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Game 106 discussion thread: Nationals at Diamondbacks

For a pair of last-place teams a combined 40 games under .500, this four-game series between the Nationals and Diamondbacks makes for a compelling match-up based on the styles of Arizona's offense and Washington's pitching staff.

The Diamondbacks have struck out 970 times this year, more than any other team, and they've hit 119 home runs, sixth most in the majors. The Nationals are not well equipped to take advantage of the Diamondbacks' deficiency - they've struck out 646 batters this year, fifth-least in the majors.

So what's it mean?

"This is a series, for me, we need to go out and swing the bats," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "Their ball club leads the league strikeouts. We're not a strikeout staff. We have to assume that the ball is going to be in play. This ballpark is a good ballpark to play in. So I think this is one where we've got to put it on our hitters. We need to go play some good, clean baseball, but we need to score some runs.

"Our guys have done a great job pitching, especially since the all-star break. But with ball club like the Diamondbacks, the ball is going to be put in play. It's going to be put in the air. And some of those balls are likely going to go out of the ballpark."

Tonight, the Nationals will try to score some runs off Rodrigo Lopez and hope Livan Hernandez limits the home runs and lets the D-Backs build on their strikeout lead. Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 2, 2010; 9:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

We're going to see some Nats offense tonight.

Posted by: OldNumber3 | August 2, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

What in the hell is Nyjer thinking how about staying put and see what develops,DAMN,DAMN,DAMN!!!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 2, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Anybody see what that banner said?

Posted by: nattaboy | August 2, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

MASN didn't show the banner on the immigration bill that was taken down in left field, presumably because it was political in nature (something I understand MASN doing). What did it say?

Posted by: VPaterno | August 2, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Evidently, it said: Pudge, hit it here!

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | August 2, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Ivan Rodriguez goes yard for the 300th time as a catcher! (307 overall.)

Posted by: VPaterno | August 2, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Good stat, VPaterno! And quite a blast from our Hall of Famer

Posted by: Kev29 | August 2, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Damn, I'm Pudge Drunk again...

Posted by: NatAlbert | August 2, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Wait, Pudge hit 7 homers playing something other than catcher? Musta been DH.

Nice one, Soren

Posted by: nattaboy | August 2, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Post of the day Soren - no competition. (except maybe from Steve McCatty, but he didn't post)

Posted by: lowcountry | August 2, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice play by Young. That is how you take a route to ball.

Posted by: OldNumber3 | August 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Arizona broadcast team is not too kind to their own. Actually pretty refreshing. They're enamored with Zimm, Dunn, and Livo.

Amazing, ball landed in the swimming pool.

Posted by: OldNumber3 | August 2, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Ian "what me think" Desmond. Bet he gives an interview after the game to say how "they've" got to play better. Why doesn't he?

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | August 2, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Desmond's fortunate that he didn't end up with an error there - and that Ole Rubber Arm got them out of the inning. At some point I wonder if Riggs will cut some of his innings, because Desmond is in danger of an epic number of errors for a SS. 44 is the most in the last 60 years - set by a guy who didn't end up being too shabby a player... Robin Yount (1975)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/E_ss_progress.shtml

Posted by: Kev29 | August 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, didn't know that stat, Kev, you give me hope for the kid!

Posted by: NatAlbert | August 2, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

That year-by-year and progressive error leader page is one of many awesome Baseball Reference lists. What's really interesting is all the fantastic players on season (even active career) error lists. Luke Appling, Pee Wee Reese, Cal, Ernie Banks, Ozzie Smith, etc. Of course a lot of that is from sheer longevity.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 2, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Livo, Well Done!
(very quiet neighbor-friendly standing ovation)

Posted by: NatAlbert | August 2, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Wooo

Posted by: nattaboy | August 2, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Most excellent, on this Nats game nightcap, great start to the road trip!

Time for bed, be well, Natizens!

Posted by: NatAlbert | August 3, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

That was some pretty smooth pitching tonight - good job Livo and Sean. And don't look know, but that's 5 wins in 7!

Shame we were "losers" at the trade deadline though :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | August 3, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Home late from work, only got to see the 9th. And I'm thinking, why is Burnett in to face lefties. Yet he blew them away, and a clean 1-2-3 ninth.
From a guy who said he doesn't have closer stuff. Well, you do now, young man!

Posted by: nats24 | August 3, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm......Closer by commitee just might work for now; another stellar job by Livo he get's my vote as future pitching coach for this franchise and No he shouldn't have to serve as a minor league instructor give him the job when he retires. The price for Dunn is climbing,wonder if they'll bring Martis up in September,one of these games in this series is gonna be a slugfest.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 3, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

So glad to see a write up in this morning's print edition! A surprise since it was a 9:40 start time.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 3, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Robin Yount was only 19 when he committed 44 errors.

Posted by: rgibson25 | August 3, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

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