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Game 69: Nats at Orioles

Jun 23, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Edwin Jackson faces Wei-Yin Chen tonight at Camden Yards.

BALTIMORE — We're four games into the six-game Battle of the Beltways for 2012, and by virtue of last night's 2-1 victory the Orioles have already clinched at least a split of the season series. For the Nationals to keep it at that, they'll need to win tonight and again tomorrow at Camden Yards.

Which means they'll need to get their lineup going tonight against Wei-Yin Chen. They've already beaten Chen this year, scoring six runs in 4 1/3 innings off him on May 20, so that's an encouraging sign. No surprises in Davey Johnson's lineup. As he indicated after last night's game, he's sticking with slumping Ryan Zimmerman in the No. 3 spot. Michael Morse again serves as DH, with Tyler Moore in left field and Xavier Nady in right field.

Edwin Jackson, meanwhile, gets the ball for the Nats, looking to duplicate his eight innings of one-run ball against Baltimore on May 18 (albeit in a game the Nationals eventually lost).

I'm back at the park tonight, so look for plenty of updates throughout the evening…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Camden Yards
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox (Regional)
Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WJFK (106.7 FM), WTEM (980 AM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 186
Weather: Clear, 88 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (40-28)
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
DH Michael Morse

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128 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Steady Eddie - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    And remember, Mark — you need to leave the press box immediately after the first pitch to Espi so the Nats can give EJax a big 1st inning lead!GYFNG!

  2. natsfan1a - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Oh, Tom Hallion of the awesome third strike call gesture, as seen in Strasburg's debut and in Howard's last at-bat of the 2010 NLCS (if memory serves). Glad that our humble host will be on the scene, so that I can read about the game after the fact (going to the P-Nats tonight). Maybe Mark should just leave the press box in the top of every inning, just to be on the safe side. I'm not kidding. Well, okay, I am kidding. Sort of.

  3. natsfan1a - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Okay, this is for old times' sake, for my Chicago baseball buddy: Niiiiiiiiiiiick. (btw, I'm gonna need an oh-fer from you, big guy. 'kay, thanks. ;-))

  4. NatsLady - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Fish lost again, and Ozzie probably doesn't believe in Myers-Briggs (ref. previous thread). Some of the comments are perceptive.Ozzie on players' psycheshttp://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120623&content_id=33793082&notebook_id=33793084&vkey=notebook_mia&c_id=mia

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Thanks for the link, NatsLady. Interesting coinkydink there.

  6. NatsLady - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Ryan Perry starting tonight for Harrisburg. Will be interesting to see how that experiment pans out.

  7. baseballswami - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Wow – out all day and trying my best to dial it back after I ranted non-stop in defense of JZim last night. Glad to see everyone carried on the debate in my absence and saved my last nerve. Bottom line, though – even though I have my own favorite players and opinions about the game and the Nats, I respect that others have differing opinions. I have been a huge critic of Davey Johnson, really it's just a long history of him with the Mets and the Orioles -I don't actually think he is a bad manager. It's more a personality thing. I don't think he is quite the saint everyone else does, but I know he is a smart baseball man. Sometimes I think he is blindly stubborn, but I have read what Ian and Danny had to say about the way he stuck by them and believed in them. Obviously that has had a great effect on them both. As a parent and teacher, I have to say that I kind of admire that approach with these players. I think he knows how to evaluate talent and can tell if they have it in them. I will repeat that Ryan Zimmerman has meant a lot to this team for a long time and I think he will again. He may have an Adam Dunn year – certainly Lincecum is terrible right now, Hanley can stink it up, Wright was bad last year. It happens. I think he does get a mulligan for a bit longer and think he will contribute again. For now, I will watch him play third and love it. I just want the Nats to hold the line the best they can and get a re-start after the ASG.

  8. DWS - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Nicely said Swami. It's a long season and we aren't at the break. A game ahead with one to go? Then sweat it out.I truly believe that Jayson is our ace in the hole.So much talent on this team. Enjoy it.

  9. NatsLady - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    The Rangers, who were losing 11-1 to the Rox, are now at 11-7 and still batting in the bottom of the 5th. NO LEAD IS SAFE. LOL.

  10. DWS - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Sarge? Not a good team. Admit it.

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Sure wish the lineup was in a little different order. Need a shake up offensively.

  12. baseballswami - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to the family of Max Scherzer. He is pitching today, out of his home ballpark where he would have gotten a lot of support. Baseball is a just a game – I can't imagine what his family is going through.

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I have my doctorate in something other than baseball, so someone teach me why this isHRod pitches pathetic sudenly after 6 ot 8 saves, and only 1 save in last 5 tries) and he is replaced, Detwiler is replaced, when he is still in the top 25 in the leavue in ERA, Lidge sucks for 2 games against the yankees and he DFAd, then Wang makes 3 horid starts, and he demoted and Detwiler brought back, All along our pitching is ranked number 1.Zime hits like crap in the 3 hole, our hitting stays at about 12-13 all season long, and he is still batting in the 3 hole. WHy is Davey hesitant about trying something different in the batting (wghich has not performed), but is quick to do something with the pitching when it has been in general great.Loyalty is good only to a point. He hedged last night about moving Zim, but didn't pull the trigger. What will ahve to heppen to pull the trigger, and move him to 6yj ot 7th?Inquiring minds want to know, (Werth last year was moved all over)

  14. jeffwx - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Davey and most of us old folk are creatures of habit. Some not hitting so of course, you make changes, move people around, stop the hard fast rules made long ago (L/R). As the times are anew, we must think anew. History will remember the Nats in spite of themselves.So move zimm down, take some pressure off of him, see if it helps him…(and get the shoulder checked out in spite of what he says).

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I say move him, and when he gets hot again move him back up. Not sure why he is hesitant. We all want him to get hot, and not chaning a thing will probably result in nothing changing.

  16. DaveB - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I think Davey felt that all the "moved all over" stuff hurt the team last year (certainly including Werth). I think he feels that proven players that are in a slump are most likely to recover if they stay at a familiar role. I tend to give Davey some benefit of the doubt.

  17. jeffwx - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    And Johnson is concerned with Zimmerman's shoulder also:"Right now, I was more concerned in having somebody who can pick up Zim if his shoulder starts bothering him or something," Johnson said. When DeRosa is back, he'll finally be able to give a break once in a while…

  18. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    1a, thanks for reminding who Tom H is. I thought he was SS's debut umpire, couldn't confirm it.Good thing Danny is batting righty tonight. Hope he mashes a couple.

  19. jeffwx - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    who is the pinhead commentator with Sunshine

  20. Wendell - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Who is the idiot on with Carp?

  21. jeffwx - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    alright good swing by zimm

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Here we go again with the umps.My biased eyes had Harper safe, then the slow mo clearly showed me my bias eyes were fine, it was the umps eyes that were wrong.Speaking of which did anyone evey here MLB or Rim Rimmons comment on the play last week. i was really disappointed that no reporter followed up that I read on that, and it cost us a game, it is worth following up.

  23. phil dunton - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    With Carp is Mike Bordick.

  24. baseballswami - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    First of all — Bryce was safe. Second – Another incarnation of Cy Young on the mound. Third – I hate fox coverage.

  25. phil dunton - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Harper was safe and it was not that close.

  26. phil dunton - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    It isnot Bordick, it is Tom Verducci.

  27. Oldguy - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Courage, people. I have been in Houston since Tuesday, reading every day about the Astros' hitting woes, too many strikeouts, too many guys left on base, etc., etc. But we just got back from MinuteMaid Park. Check the box score–there is light at the end of the tunnel, folks.

  28. Wendell - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    How can Bordick not know the Nats (40 miles away) played the Yanks (same division) last week in DC? IMO Debbie would be a strong replacement.

  29. Section 222 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Tom Verducci is fine. Knowledgable and not full of himself. Does good historical stuff on MLB Network paired with Bob Costas and writes for Sports Illustrated. He did the Strasburg debut with Costas for MLB Net. Davey hasn't been afraid to move players around. Desmond is alot better as a 5 or 6 hitter than he was as our leadoff guy. I think he may make a move with Zim fairly soon.

  30. Steady Eddie - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    No, Swami, no Cy Young against us tonight. Zim hit that liner solidly and Beast was spraying hard-hit liners all over the stands foul before he smacked that single to right. Annd now as I write this, LaRoche hangs with one too.

  31. MicheleS - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    One of the finer moments for the X Man.. 2 rbi's

  32. NatsLady - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Papelbon just blew another save.

  33. jeffwx - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Nice to have Zimm at 3b instead of the mere mortals that other teams have for D.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Oriole's fielding is real poor. Than you.Now EJax needs to have a second inning like the first.

  35. baseballswami - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Verducci is a national baseball guy, not a Nationals baseball guy. Could very easily have gotten the location of the Nats/Yanks series wrong with all 30 teams to cover. Glad to see that tonight's Cy Young is maybe his cousin Clyde Young. Orioles defense helped us last night, let's take the gift tonight and make something of it.

  36. NatsLady - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    And Thome (HR) wins it again for the Fils, for so Papelbon vultures another win.

  37. jeffwx - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    No Davey is not afraid, just slow to make changes with his starting position players and lineups. He gives his players every opportunity to hang themselves. It works for him. Harper !!!

  38. RickH - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    EJAX! Not bad so far.

  39. baseballswami - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    I was a bit puzzled by the EJax acquisition, but I have to say that this guy has grown on me. We have Stras and Gio that have a tendency to flame out early in games because no one can hit their stuff. Then JZim and EJax come in and bulldog their way through. We figure out that fifth spot – Detweiler throws fire again – and this will be awesome to watch the rest of the season.

  40. Tim - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    I don't think there's any way the Rays nor the Orioles win the AL East because of their hands of stone.

  41. NatsLady - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    So far, so good.Terry Byrom ‏@hbgsensradioRyan Perry delivers three scoreless innings. He hits 94 mph on the in-stadium radar gun. Sens and 'Cats scoreless into the 4th.

  42. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    the nats need another bat of goodness.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Ejax a good second inning.We are now 1 for 4 RISP. Eck needs to work on more contact, we swing and miss at way too many pitches. I believe they must do it more than the league average though I have no proof.

  44. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Wow – more good news from the minors. Speaking of the minors – apparently DeRosa will be back quickly – why are we rushing everyone back and then they are o-fer the universe? They have more time to rehab and I wish they would take advantage of it. And as for OPACY? It's a little hazardous around the infield right now.

  45. rogieshan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    If I were an opposing pitcher, I would not give Harper anything near the strike zone until I know the guy behind him can hit.

  46. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Swami — Rizzo's explanation for signing EJax was clear and reasonable at the time — Stras' innings deficit, which meant not only the obvious September shutdown, but also Davey's appropriate tendency to use him sparingly in the late innings of his starts. So he needed not only a potential 3d playoff starter but a guy who would not wear out the pen in his starts.Boy is he doing both and dealing tonight! I've never seen him mix in so many breaking balls effectively. Good game plan so far. But Ron's walk Nick.

  47. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    This is sort of cool.Tim Kurkjian ‏@Kurkjian_ESPNStarting pitchers today/tonight include Johnson, Jackson, Lincoln and Kennedy.

  48. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    That's DON'T walk Nick. And he didn't.I love that line from Hammel — "playing in Colorado is like playing on the moon."

  49. rogieshan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    He doesn't hit much anymore, but Nick Johnson still knows how to make a pitcher work. He was always one of my faves.

  50. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    And somebody must be pitchin for Cleveland and in the Bush league.

  51. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    The Bat of Goodness!!!

  52. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    ALR… sweet.

  53. RickH - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    ALR!!!

  54. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    I was just thinking, "wouldn't it be nice if that second inning single was the first step towards Adam being back?"

  55. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    what…Lincoln just struk out Douglassand why doesn't Tyler play everyday…certainly he is a better choice than Ankiel/Bernadina/Nady

  56. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Chen must be getting wild if he's walking Nady on four pitches, none of them close. Which means we'd better get more runs on him before we get into that tough pen. C'mon Jesus!

  57. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    OK, now Danny, here's your RH chance! Just do it!

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    1 for 6 Risp. LaRoche's ball carried more than I thought. Espi reaching to hit a ball. if you have to reach like that you are either to far from the plate or swinging at a ball outside. Neither is good. that looked like a typiceal left handed swing.

  59. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    I agree that Ryan is part of Bryce's problem. When – when, not if, Ryan starts hitting then Bryce will get better pitches. Why bother right now?

  60. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    ball seems to be carrying to RC….

  61. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Iur batting with RISP going into tonight 13th in the league .223 last Saturday it was .224. 2 weeks ago .221.League leaders is .289 (that's what we should be hitting with RISP)

  62. NatsFanJim - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Somebody just has to light a fire under this team to get them hitting. Maybe a little less esteem building and more old-fashioned 'Hey, stop whining and get this done" attitude.Whatever Eck and co. have been doing thus far just isnt working.

  63. NatsFanJim - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    You just gotta love Jackson — one of the grittiest pitchers and battlers I've ever seen. Can't understand fans who didnt understand why his acquisition was reason to cheer.

  64. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Good to know we are up 3-0.

  65. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Me likey this start. All year, if EJax can start with a couple of clean innings, he gets real tough when he gets into a rhythm. Saw it against the Reds in the first home series, and tonight.

  66. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    At least that was a decent at bat for RZ

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Morse starting to come around. At least Zim hit it sharp.Ehax looking good. Keep it up.

  68. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    MIcheleS – thinking the same thing about Ryan – fouled off a lot and hit the ball hard. Morse and LaRoche with hits tonight!

  69. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Swami.. exactly.. at least 2 of the 3 are hitting.

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I found this stat and it was shocking. On balls in play on first pitches, the nats are .330 average almost .090 more than their regular average. Had no cluse

  71. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Manassas, league average is .320 so not that strange. Pitchers throw first pitch strikes. Problem is RZ is like .136 on first pitches.

  72. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    You have to love EJax. Loses the perfecto and the no-no, still gets 'em out. That's a pro.

  73. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    I hate submarine/side arm throwers.

  74. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Well, that was really two hits–no doubt they'll revisit that E-5–but the O's official scorer is probably just so used to calling errors, it's become a custom. And the next best thing to hitting the ball to their infielders is getting into their bullpen. Let's go get 'em.

  75. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Awww.. Sofa, I love the new avatar.

  76. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    So Nady goes when DeRosa returns? Tyler Moore has earned the right to stay.Bernie, Ankiel? Gotta be Nady.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Ejax fought hard in the 5th, too bad our hitters didn't give him more rest. Bwetween Desmond swinging at the first and it was one O'Day's typical pitches, and nady just topping for a double play, not enough rest. Tyler the youngster had the best at bat easily that inning.

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    with 0-1 count they are 14tr in the league at .274

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Damn Yankees couldn't do anything much since they swept us, losing 3 of 4 and now losing 3-0 tonight. Makes you wonder what they heck was the problem last weekend. (besides Tim Timmons)

  80. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Sofa, LOL.the O's official scorer is probably just so used to calling errors, it's become a custom.

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Harper off the schnide now.Ejax doing well through 6,Nats with 0-2 count are .116 13th in the league

  82. Wendell - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Just as I was warming to Verducci – who seems to make intelligent and insightful comments on the game in play – he talks about Jason Heyward making a fielding mistake on Harper in "interleague play". I get that you can't follow 30 teams closely. But . . .

  83. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Yanks just tied it up in NY.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    with a 1-1 count .289 16th in the league looks lime medium is .325.

  85. phil dunton - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Theh "Face of the Franchise" is now batting .218.

  86. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I heard that interleague play comment too. carpenter being a good teammate has nbot thrown him under the bus either time.

  87. phil dunton - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Another possibility when Derosa is activated–Zim fesses up and goes on the DL. I would rather see Nady at bat than the present day Zim.

  88. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    And the Orioles are off the schneid as well.

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    that sure fell apart quick. 2 cheap singles and tieing runs are on. Iwas texting to take him out after the first hit, but too loyal as usual.

  90. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    OK, so, since "schneid" is short for schneider, Yiddish for tailor, would the English translation be "off the tail"?

  91. phil dunton - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Paulino kills the Nats.

  92. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Desi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Wow, nothing Betamit could do there, he was just leaning the wrong way at exactly the wrong time.

  94. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Neutrino kills the Pats.

  95. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Ian desmond has to be in contention for the all star team, his hitting stats are solid and his fielding has been a mass majority of the season.

  96. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Video killed the radio star.

  97. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… I heard that interleague play comment too. carpenter being a good teammate has not thrown him under the bus either time.Probably because Sunshine's too dim to realize it was a mistake.

  98. ehay2k - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Natslady, there was a fish fry once again in Miami. :-) Just catching the game now,have not read the thread yet. Ejax seems to have,pitched well once again.

  99. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Manassas — Desi's most impressive hittiing is his tw-out RBIs.

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    I see a bunch of lousy swings in the top of the 8th. lets hold them please in the bottom of the 8th.

  101. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    ehay2k, yup, noticed that. Also Ozzie's comments on "no problem" with his players' psyches.

  102. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Manassas – no fear, it's Sean on the bump.

  103. ehay2k - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Natslady, Ozzie probably thought they asked about the players' cycles.

  104. Jim Webster - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Fie on Fox and MLBTV… game is blacked out in Omaha even though Fox is carrying NYY-NYM game here. Thankful though that Charlie and Dave have been keeping us entertained. Was beginning to harbor thoughts of a no-no for EJax. Now the bullpen needs to do its job.

  105. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Manassas, I loved Ozzie's comment to the effect "Players slump and they get a shrink; managers go bad and the team gets a new manager."

  106. Tim - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    There will be no position players from the Nats going to the All-Game Game. Stras, Gio, and that's probably it. Sure, we think others should go, but they probably won't.

  107. Tim - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    All-Star Game duh

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    brian Roberts at bat was just like we want our batters to bat, with 2 strikes foul it til you get one you like. We swing and miss more at 2 strikes counts than we foul the ball for sure.

  109. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Tim, had hope for ALR with the hot spring but it ain't happening. LaRussa likes Desi, though.

  110. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Look at that DP, didn't think he was getting it, but he did. Love me some Desi!

  111. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Like I said, no fear with Sean on the bump. And now we get Mr. Clip next.

  112. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Sure looked like Hardy struck out, but the ball call allowed him to hit into the inning ending double play.

  113. ehay2k - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    JFlo is due for a homer.

  114. ehay2k - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Perhaps tomorrow he will get one!

  115. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    1 for 8 RISP. The one a gift from the 3Bman. Someone needs to take the lead here and make the hitters own up to their resposnbilities.

  116. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Someone needs to take the lead here and make the hitters own up to their resposnbilities. The "accountability" thing again. What do you expect someone to do, beat them with rubber hoses until they start hitting? This is who they are. They aren't good hitters, mostly. That's all there is. They are trying. You can't play this game better by trying harder, you have to relax. It's hard to relax when you're 0-for-June.

  117. ehay2k - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Agreed – you either have to relax so you can try harder, or try harder so you can relax. Catch 44. :-P

  118. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO! Yup another win for the Nats!!! #41

  119. Steady Eddie - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    It's your avatar, Nats Lady — fear the goggles!

  120. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    WoooooooooooooooooooooooooooHoooooooooooooooooooooooooooTM Michele

  121. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Burnett and clippard have been great the last 6 weeks. When Storen comes back and is ready to close, I would go to the A and B team with burnett and clippard one night and Stammen and Storen the other, as we are in these kind of games every night.

  122. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Yup. And y'know, Desi and RZ didn't get on base. But boy, they sure kept the O's OFF the bases. I'll take it.

  123. ehay2k - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Desi and Espi turn double plays like they are winding a clock!Last night, we had our chances but didn't convert them. That's baseball, especially when poor Zimnn is pitching.OK, let's get them tomorrow.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    For the most part they are swinging harder than they need to. Swinging harder isn't neccesaruly better. I am for relazing and swinging for contact, not for homers. they always look like they all want a homer. I guess that is my complaint. Swing smoothly.

  125. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    They do seem to be trying to hit six-run homers far too often, when a gort to the opposite field would do just fine, thanks.

  126. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    *gork. That should read "gork".

  127. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    But Klatuu barada nikto, just in case.

  128. m20832 - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    No wonder Brian Roberts is so hard to get out…he's a midget! Not that there's anything wrong with that!

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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 82 18.0
Through Thursday's early games
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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