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Game 20: Nats at Dodgers

Apr 28, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

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Ross Detwiler faces Clayton Kershaw tonight at Dodger Stadium.

The stars will shine bright in Hollywood tomorrow night, when Bryce Harper makes his major-league debut with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nationals. But tonight's series opener at Dodger Stadium is no slouch of a ballgame.

Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, starts for Los Angeles. Matt Kemp, last year's NL MVP runner-up, has been playing out of his mind so far this season. And Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler only boasts an 0.56 ERA entering his fourth start of the year.

Davey Johnson will try out a new-look lineup for this one, trying to stack up as many of his best right-handed hitters as he can. Jayson Werth gets bumped up the No. 3 spot. Danny Espinosa gets bumped down to the 6-hole. Adam LaRoche hits cleanup, but he's the only left-handed batter in the lineup.

I'm not in town for tonight's game, but I've got good news: I just booked a morning flight to LAX, and I'll be reporting live from the scene at tomorrow's extravaganza (as well as Sunday's series finale). Until then, enjoy tonight's game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Where: Dodger Stadium
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 189
Weather: Clear, 66 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (14-5)
SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche

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244 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    And the sad thing, it's not like you can walk Kemp now

  2. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Mattheus your terrible

  3. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Whew! Thought we wuz goners when he threw the wild pitch.

  4. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Getting him to ground out is even better! GO MATHEUS!

  5. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    LOL Scott

  6. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    And….exhale.

  7. Steady Eddie - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Ryan Mattheus gets the best of Matt Kemp with RISP — who'd a thunk it?

  8. John - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Morse was injury-prone from his days in Seattle, so it doesn't surprise me if management believes he's a slow healer. He probably won't admit it, but I suspect Davey Johnson had a big hand in lobbying to get Harper up here.

  9. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Thanks scott for the info on Perry, that is very nice of you. Now, after reading about him, i am not impressed with him at all

  10. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    I refuse to take responsibility for going over 200 posts. Go, NATS!! Get some runs.

  11. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    i'm a nice guy

  12. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    NatsLady, I consider it a great thing when we get over 200 posts. Just means we are all into the game.

  13. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    One thing about Phillies blogs, they're a lot less negative about the Nationals than in here.

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Mr. LaRoche looked like he knew that if he didn't hit one out there wasn't much hope in the next three Nat batters doing anything.

  15. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Take credit for it, NatsLady, it's a badge of honor. Not that honor is in question. I mean … I'll quit digging.

  16. Drew - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    In other news, Skole knocks in two more at Hagerstown. He has 29 RBIs in 19 games.

  17. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Time to pack Skole's bags for Potomac.

  18. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Nailed him!

  19. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    WOw, great play all around, DeRosa, Espy, Flores!! Now, make it count=====> get some runs!

  20. Drew - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Note to RGIII — That's the best howitzer in town.

  21. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    This pitcher was a catcher for the Netherlands national team..he is a beast

  22. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    SOOOO CLOSE!!!!

  23. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    review

  24. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    they should have reviewed that..davey johnson needed to come out there

  25. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Scott, Davey was looking at Jewett for help. After the multiple replays, they got the call right.

  26. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    Yeah, it was foul Barely. But on the replay it was definitely foul.

  27. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    he needs to walk out there and ask..ne needs to make sure the nats get respect..if that was the yankees they review

  28. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Crap, another person on the DL

  29. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    man, can we cath a break

  30. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Not going down without a fight…

  31. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    carpenter says pitchers wear sneakers the day after the game..he had ot run in and get spikes on..carpenter told me something interesting i didnt know…ALRIGHT!!!

  32. Drew - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Oh my. Poor Chad. Paging Tyler Moore?

  33. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Sunshine! That's right.. NOT GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT! GYFNG!!!!

  34. Gonat - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Flores swinging at his eyes.

  35. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Dam

  36. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    …but we went down. Get 'em tomorrow/today.G'night everybody.

  37. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Tough loss, but the guys did battle against the Cy Young winner.

  38. Gonat - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    LaRoche is doing all he can do game after game.

  39. Gonat - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Really disappointed in DeRosa. He has done nothing since he came here and just some very bush league ABs.

  40. Drew - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Well, Ross has a 1.64 ERA and we certainly can't complain about that. It's good to know we have our stopper on the hill tomorrow to right the ship (and help mix our metaphors.)

  41. Gonat - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Drew said… Well, Ross has a 1.64 ERA and we certainly can't complain about that. It's good to know we have our stopper on the hill tomorrow to right the ship (and help mix our metaphors.) April 28, 2012 1:02 AM _______________________________I don't know. Jury is still out. Today was a 4.50 ERA. He came back well after the 1st inning. Still good enough to win the game with some run support but lets face it, he had Kershaw on the other side.

  42. peric - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Its time for Kracken rum and Maalox … I'm not sure young Tweeter Swag is ready to save this offense … but I do hope I'm wrong …

  43. m20832 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    And the game in a nutshell: No F'n hitting! 3 hits! Are you serious!C'mon Eckstein, Davey has faith in you. Do your dang job!GYFNG!!

  44. natsfan1a - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    After reading the thread: Mick, while I think it's great that you feel comfortable baring your, er, soul here, I fear you may have ventured into the realm of too much information a time or two last night. Thanks for sharing, though. ;-)

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