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Game 32: Nats at Pirates

May 5, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats try to take two of three at PNC Park this afternoon.

PITTSBURGH — The Nationals have an opportunity today to snag a series victory over the Pirates and finish this road trip 4-3, but to do that they'll need strong outing out of Gio Gonzalez. For all the attention on Stephen Strasburg during his erratic start to the season, Gonzalez has been far more erratic, producing only two quality starts out of six and failing to reach the sixth inning four times.

So a strong performance from last year's 21-game winner today would certainly go a long way toward putting the Nationals in position to emerge victorious at PNC Park. Gonzalez will be facing an, um, interesting Pirates lineup that features Russell Martin at third base and Brandon Inge in right field. Stop and think about that for a moment. Yeah, I don't understand Clint Hurdle's logic, either.

Still waiting on Davey Johnson's lineup, which is probably contingent on Denard Span's status. Span, who missed yesterday's game with a bruised left foot after fouling a pitch off it Friday night, said afterward it was feeling better and was hopeful he could play today. We'll see. [UPDATE AT 12:00 P.M. — Span is indeed starting, as is Wilson Ramos, catching back-to-back games for the first time this season.]

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly sunny, 68 degrees, Wind 15 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (16-15)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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250 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. SCNatsFan - May 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Zim looking awful shaky at the hot corner

  2. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman is going to end Adam LaRoches career.

  3. NatsLady - May 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I doubt the Atlanta bullpen is going to give up seven runs.

  4. Nats Fan in Brazil - May 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Who is going to pitch the eight?

  5. BxJaycobb - May 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Here's the situation. If Davey wants to win this game, he'll either go to Mattheus or throw Drew out there for another inning (only 12 pitches, and off day tomorrow). If he puts the game in Clip's hands, we could very well lose. I honestly believe it's that simple.

  6. SCNatsFan - May 5, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I would love if Bernie and Moore could manufacture a run here

  7. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Jaycobb….is that based Clips horrible outing yesterday?

  8. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Well, Clip's up for the eighth, like it, or not!Ok, Tyler, please make all of us doubters look bad!

  9. MicheleS - May 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Come on Tyler!

  10. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    All right Tyler. Base hit fixes everything.

  11. NatsLady - May 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Both Tylers…! Both of ya's.

  12. BxJaycobb - May 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    No. It's based on his abysmal performance over the first 30 games of the year.

  13. BxJaycobb - May 5, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    That said I will be the first to shake his hand if he pitches well and gets to Soriano. And a hit here couldn't hurt.

  14. David Proctor - May 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    That's a great way to rebound, Tyler!!!

  15. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Fixes everything!!!!

  16. BxJaycobb - May 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BOOM. THAT IS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT

  17. MicheleS - May 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    TYLER!!! WAY TO GO!

  18. NatsLady - May 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    OK, Tyler MOOOOOOOOOOOORE!!!!

  19. Knoxville Nat - May 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Tyler just a lot smarter!

  20. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Uh oh…Left handed Danny.

  21. SCNatsFan - May 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Good things happen when you swing the bat! And he nailed that fan right on the back. Way to go Tyler.

  22. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Well, I'm thinking Hirshbeck was wishing he was the first base ump on Tyler's "check swing."

  23. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    And the Moose with 3 hots today!

  24. Timothy Folk - May 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Total disrespect for Moore… Pooooowwwwaaaa

  25. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    That woukd be "hits".

  26. NatsLady - May 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Well, it's like this. The other day I discovered that bull-headedness is results based. Now I see that holds for intelligence.

  27. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I'm happy as all get out for Tyler Mr. Folk, but you gotta admit after stranding a total of 9 the last two days,he hadn't been looking great, even with the sac fly yesterday. Put me up on NIDO for one hat to be eaten!

  28. A DC Wonk - May 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    NatsLady said… Well, it's like this. The other day I discovered that bull-headedness is results based. Now I see that holds for intelligence.Good one!

  29. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    NatsLady…..in todays world, pretty much everything is "results based". ;)

  30. A DC Wonk - May 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Well . . . we've certainly come a long way since the first inning when the Pirates had one run in and bases loaded nobody out in the first inning!

  31. BxJaycobb - May 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Still interested in seeing how Clip pitches, and hoping he proves me a negative nancy. it would be really solid if the Nats finish a road trip to Atlanta and Pittsburgh 4-3. Not easy places to play to say the least. May is treating us well…

  32. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Well, Jack, with that said regarding results, assuming we win, who gets player of the game?

  33. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    If Clip stays clean this inning, any bets on Henry?Man I hope not.

  34. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I go with Gio for holding together when it looked like instant disaster.

  35. BxJaycobb - May 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    4 run lead helps, but I will still happily bow my surrender to Tyler Clippard. He looked good and when you're wrong you're wrong. First time since last July that he has had two truly impressive outings in a row, no?

  36. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    BxJaycobb….good call. After those 2 games in Atlanta, Nats can go 4-1, with injuries. That's what good teamsIn the words of my good friend Joe, "don't worry, we got this"..

  37. David Proctor - May 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Oh god. Henry Rodriguez is warming up. This game isn't over yet, folks.

  38. NatsLady - May 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Yep, Henry. With backup. Davey doesn't trust Henry any more than fans do.

  39. A DC Wonk - May 5, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    BxJaycobb said… 4 run lead helps, but I will still happily bow my surrender to Tyler Clippard. He looked good and when you're wrong you're wrong. First time since last July that he has had two truly impressive outings in a row, no?No — he's had three in a row twice this season already.His first three appearances of the season were three innings of no-hit, and one walk combined. Then he did the same from Apr 17-23: three outings, a combined 3.1 innings, no hits, one walk.We tend to remember the bad outings, but he's had a number of god ones.

  40. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Somehow I missed "do". That's what a good team does.And Henry's coming in the 9th. When is this nightmare going to end?

  41. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Henry? If he's going to be on the roster he needs work, too. Besides, he'd have to get in trouble before Soriano could get a save.

  42. David Proctor - May 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Huh, it's Soriano in a non-save situation.

  43. NatsLady - May 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Davey's protecting his heart.

  44. NatsJack in Florida - May 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    OK…Soriano… I feel alot better. Tuck everybody.

  45. Knoxville Nat - May 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I'll second NatsJack on Gio for player of the game but don't forget Desmond's good defensive play to end the first inning.

  46. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    You all had me all faked out! You dogs? Ihad done a Maalox double, topped with Jack Daniels.

  47. BxJaycobb - May 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    that's amazing. my impression of him this year has been just terrible, walking guys every inning and getting hammered. in any event, he looks solid now….p.s. definitely not OVERLY impressed with the supposedly "new look" pirates. Starling Marte is fantastic and McCutchen will get it rolling no doubt, but other than that, not much O, and although the starters were good, not a lot of strike-throwing from the pen…

  48. Knoxville Nat - May 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Memo to Ray Knight:Get ready to untuck!

  49. MicheleS - May 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    WOOOOOO HOOOO!

  50. David Proctor - May 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Best win of the year easily for me. It really looked like the wheels were gonna fall off and Gio rebounded amazingly and the bats performed. Love it.

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