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Game 48: Nats at Marlins

May 28, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats make their first appearance at Marlins Park this afternoon.

MIAMI — Hello, for the first time, from Marlins Park, home of the bullpen bar with dancing girls, the lime green outfield fence, the fish tank in the backstop and the home run thingamajig. Photos truly cannot do this thing justice. It is massive.

Perhaps it's a good thing the Nationals are a bit loopy this morning after their short turnaround from last night's game in Atlanta. Said Davey Johnson: "I feel like I flew from Beijing to Miami." Guys are in a good mood, though, helped by the fact they just swept the Braves.

There's a new face in the clubhouse as well. Outfielder Corey Brown had his contract purchased from Class AAA Syracuse (where he led the team with 12 homers, five of them over his last five games). Chad Tracy, meanwhile, has been placed on the 15-day DL with a groin injury; he'll fly to Philadelphia tomorrow to be examined but could miss significant time. To make room on the 40-man roster for Brown, Jayson Werth has been transferred to the 60-day DL. Jesus Flores, meanwhile, says his right hamstring feels much better, and he hopes to be able to catch tomorrow night.

It's Jordan Zimmermann vs. Carlos Zambrano on this Memorial Day. Live updates and analysis to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 186
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (29-18)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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248 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I don't think he could tag on that, runners at 1st and 2nd, he has to be half way in case it drops…tough play

  2. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    And Ryan does his GIDP thing. Love the man, I do… but…

  3. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    No way. No way. What is it with Zim hitting with a man on 1st?

  4. mick - May 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Ryan hits in too many DP's!!! swinging at first pitch is just crap!

  5. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    OK, Henry. Try not to let this one get out of hand. That's your job, get three outs.

  6. mick - May 28, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    why the first pitch??? why

  7. mick - May 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Bernadina has zero value for the Nats, please Rizzo, cut him, I'm begging you!

  8. phil dunton - May 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    How many chances does this turkey get?

  9. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Whisky, bartender.To chase the malox.

  10. mick - May 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Henry, no, its time another Corona, i'm out gang!

  11. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I really hate that think Reyes does with his fingers. But Arm could/should have got him at 2nd.

  12. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Ank fell asleep like Heyward yesterday. Easy out there.

  13. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    It's a cruel game, Zim crushes one into a double play, Reyes bloops one for a double…

  14. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    The boys are tired now. Not sharp. Was ok for the first few innings but it's catching up with them.

  15. MicheleS - May 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    FP said it would be around the 7th inning when you would see them start to tire out.

  16. SFNats - May 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Yep, NatsLady. It's rough flying in at 3 am and then playing a 1:00 game. And it's starting to show.

  17. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Davey basically conceding this one. The boys are on their own.

  18. SFNats - May 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Two uncharacteristically sloppy plays by Ankiel — he's tired.

  19. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Rick doesn't atone for sleeping on Reyes turning his bloop single into a double.

  20. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Henry can blame this one on Ankiel. Not really his fault and he didn't lose his cool. Hope he knows that.

  21. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    NatsLady said… Davey basically conceding this one. The boys are on their own. May 28, 2012 3:33 PM ____________________________Davey isn't conceding anything. The boys need to get more offense going.

  22. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Uphill battle now for our tired boys. Only two runs but seems like a lot more.

  23. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Okay, boys, time to get it going.Ankiel might have been able to nail the punk if he had gotten the ball out of his mitt.

  24. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Not talking about the offense. Talking about having Henry in there with no one else warming.

  25. SFNats - May 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Henry did his job, though. That run really wasn't his fault at all.

  26. phil dunton - May 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Desmond's big rally with the bat is history.

  27. jeffwx - May 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    ouch….in retrospect, may have been good to give a couple veterans a rest with Brown and Moore starting instead of Ankiel and LaRoche

  28. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Yes, Henry did fine. Now if the human towel can keep it at 5-3 we have a shot at Heath Bell.

  29. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Like I said this morning, Brown should have been in there for Ankiel.

  30. SFNats - May 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Yeah, this probably would have been a good game to start a bunch of the kids.

  31. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Nice inning for Perry.

  32. jeffwx - May 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    NL, I like your avatar. IMHO, I think Werth in the lineup and outfield would make a better lineup (lombo/werth/harper) with more runs.

  33. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Rick Ankiel hacked at ball 3. He can't stay off of that high fastball.

  34. jeffwx - May 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    I'd take Werth in the lineup over Ankiel any day.

  35. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Boy Ankiel looks really gassed.jeffwx, maybe you mean Morse/Werth/Harper

  36. SFNats - May 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    The eventual outfield of Werth/Harper/Morse will be PFB.

  37. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    The worst guy the Nats could have at the plate to start the 9th. Ankiel just sits down.

  38. Swift Eagle - May 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    No doubt, the Morse/Werth/Harp outfield is what Davey was planning on in ST before all the injuries..hopefully we will see it one day

  39. UnkyD - May 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Be a hitter, Corey !!!

  40. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Come on C. Brown! Still time to rally!!!!

  41. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Good news. Still in 1st place. Get 'em tomorrow after a long night's rest.

  42. Catcher50 - May 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Couple of comments:It's a 162 game season. You're going to lose some. Relax.Baseball is unwatchable in that stadium. Between the fish tanks, chartreuse walls, that whatever it is in centerfield, the level of awfulness is amazing. As has been said, it is the tackiest park in baseball. What's really frightening is that the guys who built it are art dealers.I don't normally dump on umpires, but if the Pitchtrack is close to accurate, this plate umpire has no clue and is amazingly inconsistent.

  43. NatsLady - May 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Cather50–agree. This was lost in the 6th inning. After that, do the best you can and go home.

  44. Steady Eddie - May 28, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    And FP was exactly right when he said before the game that the lack of sleep would start to show around the sixth or seventh. The guys have always battled back late but there was nothing left in the tank to do it with today. It happens. Marathon. Just get an early night's sleep and let eJax hook 'em tomorrow.

  45. Gonat - May 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Not a great offensive explosion considering one of the 3 runs was a HR by JZim. Since BHarper was called up, the Nats have been scoring 4.18 runs per game so they fell below that average and that 4.18 is where they need to be at a minimum.

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    After the catch on harper's fly that was a great catch by the LF, the team's balloon burst and the team took the rest of the day off with not one good swing except possibly Corey Brown's last one that flew to CF. As for Ankiel he had to raise his hands to swing at strike 3 . I was taught if you ever have to raise your hands to swing you don't. But then again I never made it to the makors, I just learned that rule better. In reality we do so many weird things batting, weing at balls, snot swing at strikes, thenoccasionally we hit the ball well. My approach as a hitting advisor 9since Ecl is not a coach I learned), is just so different.)

  47. jeffwx - May 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Yes, NL, but while Morse is out, I'd prefer Werth in the lineup over Berni/Ankiel who would normally be on the bench.Anyway, maybe now that Lombo has done so much with his opportunity, maybe Brown can do the same. It's time to cut bait on Ankiel as a starter…good bench/defensive replacement.Lombo/harper/zimm/morse/desmond/laroche/brown/floresthis weekend…nothing lost using brown over ankiel in the long run and lombo vs righties

  48. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    What Catch50 said.Hey, folks, heads up. We're 5-2 on a very tough road trip, not to mention we're still in first.Some thoughts from a Grumpy Old Man of Baseball:I really like Rick Ankiel, but he had a crummy game in CF.If he can't give us near perfection defensively, we can't afford his bat in the lineup.That said, three heads up baserunning plays by the Reyes punk.I would like to see Steve Lombardozzi spell Espinosa at 2B every three or four games. Lombo does not belong in LF.Sometimes Roger Bernadina just doesn't have his head in the game.Bryce Harper is my favorite new player I've seen in over 50 years of watching baseball.I am confused as to why we are keeping Tyler Moore on the big league club.I assume he'll go down next week when the Beast returns.THIS JUST IN: Tyler Moore sent down, Solano called up.I tip my hat to Davey for putting Henry in today.I detest MASN, but ESPN makes me appreciate them.I really like this blog most of the time, but I really believe there to be several misogynists on this board.Davey seems pretty pooped in his post game show. I'm glad he's pissed with Rick Ankiel. I am, too.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 18.5
x-Clinched NL East title

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.0 +2.0
PITTSBURGH 82 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 74 9.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title

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