Welcome to MASN's discussion space for today's Nationals-Braves game. I'll post updates and analysis throughout the day here, and if you'd like to chime in -- with game stuff or Strasburg stuff -- you can do so by leaving your thoughts in the comments. I'll respond to you there.
12:39: 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. An easy enough first inning for Scott Olsen, who's pitching for the first time since May 21.
12:46: Nothing going for the Nationals in the first inning, either - a 1-2-3 first that cost Derek Lowe just 12 pitches.
12:56: Do you guys want to go live with the chat? Let me know if this is easier, or if a live chat is easier to follow/participate in while you're at work. I don't know which one is a smoother way of slacking off while hiding it from your bosses. If I get a quorum to go live, I'll set that up.
1:04: The Nationals have a 1-0 lead, on Michael Morse's RBI groundout to short. Omar Infante had a shot to throw Adam Dunn out at home, but took the out at first instead. Why, I'm not exactly sure, but at any rate, it's 1-0 in the second.
1:06: It's 2-0 Nationals, now, on a homer by Ian Desmond. It's his seventh of the year. Desmond launched a Derek Lowe sinker to right center for a solo shot.
1:17: OK, a few of you have said you want the live chat. Hearing no opposition, I'll set one up in a few minutes. Anything for you, dear readers. :-)
1:49: After the Braves tied the game in the fourth inning, the Nationals are back on top by two runs. Wil Nieves punched a two-run single to right in his typical fashion, taking a ball the other way exactly when it's needed. He's got as good a sense of the moment as any .182 hitter you'll find. 4-2 Nats. Live chat coming momentarily.
1:52: Our live chat is ready to go. You know the drill -- chime in below, or tweet to it by tagging with #masnnats.