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Game 135: Cubs at Nats

Sep 4, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats look to make it 6 of their last 7 tonight at Nationals Park.

Whatever the reason Michael Morse was pulled from yesterday's game in the fourth inning, it wasn't enough to keep him from playing tonight. Morse is back in the Nationals' lineup, hitting cleanup against Cubs rookie left-hander Chris Rusin.

Morse will, however, shift to right field for this game, with Jayson Werth sliding over to center field and Tyler Moore getting a rare start in left field. That means Bryce Harper is on the bench. I wouldn't read a whole lot into that; he's probably just getting the night off against a lefty.

Edwin Jackson, coming off an eight-inning, 10-strikeout performance against the Cardinals, gets the start for the Nationals, who are looking to win for the sixth time in their last seven games since that five-game losing streak of a week ago.

Updates to come, please check back…

CHICAGO CUBS 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: Chance of storms, 85 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (82-52)
CF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse

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252 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Why not Corey Brown and let Harper take off the whole night?

  2. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    THROW A BLEEPING STRIKE GORZO!

  3. feelanau - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Eugene — They said anyone with 8 career home runs shouldn't stand and admire and that he may get one in the ribs next time. I'm just reporting what I saw/heard. Like I said, they're looking to be critical.

  4. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    I can tell Michele really wants to beat the Cubs…Lol

  5. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Swift. Gorzo makes me bonkers sometimes.

  6. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Fair or not, Shutdown-Gate has somehow resulted in the Nats national rep as the ultimate "new school" team…So they're going to be criticized for every helmet toss, bat flip, and perceived breach of baseball decorum….In the eyes of the national media, the Nats have gone from non-existent to whipping boys…

  7. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    I am going to need major bourbon and Maalox to survive Gorzo tonight

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Gorzy aka white flag. too many walks. with all the bull pen guys there is an he allows Gorzy to walk 3

  9. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    You're right Michele, Gorzo is a fun sponge….waling the bases loaded in this situation is pretty lame

  10. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Can you believe a Kardiac Kids moment in a 9-4 Nats lead. Nothing like bases loaded to get the heart rate up.

  11. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    MicheleS: I'm guessing Mr. Gorzelanny simply wanted to get some extra pitches in, given his relative lack of work lately. But that's just a guess. And maybe not cleared with management.

  12. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Good lord that was painful. Davey, can you put someone else in for the 8th. Please.

  13. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Eugene, that's funny!

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    One teaspoon of maloox from Gorzy . why can't we get a maloox free game even with 8 runs.

  15. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Rockies add another.

  16. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Yup.. Harper wanted to hit.

  17. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    The Bryce is Right!

  18. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Wow! Bryce checks in on Opposite Night with a double to left….

  19. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Another Rockies run on a throwing error.

  20. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    And 10 runs.. and Braves down 5-0

  21. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    There's 10 for you Eugene….Again to the Opposite field…By the way, the run line was only 8 or 8.5, so you already won easily…

  22. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    6-0 Rockies

  23. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Not even Chipper can hit a 6 run homer…

  24. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Okay, now six more outs.

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Wrong I think Chopper can get a 6 run homer in 2012

  26. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Okay.. that is not what I wanted from the new pitcher

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Just when my wife said she was putting the maloox away

  28. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    With 6 (now 5) run lead, I'd rather see a HR than a walk….I guess I got what I wanted, sort of

  29. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Ho-Hum, another web gem from Ryan…guess he gets to stay at 3B another game or two…

  30. slidell2 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    At this moment in time all the other NL East teams are losing.

  31. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I love when the crowd sings Take on Me.

  32. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    ADAM!!!

  33. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Jose Batista pitching for Atlanta in top of the 9th; gave up a lead-off double, then almost — but not quite — allowed a two-run homer; and finally managed to get out of the inning (helped by two good plays by Chipper Jones) without giving up a run. 6-0 Rockies heading into the bottom of the 9th.

  34. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I think ALR has found his stroke…BOOM

  35. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    6 Nats HRs. Nice!

  36. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Ewww.. Knorr and Davey spitting in unison.

  37. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Rockies win it, 6-0; no six-run homers by Chipper Jones.

  38. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Game over in Atlanta. Barves lose 6-0

  39. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Braves lose!!!

  40. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Okay, I've lost the sound on MLB.tv. What was the joke on Mr. DeRosa?

  41. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Eugene, he came in to warmup at 3rd and then was pulled for Lombo and left to applause and doffed his cap.

  42. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Magic number is at 21 and an out away from Magic number 20.

  43. BigCat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Yes…I wanted to see more of this Garcia. His fastball looks electric. And they say his curve is "lights out Irene" Mattheus better be looking over his shoulder…..especially when he keeps giving up bombs. Start calling him "Boom Boom Matheus"God, are the Cubs horrible or what. Just a bunch of AAA fringe players. Looks like us a couple of years ago. Thank you so much Riz for putting this team together. Oh yeah……Boras to

  44. Swift Eagle - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Curly W #83!!!7.5 is the biggest lead of the year…

  45. Gonat - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    MAGIC NUMBER IS 20

  46. MicheleS - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!Another win!.. 7.5 up

  47. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Gonat: Thanks. And go ahead and make it 20, why don't you?

  48. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    BTW, looks like the Vikings have scored 17 in Chicago.

  49. natsfan1a - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Yay – Nats win and Drake's dad gets to hug him twice! Geez, it's way past my bedtime! Later, folks.

  50. natsfan1a - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I miss sec. 506. Livo, too. :-)So I started looking for "Legion of Boom" tee shirts, got distracted, and wound up reading an old 2008 post, with another reality check of what's changed and what hasn't in four years, on several fronts. Only if you're really bored, or were a regular in the days of the Blogfather.

  51. natsfan1a - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM

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  52. natsfan1a - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    hehe, Post of the Day, February 8, 2008 (though it could easily apply to any given dead-horse argument in this day and age):I just loooooove the Post's coverage debate.Tell us more because, you know, maybe everyone will change everyone's mind THIS time around.Posted by: NatsNut | February 8, 2008 1:07 PM |

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