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Game 151: Brewers at Nats

Sep 22, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez seeks win No. 20 today at Nationals Park.

Last night's loss certainly stung for the Nationals, but in the bigger picture it actually proved a net gain for them, because with the Braves' loss in Philadelphia they maintained their 5 1/2-game lead in the NL East. At this late stage of September, the calendar is the Nats' best friend, and any time you can cross a date off the calendar while maintaining your same lead in the standings is a good day.

A win this afternoon against the Brewers, however, would be nice. Especially for Gio Gonzalez, who makes his second attempt at securing his 20th victory of the season. Gonzalez actually remains the only 19-game winner in the majors, so he's still got some cushion.

No surprises in Davey Johnson's lineup against Milwaukee rookie right-hander Wily Peralta. Johnson said he'll pretty much be going with all his regulars (aside from the catchers) until the Nationals clinch the division.

Updates to come…

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM-JIP), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees, Wind 15 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (91-59)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. JaneB - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Here's to Gio being lights out, the bats warming up for us, and a non-save situation win that cancels the bottom of the ninth. Go, Nats!Turned out, when we were in the fancy seats last night, I was sitting in front of some cute twins, aged 3 1/2,, whose G-Dad was at work last night. In the dug out. Davey. From them, I learned that Abe Lincoln unvented Lincoln logs, and on the back of tne quarter is Screech.Today back to the regular seats, the better from which to scream, GYFNG!

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    except aoki, all are right-handed I believe. anyways, good luck to Gio and Nats!!!

  3. Joe Seamhead - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    LOL, Jane B!

  4. Joe Seamhead - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I can't help but be astounded by posters on the previous threads that want throw Tyler Clippard under the bus, and additionally make a guy a closer in the playoffs that ,A: has a total of zero ML saves, B: has no record of success in pitching back-to-back games.Let's at least see him close at least one, or two games first. I like what we've seen so far, but let's not get too carried away too quickly here.Even Rivera spent a year setting up for Wettland before they made him a closer in the playoffs.

  5. Section 222 - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The gist of the majority of comments in the last two threads was:1. Clip is injured.2. With the Braves and Reds losing, Davey intentionally sent Clip out to see if he could handle ithe situation and to have an excuse to demote him if he blew the save.3. Clip is now done as closer and Storen will take over, or Davey ought to go with someone who hasn't closed all year (Stammen or Garcia).Sorry, but I don't buy any of this. Clip said he's fine, feels 100%. His velocity is the same as always. I'll take his word over the observations of people hundreds of yards away in the park or on TV any day. Davey doesn't need an excuse to do anything, nor does he EVER intentionally risk losing a game to set himself up for a future move. He thought Clip was the right guy for the situation, rested from the night before and perfectly capable of getting the save. The team trusts him, the fans trust him. When he wants to replace Clip, he'll do it. And Davey sure hasn't made the decision to demote Clip yet. He said two nights ago after Storen's lights out performance in the clincher that he would use both Clip and Storen as the closer depending on matchups, and he basically reiterated that plan after the game last night. Storen will be the closer today, but I don't think we can predict anything beyond that. Clip hasn't been as effective since the ASG as he was before, but he's still the most experienced and best reliever the team has. He's not going to end up being the 7th inning guy anytime soon. And Garcia and Stammen certainly aren't going to close games this year or in the playoffs. Garcia is a rookie, and Stammen is too valuable as a long guy.

  6. ehay2k - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    We once again suffer the problem of too many pitchers. Life can be so unfair !!

  7. ehay2k - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    We once again suffer the problem of too many pitchers. Life can be so unfair !!

  8. Feel Wood - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Clippard's not closer material. He's proved as much this week. He's the Interim Jim of closers, so now that Storen is back he'll return to that role. He'll close games whenever Storen needs a day off, and that will be it.

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    I have now been Maloox free 11 days (only because I was at the stadium and my Maloox was at home last night).I have heard too often players say they are fine when they weren't so I will not take anyone's word for that. IS Clippard injured I don't know, but he sure isn't pitching nearly as effectively. 9 earned runs in last 7 innings is not good, and really not good if you are not injured.I am not proposing throwing under te bus, just back to the 8th inning and Storen to the 9th like it was last year. How is that throwing someone under the bus.I want Garcia to get time, but not 9th inning time.The closer is one player who can deflate the game faster than anyone else (though 9th inning guys can almost do as much). Once we get to the close, everyone else has done what iss needed for the game to be won. The close normally just needs to get 3 outs, up ti;l then the other pitchers got 24 outs. When a starter goes 8 it makes it worse.EJAX played great, and when I saw Tracy on the on deck circle in the 8th, I immediately got the Maloox feel, as I didn't have good vibes for Clippard last night (as I could remember the pitch that he couldn't elevate to Kemp kept running in my mind). I was hoping I would be wroong. I posted at 934 befire he ever entered I was regretting this move. I am mad at myself for thinking it, and even more mad at Clippard for letting what I thought could happen, happen. Today is another day. Lets win this one.Only 16 blown saves this year (and I hated each and every one of them.)

  10. Section 222 - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Oh come on. Not closer material? Seriously? 32 saves this year, sixth most in the NL even though he didn't start closing until May. Storen may very well be the better choice to close at this point in the season, but there's no need to denigrate Clip. His work this year has been key for the team.And again, when Davey wants to make a change, he'll say so and do it. That hasn't happened yet.

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Clipard can close, however he is slumping now, so give him a break to rest arm whatever he needs to get out of the slump. I prefer Storen in the long run, He seems healthy now.Just for the record Nats are now 13-4 with me there. On the down note of the 4 losses Clippard has three of them giving up 3 runs in the last inning of three games, Reds in April, Marlins 2 weeks ago and last night. Gio has the other loss. CLip only has 2 saves kin my presence. SO maybe it is me, and the negative vibes I have when I see him come in games I am at causes the problems. Will let you know next game.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I am not bad for everyone as LaRoche has 7 dingers, and Harper 3 assists and 3 homers. Strasburg 4-0, SO some of the guys get good carma from me. Just clippard seems to have the negative energy from me.

  13. MicheleS - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    GYFNG! GO GIO! GO BATS!

  14. Feel Wood - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Just as Interim Jim managers can win games, Interim Jim closers can get saves. But sooner or later the reasons why they are Interim Jims becomes clear. For Clippard, now is that time. In fact, we might as well start calling him Clipboard, because as a closer he's about as useful as an NFL backup QB.

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Go Gio

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    12 To 13 pitches an inning.

  17. baseballswami - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Clip is going through a bad time right now and really taking it to heart and searching. Drew is hot right now and so when the game is close, maybe he should close. Let Clip get his feet back under him IF we ever have a game where we have a cushion again. I am much more concerned about the inconsistent hitting. That period we had where everything left the park has seemed to make everyone homer-happy and swinging for the bleachers. Thursday they showed some situational hitting and moving runners, etc. I hope to see that offense back in the house today. Get on, move over, sac in, works just fine.

  18. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Hitting me less as long as we have more runs than opponents and we have mre than opponent.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Score 5 for Gio.

  20. Oldguy - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    The one that really ticked me (and quite a few other STH's) off last night was Clippard getting booed. You do not boo your own guys! Ever. Exceptions may include starting a brawl, obviously loafing or doing the other kinds of crap we have seen from FORMER players in the past. You do not boo your own guys for giving it their best shot. Clippard faced the middle of the order of a hot team desperately trying for a playoff. Veterans, guys who have been there. This is new for us–whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Get used to it.–"Been there since the 1940s"

  21. Oldguy - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Swami,Dead on. After ALR's home run we did very little at the plate. You give a closer a run one lead and stuff happens.And that pitcher never threw anything over about 87 MPH. In that case you punch, go for the small ball stuff. Maybe bunt for a hit. Whatever. How many popups did we hit last night? That comes from exactly what you describe–trying to hit junk over the fence.

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    11Pitches good first.old guy I boo non hustle not bad play

  23. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Reyburn blows Ball 4 call to Werth but then throws 3 more pitches to officially walk him.

  24. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Instead of Bryce walking and have 1st and 2nd and no outs its now 2 outs and bases empty.Umpire strikes again!

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    I have said as technology gets better umps get worse.

  26. baseballswami - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    You know, I love the Nats, but that inning was just unacceptable to me. I know the ump blew a call – again – but that guy could not find the strike zone at all and we did not take advantage of it. I just feel that was very poor execution.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Gio 22 pitches. an 11 excellent

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Espi has 5 balls thrown to him and he swings at e of them. Why?

  29. Smatt1001 - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Can't believe Morse was running on that pop up. But at least it's a nice day to be at the park.

  30. Secret wasian man - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Really? Really? Espi swings at 3 BALLS. Bo sends a guy hom with a piano on his back. Really? PlayoffS? Playoffs?

  31. NatsLady - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Why did Morse go? He had no chance, and now we have the pitcher leading off the next inning. I would rather he stayed on 3rd and maybe the guy will make another WP.

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    0-2 Pitch time for a K and instead a topped ball single.

  33. baseballswami - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Again – poor offensive execution. They are not going to hand us a win. This kid is pitching poorly – don't give him a chance to settle in.

  34. NatsLady - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Love that kid! Now, GET SOME RUNS. Gio is pitching his heart out!

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Harper great play in sun.ump called time way too late.I am thinking clsssic plush

  36. Bzl. - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    One thing we can all be thankful for, regardless of what happens in today's game: after today, no more Dierks Bentley mentions on TV every 10 minutes!

  37. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    One of the best ABs of the year by ALR, impressive

  38. Secret wasian man - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    great job adam

  39. Secret wasian man - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Dont help the kid. I hoped everyone learnd from Dannys AB.

  40. Secret wasian man - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Ill take it baby. Just put the ball in play and you never know. Patience Danny.

  41. Secret wasian man - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Actually Bzl it may rain later. Dierks could be back.

  42. UnkyD - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you……: THE BATS!!

  43. NatsLady - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Well, even Danny couldn't strike out on those pitches! A Livo sighting!!!

  44. JaneB - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Uh oh. How do you explain Livo to Kurt? I hope Kurt bests him

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Kurt could have broken it wide open. his best atribute is controling putchers. he went right out when Gio was pissed about the time iut. Jesus needs to do thst more.

  46. baseballswami - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Nice top, nice bottom. So much better. Livo won't be easy, though. He is just so crafty.

  47. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    BOOM!! 6-0 Way to go Ryan Z!!!

  48. MicheleS - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    HELLO BATS!

  49. Secret wasian man - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    YES I almost feel bad for Levan. Nah. He is a good guy though. In the words of Elton John. "He shall leave Levon."

  50. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    BOOM!! Ian checks in, and it's 9-0!!Two 3 run HRs in one inning? somewhere Earl Weaver is happy..

  51. waddu eye no - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Looks good from 214.

  52. Drew - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Uh oh. It's 9-0.:)

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Our kind of inning.

  54. JaneB - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I'm glad Livan kinda blew up there and I still love him. But there is no longer a shred of me that wishes we had him in our pen. I know. Don't say anything or call me names.

  55. djinFl. - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I am guessing the doomers have left for the day, and it is safe to enter. Missed last night due to Ian Anderson and his Thick as a Brick tour. Only scanned enough to see our new found fans booed. Glad to see the sun is back out and everyone is feeling better this afternoon. Not to mention the boys are raking. GYFNG

  56. waddu eye no - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Thick as a brick, eh?Really dont mind if you sat that one out

  57. Oldguy - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Manassas (from above, re booing–I had to go out for a while),I'm cool with that–lack of hustle. But I haven't seen that from our guys lately.

  58. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    now that's pretty historic. Walter Johnson! WOW. Go Gio!!!

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Old guy i have not seen any.

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Suddenly Harper not seeing ball well

  61. baseballswami - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    No need to panic, here. Just get the third out. Any time we are up by that particular number – 9 — I get deja vous all over again. Nightmares.

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    No maloox needed. Harper let ball hit outside of glove.

  63. NatsLady - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Yeah, but it's not raining. And it's a day game. And there's some kind of after-game entertainment. They ain't letting this one get away from them.

  64. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    BOOM! #32 for ALR! Talk about a sweet swing. Double Figures today

  65. djinFl. - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    That takes care of your number 9 phobia.ALR MVP!

  66. NatsLady - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    OK, it's 10 runs. Whew!

  67. djinFl. - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    With two more againist the Brewers, I am glad to see us wearing out their pen today.

  68. Section 3, My Insufferable Sofa - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I get deja vous all over again. I'm having a jamais vu there myself.

  69. Section 3, My Insufferable Sofa - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Well, if Gio hadn't polished his shoes this morning that call could have gone the other way. Just did get the base there.

  70. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Haha..Look at Gio mixing up his pitches! The fling to the backstop perfectly set up the nasty hook for the K…

  71. Section 3, My Insufferable Sofa - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    "I wouldn't get too comfortable in there. I have no idea where it's going. I really don't."

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Gio tips his hat.

  73. mick - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    A 20 game winner is a BIG DEAL, last time in DC was 1952!!

  74. mick - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Cards are up in their game, this really hurts the Brewers

  75. mick - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    ALR at the very least is the MLB comeback player of the year!

  76. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    I love how a big lead for the Nats turns the NI in-game thread into the "Chillax Room"…

  77. mick - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    A's just tied Yankees, O's lead 6-5 in 8th….. pennant race cant get any better

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    ALR second in cime back player as much as I wish he could win. Buster Posey after tearing knee will win as well as MVP

  79. mick - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan I think you may be right, unfortunately

  80. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Nats on their way to improving their record to 27-10 v the NL Central this year…Wish we could play in that crappy Division all year…No wonder the Reds have such a good record, 41 wins in the NL Central…

  81. JaneB - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Dunno if anyone has posted this yet but Twitter days Atlanta jiggered the rotation so Medlen starts the WC game. Says me: they're not really chasing us AND we won't see him in the playoffs.

  82. Section 3, My Insufferable Sofa - Sep 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    It does take some time to set that up, and they have to assume they have that play-in game. They do have to go with Medlin for that, I think.

  83. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I hope we can win this game.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Fp the damn wave comes up and we give up runs.

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Garcia trying to make clip look good.

  86. MicheleS - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOO #20 for Gio!

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Magic number 6

  88. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Congrats to Gio, for the rest of his life he'll be referred to as "20 game winner, Gio Gonzalez"…

  89. JaneB - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Swift eagle….until he's referred to as "world series MVP Gio Gonzalez?"

  90. Joe Seamhead - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    20 game winner for the first time since 1953? First time a DC pitcher gets 200 K's since Walter Johnson? Yep, I might of been wrong.

  91. Swift Eagle - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Haha..Yes Jane, I'm hoping for several accolades to go before the last comma!"World Series MVP, Cy Young, 20 Game winner, Gio Gonzalez"…

  92. Section 3, My Insufferable Sofa - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Nice of you to notice you "might have been wrong" there, Joe! Did I mention I had them winning 86 games, and third place?

  93. Section 3, My Insufferable Sofa - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    "International celebrity philanthropist Gio Gonzalez, who, before he cured cancer and brought lasting peace to the Middle East, was a professional baseball player … "

  94. natsfan1a - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Just got home as we stayed for the concert. All I'm going to say for now is that was fun! Atta way, GIO!! :-)

  95. ehay2k - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Lol Sofa. Also some great posts by old guy (I did boo Morgan today and FLop when he was dogging it with us.), swift, and others. Fair to criticize the team, just not warranted to throw players under the bus or personally attack posters. That is the way of the LoD.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 92 64 --
ATLANTA 76 81 16.5
NEW YORK 76 81 16.5
MIAMI 75 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 86 21.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Tuesday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (2) 92 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.5
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y-PITTSBURGH 86 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 0.5
MILWAUKEE 80 77 6.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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