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Game 24: Nats vs. Reds

Apr 27, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

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The Nats are coming off back-to-back one-hitters against the third highest scoring offense in the majors. Today they send Dan Haren (1-3, 7.36 ERA) to the hill who made his Nationals debut against the very same Reds earlier this season, allowing six earned runs in four innings out in Cincinnati.

Back in Washington's lineup is Anthony Rendon who will play third base and bat seventh. Danny Espinosa is hitting second as Steve Lombardozzi gets a rest. Everything else is pretty much as expected.

The Reds will pitch Mike Leake (1-0, 3.81 ERA), a former 8th overall pick. Leake has faced the Nationals seven different times in his young career, allowing 23 earned runs in 39 1/3 innings (a 5.26 ERA. After seeing their offense take a step back last night, maybe the Nats can get things going again against a guy they have been able to bat around in the past.

Updates to come…

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: FOX, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM)
Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (12-11)
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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225 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Who hates Span? There's only 1 person who rates him as a bench player.

  2. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    That is what we are talking about! Perfect defensive formation. Instead of a Votto single, just a simple G6

  3. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_RosenthalVotto really frustrated in #Reds’ dugout after last AB. Threw helmet, screamed.

  4. Dan Strong - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Come on Drew… Let's get out of this.

  5. Exposremains - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    the bullpen trying really hard to ruin this game.

  6. Exposremains - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    anybody still thinks that Storen is ok with losing the closer spot

  7. Dan Strong - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Close call..

  8. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Last week the Nats botch that doubleplay as we saw a few times and this week LaRoche with a patented scoop completes the doubleplay.

  9. Exposremains - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Don't like Brenneman, love that he's on Espinosa's case. Bob and FP always defending him no matter what he does

  10. Drew - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    LaRoche picks up Espinosa on his third bad throw of the day.

  11. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    I don't blame Storen. That's how BABIP works. Nothing hit real well.

  12. Exposremains - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    The amazing thing about Espinosa is that he never gets bench for poor playing. Everybody does but never Espinosa.

  13. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Exposremains said… The amazing thing about Espinosa is that he never gets bench for poor playing. Everybody does but never Espinosa. April 27, 2013 3:59 PM _____________________________Morse got benched for clowning around in front of Harper in the field last year.Like I said, Espinosa's head left his body today. It's been evident in most of his at-bats and in the field.

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Who hates Span? Mlots of people have bitched about him being here. Games like today is what Rizzo invisioned when he traded for him.

  15. Drew - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Sean Marshall played at VCU, as did Brandon Inge, Scott Sizemore and Jerry DiPoto, now the Angels' GM.VCU and UR have good baseball programs, along with U.Va.

  16. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Braves lost again! 7-4

  17. Sec. 3, My Rocking Fire Sofa - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Tuckin' it up here, boss!

  18. Exposremains - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    good job fan reaching for the ball

  19. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Who hates Span? Mlots of people have bitched about him being here. Games like today is what Rizzo invisioned when he traded for him. April 27, 2013 4:02 PM _______________________________Come on. Nobody hates him. Peric just suggested he's a banjo hitter that shouldn't be starting.Other than that was some good observations that he played too shallow and he's definitely adjusted this series.He's played solid in what he was brought here to do.

  20. Sec. 3, My Rocking Fire Sofa - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    And Span made a nice catch at the wall. Obviously, he's been reading the comments here and adjusted according.

  21. Gonat - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Untuck. Nats are now up 4-2 in the season series vs. the Reds!!!

  22. Sec. 3, My Rocking Fire Sofa - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Untucked and woooooooooooo hooooooooooooooootm Michele

  23. Exposremains - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    YES

  24. Section 222 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    UNTUCK!!

  25. Steady Eddie - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    And another game picked up on the Barves, now 2.5 back and counting….

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