Welcome to MASN’s live thread for tonight’s Nationals-Orioles game at Nationals Park. I’ll have updates and analysis throughout the game, and whether you’re just watching the game on TV or following online, you can participate by commenting in this thread. Or, if you’re on Twitter, you can tag tweets with #masnnats, and they’ll be included in the chat.
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Thru 3: Let’s see: The Nationals are down 4-0, their starter is already out of the game and they’re being no-hit by a pitcher who hasn’t won in 11 starts. Yeah, it’s safe to say this isn’t going well. Scott Olsen threw strikes, but didn’t have the usual snap on his pitches, and now we might know why. The Nationals just said he was taken out with left shoulder tightness. Olsen has been the Nationals’ second-best pitcher this year, and after shoulder surgery last offseason, it’s conceivable he’ll be headed to the DL. And on the other side of things, David Hernandez has a no-hitter working after three innings, allowing only a walk to Josh Willingham. If the Nationals don’t take two out of three in this series, they’ll a) have reason to be disappointed and b) have a sub-.500 record. We’ll see if they can turn it around.
Thru 6: The Nationals knocked Hernandez out of the game, but despite the fact he walked five batters, they’ve only been able to push one run across - and that was on what could’ve been a double play had Adam Dunn not broken it up with a hard slide. They trail 4-1, have just one hit and have had to pitch out of a couple jams to keep the Orioles from adding more. We’re into the seventh now, and the good news for the Nationals is, they’re trying to come back against a suspect bullpen. But they’ve got some work to do.