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Game 141: Nats at Mets

Sep 10, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals open a three-game series tonight at Citi Field.

NEW YORK — Hello from Flushing Meadows, which is a hopping place today, considering the delayed U.S. Open men's final is about to begin right across the subway tracks from us at Citi Field, where the Nationals open a three-game series tonight against the Mets.

On the heels of a disappointing weekend against the Marlins, the Nats look to get themselves back on track against a New York club that's also playing out the string and using a good number of young guys down the stretch. That includes 25-year-old rookie right-hander Collin McHugh, who tonight makes his third career start. (McHugh shut out the Rockies in his debut, then got roughed up by the Cardinals his next time out.)

After giving Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond yesterday off, Davey Johnson has both regulars back in the lineup. He's got all the regulars starting tonight, as a matter of fact, and he's also got Gio Gonzalez on the mound trying to become the majors' first 19-game winner. (R.A. Dickey has a chance to do it tomorrow against the Nats.)

Plenty of updates to come live from Queens, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Clear, 69 degrees, Wind 13 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (86-54)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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234 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Love the GiDP…No Gonat i didn't mean Goats (it was the iPad). Plus I don't drink…

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    GOAT = Greatest Of All Time

  3. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Drew just wanted to make it easier for Clip – took care of the power bats of the order. Good roomie! :-)

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    That pitch on the handle. best pitch of night, unless it was the curve to Wright.Maloox taken I feel better.

  5. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Really like Storen pitching in the 8th,… I think he's back!

  6. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Great observation Gonat.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Brewers 2 hits through 5

  8. Secret wasian man - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    nice job Drew. When Did the Braves sign Cy Young? And why is he pitching every night? GEESH!!

  9. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Mrs. B., you just need to provide the beers, not drink them! ;-)

  10. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    21k did not show up at that park… Maybe 11k..

  11. Dave - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    FP ragging on the New York fans for not showing up tonight: "There's a lot of families of five dressed like a seat."

  12. Secret wasian man - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    when did the Braves sign Cy Young? And why is he pitching every night? GEEEEESH

  13. Secret wasian man - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Dbl posts. Sorry. Lets go 123 please

  14. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Hoping that good Clip shows up!

  15. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    This Nats killer is going down!

  16. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    2 very quick outs – LOVE IT!

  17. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    ehay2k said… Great observation Gonat. September 10, 2012 9:58 PM ________________________________Thanks.

  18. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    was that throw by Zim different?

  19. Candide - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    What do you say, MicheleS?

  20. Joe Seamhead - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Way to go, Nats! GYFNG!!!

  21. MicheleS - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    WOOOO HOOOO! 87 Wins! This is so great!

  22. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Making it look so easy…All the people with :bad feelings" relaxed yet? The Chicken Little's come out after every loss. Have a little confidence.Nats are the best team in MLB, we're just going to have to get used to it

  23. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Great finish by Clip. Gio 19 game winner. Impressive.

  24. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Nats win! Nats win! Nats win! Let's Go!Thanks for welcoming me… Will be back tomorrow to witness another win!GYFNG! – did I say it right?

  25. MicheleS - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Swift.. legion of doom wasn't too bad tonight. Got a little tense, but for the most part, silent.

  26. Dave - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Yeah, Faraz, that was a kind of funky-looking throw by the Z-man. But the desired result was achieved.GYFNG! Magic number: 9?

  27. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Nice win! We now have HDTV magic numbers -16 and 9.

  28. Candide - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Swift Eagle said…Nats are the best team in MLB, we're just going to have to get used to itI've been used to it for years. I grew up a Yankees fan.

  29. Dave - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Go you Brew Crew. Remember, Milwaukee, you can still be in it.Still 1-0 Barves going into the 7th.

  30. Candide - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina said…GYFNG! – did I say it right?Ain't no wrong way to cheer on our Nats!

  31. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Candide said… I've been used to it for years. I grew up a Yankees fan. September 10, 2012 10:13 PM __________________________Haha…and I bet you were never "concerned" when the Yanks had "only" a 5.5 game lead in September

  32. Candide - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Swift Eagle said…Haha…and I bet you were never "concerned" when the Yanks had "only" a 5.5 game lead in SeptemberAs a NY sportswriter (might have been Jimmy Cannon) once said, "My idea of a good day at the ball park is to see the Yankees score eight runs in the first inning and then slowly pull away."

  33. Candide - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    And no matter what Atlanta does tonight, the magic number is now 16!

  34. NatsNut - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Welcome Mrs. B. A bunch of us are here from Nats Journal. I love FP. Cracks me up.FP ragging on the New York fans for not showing up tonight: "There's a lot of families of five dressed like a seat."

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