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Game 43: Nats at Phillies

May 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann faces Roy Halladay tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals always have trouble scoring runs for Jordan Zimmermann, right? Well, they're in luck tonight, because the man on the mound opposing Zimmermann will be the very hittable … Roy Halladay. Good luck with that.

Actually, Halladay hasn't pitched quite up to his usual standards this season; he enters this game with a pedestrian 3.22 ERA (though that number plummets to 2.29 if you throw out the right-hander's eight-run fiasco at Atlanta earlier this month).

Point is, the Nationals have their work cut out for them tonight. Davey Johnson will stick with the same lineup that last night produced two runs against Kyle Kendrick: Steve Lombardozzi leading off in left field, Ian Desmond hitting fifth, Danny Espinosa hitting sixth. Zimmermann, meanwhile, will hope to do his thing against a Phillies lineup that remains without Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins (the latter of which was placed on MLB's paternity leave list today).

Updates to come, so please check back often…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 189
Weather: Chance of storms, 74 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (25-17)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman 3B Chad Tracy
1B Adam LaRoche

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193 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Pilchard - May 22, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    So, if the Nats are in a 9th inning save situation, who gets the ball? – Burnett- Stammen – Lefty/Righty combo of Stammen/Burnett- Clippard- Henry- Closer by committee

  2. peric - May 22, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Free Corey Brown!

  3. TimDz - May 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Wonder if MASN will have Viagra as a sponsor now that they have activated Wang?(ducks…)

  4. peric - May 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Or Trojan … :)

  5. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Pilchard said…So, if the Nats are in a 9th inning save situation, who gets the ball? I hear Daniel Cabrera is available. Control is every bit as good as HRod's, but he's probably a lot cheaper…You know, this wouldn't be such a big fat hairy deal if we could score seven or eight runs a couple of times a week. Getting tired of hearing Carpenter saying, "That's the 25th" (or whatever) "homer the Nats have hit in the last 18" (or whatever) "games." Yeah, and 24 of them have come with the bases empty because half the lineup is evidently in a competition to win the 2012 Matt Stairs Memorial Trophy.

  6. Doc - May 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    So yeah, Mark, what's the scuttlebutt on Davey and the closer stuff???

  7. Kirbs - May 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Epic pitching matchup tonight. Looks like another oh-fer for Ankiel? I don't get why we can't do stammen 7, burnett 8 and clip 9?

  8. bowdenball - May 22, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Pilchard-Definitely not Stammen after pitching two innings last night. You can probably eliminate Rodriguez since the game is in the same place and being played under the same rainy conditions. I'd say Burnett is the best bet. Maybe a right-handed wildcard if there's three righties due up in the 9th. I'm just hoping we can get to a save situation in the first place, on the road against Halladay.

  9. baseballswami - May 22, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    So Jordan is second in the majors in having the lowest run support. Halladay is –well, Halladay. Reverse lock in effect? On any given night? That's why they don't play the games on paper? Go Nats!

  10. Unknown - May 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    "…half the lineup is evidently in a competition to win the 2012 Matt Stairs Memorial Trophy." Candide, that was an epic line! I'm still LMAO!!!! hahahaha!

  11. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    On the Wang/Detwiler question, I predict that Wang will inhabit the bullpen for a week or so (and probably not pitch much if at all) to let Detwiler take another start against the leftie heavy Braves. Then Wang will get a start, perhaps initially to give everyone an extra day's rest, which wouldn't be a bad thing at this point. But if he does well, he'll stay in the rotation with Det moving to the bullpen, saving his arm for the stretch run when Stras is shut down. Det can be an effective two inning guy (with four RH starters, he and Gorzo can share that duty, or a LOOGY, or even a surprise closer. And yes, he can follow one of our right handed starters for two or three innings of work to actually finish a game, giving the rest of the bullpen the night off, the way Gorzo did a little while ago. So Det gives Davey a versatile weapon out of the 'pen, and a superb spot starter when needed. I just don't see Wang being effective out of the bullpen, or Davey being able to figure out a way to use him to good effect. This "starter's schedule" stuff doesn't seem to give much flexibility.

  12. JaneB - May 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Say what you will about Ank at the plate, the guy saves us runs against in so many games! I was really happy to see him take the field on Sunday, when he did. That said, I'm getting intrigued with this Corey Brown kid.Looking forward to meeting him.I think Roy will not be having his best night tonight. But Jordan will.GYFNG!

  13. alm - May 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Here's what Davey should do with Wang. Have him be the back-up pitcher for Stras. Let Stras pitch 5 innings and then bring Wang in to finish the game – giving him time to warm up for the hour he normally takes.Has it ever been done? Don't think so. Could it work, maybe. It stretches Stras until later in the season. Is it a stupid idea? Yes, but its not more stupid than making believe that Wang can be used as a long reliever.GO Nats, beat the Philties.

  14. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    great take on how it should all shake out 222. Tha's more than likely the organizations approach. Detwiler's start Friday nite is big for his immediate future.

  15. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    great take on how it should all shake out 222. Tha's more than likely the organizations approach. Detwiler's start Friday nite is big for his immediate future.

  16. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    great take on how it should all shake out 222. Tha's more than likely the organizations approach. Detwiler's start Friday nite is big for his immediate future.

  17. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    great take on how it should all shake out 222. Tha's more than likely the organizations approach. Detwiler's start Friday nite is big for his immediate future.

  18. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 22, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Forget our lineup's shortcomings for a minute.Here are the Phillies 6-7-8-9 batters (Note: I didn't say hitters):1B Hector LunaSS Freddy Galvis2B Mike FontenotRHP Roy HalladayWow. How the mighty have fallen. I really like the Nats tonight against this crew.

  19. A DC Wonk - May 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    peric said… Free Corey Brown!Liberate Ankiel! (Meaning, give him a rest, start him on the bench).Agreed he saves some runs in the outfield, but, sheesh, how many times are we going to see him strike out with guys on third base and less than two outs, when all we need is for him to make any contact at all? Instead he's swinging for the fences, and missing on the same pitches. My two-weeks-of-a-fan daughter already knows the drill: "Ankiel strikes out on a high fastball". (Although, he did fool us last night, as he struck out on a low off speed pitch last night).Having Espit and Ankiel, the two strikeout champs on the team, back-to-back is killing us.(rant mode over)(that's why I want, at least, Flores and Ankiel to switch places in the lineup).OK, Anky, prove me wrong!

  20. A DC Wonk - May 22, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    baseballswami said…So Jordan is second in the majors in having the lowest run support. Halladay is –well, Halladay. Reverse lock in effect? On any given night? That's why they don't play the games on paper?Let's not forget: Padres have beaten Halladay twice this season!(The secret to that: both times the Padres held the Phillies to one run).Well . . . since we held them to one run yesterday, maybe . . . ?GYFNG!

  21. alm - May 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Davey had the same thought about the bottom of their line-up last night when he sent Henry in there for the 9th. I hate those reverse locks when they work against us…

  22. A DC Wonk - May 22, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Here are the Phillies 6-7-8-9 batters (Note: I didn't say hitters):1B Hector LunaSS Freddy Galvis2B Mike FontenotRHP Roy HalladayWell . . Halladay's hitting over .200 this season ;-)

  23. SpingfieldNatsFan1 - May 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    I see tonight's game as a potential turning point for the season. In the past, a game against Doc Halladay was almost an automatic loss…even if the Nats were going good at the time, they'd get dominated by the Phillies pitching and let it spiral into losing like 7 out of the next 10 games. If they really have turned a corner and can beat one of the top 10 pitchers in MLB in his home stadium, then I really will have hope that the Nats– as they are currently constituted–can make a serious run for at least a wild card this year.Go Nats!!!

  24. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    1B Hector LunaIsn't he running an ad on MASN every half inning? 877-241-LUNA.

  25. A DC Wonk - May 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

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  27. NatsLady - May 22, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    No shame in losing to Halladay, but I sure don't want to. Let's get some runs for JZ.I just wanna clobber COLBERT on national TV tomorrow.

  28. A DC Wonk - May 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Looking for silver linings to help prove to myself that RH is not invincible anymore: he's been surrendering 2 or 3 runs almost every game.(And due to our tremendous pitching, that's often enough to win . . . gulp ;-)More seriously — this is winnable. The bottom line is this: the Phils have been a .500 even with Halladay pitching.The Phils are 4-5 for games where Halladay starts.Mostly because of Halladay's lack of run support.Which brings us back to the beginning: we need JZ and HRod's replacement to shut them down tonight.

  29. do1teach1 - May 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    I will be watching tonight to see if the Nats are determined to cut down on their K's, especially K's looking.Eckstein told me at a fan event that the reason he wants guys watching lots of pitches, even strikes, against Halladay, is to tire Halladay out and get into the bullpen. He told me flatly, "You're not going to beat Roy Halladay."Meantime, Davey has said this team "watches too many strikes."Tonight I think we'll see which philosophy is winning out: the belief in watching lots and lots of strikes to increase pitch count, or the belief in being men and hitting the GD baseball.

  30. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I think the reason that Ank is in center is soley to who is in RF and LF. Ank can take over the out field and run it. That way Davey has 1 experienced guy out there. I do wish he was batting 8th tho.. JFLO could move up a spot.And in the absolutely CLASSIC Division:Candide gets the Post of the Day:You know, this wouldn't be such a big fat hairy deal if we could score seven or eight runs a couple of times a week. Getting tired of hearing Carpenter saying, "That's the 25th" (or whatever) "homer the Nats have hit in the last 18" (or whatever) "games." Yeah, and 24 of them have come with the bases empty because half the lineup is evidently in a competition to win the 2012 Matt Stairs Memorial Trophy.

  31. Another_Sam - May 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I hope every pitcher who takes the mound is effective every outing. But Wang hasn't had one effective inning yet this year. I hope he turns out to be a monster, and I'm hoping to see just that. But I've not seen him retire a hitter yet in the big leages this year. But I'm hopeful.

  32. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    A DC Wonk said…Well . . . since we held them to one run yesterday, maybe . . . ?The problem is, we only scored TWO runs yesterday, against Philadelphia's #5 pitcher. One run may well be all the Phillies need with Halladay pitching. If we get two runs, Zimmermann will regard it as an embarrassment of riches.(I still think he needs to go into the clubhouse after the game with a bat, explain that the purpose of a baseball bat is to hit things with, and demonstrate on the lockers of everyone who struck out more than once during the game.)

  33. baseballswami - May 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    DCWonk – if the Great Stoic Zimmermann ever does that, I hope there is film.

  34. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

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  35. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Tonight I think we'll see which philosophy is winning out: the belief in watching lots and lots of strikes to increase pitch count, or the belief in being men and hitting the GD baseball. That's it, everybody's new walkup music!!(Love the comment "Say what you will, but being able to exercise in 20 pounds of black leather without immediately passing out and dying is macho as hell.")

  36. Another_Sam - May 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Wonk — right on, man. As I've said before, I'm tired of the solo home runs. The solo shots make cool highlights, but that's all.

  37. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Eckstein told me at a fan event that the reason he wants guys watching lots of pitches, even strikes, against Halladay, is to tire Halladay out and get into the bullpen. He told me flatly, "You're not going to beat Roy Halladay."Oh, my. I know, I know–he does this for a living and I don't–but still. That's stunning. Halladay typically goes 7, even 8 innings, per start, and tops 100 pitches. "Swing hard in case you hit it" makes more sense.

  38. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Three-run homers are better than solo, but solo home runs are good. Don't diss the home run, diss the "solo" part. Cart in back, horse in front.

  39. NatsLady - May 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    See, EXACTLY as I advised. Thanks for reading, Davey.Davey moving H Rodriguez to "less demanding" role. Will choose closer game to game based on matchups. 19 minutes ago

  40. NatsLady - May 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    OK, it was sorta obvious, but still… I mean.. EXACTLY! It's also sorta eerie.

  41. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    hmmm.. interesting tweet from Amanda:Amanda Comak‏@acomakClippard has talked at length with Drew Storen about his desire to close, for those asking. "It's not a secret," he said.

  42. NatsLady - May 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Yes, Clip said so in an interview during spring training. Must be some interesting dynamics in that household.

  43. peric - May 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    If Clipp closes it means Burnett has to put out the fires. I don't think that's going to be the best solution … the other guy Davey will call might be Gorzo.

  44. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 9:56 PM

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  45. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    And in other news from the Nats:Washington Nationals‏@NationalsHappy 32nd birthday to the leader of the #GoonSquad, Chad Tracy!GO GOON SQUAD! Happy Birthday Chad! Your present will be hitting a 3 run homer off Doc.

  46. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Candide, you meant that clip to be watched by Ryan Zn, not Jordan Znn, right?

  47. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Clippard wants to close–OF COURSE he does. Geez, who wouldn't want to close, if they weren't starting? Maybe even if they could start. If Mr. Applegate showed up at my porch after the game, I'd want to be a closer. I'd need to specify: "can grow really cool facial hair" in the contract with him. And I get to pick my run in music (which, under the circumstances, would have to be the last part of Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", just to piss him off).

  48. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Or do you want Jordan to be more aggressive at the plate, and avoid drugs while he's at it?

  49. peric - May 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Yes, sec3, Clippard also said that he would like to try starting again …

  50. NatsLady - May 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Sofa, yes. Clip said that too, he wanted to start, regarding both (closer and starter) as "advancing" in his profession.

  51. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Hmmm… now that you point it out, I suppose Ryan could maybe have a look at it. Young lady seems to hit pretty much everything she's swinging at.But I originally meant it for Jordan (hence the "Znn"), as a demonstration of how to physically explain to your colleagues that you feel your run support has been inadequate.

  52. Section 222 - May 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Got it. It's a multi-use video.

  53. baseballswami - May 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I am kind of tired of the complete and total lack of any "small ball" in any situation. Our guys just don't seem to know how to sacrifice. If someone is on third — PLEASE get that ball up into the air and to the warning track – you don't seem to have much trouble doing that other times when you are trying to hit home runs!!! We need to do better at moving runners over and getting them IN. Hope they are locked in tonight!

  54. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    RZ, just got scratched for the birthday boy Chad Tracy! it was "Manager's decision" per Mark on Twitter

  55. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    NatsJack, I wrote you some thoughts at 11:08am in the Burnett post.

  56. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    OK, I'm going to be in a "Damned Phillies" reverie for a while. Go ahead without me.

  57. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Ghost… just read your post from 11:08 and it seems we are of the same thought.

  58. Eugene in Oregon - May 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM

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  59. Eugene in Oregon - May 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    NatsLady said…Sofa, yes. Clip said that too, he wanted to start, regarding both (closer and starter) as "advancing" in his profession.============================"Advancing" = both status and pay. Arbitration panels still overvalue wins and saves (along with other traditional stats such as ERA and Ks), while undervaluing some of the skills/metrics at which Mr. Clippard excels (e.g., holds, FIP, WHIP). The free agent market is a bit better at valuing and rewarding players such as Mr. Clippard, but it's still starters and closers who get the big paychecks.

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Let's win the series tonight and tomorrow can be gravy.

  61. SonnyG10 - May 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Nice Catch, Lombo

  62. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Espi was out.

  63. baseballswami - May 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Anyone else still obsessing about RZ?

  64. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    no

  65. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    BamBam!

  66. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Hmm.. Might actually have to spring for the Actual Harper Jersey!!!

  67. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I was half expecting Harper to tag up on Tracy's infield popup…

  68. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Candide, he is saving that for tomorrow night so that when COLBERT (as NatsLady refers to him) is covering home he can nail him at the plate.

  69. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Roy who?

  70. Cwj - May 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Oh man, go Desi! 4-1 Nats!

  71. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Holy Moly! 4 runs in the 3rd!!! and someone got thrown out! HOW AWESOME IS THIS!

  72. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    CHOOCH got thrown out!

  73. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Loved the dugout shot of Desmond slapping hands all over the place. Everyone with big smiles except for Znn – he's scowling like he just got pulled after trailing 1-0 after seven.

  74. Smatt1001 - May 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Let's go Nats! 2 in a row off Doc.

  75. Cwj - May 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    HP ump hates the Philthies as much as everyone else in the N.L. :D

  76. UnkyD - May 22, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    So…. This what's its line when the other guys melt down…?

  77. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    I hate when the umps make the game about them. I want to see the players play. That said, I got this to say to Ruiz: SEAT!

  78. UnkyD - May 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Espi…. Choking up?! My radio must be squirrelly…

  79. Drew - May 22, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Great job by LaRoche. Now Desmond. Wow!Keep on eating up his pitches.Now one of the Phillies' best hitters is gone. This is a beautiful start.

  80. MicheleS - May 22, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Chooch is one of the most respected catchers in the league, he MUST have said some really BAD magic words. I don't think this HP Ump has the reputation of say.. Joe West

  81. SonnyG10 - May 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Come'on Nats, with our foot on the Philthies neck, lets stomp hard and don't stop.

  82. djinFl. - May 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM

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  83. Candide - May 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    [begin_Bull_Durham]Teddy Cullinane: [broadcasting on the radio] I've never seen Crash so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that's a no-no with umpires.Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must've called the guy a c**ksucker.Annie: Mmmmm. How romantic. [end_Bull_Durham]

  84. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Can we get more pictures of that Imperial Eagle up on the rafter, before the Nats come to bat again?

  85. NatsJack in Florida - May 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Joe…I agree but as a catcher, you can't turn atound and beef about a call. The ump actually let him go alot longer than normal before running him.

  86. djinFl. - May 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    The boys from Philly are not used to not getting the call on every pitch. Welcome to the cellar, been their experienced that.

  87. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Ok, Jordan, time for you to dig deep.

  88. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    NJ.. you said it.. after seeing the replay, the fact that Chooch turned around and was jawing was the ticket to getting kicked out..And how about Znn striking out Pence!!

  89. UnkyD - May 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    PFB…. Your walk up music link wouldn't play for me… Morganfield? Diddly… Spencer Davis? Chicago….?

  90. Candide - May 23, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Way to go, Znn!

  91. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    OMG!!! Ankiel!!!!

  92. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    MicheleS and Jack, I'm pretty sure that particular ump takes great offence to the "f" word.Nice shot ,Rick Ankiel!

  93. NatsLady - May 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Ankiel??????!!!!!!!!

  94. Smatt1001 - May 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    WOW! Sounds like Ankiel blasted that one. What's up with Doc? Not that I mind.

  95. UnkyD - May 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Ankiel…… It seems to be a party!!! With Doc Halliday serving the cake… Who'd a thunk it?

  96. NatsJack in Florida - May 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Again….that's the kind of effort these guys are learning from Gio. If only Detwiler will adopt the mental toughness that these other guys are showing, it will be terrific.

  97. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Unky D … ummm, not exactly. Let's say it was a tribute to our fallen heroes of Disco. Macho Man

  98. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Just turned on the recording of the game and caught up. Phillies are melting down. Zimmn and Flores look to be on the same page.Also, when did we bring in a new hitting coach? ;-)

  99. phil dunton - May 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Wow, offense at last, and off of Doc Halladay. When Harper hits, this is a different team.

  100. djinFl. - May 23, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Phillie announcer sais J Zimm's effort running out his at bat, shows how bad the Nats want to beat the Phillies.

  101. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Oh, yeah, some of us questioned the wisdom of leaving Roy in for so many innings/pitches for the past couple of years.Also my wife is lurking on the board now. We need to draw her in.

  102. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Ankiel swings hard which results in a lot of K's, bit occasionally he dings one. Leep it up boys.

  103. NatsJack in Florida - May 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    the hitting coach is only responsable for failed hitting. At least according to a majority of the posters on this site.

  104. UnkyD - May 23, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    PFB: hilarious! Muddy, Bo and Stevie are more heroic to me, though… (not that there's anything wrong with that…lol)

  105. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Tick Tock phans, Tick Tock. And of course, the phans are booing their own team, for being down in the 4th inning.I love it.

  106. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Joe Seamhead's Wife.. COME ON DOWN.. we always want more women on the board!!! Sometimes we need to keep the boys in line and are always looking for recruits.

  107. djinFl. - May 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Wang getting ready for the 7th ?Gotta love it. Are they sure they want to get to our bullpen.

  108. Faraz Shaikh - May 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    are you serious?

  109. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    TICK TOCK!Hey, that's got legs!

  110. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    What did I say? Swing hard in case you hit it!

  111. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Hmmm.. Maybe Doc can become a DH? The pitching thing may not be working anymore. Tick Tock…

  112. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Wives in the house? Sec. 1 is in the sofa tonight–the Currently Strawberry Blonde Cubs Fan Wife.

  113. baseballswami - May 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    It's early – waaay too early to get smug, folks. The baseball gods don't like it at all.

  114. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Phillie announcer sais J Zimm's effort running out his at bat, shows how bad the Nats want to beat the Phillies.HEY FP — if you're reading now, tell them he's busting down the line only because Zimmermann is trying to beat Strasburg.

  115. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Michele, she lives and breathes the Nats, but cell phones, blogs, even e-mail, not so much. She kind of stunned me today by telling me that she not only read this blog, but also the Phillies blogs today! Neither one of us even own a cell phone! How about Desi?

  116. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Desi draws a walk? Awesome.

  117. Candide - May 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Cunegonde was here for a while, eating her microwave dinner. She likes Ankiel. I tried explaining to her that he stinks. SOB then goes yard to embarrass me in front of my wife. Bastage.

  118. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Heyman Chimes in on the Closer situation.. guess this means all the National reporters will be in town tomorrow night for when Bryce old schools COLBERT

  119. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Nice catch by Pence, but you could tell that was painful.

  120. Drew - May 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Desmond walks! This is not sarcasm. I think it's great. Halladay uses up more pitches.Nice play by Pence. He's quite a ballplayer.

  121. NatsLady - May 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    You do know that COLBERT is his given name, right? I didn't just make that up.Colbert Michael "Cole" Hamels (born December 27, 1983 in San Diego, California) is a left-handed starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.

  122. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Candide, Nelson Munz called. He said you'd know.

  123. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    YUP.. NatsLady.. knew that.. and we can point that out every time we face him.

  124. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Colbert (is the "t" silent?) will get an earful his nect game at Nats Park. It's just like cheering for "Larry" at Chipper Jones when we play the Braves.

  125. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    SO, NatsLady, is that "COLE-bert" or "Col-bair"?

  126. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    LOL PFB, I guess simple minds think alike.

  127. NatsJack in Florida - May 23, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Jordan isn't doing himself any favors tonite.

  128. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Enquiring minds…

  129. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    This is ZNN!!!!

  130. JaneB - May 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Hey! Wife of Joe Seamhead! Come join his Imaginary Friends here. Like MichelleS said, we can use some more women here. I love that FP just told the kids to make the play at third and don't play umpire. And I love even more that JZimm struck out Luna and stranded those guys.

  131. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    NJ.. I wonder how long or how many pitches Davey leaves ZNN for? I figure he might be out for the 6th at least.

  132. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Watching Zimnn pitch tonight, I get the same feeling I get other nights he pitches: He just seems to be trying to be too fine with his location. Does anyone else think he wastes a lot of pitches because he would rather be way off the plate than allow the batter to make contact with the head (or the handle) of the bat?

  133. NatsLady - May 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Thank you, JZ. Way not to let that ump get to ya!!!!!

  134. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Just an update.. Cinci leads 4-2… just sayin.

  135. DannyEllinosa - May 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    And for some reason I like Ian's homer most of all… So far.

  136. Drew - May 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Jordan's at 98 pitches. It's time for Gorzy to limber up those big Chiclets. Chomp those Phils! (Don't forget to floss.)

  137. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Michele, this is the Internet. No one knows for sure if you're a woman. The only poster I know of here that I think is very likely to be a woman is JaneB. Only because I saw someone reputed to be JaneB after the game outside the tent where Johnny Holiday and Ray Knight do the postgame. (But I am still not 100% that is the same entity that posts here.) Oh, and Zimnn!!

  138. JaneB - May 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    It has to be ColBERT, even if it's pronounced Steven's way. And isn't it great that JZimm got another hit? Maybe this next inning will ne nice and clean and short.

  139. JaneB - May 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    I met MichelleS at Pups in the Park. She's definitely a woman. Smart, too.

  140. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    and NatsJack can attest to me being a woman… I met him too!

  141. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Oh JaneB, how can we trust you? Mentioning Pups in the park reminds me of that classic New Yorker cartoon, where the pooch is at the keyboard thinking: "On the Internet, no one knows you are a dog."So, I say Woof!

  142. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    As is the estimable NatsFan1a, and a couple of others I happen to know for reasonably sure.And EHay, on Znn missing away, you'd rather have him be wild where they can't hit it than miss out over the plate where it gets hammered.

  143. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    ehay2k.. I think Jordan reads this blog in between innings.. ;-).. he must have seen your comment about letting the batters make contact!!!

  144. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Joking of course – I am actually a cat.

  145. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    All my posts go straight via SMS to Zimnn's phone. to set it up. Just text FANTASY to 29292 OK – NOT true, just in case there are kids reading this.

  146. Candide - May 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    ehay2k said…that classic New Yorker cartoon, where the pooch is at the keyboard thinking: "On the Internet, no one knows you are a dog."Yeah, I found that was a bit of a problem when I was doing the online dating thing…

  147. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Philly or no, I like to see 30th round picks make it up to the Show.

  148. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Candide, did you try sending them a picture to prove it?

  149. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Oh, I think she (I am being presumptive here) means most of the "men" were dogs.Shouldn't be a surprise, actually.

  150. Candide - May 23, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    ehay2k, I'm pretty sure I'm a guy. Let me check… Yup, uh-huh, my boys are still down there…

  151. Drew - May 23, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    ehay: Somebody showed me a New Yorker cartoon that depicted Superman on a psychiatrist's couch.He says: "I'm fine, but Clark Kent can't find a newspaper job."

  152. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Sorry Candide, and as I said (apologetically at that) I was being presumptive.But, the men and dogs comment probably not any less true!

  153. NatsJack in Florida - May 23, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Yep….MicheleS is most certainly a woman. And I've met JaneB and natsfan1a…..both nice ladies, as well.

  154. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I'm pretty sure I'm a guy. Let me check…Far Side cartoon: Dog leaning out the window of a car in the driveway, talking to another dog in the yard: "Ha Ha Rusty–guess what? I'M going to the vet to get tutored!"

  155. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Maybe they can have a cartoon with all the phillies on the couch, with Father Time as the psychiatrist, with the phillies asking – How did we get so bad so fast?

  156. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    ehay2k..you fogot the grandfather clock in the back ground going TICK TOCK

  157. JaneB - May 23, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    ehay2K, I love that cartoon idea!

  158. JaneB - May 23, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Espi seems to do better on nights when Lombo is playing, too. I like it!

  159. JaneB - May 23, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I wrote this before FP said the same thing. Just sayin'…

  160. Candide - May 23, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    ehay, your grovelling apology is magnanimously accepted :-)

  161. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    FP – please ask Carp where he bought his necktie.

  162. Drew - May 23, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Another Far Side cartoon: A farmer is sitting on his front porch and watching a cow get out of a taxi. The farmer calls to his wife — "Martha — you won't believe it, but the cows have come home!"

  163. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    oh.. IAN if you are reading this later tonight.. SERIOUSLY.. MASN only shows you when you are sticking your finger in your nose.

  164. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    MicheleS, that's definitely Angelos trying to drive fans away.

  165. Fear and Ignorance - May 23, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Enough with the Phillies getting old thing…not one of their good players is over the age of 34. Just because they are not 24, doesn't mean they are old. They will be a very good team by the end of the year, and anybody that is ready to bury them will be eating a lot of crow come September.

  166. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I like Hunter Pence.. I especially like when he is all arms and gangly legs striking out or flaying at a pitch that goes back to Gorzo…

  167. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    F&I.. are you the older sibling.. because this is just the younger sibling getting a small measure of revenge after all the wedgies we got from the older sibling (phillies).

  168. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    TICK TOCK, MP.

  169. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Oh, and that right there, to Kratz, is why you don't want to miss over the plate.

  170. SCNatsFan - May 23, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Is it me or does it seem Gorz gives up a run every outing.C'mon Nats, finish them out.

  171. SonnyG10 - May 23, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    We got a save situation. Let's see whatcha got, Clip.

  172. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Harper has several doubles and triples already, and we know he has power and speed. When do you think he gets his first cycle?I'll go bold and say it's before the All-Star break.

  173. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Sofa PFB.. I say Bryce gets hitterish when the Yanks come to town and gets his 1st cycle then

  174. Drew - May 23, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Corey Brown hit a three-run shot for his 10th homer and knocked in five. Danny Rosenbaum's start against Altoona was rained out.Have mercy, Tyler. Throw strikes.

  175. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    F&I – they are not all old, but 34 is not actually young, in MLB terms, unless you are a lefty SP. Key players are: Ryan Howard: 33 already, his bloated 5 year extension starts NEXT YEAR, and he tore his achilles last fall. He won't be anywhere near 100% until next season. Old, and can't be moved. Polanco: 37 (I guess you don't think he is good) Utley: 33 has chronic knee problems. Even if he were 25, he would play old. Not sure when he was hatched (he is one of my least favorite players), but he is playing well beyond his years already. Pitching staff? Lotta guys with high mileage guys like Halladay 35, Contreras is older than Livo, Lee is almost 34. Do your homework before you post defense of the damn phillies here. So, as I said, Tick Tock.

  176. SCNatsFan - May 23, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Should have put in Henry just to make it interesting

  177. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    SCnatsfan has a sadistic streak.. not sure my stomach or liver likes that

  178. Candide - May 23, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    SCNats, bite your tongue.

  179. DannyEllinosa - May 23, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Carpenter supplies enough doom & gloom scenarios without Henry

  180. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Oh, Henry would have been perfect – imaging the phans reaction if he had a PFB night!Oh, and LaRoche is a vaccuum at first!

  181. Candide - May 23, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    WOOHOOOOOOOOO!(copyright 2012 MicheleS)

  182. Cwj - May 23, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Awesome! Go Nats!

  183. MicheleS - May 23, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! NATS WIN!!!!

  184. ehay2k - May 23, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Nats Park North indeed!

  185. SonnyG10 - May 23, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    HooRayyyyy!!!!! Series victory. Going for sweep!!!

  186. djinFl. - May 23, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Cincy wins

  187. SCNatsFan - May 23, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    God I love expecting to win instead of hoping to win.Somewhere Stan the plan is thinking "I knew it would just take time".

  188. UnkyD - May 23, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    We just GOTTA figger some kind of portable sub klaxon!!!WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!'

  189. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 23, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Look at that, no drama in the 9th!!!

  190. TimDz - May 23, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    A 1-2-3 ninth for the save?Where the Hell's the fun in THAT?:)

  191. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 23, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Back in 1st place!!!!

  192. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 23, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Soul Possession!

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x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
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y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.0
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