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Game 28 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Braves

The Nationals have only lost three series all year, two to the Philadelphia Phillies and one over the weekend to the Florida Marlins. With Scott Olsen facing Tim Hudson, the Nationals will try to win their sixth series of the year in tonight's rubber match against the Atlanta Braves.

Olsen will be trying to protect a 13-inning scoreless streak. Talk about it all right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 6, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
 
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Olsen seems to be hitting his spots tonight; He's got what, four K's through 3IP? Matching Hudson so far...

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

...just working harder to get the results (46 pitches for Olsen vs 27 for Hudson).

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

Great job taking credit for something that occurred well before your point little adderall filled head thought of it. SteveRep44 and Misschatter came up with both clip 'n save AND clip store 'n save. Sheesh and you talk about me. Jerk.

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Olsen has a no hitter going through the 5th and 5 K's. 66 pitches. Come on boys, get a few runs!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 6, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Pudge must have heard me...haha

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 6, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

CAskinhead, you're not from around these parts are you?

shhhh

Posted by: NatsNut | May 6, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

ooops...

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 6, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

We are sooo lucky to be able to watch one of the greatest catchers, all around, of all time, playing for the Nats.

Posted by: nats24 | May 6, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I LIKE Adderall.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 6, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Nats24, you took the words right out of my preview.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 6, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

@STFOhead...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 6, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I know, but if I misspell it, it gets through.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 6, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

While some of you are complaining about Guzman, what Dunn? he's batting waaaaayyy below the Mendoza line with RISP, ain't doing jack at the plate and i don't wanna hear what he's hitting in his last so many at bat's bottom line he's not hitting and if i'm Riggs i'm either sitting him for a few or moving him out of the 4 hole.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 6, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag,

...and that, my friend, is why you are not a MLB manager.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 6, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Sec3(sofa): Your acronym of choice normally gets through - Just take a look at either Redskins Insider or Wizards Insider.

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

You can do it Scotty!

Posted by: amorris525 | May 6, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Bush-league move by Hudson and teh Braves.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 6, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Olsen's only throw 83 pitches? Yeah, I guess they should leave him in for one more...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 6, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Three bases-empty homers last night, two so far tonight.

And BTW, dargregmag, Dunn leads the Nats in homers. Who you going to put in cleanup instead?

Posted by: gilbertbp | May 6, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I've got to find a tv

Posted by: Tom8 | May 6, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Mlb.com will show live lookins during the braves' at-bat.

Posted by: amorris525 | May 6, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

TV muted, radio on.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 6, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Ring him up!

Posted by: mjwies11 | May 6, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Dang.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 6, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

aaaaaaugh.

Posted by: NattyDLite | May 6, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Okay, finish them off...

Posted by: gilbertbp | May 6, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, we can at least say "How fun was that?!" Now let's get out of the jam and get that curly W.

Posted by: HenryStin | May 6, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, what I terrible time or Zim to make a bad throw! Inning wudda been over

Posted by: nats24 | May 6, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's where a six-man bullpen hurts them. Burnett has pitched the last two nights and probably isn't available tonight. So you don't have a lefty to face Heyward.

Go get 'em Clip!

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

ugh...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 6, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

@periculum/Aeoliano/whatever:

Hunh? I never claimed credit for the "clip n save" combo. I wish I was that witty, because it's a great line; I just built on it. If MissChatter coined the add-on of "Clip, Store & Save", then sobeit, let Boswell know.

I've not trying to build exposure, just posting in response to what I read, see, or hear.

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Clutch hit by Heyward, great running by Cabrera who read the liner well and a lousy throw by Bernadina.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Bernardina, for the second game in a row, costs the team with a bad throw to home. If they lose, it will be bad fielding that made it happen.

Posted by: p-man | May 6, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's score and win this ^%*(%(%^$*%^$*,.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 6, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Not to contradict myself, but Clippard actually has better numbers against lefties this year than Burnett. But it would be nice to have two lefties in the pen.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina did not cost this team the game that would be Zimmerman's error that extended the inning and btw Nagatucknat Dunn has left more men on than a hooker on K st. and these double switch's leave this team exposed depth wise that is, now we have no Hamma and no.........................should i eat crow, Dunn,needless to say Olsen deserved a better fate and this will be a gut wrenching loss if they can't win it.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 6, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Dibble just shared an interesting stat. For all his gaudy surface-level stats, Tyler Clippard hasn't been very good at keeping inherited runners from scoring. He's let 50% of the 16 score.

Posted by: NatsFan2005 | May 6, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez needs to stop that throw from RZ

Posted by: NatsFan2005 | May 6, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez needs to stop that throw from RZ

Posted by: NatsFan2005

Agreed.

And dargregmag, as for this: "Dunn has left more men on than a hooker on K st."

I assume you have stats to back this up.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Yep, it was mostly Zim tonight. I said "bad fielding, and I include Zimmerman in that. Now there's a runner on 3rd due to a throw into the outfield. It doesn't look like we're quite a .500 team yet, but I still think we can win 75.

Posted by: p-man | May 6, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This game is falling apart in a hurry - Let's hope for a DP.

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

And there it is! Yay.

Posted by: amorris525 | May 6, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's not lose a game like this

Posted by: nats24 | May 6, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I could have sworn they scored a run there. I think they forgot to write one down.

Time for a walk-off homer by Alberto just to tick off dargregmag.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hah! I like this matchup, Zim vs. Moylan.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Zimm

Posted by: kevincostello | May 6, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Any bets that Zimm doesn't make up for that first error right here?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 6, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

baltova: LOL! An extra-base hit would do just as well.

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

YESSS! I love Nats baseball!

Posted by: nats24 | May 6, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

But a single by Harris does it - Bang, Zoom! Another curly W in the books. Me Likey.

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo...much better. A loss after what Olsen did tonight would have been devastating. Nice series win!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 6, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Real baseball. I kinda like it.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

So would Olsen have gotten a waiver on wearing the Elvis wig if he'd pitched a no-hitter?

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

One of those not-up-to-par right fielders won it for us. It seems like this year's team finds ways to win games last year's team would have found a way to lose. It's a good bet that Zim doesn't make errors in consecutive innings again this year.

Posted by: p-man | May 6, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

solid solid win

Posted by: cabraman | May 6, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice one batlova 1 Nice, way to come back Zimm and a great team win just sorry Olsen couldn't get the win and the Brave announcers are crushed,Jason Heyward is something special i mean he comes off the bench and strokes a critical base hit but to no avail and you know i gonna talk big sh#t tommorow in the office big weekend for baby girl here in the Atl. she grad's on sat from Woodward Academy and gets an award friday at the senior banquet for getting a full academic ride to Skidmore College in Saratoga,NY mom and dad are very proud and relieved if you know what i mean. GO NATS!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 6, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag, congrats on your daughter. As a guy facing college tuition soon, I get why you're "relieved." Well done.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 6, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

@BinM
I suggested, way back, that you might have been the orginator of "clip & save'' but it was with a question mark, and those interested could have gone back and checked it (I'm to lazy), but it seemed to me that it appeared here before Boz used it in expanded fashion.

Posted by: nats24 | May 6, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

What is that, the third time you've bragged about your kid on here?

Posted by: amorris525 | May 6, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

dargramps:

Congrats on your daughters' achievements, and best wishes on her (and your) future.

Posted by: BinM | May 6, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

BANG! ZOOM!

See ya later Braves fans

Posted by: Kev29 | May 6, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Keep taking a series here and a series there...

off topic - John Smoltz is terrible as a color man...

Posted by: boricuabopper | May 6, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Holy smokes, batman. Three back-to-back really good games.

That was ML baseball, even if I have been pessimistic about this year.

Posted by: JohnRDC | May 6, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Zim made a couple of errors. His post-game interview sort of explains it. The team realized that Olsen was in the running for a no no and they were trying (probably too hard) to make sure he got it.

I realize that probably isn't a good excuse, but it is a reason. A lot of excitement. Between a tough game and a no-hitter possible....lots of tension and excitement. Still..they won. Yay Willie!! GO NATS!! Tied for 2nd. Two games behind the hated Philis.

Posted by: Sofie230 | May 6, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Zim made a couple of errors. His post-game interview sort of explains it. The team realized that Olsen was in the running for a no no and they were trying (probably too hard) to make sure he got it.

I realize that probably isn't a good excuse, but it is a reason. A lot of excitement. Between a tough game and a no-hitter possible....lots of tension and excitement. Still..they won. Yay Willie!! GO NATS!! Tied for 2nd. Two games behind the hated Philis.

Posted by: Sofie230 | May 6, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

So the game has been over for 45 minutes and not even the score is posted on Washingtonpost.com. What kind of crappy sports coverage is that?

Posted by: bill39 | May 6, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking that might be the case with Zimm, though I missed that particular interview. When the last Nats batter came in (off camera), Johnny was saying "Is that Bernadina?" No, I say to my tv, Willie Harris. It's like I read Riggleman's mind.
:-) Kind of fitting for the Georgia guy to get the game-winning hit vs. the Bravos, eh?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 6, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on your daughter's graduation and academic ride, dargramps!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 6, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey all, I've been lurking for a year or so and have learned so much from you guys! I'm a 49-yo woman who's really not very knowledgeable about baseball (getting better!) but was a Senators fan until they left when I was 10, later tried unsuccessfully to be an Orioles fan, and was ecstatic about the return to baseball here--and am now so thrilled about this season! (And to the poster with the kid starting college, I've also got one (he'll be at UMBC), so I know what that's like! Neither the kid nor the husband knows/cares a thing about baseball, tho, so I'm on my own here...)

Posted by: skidge | May 6, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks batlova1 and BinM for your well wishes and yes amorris525 i will keep my families happenings off the blog from now on,now let's give those fish a little payback this weekend before we head up to NY and give the Metropolitans the "business" GO NATS!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 6, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Nats fans are NEVER alone skidge!

Posted by: Natstoyou | May 6, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

If we're into graduation mode here, my middle son is graduating from Michigan Law on Saturday, but thanks to me, he'll be a Mets all his life. Oh, how I wish we could have gotten a team much earlier!

Posted by: nats24 | May 6, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Welcome, skidge!

I was lurking here for about a year or so. The regulars are all pretty nice, and Adam (at least in my opinion) is the best beat writer on the staff.

... Awesome win tonight! I'm glad we pulled out the series win. I was hoping that Bernadina would cement that RF position, but he's turning out to be just as inconsistent as the others.

I say give Morse a shot after he returns and just waive Taveras. If Morse can't cut it, it's time to bundle some of our pitching and maybe Maxwell for a legit RF.

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 6, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I feel sorry for anyone who wasn't at the game tonight!! That was a fun one!! I love this year's Nats!!!! Let's go fishing...

Posted by: dryw1 | May 6, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Nats! Another solid series. and congrats dargregmag - a full ride is the only way to go to Skidmore (at least from the parental perspective!)fwiw, I missed tonight's game for my daughter's pinning (nursing) ceremony. So a good night all around.

Posted by: lowcountry | May 6, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I'll second the welcome to skidge. My husband isn't that much into baseball either, but he humors me.

Congrats to all the proud parents!

Sure wish I'd been at the game tonight, but it was fun to watch on tv.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 6, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

wow. i picked a great night to go to the ballpark. managed to get some diamond club seats even (for free).

sad to see olsen's no hitter fall apart in the 8th, but way to go Nats for keeping it together, not allowing a run in the 9th, and then getting a couple clutch hits. what was with walking Guz with no outs? too much credit to him, i think. and the place went nuts when olsen walked off the field. great night at Nats park.

Posted by: DCguy7 | May 6, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks all! I'll likely be quiet here and continue to learn. GO NATS!!!

Posted by: skidge | May 6, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

@DCguy7:
Walking Guz with 0 outs loaded the bases, setting up a force at any base. Only the runner at 3rd mattered in this situation. If he scored (which Willie Harris made sure of) the game was over anyway. Atlanta was looking for a pop-up, a strikeout, a come-backer to the pitcher, or a line drive to the infield. Willie was looking for a fly ball moderately deep to the outfield, or a ground ball to a deep playing infielder (or a BB or an HBP, which almost happened).

Posted by: bertbkatz | May 6, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

@DCguy7:
Oh,yeah. Harris was also looking for a hit past the infield. Which he got, of course. The infield was pulled in to make a play at the plate, which made it easier to hit it through them. Go, Willie! Go, Nats!

Posted by: bertbkatz | May 6, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

LOL...they just showed Olsen answering questions in the Silver Elvis Wig on MLB Network...He was dead-pan serious too. The guys had no clue what was going on. Awesome.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 6, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"LOL...they just showed Olsen answering questions in the Silver Elvis Wig on MLB Network...He was dead-pan serious too. The guys had no clue what was going on. Awesome."

Haha...I saw that too. We are not the Nats of yesteryear, we are The Silver Elvis's!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 6, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Love it...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 7, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

So how did D’Angelo Hall do with the first pitch? I saw him on the pre-game show but missed the pitch if they showed it. Didn't realize that he'd played baseball with Zimm and the Uptons (maybe because I don't really follow that pointy-ball game).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 7, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

The guys on the MLB TV highlight show didn't know anything about the Elvis wig after the game, they thought it was a one-time thing. An hour later, and they knew exactly what was going on.

That's what happens when you win>

natswin natswin natswin

Posted by: Brue | May 7, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

This season so far has been great b-c as a 50 y.o. fan i usually focos on how close the organization (bills, Sabres, GW & Nats) is to winning. But after wasting '05 and the last two years I am so happy to see a team REALLY compete and win. Epecially since defense was so absent the last 3 years several years

Posted by: stpnat | May 7, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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