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Game 93: Braves at Nats

Jul 21, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan faces Randall Delgado in the nightcap of this doubleheader.

Must-win game for the Nationals? It sure feels like it after they've dropped three in a row, including the first two games of this NL East showdown with the Braves. Their lead over Atlanta has shrunk to 1 1/2 games, and the last thing you want is a series finale tomorrow in which the Nats have to win to avoid falling out of first place for the first time in two months.

So the pressure is on John Lannan tonight as he makes his first big-league start of the season. It's been a roller coaster year for the left-hander, but if there is one encouraging sign entering this game, here it is: In his career, Lannan is 8-5 with a 3.25 ERA against the Braves. He's got more wins and a lower ERA against Atlanta than any other division opponent.

Bryce Harper is not in the lineup for Game 2, his bruised left ankle still bothering him and preventing him from swinging the bat. We'll see if he's available off the bench.

Plenty more updates to come, so please check back…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (Game 2)
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Drizzle, 72 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (53-39)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
CF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse

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172 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. baseballswami - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Play Ball! 30 minutes until the next pre-game show. Bench pretty short tonight, but no pressure at all ;)

  2. natsfan1a - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Go, John-Boy! Go, NATS!!

  3. NatsFanGino - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Going to be even harder fielding just 8! No First baseman, no ground balls John!

  4. SonnyG10 - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I think Bryce could use a break. Maybe the injury will turn out to be a good thing.Go John. I just bought your Expo's hat you wore in batting practice in 2010. Paid $220 for it at the memorabilia stand last night.

  5. NatsFanGino - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    This would be a really nice game for Zimmerman to carry the team on his back. 2 HRs and 5 RBI.

  6. baseballswami - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Still hoping for a JZim bunt appearance tonight. And I agree that the time off will not hurt Bryce. Watching a game could be just the ticket for him. Bernie is doing fine – he is so relieved that Nady and Ankiel were the dfa victims. Could use some offense tonight. Seriously hoping the bullpen gets it's collective head on straight.

  7. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Pitcher's Hands Out!

  8. peric - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    They need Morse and Moore to produce because LaRoche and Harper are tailing off. Bernadina is hot but he's not a run producer. Not sure Desmond is feeling all that much better when he hits. Looks like they may need another offensive catcher other than Flores … but that might require another deal where the Nats pick up a future starter ala Ramos. No guarantees Ramos can catch after the surgeries nor the recovery time required. He could end up in the minors for a year.

  9. MicheleS - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    GYFNG! Lets Chop the Braves!

  10. waddu eye no - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    sofa – can i quote you from last thread about the negativity?"Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said…Phillies fans. We wait 40 years, and then turn into Phillies fans. Perfect."(notice i said "can i" and not "may i.") best comment i've read here in weeks

  11. waddu eye no - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    btw – not true for all of us, thank God.gyfng! and gyfnfg – for faithful nats fans

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    The Pitchers let us down last night, hitters let us down this afternoon. Now its time to regroup take the game seriously, which I never got the feeling the pitchers did last night or batters today, but then again some people say I put too much into body language which in both cases was that of a non winner. now back to being a winner.

  13. peric - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Go John. I just bought your Expo's hat you wore in batting practice in 2010. Paid $220 for it at the memorabilia stand last night.Now that's a hard core fan.

  14. baseballswami - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Funny that Section 3 should say that – my philly relatives spent the night here on the way home from vacation last night, and of course, the phils were on mlb. It's just really interesting watching a game with them. If you think some posters in here are negative? Luckily, they were sound asleep when the Nats game ended and they left this morning while I was still asleep. I am telling you – we have fallen way too much in love with being in first place every single day of the season. Every single thing that happens is now viewed through that lens. Let's play a good game tonight. We seem to be struggling through some kind of transitional phase and they are hot, hot, hot. Go Nats! Go Lannan!

  15. peric - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Mebbe Mark's been drinking again … he left out Adam LaRoche. Maybe they're giving out free Margaritas' for the press box?

  16. Steady Eddie - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Mark, isn't that Nats lineup missing a first baseman? ALR or him getting the night off, TMo?

  17. Steady Eddie - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Eh, peric, just put that cold beverage on my tab…

  18. ExposedinDC - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Quite possibly one of the biggest games in our short history, lucky for us we have our ace Stephen…..oh darn, ok we have our wins leader Gio Gonz…..damn, surely we have the bulldog Jordan Zimmer….crap..best of luck John….we really need you. gyfng…….

  19. Steady Eddie - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Actually Mark did put ALR on his Tweet.Whatever the double entendres might be with that one, I didn't mean any of them!

  20. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Waddu, feel free! Thx!Speaking of pitchers, and drinking, if you're near Duffy's, stop by.

  21. UnkyD - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Go You Frickin' LannEn, GOGOGOGOGO!!!!!!!

  22. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    On the replay of Harper's bad bunt, I noticed something I had not seen before–Brian McCann blinks on contact.

  23. waddu eye no - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    ummm FP? heroes is an old david bowie song. maybe a wallflowers cover, but give ziggy his props :-)(0r am i the only one old enough to know that?)

  24. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Lannan shakes off on the first pitch to Heyward. Did they not go over the hitters?

  25. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Come on, I was hoping for a no-hitter from John.

  26. Smatt1001 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Lannan needs to settle down.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Lannan gets 2 outs then walks Hayward on 4 pitches so that Chipper can come up with a man on. Was that reasonable thinking. Not one strike in the attempt? This pitching is getting worse by the day this week.

  28. peric - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

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  29. peric - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    2 walks 2 hits 2 runs first inning. Looks like the guy who had a 7.46 ERA, 4 home runs and an 0 -3 record in July pitching for AAA Syracuse. Bring up Zach Duke for the next double header if you want a veteran or JF Mandel to try someone new who is effective.

  30. baseballswami - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Werth with an rbi at potomac! Something to make you smile? It won't matter what John Lannan does if our offense doesn't follow suit. We should get to this guy big time. The Atlanta hitters took advantage of a guy who has been throwing to AAA hitters immediately. Want to bet we don't do that? This guy is terrible, he'll be cy young soon.

  31. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    2. 0 already. Anybody want to say Friday was just 1 game. That snowball is a rolling.

  32. peric - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Whatever the double entendres might be with that one, I didn't mean any of them!Unfortunately, Mark really needed to skip that guy in the #9 slot.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    COme one hitters and pitchers. last 16 innings we have been outscored 17-2. Both sides of the ball playing poor at the same time. That is a very not good thing.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Zach Duke looking like it would have been a better choice so far. He has pitched much better at AAA all season. Lannan got picked more out loyalty than productivity.

  35. peric - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    If you are out there JayB you want to know why Davey tried to stick with guys and not change out Friday night? Here's your answer … watch John Lannan …

  36. Drew - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    To do:1. Get hard hats for outfielders and fans in bleachers.2. Put Lannan and HROD on a slow boat to China.3. Implore cast of Nissan commercial to commence rain dance.

  37. mick - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Lannan has not disappointed Peric.. in fact, he could be the lion tamer now that the circus is back, lol

  38. mick - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    this is so painful

  39. mick - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    but kinda funny toowhat is the over under on Lannan lasting 3 innings as well as the Nats scoring one run tonight?

  40. DJB - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    What was that about last night being just 1 game in 162? You just don't lose like that and come back. The vast majority of this roster will need to be cleaned out after this epic collapse. Rizzo will need to be fired. Johnson will need to be fired. Keep the young core and Zimmerman. Everyone else on the chopping block.

  41. mick - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Delgado may no-hit us, lol

  42. JaneB - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    THiS is when we need to stand by our guys and send all the positive vibes there that we possibly can. Instead of planning for the fall…and I'm as guilty as anyone and more guilty than many…we need all to focus on THIS game and then THIS game. It feels like everyone has gotten out ahead of themselves, and we are measuring the Nats' performance on an imaginary future.It's baseball. One game at a time. Stay positive and stay in the now.And GYFNG!

  43. JaneB - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    DJB, you ARE making fun of the naysayers, right?

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Randall Del Gado gave up 6 runs in 5 innings to Indianapolis last start, and now looks Don Drysdale. Come on hitters 1 run now in 17 innings, back to the weak hitters again. Everyone line for the Zim shot that helped him.

  45. Drew - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Oh come on, DJB. That's absurd, unless it was tongue in cheek.We can allow for some black humor during this stretch, but break in some perspective.As one of our former presidents likes to say:The headlines are bad, but the trend lines are good.

  46. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    despite facing his 12th hitter in 3rd inning, 42 pitches for John. If there is one thing SS needs to learn from John or any other pitcher who works fast, it is low counts.

  47. mick - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

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  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Pitch count is one of his strengths.

  49. mick - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    mick said…djinFl. said…Mick- you called these men over rated garbage?You wish you could play half as well as any of them. They all worked hard to get here and you must have not put forth the effort they did, so now you can only criticize. I hope the young kids reading this site have been instructed by their parents that you are just one of those folks that have no class.you need to lighten up pal, you obviously cherry pick the post from by me that you don't like. For starters, ge it right, i said there was some garbage and that 2013 the Nats will be very good, so at least get what I posted right.stop being a nasty troll, I won't cross the bridge your under, lol

  50. baseballswami - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    He's doing fine – getting ground ball outs. Do you blame him for being a big shaky in the first? They are great hitters and went right after him. We did not do the same with Cy Delgado. Lannan actually doing better than Stras and Gio did in their last starts.I am officially calling for Stras and JZim to pinch hit tonight. The offense needs their help. Go Nats!!!! If you can't stand the roller coaster of an up and coming team trying to figure out how to become a winning team then I suggest you become a yankees fan.

  51. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    I wish we could blocks posts from certain posters. How awesome would that be!Delgado has been perfect so far.

  52. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Leave it to the pitcher to break the no-no. Go Lannen!

  53. happy 2 pylon - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    as per mick:"because by then our stars in Potomac and Syracuse will be ready and the remaining over rated garbage that we count on to show leadership after games like last night will be some other teams garbage"looks like a pretty accurate quote to me.

  54. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Lannan breaks up the no hitter.Lombo's strike out is the first in a long time where I don't blame the batter for not swinging, that thing was at least 9 inches higher than the strike zone has been all night.

  55. Secret wasian man - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Ok this isn't funny anymore. Davey has to pull these guys together.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    the hitters in general take too many good pitches and swing at too many ones in the dirt.

  57. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    and just like that, Lannan is through top of the fourth also. Not the greatest pitchers in Nats history but I liked what he did in dark days of Nats times. I hope when rosters expand, he is up here for good and gets to do some heroic stuff for us.

  58. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    happy 2 pylon said…as per mick:"because by then our stars in Potomac and Syracuse will be ready and the remaining over rated garbage that we count on to show leadership after games like last night will be some other teams garbage"looks like a pretty accurate quote to me.what part of the word remaining" do you and dfl whatever do not understand and my below post proves that both of you cherry picks what you do not likemick said…Joe seam… Rizzo is excellent and so is Davey. we are a year away of finding the final pieces to win with.

  59. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    way to go Morse

  60. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    the good news is at least he did not make contact because it would have been a ground ball DP

  61. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    since you were so eager to see a double play, LaRoche obliged. Maybe if you had wished for a 3-run home run, Adam would have hit one out.

  62. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Delgado is 4-9 with 4.93 ERA and we have our 4. 5 6 hitters up, 2 on, no outs… no excuses gang

  63. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    And the famous MASN rally killing text shows up in time to induce the Morse k and the LaRoche DP.

  64. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    wonder what Davey "Norv Turner" is thinking about now

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Got to love it get 2 singles to start the inning. Morse has 3 really good pitches to hit and can't get one of them fair at all. then a ball 59 feet he swings at One of 3 pet peeves . (K looking is another), and LaRoche did the third grounding into a double play. Especially because pull a ball in the middle or outer half. Just send that ball to left, why try and pull it.

  66. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    I;ll give it to Lannan, he settled down and now he gets no support

  67. baseballswami - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    We hit into a lot of double plays. My plan as imaginary manager for the night is to just let John Lannan pitch 9 innings tonight and then everyone is available for tomorrow. The offense is going to go 0 for the day, so what does it matter. Uhoh – the negative disease is creeping up on me after almost 24 hours of sub par baseball. Actually at this time last night I think we were still winning. That happened so fast.

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    I can guarantee you if wishing got homers they would have plenty. I assume every pitch is going to be a homer. They let me down a lot.

  69. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    swami… that is good advice, i would just let Lannan go the 9, we wont score a run period the rest of the series

  70. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    if some one told you this morning that Ejax will only give up 1 run in 7 inning and Lannan would only give up 2 in 5, you would assume the nats would be tied or up

  71. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    i know what you mean Manassas, but that's on us to expect that every at bat.

  72. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I bet Mark and Ted Lerner have to be a little ticked off, they are filling the park up and their players and so called stars cant hit their way out of a paper bag against pitchers that are 4-9 with ERA's at 5 runs!

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Delgado pulled an Hrod.Still not hits with RISP in 20 innings, That is not a good thing when you playing the team chasing you.

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    I wished for a home even on Lanna's bunt (a Little League homer where it is was thrown all over the place).

  75. djinFl. - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    oops, there went 0 for the day!

  76. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    djinFl. said…oops, there went 0 for the day!yup… it was that solid hitting that drove the run in, lol

  77. Nats212 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Call up john lannan! He is ready!

  78. baseballswami - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    So – the Strasburg/Hanson so-called pitchers duel was 11-10. This game with the two AAA replacement pitchers is 2-1. Go figure. This game just bamboozles me. Lannan is the master at ground ball outs. Gio and Strassie should be taking notes. And – whew – we are not 0 fer today anymore.

  79. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Lananna has impressed me

  80. peric - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I admit Lannan has done well considering he has walked 2, HBP 2, and allowed 5 hits. He at least didn't implode as used to happen back in the day of Giggleman's Island. This is already his best start for July. Substantially helped by excellent defenders behind him. Which is how this script is supposed run … so not as bad as folks may think. I was expecting a blow out.

  81. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    this is the inning that the Nats need to score

  82. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    peeric, lol "giggleman's Island" ha ha

  83. Drew - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I'm not a fan of Lannan's work, but he deserves a tip o' the Nats cap for righting the ship.Two earned over six is a 3.00 ERA, a very nice outing.

  84. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    C'mon ALR…It's slammer time.

  85. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Thanks, peric, for admitting when you were, ah, eh, em, wrong.

  86. Drew - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Ryan Zimmerman passes Bryce Harper in batting average, .269 to .268.That's really something given Ryan's slow start and Bryce's ability to leg out hits.

  87. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    this is lame

  88. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    bases loaded, zero outs, heart of the order up… and 1 lousy run! we are pathetic!!

  89. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    what should concern any Nats fan is how poorly the veteran like LaRoche have played in the biggest home series since the team has been here.

  90. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    again… Delgado is 4-9 with 4.93 ERA

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    21 innings now and still no hits with RISP. bases load 0 outs. LaRoche sticks hot on a pitch way low. Desi a slow roller scores a run but on a 3-1 count, and Espi swings at one outside to K. That is just not good baseball. However pitching is better this game than it started.Come on guys start hitting with men in scoring position. First few guys up in the innings have been fine.By the way the wishing for homers is worthless.

  92. baseballswami - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    We really should have scored more there. Very proud of Lannan tonight. You don't have to be a power pitcher to get guys out. See – Milone, Tommy. He has looked better than Stras and Gio in their last outings. No muss, no fuss. Gio and Stras both seem to struggle with expending too much energy on emotions. John is a veteran of the wars. He can hit and bunt, too. It might not be flashy, but it can work.

  93. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said…21 innings now and still no hits with RISP. bases load 0 outs. LaRoche sticks hot on a pitch way low. Desi a slow roller scores a run but on a 3-1 count, and Espi swings at one outside to K. That is just not good baseball. totally agree

  94. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    John "Walter Johnson" Lannan, i love it!

  95. baseballswami - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    By the way – P-Nats 3 outs away from a no-no for the first time ever.

  96. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    swami… seriously??

  97. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    does Lannan bat in 7th?

  98. Smatt1001 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Nice finish from Lannan there.

  99. ehay2k - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    This Lannan kid looks pretty good. Calm, pitches to contact, trusts his defense. A pro. Maybe we can bring him up to fill the void when Strasburg is shut down?

  100. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Hey. Where's that one guy that's been complaining about John Lannan and wantng Zack Duke instead. Man, he sure got that one right.

  101. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    I'd rather have Lannan hit, jeesh

  102. ehay2k - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    There's one in every crowd NatsJack!

  103. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    watch out Bryce, lol

  104. rogieshan - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    The Shark is having a career day. Good on him!

  105. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    And that horrible bench guy, Roger Bernadina just has to go. Rizzo is a huge fail on keeping that guy around.

  106. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Post of the day candidate from NatsJack:NatsJack in Florida said… Hey. Where's that one guy that's been complaining about John Lannan and wantng Zack Duke instead. Man, he sure got that one right.

  107. rogieshan - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Wonder if it took the release of Ankiel of Nady for the Shark to finally feel secured about his roster spot.

  108. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Zim, Morse and ALR not ready for prime time, its that simple

  109. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    C'mon bullpen!

  110. waddu eye no - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    i think we're gonna need a bigger boat.

  111. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Roger came to play this series, where is the rest of his team???

  112. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Heyward, Jones and freeman this inning

  113. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    whats the over under that Brunett (who began this nightmare series in the first place) gives up another 3-4 runs, lol

  114. mick - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    its Fred G. Sanford time ohhhhh

  115. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    slider aint working

  116. Knoxville Nat - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    As much as I disagree with Peric's posts (usually all of them) I'll give him some props for admiting he was wrong about Lannan tonight.John pitched a heck of a good game tonight and got his team into a position to win with minimal pitch count. Stras and Gio should take notes on his efforts and try to copy them.

  117. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    now why couldn't this goof ball pitch like this last night??

  118. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    dont ,losse him after 0-2

  119. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    wow…. good show Burnett

  120. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    $64,0000 question….. who will close?

  121. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    mick, you realized Roger had to drive in someone. Didn't hit a HR.

  122. happy 2 pylon - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    burnett reverts to his norm.

  123. Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:31 AM

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  124. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    OK, is LaRouche on some type of pain killer.. he looks spaced out and disinterested

  125. Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Mick, you are really coming across as un-informed, I fear there is a lot of ignorance on this board lately.Peric, what say you about John Lannan's outing tonight?

  126. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    its Clip in 9th… I'm coming to join you Elizabeth, with another blown save, lol

  127. peric - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Hey. Where's that one guy that's been complaining about John Lannan and wantng Zack Duke instead.Posting well before you said this @8:39 JackOfGnats and Mr. Rally Carpy Fish …

  128. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Joe Seamhead said…Mick, you are really coming across as un-informed, how so?

  129. peric - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Peric, what say you about John Lannan's outing tonight?See my posting @8:39.

  130. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    thank you Danny!

  131. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Joe seam… sorry, in my viewAdan looks disinterested

  132. happy 2 pylon - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    not uninformed. just obnoxious

  133. Drew - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Wow, what a big hit. Way to go Danny and Bryce!

  134. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    I do not agree with Clip coming in now, bad move. have a very bad feeling

  135. peric - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Meanwhile, where are those Espinosa haters who wanted to 1. release the guy. 2. Replace that glove and arm with Lombardozzi? 3. send him to the minors or trade him?

  136. djinFl. - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Mick just saw your reply—This is what you said about our players" the remaining over rated garbage that we count on to show leadership after games like last night will be some other teams garbage."None of our players should be compared to garbage. And I am not a troll. I paid to be part of this site when it started. You showed up later and have added nothing positive to this site.

  137. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    if Clip is off with first batter, Davey has to pull him, he is not ready yet, I know it

  138. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    time to use strasburg as a PH.

  139. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    And I'm not real sure Sean Burnett should be classified as a "goofball".

  140. UnkyD - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Love these guys. And, I Believe.

  141. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Clippard coming in for the ninth:I'm breaking out the bourbon and Maalox early.Cheers, everybody! C'mon Clipp!

  142. Tcostant - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Kind of ironic, Lannan is better with 2012 defense.

  143. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    I don't think Clip is ready mentally, why not let him sit this out?

  144. hmm... - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:50 AM

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  145. rogieshan - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    With his gutsy start tonight, Lannan has put himself back into the conversation again. Should Rizzoa) gauge his immediate market value and trade him b) send him back down and save him for September to replace Strasburgc) keep him on the roster and find a taker for either Henry Rodriguez or Tom Gorzelanny

  146. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Not sure about Espinosa haters but I am aware of alot of knowledgeable posters expressed concerns about his inability to het that loop out of his left handed swing.Heck, I even recall one poster stating a couple of days ago that he's improved enough to maybe move to the lead off spot when Werth returnsWait a minute……that was me.

  147. hmm... - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    gee. the lerners must be ticked off to sit in a sold out stadium listening to a sellout crowd stand in the rain cheering a team that, even after two miserable losses, refuses to quit.

  148. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    djinFl. said…Mick just saw your reply— You showed up later and have added nothing positive to this site.really, I've added NOTHING positive to this site? well then it is clear you cherry pick and I have a problem with that and it only appears to be me that you do it too. Like I said, I won't cross your bridge.

  149. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Tcostant said… Kind of ironic, Lannan is better with 2012 defense. July 21, 2012 9:48 PM That is, actually, a very shrewd comment. Sticks out here like a sore thumb tonight.

  150. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    oh jeesh.here we go with Clip

  151. Steady Eddie - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Sunshine @ 9:54– Word.mick, to quote Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, "what you don't know is a lot!"

  152. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    come on Clip this is a 210 hitter

  153. Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Joe Seamhead said…Mick, you are really coming across as un-informed, how so?———-mick, you have been trashing almost every member on the team especially for the past 24 hours, from Ryan Zimmerman to ALR to DeRosa to Sean Burnett. Burnett has overall been a rock this year, DeRosa has been terrific in his limited chances, ALR makes this whole infield better, and Ryan Zim has been a joy for most of us to watch. Do they screw up? Of course they do, baseball is a game of failure, but these guys all perform without failing at a very acceptable level overall. There isn't a team in the majors that wouldn't grab Sean Burnett given the chance.

  154. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    so your Einstein eddie!

  155. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Joe…. am I the only one doing this in here as dfl states???

  156. Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Mick, Clip was our best guy to bring in for the ninth. Who would you have brought in?

  157. Smatt1001 - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Nice recovery by Clip and Lannan gets the win!!

  158. happy 2 pylon - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    "whats the over under that Brunett (who began this nightmare series in the first place) gives up another 3-4 runs, lol""I don't think Clip is ready mentally, why not let him sit this out?"maybe he just needs a few dozen drinks. works for mick.

  159. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Storen or Matthues and I said that only because I felt Clip was not mentally ready… hey i was wrong and glad to be wrong

  160. UnkyD - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Nicely done…for a bunch of guys that flushed the whole season down the toilet, last night…. Let's hear it, Michele…?!

  161. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Pinch-hitting for MicheleS, in absentia:"WOOOO-HOOOO!!!"(Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).

  162. waddu eye no - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    welcome home lannan. see you in september/october

  163. mick - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    maybe he just needs a few dozen drinks. works for mick.that is what I'm going do now, cheers, lol

  164. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    For the record, it doesn't help that you were glad to be wrong. You were wrong 1000 times. You are not glad to be wrong. You just don't care if you're wrong.

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Bernadina had a great doubleheader. Good to see Harper back.Lannan fine.Burnett and Clippard why not pitch that way both nights?

  166. snopes1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    We're taking a long step toward becoming like the Nats Journal comments. That is not a good thing. At all. Some moderation is clearly called for. Who's that guy over Nats Journal? Poopy MickPoop?

  167. djinFl. - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    @snopes1You are correct and we do not want to become another Nats Journal.

  168. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    We should all just ignore the posters like Mick. What is the point of dealing with people like Mick who are just trying to rile people up and who then say that they are glad that they are wrong? The idiocy of people on a baseball site who think that any one game determines a season is the height of foolishness.

  169. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    We should all just ignore the posters like Mick. What is the point of dealing with people like Mick who are just trying to rile people up and who then say that they are glad that they are wrong? The idiocy of people on a baseball site who think that any one game determines a season is the height of foolishness.

  170. Steady Eddie - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    WODL — that WAS ,worth saying twice.

  171. JaneB - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Agree with WODL. THANKS. skipping those posts from now on.So happy for them.

  172. rogieshan - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:55 AM

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