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Instant analysis: Nats 5, Mets 1

Sep 11, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman rounds third base following his 21st homer of the season.

Game in a nutshell: Looking to bounce back from a rough weekend against the Marlins, the Nationals didn't waste much time pouncing on Collin McHugh. They roughed up the Mets rookie right-hander for three homers during an eight-batter span in the third and fourth innings, jumping out to a 5-1 lead. They actually were held hit-less by the New York bullpen after that, but rode Gio Gonzalez's effective start and scoreless innings of relief from Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard to secure a fairly easy victory. Gonzalez became the majors' first 19-game winner, and the Nationals opened a six-game road trip in strong fashion. Their magic number for the NL East is down to 16; their magic number for the final wild card berth is 9.

Hitting highlight: The Nationals' scoring barrage took a break yesterday, but it was back in full force for the opener of this series.Read more »

  1. MicheleS - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    WOO HOO!.. Sweet.. Let's take it to R.A tomorrow night! Go Brew Crew (only for the next few days)

  2. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Key stat: Desmond's 22 homers this season are the most ever by a Washington middle infielder, a span that includes the 1901-71 Senators and the 2005-present Nationals____________________________Thank you Mark for not lumping in the Expos stats…I hate it when people do that, the Expos are gone…

  3. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Michele, are you able to put in an early jynx on R.A.? Or does it only work once the game starts? Lol

  4. MicheleS - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Swift.. I think in game only…haven't tried to any other way, would be afraid to go against the baseball gods

  5. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    19 wins. Unthinkable for a Nats pitcher on previous teams. We were happy with double digit wins. Heck, in 2007, we were happy with double digit no-decisions!Too bad about the Barves win. But as long as our magic number keeps going down, it really doesn't matter.

  6. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Good call ehay…haven't heard too many people bemoaning the loss of T. Milone lately…Gio has been great, on and off the field…

  7. JaneB - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Exactly, ehay. Our number just needs to keep going down, and we will be good to go.Loved FPs comments wboutbthevfamilies of gyve dressed as seats, and the wisdom in the observation that pitching for a contender is a lot more pressure than what RA is pitching for…and I say that with enormous respect fir Dickey. GYFNG!

  8. NatsNut - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    my Braves fan brother just texted that Braves announcer mentioned this stat: The Mets are the only NL East team with a losing record at Citi Field.

  9. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Sorry – thought Barves had won. They just left bases loaded in the seventh. Still a chance for the Brew Crew! GYFBG!

  10. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    The Mets are Marlins are a lot better than the teams in the cellar of all the other divisions…Cubs, Astros, Padres, Rockies…

  11. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Mets *and* Marlins…

  12. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Brewers have runners on 1st and 2nd with No outs in the 7th…Kimbrel had to pitch over an inning yesterday and may not be avail today…

  13. NatsLady - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Oh, thank you, Jonny Venters! Keep up the good work.

  14. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Brewers finally get something going!

  15. Swift Eagle - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    TIED on a throwing error, Still no outs!!

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    1-1 2 In scoring positions for Brewers

  17. Exposremains - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    lets go brewers, lets go..

  18. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Pressure on the Barves, big time!

  19. baseballswami - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    So we eliminated the marlins this past weekend, the mets tonight. Two down.

  20. JaneB - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    And go Brewers!!

  21. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Brewers take the lead!!!!

  22. Exposremains - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    yes

  23. NatsLady - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Aoki-san with a double. Brewers up 3-1 with still no one out.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Aoki 2 run double 3-1 Brewers

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    I. thought it was going to be grand slam for Aoki

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Comas sac fly 4-1

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Gomez

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Braun intentionally walked

  29. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Chopper threw Aoki out at home. 2 outs first and second

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Weeks walks. bases loaded.

  31. Secret wasian man - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    So I was going to say brew up 3. 1. Looks like you guys are all over it. Gnight

  32. JaneB - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Is this Atlanta game on anywhere? I'm looking at gameday and it's slow.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    .I am watching on my job extra innings package I give myself for Christmas every season. Taylor Green grounds out to end inning. Remember Brewers bullpen is terrible.

  34. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    I can't find the game on FiOS. MLB network may cut in. Just listening via At Bat.

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Damn auto correct I am watching on MLB. extra innings. channel 775 on my cable.on 772 Reds have bases loaded 2 outs

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Bruce strikes out with bases loaded. off to the 11th inning

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Braves retired 4-1 bottom of 8th

  38. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Prado tries to stretch a 1st to 3rd on a single by Freeman and gets thrown out for the last out. Never make the 3rd out at 3rd base…

  39. Section 222 - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Prado just thrown out trying to go first to third to end the top of the 8th. Really nice throw and swipe tag. Brew Crew leads ATL 4-1. One inning left to reduce the magic number to 15.

  40. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    EHAY the throw by Gomaz to throw out Pearl looked like a Harper play.

  41. Section 222 - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    I really hate rooting for Nyjer.

  42. peric - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Milwaukee scores 4 in the bottom of the 7th now lead ATL 4-1. Nats could drop their E# by one more.

  43. peric - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Fixed lineup. Fixed rotation for now. Lannan doesn't get to face the Braves. But Gio and Detwiler do with EJax in between. Davey sounds like he is going to take it to the house with this lineup.

  44. Steady Eddie - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:16 AM

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  45. Steady Eddie - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Onto the ninth in Milwaukee.Uggla, McCann, and Simmons up for the Barves. In total, 2 for 7 on the night, so they've already gotten their hits for the game. Let's hope.

  46. Steady Eddie - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    Uggla out on a flyout.

  47. Steady Eddie - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    McCann grounds out to first.

  48. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    This is unreal. Brewers win! Nats magic # to 15. Nats lead to 6 1/2

  49. Steady Eddie - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Simmons grounds out 4-3, MAGIC NUMBER IS 15!!!!!

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    F7. 3U 4-3 3 outs Brewers win 4-1

  51. Section 222 - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Yes! Thank you Crew.

  52. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Nats needed this especially with RA Dickey on the mound tomorrow.

  53. Joe Seamhead - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Braves got 10 hits, drew 3 walks, and scored 1 run!

  54. JaneB - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Hurrah! I hope the Brewers go on a nice 3 game tear.

  55. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    The Magic counter just changed to 15!

  56. ehay2k - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Excellent! 15 left folks, that's not a lot, but not yet a gimme. G'night all.

  57. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Joe, Prado was thrown out twice at 3rd base!

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Jose Habit web gem to have Reds and Give go 12

  59. Gonat - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Jose Tabata?

  60. SonnyG10 - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Hoo Rah! Go Nats! Hey, we have a 19 game winner on our staff! Whoppie!!!!

  61. Section 222 - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    So I get how Mark posts his instant Analysis as soon as the game ends, but how the heck does he get the Magic Number counter to change almost instantaneously while he's presumably interviewing players or writing his gamer. Well done.

  62. Section 222 - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Todd Frazier is apparently in a big slump. .182 in the last 10 games. 0 HR, 0 RBIs. Hope for Harper as ROY?

  63. Unknown - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:32 AM

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  64. Unknown - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    "Thank you Mark for not lumping in the Expos stats…I hate it when people do that, the Expos are gone… "So are the 1901-71 Senators, but you're not complaining about that are you?

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 45 --
ATLANTA 57 48 1.5
MIAMI 51 53 7.0
NEW YORK 50 55 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 59 12.5
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