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Here is the gamer from Friday's Pujols walk-off game. This was one of those games, by the way, where I could have written 1,800 words instead of 800. The Smoltz-Lannan pitcher's duel made for riveting sport. When Willie Harris led off the game Friday night, he returned to the dugout and said about the pitcher he just saw, "That's not the same game." The Nationals, of course, had seen Smoltz earlier this year when he was making his Red Sox debut. They torched him, just like pretty much every other team did when Smoltz was in Boston. But Smoltz, who allowed 15 ER in his final 11 IP as a Red Sox, now has given up just one ER in 11 IP with St. Louis.

Here's the perspective from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jim Riggleman and Tony La Russa
used to form a double play combination.

Former Nats farm director Adam Wogan has seen his duties expand since the departure of Tony Bernazard in New York.

Fangraphs pays tribute to Ryan Zimmerman.

Outfielder Mike Daniel gets a promotion to Class AAA Syracuse.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 29, 2009; 12:21 PM ET
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Good stuff on Zimm on Fangraphs:

"His walk rate is over 10%, and probably the result of a much lower O-swing rate without a decrease in Z-swings."

He's not chasing that outside slider this year. The Blogfather often mentioned this as his chief flaw at the plate.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"...and probably the result of a much lower O-swing rate without a decrease in Z-swings. His ISO is also at a career high..."

I don't know what this means, but I'm starting to blush.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 29, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

is anyone else wondering why Riggleman didnt hit Guzman for Gonzo in the bottom of the 9th with a man on 2nd and 2 outs? i know it would have complicated what happens after that - but i like Guzzie's chances MUCH better than Gonzo's in that situation.

Posted by: DCguy7 | August 29, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

From the league wrapup: Congrats on your recovery, Boonie.

-- ASTROS: Five months after open heart surgery, 3B Aaron Boone rejoined Houston.

Boone completed a minor league rehab assignment and will be activated when major league rosters expand on Tuesday. Boone, 36, signed with the Astros in the offseason, then had an operation in March because of a congenital defect in his aortic valve.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 29, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

DCGuy, Guz is out with a bad foot, as I understand it, but he was looking like he was getting ready to pinch-hit earlier in the game, although that could have been a feint, I suppose. Otherwise, yes, I agree.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 29, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's a Boone link from an earlier thread:

In other news, Aaron [ ] Boone's return to baseball:

Attaboy, Aaron!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 29, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes, on the tv pregame yesterday, they said that Guz was not in the lineup due to bunion issues.

(and laughing here, NatsNut)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 29, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

sorry, meant the top ninth. i know he was supposed to be out - but Guz also came out to hit in the 9th and was on deck when Gonzo flied out.

Posted by: DCguy7 | August 29, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

You pitch to Pujols because the chances of him scoring after a lead off walk are much higher than him hitting a home run.

Guzman should have hit for Gonzo.

There's a well known on air Mike Shannon blooper which I recount here with some trepidation because it's slightly off color. I hope no one is offended.

He and Jack Buck were doing a live between innings in-game promo for Sara Lee Cheesecake. During the broadcast, an attractive young woman came into the booth with some cheesecake in order to help them with the commercial and she was referred to by Jack Buck as "Miss Cheesecake". As the commercial was ending, Buck said to Shannon, "Hey Mike, how about Miss Cheesecake?!" Shannon, thinking that Buck had said, "how about this cheesecake?" responded, "Yes sir Jack, I'd sure like a piece a that!". Buck was speechless.


Posted by: db423 | August 29, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

A little pre-game stimulus - If Padilla is ever going to start a game for the Nationals, tonight could be the night. He's 5-13 (.385), with 1HR & 3RBI against Boggs.

Projected lineup - WSH
1) Harris- CF
2) Padilla -RF
3) R.Zimmerman -3B
4) Dunn -1B
5) Willingham -LF
6) Belliard -2B
7) Nieves -C
8) A.Gonzalez -SS
9) Stammen -SP

Posted by: BinM | August 29, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Lineups are posted on

Missed it (by a wide margin).
1) Harris- CF
2) Guzman- SS
3) R.Zimm- 3B
4) Dunn- 1B
5) Wi'ham- LF
6) Dukes- RF
7) Orr- 2B
8) Nieves- CA
9) Stammen-SP

Posted by: BinM | August 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Boy, it sure looks sad w/o "Morgan" at the top. I have me some tickets for the Friday Marlins game--gonna miss him a lot.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Came across the Memorial Bridge about an hour ago. Lots of people lined up for the funeral procession to Arlington and no cellphone service -- I was not making a call, I was listening to Cubs game on Gameday Audio and it cut off.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 29, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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