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Instant analysis: Nats 8, White Sox 7

Apr 10, 2013, 2:22 AM EDT

Associated Press
Gio Gonzalez is out trying to stretch a single into a double.

Game in a nutshell: Returning home from a rough weekend in Cincinnati, the Nationals faced an odd matchup: an interleague series in early April. The two teams wound up playing more of an AL style game, with the ball flying out of Nationals Park on a warm, 81-degree evening. Gio Gonzalez battled his way through five innings, piling up pitches but holding the White Sox to only one run. His teammates then took care of the run support. Ian Desmond homered in the sixth. Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche each launched two-run homers in the sixth. LaRoche (who had been 0-for-15 on the season) then went deep again in the eighth, providing some much-needed insurance. Turns out they needed it, because Rafael Soriano served up a two-run homer to Alex Rios with two outs in the ninth, trimming the lead to one, before he closed this one out and improved the Nationals to 5-2.

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  1. MicheleS - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    UNTUCK! WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!going to vomit again. Geesh!

  2. Secret wasian man - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    The Great Untuck is not getting it done. Never vomitted this much with Drew closing. Maybe he needs his job back. Not happy with our two new pitchers. Good win though and great hitting

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Bullpen very weak last 4 games.Harper multi hit games 5-0.Less then 2 hits 0-2.Three different multi homer games in 7 games.

  4. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Did I untuck, you might ask? Yes. Yes, I did.

  5. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    The Ump was horrible all night…very one sided, and not ours.

  6. sjm308 - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Hope everyone behaved over on the game post (ha,ha). Bet people were going nuts with Clip having a little difficulty and Storen throwing well. See, its 162 games and not everyone will be lights out every single time. Bottom line is Nats Win!! So happy for LaRoche. As much of a pro and veteran as he is, that has to be tough starting out 0 for whatever and also having the back stiffen. I wanted to see Morse here but respect pretty much everything Rizzo does and I do love Adam's defense (especially last year with all of the scatter arms). We had another error tonight and I realize that is a tough call as it's pretty hard to hit a baserunners helmet. Still, I think everyone wants to see us tighten things up. Last point. Ventura had a tough time managing this game. Thought he kept Peavy in too long and I don't believe Dunn got an at bat. Has to be difficult for the AL guys to come in and have to figure out when to double switch etc. He also was a man short with Beckham hurt. Win tomorrow and we win our 2nd series out of 3.Go Nats!!

  7. Doc - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Gues who's got the best ERA in the pen?Drewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!And he doesn't have to untuck his uni!Wad's that about ST stats, sportsfans?

  8. sjm308 - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Wasian – surely you remember Chief?? Not happy with Soriano for sure but he did get Konerko for that final out.

  9. Tcostant - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Man you can't go to sleep early with this pen. I'm glad we hung on…

  10. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Think Davey will switch if drew keeps up his filthiness

  11. sjm308 - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Scott: thats a great question. I doubt if Davey switches but I bet if Storen stays nasty, he will at least get an opportunity to save several times. It is still a small sample size for both and we are 5-2 but I am hoping Soriano settles in and Drew keeps throwing well.

  12. baseballswami - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Yikes. It's going to be a long, crazy season.

  13. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Sori slider is actually a meatball slider. Which btw is delicious. If that slider stats up we r in for trouble. Ps: go caps! We may have 4 legit teams in the DMV!

  14. Scott Margenau - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    "Stays up"

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Soriano has pitched well since 2006. I suspect he will get back to normal, but so far not a great start.

  16. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    He didn't get one, but it looked like he was about to get one just before the game ended (whew).Thought he kept Peavy in too long and I don't believe Dunn got an at bat.

  17. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    You know I did.

  18. A DC Wonk - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Yes, Dunn was in the on-deck circle when Korneko made the last out.

  19. baseballswami - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Was that really only game 7? Oh , how I missed all this stress and consternation. And home runs and winning.

  20. do1teach1 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Is anyone else getting tired of those stupid LA Angels shampoo commercials during Nationals games?

  21. JaneB - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    In section 130, we TUCKED to UNTUCK with Soriano. I'm so glad we got to and that we didn't jinx it. MAN it would have been so hard to have Dunn come to the plate against us in the 9th!We thought that balk was bogus. I guess it's minorly better that it wasn't. One down, two to go.

  22. Gonat - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    I'm watching the Angels/A's game and Brendan Harris comes to bat. Yes, the Brendan Harris from the Expos/Nats. He hasn't been in the MLB since 2010 and actually bounced around quite a few Minor League camps.

  23. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    More importantly, Gonat, are they showing shampoo commercials with Nats players? :-)

  24. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    No, but I hear the Phillies have a contract to film some Just For Men commercials.

  25. ehay2k - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    LOL sofa! Maybe the Yankees can do some as well…

  26. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Viagra may also be looking for actors. Just a thought…

  27. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    No, wait. To tie in with the "creaky and leaky" theme, the Phillies need to step up to the plate with commercials for anti-inflammatory and urinary incontinence meds. Probably a good thing that nobody's reading this thread any more. :-)

  28. Doc - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Having the Phithies advertise for retirement villages would be a natural. Jolly Cholly could do the voice over, and come in at the end. Maybe a Philthy special could be arranged with season tickets.

  29. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Doc, I think they already have a promo. Here's a Phillies team photo from last year.

  30. Doc - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Fun link Sec. 3!Keep that sofa untucked!Do you think that we'll see Soriano's 2nd pitch soon?

  31. Section 222 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Sofa, is that a shot of the Phillies' wives?

  32. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I think that's where the joke part comes in. :-)

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 18.5
x-Clinched NL East title

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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.0 +2.0
PITTSBURGH 82 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 74 9.5 3.5
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