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Game 84 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Padres

If not for interleague play, the Nationals would have a much better record. The Nats went 5-13 in interleague play, third-worst in the league, and are 31-34 against the National League. They are .500 against the East and the Central and three games under .500 against the West -- and they've got six games coming up against the NL West.

The Nationals will open up their second and final series against the Padres. In their first meeting, in May, the teams played three close games, all decided by one or two runs. The Nationals lost both games following crucial errors. With Livan Hernandez opposing Clayton Richard, a match-up of pitchers with sub-.300 ERAs.

Temperature at first at Nationals Park was 99 degrees, the hottest game temperature in Washington since baseball returned. The previous record was 94, set June 6, 2008 against the Giants. Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 6, 2010; 7:11 PM ET
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too hot to comment . . .GO NATS!!!

Posted by: jpt1002 | July 6, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping that Zim would warm up in the midst of the All-Star business. Wish granted.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll probably get ripped for this, but Riggleman needs to go back to a pure L/R platoon at 2B with Guzman & Kennedy, with AGonz filling in the gaps at either SS/2B. Guzman is receding to Vidro-esque defensive range, even at 2B, and is a "dead-man (rarely) walking" at the plate.

Posted by: BinM | July 6, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Let me go on the record - I HATE IBB'S!

Posted by: BinM | July 6, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Desmond's HR should be a 'kill shot' against Richard; Now, let's see if Livo can put the hammer down in the 6th.

Posted by: BinM | July 6, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Clippard in, with men on base? WIRT (What Is Riggleman Thinking)?

Posted by: BinM | July 6, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Please don't blow this

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand this man. Everyone in the ballpark and everyone watching on tv knew that Storen should have relieved Livan so now its a one run game.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 6, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

If you listen closely you can hear the first "Let's go Padres" chant since 1984.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Jesus why is every game an ordeal with this team. It really shouldn't be tied right now.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 6, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

worst defensive team in baseball. That will keep them in last place for a long, long time!

Posted by: Phillip258 | July 6, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

How is it even physically possible for there to be more Padres fans in the park than Nats?? There are no Padres fans IN SAN DIEGO!

This is such a depressing baseball town in so many ways

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

WIRT? I think he wants to see how many fans the Nats can lose this season.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 6, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

WIRT? I think he wants to see how many fans the Nats can lose this season.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 6, 2010 9:42 PM

We don't have any to lose :-/

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

WHEW! that could have been bad! no respect for the nats defense from the padres third base coach.

Posted by: burnsrb | July 6, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Desmond's arm giveth - Desmond's arm taketh away

Pudge is just so, so great

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: amorris525 | July 6, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

What was I saying about the Z man getting hot??

Way to be a hero, Ryan

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: burnsrb | July 6, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Great recovery after the blown double play, nice dagger with the putout at home and then the walkoff. Desmond needs to learn when to hold the ball. Livo gets robbed of another win but the first inning run was largely his doing. The dramatic home run was nice but I'd really like to see a win with a clean defensive effort. Dunn's twinkle toes around the bag in the first was another missed out. How could he miss the bag with those gunboat feet?

Posted by: Natmeister | July 6, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Awesome win.

Posted by: egoodman8 | July 6, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I felt so happy with Zim's blast! It's why I love baseball.

A win is a win. Livo kept them in it, and the Nats won. Look at the record from his starts. Very positive. Enough said.

Posted by: nats24 | July 6, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Seems like there were some people here in February yapping about whether Livan was good enough for the Nats. The question now is whether the Nats are good enough for Livan, and the answer is "no". It's just ridiculous how many wins the Nats have blown for him via the bullpen, cr@ppy fielding, and lousy run production.

He has five "no decisions" and one loss in games where he's gone at least 6 innings and allowed two earned runs or less. What does he have to do to get a win? 1.28 -- that's his ERA in his six wins.

Posted by: joebleux | July 6, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Great Tater Zim! Who thinks Riggleman will be at Natstown next year?

The gaff at first in the first inning. Did you see Guzman's throw? He just nonchalantly lofted it over to the Dunn.

And will Desmond atone for all his errors? Let's hope so....

Another curly W! I Luvit!

Posted by: M20832 | July 7, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

I think Guzman had to loft that throw to first because he had to wait for Dunn to get near the bag... that is what I thought first, too, that Guzman needed to get that ball over to first a heck of a lot quicker then he did... but, seeing the replay, I would have to place the blame on Dunn for not getting back to the bag (and, ultimately, for not getting his foot on the bag)...

But, this is all moot when a curly W goes up on the board...

Posted by: Ghost7 | July 7, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

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