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Game 13: Astros at Nats

Apr 18, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Rain could affect tonight's game against the Astros at Nationals Park.

Uh-oh, that's not an encouraging sight: The tarp is covering the infield here at Nationals Park, and the forecast is calling for rain showers throughout the afternoon and evening. Tough to say at this point if it'll be bad enough to cause a delay or even a postponement. If the rain continues to fall as lightly as it has all day, they should be OK to play through it.

If and when they do play, Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for the Nationals, seeking to become the final member of the starting rotation to earn a win. Not that the right-hander hasn't deserved two W's already, having allowed one earned run in seven innings in both of his two starts to date. Unfortunately, Zimmermann has once again been the victim of terrible run support, as was too often the case last year.

Fellow right-hander Lucas Harrell, who has pitched well so far, gets the start for the Astros. It's obviously still early in the season, but the Nationals have a golden opportunity tonight to create some separation between themselves and the rest of the NL East. The Mets already lost to the Braves this afternoon, which means a win tonight would leave the Nats 2 1/2 games up on everyone else in the division.

Plenty of updates — game and weather — to come, so please check back…

HOUSTON ASTROS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM), XM 188
Weather: Showers, 57 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (9-3)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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239 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Way to go, MOOOSE!

  2. MicheleS - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    PIPO!!!!!!

  3. Candide - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    What an offensive juggernaut this lineup is.

  4. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Is it going to be MPH Rod in the ninth? If so, I need to run to the liquor store…

  5. MicheleS - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Shark's fan club is out in full force tonight

  6. Wally - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    SHARK call coming through the TV loud and clear. That you, NatsJack?

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Barkeep! Bourbon and Maalox all around for my friends!

  8. MicheleS - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Sunshine.. Make mine a double!

  9. Wally - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Extra Maalox for me, Bobby

  10. baseballswami - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Someone posted that this wasn't JZim's best effort tonight. Really? One run that was manufactured and under 90 pitches for 7? Sheesh. Seems like the type guy who would be happy with a team win, though.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    SEAT,,,

  12. Gonat - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    BULL MOOSE and RAM MOOOOOSE come through!!!!

  13. MicheleS - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    That was a filthy strikeout by MPHROD!

  14. jeffwx - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    O HENRY!!No more snarkin the shark for me.

  15. Mick - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Bernadina is also a stupid hitter

  16. Sec 3, but google stole my sofa. - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    63, making it look like he was born for this.

  17. Candide - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Yay!!!

  18. Joe Seamhead - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    10 and 3!!!

  19. Gonat - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    JZim pitches a gem and gets a no decision. Nats WIN!!!!!!!! Kardiac Kids do it again! From K Street to W Street! GYFNG

  20. Anonymous - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    I think I need to go on the DL — my ribs hurt from holding my breath so much.

  21. Wally - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Lee showed better bat speed than I expected from him.Exceptional Henry tonight.This seemed the flukiest win so far, but I'll happily take it.GYFNG!

  22. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    10-3!!In the immortal words of MichelleS: "WOO-HOO"Sweep, sweep, sweep, sweep…

  23. Mick - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    TY HROD

  24. hmmm... - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    coffee and maalox!

  25. sm13 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Henry!!! I believe!!

  26. Gonat - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Nats take their 4th series, 4 for 4

  27. Anonymous - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Oh Henry!!! Say hello to the Nats new closer…maybe for good!!!

  28. MicheleS - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    You know what I like about this win, last year we would have rolled over and lost. That was a good win for this team.

  29. Anonymous - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    This is just the weirdest team. They just keep on snatching wins somehow. Someday they owe Jordan a blowout win.

  30. Wally - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Swami – I was just commenting that relative to his other efforts, he didn't seem as sharp. Not that it wasn't a good effort.

  31. MicheleS - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    WOOO HOOO!!! Back at you Sunshine!

  32. Mick - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    anon: reminds me of Davey's 96 and 97 O's teams as well as the 71 O's team

  33. jeffwx - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Another great game…Glad I gave up drinking for other mind-altering but legal drugs.Keep shuttin down those offenses, hopefully (Fish scored 9, Hotlanta scored 14 today)

  34. Just wonderin' - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Love the win. Love the pitching. Love the spirit. But can someone remind me why we didn't sign Carlos Beltran as a free agent?

  35. jeffwx - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Just wonderin'we're saving up for hunter pence or Michael BourneGood point MicheleS…Yeah in the old days, once we were behind, we were always behind…This year, once ahead, we stay ahead.

  36. sm13 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Just wonderin' – because Beltran wanted 3 years, which was 2 years longer than we needed.

  37. jeffwx - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Davey needs an interpreter.Yogi, Casey, help

  38. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    @Jeffwx: Grandpa speaks his own lingo. It's called winningese. Used the words "pennant race" again tonight. God bless Grandpa!

  39. Anonymous - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    agree with Wally that zimnn didnt seem as sharp tonight, especially early, and i was at the park. that said, he got the job done. and ramos showed us something there. as did ALR and Worth. also some pretty lame high strike calls from the home plate ump that hurt us. cold night but worth being there, for sure!

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