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Lineups (7/9)

Andrew here again, and I'm back for more. Here are tonight's lineups.

Washington:
Harris - 8
Lopez - 4
Guzman - 6
Kearns - 9
Young - 3
Belliard - 5
Lo Duca - 2
Casto - 7
Lannan - 1

Arizona:
Young - 8
Ojeda - 6
Hudson - 4
Jackson - 7
Reynolds - 5
Tracy - 3
Hammock - 2
Bonifacio - 9
Owings - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  July 9, 2008; 5:56 PM ET
 
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Comments

That's Lannan, not Lannon!

The coverage pitchfork is out again!!

Posted by: John in Mpls | July 9, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

And it's Lo Duck, as in the Quack quack kind, geez, can't you get anything right?

:)

Posted by: SF Fan | July 9, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

He was splitting the difference with Lennon, methinks. :D

Thanks for the lineups, Andrew.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

And our All-Star is Gus-the-Man...

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't mind us, Andrew. We used to rag on Barry for typing in the wrong position numbers.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

She's right. We kid because we love.

Posted by: John in Mpls | July 9, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I've seen little league lineups that are more potent that what the Nats are trotting out there tonight.

Posted by: O's Exec | July 9, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"Imagine there's no offense-
It's easy if you try
No home team at bat
Not even a pop fly
Imagine if I always
Pitched a perfect game
And I would lose just the same!
No earned runs
No fan fun
Just another lost game.
John Lannon

Posted by: flynnie | July 9, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

When I played, we always found that eliminating the stronger team's shortstop made for a more competitive game.

Posted by: flynnie | July 9, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Nice lyrics, flynnie!

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

intern again?

eh, catch you guys around. I'll be hanging out by myself in the Times Game Chat. :P

Posted by: MrMadison | July 9, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to Nieves being Lannan's personal catcher?

Posted by: lowcountry | July 9, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

nevermind, I can't read.

sorry Chico.

Posted by: MrMadison | July 9, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

nevermind, I can't read.

sorry Chico.
----------------

ah, wait.....*double checks*...huh, i was right the first time. Intern posting under Chico's name.

go figure.

Posted by: MrMadison | July 9, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm filling a pillowcase full of oranges just in case any more errors pop up. Seems, perhaps, that the home team's lineup should follow the visitor's, but I don't think that's quite so worthy of a visible bruise-less beating right now, so I'll just keep on filling this here pillowcase until it's time...

Posted by: Grifter | July 9, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Didn't realize that the Times had a game chat. Would that be in the Chatter area?

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

That's funny about the pillowcase. :D

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought beat writers followed their beat? This new guy takes as many games off as the old guy with all of the consanants in his surname.

Posted by: Sec 115 | July 9, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

os exec, im also an os fan. unfortunately they blew it in their recent homestand. any chance of really doing anything was ended there. although we did go see them july 4 in their only win against texas and i havta say the ballpark there was pretty empty for a holiday weekend. we were shocked. still a great park though. and aj will be a bigtime performer one day.

Posted by: dk | July 9, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

1a -

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/chatter/2008/Jul/09/wednesday-night-lineups/

enjoy.

Posted by: MrMadison | July 9, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"Throw out your gold teeth and see how they roll"... Manny takes another shot at carding a productive(?) lineup for tonight. I'd have liked to see Nieves rather than PLoD behind the plate, but that's just kibbles.

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Is it bad that my music player randomly jumped to Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor the first time the Nats came up?

Posted by: SF Fan | July 9, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

os exec, im also an os fan. unfortunately they blew it in their recent homestand. any chance of really doing anything was ended there. although we did go see them july 4 in their only win against texas and i havta say the ballpark there was pretty empty for a holiday weekend. we were shocked. still a great park though. and aj will be a bigtime performer one day.

Posted by: dk | July 9, 2008 7:07 PM

===========================================

I'm glad these O's are coming back down to earth. They weren't winning the WS this year so the sooner the front office realizes that the sooner they can trade their "hot" commodities for prospects

Posted by: O's Exec | July 9, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it might be - As I remember, that's some pretty depressing stuff. Maybe turn off your music system?

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is (was) hitting .200. What does that mean? Is he part of the future? The announcers are talking about him like he's Ty Cobb. Is it just me, or does this guy have a long way to go before he becomes part of the Nats core for the future?

Posted by: Ed | July 9, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What, did I send everybody scrambling for a search on "Johann+Bach+Toccata+Fugue+in+D+minor"? Yikes, I'm suddenly feeling so alone after two music-related posts.

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Please get me a run here. 1 out, bases loaded. Just one run, that's all I ask for right now. I'm not greedy. Please.

Posted by: Lannan | July 9, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

woohoo! a run!

Posted by: SF Fan | July 9, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

lol. pathetic.

Posted by: Jason | July 9, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Perez or Redding would have hit a bases clearing double here. What's wrong with Lannan? Can't even get his own RBIs!

Posted by: SF Fan | July 9, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

@Ed: I believe Kearns is either under contract, or in an option year for the 2009 season. He may (or may not) be a part of next year's Nationals roster, based on 1) how well he performs for the rest of the year, 2) How well the RF-projected players in the minors play this year, and 3) how much pull JBow has with the front office at the end of 2008.

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Not that I can really blame him considering the support he usually gets, but maybe Lannan should think about just leaving his bat on his shoulder next time and not bother swinging when the bases are loaded and there's only one out.

Posted by: John | July 9, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

zuckerman at the times had a chat today. There was exactly one question. It was signed Bill M. I'll bet it was Chico P. Where's the pole? Where's the pole?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

to the guy who refuses to sign his posts:

Nice Try.

Posted by: MrMadison | July 9, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

So Owings has hit 3 batters already, why is he not ejected? for the safety of the batters... Or do you have to break the wrist of someone like Utley to get ejected?

Posted by: SF Fan | July 9, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

It's that Owens is "goofy" wild (i.e. I've been in the League 3+ years, but I don't know where it's going) vs. "purposeful" wild (I've been in the League 15 minutes, but I'm gonna break this guy's wrist). Go figure.

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Noooooooo! Manny, there's nothing left in the bullpen that you can trust, except Rauch.

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Revise that last statment: Way to go, Flores! No, let's hope there's enough left in the 'pen to hold this.

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

that hit was monumental for Flores and his confidence.

Posted by: Jason | July 9, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Alright, alrightly then!

Here's my question for you, my dear Washington National/Post reader. Since we are taking polls, where does Mr. Chico Harlan writing style fit? Does he deserve the title "Blog-Father"?

Granted, I referred Mr. Svrluga by this title. But I believe after watching and reading half a season of a sorry baseball team that my great grandfather can relate to, I do believe that Mr. Harlan should be a Blog-Father.

So, what do you think? Since "DC likes polls", should we as readers crown Mr. Harlan this title?

Yea or Nay

Oh by the way.... I will be repeating this post for quite awhile. So I apologize to those who will read this over and over, day after day. Or at least until we get 9,000 answers.

Ha! Maybe if Barry was around, maybe his never-to-be-seen t-shirt idea should read;

"9'000 ways to read about the Washington Nationals"

Posted by: Viva La Livan | July 9, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

At this point, CHarlan rates a RHSC (Red-Headed Step-Child) from me - nowhere near "blog-father" status. Give him the rest of the season & I might reconsider.

Posted by: BIM | July 9, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

@ Viva la Livan
It takes a little longer to earn that title, especially with all the time this guy takes off. Not that I don't like what he's been doing so far, but it's just too soon to bestow any titles on the kid.

Posted by: John | July 9, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Harlan rates more as a dead-beat writer... he has way to many nights off I bet he doesn't even go to the games just watches the fabulous MASnothin coverage to get all his facts.


Posted by: junkbucket | July 9, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Keep Casto, ditch Estrada/Pena

Posted by: Jason | July 9, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, Mr. Madison.

I wasn't Googling Bach, BIM, but rather listening to the game downstairs. I did just now Google the piece, though, to confirm that it was the one I thought it was. Good call.

Nice to have a win for the Nats and especially for Lannan. Now I suppose that flynnie will need to do lyrics for all of his future starts as well. ;)

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Viva, I'm inclined to think that a moniker for our beat writer will come with time.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 9, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Imagine there's an offense
It's easy when you try
With no shutouts to grieve you
Unless you're the other guy
Imagine all the people
Cheering victory!
Flores, Flip, Dmitry,
Guzman, Paul and John!
Bang zoom in your piehole!
To all who said it couldn't be done!

Posted by: flynnie | July 9, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

This post is probably just as obscure at this point, but CiL, I did respond to you over at the neighbor's pool.

A win works wonders, no? Suddenly dreams are of Lannan, Flores, and Casto. I've said this before, but the team will look a lot better when homegrown guys like Casto and Daniels are manning the bench in lieu of the Mackowiaks of the world (nothing against Rob, but it is what it is).

Posted by: Bob L. Head | July 9, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game. Couple of things.

1. Owings' line looked like something out of HS JV ball...One hit, 5 walks & 3 Hit batters. If that is how he is going to pitch and he has 3 HRs, he might want to check out Rick Ankiel.

2. 4 DPs. My kind of game. Throw strikes. Throw leather. Go home.

Posted by: Catcher50 | July 9, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie, love your verse - both of them!

Posted by: Traveler | July 9, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I didn't get the thing about the oranges in the pillowcase??

Also, Traveler, I just realized I didn't mention I'd met you on the featured commenter thing over on Crowd Noise! I've met you twice now and have enjoyed chatting with you both times.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 9, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

oranges in a pillowcase...just a metaphor for beating a guy without leaving marks

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | July 10, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Went to Wednesday night's game and was doubly rewarded - Lannan got off the schneid and the Nationals won a shutout! I have to admit I was a little nervous when "Gasoline Alley" Ayala came on but Wookie brought it home. If Steinbog really wants to know, this is what it's like to be a Nats fan, to get your small gratifications wherever and whenever possible.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 10, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Unlike most nights, the normally stoop-shouldered, downcast, gloom-ridden, funereal Lannon "carried himself with pride, trotting to and from the mound with an extra bounce in his step as his defense mastered Arizona's lineup. . . until fireworks exploded beneath an ominous sky." Did I really read the quoted items in the intern's gamer? Yes! Was the intern watching the game from Pimlico?

Posted by: flynnie | July 10, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

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