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Game 102 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Braves

Scott Olsen makes his return to the Nationals today, his first appearance since May 21, when he left a start with -- gulp -- shoulder inflammation. In Olsen's last appearance against the Braves, he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Manager Jim Riggleman said Olsen will be limited to roughly six innings or 90 pitches.

He got off to an ideal start, inducing three groundball outs in just seven pitches. The Nationals are trying to notch their first series win of the second against Derek Lowe. Michael Morse is getting a rare start against a right-hander because Riggleman wanted to get Morse two consecutive games, and the Nats are scheduled to face a lefty tomorrow.

Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 29, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
 
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Come on Adam, get ahold of one.

Posted by: dfh21 | July 29, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Desmond go with a pitch and take it the other way with power.

Posted by: Natmeister | July 29, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Dunn is definitely due dude. He's been good at times, bad at others, kind of like the whole team. But let's be honest, its been a pretty exciting season. Strasburg's debut is high up on the list of best games I've seen in recent memory. It's so good, in fact, that its nominated for Pivotal Play of the Year at this years SneakerBall VII. Go to www.sneakerball.org to learn more, and while your there, vote on the 'Fan Choice Awards' where you can vote for Strasburg, or your other favorite sports play of the year. Lets go Nats Fans!

Posted by: alinkins | July 29, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

WHO?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 29, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

It's rumbling out here in NoVA. My advice is get out of the 4th, get three quick outs in the top of the 5th and do the rain dance...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 29, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Freaking Desmond it cannot be that hard to field your position. Our team is simply not good enough to give away runs with errors and passed balls.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 29, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

So far, so good. Now if it rains hard enough, we can call this game, get a win, and not use the bullpen. In fact, I think they would not count the top of the sixth, since the Nats never got their turn at bat and take it back to the bottom of the fifth and make it a 4-2 game.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 29, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Miss Iowa is throwing the first pitch tomorrow night. I wonder if Batista will catch in a swimsuit?
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/Batista-Beauty-Queen-Work-Out-Their-Differences.html

Posted by: mbrandy | July 29, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how fresh this is, but Oswalt to the Phillies for JA Happ.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ti-oswaltphillies072930

Posted by: Sunderland | July 29, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Who needs a rain shortenend win? We'll give them their full nine innings and still beat them. At least today. Nicely played game and a series win.

Posted by: marathoner | July 29, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Clutch hitting by Nieves in the fourth and some pretty good relief pitching.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 29, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Hero of the game to me: Willie Harris, for saying happy birthday to my 10 year old son on a day he's having a hard time. He also brought him a ball. He hasn't had a good season on the field, but he made a little boy's day.

Posted by: p-man | July 29, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

My print edition of the paper Friday morning had no recap of the game. It had the boxscore attached to the wrong story, a story about Olson but not about the game.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 30, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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