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Game 126: Nats at Phillies

Aug 25, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez faces Roy Halladay tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILADELPHIA — Don't look now, but the Nationals have lost two straight and four of their last five against the Phillies. OK, so that may not mean as much in the grand scheme of things as it used to, but it bears repeating that the five-time NL East champs are no pushovers despite their current sub-.500 record.

The Nationals will try to get back on track tonight with Gio Gonzalez on the mound, seeking his league-leading 17th victory. He'll be opposed by Roy Halladay, who has owned the Nats franchise over his career (11-2, 2.55 ERA in 17 career meetings) but lost their only encounter this season when he was tagged for five runs on nine hits.

No lineup posted yet for the Nationals, but they're not expected to have either Michael Morse (bruised hand) or Ian Desmond (mild hamstring strain) in there tonight. We should have an update on both players' status later this afternoon.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Chance of showers, 76 degrees, Wind 10 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (77-48)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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174 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    We have built up a little "cushion" for just this sort of thing–don't come back too soon Desi or Mikey. Get well. Because, y'know, it ain't a BIG cushion. Go Nats! Go Giants!

  2. JaneB - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I hope there is no rain delay, so Gio gets a clean warm up and start. And may our bats find jeuge again. Doc isn't invincible. And wouldn't it be great for Werth to do some damage in his old haunts? Go BATS! GYFNG!

  3. MicheleS - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    GO GIO! GO BATS! GYFNG!!! Let's get a win boys.

  4. baseballswami - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Saw the line ups on twitter – no desi or morse, lombo and bernie. Hope the bats wake up tonight. Is this rain headed there? Two games in a row feels like a major slump. Then I look at our record and remember that we have some wins stashed away for a rainy day. Need to get it back on track, though.

  5. baseballswami - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Braves/ Giants on Fox right now. Bourne bunt hit safely on one pitch.

  6. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    All I have on Fox is some f'ball game.

  7. MicheleS - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    NatsLady, Are you sure you are not on NBC? That one has the Colts/Redskins game.

  8. Steady Eddie - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Yup, Baumgartner pitched his way out of a first and third, no out top of the first. Reminded me of what our boys are skilled at doing.

  9. Steady Eddie - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Meant to say, that was on Fox. NBC has that other kind of game.

  10. natsfan1a - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Go, GIO! Go, NATS BATS!! Let the bell be silenced tonight, my friends. :-)

  11. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    OK, got it. My remote wasn't remoting….

  12. baseballswami - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Amen!!!

  13. slidell2 - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Guess Suzuki is okay (bruised hand).

  14. peric - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    No Tyler Moore that's the bad part. He's the best add-in replacement for Morse.

  15. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Bumgarner walks the pitcher and Heyward smashed it. ATL up 3-0.

  16. peric - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Werth batting 5th? Now's his chance. As Beasley put it to his troops in Syracuse when there was visiting Nats brass. "You are constantly being evaluated".

  17. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    NatsLady, you beat me to it. walk the pitcher to leadoff an inning? Death by a firing squad.

  18. Old Wino - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    The shark will feed tonight.

  19. MicheleS - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I think Ben Cherrington is fooling himself if he thinks players will want to come to Boston. Seriously, a toxic media, interferring ownership, and Bobby V. That's still a recipe for disaster.

  20. Eric - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Going out on a limb (in my 2nd-ever NI post) to say that Werth is gonna do something big tonight. Think he'll be seeking redemption after yesterday's oh-fer with the big swinging K with two on. GO NATS!!!!

  21. ehay2k - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    One run game in SF now. Blanco turns on a pitch for a 2 run double.

  22. Drew - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Durbin renewal for the Giants!!

  23. LoveDaNats - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Come on, boys! We want a win! We NEED a win! Gio, take that ball and work your magic. GYFNG!

  24. DWS - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Sitting back on beautiful PEI. Thinking to my self that last year this team was nothing. Friends at work would smirk. Enjoy the ride, I remember '94. A rare thing a good team.Think of it, this team will be better next year. Pretty scary regardless of the millions thrown around by Magic and co.

  25. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    This is terrible to watch. The Giants just walked in the 2nd run. 6-3 with ATL's great bullpen coming up.

  26. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    MicheleS @ 5:23,Yes, but having freed himself of several big contracts, Mr. Cherrington will be able to write some rather large checks. And, assuming the check is large enough, players — and their agents — tend to assume that they can overcome all the other stuff.

  27. Doc - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    No JFlo!KSuzk is 1 for 12 with CS's. He can't hit either! Must be that they're payin' him 4X what they're payin' JFlo. Meanwhile Leon is burning up the league with his bat!

  28. rabbit34 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Our elimination number for the wild-card is 28. October can't get here fast enough!! GO NATS!!

  29. NatsFanJim - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Halladay looks sharp.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Batters in first still acting like April like the last 2games have done.

  31. MicheleS - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    And Eugene, the $$$ will only attract players like the ones that got shipped out of town

  32. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Is it me, or has Gio lost weight?

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

    They're hitters don't cooperate at all. Gio pitching like EJax poor first inning.Can't do that against Galloway.

  34. mick - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    here we go again

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Come on Gio what is this all about?

  36. mick - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I'm more concern with the effort at the plate

  37. Secret wasian man - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Choke city baby. No sense of urgency.

  38. mick - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    I think Gio will be fine, we need better at bats

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    31Pitches. most not very good

  40. -Dan- - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    We really need to put something together offensively early in this game, let's hope Jayson can carry the team until the Beast gets back.

  41. Swift Eagle - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    This is not the last place phillies…Utley, Howard, Halladay are all healthy now, this is actually THE Phillies…There was no way these were going to be easy wins…

  42. rabbit34 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    We need bats. Time to watch a movie.

  43. mick - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Swift Eagle agreed, but regardless who you are playing, one can always give a good effort at bat, especially a veteran player. Adam and Zim have not approached the plate well the past 3 games.

  44. Swift Eagle - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Haha! Got to love the Legion of Doom! Post the Nats magic number at 7:06 and then bail for a movie at 7:33pm!…Awesome

  45. mick - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    very down on Adam right now… there was talk about him as a possible MVP, he needs to play like one now

  46. Swift Eagle - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    You're right Mick, they aren't playing well the last few days…but it happens to all teams…check what the Last Place Nats did to the First Place Phillies late in the season last year…Not time to panic

  47. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Second inning uninspiring. Come on guys. Get serious about hitting like it was until last Saturday

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Gio 43 pitches through 2, Hitters please come off vacation

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Gio should have showed anger beginning of inning 1

  50. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    I'm with Swift Eagle on the 'no panic' approach. As much as I'd love the Nats to go undefeated the rest of the season, this is not a 100-win team. That means, by definition, they're going to lose at least another 15 games — probably a few more than that. And given that they're faced Roy Halladay in his home park, this could be one of them. But that doesn't mean they're choking or otherwise doomed. Baseball isn't about perfection, King Felix notwithstanding.

  51. ExposedinDC - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    The fact is , without desi and the beast this is a very average lineup that has relied greatly on its starting rotation, throw in the inevitable mini slump and this is the product you get, it is really my biggest fear come playoff time..losing 1-0 or 2-1and wasting all of that good starting pitching

  52. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

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  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Hopefully it is not to late. Gio looks fine 3 batters too Pete.

  54. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Let's hope this is like what we did against Santan, only that was after three perfect innings.Thanks, Harp, there goes the no-no, and nice to see him focus.

  55. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Very nice Michele…Haha…Can you pick Lotto numbers by any chance??

  56. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Rabbit and Exposed = never contribute anything of value.Whine whine whine.

  57. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Damn, bad luck there. Zim crushed that one but right at the RF.

  58. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Swift. I wish.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Damn. line drive double play. any where left or right a run

  60. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    I bet we start hitting Halladay, if Gio can keep this at 2-0, we may till get this one

  61. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Zim with the GG stuff again. Time to take some momentum out of it.The lineup is really missing Desi and Beast. Desi was a master of the two-out RBI and he made everyone better with the confidence they took from him that he would pick them up. Missing one is one thing, but both is making it tough.

  62. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Everytime someone gets injured the guys take the punch, they may stagger for a moment, but they always get back up. Our 77 wins are proof of that.And we have a SHARK sighting.

  63. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    can anyone explain what the Dodgers did and are they still making deals?

  64. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    can anyone explain what the Dodgers did and are they still making deals?

  65. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Shark teaching 'em how to work the Doc. Be selective, foul off the unit table stuff and then take the extra base to put himself in scoring poem tin. C'mon, Danny, learn from the Shark.

  66. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Shark strikes again

  67. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I told you we would hit him, lol

  68. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    "unit table" = autocorrect version of "unhittable."Good hustle, Danny, and smart base running from the Shark.

  69. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Mick. Dodgers, buying a 1B and got handed a SP that is a cancer, a OF that will be out until next year. They are trying to be relevant in LA and acting like a Drunk George Steinbrenner on an epic bender.

  70. ExposedinDC - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Not whining steady, and thanks for noticing, by the way, I always look forward to your posts as well, very insightful

  71. #4 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Please add "no sense of urgency" to the list of my least favorite phrases. It also includes "loss of focus", "dogging it", and "getting serious about hitting" C'mon people. This is a hard game. Failure happens – less for the Nats this year than most.

  72. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Come on GIO! put down a good sac bunt!!!

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Gio help yourself

  74. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    "Poem tin"= position.Interesting.Good focus, KSuz!Sac fly, Gio, not a weak bunt.

  75. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Michele… thank you, lol well said

  76. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Wow, Utley had a 4-6-3

  77. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    let's go Lombo

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Thank you Utley. Gio hunting foul stunk though

  79. -Dan- - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Utley made a really bad mental mistake there, we have to make them pay for that.

  80. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    C'mon, Lombo, take advantage of the extra out Utley gave us.

  81. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Rabbit are you being cheeky again tonight?Eddie, Rabbit likes to come in and carpet bomb once in awhile.Come on LOMBO!!!!

  82. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Lombo, yes!

  83. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Good post #4! I would add "choking" to the list. Especially in the 1st inning of a game in August!Way to go Lombo

  84. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    hmm hmmm, I think I called it… lol

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Harper go go go

  86. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I love Lombo, most under rated rookie in MLB!!!

  87. -Dan- - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    LOMBO!!! Nice job by Suzuki too!

  88. Drew - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Huge knock.Way to go, Lombo!Thank you, Chase Utley.

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Deal Harper we needed another single. OK Gio your back to even

  90. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Dodgers may be hoping Beckett turns his game and attitude around in order to make Boston look bad…a la Manny a few years back…As others have said, the trade certainly shows that it wasn't Stan Kasten who was unwilling to spend crazy money in DC….

  91. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I love Mick's Man Crush on Lombo.

  92. #4 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I'm humming "Lombo….Lombo Italiano "

  93. #4 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    ZVPXOçcvv

  94. djinFl. - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Phillies announcer reported "serious jammage" on a pitch last inning. Ben Sheets to DL

  95. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Haha DJ, was it "front door", "back door" or "side door" jammage??

  96. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Walking Rollins the first time led to trouble.

  97. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Michele, yes, crazy wabbit is a mischief maker. I just wish it was balanced off by something but it's not.This team has. Lot of heart. That tying rally, a 30 pitch inning off the Doc, came all from. Shark, Danny, KSuz, and Lombo. None of the big boppers. That's the difference between a solid, contending team and the team we have.

  98. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Off-topic, but what did I tell you people about Ben Sheets being like a rusted-out 1967 Olds Cutlass? To wit:SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Ben Sheets was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation before the Atlanta Braves' game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.Sheets lost his third straight start on Thursday night as part of Atlanta's six-man rotation. He won four of his first five starts.The Braves do not intend to replace him in the rotation and recalled right-hander Miguel Batista from Triple-A to pitch out of the bullpen.Miss Iowa is back!

  99. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 BB, 2Ks for Clemens in his 1st 2 innings..topping out at 88mph, lots of cutters and curves

  100. Drew - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    C'mon Gio, bear down.

  101. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    djinFl. said… Phillies announcer reported "serious jammage" on a pitch last inning. Oh, no! It's spreading. He must've done that to take part in the Bob Carpenter Drinking Game.

  102. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Gio come on we score and you give up free base runners. What is the problem ? You looked great innings2-4

  103. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    OK Zim get the 6 th going with a solid. base hit

  104. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    I love it, KSuz and Gio using their own sign language. And Gio pitches out of another jam, getting two of the toughest outs in the lineup with Utley and Hoeard.Crucial no-giveback inning. Now get some more with the heart of the lineup.

  105. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Swift Eagle @ 8:38,So are you thinking the Nats should sign Roger Clemens to replace Stephen Strasburg after he's shut down? [If I knew how, I'd put one of those little 'wink' symbols here.]

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Batters 3 4 5 have been ineffective for the last 3 games

  107. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Sorry, #4, Shark lost his focus there.Eugene — it's semi-colon, dash, close parenthesis. ;-)

  108. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Stinks — that was a real bandbox dinger, but unfortunately it counts as much as a 460-footer.Loss of focus, #4.;-)

  109. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Haha Eugene…I hadn't thought of that! But it would give the dopey National Media types something to talk about besides Shutdown-Gate…Current teammates of Clemens include Nationals "greats" Tim Redding, Saul Rivera, and Gary Majewski…

  110. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Good thing the bottom of the order it due up!!! It's rally time.

  111. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Rudolf 3 4 5 all THIs, Last night did damage too

  112. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    MicheleS said…I love Mick's Man Crush on Lombo.man crush! ha ha

  113. djinFl. - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    From Mark TwitterSYR Chiefs Radio‏@ChiefsRadio John Lannan has thrown a whopping 65 pitches through 7 innings against Gwinnett. He's allowed two hits and no runs

  114. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    dj good news on lannan

  115. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    This is funny, Mark just retweeted:Corey Masisak ‏@cmasisak22Clemens hit 88? Pfft. Livo Hernandez just struck out the side vs the #Pirates. Topped out at 83. To be fair, he turned 50 in 2007.

  116. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    I feel someone has to say something about a great American's passing… God Bless you Neil Armstrong, your passing is "One Big Loss for mankind"

  117. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:18 AM

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  118. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Bryce needs to stop chirping. He will get thrown out.

  119. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Steady Eddie said…OK, rally napkin sighting!Bastardo gave up the winning Walk-off run against us last August, so let's get him now!

  120. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Is Ryan standing to far off the plate again?

  121. NatsFanJim - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    bob and F.P mentioned Johnny Holiday is out with an illness.Anybody know what's wrong with him?

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Darn phone. what I said their 3 4 5 hitters gave all their RBIs. ours sre doing nothing

  123. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Michele, I think it's the BAPIP gods turning against us again, law of averages. Zim stung that liner that got Harp doubled off, that could as easily have been an RBI double.Unfortunately, some nights that's how they roll. C'mon, Sean, get Howard in a DP.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Dave and Charles want to know why Harper's strike zone wider than anyone else

  125. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Utley never even had to stop…

  126. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Sean, how could you not hold Utley like that, and let him runon the next pitch

  127. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    And we get Papel-bum in the ninth.

  128. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Isn't Chase Utley supposed to have really bad knees?

  129. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Free passes on the bases time and again…another run without a hit

  130. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    These stolen bases, by a guy with no knees, are irritating.

  131. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Damn repeat of last night. Perhaps we should thrown over when mUttley is on the bases ?

  132. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Good point about Utley's knees, and those were just easy steals, with no plays…the pitchers need to at least give these runners a look

  133. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Burnett hits Utley then doesn't hold him. lets him steal twice. batter 5. Third at bat with RBI. Our hitters need to get back on stick.

  134. djinFl. - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Phillies announcers said Utley stole everything, including leaning into the pitch to get on base to begin with. Said this is what their season is now about, messing with the league leader.

  135. Secret wasian man - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    the playoffs are not a done deal yet. another lousy game.

  136. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    That steal of third is an example.e of where we miss Desi – he goes over and fakes pickoffs, keeping the runner honest.

  137. Exposremains - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    If they don't fix it, that's exactly how other teams will score against them in playoffs. It could be a huge problem. In playoff, every play is magnified.

  138. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    DJ, the roles are exactly reversed from last season..maybe the Nats will learn some things…Adversity can help a team improve..

  139. Secret wasian man - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Jusr pack the bags and head to miami tonight. The sweep is inevitable playing like this. This team is showing its immaturity.

  140. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    SWM are you even a nats fan or just a Phillies troll?

  141. Steady Eddie - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Michele, calling him a Phillies troll is generous. He's just a nega.

  142. Exposremains - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Its also really not the same shutdown bullpen that it was earlier in the season. This Phillies team is taking advantage of the Nats weaknesses. You know they're upset that the roles have been switched.

  143. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    This has been a particular blend of pathetic managing and playing the last three games. Sean Burnett decides to throw an inside lolly pop to a player known for letting the ball hit him. Nice, deep thinking.

  144. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Wow, an ugly strike call to end an uglier inning. We lucked out there. McCatty needs to work with the pitchers on holding the runners. I would hate to lose a critical game because some chisler ran the bases without a hit occurring.

  145. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    In all seriousness, does Ryan need another cortisone shot? At least Adam's last at bat was good, Ryan's at bats are on par with his April and Mat at batss

  146. Secret wasian man - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    im a big fan. But a realist. I see a team lately who is playing like they have the whole season already won. when the fact is they don't. But you just keep pretending everything is great.

  147. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    And heeeeere comes the Legion of Doom…LolEVERBODY PANIC!!!

  148. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    I'll keep pretending they have the best record in baseball and a 6 game lead in the loss col….wait, I don't have to pretend

  149. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    3 games in a row our bull pen can not keep it a 1 run game, not tat it matters with the slump we are in.

  150. MicheleS - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    SWM, just not negative. I made the comment earlier about when injuries hit and that is being a realist.

  151. djinFl. - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Patheic Mananging? Yeah, thats the phrase associated with Davey.Naganons are out tonight.

  152. Exposremains - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Swift EagleIt doesn't matter how many games you're ahead. When the playoff comes, its a new ballgame. I'm sure you know that.

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    4 Of last 7 games the hitters have totally been out classed. Eck all your lovers tell me you are good prove it.

  154. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    It is not the legion of doom, but I have rarely seen three such horrible games in a row by a team 30 games over .500, and the blame goes to Davey and Rizzo as well.Either get Desmond on the field or get him off. At some point you have to want to play. Pete Rose would have been out there playing. Bryce Harper would have been out there playing. And what is the deal with the running? We have one fast player and he doesn't start. Why would you run a guy when you are two runs down in the ninth?

  155. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    This is the first series that Nats have lost since early July…. not bad at all

  156. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    actually maybe late June

  157. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Zim's at bats have not been good at all. Werth and LaRoche at least are working the count before they KO… I hope Zim is not hurt.

  158. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Also, we have not lost 4 in a row this season, a few 3 game losing streaks early… so, tomorrow is big in that sense

  159. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Exposremains said… Swift Eagle It doesn't matter how many games you're ahead. When the playoff comes, its a new ballgame. I'm sure you know that. August 25, 2012 9:50 PM ___________________________________You're right about the playoffs…but on Aug 25, the ONLY thing that matters is how many games you're ahead…

  160. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Burnett hitting that guy is just inexcusable. Let him hit a home run. You can't walk a guy or throw a lollypop inside pitch like that. If you are going to hit a guy in the 9th, the guy you hit better be coming out of the game. The announcer just said Burnett did not cost them the game, but that is not exactly true. He definitely lowered the probability of winning by a substantial amount, even though his whip will not reflect it.I don't mind guys playing and failing but mental mistakes like Burnett's tonight cast a real taint on his accomplishments this year.

  161. Secret wasian man - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    careful using the N word about me. Dont let my profile name fool you.

  162. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    I wouldn't call that a "mental mistake"…He was trying to pitch inside and made a lousy pitch…more of a physical mistake…Now if you want to say Burnett's failure to hold Utley on the bases is a mental mistake, that's a fair point

  163. Exposremains - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    You're right but I feel the Phillies even though they are not playing good this year they are still a playoff team and I feel they are tkaing advantage the of Nats the same way other teams might in the playoff.

  164. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Winning is tough. It's tougher without two of your best hitters, one of whom is a premier defender at SS. Nats have as close to a must-win game tomorrow as they did in game 3 in the 4-game Barves series. They also need to fix their current inability to hold people on base.

  165. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    ehay2.. I guarantee McCatty is up in Burnett's grill

  166. Swift Eagle - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    No doubt, the Nats have many weaknesses, and have areas that need improvement…The weaknesses are magnified in games like the last 3, when the opponents have had quality starting pitching (like the playoffs)Nats are a good team, learning to be great…this is part of the process

  167. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Cat is a great coach… but he has a nasty streak in him and I bet young Sean is getting to see it about now, lol

  168. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:05 AM

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  169. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Swift… you nailed it, that is exactly correct about the Nats, we are good and are probably a season or 2 away of being great

  170. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Secret – neganon refers to to negative posters, who before the anonymous posting feature was disabled, posted anonymously. Thus, neganons. Are you saying you aren't negative?

  171. Secret wasian man - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    i know im negative. Thats how I deal. But I luv the nats and have been there from the beginning. Still got my ticket stub from opening day in Philly our first year.

  172. mick - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Remember… i have posted since last season what Charlie Manuel said about Nats.. they are realistically 2-3 seasons away of being the best.

  173. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Wrong. lost 5 in a row 1 @ SD 3@ LA then 1 home vs. Arizona April 26- May 1

  174. NatsFanJim - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Flat Flat Flat what a dead team.

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