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Game 134: Cubs at Nats

Sep 3, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Cubs are in town for this Labor Day matinee at Nationals Park.

Happy Labor Day, everyone. It's a day off for most, and the unofficial final day of summer for many, but it's been a busy morning here at Nationals Park. If you missed any of the earlier news, be sure to read these articles on Stephen Strasburg meeting with Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson about his shutdown, Sean Burnett dealing with elbow issues again and the Nationals promoting Zach Duke and Christian Garcia from Class AAA Syracuse.

As for today's game, Ross Detwiler gets the start against a Cubs team is serious rebuilding mode. Check out some of the names in Dale Sveum's lineup (aside from old pal Alfonso Soriano, of course). Ex-Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija is on the mound for Chicago.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

CHICAGO CUBS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (81-52)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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121 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. djinFl. - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    There you go NJ. Just the way you like a first inning to go.

  2. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Got to love that Top 1st!

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Morning coffee and a baseball game; what could be finer?Keep the pressure on, Nats; don't let up a bit.

  4. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Looks like as busy a morning for you as anyone, Mark — I wondered when you were going to have time to post a game thread!Mark, I want to give you a note of thanks for so tirelessly keeping us up on so many important developments during the most exciting time for Washington baseball in probably living memory, especially when you've got a growing young 'un at home. It certainly is for me, and I became a Senators fan in 1963!GYFNG!

  5. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    yep dj…..10-12 pitches per inning is perfect.

  6. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Ross barely had time to catch his breath. 6 pitch inning by Cubs starter (can't spell his name)

  7. Another_Sam - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Steady Eddie — ditto here. I've been following the local team since the '50s. This is the most exciting season I can recall.

  8. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Pretty bad when a starter gets through an inning throwing less pitches than his warmup. Samardzija with only 6 pitches thrown in the 1st to retire the Nats 1-2-3

  9. peric - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Samardzija with only 6 pitches thrown in the 1st to retire the Nats 1-2-3This guy is really good … be lucky to get many hits off him if he is anything at all like he was earlier.

  10. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Ross wasn't as sharp there in the 2nd after getting Soriano out.

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Det was fine in first. Second ok but what is walking an ,085 hitter on 4 pitches. Please stay focused.

  12. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Let's try to make him throw a few more pitches this inning, okay?

  13. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Deja Vu…

  14. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    How about just hitting the 8th pitch out?

  15. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Nice, but a second-pitch HR doesn't build up the pitch count…he wrote with a snark.

  16. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Peric, in Samardzija's last 4 games + 1 inning he has given up 7 HRs.

  17. peric - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Nice Wrigley field redux for LaRoche!

  18. peric - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Peric, in Samardzija's last 4 games + 1 inning he has given up 7 HRs.Maybe they burned out his arm a bit … they did push him pretty hard innings and pitch count wise early on. But now he's pitching against a first place best record team with a 98+ mph heater? I fear he'll bring out his best.

  19. peric - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Stay hot Danny Espinosa!

  20. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Very nice AB by Danny — not trying to hit everything out, he went down and got that low fastball and got the solid line single out of it he could.

  21. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    20 pitches, and 2 throws to first this inning…is that better? Lol…

  22. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Peric, he had a dead arm in June but bounced back nicely and recently almost all RBIs have come from HRs.

  23. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    24 pitches that inning for Samardzija

  24. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    LaRoche is a very streaky hitter and seems to have picked a perfect time to start heating up again, especially joined by Werth, Harper, and Espi.I think we're ready for the home stretch, and hopefully can sustain it through October.

  25. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Nice basket catch by Werth there, looked like he was going to run it in for 6 (especially against former tight end Samardzjia.

  26. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Werth caught that in the palm of his glove. Again, hate to see the Nats burned by a pitcher because the OFs play so shallow.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    How many people want Classic plush in their tree house.Werth looked like Samaria on that hit.

  28. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Eddie – Wide Receiver I think.

  29. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Gonat, I think they play shallow v. the pitchers to prevent the cheap flairs, especially to the opp. field…It's a calculated risk, but I'm sure they use the hitting charts to make those decisions…

  30. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Eh, Gonat, I'm a Michigan man, all those ND guys look the same to me.

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    37 Pitches through 3. Now more runs.

  32. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Swift, you are correct but just like Cliff Lee burned them last week it is probably better to play it more conservative in my opinion.

  33. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Only a single Jayson? LOL

  34. djinFl. - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Gonat, nobody gets on the highlite reel catching a ball hit right to them. All those shots are of guys racing back to catch it over their shoulder. Guess we can blame it on Willie Mays

  35. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Vitters has a .085 BA for a reason.

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Boys lets get some run.

  37. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    djinFL, yah, I am a "slow & steady wins the race type of guy".

  38. djinFl. - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Gonat, I agree. One of the reasons I quit watching the NBA. It is only about creating highlites.

  39. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Desmond got Pudge'd there.

  40. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Guess this umpiring crew has a different opinion of the neighborhood play, b/c they still haven't tagged Ian…

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Morse news?

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Lead off walks are bad. in front of the pitcher even worse. Come play smart.

  43. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Walk the #8 hitter to lead off an inning. Never, ever ends well.Never.

  44. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Swift, yep, except Castillo had already shown his snap throw earlier in the game behind Werth so the Nats runners should have been aware of taking their secondary lead.

  45. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Kurt gave a look to the Cubs dugout there..I don't think he liked the bat-toss/obstruction thing by the pitcher…

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    BareBack I have watch baseball almost as long as you. Batting number 8 batter in the No as a leadoff hitter has been a recipe for disaster.

  47. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    What a dumb play to tag there even though he was safe.

  48. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    You're right Gonat, Ian needed to be more careful, and with his hamstring he's not going anywhere…In his defense, he may have thought there was a chance that was going to be a wild pitch…

  49. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Bernie did not position himself well for that throw to third.

  50. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… BareBack I have watch baseball almost as long as you. Batting number 8 batter in the No as a leadoff hitter has been a recipe for disaster. September 03, 2012 2:23 PM ________________________________Is BareBack a new nickname for NatsJack?

  51. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Happy ending this time,Jack, but the stats for a lead off walk scoring is staggering.

  52. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Okay, I went to Wrigley in late June and Mr. Samardzija was pitching against the Mets. He looked pretty good through four, having given up one run. In the fifth, he gave up eight. Can we have a repeat, please?

  53. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    So now I guess I can eliminate "never" to "almost never".

  54. Scott Margenau - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Morse ???!

  55. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Gonat….. I think he has a wierd auto correct.

  56. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Werth's hurt.

  57. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Morse out, Werth looks like he's hurt…Eury better be ready

  58. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Guess not.

  59. Scott Margenau - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Werth looked like he pulled something.

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I have a terrible spell check it corrects things when I don't ask

  61. Scott Margenau - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Is it just me or does ALR seem to make "poses" all the time? Lol

  62. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    NatsJack, that could be a new Seminole nickname for you Chief BareBack.

  63. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Ross better get these sinking fastballs down a little, or it could be trouble…

  64. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Pitchers best friend. Doubleplay

  65. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Tailor-made off a sinker way down and in…Very nice pitch there from Ross

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    There is bad managing. thanks. Soriano should have been running

  67. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Gonat…..I'm a Florida Gator guy. Medlen has given up 3 hits and no runs on 50 pitches through 5 innings.

  68. Scott Margenau - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Swift! Knock on wood quickly!!

  69. Scott Margenau - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    How bout a steal Davey.

  70. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Lol, It's all good Scott.This guy is really mixing up his pitches…I don't think he's doubled up on anything today…

  71. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Wow that's pretty when it works!

  72. Scott Margenau - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Ok. Bourbon time.

  73. Scott Margenau - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    See !!! He poses! (ALR)

  74. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Wow…Christian Garcia warming up.

  75. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    NatsJack, I was just thinking of an Indian tribe in Florida, sorry for any reference to Bobby Bowden's old team. LOL

  76. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Love me some double play stuff!

  77. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Plays like that more than make up for the throwing issues…Great pitch, great pick, great turn…

  78. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Pitcher's 2nd best friend: the 2nd doubleplay of the game.

  79. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    NatsJack, Get him (Christian Garcia) in quickly; don't let him think too much about having been called up.

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Cubs are not real good but in position with a Nats mistake they could win.

  81. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    This will be Samardjia's last inning if he makes it through the 7th.

  82. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Close pitch, but that was ball 4 to Tracy per Pitch F/X…

  83. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Samardjia's high pitch count this year was 113. Approaching that now.

  84. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    He sure looks good to me…He's had 3 or 4 different pitches working great today. Impressive

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Maloox time.

  86. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Can O Corn….Lol

  87. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Call me old fashioned, but could we get one or two more runs here?

  88. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Manassas, nice of Drew on that 1st batter to give us a Kardiac Kids moment as Bryce made a great catch.If you are the outfield wall, Bryce Harper just left an impression on you too!

  89. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    There's the add-on run!

  90. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Dat boy's got wheels!

  91. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Exactly.

  92. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    There's the Prudential Insurance Run of the game…Not much of jump from Soriano, seen that before…

  93. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Not sure why the 3rd baseman was just about playing in the 5.5 hole. LOL

  94. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Probably b/c Ryan hasn't pulled a ball like that in a long time, his spray chart probably looks like LaRoche's….

  95. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Davey mad b/c they announced Moore before the Cubs made the pitching change, I think…Maybe he was trying to bluff

  96. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Swift: Say what you will about Mr. Soriano's defense, but he made that one season in Washington exciting (and I mean that positively) when not much else was happening.

  97. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Very true Eugene! I remember many days sitting in RFK in 2006 when he was the only thing worth watching…

  98. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Swift, you are correct once again.

  99. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Derek…..that's how it works. You don't make the pitching change until the hitter is anounced. I don't think it was that. Probably more about the Cubs sending 2 guys out to center field to start the inning.

  100. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Oh OK Jack, something certainly had Davey annoyed…

  101. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Medlen gives up a run, just not an earned run.

  102. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Maloox administered. Rizzo he was ahead of now Soriano

  103. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Just getting ready to post that, Gonat. I do think the boy is for real. This will be 18-0 in games started.

  104. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Another heart thumper.

  105. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Soriano missed that by an inch.

  106. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    It is a game of inches.

  107. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    That was 1/4 inch from going out (Soriano).

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Gonat he missed by even lrss

  109. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Milimeters!

  110. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    That's why I hate defensive indifference.

  111. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Another runner allowed to take 2nd scores…

  112. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Can't do anything easy…….

  113. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Clippard is trying to kill me!30 games over .500. Magic # = 22! GYFNG!!!

  114. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Another gem by Ross, the bullpen, and the defense…A proven winning formula for about 100 years..

  115. Gonat - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Did you see Davey tapping his heart. Kardiac Kids!

  116. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

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  117. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Thirty saves. How many heart-stopping moments? GYFNG!

  118. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Rarely easy.when up by 2 and runner on first why not throw down in fade runner slides by.

  119. ehay2k - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    We have a WINNER!!!!Congrats to all the long-suffering baseball fans in D.C. !

  120. natsfan1a - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Now, *that* was fun. Happy trains home are so much better. Dang, do I love watching Harper run the bases. That boy just outran his helmet today.Also so happy for clinching the first winning season in early September. Can't wait to see how the rest of the season plays out.btw, my husband and I are now 7-2 at in-person games (but with baseball buddies I'm 0-2 with a rainout). Good news is that I talked him into picking up another game with me, later this month. Come on, happy train! :-)Was so excited that I forgot about Morse being taken out. Wondered at the time whether it might be his hand. Hope he's okay.

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