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TV Update

One quick note as first pitch nears: The television broadcast for tomorrow's game (scheduled to start at 12:35 p.m.) will be shown on MASN, not on MASN2 as was originally scheduled. This is due to the April 15th game against Philadelphia that was rained out.

By Steve Yanda  |  May 4, 2009; 6:24 PM ET
 
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7 minutes before first pitch and there wasn't a single butt in a seat. This could be a record low tonight. Unglamorous opposition, terrible weather and Caps. Ouch.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

... on the other hand, the Nats record in empty, rain-soaked stadiums is pretty good.

Posted by: wigi | May 4, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

or is that stadia?

Posted by: wigi | May 4, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Bob Carpenter just said there are a couple of thousand fans at the park tonight, at the exact moment that a panoramic shot of the park showed what looked like, at most, a few hundred.

Posted by: gilbertbp | May 4, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Man, Dukes could have driven that ball. Right down the middle.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

after watching Dukes misjudge the Lance Berkman hit in the 1st, plus his recent fielding mishaps, and he seems tentative at the plate. Lets not wait till the deadline to trade him. Lets shop him around for bullpen prospects, sooner rather than later. Then we can bring up Justin Maxwell for center field.

Posted by: wrw0601 | May 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought - If Flores is such a good hitter with men on base, plus he's been red-hot of late, maybe we should put him in the 5 hole, since NJ, Zimm, and Dunn have been getting on a ton.

Posted by: macman3 | May 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Just out of curiosity, why would a rained-out game from three weeks ago result in a channel change? Usually if we're on MASN-2, it's because the blO's are on MASN. Not that it matters for tomorrow, since I'll be at work.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 4, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow, we sure like making bad pitchers look good, don't we?

Posted by: BGinVA | May 4, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Dukes has had a bad couple days...he's only on pace for .290/25/100. And he's getting up in years too, gotta be close to 24. Let's flip him for a middling reliever who can get us to 70 wins this year, before its too late and his value is absolutely nil.

I swear, 33 years without baseball didn't kill all the D.C. baseball fans, but it sure did create some pretty dumb ones.

Posted by: MoMonroe | May 4, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Lannan is struggling with his control tonight.
The guy needs some run support (as usual).

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else noticing that MASN's camera work is lousier than usual tonight? Sheesh.

Posted by: JennX_ | May 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Man, this is the kinda game I wish I was at! (great for photography up close)

Posted by: misschatter | May 4, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

1-1, Ovechkin scores

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 4, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

In his other two starts this year, Moehler hasn't made it out of the 3rd and has given up 7 and 5 runs. The Nats so far, 0 runs, 9 outs, and 5 k's. Ugh. Come on, let's go!

Posted by: macman3 | May 4, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

We may as well not even show up when Lannan pitches. Our bats are always non-existent when he's on the hill.
Stinks.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

MASN is especially bad tonight...

Posted by: BGinVA | May 4, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO NATIONALS: The opposing pitcher entered the game with an ERA of 27.00!!! Score some runs!!!

Posted by: BGinVA | May 4, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, the way we look tonight, this one may as well be over now.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 4, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

We have Guz-NJ-Zimm-Dunn-Dukes-Kearns coming up in the bottom of the inning.
A big inning, and we're right back in it.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

USMC: Care to share whatever you're smokin?

Posted by: JennX_ | May 4, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Man, it's like he's throwing BP now.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Stammen time!

Posted by: CountDemoney | May 4, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

We have Guz-NJ-Zimm-Dunn-Dukes-Kearns coming up in the bottom of the inning.
A big inning, and we're right back in it.

Posted by: usmc53


Exactly. This is their 3rd time up against Moehler....they should be able to get at least 2 runs to cut the lead in half. I can't believe we haven't gotten to this guy yet??

Posted by: FloresFan | May 4, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

you're watching the wrong game.
2-2, the second period they're doing their Ali-Frazier impression

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 4, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

WTF is wrong with Guzman??? C'mon man!

Posted by: FloresFan | May 4, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Zimm's going to single or walk, and Dunn will hit a homer. 4-2 going into the 6th. Not a problem

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Come on DUNN!
Hit one out.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

And there's Lannan's "blow-up" inning, dammit. And what happens to open the bottom of the 5th; Guzman hacks at the 1st pitch (3 outs in 4 pitches). A-A-CC-KKK!

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Another big opportunity.
Let's go Dukes.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Hanrahan is warming up.
He needs a nice outing, for himself and for the team.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse


Ahem.
I hope he brought enough for everyone...
********************
We have Guz-NJ-Zimm-Dunn-Dukes-Kearns coming up in the bottom of the inning.
A big inning, and we're right back in it.
Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

USMC: Care to share whatever you're smokin?
Posted by: JennX_ | May 4, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 4, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

USMC: I apologize for mocking your optimism. Please tell me what is going to happen next. :)

Posted by: JennX_ | May 4, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

One thing I can say about this year's Nats that I never could last year: 4 runs does not seem insurmountable.

When Dunn walked even, I said "ok, we can still get 'em."

Way to go Zims, Dunn (8 pitches!) Dukes and Kearnsy!

Posted by: NattyDelite | May 4, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Come on Lannan!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

So maybe instead of John Lannan bobblehead dolls, they could give away Lannan blowup ... wait, nevermind.
*********
And there's Lannan's "blow-up" inning ...
Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 4, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

In another disaster of a season, at least we now really know that Ryan Zimmerman is a legit player. And he's been re-signed.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Man, I can't wait until Guzman starts hitting again. He's been frustrating to watch lately.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Take the walk, and steal second.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I fear the double play, the way Guzzie has been hitting.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

OK Belly, base hit or at least move up the runner.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Carpy: "the air must be really heavy"... after another "AND HE GOT A PIECE OF THAT ONE that is dying on the warning track." Heh.

Posted by: JennX_ | May 4, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy Guz!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Now I fear the double play with this lefty-lefty matchup.
I'd love to see Zimm this inning!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Man, we couldn't have asked for better than this.
Zimm and Dunn coming up with the bases juiced, one out.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

RZim up, bases loaded - base hit scores two - new pitcher for the 'stros; C'mon RZim.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Zimm got away with one on Ball 4.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Carpy: "the air must be really heavy"... after another "AND HE GOT A PIECE OF THAT ONE that is dying on the warning track." Heh.

haha he did that like five times tonight.
"FLORES DRIVES IT which will not carry in this weather." XD

Posted by: jaumiusk | May 4, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes!

Posted by: JennX_ | May 4, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Some real pro at bats this inning. Nice work fellas

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Ohh-Yeahhh Paulino walks in a run, still one out, Dunn at the plate.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Innings like this tempt me to believe this team might reach the 70 win mark this year.

Posted by: janus4444 | May 4, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Their bullpen might be as bad as ours...

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 4, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Ovie!!!!! 3-2!

I think Im actually happy about sports for a minute!

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

A base hit blows this game open - C'mon, Flores.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay Belliard.
Get a hit this time. We need two more runs (at least) to give our bullpen a comfort zone.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Ovie with a hat trick!

Posted by: FloresFan | May 4, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh Lord, Hanrahan's pitching! I'm changing the channel for the next few minutes.

Posted by: rxs85 | May 4, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

A lot of sports is all about who you play and when you play them. The Nats started the season facing the NL East (at least the 2nd best division in baseball) and then a 4 (3) game series against the Cardinals who came in with the best record in the NL. They have faced really good teams in this 6-17 start. I think how the Nats do when they face teams in the NL Central and West will determine their true pecking order in the NL.
For obvious reasons, I feel, I'm writing off the NL East.

Posted by: janus4444 | May 4, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Come on Hanrahan! Lets go Nats & Caps!

Posted by: CountDemoney | May 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Good Hanrahan! Now the question is where was that pitching when you were a closer!

Posted by: rxs85 | May 4, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

@janus:

If the Marlins didn't own the Nationals for the last year+ (4-14 in '08, 0-7 in '09), the record would look a bit more respectable overall.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Is Lannan the Pitcher of record?

Posted by: TimDz | May 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Mock lives dangerously in the 8th (2 outs on pitches up in the zone), but survives. Onward to the bottom of the inning..

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Houston stinks. Just something to ponder about trading Dukes (as already stated, a dumb idea), but Kearns has a $10 Million option, it won't be picked up. Johnson is a free agent, so presumably Dunn moves to first. That leaves an outfield if Dukes is traded of: Willie Harris, Josh Willingham, Lastings and Justin Maxwell. Oh, and Bernadina. And Langerhans. Do you really want that so we can get the most available of all positions, bullpen arms?

Posted by: jfromPG | May 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I think that Lannan is the pitcher of record.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

@TimDz, yep, I believe I heard Carpenter/Dibble say that Lannan's indeed up for the win if the lead holds. Damn glad to see the run support for him right at the last minute! Now let's keep wearing out their bullpen for tomorrow's day game!

Posted by: HotNats | May 4, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Lannan get some run support.

@HotNats: doesn't it suck when you have a five run lead going into the final inning and you STILL have to refer to the word "if?"

Posted by: TimDz | May 4, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I smell a 3 game winning streak.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 4, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

2 outs to go. Come on Mock. Set 'em down.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Tim, I almost didn't type it, and thought "whoops, I'd better drop it in." lol

Posted by: HotNats | May 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

As of right now, five of the eight starting position players in the lineup are hitting .300 or better.

Guzman (.368)
Johnson (.326)
Zimmerman (.333)
Dunn (.300)
Hernandez (.317)

Dukes is hitting .299, Flores is at .288, and poor Kearns is hitting a paltry .267 after going 2 for 4 today.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 4, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Voof, nice pitch!

Posted by: HotNats | May 4, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

@BinM True. What I'm trying to get at is that I really don't think this is a time worse than last year. I think the combined factors of terrible bullpen performances vs. competition that will turn those against you is a big part of this dismal record.

Don't get me wrong. This team will probably never see .500, but they aren't going to set records for the most loses in a season.

Posted by: janus4444 | May 4, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful.
Get 'em again tomorrow.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

HOO-AH!!!!!

Right on, right on, right on!!!

Posted by: HotNats | May 4, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Pop-up to RZim - Bang-Zoom!

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I swear you guys are the biggest front runners I have ever seen on a site. If anything goes wrong woe is me. The Lerners are cheap. Dukes sucks. everything is awful.

Posted by: natsguy | May 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Johnny Holliday just said that Lannan had everything working tonight. I'm psyched that he got the win, but he gave up 9 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. Not his best stuff by any means.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@usmc53: Lets call that payback for the lack of run support John has gotten over his past starts...
semper fi...

Posted by: TimDz | May 4, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Love catching up with the comments after the game, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight....the offense sucks, Guz sucks, Hanrahan sucks...

BTW, Guz played some nice shortstop even before he collected his two hits.

Posted by: joebleux | May 4, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Caps good luck charm won't be with us tommorow we both won Sat. and today, nice win tonite Astro's bullpen may be worse than ours, our pitchers need to get better at moving runners over that Lannan at bat(3rd inn.)was pathetic. The fly ball that dropped between Guz and Dukes that got the Stro's three run inning started was inexcusable Elijah has to take charge,our pitchers still fall behind way too much and they also don't go for the jugular when they have two strikes! need to win tuesday afternoon for "big mo" as we head west.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 4, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Bless you, boys. Again.

Posted by: COL_DFox | May 4, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

ESPN-2 is about to talk about Stephen Strasburg on Baseball Tonight.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

That one was fun to watch! I was laughing at Carpenter's getting bloodthirsty towards the end. Yeah, step on their necks now! hehe.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 4, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Miss Chatter has a nice Beimel post on the Bog:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/05/the_youtube_legend_of_joe_beim.html

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 4, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The camera work could certainly be better, and I am no fan of MASN the network, but I have to admit I am becoming a fan of Dibble. I was really aprehensive about him, but he does bring a good perspective, fresh information, and a straight forward approach. (And I do like that slo mo camera coverage). Now if we could just upgrade the sideline reporter and the post game show.

Posted by: natbiscuits | May 4, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I love Dibble and Ray Knight. It's great to hear from guys who have been there, know what they're talking about, and say it like it is when people aren't making good decisions, etc.

As for the network as a whole, I'm just happy that I can watch the Nats every day.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 4, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Amusing comments by everyone. It was fun tracking the progression. It also reminded me of 2007, when we would be down some runs every game and it was just electric trying to figure out how our boys would pull it off this time.

"Now if we could just upgrade the sideline reporter and the post game show."

True story, I was sitting in the bowl because I had gotten tickets as a gift and I was just chilling when this chick walks by. Now, I have a beautiful fiance (then girlfriend), but if she can comment on Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns (and tonight, on Ryan Zimmerman... "He looks hotter than he used to" "Because he's worth several million more"), then I can at least notice when a good-looking lady walks by. And I did, and it was...

Debbie Taylor, no joke. TV has so warped us in its standards of attractiveness, seriously. In the context of regular life you evaluate it all differently, and you realize how ridiculously shallow the box makes us. Also, you realize you may be a pig.

And no, her reporting wasn't any more insightful.

Posted by: Section506 | May 4, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

That poor woman. Those bits they force her to do from the various stands around the stadium are just painful to watch ("There's some weather heading our way, so you should come out and buy a Nat's poncho! Bob, Rob, back to you.")

Posted by: joebleux | May 4, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

"As of right now, five of the eight starting position players in the lineup are hitting .300 or better.
....
Dukes is hitting .299, Flores is at .288, and poor Kearns is hitting a paltry .267 after going 2 for 4 today."

Amazing. I remember defending the Belliard and Young re-signings on the basis that they were the only two guys on the team hitting over .260 at the time.

Posted by: joebleux | May 4, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Hahhaha, perfect impression, joebleux.

I just went a re-read the Bowden interview piece in the Times and I've sorta changed my opinion on it:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/29/bowden-discovers-his-calling-in-la-la-land/

He actually was doing right by us in the only way he knows how. It's still true it was arrogant and self-serving, but so is he, and he gave 100% of the good will he could to the Nationals in these quotations. He's just a catcher on the basepaths of human compassion.

Posted by: Section506 | May 4, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. It's hilarious to run through the comments after the game.

usmc, your posts were the best in hindsight. Everyone was writing off the game and mocking you (cough...jennx...cough :D ) for your optimism until we actually pulled off the win. Good stuff.

506, I know this wasn't your point, but my ST buddy and I have also talked about Ryan Zimmerman sort of coming into his own this year, so I agree with her. He seems a little more mature, his jaw a little sharper, maybe a little more tan. Whatever, something's making him a little cuter. Maybe it IS the extra millions and the steady hits.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 4, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

On a side note (I'd just as soon not chime in on the "Zimmerman's cute" conversation, thanks), keeping thoughts/prayers for Rick Ankiel — awaiting word on his condition from running head-first into the centerfield wall, and being carted off on a stretcher (at the very least and thankfully he was able to give the thumbs-up from the cart)...

Posted by: HotNats | May 5, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

wow, does this mean MASN will carry a Nats game in HD? -usually comcastmontg. has the 0's in HD & not the Nats.

Posted by: Max231 | May 5, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

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