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Game 106: Marlins at Nats

Aug 4, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez goes up against Josh Johnson the nightcap of today's doublheader.

And we're back for the nightcap. Following a 7-4 victory in Game 1, the Nationals look to pull off a doubleheader sweep and improve to 22 games over .500 for the first time since the franchise arrived in D.C.

Bryce Harper and Michael Morse, who sat out the first game, are back in there for the nightcap. Jayson Werth, who reached base four times in the opener, will sit this one out to rest his healing wrist.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start, and after Davey Johnson had to use four relievers to close out the first game, the Nats could certainly use an effective and deep outing from the left-hander.

Plenty more updates to come from the ballpark, so please keep checking back…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (Game 2)
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 90 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (63-42)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    As Ernie Banks would say, "Let's play two!!"As I would say, "Let's win two!!"GYFNG!!And,GYFNG!!

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    This is the best I've seen Gio throw this year.

  3. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    WAYYYYYYYYYYY off-topic, but suitably weird:Brothers Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both hit career homer No. 100 on Friday night, just about an hour apart and in different leagues.

  4. MicheleS - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    They are starting the wave in my section. UGH

  5. slidell2 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Gio's all fired up waiting for his pal Suzuki to get here. Amanda has a post about it.

  6. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Five Marlins hits in a row.Didn't see that coming.

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Six straight hits. Somebody drug-test the Marlins.

  8. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    I wish Cat had visited Gio after the bases were first loaded

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Gio goes 3 balls to the pitcher. That changed everything.

  10. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    we should be able to score some runs once Johnson is out

  11. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    if we keep it 3-1 we have a good shot of scoring some runs

  12. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Hey Ghost…..so what's your take on the Suzuki addition?

  13. djinFl. - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Johnson is only at 74 pitches. He will not be leaving until we knock him out.

  14. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    well i prefer a Honda myself, lol

  15. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    djinfl….as FP said, if Johnson had pitched like this a week ago he would have been traded to a contender

  16. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Gio could probably go 8 tonight, what do you all think? save bull pen?

  17. Nats212 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Mick i can see 9 The way he is pitching!

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    9 outs left. The Nats need to treat everyone of them like they're gold. Let's score some friggin runs!

  19. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    what the heck was that?

  20. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    johnson is on

  21. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Gio only at 84 pitches

  22. mick - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    thinking… Werth coming back is huge and I think that is just what this young team needed… going to be interesting with new catcher. man I wish Desi could come back!

  23. Exposremains - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Everytime I look it seems like the Braves are playing a bad team. It also seems like only the Nats can beat them.

  24. rogieshan - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Danny K. Espinosa. Jekyll and Hyde.

  25. peric - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Looks like they handled the catching situation and went for defense over offense … plus Zach Walters apparently is the solution to providing depth for Espinosa and Lombardozzi. Sophmore year jinx for Espinosa … hopefully that's what it is.

  26. peric - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    They have to find a way to win games against these teams that have raised the white flag especially in their division.

  27. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Lombardozzi looked totally incompetent during that at bat.

  28. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Have I mentioned lately I cannot stand Emilio Bonifacio?

  29. rogieshan - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Yes, Josh Johnson is pitching a gem. However, it would be nice to see some of the players – particularly the struggling ones – come up with ways to manufacture a run or two when the dealing is tough and not give away at-bats so easily. I'm still hoping for some small ball from Davey Johnson. Can't win in October just by swinging for the fences.

  30. ExposedinDC - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Nationals bullpen today…..scary ….not in a good way

  31. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Most of the time, I hate to see players get hurt…Most of the time.

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