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Lineups, etc.

Real quickly here. Talked to Church about getting hit by that Peavy pitch last night and then spiking his bat, which then led into Peavy pitching from the windup, Church swiping second, Austin Kearns singling him home with two outs, and the Natioanls winning.

Church said his reaction had nothing to do with Peavy. "That [stuff] hurt," he said, though he didn't get hit on the shin, as I suspected, but he did get hit in the meat on the back of his shin, which I guess would technically be his calf. He said he absolutely knew Peavy wasn't throwing at him with an 0-2 breaking ball. "He did bail me out," Church said, agreeing with Peavy's assessment.

Lineups, just before I begin making sausage:

Lopez -- 6
Belliard -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Church -- 8
Kearns -- 9
Young -- 3
Casto -- 7
Schneider -- 2
Hill -- 1

San Diego:
Cruz Jr. -- 7
Giles -- 9
Gonzalez -- 3
Bard -- 2
Greene -- 6
Cameron -- 8
Kouzmanoff -- 5
Robles -- 4
Young -- 1

Currently, the Tritons of UC-San Diego and the Sea Lions of Point Loma Nazarene University are playing a game at Petco Park. This has prevented the Nationals and Padres from taking batting practice. Pretty crazy. (Point Loma Nazarene University currently up 6-1 in the top of the ninth. Tritons down to their last three outs.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 1, 2007; 8:38 PM ET
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If you have a few extra minutes, you should drive by Point Loma's beautiful campus. The baseball field is up next to a drop off looking out to the ocean. I hear you can take surfing as a P.E. there.

Posted by: Scott M. Collins | May 1, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

So hill seems to have banged himself up again. He's still in the game, here's hoping he makes it all the way through.

Any ideas or updates barry?

Posted by: Nats fan Down Under | May 1, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

After 4, and now down 0-1, three thoughts so far:

1) What a difference between Shawn Hill getting the low strike or not. The first 3 innings, he kept hitting his sinker down, but not getting the call. The result, when he needed a strike to Gonzalez, the pitch had to be higher than he wanted... Young sure is getting those high strike calls.

2) Tough luck on that D Young shot that doubled up Kearns. Hit the ball hard for a sure double otherwise...

3) Can you believe that sand box at Petco? You wonder why kids don't play ball anymore? The difference between Dodgers fans who show up in the 3rd (largely b/c of traffic) and Padres fans who show up early but play in the sandbox til the 3rd and then take the kids home...

Hope they can pull this out. Off to bed - hate this work in the morning thing. Thanks Barry!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | May 1, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, one more thing:

My bro lived in Point Loma for 7 years w/the Navy. Watching a game at Pt. Loma overlooking the cliffs and the ocean with the sun going down is one of the most beautiful settings anywhere!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | May 1, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Typical Ryan Church. So he takes a ball to the calf. Is that really an excuse to slam your bat? No. Ooh, poor baby with the bruise. Suck it up, Church. Send him back to Columbus!

I jest, of course. If he needs someone to massage that leg for him...
God, I'm inappropriate.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

This team makes every opposing pitcher look like Cy Young.

Posted by: Ed | May 2, 2007 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I've been searching allover (the WashPost website as well as iTunes) for the link to subscribe to the Nationals Journal podcast. The past links I've come across simply launch a quicktime audio play of that link's daily cast, but I have seen no direct link so that when I launch iTunes, the podcast updates automatically...

Just curious if this a possibility?

Any help pointing me in the right direction is much appreciated.

I'd love to get more Metro iPod fodder!

Cheers, and thanks in advance.

Posted by: I guess I'm an idiot... | May 2, 2007 2:42 AM | Report abuse

It's MUCH easier to find if you just start out in iTunes Store and run a search there for "Washington Post Nationals." That'll take you to the podcast listing in iTunes and you can subscribe from there. It's called " podcast: Nationals Postgame."

I don't know what's with the site these past few months, but suddenly it's a lot harder to find almost all of these web-only features, from the interactive chats, to the Nationals Journal blog, to the podcasts.

Posted by: RE: Podcast | May 2, 2007 4:10 AM | Report abuse

From the Washington Times site (gotta love Shawn Hill):

With two outs in the third, San Diego's Jose Cruz Jr. roped a hard grounder to the right side of the infield. Young made a nice diving play to stop the ball, then tried to throw to Hill covering first from his knees. Young's aim was off, though, and Hill had to contort his body in a failed attempt to catch the ball. He wound up falling to the ground and remained there for a few seconds.
Upon returning to the mound, Hill was greeted by Acta, pitching coach Randy St. Claire and head trainer Lee Kuntz, and it quickly became apparently the hurler had re-injured the left shoulder he bruised diving into third base two weeks ago in Florida.
Hill grimaced some as he made a couple of warm-up tosses, but he insisted he was OK to continue and proved that was the case with his effective work from then on.
"For the first 10, 15 seconds, yeah, it hurt," he said. "It was pretty bad at first, but then it was one of those that wears off. It's almost like rolling your ankle. You kind of walk it off a little bit."

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 2, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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