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Game 63: Yankees at Nats

Jun 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann faces Andy Pettitte in today's game at Nationals Park.

It took Davey Johnson awhile to post his lineup this morning, a product of some uncertainty about Ian Desmond's status. Turns out Desmond's potentially injured oblique isn't serious enough to keep him from playing today. Adam LaRoche, on the other hand, was a bit of a surprise scratch.

We didn't get a chance to ask Johnson about LaRoche during our pregame briefing, but the hunch is that Johnson simply wanted to give Tyler Moore a chance to start three days after he clubbed the first two home runs of his career in Toronto. And with left-hander Andy Pettitte on the mound for the Yankees, why not give Moore that opportunity today?

Jordan Zimmermann, meanwhile, will face a New York lineup that is without Alex Rodriguez, with manager Joe Girardi giving his star third baseman a day off. All of the other Yankee regulars are in there.

Lots of updates to come throughout the game, so please check back often…

NEW YORK YANKEES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 176
Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (38-24)
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse

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159 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    GYFNG!!!! BEAT THE YANKEES!!!!

  2. TimDz - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Ok…..The flatness rationale can not be applied here…The team needs to drive in the RISP …GYFNG!

  3. Doc - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Danny at leadoff….OK…wad's that about??

  4. m20832 - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    With Espi batting RH and Tyler Moore in, I can see a win!GYFNG!!!

  5. Grandstander - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Danny consistently bats leadoff against lefties while Lombo sits.

  6. peric - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    As I keep saying much prefer HRod to Brad Lidge. Lidge is done. HRod still has it if he can control it. Not sure why Lidge is even there if Mattheus is ready?

  7. Candide - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Update to yesterday – couldn't get a web connection in section 117 but doing fine today in 409…Anyway, two notes:1) Cunegonde and I both sang The Star Spangled Banner out loud – decent singer made it easy.2) Of all the people in the world to be sitting in the row behind us, about 50 feet away – Robin Ficker. Jeeze, made me embarrassed to be a Nats fan. What a loud-mouthed jerk.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Oeric agree I can live HRod as he has potential, Lidge is on the down hill slide.Aslo concerning my rant two weeks ago about the pathetic 26th place hitting with RISP .221 aveage after the marlins series. Since then we have improved the average to .224 ( not much_, but worse we dropped to 27th meaning other teams improved more. Despite that we are 14 games above .500just imagine if the players started hitting with RISPGYFNG

  9. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    To put the Nats' degree of difficulty in perspective:Only 15 teams have scored more runs than they've allowed.Five of them are in the AL East.

  10. natsfan1a - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I have no idea who Robert Ficker is, but I'm okay with that. :-)On a game note, evidently Pettite has never won in Washington. Let's keep it that way, boys! Would be nice to give Jordan some run support as well. But if we can get only one, let's get the curly W for the team. Execative summary: I can has win? kaithxbai.

  11. Wendell - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Well that's a good start

  12. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Candide–Robin Ficker makes me embarrassed to be an American. A tawdry example of democracy at work and gone awry all rolled into one.Drew–Great stat. AL East is tough despite our early luck with it.

  13. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Don't nibble, Jordan, lock in and put Swisher away.

  14. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    @MicheleS: It was an absolute pleasure meeting you last night. Thanks so much for taking the effort to track me down. Trust me, that's not where I normally sit. Jaleh (wife) was suitably impressed. When I finally told her all about Nats Insider and that's what I do most days and nights, I think she was suitably relieved it wasn't a porn site or something untoward. She logged on last night, read a few comments turns to me and goes, "I don't understand any of this stuff. But it looks like you people have fun with it." Now that I've used up by one game a season with her, we'll have to go to a game together. She's cool with it. Once you showed her the picture of Baby Z, I think she realized it's all G-rated here. Again, thanks for stopping by. It was the highlight of that game.GYFNG!!

  15. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    It's like pulling teeth with tweezers to get these guys out. It's like having a root canal to watch. Oh, Jordan.

  16. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Here we go with one of Zimm's troubling mid-innings. Work fast, throw strikes.

  17. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Nady comes up smelling like a rose. Wow. Come on guys buckle down.

  18. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Robin Ficker was a legendarily obnoxious fan of the Wasington Bullets back in the day. He was such a heckler that he ruined the experience for the team's supporters, as well as its opponents.

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    desi field the damn ball

  20. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Oh for God's sake. When did Desmond climb into the way-back machine?

  21. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Can't give these guys five outs.

  22. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Well, that top of the fourth qualifies as this year's Chernobyl inning of the year. Sheesh.

  23. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Usually jz victimized by his offense. Today it's his defense. These guys are murder to get out. It's work and takes a lot of pitches.they have fouled off quite a few.

  24. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Gosh, don't you wish McCatty could just SIT out there on the mound? What DOES he say to them??

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Desi getting on the bad list sudenly erros in 2 straight games, and souble play with bases loaded. Must not like playing the Yankees, or is intemidated playing Jeter.

  26. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Desi playing hurt . Davey– you know they all lie. Should have rested him.

  27. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    1A and Drew–He also slipped a couple referendums into the works various election days in Montgomery County that are no good and as difficult to rid ourselves of as a computer virus.

  28. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Baseballswami, so true. 5 out inning, extra pitches, instead of facing the 8th and 9th batters next inning now gets the top of the lineup.

  29. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    We looked pathetic in the 4th. No rest for JZim

  30. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Jordan, you gotta puttem down quick this inning. This is where you rise above it all! Go after them.

  31. djinFl. - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Robin Ficker voice coming through the tv. He was one of the reasons NBA teams started moving their chairs for timeouts. His screaming abuse of the players during timeouts was unbeliveable.The boys seema little tight again. Somebody needs to loosen them up.

  32. NatsFan05 - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    That's twice Nady couldn't catch the ball that he could've had.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Wish Mccatty wuld work with starters on keeping the pitch count to 12 an inning so we could get more innings pitched. getting 100 pitches in the 5th or 6th inning is a wakness that needs to be worked on.

  34. rogieshan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    realdealnats said, "Nady comes up smelling like a rose."A rhinoceros?Back-to-school weekend for some of our young players, so it appears.At least Morse is getting some good swings in today.

  35. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Let's go Kid! Don't bite in that off-speed slop!

  36. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Bryce– follow your own advice~~ play your game not his!!!!

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Pettitte is the first pitcher to make Harper look pathetic more than once. He has only had may 10 bad at bats all season, but he has 3 against Pettitte. He has swung at 8 pitches, of which I believe one would have been called a strike. Not sure what Pettitte is doing, but hopefully no other pitcher will figure it out either.Ouur RISP is headed south again.

  38. Gonat - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Ryan Z. has to pick up Bryce Harper in that situation. Rolls over another grounder with 2 on.

  39. Gonat - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Ryan Z. has to pick up Bryce Harper in that situation. Rolls over another grounder with 2 on.

  40. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    OOOh, TyMo should have got that. And Swisher makes him pay.

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    This is where all those extra pitches catch up with you.

  42. rogieshan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Young players are going to make mistakes, but the vets need to step up to ease the pressure. Zimmerman, Nady, Lidge, LaRoche — Hello, anybody home?I wonder if Jordan Zimmermann is better suited to being a closer – he's devastating with his stuff the first go around, but always hits a wall by the third time in the order.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    This is the 3rd time in 4 games JZim has been given a lead that he has fiven up in the 5th or 6th inning. My thinking is he is runniong out of enrgy because he pitches too many pitches earlier in the game. THis has to be fixed. It is becomeing a long term problem, and is fixxible. Throw strikes and less nibbling.

  44. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Great play Jordan Zimmermann and we Still have the middle-inning meltdown.Awhile back Carp wondered whether Tyler Moore will be the Nats' long-term first baseman. The Nats have some huge decisions on LaRoche this off-season and on Morse next fall.Marrero homered at Harrisburg last night, Rendon has to play somewhere and in a few years Matt Skole will be a factor.

  45. rogieshan - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Manassas: "My thinking is he is runniong out of enrgy because he pitches too many pitches earlier in the game.All that hitting and running around the bases are not helping his stamina, either.

  46. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I love how people just think the pitchers are choosing these long innings. Have you been watching? Our hitters should be watching. They take and take and take, foul, foul,foul. Our hitters swing, swing, swing. Add to that the extra puts needed today and Jordan loses another game. Gio had similar issues. Every hitter is a tough out. Why did we pitch to their number 8? Extra pitches again. Don't blame jordan .

  47. rogieshan - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    It seems like every player in the Yankees lineup is a disciplined, professional hitter, with a game plan up there. Is it because that's who they are, or just a by-product of being a Yankee?

  48. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Both ? I feel like our young pitching staff is spending the weekend at school. This is the mountain you need to climb. Are you up to it? Now they know what to expect in October . Will they learn from this and take it into the second half? This experience could really push them.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    As good as our pitching staff is they have been way outpitched by the Yankees (and everyone says they have a bad staff if you listen ro MLB radio).

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    They can only take balls, pitch the ball on the formners with movement and they can't foul a lot either.

  51. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Pettite is quite crafty. Rogieshan is correct about this line up – every single one is a professional hitter and a tough out. That's why Gio and Jordan have had to work so hard. Still — 3 earned for Gio, only 2 for Jordan and some defensive miscues — should be good. The offense has failed both of them. Last night those other runs were off of Lidge and Rodriguez, who would have not been in the game had we been ahead.The good news – this is probably the best line up top to bottom that they will face the entire season. Learn, learn, learn,

  52. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Man Nats Fan — with hitters like this you can't just pitch it in over the plate. You have to draw their eye out and in, up and down , to try to set them up. You also have to go for corners and edges, which sometimes you get from the ump, sometimes you don't. If you just pitch it right down the middle you get homeruns from them. None of Jordan's walks scored – much better than home runs. That's why it's so hard to get them out – fat strikes they hit out, marginal pitches they take – some are called strikes some are not. Tricky business.

  53. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I meant Desmond hits it way back — like a machine.Big clutch homer.

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Yep, 1 run behind!!!!

  55. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I was planning on sitting in LF, exactly 15 rows back. :Plet's score a couple more now.

  56. PChuck - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    SAFE!

  57. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Rogieshan–Rhino botching the catch turns into a rose getting the lead runner at third is what I meant earlier.Drew–Regarding 1B next year: keep LaRoche, but work Tyler Moore into the starting lineup sooner than later. Let Adam teach the kid for another year and keep LaRoche for insurance–and his glove.

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    What the hell is time timmons looking at. The hand is on the base, the glove is about to tag him. Looked like that with naked eye, and replay clearly confirmed it. bad call

  59. m20832 - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    I am sooooo pissed!!! MLB needs instant replay. That was a joke F'N call by Timmons! And he was looking right at it. A'Hole must be F'N blind as a bat or paid off by Girardi!!!!!

  60. m20832 - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Should be 4-3 Nats right now. What a bunch of Bulls**t!!!!!

  61. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Nothing going the Nat's way right now. Good lesson in hanging tough. C'mon Clip can't walk him.

  62. Another_Sam - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Screw replay. But: safe. Blown call.

  63. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Clown call.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    This is when I wish someone in the media would sit with an umpire look at the replay and explain why a call is called. The umps are always bailed out because no one makes them accountable to the press. When a player screws up he has to face the media, why does the major leagues protecht the umps?

  65. Another_Sam - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    On TV, clearly safe on the first view. But TM's slide was a just bit akward; IMHO that's what drew the out call. A graceful slide gets the safe call.

  66. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Nothing better than beating a good time despite a lot of late inning calls going against you. Com'n Clip.

  67. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    "good team"

  68. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Yesssiir.

  69. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    They are the ny Yankees and they come with lots of crap like pitches and calls going their way. Now clip is ticked because he isn't getting calls. I just cannot wait until they leave, along with their "fans".

  70. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    I like'm to stay so we can beat'em.

  71. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Give'm some high cheese Clip

  72. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Good enough, guys. Let's get one now in the 9th and go home winners.

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    The game should be over. Thanks Tim TImmins.

  74. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Now we have got th right where we want them.

  75. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Good eye Flo. Nail this one.

  76. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    You see, innings like that are a problem. Very weak.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    If I was commissioner one thing I would change, is I would want the media interviewing umps as much as players, as I want no hidden agendas etc by umps. Have them explain what they did.

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Reading Marks analysis up there he says it was a close play at the play, it wasn't really close just sort of close it was an easy safe call.

  79. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Now we have to get them out three more times. Probably take another 30 pitches.

  80. Positively Half St. - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

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  81. Another_Sam - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Manassas — I don't for a minute even suspect that the call we just saw or any other call is anything other than the umpire's best effort good faith call. Are you serious with your accusations?

  82. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    What a job by Burnett.Go get 'em, Kid!

  83. Positively Half St. - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Let's see if the legend of Bryce Harper grows here.+1/2St.

  84. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    OK Harp you saw this guy last night. Adjust, adjust… Let's get about ending this thing…

  85. Positively Half St. - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    I think that this game has shown MLB pitchers to throw Bryce Harper sliders.+1/2St.

  86. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Wow. That called strike on Bryce is the worst call of the game. Not the most deadly but the worst.

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    as bad as I think eck is as hitting coach Tim Timmins is worse as home plate umpire. Please someone in MLB check his credentials.

  88. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Another bad call. Waaay outside. They do not need extra help, dudes.

  89. T-Rex - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Are you kidding me?

  90. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    C'mon Zim time to lead.

  91. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Our hitters just look so bad. Pitchers have battled, but hitters, not so much.

  92. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    If that is the umpire's best effort, then he needs a different job. That call was easy to make.Harper asked if the pitch was outside that he swung at the ump nodded yes, the next pitch is even further outside and he calls it a strike.os that his best effort? I seriously doubt it. Seems to me he is putting out little effort to me.

  93. m20832 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    That along with a crap HP umpire will probably lose us the game.

  94. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Nats' 3 and 4 hitters in this series are 2 for 16 with 0 RBIs.

  95. rogieshan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    This is turning into a must-win game for the team's overall confidence and psyche.

  96. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    But Zim sure can pick it!

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Zim looked great in the field in the 11th, come on Desi walk off please

  98. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I don't know what's wrong with Ryan's bat but BOY can he pick 'em. WOW!

  99. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    That had to be the shortest inning by our pitchers this series. Good time for it. End this , boys!

  100. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Great fielding between Espi and Zim. The game is up for grabs, but it's beginning to feel like the Yankee's mystique is wearing off for our guys. Nice to end it here in the bottom of the 11th.

  101. Another_Sam - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I'm thinking drop one in the bullpen, Adam.

  102. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    LaRoche no Ankiel on either of his last two at bats.

  103. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Hitters looked wak in the 11th. Lets pitch a strong 12th.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    weak not wak . my fingers must have been controled by Timmins.

  105. jeffwx - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    What makes the Yanks great……their RISP percentage must be pretty high. The Nats a good team with excellent pitching/D, but their RISP Percentage must be low (eg: 1 for 8 last night).

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    after we all brag about his 1th inning, he screws a simple one.

  107. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    And THAT is why Davey didn't use Stammen yesterday!!! Great job.

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Stammen bails out Zim. Now lets score.

  109. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Pitchers have certainly done their jobs today against a brutal line up. Hitters?

  110. Another_Sam - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I've been yelling at the tube all afternoon — bad calls, poor plate work, fielding blunders — and yet they're still in it. Go figure.

  111. Drew - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    No more lefties to face Harper.

  112. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Harper has no composure today. Looking every one of those 19 years. Yankee fans love it. He needs to chill and pull it together.

  113. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Harper at least isn't taking lack of hitting to the field. 2 great catches, and one real good catch today.

  114. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    But yet he doesn't take it into the field with him.

  115. djinFl. - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Maybe the boys just aren't in the mood to don the tux for dinner tonight. Rather stay out and play in the dirt.

  116. jeffwx - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Gio is still looking for a date

  117. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Uncharted territory for this year. Whose BP is deeper and who wants it more. Here we go…

  118. jeffwx - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    ..nats on a lidge now

  119. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Our pitching has been terrific. How long can they keep this up against this line up? Our hitter just look so very bad. Zim on third with some outs to play with and nothing. Oh no it's Lidge. We are done for.

  120. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Going to be a second seventh-inning stretch.

  121. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Lidge in. Game over.

  122. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Yankees warming their closer in anticipation of a lead. They are not dumb and they know brad Lidge.

  123. jeffwx - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    9 runners left on base against the yanks… Even the yanks are preparing for Lidge's demise by warming up their closer.

  124. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Old Yank's trick: foul a ball off catcher's mask and then steal second on the next pitch…

  125. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    I see the light of an on-coming train.no outs runners on first and third. Lidge needs to retire.

  126. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    as bad as the ump has been Davey takes the cake now for bringing Lidge in, I thought he got DFA's yesterday, I see he is still here.

  127. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Too bad Davey can't put H-Rod in. Davey needs to end this game so he can have his nap.

  128. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Miracle #1 of 3 in hand.

  129. MicheleS - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Lidge is giving me indigestion

  130. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Anyone who cannot contribute in a positive way needs to be gone. No room for dead weight. A strike out? Wow.

  131. jeffwx - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Lets go shadows…got a call at the ankles!

  132. AnonJohn - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    lidge.

  133. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I guess Miracle #2 was Swami's train coming through the tunnel.

  134. jeffwx - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    OK, game over, let's not waste any more of the bullpen.

  135. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Brad Lidge. Way to go. All other pitchers get a gold star from me today. Hitters? Oy.

  136. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Lidge is worse than H Rod and Davey is worse than Riggleman.

  137. peric - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    H-Rod at least has potential. Its a complete waste of time and demoralizing to use Brad Lidge … as I stated before he came back. That's one player you either release or leave on the DL. Its ridiculous to even try using this guy instead of H-Rod who actually has nine saves? Does any of the silly fans here or the FO and Davey believe Lidge could actually do that/ Sheesh.

  138. Exposremains - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Please get lidge off this team. He needs to retire. He has done nothing year.

  139. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Hey . He got their pitcher out ! Yay! Time for showers and tuxes. Second party in three days. Think it will be fun? Ejax gets to face them tomorrow . 180 pitches ought to do it.

  140. ehay2k - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Some poor decisions these last two games. Seems like a no brainer to walk a good hitter to get to an AL pitcher.Lidge definitely is our white towel. He cannot get good hitters out.I guess we know how they can make room in the bullpen when Storen comes back….

  141. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    And Phil Dunton is worse than all of them.

  142. JayB - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    And why was it so important to activate Lidge without having him prove himself in a rehab stint…..he got hammered in single A…..anyone surprised he going to get hammered by AL east hitters.Rizzo……dumb move

  143. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Thank you Lidge, got a love you.

  144. Unknown - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    We only need 3 runs against Soriano. Nattydread

  145. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Lack of any offense is the real reason the Nats lose today. This has been a problem all season. The sad truth is when Harper doesn't hit, this team has no offense.

  146. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Unknown–really just two. Not impossible. See what we're made of.

  147. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Forgotten in the Lidge drama. Bottom line is we only score 3 runs in13 innings. Stranded probably ten? Can't win like that no matter who pitches.

  148. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Another good at bat for Adam.

  149. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Flo hit that like Lidge was pitching it.

  150. ehay2k - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Swami, point well taken. And Zimmerman has not ben hiring well. His shoulder is very likely still an issue and he needs a break.

  151. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    So I ate lunch and turned on the pre.-game show. I'm hungry again. What ever te is it now? Lost track. Day shot. Oh, we'll. We going to tie it up? Lerner's dinner on hold?

  152. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    And you can tell by my massive typos.

  153. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Bryce, this is what you were made for.

  154. Unknown - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Harper. One more chance to be a hero.Please…Nattydread.

  155. m20832 - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    When is Davy going to tell Espinosa that he can only bat right handed?

  156. realdealnats - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    So there's work to do before we see these guys again. Great pitching minus Lidge. Some great fielding. Need to avoid the injury bug and get our bats all swinging together.

  157. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    I still go back to the 8th have watched th replay on the DVR who knows how many times, and cannot figure out what the umps saw that looked like an out. I sure would love to sit down with him and figure it out, because nothing tells me it was anything but safe, except his stupid slile when he called the out.

  158. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Lidge in his 4 apprearances back 2.1 innings (7 outs) 6 earned runs.That is not worthy of a major leaguer in the bullpen.

  159. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 17, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    When is Davy going to tell Espinosa that he can only bat right-handed?When he starts platooning him and only starting him against left-handed pitching. They guy's been a switch-hitter all his life. It's not that he can't hit left-handed, it's that he can't hit right-handed pitching.

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