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Game 76: Nats at Brewers

Jun 24, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

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Jordan Zimmermann grew up in tiny Auburndale, Wisc., about 180 miles northwest of Milwaukee. And tonight when the right-hander pitches for the Nationals at Miller Park, it’s believed the vast majority of his hometown will be there to watch in person. If history holds true, they’re in for a treat, because in two previous starts in Milwaukee, Zimmermann is 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA.

A win tonight would be big not only for Zimmermann, but also for the Nationals, who are seeking their fourth straight victory and to maintain at least a 2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East. They’ll be going up against veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who has taken a beating at the hands of the Nationals in recent years (25 runs in his last 25 1/3 innings against them).

As you know, I’m not in Milwaukee for this series. Unlike last night, I won’t be at Potomac, either, but I’ll be keeping tabs on Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos’ rehab appearance and will have analysis of the Nationals’ game right here tomorrow morning. Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where: Miller Park
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (40-35)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

BREWERS (47-31)
2B Scooter Gennett
RF Ryan Braun
C Jonathan Lucroy
CF Carlos Gomez
3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Khris Davis
1B Mark Reynolds
SS Jean Segura
RHP Yovani Gallardo

UMPIRES
HP Andy Fletcher
1B Chris Segal
2B Mike Winters
3B Mark Wegner

421 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Let’s do it right now, fellows!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      +1 Some Sweet 16 would be nice for the Nats!

  2. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Let’s score

  3. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Safe to say we see both B squads tomorrow?

  4. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Werth is brootal currently.

  5. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    I’m drinking red wine, I’m 47. Why does FP think athletes need red bull. I’m good to go!

    • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      +1

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        Did you just like your own post?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        I overdosed on maloox in the 10th. I am good to go

      • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        I did. Did I mention the red wine?

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        That’s a +2 to you, sir.

  6. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Werth this week is swinging at outside pitches and trying to pull them. That is a recipe for either a k or a 6-3

  7. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Fiers is annoyingly good

  8. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    ALR looked like a ground rule double

  9. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Lol Lala’s eyes lit up rounding first.

  10. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    OK Zim time for your first POST DL homer

    • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      Bang zoom goes Zimmerman

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        I felt it, or maybe it was tummy wanting a snack

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      That is what we wanted

  11. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Zimmmm!!!!!

  12. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    I asked and he delivered

  13. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    463 pitches total between the two teams so far…way to go Zim!

  14. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Damn that felt amazing!!!’

    • janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Seriously!

  15. kirbs3256 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    AHHHHHHHH

  16. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Hey sweet mother Jesus!!!!!! Zim is back!!!!!! LOL:!!!!

  17. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Crack a bottle!

  18. janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    What a brilliant time for a dinger. Now Sori needs to keep it safe.

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    FINALLY!!!!!!!

    Whoop, whoop!

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    That was amazing! After LaRoche gets held at 1st, you hope there would be some way that RZim and Desi could piece something together.

  21. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Espi sux dfa

  22. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Well, if we haven’t had enough excitement yet…

    • janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      No more excitement! Now we need a VERY BORING ENDING.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Batters 7,8 and 9 now 0 for 19 tonight 0 for 30 for the series

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Time to be positive, MNF.

  24. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Tucked like Chuck.

  25. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Ok tomorrow is a day off. Let’s meet somewhere for 2pm game. Who’s in?

    • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      In! Muscle bar ballston?

      • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        Ok scott. See u there! First round on me

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    So I guess Desi and Werth finally get their days off tomorrow…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      I mean in 12 hours or so…

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      Definitely Werth

  27. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Our BP is worn out, but keep the zeros coming.

  28. janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Omgomgomgomg

  29. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Holy shit!!! Zim n Werth with gems

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      Don’t forget about Design 2

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Did you see Span take one at the wall? That was a Gem also. He made it look easy.

      • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Unreal outfield tonight/am

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        Best I have ever seen in 1 game for the Nats (even though this is like 2 games)

  30. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Zim loves LF!!!!o

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Nats taking all the Web Gems. That is how you lay out. That’s what I’m talking about!!!

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Excellent D tonight fo sho

  32. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Soriano sure makes it interesting! All 3 outfielders now with Gems!

  33. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Ponche Soriano!

  34. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Why does MW want Zim at 3rd? That’s just stupid

  35. breakbad1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    MASN2 in Fairfax is back. ZIMMMMMMM!

  36. janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    In case Michelle is asleep….woohoo! Whoooofreakinghoooooo!

  37. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    All around team win. Couldn’t have won without everyone contributing somehow. Stellar D and the BP, once again, silly good. Wooooooooo!!!!!

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Ross Detwiler, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Denard Span, Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmerman, Stammen, just to name a few stars.

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Ross gets mVP

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        He was amazing. Maybe that gets him in a rhythm.

      • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        100% fast ball is crazy. He needs a second and third. Pushing luck

  39. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Untuck dat!

  40. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Untuck^16

  41. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Woohoo credit michelle s – who btw is absent way too LNG

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      She’s just twittering away

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Congrats fans they played great, we cheered great. Instant classic

  43. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Entire bullpen put up zeros.

  44. Scooter - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Yippee.

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    What a game…. What a game… What a game..

    Definitely worth staying up for..

  46. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Braves monkey and extras monkEy off our backs!

    • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Monkey? A gorilla can’t stop us!!!

  47. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Lemon drops for all

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Leon obviously starts tomorrow. McLouth has to take RF for Werth. Need a starter from AAA for long relief. Perfect time to replace Dobbs.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Frandsen at 2nd and Espi at SS…… Frandsen at 3rd….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        How is Frandsen playing both second and third?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        Different suggestions… Omitted the ‘or’ mistakenly…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        I don’t think I want to see Frandsen at 2nd again. A good day for Frandsen 3rd, Rendon 2nd, Espi SS. McLouth in RF. Leon catching.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        I mean, I don’t want to see Frandsen at the IF at all… But yeah, guys need a day off, so we all have to sacrifice… :-)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Yes bring up Mattheus drop dobbs, then when Ramos cones up send Leon back, and when Harper comes send mattheus

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        What about Ross O??? Hasn’t heard anything new on him….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        I’m thinking they need a starter to take multiple innings if needed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        Ross O hasn’t been added back to the 40 man from the 60 day DL.

  49. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    10 innings of 0 er bullpen! Wow

  50. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    OK, stat guys, what’s our BP ERA after that?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Lower

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Johnny Holiday forgets Desi’s 2 Web Gems. 5 in the game and a Gold Star for Rendon on that hot shot that he turned into a 5-4-3 DP.

    1. RZim
    2. Werth
    3. Desi on Ramirez
    4. Span
    5. Desi on the pitcher
    6. Rendon 5-4-3

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      Shame on him. It was last game, though. LOL

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Nats bullpen ERA put up a shutout in 10 innings tonight. That’s impressive!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      Everyone was great tonight… Exocet Storen (not to be a Debbie downer or anything)… Defense really supported him….

      But he got the end result we wanted and needed… No runs…

      But I tip my cap to Det… I hope they interview him…. And people praise him the way he deserves it,….

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    I see the Nats have a 60 Day DL move they can make if they wanted to add a Taylor Hill as Matt Purke can go on the 60 day DL.

  54. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    485 total pitches. Did I hear MW right? Adam would’ve been the next pitcher!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      Yes, that is what he said. Glad we didn’t see that. I still think he might have asked for a Fister to throw an inning before that.

      Glad he didn’t have to go to any other option.

  55. breakbad1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Apologies for any dumb things I said….just so glad we won!

  56. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Nats have given up the least amount of runs at 262 in the MLB. Shocking. Our BP has been so good, and I only think our starters get better for the 2nd half.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      The pitchers have done a helluva job, but they have had some pretty good defensive play behind them,too!

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        Defense as of late. Pretty horrid stuff April May.

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:35 AM

        Ramos and Harper on the way. I like the way this is shaping up.

  57. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    BTW, Matt William’s managed a great game tonight, IMHO.

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      Agree. Thought Stammen could a been used in a better spot, but whatever, we finally won an extra game.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 47 1.5
MIAMI 48 52 8.0
NEW YORK 48 54 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 44 58 12.5
Through Thursday's games

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SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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