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Game 114: Nats at Diamondbacks

Aug 11, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats look for their eighth straight win tonight at Chase Field.

PHOENIX — Among the many remarkable aspects of the Nationals' season has been their ability to actually play better baseball on the road than at home. Indeed, this team has gone 38-21 away from South Capitol Street, the best record in the majors. That also includes wins in 11 of their last 12 road games and seven in a row.

So they'll look to make it eight straight (both on the road and overall) tonight in Game 2 of their series with the Diamondbacks. They will, however, face a legitimate challenge in this one, with Wade Miley on the hill. The left-hander has quietly put together a fantastic rookie season, earning an All-Star nod and putting himself perhaps in the driver's seat for NL Rookie of the Year honors.

One of Miley's chief competitors, Bryce Harper, won't face him tonight. Davey Johnson explained last night he wanted to give Tyler Moore a chance to start a game, especially against a lefty opponent. So Moore is in left field tonight, with Harper on the bench. That also bumps Michael Morse to right field and and Jayson Werth to center field, plus the leadoff spot. The last time Werth hit atop the Nats' lineup? the day before Davey Johnson took over as manager last June.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Where: Chase Field
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (70-43)
CF Jayson Werth
SS Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse

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227 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Zection 3, My Zofa - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    NatsJack, didn't they get him from Colo. after his TJ, for Joe Beimel?

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    miick…. I prefer to say the Nats are relentless.Let them chase the Nats.

  3. bluejeener - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    mick re Braves – imagine how frustrating it is for them to win and yet still have to keep looking up at Nats! I'll bet the term they use is not as nice as relentless.

  4. Zection 3, My Zofa - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    And if neither relents, you have a pennant race.

  5. mick - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    agreed Natsjack!

  6. mick - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    well said gang!

  7. MicheleS - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    It's Drew's birthday, they should bring him in.

  8. ehay2k - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    OK, everyone take it easy onSWM – he just gets worked up too easily but loves the Nats. We just gotta help him away from the dark side sometimes. (Just like we gotta help mick away from the corona side!)Now, Ejax reminds me of playing golf with a friend with a very positive outlook: He duffs his drive on a par 5, maybe 120 yards. Looks up at me, and says "Well I was planning to hit a wedge for my third shot, but that will do." Dang if he doesn't make par. Eljax just hits his wedge first sometimes. Just let him finish the hole.

  9. Zection 3, My Zofa - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Ehay, WADR, I'd say that falls under the heading of "Don't try to control what you can't control."

  10. MicheleS - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Ehay2k.. I think SWM made strong strides over the last several days. That's good in my book.Phil Dunton.. your next..

  11. Zection 3, My Zofa - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    and speaking of no control … c'mon Gonzo, get it together.

  12. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Leadoff walks, one-run game, on the road.Ladies and gentlemen, the bar is open!Barkeep, make mine a bourbon and Maalox, please.

  13. Secret wasian man - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Ehay 2'. Thank you.. I do luv them nats

  14. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Wasn't pretty, but it's done, so far!

  15. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Good analogy, Ehay. I've played par-fives exactly that way … and put down a 10!

  16. bluejeener - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    It would be oh so nice to get an insurance run right now

  17. ehay2k - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Sunshine, like you, I am a "Value Player" when it comes to golf. I like to get as many strokes in as I can for my money. The fast players are chumps!

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

    Jack, didn't get your e-mail…Get me on Facebook

  19. ehay2k - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Nice AB by Espi, give Clipp plenty of time to warm up.

  20. Swift Eagle - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Clippard back to his old routine 1-2-3 Curly W # 71 in the books…

  21. MicheleS - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!Onto tomorrow!!!

  22. Secret wasian man - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Those nats are just Relentless. Sleep well everyone.

  23. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Clip==> one happy man. That should relieve some of the shell-shock. Easy. How many pitches for three routine fly balls?

  24. Swift Eagle - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    ANother day, another W, and another night of silence from the Legion of Doom…Michele and the Nats Express may be putting them out of business…By the way, Nats are now 18-5 since that "Season is Over" loss to the Braves…

  25. MicheleS - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Swift.. 18-5.. Holy Moly!! that is just AWESOME!

  26. ehay2k - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Another series win. Down 4-1 (which is when I got home and tuned in, thank you very much) the Nats score 5 and go on to win by one run, with Clip cruising through an easy ninth, alleviating Fredi's concerns about our bullpen. He must be SO relieved (no pun intended). Barves must be trashing their hotel right about now.

  27. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    28 games over .500."WOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOO!!"What she said.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
-------------------------
PITTSBURGH 85 71 6.5 --
SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 0.5
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 5.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's early games

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WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
MON: OFF
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