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Instant analysis: Braves 7, Nats 5

Jun 30, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

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Stephen Strasburg departed after only three innings with "heat-related issues."

Game in a nutshell: The thermometer read 104 degrees at gametime, an all-time record in Atlanta, and that spelled trouble for Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals. Strasburg lasted only three innings before he had to be pulled with "heat-related issues," and that forced Davey Johnson into using struggling long reliever Chien-Ming Wang in what was at the time a 3-2 game. Wang immediately gave up four runs in two innings, leaving the Nats in a 7-2 deficit. To their credit, they chipped away and got back to within two runs thanks to RBI hits from Tyler Moore, Jesus Flores and Adam LaRoche. In the end, the Nationals simply couldn't make it all the way back.

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  1. peric - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Seemed pretty winnable were it not for the insistence on keeping Wang.

  2. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Bright spot? That's about 5 innings saved today. That could translate to one more start in September. It seems strange to me that we could score 10 runs and lose, or even 5 runs and lose. Most of the time that would win 2 games for our starters. I have two sons in the age range of Strassie. Many times they have tried to convince me that they were fine when they were playing with an injury. The trainers know the difference between overheated and medical danger signs. You just cannot mess with that kind of thing. Of course he thought he wanted to stay in. Young men are stupid. ( No Offense to anyone reading this) Again — if he was going to stink it up, save the innings for later. The CMW experiment – ouch.

  3. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    It's about time for the Dodgers to win a game. This is ridiculous.

  4. peric - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Bright spot? That's about 5 innings saved today.I guess that is the bright side … albeit I bet Davey wanted a couple more innings out of Wang … as it is he had to go to Gorzo again. Then Gonzalez. The Wang experiment needs to end before it does significant damage to the bullpen.

  5. MicheleS - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Amanda Comak‏@acomakDavey said Strasburg was dizzy, breathing heavy and not talking well. Got 3 IVs of saline after.Stras's health and the rest of the teams health is way more important than any W.

  6. MicheleS - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    The Beats are tweeting like mad that Stras prepared for this heat. I am sure Mark will have more later.

  7. DWS - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Perhaps the bullpen is looking more palatable to John Lannan. Rizzo has to let go of his Wang. Oops.

  8. NatsLady - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Fredi outmanaged Davey on this one. Strategy was to get Stras out of there and get to Nats middle relief (and whether it was Gorzy or Wang, believe me, they had approximately equal chance to flub). It was not an accident that he walked Flores to get to Stras, nor that he walked Stras himself in the 3rd. And a couple of other things later in the game, so even if we got a lead, Ank and Bernie were both unavailable for defense. Fredi learned from Friday's game.

  9. Secret wasian man - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    I think we could have had a chance with Gorzo or (remember this guy) John Lannan. Wang is just a joke and needs to be released. Also we should be embarrassed to lose a guy do to crotch cream and now heat.

  10. NatsLady - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    The sad part is yes, Wang will get released, the Twins will pick him up, and give him a chance, and hopefully we will not meet them in next year's WS.

  11. m20832 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Got power back top of the 8th. Cooled down to see it was 7-5 with Harper flying out to Bourne. Next inning out big guns. Guess the heat had as much affect on them as it did me.Get 'em tomorrow!!GYFNG!!!

  12. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Agreed.Stras's health and the rest of the teams health is way more important than any W.

  13. baseballswami - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Strasburg seems to think he can just will his body to behave the same way he commands his fastball. It just doesn't work that way. I am sorry that he feels he let the team down. CMW let's the organization down, Strasburg doesn't because he is always giving his best. His body let him down today, which sometimes happens. The long innings and the baserunning did not leave much time for recovery and fluids. If he was not making sense, his bp was up, he was pale and he took three bags of fluids without going to the bathroom he was in serious trouble. I have taken a lot of first aid training and those are red flags.That was the first time I ever felt that Davey was scared. I have criticized him but it is obvious he cares for his guys and he did the right thing. Strassie could have skipped the interview but he manned up as usual. As for CMW — Davey is starting to sound done with him. He is blocking a crucial spot in the roster. Not fair to the rest of them.

  14. NatsLady - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Swami, agree with everything except about CMW. He was trying to give his best, esp in the 5th I thought he almost had it, he looked focused and threw several good pitches. But it wasn't enough. Really, it was not that he wasn't trying. I agree Davey is done with him, it's sad, but true.

  15. Secret wasian man - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Yes, I luv these guys. I am not blaming Stras. I blame MLB for not moving this game back to 7:30. It just seems a shame to ruin things for the rest of the team by putting in CMW. Just as davey did a couple times with HROD. Its time for Lannan.

  16. baseballswami - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Nats lady -I know he is trying but he just continues to take from the nats with no change. Apparently players can agree to go to the minors to work things out but can't be forced. He needs to do the honorable thing and offer. As for game time, I believe espn or fox has a monopoly on times and there are contracts. It's a shame. Of course, ray knight had todo his snarky "in my day" thing. Sanctimonious.

  17. rogieshan - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    I wouldn't give Fredi that much credit, NatsLady. Getting Strasburg out of the game is every manager's strategy. We were a clutch hit or two from blowing the score open and knocking Minor out early but failed to capitalize. I understand Davey Johnson wanting to give his struggling players every opportunity to work things out, but it's pretty clear that Wang is even worse in the bullpen than he was as a starter. Good thing there are teams out there hurtin' for pitching. Hope we can recoup some of that investment.

  18. realdealnats - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    I agree with you NatsLady. I think CMW is a very proud person, who has actually inspired a lot of the younger guys over the past few seasons just to get back to where he was in ST. Whether it was the ST accident covering 1B, or whether ST was just an illusion that he had the sinker really sinking hard it needs to be over now in this pennant race and to save a bullpen from carrying his load. But I don't think he let the organization down in the sense he didn't care or try or was a prima donna. He just isn't back yet. Maybe he will get there but not with us. But good luck to him.Re: Drew–I'm sure he'll be fine, but he's going to have his own set of growing pains getting back in the groove and I hope they give him plenty of time on rehab assignment so he comes back strong and confident and not trying to find himself with serious games on the line. ]Peric–why don't you give us your game plan for tomorrow, NOW, so we know what you would be doing as GM/Coach in another 100 degree+ day still with a tired BP. Do agree with you on Corey Brown, though, and did on Moore too.

  19. Secret wasian man - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Nats are best team in the east. We have to win this year. The golden goose is in front of us lets get it NOW not wait til next year. We are almost halfway home.

  20. baseballswami - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Whining. Why did we get the dodgers when they were dominating and the mets get them at their worst? Just awful. The Mets need to lose a game.

  21. Secret wasian man - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Yes, I am whining with you. Dodgers just awful lately

  22. realdealnats - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    How many pitchers do we go with IN the playoffs? 4 or 5?

  23. JaneB - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    We go with four in the playoffs. And one of them won't be Stras. I pray one of them won't be Wang…at least not the Wang of late.It's not good for the players OR the fans to play the game in the heat of the day when the day is like this. It can't all be about money, all the time, can it? And that is not a rhetorical question.

  24. SonnyG10 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I have to agree that Wang's time with us needs to be over. I cringe every time I see him warm up in the bull pen.

  25. Soul Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    How many pitchers do we go with IN the playoffs? 4 or 5?Three, unless they win the first two or three games, then maybe a fourth for the seven-game series.

  26. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Or one, if it's a wildcard play-in. :-)

  27. realdealnats - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    So if we go with 4 starters at most then: 1) JZimm 2) Gio 3) EJax 4) Detseem good enough to go with. Meaning don't trade the Rendons and the Goodwyns of the system for a Dempster or Garza or whomever. I actually think the focus of a pennant race and playoffs would bring out the best in Det, if he'd even need to be used as a starter. The rest seem good to go on that score. This way if the bats are "hitterish" we stand as good a chance as anyone to go all the way–and I've been feeling lucky all year–contrary to the doomsayers. But if the bats are not, then we have not decimated our prospects. If it were just a case of spending money and not talent, I'd say get Hamels! But that won't be the case, especially in a bidding war with Texas and the like.

  28. realdealnats - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Also the toughness and cohesion it would involve to go with who you got would be a great learning experience for this young core IMO.

  29. Soul Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    natsfan1a said…Or one, if it's a wildcard play-in. :-)Well, there's that. Good point.

  30. Soul Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Re Garza: "One American League executive says the Cubs are basing their asking price for Matt Garza on last summer’s Ubaldo Jimenez deal. This means it’ll take two controllable, young players with upside to pry the right-hander away from Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein." (MLBTR) I think someone mentioned during yesterday's broadcast that the Cubs are packaging Soriano with him–You want Garza, you have to take Soriano AND his contract, too. Just a rumor, but that would kill the deal for me.

  31. Soul Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Which, if accurate, would be more like Rendon AND (not OR) Goodwyn, assuming the trade didn't take place until Rendon was tradeable, which he isn't yet, per the CBA.





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