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Game 47: Nats at Braves

May 27, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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The Nats try to pull off a sweep on Sunday Night Baseball from Turner Field.

This scenario may sound a bit familiar: The Nationals have taken the first two games from a division rival in convincing fashion and now have an opportunity to sweep the series in front of a nationally televised audience. Yes, we've seen this one before. Perhaps the outcome will be different this time around, considering the Nats have had nine previous opportunities to sweep a series and have yet to pull it off.

You couldn't ask for a better pitching matchup for Sunday Night Baseball, with Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 1.98) facing Brandon Beachy (5-2, 1.77). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time two pitchers with sub-2.00 ERAs and sub-.200 opponents' batting averages and at least 50 innings pitched have met each other since 1985. Wow.

I'll actually be en route from Washington to Miami for the first portion of the game, the only way I could get down there in time for tomorrow afternoon's Memorial Day game against the Marlins. Until then, enjoy the proceedings and the conversation here as always…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN
Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WJFK (106.7 FM), WTEM (980 AM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Clear, 83 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (28-18)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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443 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    NatsLady, that was a cascade of boooos or the booze talking for the otherwise gracious yet obnoxious (Tomahawk chop) crowd

  2. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Poor Harp had no chance! That was his ugliest at bat since he's been up here.

  3. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    TimDz.. a diplomat and a gentleman… good call on the beer.

  4. Fear and Ignorance - May 28, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Livo should stick to his day job!!! For you JaneB:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/12/records-reveal-hernandezs-drug-ring-ties/

  5. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    I would like to thank Heyward for this weekend.

  6. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Zim, OTOH, lines it into right. Heyward bobbles it, but Lombardozzi was probably going to score anyway, with two outs. 6-2.

  7. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Yay Tim. And thank you Ehay2k.GYFNG!

  8. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Lici? Oy.Like I said Zim wasn't fooled.We BELONG in first place.

  9. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Steady Eddie, Zimm did fall for it but came back. a little bit scary, that Zimm slide into 3rd base.

  10. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    F&I.. we have all read that, but we prefer to you know, believe in due process and believe in the concept that founded our judicial system – innocent until proven guilty.

  11. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    I like the feet first slide by Zim

  12. ehay2k - May 28, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Man, Heyward is having a terrible series. Tough ball to handle, to be sure. But his head is not in the game at all. Looks like he went to the Hanley Ramirez School of Urgent Fielding.

  13. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Good tweet from Kilgore.Adam Kilgore‏@AdamKilgoreWPHarper needs another round of slow-pitch softball on the Mall before his rematch with Livo.

  14. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Gonat, can't see the replay but will take your word for it. I am sure Danny does not sleep on basepaths.

  15. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    That looked bad, but really, the turf just went out from under Heyward on LaRoche's single to right, allowing Zim to get to third.Nats up 6-2, middle 6.

  16. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Nice to see the Nats turn it on for the national TV audience after the Sunday night egg 2 weeks ago vs Philthie

  17. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    I feel bad for Say Hey kid. But not too bad.

  18. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Sorry, 3 weeks ago vs. Philthies

  19. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    F&I, if you get your non-sports news "facts" from the Washington Times, you won't need any intoxicants, legal or not.

  20. UnkyD - May 28, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Can I just say that I dig the Big Inning!!! Cool concept…. Why didn't somebody think of it several weeks ago?!

  21. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Gio, that should have been your sequence in the 1st inning. Glad Flores learned by that mistake.

  22. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    F&I.. we have all read that, but we prefer to you know, believe in due process and believe in the concept that founded our judicial system – innocent until proven guilty.Honestly, even if he is proven guilty, honestly, I don't care. I really don't.

  23. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Hey, folks, the Braves still have 11 outs. We need to step on them.Make it ten outs now!

  24. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    ANd Gio is now the MLB leader in Ks.

  25. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Great inning by Gio!!!

  26. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Gio Gonzalez, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you, Mike Rizzo..

  27. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Struck out the side in the sixth. Getting to 90 pitches, I think he's got at least one more inning, eh?

  28. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Michele, thanks for sharing @Kilgore FTW.

  29. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    GG is good and also he works pretty fast too.

  30. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I don't know how quiet it is, but Jesus Flores has 3 hits.

  31. UnkyD - May 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    F&I: you're dead to me. This is the last response I'llake to anything you post… ByeBye.

  32. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    D**n. though Danny was going to light him up there.Doesn't matter, Braves are just going through the motions now.I predict a bunch of Braves batters trying to tie it up on one swing.

  33. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Flores with a big night. Hope the Nats turn it on here and don't let up on the gas pedal. A Nats blow-out Win here would be nice.

  34. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Guess I'm in the minority, but I like the ESPN announcers…but man, is it just my TV or is the volume on the commercials twice as loud as the game?! My ears hurt…

  35. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Soul PFB.. Sometimes the beat reporters really let loose on twitter and they are just hilarious! Miss Mark at the game, he can get really funny/loopy. etc.NO INJURY TO JFLO!!!

  36. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Oh NO!!!

  37. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    NONONONONONO not JFlo!!!!!!!

  38. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Oh no, what did Flores do to himself?

  39. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    What the f? What happened?

  40. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Whoa, Flores coming out, Maldonado pinch running.

  41. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 28, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Oh, NO! Not Kid Flores too. I guess that means Bryce is the backup catcher.Did Rizzo keep Pudge's cell phone number?

  42. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Can C.Brown catch??

  43. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Hopefully, Flores just tired or overheated. EJax didn't have his cleats on yet so the world's slowest pinch runner is on (Maldonado). Doesn't matter, pop-up.

  44. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    They won't let Bryce anywhere near catcher…

  45. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Lombardozzi is the backup catcher.

  46. ehay2k - May 28, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    How did Flores get hurt? He went to second standing up on the bunt.

  47. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    I missed it. What happened to JFlo? Why did he come out?

  48. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    What are we gonna do, put Harp atC? Call up David Freitas from Potomac?This is beyond unreal.

  49. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    And the opera singer who does God Bless America starts off out of tune and finishes great! Hope that's how it goes for Gio!!!!

  50. TimDz - May 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Lets all pray Jesus is just a bit gassed…He wasn't gonna catch tomorrow anyway…

  51. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    They didn't show anything on JFLO (i scrolled back on the DVR) at all. he didn't look like anyhting happened. I wonder if he is cramping up? Davey has been riding him hard.

  52. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    FS, no word yet…

  53. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    No, Harper will never catch. Lombo would catch and X-man would go to left. Davey will have to use EJax if he needs a pinch hitter because Bernie is sick.

  54. Steve J, Alexandria - May 28, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Livo took the rookie to school and made him look quite the fool.What happened to Flores? ESPN is pretty cheap with the replays.

  55. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Faraz, we all missed it. No one knows.And now they are coming to see if Gio is okay? Man alive.

  56. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Eagle — I think we know that re Bryce. I was just frothing at the mouth a little there out of sheer disbelief.Lombo is an emergency catcher, right?

  57. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Just wait until the next time that we get a lead against the Braves at home. I'm going to start the ugliest sarcastic tomahawk chop that you can imagine.

  58. Steve J, Alexandria - May 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Livo too the rookie to School and made him look quite the fool.What happened to Flores? ESPN is pretty chincy with their replays — MASN coverage puts these guys to shame.

  59. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Gio at 102 pitches, starting to tire. Stammen up.

  60. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Gio may be tired, but he's mad, so there's that.

  61. Steve J, Alexandria - May 28, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    9 k's for Gio – he's got the major league lead, I believe. Shouldnt Hershiser and what's his name have pointed that out already?

  62. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Hinske smart enough to lay off of the hard high stuff once but not twice ;)

  63. Steve J, Alexandria - May 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    10 k's for the Strikeout leader of the bigs.

  64. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    holy smokes, how good is this guy?

  65. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Gio has totally upstaged Beachy who many are saying is the best pitcher in the NL

  66. Grandstander - May 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    I just gave Gio a standing O in my living room.

  67. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Maybe not that tired. Struck out Diaz and Hinske, and got Heyward 4-3.We're thru 7, 6-2 Nats.

  68. Steve J, Alexandria - May 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    He's good allright.

  69. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    FS.. BTW.. Cute pic of the kids.. raise them right.. Nats Fans..

  70. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Payback

  71. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Phil dun ton, what was that comment about the Nats embarrassing themselves on national TV?A real Nats fan would know that is the ultimate stopper.

  72. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    BRYCE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    TATTOOO! WOW.. BOMB for BAM BAM!!!

  74. ehay2k - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Kid got the better of Livo that time.

  75. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Kid learns quick, doesn't he?

  76. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    The Kid is a fast learner.

  77. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Does Harp keep score or what?????

  78. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Tracy removed Bryce's helmet

  79. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    "A majestic soaring fly ball" as called by Charlie Slowes.

  80. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Round 1: Age & Treachery.Round 2: Youth & Skill. Harper just took Livan out to right, nodoubtaboutit. 7-2, Nats.And Tracy got the helmet for him.

  81. UnkyD - May 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    The Kids a quick study….. Bugs THIS old man!!! Too funny….

  82. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=gonzagi01&t=p&year=2012#pitching_gamelogs::nonecheck his IP, BBs, Ks, and number of pitches.thanks JaneB. Hopefully JFlo will be back tomorrow. I was actually thinking that he hasn't had a break since first start against Friday's Os game.Harper graduated from Livo Academy!

  83. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    And even Stras smiled at that one!! Shocked

  84. Drew - May 28, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Bryce!!!! Man. I love to see Washington beat up on Atlanta.Tonight I wanna party like it's 1864!

  85. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    wow, IOU cokes all around.

  86. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Drew! Going all the way back to Gen Sherman's March!! Lol…

  87. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Steve J, Alexandria said… Livo took the rookie to School and made him look quite the fool.May 27, 2012 10:33 PM ______________________________I would take a K any time if it meant that the next at-bat I would get a HR

  88. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Drew, you win the thread for your 10:44.

  89. ehay2k - May 28, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Vintage Livo with the glove!

  90. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Davey is smiling at Gio, big smile. Guess he's OK with 7 innings.

  91. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    WTH, it's Memorial Day:Marching through GeorgiaThe 97th Regimental String Band

  92. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    hate Flores being hurt, but Maldo getting his shot after 17 seasons in the Minors! he must be on cloud 9

  93. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Craig "Staymen"? Great ESPN announcer.WTF do you think he is, a flower?

  94. TimDz - May 28, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    My neighbor heard my yell at bam bamm's homer, knocked on my door and said uncle …I gave him another beer…he gave me a knuckle bump…

  95. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    hate Flores being hurt, but Maldo getting his shot after 17 seasons in the Minors! he must be on cloud 917 seasons?? He must be a lot older than he looks.

  96. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Eddie.. Shulman is getting killed on Twitter for his Staymen pronunciation

  97. RickH - May 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Davey calls him Stayman too.

  98. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    TimDZ.. tell him it's a holiday tomorrow, invite him in, convert him to a Nats fan. He can sleep in.

  99. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

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  100. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:54 AM

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  101. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Tim, maybe your neigjhbor will come over from the dark side soon. Keep yelling about the good stuff.How came no word on JFlo yet???

  102. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Actually it is 17 years…first season was 1996

  103. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    JFLO updates.. this is when we need Kristina.

  104. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Michele — and he richly deserves whatever abuse he gets. Simple elementary school phonetics makes it a short "a".Plus I can't believe every TV and radio announcer doesn't have phonetic pronunciations in their prep materials for every member of oth teams and coaches.Someone who does that in the face of everything to help them is either an idiot or ompletely lazy. My money's on lazy.

  105. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    MicheleS, can't say for sure about the one on right since he lives in Brewer territory and family is more of a soccer fan but hope that one on the left becomes a Nats fan and is able to play in Nats park someday.

  106. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Whoops, wrong guy.Carlos Maldonado is 33, but yes, 17 years in the minors.Not his first MLB time, but not much.

  107. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Of all the nights for this to be an ESPN game instead of MASN. How will we know what is going on with Jesus?

  108. ehay2k - May 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Debbie Taylor would have info on Flores already – she was excellent at asking how people were feeling!

  109. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    What the heck is up with McCatty? Who hit him in the nose?

  110. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    WTF? Now McCatty has a bloody nose!

  111. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Sheesh! Even McCatty is injure!

  112. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Yes, 17 years in the minors for Maldonado. Signed with Seattle when he was sixteen, is 33 now.

  113. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    I though Debi was always telling people howmtheybfelt, as in , "how great did it feel to knock in those winning runs?" Seriously. Mark isn't there, how will we know?

  114. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    RickH, yes he does. I've heard him do it.

  115. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Not his debut. 26 MLB games

  116. UnkyD - May 28, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    E2hay…. 11:00 gets my vote for post of the night…. Woke up the wife, laughing!!

  117. peric - May 28, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Hmm Corey Brown was held out of a Chiefs game (without any injury) in Syracuse for the second day in a row?Is he going to be recalled or … is he headed off in a trade?

  118. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Nothing at all on Twitter about JFlo. Hopefully FS at 10:43 was right and it's just giving him a rest after 3hits and a day game tomorrow.But I would expect Maldonado would have started that anyway.

  119. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Oh, that Staymen, he's a pistil!

  120. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    peric, Brown is joining the team in Florida, presumably in case Tracy goes on the DL. But could be a trade.

  121. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    NatsLady, are you sure? I understand that's not allowed by the CBA unless he's actually called up.

  122. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    How can it be illegal to fly to Miami? He's still getting paid

  123. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    NatsLady how'd you hear that?

  124. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Peric — some Tweets earlier about Brown heading down to Miami on the chance that Tracy may be headed to the DL.

  125. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Sofa, I thought so too on the CBA, and tried to make sense of the rule. But Kilgore tweeted he was joining the team. So, I'm not sure.

  126. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Dave Jaegler is funny. Says the 1st base ump wasn't even looking on that Uggla check swing.

  127. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    OK.

  128. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Storm took out my radio, have to listen to the ESPN jerks.

  129. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    WHAT?

  130. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Kilgore tweeted it. Brown not on the 40 man roster, I don't see how the CBA can prevent him from being in Miami. He can't be in the clubhouse or dugout though…

  131. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Swift Eagle, I could well be wrong, I'm not sure, but I thought the CBA had rules about not keeping a minor leaguer just hanging around the MLB team, he has to be WITH the team whose roster he's on. It's not illegal, it's contrary to the labor agreement. If I'm right. Which I may not be.

  132. RickH - May 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Sofa … Your 11:07 is in the running for post of the night too. Funny.

  133. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Closet open, getting the broom out!

  134. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!First Sweep of the Year!!!! Lets Go have some Fried Fish!!!!

  135. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Sweeeeeeeep!Now JFlo news please.

  136. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Nats win!

  137. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 28, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    It's a labor agreement, i.e., a contract. It can say whatever they agreed on.

  138. ehay2k - May 28, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Nice time and team to sweep. Go Nats! Head down and beat the Fish!

  139. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 28, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Memorial Day 2012: Nats are 29-18, still in soul possession of the NL East.In the immortal words of MicheleS:"WOOO-HOOO!!"(Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).

  140. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Soul, I don't know the rule either. You may be 100% correct. Makes sense

  141. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Sweep, on the road, against the Braves! Bait the hooks, the fish are next.

  142. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Michele…make it official please…

  143. UnkyD - May 28, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    WooooHoooooo!!!!

  144. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    btw that WHAT was for brining in Burnett since I thought it was unnecessary when Stammen is doing the job. Besides to be honest, I would have used HRod in ninth because of low pressure situation and he hasn't pitched in four days.Anyways, we won. Swept Braves. To be fair, they were not at full strength. Then again, neither are we. Onto the Fish now!

  145. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Hey Rick @ 11:16 — I get a piece of that action too!My WTF flower's gotta be worth at least 30%, right?

  146. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Swift.. see 11:16 but worth repeating!!!WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! First Sweep of the Year!!!! Lets Go have some Fried Fish!!!!

  147. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Haha, twice is nice!

  148. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Sofa, if you look at the CBA (it's online) the relevant paragraphs are on pp. 61-62. Let me know what you think. MLB CBAhttp://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5679:2012-16-major-league-baseball-cba-released-to-public&catid=30:mlb-news&Itemid=42

  149. peric - May 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Sofa, I thought so too on the CBA, and tried to make sense of the rule. But Kilgore tweeted he was joining the team. So, I'm not sure.I missed that tweet Natslady … thank you. Have to assume a move has already been made (per the CBA) sofa. Which just don't know who was moved? Now the deal with Flores complicates things … especially with Solano just coming off the DL and Sandy Leon still weeks away. I hope folks ask some pointed questions of Davey and Rizzo.

  150. RickH - May 28, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Eddie … You get 30% for being first to mention it.

  151. TimDz - May 28, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    One game…two monkeys off our backs…A legit sweep…A win on National TV..Cost me two beers…at the price of some "HELL YA'S"Soooooo worth it…

  152. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    TimDz said… One game…two monkeys off our backs…A legit sweep…A win on National TV..Cost me two beers…at the price of some "HELL YA'S"Soooooo worth it… May 27, 2012 11:26 PM __________________________Yes, and the Nats are missing more starters than the Braves + no Storen!

  153. Grandstander - May 28, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Is there any indication Brown will be used more than Moore? Why would Davey start him over Ankiel? You now would have 4 guys who could play CF and all of them are lefties.

  154. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    1/2 game ahead of the O's; 1/2 game behind the Rangers; Oh, right…Anyway, nothing shabby about being in first place in the NL East 11 games over .500 on Memorial Day.

  155. TimDz - May 28, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    NatsLady said… 1/2 game ahead of the O's; 1/2 game behind the Rangers; Oh, right…Anyway, nothing shabby about being in first place in the NL East 11 games over .500 on Memorial Day.____________________HELL NO!!!!(once more for my neighbor…)

  156. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    coolstandings ‏@coolstandingsWAS 7, ATL 2. #Nationals playoff chances now 70.4%.

  157. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    NatsLady, how bizarre that the Mets are in 2nd and the Braves are in 4th?

  158. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Flores with a mild strain of the hamstring

  159. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Nothing on Twitter. Kilgore wrote this in his gamer:Sunday night may have brought yet another health challenge. Jesus Flores went 3 for 4 with two RBI, but he left in the seventh inning with an apparent injury to his midsection. Carlos Maldonado finished the game as the Nationals catcher following Flores’s undisclosed injury.

  160. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Gonat, where did you see/hear it?

  161. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    don't like that Beachy gets away with one earned run. His two walks clearly had a role to play in tying that game.

  162. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Pretty sad that there is NOWHERE to find out about what happened to Flores…Imagine that in NY or Bos, or better yet the Redskins, there would be about a zillion reports if the backup punter stubbed a toe…

  163. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    NatsLady, that was in Davey's Press Conference. That's all he said. I'm sure Kilgore and Amanda will have more.

  164. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Gonat, thanks. My radio is out, so I will have to wait until MASN puts up the video to hear Davey. Maybe it's only a few days, but they will have to get another catcher.

  165. peric - May 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Gonat, thanks. My radio is out, so I will have to wait until MASN puts up the video to hear Davey. Maybe it's only a few days, but they will have to get another catcher.Solano is on his way to Florida … mebbe on the same flight with Corey Brown from Syracuse?

  166. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    To give you exact confirmation of what I wrote earlier:Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP Davey says Flores has a mild hamstring strain. Flores says "minor tightness." Both say not a DL situation. Sigh of relief at first blush.

  167. peric - May 28, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Pretty sad that there is NOWHERE to find out about what happened to Flores…Imagine that in NY or Bos, or better yet the Redskins, there would be about a zillion reports if the backup punter stubbed a toe …Rizzo (like Shanahan) likes to keep things pretty close to the vest. No one even knew that Jhonatan Solano had a back problem until a couple of days ago! Doug Harris takes Rizzo's desire to keep things close to the vest very seriously.

  168. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:54 AM

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  169. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    NatsLady said… Gonat, thanks. My radio is out, so I will have to wait until MASN puts up the video to hear Davey. Maybe it's only a few days, but they will have to get another catcher. May 27, 2012 11:46 PM _____________________________You are welcome. I don't think there will be any MASN video as I don't think they were there. Probably covering the 1st Place Orioles (insert anger). I had a friend text me immediately from Davey's Press Conference but maybe it was a side conversation. Not sure why it took Kilgore and Amanda so long to Tweet it out.

  170. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    This is a nightmare at C.How many MLB teams have not one but two top notch young #1 catchers and have them both injured, and the first back up called up too?By the way, has anyone seen anything about Sandy Leon's condition? Haven't read anything since the "maybe four weeks?" right after he was hurt, then radio silence.

  171. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Here is Amanda's tweet on Corey Brown.Amanda Comak ‏@acomakSeems DL move for Chad Tracy imminent. #nats plan to have Corey Brown in Miami in case. If Tracy isnt greatly improved tom. seems inevitable

  172. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    NatsLady, I got my text exactly 11 minutes before Kilgore's Tweet. Strange, huh?

  173. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    Grandstander @ 11:30 –No comparison between Moore's role here and Brown.Moore is a first baseman without a position, who was brought up to replace DeRosa but with the smallest experience even in MiLB in the OF. no fault of Moore's — it's that he didn't really bring what the opening was.Brown has been an OF, and especially a CF, his whole MiLB career. And he'd be replacing a continuing liability at CF.

  174. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 28, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Flores of course wasn scheduled to pitch tomorrow, though I know you meant catch.He walked off pretty good, so I thought it was precaution. But loved when harper laughed when he saw McCatty with noth nostrels plugged.

  175. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Gio Gonzalez has more RBI's than Nyjer Morgan (none in 112 at-bats, by far the worst of any major-leaguer).

  176. Drew - May 28, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    What I find so exciting about this team is all of the young talent throughout the organization — and we're about to get another infusion from June 4-6.Anyone who thinks the Nats won't help themselves now that they're picking 16th isn't familiar with the story line. The Nats have shown a remarkable ability to spot, sign and develop ballplayears that others miss:2006 — Brad Peacock, 41st round, pick 1,2312008 — Tom Milone, 10th round, pick 301 Tyler Moore, 16th round, pick 481 Steve Lombardozzi, 19th round, pick 5712009 — Danny Rosenbaum, 22nd round, pick 652The other day Kilgore mentioned that the Nats are excited about Hagerstown outfielder Billy Burns, a speedster drafted out of Mercer in Atlanta. The Nats got Burns in the 32nd round, with pick 967 of the 2011 draft.In 41 games at Hagerstown Burns has 26 walks, 19 steals, a .300 batting average and an on base percentage of .427.So this team, already a joy to its fans, has some enviable problems:– If the Nats keep LaRoche and Morse for 2013 and Espinosa and Desmond remain powerful middle infielders, where will Lombo get his at bats? Will he become the Nats' Zobrist?– If and when Rendon is healthy and ascends through the minors, how will the Nats get his lightning bat in the lineup? This probably gets clearer after 2013, when LaRoche or Morse is gone.– If LaRoche stays next year and the outfield is Morse, Harper, Werth, what becomes of Downtown Corey Brown? Maybe he's the new, improved Rick Ankiel.– With Zim, Rendon and Lombo in the house and Marrero often injured, does Matt Skole become the first baseman in waiting — or is that Ryan?The belabored point here is that another draft is upon us. The Nats' system — and the plot — are about to get even richer.

  177. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    A look back from AJC SPortsNothing on the Miami pages yet…

  178. carolync - May 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    NatsTalk Live guy reported that Davey said Flores had mild hamstring strain. Maldonado would play tomorrow but he expects Flores to be ready for the game on Tuesday. Hope that's right and hamstring didn't tighten up overnight.

  179. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I sure will be glad when Mr. Zuckerman gets back on track. I've been wearing a curly W hat for over 7 years now, mostly ignored by others until recently. Now everywhere I go people want to talk Nats baseball with me. Winning does that. We are slowly gaining momentum in the respect of the public paying attention. In addition to the FOF RZimm, the likes of SS,Gio, and of course the Kid, are becoming the talk of the town. Even outside of area people are beginning to notice us even if they're not yet taking us seriously. Starting last fall I wasn't concedeing that we were "still a year or two away." in 2012. Question DJ's decisions all you want, it's a gawd given American right to second guess your baseball manager, but the day Davey took over I knew that the Nationals were going to be in contention this year. Has he made mistakes? Yeah, him and every other MLB manager has, but he has instilled a "We Win Now!" mentality throughout the entire organization. Combine that with the job that Mike Rizzo has done and we are a huge perfect storm forming. Call it Tropical Storm Nat until the playoffs, then it will gather momentum and become Hurricane Nat.Just another Joe Seamhead editorial

  180. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Oh and the STAY Min/STAM min controversy has been confirmed that Shulman was using the pronunciation he heard from Davey.

  181. natsfan1a - May 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Haven't read the comments yet, but did watch the whole game. Well, most of it. I may have nodded off a time or two in the late innings. Anyway, some random synapse firing follows.So glad that I'm not a Sox or Yankees fan because then I'd have to watch that ESPN booth about every week. Yech. All of those promos and breakaways for in-game updates on other teams. Plus the inane commentary on the actual, you know, game that is taking place. When they were actually paying attention to the game. Which didn't seem to be all that often. Well, they *were* pretty attentive when the HP ump had his chimes rung. Even did a replay on that one. And analyzed the play. Great work, ESPN! Not. At least the Nats broke the losing-on-national- tv curse. Wait. Does that mean that they'll be on national tv even more? Yech. My husband went to bed as Livo was about to enter the game. Said he didn't know how to act: Yay, Livo! Wait, he's pitching against us. Boo! No, wait. I like Livo. Eh, I'm going to bed. Talk amongst yourselves. Hope Flores is okay. Saw that he's "day-to-day" with a mild hammy strain? I said some bad words when it happened. Of course, I didn't actually *see* it happen. Because the cameras were on the ESPN crew, who was discussing something other than, you know, the actual game. Possibly it was baseball-related, though. Yech.Nice to get the sweep, in addition to the series. So far, so good on the dreaded NL/AL East phase. (5-1 on the road, right?) Will be interested to see how the New Nats play the Marlins, who seem to have always owned them. I'll be glued to the tv. Well, not literally glued, but sitting in front of it. I may even stay awake for the whole game. But no promises.Go, Z'nn!! Go, NATS!!

  182. D'Gourds - May 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Drew,Great post. I think a lot of the questions you pose depend on how well Morse performs when he gets back. He was phenomenal as an everyday player for the first time last year. Can he do it again? If so, I think his best position on the team is first base as he is a natural infielder and not so great in Left Field. If Rendon ascends through the system quickly, he'll probably play 2b until Zim decides he no longer wants to play 3rd. As per Espinosa and Lombardosi–my patience with Danny is getting thin. I know Davey sees great potential in him and he plays the game right with excellent defense and hustling, but he just has HUGE holes in his swing and he doesn't seem to be able to make adjustments. Lombardosi, on the other hand, has made excellent adjustments and has really come through with some clutch hits. As someone close to Lombardosi has said (I can't reveal whom), Steve can hit a pitcher's pitch with two strikes. Danny only gets a hit if a pitcher makes a mistake. I thought that summed it up pretty well. Also, Lombardosi does project to develop some power, so it wouldn't be a complete loss of power if he took over 2b. Another option is to platoon them. Danny is just awful from the Left. Wht not use Lombo against righties and Espi against Lefties? Such optimism here in Natopia. We're very lucky. Let's enjoy the ride for the next decade!

  183. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    At the end of the 2011 regular season Joe Seamhead said:As far as next year for us? I'm so high on the Rizzo-Johnson Kool-ade that I have to keep my expectations under control, but honestly? I think that the Washington Nationals are going to win the NL East next year.September 29, 2011 9:53 AM ————————————————————–My thoughts haven't changed one bit. 5/28/2012

  184. baseballswami - May 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Completely missed everything last night but slowly catching up on the dvr and here, of course – lots and lots of stuff to read, but it's helping me find the spots I want on the recording! Gio just seemed to have flipped a switch after the first inning. You guys must have been seriously worried after he threw so many pitches. He is a smart fielder and hitter, too with the sac fly and bunt. Thanks a million times Mr. Rizzo. Harper makes quick adjustments, doesn't he? I don't think you can fool him with the same thing twice. Nice to see the boys taking pitches, hitting with 2 strikes and 2 outs. Praying about Flo, though – catcher jinx for sure. Again with Rizzo – the depth in this organization is just crazy and that's what is keeping things going. One goes down – another steps in. Would love to see it stop now. If anyone hears news of Morse at Potomac, please post – I'll go and post from the game if he plays tomorrow night. At this point they may send him straight to Miami.Go JZINN – hope the run support keeps up.

  185. natsfan1a - May 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I noticed that, too. OTOH, I like FP but he persists in pronouncing Adam's name as "LaRoach."Steady Eddie said… Michele — and he richly deserves whatever abuse he gets. Simple elementary school phonetics makes it a short "a". Plus I can't believe every TV and radio announcer doesn't have phonetic pronunciations in their prep materials for every member of oth teams and coaches. Someone who does that in the face of everything to help them is either an idiot or ompletely lazy. My money's on lazy. May 27, 2012 10:57 PM

  186. natsfan1a - May 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    IOW, it's not only the ESPN guys (yech) who do that. See also, Don Sutton/Brian "Snyder." Sometimes I think these guys may be a tad bit stubborn. :-)

  187. D'Gourds - May 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    natsfan1a–don't get me wrong, I love the job Carp and FP do on MASN, but I enjoyed getting a different perspective from Tito and Orel last night. Those two guys are simply the best color analyst in baseball in my opinion. They were great players and great coaches and nobody out there knows the game better. Period. Now they may not know the Nats as well as we do–we watch every game! But they do know baseball. I loved how Tito analyzed Harper's swing. it was priceless. And Orel, an ex-pitching coach by the way, did a great job analyzing Gio. It's just nice to get an impartial, different perspective once in a while. Although we are lucky to have Carp and FP–they really do an excellent job and know their stuff for the most part.

  188. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    BTW,regarding Corey Brown, if he officially gets called up, I don't expect him to be any kind of a second coming, but I do sincerely feel that he will be,if given a chance to play, an improvement for an already very good team.

  189. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    tough matchups are coming up against Marlins for us. Zambrano (2 hits last time), Sanchez (who historically owns us), and JJ (who seems to be regaining form). Then again our offense has been hot lately.Today's lineup will most likely have Ank and Harper in CF and RF resp. Hoping to see Brown start in LF.ESPN guys were OK. Mainly what I don't like is them talking about other non-baseball stuff and some of their facts that needs checking. They are clearly new at covering non-Yanks/non-Bos teams so I get that.highlight of the night was Harper vs Livo.

  190. natsfan1a - May 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I think it's all subjective and that we'll have to agree to disagree on the ESPN broadcast, D'Gourds. I strongly dislike in-game break-ins that supplant video of the action, whether it's a sideline reporter or an ESPN booth resident. I don't disagree that those guys know the game, but much of the time, they aren't even talking about the game. I repeat, yech. On a related note, no disrespect to him but, while Tito certainly knows the game, I'm not sure that even he would agree with you on the "great player" part of the equation. ;-) On the broadcast front, there are plenty of color commentators who have been at it much longer than he has and have the "chops," as it were (imho). As for Harper, they seemed quite surprised that he didn't act like a jerk, which seems to be the national media party line. Whatever, dudes. To each his own, but these guys are definitely not my cup of tea. (Did I already say "yech"? :-))In other news, some morning reading from a Braves blog. This caption from a related photo seems to sum things up nicely: "Kerwin Danley, tonight's home plate umpire, took a fastball from Brandon Beachy to his nether-regions. The Braves can commiserate with the feeling."

  191. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Mark, Congrats on the Northwestern lacrosse championship. The girls looked great! Maryland goes for the Men's championship today.

  192. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Nats are now 11 games above .500 and 37 total days in 1st place. It's all great but still not even close to Nats records set in 2005.Nats were 19 games above .500 on July 5th and held 1st place for 53 days in 2005.This is 2 totally different teams except for RZim. The 2005 team lacked depth. This Nats team has filled in holes well.

  193. Mark Zuckerman - May 28, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Thanks, Steve M. I may be rubbing it in a bit today to my esteemed colleague on the Nats beat who had the misfortune of attending Syracuse. Pretty remarkable what kind of program they've built at Northwestern, seven NCAA titles in eight years. And the program didn't even exist when I graduated 14 years ago!

  194. JaneB - May 28, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Hey you guys! We get Mark back today, don't we? That means more JFlo news. And good tweets.NatsJack, I expect you'll be there too, today, yes?1a, you made me snort my Diet Coke when I read the quote about poor Kerwin.

  195. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Mark, I knew about the lax success at Northwestern and their dominance but did not know the program hasn't been around long. 7 titles in the last 8 years is legendary type of numbers.

  196. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    JaneB, I think Mark is already in Miami which is much needed.

  197. UnkyD - May 28, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Quick! Fresh post, before we turn over to page 3!!!

  198. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    More 2005 trivia, on this evening in 2005, the Nats were 24-25 and then the Nats went on a 15-2 run.

  199. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    come on, let's go page 3. :PCongrats Mark on championship.

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