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Game 98: Nats at Brewers

Jul 26, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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Miller Park hosts the Nationals for a four-game, weekend series.

The Nationals took on a reeling Mets team this week and dealt them something of a death blow during a three-game sweep. Now they get to face a Brewers club that has lost six in a row and is on the verge of a complete collapse itself. Fortuitous timing on the Nats' part.

Davey Johnson will hope this recent string of stellar starting pitching (1.32 ERA over the last six games) continues tonight with Edwin Jackson, who got this run going last weekend against the Braves. He'll face a potent Milwaukee lineup that leads the NL with 116 home runs.

No changes to Johnson's lineup. He's found a combination that works, so why start tinkering now? They'll go up against right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who is having a strong month (2.13 ERA in four July starts).

I'm not at Miller Park for this season, but please keep the conversation going in my stead as always…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where: Miller Park
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (58-39)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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262 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Drew how did Jayson do?

  2. Nattering Nat - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    No doubt The Beast is well-appreciated by folks here and Nats fans generally, but I haven't seen him interviewed on MASN post-game (maybe I missed one?), highlighted by the media, etc., who focus on the pitching, Harper and Zimm, mainly. I guess I mean he's not being spotlighted, mainly due to other events, like Storen coming back, stuff like that.

  3. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    How did the previous pitcher get injured? i was running my fingers and missed it.

  4. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Greinke isn't pitching regardless…no way they risk injury 2 days before deadline. Schedule setting up nicely.

  5. slidell2 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Cruising some of the Brewers blogs . . . One of them suggested Livo would start Sunday, assuming Greinke doesn't.

  6. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Nattering, it may be that he's just getting overshadowed, rather than overlooked. Zim is lights out, the pitching staff is on a run, and there are just enough compelling story lines now that he's finally getting hot that he's just not getting the spotlight. Just a guess.

  7. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Just as long as Greinke never pitches for us.

  8. NatsLady - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    OK, Henry, just throw strikes. Just throw strikes.

  9. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    He already isn't looking good. Not confident. Oh Henry.

  10. NatsLady - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    ouch! Oh, Henry.

  11. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Ooooof. Just when it was looking like he might be doing okay. He has to hold on here.

  12. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Why would he be confident? What on earth has he got to feel confident about right now? He needs to find some other kind of motivation, because confidence isn't going to show up on its own.

  13. Drew - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    JaneB:Looks like Jayson didn't play tonight for Syracuse.That's a shame — Syracuse scored 17 runs.

  14. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    My heart is breaking for him. He needs to be done though.

  15. Gonat - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    And there goes the shutout and no longer a laugher.

  16. Nats212 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Is anyone checkin up The mets kid debut? 8k's after 4

  17. NatsLady - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    OK, now you know when you can use Henry. And other team better duck.

  18. Swift Eagle - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Listening to Uecker call a HRod game…hoping for a real life "Juuuuuust a bit outside" call…

  19. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Wow…17! Seems funny that he'd be up there for a rehab stint and then not play.

  20. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Anyone here trust Rodriguez w/ a six run lead?

  21. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Scoreboard:3-0 Mets @ AZ, bottom 4

  22. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Nats212— looking like the Baby Met is what they were hoping he'd be.

  23. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Henry .. there you go again. Why .. oh why are the Nationals so patient with this guy. Let someone else take the chance with Henry; if he makes good, so what. with the two runs given up on the monster shot to the camera well in cf, henry's e.r.a. has to be near 6.00 or higher.

  24. Swift Eagle - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    That was the Brewer who did his HR trot on a foul ball yesterday I think…He didn't have to worry about fair or foul tonight

  25. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Something FP said made me think Werth was back on the road to Potomac.

  26. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    For certain, Swift.

  27. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    HRod-Baby steps!!! Baby steps!!! His stuff is so electric…no way they get rid of him now. I usually don't advocate pitchers showing emotion, but I would love to see Henry get mad out there…anything but the deer in headlights look. If you are mad, it is hard to be afraid at the same time.

  28. JaneB - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Oh! I missed that, Theo. Makes sense, thanks.

  29. Cameron - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Best record in baseball!

  30. Nattering Nat - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Leave it to Davey, and of course Oh Henry!, to liven up the back end of the game. If I were a Brewer, I'd be terrified to stand in, figuring if he doesn't know where it's going, how do I?But Davey's doing the right thing. Doubtful Henry's head can be straightened out this year, but you either deal him for something or hope that, like Hanrahan, if you hold on to him his head matures next year.

  31. slidell2 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Potomac is at Frederick this weekend. Makes it an easy commute for Jayson.

  32. BigCat - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Gosh…..all the piling on poor HRod. Ya know he is 9 for 12 in save opportunities. In 26 innings he has given up only 16 hits while fanning 29. His problem….20 walks. But the way a lot of you people pile on the guy, you would think he was walking people on purpose.

  33. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    check out the thick handle on Aoki's bat.great for linedrive slash hitting

  34. peric - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    No walks, a hit batter … and after the home run right down the middle … what would have been a wild pitch. But then he gets the come backer. Henry's working on it. Definitely, absolutely looks like a confidence problem. I hope psychologists Davey and Catty can work this out but perhaps this would be a job for Manny Acta who speaks Spanish and maybe trained in the area?

  35. Swift Eagle - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Why is it that Henry has no options left? I don't really understand the rules on that…Was he in the majors for a certain number of years with the A's?? Just wondering when his options were used if anyone knows…

  36. A DC Wonk - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    In the feel good department — even for "the other guys"1. Henderson, for Brewers, 29 years old, *finally* makes his major league debut — pitches a 1-2-3 inning against the Nats.2. Mets, 23 year old Matt Harvey makes his major league debut. He starting, and, after four innings has allowed no runs, 8 K's, 3 H, 1BB, and has two hits himself.

  37. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Manny A. speaks Spanish — that's about it.

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Key tonight was EJax having a strong 1st inning plus great defense.

  39. MicheleS - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Shark Attack!!

  40. NatsLady - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    OK, Bernie. Wonder if that will make the highlights?

  41. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Way to Stretch it out and get dirty, Bernie!!

  42. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    "If you are mad, it is hard to be afraid at the same time."I have always sort of believed that. I think it has something to do with adrenaline.

  43. Swift Eagle - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Curly W 59

  44. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Nats may have a problem — although a nice problem,If Bernadina stays in the .290's, who where does Werth play and why?

  45. MicheleS - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!.. or should I say phew.. Good Job all around tonight. Glad to see the bats at it and another excellent start by our staff.

  46. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    Swift, Henry was up and down in 2009, '10, and '11. That burned his three option years.

  47. Swift Eagle - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Thanks Sofa…I bet even Henry wishes he could go down to get things worked out…

  48. Section 222 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Great interview by E-Jax. Compliments the defense, the hitters, the bullpen. What a guy!

  49. Swift Eagle - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    This team has come so far since the night Werth was injured, he will be able to assume a role more similar to the one he had in Phila…Not as much weight on his shoulders, I think he'll play a lot better

  50. jw - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    @Swift Eagle — Henry played for the A's in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. Each player gets three option years. If any of those seasons didn't qualify as one of Henry's three options, Rizzo would have figured it out by now.

  51. NatsLady - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    The last time a Washington-based team was 20 games over .500 was 1933, when the American League Senators finished 99-53 and lost the World Series in five games to the New York Giants.

  52. NatsLady - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    So glad Jackson got the win. No runs today, 1 run on Saturday, great job!

  53. peric - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    And tied for the best record in baseball with those damned Yankees!

  54. A DC Wonk - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Is this like the eighth time EJax has gone at least seven?

  55. whatsanattau - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Similar to.

  56. baseballswami - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    Our pitching staff has got to be the best in baseball at the dish as a group. They handle themselves so well with a bat.

  57. whatsanattau - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Ejax may not be the most valuable member of the rotation, but he has certainly worth his weight in gold. … Well at least $11m.

  58. waddu eye no - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    222: Great interview by E-Jax. Compliments the defense, the hitters, the bullpen. What a guy!well, he WAS one of the hitters ;-)

  59. Schumatrix - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Awesome to get home after work and see that the Nats put on a beat-down on the Crew. Here's to hoping that can continue. What a team!

  60. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Nice win. Liked the catch by our CF against previous CF.I wanna see how we do against Fiers. We have had a nice little HR streak going on. Let's hope we put some out of Miller Park against Fiers. Reading articles about him on fangraphs and other places, it seems we should wait for his fastball which tops at 90 mph.http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2012/7/9/3146765/michael-fiers-versus-the-radar-gun-how-is-he-winning

  61. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    btw we are tied for the best record in ML. Go Nats!!!

  62. natsfan1a - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Yay! Happy game results email. Peeked at the game before going to bed and it was 7-0. My Nats, I think I'll keep them. :-)

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NEW YORK 48 54 8.5
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