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Nats-Padres game one

After a road trip which was highlighted by a record-setting, six-homer, 17-run game over the Baltimore Orioles, the Nationals finally return home. John Lannan is set to take the mound against the Padres this evening.


Chris Denorfia – RF

Jason Bartlett – SS

Ryan Ludwick – LF

Jorge Cantu – 1B

Cameron Maybin – CF

Chase Headley – 3B

Rob Johnson – C

Alberto Gonzalez – 2B

Clayton Richard – P


Roger Bernadina – CF

Ian Desmond – SS

Jayson Werth – RF

Michael Morse – 1B

Wilson Ramos – C

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Jerry Hairston – 3B

Brian Bixler – LF

John Lannan – P

 *In 33 career innings against the Padres, John Lannan has maintained as 2.73 ERA with 16 strikeouts.

 *Former Nat Alberto Gonzalez will face his former team for the first time this evening.

 *Clayton Richard will be making his first career start against the Nationals tonight.

Nats look for sweep

Padres (49-35):

1.    Jerry Hairston Jr. – 2B

2.    Chase Headley – 3B

3.    Adrian Gonzalez – 1B

4.    Scott Hairston – LF

5.    Yorvit Torrealba – C

6.    Aaron Cunningham – RF

7.    Chris Denorfia – CF

8.    Everth Cabrera – SS

9.    Mat Latos – SP (9-4, 2.62 ERA)

*The Padres have only lost three consecutive games once this season, losing all three to the Dodgers from May 14-16.

*Second baseman David Eckstein has yet to commit an error this year. He is the only infielder in the Major Leagues to have not committed an error with at least 60 games played this season.

 Nationals (38-47):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Roger Bernadina – RF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Luis Atilano – SP (6-5, 4.72 ERA)

* Last night, the Nationals and the Padres combined to hit seven home runs, the most in a single game at Nationals Park ever.

* Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman have combined to record 19 game-winning RBIs this season, the most among any pair of Major League teammates.

Seeing All-Stars and Lineups

Ryan Zimmerman Walk off fist pump c.JPGWe don’t feel we’ve been campaigning adequately for Ryan Zimmerman to go to the All-Star Game. Apparently, between last night’s “Send Zim to Anaheim” signage presented by the Racing Presidents and two of the last three blog posts on this site providing links, Zim is still in second-place in voting behind Reds first baseman Joey Votto. So we’re hoping this link right
HERE will push him over the edge.

Since Zimmerman was announced as one of five nominees for the 2010 All-Star Game final vote on Sunday, he’s done everything to prove he deserves a spot. Zimmerman battled through a rough patch prior to the announcement. He went 16-for-81 (.198) with six RBI and just one home run from June 10 to July 3. Then, on July 4, he was announced as one of five nominees for the 2010 All-Star Game final vote, so, fittingly, Zimmerman laid his cold bat to rest and went on a tear. He improved his .198 batting average to .667 (6-for-9) in the two games since the announcement. He’s provided enough RBI in those two games alone to match his total in the 22 previous games. And he doubled the number of home runs hit from June 10 to July 3. Oh yeah… let’s not forget he’s responsible for hitting the walk-off home run in last night’s victory over the Padres. Clutch.

And speaking of following a slump with some pretty good baseball, the other man who hit a home run in last night’s game is doing the same. Ian Desmond batted .222 (18-for-81) during the “June Swoon.” As the calendar turned, so has Desmond’s fortunes at the plate. In five July contests, Desmond is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, one home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

Now for today’s lineups… but not before reminding you once again to vote HERE to send Ryan Zimmerman to the All-Star game.

Padres (49-34):

1.    Tony Gwynn – CF

2.    Jerry Hairston Jr. – 2B

3.    Adrian Gonzalez – 1B

4.    Scott Hairston – LF

5.    Chase Headley – 3B

6.    Nick Hundley – C

7.    Aaron Cunningham – RF

8.    Everth Cabrera – SS

9.    John Garland – SP (8-5, 3.24 ERA)

* Each of the Padres last five games, including four games against the Astros, have been decided in the last at-bat.

* MLB announced today that closer Heath Bell was selected to the 2010 National League All-Star team to replace the injured Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers.

 Nationals (37-47):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Roger Bernadina – RF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      J.D. Martin – SP (0-4, 3.38 ERA)

* The Nationals’ last five home wins, including last night’s 6-5 win over the Padres, have been one-run victories. That matches the club’s record set from September 6-29, 2009.

Walk it out

Ryan Zimmerman Walk off c.jpgRyan Zimmerman proved once again why he deserves a spot in Anaheim. He has been the Nationals most dependable player and always seems to come up big in big situations. You can call him Mr. Walk-off, if you would like. With the scored tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run to the deepest part of Nationals Park to give the Nationals a much-needed 6-5 victory.

It was his second home run of the game. In the bottom of the fourth inning–just after the Racing Presidents finished their race and held signs that read “Send Zimm to Anaheim”–he blasted a solo shot to left, a few rows above the visiting bullpen.

“Zim is just an all-around All-Star, regardless if he makes the All-Star team or not,” Willie Harris said to “He is an All-Star in our locker room–he is a leader, and he’s our guy. That’s all [there is] to it. He’s a star, even when he’s not playing baseball. He’s an All-Star guy.”

The Nationals struggled to score runs in June, lost late leads and that led them to lose a lot of close games. It looked like last night was going to end the same way after the Padres scored three runs in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5. But this time the Nats finished on the right side of a nail-biter–their Major League leading 49th game decided by two runs or less. The Nats are 3-2 at the midway point of their 10 game homestand and all three wins have come in walk-off fashion. Zimmerman began the homestand on Thursday with a walk-off sacrifice fly.

Ryan Zimmerman Walk off 2 c.JPGIt has only been two games since it was announced that Zimmerman was a final vote candidate but he is making it count. He is 6-for-9 with six RBI, two home runs and three runs. There are only two days remaining to cast your vote so you might as well start right now.
You can vote HERE. And then you can vote HERE too. And while you are at it, you might as well vote one more time right HERE. There isn’t a limit. Much like there is no limit to how good Ryan Zimmerman can be… and that’s why you should vote right HERE to send him to Anaheim. He might even hit a walk-off home run to win the game, so you might as well vote HERE.