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Game 61: Twins at Nats

Jun 9, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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Chase here again today as Mark is still recovering from surgery. I will be out here at the park providing coverage for both games as the Nats continue their interleague series with the Twins.

The Nats' lineup for the first game is, well, interesting. Jeff Kobernus is your center fielder and leadoff hitter with Denard Span out with a sore right foot. Fellow second baseman Steve Lombardozzi is slotted in left field and batting second. Chris Marrero is also up as the team's 26th player for the doubleheader, so you may see him today as well.

Fortunate for the Nats, considering their makeshift lineup, is the fact Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound. The right-hander will take his 8-3 record and 2.16 ERA up against a Twins lineup that is not exactly imposing.

Please check back for updates, and enjoy the game…

MINNESOTA TWINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 82 degrees

NATIONALS (29-31)
CF Jeff Kobernus
LF Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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316 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Wow! 5 runs already. Should have called up Marerro earlier.;-)

  2. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Okay, that wasnt a hit by LaRoche but meh…. Home team, home breaks….Keep the line a movin…. And we are in their BP already….this is good, ESP for the double header today….

  3. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Rendon can flat out hit.

  4. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Did somebody mention the Doubles Machine?

  5. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Kobernus and Rendon….great additions compared to some others who could not bat above 170

  6. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Oh yeah baby! Way to go Rendon! Making up for your earlier snafuuuu…..

  7. Timothy Folk - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    #RENDONISREADY

  8. sometimesitrains - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    yay! :) i had almost forgotten this kind of inning existed!

  9. SonnyG10 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Ok, boys. Save something for the second game. I'll be there. [not]

  10. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Is there pizza now?

  11. paul brandt - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    if he hits like that, I will take an E a game. Dude can flat out hit.

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    FP: He can hit. Flat out hit". That's two 2 out hits with RISP for Rendon.

  13. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    when's the last time the Zimmermann had a 5 run lead or more.

  14. Dan Strong - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Love Rendon. Great hitter already.

  15. Joe Seamhead - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Free bases!!!

  16. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Did the Twins claim H-Rod? Two wild pitches.

  17. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Jeff – wasnt it the Bmore game?

  18. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    join my meetup group Pizza Addicts Anonymous.First slice on me.I'm calling it…grand slam for Z

  19. paul brandt - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Ghost, funny and I was listening to the radio.

  20. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    My goodness…. Another walk….

  21. EmDash - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    7 runs in one game and 2 walks in the same inning? What is this sorcery?

  22. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Sec3, yes, a doubles machine.

  23. Exposremains - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    don't look back

  24. SCNatsFan - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Rendon's bat will keep him in this lineup. Barring injuries no room for Espi. Papa john's probably glad to finally be giving some pizza away.

  25. SonnyG10 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Wow, I wonder what Davey said to the team in their little meeting. Should have held the meeting earlier.

  26. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Good innin boys….. Very good inning….

  27. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    probably against the marlins on Tax day

  28. MicheleS - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Holy Shamoly!! That was just the best inning to watch!!! Let's eat up that Twinkies bullpen for so we can crush them in Game 2

  29. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Paul, good minds think alike. I was never nervous with a prediction I made on Rendon. Getting to see him live in previous years and watching him barrel up is a thing of beauty. Stay in your game.

  30. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I'm guessing Davey said to not be too agressive against these pitchers (the opposite of what he said in public)…wait for a good pitch or walk…these guys are not control freaks

  31. sometimesitrains - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    @SCNatsFan — i actually blame Papa Johns for the Nats' fortunes this year.that's my story and i'm stickin to it.

  32. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Rendon has a great sense of humor. Bowing and fist pumping after the Bronx cheers. That's hilarious.

  33. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    but put on some shades, dude…

  34. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Uh… Rendon should still have glasses on…. Loved the yes gesture… Lol….

  35. paul brandt - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    kid can laugh at himself too, that's awesome.

  36. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Speaking of barreling one up … ball clearly is not carrying to right. Zim's sounded gone off the bat, and that was hit plenty hard enough to get out. But it's Saul Good.

  37. Jimmy DeMoney - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Syonara Danny, we got our Guy now! Go to AAA and show us you deserve a chance to get back to the Majors. Until then…. I'll have another.

  38. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Score some runs Nats! June 09, 2013 2:27 PM ___________________________Summoning! You must also feel like a proud papa with Rendon's success so far!

  39. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Another good inning by Jordan…. Good game so far Nats…. Good game…I wish I could get the Papa John's cheese sticks at a discount… Freakin love it…

  40. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Kobernus hit that really hard.

  41. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Thought Kobernus got that one…. So I guess Marerro plays 1st this evening?

  42. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    or maybe to give ALR a rest at the end of this game.Should see Bernadina out there soon

  43. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I'm not convinced they brought up Marrero to play 1B. If we needed someone to fill in for ALR, 1B is Moore's natural position.

  44. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Uh oh, stop the Pressley! Ryan Pressley has left the building. His Pressley Pass has been revoked.

  45. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    If we needed someone to fill in for ALR, 1B is Moore's natural position. Yes, but if he plays first, Moore has to bat, and I think that is what Marrero is here to do.

  46. Nats 128 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    "jeffwx said… or maybe to give ALR a rest at the end of this game.Should see Bernadina out there soon"That makes to much sense.

  47. MicheleS - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Sofa.. agree.. if Marrero stays, I think Tyler may be heading to Cuse

  48. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Love this Whitney Houston song….

  49. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    128, Berni has to come in…We're out of 2b men who play outfield. ;)

  50. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    So maybe Rendon takes Morse's spot as the goofy guy who keeps the vets loose.

  51. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I feel like a broken record and I'm sorry too…. But Tyler needs to be sent down so he can play every day… He desperately needs it… PH'ing here and there in the bigs won't help him….David – that's why I think they bought him (Marerro) up… See what he does/looks like and then assess he and TyMo….

  52. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    there is a resemblence

  53. Joe Seamhead - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Mrs. Seamhead says that Anthony Rendon is Micky Morse junior.

  54. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Berni has to come in…We're out of 2b men who play outfield. ;)I'm telling you, Alfonso Soriano is available.

  55. Joe Seamhead - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Mikey Morse Junior.

  56. Nats 128 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    4 runs have scored today on Rendon hits. If the other 2nd baseman statistically had that same spot, probably ends the innings since they were both 2 out situations.Vive la différence!

  57. Nats 128 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    "128, Berni has to come in…We're out of 2b men who play outfield. ;)"No doubter!

  58. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Anthony "No Locs" Rendon … Because Bryce used up all the eye black.

  59. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Wait… I left the room to go to the kitchen and check on my dinner and come back to a standing O for Jordan Zimmermann…. What did I miss? The inning is over already… Good lord, he works fast….

  60. sometimesitrains - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    not to jinx anything, but some pitcher on some team has been having the most amazing season i can remember since i started supporting said unnamed team. ;)

  61. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Just a 1-2-3 domination, MrsB.

  62. mick - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I think Rendon looks more like Aurelio Rodriguez, now Kobernus looks like the infamous and very under rated actor Herbert "Cowboy" Coward, except Jeff has all his teeth.

  63. Nats 128 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Jeff, Davey listened to you. Marrero in for Laroche.

  64. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Ouch. Collarbone foul tip.FP:"That'll make you sick to your stomach, see stars…"And that's just seeing it on TV.

  65. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Soriano is back ?Another great move the Nats didn't make1. Not resigning Soriano2. Not resigning Dunn3. Not trading the good farm for Grenke

  66. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Did Marerro just PH for LaRoche?

  67. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Thanks Davey and for not listening to me to send more infielders to the outfield

  68. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    If Rendon's ball to left had gone out in the second, he'd be a triple shy of the cycle now.

  69. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I'm not sure whether that was thunder, or just rolling thunder, I heard just now.There it is again. Loud pipes save lives!

  70. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Loving these walks….

  71. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I am so, so impressed with Anthony Rendon. Espinosa should be sh***ing himself.

  72. Nats 128 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Jordan Zimmermann's WHIP drops to .89 which is 2nd in the Majors. ERA to 2.00 which is 6th in the Majors. Today he seemed to be going for K's and had a high of 8 today. He has gone at least 7 innings with 2 runs or fewer in 10 of his 13 starts in 2013.

  73. SCNatsFan - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    See all the Nats have to do is blow someone out and negative posts decrease. Perhaps losing causes the negative posts.

  74. Dan Strong - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Rendon is awesome. There is no reality where Espinosa should take his spot in the lineup.

  75. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Golf Clap for the Twins SS…. That was a great play….

  76. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    if you live near warrenton, you probably heard real thunder…preceded by lightnin

  77. mick - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    The second go around next season for Rendon will be key after MLB teams have a good look at him. The major difference with Rendon over Espi is his smile, reminds me of Magic Johnson. He looks like he is having fun and is confident…that is infectious and a great thing to have in the clubhouse. He can hit too

  78. Nats 128 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    "David Proctor said… I am so, so impressed with Anthony Rendon. Espinosa should be sh***ing himself."Maybe he should watch and learn.

  79. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    and if we win, we break a potential 7 game losing streak ;)

  80. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Perhaps losing causes the [unreasonably] negative posts. Or something else causes them, and winning blocks them. But it's like squeezing a water balloon –they just go somewhere else.Which works for me.

  81. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    David Proctor, did you see the Jayson Werth video of his Porsche.

  82. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I believe that's Kobernus's first touch on defense.

  83. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I really like Ian Krol….. Good inning young man!

  84. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Kobernus takes charge out there. How's about Bernadina in for Jayson Werth.Nats have another game to play.

  85. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    with you gonat…suspect jason rests game 2 but who knows the mind of the DJ and who he will play next

  86. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    i think you're right gonat, if Moore comes in, we have an all infield outfield…awesome!!!

  87. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… I really like Ian Krol….. Good inning young man! _________________________From the Mikey Morse trade and a callup from AA. 3 appearances and lights out.

  88. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    alright Tyler

  89. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Amazing that Krol was the PTBNL in the Morse trade. He wasn't even the centerpiece of it! Gonat, I did see the video. Very cool.

  90. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    A pinch-hit hit. That is a rarity! TyMo feeling the pressure finally?

  91. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I was on of the only person(s) who was happy with Morse going…. People made it seem like he was the key to the offense last year when that wasnt the case…. And his OF skills, were just bad…. Didnt like him at 1b too much either (was totally glad that we resigned Adam and it made sense to sign Span)Nothing personal against Mikey Mo as I liked him but I thought he was expendable…. And I'm not even going to touch his injury history….Was totally glad with the trade that Rizzo made and I think the Nats got the sweeter end of the deal…

  92. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Could the second game be the young lineup?Kobernus CFLombardozzi LFZim 3bDesmond SSRendon 2bMarrero 1bMoore RFSolano CKarns P

  93. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    It's kinda baffling seeing Kobernus and his performance today…. This type of play makes me wonder why he wasnt playing earlier….

  94. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I don't like that line up Sec 3…. Unh unh…The ball isn't carrying well at all in RF…

  95. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Sec 3, I think if it were a normal doubleheader yes. But I think Davey knows we need both of those and Karns is likely to give up some runs. We need a good lineup out there.

  96. MicheleS - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Mrs B.. Check NatsLady and myself on the Mikey Mo commentary.. we were both on the ALR bandwagon the entire time.. Love Mikey's personality, but as you say, he was expendable. HOPEFULLY, Mikey gets healthy gets some playing time so he can get a nice contract at the end of this year

  97. jeffwx - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I hope so, sofa….I want to see an all infield outfield. I even bought a tix to see this historic event.

  98. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Xavier Cedeno debut

  99. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Give it a couple of games before you make up your mind, MrsB. Although it's entirely possible Rizzo will be wondering the same thing in a few weeks.

  100. SonnyG10 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    OK, people, I gotta leave you in charge. Grabbing my rain gear and heading for the second game.

  101. Dan Strong - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Really loving the efforts from Kobernus and Rendon. Their great approach at the plate really paid off today.

  102. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Clarification: I didn't say I liked that myself, I was just noting the youth possibilities. Couldn't find anyone to put in for Zim or Desmond, though.

  103. MicheleS - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    JoeSeamhead..I thought Marrero looks more like Morse than Rendon.. (but get the goody personality side)

  104. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    JZ looked like an over-powering pitcher today. Coincidence? after the ESPN article that called him a Top 5 pitcher but also classified him as not over-powering.

  105. A DC Wonk - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

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  106. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    I think we are now into the "Past a diving Zimmerman" era.

  107. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Deduno is a right hander. You won't see that sort of line up especially with an off day tomorrow.

  108. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    "I think we are now into the "Past a diving Zimmerman" era."I think it's more where we're playing him. He's been playing close to the line. I doubt he's lost a step at age 28.

  109. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    ….. Come on Cedeno…. Get this done…. Glad he is pitching now though….Who pitches next game? Haren?

  110. A DC Wonk - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Sec. 3, My Sofa said… Clarification: I didn't say I liked that myself, I was just noting the youth possibilitiesSec 3 — I was thinking the same thing — except (in my mind) I had Rendon over at 3b giving RZim a spell (he's been in a bad slump since that 3-HR night — although he got a key double today), Lombo at 2b, Moore in LF, and Werth as the only experienced guy in RF.

  111. Gonat - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Nats should move ahead of Philadelphia in the standings here in a few minutes.Philly losing 8-1

  112. MicheleS - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! 1/2 PRICE PIZZA!!!WAY TO GO JORDAN! WAY TO GO BATS AND BABY NATS!

  113. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Another Curly W…. Good going Nats! Great game! Lets do this again tonight shall we?!?!?!?!?!????

  114. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I tell ya…. Tip the cap to Davey for this win as I was against this line up… Lol… All I was thinking was I get to see a ST game on TV…. And Kobernus leading off, well I'll be danged!But I really wonder what and how the Merrero call up will play out…. Does Tracy go bye-bye? Does Moore go down for a while?

  115. natsfan1a - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!! Pizza is so much better than ramen noodles. :-)

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    At the game now in car. Hope all was calm.Not going to game 2

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