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Game 7: Reds at Nats

Apr 12, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Nationals Park is all set for its first regular-season game of the season.

It's a beautiful day for the ballgame. And it just so happens there's a ballgame being played in the nation's capital this afternoon. How fortuitous.

After opening the season 4-2 in Chicago and New York, the Nationals finally enjoy their home opener today, hosting the Reds at Nationals Park. There will be plenty of pomp and circumstance, and plenty of rousing ovations for Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos (among others). But there's also some not-so-happy news to report on the injury front…

Michael Morse has re-aggravated the lat strain that first cropped up more than a month ago. According to Mike Rizzo, the Nats' cleanup hitter will be in "total shutdown mode" for six weeks, at which point he'll be re-evaluated and resume baseball activities. Plenty more on Morse coming shortly in a separate article.

In the meantime, enjoy today's game and please check back of lots of updates throughout…

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside D.C. area), MLB.tv
Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 56 degrees, Wind 14 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (4-2)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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146 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats Fan - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I notice the flagship station is missing again. 1 game so far this week.

  2. erocks33 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Re-posting …Just got to the Parking Lot. Really amped up for today's game!! I'll be roaming around the stadium wearing my #9 Lenny Harris jersey (yeah that's right – I'm not ashamed to wear it). Let's go Gio!!

  3. Les in NC - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I wish I could be at the game! But alas, alack, it will be a while before I will be able to make it to DC to see the boys play.At any rate, I would like to see a good game, and win or lose, I want Teddy to win his race today!! Let's go ahead a get rid of this losing schtick. He needs to go on a winning streak to pump up Jason Werth and the others who are also tired of it.My 2 cents….

  4. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Go, GIO!! Go, NATS!! Go, INSIDERS!!

  5. NatsBrat - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Nice to see JFlo do so well yesterday–on base 5 times!Hope Davey keeps giving him game times, even with Ramo playing regualarly.

  6. Jimmy - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    These injuries are such a bummer. Our closer, our clean up hitter. Ouch. But! We opened the season taking back to back road series without them. That's huge – and I don't care how we did it. We did it.If we can hang in there in the meantime, scratching out road wins and taking care of business at home, there is some serious potential here. To think, with the re-addition of Storen and Morse, and possibly even Harper, we are looking at a really strong squad sometime after the All Star Break. A strong finish with *actual meaning* is a distinct possibility.

  7. Positively Half St. - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Man oh man, baseball players are some kind of fragile, aren't they? Some of the people we wanted to see most are the ones who are out at various levels.Whining aside, though, it will be amazing if the team stays above water until Morse, Storen and Wang all return. I guess that injuries to people like David Wright, Utley and Howard, and even nagging leg issues for Giancarlo Stanton need to be kept in mind. If the NL East is affected relatively equally, we could still have an exciting race on our hands.Go Gio!!!

  8. David - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    the more I think about it, the more I think Rizzo really meant Corey Brown as his "guy" in syracuse.

  9. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Repost:This is Brown's opportunity. If he rakes for two more weeks, make him the starter, in CF. Time to fish, or cut bait, because if he doesn't make a case, on the big club, for consideration as a starter next year, he'll no longer be a prospect. I'm loving the guy…And I'll just pat Rizzo on the back, for NOT giving Mikey a longer extension. I love him, but while he's not quite Nick, there's no denying the injury issues…And the Flagship is on the air!!!

  10. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    They're doing fireworks again?

  11. ehay2k - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I am so disappointed that I cannot be there. But I have the pre-game on, muted, in the background. We may be 4 and 2, but as far as I am concerned, the season starts today!!! James Brown is introducing the players. Funny line about Davey being a lucky guy. Was hard to tell if DJ was lucky because he has a beautiful wife, or because JB met her.

  12. MicheleS - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  13. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    David said… the more I think about it, the more I think Rizzo really meant Corey Brown as his "guy" in syracuse. April 12, 2012 12:08 PM ______________________________I would think! Not only a really good player but a really good kid.

  14. Arlington BigFish - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    James Brown is there?? Is he going to honor us with "I Feel Good" before the game starts? Or maybe "Papa's Got a Brand-New Bag."?

  15. Schumatrix - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I'll be there on Sunday afternoon! Hopefully they get off to a great start on this homestand!

  16. Arlington BigFish - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Realizing, of course, that he'd have to rise from the grave to do so ;-)

  17. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Barkeep!! A round of the KookAid, for all my Imaginary Friends!!!(best thing about KookAid? It's imaginary, and as such, in endless supply!)GYFNGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO!!!!!!!!!

  18. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Play ball! Gonat(s)

  19. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Bottoms Up!!! (I think there's a little on your chin, there. 1A……MADE YOU LOOK!!!!!)Doggone it!!! I Feel Good!!!

  20. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Umpire fell asleep but Gio comes back with the 3-2 fastball K

  21. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    GoGoGio!

  22. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    i go to the Nats website and the radio affliate's listings… none of the listings are streaming the game!is anyone listening to the game on the radio?? if so, where?thanks, ejs1111 in Frederick

  23. ehay2k - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Nice at bat by Espi. Taking all those pitches makes up for Desi's aggressiveness.

  24. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    ejs1111: try 820AM, in Frederick

  25. SFNats - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    This is more like the Gio we loved in Oakland. He's got it going today.

  26. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    no streaming, this is terrible…NATS poor PRLipty,

  27. SCNatsFan - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Watching the game via a pirated feed. I feel like such a rebel.

  28. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Desi works the count, gets a hit, Espi then swings at the first pitch.

  29. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Where are you, Lipty?

  30. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Anon @ 1:46, what do you mean no Streaming?

  31. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    the more I think about it, the more I think Rizzo really meant Corey Brown as his "guy" in syracuse.Thankfully Damon went to Manny Acta's team. Now to just get rid of the silliness involving the old angels in the outfield. If they aren't going for Prince Fielder (who made sense) they aren't going for guys who are closing in on AL DH mode.

  32. Anonymous8 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    MLB blacks out streaming video within the team's geography. That's a MLB rule, not a Nats rule. You can get streaming audio.

  33. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    N Cap ST, NELity,

  34. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    where is the streaming audio,,,,1500 & 1580 arent streaming online or via tunein radio

  35. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    I was listening to charlie and dave on 106.5 — isn't the game on there?

  36. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    ZIMM!

  37. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    106.7 and 1500 are both coming in in my car, in Rockville, Lipty…

  38. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    And, of course, the AtBat app on my iPhone…. $20! Listen to any game, live…

  39. jeffwx - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    listening thru mlb.com on my computer (but signed up…It costs 19.95 for audio for all MLB teams).

  40. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    im at work, cant stream online, sorri for confusionLipty,

  41. jeffwx - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Gio for hitting instructer

  42. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Do ya just LOVE Gio Gonzales?!?!?!

  43. jeffwx - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Ian is en fuego

  44. SCNatsFan - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Love the expression on Gio's face

  45. SFNats - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Damn

  46. RickH - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    ALR!!!

  47. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    About time we got a hit with the bases loaded. PFB!

  48. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    To all the Desi and Adam LaRoche haters, I am loving this!

  49. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Yay,GIO!!

  50. SFNats - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    LaRoche comes through again! Where are all the "LaWhiff" people now?

  51. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Don't tell me what happened. I'm a little behind and had rewound, so I just saw Gio's hit. :-)

  52. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    btw, was listening to 1500 on radio while driving back from lunch (where I drank coke, not Kook-aid, and did not spill any – um, wait a sec – yeah, I'm clean) on my chin or elsewhere. :-)

  53. spike94wl - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I get the feeling Mark left the press box since we just scored. :)

  54. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Gio doesn't get the strike 3 call so he throws another K on 3-2

  55. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Oh la la – La Roche!

  56. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Yes, yes, I do. :-)Do ya just LOVE Gio Gonzales?!?!?!

  57. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    LeCure for what? Okay, I think I'm caught up now.

  58. RickH - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    What an outing from Gio! Welcome to Washington, young man!!!

  59. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I'll tell you what's PFB….. Our OBP, at the top of the order… Was there a more pressing concern, prior to last week? Getting it done, at the 1&2!!!!Welcome back, 1A….

  60. A DC Wonk - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    What's the most fundamental thing a pitching staff *must* do well in order to have a chance at pitching well?Throw strikes.I'm not at a place where I can check this, but the Nat's pitching has got to be, thus far, among the top in the league in terms of throwing strikes and walking so few.Yesterday, Mets had 15 K's and 4 BB's.I see today, at this moment so far, 7 K's and 0 BB's.Just sayin' . . .

  61. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    …. And, WELCOME TO NATS TOWN, GIOGONZALES!!!!!!!! Wow….,just WOW..,,

  62. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Thanks, Unk, and thanks to Insiders at the game for the rousing Giovation. Hope it's the first of many. :-)

  63. ehay2k - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Not looking at stats, but I recall no walks for Gio, correct? Very nice outing. And I know it's early, but we are not looking at Matt Stares this year, and the bench is clearly improved over the bench last year.Leadoff is working, even if still a bit free swinging. And the number 2 guy – I think the Pod People got Espi – this is a different guy at the plate. It's the middle of the order that is not delivering. Not a lot to naysay here. It's like negAnon repellant.

  64. jeeves - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Desi is the one who, practically every game, gets things going, but still gets the least credit. I'll never get it. The Nats would likely have two fewer wins without him this year.

  65. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Hindenburg Monday… LOL, I'm liking F.P more all the time.

  66. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    F.P. is funny and works well with Bob, imo. I enjoy his insights into the game.

  67. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Right with you, Jeeves! Right now, no complaints re: Desi's approach, whatsoever. I imagine though, that as his bat has the inevitable cool spells, wr'll have to grit our teeth a little, if he doesn't take just a few mor balls… He's definitely who I want there, though… No doubt.

  68. David - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I like FP. It's sunshine Mr. PC Bob that kind of gets on my nerves. He's too nice.

  69. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    (incidentally, Jeeves…. Is your handle, in fact, a Wodehouse reference?)

  70. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I think they are just very good together and I enjoy listening to them. Having heard some others during spring training I appreciate them even more.

  71. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Desi is the one who, practically every game, gets things going, but still gets the least credit. I'll never get it. The Nats would likely have two fewer wins without him this year.He's hot now but the dearth of walks for the type of hitter he is and where is he hitting in the lineup is still a concern. Espinosa's BA might look worse but he is taking those walks.How much you want to bet Espinosa looks a lot better come June?

  72. jeeves - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Actually, it is UnkyD. Tend to date myself.

  73. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Double up the old guy. :-)

  74. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    er, meaning the batter, of course. :-)

  75. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    uh-oh, go to plan B.

  76. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Like I said, Mark, and keep saying … I'm sitting here wondering when Davey promotes Mattheus to the closer role and moves LIdge back to setup behind Clippard. Its going to happen sooner or later … but of course you'll never say that …

  77. SFNats - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Yikes

  78. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Zimmerman gets a double play ball and goes down to his knees. Thats a shame.

  79. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Stinks for Gio.

  80. RickH - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Man!

  81. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Okay, walkoff time.

  82. SFNats - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Yep. Tough break for Gio. He pitched a gem.

  83. Mick - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Zim and Lidge owe Gio and fans an apology. Worse game I have ever seen Zim play, obviously his head is not in the game today.

  84. SCNatsFan - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    God if your a reliever and walk a guy you should be hung after the game. Lidge knows that.

  85. Anonymous8 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Time for a hero to step up for a Walk Off

  86. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    WILSON RAMOS

  87. rmoore446 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    This is Zim's worst day fielding I can remember. And I don't understand why Davey didn't have him guarding the line on the Rolen hit.

  88. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    The closers, Lidge & H-Rod, aren't cutting it. This was supposed to be a team strength but without Storen it has become the achilles heel.

  89. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    The closers, Lidge & H-Rod, aren't cutting it. This was supposed to be a team strength but without Storen it has become the achilles heel.No, HRod has been extremely effective if inconsistent … but not like last year. Mattheus is the only guy on the staff that equals Storen's talent relative to the closer's role. Its just one of those case where he has to be ready for the pressure. I think he can handle it. Lidge is well past his prime clearly … and they guy is coming off of serious shoulder surgery. He shouldn't be in the back of the bullpen.

  90. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Ian Desmond ready to PARTY!!!!

  91. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Okay, let's see a walkoff BB!

  92. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    we lose I blame zimmerman. Make a freggin play and we are victorious

  93. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Par-tay, Ian!

  94. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    @#$%!!

  95. Mick - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Danny your a DOG bow wow, no hustle at all

  96. natsfa1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Dang. Oh, well. Free baseball.

  97. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    wow!!!! Just awful. Just strikeout. This is why this team will never challenge for a pennant. UGHHHHH

  98. Mick - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    this would be a very bad loss, Danny looked like a LOSER running down he base path. This is where I wish Davey has some Billy Martin in him, Billy would boot Danny in the ass for a lack of hustle

  99. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    rmoore446 said… This is Zim's worst day fielding I can remember. And I don't understand why Davey didn't have him guarding the line on the Rolen hit. April 12, 2012 3:55 PM __________________________One error, 2 mis-fielding plays and 1 Web Gem and 0-4 batting. Still time for Zim to be a hero.

  100. Mick - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I can't blame Davey, however, I hope he sees that he should have gone either 8th and 9th with Clip or 8th with Gio and 9th with Clip.

  101. Dave - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I'd rather have a man on second than bases loaded with this team.

  102. SCNatsFan - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    If Desmond or Werth hit into that DP they are cruxified.

  103. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Nats goats today=Zimmerman, Lidge & Espinosa.

  104. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    wow!!!! Just awful. Just strikeout. This is why this team will never challenge for a pennant. UGHHHHHThis is the way its going to be all year especially with Morse out until at least June … you'll just have to wait for the young ex-prospects to develop their hitting. Ramos appears to finally be waking up and picking up where he left off last year. With Flores looks like we are getting plenty of offense from the catching spot. Amazing given what the recent past looked like … IRod had become a pathetic GIDP threat and Nieves … please ….This is a vast improvement … things are percolating you'll just have to be patient … but it will come.

  105. rmoore446 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    One thing hasn't changed, this team can break your heart. Our dependable third baseman turns goat and with the bases loaded with one out, we can't get a fly ball to win it.

  106. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    We can pay anybody low money to blow plays at 3rd. I love Zimm but this guy is jsut m=not doing anything. La Roche is all we have.

  107. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Stammen to Reds hitters: go sit in the truck.

  108. baseballswami - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I miss Drew :(

  109. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Zimm too strike out here. BLAHHH

  110. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Did someone just post that ( gulp) Adam LaRoche is all we have? If you had told me that someone would say that just a few weeks ago I would have thought you were smoking something.

  111. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Attaboy, Stammen…..Make it quick, Zim… The Ungrateful Bastards are all over you butt…(unbelievable)

  112. Mick - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    we learn a lot in bottom of 10th, we have 3rd, clean up and 5th batters coming up at HOME against a shaky bullpen, if we do not win it here we suck, plain and simple. In fact, the Reds bullpen is so bad, that the next 3 games the Nats should have advantage. We will no how good or over rated are pitching is by this series

  113. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    No fair…

  114. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    That, or HBP.

  115. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Time for Werth to shut everyone up, at least for a little while…

  116. ehay2k - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I need to hear an explanation as to why Zimm was not guarding the line in the ninth, especially wittph a man on base.

  117. Hanging On - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Zimmerman's "Ole" style of fielding the ball is embarrassing. Little league stuff like he's scared of the ball. I still don't trust his throws either. Over rated fielder! A couple highlight plays mixed with really bad fundamantals.

  118. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Craig Stammen with a near immaculate inning. 10 pitches, 3 K's. He's no Jordan Zimmermann

  119. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Atta way, Jayson!

  120. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    That's exactly the swing that got Werth a DP ball yesterday.

  121. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Werth comes through with a little poke. Who wants to be the Nats extra innings star?

  122. rmoore446 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Come on Nady! Be the hero!!

  123. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman is destined for 1st base. His mechanics have gone to sh*t

  124. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    hanging on I agree. Its frustating

  125. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Come on SHARK

  126. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    steal home. hahaha We cant hit a lick. Is Matt Stairs available?

  127. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    YES!

  128. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    WP WalkOff by Zim

  129. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    WP-off. I'll take it. In the words of my esteemed colleague, MicheleS – let me get the wording just right – I believe it's WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!

  130. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    hahahahhahaha UGLY! but in the correct column. THE W COLUMN HAHAHA

  131. rmoore446 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Our best offense seems to be walks and wild pitches

  132. Mick - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    weird game, thank God Reds pitcher is an idiot throwing a split finger fast ball.

  133. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    No goats, when you win, Neggys!!!!!'BooYah!!!!!

  134. TimDz - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    OK….a win is a win…

  135. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Gio was so cute, bouncing around in the dugout and cheering them on, despite the no decision.

  136. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    When you look at tomorrow's newspapers, they will show that the Nats have sole possession of first place.

  137. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I am Neggy. But just like the Skins Im always there or watching on TV.. World Series anyone???

  138. Candide - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    On the replay, it looks like Bernie's first reaction was to try to hold Zimm up on the wild pitch.

  139. Gonat - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    KARDIAC KIDS

  140. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We will SO take it!!!! Don't go anywhere, Neggys… I can't wait to hear how bad this 5-2 team is!(wow…this KookAid is pleasant stuff!!!)

  141. Anonymous - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Nats can not keep being this lucky, this is the softest part of the schedule….the hitters NEED to ManUP and stop choking when the game is on the line….we clearly are not ready for primetime. Werth is right by saying its gonna take ALL season for this team to figure it out.Lipty,

  142. SFNats - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Wow. Just wow. This team always seems to find a way to win. It isn't always pretty, and sometimes it's downright frustrating to watch. But they keep fighting and don't give up.

  143. UnkyD - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Long ride home… Tap at'cha later…WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  144. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Just don't overindulge, Unk, or you'll hate yourself in the morning. :-)

  145. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    B-complex vitamins, Unky D. Trust me on this one. Eat something and take a B vitamin.

  146. JaneB - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    How fun to readthecomments and re-live the game. SOme other observations: The crowd would have cheered for Wilson for five minutes but the PA announcer stepped on the cheers to make it same for him as for everyone. And that actually was the right thing to do.The guys from 106.7 pinkie swore with me that they would be doing more baseball in the mornings and that their station would cover more Nats than anyone else. We should hold them to it.Gio Gonzalez makes me beam. It was cool to see Latos pitch — he did this thing with the ball behind his leg I've never seen before. What struck me about Gio is how he planted that right leg when we kicked and threw. Most guys use that (downstage? Closest to the batter?) leg in way that looks like it keeps the momentum form making them from fall over when they throw, Gio uses it in a different way — almost like a hinge he comes up over. I don't know how else to explain it because (as is obvious now) I don't know a thing about pitching. Maybe someone who DOES know can explain what he's doing and why it looks so different. Maybe ZImm was in a post-engagement haze. Yesterday I was saying, "Clipp should always be the set up man — too valuable to lose there." Today I am saying, "Clipp should get a shot at being closer till Drew comes back." Even though, if he IS great at it, that would make for an awkward back half of the season. But it leads me to wonder what does DJ see in Clipp that makes him say he can't be a closer? I love baseball, and all my Imaginary Friends. Thank you Mark for keeping the lights on, and your reporting coming.

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ATLANTA 69 64 6.5
MIAMI 65 67 10.0
NEW YORK 62 71 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 61 72 14.5
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FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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