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Game 96 discussion thread: Nationals at Reds

Sorry for the late start here. The Nationals already lead 1-0 against Edinson Volquez without the benefit of a hit -- Nyjer Morgan led with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a sac fly by Roger Bernadina (a minor controversy because Morgan may have left early) and scored on a tapper to first by Ryan Zimmerman.

Livan Hernandez just retired the Reds in the bottom of the first while allowing just one hit, a single. As a matter of housekeeping, Josh Willingham is off today just as a breather. He's fine.

Since it's a day game and I'll assume many are trapped in the office, I'll try to provide some updates as the game moves along. Talk about the it right here.

2:27: While Livo allowed his first run in the fourth, both he and the Nats are still rolling along. They lead 6-1 in the top of the sixth. Hernandez has thrown just 57 pitches, meaning he should give the bullpen a necessary rest -- Nats relievers have throw 7 1/3 innings the past three days.

2:00: Livan Hernandez is cruising, having retired eight in a row. The Nats couldn't score off of reliever Carlos Fisher, but Nyjer Morgan and stole second, giving him three steals in a game for the first time in his career. It's 6-0 through 3 1/2 innings.

1:43: The Nats knocked out Volquez with their stunningly productive bottom of the lineup. Willie Harris missed a home run by inches -- they later reviewed his sky-high fly ball that crashed on top of the right field fence -- and settled for a triple. Kennedy followed with a single through the drawn-in infield, scoring Harris and ending Volquez's day. The last four batters in the Nats' lineup have reached base in all six plate appearances today, driving in two runs.

1:30: Adam Dunn broke out of a rough spell against Reds pitching by nearly knocking Volquez out of the game. He blasted an opposite field, two-run homer into the first row in left field. As he jogged around the bases, a fan threw back the home run ball and Manager Dusty Baker came out to chat with Volquez, who has been struggling to find any kind of command. Baker left him in the game. The Nats lead, 5-0.

1:27: Livo is living on the black today. He struck out Drew Stubbs looking at an 86-mph sinker on the outer reaches of the of the outside corner. Ryan Zimmerman made it a 1-2-3 with a nice, charging play on a Miguel Cairo chopper. Then he led off the third with a single. Nats up 3-0 in the top of the third.

1:18: Morgan scored another run with an RBI fielder's choice to short. After Morgan stole second to put two men in scoring position, Roger Bernadina struck out to end the inning. The Nats lead 3-0 in the middle of the second.

1:15: The Nationals have Edinson Volquez on the ropes in the second despite only one hit -- and that came from Livan Hernandez. With one out, Volquez issued consecutive walks to Willie Harrs, Adam Kennedy and Wil Nieves. With the bases loaded, Hernandez rolled a 1-0 fastball through the left side to score a run and give the Nats a 2-0 lead. They're still rallying with Nyjer Mogan at the plate.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 22, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
 
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PHOENIX -- The Mets are close to finalizing a Minor League contract with right-handed reliever Chad Cordero, a team official confirmed Wednesday. The deal is pending a physical.

A former All-Star closer for the Nationals, Cordero, 28, was cut by the Mariners after posting a 6.52 ERA in nine appearances this season. He saved 113 games for the Nats from 2005-07, saving a career-high 47 of them with a 1.82 ERA during his All-Star season in 2005.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | July 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer is coming back around; nice to see.

Posted by: jfnats | July 22, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Damn you Rizzo for not patching things up with Chad!!!!!

Posted by: hansenjo | July 22, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

1:18 Morgan drove in Nieves?

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I'd love hearing "Hail to the Chief" again, but really, they don't need him in the 'pen. Maybe at the gate, but not the bullpen.

And Adam, I think you meant to say Nyjer DROVE IN another run by beating out what would otherwise have been a GIDP.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, listening in to C&D at work, nice to hear Dunnkey go deep vs. Volquez.
5-0 Nats, beautiful!

Posted by: NatAlbert | July 22, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm listening to the Cincy feed. They have a trivia question: What team almost moved to Washington in 1974 a) Giants, b) Padres or c) Indians?

humm... I would guess Giants because the A's were so dominant in those days. Any thoughts?

Posted by: twinbrook | July 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Okay, googling it the answer was the Padres.

Posted by: twinbrook | July 22, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Can I make wild stupid speculation that Hammer is out of the order becasue he is going to be moved with some random prospect to Tampa in return for James Shields?

Posted by: dfh21 | July 22, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Apparently it's been finalized, SS8, thanks for the info, I honestly didn't know he'd been cut by Seattle:

http://tinyurl.com/29xfa77

Posted by: NatAlbert | July 22, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

And I keep forgetting to ask (and in the completely off-topic department):

Does anyone know the song bumper WFED plays going into the middle of the 4th-inning breaks? It sounds like it could be the B-side for Taxman by the Beatles, the guitar has the same tone/sound.

Posted by: NatAlbert | July 22, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

NatAl:
I believe it's the instrumental intro or bridge from Taxman.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Re: the Reds trivia question, Topps actually produced cards that described the Padres as "Washington National League." They switched back later in the year to produce "San Diego" cards. Here's a link to photos of some of them (sorry, don't know how to do that tiny url thing):
http://media.photobucket.com/image/1974%20Topps%20Washington%20Padres/suterb42/blog/062109/74t364b.jpg#!oZZ1QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fmedia.photobucket.com%2Fimage%2F1974%20topps%20washington%20padres%2Fsuterb42%2Fblog%2F062109%2F74t364b.jpg%3Fo%3D8

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't want to get carried away because of three games, but this would be a great time for the offense to get going, with reinforcements arriving for the starting rotation.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ahem, so figuring out tinyurl.com didn't take as long as I thought...

http://tinyurl.com/26q5fws

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Keep going, Livo! Could use a complete game

Posted by: Kev29 | July 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

A Bernie-Bomb!

Nice!

7-1 Nats!

Posted by: NatAlbert | July 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Livo...65 pitches through 6 complete. This game needs to be required viewing for our young pitchers, most of whom are at 65 pitches by the third inning....

Posted by: TimDz | July 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"locker rooms
Just a naive journalism question. How do women reporters handle locker rooms? Just concentrate on making eye contact?
– July 22, 2010 10:17 AM Permalink

A.Tracee Hamilton writes:
Seriously, it's never a problem. 99 percent of the time you're on deadline and you're in such a hurry that you don't even register you're talking to a naked guy. Just isn't an issue."

See, this is why they don't allow male reporters in the female team's locker room. Guys can multi-task.

Posted by: nunof1 | July 22, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

One more inning Livo. We bring up el Duque, throw Maya, change the stadium menu and we are in bidness.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see some of the much-maligned Nats contribute: Nyjer, Harris and Kennedy.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So... where's the commentary from the "Fire Riggs for playing Harris and Kennedy" crowd? I'm not sure why Morse doesn't get more playing time but I think Rigg's quote was something along the lines of "these guys need to see more at-bats to have a chance or producing" - seems like they're seeing more at-bats and producing. There are some things to complain about with Riggleman but in this case it seems like he's making some lemonade.

Posted by: natslifer | July 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@TimDz: Now 88 pitches through eight--Livo's keeping that 11 pitches per inning pretty steady. What an efficient outing (so far).

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Is Livo pitching himself onto a contender?

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, SCNatsFan, not sure you should be talking about all of those Cubans while we're playing the Reds.

Just sayin'...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I love you, Livo

Posted by: Kev29 | July 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what just happened!

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@ SKK: Livo ends with 102 pitches, 72 for strikes. You know, if not for the offensive Florida vacation, this could have been a decent road trip. as of now, the team is 3-4 on the roady...If they can take 2 of three this weekend, 5-5 is not too bad, all things considered.

Posted by: TimDz | July 22, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@ TimDz

Yes, Livo pitched a clinic. It should be required viewing by all the youngsters.

Final pitch count 102 (72 strikes, 30 balls).

THAT'S the way to pitch a game.

Go Nats!

Posted by: summerandwinter | July 22, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

3-4 with a +5 R.D. since the All Star Break (all on the road).
9-9 in their last 18 with a -3 R.D. (all against 1st and 2nd place NL teams and the Marlins in Florida).

Interleague play is over, and Detwiler and Zimmermann are looking outstanding in the minors.

They're starting to look like the April 2010 Nats again. Maybe this team can play .500 ball through the end of the season and give us something to really look forward to next year.

Posted by: jmorrisa | July 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

So on days like today and nights like last night makes even the angry ones like me want to pull my last 15 games off Stubb Hub and drop a few more dimes in Uncle Teds pocket! Can they keep the mo going in BrewTown? Stammen, JD and ???? I'll say Matt Chico!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | July 22, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Suddenly, life seems so much happier. Amazing what a Curly W can do in this heat.

Posted by: summerandwinter | July 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

baltova1 - if it gets us into the wild card like the Reds I'm all for loading up on the Cubans

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 22, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Ah, win Riggs is a genius, lose, fire the bum!! Such is baseball. Sweet Willie appears to be getting hot, and Nyjer is coming around. Detwiler is my choice to come up but Chico would do fine.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | July 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Detwiler is my choice to come up but Chico would do fine."

According to Riggleman they want the guy who comes up to be there for awhile ... to get a long look at him. Chico has little to no upside, while Detwiler does and has been told he won't pitch on Sunday? Lannan scheduled to pitch Friday.

Detwiler ... perhaps Batista to give him enough rest in between starts.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Betcha Maya was watching this game today ... Livo had to put on a clinic for he and Stras ... ;)

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The rotation after Strasburg and Livo has been pieced together with duck tape and balling wire since early-June. The fact that Stammen, Martin, and Atilano have been in the rotation for much of the last two months speaks volumes. Rizzo envisioned a rotation of Strasburg, Marquis, Lannan, Livo, and one of the rookies. I'm pleasantly surprised that the Nats haven't been on the wrong side of so many blowouts given the rotation.

Let's hope in August we see a healthy Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmerman, and possibly Ross Detwiler in the rotation. The Nats can't expect Livo to pitch this consistently the entire season given his age and innings.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Detwiler on three days' rest doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I'll take Rizzo's "a guy who's going to be here for a while" claim with a grain of salt because there doesn't seem to be anybody on schedule to pitch that day. Olsen?

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Get in line, Kev. I saw him first. :-)

I'm just sorry I missed the earlier innings, but I'll catch the replay.

Where are all the haters today? ...crickets...

---

I love you, Livo

Posted by: Kev29 | July 22, 2010 3:27 PM |

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

And, and good luck to Chief (except when he's facing us - it's not personal, Chad, it's business).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Olsen?

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 4:11 PM

He's throwing in Potomac tonight

Posted by: Kev29 | July 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This is easy after a nice win but where are the haters? I wonder if SS8 has ever been fired? The black hole of Harris and Kennedy went 4 for 6 and Harris almost went deep two days in a row. Lets bench Morgan so he won't steal 4 bases in his next game. Surprised Riggs is allowed to fill out a lineup card since he is incompetent. It's 162 games, we aren't that good but we are slowly but surely getting better. I laugh at some of the negative posts but at times I wish they would take their business to the skins or bullets. I still think Harris will end up around .240 which is not good but to get there he will have to hit really well for about a month. Can't wait to see how the pitching plays out.

Go Nats

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 22, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This is easy after a nice win but where are the haters? I wonder if SS8 has ever been fired? The black hole of Harris and Kennedy went 4 for 6 and Harris almost went deep two days in a row. Lets bench Morgan so he won't steal 4 bases in his next game. Surprised Riggs is allowed to fill out a lineup card since he is incompetent. It's 162 games, we aren't that good but we are slowly but surely getting better. I laugh at some of the negative posts but at times I wish they would take their business to the skins or bullets. I still think Harris will end up around .240 which is not good but to get there he will have to hit really well for about a month. Can't wait to see how the pitching plays out.

Go Nats

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 22, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I am still a Harris hater. But yay for the nats.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Kev29, thanks for the info.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Nobody hate's anyone we're just being fan's i'd sit down with whole coaching staff of this ballclub and have a few(vodka is my drink of choice)but yes i get a little emotional about the team and the way they play and how they're being coached that being said they won today and that's a good thing,now let's see if they can sweep the Brew Crew.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 22, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I'd want to grab drinks with a few folks related to the Nats:

Not Stan -- he'd talk his way out of kicking in on the tab.
Not Ted -- when the bill came he'd tell me his wallet was in his other pants then check his Rolex and have to run.

Yes Riggs -- but he'd insist that Harris and Kennedy come along too.
Yes Listach -- but he'd keep me out all night -- Pat never let's you go home.
Yes Mike -- but he'd get a couple in him and start waiving his World Series ring around blather about how much harder it is for the Nats to play .500 ball today after 4 years of Lerner rule than it was for the D-Backs to take the Series in 4 years back in the day.
Yes -- any and all of the coaches, pleyers, ball boys, TV and radio talking heads, umpires, grounds crew guys, hot dog vendors . . . (I may have a drinking problem now that I am thinking about it).

Posted by: dfh21 | July 22, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

dfh, thanks for the end-of-the-workday chuckle, nicely done and well-played, Mauer...

Posted by: NatAlbert | July 22, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If your starting second baseman is Cristian Guzman, your starting utility guy Willie Harris (playing way too frequently), your center fielder Justin Maxwell? You are going to find yourself in the basemen of the NL East. That is a fact. Not hating. And that is why Riggleman shouldn't be back next year.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"Detwiler on three days' rest doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I'll take Rizzo's "a guy who's going to be here for a while" claim with a grain of salt because there doesn't seem to be anybody on schedule to pitch that day. Olsen?"

Olsen's not ready. Riggleman 'fav' Batista pitches Sunday. Then they bring Detwiler up. That's my guess.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Peric - Not a bad guess.
Too soon for any of the rehabbing guys.
Chico is my guess, but the "stay here for a while" thing, although everyone in sports management only speaks convenient truths.

Posted by: Sunderland | July 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I think Peric is probably right on this with Bautista getting the nod. I like what Detwiler has done but no need to go on 3 days rest. We really do have some options after this Sunday. should be interesting. I am thinking Stammen and Martin will pitch well just to make sure they are still around come Aug. 1st. Sweep the Brewers??

Just for the record, I don't mind passion and appreciate the insight of most posters but I do get upset when people take the easy road of firing Riggs and dfa'ing Harris, Kennedy etc when there really are no options until the end of the season. If we had position players ready then I would say give it a shot but except for Maxwell, who else would you bring up, and what good would it do to change managers now?

as a division 1 coach (not baseball)who was fired at the end of 28 years it does strike a cord and I guess I should let that go.

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 22, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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