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Game 27: Phillies at Nats

May 5, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez looks to pitch the first-place Nationals to another win today.

Little known fact No. 1: The Nationals have won six consecutive games against the Phillies, and 10 of their last 12 head-to-head encounters, dating back to last year. Little known fact No. 2: The Nats have won 12 consecutive one-run games at Nationals Park, dating back to last year.

Can they keep both streak alive this afternoon? It all starts with Gio Gonzalez, a one-time Phillies farmhand who will face his old organization for the first time. The left-hander seeks his third win of the season, and seeks to keep his ERA under 2.00 with another strong outing.

Gonzalez could certainly benefit from some run support. Davey Johnson is fielding the same lineup he scribbled out last night, the only change coming behind the plate (Wilson Ramos, last night's hero, will start and bat eighth). One other thing to keep in mind: Henry Rodriguez has pitched the last three nights. You wouldn't think he's available today, but Johnson tried to suggest he'd use his closer as long as Rodriguez doesn't ask out. We'll see.

Plenty of updates to come…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WNEW (1580 AM), XM 184
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 76 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (17-9)
SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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  1. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Thanks! – Umpires all feeling ok today? I don't see Cowboy Joe's name. Thank goodness no balkin bob either.

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Going into the game the NATS ERA have 4 in the top 12 in the league.Detwiler 6th, Strasburg 0th, Gio 11th, Zimm 12th. Edwin is 44th which still near the top half of starters.

  3. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    just saw a commercial where they bastardized the everley brothers all i hae to do is dream by substituing the word stream..now im in a lather

  4. Doc - May 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    MPHRod asking out—not likely.On the other hand, how many times in a row can a manager take his great arm to the well???How about Davey having Perry, Mattheus, Stammen, and Burnett giving MPHRod's arm a break once in a while? What's an over-used arm's limit here?

  5. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Ray knight sick today. Kolko seems ok. Go nats! Go Gio!

  6. Wendell - May 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Lombardozzi's going to be hard to keep out of the lineup

  7. phil dunton - May 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Phillies keep pitching around Harper to get to the automatic out– Werthless.

  8. Exposremains - May 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    you can really tell what Phillies think of Werth. At this point, I would like to see him just swing hard 3 times and see what happens.

  9. phil dunton - May 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Can you imagine six more years of watching Werth flail around with th bat. It is too bad MLB doesn't have an amnesty clause like the NBA.

  10. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    if werth was making 1.2 mill what would the nats do with him?

  11. peric - May 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    if werth was making 1.2 mill what would the nats do with him?Great bench bat … NOT A STARTER given what's on the way. That's what he was before the Phiillies. He is returning to his mean.

  12. peric - May 5, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Lombardozzi's going to be hard to keep out of the lineupGiven the injuries who do you suggest for UTL? He's really the only option unless you train/groom either Desmond or Espinosa to do it.

  13. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I love that they are afraid of The Kid already. Watching from home today. Put our tickets in an auction, only to find out they were bid on by a Philies fan. He promised to be well behaved. Go Gio! GYFNG!

  14. Grandstander - May 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Wow, Johnny Holliday. Rollins to Wigginton? Go get some rest, buddy.

  15. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Peric: Werth played regularly for the Dodgers..he was a good young player…

  16. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    not trying to start an argument, but im a dodgers fan and remember him playing well

  17. phil dunton - May 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    If werthless (I won't capitalize his name anymore) was making $1.2 million, he'd be in Syracuse with Lannan.

  18. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Sounds a little more pro-Philly today than last night, although after the philly chant I hear some nats fans outdoing them. Caps just scored, up 2-1.

  19. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    he'd be in Syracuse if this is true and he is starting only because of his contract, well, that's unacceptable…i can't see davey going along with that..he's too old and rich to play a guy because of his salary…

  20. phil dunton - May 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Before Weth played with the Dodgers, he bombed out with the Orioles and the Blue Jays.

  21. phil dunton - May 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Espinosa just lost his job.

  22. rabbit34 - May 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Harper just lined out. It definately sounds like the Philly fans took back the park.

  23. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    That dp just ripped my heart out. But what you have to remember is that Lombo's double, his jump off the base, and Harper just smoking that ball – most of the time that is going to lead to a run. They had the perfect storm defensively this time, but that's not always going to happen. Time to shut up the foolies.

  24. Exposremains - May 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Ramos costing a lot of runs to the Nats

  25. ehay2k - May 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Ramos. :-(The throw was offline, but he still needs to catch it. would likely have been an out.

  26. NatitudeLady - May 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Ramos drops another one. Good throw by Werth, replay shows that he should have caught it, even with the runner bearing in on him.

  27. NatitudeLady - May 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    RAIN coming down here in Baileys Crossroads.

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    What is going on with Ramos on balls thrown from the outfileders, the ball up the line a few feet, but an easy bounce, and the runner still coming and easy tag. He is working his way to the bench, we cannot have a catcher doing this and expect to win, we do not hit much.

  29. Exposremains - May 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I'm glad Ramos got the walkoff but the throws to 2nd and missed catch are big issues.

  30. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    The throw was actually ok. It's the same problem I saw 4 different times in ST and now at least 3 times this season. Wilson will not secure the ball first. It's rule one for all catchers in put out situations.

  31. NatitudeLady - May 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Rangers tied it. 2-2.

  32. Exposremains - May 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I'd hit Werth 8th until he does something. a little tough love. Prove you worth. I'm also tired of the attitude that he knows the strike zone better than everybody and acts surprise when he gets called strikes. just swing the ball.

  33. NatsFan05 - May 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I agree,our biggest defensive hole is our catcher.

  34. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    no nats lady..GABORIK KNOCKS IT IN TO TIE IT>>>GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    shout out to Yauch and the Beastie Boys..Pauls' Boutique is a FANTASTIC album..and they had others..

  36. NatitudeLady - May 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Come on, guys, get some runs for Gio, he's working his butt off.SfB–isn't Gaborik a member of the Rangers? @2:09 I posted the Rangers had tied it, was that mistaken?Still raining here.

  37. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    GIO!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. NatitudeLady - May 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Gio works the count and gets a double!! I LOVE IT!

  39. John - May 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Has anyone theorized the possibility of Ramos still dealing with post-traumatic stress from his hostage ordeal and that it affects his comfort level in high physical impact situations like a runner barreling in on him at home plate?

  40. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    How much do I love Gio? Rhetorical question.Glad for Jayson to put it to the Phills like that!TAKE BACK THE PARK, BABY!

  41. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    FINALLY!!!

  42. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    he is a strong sob..big swing

  43. NatitudeLady - May 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    WERTH!!!! Great!

  44. John - May 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    That was worth a few bucks!

  45. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Gosh, John! What you wrote makes just a ton of sense! It really does. Good insight!

  46. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    we should start a GG's smile of the day club.

  47. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    How do you like me now? Way to go Jayson!

  48. Corky - May 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I hope that will quiet down the Jayson Werth Hate Club. The man has been playing well this year, and the venom from self-described Nats fans is unjustified, and should stop.

  49. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Was someone complaining about starting Chad Tracy yesterday?

  50. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    it's justified..for that kind of money more production is expected..nice hr though

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Ramos take notee. Ruiz caught the ball then tagged Espi. Not rocket science.

  52. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    After last night, Ramos gets one get out of jail free card!

  53. phil dunton - May 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Werth should thank me for his homer. It happens everytime i bad mouth him. I should do it more because it always works.

  54. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I think we just found our pinch hitter!

  55. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    WOW,

  56. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Conveniently, the CAPS score during the break in the Nats game. 3-2 CAPS.

  57. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    ryan howard and chase utley are pretty good too, fp

  58. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Will Gio stay in the game to spare the pen? Don't need to pinch hit for him ;) I think our pitchers are starting a competition. They have been informed that they can't aggressively shag fly balls anymore because of Mo so now they will just hit more. Most of them can really handle the bat!

  59. Knoxville Nat - May 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Maybe Mark can leave the press box again tomorrow evening for a couple of innings?

  60. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    What Corky said. Had to dole out more Ian Desmond special cookies to the dogs.I'm starting to worry about their weight. :-)GYFNG!

  61. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    CAPS WIN!!!

  62. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Hey….where's our buddy Fear and Ignorance?

  63. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Hitting is fun!!!

  64. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Woo hoo!!!!!!!

  65. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Mark, I wonder whether you might start getting calls from the dugout for a strategically timed visit to the stands, very once in a while.CHAD! I no longer wonder why you are on first instead of Tyler. Go get yourself a triple now, please!

  66. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    JaneB … A triple? How about a homer???

  67. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    NY Rangers in 6

  68. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, stand up and give a big hand to your Smashington Nationals!

  69. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    The Nats look like a very good, confident team playing against an inferior opponent..they havn't seen Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels, but they are looking strong

  70. alexva - May 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    this is how you take back the park, nobody drives two hours to watch their team lose

  71. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Scott, in case you forgot we are also without 3 main hitters and two main relievers.

  72. rabbit34 - May 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    The best part of the Tracy homerun was seeing a Philly fan throw the ball back onto the field. Must be frustrating to drive down the road, all that way, to have their team be pounded on. If the Phillies lose this game, their fans will start thinking twice about making the trip. GO NATIONALS!!!

  73. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Scott ( allegedly from Burke but probably from ny) — Vance Worley is probably the Phils best pitcher this season. Kyle Kendrick has been no slouch in the past. And half of our line up is from the bench or syracuse. You need to adjust your natitude just a tiny tweak.

  74. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    i am aware of that..but fp spoke about how were beating phils without some of our horses..pointing out the opponent is depleted as well…

  75. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Rabbit 34 – were they ejected from the park? Supposedly if you throw back a ball at natspark you get kicked out.

  76. SCNatsFan - May 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Love how Tracy's homer went right into the middle of a group of Phillies fans.Hope the Phillies fans are getting something good to eat to make their trip worthwhile.

  77. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    i live in burke..from flushing…and referring to 'from syracuse,' well, harper appears to be our most dynamic player..so what? it wasn't criticism…but Roy Halladay is a MONSTER…

  78. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Oh, Scott who is supposedly from Burke – you just need a little bit more koolaid to drink. Just a little – maybe spiked a little bit with bourbon or maalox?

  79. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Just joshing of course,Scott.

  80. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    no gm would take worley over Halladay…NONE

  81. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Tracy's shot was hit to pretty much exactly where we'll be sitting tomorrow night, and no, I won't be throwing The Kid's first home run ball back.

  82. Scott from Burke - May 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    i hope he hits one into the shake shack (love those burgers)

  83. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Rick H — I know he ht a homer. If he gets a triple, I think he's hit for the cycle!

  84. UnkyD - May 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    In and out of the car, all day.. Some Game!!!! A question for Ghost, NJ, Peric, or anyone else more conversant with stats and strategy: regarding "timely" hitting… How random is it? Is it more or less the case that the most "timely" hits simply come to the teams with the most hits? What strategies do teams take to improve "timely" hitting?I'll hang up, and listen to your answer….

  85. MicheleS - May 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Actually sat by a bid group of Phillie fans and they were very nice.

  86. UnkyD - May 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!Sorry, Carolync….. I LOVE THAT KLAXON!!!!!!!!Brooms, tomorrow, and back to 10 over .500!!!!

  87. RickH - May 5, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    JaneB … Sorry, I thought your comment came right before he hit the homer. I thought you weren't being optimistic enough!

  88. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I loved Jayson's quote: "I'm excited to send MOST of the people here home happy!" Yes indeedy!Soon, they won't bother making the drive.

  89. JaneB - May 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    No problem, Rick. I guess I was actually being too optimistic!

  90. UnkyD - May 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Scott… That'd be a SHAKE SHACK SHOT!!!

  91. djinFl. - May 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Not only will this keep some phans from driving south, but should have earned the team some new local fans. What a perfect weekend to break out. If Nattitude equals a sweep, I think I can get used to it. What a great game.GYFN

  92. baseballswami - May 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I had just been wishing for a game that we don't just squeak out the win but dominate. Thank you for that. Suck it Phillies!

  93. Soul Possession, Sec 315, My PFB Hitterish Sofa, - May 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Couldn't post from the seats–I think we held our own pretty well in the stands. Some leather-lunged loudmouth in 315 was in on most of it.

  94. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Unkyd…..you're asking the wrong guy if you expect some sort of sabremetrics thing. Timely hitting, to me, has always been and always be RBI numbers. I liks to keep it simple.The team with the most RBI is the team with the most timely hitting.

  95. natsfan1a - May 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Check on item 1, but not item 2. And I'm just fine with that. :-)Little known fact No. 1: The Nationals have won six consecutive games against the Phillies, and 10 of their last 12 head-to-head encounters, dating back to last year. Little known fact No. 2: The Nats have won 12 consecutive one-run games at Nationals Park, dating back to last year.

  96. natsfan1a - May 6, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    The checks being in re. keeping the streaks going.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 69 4.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's games

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