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Game 28: Phillies at Nats

May 6, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann and Cole Hamels meet on Sunday Night Baseball.

When ESPN announced over the winter it would be televising the first Sunday Night Baseball game at Nationals Park since the place opened in 2008, naturally the execs at the Worldwide Leader expected this game would feature the first-place Nationals shooting for their eighth-straight win over the last-place Phillies. Right? Right?

The Nationals couldn't have asked for better timing to unveil their 18-9 club to a nationwide audience. Sure, they'd love to have Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche in the lineup. Then again, the current group has successfully put 40 men on base the last two days. Not wanting to tinker with perfection, Davey Johnson will go with the same lineup tonight, even though left-hander Cole Hamels is on the mound for Philadelphia.

Jordan Zimmermann, meanwhile, gets the start for the Nationals. Here's hoping the right-hander (often the forgotten man of this rotation) gets some well-deserved national attention.

Lots of updates to come, so please check back…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN
Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WTEM (980 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WNEW (1580 AM), XM 89
Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (18-9)
SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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265 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Oh for crying out loud. I was just wondering how someone was going to blame this on Werth himself …. Congratulations.

  2. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Swami says stay classy Philadelphia. Sorry, years too late for any hope of that.UnkyD — Stupid slides???? How many outs has Werth saved by those "stupid slides"? That's like saying RZim should stop making diving stops. That's what they're literally getting paid the BIG bucks to do.

  3. TimDz - May 7, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Candide….think I heard the same thing …

  4. Candide - May 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    YES!!!Okay, it's hero time. GYFNG!!!

  5. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Craig you da MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Craig Stammen!

  7. sjm308 - May 7, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    disappointed that unkyd would call Werth's sliding catches stupid. He has been doing is for years and has caught more balls and stopped others from going to the fence – what do you want him to do, wave at the ball as it goes by? How great was that relief job by Stammen. They can move Harper to right and let the other guys play left but this injury hurts.Too bad Stammen will come out but he is due up this inning.

  8. TimDz - May 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Bottom 7….Otherwise known as…GO TIME

  9. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    really hope Werth is okay. We can't seem to catch a break on injuries front.Great to see Stammen escape that jam. Guess having good OF arms really can make a huge difference.

  10. lls45 - May 7, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Another great job by Craig Stammen!!!

  11. Drew - May 7, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Well, if Tyler gets a few more ABs maybe he won't swing at 58 footers. Seriously, his swings looked sharper when he started the game in L.A.I'm more frustrated with the Ramos at bat. Hamels was at 96 pitches. Go deep in the count! Get him out of the game and give yourselves a chance.Good job by Burnett.

  12. Tim - May 7, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Bloop and a blast….

  13. D'Gourds - May 7, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    UnkyD — That is exactly how you play that ball — stay lower than the ball. Keep the ball in front of you. He did it right. Injuries happen. It's too bad — he was getting his act together at the plate and it looks like he'll be out for a long time.I love Stammen. He should seriously be considered for closer if Henry imploads. The guy has ice water veins. What a bull dog!

  14. ehay2k - May 7, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Is it just me, or are these ESPN announcers terrible? (I have not been reading the game thread.) Francona is awful , in my opinion. Why they need three talkers in the booth is beyond me. I am suffering through the game listening to the excellent radio team, then seeing the play happen on TV after Charlie makes the call.

  15. Candide - May 7, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Seems they have the same attitude towards Moore as they did with Morse until last year – he's really not good enough to be a regular, so we won't even give him a chance. Cripes, put Harper in right – he has some experience there – and Moore in left. How much worse could he be than Nady?

  16. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Harp is unbelievable.

  17. Scott from Burke - May 7, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    showed up pierre..do i have a problem with it? no..do the phillies? you bet

  18. UnkyD - May 7, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Hamels is tough.

  19. D'Gourds - May 7, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I have never seen such hustle. He is awesome!

  20. Scott from Burke - May 7, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Xavier Nady

  21. Candide - May 7, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    It's like watching Pete Rose and Jackie Robinson rolled up into one player.

  22. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Whereas Nady has nothing left. At this point I'd almost rather have TMoore learning LF and MLB hitting with Harp in right than have such a big hole in the middle of the lineup.

  23. Grandstander - May 7, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Harper is as good as Nady is bad. He's really that good folks.

  24. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    They started it.

  25. Candide - May 7, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Steady Eddie said…At this point I'd almost rather have TMoore learning LF and MLB hitting with Harp in right than have such a big hole in the middle of the lineup.What do you mean "almost?"

  26. Exposremains - May 7, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    One other bad thing about Werth injury, it bought a few more weeks of playing time for Nady. You gottta to get a hit after you see harper do that.

  27. baseballswami - May 7, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Trying to gain perspective — seemed like ZNN was just awful, walking people, no control — he gave up three runs — three runs and went into the 7th. That's a pitching disaster to us this year. that was a stellar performance in previous years. Stammen is a total gem, by the way. Cole Hamels is a stud and everyone knows it — except Bryce Harper. I think National Tv is going to like the way he looks. The rest of our offense makes me want to avert my eyes. Time for the revolving dl door – Zim and Laroche back, Werth out. Can the merry-go-round stop , please!

  28. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Let's play GM. You know that trade you've been resisting for Wang or Lannan? Rizzo might decide to re-evaluate them now. The Yankees are pretty desperate for a starter. Several other teams as well.

  29. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Ramos – get a net.

  30. Exposremains - May 7, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    and Ramos can't catch the ball, again.

  31. Grandstander - May 7, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Ramos with another dropped ball…I think it's sooner rather than later we start seeing Flores in there a bit more.

  32. Exposremains - May 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Perry is about as useful as balester, maybe worst

  33. Candide - May 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I think Ramos has a case of the yips on incoming throws.

  34. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I was gonna blame that on Ramos but it looks like the ball might have ticked off Pierre's leg or he at least obstructed Ramos' view of the bounce. That's how they bounce on a bad night.And Perry is only up because both Storen and Lidge are out.

  35. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Ramos will be fine eventually. But he needs to be at the park at 10:00am tomorrow morning working on that with Randy Knorr or whoever.

  36. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    We could see a few roster moves before Tuesday.

  37. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    And Perry shows why we traded for him to get his option.

  38. Candide - May 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Time for bed. Goodnight, all.

  39. Grandstander - May 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    First game I've turned off before completion all season.#natitude

  40. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    a comeback now would be sweet.

  41. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Rather watch MadMen and follow the game on nice quiet Gameday.Maybe I should have gone tonight. Went the past three games and they're 8-1 on games I've seen this season. On the other hand…. I've seen enough Phillies fans for several months. Fortunately the next home series is in the middle of the week at the end of July.

  42. baseballswami - May 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    It would have to be our biggest comeback ever. Is Hamels going for the complete game? That is, if we ever actually get to the bottom of the ninth?

  43. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    And now I'm turning off Gameday.

  44. baseballswami - May 7, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    The bullpen era is causing a sonic boom as it rises in to the stratosphere. Ryan Perry and Gorzelanny – gasoline on a fire.

  45. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    I am kinda worried about Nats inability to put together a sweep.

  46. baseballswami - May 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Hooray – three outs!!!

  47. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    yeah 8 out of 9 series just isn't enough

  48. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    I am grateful for the kind of baseball they have been playing but why can't we sweep an opponent for a change. that's all.

  49. Scott from Burke - May 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    faraz…to win the world series you have to win 4 out of 7 games..you dont get more money for sweeping

  50. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    FS, you need to go back and look at some game tapes from, oh, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010…We're fine. A little banged up, but still with the best pitching in the game. We're going to be in this thing for a l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-n-g time.Relax. Have a bourbon and Maalox. On me.

  51. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Espi's head is still in the game so I will chill a little bit. but seriously, a comeback would top everything that has happened today.

  52. whatsanattau - May 7, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    A fair desire, but I don't think it is cause for concern. This team is showing sufficient heart. This is about injuries, not ability to finish off opponents.

  53. ehay2k - May 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    FS – you just need to win every series. Sweeps are just icing on the cake. Agree with baseballswami than Zimnn looked like he lacked control. It could have been a lot worse had Stammen not worked some magic. But it also looked like a really tight strike zone tonight. We still need to figure out how to hit. Losing Werth, who was playing well, is a big loss for the Nats. Here's hoping that our depth, and the return of Zimm and ALR will help. Just remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint.

  54. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    true, we have had as many injuries to deal with as no other team in baseball but still are in 1st place. Very happy to see that.

  55. Scott from Burke - May 7, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    faraz..read pure baseball by keith hernandez…

  56. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    let's keep it going guys. one hit at a time.

  57. hmm... - May 7, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    FS – from your mouth to God's ears

  58. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 7, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Scott, reading Willie Mays' bio and RA Dickey's auto. Then I can pick up Keith's book.anyways tough loss. tougher would be Werth's loss. Many pick on him for not being worth his money but he is very valuable to the club.

  59. baseballswami - May 7, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    I love the way the guys just did not give up. If not for gas-can Perry, the game might have been within reach. We still wake up in first – they still wake up in last.

  60. realdealnats - May 7, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Bad game, but how cool was Harper to steal home, and how cool is it no one runs on either Harper or Ankiel's arm. And how cool was Stammen. Best JZmm pitch of the game–nailing Hamels. Hope Werth miraculously skirts what looks like a bad one. Get some rest, juggle the lineup, and sweep the Pirates. Still a PFB team.

  61. Mickey Vernon - May 7, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    I've lost respect for Gene Mauch. Hitting Harper had to be his call, and was unprovoked. Low class. Just like most Philly Phans.

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 7, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Here is my line up for Tuesday assuming Werth is headed for the DL (Just when thought Nady was gone he is still here).Desmond SSHarper RFZim 3BLaRoche 1BMoore LFLombardozzi 2BAnkiel CFFlores CEjax PI want Harper up as much as possible.Zim will like batting behind him. Lots of RBI opportunities.

  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 7, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Dor anyone keeping track harper 8 for 26 Nady 7 for 59. Nady was all but gone until Werth got hurt. I guess when werth or Morse comes back we finally can get rid of him.

  64. realdealnats - May 7, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Manassas Nats–I just wrote up the same lineup and then thought everyone was asleep by now. So I'm with you 120% Only difference is I had Lombo batting #2 still, and then bumped everyone down a notch.I imagine we have the same reasons for playing youth:Need Lombo's bat, and need to see if how he pairs w/DesiNeed TMoore's hopefull 3 run homer bat at the cost of fieldingandNeed more competition at Catcher by moving Flores into the lineup more often. I love Ramos, he just needs to sharpen up the fielding.I like Espi a great deal too, but we can't go all year w/such a hole in the lineup.

  65. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Unkyd, I lost a lot of respect for you for your stupid slide comment. Werth had played that ball perfectly, but his mitt snagged on the turf, and his momentum carried him forward, literally snapping his wrist. Then he still got the ball back in.

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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 68 4.0
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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 early games

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