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Game 13: Nats at Marlins

Apr 14, 2014, 4:11 PM EST

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After getting swept by the Braves in Atlanta, the Nationals now move on to Miami for a three-game series with the reeling Marlins. The Marlins began the season 5-1, but have since lost seven consecutive games, including a sweep at Nationals Park last week.

Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 8.10) pitched one of those games and had the shortest start of his MLB career. On April 9 he was yanked in the second inning after coughing up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Today he will look to bounce back from that forgettable performance.

Pitching for the Marlins is left-hander Brad Hand (0-0, 3.24), a four-year MLB veteran. Hand is making his second start of the season after appearing twice out of the bullpen to begin the year. He has a troubled history against the Nats with 15 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings. He has six appearances vs. the Nats on his résumé, two of them starts. He was Zimmermann’s counterpart on April 9 and gave up three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals lineup for the first time this season, and Nate McLouth is off as well. McLouth missed last night’s game with a sore left knee. LaRoche is likely out because the Nats are facing a lefty.

Enjoy the game…

 Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 79 degrees, Wind 10 mph

3B Anthony Rendon
LF Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

LHP Brad Hand


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  1. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Ugh… Uggla

  2. manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Sandberg is an idiot. After second man on he would be on the bench deep.

    • Attitude of Natitude - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      No TV here what’s happening with barfs??

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Throws a bunch of balls to load bases then fat ball to Uggla for grand slam

        Where was the regular closer.

        Sandburg an idiot. Take him out after first 2 batters on.

    • stoatva - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Papelbon pitched three in a row in that unexpected winning streak against the Fish. Who could have imagined?

      • stoatva - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        I note that a relief pitcher was the winner for the Phillies in all three games,

  3. manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Phillie fans left early as the pitcher was booed less than he deserved

  4. veejh - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I dont feel bad at all for Phils fans. Their misery brings me joy even though we needed them to win. It’s a win, win!

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Phil’s can suffer every other game besides Braves games

      • veejh - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Knocking Avilan down a few pegs was good.

  5. manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Not sure what Sandburg ever was thinking. Unless Palbibon is injured.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Was he available?

      • stoatva - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        He pitched in all three wins against the Marlins.

  6. manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Braves announcers making fun of Bats fan. As we thought we could make up a game.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      They always talk trash about the Nats… Never heard and un classy crew as them…

      • stoatva - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Except, of course, for the Cardinals radio team.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        I forgot about them… They can at least talk some… Braves, not so much…

  7. manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Bats = nats my spell check can’t be turned off.

  8. manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Sandburg poor managing. Jake Diekman’s inability to pitch ruins a great comeback.

    • stoatva - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Phillies bullpen had worked 12.2 innings in that three game sweep against the fish, three of them by Papelbon. Not sure they had any better alternatives, though Diekman is reliably awful. I had a hard time imagining him saving that game when he entered, although I wasn’t necessarily expecting a grand slam.

      Utley deserves a lot of “credit” for the loss, too.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Well… Off to bed… Hope all is okay with Mark Z and just taking an early vacation…

    See y’all tomorrow…

    Nice win Nats… Nice win… :-)

    • stoatva - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      It’s Pesach!

  10. David Proctor - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP now
    Nats had different look in clubhouse after tonight’s win. Fog machine & strobe lights. Matt Williams laughed: “They’re enjoying themselves.”

    Looks like Matty is trying to loosen things up after the Braves series. I like it. They did stuff like that in 2012. Morse and DeRosa would break out the karaoke machine.

  11. David Proctor - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Craig Kimbrel has a sore shoulder. Uh oh.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      I owe you 1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        I predicted this in the off-season how the Barves overuse their setup guys and closer. OFlaherty, Venters and why not Kimbrel. Young as they are, they throw on too many days in a row and throw breaking balls which combined has a high frequency of arm troubles.

        Even ex-Barves like Moylan is having surgery.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    “@ajcbraves: #Braves Kinbrel has sore shoulder”

  13. manassasnatsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    This transfer rule which has been called one way for over 125 years, suddenly we are calling it another way.

    Can’t stand it
    T, bit Texas in the ass tonight. Pretty much all analyst hate this change as do I.

    Call got reversed tonight because of transfer. Since I am refusing to accept that change (I think they will revert but the all star game) I would not have reverse the call.

  14. natsfan1a - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM





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