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Game 118 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Diamondbacks

Nationals fan get a double dose of good news today: Their starter is not Jason Marquis, and it is Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg, of course, will try to rebound from the rockiest start of his career. The Marlins smacked him around for 4 1/3 innings five days ago, and today we'll see how the rookie responds to performance-related adversity for the first time. Manager Jim Riggleman expects a strong reaction.

"I know," Riggleman said, "he's going to go out there and throw bullets."

Strasburg will oppose fellow rookie Barry Enright, who last week in Arizona beat the Nationals. Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 15, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
 
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Only top 1, but movement looks so much better than last Tuesday.

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 15, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Just read the article here about probable signing of Cole, 4th round pick for $1mil bonus...well over recommended amount, why???? Overpaying proves nothing and leaves you open for criticism...If he does well this bonus can come later...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Joe, and 101 on that 3rd out pitch, liking what I see so far.

Would also like to see Zimm crank one out right here...

Posted by: NatAlbert | August 15, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see couple of bloopers by Dunn to left field..shows he is concentrating on just making contact and not so much as pulling the ball...hits will happen as outfielders are not expecting plays their way in left field...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Guess it doesn't matter who is pitching...to enter the 3rd inning without giving up a run is getting to be a fantasy...in the words of that immortal NY Knicks player years ago, "the ship be sinking."

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Is it me, or is it pretty clear that Strasburg hasn't had to deal with real adversity on the field? This'll be good for him, I think. That a couple runs are due to his non-pitching error makes it even more interesting.

(And Kennedy kinda Upton-ed it over on that overthrow. Not sure what was up with that.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 15, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

So they can hit baseballs, we'll throw bullets. If that doesn't work, I suggest bbs or quarks.

Posted by: markfromark | August 15, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Just read the article here about probable signing of Cole, 4th round pick for $1mil bonus...well over recommended amount, why???? Overpaying proves nothing and leaves you open for criticism...If he does well this bonus can come later...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 1:47 PM

You need some Lerner Syndrome medication (Bourbon + Maalox) - because signing picks and making a splash with it is a good thing in my mind. Don't worry about the club spending too much, they're raking in a fortune.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 15, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Not so fast on Cole...

Twitter update from Ladson @ 1:57:

@washingnats: A last-minute problem has surfaced between the #Nats and right-hander A.J. Cole, which means the two parties may not be doing a deal.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah i thought AK cada-lacked-it after the over throw by Strasberg if "The Kid"can hold em to three runs they might have a chance and i don't know about any of you but i kinda miss Nyjer.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 15, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Carpenter on TV saying Bernadina has to hit it on the ground and not in the air. Seems like I heard that a bunch about Nyjer too.

Posted by: marathoner | August 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

However Jim Callis tweets the following in response to Ladson:

@jimcallisBA: Agreed to terms. Should get done unless he fails physical, which shouldn't happen. @MastersAndCPA: Bill Ladson has Nats & Cole hitting snag.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@dargramps:
Nyger will be back soon enough - A short rehab at HAR / SYR, and he'll be ready in late Aug - early Sept.

I think the performance has proven that Morse probably isn't an everyday player, but could survive in a platoon. A four-man rotation of Willingham / Morgan / Bernadina / Morse isn't the worst thing for the rest of the year. If Willingham's knee gives out before the end of the season, go with Morse / Harris in LF, and Bernadina / Maxwell in RF.

Posted by: BinM | August 15, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

That was a bad pitch and Josh hit it good. Nice to see.

Posted by: marathoner | August 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@ pentagon40:
Paying Cole 1st Round money doesn't bother me AT ALL. Cole was a legit 1st Rounder who was destined for U of Miami, so teams stayed away from him. If nothing else, it is like the Nats getting another 1st Round pick, making it a great draft if Harper and Solis sign too.

Seriously, most teams would've been thrilled just to get Cole in the First (signing, of course). They would've gone up to $4 million, maybe, for a high schooler, and call it a good draft. Tough to call the Lerners/Rizzo for cheap-ness on this one!

This is a bonus pick if you think of it that way! Try it -- what do you think?
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Just read the article here about probable signing of Cole, 4th round pick for $1mil bonus...well over recommended amount, why???? Overpaying proves nothing and leaves you open for criticism...If he does well this bonus can come later...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mo_dc | August 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@Mo_dc..Tks for the info on Cole..that $1mil looks like a bargain considering the price could have been much higher..sure hope he pans out down the line...

This game had me frazzled..thought a blowout was on the horizon..holding them to 3 runs looks heavenly right now...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy Hammer

Posted by: Kev29 | August 15, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Good. They need hard throwers. Worse than any team in the league. Damn shame it's gonna be 3 years before we see him.

Posted by: Brue | August 15, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Your meds just kick in or something, pentagon40? I thought "the ship be sinking?"

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Happy for JWill he needed that, like i said they need to win this game, losing the season series to these bumms would make me slightly pissed you can't lose to teams like the Dbacks(in there present state) and hope to avoid 100 loses.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

>Happy for JWill he needed that

Posted by: dargregmag

Looks like he needs knee surgery more than anything. He could rip it up big time. Especially on wet turf! Btw, I get back from the john and there's no Strasburg? What the hell? Pitch count I hope.

Posted by: Brue | August 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If Clippard was going to start the 6th, why did Strasburg hit in the 5th?

Posted by: cr8oncsu | August 15, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

That's all it was, Brue. // If Strasburg doesn't bat (first) that bottom half of the 5th inning, is he still the pitcher of record if the Nats score behind him?

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Did Stras hurt himself hitting? Only following online - saw "on-field delay" after his AB.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

>Did Stras hurt himself hitting? Only following online - saw "on-field delay" after his AB.

Posted by: Kev29

'A couple of idiots are on the field now. One of them is dancing. We won't give the idiots the time of day.' - Carpy - a couple of fans were running around the outfield for about 3-4 minutes.

They said there were protests outside the stadium today but did not elaborate. No idea what it's about - maybe immigration laws.

Posted by: Brue | August 15, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Okay guys, who closes? My vote is for Storen. Let's take the Series!!!

Posted by: adhardwick | August 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Okay guys, who closes? My vote is for Storen. Let's take the Series!!!

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Posted by: adhardwick | August 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

And the 'Z-man' launches a belt-high mistake deep. Now 5-3 Nationals; So far, so good.

Posted by: BinM | August 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post. Ian should wear the Elvis wig (do they still do that?). Storen gets the save, and I guess Clipp gets the win.

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Posted by: adhardwick | August 15, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Reported By Callis of Baseball America that the Nats signed Roberts.

Posted by: djorl | August 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Good job by the bullpen (and Stras) after falling behind early. On to Atlanta.

Posted by: marathoner | August 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Fly ball to RC, Maxwell makes the catch. Bang-Zoom, and another curly W in the books; Storen gets the save. Happy Happy, Joy Joy. Life is good.

Posted by: BinM | August 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@STEVIE-inGP...NO meds...after last night's game and the early deficit in this one it looked like the ship WAS going down..but like after the O's swept 3 fm us after leading all 3 games, this one renews my hopes...

This baseball is a funny game..but like Yogi said, " it ain't over til it's over."

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Willngham is not going to get any better...it's either rest or surgery...might as well start NOW..DON'T let him injure it so badly that it will make his rehab any longer than what it will be....Protect the investment for next year....

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice Curly W!

Desi coming through to go ahead -- he's been great in the #2 spot (like so many NJers have been calling for all season!) and adjusted well to the situation. Nice to have the chance to have some pop at the top of the order.

So, we learned a bit on this home stand and in the time with Nyjer on the DL. Our bullpen is gassed with 1.5 months to go, but relievers come up with expanded rosters in September. Let's hold out a couple more weeks.

It becomes more and more obvious how a poor starting rotation taxes the team over 162 games. Makes innings-eaters like Livo more important for a team like ours. Even next year with a (likely) solid starting rotation, many what-if guys and guys on pitch/inning limits will still keep Livo's value high.

Enjoy the away day victory Nats and fans, and let's go give dargregmag something to cheer about in the A-T-L!

Posted by: mo_dc | August 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Nice overall pitching performance. Funny what 12K's will do to an offense. We've certainly been on the wrong end of a few of those. Burnett is coming on nicely now that he's getting the lefties out.

Posted by: Natmeister | August 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game. Sweet Curly W! There was a guy who jumped onto the field from the left field corner, the a girl jumped onto the field from the right field corner while the event guys were trying to catch the one guy. Then when they had the guy (he was tackled) down, they were cornering the girl. Two more idiots jumped onto the field with what looked like an immigration protest banner, but it was dealt with very swiftly.
Play resumed.
@nd inning, still don't know why SS through that ball over Dunn-key's head. All the way to the fence! Two runs scored, it was 3-0.
Pudge drives in a rbi. Then Hammer (that knee must really be bothering him. He was soooooooo slow running) drives in Zimm for a 3-3 score. Knew we had them then.
SS seven beautiful K's. It was so good to see him pitch live! He really is Awesome!
Got to go to more games! Had a Nat's dog and a Bud Light. Still tasting the Nat's dog. Guess it's not kosher. Oh well, what a satisfying day at the park.
Oh yeah and to be surrounded by Nat's Fan's instead of the opposing teams yokels was a real pleasure!

Posted by: M20832 | August 15, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

For all of my criticism's this was a nice win "The Kid" righted himself(like all good pitchers do) after that throwing error(thought Dunn should have jumped higher)dr.longball paid a visit and the overworked and completly taxed bullpen did great job protecting the lead.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't you know 6'6" 285 pound first basemen can't jump? LOL

Posted by: M20832 | August 15, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

M20832: Truer words were never spoken.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 15, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

was at the game - dunn could have jumped and gotten the ball. he was trying to get the out. not smart, with no one backing him up. and dunn could have gotten strasburg the win with a base hit in the 4th or 5th, we had 2 on and 1 out, but he hit into a double play instead.

Posted by: DCguy7 | August 15, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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