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Game 29: Nats at Pirates

May 8, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Sparkling PNC Park hosts Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals tonight.

PITTSBURGH — They've had nearly 48 hours to recover from the craziness of Sunday night's game against the Phillies (and the chaos that followed). Now the Nationals return to the field, beginning a six-game road trip to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati with tonight's series opener at PNC Park.

Davey Johnson's lineup includes both Ryan Zimmerman (activated off the DL) and Adam LaRoche (back after missing four games with a sore oblique). It also features Bryce Harper in the 2-hole for the first time. (Hey, maybe Davey reads this blog!)

Edwin Jackson, meanwhile, gets the start against A.J. Burnett. Given the great pitching (and lack of run production) both of these teams have gotten so far this season, I would highly expect some low-scoring, tense ballgames. Either that, or a 14-13 slugfest.

Updates to come, so please check back…

Where: PNC Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Scattered storms, 69 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF

SS Ian Desmond
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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219 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. whatsanattau - May 9, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Barajas killed us with a few other teams over the past few years as well

  2. John - May 9, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    No need instant or delayed analysis. Time for a very cold shower.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 9, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    The second batter in the inning couldn;t hit a fast ball to save his soul so HRod speeds his bat up with a breaking pitch. Then two more breaking pitches in the dirt. What is the deal with the breakingball. Throw rising fast balls. The homeron didn't bother me as much as the slow one to the second batter. A fast one to him and he out, and no one makes base and the game is over.

  4. mick - May 9, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    How do you think Zim and LaRoche feel, they do their job and this goof ball HROD loses the game for the entire squad!

  5. Marty - May 9, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Paging Dr Storen.Paging Dr Storen.

  6. pdowdy83 - May 9, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Jeff they all went to the plate…not like they bounced in front of it.Ramos hasn't been able to stop a ball all year from Henry. The 1st one of those was definitely on him. The 2nd one is questionable. Not defending HRod either because that pitch isn't working but Ramos on D this year is not fun to watch.

  7. phil dunton - May 9, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Make Stammen the closer until Storen returns. Send H-Rod to Auburn.

  8. baseballswami - May 9, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    HRod is just not a closer – he can't handle the pressure. Please don't blame this on Ramos – 100 mph when you have no idea where it's going? For the millionth time – I miss DREW!!!!! I think maybe they should try Sean Burnett – he closed for us last year and has been rarely pitching at all.Why is that? I mean, why has he not been pitching? Time to give it a try. He is just wasting away in the bullpen. HRod is going to lose us just enough games to make the difference in the season.

  9. Fear and Ignorance - May 9, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Say hello to 4th place. This team has way too many stupid baseball players to ever be good. You would think with Davey being the manager they would know how to play the game better. Not the case.

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Heartbreaker and heartburn. I don't need to say it.

  11. mick - May 9, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    What was Davey or McCatty doing!!!!! 0-2 count on a weak looking 200 hitter? OK, after he throws the first wild pitch, how about either Mccatty or Davey going out to the mound and saying to these LOSER of a pitcher, "what are you doing you idiot, please throw a fast ball get him out

  12. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Note to whoever until improvements are seen. Consequences are needed:1. No more Espi in the lineup 2. No more HROD in 2 run or less closer situations.OK, for 3 runs or more, so he gets a chance to play bounce.3. No more ABs for Nady4. No more trades with Billy Beane until Brown and HROD show some consistency

  13. mick - May 9, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Joel Ward is off the hook as the home town goat and least he has helped the Caps, HRod is just a zero period. Please, Mike Rizzo and Davey, I'm begging you, get rid of the garbage on this team now: Hrod, Nady, Bernadina, Perry and Espinoza, their culture of losing will ruin this team. These clowns will lead this team to 90 losses

  14. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Ramos hit a homerun and a single tonight…I blame this one squarely at the feet of HROD, Pdiddy

  15. Dave - May 9, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    At what point do we start to have 2 pitchers warming in the pen in a save situation. If Henry does not have it in the pen don't send him out there.Maybe it is as simple as Henry is a nervous pervis. You could tell he was feeling it after his deep breath after the base hit. The more we see him in these pressure situations the more we find out he is a 7th inning 3-4 run lead type guy."Frickin Oh-No"

  16. mick - May 9, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Fear and Ignorance:Well said, I am down on both Mccatty and Davey, where the hell were they after HRod's first wild pitch?????? No excuse, this is where I have my doubts on this team.

  17. mick - May 9, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    This will sting a long time, Nats battle back take a 4-3 lead, their two injured stars come back and play like stars and an idiot pitcher and apparently 2 clueless coaches allow this to happen What does Davey see in HRod that no other quality manager in MLB sees, I would love to know.

  18. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Yeah the dangerous .126 average Barajas. He hitting a homerun would be like Nady hitting one.

  19. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    OK…Davey just says HROD usually has a good command of his curveball. Why does he say sh… like that.




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