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Now, on to Game 2

Game 1 is in the books.

Washington 6, Colorado 3

What you need to know, Readers' Digest version.

* Jason Bergmann was sharp. He pitched ahead, had the breaking ball working. He even got his first win in 14 starts. Finally.

* Lastings Milledge hit two home runs, giving him four in the last five games. He's now the team-leader in HRs. His first blast, off Jeff Francis, was an absolute club. Estimated distance: 442 feet. It sailed beyond the stands in left field and bounced on the concourse in front of the scoreboard.

Post-game interviews were brief, because the next game will start in a few minutes. But here is some of what Manny Acta said:

Q: How did Jason Bergmann look?

Fantastic. Especially in this ballpark with their lineup, he did well. He pitched ahead. He had some good breaking balls today and did a very good job staying out of any kind of jam other than that first-and-third situation when he got out of it.

Q: Milledge, he's hitting with some power now.

Well, he works hard, and he was very confident before the game and he got himself on a good count and got a pitch and hammered it both times. Those are the types of things you'll learn with experience. That's how the power will come, when he gets himself on counts like that where you can get your pitch and drive it instead of chasing pitches out of the zone.

Q: What in particular for Bergmann was working well today?

Strike one. Strike one was the best thing for him. He was throwing strike one down in the zone, and from there, he expanded with a slider to get those guys off balance.

Q: Are those HRs something to build on for Milledge because he worked the count?

Yeah, that is what we keep preaching around here, and that's how the power comes. It's a matter of working the count and getting yourself in a hitter's count and being able to zero in on the pitch you want.


Game 2 lineups

Washington

Bonifacio - 4
Harris - 7
Zimmerman - 5
Milledge - 8
Casto - 3
Langerhans - 9
Orr - 6
Nieves - 2
Perez - 1

Colorado

Taveras -- 8
Barmes -- 6
Holliday -- 7
Atkins -- 3
Iannetta -- 2
Baker -- 4
Hawpe -- 9
Tulowitzki -- 6
Jimenez -- 1

By Chico Harlan  |  August 7, 2008; 6:04 PM ET
 
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Comments

Worst case, we split the series but let's try to win this one.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see I'm not alone, 1A!

Posted by: flynnie | August 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Nice timing by Thrillege after Chico highlighted his efforts with LH...

Posted by: Sec 317 | August 7, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Go Nats!

Posted by: Patty | August 7, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Ubaldo Jimenez throws with his right hand.

:-)

Posted by: Scooter | August 7, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

And what an effort by Bergmann! + another Bonifacio triple! We've beat the Rockies twice, and they're playing desperate baseball, trying to claw back into the playoffs with last year's 21-1 in mind.

Posted by: flynnie | August 7, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Garrett Atkins continues to improve on his already formidable batting average against Odalis. I think he's north of .750 now.

Yikes!

Posted by: NattyDelite! | August 7, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Bonifacio is causing D'backs fans to go bright green - looks Christmasy w/their imitation Nats teal-is-so-90's unis.

Posted by: flynnie | August 7, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris hit that double with his eyes closed.

Posted by: Offense/offensive | August 7, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

When Nietzsche wrote his Ubermensch theory, he was thinking of Willie Harris.

Posted by: NattyDelite! | August 7, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

This Nats team is keeping the pressure on! A Col mound visit in the top of the 2d? 4-2 - I never expected this, and it sure is fun!

Posted by: flynnie | August 7, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I am a manager's worst nightmare.

Posted by: 2 out hit from the pitcher | August 7, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I am really liking this Bonifacio guy...

Posted by: Patty | August 7, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

down goes nieves. not another one!

Posted by: natsscribe | August 7, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey people watching on tv...who was charged with the error?

Posted by: Patty | August 7, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Boni got the error...right thru the wickets!

Posted by: Sec 317 | August 7, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

This is better left for after the game, but I can't resist. Let's compare two second basemen's days:

Felipe Mopez: 0-3, 2 LOB
Emilio Bonifacio: 4-9, a triple, a run scored, an RBI (and counting)

Good luck, Felipe, you're gonna need it.

Posted by: Suicide Squeeze | August 7, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Not that you're bitter, or anything Squeeze.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 7, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Bases loaded - come on! STRANDED! But I'm not complaining. This is amazing!

Posted by: flynnie | August 7, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone catch the three or four second shot in the sixth inning where Acta and St. Claire had their uniform tops over their noses? They appeared to be looking to their left and acting like someone had f arted in the dugout.

Posted by: Jay | August 7, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Anybody notice Carpenter's distinct lack of even PRETENSE at respecting FLop? With reference to Lopez's whining about lack of energy at the Nats, Don sez: "Some things are better left unsaid." Bob replies, "Especially when you're part of the problem."

You go, Carpie!

Posted by: shepdave | August 7, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Manny, leave Rivera in for the ninth. He's a sinkerballer and Hanrahan is a fly-ball pitcher. I'd rather have Saul in such a situation at Coors Field.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 7, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@Jay: "Did anyone catch the three or four second shot in the sixth inning where Acta and St. Claire had their uniform tops over their noses? They appeared to be looking to their left and acting like someone had f arted in the dugout."

I thought it was Bergie and Redding. Maybe it was those to IN ADDITION to Manny and Saint.

Posted by: shepdave | August 7, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

shepdave:

Lack of class is not improved by lack of class.

all:

Who are these guys that stole the Nationals uniforms? I look away for a little while (okay, I got fed up and ignored 'em since the all-stare break) and look what happens! Surprise!

Is there anything to this new streak, or is it just adrenaline?

Posted by: i hate walks | August 7, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Help, folks. I'm following the game on CBS Sportsline & Boni's out of the game. Anything serious?

Posted by: CapPeterson | August 7, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

BREAK UP THE NATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: natsscribe | August 7, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

A sweep. How sweet.

Posted by: Nats fan in NJ | August 7, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

So, I'll admit I was wrong,

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 7, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

What a day! What a month!

Posted by: Offense/offensive | August 7, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

*month as in August, not the last full month of play*

Posted by: Offense/offensive | August 7, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

20 more wins and the nats avoid losing 100 games.

Posted by: natsscribe | August 7, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

o/o,
You said it. Your Washington Nats in August:

1st in MLB in OBP: .394
(t)2nd in OPS: .879
4th in SLG: .485
3rd in BA against: .215

I'll take it.

Posted by: nat in beantown | August 7, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that could make today better is if they announce signing some of their draft picks.

Posted by: PJ | August 7, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Boni's exit was so that they could double-switch and be able to keep Colome in for another inning, Cap (he, or rather the pinch hitter for him, would have batted in that spot).

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I came up with 19 in my earlier calculations, natsscribe?

IHW, good to see you!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Tough luck I hate walks. If MASN shows it and its part of the interaction in the dugout then we discuss it. If you don't like it then don't read it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

SWEEEET! I'm seeing double! 6-3 6-3! How beautiful was Milledge's catch? I'm confined to radio and it got Charlie excited. Did anyone else have trouble posting? I was whited-out for a while, which does not happen at work, where I am right now.

Posted by: flynnie | August 7, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I was also radio only, flynnie (for both games). There are highlights on the team site but only of the hits, not the catch.

I've run into the whiteout conditions at times, too.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

keep rollin nats!

Posted by: Cabraman | August 7, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Who should we thank for acquiring Bonafacio, Milledge, Flores, Zimmerman, Dukes, Hanrahan, Harris, Gonzalez, Guzman, et al. Who could it be? Certainly more is needed, but those are some pretty good acquisitions.

Posted by: NatBisquit | August 7, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Once again, NapBiscuit, thank you for your calm, sane, and insightful observation(s),

We should thank me.

estoy firmado! Segue to Segway! Go away FBI! Your General Manager and YMOS James Gordon Bowden III


Posted by: Jim B | August 8, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Winning: Its just more fun.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 8, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

in honor of my successful trade, a central repository of boni pix, stats, observations, and opinions all in one place. just makes it easier.

did they say a 6.6 sixty?

http://boniblogdc.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Jim B | August 8, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, Ladies And Gentleman, or, Houston, we have a problem. We are now 44-71, which means that we are tied with the San Diego Padres for last place. The way we're going, and the way they're going, that first pick next year? forget it.

Posted by: SF Fan | August 8, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

The current roll accomplishes the first GOAL of Nats08 Pt II: We no longer are the single worst laughing stock team in MLB. Kudos are in order.

GOAL #2 should be to get out of the basement in NL East.

Those two goals are enough. But I'm sure Manny has even higher aspirations.

GOAL #3, a .500 record, would require an '07 Rockies-like finish. Probable, no. Possible? 47 games to go. They would have to go 37 and 10 to accomplish the feat.

But even a finish of 27 and 20 would be great. Go Nats.

Posted by: Natty Dread | August 8, 2008 5:20 AM | Report abuse

RE: Milledge's catch. Yes. Exciting. Watch it on replay from nationals.com. The kid not only made an awesome diving grab, but he did it after a perfect break, so he wasn't compensating. My first comment was, "when did they double switch Willie Harris into center?" This will be Lastings' best day for awhile, I'm thinking, he's got to be stoked.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 8, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

We need a motto for tonight's game. I suggest, "Chew the Chili Dog!"

Hold the Onion.

Posted by: PTBNL | August 8, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads up on the highlight footage, 506. The catch wasn't on the site when I looked last night. Also, how cheesy was Noah Coslov's line, "Gotta put on the SPF 15 if you're gonna lay out like that."?

Also, it hadn't occurred to me that the Nats had hit for the cycle in Game 1 (inning 5) until I saw the note on the team site.

PTBNL, maybe the Burger will shove the Dog in the dugout?

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 8, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

1 - Major League Baseball
2 - Winning Major League Baseball
3 - The Nats are playing Winning Major League Baseball

Three small steps for the Nats...three giant leaps for Natkind!

Isn't this fun and who would have thought it.

I've been waiting all year...

Let's WIN two...oh, we did!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 8, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Indeed, SlowPitch! New post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 8, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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