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Game 100: Nats at Brewers

Jul 28, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

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Miller Park hosts Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann tonight.

Jordan Zimmermann has made 69 starts in his big-league career in 20 different ballparks, none of them at Miller Park. That makes tonight's outing particularly special for Zimmermann, who grew up a short 3-hour drive to the northwest of Milwaukee in Auburndale, Wisc.

The right-hander just barely missed out on opportunities to pitch in his home state in the past: He was scheduled to start against the Brewers in 2009 right before he learned he needed Tommy John surgery. And he missed out by only one day last season, starting in Baltimore on May 22 right in advance of a three-game series in Milwaukee.

Zimmermann, of course, will be looking to keep his streak of six-inning starts intact. He's got at least that many innings in all 20 of his starts this season, a feat bested only by Justin Verlander.

With left-hander Randy Wolf on the mound for the Brewers, Davey Johnson goes with a slightly different lineup. Danny Espinosa leads off, with Steve Lombardozzi bumped all the way down to the 8-hole. Tyler Moore, meanwhile, gets a chance to start in left field, essentially taking Roger Bernadina's spot in the lineup.

As you know, I'm not on this leg of the road trip. Enjoy the game and the ongoing conversation here…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where: Miller Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (59-40)
SS Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper Corey Brown
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse

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195 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Go JORDAN! GYFNG!

  2. NatsLady - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Must've really soured on Nyjer, not starting him against a righty. Laz Diaz at homeplate. Yuck.

  3. Doc - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Mark, your review of JZim's past history of near misses of pitching against the BrewCrew, suggests that you know this team down to a T!Who else can chronical this team as well? My guess, is no one!

  4. natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Go, J-Zimm! Hope that he's had some home cooking and will enjoy some home rooting tonight. Go, NATS BATS!!

  5. baseballswami - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Amanda Comak reporting that 5% of Jordan's hometown will be at the game. The last census listed the population at 800. Come on, JZim!!! Do it up right!!! Where else can he pitch where all the fans sound exactly like him?

  6. baseballswami - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Game 100 – really?

  7. Drew - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    A p.s. on the Edwin Jackson discussion:In addition to Meyer's rise, the Nats have to think about Matt Purke. I know his health has been iffy, but the Nats gave him a four-year major league deal worth nearly $4 million. So, he's in their plans, too.I'd love to have Edwin back for two years, but with Cain, Hamels and — perhaps — Greinke off the market, he'll be in position to seek a longer and lucrative deal.

  8. Clip&Store - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    wtf does gyfng mean?

  9. baseballswami - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Go you (freaking) Nats, go!

  10. Clip&Store - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    sweet. except i have a feeling that thats the "clean" version haha

  11. Drew - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Clip:You might also see occasional references to "hacking the Gorse" or "Gorse hackage" in relation to Michael Morse.Long story short: Sometime last year somebody, perhaps UNKYD, accidentally typed Morse as Gorse.Somehow it evolved into a riff of Scottish lore — Braveheart meets Nats Park, as in "Ay, that's fine Gorse Hackage that would make William Wallace proud."Yeah, it's weird, but now you know.

  12. baseballswami - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Couple of players I wasn't fond of us facing have left the National League – Greinke, Sanchez, Ramirez, and that was after Pujols and Fielder in the off-season. Anyone else wish to depart? Are those exits making the National League weaker? I am not sure about that – I think the National League has some exciting younger players that just might pushing those guys out a little bit. I think the AL is especially attractive to older hitters who can DH.

  13. NatsLady - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Wait, the Dodgers aren't in the NL anymore?

  14. UnkyD - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    I'll betcha 1A has the genesis of gorse hacking saved in her machine…. As I recall the phrase I tried t type was "hacking through the order", which got spellchecked into gorse….. Spellcheck is fun!!!

  15. baseballswami - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Oh – NatsLady – You are correct as usual. I was thinking that we were done with them for this year and wrote them off. Wish we could, actually. Thanks. The musical dugouts have been a big confusing.

  16. baseballswami - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Duh!

  17. Drew - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Unky:That's right! That's how we got to hacking the Gorse.(The blasted autocorrect on the iPhone has a dastardly mind of its own.)

  18. NatsLady - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    After he pitches, does JZ get to go home and meet the team on Tuesday?

  19. natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

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  21. natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I actually didn't have it saved but I did turn it up (hat tip to ask.com). Hacking the first was auto-corrected to hacking the gorse, and the rest is history. :-)http://www.natsinsider.com/2011/06/missing-zimmerman-more-than-ever.html

  22. NatsLady - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Just read this:Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday due to a stomach virus.Harper was able to take pregame batting practice and will be available to pinch hit if the Nationals badly need him. He should return to the lineup Sunday afternoon.

  23. waddu eye no - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM

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  24. NatsLady - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Apparently Hanley ran through a stop sign and scored, evading a tag attempt by Posey. Do you suppose Donny Baseball will fine him for that?

  25. natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Maybe Harper had one too many brats. :-) waddu, idk but, fwiw, I think Cat would be the one to ask about pfb. ymmv.

  26. SonnyG10 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Wow, 1a. How do you find things in the archives so fast? I would be searching for days.

  27. waddu eye no - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    clip- fyi, fwiw – ask about kook-aid. iirc, pfb. (imho).gyfng, btw.k? ttfn.

  28. CN - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Anyone know at what point a player can be scratched but still be available for that day's game? I know once the lineup cards are swapped, it's final, but that officially doesn't happen until 2 mins before first pitch. Does this swap really make it official, or is the swap more ceremonial?

  29. natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I just use a good, old-fashioned search engine, Sonny. Back in the day, I did online research using databases where one was charged by the minute, and I honed my search strategies out of necessity. :-)(lol, waddu)

  30. CN - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Nice throwbacks the guys have on tonight. Hope they make those available. I have the 1936 & 1924 throwbacks (both Zimm's numero 11).

  31. Jim Webster - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Giants DFAd Emmanuel Burris, DC native. Hitting stats this year not great but if he could improve in hometown settting he might be useful backup for middle infield if we could claim him off waivers and park him at Syracuse for a few weeks.

  32. CALSGR8 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    HARPER has a stomach virus! Brown batting second!

  33. CALSGR8 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    FP and Carp look out if place in suits!

  34. CALSGR8 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    You dont have the gray throwback from when the NATS were in Baltimore celebrating 1970 WS? 1970 Senators Replica

  35. CALSGR8 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    HARPER has a stomach virus! Brown batting second!

  36. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    OK…how long is it going to take before Cory Brown gets his first hit?

  37. Old Wino - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Mr. Brown will be fine. Are the Nats setting a record with rookies playing the game this year? It sure seems like it.

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    97mph. I would say JZim bas some hometown NatsTown adrenaline flowing!!!

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    NatsJack, 3rd AB

  40. Steady Eddie - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    NJ — it may take awhile, not for Brown to get his first hit, but to get comfortable and start doing what he's capable of doing at the plate. He's taken some time to get acclimated at each new level and don't see anything in his first few games to think it'll be any different in the Show. On the other hand he looks comfortable and even sort of polished in CF, with clean routes even to tough balls. And nice to see JZimm back in the groove again (groundout to Aoki, Ks to Gomez and Braun, for those without GameDay).

  41. UnkyD - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Thanks, 1A!! You are one PFB searcher…Boy… We were a frustrated bunch, last June, no? Does CB in DC still post? Winder what he thinks of our "culture of losing" now? Gawd, how that phrase grated!!

  42. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    So why can't this team hit friggin Randy Wolfe?

  43. Swift Eagle - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Never seen a ball hit the rosin bag before…bad luck

  44. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I am so sick and tired of not scoring runs for Jordan Zimmermann.

  45. Swift Eagle - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Those uniforms look uncomfortable, both teams…unless that's faux-flannel…

  46. Swift Eagle - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    That will work for CB Jack… Funny

  47. Free Corey Brown - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Atta boy!!!!

  48. NatsLady - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Well, there ya go!!! First hit, a home run!!! Can't ask for better than that!

  49. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    And there you go.

  50. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Welcome to The Show, Mr. Brown.

  51. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Cue the Corey Brown fan club…

  52. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Let the Roy Hobbs comparisons begin…Uniform and everything

  53. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    What was Porter thinking sending Morse home?

  54. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Oh, Bo Porter. Agressive is good, but that was not good.

  55. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Morse was trying, for a guy who's not fast, he was chugging away.

  56. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Bo owes Tyler one now. Crunch

  57. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    OK!!! Had to get to this guy sooner or later, I mean, look at his ERA…!

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    ROOKIE POWER!!!!

  59. Free Corey Brown - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    And the happiest guy in the ballpark? Bo Porter.

  60. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    1 for 13 doesn't warrant a fan club. 6 for 18 with 6 home runs does.

  61. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Syc Cheifs (Grays) 3, Milwaukee Brewers (Bears) 0

  62. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I'm sorry, they could have caught that one. Brewers not hustling.

  63. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Now JZimm's turn….

  64. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    OK….3 runs is a start. Now if Jordan can get a hit I'll be happy.

  65. Free Corey Brown - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    LOL Good one Swift Eagle

  66. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Well at least the rooks have given JZimm some run support.

  67. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Hey, he almost did get a hit. Turned on some jets, made it real close.

  68. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Wow, Ryan may be the 2nd fastest Zimmerman(n) on the team…Jordan was moving

  69. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Something wrong with my color, Jordan is BLUE!!

  70. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Is everyone else getting that bizarre color reversal on MASN? Someone messed up with a filter….

  71. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Me TOO!! Looks like Avitar

  72. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    It's Avatar baseball!!

  73. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    It's actually kind of cool

  74. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Sigourny Weaver warming up in the bullpen?

  75. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Aliens on the field!

  76. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to — The Outer Limits.

  77. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Eagle, I aun't giving you a Coke 'cause I spelled UT right! ;-)

  78. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Carp is the same though. "Jammage."

  79. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    I've always thought Blue Man Group was kinda creepy…

  80. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Won't this be something if it shows up this way on the MLB highlights?

  81. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Lol, I cant argue that Eddie!I've watched lots of sports on TV, never seen this happen before

  82. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    The "Bears" look like the Reds.

  83. Jim Webster - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    The Grays become the Blues.

  84. djinFl. - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    It is only MASNThe Mil. broadcast is fine but not my MASN.

  85. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    OK, JZ, settle down. I know you are a stranger in your own land, but, just settle down…

  86. Jim Webster - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    The Grays become the Blues.

  87. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    You know what's cool about this? All the players – white, hispanic, black, Japanese – are pretty much the same color.Finally, we have become post-racial America.

  88. Free Corey Brown - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Thank you to our friend Peter Angelos for another fine broadcast of Washington Nationals baseball.

  89. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I didn't know Boise State played baseball.

  90. waddu eye no - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    i thoght they already did the smurf thing last year.

  91. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    But the grass is still green!

  92. waddu eye no - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    i hope they don't fix it.

  93. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Speaking of "there's something wrong with my TV", the beach volleyball players appear to be wearing long sleeve shirts…what's that all about?

  94. ExposedinDC - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Smurfs vs oompa loompa's

  95. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Actually it's getting sort of nauseating unless you think of everyone as Avatar actors. I think this is not healthy for JZimm. "Minor"technical difficulties, MASN?

  96. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks DJ…Watching an entire Blue Man Group watched by 35,000 zombies playing baseball is just plain weird.

  97. waddu eye no - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    " Finally, we have become post-racial America."the best of all possible worlds

  98. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    …and now the picture craps out entirely, and sound goes to 1940s radio broadcast quality…

  99. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Hey, I'd rather see them in blue than not at all.

  100. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I want my #BLUENATS back!!!

  101. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Turtles, that was a strike… OK, Jordan, don't give it back.

  102. sjb - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Swift Eaglei, (1) the Olympic powere that be decided to let female volleyball players wear more than bikinis if they wanted (mostly so that women form Muslim or other culturally conservative countries could participate, (2) temperature as in the 60s when the game now on NBC was played.

  103. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    And nothing can help Laz Diaz's miserable umping.

  104. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Awesome pitch, and a great stretch by ALR (again), he makes that look so easy

  105. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Double play. Pitcher's best friend. Wonder if someone will tell JZ he was blue for half the inning.

  106. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    73 pitches through 4 means Jordan has 12 to 15 pitches to get to the 7th inning.

  107. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Boy, Ross Detwiler's dad sure looks like him. Wow.

  108. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Boy, Ross Det looks like a total clone of his Dad!

  109. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    NJ, yeah, McCatty in the dugout–not a happy man.

  110. Ben Chambers - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM

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  111. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Too High….I thought… Nice Ryan

  112. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    RZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still loving ya, man!

  113. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Where are those people that were covinced Zim had lost his power?

  114. waddu eye no - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    "he was blue for half the inning."you'd be too. if each planfor zimmer mankept fallin through.oy, i'm getting on my own nerves again

  115. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    That was reassuring to see. According to Boz, Zim still has 2 or 3 weeks left on his hot streak.

  116. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    That old-fashioned uni looks good on JZimm. Anyone who'd pitch with a broken jaw wired together would fit any definition of old school.

  117. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Jason Benetti ‏@jasonbenettiJayson Werth just hit a soaring double to right center to score Jeff Mandel in the 5th. Chad Tracy just singled to score Werth after. #NatsCMW–mixed results. 6 innings, 2 gopher balls, 4ER, no walks, some doubles (hard to know if they were legit w/o watching the game). 10 ground outs, plenty of strikes.

  118. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Aw, Davey is taking JZ out. GREAT JOB!!!! AGAIN!!!

  119. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    93 pitches. I would be inclined to let Jordan hit …….but now I see Davey is taking him out.

  120. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    JZimm pitch count up to 93 after 6, ERA down to 2.28!Think he'll come out for the 7th?(I'd suspect yes, but only if he accepts that Davey will take him out if he gets into any trouble.)

  121. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    So much for flipping between the Olympics and the Nats….

  122. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    So Gorzelany gets to go his customary 2 innings and give up 1 run.

  123. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Davey protecting JZ, thinking of Sept and Oct. Look at that 56 MPH. Eephus?

  124. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    I love it! Danny takes an Eephus pitch and gets a Texas leaguer.

  125. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    GIve Weeks credit, that was a very nice play.

  126. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Actually, NJ, the hopeful thing is they just showed Druuuu warming up."Although I think we could all live with the Nats giving up only one more run in this game at this point.

  127. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    The Grays uni does not flatter Storen. Not important. Just hope he is OK.

  128. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    oooooh, shook Flores off twice and then hit Weeks. Maybe should have taken Flores advice?

  129. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    I know peric wants RZ at 1B, but I so love to watch him on the hot corner.

  130. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    That bettet teach Storen to let his catcher call the shots.

  131. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Ah, RZ, beautiful! And he checks his glove, just to make sure it's there! :) :)

  132. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    2 years ago I said that Ryan would end up at 1st base biut I was talking about when he's 32 or 33.

  133. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Watching the Braves/ Phillies. Kimbrell is filthy.

  134. MicheleS - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    I need better friends. No cable or internet at their house. So i didn't see the blue team. Darn it. Just got home and I am watching now. Happy for jordan and corey.

  135. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Yes, Kimbrell is filthy. Can't believe he blew a save in that crazy game… And he shows no sign of being tired.

  136. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    This guy, Henderson, sorry to see him get Nats out, but really glad for him, ten years is a LONG time to be riding those buses. Lotta guys give up and just get jobs coaching in high school.

  137. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Yeah, NJ. So much for the ignorant who were sure the Phils were going to go on a run because they could get to the Brewers' bullpen for a series. Now two straight losses to the Barves.The good thing about that is that the Phil's won't come into Natitude Park with any head of steam.

  138. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    yeah, gameday called that pitch 'eephus' too. didn't know pitchers throw it nowadays.

  139. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    OK, Clip, just do your job. NO drama, please, I'm sleepy. :)

  140. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Nice to see Clip with good command of all three of his pitches.

  141. MicheleS - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!! 60 wins! 2008 &2009 are in the rear view mirror!!! Onward and upward!

  142. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Hey, NL, how does a 1-2-3, 9 pitch ninth look to you?

  143. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Curly W #60 is in the books…Sweet

  144. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    .600 baseball!"WOOOOOO-HOOOOOO!!"(Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).

  145. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Eddie, it looks GREAT. And the Yanks lost, so even though it's not relevant, I still like being their equal!!! If we meet them in October, boy are we a different team than in June!!!

  146. sjm308 - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    We now can take a game into the 7th inning and know we can dominate!!Storen, Burnett, ClippardEnough saidGo Nats!

  147. Major Jammage - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    A good, solid win. No mistakes, and some power from the rookies. Sweet!

  148. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    What, no Gatorade bath for Corey Brown and Kristina?

  149. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    And the good Smurfs win. I love it when that happens. :-) Maybe no bath because it's on the road, Candide.

  150. Steady Eddie - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    13-win Gio facing a AAA call up for the series win tomorrow.

  151. baseballswami - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    What a strange game with the retro unis, the blue, the sound only for a while. So happy for JZim with his posse in attendance. He was hitting 96 tonight.also happy for Corey Brown and TyMo. Hope Bryce feels better soon, though. I thought he was looking thin.

  152. Drew - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Congrats to Corey Brown! Well done, Tyler Moore.All the young dudesCarry the news …

  153. mick - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Look how our rookies step up, I love it!!!

  154. mick - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    but alas, those damn Braves win again, lol

  155. mick - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    loved the uniforms… Cool Papa Bell, etc…

  156. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Well played by the defense. JZim with another gem and he got the Win!!!Rook power!

  157. baseballswami - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    At first I thought JZim was getting the B lineup tonight. Brown and Moore take advantage of their starts. Good going. Jordan must have had plans with his group for after the game. Pretty fast game. So happy for him. Go Gio!!!!!!

  158. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Also loved that they had Mamie Peanut Johnson in the house. Listened to and met her at a Smithsonian baseball program. She was still talking smack to all the former batters. You go, Mamie! :-)

  159. mick - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    natsfan1a very very cool!!!!

  160. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Mick, yes, Braves won and the Phillies keep falling further and further out. Trade the Nats Brian Schneider for backup. One of my favorites. Trade them Cutter Dykstra.

  161. mick - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Ghost… lol

  162. mick - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    speaking of Cool Papa Bell… here is one of his infamous quotes"I remember one game I got five hits and stole five bases, but none of it was written down because they didn't bring the scorebook to the game that day."

  163. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Just say no to Brian Schneider. That ship has sailed. We're not going back there.

  164. baseballswami - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Once again a key player goes down and the rest of the team keeps it going. I miss watching Desi play, though.

  165. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    My favorite…"Cool Papa Bell was so fast, he once hit a line drive up the middle that hit him in the head sliding into 2nd base"

  166. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    I always liked the one about the light switch.

  167. Swift Eagle - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    great link,thanks

  168. mick - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    swift and natsfan1a…. lol!

  169. baseballswami - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    I usually like the historic unis. Some guys look great in them and some guys look really bad. Jordan is a throwback and so he looks good, so does TyMo. Braun looks absolutely horrible.

  170. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Regarding the search for a backup catcher: George Kottaras, recently DFA'd by the Brewers, likely will be traded to Oakland.

  171. SonnyG10 - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    I saw the smerfs play tonight also. I was watching the game and get up to go to the bathroom (water pills working). I come back and my gosh, Jordan is blue. In fact everybody is blue. I thought oh no, my tv has lost a color gun. It is very expensive and I can't afford to replace it. I switched channels and saw normal color; what a relief that was.I thought Laz Diaz umpired a good game tonight…for both sides. What a thrill to see Corey Brown get his first major league hit and it being a home run. Moore and Zims home runs were crushed also. Great game. Nice to have 60 wins.

  172. peric - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Nice to see good friends Tyler Moore and Corey Brown playing together again … there's a lot of synergy … Dan Kolko called it Syracuse south. Hopefully Corey can start hitting consistently like his friend Tyler Moore when he gets called.

  173. peric - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    I know peric wants RZ at 1B, but I so love to watch him on the hot corner.Over the last 2 years how many games have you seen him do his magic at the hot corner? Sure the guy is good but one of the big knocks against his getting that contract was his injury history … and it has only gotten worse? He was pathetic at the plate until he got the cortisone shot. Will it last the entire season?They need Zim's bat. He is absolutely their best hitter bar none. Advanced stats clearly show that he is capable of hitting at MVP caliber. Most MVP caliber hitters must stay healthy in order to achieve those levels. How many play first base? A good number. Some play a corner position of the outfield. They are there for the bats not their gloves.Bottom line: the Nats need Zimmerman in the lineup not on the DL. The one guy they can least afford to lose to the DL right now has to be Zimmerman. Yet it has happened. Davey Johnson says Rizzo is more into insurance than he is. If I'm MIke Rizzo I am going to do everything possible to ensure Ryan Zimmerman and his bat are in the lineup for the entire season. That means first base as soon as Rendon is ready to take over. If Rendon can manage to play the hot corner after surgeries on both ankles and avoid the injury bug. Sure, Davey might ask to keep LaRoche next year. He may have already made the request. But eventually I think we have to assume Zim and his great glove moves to first. And honesty, I think Zim will be better at the other corner than LaRoche.

  174. baseballswami - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Kudos to both of the Zimmermen tonight!

  175. #4 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    On the west coast and just catching up. I watched the highlights on mlb.com, and I continued to be amazed at how this team is filling in with guys. I was interested to see Davey insert Brown rather than Bernadina tonight when Byrce got sick. I wonder what his reasoning was. Was he asked in the post-game presser? Regardless it worked as most things seem to do with him this year.I also need to point out (again) just a ridiculous decision by Bo Porter tonight. A MLB base coach should NEVER get a runner thrown out by that much at home plate with less than two outs. Simply brutal.

  176. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Ricky Henderson in his prime couldn't have scored on that play, much less Morse. I like aggressive baserunning, but I detest stupid baserunning. I'm beginning to think Bo porter needs an eye exam and a pair of glasses.

  177. rabbit34 - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Question for you guys…If Zimmermann took a bunch of players out for dinner, how would the bill be payed? A credit card number, checking account number, and carrying a bunch of cash can all be stolen? I would assume they would chance a CC. Any guesses?

  178. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    What??!!??

  179. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Will be interesting to see next week how Davey aligns the bullpen now that everyone is finally healthy, knock on wood…

  180. MicheleS - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Apparantly we need chicken soup now too! Whoever noticed Bryce looking slimmer, per Kilgore's notes, he has been vomitting since Thursday. Great! And of course he says he plays today.60 is a nice number.

  181. MicheleS - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    And Liriano went to the White Sox. Apparantly Kenny Williams is all in this year.

  182. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Huh? Everybody knows that Jordan doesn't have to pay for meals in Wisconsin. ;-)Ginger ale and crackers, Michele.In other news, guess who's leading the majors in dingers? That's right, former Nat Adam Dunn. Atta way, Dunner.

  183. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    For those pour souls that actually bought in to the BS the Marlins were selling during Spring Training, Google "Jeff Passan Miami Marlins" and read his July 25th article on Yahoo. A bunch of us knew this all along.

  184. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Link for Passan story.

  185. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Thanks 1a.That article sure makes one happy to be a Nats fan.

  186. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    You're welcome, NatsJack. Thanks for the heads up on the story. That's a clown front office for sure.

  187. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    In Syracuse, Josh Johnson finished the game in left field after starting at shortstop. Are the Nats grooming another utility guy, possibly one that can actually play shortstop?And Christin Garcia got a save for the second night in a row.

  188. MicheleS - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    WOW! That story on Loria is bad. At least the Lerners are from DC and want to set this up to be a source of Civic pride. Loria is just a swindler.

  189. Laddie Blah Blah - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Oh, boy. Davey reportedly told the media that Jordan has been having soreness in his pitching shoulder just prior to his last 3 starts, and that is one reason he has been taking him out after 6, or 7, at most.He is the heart of that rotation, and they just cannot afford to lose him.

  190. Candide - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Wikipedia article about Loria says he tried to buy the Orioles, but lost to Peter Angelos. Never, ever complain about the Lerners again. Loria or Angelos… O's musta felt like Poland stuck between Hitler and Stalin.

  191. DWS - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    As a former Expos fan I know all about Loria and Samson. I think Selig should shoulder a little responsibility as well. No fan should be exposed to that BS.

  192. UnkyD - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Amen, Peric! Zim to first, as soon as Rendon is ready. And he'll have noproblem with it, because he'll see the wisdom… He want to be healthy as badly as we want him to be….

  193. Section 222 - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Passan hates Loria, and with good reason. That article is powerful. I do want to call attention to Harper the Blogger's take on the "fire sale," which he doesn't believe is a true fire sale. You can still despise Loria and his annoying son in law GM, while also recognizing that unloading Hanley, Annibal, and perhaps Johnson for top prospects might be a good baseball decision. Here's an excerpt, but I recommend his whole post, which also covers the Phillies' signing of Colbert.As for the Marlins the gamble was that the team would be good enough to compete this season. Bring in Reyes, bring in Buehrle and get yourself a pennant race. Didn't happen, so now what? The minor leagues for the Marlins is pretty bare. There was little help coming, especially in the rotation. You could keep trying to throw money at this, watching as most of your starters go over 30 and into oblivion or you could pull the rip cord now. The Marlins best players, and one of the best players in the league, is Giancarlo Stanton who is 22. He is a special player. The new plan has to work around him, because you don't know when you'll get another like him. Get as many major league ready prospects as you can and cross your fingers that they work out. That's what they've done. Eovaldi and Turner are ready for long looks in a major league rotation, Brantley might be ready to catch at the major league level next season. Get lucky and maybe these guys can help you out right away. The likely "worst case" though is that they are all major league players for as long as you have Stanton. Along with their top prospect, OF Christian Yelich, they could be the kind of cheap filler that you can then work around signing guys in 2015 or so to fill in the holes.This isn't a fire sale. This isn't a team that could compete right away. It looked more like a team looking to hover around .500 for a year or two until it crashed back down. By jumping the gun and grabbing guys that look to be part of a Stanton led team a couple years down the road, the Marlins have given themselves hope that they'll be as relevant as they wanted to be in 2012 in some year not too far down the road. And by the way, featuring Ozzie Guillen on two of three seasons of The Franchise is way more than enough. I am so tired of his schtick.

  194. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Sect 222 Hanley was a cancer there and wasn't producing. Anibal for young prospects? No brainer. Just like the Greinke trade, have to do it. The Cubs needed to trade Dempster and his wear is showing with 2 bad starts.

  195. JD - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Ghost,You are right but the entire pre season splash with FA signings and the addition of Ozzie was a typical Loria, Samson production. They finagled a new stadium on the tax payers, pretended that hey are increasing the payroll to become competitive and now they are pocketing the savings from Hanley, Anibal and more to come.Wait a year or 2 and these two con artists will cry poor again with pretend offers to move the team to Portland Oregon or Las Vegas. Those of us who lived through the end of the Expos era know their game real well. The best advice for any town or team is when you see these 2 coming hide your wallets as well as your women and children.

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