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Game 49: Nats at Marlins

May 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Edwin Jackson faces Anibal Sanchez tonight at Marlins Park.

MIAMI — Over the last seven seasons, the Nationals have had 18 chances to beat Anibal Sanchez. And they're 0-for-18 against the Marlins right-hander. Perhaps the 19th time will be the charm.

Sanchez (7-0, 2.10 ERA in those 18 starts) will be on the mound tonight at Marlins Park, facing a Nationals club that would certainly like to bounce back from yesterday's 5-3 loss and avoid clinching only their fourth series loss of the season (they previously lost to the Dodgers, Pirates and Orioles). Edwin Jackson, who despite his 3.38 ERA this season remarkably has only one win (that complete-game, two-hitter against the Reds), gets the start for Davey Johnson.

The Nationals will have a new player on their bench, Jhonatan Solano, who becomes the fifth different catcher on the roster already this year. And, in a nice twist of fate, Solano's brother Donovan was just called up by the Marlins last week.

Updates and analysis to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (29-19)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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226 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    MicheleS, classic Belushi, right?

  2. Unknown - May 30, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    FP Tangelos thinks the Nats have the Fish just where they want them for the 9th inning!!! What flavor of Kool-Aid is Tangelos drinking?!?!?!

  3. mick - May 30, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    djinfl… it was an enjoyable game until Bo Porter or Davey forgot to tell Bryce, to take until the clown on the mound throws a strike, instead of have him swing at 3 balls in a row that were all balls and it was enjoyable until Zimmerman's second game in a row with a weak and hapless at bat with the bases loaded!

  4. MicheleS - May 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Gonat.. Of course I am referencing Senator Blutarski!

  5. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    No Ankiel helps for this inning. Make them Boooooo Heath Bell!!!!

  6. mick - May 30, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    try to guess what I am now…… a zit, get it LOL

  7. baseballswami - May 30, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Oh – they may have told him. He was all of his 19 years old in that at bat. We haven't had one of our patented , come from behind, late inning heroics wins in a while, have we? That would be so sweet. I kind of thought that might be cooking in the 8th, but, no…

  8. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Now Bell has confidence from last night thanks to Ankiel

  9. Fear and Ignorance - May 30, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Way to stand there and take 3 strikes LaRoche. You suck!!! At least Harper is up there hacking when he K's.

  10. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Amazing what the mental side plays for Heath Bell. The guy couldn't throw a strike last night and Ankiel helped him out. Sickening. Like the Marlins need any help….

  11. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Solano is carrying Wil Nieves old number. LOL

  12. ehay2k - May 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    F & I, are you related to poopy mcpoop?

  13. hmm... - May 30, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    djinfl – you can tell a drunk a mile away. you just can't tell them anything up close.

  14. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 30, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Heath Bell is pitching like he's double-parked.

  15. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Hits like Wil too.

  16. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    1st at-bat. Best way to get the kid in the game.

  17. MicheleS - May 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    That was nice for the kid…

  18. ehay2k - May 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Sigh, a series loss. Damn those fish!

  19. MicheleS - May 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Well that was a pooper. Okay boys.. Get a good night sleep and be ready for tomorrow..

  20. mick - May 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    good for Solono… LaRoche is the old LaRoche and maybe when Morse comes back he can replace him at 1st. His at bats are terrible

  21. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Oh well. Big game tomorrow. That 8th inning will keep Zim awake tonight…or it should

  22. baseballswami - May 30, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Four runs in two days after 22 in three days. And of those four — one home run by a pitcher and one suicide squeeze. How unlikely is that? I hate the fish…..

  23. mick - May 30, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    LaRoche looked like Adan Dunn taking a called third strike in the middle of the plate

  24. mick - May 30, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Solono and Leon are good hitters I hear, so maybe when Flores comes back, we send fatso down and keep the three, that gives us depth at catcher for the rest of the season.

  25. mick - May 30, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    think i'll follow this last Corona down with a shot of tekila….

  26. UnkyD - May 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Hurts to lose. Hurts worse to see you clowns meltdown. I guess Zim and The Kid are bums, if they don't win EVERY SINGLE GAME for you brats. I'm out.

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