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Instant analysis: Nats 5, Braves 4

Jun 30, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

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Tyler Clippard is congratulated after escaping a ninth-inning jam.

Game in a nutshell: Apparently, the Nationals' scoring barrage this week wasn't entirely a product of Coors Field. Those bats were nearly as hot here in Atlanta, leading to a 15-hit night. Michael Morse led the charge with four hits, Ryan Zimmerman added two of his own, Ian Desmond chimed in with a two-run double and Jesus Flores clubbed a solo homer. That all put Ross Detwiler in position to earn the win, but the left-hander (after six dominant innings) crumbled in the seventh, giving all four runs back (the final two on Andrelton Simmons' homer). No worries, because Morse immediately responded with a homer off Chad Durbin in the top of the eighth, and Sean Burnett and Tyler Clippard finished things off to seal a tense victory and give the Nationals a 4 1/2-game lead over the Braves.

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  1. MicheleS - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!! Kardiac Kids at it again! Great Win tonight!

  2. JaneB - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    How much do I LOVE these guys???? Rhetorical question.

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Way to go boys! What can you say about Desi and Morse and Burnie and Clip!!!Kardiac Kids got my heart pounding.

  4. dan roberts - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Tyler Clippard for president

  5. Steady Eddie - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    More to the point, Clip for the ASG!

  6. Doc - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    The Beast passes everybody in the lineup (except maybe TyMo) on his way from Mendoza Territory to BA Nirvana!Let's scalp a few more victories from the phony tomahawk guys, and get ready to fire some rocks into the Giants' eyes!!!!

  7. realdealnats - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Listening after dark these days to a 20 year old radio on my side porch up on Cape Cod. 1500 am hanging in there just barely. PFB win. GYFNGoGo!

  8. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Clip not getting strikes, had to rely on his outfield. Luckily Ankiel was there for him.

  9. realdealnats - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Listening after dark these days to a 20 year old radio on my side porch up on Cape Cod. 1500 am hanging in there just barely. PFB win. GYFNGoGo!

  10. rdexposfan - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    The offence has caught on fire and are now have a team BA of .247 and gone ahead of Chicago into 10th spot. GYFNG

  11. rdexposfan - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Nats have gone from .238 team BA after the 1st game of the Rockies series to .247. 9 points in 4 games. Unbelievable!!!! Where this offence come from???

  12. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Ross has been screwed around with for a while now . This was his second outing. Usually he loses it in the fifth. He went deeper than I have ever seen and pitch efficient. Good hitters. Held his composure longer. Better than Wang. He will need time. High ceiling. He'll be fine.

  13. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    Hoping everybody out there is still OK. Half a million without power in NoVa alone, they say. Be safe, people.

  14. NatsLady - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Haven't lost power yet. R.A. Dickey is at it again.

  15. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Crazy storm. Glad I did not have to miss the gorse hacking! His batting average has risen faster than the dc temperatures. So cool. Having tight hammy issues, though. Can't be too awfully bad.

  16. djinFl. - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    I agree baseballswami,I was very encouraged by his outing.I hope to see some consistency in his battery- mate for a few starts. Seemed to have a different catcher each of his last three starts before going to the pen.Has to have an effect.

  17. rogieshan - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Nice to see a win where guys are picking each other up. Thankfully, a loss was averted. Detwiler's implosion was hard to bare. Hope his confidence is only slightly shaken. Some have been talking about Lannan getting recalled, possibly taking Wang's roster spot and going back into the rotation, a change of pace to go along with the power arms. I don't know. I just can't see Davey Johnson backtracking on this one.

  18. realdealnats - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Swami–My sentiments exactly on Det. Well put. Part heat/fatigue part mental toughness, but our 5th starter gave us 6 dominant innings with a decimated pen. What do the naysayers want for gripes sake?

  19. sm13 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    Glad to see Morse with a rocket to right. Not too many Nat fans in the house, but we tried our best to be loud. This team is building character. It would have been easy to fold after the 7th inning, but we held it together. Can't wait to go back to the Ted on Saturday and see Strasburg.

  20. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Not to mention the big RBI!!! And Burnett walking in his first at bat this year against Venters. These pitchers and their hitting just crack me up.

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Corey Brown with 19 jacks. Hello Riz are you watching?

  22. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Hey, where's all the Doom Squad? I am listening for the "We were wr-rr-r- .. We were wrr-rr … wroooooo…"Nope, can't say it. Just can't say it. Say it, it's liberating. You'll feel better, trust me.

  23. SonnyG10 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Davey had a lot of praise for Det in the post game interview. He said Det really saved his bull pen and it was too bad he didn't get the win.

  24. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Did clip pitch at all in coors? Seems like he has always pitched better when he pitches often. He got there tonight but was maybe a little rusty .

  25. Soul Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    I think he got a few days off there, Swami. Davey does like to save a few rounds for the next fight when he can.

  26. realdealnats - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Soul–Does your sofa give you advance notice when it's feeling hitterish?

  27. sm13 - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Clips save reminded me of the Chief – couple of base runners, couple of long fly balls.

  28. MJR - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    So I stopped at the local watering hole on the way home to catch the end of the game. Bottom of the 9th, Clipp pitching to Freddie Freeman, count 3-2, and…the lights go out. Arghhh… I know we won but can anyone fill me in on the last 3 outs?

  29. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    I think clip got the days off because of the offensive barrage for two of the days. Yesterday I think he was saving him for if we went ahead. He does seem to like pitching often. The rest of the pen rested tonight.

  30. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    I have been very critical of Detwiler in the past and he was excellent tonight and not to blame for the meltdown. He was to be counted on to go as long as he could to protect an overused bullpen even though Clip and Wang were fresh in the bullpen.Detwiler at 80 pitches getting stretched out had to be watched at first sight of trouble but Wang never got up instead Burnett was brilliant in getting out of the 7th and 8th.All I can say is Storen can't get here soon enough. Davey needs 7 arms in the pen, not 6.

  31. baseballswami - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Mjr. Fly ball, walk, fly ball, fly ball. 2 of them to the arm. One to Harper. Less drama than it sounds like.

  32. sm13 - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    It was pretty clear that Det was feeling the heat most of tonight. He walked very slowly back to the dugout after each inning and looked really flushed. This was a gutty performance.

  33. Drew - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    It's past midnight and Danny Rosenbaum is turning back into a pumpkin.He gave up 6 earned tonight in 4.1 innings. He's now 7-5 with a 3.17 ERA.The good news, as noted above, is that Corey Brown continues to rake, cracking his 19th homer.Keep an eye on Jason Martinson, a shortstop with a power bat. In nine games since his promotion to Potomac he has three homers and nine RBIs.Alex Meyer had another good start at Hagerstown. He gave up one earned over five and his ERA fell to 3.40.

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Drew, have you considered Rosey is injured?

  35. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Philthies 10 games back!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Drew - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Danny could be injured, or the book on him has gotten around the lending library. I hope he's not hurt and that he returns to form. When I saw him in Richmond a while back, his fastball wasn't breaking 90. That means he needs pinpoint control of the slower stuff to keep hitters off balance.He's getting hit so hard now I wonder whether hitters are taking the offspeed pitches and feasting on his fastball.

  37. Gonat - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Drew, there isn't the same type of scouting in AA minor leagues like you get in the Majors. A guy goes from Ace to a Disgrace 2 months later sounds like he is hiding an arm issue. Hope they can figure it out.

  38. Bzl. - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    If I recall, I've heard FP say, before, that Burnett might be the best batting pitcher on the team, presumably excepting Strasburg, but he never gets at-bats.Anything like this come up last night? My power (I'm out near Warrenton) went out during the 7th inning meltdown, so I didn't get to see or hear the end of the game.

  39. Gonat - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    In the 7th, yes, Detwiler had his issues with the HBP in a 1-2 count and that Jack Wilson bunt single. It happens. Then Martin Prado singles on a ground ball that Danny Espinosa tried to "ole" and didn't get in front of. Coulda, shoulda. We keep talking how Danny is in there for DEFENSE and he has to make a better attempt and that to pickup his pitcher.I also think in normal times Davey pulls Detwiler after the HBP or at least I would hope he would have. Detwiler pitched well but like someone mentioned he unraveled in his head.

  40. Gonat - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Bzl., Sean Burnett walked to load the bases and unfortunately Bryce Harper struck out.Venters only threw 1 ball in the strikezone to Bryce and unfortunately Bryce bit on sliders out of the zone.http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/numlocation.php-pitchSel=458924&game=gid_2012_06_29_wasmlb_atlmlb_1&batterX=68&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=3.gif

  41. Gonat - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    “I really wanted to finish that seventh inning,” Detwiler said. “The first six innings are definitely something to build on and I can definitely take that forward into my next start… (But) our hitters have been on fire lately. They really picked me up. With the four-run lead I had and then I gave four runs back. Morse coming back with that was just huge for the team.”________________________________The key as we know is seeing if Detwiler can go this deep in his next start and stay effective.

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    My guess is our NIs are without power unlike our Nats batters. Be safe!

  43. Maurymania - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    GYFNG!

  44. Maurymania - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    So what does it mean?

  45. Drew - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Maury: if you're referring to GYFNG, it means: Go You Freaking Nats Go!

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