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Instant analysis: NL 8, AL 0

Jul 11, 2012, 3:17 AM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg tossed a scoreless fourth inning for the National League.

Game in a nutshell: Who says the National League's lineup can't stack up to the American League's thunder? The Senior Circuit sure looked dominant in the top of the first inning tonight against perhaps the best pitcher on the planet, piling up five runs off Justin Verlander. Ryan Braun sent an RBI double off the right-field wall, then Pablo Sandoval(?!) legged out a three-run triple off the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner. A Dan Uggla RBI single capped off the five-run inning, and the NL still wasn't done. A three-run fourth off the Rangers' Matt Harrison (highlighted by Melky Cabrera's homer to left) made it 8-0 and gave the NL pitching staff plenty of cushion. Not that those guys needed any help. They mowed through the AL's fearsome lineup,Read more »

  1. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! We will see you in DC for Game 1 of the World Series! GO NATS!!!

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Comprehensive win by National League! Very happy to see the AL's fearsome lineup shutdown by NL pitchers.

  3. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    I see Mark's note on Drew Storen. Is there a rush to get him back with so little rehab?

  4. Frediemac - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Who gets demoted when Storen comes up?

  5. Frediemac - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Which one gets release/reassigned?1. Michael Gonzalez2. Tom Gorzelanny3. Henry Rodriguez4. Ryan Mattheus

  6. MurrayTheRed - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Now that we have home field in the WS, let's work on getting it throughout the Playoffs!!!

  7. peric - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Mattheus likely gets optioned as he is "optionable". Its between Storen and Matteus. If Storen doesn't pitch well he gets optioned and Mattheus comes back.Gorzelanny is the only LONG_MAN lefty in the bullpen. Burnett is now the setup guy albeit he could return to LOOGY with Storen possibly making Michael Gonzalez the odd-man out. The only way Gorzelanny goes is via trade people!! Sheesh can we count how many teams need a proven, effective, major league left-handed starter who isn't a soft-tosser like John Lannan? I still can't believe they would ever even consider starting John Lannan over Gorzelanny and Stammen. I suspect most of what Rizzo says about Lannan is marketing hype to keep Lannan's trade value high. But I guess you never know.

  8. SonnyG10 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    All in all, a good showing by our boys.

  9. NatsLady - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Was working and had a challenge at home, so only saw snippets of the game.Why did Wash leave Verlander in so long? Heard the first inning on the radio, what, there were no other pitchers available?Gio was great – saw his inning, fantastic.Stras was fine – saw part of his inning.Didn't see Harper, or his shoes. But I would guess from the comments he had some flubs. Well, as he might have noticed, MLB is harder than it looks. Glad he will be coming home where he is loved!!!Wash couldn't be bothered to put Adam Dunn in the game, or did I miss it?Saw Melky get his award, seems like a genuinely nice guy.Saw Tony LaRussa postgame, he is not long for this earth.

  10. natsfan1a - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Well, those cleats were pretty shiny. I'm just saying. Da-ang. :-)"All in all, not a shining moment for the youngest position player in All-Star history."

  11. baseballswami - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    He showed his age and inexperience, but also his awesome potential, In short, he was Bryce being Bryce, for now.

  12. Squiffy - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Stammen could also be optioned to make room for Storen, as he and Mattheus are the only ones in the bullpen with options available. I don't think that is likely since he is the righty long-man and has pitched the most innings so far out of all the relievers.Unless they come up with a DL excuse for one of the other righties, I agree with Peric that it will probably be Mattheus.

  13. Feel Wood - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I still can't believe they would ever even consider starting John Lannan over Gorzelanny and Stammen. I suspect most of what Rizzo says about Lannan is marketing hype to keep Lannan's trade value high.Lannan will get the spot starts in the Braves and Marlins doubleheaders. Good seats still available. Gorzelanny and Stammen will be sitting in the bullpen where they belong.

  14. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Natslady, I don't think anyone was ready to come in for Verlander. I mean, who would have thought he wouldn't last one inning? Not me. I just think there was no one even starting to warm up yet and they had to leave him in to finish the inning.Verlander and Harper are (undeservedly) beating themselves up today over last night's performances, you can bet on that. Gio and Stras looked pretty good. Ok, Gio was PFB.

  15. A DC Wonk - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Best news, afaik: Gio has his curveball back!So, folks, can you help me out? We want to go to a game in the next week, and would like to guesstimate who's pitching.So, do we have any idea what the rotation line up will be starting Friday?

  16. Kevin Rusch - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    "The only way Gorzelanny goes is via trade people!! Sheesh can we count how many teams need a proven, effective, major league left-handed starter who isn't a soft-tosser like John Lannan? I still can't believe they would ever even consider starting John Lannan over Gorzelanny and Stammen. "Well, the problem with that is that Gorzelanny stunk as a starter last year. Remember how bad he was after a few innings? Same with Stammen – he'd had plenty of chances to start and Lannan was always much better. They're both quite good for 1-3 innings, but after that it's not pretty.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 57 --
ATLANTA 71 64 5.5
MIAMI 65 68 10.5
NEW YORK 63 72 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 61 73 15.0
Through Friday's early games

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SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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