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Game 81: Nats at Mets

Jun 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

NEW YORK — And so the most anticipated season in Nationals history has reached its midpoint in a most surprising state. The Nats enter today's series (and first half) finale at 40-40, a full 6 1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL East and still trying to find their way before it's too late.

Help is on the way, with Bryce Harper due to come off the DL tomorrow for the start of a seven-game homestand. Today, the Nationals will have to try to generate some offense against another young Mets phenom: Zack Wheeler. The rookie right-hander actually arrived in New York with a higher ceiling than Matt Harvey, though obviously Harvey's results at the big-league level have been out of this world.

Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals, trying to get his team back over the .500 mark before heading home. Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (40-40)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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264 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Man Tracy is slow! He should have scored on that. Doesn't matter though.

  2. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Haren no longer feels like one of the guys on the DL.When he was getting shellacked day in and out, he just loved the male comradry.Span getting on base.

  3. jeffwx - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    boy, tracey with the motor on the base….

  4. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Good for Rendon. A nice 2 run double to get himself rolling again.

  5. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    See, all Rendon needed was this what-ever-his-name-is Mets pitcher.

  6. paul brandt - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    am actually starting to feel sorry for this pitcher.

  7. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Rendy comes through. See what happens when you score runs.

  8. jeffwx - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    What, Tracy scored on that double….speed, baby speed.

  9. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I don't see that Henry is officially on the DL. Now, unofficially….

  10. jeffwx - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    bring in little clip

  11. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Have we scored 10 this season?

  12. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    AZ with the bases loaded one out.

  13. sjb - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    First double digit score since Aptil 15 (10-1 final against the Marlins)

  14. paul brandt - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    NL, I think WODL was referring to Haren in response to my smart a$& comment to bring in Haren.

  15. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I think we will pull this one out.

  16. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Yes, we scored 10 on April 15. Been a while.

  17. paul brandt - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Eck is a genius.

  18. Eric - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Got inside in time for the instant replay of z00k's homer. Awesome inning!

  19. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    pb, sorry–thought he meant it was Henry time… it could have been… if we still had Henry.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    The constant playing the same damn Span record on the jukebox needs to stop. You have made your feeling known over and over again. And again and again and again. We get it. You don't like Span hitting lead off. Got it. And,mick? Sometimes when you're in a hole the best thing you can do is quit digging.

  21. jeffwx - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    In the words of Yogi berra, if you aint got a bullpen, you aint got nothing

  22. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    So we smack Wheeler but can't hit Gee. Ya gotta love baseball….

  23. jeffwx - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    But we win the series in either case

  24. jeffwx - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Seamhead, i recommend enjoying the party, change the music.

  25. paul brandt - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    have a day Denard!

  26. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I predict it will stop when either Span plays better or he moves down in the order.

  27. sjb - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Correction that 4/15 Marlins score was 10-3 (per FP). BTW Nats have had 10 or more against them 3 times (all Haren starts, natch)

  28. jeffwx - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Boy do I love Denard in CF

  29. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    How many pitches did Krol throw? I went to wash the dishes. Couldn't have been many.

  30. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    did we not decide on Friday afternoon that we would lose against Harvey and Wheeler and then beat Gee on Saturday? I also thought this was supposed to be long game for Nats fans in the bottom of the first inning.

  31. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 12mDenard Span's (finally) starting to heat up. Hitting .342 with five extra-base hits in his last 10 games.

  32. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Bases loaded one out, Arizona scored ZERO runs. Is that supposed to happen to anyone except the Nats???

  33. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Anthony Recker is pitching? LOLOL.

  34. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    OK, a catcher is pitching. FP is funny!

  35. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Please, just let it rain.

  36. Drew - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Marv Thronberry and Bud Harrelson are warming.

  37. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Where is Skip Schumaker when you need him?

  38. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Another position player pitching. This is kind of embarrassing. I don't get what Collins is doing. Maybe trying to get fired?

  39. Smatt1001 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    And there goes Desi. Is it time to just take some really bad hacks?

  40. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Zoook felt sorry for a fellow catcher.

  41. Smatt1001 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    And now FP is mentioning Mark on air.

  42. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Smatt1001 said…And there goes Desi. Is it time to just take some really bad hacks?That's why Davey put Tracy in. :)

  43. Davide - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Recker is the kind of pitcher that Rizzo likes…soooooo many balls!! :D

  44. Drew - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    If Krol ever gives up a run will MLB authenticate the ball?

  45. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    we better win this one!

  46. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Krol can't find the strike zone today. Good thing the game isn't close! Or maybe he just does better when it matters.

  47. BigCat - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    See Eck is all over that top step of the dugout when we score some runs. Normally he's down in the runway where Riggleman used to hide.Gosh, what a fun game. Desi crushed that last one.Harper tomorrowPlay frickin ball!!

  48. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Krol shakes off Zoook. Nope, maybe not. Don't think, kid, just throw.

  49. Smatt1001 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Time to pull that ball off the field…

  50. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Well I'm glad Krol gave up his first homer in a 13-0 game.

  51. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    This kid must be sent down.

  52. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Span is just sliding on that wet grass!

  53. Smatt1001 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Well, there goes Krol's 0.00

  54. Smatt1001 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

  55. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    We've won 7 of our last 11 and 2 series in a row. We've got Harper coming back tomorrow. Ramos later in the week. I'm a happy counter.

  56. Secret wasian man - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    And the Redskins give up a late safety to the Giants. but still dominate the game 13-2. YAHH HOOOO and boy wonder coming back.

  57. Secret wasian man - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    And the Redskins give up a late safety to the Giants. but still dominate the game 13-2. YAHH HOOOO and boy wonder coming back.

  58. natsfan1a - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Thanks ever so, guys. That was teh awesomez!1natsfan1a said… Wouldn't it be nice to end the series on a high note, with another curly W, and a series win, in the books? How about it, Nats and Gio? kthxbai. June 30, 2013 12:51 PM

  59. mick - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Joeseamhead saysAnd,mick? Sometimes when you're in a hole the best thing you can do is quit digging.WTF does that mean…. keep your dumb ass post to yourself you sanctimonious jerkI do not care if Mark deletes this as he seems to let some you mother fers get away with anything and others who usually retaliate, he censors Span should not lead off in my view and oh about 7 other posters in here's views. He has one decent game and you try to make it a referendum on the whole season…What pisses me off is I have defended Span up until about 2 weeks ago when MANY other posters were CORRECTLY pointing out his flaws as a lead off. If you disagree, why do you think you can criticize the posters who make good points on why Span should not lead off? Everyone has differing views, so stop going after people with your smart ass posts if you disagree with themgot it, sweetheart!

  60. Oldguy - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Jeffwx,Yeah, I am. You want to talk about the 1951 Giants? I was around for that, too. (Thirteen behind in August, finished 37-7.) They were my NL team until they left for San Francisco.

  61. Oldguy - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    PS. I remember the year Williams hit .406. I also remember exactly where I was on December 7 that year.

  62. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Really, mick? You went on and on about Harper leading off in 2012, which I believe that he never did one time.You insisted that you were going to show us some box scores.also, I didn't attempt to make any referendum. My only criticism was directed at the poster that has posted what seems like a hundred times that he doesn't like Span at leadoff. It's become a broken record. You should look back at your posts today. I wasn't attacking you, but you were insisting that Bryce led off off last year. You were incorrect. No big deal. But, mick? Insisting that you're right when you're not isn't going to make you right.Thus, "my quit digging" comment.—–///——–mick said…nats lady…you need to stop nowJune 30, 2013 1:51 PM mick said…ah…found all the box scores for 2012… where do I begin??June 30, 2013 1:52 PM NatsLady said…Unless baseballreference.com is incorrect, Harper NEVER batted leadoff in 2012. Not once. He batted 2nd 117 times, other positions a smattering.http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=harpebr03&year=2012&t=bJune 30, 2013 1:53 PM mick said…I will copy and paste the box scores…one moment please….June 30, 2013 1:53 PM——–///——-Now, seriously, did you find a box score that showed Harper batting leadoff?

  63. mick - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    I will…I googled 2012 Nats box scores and Wikipedia took me to a site…everytime I hit the icon for any box score it jammed my computer… I will find a few of them, it takes time

  64. Joe Seamhead - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Your choice, pal.Keep digging. Let us know what you find.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 19.0
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's early games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.5 +1.5
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
Through Friday's early games

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SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
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