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NLDS Game 1: Nats at Cardinals

Oct 7, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals' first-ever postseason runs begins today at Busch Stadium.

ST. LOUIS — The time has come. No more pontificating. No more speculation. No more anticipation. The postseason has arrived for the Washington Nationals, and all that's left to do is take the field and play ball.

No surprises from Davey Johnson with his Game 1 lineup. It's the same one he fielded throughout the final two weeks of the pennant race. He doesn't have any surprises planned for his use of the pitching staff and said all of his relievers are capable of going back-to-back-to-back days if necessary. And he didn't feel any need to speak to his entire roster as a group in advance of this series.

"If I had a meeting," the 69-year-old skipper said, "they'd think I was panicking or something."

So there's nothing really left to say except: Enjoy the game, and please check back here for updates and analysis throughout…

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 3:07 p.m. EDT
TV: TBS
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WSPZ (570 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 53 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

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

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421 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Same lineup no changes … sticking with the date that brung 'em to the dance.

  2. A DC Wonk - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    No problem boys. We played to sell-out crowds here just a week ago, with some pressure, too.Gio — show everybody why you led the league in wins! Nats, show everybody why you led (or nearly led) the league in batting post ASB. Bryce, show them why you are indeed a once-in-a-generation hitter; RZim, show them the same Mr. Clutch you showed on the opening day of Nats park; Desi and Espi and LaRoche, show them why you all can be gold glove caliber (and, Ian, show them you're the best #6 hitter in baseball); MM show them your healthy power; and Werth, show them why you became the first high-priced free agent to sign with the Nats and what made you such a good lead off batter.That oughtta cover it for the first game, no?

  3. waddu eye no - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    As i've posted before (you could look it up):!!!!!!!!!!!!!!gyfng

  4. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Bourbon, Check, Maalox, Check, team in the Postseason, Check!!!!!!GYFNG!!!! GO GIO!!

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Gi-o! Gi-O!! GI-O!!! Go, NATS!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  6. Cwj - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Watching the A's Tigers game on MLB network.(I think Detroit will likely win this series).Jim Kaat is an absolutely terrible broadcaster, btw. Not sure why they have him as an analyst on that station either…

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I agree Cwj….both Katt and Fox's Tim McCarver shouldbe relagated to little league regional telecasts.

  8. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Svrluga memorial Pannera :Davey's a leader

  9. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Kitty Kaat? They guy who slammed Stras? He's probably onset Alzheimers like Reagan was. I can't believe he wrote that letter … ridiculous.

  10. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    NatsJack.. Sadly Fox has the NLCS this year.

  11. Jim Webster - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    NatsJack, agree with your comment on Kaat and McCarver, but it pains me to say that about Tim, remembering him as Bob Gibson's battery mate in the 70s. But it's time for him to hang it up.

  12. Steady Eddie - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Let's go Gio! (clap clap clap-clap-clap!)Another game, another series to win.GYFNG!

  13. Uncle Atom - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    The Nats have been great this year at focusing on winning every series – does anyone have the numbers on wins, ties, and losses for all of the Nats' regular season series? GYFNG!

  14. Jim Webster - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Watching Milone pitch for As today (and Norris catch yesterday) shows how trade for Gio was a win-win … and shows strength of Nat's development plan.

  15. Steady Eddie - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    One word why the Nats relative lack of playoff experience won't matter: Davey.

  16. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Michele ……and the WS….however I do like Joe Buck but not enough to offset McCarver.If ESPN was smart enough to put Morgan out to pasture, why isn't Fox? Maybe it's because smart and Fox don't belong in the same sentence.

  17. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Been reading this blog all season. What a wonderful community… With hardly any exceptions. Gyfng

  18. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Gotta go for a walk, this is taking too long!!! LOL.

  19. Steady Eddie - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Uncle Atom — the series' records were tracked game-by-game in the WaPo special section on Friday.

  20. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Mark: Thanks for Davey's comment on the pre-game meeting today. Steady Eddie.. couldn't agree with you more: DAVEY!!!! (oh.. Hi Davey!!!)

  21. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Just read a retweet from Jim Bowden on a sign a fan has in St. Louis. It says "Gotta Love the Outfield Fly Rule".

  22. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Not to look ahead but anyone heard any more on Cueto?

  23. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Watching little Tommy pitch ( tear) he's all grown up and pitching in the post season. The Nats organization is awesome at scouting and player development! We will be seeing some of that young talent on the field today. I hope the guys stay within themselves and have fun playing in October!

  24. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Just saw the news on Matt Kemp… Labrum surgery worse than expected, may not be at full strength even when season starts next year.. YIKES! (well, good for everyone else, but still)

  25. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Nicky.. They are working on Cueto's back, no news yet, but they are hopeful he will pitch in either game 3 or 4 of the NLDS.

  26. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    You have to admit that what Latos did last night was very gutsy. They are hoping Cueto will step into his start now, in essence, they would be trading spots. That was sad to watch.Cueto was in obvious pain from the start, although no one realized it.

  27. waddu eye no - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    charlie and dave til 4, tombs til 530 mass, then gameday on my phone. hidden in my choir folder.kyrie eleison. deus dimitte peccata mea.gyfng

  28. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Ahhh.. Nats Xtra is on.

  29. Steady Eddie - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Swami — yes on Tommy M.! Most impressive thing of how he's been dealing today is that it's on the road — where he's had his greatest problems this year — and against a very tough lineup.

  30. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    This feels so cool. An hour until game time for the Nats. Our guys in the playoffs. To quote a great philosopher: woooooooooo hooooooooooo!Go Go, Go Nats!

  31. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Lordy.. look at Gio's numbers by month. Aug & September look amazing!!!

  32. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    GYFNG!

  33. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Can't wait for Charley and Dave pre-game show.MicheleS, I think this is going to be a laugher. Keep the Maalox and bourbon on ice. Won't need it today. Gio won 10-0 vs. these guys at Nats Park. Won't be a problem today, either. A laugher.GYFNG!! (Playoff Division, All Rights Reserved).

  34. NCNatsie - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Fifty three degrees! Stay warm, guys.GYFNG!!!!

  35. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    A story about Shriley Povich and long suffering local baseball fans. Povich refused to attend another opening day … not even exhibition games. That is how a true DC local would feel. Not the transient tripe clique who so often frequent this blog.'This is the greatest baseball season of my life,' said a lifelong Washingtonian, who had been a regular at Griffith Stadium and RFK. He spoke for many.

  36. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    1A.. It looks like Drake has his own paparazzi. I have seen about 4 or 5 pics of him on twitter. All the beat's are commenting on how lucky he is or how jealous everyone is of him :-) !!!SUNSHINE: from your typing fingers to the Baseball God's ears!!!!

  37. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    How fun was it for you to title this post, Mark? (asked like Debby would have asked it, and I hope she's watching today, too). Fun to hear you in the pre-game presser.My abiding feeling today, apart from a tumultuous stomach, is this: I am so happy that these guys get to play the game today. BUT I AM MORE HAPPY FOR MY IMAGINARY FRIENDS. The ones who comment and the ones who don't, The ones who have been cheering since April 2005 and the ones who came more recently. Most especially the ones who remember those awful bull pen years, and who traded insights about when to go to see Spring Training and what to do there. The ones who are scattered across the country and rarely see a Curlie W on a cap except in the mirror. The ones who love them no matter what, even if you sometimes have to step away from the TV (though not NEARLY as often as in the old days). THANK YOU MARK for this gathering site and all the insights and laughs you've given us all. We are better fans because of you. This will be a fun day. And I believe in my bones we will win it, which will just make it even more fun.GYFNG!!!

  38. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Waddu, may you be signing Gloria! by 6:00!

  39. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    OY.. Bad fielding just bit the A's

  40. Another_Sam - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Ditto to you guys on McCarver — he's established a very high bar for being unlistenable. But I think Orel has a chance to move into Tim's league. Just IMHO. I'm not all that down on Kaat because he used to pitch here — and he pitched everywhere else too. At one point I think Kaat was the answer to a trivia question: who was the last active majo leaguer to play for a Washington club. Those days are long gone.

  41. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Coco Crisp? For all of you that wanted him, I say "Poppycock." I never wanted him.

  42. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    JoeS.. Shark would have had that ;-)

  43. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Tommy done good. Maybe the A's can come back.

  44. Steady Eddie - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    JaneB — Word, a thousand times over!GYFNG!

  45. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    It will be so awesome to be in the NLCS that I'm not even going to mind Joe and Timmy making the call. (Tim's a true joke of a color guy though.)The drinking game today should probably be any reference to Strasburg. I'll bet it happens enough to get very, very drunk. Bonus shot for a mention of the dubious Medlen comparison. Boz had a nice point in his piece today (he's on fire right now by the way), about a generation of Nats fans who grew up somewhere else as fans of other teams or grew up here, but were too young (or not even born in 1971) to know or care about the Senators. They suffered through many years of not having a team in DC and adopted this team as their own right from the start in 2005. They are enjoying this moment just as much as those of you who grew up with the Senators. Time for playoff baseball. We're ready!

  46. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Hi Charlie, Hi Dave! I've never been happier to hear your voices.

  47. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    222, Nice to see Boz welcome everyone with open arms and not have a purity test. Your right he has been on fire, as have all the reporters that have been covering the team. Following them all on twitter has been a blast as well.

  48. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    HOLY MOLY! The A's are BACK!

  49. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    JaneB, you are a NI's treasure. I envy you for your constant sunny commentary.I envy it, but I don't always emulate it.MicheleS that ball that Crisp missed was all jitters related. Great comeback going on by the A's.

  50. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Wow. Oakland!

  51. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I wonder if a mosh pit starts in Detroit for the bottom of the 9th?

  52. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Wasn't watching, went to get my scorebook. Hopefully keeping score will calm my nerves. How did the A's get 2 runs?

  53. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    NatsLady.. Cespedes, stole 2nd, then 3rd, then scored on a WP.. Reddick hit a homer

  54. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Steal, steal, wild pitch, home run. Tiger bullpen.

  55. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    And now a word from Old Friends Frank Howard, Mike Epstein, Del Unser, Ed Stroud, Ken McMullen, Paul Casanova, Tim Cullen, Eddie Brinkman, Dick Bosman, Dave Baldwin, Bernie Allen, Brant Alyea, Jim French, Dave Nelson, Lee Maye, Jeff Burroughs, Pete Broberg, Dick Billings, Jim Hannan, Casey Cox, Darrell Knowles and every other Washington Senator who kindled an Arlington boy's love for the game:GYFNG!!!!!

  56. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Thomas Boswell‏@ThomasBoswellWPDavey Johnson on medical ills in '12: "My toes, my leg, now my back. It's moving UP. Next, it'll be my head. By the World Series, senility."

  57. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Don't forget Don Lock, Jim King, Chuck Cottier,Chuck Hinton, Tom Chaney,Jim Duckworth and Camilio Pasquel .

  58. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I would say that Crisp's drop was more about showboating than jitters. A basket catch? C'mon.

  59. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Tigers are roaring again. Good game!

  60. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Either way, sm13, it was poor form.

  61. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Big Giant Fail by TBS.. Can't see the lineup being announced.

  62. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Joe S – agreed

  63. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Thank goodness for the "Last" button on my remote. Jeez, wild pitch AGAIN?????? Nerves, nerves, nerves. Boys, keep calm.

  64. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    What a game!

  65. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    MASN not showing into either.

  66. Exposremains - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    how great it would be if Strasburg was healthy.

  67. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Intros…

  68. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    YCPB ‏@cantpredictballThe A's/Tiger's game today has been tied on two separate occasions by a wild pitch.

  69. DWS - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Fasten your seat belts. Game on.

  70. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    It's game time….The day I thought would surely come has come at last!

  71. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    My friend is texting me from the game. The two of them have seen 3 other Nats fans.

  72. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    My Mom, sis and family are watching from Fargo. Have them on constant instant messaging. LOL.

  73. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Swami, My Cards buddy is doing the same. It's going to be a fun game!

  74. waddu eye no - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Jane b- thats the plan!

  75. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Wainright showing a good curve early.

  76. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Strike zone seems small. Gio not getting the outside.

  77. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Gio needs to breathe through his eyelids.

  78. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Come on, Gio, settle down.

  79. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Good, sun didn't affect Bryce.

  80. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Interesting watching both games. The AL ump is generous on the outside.

  81. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Home page of the Post doesn't know what to do with itself!

  82. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Sit on fastballLay off curve

  83. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    That curve is wicked. Nats beware!!

  84. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Desi, nice stroke, nice hit.

  85. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    MAN I miss FP and Bob.

  86. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    That is a wicked curve.

  87. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Ok. Now our secret weapon, Kurt.

  88. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Gee, Danny with a K. Shocker. Sac fly, maybe?

  89. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    THANK YOU Kurt! And we know the record when we are first on the board!

  90. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    YOWSA!

  91. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Zuke!!!!!!

  92. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    JaneB–called it!!!!! Danny was trying to be patient, but he looked stunned he got a FB there.

  93. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Zuke!! Well done. He's making a case to bat 7th, that's for sure.

  94. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    ZUKI!

  95. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Did I tell you I like this guy Suzuki?

  96. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Zooooooikkkkk!

  97. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Wow, he walked Gio on 4 pitches?!?

  98. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Be patient Jayson!

  99. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Don't really want Gio out there.

  100. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    swami, ditto, but it was a walk. Also, not a hot day. No damage done.

  101. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Detroit walked off. Man the A's are showing themselves to be a good team.

  102. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Ok Gio Shut em down

  103. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Tigers won it on Cabrera single–against the A's closer (Balfour).

  104. Oldguy - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Dave and Charley are on 106.7

  105. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    And 1500 am

  106. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    If you listen to Charlie and Dave on the MLB app, it's behind the TV broadcast. If you have a DVR, you can pause the TV broadcast and then sync it with the radio feed. (I use the crack of the bat or the ball hitting the glove to do it.) I'm not to that point with these announcers yet, but it's nice to have in the reserve .

  107. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    And mlb gameday audio.

  108. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    These TBS announcers are coming through as background "white noise" on my tv. I really don't hear a word they are saying.

  109. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I thought the Tigers won on a sac fly by Don Kelly…

  110. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Dear Gio,Please stop walking guys. Thanks,NatsNut

  111. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    NatsNut, are you really just listening on radio? I thought you might find a TV to watch on for the playoffs!! :

  112. ehay2k - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Gio and Zuki crossed up on that first pitch to Descalso

  113. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    222, I was going to, but realized for the first game there was no place I'd rather be than home with with Charlie and Dave.

  114. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    McCatty?

  115. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Gio does not have command of the curve yet. All over the place. 2 walks. These are patient hitters. Need a dp right here.

  116. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Wasn't watching, they were just yada yada how Cabrera was the hero of the game.

  117. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    OkWe're f…ed

  118. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Cabrera tied the game with a homerun. Too bad for As. Now they have to win 3 in a row at home.

  119. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    3 straight walks. Really need a double play. Pitcher up. Sheesh. Come on, Cat, fix it!!!

  120. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    This is exactly the only worry I had about today.

  121. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    For God's sake!

  122. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Oh, no, oh no, oh no.

  123. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Gio will come back. Just get out of this inning.

  124. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    OK, Gio, that's quite enough of that.

  125. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Gio, just stop the bleeding. Settle down.

  126. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    This is so bad. What do they do now????? Anyone up ? He has no control !!!!! Too much rest, zim could be the same way tomorrow.

  127. rabbit34 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    HICKUP…HICKUP…HICKUP…HICKUP…………

  128. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    An out for a run. Limit the damage

  129. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Too bad Werth couldn't drive in some more runs in the 2nd, but the game is still young. No need to panic guys.

  130. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    And by guys, I mean my imaginary friends (swami for one), as well as the Nats.

  131. Kirbs - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Who do you get up? Ross or EJ?

  132. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Suzuki getting battered.

  133. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Whew. That could have been soooooo much worse.

  134. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    All right, we've seen this show before. Get some runs and Gio, settle down.

  135. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Okay. That's just one run down. It could be so much worse. Now our guys will pick him up. GYFNG!

  136. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    We got this.GYFNG!!!

  137. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Stats clearly demonstrate Gio pitches better less rested.Davey chooses to rest him.Result? A very very very rusty and unsure Gio.Thanks, Davey.

  138. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    The Nats are very fortunate that the Cards only scored two runs.Gio needs to find his GPS.

  139. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Breathing again, heart rate slowing .

  140. Smatt1001 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Let's hope the jitters are out. Time to grind it out Nats.

  141. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSNWell, through 2 innings, Gio Gonzalez has a no-hitter going

  142. Will - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    The way Gio has been pitching, it's not unreasonable to panic.Lucky to limit the damage to only 2 runs. Hopefully, he's got the nerves out of the way now. But I don't want to think if he comes out wild again in the 3rd…

  143. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    John Perrotto ‏@jperrotto#Nats LHP Gio Gonzalez has allowed two runs, walked five and thrown 55 pitches in two innings — and still has his no-hitter intact!

  144. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Seen this show before? When?Gio walking four in an inning — wild pitching a run home?No one has ever seen this show before.

  145. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Gio is just hustling 'em.

  146. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Wainright is a master — moving the ball all around the zone.

  147. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Wainrights' curve is very on today — not good.

  148. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Damn the whole baseball world knows Zim's hole is up and in.first pitch? up and in

  149. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Wainwright doesn't have such great control either.

  150. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    3rd pitch so inside, almost hits Zimcurve away to follow

  151. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    and the curve missesnext up and in

  152. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    C'mon Adam! Hit a long one.

  153. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Wainrights misses in — and Zim rips it for a hit!!Good job, Zim!

  154. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Strasburg Shutdown reference! Drink!!

  155. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    swinging at first pitch? okay

  156. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I wish there was some electric prod that would go off and sting anyone who keeps talking about Strasburg.

  157. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Morse — first pitch swinging — ooookay

  158. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    The Nats are hitting, the cards are walking. You cannot compare Stras to this pitcher !!!! He is only 23. This again— arrrrrrg. Hope Gio has pulled himself together.

  159. Will - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    I didn't place much credence in the whole "playoff experience" argument. But seeing how nervy some of our young guys look has me reconsidering the merits of that.

  160. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    NFSS, we got your point. No need to rub it in.

  161. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Will Gio regain his nerves in this third inning?Will he man up or go to pieces?Love the playoffs: they make or break Stars.

  162. Exposremains - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Thats the Gio of 1st start with Nats, of trying to clinch in Philly Gio, not good with pressure.

  163. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Section 222: please focus on the game — and not me.Please let people talk and dont go Forum Nazi on me.Lets enjoy this.

  164. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Or with lots of rest.

  165. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    do it, Gio! Nice curve

  166. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Focus on Zim's throw –Bob and FRP ignored the Elephant on the diamond for 162 games

  167. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Ok. Gio is back to being Gio

  168. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Gio's release point is all over the place

  169. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Uh- Ryan had four cortisone shots??????

  170. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Looks like Gio got on the cell phone with Dad when in the dugout to get himself righted.Who would know him better than his Father. Get him in the dugout!!

  171. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    THAT'S more like it.

  172. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Good recovery by Gio. Time for some runs

  173. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I still don't quite get the reasoning behind the League's Best record playing a wildcard also ran in their home park.

  174. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Much, much better. Still inconsistent . When was the last time Gio pitched? Long layoff not so good? Curve still not there- it 's a feel pitch. But I will take it. Now some offense??

  175. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Hee hee. told ya. NatsNut said…Gio will come back. Just get out of this inning.October 07, 2012 3:56 PM

  176. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    This 2 wildcard format came after the schedule was set- no travel days open. Only this year, then it changes.

  177. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Desi has ice water in his veins.

  178. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Espi: the living breathing strikout artist.

  179. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    ooh boy. Now Espi will watch a curve right in there for Strike 3

  180. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Danny K Espinosa

  181. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Yep — if only the stock market and the weather were as predictable as Espinosa.

  182. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I still don't quite get the reasoning behind the League's Best record playing a wildcard also ran in their home park.It's a one year only problem. They set all the rights for the TV games before they decided to go with two WC teams. Using an off day and a day for the WC games meant they didn't have enough off days to accomodate a regular 2-2-1 format for the NLDS. So they'd have to go with a 3-2 or a 2-3 format. 2-3 is fairer than 3-2 so there you have it. Definitely took away one of the advantages of having the top seed.

  183. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Really needed to move the runner . Even a contact out would have done that.

  184. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Espinosa can't identify anything batting left handed. Anything offspeed and he's dead meat.

  185. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Cannot wait until Rendon comes up for good. His contact and on base percentage will do wonders.

  186. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Espinosa: #3 in MaJors this year in K'sButFirst in the NL with 189Good job, little Danny.

  187. feelanau - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Until he shows he won't strikeout every other at bat davey must bunt in that situation. It's a wasted out.

  188. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Lombo just has to be inserted in that 2b spot. This is the playoffs — Espi will cost them, big.

  189. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Can the Nats to anywhere with two automatic outs in the lineup: Espi and the pitcher's spot?

  190. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Wainright with 7 k's in four innings.

  191. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Are the cardinals really that paranoid about sign stealing? Is that because they do it. ? Kind of kooky. Come on , Gio !!!

  192. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    The Cards ate the Nats alive in that last series. This is the one team I did not want to see in the playoffs.

  193. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Lombo can't carry Espinosa's jock.

  194. rabbit34 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    HICKUP…HICKUP…HICKUP…HICKUP…HICKUP……Love to see a no-hit loss!

  195. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    FP said that teams that steal signs are the ones that are the most paranoid. A LaRussa legacy.

  196. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    There goes the no hitter

  197. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Natsjack. He might not have Damny's range or cannon, but he is a more consistent offensive player. He would have made contact at least and moved the runner. I hope Danny has a desi-like jump next year. He can be good or a liability. When he hits for power it balances the K's.

  198. rabbit34 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    CRAP…CRAP…CRAP…There goes the no-hitter.

  199. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    That was sweet. Too bad we didn't really see it because of the chatting…..

  200. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Nice turn by Danny. Good, quick inning for Gio .

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