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Game 37 discussion thread: Nationals at Rockies

Between games, the Nationals shook off their Game 1 loss by singing "Happy Birthday" to reliever Tyler Walker, who turned 34 today. Matt Capps even presented Walker a birthday cake, burning candles and all.

The Nationals will send Luis Atilano to the mound tonight in trying to salvage a split in their day-night doubleheader. He'll face Jason Hammel, who is 0-2 with a 9.16 ERA this season. Earlier this year, the Nats scored three four runs, three earned, off of Hammel in seven innings.

Brian Bruney is still in the Nationals bullpen. Talk about tonight's game right here.

8:40: My bad on not posting the lineup; something funky is going on with our blog software. Here she is:

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Willie Harris, LF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Cristian Guzman, 2B
6. Roger Bernadina, RF
7. Ian Desmond, SS
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Luis Atilano, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 15, 2010; 8:05 PM ET
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Same lineups as today?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 15, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Atilano needs a strong outing needs to keep Rock's off the basepath's no walks kid,need a win tonite gives us a shot at 3/4.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 15, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Our bats are making it easy on Hammel so far.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 15, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Morgan gets memed.

Good mockery!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | May 15, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy Rodge!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 15, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

We need Willingham's bat in this lineup.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | May 15, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Have to think Riggleman is resting Willigham after he tweaked something in yesterday's rain.

Posted by: periculum | May 15, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: CAskinhead | May 15, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

And Dunn homers to tie it in the 6th!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | May 15, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

That ball should have been caught by Dunn Desmond made a very good play to get to it cost em a run and probably the game but it ain't over yet.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Well........................Olsen needs to come on strong sunday Altilano made some mistakes on those gopher balls(ya think?)Dibble is right on point in his assesment of Nat pitchers in that they don't finish after getting ahead especially on 0-2 counts they need a win tommorow before they head to St.Louis.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 15, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Tough day. They'll bounce back.

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 15, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope they do. With Olsen pitching, they probably will win. Just have to keep the small ball play going. HR's are nice, but small ball has won the games for the Nats.

The error to Desmond because his throw hit the ground before going into Dunce's glove and then pops out. That play led to the rock's win.

Thanx Dunce for the HR and the blown play. Oh...and your stikeout in the eighth too.

Posted by: M20832 | May 15, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

FYI, just read that someone tweeted that Taveras is getting DFAed and Morse is getting called up. A professional move whose time is due. I guess they kept Morse down a little longer than I would have liked to make sure that he gets some at bats. He was hitting fine for Syracues.

Posted by: souldrummer | May 15, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Cutting Willie Taveras makes the most sense, but let's at least acknowledge that the guy helped the Nats win a couple of games, and I don't believe he cost them any, so I gotta feel sorry for him. He just didn't fit in. But I hate to see anybody lose a job.

I also hate being swept in double-headers, even if the Nats were in both games. It just makes it worse.

It wouldn't bother me if Guz starts at short for a while. Let Desmond know there's no entitlement.

Posted by: nats24 | May 16, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I would give Bruney until Storen's call-up to get it going. If not, so long, Brian. Others may not have that much patience. Losing a job for non-performance is entirely different than with Taveras, who had limited chances. No sorrow here, except for the games Bruney sabotaged.

Posted by: nats24 | May 16, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Willy Taveras was hitting below the Mendoza line at the time he got cut, I believe. (He was at .206 before tonight's at bat I think) We knew he doesn't have pop and we knew that he's not in the organization's long term plans. I was bummed that he was taking at bats away from Bernadina and Maxwell and wasn't excited when he made the team coming out of spring training. We did him a favor by putting him on the roster, and I'm not sad that he'll have to pay his dues in AAA for awhile. He's got to be a subreplacement player at this time. He may learn what he needs to learn about banging about ground balls and be able to come back Corey Pattersonstyle at some point later on.

I think Desmond needs to continue to play as well. Tonight's error seemed to be more Dunn's fault than his fault and the great turn that he made on that double play to help save a run earlier in the game on Guzman's bum through doesn't get the credit that an error that wasn't entirely his fault. He's hitting okay, but I'd like him to be more patient at the plate. How much of that is where he's hitting in the lineup, the feedback he's getting from the coaching staff, and just too much eagerness to show that he's MLB material with more pop than Guzman or Kennedy? I think the guy needs to play as much as possible and I wouldn't sit him until his average sinks below .230 for an extended period of time. Let's face it, the future of the Nationals with guys like Desmond and they need to be given every opportunity to learn at the Major League level and that comes with playing provided you're not making mental mistakes or not handling yourself like a professional.

For the moment we're getting hot Guz, and he should be splitting time with Kennedy methinks at 2B.

Posted by: souldrummer | May 16, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Huh?? You gotta be the only person on here that thinks Bruney hasn't already pitched himself out of a job. Cabrera his azz.

Posted by: g3jr | May 16, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Huh?? You gotta be the only person on here that thinks Bruney hasn't already pitched himself out of a job. Cabrera his azz.

Posted by: g3jr | May 16, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

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