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Game 47: Nats at Giants

May 22, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

Associated Press
The Nats try to salvage one win at AT&T Park this afternoon.

So, to recap for anyone who hasn't been paying attention over the last 10 days: Bryce Harper nearly decapitated himself crashing into the fence in L.A., Ross Detwiler and Wilson Ramos got hurt in the same (with Ramos landing on the DL and Detwiler forced to miss at least one start), Jayson Werth suffered a setback in his attempted return from the DL, Ryan Mattheus broke his hand punching his locker in San Diego, Rafael Soriano blew two saves and called out Harper for contributing to the second one and Yunesky Maya gave up a 700-foot, walk-off homer to Pablo Sandoval in San Francisco. Good road trip for the Nationals, huh?

You know what would help make that red-eye flight home later tonight a whole lot more enjoyable? A win in today's series finale at AT&T Park. It won't cure all that ails the Nats right now, but it certainly would put everyone in a better mood. So Gio Gonzalez will attempt to put his team in position to earn that win and the lineup will attempt to cobble together more than a couple of runs and the bullpen will hope to attempt to close out a late lead.

Since we've got a game that's actually being played at a respectable hour on the East Coast, I'll be able to share some thoughts along the way right here. And I'll also have an Instant Analysis post as soon as the game ends, so please check back for all that…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park
Gametime: 3:45 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 187
Weather: Sunny, 58 degrees, Wind 15 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (23-23)
CF Denard Span
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond

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217 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    It is ok to disagree.You think the team that scores the most wins.I think the team gives up the least winsYou are correct more runs would take pressur off pitchers.But as my dad said pitchers start every play thus they are the ones who actually control the play.

  2. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    OK Ian. Barrel one up!

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Good job Ian

  4. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Take that soriano

  5. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    We are in desperate need of a Shark Attack

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I dont keep track.i just read for. MLB keeps track.Wonder what are percentage of gettin a run in from third with less than 2 outs.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    A 2-1 untuck beats a 13-11 with hitting loss.

  8. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    had all the way

  9. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    We NEEDED this win.

  10. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Way to go, Nats! Finally.Great game by the Kid!So, for those of you said that Harper wasn't positioned too shallow last night, why was it any different today?

  11. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    That feels better

  12. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Sweet…..Only problem I have is….Johnny Holiday AND Phil Wood? Worst pairing this side of Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.

  13. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Did anyone on the team untuck with Soriano?Im in the office and cannot tell.

  14. Steady Eddie - May 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Nice touch – final out was Scutaro which broke his hitting streak.

  15. Cwj - May 22, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    You don't like Phil Wood NatsJack? I think he's pretty good. Basically a walking DC baseball encyclopedia.Plus, whenever Johnny mentions a pitcher's win-loss record Phil is quick to point out how meaningless it is.

  16. baseballswami - May 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Whew- just got out of a rehearsal and checked my phone with great trepidation. Still — the offense. I will check out some DVR – ness in a while. Sounds like Gio was good? Bryce with the long ball– did he make any catches at the wall? Box score very unsatisfying. Will have a better feel after some eye balling.

  17. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 23, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Ivan, it did appear that Bryce did not, at least not while they showed him coming in.I did, but it's just not the same.

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