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Game 116: Nats at Giants

Aug 13, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

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AT&T Park hosts the Nationals for the next three days.

And so the Nationals are ready to open the final leg of their 10-game road trip, a big series in San Francisco against the NL West-leading Giants. They swept the earlier encounter between these two teams in D.C., but as we pointed out, the Giants are a much different team at home.

Gio Gonzalez is no stranger to AT&T Park, though, having made one start there each of the last two seasons while pitching for the Athletics. (He's 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in those games.) He'll be joined by a familiar batterymate in Kurt Suzuki, who gets his second opportunity to catch his former Oakland teammate since joining the Nationals last week.

Ryan Vogelsong, whose 2.27 ERA leads the NL (one spot ahead of Jordan Zimmermann), gets the start for San Francisco. He'll go up against the Nationals' standard lineup against right-handers, including Bryce Harper in center field, Jayson Werth in right field and Steve Lombardozzi leading off.

Unfortunately, I'm not in San Francisco for this series, but please enjoy the game and the late-night conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park
Gametime: 10:15 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 65 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (71-44)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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221 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Moore should have or at least could have gotten dirty on that ball and caught it.Moore — observe and model The Shark.

  2. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    You really have to give the Giants fan credit.Down by 12 runs in the 8th, the folks still left are cheering their lungs out for this team. Good for them.

  3. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Nats are 17-4 without Desmond. Who would have guessed that?

  4. Zection 3, My Zofa - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    TyMo is a first baseman playing right field, for (correct me if I'm wrong) the first time in is life, with a 12-run lead. Cut him some slack on that, I think.

  5. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Those Panda hats are pretty great. They have ear warmers, which are very functional in S.F. in August (or in April and October in DC. The Shark hats don't do much for me I'm afraid.

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Came to check in and thought I had the wrong thread. Whats up with all the negativity?Did Jayson Werth piss in Periculum's cereal?When will the hatred stop?

  7. Zection 3, My Zofa - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    He can't help it, Ghost. He is what he is. I believe in redemption and all, but still, some causes are lost.

  8. rogieshan - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Bernadina for the Sixth Man of the Year award!

  9. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    You really do have to give the remaining Giants fans a lot of credit. They are still cheering their team.

  10. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Ghost, just negativity from peric because he's back on his Werth and Lannan soapbox because there's literally nothing to complain about in this game. Everyone else is pretty pumped. How could you not be after 21 hits from the Nats and a 6 hitter from Gio. If anyone wants to see real negativity, relive the Instant Analysis thread after the July 20 meltdown. Now there's some gloom and doom for ya. Some classic predictions from peric, Fear and Ignorance, and NatsFanSinceStart too. Nats are 19-8 since then. Wow.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Great run that our Washington Nationals have got going here! Five and half up, Best record in MLB. Best road record. Just a terrific team. Lotsa fun!GYFNG!!!Can we hear Michelle's W-H?

  12. A DC Wonk - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    The Nats were scoreless against four different Giants' pitchers tonight. Fire Eck. ;-)

  13. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Just back from the game. Wow. Was expecting a win, but not like that. Giants fans were blown away (upset with their team's performance, but also quite impressed by the Nats). And friendly. Even while losing — badly — they were engaging and laughing about it (in the sense that sometimes you can't do anything right). Some complaints about the 1B umpire on a couple of close calls (one of which did seem suspect from our seats). Sat near some Gio fans wearing a mix of Oakland jerseys and Nats gear; they left right after Gio was pulled in the sixth. All in all, well worth the trip from Oregon. Back again tomorrow night. GYFNG!

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Looking at the highlights, seems like we were lucky in couple of at bats and then Suzuki's double just opened up the game. Good to see Danny getting some hits. Nice pitching from Gio and Gorzo, who did not give his traditional one run. :PGreat win.btw it looks like Bernie is back in Web Gem mix with his diving grab last night. But I think Davis' better.

  15. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Werth should be back in the lineup if he is 100% only. We do have capable replacement players in Bernie and Moore for now.

  16. natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Haven't yet read a gamer or boxscore but did receive a happy morning game results email. After looking at the score I had one comment: Holy [moly]!

  17. natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Hey, don't dis my boy Joe. :-)Swift…. Montana and Clark can't save them now, lol

  18. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    natsfan1a – my reaction was similar. What???? Thought I was still asleep. Won't be able to get to the DVR until much later, though. Can't wait. Glad those of you who stayed up had fun!

  19. natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I won't watch it until later either, swami. Looking forward to it. :-)

  20. Henry Upton - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Hey, fellow Nats fans!As a regular reader here, I thought I'd let you guys know about http://www.reddit.com/r/Nationals/I don't know how many of you are familiar with Reddit but we are trying to build the Nats community there. We currently have 847 members. All it takes is a moment to make a username and password.The SF Giants reddit group invited us to comment on their thread for the game yesterday and we broke their single game comment record. They have over 3,000 users!Let's try and show some other parts of the interwebs that Nats fans are out there.Also, SHARK!

  21. Henry Upton - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Wish i knew how to hyperlink here…

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