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Game 72: Rockies at Nats

Jun 20, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Hello from South Capitol Street, which hasn't hosted a ballgame in 11 days. The Nationals at last return to familiar territory after an eventful, not-entirely-successful, 4-5 road trip to Colorado, Cleveland and Philadelphia, hoping last night's dramatic, 11-inning win was the start of a long-awaited hot streak.

Having Jordan Zimmermann on the mound tonight against the Rockies certainly helps the cause. The right-hander is looking to become only the third pitcher in the majors to reach the 10-win mark this season, joining Adam Wainwright and Max Scherzer, but he'll have to put forth a better outing than he did last time in Cleveland when he blew an early 5-0 lead.

Roy Oswalt makes his 2013 debut, having signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies and built his arm back up to shape. There's really no way to know how the 35-year-old will look tonight, given the fact he hasn't appeared in a major-league game since last fall with the Rangers (when he wasn't very good).

I'll be starting the game thread tonight, but then I have to head over to Bethesda for tonight's episode of The Baseball Show, so Chase will take over in-stream. Check back for plenty of updates…

COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Mostly clear, 78 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (35-36)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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281 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Span with 2 hits and a WALK!

  2. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    4 great at bats!!!!! I love my man, D Span….

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Span's OBP on the rise!

  4. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Good jump for Span that time.

  5. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Span must have put in ear plugs when talking to Eck today at the cage…going back to what has worked for him.

  6. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Yes Span. Yes!

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Can't wait to see these Joe West outside called strikes tonight on Pitch F/X.

  8. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    The extra work Span put in has helped…. Really impressive tonight….

  9. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Okay, now don't give up this lead please JZimm.

  10. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    No worries David… Jordan's got this…

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Yep, Jordan Zimmermann can K batters.

  12. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Come on Jordan.

  13. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Jordan doesn't look happy….

  14. Candide - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Jordan almost never looks happy.

  15. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Good job Jordan!

  16. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Good on you Jordan… I was never worried..

  17. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    First high stress inning and JZim works out of it. That's what he couldn't do in Cleveland.

  18. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Lol… Candide, you're right… The first time I saw him laugh I was amazed…

  19. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    For those hoping for a Cory Brown call up, he's back down to .232.Tyler Moore is still trying to find his consistent stroke hitting .229.Espinosa is due up next inning.

  20. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Gotta think Jordan goes 8 and then maybe Drew or Abad comes in to close it out.

  21. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Not a good day for Ryan.

  22. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    RZim, come on dough boy, stop eating pancakes.

  23. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Adam looks back on…. This is good…

  24. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I know you're joking Paul, but I don't get why people call Ryan fat. He's bulky, but he's not exactly Prince Fielder out there.

  25. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Golden Sombrero for Werth. Hard to believe after yesterdays dominance.

  26. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Golden Sombrero for Werth tonight. Just not his night.

  27. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Mets take the lead!

  28. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    GoSM – Werth is letting everyone else shine tonight…. Well except Ryan as he didnt get the memo…

  29. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    David, I like my beer ice cold.

  30. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    MrsB, I think that's it and he was full from eating face last night.

  31. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    DP, not sayin he's fat but do think he could lose a few…my mind goes back to the photo of him at the Daytona 500 where he looks a bit like Phil Mickelson if you know what i mean…am sure someone can find that photo and post a link but what struck me was he didn't look like he was in good shape at all with just 45 days or so until opening day.

  32. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    I think my favy coach is McCatty… Idk, why though… I get butterflies every time they show him….

  33. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Bad play by Rendon there.

  34. UnkyD - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Mick musta went to bed early, tonight?

  35. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    AR, get the out!!!!

  36. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Bay play by Rendon… Get the sure out at first…. But he is learning….

  37. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Rookie mistake costs JZimm there. And now Cargo is up with men on base.

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Well that sucks.

  39. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    NEWS FLASH!!!! DANNY ESPINOSA SINGLES TO RIGHT RAISING HIS AVERAGE FROM.083 TO .120.!!!!!

  40. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Time for Jordan to pick up Anthony…

  41. Secret wasian man - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    C'mon Davey you moron. Get him out of there.

  42. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Nasty…. Time for a pop up…

  43. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Best change up Jordans ever thrown.

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Rendon's error about same time as Espi's hit.Oincidence?I think not

  45. Secret wasian man - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Sorry I was in Cleveland sat when j Zimm was left to long.

  46. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    JZimm is unbelievable.

  47. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    mick, where are you bro? he will be back if something goes bad…haha.

  48. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Go sit in the corner SWM.

  49. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    *living room standing O for Jordan Zimm*Pitched a heck of a game… And picked up Anthony…. Way to go Nats!

  50. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… NEWS FLASH!!!! DANNY ESPINOSA SINGLES TO RIGHT RAISING HIS AVERAGE FROM.083 TO .120.!!!!!That is great to hear!

  51. A DC Wonk - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Secret wasian man said… C'mon Davey you moron. Get him out of there.Just brilliant.

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    FYI RZimm ate some face last night with a 1 out double in 11th last night.Will participate again tomorrow.Will be in section 313 tomorrow night.

  53. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    What a start for JZim!!! 8 complete and he picked up Rendon! Way to do it!

  54. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Secret wasian man said…C'mon Davey you moron. Get him out of there.thx SWM, reverse psychology/karma/lock, i do it all the time so we will give you full credit.

  55. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Ghost brought up a point on Jordan that I buy totally.Jordan's two bad starts both came in interleague games on the road where he didn't get to bat and that totally messes with his routine.

  56. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Haha, I like how Bob was talking about how Lombo never strikes out and then Lombo strikes out on the next pitch.

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Gave him one too

  58. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Not sure I agree with bringing Soriano in. I know he needs work, but he worked yesterday and we may need him in the rest of the series.

  59. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    DP, agree, bring in Clip and have Soriano ready if needed.

  60. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Marrero still without a hit.

  61. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Relax David. Soriano needs to throw every day anyway. It's not like he gets stressed when he's out there so might as well make his work meaningfull.

  62. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Clip has worked a lot too (and worked 1.2 yesterday). I'd bring in Abad. It's not really high pressure (4 run lead) and it would help him regain confidence after 2 iffy outings.

  63. Theophilus T. S. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Whoever compared Rendon to Boggs owes Anthony an apology. In addition to what he did to his wife, Boggs was one of the worst teammates of his "era" if it could be called that. No one missed him when he was gone.

  64. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Ghost brought up a point on Jordan that I buy totally.Jordan's two bad starts both came in interleague games on the road where he didn't get to bat and that totally messes with his routineThank you. It sounds crazy but he's such a rhythm and routine guy that I think it really has a negatvie effect on him as the game gets into the 3rd inning.

  65. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Who pitches tomorrow? SS?

  66. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Yep Still waiting for Marrero to get a hit of some kind — he just doesn't show his stuff when he gets the chance. Not good for him

  67. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Jordan Zimmermann's lifetime stats against Colorado are mind-blowing. I think he has a near 1.50 ERA lifetime against him now with all wins.

  68. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    This has been such a peaceful game…. We need more games like this…

  69. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I really haven't seen Soriano pitch that much – until this year. But I wonder if he's that kind of pitcher that is actually better with more work — not less work. I wonder if Soriano himself has requested more innings now especially when he hasn't gotten much work as of late.I've thought that of Clippard — although I don't think he would agree. But 2011, arguably clip's best season, I believe he was also worked to death by Riggleman, then Davey — but still, he never pitched better.

  70. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    start growing the beards NOW like in the NHL, heck, Matheus and Harper are there, start a trend & get behind each other, builds camaraderie, etc…hey, why not or just eat someone's face.

  71. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    wow, safe x10! but we will take it gladly

  72. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    #EatFace What a nice dominant win!

  73. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    What a play by Rendon… Nats win!!!! Love it!!!! 16-10 for the month of June… Jordan with the lights out pitching… Timely hits and runs.. Great job squad!

  74. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Looking at the beard of Matheus — he looks completely different. Not sure whether he looks smarter or more country … haha

  75. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Uh the Nationals are not 16-10 in June.There more like -9-9Where do people get the 16-10 from????

  76. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    The more emphatic the ump, the more he is trying to convince himself.

  77. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I believe it was a prediction by Mrs. B, for the entire month.Where do people get the 16-10 from???

  78. A DC Wonk - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Where do people get the 16-10 from???? The wish is to finish June with 16-10 for the month.

  79. Anna Peregrina - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Atlanta loses too!!

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    I mentioned last Saturday

  81. Anna Peregrina - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Woohoo, hope to see you, Michele.

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