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Game 74: Nats at Rockies

Jun 28, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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The Nats try to win three in a row at Coors Field this afternoon.

Having thoroughly decimated the Rockies' MLB-worst pitching staff over the last two night, the Nationals today try to do it once again. And once again, they'll be facing a struggling left-hander in Josh Outman, whose name sounds a bit ironic given his 8.64 ERA entering play today.

Adam LaRoche is back after taking a day off, but red-hot Tyler Moore remains in the Nationals' lineup, shifting back to left field. Jesus Flores is back behind the plate after getting last night off.

Edwin Jackson takes the mound, looking to keep his ERA under 3.00 and to give himself a winning record for the season and for his career (he's 64-64 at the moment).

As has been the case the last three days, I'll chime in with some thoughts along the way. And since it's a day game, I'll post some instant analysis as soon as it ends as well. Enjoy the matinee…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at COLORADO ROCKIES
Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 3:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 92 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (43-30)
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse

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511 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Hey.. I like my Pom Pom's so back off!Anyone want a glass of koolaid!

  2. Will - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Jim – Yes. Some of us played at fairly advanced levels. Also, some of us can spell "Espinosa."

  3. Fear and Ignorance - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Why is Clippard not in this game??? Go with your best and work from there. Terrible move by Davey.

  4. phil dunton - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Nats relief pitching really shakey today.

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Desmond….

  6. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    And we are going to EXTRAS.. This is just an AWESOME GAME!!!

  7. JaneB - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Desi gets the dp!

  8. djinFl. - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Lets play some more, it has gone so quick.And yes, I'll have some koolaid, as long as it is red.

  9. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

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  10. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    MicheleS, Kardiac Kids time. Time for TyMo to be a hero again!!!!

  11. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Just saw highlight of Harper's HR. He crushed that one.

  12. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    DESI!!! JaneB.. Desi cookies for the Doggie!!!

  13. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    SOMEBODY wasn't wearing their napkin!! That missed by six inches.

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    how was that a strike? that looked like a foot outside on gameday.

  15. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    One foot away….

  16. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Well…. Maybe 6 inches, but 6 inches and a foot are almost the same….

  17. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Did I mention I love free baseball?Napkins, people, napkins….

  18. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Flores needs to come through. He is so due to be the hero to get Desi in!!!!

  19. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    "Well…. Maybe 6 inches, but 6 inches and a foot are almost the same."That's what she said. But she was just being polite.

  20. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    This Wil Nieves guy is a jerk. I am glad we don't sign guys like him….

  21. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Pitching coach is going to tell him all about Ankiel.

  22. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Dude, I am not touching that one, lol.Come on Rick….

  23. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Happy Thoughts.. Come on ANK!! Come on.. Happy Thoughts!!!

  24. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Rick Ankiel will never learn. He just can't help himself.

  25. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    I knew that would happen.. But MORE FREE BASEBALL!

  26. Fear and Ignorance - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Say good bye Rick…your days are numbered buddy!!!

  27. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

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  28. SCNatsFan - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    You have to be impressed with Ankiel. He might just get one at bat but he continues to make an impression.

  29. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Loeffler, no. I was toeing the line. That's way over.

  30. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    I am guessing that everyone saw that coming? A mile away? Farther than that?

  31. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    If the Rockies had any pitching at all….

  32. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Are goaties still in fashion?

  33. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    This site is well on its way to being a lot of fun….

  34. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    All right people time to rally the troops! WE WILL WIN THIS GAME!

  35. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    YES, let's finish this in the top.

  36. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Swami, I liked the Ankiel signing at the time, but I have to admit I have lost my faith in his pitch selection. Yes, from several thousand miles away, I knew he was getting a fastball up out of the strike zone, and he'd K on it.

  37. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    NAPKINS, Michele, napkins.And "swing at strikes."

  38. djinFl. - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    @ William O. Douglas LoefflerNo,No,NoFor the kids that did not what that was, it took them seconds to find outRemember kids read here

  39. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Not to mention, jdinFl., that plenty of folks don't have to look that up.

  40. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Espinosa back to swinging -long- for the fences when a single will do just fine here.

  41. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    This is what we keep talking about with the plan. Get on base. Stop swinging for downtown Denver.

  42. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Wang is coming in.

  43. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    WHAT.. CMW.. OH GOD.. I am going to barf

  44. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Henry is still on the DL.

  45. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    We're going to Atlanta, and Davey is going to burn the C bullpen, if he has to.

  46. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Aaaaaah…….. That might be it.

  47. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    The O's won a game this year where they had a position player pitching. Do we having any position players who can pitch? Ankiel?

  48. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Ottavino with 5 K's facing 6 batters. Oh my….

  49. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    La Roche can pitch

  50. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Ankiel would be interesting as the pitcher.

  51. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

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  52. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Since the pitcher's spot didn't come up, Stammen can still pitch. Third inning, though? One of the things I hate about this game is that tomorrow night the team will be spent and flat-footed in Atlanta, where it's supposed to be 105 and their pitchers don't stink or stay in for only 75 pitches. Oh, and routine ground balls don't sail out of the park. This is not the ideal way to go into an important series. Does it look like Detweiler flew in ahead of the team? Does anyone see him?

  53. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Oh, well.

  54. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Stammen waved off Flores to throw that pitch to Herrera.

  55. djinFl. - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Det left earlier today, so he is there.

  56. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    One lousy foot on Desmond's drive and we would be watching the after the game show….

  57. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    People named Giambi are scary.

  58. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Swami, yeah, but. You would have preferred they lost in 9? Davey is saving the A pen. That's about all he can do.

  59. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    You mean Clip – isn't he the only one left?

  60. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    No swami.. CMW is left too…

  61. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    WODL, yeah. Game of inches.

  62. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Looked like a Strikeout on that 2-2 pitch to Giambi. For some reason, no pitch track.

  63. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    CMW doesn't count.

  64. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    come on that was a strikeout.

  65. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Man. Down to the wire….

  66. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Rick Ankiel with a really nice play.

  67. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    That always fools me when they talk into their gloves….

  68. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    He did have to go a long way for that. Wind really kicking up.

  69. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Stammen really taking one for the team tonight. Long, stressful outing. He has to be gassed.

  70. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Sometimes I wonder if they are talking about me when they do that….

  71. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Is it Strasburg's day to throw a bullpen? Just askin.

  72. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Jordan needs to pinch hit in the top of the 12th

  73. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Walter Johnson, former Nat, used to pitch up to four days in a row…. What an arm he must have had….

  74. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Sometimes I wonder if they are talking about me when they [talk into their gloves].OK, now I'm a little creeped out.Now I'm bummed out.

  75. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Stammen has had a bad week….

  76. MicheleS - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Well that was a pooper way to end and it sucks that we lost, but it was fun and we came back from 7-0

  77. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    oh man

  78. Gonat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    And just like that. Game over. When we had Desi lead off with the double we needed someone to just do that. Bat on ball.Oh well, lets see how Davey gets them ready for the big weekend.

  79. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Oh well, and you know what this means?Zero. 162 games. The Phillies won 102 games last year and we swept them the last week.Close games are like coin flips. It is all in Moneyball.

  80. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I am only looking at gameday but it seems like this guy's strikezone was kinda weird.anyways, tough loss. Onto Atlanta.

  81. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM

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  82. Fear and Ignorance - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    I guess it's time for everybody to post the "we are still in first" comments. Use them up now guys…won't be able to say that much longer. Good teams find a way to win that game. Nats are a long way away.

  83. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    If Desmond's hit goes six inches higher, we are gloating. Denver is just a bizarre place. Curve balls don't work there.

  84. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Stammen really did a great job – got within one pitch and the offense didn't produce a run after Bryce tied it up. Alternate Universe – the Nats score 10 runs and lose — Alternate Universe – the Nats pitching staff gives up 11 –huh? Doesn't seem possible, does it?

  85. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    F&I, "we" are still watching a team that is, in fact, still in first. Reality wins. Fantasy, good or bad, is just some hotel's opinion.

  86. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Good times lose one run games all the time. The Nats won like 15 one run gams out of 16 in the first half in 2005 and then lost like 13 in a row. Close games in baseball are very close to random. No one knows where those bloop hits are going. That is why they play 162 games.

  87. baseballswami - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    New post.

  88. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I predict it's an instant analysis.

  89. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I'm not sure we've ever gone over 5oo posts. I think we did once.

  90. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I don't remember. I remember a 400+ post game but not 500.

  91. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Reality wins.That's worth remembering, actually. Reality wins, opinions swim. Can we have a macro?

  92. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I will get this over 500, though, just cuz.

  93. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    you can't possibly do it by yourself.

  94. m20832 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Oh well…on to ATL. They gave it their best shot.GYFNG!!!

  95. m20832 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Go Diamondbacks!! Beat them baarves!!

  96. NatsFanJim - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    tough loss.

  97. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    you can't possibly do it by yourself.Well, FS, you forget I have no shame, but I'm glad to know I won't have to. THanks!

  98. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    and this special request goes out to the kook-ade crowd, from The ChazzCould you believe?

  99. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    At this typing, the Barves are tied, 2-2, in AZ, after 7. They go 3.5 back if they lose, which means we leave the a-t-l in first place no matter what if they lose. Last I looked, there was no place above that.

  100. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    So, were there questions we meant to answer, but didn't?

  101. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    in fairness, they owed Jax an off-the-hook night. He may have deserved this one, but there have been others he deserved better treatment, so there's that.

  102. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Oh, and among several small personal wins today, I got the Shaw Tavern to switch the soccer game over to the Nats. So there's that. fwiw.

  103. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Livo in for the Braves…this could get interesting.

  104. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Kimbrel hacks up a hairball to Chris Young! 3-2, Snakes. The Barvs announcers felt Young was a little too impressed with his own prowess, on that one. We'll see.

  105. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    FWIW, the Barves announcers don't think much of the strike zone tonight. Sore losers? Maybe. The Nats go up 3.5 as they go into the weekend series. Not bad for a bunch of hopeless bums who can't possibly sustain anything, just cuz.Keep them napkins, folks, you're gonna want 'em handy.

  106. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    And no, I don't think we've had 500 before.Yay, us.

  107. realdealnats - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Confidence creates its own reality. We'll be tired, but I think we take the series in Atlanta. The bats have awoke. 500. Say good night Gracie…

  108. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Congratulations you won, Sofa.

  109. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Thenkyou. Thenkyouverrymuch.

  110. natsfan1a - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    sec3 wins the interwebz.

  111. Scooter - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Nice work, Sec3. Picking up the record, Pete Rose style.

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