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Game 70: Nats at Orioles

Jun 24, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler tries to pitch the Nats to a series victory at Camden Yards.

BALTIMORE — How much is Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder affecting his ability to play for the Nationals? Apparently not enough to warrant a day off right now.

Yes, Zimmerman is back in Davey Johnson's lineup for today's series finale against the Orioles, back at third base and in the No. 3 spot in the batting order. This despite a .218 average, .590 OPS and last night's admission that he may need a cortisone shot and another DL stint at some point.

Ross Detwiler, meanwhile, makes his return to the rotation today after spending the last three weeks in the bullpen. The left-hander believes he's built his arm strength up enough to approach 100 pitches if needed, but we'll see how far Johnson lets him go.

It's another beautiful day for baseball. Plenty of updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Camden Yards
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MASN2, CH. 50, MLB.tv
Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WJFK (106.7 FM), WTEM (980 AM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 178
Weather: Partly cloudy, 91 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (41-28)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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121 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Taino in DC - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  2. Doc - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Given Zim's admission that he can't catch up to fastballs with his shoulder the way it is, I'm surprised that Davey continues to put him in the lineup. There's a degree of desperation here that seems to have little professional baseball merit.

  3. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Darn you Johnson, you always get the last word…you are the man, you win.

  4. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Probably his last day before he goes on DL again?Without him, Lombo starts 3B and Moore in LF or if DeRosa is back, he will probably replace RZ at 3b.

  5. Section 222 - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Harper has 211 PA. So, if he could get 6 PA today, he'll qualify, right? (OK, yes, I know it's doubtful — when was the last time the Nats batted around 5 times in a games . . . )We did bat around 5 times in that 14 inning fiasco against the Yankees. Harper struck out 5 times and went 0-7. For his sake, and the sake of the bullpen, let's hope that doesn't happen again anytime soon!

  6. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Nice picture of the park, Mark.It looks great, almost animated.

  7. Joseph - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Cosnidering DeRosa could come back soon, he'd be a nice replacement for Zim. He's not as good as Zim is when Ryan's at his best, but he'll be enough to fill in if Zim is going to be out for two weeks on the DL. If DeRosa's not going to be back tonight, he could be leaving Zim in for one more day to see if he can get it together, otherwise he'll go to the DL and DeRosa will come back to play at third.

  8. A DC Wonk - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Taino in DC said… Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Who needs different results? The Nats have been playing close to a .600 clip even with an injured RZ — I'll keep taking that!(OK, granted, RZ was out for some games, I didn't bother figuring out what the pct is for with and without)

  9. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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  10. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    when Zim goes on DL, will Lombo play 3rd. It seems to make the most sense, you could have Moore, Harper and Morse in outfield, Lombo, Desmod Espi and LaRoche infield.I really do not want to see DeRosa in lineup, can the guy even hit?

  11. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Don't get too excited about replacing DeRosa replacing Zimmerman! Have you forgotten that DeRosa batted a remarkable .081/.227/.081 before he got hurt?? He's also batting .000 in three games in the minors.For as bad as Zimm's batting stats have been, they're positively Ruthian compared to DeRosa.

  12. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Can Kevin Youklis be in the conversation?

  13. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Mick, you beat me to it. But the answer to your question is 'no,' and he hasn't been able to for three years now.

  14. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Will… so it seems like Lombo should be the guy, if not is Youklis available for trade

  15. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    NatsJack, no.Have you been paying attention to Youk recently? He's a shell of the player he used to be. His defense at 3B is poor (there's a reason he played first before AGonzalez arrived). And his bat is just as bad as Zimmerman's, and I'm much more optimistic that the 27 year old will turn it around before the 33 year old.

  16. NatsFanJim - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Zim: take your shot; take a seat; help the team.Wasn't this hashed out yesterday? Do we think Zim is miraculously going to 'recover' and start tearing it up? Johnson and Zim are still in denial.Take a seat, Zim. the best thing for you and the team at this time.

  17. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    have Nats talked about Youklis? or is that just a rumor started here?

  18. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    DC Wonk, i think we could have done better with a healthy and productive Zimm than the one we have right now (whose 'presence' has given team 33-22 record eq of .6 win%).It would be nice to have Youk if he only needs a change of scenery to get back to being Youk of old.

  19. NatsFanJim - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    For the fans talking up Youkillis.ARE YOU NUTS? You actually want to acquire a player who is obviously beyond his prime (I'm being kind, here)??Nuts

  20. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    forget Kevin Youklis , why not go with Lombo and if he needs rest close your nose and go with deRosa and accept that he will be 0-4 when he plays. this will work until Zim gets healthy.

  21. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Youkilis is also owed $12mil this year, and $1mil for a buyout next season. He also won't cost a bag of balls, meaning we'd have to give something of value for him. And for what? A downgrade? Lombardozzi is more than capableof playing if/when Zimmerman goes to the DL (and literally 30 times cheaper).

  22. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Natsfanjim is spot on about Youklis

  23. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Lomb hasa better bat than ALL of them right now!!

  24. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    BTW: Clip is one bad MOFO!!!! love him1!!

  25. NatsFanJim - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    We already have several "Youks' ie. washed up players, shadows of their past: Wang, Nady, DeRosa, and I hate to say it — put Ankiel in there too.Even considering Youk is absolutely unsound, even insane.

  26. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    NatsfanJim…. very well said, sad, but true

  27. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Just checked the box scored, doesn't seem that they changed Zim's error back to a hit. Considering how many teams are giving us runs by way of errors, I'm fine with RZ in the lineup.

  28. NatsFanJim - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Mick: it is sad when our favorites can't get it done anymore. Who doesnt like Youk — but its the Youk of old, not today.I fear that Zim has an old body. I know I'm way out there in the speculation, but he is injury prone — almost brittle — and it does happen to players. Maybe Zim is one of those — I hope not!

  29. NatsFanJim - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Natslady: unfortunately, 3b is a power position. You simply have to have power and run production from 3b to be successful. It is so rare to find a 3B who plays just for defense — I can't even name one.

  30. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I'm talking about for today, not forever.

  31. Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    NatsFanJim said…Natslady: unfortunately, 3b is a power position. You simply have to have power and run production from 3b to be successful. It is so rare to find a 3B who plays just for defense — I can't even name one.June 24, 2012 1:14 PM________________________________________________________________What? We haven't been successful?Also, I remember a pretty good Yankee team with Clete Boyer at third. Great glove, so so bat.

  32. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Also, we have a "power" bat at SS, right? That's not "supposed" to be a power position. You go with what you have.

  33. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    According to Charlie and Dave on the pregame, RZ was going to be checked out by the doctor before the game. If doc gave him clearance he was going to play. It sounded like they are trying to time the shot/possible DL trip around the AllStar break. Wow, lots of empty seats today at the top of the 1st. Hope the Nats fans fill them up

  34. MicheleS - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    GYFNG!!!GO ROSS!!! Show them what you have got!!!!

  35. A DC Wonk - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Jim Palmer: "Ive always said Ian Desmond's reminded me of Derek Jeter."

  36. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Just say no to Youklis, who is not only past his prime, but has created a lot of the Red Sox club house problems. We need this?

  37. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I thought Valentine created lot of problems. Two on, no out for Harper. Let's do something.

  38. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    NatsFanJim said…Natslady: unfortunately, 3b is a power position. You simply have to have power and run production from 3b to be successful."Really? Says who?World Series Champs 3B2008: Pedro Feliz2009: Alex Rodriguez2010: Juan Uribe2011: David Freese/Daniel DescalsoSure is a bunch of MVPs!I'll also add that over the past 3 years, 3B have slugged .403. Know what the league average slugging percentage is? .402.Seems like it's not necessary to have a big bat at 3B after all…

  39. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I thought Valentine created lot of problems. Two on, no out for Harper. Let's do something.

  40. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    OMG I didn't mean your first GIDP, Harper.

  41. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Arrieta is all over the place, the Nats need to just be patient and let him put them on base. No need to swing at pitches when the pitcher is struggling to locate the zone…

  42. A DC Wonk - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    RZ to NInsiders: "I'm not dead yet!"

  43. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    There we go Zimm!

  44. Drew - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    There we go, Ryan!

  45. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Awesome!

  46. NatsNut - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    LOL Wonk

  47. A DC Wonk - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    kinda ironic . . . I was kinda expecting a Harper hit and an RZ GIDP. (No offense RZ!) But I'll take it. Keep on keepin' on, Ross!!

  48. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    The truth shall set you free.

  49. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    DCWonk – I was thinking the same thing :) Re: Red Sox – yes, Valentine can be an ass. I know a lot of smart baseball people who have followed the team for years. Apparently Youklis wanted Francona gone, complained about him all the time – now he has issues with Valentine. Seems the rest of the team is ready to play ball and get along with Valentine but Youklis can't let it go. He seems to think it's his clubhouse due to his longevity and success. The folks who are long-term fans in Boston are ready for him to go – they feel that he will be disgruntled wherever he is and doesn't realize his glory days are past. Our clubhouse seems to have fantastic chemistry and I would hate to see anything divisive get in there.

  50. Will - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Ugh, they keep swinging at pitches outside the zone!Morse swung at two, Espinosa just swung at three outside the zone… Arrieta has now thrown 44 strikes and 38 balls. That number would be wayyy different if the Nats just watched every pitch. I haven't been keeping track, but I'd bet something like a quarter to a third of those strikes have been due to the Nats chasing balls.Sometimes being aggressive is a good thing, but against Arrieta, a pitcher with control problems and a 5.67 ERA, now is not that time. Let Arrieta beat himself. I won't take much effort.

  51. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    When was the last time Ross went very deep into a game – can't remember? I know he went almost four as a reliever the last start when he was dominant. Davey said maybe 80 pitches today. Has Wang been warming up since yesterday? Does anyone else think we should be hitting this guy much harder than we are? It seems we are getting hits but not bearing down and scoring off him. Maybe his stuff is deceptive, but it just looks like they are getting themselves out ( again?).

  52. Drew - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Atta boy, Ross.

  53. A DC Wonk - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    When was the last time Ross went very deep into a game – can't remember? I know he went almost four as a reliever the last start when he was dominant.Well, in his last start he threw 100 pitches — but it was only 4.1 innings.He did go 6 or 6.1 in four straight starts earlier in the year.fwiw

  54. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    About RossD – Usually you hear an organization talk about how carefully they develop their first round picks. In this case the "previous administration" did not do that, plus he has had some injuries. I think it is time for them to decide that he is or is not a starter and stick with the plan for him. Especially this year his development has been hindered by the extreme pampering of Wang. He is going to fail and make lots of mistakes and get in lots of jams. He has to learn the stuff he missed earlier and do some catching up. He is by far the rawest of our starters. He has the stuff, but he needs McCatty probably more than all the others combined. Also — so what the heck happened to what miniscule offense we originally had? Disappeared completely?

  55. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    once again a piece of fecal umpire destroying a game. Home plate ump you area piece of crap, i hope you do a game in DC, i will up in your grill!!

  56. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Davey, show me some passion, kick dirt on that crap ass umpire!!!

  57. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    1b ump is also garbage

  58. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    same strike zone for both teams is not much to ask

  59. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    mick…..what are you….12yo or something?

  60. Drew - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Whew

  61. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    natsjack… i am baseball fan who like to watch pro's perform and i expect the same from the umpire. so i guess you think Earl weaver was a12 year old? Earl would have humiliated that garbage behind the plate. this umpire knew he missed several pitches, when ross shows a little annoyance 9as he should) this juvenile umpire make the strike zone smaller, so who is the 12 year old here

  62. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    also, its this is only the 3rd game out of 70 plus I have been critical of the umpiring, i think i have a right to be critical when its warranted

  63. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    wow, samee pitch to Rtan is now a SRTIKE, i rest my case

  64. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I have no problem with your passion…….it's the immature comentary.

  65. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    swing at anything Ryan, the strike zone yto this clown umpire when we are up is the entire section behind HP, lol

  66. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    do not blame Ryan

  67. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    maybe natsjack… but not as immature as a professional umpire making a strike zone smaller because a young pitcher calls him out by shaking his head after about 5-6 horrible calls. remember, the umpire is paid to be a pro

  68. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    WOW….SOME ONE EXPLAIN THIS STRIKE ZONE TO ME…

  69. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    having said all this hit the ball morse!!

  70. phil dunton - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    The Nats offense is so pathetic. How can they make a pitcher with a 7+ ERA look like CY Young?

  71. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    is Arrieta that good, or Zim and Morse just not good?

  72. Section 135 - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Free Tyler Moore. Morse is awful now. No reason to bat him and Zim together. Rally killers.

  73. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    phil… how will the Nats compete in August if Morse and Zim continue to KO with men on base. If our pitching slips at all, our team could possibly go in the tank. we have zero offense

  74. Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    mick, it's your language.We have had requests from Mark to clean it up.Look, man, I work construction in a very redneck world. Foul language is very much a part of my existence, but out of respect to both Mark, and the young readers we all try to keep it rated G.BTW, I don't think the ump has very consistent either.

  75. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I see no rationale as to why Tyler Moore is not playing, i am just floored!!!

  76. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Joe… fair enough, i did not think I posted any word that would be even be censored on TV, but, whatever

  77. Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    has been very consistent

  78. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I can not see us shutting out the O's, we need at least 1 more run

  79. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Amazing. Ankiel is always in the right place. Seems like it, anyway.l

  80. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Well said Joe. Thay's exactly what I was aiming at.On another note, yes, this ump sure squeezed Fet but he still exhibited that immaturity that has and will limit his success.

  81. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Det.

  82. Jimmy - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Bryce Harper. Every game is a clinic in hustle. Turns a single into double, then steals third. Love watching (and rooting for) this kid.

  83. Drew - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I think the Nats have to make room to pick up a dynamic hitter this offseason, whether it's a catalyst like Bourn, or Upton, who is younger and has more pop.That would mean LaRoche or Morse has to go, because Werth isn't going anywhere. It's a difficult decision. LaRoche has rebounded nicely and plays stellar defense. Morse showed his potential last year.And yet, the offense remains lethargic and inconsistent.Exciting bats are coming, but Rendon, Goodwin and Skole are a couple of years away.Don't they need to go get a bat?

  84. A DC Wonk - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    mick, pounding the Coronas?

  85. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    So , still one run, huh? Off that starter? Sheesh. Detweiler has the stuff to be an elite pitcher. He is also very raw and immature. McCatty can mold him if they have a plan and work with him. He will grow up. Our hitters? Maybe not. I can feel the breezes from Ankiels swing all the way down here in Virginia. I also question why Davey does not play the hot hand in Tyler Moore. What a weird game. RZ with the only RBI. Go figure.

  86. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    They sure read the heat map on Ankiel. Three pitches right at the very top of the zone (all strikes). He has no chance until he learns to hit up there.

  87. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    No fish fry today… OK, I guess they can't lose every game…

  88. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    DC wonk…. you know it, lol

  89. NatsNut - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    ugh

  90. Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Shucks.

  91. Fear and Ignorance - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Orioles Magic…can't score one run and expect to win.

  92. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    cant really fault Sean, when you have a lame offense where your so called best players strikeout and hit into DP's consistently, this is what happens. Still waiting for offense to come around 70 plus games into season.Drew is right!

  93. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    our last 9 at bats lacked effort period, at least Bryce cares and had 2 hits today

  94. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Rockies may rock us if we do not hot their pitching this week

  95. A DC Wonk - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    A DC Wonk said… mick, pounding the Coronas?mick said… DC wonk…. you know it, lolYeah, I figured.But, that's the thing. If it's obvious, I'm thinking that's probably not a good thing.

  96. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    this is all on Davey and Eckstein, Davey for not playing Moore and Eckstein for receiving a FREE paycheck since he has been here!

  97. mick - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    DC wonk… I'll drink to that, lol

  98. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    here was the problem. the catcher sets up out side, and Burnett hits glove spot, and single to right. That is what one expects, why was Espi so far up the middle on an outside pitch, Not sure he could get to it if square up but there was no way Jones would hit it where he was if the pitch was right.

  99. baseballswami - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    I'm sure some of the people who post here will find a way to blame Sean Burnett for this. Scoring only one run off a mediocre pitcher has nothing to do with it. I just can't be upset with him as good as he has been. The law of averages will catch up with you eventually.It's still a one- run game. We used to stage late game rallies all the time. Remember that?

  100. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Nobody else playing third for this team turns that DP.

  101. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    "Blame Sean Burnett"? Well, he did leave the pitch out over the plate to a guy with power, but he's been gold for them all season otherwise, so even if it was a total mistake pitch, stuff happens. As you say, every game he comes into is late and close.

  102. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Can't say that Bryce's hustle seems to have worn off onto Morse in that 4-3, there.

  103. djinFl. - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Blame? I blame this entire group for being in first place!

  104. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    The pitch to Jones wasn't the problem. That was just a good hit. The home run was a mistake pitch that missed his location (as in, it wound up in the bullpen).

  105. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    OMG whose idea was that??

  106. Fear and Ignorance - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Morse has by far the ugliest swing in baseball…should have traded him in the offseason when he had value. Pretty sure if Jim Palmer knows exactly how to get him out, so does the rest of the league.

  107. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    yeah…,DP to end the game…we should play dead ball era style since our pitching only needs 3-4 runs to win a game.

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I know they won;'t fire Eckstein, but I know I would. I know if the people I am in charge ofwere as ineffective as the people he is in charge of my boss would fire me. No questions asked.

  109. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I'm with you dj……there are so many baseball novices here. They don't know how winning baseball is played.They watch it and refuse to accept it.

  110. phil dunton - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Fitting end for the "hitless wonders"!

  111. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Fear, I don't often agree with you, but I said all off-season that Morse was very unlikely to repeat and should be traded while his value was at its height. Took a lot of flames for that position.

  112. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    But, I can't agree with Mark. This was not a devastating loss. RZ got two hits, and we are heading into Coors where we can get some HR's and have fun.

  113. phil dunton - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Nats Lady, Morse only hits when he plays first base.

  114. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    I am not blaming Burnett, no WAY. It would have been nice to have Clipp pitching to their best hitters but the $$$save rule precludes that.

  115. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Phil dunton…. LOL.

  116. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Looks like ATL will lose, but the Mets have RA Dickey tonight.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    If you pitch on the outside part of the plate you want the guy to hit to right. That part of the pla was good. Your secondbaseman is playing like you are pitching over the middle of the plate. he didn't get the message. He hit was good. The positioning was poor. Now could eespi get it if he played for him to get to right, who knows. 5 runs in 27 innings. by both teams. Our hitters are not pulling their eigh. Time for a wake up call to someone.

  118. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    They watch it and refuse to accept it. NatsJack, it's much harder to show off when other people are doing well. When they aren't doing well, it's easier to say "I told you so" than to do well yourself. Critics always have the advantage over artists in that regard.

  119. phil dunton - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Give Morse a break. His bat is in spring training and the pitchers are in mid-season form.

  120. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    If you pitch on the outside part of the plate you want the guy to hit to right. Not if you think he's going to try to pull it, esp. if it's off-speed (don't recall now what that particular pitch was).

  121. jeffwx - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    proved wrong today about Zimm….continue to be proven right about Ankiel…Maybe need to play small ball since our pitching is so good.Don't understand why Tyler is not playing more.

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*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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