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Game 86: Padres at Nats

Jul 5, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Davey Johnson had no good reason for making the change to his lineup that he did yesterday – swapping Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth – but obviously the new look worked for the Nationals, who scored eight runs to beat the Brewers. And Davey isn't about to mess with a good thing and make another change now.

Really, though, lineup construction is less about who hits where and more about who is hitting at all. So the best hope for the Nationals' run-scoring abilities moving forward is the simple fact they've got a complete, healthy lineup in place (including Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos) for the first time since mid-April.

That lineup will try to keep things going tonight against the Padres, who send hard-throwing right-handed Andrew Cashner to the mound. Gio Gonzalez, who has been fantastic lately, gets the ball for the Nats, trying to put his team two games over the .500 mark again.

Updates to come…

SAN DIEGO PADRES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Mostly clear, 88 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (43-42)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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238 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Funny but the only World Series I ever attended was the 1970 Series in Baltimore when Tom Bradley got us tickets and I sat next to Bosman during game 5.You are right…..a class act.

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    mccann. Diving catch mayberry

  3. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Clippard is throwing everything well above the strike zone and they're swinging.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Jim Johnson meltdown in NYY blows another save.

  5. waddu eye no - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    heh heh. thanks clip

  6. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Stalk-off K for Clip. Good to see that.

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    T-Klip, yes sir!

  8. Knoxville Nat - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    "He asked for and received his release earlier this ek.Why was Tracy battin instead of Lombo. We just needed a single."Who asked for a release?

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Inch hitter name i not goingvto typ single first career hitP

  10. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Has Span had a bunt for a hit at all this year? I know he's had several infield hits, but any bunts?

  11. SCNatsFan - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    I will not call for the head of Davey today.

  12. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Knoxville, I think someone asked why they released Micah Owings, and someone else (speculating?) said he asked to be released, which would mean they told him he wasn't seeing DC anytime soon.

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Simmons pop rollins. Phils win

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Braves lose. Nice!

  15. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Phillies win.

  16. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Knoxville….they are probably referring to Micah Owings.

  17. Knoxville Nat - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    NatsJack,I agree on the points you make but did we really need to go 7 years on a contract or for the $$$ we did? That is my point. I think Boras got the better of us on this deal.

  18. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Jack, I like Yeungling!

  19. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    DP re: Span…..yes.

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Yankees walkoff against the Bal'mores. They must be ready to jump into the harbour.

  21. paul brandt - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Knoxville @ 948pm, I figured it out. Nothing but great things to say about Boz, loved him to death…kept up with him for a long time and some of my former team-mates still do but I have not seen him in awhile…last I heard he was with the Rays in some capacity but not sure if he still is.

  22. ExposedinDC - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Thought it would be a nice spot for Krol…..

  23. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Someone needs to teach him to bunt.

  24. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Bosman is the only MLB pitcher to miss a perfect game because of an E-1.

  25. Knoxville Nat - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Sofa, I like Yuengling too and if Jack is buying I"ll have one!

  26. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Sofa….you're on.Knoxville….how else could the have signed him? And if not him, who do the sign to play that role?

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    I am reporting what Dave and Charlie said.

  28. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Did I mention I'm tucking it up here, boss?

  29. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    UnTuckEd.

  30. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Well look at that, 1-2-3 inning from Soriano.

  31. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Way to start the series, boys!!!!Nice! Nats win!

  32. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

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  33. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Change your mind, there, Ghost, or just being more discreet?; )

  34. Knoxville Nat - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    NatsJack, do we know for example that a five year deal at maybe $100MM wouldn't have gotten it done? I'm just afraid that in the 6th or 7th year of this contract we are going to have regrets. As for someone else, not being able to predict injuries, how about Carl Crawford instead of Werth? He was younger and offered a lot to be considered at the time?

  35. paul brandt - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Sofa, saw your Boz post re. cars, etc…then it disappeared but when i went to wikipedia, there was little talk of his coaching career which i found odd…?

  36. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    NatsJack, do we know for example that a five year deal at maybe $100MM wouldn't have gotten it done?If I may, Knoxville, I think we can presume that, because if Werth would have signed that, he would have signed that. You have to know there was a negotiation, a very complicated one (it's not all just a dollar figure).

  37. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Paul Brandt, yes, the disappearing posts. Some of us are more affected than others, apparently–Ghost seems to lead the league there–but yes, I was linking to the Wikipedia page on Bosman, and the paragraphs on his personal life, which really read as if a very highly placed source had posted it. But hey, it IS Wikipedia–you can add stuff.

  38. paul brandt - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    sofa, thx…he was a pitching coach for the O's and I think the Rangers but may be wrong, odd that it's not on wikipedia…doesn't matter, good night from No Va.

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