Hiya everyone, and a pleasant good afternoon to you from Miller Park in Milwaukee. It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame, currently the top of the fourth with the Nats and Brewers still scoreless. Nice work so far by Jason Bergmann and Claudio Vargas (who you may or may not remember from his four appearances in Washington in 2005). Plenty of stuff to talk about, so if you didn’t get your fill of Nats news from Barry Svrluga’s just-completed live chat, hop on over here and get my take on things. As always, click on the above link to submit your questions, or just e-mail them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to include your hometown along with your name. Let’s get started…
In-game update: Geoff Jenkins just belted a solo homer to center with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Bernie Brewer goes down the slide in left field, and the Nats trail 1-0.
From Ian Knight:
From Robert in Springfield:
In-game update: In a stunning development, the Nationals are being shut out through five innings. Two singles by Schneider and Fick in the second against Claudio Vargas. That’s it. Bergmann doing his usual job keeping them in the game. One of these days, he’ll be rewarded for his efforts with a win. Bottom of the fifth, still Brewers 1, Nats 0.
From Kenny in Reston:
In-game update: With two outs in the fifth, Bergmann gets Vargas to ground one up the middle. Cristian Guzman makes a nice play to his left, turns to throw … and bounces it low and wide of first base for an error. Shades of 2005, anyone?
From Bat Girl in Fairfax:
From Kristin in Fairfax:
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In-game update: Whoa! Felipe Lopez puts the Nats on the board with a towering homer to center. That’s two in as many days for the leadoff man, who hadn’t hit one previously since last August. Nats still batting in the top of the sixth, now tied, 1-1.
From Miss Chatter in Falls Church:
From GoNats in Manassas:
In-game update: Nats put two more guys on base following the Lopez homer, but Kearns fouls out and Schneider flies out to the warning track in center. End of 6, still Brewers 1, Nats 1.
From Barry in Centreville:
Sausage race update: Today’s winner of the great Milwaukee sausage race is … the bratwurst. Narrowly beat out the Italian sausage in a very close race. As for the game itself, Jason Bergmann continues to dominate. Six innings, one run, two hits. Vargas is now out of the game for the Brewers, replaced by lefty Brian Shouse. Top of the seventh, 1-1.
From Rachel in Fairfax:
This game’s getting interesting. Manny Acta just sent up three consecutive pinch-hitters to face Shouse in the seventh (Belliard, Batista, Logan) and all were retired. Logan, hitting for Bergmann (who was dominating and only threw 79 pitches), struck out on three pitches. Manny’s going to face some tough questions after this one. In the meantime, Saul Rivera’s on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, game still tied. I’ve got to get running, but thanks for joining in. See you back in D.C. next week!