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Game 124: Nats at Cubs

Aug 19, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

CHICAGO โ€” Hello from the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, where it's an absolutely gorgeous August evening on the north side of Chicago. The Nationals open a four-game series with the Cubs tonight, a rare trip here with three straight night games and only one day game at the last major-league ballpark to install lights.

The Nationals have a new face on the roster in David DeJesus, acquired from the Cubs this afternoon in a waiver trade. The 33-year-old outfielder simply walked across the diamond before batting practice, met his new teammates and swapped his royal blue Cubs clothing for the Nats' navy blue. He'll be on the bench tonight but available to play if needed.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the start against a Chicago lineup that, at least on name recognition alone, doesn't really inspire a lot of fear. That, of course, means nothing, but it certainly looks like an advantageous matchup for Zimmermann. The Nationals lineup will have its work cut out for itself against Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Clear, 81 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (60-63)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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230 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    We hit 6 home runs in back to back games in that series. Then the Cubs got all whiny and threw at Bryce for no reason. Benches cleared. That was a fun time.

  2. baseballswami - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Wonder what the new guy thinks?

  3. mick - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    miss those teams…Willie Horton, Gate Brown…those 2 were strong mofo's

  4. TimDz - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Abad should have just put one into Schierholtz's ribs…..

  5. mick - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Davidhopefully 1 year from now we are talking playoffs again

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Big Cat hit one almost that long in high school. Eddie Segar scored ahead of him

  7. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Amen Mick.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Wow, cool! We got another guy that can hit a pop up!

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Ray Oyler reminded me of Popeye. Long and thin.

  10. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Someone make it stop.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    All righty then!

  12. mick - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    MNFlololothats funny and he hit like Olive Oil

  13. baseballswami - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Or we could have walked him. Interesting how the Cubs fans have a really bad team but are so classy. Meanwhile the fans of that first place team we visited are such trash. The contrast is stunning.

  14. baseballswami - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    FP is right- Opposite Day. Not just Jordan they are tattooing.

  15. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    How do you get 11 runs on 9 hits?

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Olive Oil had a child out of wedlock really scandelous in tge 50's and 60's. Was Popeye Sweet Pea's dad?

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Throw on a few walks

  18. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Jim Northrup and Jim Gentile. The forgotten sluggers of the 60's….

  19. Unknown - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    How do you get 11 runs on 9 hits?By hitting a bunch of home runs.

  20. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Walks and home runs.

  21. BigCat - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Mick….I remember Gibson being as dominant a pitcher as I have ever seen. In 67 series against the Sox and again in 68 against the Tigers. I vividly remenber him blowing away Norm Cash all day. Cash had that little shell in his cap, no helmet

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Jim gentil replaced by Boog Powell

  23. Unknown - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Total humiliation! This is a pathetic team.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Werth not to interested in extending his hitting streak.

  25. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    We have a pitching staff full of guys who are about as sturdy as a house of cards. They pamper these guys and pamper them and it does zilch. Once again, SI starts a trend with little or no science behind it.Dr. Jobe: I know of no medical reason why Stephen Strasburg could not pitch relief in the play-offs.(paraphrase),Rizzo: What does Dr. Jobe know about baseball?Dr. Jobe: What does Mike Rizzo know about baseball?Touche….

  26. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Well that sucked.

  27. Unknown - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Boog Powell replaced Jim Gentile, not the other way around.

  28. BigCat - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Correct me if Im wrong Manassas, but I belive Hondo had 10 homers in 20 AB's in that run. And yes, game on channel 9. Think Warner Wolf doing color.

  29. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Fwiw, David DeJesus has a kick-ass Topps card this year. A real nice glossy with him making a great catch almost buried in the ivy.

  30. BigCat - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    true story Mick….back in 99, I was at a La Quinta in Polk Co. Fla for a girls AAU bball tourney. I went out to the pool in the evening and who is propped up out there against the wall? Willie Horton. I talked to him for about 15 minutes. Just a great guy

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