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Tonight's Lineups

San Diego

Gwynn - 8
Cabrera - 6
Gonzalez - 3
Kouzmanoff - 5
Headley - 7
Macias - 9
Rodriguez - 4
Lobaton - 2
Stauffer - 1

Washington

Morgan - 8
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Johnson - 3
Willingham - 9
Belliard - 4
Nieves - 2
Martin - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  July 25, 2009; 3:41 PM ET
 
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Excepting Kooz, Zimm and Dunn, this would make a nice AAA International League lineup. Glad we're paying big-market rates to watch this, Lerners. Uncle Teddy and Markie Mark, you should be ashamed.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 25, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, 1a. But as soon as that last post was off my keyboard I realized I am maybe micro-managing to the extreme here if I'm worrying about when the team eats supper :). And, of course the analogy between sports and showbiz does break down or we wouldn't have both of them!

So glad I get to see Nyjer tonight. Off to the Park and the Twitter.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 25, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

jd: You don't believe Nick Johnson, Nyger Morgan, and Josh Willingham are major leaguers?

Posted by: spnats1 | July 25, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

JDschulz50 and his 10 game plan on his upper deck $12 seats afford him the luxury to complain all the time. Most of us complain some of the time. It is like "right click" copy and "right click" paste the same stuff over and over again.

Can we give Chico a DELETE button to clear this garbage off.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 25, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hello, everyone. All set for the game tonite? HOw is the weather in SE?

Posted by: Ringle | July 25, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

>Hello, everyone. All set for the game tonite? HOw is the weather in SE?

Posted by: Ringle

I'm always ready. Except when I'm not. Where's the rest of the Beatles?

Posted by: Brue | July 25, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

As an avid weather watcher, the forecast for tonight suggests a blast of t-storms around 9pm or so, which should clear (after perhaps an hour), which is likely to be followed by a doozy around 3 or 4 am.

Seems to me a good argument to jump on the 19-start Padres pitcher early and get ahead, so while we're watching the weather, we're doing it from a leading position instead of from behind.

(Um, don't tell the Padres, as they face the 1-start JD Martin). And, I'm pulling for you, JD. Even though periculum's been your biggest AAA fan, I'm hoping you come through!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

@Ringle

Right now it's partly sunny, 90 degrees and humid. But the Post's weather web site shows a big storm heading this way from the Leesburg area and the forecast is for thunderstorms tonight and rain tomorrow. Don't think MLB will be pressed to make up any washed out games from this series.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Hate to break the news to MoDc but the first of two lines of thunderstorms is just now affecting western Montgomery County. The second line is just west of Winchester and should be about an hour or two behind the first line. Looks like one delay and probably two.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 25, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

One may hope that it's cloudy from 9:03-9:07, lest confused outfielders misjudge fly balls against the dazzling light of the ISS/Shuttle contraption zooming overhead.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 25, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

No prob being wrong, as it is getting very dark here in Shaw at 6:30. The first stream doesn't seem like a wash-out...the question is about the second stream.

And, can't say I'd fight MLB not pushing to reschedule any postponements tonights or tomorrow (could end up impacting our 120 loss total! although I hope they both would be Wins anyway)

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Get your Red PONCHO On!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe this game actually started. The Lerners and the umps HAVE to see the dark clouds rolling in. Oh, I get it....no rainchecks.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Crazy way to start an inning. Lost a run, but will take 2 in the first any day.

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 25, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Its a com'n down big time up here in Twinbrook.

Posted by: twinbrook | July 25, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Currently raining in Manassas - hope they can get this one in.

Posted by: BinM | July 25, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The word from Sunshine Bobby: "Skies are darkening to our west." Man, a few more remarks like that, and there goes the nickname.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 25, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

You're right, GGG. The changes in this organization have been multifold.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 25, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Squall line is through Manassas - looks like about 20-25 minutes for a delay.

Posted by: BinM | July 25, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

If frogs start to fall, I'm officially going to acknowledge that someone upstairs (and I don't mean Stan -- I mean way higher than that) REALLY has it in for the Nats and Nats Ark this year!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

JD Martin - you can't say they haven't given everyone a chance. I'll reserve judgement until McCatty can fully infiltrate his approach. He spoke of breaking the plate into thirds and throwing to a particular zone. It also entices you to swing because a majority of the time they're aiming for the middle third with the ball breaking to the right or left. Cat seems to have convinced Stammen to stay on top and throw downhill, and there's no reason why he can't teach Martin.

Posted by: Brue | July 25, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

And I mean WAAAY higher ... even than Bud! We're talking ALMOST as high as Obama! ;-)

hahahahaha

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

a rain delay at welcome wagon ark park? shocking, i say. just shocking.

Posted by: surly_w | July 25, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Radar indicates there may be two more bands of heavy rain behind this one.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

maybe a deity somewhere is just tired of watching such lousy baseball and left the water on.

Posted by: surly_w | July 25, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Wonder of Riggs will stop tinkering around the periphery of the lineup and consider some real changes? I wouldn't mind seeing Johnson hit third, Willingham fourth, Dunn fifth and R-Zimm sixth. Nick has the OBP of a third-hole hitter. Willingham is slugging .553 - better than Dunn's .543 and Zimmerman's .469. Willingham and Dunn are virtual OBP twins at .408 and .402 respectively, while R-Zimm is still a respectable .343. And Willingham and Dunn don't ground into as many DPs as Zimm, which might extend some rallies.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

@Brue: JD Martin might be capable of "getting it", but I'm with you; Let's see how he looks after 5-6 starts.

Mock, on the other hand, is proving himself to be a 4-A starter, or at best a MR with the big club. His body of work in 2008-09 points to him having problems once he's been through the lineup more than once. It's a shame, because he can throw four pitches (4-seam & 2-seam fastball at 92+, slider at 87 & a nice curve at around 78). He just can't seem to keep his head in the game, imo.

Posted by: BinM | July 25, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

BinM

Mock would be the perfect "bullpen saver" long reliever who could give a team four innings a time every four-to-five days who could take the load off of the middle and short relief guys. His stuff really falls off after hitters have seen him twice.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Leetee, neither Dunn nor Willingham come close to Zimm's GiDP numbers because:

1) by the time they come up, no one's on first because, well... Zimm's DP cleared the bases

2) Dunn K's or walks or HRs

3) Willingham has much fewer ABs on the season. Plus, see 1 and 2 above, so much fewer ABs with a man on first.

Still, I think Zimm's GIDPs are largely a factor or not adjusting his approach at the plate, and continuing to try to pull the outside pitches (usually down) thrown to him = 6-4-3.

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

mo_dc

Point taken and thanx for the feedback. When you say that R-Zimm doesn't adjst his approach, is he too pull-conscious? I remember when Frank was here, Zimm seemed to be a better all-fields hitter.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

two masn-related questions....

1.) which is the spot with miss chatter?

2.) how did a team that only won 59 games have so many "defining moments?"

Posted by: surly_w | July 25, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

@leetee: Interesting thought - It might be worth a look, depending on the opposing SP.
1) Morgan or Harris -CF (both LH)
2) Guzman -SS (switch) or AGonz -2B/SS (RH)
3) Johnson -1B (LH)
4) Willingham -RF (RH)
5) Dunn -LF (LH)
6) RZimmerman -3B (RH)
7) Bard -CA (switch) or Belliard/AGonz/Hernandez -2B (RH)
8) AGonz or Hernandez - 2B (RH) or Nieves -CA (RH)
9) Pitcher du jour

A 3-6 of Willingham/Dunn/Zimmerman/Johnson might also be worth a look, but I like yours a little more overall.

Posted by: BinM | July 25, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

@BinM

Kevin Kennedy talked about lineup construction on XM Radio earlier this week and made the point that most managers, incuding him when he was in the dugout, get wedded to certain way that they "think" should be the most functional. He says many times teams have the resources on hand to maximize the talent, but it's just incorrecrly allocated because hitters get "profiled" into lineup spots. It was a lot more complicated than this and Kennedy cited how much more productive the Red Sox lineup became once Francona flip-flopped Manny and Big Papi.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

@leetee: I think that the slot St.Claire ultimately had in mind for him - a MR/"bail-out" role. He could throw once every 3-5 days, with 2-3 innings per appearance.

Posted by: BinM | July 25, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"two masn-related questions....

1.) which is the spot with miss chatter?"

John Lannan flat out out-pitching Smoltz. Yes he did, John. That Teixeira guy? Struck him out.

"2.) how did a team that only won 59 games have so many "defining moments?"

They allowed Milledge haiku in. And the real question is what happened to those new commercials they were supposed to be making after they did auditions during the Nats-O's series this year?

Posted by: nunof1 | July 25, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

@joemktg1: just for the record, they didn't lose a run. If Morgan recognises off the bat (literally in this case) where the ball is going and dives back to third, Guzman is out 5-3. So no actual damage in this case.

@surlyw: the John Lannan/John Smoltz DM is Miss Chatter. Maybe my defining moment of why I hate that campaign, but that's just me.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

@leetee:
On that point Kennedy is positively spot-on - No line-up slot should be carved in stone until the entire lineup is hitting. Riggleman should move RZim & Dunn around a bit - change can be good.

Posted by: BinM | July 25, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

It used to be that every team had a "staff saver" long reliever back when teams only carried ten pitchers. I remember the Senators had guys like Steve Ridzik, Bob Humphreys and Casey Cox who filled that role. Don't know why that role disappeared as pitching staffs expanded.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

whoops. Apologies to SurlyW and Nunof1, both.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

@joemktg1: just for the record, they didn't lose a run. If Morgan recognises off the bat (literally in this case) where the ball is going and dives back to third, Guzman is out 5-3. So no actual damage in this case.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2009 8:38 PM
____________________________________________

You're spot on; I stand corrected.

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 25, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy brought up the lineup point when asked about Jim Rice. He said for years the Red Sox hit Rice third, even though he grounded into an average of 35 (YIKES!) DPs a year in the early-to-mid 1980s. But Boston managers - mainly Ralph Houk and John McNamara - wouldn't move him because he still profiled as the fearsome No. 3 hitter but he killed numerous rallies.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@leetee: They still have them in the minors - just look at the Nationals' organization. Sosa @SYR, J.Jones & C.Martinez @HAR, Carr @POT, etc. It's the LR/Spot-starters.
The Nationals have the pitchers (Clippard, Mock, Bergmann) who can fill the role; They just don't use them that way.

Posted by: BinM | July 25, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

HOW ABOUT U JABRONI'S STOP RUNNING UR MOUTHS AND GIVE THE PEOPLE A WEATHER UPDATE

Posted by: PG-420 | July 25, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

It's like, um, raining... or something

Posted by: HotNats | July 25, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

and there's lightning and thunder and wind.

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 25, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"..but the field is in good shape."

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 25, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

leetee

the long releiver's demise is attributable to what boston globe columnist bob ryan calls "creeping larussaism." in that instead of making two pitching changes a game, you make six to CYA with the media and fans. manny was a disciple believing that no reliever could pitch more than one inning, max, at a time. i would rather get 70 innings of work out of a guy in 55 appearances than 75 appearances. those 75 appearances may not include the 20 times a guy warmed up and never got in the game. that's also why i want to see the nats grow their own relievers than trade for other guys. they can closely monitor how a guy is used in SYR and HAR.

Posted by: surly_w | July 25, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3

No apologies needed. We're all collegial here.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

CRYSTAL CLEAR..HAVE NO FEAR..PG HAS MORE MONEY RIDING ON THE EXPOS TONIGHT THAN ANY OF YOU SHEEP MAKE IN A YEAR!!

SO PG NEEDS TO KNOW...IS THIS GAME GONNA BE PLAYED TONIGHT YES OR NO

Posted by: PG-420 | July 25, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~ssanty/cgi-bin/eightball.cgi

WHO DO WE LOOK LIKE, MADAME CLIO? GO ASK THE EIGHT BALL.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Troll Alert!

Posted by: Section505203 | July 25, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

(8-ball said, "outlook not so good")

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

as long as we're on a delay -- here's a Langerhans!! sighting: today's WaPo Pictures of the Day (go to #7)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/07/24/GA2009072401567.html?hpid=multimedia1&hpv=local

(sorry the Tin Yurl still doesn't work in FF 3)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 25, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Chico hasn't updated this thread in nearly six hours. Let us know what's going on down at Welcome Wagon Nats Ark Park.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

chico is probably ringside at the 9:30 club.

Posted by: surly_w | July 25, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Are we still winning against the field? C'mon ground crew - it is your night to get back to your winning ways!

Posted by: lowcountry | July 25, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Sunshine Bobby, trying to steal Bob Ryan's job at 4, sez the "backend of the storm is approaching Chantilly." But guess what? Sunshine is still hoping they'll play tonight. Dibs wasn't available to comment. He was building his ark.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 25, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Hello, folks. Any idea how long we are waiting? As long as that timein NY?

Posted by: Ringle | July 25, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

listening to San Diego's announcers on the Internet and they are dogging the Nats process of relaying information (or lack thereof). Appears, the Nats do as good a job of letting others know whats going on with weather delays as they do with defense, situational hitting and bullpen pitching. What does this franchise do right ?

Posted by: JT2009 | July 25, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the msn radar, looks like a break is coming. Another set of storms looks to be on I-81 out west, but it should be a good break to get some innings in, at least eneough to get 4 1/2 or 5.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 25, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

As I posted much earlier, I think they'll wait as long as possible because the Lerners don't want to lose this gate and have to give rain checks.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I've forgotten (from earlier this season) - After the game starts, isn't it the umpires' call from there on?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | July 25, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

chico

tell us something, man. throw us a frickin' bone.

Posted by: surly_w | July 25, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The fate of the game is in the umps' crew chief's hands once lineups are exchanged and play begins.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 25, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course the SD announcers are going to "dog" the Nats. They're the only team in baseball they can torment without first having to look in the mirror. They only get 6 chances a year to legitmately look down on another franchise. Who can possibly pass up that opportunity?

Posted by: RicketyCricket | July 25, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Apparently my internet service doesn't like these rainstorms anymore than my DirecTV -- the only downside to the dish, imo.

From a LONG time ago, leetee, I don't think Zimm's approach has much to do with FRobby's influence than perhaps being FoF with heaps piled on him expectations-wise, or just a belief that he needs to try to hit a different way...

My take is that he is best hitting the opposite way on outside pitches and driving the ball. And, that's how opponents have pitched him the past 1.5 years (at least). When the situation changes, he doesn't, including with 2 strikes, which to my imperfect memory, is when many of the ground balls to short come in...

Still no rain update? Glad I went to the movie with my wife. I put the game on DVR, but missed nuttin' anyway!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

The rain's stopped here in Wild West Fairfax, so maybe there's some hope for getting a game in. On the bright side, the Lerners and/or the city won't have to pay to keep Metro open late since it's already open til 3am.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 25, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

@mo_dc--You coulda seen a double feature and not miss this game. Midnight special coming up, live with Sunshine Bobby and Double Dribble.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 25, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, the good news is that MASN HD has "Rain Delay" programming on right now. So if they get back to playing we will probably get it in HD.

Posted by: twinbrook | July 25, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

From Twitter, it appears that the game will restart at 10:40.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | July 25, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

they're back, and in HD

Posted by: twinbrook | July 25, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Bob says game will resume in 10 minutes.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 25, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, last time they had this opportunity they didn't go to HD, but today they do! Thanks MASN!

Posted by: amorris525 | July 25, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

JUST CALL THE DAMN GAME!! Geez whats the problem are the Lerners that damn cheap play a doubleheader tommorow and don't even try that day-night bull krap.I can't beleive they have basically told Hernandez that he's out as the second baseman, what? Belliard has outplayed him(lmao!).This team never ceases to amaze me, listen Hernandez may not be Chase Utley but he's a better second baseman than anyone this team has on its current roster at least from a fielding standpoint and he's not a bad hitter either, yeah we've got so much talent we're shelving players(LMAO!). They should have traded Belliard this past off season, so why is Belliard playing now? Wait! don't tell me could it be they're showcasing him? Please!!. I don't understand what we are doing,then again why am i not surprised.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 25, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Clippard is going to be pitching when it starts back, according to DT.

Posted by: twinbrook | July 25, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

JUST CALL THE DAMN GAME!! Geez whats the problem are the Lerners that damn cheap play a doubleheader tommorow and don't even try that day-night bull krap
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IT'S NOT THE LERNER'S CALL. As has been posted on here many times, the umpire crew chief is the one who makes the decisions once the first pitch is thrown. I'm not saying I don't have issues with the Lerner's, but let's not blame them for things they have no control over.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 25, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

IT'S NOT THE LERNER'S CALL. As has been posted on here many times, the umpire crew chief is the one who makes the decisions once the first pitch is thrown. I'm not saying I don't have issues with the Lerner's, but let's not blame them for things they have no control over.

*************************************

Well, if the Lerners would just pay for some dry weather...

Posted by: mvm2 | July 25, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

IT'S NOT THE LERNER'S CALL. As has been posted on here many times, the umpire crew chief is the one who makes the decisions once the first pitch is thrown. I'm not saying I don't have issues with the Lerner's, but let's not blame them for things they have no control over.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 25, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I was about to ask if we could trade some draft picks while we were waiting for the rain to stop. ;) Seriously, how many times has it been said that it ceased to be the Lerner's call when the game started. I'm betting the umps also had a minor (aka, unofficial but strongly advising) part in the game starting when it did.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | July 25, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

chico probably got in two sets at the 9:30 Club in the past 2 1/2 hours.

Posted by: surly_w | July 25, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Tremendous at-bat (walk) by namesake JD Martin. Ladies and gents, I have my new favorite Nat.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 25, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, if the Lerners would just pay for some dry weather...

Posted by: mvm2 | July 25, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I didn't read comments from the earlier blogs today but I certainly would nominate this the post of the day. At least the "post of the rain delay". :)

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | July 25, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

GIT'ER DUNN!!!!

Posted by: twinbrook | July 25, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Dunnkey!

Posted by: RicketyCricket | July 25, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Okay it is past my bedtime. Let's hope Tyler can keep it up. Night all!

Posted by: twinbrook | July 25, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Okay it is past my bedtime. Let's hope Tyler can keep it up. Night all!

Posted by: twinbrook |

As long as he throws strikes against these guys, he can pursue that power game with his low-nineties fastball letter high. Way above average slow curveball.

Posted by: Brue | July 25, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the way he's been pitching, can Tyler Clippard replace Mock in the rotation?

Posted by: rxs85 | July 25, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd say yes, rxs85. I've always liked Clippard ever since he broke in with a bang for the Yanks. I'd say Mock is on a short leash Wednesday night against that Brewers lineup. If he bombs, TC gets his next start. Good call.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 25, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap -- looks like i've missed a bit since apparently they restarted the game and got a serious 2-out rally in the ... second? I'm definitely out of this one -- what point of the game was the rain delay called?

Strange how a pitcher can get a loss in 2 innings but not a win, even though ahead, no?

Anyway, it's nearly midnight but there may be some ball to watch yet. If the wife goes to bed, i'll be keeping eyes open as long as possible (or worthwhile).

Anyone else worried about going further into the bullpen? How many times have we typed that here this year?

Posted by: mo_dc | July 25, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Make it two, Sec3mysofa:
The John Lannan/John Smoltz DM is Miss Chatter. Maybe my defining moment of why I hate that campaign, but that's just me.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa

That woman is getting more annoying by the day...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 26, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER...IF YA SMELLLLL WHAT PG IS SMOKING!!

Posted by: PG-420 | July 26, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I love baseball.

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 26, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher/laugher

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 26, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

If they make a highlight film of this year (and I vote NO), J.D. Martin's second inning AB, a throw-away -- 2 outs, nobody on, he's not going out to pitch the next inning and JRigg rightly doesn't want to burn a PH at that point -- JD took it very seriously, fouled off at least five pitches and drew a 3-2 walk. The rest is history. If he mails it in there, as most pitchers would, the Nats don't score 5 runs. Way to go, JD!!

Gawd, blow-outs are so nice.

Posted by: nats24 | July 26, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

@nats24: Riggs just said the same thing during his post-game presser: "You didn't know it was going to turn into five runs but you just never know."

Nats are Saturday night specials.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 26, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Watching on MLB-TV, I don't get to see the post-game, but it's too bad J.D. Martin didn't get his first win. He certainly was major contributor. Let's go, Nats.

Posted by: nats24 | July 26, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

chico, the game is over, get back to the park from dupont circle and ask your predictable questions and file your game "story"

Posted by: formerlylove1 | July 26, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

During JD's AB (I'm watching at work with no sound):
1. Hey, he's taking some good hacks.
2. He's making their pitcher work.
3. Yes, he's turned the line-up over!
4. Good gosh, he went first-to-third on a single up the middle. No wonder Listach shook his hand.
The rest is just unbelievable, for a team 40 games under .500 and 2 outs.

Posted by: nats24 | July 26, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Pwnage

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 26, 2009 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Nice at bat by JD, too bad he isn't paid to hit. He is a pitcher. When he pitches more than 4 innings against a major league team (not Mets or Padres) without getting rocked he will have my respect. A time at bat from a pitcher does not warrant respect.

Mock is skating on very thin ice.

Posted by: WashOut | July 26, 2009 2:55 AM | Report abuse

Wish they had saved some runs for Lannan today.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 26, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Do you think they would give Clippard a start? I would love seeing that.

And I LOVE Nyjer Morgan. Absolutely love him. My newest favorite Nat. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | July 26, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer is a blast, even when he gets caught. I thought for a few seconds he was going to escape that run down on the 3rd base line. What a scrapper.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 26, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Just my luck. We had a friend over for dinner and I didn't see the game. Imagine my surprise on reading the postgame alert in my in-box just now. Guess that I'll have fun reading the gamer in today's paper! Is there any salami for breakfast? :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 26, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Yawn...now THAT was a good nights sleep. : < ))

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 26, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

What a game!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | July 26, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

JD Martin: Best at bat of the season right there. Kind surprised his two out AB wasn't even mentioned in the write up...

Nyjer Morgan: I love watching him play and I never leave the room when he gets up to bat. Just a fantastic hitter who is in "the zone" right now. Enjoy it while it lasts folks...

Posted by: MEssex | July 26, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

yeah, yeah, there's been a new post for a while.


Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 26, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

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