Nationals Game Notes — Aug. 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Game No. 121: Washington Nationals (67-53) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (64-58) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.00 ERA) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (4-3, 3.98)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates, and his clubs are a perfect 4-0 (3-0 as a National, 1-0 as an Athletic) in those games.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM  and also on (for subscribers to
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN and WUSA9

Of note:

  • The Nationals lead the National League (3rd in the Major Leagues) in run differential at +90 (504 for, 414 against). MLB’s top four teams in run differential: Oakland Athletics (+163), Seattle Mariners (+94), Washington Nationals (+90), Los Angeles Angels (+87).

Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:


2 Denard Span (L) CF
19 Kevin Frandsen LF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
40 Wilson Ramos C
8 Danny Espinosa 2B
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

PIRATES (64-58)

5 Josh Harrison SS
25 Gregory Polanco (L) RF
55 Russell Martin C
6 Starling Marte CF
17 Gaby Sanchez 1B
24 Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
27 Jayson Nix 2B
23 Travis Snider (L) LF
49 Jeff Locke LHP

Here are today’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!


Hey, what do you know? The further away from Bio Genesis we get the worse that Geo Gonzalez gets. Poor Geo, I guess the cupboard is bare. Solution: Switch Geo with Craig Stammen. Liklihood——extremely unlikely. M. Williams, a proven PED user in his playing days has got Geo’s back. But hey boys and girls we have a 6 game lead in the standings. Woops that is now 5 games now. Fister pitches tomorrow. How lucky can you get? But whoops again, M. Williams personal savior (not Jesus Christ) Alphonso Soriano will be rested tomorrow. How lucky can we get.

Harold G. Pavel

Whoops my bad, due to the good graces and outstanding play of one Adam La Roach the Nats will retain a six game lead over the Braves. However, remember that Baldy Number 1 (Mike Rizzo), (M. Williams is Baldy Number 2) fought tooth and nail not to give La Roach the 3 year contract he deserved, only exceeding to a 3rd year mutual option after Davy Johonson demanded that Rizzo do so. What do you want to bet that Baldy Number 1 in a fit of pride makes sure that La Roach goes to Japan at the end of the season for showing him up by playing so well this year. Hey, stranger things have happened.

Harold G. Pavel

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