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Game 30: Nats at Pirates

May 3, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals are at beautiful PNC Park for a weekend series with the Pirates.

PITTSBURGH — Hello from what, in my humble opinion, is the best ballpark in America: PNC Park. Every time I gaze out at that vista from the press box, I have to remind myself I'm looking at reality, not a painting.

The Nationals are in town for a weekend series that won't be a piece of cake. The Pirates are playing very good baseball, and tonight they'll send veteran A.J. Burnett (your current NL strikeouts leader) to the mound. The Nats will counter with a lineup bolstered by the return of Ryan Zimmerman though lacking Jayson Werth (who will likely miss several days after re-tweaking his hamstring last night in Atlanta).

Interesting lineup from Davey Johnson, with Ian Desmond bumped up to Werth's 2-spot, and with Bryce Harper in left field while Tyler Moore is in right field. My hunch on that unorthodox outfield alignment: Left field is much more spacious here than right field is, so Davey probably prefers to have Harper patrolling all that ground.

Ross Detwiler gets the start for the Nationals, looking to do what Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren did so effectively the last two nights. Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Clear, 68 degrees, Wind 12 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (15-14)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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221 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Let's see if Ryan Zimmerman can get something going.

  2. Scott Margenau - May 4, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Just landed LAX so I missed it. Was it overhand? Hard?

  3. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… There's an old baseball saying, SWM….numbers are figures….figures lie and liars figure. The games are meant to be watched, not figured. May 03, 2013 9:41 PM _________________________________They also have Scouts for a reason.

  4. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Nice, 4 K's by Ryan Zimmerman. Yep, he was ready as he had told Kilgore. Ready for what?

  5. Exposremains - May 4, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    I think Zim coud have had thse 4 K in potomac. Rendon would have been more useful tonight.

  6. David Proctor - May 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Well at least Adam is heating up…

  7. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Nice LaRoche. Taking the balls to the left side!

  8. baseballswami - May 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    I am finding that I am taking a surprisingly long range view. Zim's defense looked good. ALR has been on base three times. Stammen and Mattheus got some much- needed work in.

  9. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Exposremains said… I think Zim coud have had thse 4 K in potomac. Rendon would have been more useful tonight. May 03, 2013 9:48 PM _____________________________Again, it falls on Management.

  10. Exposremains - May 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Espi here's your chance to get some love

  11. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Can Espi be the hero? Why not!

  12. Exposremains - May 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Well, i wouldnt be surprise Zim told management he didnt want to be stuck in potomac

  13. Joe Seamhead - May 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Zim and Moore looked overmatched. Danny? Danny just doesn't look like he belongs up here. Awful!

  14. NatsJack in Florida - May 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    That Tyler Moore is really good. And then there is Espinosa who really, really STINkS.

  15. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    How does Danny miss the best pitch he has seen in a week?

  16. David Proctor - May 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    I honestly didn't think this game was that bad. I know we'll have the typical gloom and doomers and there is reason for concern, but Adam is heating up, the bullpen performed well, Desmond is still hitting. Harper being hurt is really gonna hurt us though. He needs to get better.

  17. Joe Seamhead - May 4, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    14 K's? Maybe a little worn down from the chop series.

  18. Gonat - May 4, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Exposremains said… Well, i wouldnt be surprise Zim told management he didnt want to be stuck in potomac ______________________________He told everyone he was ready and it is Rizzo's responsibility to say he's not. He could have stayed on his rehab. There was no hurry. Davey sticks him in cleanup which made it even worse.

  19. Sj - May 4, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Nats were scared to swing the bats in the ninth….

  20. Eric - May 4, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Damn…Braves just pulled ahead…

  21. Eric - May 4, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    "I honestly didn't think this game was that bad."Agreed. I can live with this loss.Y'all railing about Espi after tonight sound like you have an agenda. Just give it a rest. Dude drove in our only run tonight. With two outs. And had other decent at bats with no errors.Must be shilling for someone…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 85 63 -- 4
ATLANTA 75 74 10.5
MIAMI 72 76 13.0
NEW YORK 72 78 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 80 16.5
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