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Game 82: Rockies at Nationals

Jul 7, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez faces the Rockies this afternoon at Nationals Park.

Chase Hughes here once again for the second game of the Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies series at Nationals Park. Another day, another record heat index as we could see temperatures reach as high as 106 degrees in Washington. All-Star Gio Gonzalez makes his final start before the break as he looks for his 12th win of the season. Gio is 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA having earned the 'W' in each of his last three starts. His ERA at Nationals Park this season is a crisp 2.42.

The Rockies will look for two straight and a series win as manager Jim Tracy sends lefty Jeff Francis to the mound. Francis is 2-1 this season with a 5.16 ERA, but has earned the win in each of his last two outings. He has allowed two runs or less in four consecutive starts.

COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Mostly clear, 103 degrees, Wind 10 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (48-33)

2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Thanks, Chase.Go, GIO!! Go, NATS!! Stay safe and cool, everyone.

  2. NatsNutty - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Re-post for the good of all:If anyone at the game is really on fire, try the "cooling stations" around the park. My girlfriend and I sneaked into an empty cooling station at the end of the game Thursday night while we waited for the crowd to filter out. It was nice and cool, and they even have CCTV to watch the game while you're cooling off. The one we found was right outside the escalator on the second level near Section 201.

  3. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    This was originally scheduled for Pups in the Park day, wasn't it? Boy, I hope nobody does that.

  4. MicheleS - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Go GIO!! Stay Hydrated people! And I concur with NatsNutty..the cooling stations are worth it!GYFNG!!!!

  5. MicheleS - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Sofa, The Nats were putting stuff out the last 2 days not to bring the dogs and actually said that if you want to bring a human instead of a dog for the dog ticket, they would honor it. All funds are still going to the Humane Society.

  6. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    LOL Davey. NatsJack had it right (previous thread). Johnson will be watching the [All Star} game from afar. He plans to go down south for the break.“I’m going to Florida, I’m going where it’s hotter,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of golf games set up.”

  7. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I would love to see Gio's half of the innings not be long and labored today. I WOULD like to see the Nats hitters be tough outs,work counst, foul off, etc. The whole offense is better when they do that consistently. Last night they were back to making outs at the speed of light.

  8. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    NatsLady…And with a little luck, we'll have a couple at LeBistro on Park Avenue and discuss second half options.

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Against the Nats, opposition lead off walks always score.

  10. MicheleS - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Greinke got ejected in the 1st for spiking a ball. LIVO on in relief.

  11. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    LOLOLOLOL ALR, looking at the ball. Didn't believe he really got that one!!!Hmmmmmm, a little temper from Greinke. [revising opinion fast.]

  12. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Desiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I have never heard a diagnosis for Greinke, but as a teacher, he has definite signs of Aspberger's. Great guy, great pitcher, but needs just the right situation to thrive. Maybe the mid-west. Is a good idea. DESI!!!!!!!

  14. MicheleS - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Okay.. signing off.. I am actually going to someone's house who does not have Cable. UGH.. I hope my cell phone gets service.

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Is it necessary to average 6 pitches for every out?

  16. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    NatsJack- apparently it is for Stras. and Gio. Wish our hitters did that to their pitcher every st bat.

  17. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    The Nats hitters can murder pitches from cy young winners and pitchers with perfect games . Not so much with guys wearing a CR jersey.

  18. Steady Eddie - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Just caught on MLB.tv that Desi has some obliquee strain and Bourne will replace him on the ASG roster.Auugghhhh!

  19. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I know – apparently he doesn't want to risk further injury for the second half. What a sacrifice!! I am so sad — I heard Furcal is injured and Desi might have been starting!!

  20. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Desi not going to the All Star game?? Aw poo.

  21. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    What, wait? Desmond is playing today.

  22. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Ian Desmond doesn't want to play, in his first All-Star game?? That seems … counter-intuitive.

  23. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    He wants to play om tje asg very badly and has been performing each and every day for the Nats. He doesn't want to risk going on the dl – wants to be there for the Nats and so is making the sacrifice by giving up the asg for his team. Admirable.

  24. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Desi looks good to me, what is the real deal???

  25. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    we need to get some runs, Rockies are a joke, come on Nats

  26. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    g dam– Jesus, I am SICK of these DP's

  27. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    I like Jesus Flores a lot, but I think Soladono needs to play a lot more

  28. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    He obviously has been grinding it out in pain. A total team player. The Nats are his first priority. Sounds like the organization had something to do with the decision.

  29. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    I want to know why Clip is not an All Star???

  30. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    `please guys, we can not lose a series to this team, it wipes out the SF sweep if that happens

  31. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    all i know is that there is a reason the Rockies are 20 under 500

  32. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    When a Cardinal had to drop out, he was replaced by another Cardinal. And I also want to know why clip is not an all-star. Or how about Adam La Roche? I really don't like the way the whole thing is done. The fans from the huge markets vote in their popular guys, then it's the players, then fans again, then manager, then guys have to drop out. Sounds like a great big mess.

  33. Section 135 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Rally killer Flores. Really dragging. Worthless as of late. Solano needs to play more.

  34. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    swami… you nailed it and that is unfortunate

  35. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    sec 135… i just think Flores needs rest, Davey has 2 solid catchers if he uses them right

  36. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Zim and Desi, awesome play!!

  37. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    I mean Espi

  38. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    now lets get 2-3 runs now!!!!

  39. NatsNut - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Mick, his name is SOLANO.

  40. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    NatsNut, cut him a break, Mick has to type on two keyboards at the same time. It ain't easy.

  41. rogieshan - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    I'm sorry, but Bo Porter is not a very heads-up 3rd base coach.

  42. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Come on, middle of the order. This is your job. The table is set.

  43. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    But I'm a little surprised Espinosa didn't get a better read on that blooper by Harper. I thought he could score on that, off the bat, but then I wasn't watching it from underneath. And there's still nobody out. Saul Good.

  44. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Bo Porter is an excellent third-base coach.

  45. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    BTW, anybody heard the attendance yet?

  46. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Zimmmmmmm~! Line-drive base hit to center scores Danny easily, Harper to third (tho the sniper just missed him, UH-gain, rounding second–this kid runs right out of his shoes, I love it). Which is why Danny could hold at third on Harper's hit. Keep it coming, boys.

  47. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Harper-Zimm double-steal? Maybe not, Harper didn't break until the throw went into center. Still, the Nats steal a run on Zimmerman, of all people, getting aggressive on a wild pitch, Harper coming in when the bad throw went into short center. 3-1 Nats. Morse grounds out to short for the first out.

  48. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    like I said, let's get 2-3 runs, way to go boys!! Rockies are 20 under 500 for a reason and we saw it

  49. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    let's win this

  50. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Gio in line for 12th win and sharing NL lead for wins.

  51. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I guess I'll finish out the inning, I seem to be bringing them luck.And I do mean luck. After LaRoche walked and Desmond forced him at second, with Zimm at third, Desmond took a couple of fake starts to steal second, which got his BIL's attention enough to draw a throw. Which throw crossed from shadow to sun on the way to first baseman Michael Cuddyer, who didn't look like he saw it well at all, and it got past for an E-1, and an unearned run. Tyler Moore then smoked a line drive that didn't quite get past Jordan Pacheco at third–nice grab to end the inning, and that streak of good luck.4-1, Nats through six.

  52. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    what do you all think of HRod?? I am thinking he may have his calling middle relief, does anyone want to see him close?

  53. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    He's still young. He might get it together in a year or two, and be a total beast for years. Or not. Or he could, but get hurt. But he's not Daniel Cabrera.Yet.

  54. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    on a side note, I think if Davey wants Strasburg to be his first starter after ASB, that makes more sense since you want to put your best foot forward in sealing the deal asap.another error and another man on board for Nats. Flores at first with Nelson's error at third.

  55. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Just an academic observation on that Herrera strikeout, since it's quiet anyway. On a 2-2 count, he swung through a curve ball that was first ruled a foul tip for strike three by Mike Dimuro. Herrera said it hit the ground before it was caught, and the third base ump agreed, so no K there. BUT!! in the third-base side dugout camera view, which definitely confirmed the ball hit, it also showed that it never got near his bat, and should have been a dropped third strike ("uncaught," technically), and he should have been out on a tag or throw to first. But they never call that, since he'd have no chance to run after the appeal to first.

  56. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    *the ball hit THE GROUND.

  57. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    FS, I'm not sure Strasburg *is* their best foot to put forward. Yeah, I know, heresy.

  58. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I just noticed Harper is not wearing the paint today. And his cheek still looks pretty sore from that bat-wall thing.

  59. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Or has he just wiped it mostly off, and I'm seeing residue?

  60. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    whether bat touched the ball or not should be clear to home plate umpire based on sound?anyways how has righty espi been doing lately? any ideas?

  61. MicheleS - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    SOFA you are the best! ! Keep the play by play

  62. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Most of the time, yes, but on a breaking ball that hits the dirt, the inherent change of direction (it was a pretty good curve ball) and the sound of it hitting the ground and then the mitt, might confuse him. And I was out for most of the game, but Espinosa's last AB, right-handed, was pretty bad. Tried to bunt a pitch at his ankles, and whiffed on a curve away, fooled badly for someone with 2 strikes. Not a quick, short bat, there, just a quick, short at-bat.

  63. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Perfect feed on that double-play try. Too fast to double up Scutaro, but a nice try.

  64. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    And the Rockies get a break, maybe. Scutaro should have been called out on a steal attempt of second, bad call, but to be fair, it was sorta close.Still a bad call.

  65. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    And it's hot out there, which is where 2nd base umpire James Hoye has been standing for several hours. In the sun.And there's no harm done, really, as Burnett gets the ground ball and the K, and we go to baja ocho, still 4-1 Nats.[blushing] Thanks, Michele! Chase, you hit 'em high and I'll hit 'em low.

  66. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    28,032 paid, to answer my own question.

  67. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    … a really quiet 28,032. Clippard in to finish it, but pretty much everybody except the Rockies looks like they just want this to be over. And I'm not so sure about some of them.

  68. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    There's one leather-lunged guy who must be sitting up near the booth, yelling at the Rockies' hitter. At least I HOPE he's near the booth, cuz I can hear everything he's yelling, over the TV. Man, that gets old fast. Not much other noise there, for a fairly close 9th inning.

  69. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Had to put it on mute, some guy screaming… I wish they would shut him up.

  70. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    With one out, a ding and a seeing-eye ground ball brings pinch-hitter Jason Giambi up as the tying run.

  71. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    **DINK. a dink into center field.Called srike 3 on Giambi.

  72. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Juuuuuuuuuuust a little outside. Nats get a call.

  73. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Now the crowd is kinda sorta getting into it, clapping for Clippard ("Clapping for Clippard" — maybe a foundation?) on the 1-2 pitch…

  74. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Whew!!!!!! Great job, everybody!!!

  75. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Wow, another called strike 3 "on the black." Well, on the Blue. Thank you sir.Still, it's 105 degrees out, 3 hours plus in, and you're the tying run. #TooCloseToTake.Michele?

  76. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    WoooooooooooooHoooooooooooooTM Michele. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Void where prohibited. Talk to your doctor if you experience lassitude, prolonged negativity, or unexpected beverages.

  77. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    BRYCE is in!!!

  78. Wendell - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Bryce Harper to ASG. Replaces Stanton

  79. Wendell - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Sofa,I don't think anyone on the field wanted to contest that call. I'm surprised there wasn't a bigger strike zone throughout the game.

  80. Kurt Smith - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    The next time I go to Nationals Park I think I'll get tickets either on the club level or in the Red Porch so I can duck out of the heat somewhere and watch the game. There's a lot of concrete in that ballpark and it gets brutally hot.

  81. natsfan1a - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Three, I think. Just aim for the one in the middle, Mick. ;-)Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said… NatsNut, cut him a break, Mick has to type on two keyboards at the same time. It ain't easy. July 07, 2012 5:51 PM

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