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Game 42: Nats at Phillies

May 21, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Citizens Bank Park welcomes (or something like that) the Nats to town tonight.

PHILADELPHIA — Hello from the City of Brotherly Love, which probably won't be directing much love toward the visiting team tonight. Not that the Nationals would have it any other way. For perhaps the first time in eight seasons of existence, the Phillies and their fans are taking the Nats seriously. Nothing wrong with that, as long as everyone keeps things clean.

Bryce Harper surely will be the subject of plenty of vitriol, though I'm not sure he's done anything yet to warrant it. We'll see if the kid can once again channel his emotions into something positive on the field.

Harper is batting in what has become his now-regular No. 2 spot in the lineup. He'll be hitting behind Steve Lombardozzi, who gets the chance to leadoff again and play … left field. How's that for a surprise? Danny Espinosa (who homered and doubled yesterday) will be at second base, batting sixth.

Gio Gonzalez takes the mound against Kyle Kendrick. The forecast is spotty, so check back for weather and game updates throughout…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Rain, 69 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (24-17)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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248 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. djinFl. - May 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    This has to really anger the guys who worked hard all game for this win, and Davey trots out Henry.

  2. NatFanBethesda - May 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Uh, Davey — you're a little late, arent ya?All that hard work for 8 1/2 innings and Hrod gives it away. Your fault, Davey. Everyone watching knew this was coming. Come on, Sean.

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Jeff, I have said it since the Dodgers game. HIS NAME IS CRAIG STAMMEN

  4. Michael Dempsey - May 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Ok Davey Jonson, can we now say the HROD era is over? Ridiculous.

  5. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I feel like someone might have asked this already, but can Henry hit? He might be better at throwing strikes from the outfield.

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Why was HRod in for more than 2 pitches and why was Burnett already warmed up. How bad does this guy to pitch before he is relieved (pun intended) of the closer role.

  7. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Bad time to say it, but I really feel bad for HRod. And I think Davey should have pulled him in the middle of the first batter. He was obviously a man afraid to fail.

  8. NatFanBethesda - May 22, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Well, that does it for me. I am done with Hrod. RIP

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 22, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Also to the brainiacs who criticized Ramos catching Henrys wild pitches. Unreal.

  10. SonnyG10 - May 22, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    This is not really fair to Sean, Davey, dang it

  11. NatFanBethesda - May 22, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Why arent the infielders yelling 2!!2!!2!! to Harper to make that correct throw?

  12. NatFanBethesda - May 22, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    And Clip never gets off the pines. Hard to believe.

  13. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Why doesn't Harper know to make that throw to second? He got lucky there.

  14. JaneB - May 22, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    It's Sean, not Henry. He has this. See it!

  15. jeffwx - May 22, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Yeah…Ghost, we'll all have to yell 'cause the immportant people aren't hearing.

  16. John - May 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Why are the opposing batters so much more patient than ours?

  17. NatsNut - May 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    (faints)

  18. NatFanBethesda - May 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Phew"Lady luck is with the Nats" Carp

  19. Swift Eagle - May 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Just another win in May! Wow

  20. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Henry should give Burnett his paycheck for today's work.

  21. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Heart attack! Thank you,Sean, we had it all the way!

  22. Steady Eddie - May 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Sean and Lombo!Davey owes you and Gio a steak dinner with some very expensive wine!

  23. jeffwx - May 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Lesson Learned:1. Henry's not the closer2. PH for Ank with RISP

  24. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Henry gets a hold, right?

  25. NatsNut - May 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    It totally sounded like Dave just said "you (effin) needed to win." I can't figure out what else he meant to say. ??

  26. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Thank you Sean!!!!!

  27. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Sweet. Thank you Sean. And thank you Davey for getting the hook out. After Cincy, never again. Good for you.

  28. UnkyD - May 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    ………(exhales)……..

  29. NatFanBethesda - May 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Looking forward to the after game comments about Henry in Johnson's press conference. He is so supportive. How will he be after this crzy game.Where is Clippard????????????

  30. SonnyG10 - May 22, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Davey is damn lucky, because this loss would have been on him. If he wants to make a closer out of Henry, better send him to A ball to learn it. Henry's confidence is probably shot, so we need to get him into a low stress situation.

  31. hiramhover - May 22, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Also to the brainiacs who criticized Ramos catching Henrys wild pitches. Unreal.Amen.

  32. JaneB - May 22, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Deep breath! I feel bad for Henry, too. But I don't want him closing anymore. Thank you Sean. I hope to see you again in the next 9ths until Drew comes back.

  33. John - May 22, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Nats trade Josh Willingham to Oakland for Corey Brown and a player to mature later.

  34. NatsNut - May 22, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    I'm not going to say it out loud, but I have a hunch on why Clipp might be out.

  35. Atlee - May 22, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Good win, the Nats need to be able to beat these bad teams if they want to contend.

  36. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Wow, did the strike zone seriously shrink in the bottom of the 9th, or what? Anyway, it's in the book. The Nationals Win! And the Phillies lose! It's a good day in the life.

  37. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Um Jonny, the "sacks" were not loaded there. It was dramatic enough without embellishment.

  38. JaneB - May 22, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    That's hilarious John. I'm laughing. Now that I can breathe.

  39. Drew - May 22, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Thank God for Burnett. He cleans up after the Hindenburg again.Memo to Davey: Never Ever pitch that guy in a save situation on the road. (He has some mighty ugly holds.)

  40. JaneB - May 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Nut, what is your hunch? He was good last night. He doesn't look injured.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    The Maalox and Sean Burnett saved me. is Davey gone senile or what. On the road HRod isbecoming and embarrasement.

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    What are the odds we will see HROd in a save situation the rest of the trip? He is Davey's boy.

  43. SonnyG10 - May 22, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    I feel bad for Henry also. I think Davey needs to get him out of closing or any pressure situation. I think they are ruining any chance for him to reach his potential at this rate.

  44. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    I think even DJ has a line in the sand and I'm quite sure HRod crossed it tonight.

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    He crossed my line in Pittsburg, and stayed way over it in Cinicinatti. Once same on you twice shame on me.HROd supporters were in denial when we said you can tell after 3 pitches. That is all I have to see to know which Hrod is pitching that night. Apparently Davey doesn't watch the same game I do. Just go back and look at the first three pitches all season, good Henry is apparent, and bad Henry is. it is known right then and there. Not rocket science.hard for me to feel sorry for anyone who makes more money than me, who can't do their job.

  46. Doc - May 22, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    A few weeks ago, Davey The Great was telling reporters that he didn't see Stammen sticking with the club when the walking wounded returned!Time for Stammen to write his name in sunflower seeds on Davey's desk:S T A M M E N = C L O S E R

  47. Doc - May 22, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    A few weeks ago, Davey The Great was telling reporters that Stammen probably wouldn't be able to stay with the team when the walking wounded return off the DL.Time for Stammen to script a message to Davey in sunflower seeds:S T A M M E N = C L O S E R

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Do you think Davey and McCatty will go to the bar in the resteraunt tonight to figure out the closer situation?

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WASHINGTON 76 57 --
ATLANTA 71 64 6.0
MIAMI 65 68 11.0
NEW YORK 63 72 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 61 73 15.5
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