. waddy eye no - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    last night's stats – 108 comments, less 15 made before the game is 93, and 20 of them about dave vs carp. and i think the only people who don't want dave on tv are the ones who would miss him on the radio with charlie.wonder if carp reads this bloggyfng – if it stops raining.

  8. Anonymous - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    i think dave and fp are cute. they look like bert and ernie

  9. Bryan Scrafford - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Seems like it might make sense for Strasburg to do the side session at Nats Park either way. With his next start likely to be at Hagerstown, it's not like they're really looking to get him adjusted to the atmosphere at Pfitzner Stadium. Plus, the facilities in Woodbridge aren't that very good.So while it might not bring any extra benefits, it couldn't hurt to have him do a little work in surroundings at Nats Park. At the very least, Nats Park has better training facilities to use while he's there.

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    That ball by Howard doesn't reach the warning track in DC. That place is almost as much a disgrace to baseball as the Philly fans.

  11. Unkyd - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:26 PM


  12. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Nice to see the guys hitting the ball hard. Line-up turned over, game tied. Of course, we hit the ball about a mile and didn't get hr's, Howard hits a pop-up and it goes out.

  13. Stranded_in_Philly - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Wonder if this is gonna be one of those reverse nights, where the bottom of the order out performs the top

  14. NatinBeantown - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Collins is an interesting listen on JFK. Nice even p-b-p, great description. But man, makes me realize how comfy Dave and Charlie are. Like old slippers, those two. Dave's one of the best in the game.

  15. FS - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    man a triple play would be nice.

  16. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    wow, Howard's face!! What a play.

  17. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    That was not a pretty inning.

  18. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    You know that comeback that the nats usually mount late in the game? Might be nice if they started now instead.

  19. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Strike 1 is what makes or breaks LannEn. He's been robbed 4 times on strike 1 this inning alone. Add that to the shoddy defense and we're screwed.The bats have to get going right now. Oswalt is totally hitable.

  20. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Anyone know who's in the booth with Charlie tonight? I can't recognize the voice! I know Dave is on MASN. Thanks!

  21. Mark Zuckerman - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Anon: It's Todd Kalas, currently a Rays broadcaster and also the son of late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas. He's in town for the statue dedication for his father, and since he used to work with Charlie Slowes in Tampa, he's helping out tonight and tomorrow.

  22. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Pitch count high. 43 in the 3rd inning alone.

  23. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Some guy Charlie used to work with in Tampa (when they were the Devil Rays), now announces for the Rays. Will be there with Charlie tomorrow also.

  24. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Thanks Mark!

  25. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Thanks, Mark. Much better id than "some guy". :)

  26. Mick - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    one of this games, very frustrating. I could deal with it a lot better if they were over 500. What is up with Lannan walking Oswalt twice?? Unacceptable!

  27. Mick - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    BTW: Great site Mark, smart fans and I enjoy this very much

  28. NatinBeantown - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Wow, how did autocorrect go from 'Kalas' to 'Collins'? Agressive autocorrect + hot dog fingers = big mistakes. Kalas is a good listen, and can describe a trainwreck pretty effectively.

  29. Mick - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    aside from tonight, Lannan has a spot next season with Strass and Zimm. I agree with Phil wood that we have 8 good pitchers competing for the last 2 spots. Can anyone tell me anything about Maya?

  30. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    When you have 3 guys in your line up that should be hitting 8th and only one of them is, while the other 2 are hitting 2nd and 5th, you are also screwed.

  31. JaneB - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Like the guy with Charlie. It's nice he's following in his father's footsteps. I loved Ryan Howard's face on that play. Almost worth what came next. But not quite. I hope LannEn is okay and not hurt from the fall.

  32. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    In Tampa he does mostly side line reporting. The fact that he asks intelligent questions yet is marginally less better looking than Debbie kind of balances out. (Did I say that out loud?)

  33. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Carpy is doing play-by-play for the Cleveland Indians? What's going on? Anyone know?

  34. Mick - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Oh, well at least Clippard and Storen can rest, man I hate losing!

  35. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Henry warming. This is not the game Davey is winning. He's going for the win tomorrow. Yeesh, another error. Guess the boys aren't winning it either.

  36. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Hmmm maybe it was Pittsburgh … I could have sworn I heard him when I brought up MLB and got the free game? Carpy on a tryout somewhere else?

  37. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Bally did good. And Henry will be either good or fun. It's only one game. Get all the errors out of the way.

  38. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    Apparently the word is out: Sunshine Bobby's days are numbered. I'm hardly a fan of SB. But this open mike tryout is kinda demeaning, even to this shill. The guy is a pro, after all. Too bad AK got Pattersoned this week in Cleveland. Or else we would have gotten to hear this eternal optimistic message one more time:"GOOD TAKE BY AUSTIN!!!!!!"

  39. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    As usual, no idea where Henry's pitches are going. Glad I'm not in the batter's box.

  40. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Bob Carpenter isn't doing the Cleveland game.

  41. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    @Sunshine,Yes, I do believe Carpy got an inning or two in Cleveland.

  42. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Neighbor stopped by and I obviously missed some stuff. But – did I hear the announcers say that only 1 of those eight runs was earned? Can that be right? I saw Danny make an error – didn't realize there had been 3. Looks like Colin did ok and HRod is the good HRod tonight. Even though it's really a shame that Lannan had a tough outing, it's probably good for the future to see Balester get some innings. So, tomorrow – Doc or Rain?

  43. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    You do realize that Bob Carpenter is still a MASN employee?

  44. Mark Zuckerman - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    Folks: Bob Carpenter isn't broadcasting any games for any team or any network this weekend. He went home for a family event that had been planned for months. Seriously, don't read anything into this.

  45. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Yes, 5 walks and 3 errors adds up to a lot of unearned runs.

  46. FS - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    I don't know about seven unearned runs. I know first two were unearned and victorino's run too, but after that it was pretty much Lannan to blame, or not?Nothing is sharp in this game. I don't know how we beat Hamels last night and how we going to beat Roy tomorrow. But I will be here anyway.

  47. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Mark wrote: "Bob Carpenter isn't broadcasting any games for any team or any network this weekend."Oh, there is a god.

  48. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    And now playing the part of Ryne Duren tonight….Henry "20-20" Rodriguez!

  49. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Just noticing that each team has 6 hits —checked the pitching stats – 1 earned run for Lannan, 0 for everyone else. This is one strange ballgame. Oh, well – it's Philly – always strange.

  50. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    HRod for a second inning – things could get interesting …

  51. Dave - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    All the TV guys get days off, and I'm sure we shouldn't read anything at all into the Dave-for-Bob swap. To my knowledge Bob hasn't been let go, just not yet renewed. That said, Dave Jags and FP are a treat to listen to tonight. Much more relaxed and fun that last night.

  52. Dave - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    "Than last night."Don't think I can lay that on the damn iPhone, though.

  53. phil dunn - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Bottom line— this is Dave Jagler's first shot at doing TV play by play and he's way better than Carpenter. If he's not doing the TV play by play next year for the Nats, I think all of us will be very disappointed.

  54. waddu eye no - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    just thought of what carp said when hairston left:"there are 3 airports"but of course, i believe everything mark z says

  55. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Like much of this team, Carp is AAAA, at best. He should be doing play-by-play in Omaha. They'd love him.

  56. gonatsgo - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Aww – go easy on Carp – he's a good guy and he really paid his dues working with crazy-man dibble. FP is good and they have worked well together. I am kind of getting tired of Ray Knight, though, but at least it's only pre and post game so it's avoidable. One thing I have liked about fp is that he is younger and has been in the game more recently. All the other 3 ( Carp, Knight, Holliday) are old. When I look in the stands, I definitely see a lot of younger fans – I think masn should try to appeal more to them with someone a little less gray.

  57. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Davey Johnson is now 7 games below .500 since taking over as mgr.

  58. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Can't the O's EVER win a game? Cleveland won, so now could the O's just beat Detroit?

  59. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Nope, they can't. Blew a 5 run lead.

  60. Drew8 - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    We'd be better off if they'd given Josh away for free.

  61. CBinDC - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Well the error train goes rolling merrily along ……why can this team not have ALL the players focused at the same time on both hitting and catching the ball …the death of the contact pitcher is walks and errors and in that tonight LannEn excelled….. well here is hoping they can look like a pro team tomorrow …….or the whole series is just going to be A BIT OUTSIDE

  62. LoveDaNats - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Shoot…I didn't actually think we'd get two in a row but I could hope.

  63. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Wish I could say that we took a good old fashioned Philly drubbing tonight – but I can't. We just beat ourselves. Now- tomorrow – Halladay. I'm trying to be philosophical, though. I seriously think that everything that happens to these guys, especially the young ones, is going to season them for the future and teach them the hard lessons. Last night was a good night for the franchise in general, tonight, not so much – but I think patience is the key. I see lots of good things with this team – just not today.

  64. JaneB - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Ooof.In other news, we just watched Major League, having been reminded of it's 25th anniversary. It was still funny. Unlike this game.There's always Monday (since it sure doesn't sound like they will get the game in tomorrow).And sheesh. The capcha? Warwhomp.

  65. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    @baseballswami: they got Halladay, we got Wang. If our guy is like he was in Chicago, and the boys back him up with good D and some O, we got a fair chance.

  66. Drew8 - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Twenty-four of the top 34 picks are still unsigned with less than 50 hours to go.Boras has five of the unsigned 24, including the Nats' top three picks — Rendon, Meyer and Goodwin.It's going to be a long two days.

  67. Dawn - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    On vacation so just checking in, not sure I want to watch a complete replay on this one. Carp isn't bad and I really like F.P. Have to get em tomorrow.

  68. JaneB - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    I'm feeling a little bad about Mark having to recap this game, while I watch The Franchise. Natsfan1a, you are following it, aren't you? I didn't even know him but i think about your Giants- loving brother during the show.

  69. Unkyd - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Phil dunne said:Bottom line— this is Dave Jagler's first shot at doing TV play by play and he's way better than Carpenter. If he's not doing the TV play by play next year for the Nats, I think all of us will be very disappointed………………I will be enormously disappointed, if Dave isn't on my radio, with Charlie, next year. Sheesh, you can listen to music, if you have the game on TV. A great radio team, is Magic…

  70. Mick - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    Let's bring back Ron Menchine and Shelby Whitfiled on radio, LOLremember, the great Ray Scott did some Senator games with Warner Wolf on TV back in 70/71

  71. SonnyG10 - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    OK, we got all the screw-ups out of the way tonight. Tomorrow (or whenever) we beat Halladay and the Phillies!Re the announcers, I would rather Dave remained on the radio with Charlie. Don't want to see a good thing go bad there. I think Bob Carpenter is perfectly ok and I really enjoy FP now.

  72. Big Cat - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    @MickAnd Fred Valentine with a Tasty Break!Shelby wrote a book. Believe it was called "Kiss it Goodbye" It chronicled the Nats season with Denny McLain and Ted Williams. 69-70?

  73. NatsNut - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    "…and i think the only people who don't want dave on tv are the ones who would miss him on the radio with charlie."…aaaand that would be me. It will kill me to see (hear?) Dave and Charlie broken up. =(

  74. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Charlie and Dave are indeed great together. But they're great individually too. Which means it's only a matter of time until one of them moves on to bigger and better things – most likely Dave, since he's the younger one/second fiddle. Might as well have him move up to the Nationals TV booth rather than off to some other team. Also, of the current four radio/TV guys, he's the only one who lives here year-round. It would be a good thing to have the lead TV broadcaster maintaining an offseason local presence.

  75. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    remember, the great Ray Scott did some Senator games with Warner Wolf on TV back in 70/71Lead in song was Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4". Wolf used to live in apartment near my house when he was first getting started. Yep, I remember.

  76. natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    I like Dave, but I also like Bob. Just thought I'd throw that out there. :-)

  77. Anonymous - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Isn't Warner about 4'10"? A little over 5 feet with that puff hair job





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