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The Night So Far, In A Few Sentences

(Deadline = brevity.)

You can read the updated Zim story here.

John Lannan: 6-1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Best start of the year, by far. Vintage Lannan. He'll feel good about this one. Lannan also had a 10-pitch at bat in the fourth against Ricky Nolasco that ended with a 6-3 groundout... and an appreciative standing ovation. In part b/c of that at bat, Nolasco was lifted after just four innings.

Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn both have new, amended jerseys.

Alberto Gonzalez is 3-for-3. This guy has yet to look like anything less than a stellar player since arriving in that unheralded trade last July.

Nats lead 2-1. They scored both runs in the fourth when the unsung part of the lineup (Flores, Gonzalez, Anderson Hernandez) teamed up for three hits.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 17, 2009; 9:12 PM ET
 
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Comments

The ballgirl needs to go, if the Marlins had been in the field the umps would have called that an out.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 17, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Phew - Hinckley dodges a bases-loaded mess of his own making to end the top of the 7th.

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

go deep in the count; someone of these four will get their pitch. i like our patience; even lannan.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 17, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I liked pulling Tavarez there. Manny seems determined to use his entire bullpen every night.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 17, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina run for Nick? Guess not.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 17, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

elijah hurt his hand?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 17, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Good point, nova_g_man. I think this will be a good hitting club all year because of their discipline and power. I still feel queasy about watching Olsen and Cabrera all year, and worry about putting this much pressure on three young starters, but I'll take all the positive signs I can find.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 17, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Joe Beimel was a GREAT signing

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

JOE BEIMEL.... He's a baaaaaaaaad man!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 17, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Possible weekend moves - If Guzman is OK, fill the empty spot on the 40-man with JZMM for Monday. If Guzman's hammy is still causing problems, send D.Young to the 60-day DL & re-claim Cintron, send Guzman to the 14-DL & bring up Bergmann.

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Lastings Who?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 17, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

shoot...Lannan's good outing is all for nothing now.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Beimel will be the closer by July 1.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 17, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

yuck, who's left in the Nat's bullpen?

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 17, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Still love how the team has looked the last 2 days, and have faith in the bottom 9 rally. Just tuned in via XM. What was the deal with the ballgirl?

Posted by: MoMonroe | April 17, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Good job pulling out Dunnannu. Now we go to the 9th and possibly extra innings with oir biggest bat on the bench.

Posted by: raymitten | April 17, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Stupid ballgirl nearly interfered with Willingham, trying to make a catch along LF line.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 17, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Time for Zimm to end it. Right here and right now.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 17, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Meant to say good job pulling Dunn .....

Posted by: raymitten | April 17, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Zim is not yet a gold glover. He's not at Knoblauch level yet as far as his mental throwing block, but he's not getting any smoother. Won't be the last time this year Slick Nick saves him an E5. Whatever, hit one out and all's forgiven.

Posted by: MoMonroe | April 17, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

End it now, Kearns. I see Saul Rivera warming up, which is not a good thing based on his performance from Monday.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is nothing if not predictable.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 17, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Someone please tell Hanrahan that a closer doesn't throw slow curve balls—ever. What was he thinking?

Posted by: JohnRDC | April 17, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I HATE the Marlins

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

wow. how hard did Dukes hit that?

Posted by: MoMonroe | April 17, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Dukes is the man. Kearns, and Bonifacio for that matter, are who we thought they were.

Hope Jesus can get Dukes home...

Posted by: jfromPG | April 17, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Jesus has failed us.

Posted by: jfromPG | April 17, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I REALLY HATE the Marlins

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm having a hard time swallowing this one. How will I ever get to sleep.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 17, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

They have no one to blame but themselves they left too many men on base,and i know hindsight is always.........well hindsight but why not leave Beimel in he had no trouble in the eigth why not let him start the ninth and who had the book on Cody Ross 2-2 and you throw him a hanging breaking ball WTF!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 17, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody please tell me what Flores was looking for? Christ, a fastball RIGHT down the middle! And the guy had not thrown a breaking ball the whole inning. You CAN NOT leave the bat on your shoulder in that situation. Just unbelievable - or maybe completely believable for the Nats.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | April 17, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

"Meant to say good job pulling Dunn .....

Posted by: raymitten | April 17, 2009 10:12 PM"

Did you also mean to say, nice job of hitting a double and getting into scoring position for what could have been the winning run, by Dunn's replacement, Bernadina?

Posted by: joebleux | April 17, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Loveable losers!That's what they have been and will be for the forseeable future.Too many guys that would rather walk than drive a run in.Soft tossing pitchers with no command and scatter-armed infielders who can't make a play when needed.

Posted by: hotrod2 | April 17, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Should have put Bernadina in for Willingham instead of Dunn. Not a big defensive difference between the two, and Willingham had just made the final out of the prior inning, so the pitcher's spot (Kearns pinch-htting) wouldn't have come up in the 9th.

Posted by: jcj5y | April 17, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

goozie to the DL. Cintron coming up.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 17, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

This team is a total joke. A lead off double 1 run behind nothing to show for it. Send them back to Canada, At least up there no one will notice they suck, oh wait a second thats happing in D.C.

Posted by: rskinz34 | April 17, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

This team is a total joke. A lead off double 1 run behind nothing to show for it. Send them back to Canada, At least up there no one will notice they suck, oh wait a second thats happing in D.C.

Posted by: rskinz34 | April 17, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

"who had the book on Cody Ross 2-2 and you throw him a hanging breaking ball WTF"

Oh? What count should you throw a hanging breaking ball on?

Thoughts:

1. Did the balls and strikes look as terrible on TV as they did at the game? Apparently, Acta thought so.

2. Hanrahan's first pitch, I turned to my red-headed Cubs-fan fiance (yep, on Easter) and said "nerves." The man needs to find a way to control his nerves. After he blew the save he was fine.

3. The Marlins also stranded 10 men. It was a miserable night for get 'em in, though get 'em on and get 'em over worked pretty well.

Posted by: Section506 | April 17, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I'm not sure I understand. Dukes doubles to lead-off in the bottom of the ninth. With the latter part of our order following Elijah, why not play a little small ball, at least tie the game, and play on?

Had Willingham bunted Dukes to third (if you can hit, you can sac bunt, right? pitchers sac bunt all the time with relative success), we would have had a chance to tie the game with a mere fly ball. Instead, we saw Willingham fly out, Flores strike out, and Gonzalez get the third out. I thought I had a basic understanding of baseball strategy, but after tonight, I am perplexed.

Posted by: OptimisticSkin | April 18, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

>Had Willingham bunted Dukes to third (if you can hit, you can sac bunt, right? pitchers sac bunt all the time with relative success), we would have had a chance to tie the game with a mere fly ball. Instead, we saw Willingham fly out, Flores strike out, and Gonzalez get the third out. I thought I had a basic understanding of baseball strategy, but after tonight, I am perplexed.

You and everyone else. They should have played for the tie, because they had the bottom of the order coming up, and nobody but Kearns available to pinch hit on the bench. But instead, they got macho and played for the win. Stupid by-the-book arrogance that the home team should play for a win instead of a tie. They just seem to do enough to lose. They always break down in at least one phase, and it's usually a different one every night. You can talk about the improved lineup, but until these guys produce with two outs, they're just average at best. Below-average at worst.

Posted by: Brue | April 18, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

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