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Game 127: Nats at Cubs

Aug 22, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

CHICAGO โ€” Hello one last time from Wrigley Field, where the weather has taken a turn for the worse. There's a fairly intense storm system making its way through the area, and it could impact the start of today's series finale between the Nationals and Cubs. Stay tuned for weather updates.

Once they do get started, Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound, making his first appearance since Saturday night's ejection in Atlanta. Strasburg, who wasn't punished by MLB for hitting the Braves' Justin Upton and then twice throwing behind Andrelton Simmons, should be plenty fresh in the wake of the shortest start of his career. How will his command be? I think a lot of people are very curious about that.

The Nationals have several lineup changes. With lefty Travis Wood on the mound for the Cubs, Davey Johnson is loading with right-handed hitters, including Scott Hairston and Tyler Moore. Ian Desmond also gets the day off. Desmond tweaked his back during BP yesterday but started the game and looked fine, only to be pulled later for precautionary reasons. Afterward, he insisted he was fine and expected to play today, but it looks like Davey isn't taking any chances.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 2:20 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Storms, 80 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (62-64)
CF Bryce Harper
SS Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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258 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Good thing we gave away another out on the bunt to put a runner into scoring position. Because we really thrive with runners in scoring position.

  2. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Crap, TyMo. You wanna win the 1st base job or not.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    9, 10 and now 12th. Man on second 1 out. 0 for 6 in RISP.When di suzuki come in the game? Did he pinch run with Buffalo walked in the 10th?

  4. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Yes, MNF.

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Was it at least a strike not one in the dirt?

  6. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    MNF, yeap

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Thx. I miseed the switch.

  8. NatsLady - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Stammen's arm is going to fall off.

  9. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Oops. I owe DP a drink.

  10. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Bernadina starting and batting 8th for the Phillies. 0-1 with a K.

  11. mick - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I will not blame the bull pen at all when Nats lose…this will be 100% on Stras and Davey and I bet neither of them will man up.

  12. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    mick, it goes back to RGIII begging to play and Shanahan let him. Stras probaly wanted the CG and Davey let him stay.Theres no I in Team.

  13. paul brandt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    MNF, how was dinner?

  14. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Hey folks. With all these extra inning games, we're getting our post-season games in the regular season.

  15. mick - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    nat128BINGOand when the manger is old and tired, selfish players walk all over him and only think of themselves first…this why I want a nasty kick ass manger next season who will call some of these punks out!

  16. paul brandt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    mick, Tortorella!

  17. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Span!

  18. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Way to go Span… Another lead off hit… Don't waste it…

  19. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Span hit that for WODL!

  20. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Say hey, Span the Man!!!

  21. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I need one of those Denard t-shirts….

  22. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Put Ross O in there to bunt the dang ball…

  23. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    mick, Davey just wants to be there friend. Haha

  24. paul brandt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    WODL, funny, I will get you one.

  25. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Good bunt….

  26. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    This is a perfect situation for Mr Pop Up… He better bring Span home…

  27. paul brandt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    not Chad, bring in JZimn to bunt/safety squeeze.

  28. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    paul, that is funny. Tracy better do it!

  29. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I'll take it…

  30. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Lucky BABIP but nice he got contact. Good job Tracy.

  31. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Span plays looser when he comes off the bench or hits 7th.

  32. paul brandt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Chad with the swinging bunt!sweet!

  33. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Swinging bunt by Tracy. It doesn't take much. Contact contact!

  34. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Bryce hit again…

  35. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Ouch….

  36. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Ron Hunt, Jr…..

  37. 3on2out - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Love the 40 foot RBI

  38. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Bryce can thank all these HBPs for his robust OBP.

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Those wanting Storen to close will get their wish.

  40. paul brandt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Bryce hit again on purpose IMO.

  41. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Ghost – I think Storen has better stuff than Sori… He just needs to gain his confidence… This is a good situation for him….

  42. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I dont think that Hit By Pitch was on purpose.

  43. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Why couldn't Molina swing at that!

  44. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Ron Hunt has the franchise record with 50 hbp's in 1971.

  45. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Lombo, really?

  46. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME LOMBO?

  47. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Argh… Shake it off Drew… Shake it off…

  48. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Dammit, Lombo!!!

  49. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Turn 2 Nats. Pick up Lombo and get Drew this S.

  50. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    We got some luck!

  51. Nats 128 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    There you go! That was a crazy way to end it! Summoner!

  52. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Of course that's the way the game ends.

  53. paul brandt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    4-6-3, sweet!!! ok mick & others, exhale! nice win! told ya…me & Sonny, make a note…Sonny, you da man!!

  54. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I told you so boys! We won the friggin game. Way to go Drew. Drew for closer. Lose Sori somewhere on the way to KC

  55. NatsLady - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Jeez could the Nats make it any harder???? Whew!!!

  56. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Good cal lNats128!

  57. SonnyG10 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    paul brandt said…4-6-3, sweet!!! ok mick & others, exhale! nice win! told ya…me & Sonny, make a note…Sonny, you da man!!August 22, 2013 8:25 PMThanks paul and 3on2out. GYFNG!!!

  58. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

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