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Game 82: Brewers at Nats

Jul 1, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The season's second half begins tonight, and in a sense, the Nationals are starting over again themselves. By sheer coincidence, Game 82 happens to fall on the day Bryce Harper returns from the DL and Davey Johnson assembles a lineup that suddenly looks far more intimidating than it has for the last five weeks.

The big question was who would hit second in front of Harper. The answer: Jayson Werth, who was supposed to bat there all along but was pressed into middle-of-the-order duties with Harper out. That means Anthony Rendon gets bumped all the way down to the 7-hole, though that's not necessarily the worst place for a rookie who after a fantastic debut has cooled off considerably in recent days, carrying a 1-for-18 slump into tonight's game.

It also helps to have Jordan Zimmermann on the mound in search of his NL-leading 12th win. He'll be facing a Brewers club that currently sits in last place in the NL Central, losers of five straight including a 14-inning, rain-delayed game yesterday in Pittsburgh.

Updates to come, so please check back…

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Scattered storms, 79 degrees, Wind 13 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (41-40)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Be my guest. Mark can read just fine.

  2. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Anyone else want to focus on me and not watch the game?If you want to, get your insults out now — then maybe we can talk about the game.We're not bored tonight because there is nobody to trash I hope.

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I feel sorry for Suzuki. The pitcher has 3 hits and everyone else has at least 1 and he has zero.

  4. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    But Suzuki's been getting his share of hits lately. NIght's young for Zook

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    If the Brewers want to trade Gallardo, his stock dropped big time……..I think some here wanted him. No thank you.

  6. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Would you trade Haren for Gallardo?

  7. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    I'll admit that I was interested in Gallardo.I am no longer interested.

  8. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Oh come on Jordan. Hanging slider.

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    JZim better start pitching again. He gets these big leads and goes into coast mode. Finish this.

  10. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    maybe JZim is a bit gassed after all?

  11. Eric - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    What ever happened to Les Platu? I swear I sense dude's presence in this thread. Hyper easy to ignore though…if ya wanna…

  12. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Oooo

  13. Eric - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Wow…JZim…wtf?

  14. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    JZimm. Seen this movie before.

  15. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Ok….he must be tired…hangin em high

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Sickening. I've seen this before. I'm really disappointed.

  17. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    This better be Zim's last inning.

  18. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    will someone come out and talk with him

  19. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    We'll be okay. But I would give JZimm relief after this inning. Time to ring the pen for warmup

  20. Knoxville Nat - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    3 for 3 leads to a lot of base running. I'm guessing it is also quite humid in DC tonight so JZ is probably feeling some fatigue. Warm up the pen Davey.

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    After that 1st HR, McCatty should have been up and out to see JZim. Get the win.

  22. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    The air is wet and thick, Knoxville

  23. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    thanks Cat.i wonder if Zmnn has trouble with the heat here.We have some of the most humid summer weather of any park in the majors without a dome.

  24. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    agreed, Ghost — McCatty doesn't ever seem to visit at the right times — always waits to long — usually he uses his visits to give his UNwarmed up bullpen time to get warm.

  25. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Zim did fine last summer. I think it's more him running the bases plus the heat than just the heat itself. He was on base 3 times for goodness sake.

  26. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    And for pitchers, there are days when your energy levels just run low — Biorhythms, I guess

  27. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Alright JZimm, at least you got out of it. I guess we should never give Jordan a big lead anymore!

  28. Unknown - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Jordan Zimmermann is not a #1 starter.

  29. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Nickel Bet: Our bullpen will hold Brewers scoreless.

  30. Knoxville Nat - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    DP,Do I get a cold beer for that?

  31. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Disagreed Unknown. Everyone has let downs — he's 11-3, 3 cg's, 4th lowest era in National leagueand he isn't a #1? Lets not get carried away.

  32. Eric - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Is JZim a stress addict? Sheesh.

  33. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Gorzo got a break there

  34. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    this ump is starting to call em at the ankles

  35. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Unknown said… Jordan Zimmermann is not a #1 starter.That is just stupid. All of his numbers still put him in the Top 5 for Cy Young and the All Star game.He loses focus with large leads. Not good. Needs to improve.

  36. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Agreed DP, he's part of the problem tonight with all those darn hits he's had. ;)Gorzo knows our batters better than most.Rendon gonna have more fun with Big Buffalo hitting behind him.

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Hate to see Bryce sliding like that on a tailor made doubleplay.

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I hope we see good Stammen tonight.

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    and what is FP talking about. Stammen hasn't been in a game when the Nats have had a lead for several weeks.

  40. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Segura is a hitting machine

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    May 31st was the last time Davey put in Stammen with a lead.

  42. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Milwaukee's hustling and trying to win. Gotta respect that.

  43. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    What has been wrong with Stammen lately?

  44. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Yep, typical Craig Stammen like I said he just hasn't been good in his last few relief appearances.

  45. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    NatsFanSinceStart: "Nickel Bet: Our bullpen will hold Brewers scoreless"I owe everyone who bet me a nickel. thought I had that one won.

  46. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    natsfan, agree, give them some credit.

  47. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    hope we get good storen.

  48. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Candidate for most way off-base comment of night:Unknown said… Jordan Zimmermann is not a #1 starter. Huh, what?

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Davey is supposed to be a Math guy. The stats are fairly clear on Stammen recently. Have to go back to June 9th to find a Stammen appearance when he didn't put a runner on base by hit or walk.

  50. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    As Stammen as been shaky the last few times out, Storen has been the flip side – he's been great lately. I trust him again (somewhat)

  51. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Wow is this really happening. Tell me everything will be ok. Why do I feel like is october

  52. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Can't believe the bats show up and we forget how to pitch. Lets get some insurance runs

  53. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    I'll bet that Stammen will be studying his videos of a month ago when things were going well to see if he's doing something mechanically different — if he hasn't been already.

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Has to be something wrong with Stammen. Nats need Mattheus back.

  55. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    would really prefer Storen to come back for the 8th rather than Clippard…bring in Clip if/when Storen runs into trouble.

  56. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Nats bats need to wake up. Time to get another 5 runs.

  57. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Bats are dead now. This reminds me of the game in Bmore . Zimm hits the wall and the bullpen implodes. Get the malox.

  58. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Wow the nats are back. Standing and looking. Gorzelany looking like cy young.

  59. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    How is a fly to mid center, GASHING one? Getting tired of Carp

  60. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    1-2-3 inning by Clippard would sure be nice…

  61. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    That looked like a lineout, not a flyout SWM. But I honestly couldn't see it well so you may be right.

  62. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    5 unanswered runs, but Gorzo knows us (and we, him).

  63. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Gonat, where are you? over/under on Clip? I will say 16.

  64. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Yes David it would. 6 straight outs even better.

  65. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Interesting to see Storen used as a stopper there.Time to get a quick 1-2-3 with Clip and then tuck 'em in.

  66. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Nice 1-2-3 inning Clip. Very much needed.

  67. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    way to shut me up Clip, what was that like 8 pitches? nice job.

  68. Nats 128 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Great inning by T-Klip. For those who wanted Staymen as a starter Im thinking he is back to being a mop up. Cant trust this guy right now. He went from clutch to hack quickly.

  69. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Lets get a run or 2 here. I'm low on rolaids

  70. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Poor Suzuki. Only Nat to not get a hit today and he should have had one there.

  71. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Tracy. Now I have to delete my original post.

  72. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    just when you think hangin Chad may be on the cusp of being DFA'd, he comes thru again…something about that guy, I know its been few & far between but he has had some clutch hits…another run here would be welcomed.

  73. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Lets get one here. C'mon Shaggy

  74. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    SWM, at 949, now that is funny! am sure you had one ready to go…haha.

  75. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    speed on the basesjason don't need to swing until he sees one over

  76. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Ump giving the low strike now

  77. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I'll take it

  78. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Zoiks. Like Scoob I'll take it

  79. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    SWM.. bourbon.. maalox.. but look.. Another Run.. 5 RBI for Werth….Plus our bullpen is rested.. they didn't work yesterday so it's fine they get a couple of innings out of them tonight.It was HOT AND DISGUSTING in NY all weekend, it's probably HOT AND DISGUSTING at Nats Park. Doesn't help that JZ was running the bases.

  80. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Wow, the Brewers are playing as bad defensively as we did Saturday. I'll take it though.

  81. Joe Seamhead - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    5 RBI night for that bum Werth?

  82. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Ughhhhhh. What is the brew crew drinking? I'll take it.

  83. sjm308 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    jeffwx – I hardly ever read game posts but I thought it might be fun tonight just to see how many people would be eating crow over Span leading off, Werth 2nd etc etc.I retired a few years ago and what my buddy and I know do is head for as many good pizza places as we can find (an additional plus is a great craft beer or 12). You absolutely nailed the pizza places in this area but I think you left out just one of our top five. Pizza Paradisio in Dupont (not the Georgetown place). Our top 5 so far are Menomale/Pupatlla/Pacci/Paradisio & Mia's, but there are several others you listed that are really close. One that is fairly far away is Facci's out in Fulton Md (and the beer selection is poor). Oh, is there a ballgame going on?? Anyway – great posts except for the small squable and I like David Proctors post pretty much all the time for what it is worth and would love to sit on Sofa's seat when its available.Go Nats!! Win this series 3/4

  84. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    JeffWx.. definitely Fireworks in Leesburg for Pizza.. love that place. When I head into the Gainesville area, I hit the Tony's there.

  85. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Michelle s it's only ever disgusting in 2 parks. Philly and Bmore. Atlanta not disgusting but you need a hard hot for flying bottles.

  86. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Paul Brandt, good point about Tracy. That was a big double and looove the add-on runs.

  87. sjm308 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Jeffwx is also correct about the garbage served at the park that they call pizza. One of my season ticket holder partners eats 4 slices a game and I am just appalled that he actually considers it good. Of course he has the body of a pear so what can you do.

  88. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Sjm no no 4 out of 4

  89. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Jim Kaat was on MLB Network today talking about his approach with a big lead. He once gave up 9 earned runs when he had a 12 run lead.

  90. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Come on Abad, the last thing you want to do is walk guys. If he hits it out of the park, it doesn't matter. Challenge him. Make him put it in play.

  91. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    SWM.. IT was ungodly humid in NY this weekend and well I spent too many games in SEC 134 last year in the sweltering sun and the humidity…

  92. Secret wasian man - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Yeah I wish they gave Ledos pizza. Pappa Johns is bowling alley quality

  93. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Abad with a leadoff walk. Rendon learned. 4-3 groundout and gets out #1.

  94. waddu eye no - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    stat heads – how often do we give up five runs and win?btw – italian store in arlington for takeout.gyfng

  95. paul brandt - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    sjm, not sure where you are in the DC area but Emilios in Sterling and also in Lansdwone is one of the best in Loudoun county if you happen to make it to a Hounds game next year…believe the Hounds are supposed to open up the new ballpark next spring.

  96. MicheleS - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    SJM308.. What time will you be at Justin's tomorrow?

  97. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    waddu, this will be the 7th time the Nats have given up 5 runs or more and Won.

  98. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    On the flip side of what I said about Abad challenging him and it not mattering if he hits it out of the park…you have to wonder if he feels like he's fighting for his job. He has a big benefit that he's a lefty, but with Mattheus coming back, his job is at risk. He probably cares as much about that as the score.

  99. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    We need tux/untux tee shirts

  100. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Curly W! 10 runs!

  101. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    yes, sjm, I think Facci's is outstanding…I stop there on the way back from New GermanyI liked Radius in Mt. Pleasant the one time I went there.Have not tried paradiso in many years and it was in Gtown.Friends were impressed with Menomale craft beer when we went Saturday.You and your buds sound like you may be powerless over pizza. consider a support group like mine:http://www.meetup.com/Pizza-Addicts-Anonymous/Great game…we're on a roll.Michele, not sure what you think of Pomodoro's near you…my italian brother-in-law from NY likes it.DaMarco's in Bethesda has 1/2 price pizza Mon-Wed after 4 pm at the bar. $5 for a 10" real Neopolitan Margherita with a great oval wood oven from Naples.Compare that to a $6 slice of papa john's at the park. Why they got rid of Z pizza for PJ's…oh yeah, corporate money

  102. jeffwx - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Emilio's must try the next time i visit my sis in Ashburn.

  103. Scott Margenau - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Nice win!!!

  104. Scott Margenau - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Ick Emilio's – bypass it. Try 2 Amy's http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/7/100023/restaurant/DC/Cleveland-Park/2Amys-WashingtonMatchbox opening in RTC soon. GYFNG!

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