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Game 83: Rockies at Nats

Jul 8, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Chase Hughes here for the final game of the Nationals vs. Rockies series and the final game before the All-Star Break. Mark will pick things up tomorrow for what should be an exciting week for Nationals fans.

Jordan Zimmermann will pitch for the Nationals in his 17th start of the season. He has a 2.70 ERA which leads Nationals starting pitchers and ranks 7th in the National League. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a game since May and has allowed two or fewer in four consecutive outings.

Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound for Colorado, he is 3-8 on the season with a 6.28 ERA. He allowed three runs in four innings to the Nationals back on June 27. Washington goes for the series win and a chance to hit the 50 mark at the break. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day and feel free to add your comments below.


COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, WDCW 50, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Mostly clear, 97 degrees, Wind 5 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (49-33)

LF Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jhonatan Solano
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

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165 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

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  2. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I have been noting game thread's HTML links, way different from Mark usually has.No picture Chase? :(

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Chase just tweeted that Davey will likely go with Zimm, Gio, SS, EJax, and Det after ASB. Makes sense I think. Makes sense considering Zimm and Ejax do average more innings than gio and ss, and gio and ss might see asg action.

  4. Doc - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    The last time that I saw some stats, TyMo was hitting righties as well as lefties–sorta like The Beast last year.Is Davey overlooking the stats, or is TyMo becoming strickly a right-handed bat, best against LHPs??TyMos hits doubles and HRs; Lombo hits singles, and maybe gets a few walks.

  5. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Yay, there is a photo now. Can we please get larger font size? thank you.

  6. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Faraz..do what i did and blow up the screen size.. it helps considerably (Chase has young eyes – some of us don't)

  7. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I hope JZ gets a win today. End his first 1/2 (and the teams) on a high note!GYFNG!!!!

  8. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Just going through game logs of our starters:Ejax – Gone 100+ pitches four times, one 8IP, one 7IP, one 6.2IP, and one 6IP game.Gio – Gone 100+ pitches 9 times, three 7 IP, four 6 IP, and two 5 IP.SS – Gone 100+ pitches 6 times, three 7 IP, three 6 IP.JZ -Gone 100+ pitches 7 times, four 7 IP, three 6 IP.Our number five pitcher has gone 100 pitches exactly once when RD lasted 100 pitches against Atlanta and lost the spot to CMW I believe, not worth talking.Derive your own conclusions. I had nothing better to do so I pulled out those stats.

  9. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Ryan Dempster will be pitching today. Shane Victorino scratched today. Wandy Rodriguez gave up no runs last night vs. Brewers. Greinke tossed out of the game yesterday in the 1st inning after pitching 4 pitches & he took the loss!

  10. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Michele, did what you suggested but does not really work with our posts.

  11. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    if you did not know, JZ and SS have better OPS than DeRosa by .300 points.

  12. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Am I the only one surprised (at least somewhat) that Ian Desmond is in the line-up today?

  13. LoveDaNats - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Doesn't 50 wins at the ASB sound delightful?

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    why wouldn't he play?

  15. timeless46 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    On RD not lasting more than 100 pitches. As I recall, at the beginning of the season, Davey had a quick hook on Ross because he had not been fully stretched out in Spring Training as a starter. He had been slated for the bullpen until the very end.

  16. whatsanattau - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The oblique needs rest and will get it. 4 days. But today's game counts.

  17. Kendog - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Whats gonna happen when werth gets back who do you think at lead off spot?

  18. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Kendog said… Whats gonna happen when werth gets back who do you think at lead off spot? July 08, 2012 1:07 PM _______________________________Davey said he is thinking Espi or maybe even Werth

  19. The Fox - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Eugene,If the Nats get a big lead (which they should) look for a lot of substitutions early. If the game stays close look for almost anyone to play especially on the Rockies with the next 4 days off.Faraz, if we are going to use limited stats than DeRosa as a PH has an OPS of 2.167 second highest on the team.

  20. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Strasburg said to Ray Knight that when his father first saw Ian Desmond play he said to him that Desi would be an All Star in a few years.

  21. peric - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Faraz..do what i did and blow up the screen size.. it helps considerably (Chase has young eyes – some of us don't)If you have a Mac running Lion two finger double tap on the touch pad or screen. Two finger double tap to return. That easy …Chase looks younger than Bryce what do you expect? Of course when Mark first put these pages up he did the same thing and received howwwwls …sheesh people!?

  22. JaneB - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    We decided at the last minute to watch from home rather than the seats today…too hot. I feel a little guilty, but i wasn't up to another day. Gives me even more respect for these guys. So if you are at the park and want to move down, the seats at 130 M 5&6 are open. GYFNG!

  23. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Word is that Victorian saw his name batting #7 pre-game and didn't like it and was later scratched by Manual.

  24. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Victorino

  25. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    janeB — You're not the only one to make that decision. The combined first pitch temp for the last three games we've attended has been about 310, so we thought we earned a day off. Watching Jordon from a/c comfort will do for today!

  26. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Now you see why I talk about Jordan Zimmermann as being an Ace. Best 1st inning of this series.

  27. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Ryan Dempster dealing vs the Mets. 4-0 Cubs in the 3rd.This is a showcase game for the Cubs to get his trade value going.Opinion: Value going back up!

  28. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Cubs up 4-0 on the Mets.And Zimmy gets a hit!

  29. peric - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Am I the only one surprised (at least somewhat) that Ian Desmond is in the line-up today?Styles himself as a team leader if not the team leader at shortstop? No.

  30. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Gonat.. definitely a showcase.. I wonder if the Nats will be in on him? He wouldn't cost as much. I heard the Dodgers were interested.

  31. peric - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Davey said he is thinking Espi or maybe even WerthWerth definitely NOT a heart of the order hitter .. especially with Desmond's new power surge. #1? He was terrible there last year. And Espinosa projects as one if he can get past his switching hitting struggles. If you ask me the bench is the right place for Jayson Werth as he really doesn't fit anywhere in the lineup.

  32. peric - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    I wonder if the Nats will be in on him? He wouldn't cost as much.With Theo Epstein AND Jed Hoyer probably more … they'd be the guys asking for Alex Meyer and Purke.

  33. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Ump blowing that 2-2

  34. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Pretty unlikely that Werth will ride the bench, but not unlikely that he'll get multiple days off over his first few weeks back. Logical move is to move Danny up to lead off and Werth to #7, except when Lombo fills in for Werth. I don't think Davey is going to break up his 2-3-4-5-6 combo.

  35. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Need a doubleplay here

  36. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    All set-up by that blown call by the ump on the 2 strike count to Helton. Should have been 3 outs on Nieves line out to LF.

  37. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Gonat, I can see Jayson going #1 if Danny struggles against RP. Otherwise, I can see him in the #6 slot. Desi said he didn't care where he was in the order as long as it wasn't at #8. Don't think he cares to much batting in front of a Pitcher. That might change considering how good our Pitchers hit ;-)

  38. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Nicely done by Jordan to get out of that mess with just a run.

  39. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    FYI.. It looks like the rain/front could be coming through Nats Park around 4 pm.

  40. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    MicheleS said… Gonat.. definitely a showcase.. I wonder if the Nats will be in on him? He wouldn't cost as much. I heard the Dodgers were interested. July 08, 2012 1:48 PM __________________________In the 3rd with men on 1st and 2nd he struck out David Wright. 4-0 Cubs in the 4thDempsters stats say he is the best pitcher in the NL right now. My brain tells me he is old and having a career year. Approach with caution as he has already had one injury.If Rizzo could get him for a prospect and a 2nd tier guy then great, it would be worth the gamble as trades are always a gamble.Wandy is a cash deal and may be the safer guy and he would be a perfect #4 in this rotation once Stras gets to his innings limit.

  41. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    What's with Guthries sleeve on his right arm?

  42. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Gonat.. well, Mr Lerner did say that the $$$ won't impact any decisions at the trade deadline and only consideration is decision has to help team long term. Wandy might fit that

  43. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    MicheleS said… Gonat, I can see Jayson going #1 if Danny struggles against RP. Otherwise, I can see him in the #6 slot. Desi said he didn't care where he was in the order as long as it wasn't at #8. Don't think he cares to much batting in front of a Pitcher. That might change considering how good our Pitchers hit ;-) July 08, 2012 2:01 PM ________________________________Certainly have to think that Morse moves to LF when Werth comes back.Without Lombo leading off as much, seems it would be a good time for Werth to try leadoff again given the amount of pitches he sees and his OBP and his speed.

  44. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

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  45. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    NJ.. it looks like he has them on both arms and the one on the right slipped down. it might be one of those compression sleeves that guys wear (ala the NBA).BTW.. I hope that cake tasted as good as it looked!

  46. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Come on guys, knock around this Guthrie chump!

  47. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Jack, happy birthday young man!

  48. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    MicheleS…..it looks so good I wouldn't let anybody eat it. It's in the fridge till the actual birthday on Wednesday.

  49. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Wrong guy to walk. Strike zone definitely squeezed.

  50. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Thanks Ghost…..it's actually 7-11. Going down to Miami Friday for the Flo-Rida concert after the game.

  51. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    MicheleS said… Gonat.. well, Mr Lerner did say that the $$$ won't impact any decisions at the trade deadline and only consideration is decision has to help team long term. Wandy might fit that July 08, 2012 2:07 PM ________________________________Mark Lerner was actually interviewed pre-game yesterday on MASN. Seemed like a good strategy. How great would it be to add either pitcher? I like the idea of Dempster given his veteran status. By the way, 5 full innings complete and his ERA is down to 1.99 to lead the Majors!

  52. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    That was interesting. Fowler had second so stolen that Scutaro's ground ball up the middle got there after he did, and he rounded second a little bit, as if to get Desmond, who fielded the ball a little behind the bag, to hesitate on his throw to first while he thought about trying for a tag. Didn't work, but maybe if he sells it a little harder it might have bought Scutaro half a step or more.

  53. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Sofa, well-described.

  54. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    wassup with strikzone? I am following on gameday and it seems all balls were close strikes.

  55. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    2 out rally snuffed out. Morse had Guthrie struggling there.

  56. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    apparently Guthrie has a .398 BAA after 45 pitches. let's hope we raise it some points more in next inning.

  57. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Faraz, MLB GameDay's strikezone isn't close. Its a shame they even plot those since its so inaccurate.Pitch F/X that is posted after the game and the MASN in-game when they show it are the accurate plotting.

  58. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Dempster pulled after 5 just due to the Cubs wanting to ease him back. Ends the All Star break with a 1.99 ERA

  59. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Brian McTaggart ‏@brianmctaggart Greinke needs 39 pitches to get out of a first inning that lasted 25 minutes. Astros lead 3-0.

  60. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    oh ok. thanks gonat because i was about to conclude that this umpire needs to be sent down or something.

  61. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Nice quick inning from JZ.. And Guthrie is at 48 pitches. Let's knock him out this inning and get into that bullpen.

  62. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    So, Dempster. Cubs aren't likely to get top dollar for a three-month rental, with so many other starters still available. I think the Cubs are looking for a catcher, maybe with a A-level pitcher? Too much?

  63. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    DESI!!!! YES!!!

  64. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    A titanic DESI BLAST!!!! Where the BIG BOYS go!

  65. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    WOW! Man, that was crushed. Desmond.

  66. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    That was fun, watching the replay. He actually came up off the ground with both feet at contact.

  67. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said… So, Dempster. Cubs aren't likely to get top dollar for a three-month rental, with so many other starters still available. I think the Cubs are looking for a catcher, maybe with a A-level pitcher? Too much? July 08, 2012 2:39 PM ___________________________Nats have catchers. Leon? Maybe. Which pitcher would you give them?

  68. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Damn…could have really been a productive home run had it taken out Terrance too.

  69. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    NatsJack, that was your birthday present from Desi!I heard someone yelled that was Jacked so I assume that was for you!

  70. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Did someone above suggest we could move Ian down in the order? MVP!

  71. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Web Gem follow-up by Ian Desmond. Are you kidding me?

  72. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    SM.. hmm maybe move him up? ;-)

  73. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Gonat….I'll sure take it.On another note…..went to the Phillies web site this morning and there were fans actually saying how better the team would be after the All Star break when they get Schneider and Nix back. ……Really?…. I about choked on my coffee with that one.

  74. Joe Seamhead - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Where are all the Ian Desmond haters now? The guy was vilified for a couple of years here.

  75. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Desmond's HR was to nearly straightaway center; hit in the aisle between the red seats and green grass eye. Not to bust on Chase, just saying.

  76. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    FP, we love you, man, but that's revisionism. That was *exactly* the kind of error–well, one of two kinds–Desmond has mostly quit making: there's no play, so eat the ball, don't throw it away and give up the extra base.

  77. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Sorry, Michelle, didn't realize that was you. I just don't think we should mess with our 2-3-4-5-6 hitters right now. They are producing at a great pace. If it ain't broke….

  78. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Going into the All Star break, should Davey give JZim an early shower and get the bullpen going?4 days off after today for all bullpen guys.

  79. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Joe Seamhead said… Where are all the Ian Desmond haters now? The guy was vilified for a couple of years here. July 08, 2012 2:56 PM _____________________________We know who they are. Most start with "Anon" or the letter "P"

  80. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    SM.. No worries (and I don't mind be busted on that). just trying to figure out what to do with Werth, since he won't be sitting. Morse seems to have cooled off a smig, Hope he rests over the break and takes care of that hammy.

  81. peric - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I'd rather see what a real former all-star, Zach Duke can do before Wandy Rodrgiquez or Dempter … c'mon! Rather see Maya Yunesky! Why waste the prospects they have just as good in house if you throw in Stammen and Gorzelanny as starters instead of relievers …Think people!If the Nats make a deal IT HAS TO MAKE SENSE FOR THE FUTURE as Rizzo, ownership, and pretty much everyone else keeps reiterating. The can say and do this because they've got the present covered.The problem is the quality and dominance fall-off that occurs with the loss of Strasburg. If you want any decent pitcher they've already got 'em and to spare.if you want a potentially dominant top-of-the-rotation ace? This year and in the future? You go for Grienke or someone similar.

  82. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Gonat , pin à Scarlet A on them!

  83. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    by the way, Ian has two more homers than Prince…

  84. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Hmm Gonat.. Good question on JZ going longer. Isn't he the one to start on Friday? Might be a good idea to get him out. But he is only at 80 pitches so I can see him at least starting the 7th

  85. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    let's keep it going at the plate guys, COME ON.

  86. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    So, do we have a distance on the HR?A little early for the attendance figure, I guess. Not including dogs–I'm thinking people.

  87. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    NJ.. sleeves are off Guthrie this inning. (may have been off sooner, but just noticed)

  88. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Gonat, pin a Scarlet A on them!It's true, most of them already had the RA.

  89. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I would also put in a pinch-runner (Bernadina) for Morse here.

  90. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Sofa.. Carp said 415/420 feet

  91. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    MicheleS…yes..I see that. Seems like a strange thing to do as a ptcher. Maybe it helps control sweat running down their arm.

  92. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Really? I'd have guessed closer to 430. It was halfway up the red seats, easy.

  93. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Let's go Cubbies.. 7-0 bottom of the 9th!

  94. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Braves at Phils tied at 3, bottom of 5

  95. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Gonat….I'll sure take it.________________________________You deserve it!

  96. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    25,125 at the game today.. That's pretty good for this heat.

  97. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Final, Mets lost. Braves in a tie.

  98. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Looks like it might be a good idea to get this one over in the next hour or less. Rain might miss the ballpark, or it might not.

  99. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Thunder is starting out here in Loudoun.

  100. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Can't say enough about the way Jordan has pitched this first half. His consistancy is incredible and he does it with command in the strike zone. He's only going to get better.

  101. JaneB - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Roger is bringing it!

  102. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    JaneB said… Roger is bringing it! July 08, 2012 3:31 PM _____________________________Yah, he was another one the "un-named" wanted to give away for a bag of balls.

  103. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Nice hit! Great RBI!Not such great baserunning, and nearly awful rundown-play defense by the Rox.Cubs Win! 7-0 over NYM.Hunter Pence GIDP to end the 6th. Still 3-3.Marlins @ Cards 1-1, middle 5.

  104. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Thank god for that Bernie/Lombo RBI. Good Grief! That went out of there in a hurry!

  105. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    That last comment by FP saying Bernie is becoming one the best bench guys in the game has got to make JayB's head explode.

  106. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    That last comment by FP saying Bernie is becoming one the best bench guys in the game has got to make JayB's head explode.

  107. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    That last comment by FP saying Bernie is becoming one the best bench guys in the game has got to make JayB's head explode.

  108. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    That last comment by FP saying Bernie is becoming one the best bench guys in the game has got to make JayB's head explode.

  109. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    NatsJack's phone is killing him right now…

  110. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    same thought Michele. Thank God JZ almost got another no-decision.anyways, 1st RBI for Lombo since 3rd June.

  111. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Uh oh. Maybe not Burnett's day. Who's up behind him?

  112. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Mike Gonzalez.

  113. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I fiixd it. Sorry guys.

  114. phil dunton - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Nats pitchers can't get Dexter Fowler or Eric Young out!

  115. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Jack, looks like the E-Gods are tweaking you back for picking fights…

  116. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Braves take a 4-3 lead in Philly in the 7th on a McCann HR, still hitting.

  117. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    These guys can't let this get away

  118. burns15 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Kinda confused as to why Jordan zimmermann was pulled with only 95 pitches, when he was absolutely dominating. It has come back to cost the nationals…I hate the stupid hierarchical bullpen

  119. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Maybe JZim should have stayed in for the 8th. Just kidding of course. Painful to watch after JZim shut them down.JZim did a great job. Carp goes "only 2 strikeouts". I guess he hasn't been paying attention to JZim's pitch-to-contact and K 'em when you need it approach.

  120. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Sofa…..maybe but JayB knows I gig him in fun.

  121. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Cards go up 2-1 vs. Marlins in the 5th.

  122. JaneB - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Ooooof. Makes me even happier Roger created that run. The next guys need to cancel the bottom of the ninth, but first Gonzalez needs to sit the rest of these guys down.

  123. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    He knows from fun? I did not know that.

  124. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    A rare bad outing by Sean, The offense needs to pick him up!Sad for JZ.. I wish he could have gotten the win.

  125. Joe Seamhead - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    There went my TV. Thunderstorm. Darn it!

  126. Drew - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    And the Nats' best pitcher of 2012 gets screwed again.

  127. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Burns, maybe because it's, like, 130 degrees out there. If you don't like Burnett there, what lefty do you bring in for the 8th?

  128. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Final ERAs for the starters:Jordan Zimmermann 2.61Stephen Strasburg 2.82Gio Gonzalez 2.92Ross Detwiler 3.43Edwin Jackson 3.73When comparing guys on your own pitching staff, that is a key stat.Seems like you want to add a pitcher between a 2.92 to a 3.43 ERA so you don't miss much. Dempster's 1.99 ERA could be quite the upgrade.

  129. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    It's a somewhat morbid kind of dun.

  130. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Great. Figures they'd tie it with the rain coming.

  131. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Except for the wild pitch, that was pretty impressive by Gonzalez #2.

  132. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    How many times have we seen a JZim gem wiped out the last 2 seasons?This was an excellent performance and consider JZim faced the Rockies typical lefty heavy "A" lineup.

  133. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Storms approx. over Dulles. I'd say they have 20 minutes.

  134. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Except for the wild pitch, that was pretty impressive by Gonzalez #2. July 08, 2012 3:52 PM ______________________________That was very impressive even with the WP. Or using some poster's logic, should we blame Ramos for that?

  135. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Ghost….how JZimm continually gets hosed is my biggest frustration.

  136. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Or using some poster's logic, should we blame Ramos for that? I think that's a little harsh. They guy's not even in the park, I don't think.

  137. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… How many times have we seen a JZim gem wiped out the last 2 seasons?This was an excellent performance and consider JZim faced the Rockies typical lefty heavy "A" lineup. July 08, 2012 3:53 PM ______________________________Sad but true and goes back to run support. 2 runs when he was pulled for a pinch-hitter.

  138. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Could blame it on "iron hands" Solano.

  139. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said… Or using some poster's logic, should we blame Ramos for that? I think that's a little harsh. They guy's not even in the park, I don't think. July 08, 2012 3:58 PM _______________________________________Clearly sarcasm. It goes back to this stupid comparison of Ramos not blocking some of Henry's WPs.

  140. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Could blame it on "iron hands" Solano. July 08, 2012 3:59 PM ________________________________Yep, thanks for getting my sarcasm.

  141. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Not clear enough, I guess. Oh well.

  142. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    NatsJack @ 3:58, it's a head scratcher and that W/L is the only logical reason I could see JZ not being the All Star talk. 2.61 ERA tells me he deserves better.

  143. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Oh, wait, you meant your sarcasm. My bad.

  144. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I would walk Giambi here and go for the DP

  145. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    too late

  146. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Unreal. You have to be kidding me.

  147. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Do you suppose Harper is standing out there in center thinking "I'd have had both of those…"

  148. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    I can hear thunder now.

  149. sm13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    2 runs on 2 wild pitches and neither from Henry…

  150. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Gonat….yes, I got the sarcasm but I've got to blame Solano for not blocking the second one.

  151. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Ok, a chance to add to the legend, Ian…

  152. Gonat - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    NatsJack, me too. Surprising to see he didn't try to shift his body behind it.

  153. Secret wasian man - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Yuck, what a sour taste this will leave for 4 days. Put the best players in. That's how you win. 3-4 against rocks is awful.

  154. Secret wasian man - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    ok all you folks who are tyler fans here we go.

  155. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    UGH.. Come on Bernie!!!

  156. rogieshan - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Please tell me Espinosa bunted on his own. Very conservative move by Davey otherwise, especially with Desmond's base-stealing ability and the bottom of the order/pinch hitters to follow.

  157. baseballswami - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    This so sucks for JZim.

  158. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    I was wondering how long we could let per—er, SWM–stew, there. That was funny.Rally napkins fully loaded. Starting to rain here in Shaw.

  159. Secret wasian man - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    braves just won. Theres a reason Rookies don't play everyday. THEY CAN"T!!! Salato and More UGHHHHHH

  160. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Come On JFLO!!!

  161. MicheleS - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    blah, well that stunk.

  162. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Bummer. Go get 'em … Friday.

  163. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    End of the world!!!

  164. Will - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    That one hurts. If I were JZimm, there is no way I would stay once I hit free agency. I'd go find the biggest, baddest offense I could.

  165. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Two runs off Jeremy Guthrie. That stinks.

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