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Game 21: Nats at Dodgers

Apr 28, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper are both in the lineup tonight at Dodger Stadium.

LOS ANGELES — In the ideal world, Bryce Harper would have made his major-league debut in Washington, in front of a stadium packed with Nationals fans. But if the 19-year-old had to be unveiled on the road, this might be as good a scenario as you could have drawn up.

Iconic Dodger Stadium on a Saturday night, just a short drive from Harper's hometown of Las Vegas. Stephen Strasburg, a Southern California boy himself, on the mound. And a couple of first-place clubs going head-to-head in a truly meaningful ballgame. Not bad, not bad at all.

Harper, as promised, will bat seventh and play left field. At 19 years, 195 days, he's the youngest major leaguer since Mariners ace Felix Hernandez made his debut in 2005 at 19 years, 123 days. I don't imagine King Felix's unveiling was as big a deal at the time.

As you can see from the photo credit above, I'm coming at you live from Chavez Ravine. Plenty of updates to come before, during and after this historic game, so please check back often…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Where: Dodger Stadium
Gametime: 9:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB Network (outside D.C. area), MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Clear, 72 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (14-6)
SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche

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386 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Yeah, you boobs, boo him all you want. There'll be lots more where that came from.

  2. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Glad the kid got his first hit! WOOOO HOOOOO!

  3. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    AND..he hasn't struck out…looks GOOD…not overwhelmed in the least

  4. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Alright Bryce. Ripped to center and a great at bat.

  5. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Bryce! Double! Did you see how he ran to second?!? Man, he was serious about getting two bases!

  6. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Dave: I think he was serious about getting 3..but with 2 outs that's not the right call

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    He's half Pete Rose, half Sid Vicious.

  8. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Oh man. Just 20 feet to the left and Strassy has a three-run dinger!

  9. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    …is this a great game or what…?

  10. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Those Dodger fans seem pretty obnoxious tonight.Way to go Harper!

  11. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    I didn't know this about Dodgers fan, they're close 2nd behind Phillies in booing for the sake of booing

  12. Destination....K Street - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Harper looks very comfortable tonight. Hard to believe he is only 19.

  13. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Ouch.. hate to see that.

  14. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Was it Hairston last year who said how happy he was to get traded out of DC?

  15. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Sorry, if the camera panned on Rizzo at the dinner, I missed it–will have to look at the rerun–ha, just kidding. Will look at the rerun of the game. Did Stras almost hit a homerun after Bryce's 2-bagger? Wow.

  16. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    The Dodgers head trainer is a woman

  17. waddu eye no - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    mark earlier, about uribe – That was the 753rd batter Strasburg has faced in his career, and only the second one he's ever hit with a pitch.

  18. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    I don't understand the trashing Dodgers fans..you go to a Nats game and it's like church…and you complain that they boo too loud? Isn't that how fans SHOULD act?

  19. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    If Danny had gloved that he might have had to throw through the umpire. That might have made things worse.

  20. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Wow that was a Nice breaking ball to get Uribe.Scott don't care about the booing, having lived in LA, normally LA Fans don't show up until the 4th inning and leave as soon as teh 7th inning stretch is done. Good to see they are actually showing up and being loud.

  21. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    If the prospect of all time, from the other team, made his much-hyped debut in your park, you might be inclined to boo. Just to be part of the experience.My wife and I had a very nice night at Dodger Stadium year before last, the night Dunn hit three homers. I have no beef with the Dodger fans.

  22. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    That was a nice throw, but sadly Ramos dropped.

  23. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    He hit the ball away before he touched the plate

  24. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Ramos SUCKS. He is TERRIBLE.

  25. JaneB - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Awful awful awful.

  26. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    wow Ramos still can't cacth the ball. I'd love to see more Flores

  27. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    So did JHJ knock the ball out of the glove or not? Sure looks like it. But boy howdy, what an arm the kid has!

  28. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    What a throw. But, bang bang for Wilson. Tough play, tough drop.

  29. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Anyone still want to complain that Harper wasn't ready to get called up?

  30. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    I went to opening day years ago…went to some tailgating before the game..didnt know anyone…they told me to help myself to food and drinks..a mariachi band was walking around..it was sublime..I LOVE LA

  31. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    What Davey was justly complaining about is that Hairston slapped the ball away when it came out of Ramos' glove, and he hadn't touched the plate yet. Hairston should have been out for interference.

  32. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    actually F&I it looks like Wilson had it and it popped out when he tagged JHJr. So he is NOT terrible.

  33. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Bryce is the REAL DEAl… Ramos is a DOG, that is UNACCEPTABLE!

  34. Another_Sam - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    He slapped the ball away???? [On that play at the plate.]

  35. Destination....K Street - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Carp and FP completely missed the purpose of Johnson's arguement there.

  36. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Carp and FP missed that Harirston slapped the ball away.

  37. JaneB - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    It did look like Hairston knocked the ball out of the way. Hairston was awful, not Ramos.

  38. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    A couple of bad pieces of glove work doomed that inning–Espi's bobble, Ramos's dropped ball.

  39. Knoxville Nat - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    If I have one negative about Ramos it is that he appears to have a problem holding on to balls when there is a play at the plate. Not sure if he gets nervous or what?

  40. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    you gotta catch and secure the damn ball that is 4-5 errors already from Ramos this season. it hurts because Harper made a hell of a throw!

  41. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    I really believe Hairston was trying to get to the plate, looking at that replay again. I think it was legit. That one's on Ramos, in my opinion.

  42. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    But Ramos still should have held onto it. He dropped throws all the time last year but seemed to have gotten straightened out and stopped doing that this year. Now this, in a such a great game being pitched by Stras.Nats had better get another run or two.

  43. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Catcher has ball..drops it..and the ball is possibly slapped away oin what might have been a purposeful act..there is NO WAY Hairston should have been called out..Matitngly would have exploded..Ramos needs to make that play

  44. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    never liked Hairston much when he played for us and certainly don't now. Thats a guy you want to boo

  45. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    that was ALL Eramos and Davey should be up in his grill, not the unpires

  46. Don - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Can someone please teach Ramos how to hold onto the ball during close plays at home. How many did he drop last year? And now another tonight. Sigh…

  47. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Dodger fans suck, I can't believe they booed Harper. I am glad the Yankees humiliated them in 77 and 78. classless fans

  48. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    SUNSHINE! I need the Bourbon and the Maalox. Looks like Clipp is coming in!

  49. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    You want to boo Hairston, and think it's wrong for Dodger fans to boo Harper?

  50. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    I think there's not a lot of logic at work here in this particular line of discourse, Sunderland.

  51. John - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Strasburg deserves a better fate tonight. Has any starter ever won the Cy Young with less than 200 innings pitched in a non-strike shortened season?

  52. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Ramos doesn't "suck" at all. To say that is just silly.He should have made that play, but he's human and makes mistakes. Hairston looked to me like he was intentionally trying to interfere after the ball was dropped.

  53. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    You lost me Mick..I'm a Dodgers fan..and what happened in 81? and 88? you know what sucks..when another team comes, like the Phillies..and there are more visiting fans than home fans..THAT SUCKS

  54. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Anyway, some offense would be nice. I'm waiting for a home run because they are really struggling to get runners home.Sorry to state the obvious :-)Great outing by Strasburg. Aside from the HBPs, he made the Dodger lineup look pretty silly.7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 9 Ks, and ZERO walks.His record should be 4-0 or even 5-0 rather than 2-0.

  55. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Umpire squeezing Clippard

  56. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    So Kemp is fouling it off after strike four…Sheer robbery.

  57. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    1st base umpire is a fat crap, I wish someone would punch his lights out. protecting Kemp was so obvious

  58. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Scott, no argument Phillie fans are the worst period

  59. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    So, yeah, Vin Scully is good. But those other two guys in the Dodgers radio booth, not so much. They can't even keep their own players straight. They called Harper "Brian" a while ago. They were just talking about Ethier's base-stealing stats, when Ethier was in the batter's box.

  60. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    HP and 1B umpires SUCK and ought to be fined. Bud Selig should be embarassed by this mickey mouse crew

  61. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    That's the real Tyler. Welcome back!

  62. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    the umpiring has been fine…kemp fouled off two pitches with 2 strikes..some of those pitches were borderline..looked like one pitch was low and outside and called a strike..make him swing and miss

  63. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Phew.. Thanks Clipp! (sorry NatsLady, I doubted him), Plus Clipp got squeezed by the Ump.

  64. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Scott, the one Kemp swung at he came around completely!

  65. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    That's the old Tyler. Welcome back!

  66. A DC Wonk - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Clip looked sharp that inning. Best I've seen him this year

  67. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    you boo hairston because he's trying to cheat, you dont boo Harper because he's good. Not so hard to understand.

  68. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    With ALR on, we see Harper again, barring a DP.

  69. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Cheat? It's not golf..there are umpires out there to decide who's 'cheating'these guys are trying to win

  70. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Clipp looked like himself tonight!!! Good to see.

  71. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    maybe Morse taking the year off and having surgery may be a good thing, look at LaRouche this year. lame bunt by Ankiel

  72. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    its call sportsmanship, some guys have it some don't

  73. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Cheat? Ha. Ask any professional baseball player whether what Hairston attempted to do would be cheating. Not a single one would agree.

  74. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Exposremains: is this tee ball? Gimme a break..Stras hit 2 guys tonight with 90mph fastballs + is that sportsmanship..please

  75. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Think hitterish!

  76. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Lord was Danny DUE! Come ON HARP!

  77. Section 222 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    It really didn't look to me like he was trying to swat the ball. He was scrambling to get back to home plate after getting hit in the face by Ramos's glove, which didn't have the ball in it at the time. In any event, he never touched the ball. Unfair to go after JHJr after that play. It was chaos out there. Real shame Ramos couldn't hold on to the ball. And now Harper can drive in the go ahead run!

  78. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Little bit of Harper drama here…

  79. DannyEllinosa - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Oh Danny boy about time! GYFNG!

  80. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Harper just isn't ready for the bigs.

  81. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Way to Go Harp!!! Sac FLY RBI

  82. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Brycie Boy!!!

  83. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Bryce, you da man!!

  84. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Harper! Sac fly RBI! Welcome to the big leagues, kid!

  85. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    PFB!!!

  86. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Which of you clowns said they shouldn't have called up Harper?

  87. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Ramos just made up for the play at the plate!

  88. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Okay, dear Dodger fans. NOW you have something to boo. Bad, bad throw to the plate (or the general vicinity thereof).

  89. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Scott- You really think Strasburg was intentionally throwing at batters??? Ridiculous.

  90. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    You cannot make this stuff up. Danny & Wilson redeem themselves and the Kid delivers.

  91. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    wow Scott you really love your Dodgers. I think the little thing that players do tells you a lot about them.

  92. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Candide, I assume irony was dripping from your every word at 11:52?Unless he goes into some deep and unexpected funk, the guy is up to stay. I think he's given a little extra charge to the hitters around him too — that was a real professional AB by Espi, and nice make-up by Wilson.And good to see Desi hanging tough, too.

  93. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    I don't know, but if he did it wasn't sportsmanlike..i had an issue with the bad sportsmanship line..what a farce..ive fogotten more about this game then youll ever know

  94. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    how do you spell Bryce Harper?BEAST!!!!!!!!

  95. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    When is Eck leavig. I have called for his deparure since 2010, but somehow he has convicned Rizzo he is the man. With a real hitting coach this team would be great.

  96. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Expos: if you brought this philiosophy to a front office meeting you would be laughed out of the room

  97. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Scott- Oh ok. Yeah I don't know much about baseball :-(

  98. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Eddie… sorry, I forgot to use my sarcasm font.The kid can play. Not just the talent, but he hustles like nobody since Pete Rose. When he sprinted down the line on his first AB, a comebacker to the pitcher, I fell in love.

  99. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:02 AM

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  100. A DC Wonk - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Great Carp comment: Bryce now has 20% of all the RBI's by Nats' left fielders

  101. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    I wish that kid that Mooned the camera during the wave was still behind home plate, Just to see if Henry could hit him

  102. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Did you see the byplay between Clip and Harper? He may be a hero on the field but the Kid still has plenty to learn about how to act in the clubhouse. Don't congratulate Clippared on being in line for the win, first of all, he hasn't won yet, second of all, he doesn't want to win, it should be Stras winning, 3rd of all, Clip just blew a save and lost a game day before yesterday and he hasn't forgotten it….. Clip was polite but shook him off.

  103. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Oh boy. This is nervous-making Rodriguez on the mound. Let's get these guys out, please.

  104. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Scott:Don't forget to put your last few comments on your resume when you send it to Baseball clubs, it will get you right in.

  105. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Umm Maalox please.. Where is Henry tonight????

  106. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    @MicheleS: Got you covered. Better late than never. Got a little tied up working the night job. Tying runs on, none out, no better time:Barkeep, bourbon and Maalox all around for my friends. The way this game has turned out, make my a double Maalox.

  107. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Isn't it obvious after the first few pitches that Henry SUCKS tonight, what is Davey waiting for a 4-3 loss??? This clown has been off since Tuesday. This what I can't stand about players that deep down you know are losers

  108. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Say, Mick, who would you have put in to close the game?

  109. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    feel bad for Bryce and Strass that HRod is a ZERO!!! Whata bum. This would have been a great momentum win. This idiot had 3 days off gang. He sucks period

  110. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    The bad Henry surfaces….just when we thought it was safe…

  111. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    no Kemp..no Ethier…WOW

  112. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    bad Henry good Henry, he needs to go, he is bum!

  113. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Fan on the field, was running at Harper. Harper stood still while security tackled the guy.Okay, maybe I take back what I said about the Dodger fans.

  114. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    2 run lead 3 night off and he performs like this, I hope his ass does not come back to DC

  115. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    3 nights off for a closer isnt necesarrily a good thing

  116. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    So, once again, Mick, who's your closer for this game, coming into the 9th?

  117. JD - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    mick,you don't have a clue. stop making a fool of yourself

  118. waddu eye no - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    a little drinkerish tonite mick?

  119. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    HRod your GARBAGE, I rest my case

  120. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    gordon weighs 120 pounds..pump a fastball down the middle and challenge him

  121. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Hey Dave, why not Stammen

  122. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Well, that was unpleasant. Wild pitch ties the game. 3-3, bottom of 9th, two outs, runner on second.

  123. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    unbelievable!

  124. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    m point is that after one batter you can tell HRod had nothing, put in Stammen

  125. JamesFan - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Play Flores after this night.

  126. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Good lord. Gordon strikes out swinging and makes it to first base on the wild pitch.

  127. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    For those of you impressed by Henry Rodriguez and 101 mph, this is what you get. Just horrific. I have said it before, this guy is a thrower, not a pitcher.I am sick to my stomach.

  128. John - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Gut-wrenching.

  129. JamesHoy - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    THAT is the definition of a blown save, right there. A save could not be more blown than that.

  130. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    So Rodriguez is gone, and in comes Stam….. uh, Gorzelanny.

  131. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Stammen was warming up in 8th, he should have been in after the 1st Dodger batter. this is also on Davey, HRod is a LOSER. Have any of you ever wondered why the Yankees dropped him so quick, HELLO

  132. Knoxville Nat - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Sean Burnett might have been a good alternative once it was clear HRod was off tonight. And make no mistake, he was definitely off his game.

  133. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Dave:Stammen saves the game period, it doesn't get to Gorzo

  134. JamesHoy - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:23 AM

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  135. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    And, by the way, Rodriguez came from the Oakland Athletics, not the Yankees. Josh Willingham trade, last off-season.Not that anybody's counting.

  136. A DC Wonk - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    For those of you impressed by Henry Rodriguez and 101 mph, this is what you get. Just horrific. I have said it before, this guy is a thrower, not a pitcher.I am sick to my stomach. Oh, please. He had seven consecutive appearances of throwing no-hit ball. Nobody is "on" every night.

  137. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Yeah, no other closer has blown a save. Sheesh.

  138. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    What an absolute disaster of an inning. I'm stunned.

  139. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Yep, Knoxville, I'm sort of thinking Burnett as well there once Rodriguez started to implode.

  140. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Wow! What a weird and tense game! Absolutely crazy.Nats are 3-1 in extra innings, if anyone's curious.

  141. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Last season HRod lost 2 games with wild pitches. So what did he do in the off season to correct it?? nothing, he sucks, the Yankees knew and the are probably wondering why a manager of Davey's caliber has not figured out what a ZERO he is

  142. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Free baseball in April. Shouldn't have been, but there you go. What do we know from tonight? That Strasburg is still a masterful starter, and that Harper is sure enough ready for the big leagues.

  143. John - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Some guys just aren't comfortable wearing a top hat. Rodriguez was probably a little too pumped up pitching under the stars tonight.

  144. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Nats relievers have now stranded 18 of 20 inherited runners this season.Good clutch pitching by Gorzelanny.

  145. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    I'm drinking corona light, about 13 so far since you asked, lol

  146. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    I want to see harper bat at least one more time

  147. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    some people can be so annoying with their know-it-all attitude and negativity.anyways, nats better win this game.

  148. Don - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    This one is on Davey. It was clear to anyone watching that OHenry didn't have ANY control tonight. He should have been pulled after the first few batters. When will they learn, when Henry is off he is way off and doesn't come back?

  149. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    I don't know about you folks, but there isn't enough Maalox in North America to solve this heartburn. What color-by-numbers book is Ramos using to catch? He's stabbing at pitches with his glove turned down. That one WP by MPG Rod actually ticked Ramos's glove. Shoulda been a PB.I've got nothing left. I am totally limp. I'm like a strand of fettucine that's been left in boiling water too long.

  150. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Bob Carp, commenting on a Nats fan taking a photo in the stands: "That man should be out of film by now."Uh, Bob, it's 2012. Kodak is bankrupt.

  151. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    The spark was out of all 3 batters in the 10th. HRod's performance just took the wind out of them. Dodgers will win in 10th. What was McCatty and Davey thinking after HRod's firs few pitches and hell his first wild pitch??

  152. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    KEMP

  153. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    Such a shame. These guys played their hearts out. I don't know what to say.

  154. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    and the Nats lose their first series of the year

  155. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Gut punch

  156. John - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Disappointing.

  157. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Gorzo. Challenging Kemp. Not a good decision.

  158. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    Well that was a disaster.Good night

  159. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    awful lost. great stuff from Harper and Strasburg.

  160. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    Where are you, Drew Storen?

  161. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    sm13 said… Gorzo. Challenging Kemp. Not a good decision. April 29, 2012 12:38 AM ___________________________Davey went unconventional and didn't bring in the righty. Another night you scratch your head on decisions and execution.

  162. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    terrible loss on what should have been an exciting win for Nats. Its early enough I hope for Davey to see who can play under pressure who cannot. I have never been down on Clip and the other night i said my heart goes out to him, because I know he is a winner. HRod I know is a loser and is clueless out there. He had 3 freaking days off gang, don;t forget that. He threw 2 wild pitches. He sucks and needs to go to some other team stupid enough to take him

  163. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    For those who didn't like the negativity on here, don't listen to Ray Knight. He is slicing and dicing Henry.

  164. John - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    To be fair to the manager, you have to give your closer a chance until he blows it. I think a few players got caught up in the Harpermania tonight.

  165. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    Rough night for Ramos, too, except for that one hit. He definitely needs a rest until Tuesday. I presume Jesus is behind the plate tomorrow.

  166. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    playoff preview?

  167. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Davey coached very poorly tonight

  168. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    God Bless Ray Knight he is correct about Hrod, the sooner he goes,m the better off the Nats will be, 2 run lead, 3 days rest, 2 wild pitches, are you joking?????

  169. D'Gourds - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    OMFG! Stammen has to be the closer! He's been lights out. Let's put this behind us and get back to solid baseball.

  170. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    @ Dave: You better believe Kid Flores will be catching tomorrow. I miss Pudge. I know Moose is a big bat and we need that, but I thought he had made more strides behind the plate. He really cost us the game. That bumbled tag on Hairston and that disastrous ninth. Oh Henry didn't help either.night all. I am spent. It's all bourbon from here on out. Hold the Maalox, barkeep.

  171. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    SBCITPFM, what game were you watching? Ramos was set up on the left side and pitch after pitch is missing by over a foot across the plate at 98+This is squarely on poor execution and poor pitching in the 9th and 10th.

  172. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    you starting to see how much those injuries hurt. NO closer, 3rd and 4th hitter

  173. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    The bullpen has blown 2 saves in 3 nights. when your hitting in genrals is as crappy as ours, we are going to be in close games, and now that is 4 vlown saves for the season in only 21 games. Our bullpen is not what he needs to be yet. Our starters are good enough we should never lose 3 in a row, but the others are just ot preforming (take away LaRoche who is). Most others are not.Still in first place, but now I have a bitter taste not a good one. Gio nees to pitch a complete game as I can no longer trust the bullpen.

  174. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Yep, Sunshine, I agree: Ramos's not holding on to that bullet throw from Harper at the plate was the turning point, in my opinion. Who knows what the game's like in the ninth inning if the Nats go into it 1-0.Well, it's game #21, in late April. Much season to go.

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    JRod sped the Dodgers bats up with way too many on fast balls. They couldn't get around on the fast ball. Why Ramos called anything but a fast ball was beyond me.Why Henry didn't sjake him off even worse.

  176. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    Rodriguez is the closer and will remain the closer. Those are the first runs he has given up in 10 outings and just his 1st BS. Storen has blown 7 saves in 55 chances and gave up 8 HR last year. They have to keep putting HROD out there. When he is bad it is ugly, but he had given up 1 hit in 26 AB entering tonight and throws 101 MPH. This was a valuable learning experience for him. He gave up a few hits which he is not used to so he tried to be too fine and got wild. He will learn from this.

  177. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    I listened to Charlie & Dave and they said Hairston swatted the ball out of Ramos mitt like ARod once did. They think that is why Davey argued. Not sure what FP and Carp said about it.

  178. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    First of all Arod did it on the way to first base..when you go home it's LEGAL…2nd of all the whole thing is absurd..the play was fine..ramos messed up ..and the throw was wonderful..theres a major leaguer playing LF for the Nats..finally

  179. baseballswami - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Well now that everyone has their guts spilled all over the floor…is this really still April? Because this does not feel like the first month to me. Can we hold this together with starting pitching and duct tape until everyone returns from the dl? Three runs is usually enough:( did you see strassie with the expletive? My sentiments exactly.

  180. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Based on todays game Harper will be a big help..he looked so smooth..no strikeouts..did he swing and miss at all?

  181. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Scott from Burke, discuss it with Dave and Charlie. You may be right, you may be wrong. They were adament that it was an automatic out which is why Davey argued. I really don't know.

  182. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    that's too bad..i generally respect them…but they are 100% wrong on this one

  183. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    I also agree with Sunshine…Ramos has to do a better job catching or blocking those balls. His reaction time seems awful slow. I realize those are WP, but he is a major league catcher and was just stabbing at the ball and backhanding balls in the dirt. He almost lost the game with Gorzo's pitch in the dirt that he tried to backhand. And that drop on Harper's throw simply cannot happen. That cost them the game.

  184. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    aswful ganme behind the plate..to me the worst was dropping Harper's throw…his first game in the majors and he doesn't get that reward…too bad

  185. Gonat - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Scott – I guess Davey Johnson is wrong also:"He smacked the ball," Johnson said. "He's out. … He can do whatever you want with the catcher. But you cannot move the ball, or you're out."

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