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Game 79: Giants at Nats

Jul 4, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It's Independence Day at Nationals Park, and we've got morning baseball.

Here's something I'm not sure I've ever typed before: Good morning from the ballpark! Yes, we've got an extremely rare starting time today, with first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m. The Nats' thinking behind all this: Give fans a chance to attend the game, clear out of town and still have time for a Fourth of July cookout before heading back out for fireworks. (We'll see how that translates into tickets sold, though I suspect it would be a big crowd today regardless of the starting time.)

It'll be Edwin Jackson against Madison Bumgarner, so the Nationals counter with a right-handed-heavy lineup that includes Tyler Moore at first base and Mark DeRosa in right field.

Hope everyone enjoys a fun and safe Independence Day, whether here at the ballpark or at home with friends and family. Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 11:05 a.m. EDT
TV: MASN,, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 89 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse


217 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Bochy probably should have left Hensley in for Espi to have him bat LH. Another mistake for Bochy.

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Come on Harp, join in the fun in a big way.

  3. realdealnats - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Sofa–now I gotta go and look that up. I was just getting ready to comment now's the time for Ank to launch one of those sinkers… I guess I owe the universe of know-it-all non-posters a coke…

  4. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    So I guess Ankiel is a great hitter now, right? Where are all the haters? Hahaha. Goodness if Zim connects here, this game will officially be surreal.

  5. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Saving those runs for tomorrow? I hope…

  6. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    he did connect but went to the wrong guy.oh well, we have a nice five run lead. let's finish this off now.

  7. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Aaaaand … order is officially restored in the world. We go to the ninth.

  8. Gonat - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Sect222, better to say nothing on Ank. Davey used him today to perfection!

  9. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Mets up 1-0 on the Phils. Marlins v. Brewers later.

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Nats just won another series and against a 1st place team.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Real stirrups and Phiten red/white/blue stars & stripes tornado necklaces. Bullpen should make that part of their daily apparel.

  12. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Wooooooo HooooooooooooTM Michele

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    So impressed how the batters picked up EJax and he gets the win!

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    what's ejax era outside first inning? I am sure it is very low.anyways, great win. tomorrow their number one against our number five. should be interesting.

  15. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Everybody stay safe and well-fed tonight, and don't forget the sunblock.

  16. m20832 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    I'm surprised Lopez didn't throw any high fastballs to Ankiel. That's his weakness. But hey….too bad, the Giants loss!GYFNG!!!

  17. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Great win today. So good to come back after a bad first inning. Middle of the order is producing, and our bullpen, again, nearly flawless. Matt Cain, we're coming for you next. Woo hoo!!



ATLANTA 66 61 7.0
MIAMI 63 63 9.5
NEW YORK 60 68 13.5
Through Wednesday's games

THU: Diamondbacks at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
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