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Game 17: Nats at Padres

Apr 24, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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The Nats open a six-game, West Coast trip tonight at Petco Park.

So much for Ryan Zimmerman having no doubts about his ability to return to play tonight. The star third baseman is not in the Nationals' lineup for their series opener against the Padres, apparently still bothered by the right shoulder inflammation that kept him from playing Saturday. Zim insisted the following day the injury was "nothing" and that he'd be good to go for the start of this West Coast trip. Obviously, that's not the case, which can't be considered good news for anyone. Stay tuned.

Steve Lombardozzi will instead start at third base tonight, with Mark DeRosa again taking Zimmerman's regular No. 3 spot in the lineup (though DeRosa will play right field, with Jayson Werth sliding over to center field because the Nationals are facing a left-hander in Clayton Richard).

Gio Gonzalez, makes his fourth start of the season, hoping to benefit from Petco Park's spacious gaps (not to mention a Padres lineup hitting a collective .214 so far this season.

I'm not on this road trip out west, so no live updates. Enjoy the game and the late-night conversation. (And for anyone still having trouble posting comments with the new log-in system, feel free to email me and I'll do my best to help navigate you through the process.)…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 10:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 189
Weather: Cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (12-4)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Mark DeRosa
CF Jayson Werth

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355 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    LaRoche looks at two inside and waves at the armpit-high cheese to leave runners on first and second. The March of the Do-naughts continues.

  2. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Ooof! More runners in scoring position, left on base. I want Gio to win this game! I wish Richard HAD thrown it away.

  3. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Welcome to the Other Side. Middle 6, no score.

  4. sjm308 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Off for the night – I figure the way Gio is pitching and we are hitting they will still be playing when I wake up tomorrowthank god for dvrhope the Red hat with blue trim that Geico gave out a couple years ago will still be on my head tomorrow, with rain its been 6 days straight.Go Nats!!

  5. mick - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    I bet the Nats get no hit before we pitcth a no hitter

  6. NatsLady - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Who is this Veneble guy, catching everything and now bunting for a hit?

  7. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Mitch Williams on MLB explaind that because his right foot crossed his left leg duringt heh delivery he cant go to first…balk

  8. mick - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    how long is Zim going to be out? never thought both Zim and Morse would be out

  9. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Mick–how much?

  10. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    how long is Zim going to be out? that is the million $ question

  11. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Through 7 now. Maybe they should use a bigger ball, or something.

  12. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Gio, talk to Jordan.. he can explain how this works.

  13. NatsLady - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    ATL tied it up in LA. Get some runs, Nats!!!!

  14. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    No fair playing the Maximum Ryan commercials right now.

  15. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    From your kb to his ear, Michele–there is Gio talking to Jordan, who is smiling wryly. No, he really is.

  16. whatsanattau - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    Sometimes, upon proving no injury with an MRI, the player comes back quickly. I'm predicting Friday.

  17. Section 222 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Let me just say for the record: (1) I want the Nats to win this game really bad; (2) I could care less whether Gio gets the win; and (3) I doubt Gio cares either. All the boo-hooing about run support for individual starters is silly.

  18. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    I gotta tell ya' — Gio looks amazingly sharp. He retired 10 of 11, then the bunt hit, and Gio came back and struck out the #3 and #4 hitters to close out the inning.sjm308 wrote: Wonk, not sure how long you have been on but its good to have you and "our" sunshine bobby" back. Thanks, bud!

  19. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Nats catch a break there. Worse pitches than that ball four to Ramos have been called strikes tonight. But it's first and second, no outs, Lombo bunting.

  20. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Gio does look great. I like seeing the dirty looks he gets from the guys he strikes out.

  21. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Goon squad!

  22. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Lombo with a terrific bunt. Everyone in the ballpark knew he was bunting and still got the job done (and almost beat it out). He needs to give some other guys on our team some lessons.And while I'm typing: Goon squad! Chad Tracy gets the single through the box to score two runs!

  23. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    222. I think the good thing about our team is that all of the SP don't care about their numbers, but only care about wins..In the mean time.. GOON SQUAD!

  24. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Chad Tracy! Two run pinch hit RBI single. Nats up 2-0.

  25. NatsLady - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Mr. Tracy!!!!!! Look at that Gio smile!!!

  26. whatsanattau - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Nice

  27. Gonat - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Davey Johnson pulls a rabbit out of the cap again! Doesn't use JFlores and instead goes lefty/lefty with Chad Tracy. 2 run RBI single. Unreal.

  28. waddu eye no - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    2-0 huge leadnitey nite

  29. whatsanattau - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    I think maybe Gio cared a little bit

  30. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    NatsLady — you're right — Gio does have an awesome smile. And, not only that, but as you, and others have noted (and I finally noticed for the first time) — he smiles a lot during the game. Especially when he's walking off the mount fter pitching a scoreless innng. (Which has been happening an awful lot this season!)

  31. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Shark in to run for Tracy, Luke Gregerson in to pitch for the Padres.I'm guessing Davey will double-switch Nady and Bernadina, with Stammen coming in.

  32. Gonat - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Zim loves Gregerson

  33. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    There is a LOT to be said for joyfulness. And Gio seems to live in that space. I just love him.

  34. Section 222 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    So what's the bullpen lineup tonight? Mattheus/Clip/H-Rod? Or let Stammen pitch a few against the lineup they put up against the lefty Gio?

  35. NatsLady - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Gio smiles in the dugout, Gio smiles when he hits, Gio smiles when he comes off the mound. Gio doesn't smile when he's pitching. Great focus.

  36. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    I have to be up so early ! But I can't stop watching.

  37. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    2222 as long as we don't see Lidge, I will be happy

  38. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    There is a LOT to be said for joyfulness.And of all the things that should go without saying, too. Go figure. But yes. Every time.Desmond strikes out and Bernadina caught stealing (good throw). 2-0, Nats. Stammen coming in.

  39. TimDz - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    I know it's just a few starts, but Gio in the National League could be special for the next few years…

  40. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    FP points out: Gio — finishes with a 20-scoreless inning streak. Yowza.

  41. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Tim, yes, just a few starts, but he hasn't allowed a run in what, two and a half games?? Yes, this is good.

  42. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    flipped on leno for a second…painful

  43. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    OK, it's 9:00 on the West Coast.WTH is our MRI??

  44. Unknown - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    "A" bullpen.

  45. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    gio a third of the way to Hershiser's record

  46. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Wow. After a walk, Stammen threw a good pitch, but Hudson reached out to stroke it for a single. Davey with the quick hook — in comes Clip. Davey wants to start this series off on the right foot.

  47. NatsLady - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Now we'll see if Clip is back to his old form. Coming in with 2 on no outs in the 7th.

  48. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    OK, Davey ain't [AB] around. Stammen walked Maybin and gave up a hit to Hudson, and that's all he gets. Clippard comes in to first and second, no outs.

  49. Gonat - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    That looked like old Stammen. Can't walk the leadoff man in the inning.

  50. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    You simply cannot walk the lead-off hitter with a 2-0 lead and nobody out to a team that can't hit. I thought they were starting to grasp this concept.

  51. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Ugh. I've banned tv shows that show torture and killing from being on TV at bed time, because they give me nightmares. I hope this game doesn't end up in nightmare terrirtory. C'mon Clip!

  52. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Clip battles back from 2-0 to get Alonso on a K. That sure felt nice.

  53. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! that STINKS

  54. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    And there is the Jayson Werth that we know so well…what a bum!!!

  55. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Uggh . . . single to center, runners would have held, but Werth boots is (the first error by any Nats OF'er this year) and one run scores.

  56. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    I trust in Tyler.

  57. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Ouch. Bartlett singled hard to center, hard enough that the runner on second was holding at third … until Werth committed the first outfield error of the season for the Nats. One run scores, runners now at first and third with one out. Kotsay PH for the pitcher.

  58. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Clippard is throwing to first an awful lot for a guy who needs to get the hitter here….

  59. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    And he doesn't get the call on the low strike, and the runner, Bartlett, does steal on a 2-2 pitch.

  60. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Wow. Katsay fouled off nine pitches in that at bat. How many strikes can you throw to a batter in one at bat?! Finally, then, a pop up.

  61. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    11th pitch of the at bat, Kotsay finally pops to short for the second out. Still runners at 2nd and 3rd.

  62. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Wonk, do you think Davey brings Clipp back after all these pitches?

  63. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    You know what was interesting . . . when Kostay was at bat — runners on 2 & 3 with one out — the infield was playing back.

  64. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    clipp should not pitch the 8th

  65. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Good catch, Wonk. Davey trusts Clipp that much, and even on the road, trusts the Goon Squad.

  66. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Okay. I am not going to be able to handle this for the rest of the season. Had to switch the channel.. WGN was showing Tommy Milone's A's vs White Sox. A's up 2-0 top 9

  67. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Phew. Just …phew.I need a power outrage because I can't…turn it…off…

  68. NatsLady - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Clip is the best. There is no "give up" in that guy.

  69. whatsanattau - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Can I breathe now

  70. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    infield playing back..a single gives up the lead…ground ball just a tie..what was REALLY interesting was the announcers didnt mention it…

  71. NatsLady - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    I agree, let Mattheus come in. Clipp did his job.

  72. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Can't watch??? This is what it is all about.

  73. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Wonk, do you think Davey brings Clipp back after all these pitches? I dunno. Clip threw 28 pitches that inning (!). I'm glad it's Davey making that call and not me! ;-)If MPHRod is pitching the 9th, who else can pitch the 8th? Gorzo? (presumably, Lidge gets the 9th tomorrow).

  74. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    saw something today about bartolo colon throwing 38 straight strikes or something like that..crazy

  75. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Correction, Andy Parrino got the pinch hit single that Werth tried to throw before he picked it up, for an unearned run.

  76. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    what was REALLY interesting was the announcers didnt mention it…I think one of them did mention it . . . but as soon as they said it, it seemed they forgot about it. I thought it was a very interesting call by Davey.Tangent: they just showed a graphic that this guy Cashner has the highest average speed in the league on his pitches (MPHRod is 2d)

  77. TimDz - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Wonk..glad you figured out the sign on procedure…Looks like Burnett in the 8th…Hope to see MPHRod for the close…

  78. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    werth you overpaid curmudgeon..how about it?

  79. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    Off-topic Alumni News, while I prepare the bourbon and Maalox for the bottom 8th and 9th:This is why the Phils aren't going to be much this year. In their 8-5 win over Arizona tonight, ex-Nats Pete Orr and Laynce Nix combined for five RBI. That team got old in a hurry.

  80. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    (correction: Clip threw 26 pitches (18 strikes))

  81. skidge - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Can't believe I'm still up… turning into a baseball person…

  82. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    they've had 2 days off..i'd like to see lidge finish the 8th if needed

  83. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    More Alumni news. Dunn just struck out to end the Sox/A's game. Tommy Milone pitched 8 scoreless (only gave up 3 hits). A's win 2-0

  84. nwells2 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Danny Espinosa really needs to stop swinging for the fences. His strikeouts are absolutely killing us. I mean he is supposed to be a two-hole hitter, which is typically a guy that is known for his contact right? He needs to get rid of that terrible uppercut swing and level it out. He's swinging WAY underneath balls. He also needs to pick a side of the plate.

  85. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    Werth walks and steals second, but LaRoche strikes out. 2-1, Nats, baja 8.

  86. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    And Welcome Skidge, to baseball-person-hood!

  87. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    222 did you see Burnett's Line on BA? .222 lefties and righties.

  88. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Sean Burnett in to pitch to Venable, Headley ("that's HEADLEY!!"), and Hundley

  89. peric - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Power hitting lefty Matt Skole with 24 RBI and 4 home runs and a .375 average now in Hagerstown. Thinking he might replace Rendon in Potomac at the half year point.

  90. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    If i could face any major leaguer to try and get a hit, after the knuckleballers, i would choose burnett

  91. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    he's as intimidating as a waffle

  92. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    You remember the Peanuts cartoons where Charlie Brown gets undressed by line drives? Well, Chase Headley just about stripped Burnett right there, with a line drive as up the middle as middle gets. Nice move just to get out from under his cap, there.

  93. TimDz - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Nice Mel Brooks reference …

  94. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    i thought i made it up..did mel brooks use that? damn

  95. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Srsly, Scott? Where do you play now?

  96. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Bethpage Black

  97. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    SFB: He may be a waffle, but he got it done!

  98. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    Wow. That hasn't been a strike all night, but Burnett will take it. Still 2-1, Nats, after 8.

  99. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    he's as intimidating as a waffleAnd Livo was even less intimidating. But, hey, guys are batting .222 against him.

  100. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Scott…yeah that 0.00 ERA is pretty terrible. He really got shelled tonight!!! Wow!!!

  101. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Thank god tomorrow night's game is at 6:30 pm

  102. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Livo is a hefty, wiley guy..but props to Burnett..that was a fantastic appearence…he should feel great about himself..well done

  103. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    Brother could you spare a run (or two)?

  104. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    F&I I didnt start watching this team 2 weeks ago, and i have seen some dreadful burnett outings..thanks for the info though

  105. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    Bethpage BlackIsn't that a golf course?

  106. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    has to be an error

  107. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    RAMOS!!!!!!!

  108. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Wilsooooon! Great hit!

  109. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Wow, Venable just whiffs on a line drive to right by Ramos, for a three-base error with one out. Got to get this one in, Lombo…

  110. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    yes, site of the 2002 and 2009 us open…on long island..paid $35 to play there a few weeks before the 02 open..more expensive now…VERY tough to get a tee time, so i slept in the parking lot

  111. Section 222 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Missed that MichelleS. I guess his numbers are even better (if that's humanly possible) now.Lombo, let's see some situational hitting here.Game tomorrow at 6:30 pm. Thank goodness.

  112. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    I was asking where you play baseball

  113. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Sunshine Bobby! You're back!

  114. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    Insurance runs are great! Love that from the Arm!

  115. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    ankiel!!

  116. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Carp point out: two lefty Nats get two hits, and all three RBI's, off of lefty pitchers

  117. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Then Scott, I guess you are aware that Burnett has given up just 3 runs in his last 30 IP. Don't throw a match a near him, he might explode!!!

  118. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Ankiel! with a pinch-hit RBI single… right before getting picked off. But in the inning, one run, on one hit and an error, nobody left on. MPH coming in to cancel the 9th inning.

  119. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    ANKIEL!!!

  120. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    And then he gets picked off… grrrr..222.. I see you saw Boz's cheeky post.

  121. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Ankiel stays in center, Werth to right, DeRosa to third, Lombo–go sit down and think about that last at bat. Henry in to close.

  122. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Scott, seriously, where do you play baseball, if you do?

  123. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    lombo should have been binting..fp blabbering on about how he's such a great bunter..runer on 3rd one out..SQUEEZE EM IN

  124. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    i don't play baseball..i golf sometimes, and that strikeout pitch was amazing

  125. nwells2 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    henry rodriguez has the DIRTIEST stuff ever!!

  126. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    MPHRod is FILTHY!

  127. DWS - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    Sitting here at 2:02 AM AST watching MLB.TV sweating Henry. And thanking our host for his efforts.Beauty of shift work.

  128. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    And that slider (to strike out the lead-off batter) is exactly why HRod has the potential to be an all-star closer (if he can be just a tad more consistent with this fastball location). It's devastating . . . seeing it in person it's even better.

  129. djinFl. - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Excellent game. Davey seemed determined to get this trip started with a win, and pushed all the right buttons.A win tomorrow is another series win. Sleep tight all.

  130. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Good Night Everyone! See you tomorrow!

  131. nwells2 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    i can realllllllllly get used to this

  132. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    MPH Rod at an even buck. Nats' 13-4 record will be best in NL when Dodgers lose."Woo-Hoo" (Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).

  133. Section 222 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Ballgame. Kudos to MPH-Rod. He's a force. And Gio? Wow. Great start to the road trip. Well worth staying up for.

  134. Joe Seamhead - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Good night, Irene!

  135. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    HRod with the save. 12 pitches, 9 of them stries. ERA still 0.00. Only one hit all year (in 9 appearances). He really seems to have matured since last year (which often happens to 24 year olds who turn 25).Nats: 13-4 baby!!GYFNG!!I'll sleep happily tonight (although for not long enough ;-) )

  136. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Henry really looks like he's coming into his own. A clean 3:02. HRod gets the save, Gio gets the win, the Nats starters haven't given up a run in a couple of dozen innings, and they are still in Soul Possession.

  137. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    almost forgot…WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  138. Scooter - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Yay!

  139. JaneB - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Good nite, Gio! Sleep happy, all you all

  140. Scott from Burke - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    The 88 dodgers had a terrible offense..kirk gibson had an mvp year, but other than that…weak..but they had outstanding starting pitching…and they won the world series..just saying

  141. ehay2k - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Put a curly W in the books!! (I am on the road and had to watch Gameday)

  142. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Nice work, people. Go get some rest, we have another one tomorrow night!

  143. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    Oh Henry!!! This guy doesn't have the potential to be an all-star closer…he has the potential to be the BEST closer in the game. I love Storen, but tough decisions are coming if he keeps this up. He is simply unhittable!!! Even F.P. said he has never seen anything like this.

  144. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Sleep fast, all you daytime workers!

  145. A DC Wonk - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Nats pitching: another 9 innings, 0 earned runs, another 9 K's. Only 5 H and 3BB. Gio's WHIP drops to 0.91 Team ERA drops to 2.21Un-fracken-believable. (h/t: Battlestar ;-) )

  146. Unknown - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Great morning. Hail to the Nationals.

  147. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    This member of the non-viewing would love it if a member or members of the viewing public happened to post updates in this thread for my later reading delectation. Kaithxbai.How's we do, boss?

  148. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    By the way, I didn't hear any results of Zimm's MRI…

  149. skidge - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    Thanks, Sofa! (Totally loved watching HRod tonight, as always!)

  150. MicheleS - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Davey just said RZ MRI doesn't look favorable. MRI will be sent to DC tomorrow ugh

  151. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    Doesn't look favorable??? As in, structural damage??

  152. Scooter - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    As in, they're still not saying anything useful. Simmer down, and something will happen, and you'll see what it is then.In my day, we used to react to events after they happened!Nighty-night. Enjoy having your team first in the NL.

  153. baseballswami - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Just got up to check on the game – thanks so much to all of you – I feel like I actually watched it your comments were so good!! Sounds like another nats nailbiter – glad I was asleep. The news about Zim – I hear the jaws music playing in the background. I hope YOU are all sleeping now.

  154. sjm308 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Doubt if anyone reads here but Thanks to all!I just had to come here and see how you guys described the win! What a great group and if you notice, not nearly any negativity without at least having a reason.Go Nats!

  155. natsfan1a - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Me, too, sjm. Thanks to sec3 and DC Wonk for the PBP. It was teh awesomez! Bonus points for the Hedley Lamarr reference. I always like to use it when we're facing the Padres, so thanks for that. :-)Oh, and nice to see Wonk, Sunshine, Dave, and all the other regulars who made it through the sign-on process.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 46 --
ATLANTA 58 48 0.5
MIAMI 52 53 6.0
NEW YORK 51 55 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 60 12.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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