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Game 39: Orioles at Nats

May 18, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
This year's Battle of the Beltways begins tonight at Nationals Park.

Yes, this weekend's series against the Orioles is significant for the Nationals. But it also represents the start of a very significant stretch of games that could go a long toward determining whether this franchise is going to keep itself at or near the top of the NL East all summer.

Beginning tonight, the Nats will play 30 of their next 33 games against teams that currently own winning records: the Orioles (twice), Phillies, Braves (twice), Marlins, Mets, Blue Jays, Yankees and Rays. The only team that's not over .500 during this stretch: the Red Sox, who are two games under and showing signs of life. Wow, good luck with that.

First things first, of course. Tonight, it'll be Edwin Jackson on the mound against Baltimore's Jake Arrieta. Plenty of updates and analysis to come throughout the game, so please check back often…

BALTIMORE ORIOLES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WTEM (980 AM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly clear, 72 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (23-15)
SS Ian Desmond
LF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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210 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. SonnyG10 - May 18, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    I'll be there tonight. Go Nats, Go!!!

  2. jcj5y - May 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    I think the Red Sox are under .500 as we sit here today, but the point stands. This is a crucial stretch.And you know what? I'm pretty confident the Nats can get through it without too much damage. It's just hard to picture them losing more than half those games when Zimmermann, Strasburg and Gonzalez are starting 60% of the games.If the Nats are still 8-10 games over .500 after these 33 games, they're in the race to stay.

  3. natsfan1a - May 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

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  4. natsfan1a - May 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Will be interesting to see what happens. Sometimes it seems like they're really geared up for the "good" teams, and maybe not quite as much for the "bad" teams. The Nats always seem to have played the Yanks pretty well. Anyway, we'll just keep grinding, take it one game at a time and, good Lord willing, maybe be able to help the ballclub. :-) I'll be watching from the basement baseball viewing lair tonight. My tix are for Sunday. Go, NATS!!

  5. Wendell - May 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I'm going to the game tomorrow for the first time this year. Does anyone know if the private parking lot off Potomac and South Capitol across from the home plate entrance is still operating this year?

  6. natsfan1a - May 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

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  7. natsfan1a - May 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Breaking news from the Department of Grasping at Straws: Red Sox = .474 :-)

  8. peric - May 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Here's where we find out if the Nats are going to be a playoff contender … its going to be a dog fight from here on out. After the surprising O's comes the NL East. Then into inter league play against the rest of the AL East and Baltimore again.At the end of this month the statistical sample size should be large enough to take some pretty good stabs as to where the Nats could end up at the end of the year. After June you can figure out just how accurate it could end up being.

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    A healthy Michael Morse can't come back soon enough plus back to April style pitcher dominance.

  10. MicheleS - May 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Wendell, if you are talking about the Lot that has the big PARKING sign you see before you go over the brigde by homeplate entrance (off to the right)the one with the cement trucks, yes it's open and it's smaller and its $17 this year

  11. MicheleS - May 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    GYFNG!!! Beat the Birds!

  12. Section 222 - May 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Meanwhile lead-off hitter Corey Brown's BA climbs toward .300. He has 7 home runs and 19 RBI all from the lead off spot. In spite of what Fangraphs says methinks with Davey in town he'll reach from within for his CF. Brown looks like he could get a shot at that spot as opposed to Harper. Werth either ends up in left field (not right with Harper there) or on the bench if Morse continues to rake when he gets back. So you think that by the time Werth is ready to come back, the outfield is going to be Morse/Brown/Harper and if Morse is hitting well, Werth will ride the pine; if he's not, Werth will replace Morse? Can I have some of what you've been smoking?

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Sec222, I really like Brown and he may be werthy of a call-up but let's face it, he's not even on the 40 man and they would have done it already if Rizzo thought he'd be an upgrade.Get Morse back and send Moore back so he can get some regular reps. The outfield at the end of July will be Morse-Harper-Werth w/ Ankiel as 1st off the bench.I don't even agree with the previous commentor that Davey would pull Zim from the #3. It just doesn't seem Davey's style. It took him 20 games too long to pull Espi from the #2.Zim showed last night some signs of progress. In hindsight, the team should have had him get some rehab in AA before he came back. Just hoping he snaps back soon to the old Zim.

  14. Section 222 - May 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I sure hope the Nats are "geared up" for this stretch, and that the pitching returns to April form. Otherwise, it could be a long and difficult stretch and optimists here are going to have a rough go of it.

  15. Wendell - May 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    MichelleS,Thanks.

  16. jeffwx - May 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    We have the better hitting pitcher tonight!

  17. Section 222 - May 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Ghost, agree 100%. Davey is not going to "demote" Zim. Not now, not ever.Was there a hidden meaning to saying that Brown is "werthy" of a callup? :-)

  18. Ann Ominous - May 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Beginning tonight, the Nats will play 33 consecutive games against teams that currently own winning records: the Orioles (twice), Phillies, Braves (twice), Marlins, Mets, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Rays.Actually, Mark, the Red Sox (18-20) are currently under .500. And of the other teams, the Phillies (20-19), Marlins (20-18) and Yankees (20-18) are within a game or two of .500. So four of these nine teams could probably be considered as "around .500." The Nats just finished up two weeks of basically .500 ball against four different teams, three of which (Phillies, Reds, Pirates) are also around .500.So yeah, this is a tougher stretch coming up than what they've seen so far, but it's not as dire as you make it out to be. If they can navigate it by winning half the games, they'll still be 8 games over .500 at the end. That's not too tall of an order. Now they just have to go out and do it.

  19. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Bernadina is definitely on the clock where Brown is concerned.

  20. natsfan1a - May 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    So are the pessimists, seeing as how they root for the same team and all. But there's a reason they play the games, right? :-)Section 222 said… I sure hope the Nats are "geared up" for this stretch, and that the pitching returns to April form. Otherwise, it could be a long and difficult stretch and optimists here are going to have a rough go of it. May 18, 2012 4:21 PM

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Section 222, yep on Werth-y. Did I ever tell you I cringe when the current 6 and 7 hitters get up to bat?It would have been smart to send Moore back and see what Corey Brown could do before Morse was ready to come back. Brown in AAA is a true 5 tool threat. In the MLB, he is a 3 tool threat who would have to prove he could hit for average and power at the MLB level. As we all know, that's the real test.Lombo in low and medium leverage situations has been excellent. Glad to see him in LF last night. Somehow they have to find playing time for this kid.My thought is we have seen the best of Rick Ankiel and what his limitations are. Probably the same for Bernadina. Corey Brown is a wild card.

  22. Section 222 - May 18, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Somehow I missed the report yesterday by Dave Sheinin that DeRosa is making strides and could be return to the active roster at the end of next week. Rizzo and DJ are going to have some decisions to make with Morse perhaps coming back June 1.

  23. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Just saw your comment NatsJack after I just posted. Read my last paragraph at 5:06

  24. Section 222 - May 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    NJ and Ghost — Agreed on Bernadina, but not because of Corey Brown. If Moore goes down for Morse, or DeRosa, depending on who returns first, then Nady and Bernadina are on the bubble for the other spot. Bernadina may have the inside track to stay because he's a leftie, but he's had more of a shot to deliver this year than Nady has, and hasn't been successful. And with Harper on the squad, the need for another LF bench outfielder may be less than at the beginning of the year.

  25. waddu eye no - May 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    wendell – some lots fill up early. the pay in advance can be a ripoff – on the nats site – but it's guaranteed. just don't do what i did wednesday and have them hold the pass at will call, unless you want to drop someone at the window to pick it up, drive around , come back get them, etc etc etc. luckily i was taking the metro in anyway, so i could get the pass and meet my wife (and car)at the lot.good luck

  26. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Ghost….and Xavier Paul is statying to show he has game.

  27. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Starting.

  28. Les_in_NC - May 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM

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  29. Wendell - May 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    waddu eye no -The cement truck lot Is a pretty good deal. It's somewhat inelegant, but it's right across the street from the Park. In the past, I have never been shut out but I understand it is smaller this year. It's private, so fewer people seem to know about it. There's also some free on-the-street parking if you're lucky.

  30. Section 222 - May 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Headed over to Hard Times in Clarendon to watch the game. I have five ticket free wings ticket stubs, so don't be shy about finding me. Tan pants, blue button down shirt. No Nats cap unfortunately.

  31. natsfan1a - May 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Have fun!

  32. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    I hate the MASN shared booth. This is all a concoction to make Angelos even more money. This guy is cleaning up on this.In the pre-game they are interviewing Orioles fans and finding Nats/Orioles pairings in the stands.

  33. jeffwx - May 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Enjoy…The o's are not as good as they look. They are .500 against >.500 teams and 12-3 against sub .500 teams. Nats are pretty uniform for most categories.And Orioles were originally named the Canaries in 1872….What kind of name is that for a ball team.(of course, the Washington Blue Legs played not too well in the National Assn in 1873, but we were originally and will remain the Nationals).

  34. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Yudel, 1st base side you will get Desi if you get there when he heads out to warm up + some of the Goon Squad and Bullpen guys.

  35. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Real interesting discussion on who stays and who goes when Morse and DeRosa come off of the DL. I'm thinking Morse for Moore and DeRosa for Nady to keep the same balance of LH and RH but we have discussed before that Rizzo reportedly has never been a Bernadina fan.Nady finally showed some signs of life but Bernadina sure looks like he has more tools and probably more upside.At some point you have to wonder if DeRosa is another Stairs. He was the worse player on the roster before he went on the DL .081 .227 .081 .308 and that isn't a misprint. A .308 OPS is lower than 3 of the starting pitchers (Stras, EJax, and Gio)

  36. NatsFan05 - May 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Braves….24 15 .615 — Nats……23 15 .605 0.5Mets……21 17 .553 2.5Miami…..20 18 .526 3.5Phillies…20 19 .513 4.0I can't remember the last time an entire division was over 500.

  37. smurff - May 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Looking forward to this series. I'm a Nationals man first, bot the O's are my AL team.Here's to a Nationals / O's World Series sometime soon!

  38. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Great, Mike Boredick in the booth with Carp. There's a visitors TV booth for a reason.

  39. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    EJax already trying to nibble and walks the leadoff man. TRUST YOUR STUFF. I have seen this scenario for the last 5 days starting with Detwiler and don't like this trend.

  40. RickH - May 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Drat. I was planning to listen to Charlie and Dave while watching on TV … syncing the DVR to the radio broadcast thru MLB.com. Usually any audio coming from the Internet is behind TV, but this time my TV is actually slower. Not as much fun to hear what happens half a pitch before you see it.

  41. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Avery the leadoff guy is a .238 hitter. This is exactly what the problem has been lately with the pitcher game planning.

  42. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Walk comes back to haunt EJax

  43. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Have to pitch AJones like McCutcheon. EJax lucky that ball met the bottom of Jones bat or it is out 425 feet to straight-away CF for a 3 run HR.

  44. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Zim changed his bat to the Black LVS in case you all are into the trivia. I don't remember him using that for over 2 years. Seemed to help there.

  45. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Great adjustment for EJax attacking the back of the Orioles order. K Street

  46. Theophilus T. S. - May 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Someone needs to tell Jackson the games start at 7, not at 7:30. That lead-off walk was pathetic.

  47. Theophilus T. S. - May 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    As was Ankiel's swinging K.

  48. Exposremains - May 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Ankiel has to be the worst with runners in scoring position or a guy on 3rd with one out. He's an automatic K in those situations.

  49. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    That is just bad. Ankiel can't make contact…again.

  50. Theophilus T. S. - May 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Ankiel — and Werth — seem to think they can put a bat on those low and outside pitches. It's not defending the plate, fending off possible strike-3s, they really think they can serve it over the infield. Idjits.

  51. Fear and Ignorance - May 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    What a surprise…another runner stranded at 3rd. Orioles get him in, Nats do not.

  52. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Glad there is a chorus of discontent on Ankiel's efforts lately.

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    My two biggest pet peaves have already reared their ugly head. Unless the batter is Andrew McCutchen, I cannot stand first batter walks (actually hate all walks, but espciall first batter ones).Second can't stand a strike out of a batter, when a runner is on third with less than 2 outs, and all you have to do is ground out to second basbe, but you swing hard a strike out. (sub pet peave) I really hate when you do not swing at 2 strikes and swing at a rhird struke that is diving into the dirt. Eckstein I blame for those kinds of strike outs, as he is not on the case as far as I can about swinging at balls and not swinging at strikes as most our strike out have both elements usually.

  54. Exposremains - May 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Ankiel has a great arm but on a team with no offense he shouldn't be in the starting lineup.

  55. Gonat - May 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Exposremains said… Ankiel has a great arm but on a team with no offense he shouldn't be in the starting lineup. May 18, 2012 7:52 PM __________________________That's interesting. He ain't going anywhere unless a LH pitcher is on the mound and then until both Morse and Werth return.

  56. Exposremains - May 18, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Actually, they don't lack offense, they lack smart hitting.

  57. Swift Eagle - May 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Not sure we can blame Eck… I think hitting coaches in MLB are not exactly "in charge" of the hitters. The relationship is more like "I'll be here to help if you need it" It's not like an Off. Coordinator in footballBut Manassas Fan is right, the approach of our guys with RISP and less than 2 outs is tough to take

  58. Exposremains - May 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    GoNatI wouldn't mind for a week LF Lombo CF Bernadina RF Harper against RH and LH. Ankiel defensive replacement.

  59. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Manassas Nats'Fan…..you obviously have never seen a hard slider in. That's on the guy in the batters box. Not on the guy that has shown him that exact shotcoming 275 times on the film.

  60. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Exposremains, you are preaching to the choir. That is exactly how you want it for now. Lombo needs starts between LF and 2nd. Espi will need some more of Davey's "mental breaks"

  61. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    The problem with Ankiel is that he gets hot for a week and it buys him a month of playing time where well, he K's a lot.

  62. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Zim zim zim. Pitch track has Strike 3 about 1/2 ball outside of the middle of the plate. That's a mistake pitch that has to become a 2 run HR. SMH

  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Got to wonder. Zim takes two right over the middle of the plate. Desi steals second, and Zim takes one that couldn't have beem nore in the middle if wanted to. Agian what is Eck teaching. Take strikes with guys in scoring position so we can't score? It is not good at all. This approach stinks.

  64. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Exposremains said… The problem with Ankiel is that he gets hot for a week and it buys him a month of playing time where well, he K's a lot. May 18, 2012 8:05 PM _____________________________That is his pattern. Every time you think you have to glue him to the bench he hits a hot streak.

  65. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Ankiel has a hole in is swing approx the size of an SUV, just like most other pitchers…

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    The SLider bothered me less than the two fast balls Ankiel didn't bother swinging at.

  67. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    F&I: Don't know if you saw earlier thread, but thanks for the link yesterday.

  68. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    It does seem like the Eck approach is spend you 1st 2 ABs figuring out the pitcher and on the 3 AB get him. Depending on how many runs the Nats SP gave, you have a win or a loss.

  69. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    These Orioles Broadcasters sound like newbies by saying over and over how great Arieata looks. Nats make every pitcher look like that.

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    The common donominator with all these batters is the coach. The hitting coach should be just like an offensive corrdinator in my opinion.Epsinosa doesn't even bother to swing at one right over the middle. The one before 6 inches outside called a strike that one I don't blame him for the 33rd one right over the middle. What are they looking for?

  71. Theophilus T. S. - May 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Making another chicken-winged RH look like Nolan Ryan.

  72. baseballswami - May 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Watching our offensive offense sure is frustrating. Even when they create the tiniest of opportunities they seem to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Maybe they will be like last night – nothing, followed by nothing, followed by a scoring flurry. I thought for a few games there that the bats were waking up. Lately every guy we face is having the best game of his season and our pitchers are struggling in the first so they give up and early lead. Time for the goon squad yet?

  73. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    There's no such thing as the "Eck Approach" He gives them info on the pitchers and advice on their mechanics…he doesn't determine their strategy at the plate

  74. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    These Orioles guys got so bad I had to go mute. Somebody let me know when our guys get back.

  75. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    LOL…Mike Bordick, Mr. Excitement He's no Cal

  76. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Derek… I've been trying to tell these people for months bu I think most of them relate Eck to their Dads when they were in Little League.

  77. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Flores stealing? I give up.

  78. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Or…. Hit and run with the pitcher up? I still give up.

  79. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I never want someone to lose their job but Eck needs to be replace just so the Nats players think to themselves: this guy we like lost his job because our offense is bad. Time to work harder.

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Ankiel and Flores both ticked me off this inning. Had Ankiel grounded to second when harper was on third on Flores pinded on into the group, then harper scores. Situational hitting killing us.Two runners tossed out now. Why the hit and run with Flores on first. the buunt would be fine.

  81. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Jack, I hope that was a missed sign or something…trying that with Flores running and a pitcher at bat is crazy

  82. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Its been going on for years and no accountability whatsoever.

  83. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Expos guy. You tell that to Davey and be prepared for a serious tongue lashing.

  84. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    NatsJack, I think what he is talking about making sure you have a plan which a lot of the "new school" hitting coaches like McGwire embrace plus he has sound philosophies."My theory is the majority of the time when hitters are struggling it is usually about pitches that they are trying to hit," McGwire says. "They are trying to hit pitches they can’t handle. The whole thing is they have to stay in their zone. They have to understand their strike zone. If you are going to go out of your strike zone and think that you can cover the whole 17 inches of the plate, it is pretty hard to do that up here in the big leagues. … I don’t know of anybody that makes a big living hitting pitches that are off the plate."

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Maybe not having an aprroach is our complaint. Charlie Lau one of the greatest hitting coach said you had to have an approach to every at bat and it was the hitting coaches job to coach.

  86. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    That's why I put up 2 posts. Either way it's ……what?

  87. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Pitch this Jones guy carefully

  88. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM

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  89. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    JackHe would probably do that to everything I have to say.You often hear that Duncan he's a miracle worker with pitcher, is there a hitting coach thats considered a miracle worker.

  90. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    NatsJack, a head scratcher. The bunt works better with the catcher on base because if you get a swing & miss he still has almost no chance to steal.Still a low percentage on hit & run. Real bad.

  91. Get Some Players - May 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Nationals Journal has been literally taken over by Poopy McPoop. He's taunting Nats fans.

  92. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Gonat…..I inderstand that completely. But to think you can take someone as undisciplined as Ankiel and convince him to tale 2 strikes and then choke up and make contact is ludicrous.How many times do you think they've shown Espinosa that breaking ball in or that ball up in the zone he never gets up to?None of that is coaching. It's on the guy in the box.

  93. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Nice job by EJax…In other news, I think Flores just now arrived at 2nd on that steal attempt..

  94. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    The reason why I always watch home feeds on MLB tv is that I dont have to hear the other guys. I really don't need all that pep talk for the Orioles.

  95. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Desi batting .275 now and I can't hear the haters. What rock did you climb under. I guess his High School coach knew what he was talking about.

  96. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    That wasn't a bad pitch either, he went down and got it

  97. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    There is no reason the Nats can't put up a crooked number on Arrieta.

  98. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    NatsJack, it goes back to is it the student or is it the teacher? In the case of Espi and Ankiel, the answer is student(s)

  99. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Ump, come on. 4th pitch to Zim was a BALL

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Desi swings at a fast ball middle half and hits a homer. That is what you do, you do not just take it.

  101. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    An MLB hitting coach is like a caddy or maybe a QB coach in football. He's not the off. coordinator. He doesn't have the authority to make demands of the players…Advice and info only.

  102. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_05_18_balmlb_wasmlb_1&mode=gameday#gid=2012_05_18_pitmlb_detmlb_1&mode=gamedayVerlander on McCutcheon: Chase it! 0-2 with a walk!Oh and by the way, Verlander has a no-hitter thru 7 full

  103. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 19, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Gonat, what was my comment this morning. Two worse offensive teams back to back in San Diego and Pittsburgh. Poor game planning.

  104. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    What the f is going on? Espinosa bunting with 2 strikes? This isn't Little League. Sheesh

  105. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    That whole scene with Espinosa was just bad baseball. From the strategy to the execition…..horrible.

  106. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Steals? Bunts? Somewhere Earl Weaver is wondering what his boy DJ is doing tonight. Very strange

  107. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    The execution is just piss poor. 2 foul outs and a strikeout bunt attempt by your 2nd baseman who popped up foul the 2nd strike.

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    That is just terrible hitting approach (oh that is right the hitting coach isn't coaching approach). harper singles, then Epsonos K on a foul third strike bunt (no position player should ever have that happen), then 2 lazy foul pops. Come on huys get serious. Two hitters are doing the job tonight the rest took annual leave.

  109. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Then my point is you need to change the funtion of the batting coach. Charlie Lau was hands on, and he is the best I know of. I would prefer a hands on approach. Why call him a coach if he is only an adviser (who isn't giving advise). Take him off the payrioll.

  110. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    What was the expectation? Harper on 2nd with 1 out and Ankiel up? Hell… We've already seen Ankiel with a man on third and 1 out andthat didn't amount to anything.I'm baffled.

  111. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Gonat, what was my comment this morning. Two worse offensive teams back to back in San Diego and Pittsburgh. Poor game planning. May 18, 2012 9:06 PM ______________________________No doubt. Not that you expect a no-hitter into the 9th inning but you do expect a well pitched game with a plan. Neither existed in JZim's start yesterday, Strasburg's and Detwiler's starts against San Diego.

  112. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    anybody thinks that Desmond could be more useful in the 6th spot

  113. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    MASN puts 2 Nats up for player of the game and 1 O. If the Nats split their votes, guess who wins that vote.

  114. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Best I can figure, Charlie Lau has been dead for 27 years. How about bringing something a little more current to your argument.

  115. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Exposremains said… anybody thinks that Desmond could be more useful in the 6th spot May 18, 2012 9:18 PM _________________________________Yes, but there isn't a leadoff hitter on that roster who can do better than Desmond. Don't say Lombo because Davey isn't starting him.

  116. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Why am I not comfortable with T-Clip in this situation? Sure hope he proves me wrong.

  117. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    LOL. Was Charlie Lau the guy with the 700 page play book?

  118. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    No…but he wrote a decent book on hitting. And it was a little less than 700 pages.

  119. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 19, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    NatsJack, you know I will answer that, Kevin Long, Mark McGwire and Derek Shelton

  120. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    No hitter over for Verlander

  121. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    I remember that book. Lots of pictures of G Brett. Verlander No Hitter spoiled with 1 out in 9th

  122. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    and mighty Harrison(you don't want to make a mistake on) breaks the no-hitter

  123. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Carpenter in his grand style jinxed Verlander

  124. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Great pitcher FPs with Clip covering 1st.

  125. UnkyD - May 19, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Nostalgic, for a good old-fashioned Zimmy Walk-Off… How'bout it?!

  126. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    these stupid polls are just one more way for MASN to insult the Nats

  127. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    I feel a LaRoche or Bryce BAM BAM lefty on lefty HR here! LaRoche is just happy that Arrieta is gone.

  128. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    I agree but you have to look at the quality of the bats they get to work with. Aside from Zim and LaRoche and maybe Werth, who are the proffesional bats on this team? It was DaRosa I was looking forward to showing guys how it's done and that still may happen. But it's really impossible to make chicken salad out of chicken sh–.

  129. UnkyD - May 19, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Kid… Kid… Kid…..

  130. Les_in_NC - May 19, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    go ahead Bam Bam, swing for the fences!

  131. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    That's how a LOOGY is supposed to do his job. Sucks though…no Walk-off there. On to extra innings.Where is Belliard when we need him?

  132. UnkyD - May 19, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Rats. Good looking pitch, on the 'tracker…?

  133. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Extra innings…I think Bordick already left..

  134. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    FP trying to get Bordick to loosen up, didn't work..

  135. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    and the walk…

  136. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Where was that Strike 3 pitch???

  137. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    I'm still on mute.

  138. Les_in_NC - May 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    someone should have told Burny that the Strike zone was a little high tonight…

  139. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    MASN, how's about showing that pitch track?

  140. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    All 6 pitches to W Bet were strikes on Pitch F/X…

  141. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Swift Eagle, I don't think 2 of them were as they were on the bottom of the zone and sure could have been called a strike by an ump that gives the low pitch. Pitch #6 was full ball in the strike zone. Blown call again.

  142. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    but they show pitch track on swinging strike.

  143. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Lefty on deck Sean.

  144. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Gonat, You're right. I'm a fan, I want every call!

  145. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Exposremains, If you are looking at MLB Pitch Track it isn't entirely accurate. PitchFX site is the same technology MLB uses to judge the umps.

  146. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Would any real Nats fan at the game please strangle any idiot in your immediate vecinity doing the wave. We'll assist in your defense fund.

  147. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Swift Eagle, I'm a big homie and I had to tell the real deal. Still, pitch #6 was a strikeout. Should be inning over already.

  148. Fear and Ignorance - May 19, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    1-1 game in the 10th inning…2 Orioles on the bases…and they are doing the wave!!! What a joke!!! Whoever is responsible for Terrance should be fired tonight!!!

  149. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    GonatI meant that MASN showed pitch track on the swinging strike of I cant remember who and not on the non-call strike to Betemit

  150. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Much credit to Burnett. As much crap as I give on strategy, they pitched Hall perfectly. First 3 pitches were hoping he chased a ball out of the zone as they had they Lefty on deck.TIME FOR ESPI or ANKIEL to be a WALK-OFF HERO!!!!

  151. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Expos, we were talking about the non-call on Betemit

  152. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Can the Boredick shut the "F" up. He's worse than the wave!

  153. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Lean in to that Danny!

  154. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    1st HBP of the year!

  155. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    and Bob repeats my post

  156. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Don't have to throw a strike to get Ankiel out

  157. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Ank with another horrible at-bat. BUNT because you sure can't hit

  158. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    5 feet outside and Flores swings. WTF is going on?

  159. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Did DJ really thought Ankile was gonna hit an extra base hit here.

  160. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Carp jinxes the Nats once again. He seems to do that all the time on these dual broadcasts to make himself come across as impartial. NatsJack, how much can I pay to knock him in his noggin?

  161. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    If you bunt Espinosa in on 3rd now.

  162. Fear and Ignorance - May 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Not that it makes any difference with this team, but how can you not bunt Ankkkkkiel in that situation?

  163. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    OK…I got past that bad feeling when T-Clip came in but I've got the same feeling with Matteus.

  164. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Why was DJ playing for 1 run in the middle innings, but not in extra innings?? Curious

  165. baseballswami - May 19, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Can anyone one this team sacrifice? All they do is swing for the fences–and miss.

  166. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Hey ig…maybe because Ankiel can't bunt.

  167. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Carp is just thanking cr-p. The Nats should of put this away a long time ago with all the chances they had.Ankiel should have been bunting to get Espi to 2nd. Davey, where is your head tonight?

  168. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Way to go Davey. Lead off man on first — 10th inning, no out.and you don't bunt. You let a .230 hitter swing away — and a .240 hitter ground into a 4-6-3.You don't manage at all, Davey. You stink. Totally.

  169. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Can there be a more mono-toned bore than Mike Bordick? Worse even than Ron Deer.

  170. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Sickening, just sickening. And we have to see the MASN cameras search out some Orange clad losers in our home park.

  171. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Way to go Davey. This one is on you. Way to swing the bat, Nick.

  172. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Haha, So the cheering fans in black and orange are O's fans? Thanks for telling me Bordick, I didn't know that

  173. Bigfish - May 19, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Man, listening to Bordick's monotone REALLY makes me appreciate FP.

  174. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    FP is exactly right but many umpires would have punched out Markakis on that 1-2 pitch.

  175. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    I hear lots of Lets Go O's cheeers. Will Washington ever draw its own fans?

  176. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    the only time we fill up our stadium is when we play a team whose loyal fans follow their team.

  177. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    What did Carp say at the top of the inning? The 61 HR Orioles haven't hit a Home Run tonight.

  178. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    You're right, Gonat. this ump has not been good.

  179. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    as long as nothing is done about the offense, this will keep happening.

  180. Les_in_NC - May 19, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    At least Lombo will (hopefully) be leading off the bottom of 11. Maybe the Shark can win this one for us.

  181. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Okay .. does Davey steal Lombo — bunt Desi –? or let him swing?

  182. baseballswami - May 19, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Once again the pitching holds the other team down for long stretches. The offense just stalls. Every time we get someone on, nothing happens.

  183. Tcostant - May 19, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I can't understand no bunt either. But here comes two runs, I just feel it.

  184. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Can someone do a Belliard here with a Walkoff?

  185. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Looks like the O's version of Henry

  186. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    hahaha Now he bunts — our hottest hitter. Good job. haha

  187. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Ought to be 3-0

  188. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Bunting doesn't mean you have to bunt balls

  189. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Now that is just unlucky.

  190. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Good job all around. Good job Davey.You have Lombo steal second with a wild pitcher throwing –THEN YOU BUNT DESI.Davey, you are an idiot.

  191. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Best Bernadina strikeout of the year

  192. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    You gonna bunt Zim, now Davey ?? haha

  193. Swift Eagle - May 19, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Bold Approach by Bernadina there…

  194. Exposremains - May 19, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    now we know why they don't bunt. Its a problem when leadoff hitter cant even bunt.

  195. D'Gourds - May 19, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Such bad at bats this game. Really bad situational hitting. C'mon Adam. Make us feel good.

  196. baseballswami - May 19, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Prediction: not once this season will Davey ever take responsibility for a bad decision. He will throw the players under the bus.

  197. ehay2k - May 19, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    OK, is this February? Because it feels like Groundhog Day, Bill Murray style. Lombo hit by pitch. Desi sees wild high first pitch, followed by two more balls, but even though he's bunting, falls behind 1-2, then hits into a DP. What in the world are these guys taught? Oh, sorry,the hitting coach must teach something else. PLEASE FIRE THEN HITTING COACH!!!

  198. hiramhover - May 19, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Desi really doesn't know how to do anything but swing away.Hope that ALR can pull this out….

  199. Gonat - May 19, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Best situation with LaRoche up and he nubs one back to the pitcher. Just one of the worst games from guys going clutch.

  200. NatsFanJim - May 19, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Listen to the roar of that crowd. An Orioles crowd. check out Strop wearing his hat Gangsta Style. that's classy … real classy.

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