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Game 48: Phillies at Nats

May 24, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals return home tonight to finally face the Phillies.

How remarkable is it that on May 24, in their 48th game of the season, the Nationals are finally facing the Phillies for the first time in 2013? Talk about scheduling quirks. But the two NL East rivals meet at last this weekend, with more riding on this series than either club probably expected back on Opening Day. The Nats suddenly find themselves only one game ahead of Philadelphia for second place in the division. You better believe the former five-time champs would like nothing more than to deal a serious blow to the reigning champs.

The good news: Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound for the series opener, exactly the guy the Nationals want for this situation. He'll be opposed by Kyle Kendrick, who has pitched well this season and actually dominated the Nats last year (0.73 ERA in three games).

Big crowds are expected all weekend, but if you're coming to the park tonight, bring some layers. It's cold and really windy. Updates to come, so please check back…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 89
Weather: Cloudy, 60 degrees, Wind 19 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (24-23)
CF Denard Span
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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251 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    OK Lombo fans. You can officialy gloat.

  2. Secret wasian man - May 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Hey David. Glad you were wrong. LOMBO. Did I mention he went to ATHOLTON High?

  3. waddu eye no - May 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    heh heh

  4. Knoxville Nat - May 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    And the weak hitting Lombo comes through again tonight. NatsJack, is that what you meant when you said he had to take advantage of his opportunity tonight?

  5. David Proctor - May 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Honestly, if I were the Phils, I would've IBB'd Lombo. Lombo was 2-2 and has been good this year with RISP. The pitcher was up. Oh well. I'll take it.

  6. David Proctor - May 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Sigh. We don't need throwing errors from our 2B too.

  7. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Uhhh…..that's the par tof Lombo's game that stinks.

  8. SCNatsFan - May 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Have to like the way Jordan keeps fighting after the error

  9. Knoxville Nat - May 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    NJ, that was Lombo doing his impression of a RZ throw from third base.

  10. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    By the way Knoxville, thanks for the e-mail but I knew it was you when FP made his comment.

  11. Knoxville Nat - May 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Got to make that catch Lombo.

  12. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Not blaming Lombo on that one.

  13. Knoxville Nat - May 25, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    NJ, I'm impressed you remembered. Not sure I would have done so if the situation was reversed.

  14. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Question……when was the last time Espinosa had 3 hits in one game?And injuries aren't an excuse.

  15. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Knoxville…..sure you would.

  16. SCNatsFan - May 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I don't car who is playing I just want a win and a starter to get rewarded for a great effort.Ian still thinking that inside pitch is a ball.

  17. Secret wasian man - May 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    C'mon Ian. At least Danny swings. Hang on boys

  18. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Ian…when you have 2 strikes you have to protect the plate. Hitting 101.

  19. Knoxville Nat - May 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Which one of our regular posters is into the bourbon and maalox drink? In honor of Lombo's third hit tonight (nice to get 3 hits from our second baseman and out of the 8 hole to boot), I opened a bottle of Angel's Envy tonight, usually only served on special occasions.

  20. Steady Eddie - May 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Knoxville, no need for bourbon tonight as long as they let JZimm pitch the eighth. Just finishing off a bottle of Les Baux de Provence left over from lat night.

  21. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Really pissed that Davey didn't let Jordan pitch the 8th. Hopefully, he's saving him for October.

  22. Candide - May 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Question……when was the last time Espinosa had 3 hits in a week?Fixed it for you.

  23. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Thanks, Candide. You're right.

  24. David Proctor - May 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Clippard has been GREAT lately.

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I have been maalox free tonight.Lets get 2 runs so we can get 50% on a Papa John's pizza.

  26. Steady Eddie - May 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    DP — true, as long as it was Clip. Unhittable in May.

  27. Steady Eddie - May 25, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    NJ — I guess Davey felt that as long as JZimm wasn't going to get a CG, why go over 100 pitches just to do the 8th.

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Clippard great in May.Meant to mention last Saturday, when Nats lost to SD . it was the first since June 2011 that a losing team has only used 9 players in a game. Last time the Reds lost to the Cards in a 1-0 game.Why Roger stop? That allowed the double play to occur.

  29. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    When not doing drugs, that kid Galvis can play.Utley no way makes that play.And Eddie, you're right.

  30. David Proctor - May 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Good to see Tracy getting going. He's hit in his last 3 appearances.

  31. EmDash - May 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    I was fine with Zimm coming out – his pitch count was low, but he was laboring a little bit.Phillies bringing in a special reliever for Tracy, and it didn't even work. Heh.

  32. Mac Guire - May 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I know this is only one game, but this game shows the team can get a better chance to win with Lombo instead of Espinosa. If Espinosa was playing tonight, the score would be tied at 2 because he would have killed all the rallies, and JZimm would not get the win.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Roger robs Tracy of an RBI

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I flipped over no hitter gone. Joe mauer singles

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Carp slower than me

  36. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 25, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    OK, tucking it up here, boss!

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Who is this new 2nd baseman? Stephen Lombardozzi Junior?

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Sanchez ks 12 in his 1 hitter.132 pitches

  39. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Toughest 3 outs in baseball.And Mets/Braves 3-3, bottom of the 7th.

  40. EmDash - May 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Howard vs. Soriano is the match-up to watch here.

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 25, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    NatsJack, September 24, 2012 3-5 by the 2nd baseman.

  42. MicheleS - May 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!! STOMPING ON THOSE PHOOOLIES!!! Got Some Runs! Needed some HOME COOKING!!

  43. David Proctor - May 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    So whoever said we'd be under .500 by the end of the weekend is wrong. Who'd have thunk.

  44. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    I actually think the entire team is tired of the drama that is Danny Espinosa.He needs to get COMPLETELY healthy, then show everybody what kind of player he is.I'm skeptical because his defense has never suffered.

  45. EmDash - May 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Yay for beating the Phillies!Noticed no one untucked along with Soriano tonight…

  46. Knoxville Nat - May 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    So Haren tomorrow and SS on Sunday, is that the plan?

  47. natsfan1a - May 25, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Was that a Major League allusion by Julie in the postgame? "There's only one thing left to do." (Lombo's like, "Wut?") Well, I don't mind telling you all, I did the full McCatty untuck!

  48. natsfan1a - May 25, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I think I saw some untucks in the postgame high-five line, including LaRoche.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    I notice no matching iuntucks too. Wonder what the story is.

  50. ehay2k - May 25, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    I could tell my four year old son how to keep his shirt tucked in….

  51. natsfan1a - May 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Good one, ehay.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 46 --
ATLANTA 58 48 0.5
MIAMI 52 53 6.0
NEW YORK 51 55 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 60 12.5
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WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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