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Game 57: Nats at Diamondbacks

Jun 3, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Yunesky Maya faces Josh Collmenter tonight at Chase Field.

PHOENIX — Yunesky Maya's first start of 2011 wasn't particularly impressive. If anything, it bore some significant resemblance to his five starts in 2010, when he labored to get through the fourth and fifth innings and pitched at an extremely slow pace. Tonight, the Cuban right-hander gets another chance to make a better impression, facing a Diamondbacks club that had been hot until Jordan Zimmermann took the mound last night.

Maya will be opposed tonight by unheralded right-hander Josh Collmenter, a 25-year-old rookie who has burst onto the scene here in Arizona, allowing only four runs in four starts to date. Collmenter uses an unconventional delivery — he throws from straight over the top, maybe even a tad to the left. Thus, he gets great downward action, especially on his breaking balls, something the Nats will have to be ready for.

The Nationals will be without one of their big guns tonight. Jayson Werth, who took an Aaron Heilman fastball off his left elbow in the ninth inning last night, is not 100 percent. So Werth takes a seat, which means the Nats at the moment are without their three top, veteran position players from Opening Day: Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche.

Plenty of updates to come…

NATIONALS at DIAMONDBACKS
Where: Chase Field
Gametime: 9:40 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Clear, 93 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (25-31)
LF Roger Bernadina
SS Ian Desmond
RF Laynce Nix
1B Michael Morse

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  1. Doc - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    If Maya is the best we can bring up from the minors, we're still in farm system Trouble, with a bigger T than I can post here!Get the BP ready early to-night!

  2. josh f - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Uh oh. Hope this is just a day-to-day problem for Werth…

  3. JayB - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    day to day….with Nats….out for 8 weeks is what history tells us….Nats would be better served to just say he is taking the night off.

  4. WhatsaNattaU - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    If Ray Knight was right that Heilman hit Werth on purpose to set up the double play, I would expect a Arizona hitters and middle infielders to be open season tonight.

  5. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Lets make it 4 in a row boys.

  6. SonnyG10 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    I'm with you Manassas Nats Fan…4 in a row! Go Nats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. KC5 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    That's disturbing news about Werth. Hope they took X-rays.Don't want this to be a lingering problem and I sincerely don't want there to be any head hunting going on between these two teams. That's a good way for someone else to get hurt.

  8. BinM - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    @Doc: I'm willing to give Maya a couple more starts before I hit the panic button. He wasn't necessarily the best, but the most ready for a call-up. I'd like to see him work a little quicker on the mound; Maybe Pudge behind the plate tonight will get him up to speed. In terms of replacements (should Maya not work out long-term), Stammen is on the 40-man in Syracuse & posting decent numbers, while Brad Meyers (RH) and Tom Milone (LH) are both posting some eye-popping numbers between Harrisburg & Syracuse. Should Rizzo & Riggleman decide to make a change for Meyers or Milone, someone like Carr, Mock, or Severino would have to get DFA'd & pass through waivers first.

  9. JayB - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Mock? Really are we worried about losing Mock on waivers? I though we had improved way past those days right?

  10. josh f - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Trevor Bauer or Bubba Starling, Nats fans – who would you rather have and why? Those are the two names most commonly tied to the Nats at pick 6 in Monday's draft right now.

  11. BinM - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    If the series turns into a chippy, head-hunting duel, that's going to be more on Gibson [AZ mgr] than Riggleman, imo. Riggs has the experience & common sense not to escalate; Gibson, on the other hand (2-sport player in college, rookie Manager in MLB), might over-react, thinking this is a 'bonding moment' for his team. We'll see how it plays out.

  12. BinM - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    @JayB: Not worried about losing any of the guys I listed in the least; I begged for Mock to be gone at the end of Spring Training. Just listing them for those who might not be familiar with the 40-man roster.

  13. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Bubba Starling has committed to Nebraska to play quarterback. I'd imagine it's going to take a hefty bonus to get him signed, more than he's getting at Nebraska (wink). I saw him play quarterback in the fall on ESPNU and the kid's a freak. Biggest, strongest, fastest kid on both sides of the ball. Looked like Cam Newton.

  14. Harper is Awesome - Jun 4, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    I would like to see the Nats show some emotion and play a gritty, chippy series. It worked out quite well anyways if Werth is not seriously hurt. He needed a days rest and it came against a righty. Does anybody question why we need three left-handed outfielders?

  15. Wally - Jun 4, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Josh – give me Starling. Law's mock today had Starling at 6 and Meyer at 23. I would be thrilled with that outcome.

  16. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Everyone is so all-fired up about Harper getting to themajors. And right before our eyes a superstar mightjust be forming. Espinosa is taking a leadership rolein this offense while still learning to adapt to switchhitting in the majors. You folks should be watching?All of this Harper ROY stuff and he's in Hagerstown?Think about it? Harper isn't a switch hitter. Harper willnever field like Espinosa. Neither will Zim for that matter.There is a reason why many opposition scouts who sawEspinosa said ROY in ST! This kid is that good! He canhit for power like Zim and Harper. He is faster than both.He is probably a better shortstop than Desmond. He couldend up with a higher WAR than Zim, Harper, and perhapseven Strasburg! Forget Harper for now let Rizzo's playerdevelopment work with him. Watch Espinosa become perhapsthe best middle infielder in DC baseball history.0

  17. JaneB - Jun 4, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    It seemed so clear the Werth was plunked. A high visibility plinking, at that. With the baseball pedigree he owns, there should be a plunk in return. I see an early entre tonight for HRod. The question is, will that end it? I hope Maya can stay steady till the BP can take the reigns. He shows a troubling lack of focus when he starts getting guys on base.It's been such a pleasant few days of winning. I have really enjoyed it and want the wins to continue.Go Nats!

  18. bgib - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    If they really want to know what is or isn't wrong with Werth, they should send him somewhere outside of the organization for a second opinion right away.

  19. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    @ Big CatIs your new phone able to text yet. I sent you important information on the local regional high school championship game. The local team beat the distant team 8-2.Now your phone working so we can talk Nats ball tonight. FYI Big Cat and I went to high school together, back when Frank Howard was our hero.

  20. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Has FP Santangelo been Dibbled? Where is he these days? And didn't he just take a weekend of recently? What gives?

  21. JaneB - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Mark Z, glad to know Heilman is bad and not mean. Thanks!

  22. masnstinks - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    All that bragging about Morse not making any errors – and , poof – that was a close one! No more jinxing things!

  23. Unkyd - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Manassas&Big Cat: y'all are just a few years older than me, then. Hondo was my hero when I was in elementary. And Casey Cox was my PE teacher in 4th(?) grade…(I think I already dropped that name, a few weeks ago?) How cool it was to have an actual Big League ballplayer as a teacher, in the offseason!!

  24. Unkyd - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    BTW… Watching… For the first time thus year, tonite!!! Staying over, dogsitting… GO MAYA!!!

  25. natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Checking in on the game thread before toddling off to bed. Re. FP, Bob mentioned the other day that he left the game early due to another commitment. Missed the start of the game last night, but evidently it's more than a one-day thing.

  26. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Yeesh next we'll be talking Dick Such, Jim Hannan, Jim French, Don Mincher, Dave Nelson, Rick Reichardt, etc.A lot of those guys couldn't pitch or field worth a damn and today would be AAA not even AAAA unfortunately. Del Unser went forth to help the Phillies and other teams but after Coleman and Bosman.

  27. kgwcoach - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Went to school and played Freshmen baseball at Cal State Los Angeles while Casey was there.

  28. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Missed the start of the game last night, but evidently it's more than a one-day thing.Ben Goessling who works with him said he'd be back for the series after the Diamondbacks … in other words one of his favorite places: SF.

  29. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Lets not get into the bad habit of RISP again. 0 for 3 that inning.

  30. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    @unkydDoes the name TOm Bradley ring a bell? He went to our high school then went to Maryland, and then played for the Giants and White Sox for 10 years. In the winter he would substitute back at the school while we were there. Big Cat was one of our star players and played in the minors in the Mets organization.

  31. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Not to jump all over the guy, but I wonder if it might serve us well to turn Maya into a long reliever. With Gaudin and Broderick gone we don't really have one. Could add some value to the team there.

  32. RickH - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Manassas Nats Fan … One of my daughters graduated last year from the "local school" you mentioned. Oldest daughter graduated from and youngest daughter still goes to BDHS.

  33. baseballswami - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    Between the unorthodox pitching for the dbacks and maya pitching for us, this could be a very disturbing game. So far – it's just kind of awkward baseball. Or is it church-league softball?

  34. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    Don't tell me Cy Young has reappeared again. This guy wandered the minors for 5 years for the D-Backs.

  35. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    Here it comes…If we're going to have a guy in there who can't throw strikes, let's at least have him throwing 100 miles an hour. Bring in HRod!!!

  36. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    @RickM My kids graduated from the team that beat your team in the district championships. Big Cat has 2 daughters who graduated from another local high school with a very similar name. His son is on the JV there,The new coach at BHS is outstanding.As for the nats hitting arggggg back to making no names look great.

  37. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Well, for those who wanted redemption, there it is. Thought Upton was gonna charge the mound for a second there.

  38. Les in NC - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    thats the game folks… bringing Slaten in to work through his troubles…

  39. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Wow, totally didn't expect that to happen! Slaten's been so dependable lately…Can't put that one on Riggs, that was a good move. Hard luck triple on a 3-0 pitch.

  40. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    wow. thanks riggs. My mom could have green lighted that.

  41. Anonymous8 - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    People, how long do we have to endure this guy SLaten? 15 of 30 inherited runners have scored. Come on Rizzo……..

  42. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    Why Slaten? Riggs should have just waved a white flag.

  43. Stranded_in_Philly - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Why is Slaten still on this team? Why is Maya still on the ML roster?

  44. Unkyd - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    God. Slaten is nothing, if not consistant.

  45. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessismistic_For_Me - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Isn't there another LOOGY on the face of this earth to face left-handed batters other than Doug Freaking Slaten?

  46. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    What on earth is Slaten doing at the major leagues? He has now allowed 15 of 30 inherited runners to score. Nix's great play on Wednesday saved 3 more from scoring. A reliever who cannot come in and stop the other team most of the time has no busy in the majors. Lefty on lefty is not worth it with him pitching, but again Riggleman has not canned him (or Rizzo which ever is accurate). I would.

  47. Les in NC - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    I'm pretty certain I could have hit that meatball hard enough to bring in at least 1 base runner.I'm pretty sure I detected some frustration from Pudge that Slaten couldn't hit the zone with his first 3 pitches.

  48. Gonat - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    Mike Rizzo says, "We've created the bullpen to become a strength of the club. We feel comfortable with the present guys that we have in the bullpen. We feel that we have several players that can contribute as a bridge to the ninth inning. As you look down the bullpen roster, you see players having very good years, and with the exception of a few isolated outings, the bullpen has performed admirably. It has gone from a deficiency to a strength over the last couple years." OK, Mike, there is one more exception for you!

  49. SCNatsFan - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    How do you justify keeping Slaten on this team. Funny to listen to the DBacks announcers talking about his ERA… then they just about choke on themselves when they see the percentage of inherited baserunners that score.C'mon management, send the team a message… stop rewarding lack of performance with a gentle pat on the shoulder and start clearing out the dead wood on this roster. Please. Let us know you are seeing what we are seeing and you are just as mortified by this type of performance from a guy who is just supposed to get one type of hitter once every couple of games.

  50. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    Ray Knight is ripping Maya for throwing too many breaking pitches, walking the opposing pitcher in a 1-0 game and for just generally not being a big league pitcher. Very honest. Very accurate. What is this stiff doing up here?Man, Detwiler, Mock, et al must really be stinking up the joint in SYR if this is the best guy we could call up for Gorzy.

  51. Drew8 - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    Memo: To MikeSubject: Maya and SlatenAction: Maya con dios

  52. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    I totally blame Riggleman. This guy has proven to be terrible when he comes in with people on base. He has no business being on the team. Your better off letting Maya pitch. You thought Slaten was getting better. One game where the bases are left on because of a great play by the Outfielder, You are too easy to satisfy I would say.

  53. Anonymous8 - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    What a job by Coffey. 1 out and a man on 3rd. Keeps his 0.00 inherited runners from scoring streak alive and that looked like a tall task on this outing.Remember the call months ago for Detwiler to be a lefty stopper. How different would things be if that happened.

  54. JaneB - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    What you all are saying! Maya is the same Maya he was in the bugs last year and in the minors since. And Slaten has these results every time. The other team mus be thrilled to see him. Surely there are other guys we own who are with gambling on, given the sure (negative) results we get with these two?

  55. Unkyd - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Wow. Coffee's bigger than David Wells… Gits it done, though.Slaten&Stairs: the only things we all agree on…

  56. Gonat - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said… Ray Knight is ripping Maya for throwing too many breaking pitches, walking the opposing pitcher in a 1-0 game and for just generally not being a big league pitcher. Very honest. Very accurate. What is this stiff doing up here?Man, Detwiler, Mock, et al must really be stinking up the joint in SYR if this is the best guy we could call up for Gorzy. June 3, 2011 11:21 PM ________________________________Based on WHIP and scouting, Maya was the top rated guy in Syracuse which isn't saying much. Detwiler really fell off the face of the earth.This is squarely on Rizzo to get the talent here. Riggleman wisely gave Maya some rope but truly, how do you walk the opposing pitcher to start an inning? Choice for LOOGY is Slaten. Rizzo hasn't replaced him. For all we know Riggleman has been begging for a replacement and Rizzo has told him NO! By the way, that outing had no effect on Slaten's ERA as his guy on 3rd never scored. Just a joke.As fast as Bruney was exorcised last year, you have to wonder if Kasten was the extra eyes to do that. Why won't Rizzo DFA these losers?

  57. Les in NC - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    So who is going to start the facebook page…Slaten and Stairs Must GO!!

  58. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    Cy Young has only given up 3 hits in 6 innings now. I thought the hitting was getting better, but they have back slid terribly so far tonight.

  59. Anonymous8 - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    Riggleman gave Morse a big smile on that catch. Did you all see that! Read into that one! LOL

  60. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    Cy has only walked 5 now in 42 innings. Only 2 batters have gotten to 3 balls tonight. Note to many Nats. That is what your suppose to do.Note to batter when you have a person who pitches mostly breaking balls swing at fastballs right over the middle. Little movement on the fast balls, but few have been swung at.

  61. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Does anyone know what the team batting average would be if you took Stairs and Ankiel out pf the equation?

  62. Drew8 - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    If you're looking for a bright spot, Derek Norris cracked two homers and drove in three tonight for Harrisburg.He's hitting .245 with 8 homers to go with his on base percentage, which is now up around .380.It will be interesting to see how his future shakes out — as part of a tandem with Ramos, or as trade fodder. Rizzo doesn't seem inclined to switch his position.

  63. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    If you take out Stairs and Ankiel, the teams BA moves from .234 to .239. That's actually quite a bit of movement from someone who was just out for 3 weeks and a pinch hitter.Oh, and Manassas Nats Fan, regarding your comment at 11:21, I was being sarcastic. I thought I was laying it on pretty thick, but I guess not thick enough. Not even the cheerleaders can defend Slaten at this point.

  64. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Haha, almost as if to mock us he sends up Stairs to make another out. I need a spot start in my NL-only league tomorrow. I was wavering between Livo and Saunders. Tonight made my decision easier.

  65. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Table for four for Messrs. Maya, Slaten, Ankiel and Stares…Please pick up the white courtesy phone.

  66. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    Not Ankiel, Bixler!

  67. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    Good Gossage looked good for the D-Backs in 8th.Stairs did his thing again. (Honestly do Rizzo and Riggleman really think he should be on the team?)

  68. BallstonNat - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    we are a Slaten appearance away from a 1 run game. Why aren't things as obvious to the higher ups as they are to us. And nice pinch hit by our man Stairs.

  69. Les in NC - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    I have seen the best the bullpen has to offer (Slaten) and now the bench (Stairs), so I can go ahead and go to bed now.Night all.Maybe we can get 'em tomorrow.

  70. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    @Grandstander, sorry I missed the implication. I just get so furious when I see Slaten come in the game. I have no clue why there isn't someone in the organization they can trust more than him.

  71. Gonat - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Has MASN stopped airing the Riggleman commercial of Small-ball no Smart-ball!

  72. Grandstander - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    At this point, I just want the DBags to retaliate and plunk Werth tomorrow and maybe we can see a brawl or something. We've got some big dudes on this team, can't hit a baseball, try a person!To the few who stayed up to watch this massacre, good night!

  73. Anonymous8 - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Now that the game is over. Here is the current Slaten tote board:Games in which he allows any inherited runners to score: Nats are 1-7Games in which he doesn't allow any runs to score: Nats are 6-9

  74. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    I have created the Group "Slaten and Stairs Must GO!! "Join if you like.

  75. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    I'm a tech ignoramus; how exactly does one join this group (or is this a joke?) :)

  76. Anonymous - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:38 AM

    a search on face book and it should come up,

  77. Nattydread - Jun 4, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    OK. A loss. Bats are sleeping (Usual complaints about Stairs, Ankiel…).Positive takeaways? 3.2 good innings, 6Ks from Coffey, Kimball, Rodriguez. Zimmerman one day closer. Clippard, Storen available for June 4th.

  78. natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Unhappy game results email. Bummer. Back to the drawing board. Nats assignment for today, should you choose to accept it. Head down the tunnel to the visitors dugout. Look for an object known as a "bat rack." Get yourself a piece of lumber and go to town. See you at 8:10 tonight (I'll need to drink a boatload of coffee first).Also, re. bright spots, how about some love for Coffey? Seems to me that before his DL stint there were plenty who were not enthralled with him (heck, I may even have been one of them).

  79. UNTERP.NAT - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Seriously Riggleman has to stop pairing left handers against left handers until he gets a lefty who can get outs. Let his best do the job, Kimball, Rodriguez. Riggleman can be so mechanical it's frustrating…

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