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Game 51 discussion thread: Nationals at Padres

If the Nationals win in a walk-off today, don't expect any less of a celebration than usual. After Kendry Morales provided a lesson in how not to celebrate a game-winning grand slam yesterday, Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman said he did not address the business of celebrating with the Nationals. He said he actually liked the exuberance players show during a walk-off, making the point that a run-of-the-mill game-winner is now celebrated with more zeal than a 1970s World Series victory.

For the past six games, the Nationals have alternated between wins and losses. For them to get back to .500 on their road trip and to creep back above .500 for the season, they'll have to win today. Against Jon Garland -- one of the Nationals' offseason free agent targets -- Livan Hernandez will have to rebound from an odd loss in San Francisco, when he cruised for four innings and then allowed four runs on five straight two-out hits in the fifth.

Garland has pitched well enough to make the Nationals regret not landing him, going 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA. That ERA still can't match Hernandez's 2.08, even after Hernandez's roughest start of the year. Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 30, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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Capt. Morgan with the line-drive base hit>

Posted by: Brue | May 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

And Kennedy goes 1-6-3 because he has a long swing.

Posted by: Brue | May 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Zimm going to right center like he does 1-0. Dunn with a hot single the other way. 92 mph from Garland on the homer

Posted by: Brue | May 30, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Tough to win in a walk-off on the road, isn't it? I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: funafuti | May 30, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The Nats did what they needed to do in the 1st, forcing 26 pitches from Garland, 1-0 Nats.

Posted by: BinM | May 30, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Tough to win in a walk-off on the road, isn't it? I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: funafuti

That is one those impossible things ...just sayin' :)

Posted by: CBinDC | May 30, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

An example of why "Capt.Morgan" is struggling 2nd time up and he gets to 3-1(hitters pich) and he takes a fastball right down the middle for strike2 and then on the next pitch promptly grounds out to the left side(2nd bs.)i can only hope that Eckstein made a note of that.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Great work Storen!

Posted by: amorris525 | May 30, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Whew. Bpen keeps Nats in the game and Livo from a possible loss.

Posted by: marathoner | May 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Bos for the pitch-count stats. I did a fist pump with Headly's 2nd strike. Before this week, I would have held back until the strikeout.

Posted by: reddog278 | May 30, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Man, that was one of the worst strike zones of the year. Bob Davidson is terrible.

Posted by: amo36 | May 30, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Can not wait for pudge to get back. Nieves is not fun to watch-neeither at the plate nor behind it.

Posted by: amorris525 | May 30, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The Cardinals came into Petco and were beaten two out of three,i'll be surprised if come September the Padres are still in the division race and one more thought why didn't Riggleman walk Hundley? i mean he's the only Padre who's beaten you last night and now this afternoon, the Astro's are not going to be pushovers even though they are cellar dwellers.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 30, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-MAN, we need to get some offense. To echo greg once again (twice, actually,,,cause that's coming in a second), Eck needs to do more with, I think we can all agree, in talented hitters .Now, it's a long season...and Eck may be a star in the making as a hitting coach- mebbe he's in a slump, too. Also, while you can't ask a player to be something he's not-and who knows what goes on behind closed doors- I'm prayin' for someone to exhibit more "fire"...or disgust!...when we continually come up just short. OR just eke out a win. Think F.Robbie as a PLAYER (or remember Don Baylor?). I think that's one of the things that made Nyjer so valuable to the team..unfortunately, with the way he's been playing....well, enough pickin' on Nyjer.
The other echo is on Steve McCatty. Now, you can talk about the umps' bad zone today, and to hear Dibble, we seem to get jobbed quite a bit. But Dibs is also pretty vocal about our pitchers not going with their strengths.It's either the pitchers fault, or Wills' calls....but let me ask you, gang-IF in fact Dibs is accurate with his analysis...and he's spoken to these guys about it (as he claims)...well, doesn't that suggest that they're following their COACHES directions? I mean, where's our pitching coach in all of this? If I recall, when McCatty replaced Randy, Rob was a big fan of the move."Steve will have them throwing strikes (a novel approach, huh?).....less stuff on the edges....more aggressive". As if Randy counseled 'em to throw balls! In Steves' defense, who'da thunk we'd be getting this many decent performances out of this kudos to him on that. But again-it's pretty apparent (to me, at least!) that he has a lot more to work with-especially in the pen. So when I keep hearing Dibs get frustrated with our guys time and again getting hurt using "out" pitches....well, what's McCatty have to say about it?
BUT...but but BUT: This is INFINITELY better than the horror we've endured for the past few years!No "hating" hear!This is what it's like to root for a REAL MLB club! And I'll GLADLY take it! Even after losing 2 series we easily could have swept-

Posted by: zendo | May 30, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Boy just onece I wish we could lose normally. Seems like most of our losses are just brutal.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | May 30, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Man, our lack of depth at catcher really shows up when Pudge is out of the lineup. We really have missed him (and his bat) the past couple of series. I can't wait to get some of these pitchers in the line-up over the next couple of months also..

Posted by: bromisky | May 31, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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