GameThread: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals. Game 77 Or 78 Of 162.

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Atlanta Braves
@ Washington Nationals

Friday, Jul 3, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Kenshin Kawakami vs Ross Detwiler

Mostly sunny. Game time temperature around 80.

?'s For The DC Faithful:

• Who Starts In Right Tonight? Hammer Or Kearns?

• We Saw Sean Burnett's Debut? What Do You Expect From Nyjer Morgan?

• When Will Ross Detwiler Get His First "W"?

• If Morgan's In The Leadoff Spot, Where Does Guzman Hit?

• Anyone Else Really Looking Forward To Seeing Tommy Hanson Pitch Tomorrow?

DC Starting Lineup...(courtesy of MASNSports.com's Pete McElroy.)

 

  1. Nyjer Morgan - CF
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  3. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!! - 3B
  4. The Big Dunn-K - LF
  5. The Hammer - RF
  6. The Guzzzz - SS
  7. TAWH - 2B
  8. The Bard - C
  9. RossWiler - SP

 

LINKS:

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS ARE GOING TO STARE AT YOU NOW...Kawakami Means Business.


Ross Detwiler

#48 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-5

185

R

L

Mar 06, 1986

 

'09 Stats - (0-4, 5.24 ERA), 8 GS, 44.2 IP, 51 H, 27 R, 26 ER, 3 HR, 17 BB, 29 K's, 1.52 WHIP, .285 BAA. 

vs ATL - (0-0, 0.00 ERA), 1 G, 1.0 IP, 1 K. 

Origin Story - Washington Nationals' 1st Round pick, 6th overall in 2007. 



Kenshin Kawakami

#11 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

5-10

200

R

R

Jun 22, 1975

 

'09 Stats - (4-6, 4.25 ERA), 14 GS, 78.1 IP, 74 H, 42 R, 37 ER, 8 HR, 31 BB, 60 K's, 1.34 WHIP, .253 BAA. 

vs DC - (1-0, 3.00 ERA), 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K's, 1.50 WHIP, .217 BAA.

Origin Story - Signed as a free agent out of Japanese Central League.


The Nationals vs Kawakami...

Adam Dunn - 1 for 5, .200 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI. 

Alberto Gonzalez - 1 for 2, .500 AVG. 

Willie Harris - 1 for 1, 1.000 AVG. 

Anderson Hernandez - 0 for 3, .000 AVG. 

Nick Johnson - 2 for 6, .333 AVG, 1 RBI. 

Austin Kearns - 1 for 3, .333 AVG, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 BB. 

Nyjer Morgan - 0 for 1, .000 AVG, 1 RBI. 

Ryan Zimmerman - 2 for 5, .400 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI's. 

Detwiler vs The Braves...

Matt Diaz - 0 for 1. 

Yunel Escobar - 0 for 1. 

Nate McLouth - 0 for 2, 1K. 

Ross Detwiler Just Can't Win...

Washington lefty Ross Detwiler is (0-4) and the Nationals are 1-7 in his 8 starts this season, but 4 of those 8 starts have been 1-run losses. Detwiler was also (0-3) in Double-AA Harrisburg this season in 6 starts, leaving him (0-7) in a combined 14 starts and 72.0 IP in '09 in which he's allowed 79 H, 41 R, 35 ER, 27 BB and 5 HR's, while collecting 57 K's...Kenshin Kawakami is coming off a line drive to the neck off the bat of Yanks' pitcher Joba Chamberlain. Kawkami's (1-0) with a 3.33 ERA in 5 starts and 27.0 IP in June, and Atlanta's won 3 of 5 with the 34-year-old right-hander on the mound. 

DC vs The ATL in '09...

The Nationals and Braves haven't played one another since April 22nd when the Braves lost 2 of 3 one-run games in DC's Nationals Park. Before that it was Atlanta sweeping Washington in a three game set in Turner Field from 4/10-12. The Braves are 5-5 in their last 10 and they've dropped to fourth in the NL East, though they're still only 2.0 games out of first behind the Mets, who are 1.0 game out and the Marlins and Phillies, who are tied. 

Check the NatCast if you're heading to Nationals Park...

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