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Game 81: Rockies at Nats

Jul 6, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg faces the Rockies tonight at Nationals Park.

After feasting on what was supposed to be a daunting pitching trio from San Francisco — Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain — the Nationals now get to spend the weekend taking their hacks against a Rockies staff that boasts an MLB-worst 5.36 ERA. Look out.

Speaking of looking out, Stephen Strasburg will have to be careful dealing with extreme weather conditions yet again. After suffering from hat exhaustion in Atlanta on Saturday, he'll get only a slight reprieve tonight, with the forecast calling for a reading of 97 degrees at first pitch.

Though there are still three games until the All-Star break, tonight marks the official halfway point of the season. A victory would leave the Nats at 49-32, on pace for 98 wins. A loss would leave them at 48-33, still on pace for 96 wins. I would think everyone out there would have taken that on Opening Day, right?

I'm off this weekend; heading out of town for a family event the next two days and then heading to Kansas City on Sunday in advance of the All-Star Game. Never fear, though, because Chase Hughes of CSNwashington.com will be here all weekend and will post updates…

COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Mostly clear, 97 degrees, Wind 5 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (48-32)

2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. Ratiocinational - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Don't get me started on hat exhaustion…I've had it and it's no fun! ; )Have a good vacation!

  2. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Bryce on MLB. Great kid but a walking, talking , cliche machine. Conducts himself well.

  3. Kirbs - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    This is my fave line-up…missing lambo tho. Should we petition for 4 outfielders like slow pitch softball?

  4. SonnyG10 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Have a good weekend off Mark.Speaking of heat exhaustion, I'm going to chance it myself and go to the game tonight. Hope our boys put on a great show for me. I wouldn't mind a laugher tonight. I'm in the PNC Diamond section so if it gets too hot, I'll just duck into the a/c.Oh, and Stephen Strasburg will get shut down after his inning limit is hit.

  5. Positively Half St. - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    It seems that the trade rumors are starting to include the Nats, and that will certainly feed our conversations pretty well. We have to steel ourselves to lose someone or a few people that we are pretty attached to. For instance, we will need to be realistic and not overly emotional if Tyler Moore leaves as just one part of a trade, or if we never see Alex Meyer in DC. Unlike in 2005, when the team gave up pretty much nothing to get nothing (Preston Wilson), the team is honestly looking to win this year, and might have to make a deal that only looks at the short term.+1/2St.

  6. Steady Eddie - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    walking, talking cliche machineI would be stunned if his Dad didn't show him the scene of interview training a la Crash Davis about 15 times by the time he reached Southern Nevada CC.Or if he didn't, his coach at SN did.Or Scott Boras.Or the locker room attendant at Hagerstown.Most likely all four.

  7. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    He actually said that he should have told the reporter "That's a clown question, MEAT" like in Bull Durham. I love this kid.

  8. Steady Eddie - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    swami — did he REALLY say that?That's awesome.To quote my 11 year old daughter, "I LOVE this TEAM!"

  9. NatsNut - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Waaah. I hate this part.Positively Half St. said… …We have to steel ourselves to lose someone or a few people that we are pretty attached to…

  10. do1teach1 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    One final note on the Giants series. This from today's San Francisco Chronicle:EXCERPT:In three days, the best team in the National League gave the Giants a lesson in how to play postseason-quality baseball."We played Texas and Anaheim," second baseman Ryan Theriot said. "Those are two really good teams. In my mind, these guys are right up there."END OF EXCERPTMan that was fun to read. Post-season quality baseball! Right there with the Rangers and Angels. Look out!

  11. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Steady Eddie- he absolutely did.And he handled that subject well, of course. He loves playing baseball, his teammates, DC and the fans very,very, much. So sincere.

  12. NCNatsie - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    What a lineup!2B Danny Espinosa – Unstoppable right handedCF Bryce Harper – Will own the record book someday3B Ryan Zimmerman – FoF and red hot again RF Michael Morse – Now as good as last year (when he hit .303 w/ 31 HRs – only 2 NL players did better in both stats, Braun and Kemp, who finished 1-2 in the MVP voting.)1B Adam LaRoche – On pace for 100 RBISS Ian Desmond – On pace for 30 HRLF Tyler Moore – Hitting .328, Clutch hit last nightC Jesus Flores – Everything you want in a catcherRHP Stephen Strasburg – Best hitting pitcher in the NL, but hope he doesn't get on base at all tonight. Too hot to waste energy because he's also the best pitching pitcher in the NL.

  13. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    I hope Stephen has a very calm night. I feel that both he and Gio tend to waste some energy out there emotionally. I love their passion, but if they can keep it in check and channel it, they might both be better off.

  14. natsfan1a - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Have a good weekend, Mark. Will look forward to some Kansas City dispatches.Jayson Werth may have schooled him as well, Eddie.Speaking of Preston, and of nothing from nothing. (Was that deliberate, PHS? :-))Last but not least: Go, Stephen! Go, NATS BATS!!

  15. natsfan1a - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    (btw, no disrespect to Wilson. I just like that song. :-))

  16. Doc - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Good stuff NCNatsie!I'm a big fan of JFo's old style catching too–just wish he'd lay the outside breaking stuff at the plate.Hey MarkMeister, it's not too late to revise your predictions of 84 Nats wins this season. So far I think I've got you beat with 92. With any luck they'll win 96-97. Of all the action last night, I really enjoyed Espi's HR. He's go a bit of a hitting streak going.GooooooooooooNaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats!!!!

  17. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    So, who is going to volunteer to be the PNat's mascot for the rest of the season replacing Uncle Slam?

  18. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Meanwhile, its high time T-Mo broke out with one of his patented multi-home games … I think @CBrown83 might need some inspiration from above.

  19. NatsLady - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    So they are reviewing possible NL MVP candidates, and they run through Votto and McCutch and David Wright (using WAR) and they get to the Nats, and lo, there is NO STAR. Desi, ALR, and Harper are all sitting at 1.7 WAR. This is a true team… it's great to see.BTW, love for DJ as MOY. Considering what this team has been through, and the expectations before the season started, and where we are now, you have to feel that is a possibility. He sure out-coached Bochy (among others).

  20. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    the team is honestly looking to win this year, and might have to make a deal that only looks at the short term.+1/2St.@1/2 Street,I firmly believe ownership has bought into the notion of not making any dramatic moves unless they are both for the short-term (this year) AND the long-term. That means you aren't going to see the Nats doing what that nut Chris Needham seems to espouse: trading prospects from a 35+ year old slugger and I don't really care if its Pujols. It would NOT be the right move for this team; the strategy (Werth being the unfortunate exception) IS working and we are seeing the results are we not?So, why change the strategy? The only reason might be because the new CBA has cut an enormous hole in one major thrust of that strategy: acquiring high-ceiling, young talent no matter what the cost in the draft and then developing them internally. But, again, I only see them trading for young to very young prospects that they were unable to acquire in the draft. And from the looks of things … so far … the 2012 draft could end up marked as a close to complete failure … we'll have to see what Stanford's Brett Moneyham is like. Hopefully, he is money like his name.

  21. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    So we started the season with airtight pitching and scoring a paltry few runs per game. Now our pitching has "relaxed" a little and the guys are smacking the ball around the park. The team seems to change personalities every so often. Late inning heroics? Early runs scored? Starting pitching? Bullpen? No predictability here. So exciting. Must see TV.

  22. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    and NatsLady – I completely agree with you on this team being a true team where everyone is a star and no one is a star. I love it that way.

  23. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Desi, ALR, and Harper are all sitting at 1.7 WAR. This is a true team… it's great to see.I expect Desmond's, Zimmerman's, Morse's, Moore's and yes, Espinosa's WAR to rise quite a bit in the second half. Right now the overall bRAA sits at -18.4 and the wOBA at 0.315 which is still WELL BELOW average as predicted and expected … UNTIL the young prospect hitters start to "get it". That appears to be happening as we watch. They've managed to cut the bRAA deficit more than 1/2. Which indicates that the WAR's should rise.On the other side the rotation sits at +42.1 pRAA. That's enormous! But, I'd expect that to drop significantly with the loss of Strasburg. On the other hand the bullpen's pRAA sits at +18.0 which is superlative. It could potentially get better with the return of Storen. So, right now I expect to see the bRAA rise closer to MLB average as the season progresses but the rotation pRAA to drop from its lofty levels with strong improvement to the bullpen pRAA in the 2nd half. That barring a trade say for someone like Grienke. If they bring Grienke in one could expect the rotation pRAA to push into the stratosphere statistically.

  24. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    To demonstrate what I've been saying about Harper's effect:Top players in terms of wOBA and bRAA:Bryce Harper: 0.385 wOBA +12.6 bRAAAdam LaRoche: 0.358 wOBA +8.6 bRAAIan Desmond 0.343 wOBA +5.6 bRAATyler Moore 0.390 wOBA +3.0 bRAADanny Espinosa 0.322 wOBA -0.1 bRAA (average)As you can see the top hitters are all young recently former andcurrent prospects. Except LaRoche. That is an excellent sign.Have to expect Morse and Zimmerman (with cortisone) to rise upto those levels reasonably soon.Right now Morse is at -5.3 bRAA and Zimmerman at -6.3.

  25. Jim Webster - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    94 wins? 96? Heck I'm hoping for 100.

  26. Drew - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Peric: You keep suggesting that this year's draft is a washout if Giolito doesn't sign. How can we possibly know that?This team got Tyler Moore in the 16th round, Lombo in the 19th, Rosenbaum in the 22nd and Peacock in the 41st.I have faith in the Nats' bird dogs. We have no idea what gems they've unearthed.

  27. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Now looking at the pitching:Adjusted defense/park neutral tRA and pRAA (used to calculate the WAR)Gio Gonazlez: 2.28 tRA, 19.0 pRAA (superb / All Star)Stephen Strasburg: 2.50 tRA, 18.0 pRAA (superb/ All Star)Ross Detwiler 2.99 tRA, 9.2 pRAA (excellent)Edwin Jackson 3.83 tRA, 4.9 pRAA (very good!)Jordan Zimmermann 4.49 tRA, -2.1 pRAA (somewhat below average)I'm expecting Zimmermann to improve dramatically in the 2nd half. But they lose Stras in September. Couild J. Zimmnn make up for Stras's loss?BullpenTyler Clippard: 0.85 tRA, +13.4 pRAA (superb)Sean Burnett; 2.40 tRA, +5.8 pRAA (very good)Craig Stammen: 3.05 tRA, +5.7 pRAA (very good)Michael Gonzalez: 2.84 tRA, +1.3 pRAA (average to good)Tom Gorzelanny: 4.34 tRA 0.0 pRAA (average)

  28. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Peric: You keep suggesting that this year's draft is a washout if Giolito doesn't sign. How can we possibly know that?Pretty much the consensus of all the scouts, Fangraphs, NFA_Brian, NationalsProspects … need I go on? The Nats intentionally went "frugal" (read cheap) to save funds in the top 10 rounds in a risky move to attempt signing Lucas Giolito who may be the top pitching talent in the draft. Right now Renda doesn't look like much in Auburn and he was the 2nd round pick.Look at this way @Drew … where did Brian Goodwin start off this year? And Alex Meyer? In Hagerstown right? Where did Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke start out? Purke in the AZ Fall League and then A+ Potomac. Rendon in A+ Potomac.How many of the college choices in this year's draft have started above Auburn? How many do you think will graduate to Hagerstown next season? Sparse few unfortunately … this year's draft will be a huge challenge for the Nat's player development folks. HUGE.

  29. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Giolito has no financial motive to sign – his family is extremely wealthy. He may just want the college experience. I think we actually drafted Tyler Moore 3 times? By the way , I love stats but the alphabet soup above is starting to make my eyes glaze over. Go Nats!

  30. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Giolito has no financial motive to sign – his family is extremely wealthy. He may just want the college experience.Unless precluded by the CBA I expect the Nats will throw in the whole college education experience: unlimited just like McGreary. Of course doubtless they will be reluctant about him attempting what McGreary did: major league baseball and a tough school like Stanford all at once.

  31. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Giolito represents a case where Ted Lerner and the Lerner's must step in to try to bring the kid on board somehow, someway. Giolito's Hollywood parents may have money but its peanuts compared to what the Lerner's have.

  32. JaneB - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Half way through! It's going sooooo fast and I'm enjoying every minute of it. We shouldn't make any trades. We are good to go. Trade one of our guys and you tilt the apple cart. And may I say how glad I am that we HAVE to be past the point of ever trading Desi. Phew.

  33. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    We shouldn't make any trades. We are good to go. Trade one of our guys and you tilt the apple cart. And may I say how glad I am that we HAVE to be past the point of ever trading Desi. Phew.Do you option Lombardozzi back to Syracuse or trade him for prospects or a part of a package to get a Grienke? Strasburg will be shut down. And Wang does not look like a solution more of a problem.

  34. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Someone has to go when Werth comes back and I wouldn't part with T-Mo. He is better than Werth over the long-term offensively … defensively is another matter :) Methinks its Lombo since Davey isn't going to part with DeRosa.

  35. Drew - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Last year's bonanza draft haul was a bit of an anomaly as the Nats spent big to get out ahead of the CBA changes.It's very unusual to get a haul like the Nats' got last year — with Rendon, Meyer, Goodwin, Purke, Skole in one draft.The point is they always find players like Milone in the 10th round and Stammen in the 12th.

  36. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Does anyone see us going the distance with Nady? I just don't see enough value for him to hold down one of those valuable spots. I don't want to part with anyone!

  37. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    The point is they always find players like Milone in the 10th round and Stammen in the 12th.That's just the point. They didn't do that this year. Look up Nate Karn's bonus in the 12th round in 2009. It was $225,000; third highest that year.Sure looks like he was worth it. He looks a lot better than Silver Spike's runner up AJ Morris at the level he is at. Rizzo, Clark et al know their stuff.The 2nd and 3rd round picks in 2012 didn't even get close to that high. And the talent level is significantly lower. The only player who is at or exceeds the talent level of most of the 2009 top 15 pitchers is Giolito. Same is true in 2010. Same is true for 2011. Things are different now.

  38. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Let's see we've had the rally napkin, the rally carp. What's next the rally hydrant after FP? :)

  39. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    FOR TOMORROW'S PUPS AT THE PARK: 'DON'T'–WHSThe Washington Humane Society is recommending folks do NOT bring dogs to the game. Note to July 7 Pups in the Park Ticket Holders: DUE TO THE JULY 7 HEAT ADVISORY, PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG TO THE GAME AND FOLLOW OUR HEAT SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

  40. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    The Rally Hydrant would be perfect for this weather! Good call.

  41. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Bottom line: They absolutely MUST find a way to sign Lucas Giolito. Losing him is not an option. But it may still happen and it would be somewhat catastrophic organizationally. And anyone who tells you it isn't is lying.

  42. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Rizzo coming up on MLB to explain yet again , for the millionth time, that Stephen Strasburg will not pitch a full season. I wonder if he will ask them to read his lips.

  43. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    I think Drew meant something more like Mike Piazza, Ryne Sandberg, Jorge Posada, Keith Hernandez, Jeff Conine … I could go on and on and on (can I ever!). Lots of very solid major leaguers get drafted late and don't show much at first; pretty much nobody saw them coming, including experts, who's predictions are better than mine, usually, but are still only predictions, not facts. Good guesses are good, but they're still guesses.

  44. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    That said, if they don't sign him, they get a supplemental pick next year. They wouldn't have drafted him if they didn't meant to sign him, and I'm confident they will (FWIW), but if it doesn't happen, they're still a very good team.

  45. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    In other words, it wouldn't be trivial, but nobody would lose their jobs over it, except maybe Giolito's agent.

  46. natsfan1a - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    sec3, was just looking at my calendar for this weekend and noticed that it was pups tomorrow, then wondered whether they'd be brought out in that weather. (Not that I have a dog in that hunt, so to speak, being more of a cat person myself. :-))

  47. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    I saw some warnings put out by the humane society that people should not bring their dogs tomorrow .

  48. MicheleS - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Does this mean we get to pick on Chase this weekend? ;-)

  49. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    We could, Michele – but where is everyone? At the game?

  50. UnkyD - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Ratiocinational: would you, perchance, be acquainted with Ms. Peabody…?

  51. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Who is doing the catching for the Rockies?

  52. Gonat - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Flores drops the ball in front of Mark Lerner and that error turns into a long HR

  53. Gonat - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Flores drops the ball in front of Mark Lerner and that error turns into a long HR

  54. Gonat - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    baseballswami, I think it's WHO

  55. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    I think you are correct Gonat!

  56. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    And perhaps it's our catcher who needed and iv?

  57. MicheleS - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Yup… i am at the game tonight!

  58. Gonat - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Yep, can't give hot hitters 2 outs

  59. waddu eye no - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    swami – about the alphabet soup:i think praa is where players in san juan go to get sober.

  60. Gonat - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Nats defenders not helping their pitcher. Morse on a bad read on a bloop that hung up.

  61. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Waddu eye no – so it's going to be one of those nights? I certainly hope so. Sometimes during Nats games I need an iv sense of humor. Flores and Morse both with makeable outs already. I hope this doesn't come back to bite them.

  62. waddu eye no - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:54 PM

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  63. waddu eye no - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    swami – fear not. think of how we bit back at cain last night in the seventh.btw – anyone at the game – did they turn the "entertainment" back on or are they letting the crowd enjoy the game? i'm sure the team has heard plenty of the thank yous for staying out of the crowd's way last night. it was such a pleasure

  64. Gonat - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    These 1st pitch swings are not good. Morse and Espinosa! You have a starter on a low pitch count. Don't help him, please.

  65. peric - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Looks to me like they really do need the #RallyHydrant … really hot!

  66. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Gonat. Totally agree. Short pitch leash, only Tyler Moore worked him at all.

  67. Gonat - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Can I say again how leadoff walks always bite you in the …

  68. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    4 change ups in one at bat is 1 to many.

  69. peric - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    4 change ups in one at bat is 1 to many.Doesn't want to get yanked followed by IV and 3 bags. I think he's pacing himself … mebbe a little too much?

  70. peric - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Morse: hamstring is bothering him big-time you can tell … #DL time. He doesn't heal playing.

  71. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Is there some kind contest going on to see who can make an out the fastest?

  72. Tim - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Looks like we came out flat tonight. Low energy. Last place opponent. Quiet crowd. We need a Bryce boost to get us goin.

  73. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Justin Christian of the Giants and Tyler Colvin of the Rockies – hitters extraordinaire and Nat killers. Who saw that coming? Definitely appears to be a let down going on after the big series vs the Giants.

  74. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Super quiet here, too. Three runs is not so much with three innings to go. IF Gorzelanny doesn't give up any more and IF the Nats can hit the next pitcher.

  75. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Morse bad in RF. Need Werth. Sorry, peric.

  76. waddu eye no - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    gorzo on defense!

  77. peric - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Morse bad in RF. Need Werth. Sorry, peric.Seen this in 2010. Hamstring is bothering Morse … seems like he needs the #DL.As for Werth, after another injury to the same wrist? Kind of like your predictions about how well CM Wang would pitch? No way Werth is going to be the same … especially on defense but also on defense.In other words don't ask you might get your wish and rue the day.

  78. NatsNutty - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Nats playing DOWN to the level of their opponent… and losing. Not good.

  79. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Did I say IF Gorzelanny doesn't give up any more ?

  80. peric - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Stammen can't pitch every night … and he had a bad night as well as I recall #justlastnight

  81. peric - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Its time for the #RallyHydrant.

  82. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    So, Gorzy, every other outing (at least), Gorzy gives up a run. Also looks like he's put on a few, right in the midsection.

  83. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    How is his era not terrible? Must be that he gives up inherited runs because it feels like he always gives up runs. Stammen did last night, but not usually. Still, with no offense at all. I mean one hit in seven innings? Has our offense ever gone that deep with only one hit?

  84. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Worst game I've seen in years. I'll stay home from now on. In the words do bob ueker kin major league. One hit, that's it one:::::::: damn hit

  85. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Really. It's not the 5 runs scored by the Rockies that bothers me , we know they can hit. It's the one lousy hit and the terrible at bats. It's back to the getting out on 1 and 2 pitches. Just awful.

  86. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Morse must have heard me. That was much better. :-):-)

  87. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    So how about a few hits just to save face a little bit?

  88. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    So Harper and Lombardozzi with the only hits – 2 of the least experienced hitters in major league baseball. In the context of this last couple of weeks, I guess we should just find this one game humorous?

  89. waddu eye no - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    1 down, 4 to go

  90. baseballswami - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    NIIIIICE! Way to erase the zero, Zim!!!

  91. waddu eye no - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    news – the germans just bombed pearl harbor.

  92. waddu eye no - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    sigh….

  93. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    One of those games. I have no problem with it. My only negative comment pertains to Gorzo… he ALWAYS gives up a run. I hope he is the one Storen replaces.. i know he is a lefty, but i would rather have Stammen and perhaps HRod as the middle relief

  94. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Davey a little edgy with media…

  95. mick - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    we should take 2 of 3 against Rockies, i think Mets lost tonight, Braves will win so 4 and 1/2 up on both

  96. Bigfish - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    "7:31 p.m. …. Nieves chased a curve way out of the zone."So glad he's doing that for some other team & not the Nats. He used to drive me to distraction with his inability to lay off pitches in the opposite batter's box.

  97. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I nominate Teddy.So, who is going to volunteer to be the PNat's mascot for the rest of the season replacing Uncle Slam?

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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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