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Game 8: Reds at Nats

Apr 13, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The first-place Nationals host the Reds in the first night home game of the year.

Do you remember the last time the Washington Nationals hosted a game while in sole possession of first place? Let's turn the way-back machine to July 21, 2005, when Frank Robinson's fast-fading, 54-41 Nats held a slim, 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East and welcomed the Astros to RFK Stadium. That night, Roy Oswalt shut out Washington over eight innings, out-dueling Esteban Loaiza. And though he served up a two-run homer to Preston Wilson in the bottom of the ninth, Houston closer Brad Lidge wound up retiring Brad Wilkerson and Brian Schneider to seal a 3-2 victory.

Since that day nearly seven years ago, the Nationals have spent a total of four days in sole possession of first place. All came during the first week of the 2008 season, when Manny Acta's club stormed out of the gates to a 3-0 start … before ultimately losing 102 games. All four of those days in first place came on the road.

So that makes for quite a backdrop to tonight's contest at Nationals Park, where the first-place Nats look to make it four in a row. Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound, hoping to duplicate his stellar effort from his season debut (with perhaps a little run support thrown in for a change). Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo starts for Cincinnati.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM), XM 188
Weather: Clear, 65 degrees, Wind 4 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (5-2)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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275 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Dave - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    OMG! 12 innings? Are you kidding me?

  2. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    I thought our bullpen would have an advantage over the Reds, it does, the problem is our offense sucks

  3. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    @Unkyd– Werth BA .290. Bernadina BA .143. I think Werth's going to be okay this year.Actually just the opposite Dave the sycophant … Werth is striking out way to much. Why not look at Espinosa's OBP not his small sample BA? AS I've been saying and FP corroborates its the approach. Espinosa's approach is the right approach and he will be rewarded whereas Werth and Desmond appear headed for a steep fall … Your posts are far stupider than any anonymous poster … you might as well be Poopy McPoop and be an Ori'holes fan.

  4. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    oh man, I feel like Fred G Sanford, its the big one Elizabeth….

  5. Dave - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Well done, Gorzy!!Too bad nobody will hit. Seriously–they got nothing done against Simon?

  6. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    And where are those cretinous so-called-fans who wanted to non-tender and cut Gorzelanny instead of Lannan? People Lannan imploded in the fifth in Syracuse as per usual? He now has a 13.50 ERA but again that doesn't tell us much its the consistent -20 pRAA that tells the true story across three going on 4 years … send the ignorant into the way back machine with Sherman … somewhere in the stone age preferably.

  7. Meds ~~~ - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    somebody's off theirs.

  8. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    why cant we hit the god damn baseball???????????

  9. And his name is DAVE and his - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    somebody's off theirs.Delusional schizophrenic hatred of anonymous posters …

  10. Cwj - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Come on Nats! This has been one of the best and longest pitching duels we've seen in a while.Winning it by 1 run would be nice :-)

  11. Section 222 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Very nice outing for Gorzo. Strikeouts in pressure situations were impressive. For the second day in a row, Davey brings in the long reliever right after the pitcher's spot in the order bats, allowing them to go multiple innings. Stammen could be next if we PH for Gorzo, but if we go down in order, he can pitch another inning. I like this strategy alot better than doubleswitching.

  12. baseballswami - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Mick — AMEN!!!!!!!! Do you realize how fast they have been playing? This is like 12 innings in 3 and a half hours, some of our regular nine inning games. Or maybe six innings of a Yankee/RedSox game.

  13. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Wilson has not looked confident at the plate, this would be a good time for him to whack the ball

  14. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    This entire game has been a giant "out" parade.

  15. Marty - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Ok, I'm ready for Flores to pinch hit a HR and end this thing.

  16. Dave - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    I'm done. That's enough for me. Used to be a nice site with decent discussion. Turned quite ugly and bizarre all of a sudden.

  17. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Ok, I'm ready for Flores to pinch hit a HR and end this thing.You'd have to call up Solano or add Maldonado first. He's the last catcher.

  18. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Bernadina is a goof ball! get him the hell out of here

  19. Marty - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    You'd have to call up Solano or add Maldonado first. He's the last catcher. Totally a joke. You could tell because there was talk of a HR.

  20. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    What just happened?Dave.. don't give into the trolls…

  21. UnkyD - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Wow…. Talk about your crazy nonsense…!!

  22. sm13 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Where was Roger going, what was he thinking?.

  23. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Used to be a nice site with decent discussion. Turned quite ugly and bizarre all of a sudden.And of course you avoid reading anonymous posts right? Go to bed old man and don't forget to whine and moan to Mark about anonymous posters … egad the idiots and cretins how they managed to make it through kindergarten escapes me?

  24. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    top of 13! Lombo a chump are you sh—– me! this is pathetic. reminds me of 1970 Senators, no hitting and the batters have that stupid look on their faces after they look at a third strike,

  25. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Where was Roger going, what was he thinking?Agressive base running by one of the Nats fastest players … that young shortstop caught him just a few feet off the base … give credit to the Reds on that play … This is real baseball … and the Nats now can hold their own against anyone. Enjoy don't complain!

  26. Marty - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    egad the idiots and cretins how they managed to make it through kindergarten escapes me?Your use of a question mark really makes this extra classy.

  27. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    How do you have that type of brain cramp? Just bad base running by the Shark.

  28. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    in the infamous words of the late Willie James Huff aka allah ragbar, funky chicken… i'm drunk as hell!! rack em rack rack rack lol

  29. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    top of 13! Lombo a chump are you sh—– me! this is pathetic. reminds me of 1970 Senators, no hitting and the batters have that stupid look on their faces after they look at a third strike,Kind of sad … he may have already been told he is going to Syracuse … I feel bad for the kid.

  30. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    NatsLady.. if you are still there.. god bless, this one must have been a doozy!

  31. sm13 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Nothing about Roger's play was smart. The Reds ss played good fundemantal ball, Roger did not. I can enjoy and call what I see at the same time.

  32. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    How do you have that type of brain cramp? Just bad base running by the Shark.Being aggressive like Zim last night … sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This time they lost last night they won. Its the right approach. Its solid baseball … Relax!

  33. NatsFan05 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Thank God we have pitching, cause we're going to see a lot 1-0 or 2-1 games this year.The offense really need to start picking it up soon.

  34. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Nothing about Roger's play was smart. The Reds ss played good fundemantal ball, Roger did not.Then what Zim did last night wasn't good fundamental ball. This time the Reds were on top of things. They know the Nats are no patsies anymore. They're playing at their best now … and that's a good thing if you want the Nats to win the division this year.

  35. sm13 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    On another note, Aaron Harang has 9 KS in 3 innings.

  36. baseballswami - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    If we play for another hour Friday the 13th will be over. And in the "duh" department, our pitchers are really really good. And our hitting is really really bad.

  37. Cwj - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Aren't the Reds expected to be a pretty good team this year?Their offense has been even worse than ours :-)Flat out battle of pitchers tonight.

  38. rogieshan - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Bernadina's offensive instincts have not caught up to his defense. There was a play earlier in the week against the Mets where, after hitting a single, Bernadina casually sauntered back to 1st base instead of taking 2nd on a wile throw from the outfield to home plate to hold a potential run at 3rd. The next batter hits into a double play to kill the rally and we ended up losing the game.

  39. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    we should try to trade bernadina for torres,torres hit 16 homers,42 doubles,and 27 sb's in 2010 despite battling injuries,and the dimensions of at&t ballpark.in 2011This again is a silly post? Why now during this game? Because Bernadina is an aggressive base runner? I guarantee you that teams are asking for 2 things from Mike Rizzo:1. Pitching, pitching, pitching, and more pitching. 2. Catching.Just like the A's did for Gio Gonzalez.Let's just play the hand their dealt for a few games maybe into June before we think about any trades … let's see how the boys in Syracuse make out at that point.

  40. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Nats are making me nuts, but their a great excuse to drink …. lol not that I need one

  41. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    here is Mark's prediction:Mark Zuckerman‏@MarkZuckerman I predict this game will end on a Gio Gonzalez pinch-hit inside-the-park grand slam. That's what it's going to take for someone to score.

  42. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    come on Zim, end this damn thing

  43. Section 222 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Being aggressive like Zim last night … sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This time they lost last night they won. Its the right approach. Its solid baseball… Oh come on! Shark's baserunning error was not a matter of being aggressive. He overran the bag and got caught. Not solid baseball at all. Zim was taking a chance to win the game; Bernie messed up. That said, he kept the rundown going so that Ramos could make it to second, and then Ramos in a heads up play made it to third. That meant that the end result was exactly the same as if Bernie had made it to third and Ramos was thrown at first. So in the end it was "no harm, no foul," in contrast to the infamous Nook Logan brain freeze that spawned the classic call by Charilie — "Where was he going? What was he thinking?"

  44. NatsFan05 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    sm13 said… On another note, Aaron Harang has 9 KS in 3 innings. April 13, 2012 10:56 PM 9 strikeouts in three innings to start a game. Wow, don't think I ever remember ever seeing that before, not saying it hasn't happen.

  45. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Well, I am glad Danny didn't go O-fer.

  46. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    The offense really need to start picking it up soon.Looks like Nady's bat might be about to … in the end though you'll have to wait for Espinosa, Ramos, and Desmond to continue to progress and develop. I'm not convinced you'll see much from Werth and LaRoche. Their replacements are already here … not sure how ownership is going to take Werth as a bench player but he is looking more and more like one … with the K's. Without Morse in the lineup doubtless Werth won't be hitting …

  47. sm13 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Sec 222 – the harm was the extra out. At least it didn't end the game like Nook. I was at RFK for that mysterious bit of base running.

  48. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Oh God, the base are loaded. PLEASE LORD!

  49. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    At 126 million, all we need werth to do is hit a fly ball

  50. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    THANK GOD!

  51. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    now that is what werth is suppose to do yihaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  52. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    WOOO HOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  53. sm13 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Jason!!!! 'Bout time. Stammen with 2 wins in a row!

  54. Mick - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Im a happy drunk!!! rack em rack rack rack rack rackeeeeeeem

  55. NasFans05 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    6 & 2…Go Nats!

  56. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    That was painful but I will take it.

  57. JaneB - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    I love love LOVE THEM!

  58. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    This team is going to put a lot of hitters into slumps after they play the Nats. That was some big time pitching.

  59. Marty - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Quite the random interview by Werth.A win is a win. Some day Jordan, some day.

  60. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    GREAT WIN and you could tell Cincinnati really wanted this one! Making this even better than any previous win … Hmmm maybe I should "dis" Werth more often … I thought for sure he would "K" again and instead he wins the game!Like to see more doubles from Jayson but its still early … let's ride the hand we're dealt and see how far it takes them at least into July!

  61. JaneB - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM

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  62. baseballswami - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    That was really a trip. Who would have predicted that on Friday,April 13th, Craig Stammen would have 2 wins and Jordan Zimmerman would have zero wins?

  63. JaneB - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    As one of my kids noticed, a man named Jason won on friday the13th..

  64. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    A win is a win. Some day Jordan, some day.Does it matter more than the fact that Johnson's bullpen "design" and his management of the rotation is working? Wonder what Riggleman is thinking down with his Wahoo's. Bet he was watching since he works for the Reds.

  65. Section 222 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Sweet!! I was hoping he'd hit a sac fly, but I'll take a base hit through the drawn in infield any day. 6-2, and still atop the NL East. Love it! @sm13 — If Bernie had run the bases properly and just stopped at third, the SS wouldn't have tried to pick him off and Ramos would have been thrown out at first. So looking at it that way, there was no extra out. But that doesn't change the fact that it was a bonehead play. No way he was going to score on a groundout to SS.

  66. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    As one of my kids noticed, a man named Jason won on friday the13th..Actually its Jayson … but who's counting?

  67. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Instant analysis is up.

  68. UnkyD - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    (Boy….I just LOVE it when MicheleS goes "WOOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!)

  69. JaneB - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    I know it is JaYson, but the character in the movies is Jason….

  70. NatsFan05 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    If we can win on Friday the 13th in the 13th…Then it's going to be a fun year! LOLGo Nats!

  71. Anonymous - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    I am post surgery in hospital. You made á bad evening fun. I will love you forever. Duke

  72. MicheleS - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Awww… Thanks UnkyD…I was afraid that I wouldn't get it to say it tonight!

  73. Arlington BigFish - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    3-2? I thought it was 2-1.

  74. Erik - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Section 222-Davey just said that they planned to send Bernadina on that play had he thrown it to first. Blame that one on the coaching staff, not Bernadina. I am sure they work on stuff like that in spring training hoping to steal a run. Cosart throws to first, and I think Bernadina has a real good shot to score. I think it was a calculated gamble rather than a bad baserunning play. They would have had to make 2 throws and a tag, and Bernadina was already 3 steps toward home. Great, great play by Cosart in my opinion.

  75. NatsFan05 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    You think Philadelphia is feeling it too…P.S. Duke, get well soon buddy.

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