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Game 130: Cardinals at Nats

Aug 30, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats open an 11-game homestand tonight against the Cardinals.

Amazing what a difference the outcome of one game can make. Had the Nationals lost last night in Miami, they'd return home today at tense bunch, their collars feeling a little bit tighter than usual thanks to a six-game losing streak. Instead, by beating the Marlins 8-4, they're a loose, upbeat group right now, having just joked around while taking the official 2012 team photo (you can sort of make it out above).

So begins an 11-game homestand, the longest of the season, with the defending World Series champion Cardinals in town the next four days. St. Louis will be up against a familiar foe tonight in Edwin Jackson (a member of that World Series club).

Left-hander Jaime Garcia gets the nod for the Cards, facing a Nats lineup that broke out of its slump in a big way last night. Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 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 Internet 869
Weather: Mostly clear, 84 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (78-51)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

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238 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sec.3, My Sofa - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    I put that one on a tee for you, ehay. A tee for one.

  2. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    You know, you may want to pitch Edwin again in five days, Dave.

  3. Gonat - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    I don't get Davey. Call it a night.

  4. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Ty Sofa, but I am not very good hitting off a tee, so it actually counts as extra credit. :-)

  5. Swift Eagle - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    It's not about pitch count with EJax, McCatty and Davey use their eyes on this one..they know what he looks like when he's tired…I'm sure they still like what they see

  6. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    hideous throw!

  7. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    if this were the Yankees of the past few years, Edwin would be sure to get the Custard Pie during the post-game inteview.

  8. Sec.3, My Sofa - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Davey must read this blog after all. Wasn't somebody complaining just this morning about the Nats starters' "failure" to go deep into games?Hey, Davey!

  9. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Sofa, the pitchers, or at least Ejax, must read it then!

  10. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    "I thought he had 140 pitches in him tonight."

  11. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    How many more times can we sneak in a Zeppelin reference?

  12. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Uh oh, clear out the helmets.

  13. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    If we don't have more it's Nobody's Fault But Mine

  14. A DC Wonk - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    We've been complimentary to our hitters — let's have a big shout out to EJax. Against the best hitting team in the NL — 8 IP, only 4 H and 2BB.Awesome job, Edwin!

  15. Gonat - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Did you hear FP talking about the 5.5 hole! I know he reads Twitter and NI

  16. Sec.3, My Sofa - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    I'm not saying that was an error, but that was more like the 5.25 hole, there, for Morse.

  17. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Cards need to use the webbing of their gloves, it's like we hit 29 Palms tonight.

  18. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    DC Wonk: Concur, strongly.

  19. A DC Wonk - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    I never heard of 5.5 hole until two minutes ago on NI, then FP uses it. Wow.Not that I mind.Hey, FP!!

  20. Swift Eagle - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    ALR has left a small village on the bases tonight..

  21. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Wow! How about John Lannan? Second complete game shutout in a row tonight!

  22. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Ok, ok, was the soccer flop necessary there? Gravity with a gut like that is merciless I guess.

  23. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Lannan another shutout tonight

  24. NatsNut - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Hi FP!

  25. dabassguy1 - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    "Hey Hey What Can I Do" to keep the Nats playing like this?

  26. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    EJax certainly had mound Presence tonight.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    We used term 5,5 hole a lot back in the high school days

  28. waddu eye no - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Will they play an immigrant song for bernadina?

  29. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Maybe even the Legion of Doom is "Falling in love again" with the Nats?

  30. Sec.3, My Sofa - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Hey Hey Mama, I the way you WOoooooooHoooooooo!

  31. waddu eye no - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Do they play immigrant song for bernie et al?

  32. ehay2k - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    These are Dancing Days again! WOOOOO HOOOOO! (TM MicheleS)

  33. blovy8 - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    too early for Celebration Day though, give it a couple of week.s

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Magic numbers playoffs 24. Division 27

  35. waddu eye no - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    DohSorry bout the twofer(one was enoug)Great to see the boys put the ball way up high in the skyWhere the wind dont blow(wont blow?)I really should knowGyfng

  36. NatsNut - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I haven't looked in awhile, but I just noticed mlb standings page now has magic numbers listed.

  37. NatsNut - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Ha! What's your drink, Manassas?

  38. NatsNut - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Now. With our eye on tomorrow, how cool would it be to win tomorrow and get the same number of wins as last year before we even get to September this year?

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ATLANTA 54 45 1.0
MIAMI 46 52 8.5
NEW YORK 46 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 56 12.0
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