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Game 144: Nats at Braves

Sep 14, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Turner Field hosts the Nationals for a big weekend series with the Braves.

ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where tonight the home stretch of the regular season begins in earnest for the Nationals, who can wrap up a playoff berth and all but lock up the NL East title by the time this series concludes Sunday night. But first things first, there's the little matter of Kris Medlen starting tonight for Atlanta.

Medlen, you may or may not realize, is 7-0 with an 0.81 ERA since he was moved out of the bullpen and into the rotation. The Braves, meanwhile, have been victorious the last 19 times the right-hander has started a game, dating all the way back to May 29, 2010.

The Nationals won't have one of their big sluggers in the lineup to try to end Medlen's streak, with Michael Morse again sidelined by a bone bruise and torn sheath in his left hand. Morse is scheduled to take batting practice later this afternoon, but you've got to think he's still going to need some more time before returning to play.

Ross Detwiler gets the nod for the Nationals, seeking his 10th win. Updates to come live from Turner Field, so please check back…

Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from LF

RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche


215 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. mick - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Can not win them all, well played game. What i learned from this is that Burnett would be shaky in post season .Ian's throw really bothers me;

  2. Gonat - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Exposremains said… and burnett cost another game to the Nats. I don't care if DJ is trying to make him a man. He's costing this team big time. September 14, 2012 10:21 PM __________________________________How? 1st 2 batters ground to the 5.5 hole and one gets in for a hit. Bourn gets bat on ball that drops in. Pastornicky hits a ball right at Desi and he made a lousy throw.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Desi made a bad throw on a questionable desicion not to go for two.. I disagree Expoosremains.

  4. Swift Eagle - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    The infield was in, going for 2 was not an option…He made a bad throw (physical mistake) but not a bad decision

  5. mick - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Desi has to make that play…. no excuses period

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    I have lost all confidence in Burnett Lat 5 or 6 appearances he has failed to execute. He is working his way off post season roster in my mind.had we were only 4 games up maloox would have been taken. I will look up last 6 game stats

  7. Exposremains - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Gonat If not for Desmond thats 3 hit. Thats on the pitcher.

  8. Gonat - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:28 AM

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  9. Gonat - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    mick said… Desi has to make that play…. no excuses period _______________________________And don't worry, Desi will take the blame.

  10. Exposremains - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    JoeEvery time Burnett goes out there he gives hit after hit, Desmond was only trying to save the game as a last resort.

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

    Exposremains, I must have watched a different game than you.No complaints on anything but his 2 seamer was up against Bourn.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    I was not saying Shark'd route was like Morse. First playing too shallow for Freeman and on that catch he didn't take a direct route. The poor position probably biggest problem.Ian given error on last play. Good throw close but no guarantee . Bad throw guarantee. out.

  13. Exposremains - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    I'm sorry Gonat but you must have been watching a lot of different games to not see how Burnett has been completely useless recently.

  14. Joe Seamhead - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    It's easy to call it from my sofa, but that was a made to order dbl. play. Look at the replay. Anyway, it was a well played game. We will beat them tomorrow. Nice job by Ross Det.

  15. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 15, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    There was no double play with the infield in. No team in history turns that. The throw was home, and Desi choked. It happens. Go get 'em tomorrow, while there still is a tomorrow.




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