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Game 122: Braves at Nats

Aug 20, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats open a big, three-game series against the Braves tonight.

One of several national baseball writers who is here tonight just asked me for the last time Washington played in a series as big as this one. My answer: 1945, the last time the Senators were in a pennant race (they finished 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the AL title).

Yes, it's been awhile since D.C. has hosted anything along these lines, with the first-place Nationals trying to hold off the second-place Braves over the next three nights and perhaps extend their five-game lead to even greater numbers.

We've got a great pitching matchup to kick this series off: Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Nats against Braves ace Tim Hudson. All the healthy regulars are in both teams' lineups. All that's left to do is play the games.

Check back here, of course, for updates and analysis throughout…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (75-46)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

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482 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    OK, Jordan gave up his two. Time for him to go seven, for the Nats bats to remind Timmy of his swollen non-glove comebacker-catching hand, and our pen to shut the Barves down. GYFNG!!! (Isn't that already our in-game chant?)

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    OK….time to answer that run and take on a few more.

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Gonat at 9:14, I'm with you on that. Espi has to make that. That needs a scoring change.

  4. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Timmy fears Jordan's power!

  5. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Doubt Jordan gets through 6 unless he gets a quick inning here.

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    I see the official scorer didn't learn his lesson. That was a much easier play than Morse's hit that turned into an error. Janish should have been on, on an error. J Zim needs to get his agent to complain that is unearned run with the error.JZim same problem as Gio yesterday, way too many pitches per inning. Wish these guys could cut the number down, as our bullpen is eay overused.

  7. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    If he is in control, Davey may let him go longer.

  8. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I had the same question as F&I.One reason I could think of is that wanting to start next inning with an out. Not sure if it makes sense, but Janish is not exactly league average hitter so you expect him to make an out and then next inning starts with the pitcher hitting so that provides greater likelihood of starting an inning on a right foot.Anyways, glad JZ decided to trust his stuff and went with it. Only if Danny could make that play. Still leading 4-2.

  9. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    That's the type of defense you expect from the Nats. Way to go Jayson.

  10. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    What if Janish ends up with a 57 game hitting streak?

  11. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Time for a steady diet of low in the zone. Nats need a DP here.

  12. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Prado is a pure hitter.

  13. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    So much for low in the zone. Horrible pitch.

  14. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I'm hoping he gets through five tied, at this point.

  15. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Was that not where Zuki was set up? Or did I miss something? In any case, Zimnn is probably done after this inning. Would be nice if we could get him the win.

  16. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    I don't understand why they aren't pounding the outside?

  17. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    oh man!

  18. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    They need to change that chain-link fence wall before somebody gets badly hurt.

  19. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    ehay2k said… Was that not where Zuki was set up? Or did I miss something? In any case, Zimnn is probably done after this inning. Would be nice if we could get him the win. August 20, 2012 9:27 PM ________________________________Set in a little more. Like I said where has the strategy been to work them outside.

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Lettin them back in. Not good.Our hitters better get back on the stick. 4 in the first inning and 1 since. Desi's second at bat could have beem a big one had it been a few few feet to the left, but it wasn;'t. So time to concentrate again.

  21. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Jordan bad tonight. Hudson rolling now. Not looking good.

  22. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I don't understand why they aren't pounding the outside?Either 1) he's trying to, and missing; or 2) he doesn't trust his control, and doesn't want to be wild over the plate (again) at that height. Just my guess. Either that, or they weren't planning on pitching those particular hitters that way.

  23. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Agreed about the fence – pad it, and put the out-of-town scoreboard over the Red Porch.

  24. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Zimm bad tonight. Hudson rolling. Not looking good.

  25. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Secret, happy thoughts please :-)

  26. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Mr mooooooomentum has changed. What a shame to blow that lead. Now gorzzo? Goodnight.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    4 hits in the first inning. 1 since. Come on guys concentrate.

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Momentum changes a lot in this series this year. we had a 9-0 lead and gave that away.. We had 3 run lead we gave that away, however we lead the series. Strange.

  29. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    How close was Morse on knocking that out.

  30. NatsNut - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    DON'T WALK LEADOFF GUYS!!!!!

  31. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Come on Gorzo. The guy has never hit you.

  32. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    This is what they mean by "dogfights." We get two and half more games of this.

  33. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    You know how big that non-play was by Danny on Janish's little liner to him, if it was an out then Hudson would have led off the next inning.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Davey throws in the white flag I see Gorxzy who is good for at least one run it seens in close games is in.

  35. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Indeed, Gonat. E4, I thought.Is it me, or has there been an inordinate number of outs in the air tonight?

  36. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Really only need 1 win in this series. Would be nice to get the first one.

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Gonat. at 9:42, very good point. Have to make the Janish play.

  38. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Yep, you get Janish then the score remains 4-1 and in the 5th you face Hudson, Bourn, then Prado.

  39. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Ah, geez, the Phillies Phans In Nats Clothing are back. Well, everybody has something to contribute, if only to serve as a cautionary example.

  40. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    The Z-Mantis! said… Indeed, Gonat. E4, I thought.Is it me, or has there been an inordinate number of outs in the air tonight? August 20, 2012 9:44 PM ____________________________Too many by the visitors.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Already broke out the Malaax. Gorzy drives me crazy. Way too many walks for a reliever.

  42. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Time for the Nats to get the bats going.

  43. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    If Nats take the lead I think you have to get Burnett and Mattheus up.

  44. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Wow, Desmond with a WALK!!!!

  45. MicheleS - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Wow.. a Desi walk.. who knew!

  46. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Is it me, or has there been an inordinate number of outs in the air tonight?____________________________Too many by the visitors. Exactly 2 in every inning except the first, when Freeman made one on the bases. That's 11 in the air, 2 Ks and a sac bunt, out of 18 so far. These guys are hacking.

  47. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Not one pitch in the zone against Danny

  48. baseballswami - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Rain delays, pennant races, struggling pitchers, need maalox, need bourbon – this winning team thing is a lot more stressful than the losing team thing was.

  49. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Shark week continues!

  50. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    An Espi sac bunt would have set up a nice 1 out with men on 3rd and 2nd.

  51. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    How bad is Suzuki when rob gets excited about a short fly to center.

  52. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Doom and gloom time. That was despicable. Danny swings at everything. Roger swings at nothing.

  53. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Davey lives and dies by the big innings. That inning was a slow death.

  54. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Wow. Well, the good news is we are back to the top of the order next inning.

  55. Scooter - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Off-topic, belated response that Original Nats Fan probably won't even see: enough people were typing preying that I figured they weren't all jokes. Should have said I wasn't aiming my correction at you.More on-topic: Dagnabbit!

  56. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Shoot the messenger in this case–blame Carpenter. Suzuki was fine, would have scored the run with second and third and 1 out, or if he'd gotten under it a smidge less it might have made the gap.

  57. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Gonat I agree. A lot of wasted opportunities in this one.

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Gee whiz Espi looked like early season Espit agian. He was pitched 5 balls and swung at three of them, the walk would load the bases with0 outs. That is what he was doing early in the season.Shark then resorts to April ball too. Swing at 2 balls (would have been a 3-0 count, and doesn;t even think about swinging at one right down the middle.Come on guys this reverting to bad habits.

  59. rogieshan - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Davey knows Espinosa is a terrible bunter, but why leave Suzuki to hit when there are better options in Tracy, Lombo & the Shark?

  60. natscan reduxit - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    … in spite of my usual approval of all Davey does, I have to say he blew this one. Even I knew what Danny had to do: LAY DOWN THE D***ED BUNT!… but hey, the game's not over yet.Go Nats!!

  61. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Do the nats seem a little intimidated by the braves?

  62. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Pitcher's best friend named DP

  63. Secret wasian man - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Pitchers worst nightmare. The walk. Although umpire is awful.

  64. ExposedinDC - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:22 AM

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  65. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    You couldn't even roll a ball down to 3rd as well as Werth just hit that!

  66. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Intimidated, no. Over-eager, maybe.

  67. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Oh, Desi! You gotta make that play. Great throw by Suzuki. Nuts.

  68. ExposedinDC - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    7 walks……..killer

  69. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    hey gang welcome to playoff baseball

  70. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Loving Zuki's necklace – shells, not some magnetic fad-science junk.

  71. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    hey gang welcome to playoff baseballWell said, Mick.

  72. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Of course, they could be magnetic shells…

  73. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    only bummer tonight was Jordan not bringing his A-game and Espi and Sharks KO, other than that… a very good game, Storen clutch…. let's get em in in 8th!!!

  74. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Although, to be fair, this isn't exactly crisp on the part of either team.

  75. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    These Kardiac Kids are killing Davey…

  76. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    I bet Braves Insider reads about like Nats Insider. :)

  77. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Where you been,mick?

  78. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    OK, Rally Napkins, people!!

  79. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Alright, here we go, nice ALR

  80. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Better to be the home team! Lets get a hit ALR

  81. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    hey Joe… daughter had my lab top, lol

  82. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Danny's time for redemption here.

  83. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    RH Danny gets respect, Braves CF appears to be in Rockville…

  84. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Swift, more like Olney. LF is in Rockville.

  85. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Swift, good one!

  86. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    RALLYNAPKINS!

  87. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Need another Wild Pitch here!

  88. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    When is the last time Desi and Espi walked in the first game? Wow

  89. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Got the walk and almost got the walk + wild pitch.

  90. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    oh boy…why only 21,000?

  91. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    SAME game, I mean

  92. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Good Stop sign by Bo

  93. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    This is TyMo's biggest spot of his career. Let's do it!

  94. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Just get it in the air Tyler…Please

  95. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    just a fly ball Tyler, thats all

  96. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Note to self: LF is in Olney, CF is in Greenbelt, or College Park. RF is in FedEx field.RALLYNAPKINS

  97. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Nuts, not what I meant…

  98. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Thanks Z-Mantis, I'm from VA so my MD geography is weak…I do know that BWI is not in Baltimore OR Washington…

  99. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    That hasn't been a strike all night.

  100. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    I thought that was it by Jayson.

  101. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    just a total bummer!

  102. Fear and Ignorance - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    21,000 for a game like this is a travesty. By the time this one is over, that will be down to about 10,000. I guess 3rd Eye Blind (circa 2012) is a bigger draw than this baseball team. Really makes me sick. There are more people watching the Brewers vs. Cubs in Milwaukee and Rockies vs. Mets in NY. This is not a baseball town. Redskins will always rule the roost around here and that is why they get all the press on the radio and in the paper. People still aren't paying attention to this team, and probably never will unless it is a Saturday night. Not talking about NI fans, I know you guys actually care.

  103. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    I thought he had it too Gonat…must have just missed the sweet spot…Dang it

  104. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Swift, not my geography so much as remembering the orientation of the park.

  105. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    My tickets are for tomorrow.

  106. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    HP umpire is simply pathetic, shame on MLB to have a clown like him do a game of this magnitude. MLB can do better than him.

  107. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Oh soooo close.

  108. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Well, it sure makes for some excitement!

  109. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    however, umpire or not, bases loaded 1 out you have to get a run in.

  110. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    My tickets are for tomorrow…I think a lot of people went to at least 1 game over the weekend, and decided to wait for the Stras game…I know that's what I did…

  111. NatsFanChris - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Even without the desired result, great at-bat by Werth in that situation.When I came to the plate, I thought to myself "Man, im glad it's Werth in this situation".Regardless of how this game ends, can you imagine thinking/saying that last year?!

  112. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Werth had a great AB

  113. NatsFanChris - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    When he*

  114. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Hey, it's August. The tourists who walk up were scared away by the rain, the Braves were never a big draw here–heck, they barely draw at home–and some folks still have jobs.

  115. rogieshan - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Tough to ask a rookie to be the go-to right-handed bat off the bench. Team may want to consider adding a veteran pinch-hitting specialist to complement Chad Tracy for the postseason.

  116. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    And did we mention school started today.

  117. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    rogieshan, maybe Izturis?

  118. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Good point rogieshan…that was more of a "Mark DeRosa Situation"…despite what the Stat-Heads think, experience is big this time of year…

  119. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Not that Izturis would have hit better, but TyMo should have gone down and gotten AB's… It's really hard for a young hitter to come off the bench, and Davey's not going to let him play instead of LaRoche or Morse.

  120. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    This will set up Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Michael Morse. Who wants to be the hero?Zim is due a Mr. Walk-Off moment in the biggest game of the year!

  121. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Not exactly dominant, but 4 innings of 0's from the pen…PFB

  122. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    wow, our bullpen just pitched 4 scoreless innings!

  123. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Yeah, jobs. I won't be at any of the three games. Can't afford it. Will go into hock for the playoffs…

  124. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    NatsLady said… Not that Izturis would have hit better, but TyMo should have gone down and gotten AB's… It's really hard for a young hitter to come off the bench, and Davey's not going to let him play instead of LaRoche or Morse. August 20, 2012 11:07 PM __________________________________Davey earlier in the year in a similar situation with a LHP on the mound put in Chad Tracy and he got a hit.That was TyMo's opportunity.

  125. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Swift… Jordan only going 5 put pressure on the pen and they have delivered

  126. Fear and Ignorance - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Harper is going yard off of Durbin!!!

  127. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Time for a walk off, whadda say gang!!!

  128. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Ryan's done it to the Braves before….that was probably the biggest game in Nats history, until tonight…Really would like to not see Kimbrel tonight, that dude is FILTHY!!

  129. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Wow – Harper running 1/3 speed to first on that? Sign of the Apocalypse?

  130. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Gonat said… This will set up Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Michael Morse. Who wants to be the hero?Zim is due a Mr. Walk-Off moment in the biggest game of the year! August 20, 2012 11:09 PM __________________________________Morse is due for a walk-off of his own!

  131. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    too easy

  132. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Let's go Beast Mode!!!!

  133. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Chad Durbin's Revenge…

  134. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Who was Durbin barking at in the Nats dugout on his way off the mound?

  135. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    wow, really thought we would get better AB verse Durbin

  136. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Please let's not go 19. Boy, these teams are evenly matched now that both are healthy.

  137. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    This should be the NLCS!

  138. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Let's see. Is this exciting, or is it just frustrating?

  139. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    I saw that too Gonat…Need Kristina to report that..she's right there..

  140. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Joe both, but no matter what we will still be in first

  141. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Braves radio just referred to Clippard as "the funky right hander"…They're good

  142. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Who was Durbin barking at in the Nats dugout on his way off the mound?Probably Davey, maybe Rizzo in absentia. Wow, some guys do carry a grudge, don't they?

  143. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Matt Damon up… I mean Bourn up, lol

  144. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    always think of Bourn Identity, lol

  145. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Great inning by Klip!!! Let's go ALR, Desi and Espi!

  146. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Yes Sir Mr T!!! now lets win this boys!!!

  147. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Mick, may we assume that's corn liquor you're drinking tonight?

  148. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    So Close!!

  149. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    The Z… Miller Light, lol Coronas I now only drink on weekends… see, I'm improving, lol

  150. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    (whoosh)

  151. baseballswami - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Oy, vey!

  152. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Desi is so eager to hit. Needs to settle down.

  153. NatsFanChris - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    That was painfully close from ALR.Would like to see our batters be a little more patient at the plate at this point in the game. Seems like they are averaging 3 pitches per AB.

  154. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Is it me, or does Espinosa look unusually pale?

  155. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    He does look pale, now that you mention it.

  156. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Man, we have had some very ugly at bats tonight.

  157. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    No idea what Desi was swinging at. Where is Lombo as at least PH tonight?

  158. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Gorzy only pitched one inning, he will have to be first on tomorrow with Stras pitching.

  159. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Game of inches.

  160. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    OH, pooooh. I was SURE that was foul.

  161. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    I hear Danny's changed to the fragrance-free moisturizer with aloe vera and a little sunscreen…makes him look pale

  162. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Should have had them in 8th, now Hayward, Jones and Freeman up

  163. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Two plays tonight missing ball into glove. Costly plays. And yet, we are tied.

  164. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    huge out!!!

  165. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    6 innings of 0's from the pen..can't ask for more than that…Either way, some pressure on Stras to go deep tomorrow…He's never thrown an 8th inning pitch in his Nats career…

  166. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    come on 3rd base ump… were you napping on that

  167. Gonat - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    To pitch around that leadoff double was just clutch by MGonz

  168. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    That is the best I have seen MGonzo! He was really focused, I mean, MAD.

  169. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Clutch clutch clutchcome on boys!!!!

  170. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    come on 3rd base ump… were you napping on that?? The check swing or the ball that hit the line? Both were good calls.

  171. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    good point Swift

  172. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    OK, Davey. Dancing with the devil for six innings… better get something here.

  173. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    The Z… no problem with ball that hit line, my problem was Espi had the exact check swing earlier and he called it a strike

  174. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Sometimes Dave Johnson is a complete idiot. Tonight is one of those nights. Davey is an absolute Master in the clubhouse.Too bad that doesn't transfer to the management of a game. Tonight, Davey has been brain dead.

  175. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Lombo is on

  176. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Lombo! Can't ask for more!

  177. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    RoY – Lombo? Could he actually get consideration ? Man, he can flat out hit.

  178. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Lombo needs to play!!!

  179. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Sometimes I think Davey's love for power hitters betrays him. Lombo instead of Tyler Moore earlier?

  180. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Make no mistake about it: the Nats best run of the last 8 years happened when there was no Desmond. What did they go, 19-6? So Desi comes back — starts booting the ball, dropping other balls, going 1-14. We bench perhaps the hottest hitter we had in Lombo. Lombo pinch hits and voila: basehit. Again, Davey is a genuis in the clubhouse and can be quite the Village Idiot when running a game and making out a lineup. Didn't Davey just give Harper the night off when it was apparent to ALL that the kid finally had broken his slump? Davey is a field idiot.

  181. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Tonight, Davey has been brain dead. I don't agree, my comment just now notwithstanding. His bullpen management, for instance, has worked fine. It's not his fault if they swing at [stuff] they couldn't hit with a broom, on the first pitch.

  182. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Phillies Phan In Nats Clothing. Going out of your way to bash the team you are putatively a fan of, that's Phillies Phan stuff.

  183. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Oh yeah, right .. 'his bullpen management has been fine." Davey is gambling on scoring that lone run in the bottom half — he has one pitcher left. If the game goes 13 or 14, Davey has willingly given the game away. Great bullpen management.

  184. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Dang IT!!!!!

  185. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Pulling Harper was brilliant motivation. Wait and see.DAMN!!!!!!!!11

  186. NatsFanChris - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Are you kidding me!!! Ugh.

  187. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Oh my! Thrice robbed of HR by mere feet!?! Twice Werth, once ALR.

  188. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Z you are a complete idiot. You sound like a soccer fan.

  189. NatsFanChris - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    How frustrated must Werth be? A few feet away from two different walk-off HRs

  190. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    I think that's against Mark's rules.

  191. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Was Harper talking to his bat?

  192. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    You are against the rules. Go complain you litter twerp.

  193. baseballswami - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Say what you will about JZ's rough start, our offense is killing me right now.I mean, they were retired by Chad Durbin.

  194. ehay2k - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Bryce owes someone a new bat.

  195. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Not the soccer thing, the other. And you are two for three now–throw up on a little kid, while you're at it, get the hat trick.

  196. The Z-Mantis! - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    But I'm feeding the troll again, aren't I?

  197. Fear and Ignorance - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Werth doesn't have HR power anymore…that is at least 5 balls he has hit to the warning track since he has been back. He is getting old.

  198. Swift Eagle - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Haha Z-Mantis, or he could just Boo Santa Claus…

  199. mick - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    very frustrating… I feel we should have won this by now. The Braves still can pitch Kimbrell and gives them the edge Either way… a great game and it would be no shame in losing

  200. NatsFanJim - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Uh, we just can't get it done tonight!!

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