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Game 85: Brewers at Nats

Jul 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Good morning from the ballpark. (That's not something I type often.) It's Independence Day, and that means a continuation of a new tradition here at Nationals Park: the 11:05 a.m. game. It's a bit unconventional, but it's not a bad little tradition (plus it gives everyone plenty of time to get home and enjoy the rest of the holiday.

The Nationals are getting a nice boost today, with Wilson Ramos returning from the DL. The catcher went 0-for-10 on his rehab assignment with Class A Potomac, but those numbers are less significant than the fact his hamstring is healthy and he's good to go for the first time since May 15. Which means, for the first time since mid-April, Davey Johnson will be fielding his complete starting lineup (with Anthony Rendon having replaced Danny Espinosa, of course).

Taylor Jordan makes his second career start, hoping to earn his first career win. All indications are that either way, Jordan will be sent back to the minors after this one, with Dan Haren on track to return from the DL and take Taylor's spot in five days. You'd certainly like to see the kid pitch well and be rewarded for his efforts today.

Updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 11:05 a.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside D.C. market),
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to LF

CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman


418 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM


  2. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Paul, I think Werth tried to call him off. I also think he got a little admonishment from Jayson afterwards. Rendon has been great, but there is still a learning curve in play.

  3. phil dunton - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Nats Jack, Does everybody have to be a Little Mary Sunshine to post here?. No wonder you hate Rod Dibble despite the fact he speaks so highly of you.

  4. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Oh I know, Janet — somewhat rhetorical comment there. Last year was indeed 'lightning in a bottle." This year, not so much

  5. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I think Jayson should have called Rendon off… But so glad to see Anthony wearing the shades now…

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Span needs to drag bunt not at third bunt.

  7. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Most of the people who sign on when things are going bad generally do so to either be consoled or to find out if there is something going on with a certain player that they have missed. There are different mentalities but some people believe that it is somewhat classless to come on the site just to gloat when things are going well, and those types are actually affirming their loyalty to the Nats by commenting at the worst of times, rather than only when things go well as homers often do.

  8. phil dunton - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I hope Ian Desmond makes the All Star team.

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I am all for honest opinion.I am all against negatuve preductions. You can have them, just share them in a negative blog.I like the bkig to all positive predictionsObviously I live in a utopia

  10. paul brandt - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    nice piece of hitting there.

  11. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I like knowledgeable baseball fans. Anyone who has met me (including over 30 regular posters from this site) will vouch for that.

  12. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Soriano is a cool customer. Good job

  13. Brandon Wedel - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Curly W in the books. Totally awesome….Yes!! You called it Mick

  14. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I hope Storen can sleep tonight

  15. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Great win, boys. Maybe Drew should give the "win" ball to Taylor, though. Just a thought.Loved the Ramos dinger and curtain call. My tv screen got all blurry after, but it cleared up after a bit…

  16. JaneB - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I can totally vouch for NatsJack's knowledge and insights about this game. I've learned a lot from him. Lots of others too.

  17. slidell2 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    I would like for someone to explain to us all the rationale for determining the "winning" pitcher. It seems that the only one absolutely cut out of the mix if a reliever messes up is the starter who has left the game, even if the starter leaves ahead and has pitched a quality start. He is completely at the mercy of whatever shenanigans his relievers perpetrate. Today, Drew should buy Taylor a steak, a big one.

  18. jw - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:03 PM links to a blog posting that discusses the process for determining winning pitchers. In general, the winning pitcher needs to pitch the half inning before the winning team takes a lead that it doesn't relinquish. If a starter's team is leading when he is relieved, but the other team ties later ties the game, "it's a brand new ballgame", and both starting pitchers get "no decisions".




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