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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. LoveDaNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Go Strassie! Go Harper! GO NATS!!

  2. natsfan1a - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    And the son of Stephen's college coach in the lineup. Glad that you're there, Mark (and thanks, CSN). I took a nap and am hoping to watch in real time, but good to know that I can read updates later if I fall asleep or need to play hostess, as it turns out that my hubby invited a non-baseball-fanatic friend over tonight (What?!). :-) Go, NATS!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.

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I would love for this to be the actual start but I'll take a 10 day trial and be happy.

  4. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    This is what it's all about Nats fans, the future is now! Can't wait to watch Stras to put up some zeroes and for Kid Harper to get his first knock.

  5. Candide - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Okay, I plan to watch, but I'm recording it anyway.

  6. JaneB - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    I'm all atwitter. My 88 year old dad is napping so HE can even watch. SO SO SO glad you are there, Mark. I am wondering if you can hemp the kid out and just leave the booth for a minute or so right as he comes up. Maybe let him bat on his own the pitch time up, then help if it's needed.It will be nice, too, to know so many Imaginary Friends will be watching "with" me tonight. GYFNG! I hope you ALL feel hitterish.

  7. Candide - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I feel watcherish.

  8. peric - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    AND I just hope Davey is as good as he believe he is. He is a baseball genius but there are those who happen to run other Nats blogs who believe he ruined Darryl Strawberry's career. I'm definitely at the "other pole" I believe Davey is one of the best possible to continue/help complete Bryce Harper's development. Another great possibility might be the guy managing the Dodgers today … but I think Rizzo combined with Johnson may be the best possible for Bryce Harper … hopefully all the stars are aligned properly to make that so …

  9. Steady Eddie - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Bryce be hitterish….Stras be pitcherish…I be alerish (big bottle of Chimay ale my nephew got me for Hanukkah, figured it was the right occasion)Ready to GYFNG!!!!!

  10. DWS - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I think that if nothing else Bryce is going jump start this team ala Jayson Werth. The hustle will rub off. I'm hoping that I'll want to watch MLBs archives more than once….

  11. Candide - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Thanks for the reminder, Steady Eddie. I made my first batch of home-brew pale ale last month, and I can't just leave it lying around…something bad might happen to it.Drinkerish!

  12. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Davey ruined Strawberry's career? Based on what? The only one who ruined Strawberry's career was Strawberry himself. And, even with all his off-field troubles, he was still a heck of a ballplayer and a feared bat in the lineup.

  13. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Chimay…Thats good stuff

  14. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I'm all for drinkerish. I really want a complete game shutout but any kind of win will do.

  15. Steady Eddie - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Chimay, indeed… No time like the present (at least, THIS present).And just printed out my tickets for Tuesday night. After having been at Stras' memorable debut, had to be at this one.

  16. howl31 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Davey managed the Mets from 1984 to 1990… in those 7 years, Strawberry went .263/.361/.521… averaging 38 homers, 109 RBIs and 29 steals per 162 games… and made the all star team 7 out of 7 years, and in the top 6 in MVP voting 3 years…If you call that a ruined career, then I can't wait to see how Davey works with Harper…

  17. Grandstander - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Nice of CSN to throw down some bucks and send their beat writer to cover Byrce's debut.

  18. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    howl31 – thanks for the stats backup to my memories. I also seem to recall a world championship in there in '86 – we'll take one or more of those, too.

  19. carolync - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I like your Imaginary Friends comment, JaneB. I chose to stay home alone to watch the game so have no one to share the experience with except the dog. I hope The Kid does well and that his very presence inspires some of our other hitters. Our team batting average has sunk to 26th place in MLB.I know we're still in first place in the NL East but the tomahawk chops are breathing down our necks.Go Nats!

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Howl31…….. Always…Always consider the source

  21. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    NatsJack.. Post of the night so far..I'm all for drinkerish.I wonder what I will crack open for the occasion?.. Hmmm must think about this..Steady Eddie.. love the hitterish and pitcherish comment!GO STRAS! GO BRYCE! GO NATS!!!WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. ExposedinDC - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Hello fellow Nats fanatics….been away for a couple days, any new Nats news ?Lol

  23. peric - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    sm13 ….The Mets have called up a kid with a left-handed swing to die for, a kid representing hope in the present and future tenses, and so the conversation naturally veers toward May 6, 1983, opening night for a slugger who had them talking before Ike Davis was born.Darryl Strawberry, 21 years old, stepped into the Shea Stadium box. At the time, the Mets were a 6-15 team lucky to draw 11,000 fans for games Tom Seaver didn't pitch."It was so nerve-racking," Strawberry said Monday by phone. "Mario Soto on the mound for the Reds, one of the top pitchers in the game. Fans cheering. The stage so much bigger and more electrifying than playing in a minor league ballpark. You've got everything going, TV cameras, the whole thing."It was Davey's decision to bring Strawberry up at at time when the Mets has desperate need. Not so much (unbelievably as that sounds to me!) the Nats of 2012. Many feel Strawberry was brought up too early, when most in the Mets organization thought he was not ready … and as you've heard more goes into that than just a player's ability. I suppose they feel Strawberry wasn't mature enough to handle the pressure of being thrust into the limelight that is New York, New York. In Bryce's case, thanks to the Redskins and Caps it will fortunately be far less so … even if he is starting in LA. I personally don't share the opinion that Davey, by overruling the Mets farm authorities, was out of line and that it perhaps led to Strawberry's downfall. However, one can't help but notice how he mentions Gooden but not Strawberry when he speaks of very young players in the minors he and his eye for talent deemed ready for the majors. Perhaps, its something a "brave" beat reporter or even fearless Boz might want to ask of the Nat's skipper?

  24. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Watching D-backs and Fish and thinking it must be nice pitching for a team that can score.Ian Kennedy is 3-0 with a 3.38 era. On the Nats, he could easily be 0-3.

  25. peric - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    If you call that a ruined career, then I can't wait to see how Davey works with Harper…Howl31…….. Always…Always consider the sourceAnd NEVER listen to decrepit Florida retirees who haven't really watched baseball and stake their reputation as a "baseball expert" on hobnobbing with all the beat reporters plus some of the staff in FLA ST. Ignorance is bliss when you are wrinkled from sitting in the sun too long.During the period from 1983 to 1990, Strawberry was very popular, with his image used on action figures (Kenner's Starting Lineup), posters and banners. He was also known for his disruptive behavior. He got into a physical altercation on team picture day with team captain Keith Hernandez[6] and in the midst of a war of words with infielder Wally Backman, threatened to "bust that little redneck in the face". He often overslept and was late for, or missed, team workouts. He publicly complained about Manager Davey Johnson after he was removed from the game in a double switch during the 9th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, which the Mets would go on to win.Strawberry ended up having severe problems with both drug and alcohol addiction which led to his demise over time.

  26. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Yeah, and Doc Gooden didn't/doesn't have drug and alcohol problems? Not sure what your

  27. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    point is, peric. Was Gooden also brought up too soon?Might not be able to watch the whole game "real-time" but SO nice not being blacked out of MLB.tv. Great scheduling, Rizzo!–Fargo, ND

  28. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Hmm.. NatsJack, when I met you, didn't see any wrinkles. Just a big smiling face of a fan who is lucky enough to get to spend all of spring training watching the team. I will take the sychophant, thank you.

  29. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    For those that are near a TV. MLB Network is going to show some of Bryce's BP.. According to Kilgore on Twitter, he is hitting BOMBS!

  30. Another_Sam - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    JaneB — I'm not 88, but I've had a couple of cups of coffee this afternoon. And I'm slowing sipping brew while watching that Baltimore club [AL baseball] waiting for the start.This is my first time posting in the new era. Took me a while.

  31. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    As always, MicheleS, consider the source. When one has to demean others to boost their ego…..well sad is all you can feel. And yep! I love Spring Training and extended Spring Training and Fall Instructionals and my trips to DC (see you in May for the Oriole week end) and my trips to Miami (65th birthday party July 13 thru 15). And I really love meetiing all Nats Insiders.

  32. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Hey Sam….I'm heading over to Gator Johns to watch "The Begining". I'll say hello.

  33. waddu eye no - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    this should be nycehope he gets on once or twyce, and follows the veterans' advyce. go brice!

  34. waddu eye no - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    btw – bourbon and maalox – with yce?

  35. Candide - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Where are your seats Tuesday, Steady Eddie?

  36. erocks33 - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    So, what's the over/under for number of commenters here that will completely overreact to Bryce Harper's debut tonight? If he goes 0-for-4 with 3 K's, how many will complain that he was brought up too soon and that his development will be completely ruined?If he goes 2-4 with 1 XBH, how many will claim he's going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread?All I know is I am SO excited about tonight and I know I am going to overreact no matter what his final line will be tonight, but I'm going to try my best to keep my thoughts to myself and not to post any of my irrational reactions.

  37. Positively Half St. - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    As a Mets fan from the 70s until the Nats arrived, I felt cheated when Strawberry and Gooden became cocaine addicts and failed to be lifetime Mets and Hall of Fame players. They may or may not have been brought up too soon, but they were brought up in the 80s to a team that included Keith Hernandez (whom I loved) and perhaps others who partook of the drug.I am not saying that there is nothing that Harper could be exposed to. Had it been the 90s, perhaps Strawberry and Gooden would have been on steroids. I just don't buy that their age made them doomed to falling for the peer pressure.I also don't expect that of Bryce Harper. I am far from an adherent of the Mormon church, but I do acknowledge that they have a firm and well-defined set of values that I believe would reduce the chances of those kinds of temptations felling him. PLEASE don't take that as absolute- I only mean that the philosophy and his strong family would reduce the chances.On the other hand, the kid seems pretty primed to be a victim of excessive pride. This is where Davey and the other adults need to continue their tutelage.Let's hope and pray for the best today and going forward. Every team's fans deserve a few all-time greats. Maybe Harper and Strasburg can be those.+1/2St.

  38. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Family watching WH Correspondents' Dinner. It's my sis's birthday. Gotta go with the flow… Go Bryce, Go Stras, Go NATS!!!!!!!!

  39. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    1/2St.. you only have to look at Josh Hamilton – who did come from a strong family with deep religious/spiritual convictions – to see that there are no guarantees in life. I think the one thing we can say about the Nats, is they have at least cleared the decks of the Knuckleheads (I am talking to you Elijah, Nyjer, etc) and it appears (and I say that with firm knowledge that appearances can be deceiving) that we have a club of quality character guys.

  40. Another_Sam - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Nats Jack — Wish I were with you guys. Great fun.

  41. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    First Lady, great dress, knockout hairdo! Prez looks older, creases in his face.

  42. Theophilus T. S. - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Maybe it's off-topic but Mark's picture reminds me that the design and layout of Chavez Ravine might be the most pristine in the big leagues. Notwithstanding a number of business trips to LA I've never taken the opportunity to veer off and get a first hand look. Someday, maybe. Gotta think of another tax-deductible reason to be in LA, though.

  43. Destination.......K Street - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Mark great job on ESPN tonight.

  44. jeeves - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Theophilus, is that a red-haired poodle? I have one of those and a black-haired one too–that's for contrast.

  45. JaneB - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Positively Half Street — It was drugs that did them in. It was the beginning of a new kind of sports figure/celebrity, and cocaine was omnipresent at a lot of parties without fear of police. And the combination did in a lot of people. I was a die hard Mets fan then, and missed that Keith was partaking, though. But enough of the past. The future is pitching and hitting tonight. As for the comment on the over/under on too many comments about Bryce, I have to ask if you have been watching the Nats from the beginning? (INSERT GRIN HERE) Because, even if it takes a while for Bryce to fit in, tonight is a night I was reminding myself "SOMEDAY" would come, during some pretty miserable years. Me, and lots more like me. I can't wait to see what everyone says because we can't wait to see what the team does. Some day, my Prince (of OppoBoppo) will come. Well. What better day for it than a day when he debuts in Los Angeles?

  46. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Bryce showing a lot of poise in pregame interviews. If he can stay that cool after the first pitch, it could be fun.

  47. Positively Half St. - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    MicheleS-I totally agree about no guarantees, and Josh Hamilton is the best example. As a dad of 3, though, I sure hope that a strong family gives kids a better chance, although no guarantees.JaneB-Yes, you definitely captured the essence of those days. I hope we don't hear years from now that something else destructive is the vogue right now.In the end, let's all enjoy the game and hope for a victory and a hit for the kid.+1/2St.

  48. ehay2k - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    I am psyched for tonight. Just amazing to think of the possibilities.As for the comments posted today and tonight, a little more civility is due on all fronts. Some have taken shots at peric when none were warranted. That results in return fire aimed at everyone. Peric, "…decrepit Florida retirees…" is personal, billious, lacking any relevance to baseball, and I would suspect, should you revisit that post, beneath you. Natsjack was making a valid point about whether Strawberry's Mets career could be called bad while Davey was at the helm. Your response did nothing to counter his claim, just your appeal here.

  49. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

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  50. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Candide — Actually, they're in 135 row D, right next to my regular tix. Are you going?

  51. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    JaneB.. so glad you were able to convert your Dad and that he planned ahead for tonights festivities! I have got to work on my Mom.. My dad tried to convert her to baseball for 52 years, but I figure I can soften her up with a glass of wine!

  52. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Wine, Chimay (whatever that is), all this bubbly talk is making me nervous. The stars are out in L.A., Mark is on the scene, the Kleig lights are on and the stage is set. But, folks, let's not forget the official drink of Nats Insiders:Bourbon and Maalox. As much of each that is necessary to get you through this historic night.I know I am starting early tonight: Barkeep! Bourbon and Maalox all around for my friends.Cheers, Go You Freaking Nats Go and, to Oppo Boppo, I hope Billingsley hangs a high slider for you early, kid. Go get 'em, kid.

  53. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Peric wrote Bobby Murcer was "average at best"..the stats show he is WRONG…he must admit to his being wrong (someone one her offered me a beer when he does)..

  54. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Mark posted on twitter that Ian is playing catch with Maury Wills. How awesome is that! These kids get it (even if the don't know what team their manager played for)

  55. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I wanted to try to cue up Vin Scully on radio (on my iPhone) with the MASN TV feed, but it sounds like Vin is not on radio. At least not in the first innings of the game.Does anybody know when/whether Scully does some innings of radio for the Dodgers games?

  56. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    All right! There's Vin! Time to get the remote finger poised for that first ball-to-mitt sound.

  57. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Enjoy Charley Steiner

  58. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Oy, once again Ian taxes the starting pitcher.

  59. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Steady Eddie – going with my nephew, who tipped me off to the news that Harper had been called up. We'll be in 220, which is also next to OUR* regular seats in 219.Looks like ehay2k and MicheleS are going to be there also.* "Our" = Cunegonde and me, not nephew and me…

  60. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Unless Werth gets thrown out Bryce will appear in 2nd inning

  61. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    There we go. I'm less than a quarter-second off.So I'm going to be about a full minute behind what y'all comment on here. But I've got Vin Scully in my computer speakers.

  62. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Desmond one pitch pop-out, high fastball out of the zone. Nice play by JHJ to end the inning.

  63. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    I don't know whether anybody else is doing what I'm doing–MLB At Bat on the iPhone, delayed video through the DVR–but man, Vin Scully is a good baseball announcer.

  64. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Dave — Or you can be schizophrenic like me and have MASN muted with Vin on Gameday on my iPad.Y'know, one of the great things with this pitching staff is how much fun it is to watch on both sides of the ball. It's as good to watch Stras or Gio or JZimm — or EJax and Det when they're on — as it is to watch the hitters. More, these days without RZim or the Beast.

  65. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Gotta say, it's early but I'm impressed with this Dodgers crowd. Loud and into the game, not late arriving and ambivalent like their reputation.

  66. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    He feeds him the DP pill!

  67. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    HERE WE GO

  68. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Strasburg still facing the minimum number of batters!

  69. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    That was impressive. Stras mastering Kemp this time around.

  70. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    oh yeah, only second GIDP this season by Kemp.

  71. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    With SS on mound, I will much better facing off against Kemp and company than RD. No offense to RD.

  72. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Yeah, that's what I'm doing, Steady Eddie. But I had to delay the MASN picture on the DVR to make it sync up with what Vin's describing. It's funny hearing LA radio commercials while watching the W.B. Mason ads on MASN.

  73. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    For the record, I've never mentioned Strawberry or Gooden. I've only referenced the sad state of geniuses.

  74. Adam - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Listening to Vin Scully call this game I've learned more about The Nationals in 2 innings than I have from an entire season of Bob & FP.

  75. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    It's show time… let's see some hitterishness.

  76. Knoxville Nat - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Love Harper's old fashion look with the stirrups!

  77. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Carlson's strike zone is silly. Two straight strikes in the exact same place to Espi, both of which were clearly outside the zone.

  78. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    That was outside per Gameday.

  79. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    This is wild. Vin's commentary almost seems like he's watching the MASN video feed. He comments on Bryce on deck while MASN goes to a picture of Bryce on deck.Good eye, Bryce.

  80. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    …ran out a comebacker hard… good – show the lollygaggers how to play the game.

  81. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    that first pitch was NASTY..he was on his heels after that

  82. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    wow these dodgers fan are idiots, what did Harper ever do to them?

  83. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    @Adam, I'll second that. Amazing how much Vin just told me about the Nats that I never knew. I never, ever heard the story of Ankiel's rough life as a kid until Vin just told me.

  84. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    show up in another team's uniform?

  85. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Dave, don't keep it to yourself

  86. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    theres a lot of players that show up in a different uniform

  87. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Vin Scully National Treasure.. What's funny for me is that Vin is about 30 seconds ahead of MASN.

  88. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Was that 82 mph Stras curve to Ethier nasty or what?

  89. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    its not like he's barry bonds

  90. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Apparently Ankiel's best friend died in a car crash (or something) when he was 13 years old. Then, his dad was arrested something like 15 times between 1975 and 2000. And then, of course, the story of how he imploded as a pitcher in a playoff game, before he switched to being a hitter.I'll try to pass along other interesting tidbits as I hear them. Vin has certainly done his homework.

  91. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Dodger Fans are the biggest bandwagon fans ever!

  92. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    I did not know how slow LaRouche is

  93. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    He already threw strike 3..wth?

  94. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Chad Tracey is smiling

  95. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    MicheleS said… Vin Scully National Treasure.. What's funny for me is that Vin is about 30 seconds ahead of MASN.Thirty seconds ahead in speed. Light years ahead in context, style and grace.

  96. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    umpire sucks my you know what

  97. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Scott — I thought so too but Gameday showed it was high.

  98. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Oopsie. Uribe hit on the elbow by a pitch. (Of course, you MASN people saw it one full minute ago…)

  99. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    I think booing Harper was appropriate. He's uber-hyped. Not sure why to expect anything else.

  100. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Dodger Fans are the biggest bandwagon fans ever! The difference between going to a Wash Caps game before Ovechkin vs. today is night and day…the team almost left town years ago

  101. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:43 AM

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  102. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I'm not listening to Bob and FP. Was MASN just now suggesting that Uribe's HBP was payback for Chad Tracy last night? Or just comparing the two incidents?

  103. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    the strike zone needs to be raised…where is the top? the belt?

  104. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Why is Vin calling Ellis "A.J." when Gameday shows his name as "A.C."?Except I would tend to think that when it's Vin speaking, Gameday is wrong.

  105. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    so because he's ultra-talented you boo him, thats ridiculous.

  106. Knoxville Nat - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Mick….comments like your's are not worthy of this board. Clean it up or get out!

  107. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Why is it Harper's fault that he's uber-hyped? It's not like he tweeted, "L.A. is the sux, D.C. roolz, you a-holes…" or something. Sorry – low-class to boo him.

  108. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    lighten up knoxville..he DID clean it up..and when i was a litle kid my parents dragged me to knoxville for the worlds fair..and that city..well, you know

  109. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Ramos went 4-for-5 in the debut with the Twins, then went 3-for-4 the very next day. (Per Vin Scully, the oracle of baseball.)

  110. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Did anyone know that Wilson had 2 brothers that were catchers? It's like we have a new set of Molina brothers!

  111. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    sports tradition…boo the other teams' players..went to an O's game years ago and Reggie Jackson got DESTROYED…at least they show up.

  112. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Just found out from twitter.. Poor Amanda is stuck at the White House dinner with Rizzo and they are on Rizzo's Iphone watching the game! How Hilarious is that!

  113. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Desmond still swinging on the first pitch… :-(

  114. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Great play by JHJ…

  115. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Hairston, that hurts.

  116. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Jerry Hairston Jr., still killing the Nats.

  117. Browne Baggin' It - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    web gem

  118. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Wow, Hairston – heck of a play.

  119. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Jerry Hairston, you're killing us! (That was a helluva double play, I must say.)

  120. Knoxville Nat - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Scott….the world's fair was in 1982 and I'm sure the city and the whole area has changed a lot since that time. I'm only guessing as I haven't been here but just a few years.As for your boy Mick, I'll disagree with you as in my opinion his posts generally push the envelope as to good taste.

  121. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Is it my imagination or is Strasburg throwing a lot of tight inside tonight?

  122. waddu eye no - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    great shot of bryce in outfield. that's a happy kid

  123. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    When Strassy lost 30 pounds between freshman and sophomore years at SD State, he picked up speed on his fastball. (Per Vin Scully, oracle of baseball.)

  124. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    who'se to judge about "good taste"…it's a baseball blog, not disney world…i would love to go to memphis and get some bbq..and visit sun studios..where Elvis becamse King..when Elvis came out people were furious because they said he was in bad taste

  125. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Yikes. Did Ankiel pull up on that fly ball because Bryce was charging in so hard?

  126. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    If you are on twitter, there is some smack talk between our esteemed host, Kilgore, and Scott Miller of CBS Sports. Pretty good stuff.Wicked stike out of Kemp!

  127. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Wow, is Stras making a statement tonight? Totally blowing Kemp away.

  128. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Mfr. Kemp, please allow us to introduce you to a force of nature disguised as Mr. Strasburg.

  129. waddu eye no - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    elvis was a brilliant artist, ahead of his time, in a puritanical time. mick is a potty mouthed child among adults.

  130. Sunderland - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    So if we hold Kemp hitless over three games, does that mean his batting average drops to about .420?

  131. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Okay.. back to FP and Carp, Vin is off the radio.

  132. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    maybe you're right

  133. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Six pitches. Making the Dodger pitchers work hard again. :-(

  134. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Okay, Vin's off for three innings, so I had to re-sync for Charlie and Dave.

  135. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Actually, MichelleS, I think I'll do that too. Bob and FP aren't so awful.

  136. skidge - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Chad Cordero on with Charlie and Dave.

  137. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    the CHIEF is on with Charlie and Dave!

  138. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Strasburg handling Kemp and Ethier very well so far.

  139. Cwj - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Skidge and Michele- What is Cordero up to these days?

  140. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Nice tracking by Ankiel on that Loney blast to end the 4th.

  141. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Who is the best offensive player that could conceivably be moved near the trading deadline? Josh Hamilton? (contract situation..probably not) Todd Helton?

  142. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    I didn't get the first part of it. But I he said he will be in town 7/20. I think for a kids bball camp.I can't remember, who remember's what day he is throwing out the first pitch?

  143. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Okay the Nats need to score some runs. (How many time has that been pointed out this month?)

  144. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    All I caught from the Chief was that he's here in the summer for a camp. Didn't get the first-pitch date.

  145. skidge - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I follow both Chad and Charlie on Twitter, and it was fun to "see" them arranging this in real time. From Chad's earlier tweets it seems that he's very involved now in high school coaching and in fundraising for both youth baseball and SIDS research.

  146. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    hey knoxville nat, just saw your pius post, who are you????

  147. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    don't lecture me pal

  148. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Easy Mick

  149. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    It:s at bats like that make me wonder about Espinosa. The pitch was in the dirt out of the hand.

  150. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    why can't we hit

  151. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    youre free to write what you want and so is he

  152. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    so is it Eckstein?

  153. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    if you want to blame someone BESIDES the hitters blame Rizzo..he is responsible for the roster..i prefer to blame the hitters..it's so immediate

  154. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Scott, agreed. BTW, i was the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing, NY. I can only imagine a World's Fair in Knoxville, lol I bet they had a Deliverance display along with "The Earth is Flat and only 5000 years old" lol

  155. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    I've met Knoxville Nat and actually owe him an e-mail.Ligjten up Mick.

  156. John - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Hate to state the obvious, but Espinosa is on the verge of becoming an automatic out. I don't want to point the finger at Eckstein, but very few of our young players have developed as hitters under his tutelage.

  157. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    I am from Flushing

  158. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Hah, Vin Scully WAS right and Gameday was wrong– the MASN caption had him as "AJ Ellis".

  159. mick - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Scott, cool!

  160. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Warning: Billingsley can hit

  161. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    The Knoxville World Fair was a legit world's fair. Knoxville is just a few miles away from the Oak Ridge Nationals Laboratory. University of Tennessee is in Knoxville.Mick, you need to give it a rest.

  162. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Sorry. Oak Ridge National Laboratory.Our baseball team has nothing to do with Oak Ridge, as far as I know.

  163. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I was watching Deliverance earlier today…a young Burt Reynolds was so intense

  164. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Bubble Boy episode on the CW..fyi

  165. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Sweet pick by Stras! He is dealing tonight.

  166. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Nice ball flip after Stras catches that come-backer.So now, how about a little offense, hmm?

  167. Exposremains - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    great pitching is fun but the lack offense is kind of boring

  168. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Somebody get GIO up to Pinch Hit! Who knew the best batters were the pitchers!

  169. Knoxville Nat - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Knoxville was the last place Hank Williams, Sr. was ever seen. Left the Andrew Johnson Hotel in a cab, believe he was heading to Nashville but I'm not certain of that. Anyway his body was never found if I recall the story correctly.

  170. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    if this was game 7 of the World Series it would be unvbelivably intense…one of the greatest pitched games in the history of the game..just saying

  171. Adam - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Vin just said DJ was a bat boy for the Senators. That's fantastic.

  172. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Ian ….good job.

  173. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Hank dies in the back of a white cadillac (Yoakam recoded a song called White Cadillac..and its been mentioned in many songs)HANK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  174. waddu eye no - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    have stras and bo ever met before?

  175. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    you didn't know Adam. I think Davey did say when he signed up as Nats manager that for him it is like coming a full circle with his first baseball connection was being a batboy for senators. I either read it here or someone provided a link here where I read that.anyways, great to know one of our hitters is serious about winning this game. :D

  176. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    really get GIO up.

  177. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Great… SS has as many total bases as the rest of the team combined…

  178. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Wow a Bryce Commercial instead of an RZ or Morse commercial. Finally timely publicity for the team.

  179. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Heres the song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ILeY6e99FAUribe looked down the line and wanted to throw home..didnt have confidence in his arm…but went ahead to first and barely got away with it

  180. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    well next time SS, just hit one out of the park.

  181. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Ouch. Stras makes it all the way around to third after his first double, then dies on third at the end of the inning. Sigh…

  182. sm13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Masn had a Bryce commercial in the can, ready to go for tonight. Well done for the network we love to hate.

  183. Knoxville Nat - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    NatsJack,Yes you do! I'm waiting.

  184. John - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    The way this is going, looks like the stage is set for Harper to be the savior after all.

  185. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Who's your daddy, Kemp?

  186. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    WOW — Stras vs. Kemp Round 3: Who's your Daddy?

  187. Dave - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    I love how Strasburg is just completely shutting Kemp down tonight.

  188. Scott from Burke - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Stras is dealing..i thought J Zimm was th ebest pitche ron the staff but..um..I'm reconsidering

  189. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Davey and I have had talks about his love for DC. Talks about Sherry Robertson, Calvin Griffith, and Bob Willis….. There is a connection to Washington only Davey understands and some of us love.

  190. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    I am not Candide.

  191. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    I am Spartacus!

  192. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    I don't know which was worse, Jimmy Fallon's material or his delivery.Anything happening here? Game is zip-zip?

  193. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    MarkZ please stop praising SS. Last time I remember you did that, he faltered in the next inning against the Astros I think.

  194. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    ALR!!!! I love me some ADAM!!!!

  195. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    LaRoche!!!

  196. Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    I was just about to write — LaRoche and Ankiel or BHarp need to smack solo dingers to give Stras the CG win, and ….

  197. MicheleS - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Mark.. leave the press box please. we need more runs.

  198. Candide - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    C'mon Harp… think hitterish!

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

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Okay.. They are doing the wave and some DBAG just mooned us.

  201. 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.

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

    Glad the kid got his first hit! WOOOO HOOOOO!

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

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

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

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

  205. 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!

  206. 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

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

    He's half Pete Rose, half Sid Vicious.

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

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

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

    …is this a great game or what…?

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

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

  211. 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

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

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

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

    Ouch.. hate to see that.

  214. 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?

  215. 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.

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

    The Dodgers head trainer is a woman

  217. 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.

  218. 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?

  219. 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.

  220. 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.

  221. 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.

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

    That was a nice throw, but sadly Ramos dropped.

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

    He hit the ball away before he touched the plate

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

    Ramos SUCKS. He is TERRIBLE.

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

    Awful awful awful.

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

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

  227. 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!

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

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

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

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

  230. 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

  231. 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.

  232. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Carp and FP missed that Harirston slapped the ball away.

  237. 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.

  238. 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.

  239. 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?

  240. 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!

  241. 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.

  242. 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.

  243. 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

  244. 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

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

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

  246. 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…

  247. 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

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

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

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

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

  250. 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.

  251. 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?

  252. 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.

  253. 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

  254. 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.

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

    Umpire squeezing Clippard

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

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

  257. 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

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

    Scott, no argument Phillie fans are the worst period

  259. 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.

  260. 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

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

    That's the real Tyler. Welcome back!

  262. 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

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

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

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

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

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

    That's the old Tyler. Welcome back!

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

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

  267. 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.

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

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

  269. 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

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

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

  271. 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

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

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

  273. 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.

  274. 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

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

    Think hitterish!

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

    Lord was Danny DUE! Come ON HARP!

  277. 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!

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

    Little bit of Harper drama here…

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

    Oh Danny boy about time! GYFNG!

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

    Harper just isn't ready for the bigs.

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

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

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

    Brycie Boy!!!

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

    Bryce, you da man!!

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

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

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

    PFB!!!

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

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

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

    Ramos just made up for the play at the plate!

  288. 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).

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

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

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

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

  291. 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.

  292. 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.

  293. 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

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

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

  295. 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.

  296. 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

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

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

  298. 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.

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

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  300. 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

  301. 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

  302. 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.

  303. 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.

  304. 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.

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

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

  306. 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.

  307. 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

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

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

  309. 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

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

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

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

    no Kemp..no Ethier…WOW

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

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

  313. 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.

  314. 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

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

    3 nights off for a closer isnt necesarrily a good thing

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

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

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

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

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

    a little drinkerish tonite mick?

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

    HRod your GARBAGE, I rest my case

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

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

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

    Hey Dave, why not Stammen

  322. 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.

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

    unbelievable!

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

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

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

    Play Flores after this night.

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

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

  327. 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.

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

    Gut-wrenching.

  329. 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.

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

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

  331. 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

  332. 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.

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

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

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

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  335. 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.

  336. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  340. 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.

  341. 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

  342. 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.

  343. 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.

  344. 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.

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

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

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

    I want to see harper bat at least one more time

  347. 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.

  348. 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?

  349. 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.

  350. 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.

  351. 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??

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

    KEMP

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

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

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

    and the Nats lose their first series of the year

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

    Gut punch

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

    Disappointing.

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

    Gorzo. Challenging Kemp. Not a good decision.

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

    Well that was a disaster.Good night

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

    awful lost. great stuff from Harper and Strasburg.

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

    Where are you, Drew Storen?

  361. 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.

  362. 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

  363. 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.

  364. 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.

  365. 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.

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

    playoff preview?

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

    Davey coached very poorly tonight

  368. 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?????

  369. 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.

  370. 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.

  371. 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.

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

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

  373. 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.

  374. 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.

  375. 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.

  376. 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.

  377. 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.

  378. 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

  379. 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.

  380. 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?

  381. 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.

  382. 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

  383. 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.

  384. 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

  385. 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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