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Game 77: Nats at Braves

Jul 1, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats face the Braves one more time at overheated Turner Field.

ATLANTA — The good news: It's a bit cooler today in Atlanta than it was yesterday when the city's all-time record high temperature of 106 degrees was set. The bad news: "Cooler" in this case is a whopping five degrees. It's still expected to be 101 degrees when Tim Hudson takes the mound at 1:35 p.m.

Like Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez has been preparing for this for several days, knowing what the conditions were going to be like here. The Miami native hopes to fare better than his San Diegan teammate did.

By the time this game begins, Strasburg, Gonzalez, Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Tyler Clippard will know whether they've been named to this year's All-Star team. It should be a cool scene inside the clubhouse as multiple players learn their fates. Check back for a full report on that, and please check back for game updates throughout…

Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 50,
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 101 degrees, Wind 3 mph out to RF

2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

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224 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. rogieshan - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Faraz: "I did see Ank's second at bat against Hudson. I don't think anything was in a strikezone on that strikeout."Ditto Espinosa.

  2. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM


  3. MicheleS - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    As Mark says..Cortizone shots for everyone!!!

  4. Drew - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Take that, pretender Panda.

  5. JaneB - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Thank you Ryan! What a great day for him.

  6. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM


  7. NatsLady - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Oh, another run. No Clip today. :) :(

  8. MicheleS - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Hmm According to Heyman, Phillies have put Hamels on the Market. And they traded Qualls to the Yankees..can you say White Flag??

  9. Swift Eagle - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Does Davey get some credit now for making the right moves to get some extra runs???…

  10. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Is it me or does FP get fired up more often than a beachside grill on July 4 weekend? Not that there's anything wrong with it. ;-)

  11. JaneB - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    So who do they put out? Mattheus? I will miss Clip, but I guess it's a good thing to have a bigger lead. Thank goodness no HRod out there to scare us.

  12. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    He ought to, Swift Eagle. Turnabout being fair play and all that.

  13. Will - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Davey is a great offensive manager. I don't think anyone here could rightly say otherwise. I gripe about the handling of pitchers.

  14. NatsLady - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Ok, yes we do get Clip. Good for Davey.

  15. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Save, heck. Going for a team curly W. :-)

  16. NatsLady - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Clip need the work, I guess. Has only pitched one inning in, what, the last week?

  17. MicheleS - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM


  18. NatsLady - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Great win!! .500 road trip and it wasn't easy! Love dem Nats.

  19. JaneB - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    What a happy day for the Nats! And for Nats fans everywhere!Now they come home. Guess there's plenty of electricity in the club house.

  20. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    YES!! Atta way, NATS!!

  21. Swift Eagle - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Very nice, another sign of a tough team..these guys are fun to cheer for

  22. Soul Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Seconded, Swift.

  23. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    "WOOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"(Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).Now, let's shrink those Giants down to size and beat up that overrated bum, Lincecum (Get a haircut).GYFNG!!!

  24. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I don't know, Sunshine. Hair comments and wolf-whistles didn't work out so well for Phoolies Phans in 2010. That said, hope that Timmy might lose his mojo for a start. Hey, it could happen.




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