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A Game Where Everything Is Working

The first five innings of this afternoon's game have turned into an unveiling. The Nats lead the Mets, 8-1. Here is the team you wanted to see, when every last component is working. No team gets this sort of seamless functionality every day, of course. But for the Nats, they at least must be happy to prove the possibility exists.

To recap the higher points...

* Jordan Zimmermann is getting stronger as the game goes on. His only run came in the first. He stranded a runner at third in the second inning. Since then, New York has been relatively quiet. Through 5 IP, Zimmermann has allowed 5 H, walking two and striking out four.

* In the top of the fifth, the Nats absolutely busted out, knocking NYM starter Oliver Perez from the game. In that half-inning, nine came to the plate. Six got hits. The only outs were a Josh Willingham fly against the left-field wall, a Zimmermann strikeout, and a hard Adam Dunn liner to second. The most impressive hit of that inning was an Austin Kearns solo homer to dead center, about 420 feet. Hit a ball much harder, and it will land back in 1955, only a track of flames left in its wake. That was Kearns' third homer of the year.

* Jesus Flores really cracked the door open today, using a hard home run to left in the second to give the Nats a 2-1 lead. That homer came right after Kearns had reached base with a "double" -- essentially, a misplayed flyball to left. Given that opportunity, Flores capitalized.

* Justin Maxwell has reached base three times, twice with singles, and stolen two bases.

* Ryan Zimmerman has bumped his hitting streak to 15 games.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 26, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
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Posted by: charley42 | April 26, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, I'd rather Acta stick Nick J out there somewhere. Who's pitching tomorrow? If another LHP, then maybe not...

Posted by: swang30 | April 26, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

referring back to the last post, and the interview with St. Claire about Cabrera. Is it me, or are we hearing "I dunno, ask the player. I'm only his boss." an awful lot?

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 26, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

3 outs to go. Let's go Nationals!
8 runs, on a day when Zimm and Dunn go 1-8 at the plate. Great to see.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 26, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

OK Nats Nation - Do you throw Mock for a 2nd inning, or bring in Taverez, Wells or Rivera?

Posted by: BinM | April 26, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'd go with Mock with this lead...
(though I'm not sure how many pitches he threw already)

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mets does it feel to lose to the Washington Generals???

Posted by: amorris525 | April 26, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Just a note about Elijah Dukes response to being asked about the fly ball he "lost in the sun" be professional no need to curse and swear at the reporter he's got a job to do show some class act like an adult,you will be defined more by your attitude when things are going poorly then when things are going well.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 26, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

On a nice side note: Caps leading, 5-1

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Alrighty, it's Kippers.

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

And the answer is Wells.

Posted by: BinM | April 26, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

2 down, 2 down... holy shamoly, we might actually win this one...

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This is who I hoped they'd be. Nice job, now finish and give the phoolies what for the next 3.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 26, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Great game. We all knew the guys could play like this.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 26, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Znn is what we hoped he'd be.
Let's turn this thing around!

Posted by: usmc53 | April 26, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Allrighty, Martis (settle down after the 1st inning, team get him some run support) Lannan (stay on target, team give him ANY run support, please!) and Olsen (how about an error-free game, for once?) vs. the Philthies. Let's go get 'em!

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Hard-nosed game from JZmm - got the job done despite allowing baserunners in most innings. Good job from the bullpen as well. Thanks Manny, for setting 'em up & letting 'em play.

On to Philidelphia; Harris should be available Tuesday with Guzman possibly available on Thursday - who goes down?

Posted by: BinM | April 26, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I would think Cintron is the first to be sent back. Hasn't done much since he's been called up, and we'll have the IF back. Don't know who's the second one to be sent back, though.

Posted by: sammoMD | April 26, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

On a side note, DC United was dead with 2 minutes to go, after blowing a 1-0 lead to NY in the 2nd half -- but they rallied with goals in the 44th and 45th minutes, to win 3-2. Helluva day for DC teams against NY teams.

Posted by: fischy | April 26, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Nice, Fischy, now all we gotta do is have the Wizards get one from the Kni... um, never mind.

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Definitely agree on Cintron going back down Sammo, no clue as the #2. I'd sure hate if it was Maxwell, but there might not be another choice

Posted by: HotNats | April 26, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth did the skins not address offense until the 7th round, and then with a TE?! The biggest hole is on the squad is at RT, and they don't address it. EFF YOU SNYDERATTO!

Posted by: trezmartin | April 26, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Trez, this is Abuse. You want Arguments, in 12-A, down the hall.

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 26, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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