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Game 90 discussion thread: Nationals at Marlins

Manager Jim Riggleman eschewed the cliches about tonight's game taking on any kind of extra meaning. Stephen Strasburg will not set a tone for the entire second half. He badly wants the Nationals to win. If they don't, Livan Hernandez gets the ball tomorrow. "It's just one ballgame," Riggleman said.

It is indicative of the second half in one sense, since the Marlins play in the National League East. The Nationals will play 43 of their final 73 games within their division, starting with their series at Sun Life Stadium.

The place is looking empty -- it would not surprise me if more fans showed up to watch some of Strasburg's minor league starts than are in the current crowd here. The empty seats may see quite a show. Strasburg has vowed to pitch with enhanced conviction, and the Marlins have only one left-handed hitter in their lineup -- leadoff man Chris Coghlan.

Sheinin is going to be chatting all night. You can also talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
 
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Am i missing something here, Sharon Martis is i'm sure available and can't be any worse than Stammen,Altilano,and the like but there he sit's in Syracuse did he piss somebody off or do the Nat's have a quota limit.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 16, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

nothing about Shairon, just thought this link was cool
www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Shairon_Martis

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 16, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

A nice win, happy for JWill after the strikeout's tonite, and the one at the last game before the all star break(w/sacks full)very clutch tonite and great work by the bullpen especially Storen.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 16, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Happy to see the team start the second half out looking pretty good...let's keep it up! I also wonder if they will start warming up Stras a little harder -- seems he takes a bit of time to settle into a groove each game. Cut some of those early inning pitch counts and his excellent performances become dominant ones. Good work from Storen and the Hammer tonight!

Posted by: HenryStin | July 16, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Pretty lonely here tonight. Too hot, I guess.

I'm sure you know, dargreg, that they said when Atilano was optioned, that this is what would happen.

And what's with Dunn not sliding. His teammates told him to. He doesn't want to get his pants dirty? This isn't the first, and once, he was tagged out!

Posted by: nats24 | July 17, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

From a couple of days ago:

Oh, and nats24: walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc. Speaking for myself in re. the political discussion, not gonna go there...

As usual, 1a1, you're right. But it's hard.

Posted by: nats24 | July 17, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

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