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Game 85 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Padres

The Nationals are putting the full-court press on trying to get Ryan Zimmerman to the All-Star Game. During the first inning tonight, Redskins London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo appeared on the Nationals Park video board and urged fans to vote Zimmerman into the showcase. Entering the evening, he still trailed Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

Last night was the hottest game in Washington since baseball returned. Tonight is the second hottest. The temperature at first pitch was 98 degrees, degree shy of last night.

J.D. Martin already allowed the game's first run by allowing a solo home run to Adrian Gonzales in the first inning. The Nationals are threatening against Padres Jon Garland, whom the Nationals pursued in free agency this offseason. Two on for Ryan Zimmerman, and he flared an RBI single to right to tie the game at 1. Zimmerman is 7 for 10 with three homers and a walk since that final vote began.

Talk about the rest of the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 7, 2010; 7:25 PM ET
 
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Comments

I hope the lack of comments is because they were late in getting the entry posted and not because everyone has given up. Need to keep scoring runs tonight. Don't want a replay of the O's series.

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

Give up??? Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor???

Posted by: baltova1 | July 7, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

What in the world is wrong with Riggleman? Am I smarter sitting on my couch at home than this managing numbskull? How on earth do you continue to pitch to Gonzalez with a .200 hitter behind him? The only guy in their lineup who can hurt you, first base is open and you still pitch to him? Is our manager brain dead? Dibble can't even believe it. Unreal.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 7, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Jeez - I need to sign in late more often! Dunn goes yard twice in three innings, and the Nats lead 5-1.

Posted by: BinM | July 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

oops - make that 5-2 Nationals.

Posted by: BinM | July 7, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman is all over the place. Last night he leaves Livan in an inning too long. Tonight he takes out Martin too soon.

He's second guessing himself after last night.

Posted by: dominic10464 | July 7, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what happens when this next pitcher comes in, when is Riggleman going to let a guy stay in to see if he can pitch his way out of a jam...he hasn't been hit hard, just made an error...

If the bullpen fails then he is in hot water...let these starters get burned, it's the only way they are going to get hardened in the heat of battle...

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 7, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I love the way RIggleman threw Martin under the bus during the g ingame interview concerning the Gonzalez hit with 2 out sna and first base open. Riggs said that Pudge called another pitch and Martin shook him off and threw a poor one. Nice going Riggs. When the call should have come from the dugout for Pudge to simply put up 4 fingers and intentionally walk the guy. Basic baseball. Riggs is the worst.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 7, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Agreed pentagon.

Posted by: dominic10464 | July 7, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Man - the heat and breeze makes Nats Park play more like Citizens Bank or Coors Field. Wonder what the Park record for homers in a three game series is?

Posted by: Kev29 | July 7, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Are they really going to blow another 3 run lead

Posted by: amorris525 | July 7, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Now Desmond is hesitant to throw and get the guy at home plate..looked like a sure out...went to first instead, guess allhis bad judgment throws have him thinking...

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 7, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Didn't even look the runner at third back to the base...O's lost...now if we can hold on and take this one it will feel like Christmas, regardless of the weather...

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 7, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

F-ing ump making us get 4 outs this inning.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 7, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

How about that big Dunnkey!?!!

I promise I'll never even mention the thought trading Hondo Howard Jr. again!

Posted by: Kev29 | July 7, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Please just re sign the man. You aren't going to find that many people that want to come or stay in Washington these days and are as productive as Adam. Just do us a favor Rizzo/Lerners and sign the man.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

ahhh snap three dingers for the donkey? The Donkey needs food!

Posted by: SKsDCtoNC | July 7, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe my memory is fading, but when was last time Capps had a 1-2-3 inning ? Come on All Star, lets close this down.

Posted by: JT2009 | July 7, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Capps is a base hit machine. Who is left? Clippard?

Posted by: MKadyman | July 7, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Just don't win them easy. Good thing scored some runs after the first.

Posted by: marathoner | July 7, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the best move that could be made to improve this team is to fire the manager. How many times per game does Riggleman do something that just doesn't make any sense. It seems the only fans who are not watching are in the front office.

Posted by: gnatman | July 7, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Awesome game by Dunn. Perhaps this will silence the "get rid of him" movement for a while.

Posted by: gnatman | July 7, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman had Slaten if Capps faltered not Clippard. Its great that Capps has 23 saves and a 3-3 record. But he seems to get in more trouble than the average closer. Me thinks it may be most advantageous to trade him while his value his high and replace him with one of Storen, Peralta, Burnett, and Slaten. Or multiples? They aren't going to scare anyone this year so they might as well get as many high-end prospects working toward the majors as possible (along with the draft picks) .... at some point they will start to dominate other teams ... then we'll all become fat and sassy like 80's Redskins fans.

Posted by: periculum | July 7, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I hate to admit it, but Joey Votto deserves the All-Star spot. He's been phenomenal.

Posted by: gnatman | July 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Way to claw and scratch Nats. Can't believe the Big Dunnkey had 3 dingers! Please Please Please pay him before he gets fat as a DH in the AL. Oh and not a pretty save but way to go MC Close!

Posted by: willfacc10 | July 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Where on earth is there a "get rid of him" movement? Just some people curious as to whether or not he'll be moved and what it all means to the club. I doubt you'll find a single person on this site who wants to see Adam in a different uniform.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

OK, so Capps made it dicey, but the bottom line: Curly W. Stairs wasn't the tying run; Gonzalez didn't hit one out. Save: Matt Capps.

It would have been just awful to lose when Dunn hit 3.

Nobody cares, but in '63, Boog Powell went deep 3 times against those Nats one night, but Don Lock hit two and Jim King (What an arm he had!) threw out Louie Aparicio at the plate to preserve a win against the team that shall not be named.

Posted by: nats24 | July 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

kind of agree with Peri that Capps might be at his highest value and the big thing is, we have others who can step in. Not true with Dunn or Willingham and what I am reading is that it would have to be a huge offer for Rizzo to make that move. I would be interested to see what Capps would bring. This is what talking heads do at this time, speculate. I am hoping Dunn will be with us for 3 more years.

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 7, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

kind of agree with Peri that Capps might be at his highest value and the big thing is, we have others who can step in. Not true with Dunn or Willingham and what I am reading is that it would have to be a huge offer for Rizzo to make that move. I would be interested to see what Capps would bring. This is what talking heads do at this time, speculate. I am hoping Dunn will be with us for 3 more years.

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 7, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares, but in '63, Boog Powell went deep 3 times against those Nats one night, but Don Lock hit two and Jim King (What an arm he had!) threw out Louie Aparicio at the plate to preserve a win against the team that shall not be named.

Posted by: nats24 | July 7, 2010 10:16 PM

I care. Thanks for a good Senators story...

Posted by: Kev29 | July 7, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Nats24: I had forgotten about that 1963 game vs. the team not to be named. Thanks for the reminder. And yeah, I loved watching King uncork lasers from right in the pre game drills.

Posted by: KenNat | July 7, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Kev; it's good to know there's some folks here who remember that expansion team.

Darn, the thrill of the game never gets old.

Let's go, Nats!

Posted by: nats24 | July 7, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

You, too, KenNat, but don't get me going: I'll start comparing Dunn to Hondo!

Posted by: nats24 | July 7, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Typical Dunkey. Yeah, sure he hits a bunch of homers, but never in the clutch -- a couple early in the game, and one late when the Nats already have the lead. Big deal. The Nats need to ship him now when his value is at a peak and we could get some prospects back who might someday grow up to be Alberto Gonzalez, Anderson Hernandez, Matt Chico, etc.

Posted by: joebleux | July 7, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Joe...
You know what?
In the words of one of my favorite DJs here in DC, Go F yourself.

I was reveling in the fact that Dunn hit 3 homers in a game for the first time in his career. As a National. One of my boys. What do you want? The first homer? He had runners on base. What do we ask? That he get them home. He did. Yes a rarity, but still.
The second, okay, bases clear, solo shot, as per normal.
But the third, yes we had the lead, but SD came back in the top of the 8th making it a 1-run game. If it hadn't been for his homer in the bottom of said inning, the game would've been tied going into the bottom of the 9th, with Desmond, a pinch hitter (I'd assume) and Morgan due up. Now Desmond's been hot lately, so who knows what might have happened. But if it had gone into extras, our record in bonus baseball ain't so hot. So I contend that Dunn's 3rd was Huge, and yes, I'd call it clutch. And aside from all that, he deserves props for his achievement this eve, a man who almost made it to 6 straight seasons of hitting 40 HRs.

Basically, Joe, I am with this team better or for worse, and thanks to your wonderful post, I'm completely done with the negative BS. Call me a homer, send me a case of kool-aid (don't forget to stash the Bourbon and Maalox of course), click the "report abuse" link, I don't care. I'm done here. In short, Go bleux yourself.

Cheers to all, and Go Nats!

Posted by: HotNats | July 8, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Hey HotNats - Are you unable to detect 'tongue-in-cheek"? Sheesh.

Posted by: Natstoyou | July 8, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

baltova1, you dont really think the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor

Posted by: skcs1994 | July 8, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, who opened that big box of "We don't know jokes when they bite us in the butt"?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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