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Game 52: Orioles at Nats

May 28, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Nate Karns and Kevin Gausman face off tonight at Nationals Park.

Neither team designed it this way, but circumstances dictated that the Nationals and Orioles will each be sending rookie right-handers to the mound for the second game of their interleague series. Neither Nate Karns nor Kevin Gausman had pitched above Class AA prior to this season, and neither spent a day at Class AAA before getting promoted to the big leagues (Gausman's call-up coming five days before Karns).

So it should be a good matchup between these two young fireballers. One thing to watch in particular: How do they fare against the opposing lineups the second time around? Gausman struggled in that department last Thursday in Toronto. We'll see if he's made an adjustment, and we'll see if Karns is able to overcome that issue against a very tough Baltimore lineup.

Bryce Harper once again is out of the Nationals' lineup. Davey Johnson is going with the same group that yesterday produced only two runs, hoping to get a little more thunder against Gausman.

Updates to come, please check back…

BALTIMORE ORIOLES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), WTEM (980 AM), XM 184
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (26-25)
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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338 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    it's a joint broadcast Gonat.Both fan bases have one choice to watch the game

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    span heard me

  3. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    keep it going boys.

  4. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Mick, I think Davey has to play for the W for the team and not for Karns. It's team before player but yes, let him go as long as he stays effective.

  5. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    who are these guys!!!! clutch hitting

  6. Knoxville Nat - May 29, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Gonat, Didn't miss your point at all. Your anger should have been directed at "stupid MASN" however, not Oriole fans.And To answer your question, yes I would expect them to do so, and I hope they have multiple opportunities to do just that.

  7. SCNatsFan - May 29, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Two guys who really needed it. Happy for them and a hope the light and the end of the tunnel is approaching.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    It is suppose to be joint. Do you see Nat fans cheering?

  9. paul brandt - May 29, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    wow, the boys are hitting but let's keep it up since we know what the O's can do. This game may end up 12-10 although am really sick of the hand holding in the booth with the entire MASN crew…vomit!

  10. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    saw a lot of Nats fans cheering last inning.

  11. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    play for the Wwarm up Duke ??Karns looks great

  12. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Wow, Karns goes Fastball, Slider, Slider, and then drops the curve on him for the K!

  13. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Goon is back!!!

  14. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    stammen…thats betteri jinxed poor nate with my comment 5 mins ago.sorry dude

  15. Knoxville Nat - May 29, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    And MASN is showing Nats fans standing and cheering Karns as he exits the game.

  16. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Duke to face Markakis (L-L) and then Stammen will probably come in.

  17. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Good move Davey. Pen has to do the Job. O/s can mash it. got to get out of this.

  18. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Tip of the cap to Mr. Nate Karns. Job well done, kid. You won't earn the win, but you earned our gratitude. Great debut.

  19. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    thanks dp, makes sense

  20. MicheleS - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Ok.. EVERYONE.. HAPPY THOUGHTS TO ZACH DUKE!!!

  21. JaneB - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    You done good Nat Nate. I'm thrilled the bats gave you support. Now Zach get a DP!

  22. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Sean Burnette. I kinda miss you.

  23. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Woah, Duke got the job done.

  24. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Gonat said… Mick, I think Davey has to play for the W for the team and not for Karns. It's team before player but yes, let him go as long as he stays effective. May 28, 2013 9:44 PM ______________________________Good. Maybe Duke will turn a doubleplay

  25. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 29, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Zach Duke, we never doubted you! Fed him the DP pill.

  26. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Secret wasian man said…3 0 lead is already gone. 3 in the first and then nothing. Man this team stinks. So does this pitcher. 9–4 os will win again. Its just killing me.May 28, 2013 9:32 PMDebbie freaking downer.

  27. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Oh yes! Doubleplay! Lucky BABIP there. Right at Desi!

  28. MicheleS - May 29, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    AHEM.. Happy thoughts bring good Karma People.. Lets keep it up!!! GO ZACH!

  29. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    ooooooohhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm(was that too political ?)

  30. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Scott Im sorry. As I child bullied by Bmore fans because I was a DC fan has left scars. Just wanna win this. Sorry for being a downer. Great job DUKE.

  31. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    yes, happy thoughts works for Sunshine Bobby C

  32. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Personally I would've gone to Abad. That was a big spot. Duke got the BABIP in his favor as Desi was almost up the middle.

  33. do1teach1 - May 29, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Thumb-sucking in the booth is nauseating.Will FP ask, "Where the heck was THAT pitch?" in this game? No. Pull all punches, keep it boring.Imagine Yankee fans putting up with this during a Yanks-Mets broadcast.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Just show honme fans in each game

  35. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    One more extended performance Tuesday night from rookie Kevin Gausman would go a long way in getting the Orioles’ 'pen the break it needs."If we can get one more good outing (Tuesday), we can get back on our feet down there physically,” Showalter said. “I challenge anybody to go into Toronto four days and not have challenges. Those guys didn't allow us to breathe, so you've just got to keep grinding.”Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-getting-relief-for-orioles-relief-corps-20130527,0,4220413.story#ixzz2UdwrssIEsorry Buck ;)

  36. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    MNF..watch em on the radio

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Middle of the infield 0 for 6

  38. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    that's a ben's half smoke, Hunter!they taste better after 2 AM

  39. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Why is Duke still in?

  40. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Oh, Chris Davis is probably why.

  41. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Middle of the infield 0 for 6__________________________________What are you talking about? Did you forget about Lombo's hit in the 1st? 1-6

  42. do1teach1 - May 29, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    O's clown broadcaster had no idea he was mis-describing Ben's Chili Bowl's Original Chili Half-Smoke.This is pathetic. Enough MASN Communism for one night, comrades. Going over to Charlie and Dave.

  43. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Glad I didn't DFA Duke and Bernadina…maybe next week

  44. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Lucky no-wind. That's 2 HRs if the wind is blowing out. #Duke

  45. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    I'd still DFA Duke despite his outing today. But yeah, no way for Bernie.

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Gonats you got me. i feel stupid. Desmond only one without a hit. Hasnt looked goid on any batted ball (or am I wrong again)

  47. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Wow… Most stressful 1.2.3 inning ever! I'll take it.

  48. NatsLady - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Where has this Zach Duke been all year?

  49. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    FP should calls the beers in B'more Natty Bohs…or is that what they really call em in B'more ?

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Bunted like he was going for another homer.

  51. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Yikes that was a bad bunt. But I'll let it slip this time since you got a homer, Bernie.

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    This Zack Duke pitched last Sepember

  53. waddu eye no - May 29, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Who was that wearing the duke jersey?

  54. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    john wayne

  55. waddu eye no - May 29, 2013 at 2:22 AM

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  56. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 29, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    jeffwx said… FP should calls the beers in B'more Natty Bohs…or is that what they really call em in B'more ? May 28, 2013 10:17 PM True, Jeff. Real name is National Bohemian (which actually used to be an outfield wall sign at Griffith Stadium, he said, dating himself). Actually was a pretty good beer, as I recall dimly from my beer-drinking days.But honestly, I think the reason the denizens of Charm City (fill in your own joke here) liked it was because it was cheap.Nothing that there is anything wrong with that.

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    When is Jim Hunter out of herr?

  58. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Duke Snider

  59. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Drew in the 7th. Interesting.

  60. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Drew can't catch a break.

  61. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Hate to see that. Ryan needs to let Desi get that ball.

  62. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Btw: last HR Karns gave up was hi gas and a great pitch. Ugh. Zimmerman in 7-8th = liability

  63. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Oh yes! Storen gets those 2 outs!

  64. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Ha! Foot. Insert. Mouth. Nice zimm

  65. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Thanks sunshine…I didn't know they advertised at old Griffith StadiumDrew!!!

  66. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Scott, you are right on that last HR. Hardy got on top of it. Unfortunately it still counts on the ole ledger.

  67. waddu eye no - May 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Natty boh. Aka bay water

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Where has this Drew been all season?

  69. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Way to go Druuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  70. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    That was nasty!!!! Pow!

  71. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Beauty of an inning Storen!

  72. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    If Zim doesn't get that ball, Desi still has no chance. Zim was the only guy with a play, that's why he went for it. Plenty of reasons to get on Zim, but that wasn't one of them.

  73. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    waddy….good one. you get what you pay for I guess. except for Jason Werth….whoops, sorry, wrong blog

  74. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    "Scott, you are right on that last HR. Hardy got on top of it. Unfortunately it still counts on the ole ledger."Seriously. Right after he hit it I couldn't believe he got his bat on the ball. On the replay it seemed an awful lot like he was sitting on it. In retrospect, I think he got them a lot on those high heaters and I think the Os figured out when it was likely to come…

  75. jeffwx - May 29, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    btw, has ghost vanished ?

  76. waddu eye no - May 29, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    jeffwx – never heard that one?anything i don't know about baseball, i know about beer.

  77. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    7-3 and Clip's demeanor still makes me nervous…

  78. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Marlins just lost in a walk-off single.

  79. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Another doink hit in this series by them.

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    I missed the intro of umps, just realized on Drew's K, Tom Halion is calling balls and strikes.He did the old ripping the phone book strike 3like he did in Strasburg's debut.

  81. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    This game ain't over yet folks.

  82. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    OK, now it's more than demeanor making me nervous…

  83. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    This is where Abad should be up and warming quickly.

  84. SCNatsFan - May 29, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Please don't be the bad Clip tonight.

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    0-2 count and clip throws right down tge middle.Too much to ask a third reliever to be good.Was listening to Leo Mazone over tge wekend. Said most managers mis manage bullpens, switch pitchers way too much.

  86. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    "He did the old ripping the phone book strike 3"Hilarious! Your hitting critiques when we're losing drive me crazy, MNF, but you're cracking me up tonight!

  87. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    OK…OK. Stay loose Clip…

  88. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Good job Clippard.

  89. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Yes. YES!

  90. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Clippard just got my heart racing. Good job.

  91. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 29, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Terrific job by Duke, Drew and Clipp!!!I am putting away the bourbon and Maalox for the night. This one is as good as over.

  92. MicheleS - May 29, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Clipp is making my stomach ache.. thankfully he got out of it

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    If you were sitting here most my comments are funny especially we are winning.Since my boss is a perfectionist so i sometimes get the same way.Whose pitching the 9th

  94. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    DON'T SAY THAT SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU'LL JINX IT

  95. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    LAROCHE!!

  96. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    As Peric says LaRoche is a has been.

  97. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Mark: LaRoche with his 2nd HR of the night and 10th of the season. (By the way, he's only 1 behind Morse now and has 6 more RBI.)Also, factor in LaRoche's vastly better defense.

  98. NatsLady - May 29, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    LaRoche again! Too bad Henry pitched last night.

  99. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Wow. Can you imagine LaRoche if he weren't in his washed up season? He'd be closing in on the season home run record!Desi!

  100. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Nice, middle infield now 2-8

  101. NatsLady - May 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Oh, that woke Desi up! Now, just remember how you did that.Spoke too soon, it's Henry.

  102. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Beat me Gonat. Was going to say everyone has a hit.

  103. SCNatsFan - May 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Be nice manassas this blog is getting civil lol.Great to see some bats working tonight. I won't call for Eck's head tonight. There is always tomorrow.

  104. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Carp: "Fair and balanced in the Battle Of The Beltways".What a joke.

  105. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Yes! OFFENSE!!!!!!!!

  106. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Nice to see Shark hitting.

  107. NatsLady - May 29, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Hey, can Danny have a shot at this guy? Maybe he'll get out of his slump.

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Eck firstbas coach tonight. Harper is acting hitting coach.Shark 2 RBI hits tonight.

  109. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    This is AWESOME.

  110. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    David Proctor said…Mark: LaRoche with his 2nd HR of the night and 10th of the season. (By the way, he's only 1 behind Morse now and has 6 more RBI.)Also, factor in LaRoche's vastly better defense.AMEN brother !Cant play both, and he's sux in outfield. I'm glad he's gone.

  111. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Under acting hitting coach Bryce Harpr, the Nats did a really rsre thing.They didn't strike out once.

  112. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Lol. Eck at 1st base. Keep him there and MNF might be content.

  113. David Proctor - May 29, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Lol JJ Hardy as player of the game…

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Eck at first is good.

  115. Joe Seamhead - May 29, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    So, top of the 9th, there's about a thousand of us left. Metro thing.

  116. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Abad looks badd ass

  117. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    "Lol. Eck at 1st base. Keep him there and MNF might be content."Anything to keep MNF quiet about Eck and strike outs… even if it means getting hits! ;)Abad looking sharp!

  118. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    I am guessing Duke will get the win.

  119. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    So… No strikes and 9 runs with no Harper… Both very good signs…

  120. MicheleS - May 29, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Nice Hitting, Nice Pitching! Way to Go NATE!!!!!!

  121. A DC Wonk - May 29, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Question: If Karns doesn't get the win, then who does?

  122. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Sick game Nats!!!

  123. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Zim has a cannon from third. Tongue firmly in cheek

  124. NatsLady - May 29, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Well, that was yummy.

  125. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Official scorer decides winner. I predicted Duke.

  126. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Update: no strikeouts, 9 runs sans Harper, and Zim gets the final out with a perfect strike on a routine grounder. All very good things to see!

  127. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Now if Miami just looses I'll sleep well

  128. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Oh yes. Hey Os fans don't let the subway door hit ya in the a…….

  129. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Agreed Duke will get the win, although Storen was much stronger.

  130. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Scott Miami lost. Go Yanks.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Can some one help me hearing is weak wjhen people do not annucuate clearly.In the head and shoulders commercial with CJ Wilson when the girl sniffs his hair he says "Is this how you always….." always what?She responds "Yes we do.,"

  132. Doc - May 29, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    That's correct Manassas, ALR "has been" great!!!On pace for 30 HR's!!!!Does Davey shave? All the important questions, right here on NI!!!! LOL

  133. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Heat not fish

  134. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    No shave. I'm not saving again till we loose. Let's all do it! Who's with me? :-)

  135. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    MNF I always wonder that too!I think "do sound checks"

  136. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    I really like this kid Karns. Well spoken. Can we keep him somehow?

  137. Doc - May 29, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Good idea Scott M.! But I hate whiskers with a passion. Maybe I'll stop eatin' til we lose–nah, I can't do that either.

  138. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    I forget the exact line on the shampoo commercial but can hear it clearly when it comes on. 100% sure it's along the lines of "do sound check."

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