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Game 49 discussion thread: Nationals at Padres

Jim Riggleman, .500 through 48 games in his first full year as Nationals manager, began his career as a manger here in San Diego, 17 years ago age 40. While he values his time with the Padres, he doesn't look back with much longing.

"I loved it here," Riggleman said. "It's a great city. I really treasured managing here. Great place. But it's such a long time ago, the nostalgia part has past. I really don't feel like I have much history here anymore."

Riggleman spent some time before today's game in the dugout with Tony Gwynn, one of his players during his Padre days. "Reflecting on some times back in the day," Riggleman said. "I never saw him make a mistake on the baseball field. It was amazing."

After managing Gwynn for two seasons, Riggleman will now manage against Gwynn's son, Tony Jr. "It's pretty special," Riggleman said. "It makes you feel good about what became of those players and their families. It makes you feel good that you've been able to stay in the game that long."

The Nationals will try to get back above .500 against the owners of the best record in the National League. John Lannan will try to keep rolling against Clayton Richard. Talk about it right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 28, 2010; 9:55 PM ET
 
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OK, I have never seen this one before. Wrong pitcher on lineup card, game being protested. What does THAT mean?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 28, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

good question....wonder what happens?

Posted by: martini0703 | May 28, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I'd imagine that nothing will come of that. Really, who cares?

Posted by: phooter | May 28, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

My opinion, it means nothing. If we win, we win. If we lose, we lose. The commissioner's office is not going to have us replay a game for something that didn't give them an advantage.

Posted by: Sunderland | May 28, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Fundamentals! Pitchers MUST know how to bunt.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 28, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Hammered again!!!!!!!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 28, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Lots of cheers in SD for Hammer's homer. Either the Nats are well represented there, or they just appreciate a ball getting crushed.

Posted by: Sunderland | May 28, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I may be wrong but I think that when you list the wrong player, the team has the right to ask for said players fingers duck taped together.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 28, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Man, they were getting to Lannan that inning. He was lucky to escape with 1 run.

How long before Riggs pulls him?

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 28, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Haha - Desmond!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 28, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

1st base ump screwed us, that run should be credited to that donk, instead, Desmond picks up another error. Oh well, 4-2 in the 8th, you gotta like your chances with the way our bullpen has been.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 28, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

"unearned run" is right. as in, the guy was out at first. clearly. aargh.

Posted by: DCguy7 | May 28, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

OK, Clipped, now for the Capper.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 29, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful bunt by Desmond! Maybe he should hold a clinic for the pitchers.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 29, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Okay i am now really worried about Nyjer Morgan i mean he looks as bad as Maxwell at the plate(okay maybe not that bad) but bad enough i wonder if Marquis Grissom is still in the game and if he isn't working and i'm the Nats then i'd hire him in a heartbeat,nice to hear Tony Gwynn Sr. speak so highly of SS and Strasburg speak the same about Gwynn Sr.Great way to start off the series in San Diego.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 29, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Unreal...I guess it's not a real save unless we actually bring the potential winning run to the plate. C'mon Capps...Let's get this done!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 29, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

OK Riggs, time to pull the plug on Capps. Bring in Storen and lets get this freaking win.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 29, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Shades of MacDougal....Whew!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 29, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Whew...Holy ugly! Way to bounce back, Capps.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 29, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Leave in the mad Capper! He's just getting warmed...

Posted by: HenryStin | May 29, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the thrill Matt.

Big win!

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 29, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow my last comment was extremely un-timely...but all the same...bang zoom go the curly-w's!

Posted by: HenryStin | May 29, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Shows how much I know... way to go Capps! Curly W.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 29, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Shows how much I know... way to go Capps! Curly W.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 29, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

What a fantastic job by Capps to get out of trouble. After the beautiful bunt in the top of the inning, Ian almost blew the game. Ouch. But wow, do the Nats have a closer!

I had these terrible thoughts of the '05 game where the Pads scored 5 in the bottom of the 9th to win it. Barry mentioned it in his book. Glad to got plenty of 'gnac left tonight!

Posted by: nats24 | May 29, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Excuse my tardiness, barkeep, but a bourbon and Maalox all around for my friends. Madd Capps! Excellent game all around. Let's make it two straight on Saturday. Have a good night, everybody!

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 29, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Had em right where we wanted em, somewhere Earl Weaver and Don(two pack)Stanhouse are smiling, whew! talk about walking the tightrope Capps was magnificent after Desmond hung him out there for a minute, dialed up Dr.Longball tonite Padres with 12 hits and 3 runs i'd rather we be lucky than good, i know Riggleman was saying to himself "oh no not again" Lannan was very good tonite but he can be better way to go guy's nice win.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 29, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I might be crazy for saying this but i think Zimm needs to move closer to the plate, his current stance makes him susceptible to the corner strike and he can't cover the plate on pitch's that hang on the corner,this is why imho Zimm goes into these 8/42 slumps that drop his average like the dow jones and have him leaving RISP by the bunch's i'm surprised that Rick Eckstein hasn't noticed that aspect of his hitting.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 29, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Yay! Nice to wake up to a curly W in the books. Atta team, Nats!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 29, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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