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Nationals vs Marlins: Game Report...Live Blogs? Where Are The Nationals' Fans? Be Here Wednesday...

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(ed. note -"This past Sunday afternoon, I logged on to to watch the Nationals and Cardinals' Sunday matinee. I checked at and saw that no one was involved in commenting in the Game Thread post for that game, so I logged onto the SB Nation's Cardinals' blog,, where there were over 300 comments from fans watching the game on tv or online and commenting and cheering along in real time. Awaycap2_medium

One of the comments said, to paraphrase, it was too bad there was no one at the Nationals' site to give a DC-fan perspective on the game. I meekly joined in the conversation, and hoped I wasn't attacked, especially with the picture above accompanying each post, and told the Cards' fans  I hoped they beat the Cubs, (ed. note - Sorry,, I wanted to fit in.)...and I was honestly impressed by how quickly the site cycled through the comments, refreshing with each post, in time with each viewers' broadcast, but just behind enough to compensate for any difference in broadcast medium, be it tv, or mlb extra innings, local FSN broadcast, or whatever, you get it, the point...

Log on Wednesday night if you're watching the second of three in DC with the Marlins and let us know what you like, don't like, want, wonder or think about the site and the game, as the Nationals try to break the five game slide...if you don't have an account, just pick a screen name, password, and start posting your opinion.") 


As for tonight's game..."I get home..."


(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)


...I get home just in time to watch Aaron "F'N" Boone fly out to Alfredo "The Amazing" Amezega in deep center with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. The Nationals are down 8-6 in the 8th with Luis "Set-up" Ayala on the mound against the Florida Marlins in the first of a three game series in beautiful, modern Nationals Park. Marlins' shortstop Hanley Ramirez singles to center with two outs in the inning. Dan Uggla tries to hold back his swing, but Ayala's high fastball is far too enticing, and the Third Base Ump punches him out to end the top of the eigth. 


Rob Mackowiak pops out to the infield for the first out of the Nationals' half of the eigth. Cristian Guzman finds the gap in right center and bounces it off the scoreboard while he hustles around for a triple. Marlins' righty reliever Justin MIller gets Lastings Milledge to pop out deep enough to center to score Guzman. 8-7 Marlins on Milledge's 3rd RBI of the night. Ryan Zimmerman works a two-out walk in front of Nick Johnson, who has already doubled earlier this evening. Lefty Taylor Tankersley is on the way to the mound for the Marlins. Tankersley walks Johnson and Marlins' Manager Fredi Gonzales goes to the pen again. Kevin Gregg on for Florida. Austin Kearns takes ball four on a full count offering. Gregg's all around the plate, but can't throw strikes. Paul Lo Duca rips a 2-1 pitch right to the third baseman, Jorge Cantu, who steps on third to end the eigth. 


The Tallest Pitcher in MLB HIstory Jon Rauch is on in the top of the ninth. Rauch issues a one-out walk to Josh Willingham. Robert Andino takes Rauch deep to left...Wow! That one carried a bit...Two-run blast. 10-7 Marlins after eight and a half. 3 outs to get 3 runs...Ronnie Belliard, Jesus Flores and Rob Mackowiac due up. Belliard fouls strike three into the catcher's mitt. Flores lines out to second. Rob Mackowiac goes to one knee trying to reach down for a breaking ball, but still can't reach it, strike three. Marlins win 10-7. 

Nationals now 3-5. 


Game Notes...


Cristian Guzman - 3 for 4, triple, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI's, .316 AVG on the season.

Lastings Milledge - 2 for 4, 2 doubles, 3 RBI's, .294 BA. 



(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) 


(ed. note - "Guzman's .308 OBP is looow for a leadoff hitter, who hasn't walked once yet, but that could be because he's busy hitting, with 12 hits in 38 at bats (.316 AVG), 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, 7 runs scored and 5 RBI's in 8 games... Milledge has made some interesting decisions defensively in center, but 8 games in, he's played in each game, and in 34 at bats, he's got 10 hits, 2 doubles, 1 HR's and 5 RBI's, and a .294 AVG that would make a Mets' fan weep, so offensively at least, the top of the lineup isn't the hang-up keeping the Nationals losing...I'm looking at you Zimmerman. .257 AVG? C'mon!!! You're a .300 hitter.)


Tim Redding goes 4.0 IP, allowing 7 hits, 7 runs, and 2 walks to the Marlins, who score 1 run in the first, 2 in the second, and 5 in the third, to take a 7-3 lead over DC, which lasted a half an inning until Cristian Guzman and Lastings Milledge had back to back RBI hits, Guzman driving two in, Milledge one, to draw close to Florida at 7-6 after four. Dan Uggla hits a two-out solo shot off Chris Schroder to make it 8-6, but the Nationals draw close again, when Guzman and Milledge combine with Guzman tripling, and Milledge scoring Guzman from third with a sac fly to center to make it 8-7 Marlins in the eigth, but that's as close as DC gets, with Robert Andino's dinger making it academic at 10-7. 


(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)


Tomorrow... It's no one...A day off. Wednesday at 7:10 pm EST, from Washington, DC's Nationals Park, Washington welcomes Florida for the second of three in the capital city's new landmark, with Nationals' right-hander Jason Bergmann on the mound against Marlins' lefty Scott Olsen.