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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

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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!!




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