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Game 104: Phillies at Nats

Aug 2, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game.

The last time Jayson Werth played for the Nationals, the Phillies were in town and Cole Hamels was on the mound for a nationally televised series finale between the NL East rivals. So there is plenty of symmetry to Werth's return from a broken wrist tonight, with the Phillies again in town, Hamels on the mound and MLB Network televising the game across the country (though not in the D.C. market, per league restrictions).

Werth, out since May 6, will start in center field and bat sixth, though both positions could change from day to day. Davey Johnson said he plans to swap Werth and Bryce Harper between center and right fields, keeping both players fresh. He also suggested he might hit Werth in the leadoff spot at times.

Ryan Zimmerman also returns to the Nationals lineup for the first time in this series, though he came off the bench with a pinch-hit last night. They're still missing Ian Desmond, but as Johnson described it, "this is the closest we've been in a long time" to fielding their entire regular lineup.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back often…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Partly cloudy, 87 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (61-42)
SS Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

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101 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. phil dunton - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Seven and one half seasons and the Nationals still don't have a decent leadoff hitter. That is truly unbelievable!

  2. SpingfieldNatsFan1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Nats need a win tonight…GO NATS!!!!!!

  3. natsfan1a - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Agreed, SpringfieldNatsFan. Go, Det! Go, NATS!! Go, Harp! (New School vs. Old School: The Sequel.) Welcome back, Jayson! (I'll be watching on tv so maybe y'all at the game who are so inclined can give him a nice, loud welcome back for me.)

  4. peric - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Seven and one half seasons and the Nationals still don't have a decent leadoff hitter. That is truly unbelievable!How many teams really do? One was so effective for the Phillies they traded the guy to LA. And will Atlanta re-up Bourn? Too many here over value the lead off spot. It ain't worth a fiddler's damn if the heart of the order isn't hitting. Then they get to see the nasty stuff right up front. You just need guys who know how to take a walk in front of the run producers. Werth knows how to take a walk. Lombardozzi knows how to take a walk. Anthony Rendon when he arrives knows how to take a walk. And at the beginning of the season Harper did as well. And he has good enough speed to lead off. As does Bernadina, As does Corey Brown. As does Eury Perez. But do they know how to take walks? The Nats got to the best record in baseball nigh onto August 1st without a designated lead-off hitter.

  5. Old Wino - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Thanks Phil, I was about to say Go Nats! But now I'm depressed. I guess I'll just go eat worms, and watch the Olympics.Not!:)

  6. Mr. Doggett - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    This is so freaking exciting. I hope we trounce the phils tonight and Werth goes 3-4. He deserves to have a good comeback after the way he went out with the injury and the philly fans cheering. Plus Ross has been hot lately….GYFNG!!!!

  7. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    GYFNG!!! It's WerthDay!

  8. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Yeah, I guess the sabermetricians were right. Who leads off just doesn't make that much difference. Guys in the lineup either hit or they don't.

  9. Mr. Doggett - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Holy mother of God. Peric's positivity is lifting the comments section of the blog and eradicating the naysayers. Somebody pinch me!

  10. djinFl. - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Way to lead off the night with a negative comment Phil. I know we are only in first place, which none of us foresaw, so lets start complaining about a horrible situation. Geesh, just try and enjoy one game.

  11. natsfan1a - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Just goes to show that we need a new leadoff commenter. ;-)

  12. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Yep, peric very mellow today, even said something nice about Werth. :)

  13. natsfan1a - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    btw, was Michael Martinez (Phillies CF) formerly of the Potomac Nationals?

  14. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Good one, 1A!

  15. JD - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    NL, I don't think the sabermetricians totally discount the importance of the leadoff spot; they just take issue with the old definition of the leadoff hitter as someone who is fast and steals bases. The key is as Peric says to get on base and leadoff is important because you have more plate appearances than anyone else.

  16. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Just heard Ray.. "don't know what's up with Henry's back, but It's great to have Jayson back."Even Ray knew Henry was going down.

  17. natsfan1a - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Thanks, NatsLady.After some googling, looks like it's the same guy. Was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft a few years ago. I probably read about that at the time, but didn't recall it today. (What day is it, again?)natsfan1a said… btw, was Michael Martinez (Phillies CF) formerly of the Potomac Nationals? August 02, 2012 6:28 PM

  18. baseballswami - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I think Lombo has done a very decent job. He can slap the ball, has a tiny bit of pop and sees lots of pitches. Hit batting average will never show you how many pitches he fouls off during his at bats. He has a very steady approach at the plate, switch hits and is fast. Nice little player. I would rather he lead off than Danny , who tends to swing at the first pitch – took over for Ankiel. I am very excited about this line up. Still think the team has been in a little bit of a let- down kind of funk. I hope it's over sooner rather than later. Maybe they can get fired up to face Hamels.

  19. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    NatsJack. Sent you a tweet.

  20. djinFl. - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    FP's comments on the dj getting tossed from the game last night ought to be priceless. He has been urgong 'Third Eye Blind ' to wear umps outfits for their concert.

  21. phil dunton - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Lombardozzi has an OBP of .310. Espinosa's is lower.

  22. baseballswami - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I actually think I saw a team stat that showed number of pitches seen in each at bat and Lombo was second only to ALR. That's a good skill in a lead off guy. Again – might not show as a hit, or walk, but useful to the guys behind him and to him later in the game.

  23. peric - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:45 PM

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  24. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    MicheleS…haven't gotten it yet.

  25. peric - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Werth is in the wrong spot in the lineup to take advantage of his OBP skills.

  26. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    NJ.. Try looking at the section @Connect on your timeline

  27. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    No. I got it. Gorzo must have been #10 because they only listed the top 9.

  28. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I hope Colbert stinks it up tonight.. that would just be the best thing.

  29. JaneB - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    GYFNG,

  30. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    It is hard to believe that Ryan is playing tonight. That seems highly risky to me given the current state of his health. I am not sure why they are rushing him back given the grave state of his health….

  31. baseballswami - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    I hope Cole is really good but the Nats hitters are better!

  32. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    A Question to the STH's:Any suggestions, comments, advice for Picnic in the Park? Is it possible to get autographs – or are the lines to long? How are the panel discussions

  33. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Not going to the picnic. If someone wants my ticket you can meet me tomorrow at the game and I'll give it to you. Checked with my rep, he said the ticket is transferrable.

  34. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    McCutch won player of the month, Ryan second, per Charlie. Can't argue with that, McCutch is better than Pujols and Hamilton put together (see Hardball Talk).

  35. Section 222 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Good evening everyone. I have two passes for Saturday's Picnic in the Park that will otherwise go unused, if anyone would like them. You need to have tickets to Saturday's game to get in. The Picnic starts at 1:30 pm. It's great fun for kids — autographs, pictures, and you can go down on the field and in the dugout.If you'd like them email me at Section314not222@gmail.com and we'll figure out a way to get them to you.

  36. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Radio and gameday only. Harper "gunned" down a guy at home according to Fils' announcers…

  37. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    For some reason I'm not getting Charlie and Dave on Gameday…only the Fillies (and their ads).

  38. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    A BOMB From ADAM!!!

  39. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    ALR 5 for 20 off Colbert, 3 of the 5 are HR's. Nice.

  40. Gonat - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    The MASN double jinx, Carpenter was just hooting about how Lombo rarely stikes out and MASN sent their stupid text message.

  41. Swift Eagle - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM

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  42. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Detwiler not a good bunter. Fillies announcers said low strikes are the easiest to bunt. Then he strikes out.

  43. NatsLady - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Some Espy love from the announcers, but remarked on his K's. So, he K's.

  44. baseballswami - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Yes, nats lady – Harper gunned the guy down – but their third base coach was doing his very best Bo Porter imitation at the time. nats put a lot of pressure on Hamels this last inning – saw lots pitches, fouled them off, hr by ALR, hit by Werth. Don't be too hard on Det with that bunt. At least one of those pitches was clearly a ball.Espi with the K, of kourse. Danny – get back on track, you are killing us.

  45. baseballswami - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Gonat – pitch that lombo k'd on was also clearly a ball. Did you hear what they said about Lombo? Makes contact over 80 percent of the time. At that point he had only 29 k's in almost 300 at bats. That's why I would rather see him lead off than Danny.

  46. Swift Eagle - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    What the heck is Utley doing on that throw?? Just weird

  47. Swift Eagle - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    The Braves are really starting to get annoying! It's time for them to cool off already, they aren't that good!

  48. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    The Phillies defense.. just wow…

  49. Swift Eagle - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    And again, ALR makes it look easy..He is one of those guys you can only really appreciate when you watch him every day. He's better than his stats…

  50. Nats212 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Amazing how every time The nats are dominating this blog goes quiet!

  51. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Good to see Det pitching so well. Keep it going….

  52. Section 222 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    MicheleS, on the Picnic — I'm not much of a photo or autograph guy, but the lines did seem pretty long, depending on the player. (Zim doesn't sign autographs by the way.) The panels are fun, and I think Rizzo had a Q&A one year. And going on the field to the dugout and the bullpen is cool too. In past years, there was free food, but I'm not sure if they are doing that this year. To tell the truth, again because I don't care much about autographs or photos with players, I wouldn't make a big effort to go again unless I were taking along a young fan. But if you've never gone, it's worth doing once. Makes for a long day though, since you'll be staying for the game.

  53. A DC Wonk - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Nats212. I thinks what's happened is that the gloom and doom guys have poisoned the well so bad that a number of real fans don't participate in game threads anymore :-(.

  54. Drew - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Stephen Strasburg — 3.12 ERARoss Detwiler — 3.05 ERADiscuss.

  55. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Wow. Bo Porter is on some kind of cold streak.I'm glad this guy isn't landing planes for a living.

  56. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Ross – 77 pitches through 6. Fewest beers (3) I've ever drank in a Detweiler outing (so far).

  57. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Drew. Mark had a really good stat the other day about JZ (last year) and Stras' pre/post All star break ERA's. Very enlightening and just proved that Stras needs to be shut down at some point.OOF.. Adam.. dude you don't have the speed to try that..

  58. Candide - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    WTF is wrong with Porter? Morse was out by ten feet the other day, LaRoche today.

  59. Nats212 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Wonk, if that is true, it is a Shame, gama threads used To be really fun!Sunshine, u made me laugh my heart out!

  60. Candide - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Dang… did they stick Zimmermann in Detwiler's uniform?

  61. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Win, lose or draw — big batch of choc. chip cookies for Det tonight. He really looked like a pitcher tonight. Seemed to have a plan, stuck with it, threw strikes. If he's our No. 5 guy…pretty freakin' bueno.

  62. NatsLady - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Haven't seen Navy Nats in a while. Wonder if he's on assignment somewhere or just "lurking."

  63. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    88 pitches.. Will he come out for the 8th? i hope so! Just have someone warming up….

  64. UnkyD - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Lookit Det!!! Treating the Philthies line Earl Anthony used to treat bowling pins!!! You there, at the game….. Is he even sweating? GYFNG!!!!!!

  65. A DC Wonk - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Who wouldda thunk it? Detwiler the stopper. After two team losses he comes in to throw seven shut out innings. Awesome!

  66. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Dang.. he is done. but Cookies for DET! Excellent night.Anyone think at times that McCatty is like a Den Mother with all of them? He probably fusses endlessly over them. And then just laughes his head off when they have nights like this.

  67. Candide - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    MicheleS said…Anyone think at times that McCatty is like a Den Mother with all of them?"Den motherly" is probably the last image that comes to mind for me when thinking about McCatty.

  68. Section 222 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    I don't want to get a reputation for standing up for Bo no matter what, and I definitely think he made a mistake sending E-Jax last night, but with the pitcher coming up, it wasn't a bad decision to send ALR. He knew Det would bat for himself, so why not take a shot and hope for a bad throw?Would that foul pop really have been fan interference if Wigginton hadn't caught it? I thought if the ball is in the stands the fan has as much right to the ball as the player.

  69. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    222 not crushing Bo, but Adam should have stopped.. he is not exactly umm.. fast..

  70. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    That throw from lombo.. sweet…

  71. Swift Eagle - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    And the pick from ALR, Again…

  72. #4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Adam can't really stop. Once the 3rd base coach sends him, the decision is made. As much as I criticize Bo's decisions, I'm sort of with 222 on this one. If Det was in fact going to hit, it was worth a shot.

  73. mick - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    UnkyD said…Lookit Det!!! Treating the Philthies line Earl Anthony used to treat bowling pins!!! You there, at the game….. Is he even sweating? showing your age dude, lol

  74. mick - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Lombo is a player

  75. #4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Schwimmer's a local kid from St. Stephen's/St Agnes in Alexandria – alma mater of Tom Boswell also.

  76. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    #4.. i get that he couldn't stop, just find it mildly amusing seeing him trying to be fleet of foot.

  77. #4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Agreed, Michelle.

  78. #4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Sorry..Michele.

  79. Section 222 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Heck of a throw by Lombo. I didn't think he had that play in him.

  80. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    #4.. no worries.

  81. Swift Eagle - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    They go on and on, in excruciating detail, post after post after post, about all the things the Nats are doing wrong….But all it takes to make the Legion of Doom disappear is 8 shut out innings….

  82. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    I didn't know Leon could bat lefty. How rare are switch hitting catchers?

  83. #4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Pretty rare – Ted Simmons comes to mind.

  84. mick - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    #4 my oldest played against him in HS, they never beat him

  85. mick - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM

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  86. mick - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    #4, when we played him, there were about 15 scouts with radar guns clocking him at about 92 93 then.

  87. #4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Michele-There have been 82 switch hitting catchers in MLB history. Recently Posada, V. Martinez, and Varitek. Other past notables – Tettleton and Wynegar.Mick – I coached against Schwimer (and probably against your son – unless he played for me). Really good pitcher.

  88. Nats212 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Dempester first gama as a ranger,7 runs in 4 I. Thinking nats are better with Det

  89. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Thanks #4!lord, Clipp does like to make things interesting

  90. MicheleS - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!That was a great K by Clipp!Kardiac Kids once again!!!

  91. Section 222 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Oh that was sweet!

  92. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    "WOOOOO-HOOOOO!!!"(Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).We are back! All is right in the world.GYFNG!!

  93. #4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    You're welcome Michele. Here's the complete list if you're interested. It's notable that there seem to be more recent guys than old-timers on this list. Just about every guy who caught at least 500 games is post-1970.http://bb_catchers.tripod.com/catchers/switch_hit.htm

  94. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Davey on Colbert: "Nice to beat that guy."My sentiments. Exactly.

  95. mick - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    #4 I am sure he played against you

  96. natsfan1a - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Ding ding ding!!A DC Wonk said… Nats212. I thinks what's happened is that the gloom and doom guys have poisoned the well so bad that a number of real fans don't participate in game threads anymore :-(. August 02, 2012 8:48 PM

  97. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:02 AM

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  98. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Let's put that another way: When there's turds floating in the punchbowl, getting punch from the other side of the bowl just doesn't work for some people.

  99. natsfan1a - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Hey, sec3. Good to "see" you on here!

  100. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Thanks, 1a. Maybe I should have gone positive, with a Yogi quote: "If people don't want to come to the [blog], how are you going to stop them?"

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
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