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Instant analysis: Nats 9, Orioles 3

May 29, 2013, 3:11 AM EST

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Nate Karns allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings in his big-league debut.

Game in a nutshell: The evening began as a highly touted matchup of young right-handers, Nate Karns and Kevin Gausman, but was more notable by night's end for the Nationals' rare offensive explosion. Karns did what he needed to do, churning out 4 1/3 solid innings before tiring in the fifth. Gausman, though, was roughed up by the Nationals for three runs in the first, then four more in the fourth before he was knocked out. Adam LaRoche crushed two homers, and Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina went back-to-back in a rare display of firepower from the reserves-turned-starters. Needing 4 2/3 innings out of his bullpen, Davey Johnson got quality work out of Zach Duke (who was credited with the win), Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Fernando Abad. So the Battle of Beltways is now even at 1 game apiece, heading into Phase 2 the next two nights at Camden Yards.

Hitting highlight: The Nationals have been begging, pleading for their bench players to produce with several starters injured. On this night, Moore and Bernadina finally delivered. Back-to-back. Moore,Read more »

  1. MicheleS - May 29, 2013 at 3:12 AM

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

  2. A DC Wonk - May 29, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    For those of you who are in love with Wonkling (my 18-year old daughter), you have just _got_ to check out these texts she sent me during the first inning of the game:(The conversation is starting off with a discussion of Nate Karns.)part 1part 2

  3. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Davey made the move to pull Karns. It was the right move and lucky BABIP turned in the Nats favor.

  4. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Eck firstbas coach tonight. Harper is acting hitting coach.Shark 2 RBI hits tonight. __________________________________Now that is funny.

  5. MicheleS - May 29, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    WONK.. Hug the Wonkling!!! That is hilarious if she asked if Karns could hitAnd Manassas.. Good job on the Harper as hitting coach!

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Harper wanted to stay involve. He did well with the clip board.

  7. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Section 328 tomorrow. I'll buy for the first 2 peeps who identify themselves as insiders. Nats lady how bout it?

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Kerns did reasonably well, and if Det not ready Sunday, jdon't start him a few more days won't hurt.

  9. A DC Wonk - May 29, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    MicheleS said… WONK.. Hug the Wonkling!!! That is hilarious if she asked if Karns could hit(chuckle) . . . thanks. And notice that she said "I feel good about this inning" right before the homer!

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Davey thinking like me. Karns pitches Sunday.

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

    Karns is going to start this Sunday.

  12. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Wow, Karns stays and pitches Sunday.

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

    Karns starting next Sunday, Det won't be ready…Good to hear that news after Karns' effort tonight!

  14. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    MNF, ring me up for a beer!

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:31 AM


  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 29, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Wonder if Harper will DH and acting batting coach.Werth in Potomac tomorrow, i will probbly go down, as Wednesday is all you can eat night.

  17. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Mariano blows save.

  18. Secret wasian man - May 29, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Mets win. Riviera blows it. Doesn't get an out

  19. Gonat - May 29, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Mariano now takes the loss. Walk-off single.

  20. Eric - May 29, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    PSYCHED for tomorrow night. Haven't been to the Yards since maybe the mid 90s. Love that park, love the Nats, and love JZimn. A win tomorrow would be pure love. Yeah baby, yeah!

  21. Scott Margenau - May 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Wonk. 2cute. Ps: charge your phone! :-) My 9 year old is starting to catch the fever too!

  22. Drew - May 29, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Good news. Nate sticks for awhile and National Det gets more time to heal.Keep bringing the heat, Nate.

  23. John C. - May 29, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Let those who doubted, who didst cast aspersions upon the Karns and didst genuflect before the false idol Gausman come unto this thread, confess their sins, cast aside their doubts, forsake the Legion of Doom, and thus be forgiven. Let the organist play "Take On Me" as we call to those who were so grevously wrong …

  24. Drew - May 29, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Rendon's having a tough time. He's missed Harrisburg's last four games since he had his wisdom teeth out Friday.Skipper LeCroy says Anthony's eating a little better, but he's hurting.It was a good night for the draft class of 2009. Taylor Jacobs threw a 7-inning gem for Harrisburg. He's 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

  25. NatsLady - May 29, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Secret, sorry, have to work. Went to four games over the holiday weekend…

  26. Anna Peregrina - May 29, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Wonk most impressive is that in the heat of battle Wonkling still spelled LaRoche correctly!

  27. NatsJack in Florida - May 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    His name is Taylor JORDAN and he's one of the two I tagged in ST as ready for breakout seasons along with Robbie Ray in Potomac.

  28. baseballswami - May 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    So nice to see the guys hitting. Since Friday it's been much better. Not every game, but much better. Trending up.

  29. Drew - May 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Thanks for the not-so-gentle correction, NatsJack.I knew that, but goofed in the late hour, confusing Taylor Jordan's name with Taylor Jacobs, a former Redskins receiver.Glad to see the young pitcher's doing well.

  30. NatsJack in Florida - May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Sorry but I only capitalized his last name for emphasis, not meaning to demean.I had a devil off a time confusing him and Taylor Hill in Fall Instructs last year.

  31. natsfan1a - May 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Didn't see the game, given the late start. Did click over a few times and notice that the Nats were ahead (what?). Maybe I'll watch the replay, although I might have to make frequent use of the mute button.

  32. Joe Seamhead - May 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

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  33. Tcostant - May 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Davey said after the game that Karns will start Sunday and Det will stay on the DL for at least one more start.

  34. Whack-a-Mule - May 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Mule (still soggy) sat through rain delay and saw last's night's game (well, 8 innings anyway;had to bolt to catch Metro before it closed. Grr . . .)Do not be put off by Karns' posted ERA of 6.23 (3 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings). Against a very tough line-up, he made only 3 truly bad pitches; only 2 of those hurt him, resulting in solo homers.In general, a solid and promising debut; Mule does worry about throwing him into the lions' den (well, Braves' den) on Sunday but Karns seems game for anything.

  35. SonnyG10 - May 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Mule, I was at the game also and had to leave early to catch the Metro. This situation really sucks that we can't stay to finish the game if we ride metro, which I have always done.





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