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Game 35 discussion thread: Nationals at Rockies

With John Lannan making his first start in 10 days, Manager Jim Riggleman will have Miguel Batista and Doug Slaten at the ready in case Lannan falters early. Riggleman wants to stay away from Tyler Walker and Tyler Walker, who have both pitched the last two days. Everyone else in the bullpen should be available.

With four games on tap at Coors Field, that may be a necessary thing. As the Nationals are rolling though a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, they have a tough test with a long series here.

"This is a tough place to play four games in the middle of four games in a row," Riggleman. "We're really looking for our starters to go deep in the ballgame."

For tonight, talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 13, 2010; 9:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

Atta boy, Zimm!

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, there goes Chacin's 0.00 era. Zimm!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 13, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Desi! Holy cow, who are these frickin' guys?!

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Nice start, gang! Keep it going!

Thanks for waiting up for me to get out of work!

Posted by: mo_dc | May 13, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or is the audio messed up on MASN?

Oh, it's fixed now.

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 13, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

"Riggleman wants to stay away from Tyler Walker and Tyler Walker, who have both pitched the last two days."

WOW - What are the odds that one team would have TWO guys with the same name?! And they're both pitchers!

Posted by: matrixman | May 13, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Went to weather.com a bit ago...

Nats need to get this to the bottom of the 5th with the lead. Not so sure this one will go the distance.

Posted by: TimDz | May 13, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Dunn has improved so much at first base. Despite almost getting Lannan killed in the first, he's looking more and more comfortable at first, and he's even saved a few high throws. I would say it is amazing the Reds never put him out there, but we waited a bit too. He's much better at 1st than left.

Posted by: mo_dc | May 13, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

This is tough sledding for Lannan. With a gimpy arm, crap weather, tough park... Let's hope he gets through this jam

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope the rain can hold up another 30 mins -- at least let Lannan get through this another 2 innings.

THEN it can come down big time

Posted by: mo_dc | May 13, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Think the Nats should go down 1-2-3 here, get Lannan back on the bump for the latter 1/3 of the Rockies lineup to make this an official game.

Posted by: TimDz | May 13, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Weather could be worse out there - it's snowing in the mountains to the west of Denver...

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Heads-up play by Desmond...snaking 2nd.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Zimmerman is good at baseball

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

ZIMM!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 13, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

OK 6-0....make the game official before its too late

Posted by: TimDz | May 13, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Nyjer!!!! lets get to the bottom of the fifth and then ZIMM GOES DEEEEEEPPPP AGAIN!!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 13, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Zimm!

And I was suggesting last night that Zimm should take a day off.

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 13, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Zimmerman for President!

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 13, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Finish the inning and get the hell out of dodge lol

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 13, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Cmon John, a possible win is in right in front of you this inning. Bear down.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Gak- The Nats are up 6, and Lannan walks a PH with a porn mustache. End the 5th, John.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 13, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I love me a six run lead! Lets get this game official and call it a night!

Posted by: mastroj | May 13, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

A lot of walks by Lannan tonight, gotta cut down on that. Might be due to the rain, who knows.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 13, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Could Lannan actually go to Syracuse when Strasburg comes up?

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | May 13, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

it is more important to win the game than get a W for Lannan; 2 more runs and the umps will wait 4 hours to resume play. Get him outta there

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | May 13, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Lannan is melting down.

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 13, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Lannan just started throwing straight up BP. Shame, he showed a little bit of form early on. Maybe he should skip another start and get the arm closer to 100%.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Lannan without his control is pretty much useless. Hopefully Batista gets out of the inning and the skies open up.

Posted by: p-man | May 13, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

NOT AGAIN

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 13, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Batista in in the fifth. C'mon rain!

Posted by: bpSat | May 13, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Can someone get an Fing third out please?

Posted by: mastroj | May 13, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if the weather is going to get any worse. Gonna have to win this one the old fashioned way - Bourbon and Maalox style.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 13, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Whew! That was ugly. Come on rain!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 13, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Should have put in Tyler Clippard for the win.

But seriously, they should have gone with Slaten or Burnett against Stewart. Stewart's a lefty, and on the off-chance there's a rain delay immediately after the fifth, you still haven't spent your long man, Bautista.

Posted by: jp2000 | May 13, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Whoops...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 13, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Nat's bullpen doing their version of the fabulous Wallenda's high wire act like the circus act a bit unnerving.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 13, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Whether it's Clip and Save night or not, one thing's for sure: I'm breaking out the bourbon and Maalox for the rest of the night. Drink up, ladies and gents. We're gonna need it.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 13, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

c'mon rain! we're not done yet... let's finish it off. we can't give it away!

Posted by: mo_dc | May 13, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll have a double sir, thanksmuch

Posted by: HotNats | May 13, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

hit me, double maalox...

Posted by: mo_dc | May 13, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Man, Pudge is a 12-tool player. Perfect bunt!!!

Posted by: HotNats | May 13, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only person seeing standing water behind first and third bases? Why have the umps not called this game yet??

Posted by: stephen9885 | May 13, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy, Desmond!
GOD, I like this kid.

Posted by: HotNats | May 13, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

thata baby, Desi!

Posted by: mo_dc | May 13, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Guzzie - right handed batting, clearing the bases! c'mon rain!

Posted by: mo_dc | May 14, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

HotNats,

Couldn't agree more with you about Desmond. Oh...and GO GUZMAN!

No quit in these guys!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 14, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

For all of you who complain why Guzman is still on this team the 8 million he can't do this,can't do that don't play him at short he's not a second baseman WHAT?WHAT? yeah just as i thought!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 14, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

i think i'm glad i stayed up late! go desi, and guzzie. nice job esp from Des, staying in there.

Posted by: DCguy7 | May 14, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Awesome to hear the Nats fans out there cheering every run. A handful yes, but at least over the TV/Radio, they're making themselves heard!

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

Who needs rain? We'll just clobber them.

Zimm is ridiculous tonight.

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

6 RBIs ... methinks Zim will be wearing a silver wig tonight.

Posted by: reddog278 | May 14, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see so many posters still up. I cannot bear to go to bed with a six-run lead and B. Bruney up and warming...Am I alone in my fears?

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

You are not alone.

"I cannot bear to go to bed with a six-run lead and B. Bruney up and warming."

Posted by: urbanbunnies | May 14, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow. An 8 run lead. First double-digit score of the season. And now Dibble's beating me to my comment, dangit. Oh well, submitting now...

Posted by: HotNats | May 14, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Ditto

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 14, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Good god...so this is where they've been hiding that 'pour-it-on' offense that we saw so much last year. Good to see it again...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 14, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I love the Nats doing well as much as the next guy, but c'mon, Blue, shut this one down.

Posted by: Section506 | May 14, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

oh wow just got back from kickball to see this gem of a score - go nats!

Posted by: SKsDCtoNC | May 14, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

No lead is safe in colorado... Especially when Bruney is involved.

Posted by: Tom8 | May 14, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

welcome back, SKsDCtoNC, you're seeing the result of this year's Nats vs. the last 2 years' Nats. Check the box score, and you'll see what I mean.

This rocks, no question!

Posted by: HotNats | May 14, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

love the 8 run lead, but i too am awfully concerned about injuries in this condition - for either team. seem ridiculous this hasn't been called yet.

Posted by: DCguy7 | May 14, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I read the comments about a 5th inning meltdown by lannon, but if these bats finally catch up to our pitching consistently I'm going to have to have a game cast in the kickball dugout ("where my pitches at" - upset the only undefeated team tonight - gotta love adult beer leagues)

Posted by: SKsDCtoNC | May 14, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I believe we have just found our eighth-inning-with-an-eight-run-lead guy: B.Bruney!

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 14, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

The game's in "delay" right now? Say it with me: Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Posted by: HotNats | May 14, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

"I believe we have just found our eighth-inning-with-an-eight-run-lead guy: B.Bruney!"

Lol..."When we lace it up ..we're going to give you 9 innings of hell"

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 14, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

For us out-of-towners tracking via Gamecast only: Is this thing gonna get called now?

Posted by: g3jr | May 14, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

very likely, i think

Posted by: DCguy7 | May 14, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see how the team performs tomorrow evening after a game like this.

Especially versus Ubaldo.

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 14, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

g3jr, MASN switched immediately over to ESPNews (with the rain delay bug in the corner), don't have my radio nearby to monitor the Sloughes/Jaggeler updates, so, kinda just sitting on my hands here. But I'd have to imagine it's imminent, given the condition of the field before they finally decided to tarp it.

Posted by: HotNats | May 14, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the radio crew is talking phone calls until the game is called, and the callers are morons.

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 14, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

From the ridiculous(Lannan/Chacin) to the sublime tommorow's starters(Jiminez/Hernandez) nice way to start the weekend this should give them a real shot of confidence for the remainder of the road trip.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 14, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

What are the rules here? How long do they have to wait to call it?

Seems like cruel and unusual punishment at this point.

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 14, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I'd gotta think Livo, et al. are chomping at the bit to respond to their first meeting:

"Ubaldo Jimenez followed up his no-hitter with 7 1/3 shutout innings opposite Livan Hernandez, who allowed two runs in eight innings, as the Rockies edged the Nats behind homers from Ian Stewart and Miguel Olivo."

Posted by: HotNats | May 14, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Game's Final, Zang Boom go the fireworks!!!
See ya'll tomorrow evening, bedtime!

Posted by: HotNats | May 14, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Game is called. Curly W is in the books.

Posted by: CapitolWill | May 14, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Well, they called it.

It's the blowout we've all been waiting for and it couldn't have come on a more unlikely night.

Way to go boys!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 14, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what an offensive outburst. Too bad Lannen couldn't have gone 5. You get to thinking about how high the ceiling is for Zimm. If he keeps it up at bat and in the field, has there every been a better third baseman?

Geez, how great is it to watch him and Pudge and Dunn (puleez, can they get him signed!!!)

I think we have a team here, at last.

Posted by: nats24 | May 14, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Must have fallen asleep before bottom of 8th...

What were umpires thinking? Lucky none of the high-priced talent on either side got hurt: game should have been stopped after Ian Stewart's awkward lunge for ground ball.

But great character-building or character-displaying game for Nats. Agree with Dargregmag: yes we all like Desi but please can not a little love be shown for Guzzie also? His bases-clearing double was the dagger. And Kennedy had a great AB that inning.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | May 14, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

If Casey Stengel were alive to ask, "Doesn't anybody here know how to play this game?", I've got answers:

Zimm, Desmond, Guzman, Kennedy, Dunn, Pudge, Willingham, Bernardina, Nyjer, etc., etc.

I watched a taped replay of the Strasburg six-inning outing on Wednesday. The guy is flat out boring. No suspense whatsoever. Goes about his business and then retreats to the dugout. A long fly ball out to center was about it in the excitement department. Maybe major league hitters will figure him out. Minor leaguers certainly hsve not.

The Nats will need to keep Bruney et al simply to provide some excitement in games that Strasburg starts.

Posted by: JohnRDC | May 14, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

One game out. Natswin natswin natswin

Posted by: Brue | May 14, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Stop the season now. The Nats are the wild card.

Posted by: NoVaSnow | May 14, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Agree with Dargregmag: yes we all like Desi but please can not a little love be shown for Guzzie also? His bases-clearing double was the dagger. And Kennedy had a great AB that inning.

Posted by: CapPeterson1

Absolutely! The MI rotation works, it just does. The stats don't lie.

Posted by: fpcsteve | May 14, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

CapPeterson1: Thanks for showing some love to Guzzie, look fellow posters over the course of this baseball season every Nat on this team is gonna due something to make us scream at the tube or the radio and say "what are you doing" so let's be supportive and paitient so far these guy's have taken us on a surprising and glorious ride one that none of us could have predicted every Nat is giving his all so let's enjoy this while it last and who knows 3/4 months from now we could be talking dare i say..............................!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 14, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I've been asking this same question for weeks:
Why doesn't Guzman just bat righty every time? He stinks batting lefty and is great righty. Who cares what the pitcher is left-right whatever. Why don't they just make Guz bat from the right side from now on?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 14, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

If not for Zimm's dingers, I'd plant the wig squarely on Guzman's head. His double was, as fpcsteve said, the dagger, the knock-out blow, a masterful at-bat. Glad to see Boz recount the exchange he had with Riggleman when the organization went with Desmond this spring. Character counts--and Guzzie's got it.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 14, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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