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Game 122: Braves at Nats

Aug 20, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats open a big, three-game series against the Braves tonight.

One of several national baseball writers who is here tonight just asked me for the last time Washington played in a series as big as this one. My answer: 1945, the last time the Senators were in a pennant race (they finished 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the AL title).

Yes, it's been awhile since D.C. has hosted anything along these lines, with the first-place Nationals trying to hold off the second-place Braves over the next three nights and perhaps extend their five-game lead to even greater numbers.

We've got a great pitching matchup to kick this series off: Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Nats against Braves ace Tim Hudson. All the healthy regulars are in both teams' lineups. All that's left to do is play the games.

Check back here, of course, for updates and analysis throughout…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (75-46)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

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482 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    All Werth needed was a hit in the 8th and game is over.

  2. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    BOO Santa? Heck, they beat the old man up. Adam LaRoche!

  3. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Braves bottom of order here, we are middle of order in 12th, if Stammen can hold, we will win it in 12th

  4. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    May have to use a starting pitcher soon, Detwiler I assume, but Thursday is an off day…

  5. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    223 hitter here, let's go Stammen

  6. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Mick, concur in part and dissent in part. Yes, we could have won half a dozen times. No, it would be a shame to lose.

  7. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    I do wish they'd get Lombo more time — I know Desi hits the long ball, but IMO Espi is far superior at SS, and you don't lose anything with Lombo at 2b — and Lombo was so darn hot — I don't know. Maybe we would do better with Espi and SS and Lombo as 2b permanently.Anyone notice that Espi hits better when he plays at SS?

  8. Ratiocinational - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Sideways Sno-Cone!!!

  9. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    I know most of us are not at the park, but hey, we're over 400 in here for about the fourth time ever, I think. And mostly good stuff. So there's that. Which is nice.

  10. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Plenty of good seats available at the stadium now. If the game goes 20 innings, someone going on down now can watch a good game from some great seats!

  11. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Man, these late-night west coast games are killing me. Oh,'we're at HOME? Nevermind.

  12. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Wow, NL East Heavyweights going toe-to-toe for three games, and burning the bullpen at both ends in game ONE. Is this great, or what??

  13. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Right on Z-Mantis…Stay on the High Road, like me and Denny GreenLET'S GET SOME (one) RUNS…

  14. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    NatsFan Since Start, what position did you say your son played on the MD Patriots?

  15. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    NatsFanJim said… Plenty of good seats available at the stadium now. If the game goes 20 innings, someone going on down now can watch a good game from some great seats! August 21, 2012 12:02 AM ________________________________________True Jim, but no amount of money will get you a beer at this time of night…What has the world come to?

  16. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    You're my inspiration, Swift. Or conscience. No, Scooter is my conscience. Inspiration it is.

  17. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Zim will get it done.

  18. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    haha not like that, he won't.(im talking to myself)

  19. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    I'm just hoping Martinez makes a mistake pitch here.

  20. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    True Jim, but no amount of money will get you a beer at this time of night…What has the world come to? Swift, the only things I can't get in are a woman, and a helicopter. Wait, that's the other yard. Nevermind.

  21. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    the world has come to a hidden flask in the jacket.

  22. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    LOL…2 Great Posts…

  23. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    Morse 0-6 Ouch

  24. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    ALR missed the last one by a few feet and deserves his walk-off here!

  25. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    Morse just said to,ALR -'All soft'

  26. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Guess right here ALR and send the Nats home happy!

  27. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    I can hear the HP ump calling pitches now. Maybe we should have gone down there. I wonder at what point they'd just let us in?

  28. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    I think I like the Braves bullpen better than our's. 'gulp' Portends a rough september.

  29. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Better option – send Mark Z down out of the press box for a quick interview.

  30. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Many fans had to leave because Metro's last train has left the station.

  31. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Jim, I like Kimbrel better than our guys, but that's about it…The Braves pen has thrown soft stuff and a lot of strikes tonight…Nats have been over-aggressive and gotten themselves out a lotThe Nats pen throws GAS, but has too many walksLike just about everything else with these teams, they're pretty even

  32. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    ehay2k, I've been wondering where Mark has been? Working? That's no excuse!1I'm halfway serious. I could get there in 15 minutes.

  33. baseballswami - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    And we thought the West Coast games were hard to deal with.

  34. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    we can always ask Lannen to come up for one start, even if we are short one bench guy on Wednesday.

  35. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    Haha..I was in Vegas last week, still on West Coast time anyway…Ready to go 20 if needed…

  36. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    I read in the Post today that Johnson benched Harper that one game when he threw to the wrong base — again.Now it's time to fine the kid for breaking his bat in public afte he swings at a bad pitch.Somebody should help Harpe grow up a bit.

  37. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Wow, nice play for Desmond, considering it's 0018h.

  38. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    8 shutout innings! Wow

  39. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    NatsFanJim, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they fined him, but I'd be surprised if they made it public.

  40. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Stammen is turning into a side-armer. Amazing. Great job.

  41. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Vegas? Work or play?

  42. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    The Braves are tough — this race is going to tighten up especially when you see how eeeezy the Braves last 40 games are.

  43. Ratiocinational - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    I'm with you NatsLady…Stammen is looking PFB!

  44. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Whoa a good old fashioned seeing-eye ground ball. Desi should steal, Espi bunts — table is set.

  45. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Suzuki has had a terrific game behind the plate. As he has gotten more comfortable he has shown that he is the real deal back there.Way to go, Desi! Ok, let's keep the line moving!

  46. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Hmm I am not happy with that — at all. That's on Johnson. Bad call, Johnson.

  47. Ratiocinational - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Let's win this and keep EJax fresh!

  48. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Man, Espi really can't bunt

  49. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    At least there's an off-day before EJax would have to start again..

  50. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Stammen is looking good. Let's give him the rest of the night off, OK? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze?

  51. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Way to make a play Danny!

  52. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Well played, Danny.

  53. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    haha what a game!

  54. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Goon Squad Time!!!

  55. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Wow! GYFNG!!!

  56. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    That was a check-swing bunt. I think Zuki did that on purpose.

  57. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    The Braves actually had nobody covering 3rd OR Home on that…NAT WIN!!!!!!!!

  58. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Uggla FREEZES !!!!!!

  59. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Thank You UGGLA…..Obviously his shirt is still too tight….

  60. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    That'll DO.WoooooooooooooooooooooHooooooooooooooooooo!TM Michele

  61. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Sometimes you just wear them out!!! Victory is ours!

  62. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    See you there tomorrow night!Brain fart for Uggla– didn't know what to do.

  63. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    A win is a win. I will take it.

  64. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Nats couldn't score on at least 3 near miss HRS, and then Not one ball out of the infield to win it in the lucky 13th…Now that's Nattitude…

  65. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Cue MicheleS' Freaking WOOOO HOOOO!

  66. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    OH MY! 6 games ahead of the Barves! Kardiac Kids did it!GYFNG & WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO

  67. Ratiocinational - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    That's a humiliating way to lose for the Braves! Let's hope it carries over to tomorrow!

  68. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Stammen deserves the win, but so does all the whole bullpen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    Stammen gets the well deserved win.We go 30 over .500.We got Lucky.Both teams could have won the game much earlier.This is a Magical Year that might not get repeated for a generation. Let's enjoy this.

  70. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Hopefully Stras can give the pen a little rest tomorrow (tonight, actually)…

  71. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    SIX GAMES BACK, BAY-BEE. 1-2-3-4-5-6!Have I mentioned lately how much I hate the Braves?

  72. baseballswami - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    Danny going first to third on that little chop was the key. Tracy just making contact- you never know.

  73. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    Pretty sure we're in 409 tomorrow night. Let's go get 'em.

  74. baseballswami - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Craig Stammen for President!

  75. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    Wow! Just WOW! What an ending to a very weird game.I gotta get some Zzzz ….I'll be in sec.311 tomorrow night.(tonight).Yeah, right, I'm gonna fall asleep quickly. Not! Bartender! Irish Coffee decaf. Just Jamison's and coffee. No fu-fu stuff.

  76. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Davey on TV talking strategy–this is good.

  77. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    What a balwsy call by Davey to bat Tracy.Ok, 6 games up on them, 30 games over .500, best record in MLB!GYFNG!!!

  78. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    I think that's the most Davey's said about his strategy in-game all season. Lots of good details.

  79. Scooter - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    The Z-Mantis! said…No, Scooter is my conscience.Tee hee.Did you ever know that you're my hero?

  80. natsfan1a - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Well, seeing as how you asked, um, yeah, kinda. :-)The Z-Mantis! said… But I'm feeding the troll again, aren't I? August 20, 2012 11:56 PM

  81. natsfan1a - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    (But you did have some very funny lines.)

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 92 64 --
ATLANTA 76 81 16.5
NEW YORK 76 81 16.5
MIAMI 75 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 86 21.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Tuesday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (2) 92 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.5
-------------------------
y-PITTSBURGH 86 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 0.5
MILWAUKEE 80 77 6.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Tuesday's early games

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