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Game 35: Padres at Nats

May 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats try to bounce back from yesterday's crushing loss if the rain holds off.

After waiting out a 3-hour, 36-minute rain delay yesterday in Cincinnati, the last thing the Nationals want to do right now is sit through another long night of precipitation. Unfortunately, that may well be the case. Though it's not currently raining at Nationals Park, the tarp has been on standby-mode all afternoon, and the forecast is not promising.

Equally unfortunate is the fact this series is only two games, concluding tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. getaway game against the Padres, who don't make another trip to D.C. If they have to, they'll try to play two tomorrow. But before they make that concession, they'll try everything they can to play tonight.

If and when they do get underway, Ross Detwiler will be on the mound for the Nationals, looking to get his team back on the winning track (and perhaps back into first place) after yesterday's crushing loss.

Plenty of updates — game and weather — to come, so please check back…

SAN DIEGO PADRES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Rain, 68 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (21-13)
SS Ian Desmond
LF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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221 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. baseballswami - May 15, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Tell me the truth — 3 weeks ago , we score 6 runs and lose, we score 8 runs and are terrified of losing. Would you have believed it?

  2. pdowdy83 - May 15, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Nice job Burnett!

  3. SFNats - May 15, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Whew! Great job, Burnett

  4. Gonat - May 15, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Thank you. Exactly what I have been asking for for 2 weeks.

  5. phil dunton - May 15, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Good bye, Henry!

  6. Grandstander - May 15, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Sizzle Bernizzle just announced he's closing games from now on. At least he can throw an F'in strike!

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

    Davey tomorrow… 'Henry is still my closer. I'm just not going to use him in close games'

  8. MicheleS - May 15, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    We are back in first.. Braves just lost

  9. SFNats - May 15, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Now doubt, swami. Now we're scoring 6-8 runs a game, and they're still nailbiters. It's going to be that kind of season.

  10. John - May 15, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Hey, HRod lowered his ERA!

  11. SCNatsFan - May 15, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    And HRod gets a hold, doesn't he?

  12. Gonat - May 15, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    A DC Wonk said… All those who wanted to see Burnett in this position . . . Here he comes May 14, 2012 10:08 PM ____________________________To be fair I wanted Stammen (who was used earlier) and only called for Burnett when he was the viable option with Alonso on deck.He threw strikes. End of story.

  13. Joe Seamhead - May 15, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Francis, he'll play a huge positive part before this season is over.Atlanta lost. We're back in first.Davey made some great moves tonight, the Sean Burnett move included. Pulling Bernadina after he went 2-3? Nady replaces him and goes long.

  14. Gonat - May 15, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    John said… Hey, HRod lowered his ERA! May 14, 2012 10:14 PM ___________________________I know you mean that tongue in cheek and his Fan Club will bring that up when they do his next comparison to Javy Guerra or some other hack

  15. rdexposfan - May 15, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Byron Kerr ‏ @bkerr32Davey said they put Leon on 60 day and called up Maldonado

  16. Gonat - May 15, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Is Davey full of it? "Henry threw a lot of pitches in Cinncinati"

  17. phil dunton - May 15, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    In his post game interview, Johnson stated that tonight was the first time Henry had been wild. Unbelievable!

  18. Gonat - May 15, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    pdowdy83 said… Nice job Burnett! May 14, 2012 10:12 PM ___________________________No, it was a great job. Not sure he can do it all the time but this was brilliant. He kept everything low in the zone to get a grounder and he got it.Closing is not about 98 to 100mph, its about closing out games.

  19. SFNats - May 15, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    phil dunton said…"In his post game interview, Johnson stated that tonight was the first time Henry had been wild. Unbelievable!"Did you expect him to throw Henry under the bus in his presser?

  20. baseballswami - May 15, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    He threw Detweiler under the busy, why not?

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 15, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    HRod 15.2 innings 12 walks 1.34 WHIPLast 10 games. 8.1 innings 8 ER 8 BB 8 Hites 4 saves, 3 blown saves, 1-96 WHIP. Not closer stats. (Unless you count Heath Bell)

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 71 53 --
ATLANTA 66 60 6.0
MIAMI 63 62 8.5
NEW YORK 59 68 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 55 71 17.0
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WED: Diamondbacks at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Diamondbacks at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
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