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Game 67: Nats at Indians

Jun 15, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

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Chase here posting the game threads for the weekend as the Nats continue their series with the Cleveland Indians. After mustering just two hits against Justin Masterson last night, Washington will take a shot at the resurgent Scott Kazmir (3-4, 5.33 ERA). Though his numbers overall aren't spectacular, the lefty has been very good at home with a 3-0 record and 3.68 ERA at Progressive Field. This will be his first time facing the Nationals.

Working in Washington's favor is the presence of Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 2.00) on the mound. They saw a terrific outing by Gio Gonzalez last night and should expect their starter to give them a good chance to win once again this evening. Zimmermann will be seeking his 10th win in the team's 67th game of the year. He has never faced the Indians before.

Davey Johnson has bumped Anthony Rendon up to hit second for the first time this season, likely in hopes his patience at the plate can pay dividends at the top of the lineup. Through 15 games this year Rendon already has more walks than Danny Espinosa and is only two behind Jayson Werth in 22 less games. Chris Marrero is also in the seven hole as the designated hitter.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CLEVELAND INDIANS
Where: Progressive Field
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: FOX, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 182
Weather: Clear, 78 degrees

NATIONALS (33-33)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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414 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    "Joe Seamhead said… I stand corrected, 128, he was 1-4 with a walk. I agree with he should foul off some of them. Still, I don't see him in a slump on a night when he hit a dinger and scored twice."Def not in a slump. The person who was bashing him hard was living on each pitch.Interestly, the problems seemed to start after the Nats came up with no RBIs with bases loaded. 1 run scored on a doubleplay. That was deflating.Situational hitting needs to improve. I'm off to Fathers Day brunch. Happy Fathers Day to all the dads and our main man Mark!

  2. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Great to get your report ArlVAFan. That must have been great fun last night. Did the Indians fans catch you when you keeled over from shock when Tracy hit one out?I didn't mind the Fox broadcast that much, but I was sorry not to be able to hear Davey's postgame. Is there video or audio of that anywhere?Someone up thread said they hope Stras goes six tonight. I hope he goes four or five and is healthy afterward. I think our bullpen can handle a little more work if needed. Clip and Abad are rested. Is Cedeno still out in the BP or did he go down for Stras?

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Section 222…. it's not the broadcast and commentators that make me hate Fox….. it's the fact that they have to have 4 or 5 regional games at the same time which means if the Yankees are one of the teams, Florida gets only that game.There are only 2 more scheduled Fox broadcasts for the Nats and one of those is in Miami so I'll be at that game. The other is against the Mets so there's a chance I'll get that one.Happy Fathers Day to all you guys out there, especially Mark.

  4. Gonat - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I guess Ohlendorf is the long man today. If its Haren, I wouldn't be shocked. Go Stras!

  5. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Heck, Deuces, while were throwing out hopes for Strasburg, I hope he throws a complete game no-no, and is healthy afterwards!Good grief did the Braves back in to a win yesterday. They, like us, benefited from an error in the 9th. A guy on first, one out, and a made to order game ending, double play ball goes under the Giant's SS glove. Arrrggh! I also thought ArlVA Fan's post was a fun read. It sounded like that stadium just completely deflated when Rendon knocked his homer out.Chad Tracy had 2 strikes low in the zone called on him before he muscled the high fastball out. It must of felt akin to the governor calling with a reprieve at the 11th hour. Man, talk about hanging on by a thread. So, is it decided who goes down today when Strasburg gets activated?

  6. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Totally forgot about Ohlendorf! Thanks Gonat. I wouldn't be surprised if Davey babies Stras and has Ohlendorf ready to go for the fifth or sixth. He better have good movement on his pitches. After Stras, his fastball is going to seem like BP.

  7. Muddy - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Rendon, like Harper before him, is a joy to watch. His hitting and fielding is not only very sweet but it looks like he's having fun and enjoying the game. As we all know, there's not been a lot of joy-to-watch this year. Morse and Harper filled that bill last year, along with the starting pitching. I'm looking forward to seeing Rendon and Harper in the lineup at the same time (hurry Harp!), along with out-of-his-funk Span who's reaching his career average OBP (.354, now .311); a healthy and comfortable Werth playing every day; Ramos back (take you time, Wilson); and all five starters healthy and grinding.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Agreed on every point, Muddy.Something that I don't think has been mentioned about last night's game, and that is Adam LaRoche made a hell of a catch on the scorcher off of Bourn's bat. Fox didn't show any good replay of it, but if you look at this clip it looks like Adam was in a pretty contorted position as he made the play. I had to watch it a couple of times and stop it to see the catch. Did anybody else see any other shot of the play? http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=28063429&c_id=mlb

  9. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    NJ, I'm totally with you on Fox "coverage." I was in Roanoke a few weeks ago, and instead of the Nats, the Fox game was Yankee-Red Sox, perhaps because the Sox farm team is nearby in Salem, VA. But still…

  10. capitalbeltwaysportsblog.com - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    What a great game. Phenomenal performance by the bullpen.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Happy Fathers Day

  12. Exposremains - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    As I said before there's a few ways that you can bypass fox stupid blackouts . They stick it to you, you can stick it to them.Never understood the concept that a fan will say: i'm a Nats fan and watch all of their games and read about them every day but oh look fox is showing the Yankees and Red Sox i'm gonna care about these 2 teams and disregard the one I follow every day.

  13. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    exposremains, huh? Who said anything about caring about the Yankees and/or Red Sox?

  14. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Happy Father's Day to ya!

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