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Game 26 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Braves

The Nationals will have one standout spectator on hand tonight: former manager Frank Robinson, now working in the commissioner's office, is in attendance. I ran into Robinson coming down the elevator this afternoon, and he had some kind things to say about the current group of Nationals, particularly tonight's starter, Livan Hernandez, his ace in 2005.

Robinson is touring each major league ballpark in his role to ensure sufficient diversity within each organization. Tonight is only the second time he has been to a Nationals game since the team did not bring him back after the 2006 season. I'll have a full transcript of my brief chat with him tomorrow morning. Most significantly, Robinson said, after initial bitterness, that he has "no animosity" toward the Nationals, the years have faded away his feelings. Again, more coming tomorrow.

As for tonight, the Nationals have a crack at Kenshin Kawakami before getting Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson, so this may be a key game for the offense. Talk about it right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 4, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
 
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And just like that, it is 2008-2009 again. yay.

Posted by: amorris525 | May 4, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, 41 pitches from Livan due to the Bernadina error in the 1st. Good news is, only 1 run scored.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina = AAA

Posted by: Tom8 | May 4, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

A 15-pitch 2nd brings the P/IP average down for Livo, but that brutal 1st will probably limit him to 6IP tonight.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The Hammer - one swing, tie game! And Pudge singles to back it up - Makeup time for Bernadina... and Yes!

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Hammer Time!

Posted by: hats4bats | May 4, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina really needed that hit.

Posted by: sirocco23 | May 4, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

NOW Bernadina's got his head in the game. Nice play in RF.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Missed oppourtunity for Morgan with runners on second and third,Nyjer's got to get those especially since Livan's not fooling the Braves at all he is a major league escape artist and Bernadina just stole one from Glaus!!!! A redeemer for Bernadina!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 4, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Livo might get one more inning, but he won't get six.

Posted by: BinM | May 4, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

As you can see Jason Heyward is the real deal hard to believe we passed on him for Ross Detweiler(Who?) yeah,yeah,yeah i know thirteen other teams passed on him too,Heyward's got a brother,Jacob that's fourteen and supposedly a carbon copy of Jason just not as tall and a five tool player, the good news the guy that snowballed everyone on Heyward now works for us,Livan may be gone after five lot's of pitch's tonite.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 4, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

woohoo des!

Posted by: hats4bats | May 4, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Livan' Large! Quality effort.

Posted by: mjwies11 | May 4, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Dunn, section 240, gone!

Posted by: upperdeck4 | May 4, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Tyler Scissorhands comes through again!

Posted by: kevincostello | May 4, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, along those lines: Clip 'n' Save is great, but I am tired of nicknames that are simply shortening the last name. Can't he at least be Tyler "The Barber" Clippard, for getting through so many close shaves???

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 4, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Big insurance run in the seventh. Now it's Clip n' Save time!

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 4, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Big insurance run in the seventh. Now it's Clip n' Save time!

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 4, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

big outfield scoreboard was empty in the bottom of the 8th, I wonder how long it was like that.

Posted by: hats4bats | May 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Evening, folks. Batista????? We need for--what reason? Place holder until Storen gets here?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 4, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Clip and Capps have been great, but those are the only reliable guys in our bullpen right now. We really need Storen and Strasburg, the two best arms the Nats have under contract. Storen will shore up the pen, and Strasburg will free up one of our starters to go to the pen as well. And Capps does the job again!

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 4, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

OK, all's well that ends well. Thank you to the C'Boys.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 4, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

For all the love Clippard and Capps have got, Sean Burnett has also pitched well.

Bang! Zoom! The Braves throw their two best pitchers at us next. Doesn't get any easier from here. Let's hope Dunn can hit some more.

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 4, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Bam! 14 wins!

Posted by: cabraman | May 4, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina = AAA

Posted by: Tom8 | May 4, 2010 7:44 PM

These are fun to read through when we win!

Only 17k paid to watch at Nats Park tonight, which is a shame and unfair for a team and manager earning their paychecks thus far. I blame Stan and the Lerners, of course - but I do think that many in this market might be totally misinformed about what a nice night you can have at the Park.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Boz is right, they won't get a better chance to get some attention than the next couple of months. Tickets are easy to get, and there's plenty of cheap seats available, so they really need to be getting the word out heavy. Will they?
Don't bet the rent.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 4, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

And good to hear Frank is doing well. Looking forward to reading about it.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 4, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

You can catch a game for less than the cost of a movie, especially if you buy food outside (which they won't let you do at the theaters). Of course I'm likely to drop some cash on a beer or two, but it's easy to see a game without spending much money. It's a shame attendance isn't getting a good boost.

Posted by: p-man | May 4, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Hadn't realized that Frank was in the house. If they acknowledged it on the broadcast, I missed it.

Great effort by Livo, and I think I saw the Elvis wig on the shelf behind him in the postgame interview. I thought maybe they'd give it to Desmond, but Livo did grind it out today.

Re. marketing, I noticed today that the Examiner featured a full page Nationals ad wrap, where in previous weeks it had featured the team that plays the crooked-stick game. You know, the one on the ice?

And if it's not been mentioned before, R.I.P. Ernie Harwell. Maybe Tracee will pen a tribute to him?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 4, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

And I'll bet that attendance will pick up after school's out.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 4, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

A little disappointed in the turnout at the park on a nice evening,more and more you see this team is no pushover,they are in it to win it make no mistake about that nice job by Burnett tonight but Bautista is an arsonist and can't be trusted,gotta love Desmond and the late game moves Riggleman makes, next two games won't be easy but if we hang in there we'll be allright.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 4, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned it but Burnett has been solid out of the pen. He's no Clippard or Capps, and Storen is probably better, but Burnett is reliable. Batista and Walker stink but I guess they can eat the innings in blowouts.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 4, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Carpenter credited Boz with the Clip, Store and Save line -- Didn't that originate here? I'm pretty sure the "Clip and Save'' line did (BinM?)

Anyway, a real nice win, a bulldog performance by Livo (how on earth did he get out of the first with just one run???), a great catch by Bernadina and more great 'pen work by Clip and Capps. I know they can't be perfect all year, but so far, so good!

Posted by: nats24 | May 4, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats keep playing like this, people will come. When you get hammered for 100+ losses in consecutive years, it takes folks a while to realize that it's not the same ol' same ol'.

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 4, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of Ernie Harwell's passing, I'd recommend to anybody who hasn't to listen to a Dodger broadcast on MLB-TV to hear Vin Scully do it all by himself. There's nobody like him, and you know he can't go on forever.

Posted by: nats24 | May 4, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I think it was on on Nats Insider
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Tcostant said...

Can you say "Store-Clip-and Save" once Storen arrives.
April 30, 2010 1:29 PM
Steve M. said...

Tconstant - That is good (Store-n Clip & Save), and like Cadeck said, Clippard and others could get an All Star trip to Anaheim even though that is a long way away.

June 1st can't get here soon enough for more help to arrive.

Talking about help, what is the story about Mike Morse?
April 30, 2010 2:14 PM
Aeoliano said...

"Tconstant - That is good (Store-n Clip & Save)"

First by misschatter and company over on the MASN live thread.
As was clip 'n save.
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http://natsinsider.blogspot.com/2010/04/clip-n-save-leads-way.html

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 5, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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