Forecast: Cooler than it has been, thank goodness

Nats Opponent: Philadelphia Phillies

Game Times: 
7/30 - 7:05 p.m.
7/31 - 7:05 p.m.
8/01 - 1:35 p.m.

Gates Open:
7/30 and 7/31 - 4:30 p.m. (CF gate); 5:30 p.m. (All Gates)
8/01 - 12:00 p.m. (All Gates)

Pitching match ups:
Making his Phillies Debut....
RHP Roy Oswalt (6-12, 3.42 ERA) v. RHP Craig Stammen (2-4, 5.50 ERA)
RHP Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.85 ERA) v. LHP Ross Detwiler (0-1, 0.00 ERA)
LHP Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.48 ERA) v. LHP John Lannan (2-5, 5.76 ERA)

 7/31 - The first 15, 000 fans to attend Saturday’s game will receive a Nyjer Morgan Bobblehead presented by PNC Bank. Arrive Early!

Ticket Special: Miller Lite Party Night

Community Service:
Nationals Dream Foundation Day: The Nationals will celebrate the works of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation when the team faces the Philadelphia Phillies for the final game of the 6-game homestand. The day will raise awareness for the Foundation’s cornerstone programs, which focus on children’s education, health and recreation within the Washington, D.C. community. Special presentations will include:

  • On-field recognition of Green Up volunteers and partners, including Waste Management, True Value Hardware, Hard Times Cafe, Mayorga Coffee and Coca-Cola
  • Video highlights of the Green-Up and the Foundation’s “First Pitch” cornerstone video
  • dance-off competition between Teddy and Screech in Center Field Plaza

Youth Clinic: Nationals Outfielder Michael Morse will visit a youth baseball clinic hosted by the Maryland-National Capital Parks & Planning Commission Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. The clinic, which will be held from 10am-2pm and is free of charge to area children ages 7 to 15, will be conducted by former Major League Baseball players and local high school coaches. Morse will interact with the clinic participants, assist with clinic instruction and pose for photos during the event.

Inside Pitch Live: Hosted by MASN analyst Rob Dibble, the 20-minute discussion offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Nationals. This week’s edition will feature Nationals Outfielder Nyjer Morgan in the PNC Diamond Club between 6:05pm and 6:25pm.

Saturday Silent Auction: Autographed items are available for auction until sixth inning. See Washington Nationals Dream Foundation kiosk for bidding.

Pregame Ceremonies include:
Ceremonial first pitch by Miss Iowa on Friday, July 30
The invitation was coordinated after Tuesday evening’s game against Atlanta, when the Nationals’ Miguel Batista replaced rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg for the start of the game. Following a successful performance which included 6 strike outs in 5.0 shutout innings, Batista was asked about the reaction to him on the mound and the veteran made an indirect reference to the beauty queen.

Batista has since clarified his statement, saying, “People started booing me, and they hadn't seen me throw a pitch yet. It's like you hear Miss Iowa, and you say, 'Iowa?' And then you see her up close and you say, 'Wow, she's gorgeous.’”

In addition to sending flowers to her home in Bettendorf, Iowa, Batista plans to meet with Connors in person before Friday’s game and will serve as the catcher for her First Pitch.