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Game 104: Mets at Nats

Jul 26, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

As if this afternoon's 11-0 thrashing at the hands of the Mets wasn't bad enough, now the Nationals have to come right back out and try to get back on track against All-Star Game starter Matt Harvey. With Bryce Harper out of the lineup.

Yep, Harper is sitting this one out after aggravating his left knee diving for Daniel Murphy's liner in the fifth inning of Game 1, according to Davey Johnson. He stayed in the game until the eighth, at which point he was replaced by pinch-runner Scott Hairston. So Steve Lombardozzi, who has five hits over the last 24 hours, gets the start in left field.

Ross Ohlendorf makes the spot start for the Nationals, perhaps an audition to see if he could join the rotation on a permanent basis with Taylor Jordan perhaps headed back to the minors in advance of his post-Tommy John shutdown. The veteran righty will have to be in top form tonight.

After a debacle like that first game, do the Nats even want to get back out on the field? "Yeah," Johnson said. "I'm actually glad we got another one tonight." We'll see how this plays out.

Updates to come…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (Game 2)
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, 81 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (49-54)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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234 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Not 7 months either.

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Absolutely awful form by Ramos behind the plate on that wild pitch. He never moved his body to get in front of it. Then he tried to stop a 59-foot fastball by plopping his glove on top of it. Result: wild pitch.I've said it before, and I'll say it again: For every run Ramos bats in, he allows one with his glove.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Rizzo on the phone?

  4. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Was that an intentional walk by Sori to Ike? *not watching the game*

  5. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Ramos is not a good defensive catcher, but it's hyperbole to say he gives back every run.

  6. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Well, the rustbelt starts in Hagerstown, sadly. I will be sad if they don't have the Suns anymore but it seems like Hagerstown has lost its industrial base and it is just a little too far from DC compared to Frederick and Charles Towne to transition….

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Give me a reliever that throws friggin' strikes.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Just crappy pitches.

  9. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Oh Soriano…

  10. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    What's going on with Sori!?!? He seemingly can't find the SZ…

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Tigers want Sori. We want Nick C.

  12. SCNatsFan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Sori just looks disinterested.

  13. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said…You never said potential you said Harper should be the CF because he was betterJuly 26, 2013 9:46 PM—-////////——He sure did. Several times.

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Yesterday Knorr said lack of interest.

  15. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Time for a walk off… Come on guys!!! Lets get it!

  16. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I said that Harper's defensive war was better last year and it was. We won 98 games last year with Harper in center and we will win 78 with him in left. The deference between Span and Harper is so small as to be entirely overwhelmed by Span's offensive mediocrity, and honestly, there should be a picture of Span in the Baseball Encyclopedia next to offensive mediocrity. What a blah nothing on offense. He was so oversold as to be unbelievable. Preston Wilson, where are you?

  17. Knoxville Nat - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I will say this about the Hagerstown area, they have some outstanding high school baseball in that area (or at least they did during my 20 years living there) particularly in Williamsport, Waynesboro and Chambersburg. The latter two being in Pennsylvania just over the MD line.

  18. paul brandt - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Soriano looking at & blaming the mound, come on…this guy needs to go. Ross O and Harvey did pretty darn well with that same mound.

  19. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Proving who is a better fielder has evade sabermetricians for a hundred years but it is good to know that many of you have decided that you have it figured out. Harper has a far better arm than Span and is faster. He is willing to sacrifice his body out there and Span is not. Harper was center fielder on a team that won 98 games. I always love the idiots on here who say that there is no way that we could win anything with Morse in the outfield because he can't field. Yeah, there is no way we could win the division without an "elite" fielding outfield.

  20. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Zim hasn't had a walk-off in a while…

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:58 AM

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  22. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    I CALLED IT!!!!

  23. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Yesssss!!!!!!I called it!!!!

  24. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Mid-Maryland is one of the top baseball areas in the entire U.S., including for children and adults. Men play hardball here their entire lives. Both Hagerstown and Brunswick have been in the Little League World Series in the last few years. I don't know why but small Maryland had guys like Lefty Grove, Babe Ruth and Home run!

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Told you this afternoon we had a split coming.

  26. hiramhover - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Beautiful!

  27. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Way to go Zimm!

  28. paul brandt - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Soriano gets the win right? haha…what a difference a few hours make!!!

  29. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    bang zooooom!!!

  30. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Proctor and the Baseball Gods quote wins.

  31. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    The Soriano move proves to be the correct call this time. Love it that a guy wearing a Zimm shirt catches the home run.

  32. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Ross O has earned a spot the rest of the way

  33. paul brandt - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Joe, agree it worked with Soriano but it wasn't like a 1-2-3 inning, he looked awful.

  34. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Two guys that will make this team better….Ross Ohlendorf and my man, Taylor Jordan.Look for Robbie Ray in about 3 weeks.

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