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it's a great day for baseball.
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finally the beautiful baseball weather we have been waiting for in denver, colorado. it's 4th game of the weekend series and nats are looking for a couple of different splits. bernadina has been in the middle of everything this wreak and is he starting the answer the right field question? >> i think so. we have tried a lot of different guys in that position and roger has the lead as far as the everyday right fielder. he's really solidified that and he's played a great defense. we know about his speed and his arm and he's coming around with the bats. obviously bernadina, he definitely wants that job in right field with the huge 2-run double last night and he's
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making clutch hits and clutch catches. >> the nats are the strong lineup and they need that presence out there to produce runs. when you look at the game of baseball, it's a day-to-day thing. the key is winning series at a time. the nats have avoided losing series. >> if you can try to win every series, stay over .500 on the road, you're going to do great. they have done a great job staying ahead of the numbers and right now, they are on a.500 road trip and they can go into st. louis 4 and 3 that would be excellent. >> it's unusual playing a team from another division 8 tames this early in the season. a lot of offense in that series and that was the split. 4 more here. weather is slugging and we have
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beautiful day in denver. rockies are 9 and 9. scott olsen takes on the rockies. one of his darkest moments was on april 20th and that day scott gave up 6 runs in just 2 plays! yeah, he did. he took his worst beating of the year and he's been in another
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gear since then. he's left every game with the lead and only one time did the opponent have a run when he left the game against him. he's kicked it into a high gear and did a great job. >> the e.r.a. is just over 1 run a game. look at the strike outs to walks, almost 4 to 1 in that department. that's outstanding for scott, who is not a pitcher that blows people away. his curve ball can surprise you. he feels good about the warmer weather here. he said my stuff is a little bit better in weather like this than when it's cold and rainy. >> ryan zimmerman has had a huge
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weekend here. nobody has seen francis in so long. >> since september of '08. he's got to hit him well today. >> ryan zimmerman had a huge game here on thursday night. whether it's at home or here where he's gone 8 for 13, zimmerman, rain or shine, pretty solid against colorado. so, verizon fios includes cool widgets
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it's a beautiful day here in denver for the end of the series. rockies have taken the field. morris is back. 14 games at sir cue and 13 base hits and 49 at-bats and he hit for power and he's back in the lineup today. guzman is in right field. morris at 1st. willingham is back in the starting 9 and nats will take on jeff francis.
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>> i was wrong about hammel yesterday. there may be some rust but i am not going to bet on it against him but he's coming back since december of '08. make him throw strikes and let's get him out of there, bob, and send him to the showers. >> bob: he has a great defense behind him. morgan leads off, 4 for 12 with an rbi and a walk. batting average of.266, .346 on-base percentage. we're right on time and it's 50 degrees here. spring is trying to break through that mountain range and get over here to denver. >> the good thing about the
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righties in lineup today, it was.295 off of him. >> bob: changeup is tough on right handers, nats almost exclusively right-handed today. 2-1 to morgan. fastball on the corner. if you're a veteran, foster as the plate today. that's close. don't take that pitch again. 17 homeruns by right handers and they hit him well. that's slapped up the middle and morgan is 5 out of 13 this tph this series -- in this series. >> you have at that take it back
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up. we need him to get off today and score runs. now number 2 has to go to the right side and hit behind the runner. >> bob: he's been very productive in the lineup spot today. he will drop one into right center. desmond is into 2 rpb base and the nats have something going right now. desmond continues the extra base hitting, 3 homers and 7 doubles on the year. >> he's going to need more work and starts and repetition. that's in the zone and desmond crushes into the field. christian guzman, right-handed
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this year. 18 for 44, batting.409. 8 of his 12 rbi from this side of the plate, including 3 on a double earlier in this series. >> christian in this 4-game set, limited action, 2 for 5, with the drive in 3-runs. strike 2. >> bob: once again, christian did that last night, changeup and he gets right on the fastball next pitch. same thing, changeup by francis and fastball on the 2nd pitch. getting a hate 1 of every 3 times with runners in scoring position.
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stayed with the breaking ball and got a piece of it. marlyns are beating the mets again, 7-3. atlanta at home, 7-1 over arizona. phillies and milwakee later. 0-2 pitch and guzman slaps it foul. rockies rank 7th in the league defenseively. if there's 6 teams better than these guys, something is wrong. it's just a stat, really. because they have had infield errors. sill still, gonzalez and hawpe.
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olivo has been fantastic behind the plate. he's shut down the nats running game. that ball is hit long way to left center. 2 runners are tagging and morgan will score and desmond stops and the nationals lead 1-0. >> guzman on a count of 0-2 is very productive. >> bob: right now, it doesn't look like francis has something to put it away with. good changeup, and about a 90 miles per hour fastball but they are right around the plate. he's going to have to bring it down a little bit. you have to make him come to you. you don't nope what he has because he's coming off an injury and it's been so long since you seen him. make him throw a few pitches. i would assume they are going to be careful with zimmerman here and then you have willingham on
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deck. sincecincinnati is the best 2349 league with 15 and -- in the league with 15 and only 23 errors. they are right at the top on defense. that's what has been tough this weekend. >> speaking of cincinnati, they knocked out penny after 5 innings today. they are about to move into 1st place in the central. >> never stepped foot in minor league, coming right out of college and he's 4 and 0. zimmerman is sitting on 99 career homeruns.
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15 errors for cincinnati. >> no coincidence. 1 run in and desmond at 2nd and 1 out. 1 and 2 to zimmerman. willingham is back in the lineup today and made a couple of pinch hitters in the double header.
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zimmerman can't reach that one upstairs. only clocked in the high 80s but up and away for the right-handed batter, 2 outs. outside changeup. fastball right down the plate. he gets it up and away. here's willingham who did a nice job of standing zimmerman up. he's getting ahead with the changeup, bob, on the last 3 headers. willingham hits his last 3 times up on thursday, including a 2-run double, capping off that 8 and that is taken off the plate.
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count is even 1-1. >> bob: good numbers for josh who is 9th in the league. still over.400 because of his 24 walks. hitters count. especially this hitter. that's the off speed pitch, down and in. this is changeup, breaking ball
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down and in. zimmerman hits righties really well. 3-2 to willingham. that's why he has 25 with walks now on the year. he has a great batting eye. this is the most selective we have ever seen willingham. he's a real free swinger for three or four years and has becomed disciplined at the plate and that will bring up rodriguez who is looking for his first hit in the series.
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outfield around to the right. it's interesting, they are playing cat and mouse up the middle with desmond and helton, you see how far off the line he is and helton is trying to steal an extra 5 feet or so off the line at 1st base. that goes to right center and hits it too low and it goes to gonzalez. 2 hits and a walk. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ bell rings ] ♪
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>> bob: rbi triple on thursday and nats have held him 3 for 13 in this series. >> he can cover some ground. >> bob: olsen gets the strike and it's 2 and 1. this is his 119th start.
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francis doesn't have an overpowering fastball. sometimes it's in the low 90s but most of the time, 88 to 90 but it's the big curve ball that's his bread and butter. >> leadoff man that's 7th in the league for rbi. he has it, 10-game hitting streak. youngster took it right up the middle with a lefty lefty matchup. scott needs to go at least 7 today. he's been doing a great job with walks. just over 14 pitches per inning.
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next up is ryan spilborghs. that's having seen much of the 30-year-old outfielder in this series. olsen has a long look at gonzalez. >> bob: i don't think it will be long before he moves down in the lineup. dexter fowler is up for his next 13.
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that came up on desmond. >> i don't know if you saw the recovery, bob. this is fantastic. >> bob: he has the speed coming down the line and watch the recovery by desmond. he's going to slap it with his open hand. he slaps it over there and that's 1 and they get rid of gonzalez, the lead runner. you can't assume the double play but as long as you get an out right there, it's okay. brad hawpe is next. >> bob: this is one of the fastest in the national league. they hose it down a lot before the game but they have to. the ball struck in front of the plate yesterday and went over
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the grass and struck the dirt near 2nd base. i don't think i've seen that on a baseball field. it went all the way out to 2nd base. >> bob: morgan had again jiminez yesterday. -- had one against jiminez yesterday. 1-1 count. i want to go back to gonzalez against olsen. gonzalez came in today hitting .381 off lefties. he's in there pretty well against lefties that makes it
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fun for tracy. they have willingham and zimmerman they stick in there against the lefties. a lot of people have trouble hitting against lefties. good breaking ball and hawpe fowl tipped it. guzman is in right field. willingham back in there. and gonzalez up the middle and desmond and morris at the right corner across from zimmerman. rodriguez is back in. hawpe is hitting .286 off lefties and .353 off righties. >> bob: 2-2 pitch. gonzalez to demonday, 4, 6, 3 as the nats have a good defensive linemen out there today. hawpe kept him from one double
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>> bob: 1st pitch breaking ball. morris is 2 for 7 now. i know you've been a fan of his ever since he showed up in seattle last year. >> i like him a lot. he hit .250 for us last year. nice hitter to have up in this situation with more support. there's gonzalez, 10 for 34 this year and hitting a healthy .294. stays on the ball. right field shooter. gonzalez is 34 at-bats this year
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and 1 strike out. gonzalez hits that well out of play. >> i know he's got as much pop on the bat as anybody on the team. >> bob: yeah for his size, you're right. big fellow at 1st. smaller fellow who has pop of his own in the batter's box.
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i don't know why francis is holding so close. >> bob: gonzalez went fishing and tried too hard. he came on the stance and struck out. we talked about all things double. they are 10 and 0 this year, this best in this league. how about that? you get your second room. nationals have a 12-run hitting streak. olsen has sacrificed once. stewart is charging hard from 3rd base. in fact, he's stopping his retreat about 70 feet away.
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that's nice to the right side for helton. he kept it away and it goes 3, 4 and nats already on top by 1 after morgan got things going. great table setter and the number 2 is hitting well in this series and guzman manufactures the first of the game. rodriguez lined out hard to center and ended the inning. they have good hacks against francis. here's morgan.
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>> bob: big breaking ball. and it's tough to pull the trigger on that. 73 miles per hour. when it's 15, 16 miles per hour off the fastball, you have to wait on the 88 miles per hour fastball, especially if you're morgan, who locked up.
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he tried it again and that one got olivo. >> on the left arm, that's going to hurt bad for a while. you see the home plate umpire give him a little time. it looked like the top of the forearm or the elbow. it's not easy being a catcher. mets just scored 3 in the 7th at florida and marlyns still lead 7-6. there's the 0-2. morgan goes and that's it for the nats. beautiful cherry creek here in denver, colorado. nats are on top here in the 2nd,
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>> bob: nice crowd on hand. these folks are used to sunshine here. i had an announcer tell me that denver on a yearly basis has more sun than mauhi. hard for us to believe. rodriguez made his 0 for 9 and gonzalez may not be their
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leadoff man for long. straight to jiminez and that's a fastball outside. tulowitzki and desmond came to the big leagues and hit.280. bob you did digging into the history of these two young shortstops. >> bob: yeah, good number on tulowitzki and desmond. we'll show you those shortly. they are interesting, to say the least. >> bob: tulowitzki hitting .300 for only 2 for 11 this week end. slugging percentage is better for desmond. nice to see our young men and we
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see how tulowitzki turned out. he pulls that one down the left field line and willingham is off the line. that's off the wall for a leadoff double here in the 2nd. tulowitzki breaks it 0 for 7 with that. >> that was off the end of the bat and had it been lower, the ball would have been out of here. but it's a good 2-1 breaking ball down in the zone. tulowitzki didn't get it owl. that will bring up helton. tulowitzki signed his 6-year contract in january of '08. that goes through 2013. so the rockies knew a good thing what they saw it. they have him locked up for a number of years.
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>> he's been a good year-bad year kind of guy. rookie was a good year but last year, 8 and 46 and 101 games and had injuries. '09, 32-92. this year, one home run. >> helton has none. helton by the way, has the same had you been of career homers as dunn. keeping the way away from him and the count is 2 and 1. in this series, he walks 1 for 5. pretty good pitch on the 1-1
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pitch. just a bit outside. >> he's walked as much times as he's struck out. 3 balls and a strike. >> bob: that's about the top of his mph. >> beautiful career numbers right there for helton.
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right around 150 career hits. olsen got him reaching. good base running by tulowitzki with the ball behind him and gets to 3rd with 1 out and desmond throws out helton. come on out to the ball park thursday night and show your appreciation. come early, first 15,000 fans, through the gates receive a free camo hat. you can get it all at nationals.com. here's olivo now with the chance to tie the game. i think guzman is in his all day long no doubles defense. >> bob: he hasn't played much right field.
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he's out there somewhere. i wouldn't mind him trying to hit awe few soft ones in front of the right fielder. >> bob: 3 of 7 for the nats here. 4 rbi and 3 homers. gunning down every base runner in sight. this is the 0-2. he's the eye level. very nice. if heck get a home run to right field, i would pound this guy away. throw in and go way away.
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he's right on that one. tulowitzki started the inning with a double and went to the 3rd with a hit from helton. that ball hits to left center. that's inside. >> yeah. >> bob: that's the 5th rbi of the series and 19th of the year and rockies have tied the game. he's got almost half of his rbis
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against the nationals this year. that ball was hit out to left field on the changeup. i can't figure out a guy with a slow bat and we keep speeding it up by throwing changeups and slow curve ball. 3 of the 8 homers against washington. stewart will be next. he's 5 for 12 on the weekend and riding his 7-game hitting streak. olivo reminds me of that. you throw anything in that zone and he's trying to hit a home run.
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send us a question at masn.com. there's a 1-2 pitch. great charge there by morris. he made the play much easier and the rockies tie it in the 3rd. tkpwez monday, guzman and zimmerman and it's a 1-1 game. can a smart phone push you to your limits ?
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>> bob: next weekend here comes the o's. the birds better never do that again. >> do the o's bird have a name? >> no. the only race teddy won was a match race against the o's bird two years ago. that will be a lot of fun. the mets are in for 2 wednesday and thursday. and by the way, a footnote on wednesday's game because of the ring out friday, there's a possibility of the pitching rotation moving around a little bit. indicating what an old throw he is, hernandez accord to our manager, stuck his head in riggleman's office and said i am good to go on short rest.
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wednesday is fine for me if you need me. riggleman says that's all i needed to here. everybody is back on their normal time. i pretty much thing he will pitch against anybody on one day's rest if it's not jiminez. he's probably saying i will throw against santana on short rest.
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i wouldn't mind finds out how cold it is in october. guzman hit into right center if stewart hits into left field and guzman gets a base hit and makes the turn and stops. perfectly placed between 3rd and short. guzman, now, has a 10-game hitting streak you see stewart trying to make a great play. i don't know why because tulowitzki has a fabulous arm and he looked like he was all over that. that's kind of a thank you for him making contact with him for us. guzman is hitting .482 during his hitting streak.
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zimmerman struck out on the pitch up and away 1st time and nothing like this call from foster. >> bob: that looked a little low. francis has been around the plate. he gets into those calls and nats stadium made him throw 25 pitches in the 1st inning and got through the 2nd on just 10. stewart has been busy over there and he takes the out at 1st and guzman is moving to 2nd. 2 down. another 2-out rbi chance for josh willingham. he walked in a situation like this 2 innings ago and rodriguez lined out to center, ending the
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1st. that's coming off the fastball, 80 miles per hour. willingham was geared up and another off speed pitch. i mean, you have to be nuts if you think you can get 88 miles per hour fastball down and in on willingham and/or zimmerman. they are going to give him nothing but off speed do-do and hoping he'll go to right field. if i threw like francis, i would do the same thing.
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1 and 1 to willingham. ladies and gentlemen, there's a new #1s place team in the national league central -- 1st place team in the national league central. 1-1 pitch and good zip on that 86. looks like an outside corner. good movement on that fastball. 2-1 pitch. i think the nats will run into cardinals in a bad move tomorrow. they are not used to this. cincinnati is rising quickly into central. that's hit hard to tulowitzki. great arm and top of the 3rd is
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over on 3 ground ball outs. francis is settling in. 1-1 game. ♪ achievement unleashes hidden potential. ♪ all right! achievement looks forward to dinner at home. achievement enjoys newfound freedom. i love you. [ male announcer ] mortgages, home equity loans, and lines of credit from pnc. helping achievers borrow with an eye towards the future. pnc. for the achiever in us all.
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>> bob: bottom of the 3rd with olsen facing. 2 and 0. right side, guzman to right field and that was a lot like an infield popup. he used his glove for shade and
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put away the 1-hander. >> toss going to be an adventure for any right fielder, no clouds and high sun. guzman does a nice job. francis is a .129 career hitter. he can handle the bat. francis is 29 years of age and didn't pitch at all last year. 24 starts for the rockies and went 4 and 10 two years ago. and 1st rounder, and 9th player overall

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