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Game 129: Nats at Marlins

Aug 29, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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The Nationals need to win tonight at Marlins Park to avoid a six-game losing streak.

Another day, another attempt by the Nationals to end their losing streak. They've dropped five in a row now, last night's 9-0 trouncing at the hands of the Marlins easily the worst of the bunch.

No changes to Davey Johnson's lineup. He'll stick with the exact same starting eight that couldn't score a run off Ricky Nolasco last night, hoping these guys have more success against 21-year-old right-hander Jacob Turner (making his eighth career start).

Turner hails from St. Louis, as does the Nationals' starter tonight: Ross Detwiler. The 26-year-old left-hander was on the mound when this losing streak began Thursday night against the Braves, so it would perhaps be fitting if he was the guy to put and end to the streak.

As you know, I'm not in Miami. Please enjoy the conversation as always, and I'll be back at the park tomorrow night for the start of the Nats' 11-game homestand…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (77-51)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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304 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ehay2k - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    JaneB, I think you are onto something. As Nats fans, we've never had to work through a full season of success, let alone a pennant race. Maybe Davey is just stretching us out.

  2. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    hyperventilating

  3. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Holy sh. . C'mon where is the pen?

  4. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Storen can thank his lucky stars there against Stanton.

  5. ehay2k - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Nice pitch, since Stanton was way ahead of the previous heater.

  6. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Ok..2 hanging sliders and Stanton still strikes out…Go figure…

  7. Drew - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Wowie Zowie.Storen goes Maximum Houdini.

  8. sm13 - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Druuuuuu!

  9. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

  10. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Onions by Drew! Huge!

  11. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Swift Eagle said… Ok..2 hanging sliders and Stanton still strikes out…Go figure… August 29, 2012 9:49 PM ________________________________Stanton over the weekend deposited a few of those 400+

  12. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Almost unbelievable escape!

  13. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Breath in. Breath out. Michele, get yourself a paper bag. In out in out.l. Whew 3 more baby.

  14. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Drew Storen is BACK! That's two straight shutdown appearances.

  15. Grandstander - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Biggest inning of Drew's career? Very lucky to escape that jam hanging those sliders!

  16. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Bryce Harper Rules

  17. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Clipp in the 9th? Time for the tangeray

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Heath Bell ought to be good for a run or 2.

  19. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Lots of bullpen drama….and Clip hasn't even entered yet! Buckle Up haha

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    NatsJack, because Davey wasn't conservative with Det he is now playing these innings like a playoff game.Det was up in the 5th as the sinker wasn't sinking , I would have been Captain Hook. You can tell with Ross when he is over throwing for Velo and giving up movement.

  21. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Having Drew back bodes well for us with the Cards.

  22. ehay2k - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Lets's ring the Bell for an insurance run or two.

  23. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    WODL…. Tell that to phil dunton.

  24. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Yowsa!My first post in about a week.Keep the faith! It's going to be a dog race. We will finish in first.Harper's second HR was a lot further then the Marlins guys said it was. GYFNG!

  25. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Loving that HR! Zooooooo

  26. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    That's a nice little insurance run for Zuki!

  27. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Somebody pinch me. Zuuuuuuuuuuuk. Nats jack your a genius.

  28. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Aloha means Good-Bye from Capt. Kurt!

  29. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Suzuki!

  30. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Look how Zoooo hustled. That is good to see! Wish LaRoche did that over the weekend.

  31. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Ghost….I don't disagree but Michele had it right. Davey wanted him to stress and he actually threw some good pitches in tough situations.And didn't I just say Bell was good for a run or 2?

  32. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Ode to the Legion of Doom:Y'awl don't know squat.

  33. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Bryce Harper Rules

  34. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Nice boot by Reyes. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  35. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    NatsJack, it's so nice having real baseball debates with knowledgeable people.

  36. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Wow, give Reyes credit for sacrificing his body on that one, he's got a family to think about..LOl

  37. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    A little 9th inning small ball would make sense here…push another one across

  38. ehay2k - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Like the Liberty, this Bell appears to have cracked.

  39. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Great AB from Werth, that wasn't a bad pitch

  40. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Thanks, Ghost. Swift Eagle and I have spent several Spring Training camps waitkng for this season.I really think there are a whole lot of Nats fans that do not know how to react to a team 26 games over .500.

  41. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Good call, you can't throw equipment…that's a rule

  42. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    CB Buckner.. jerk.

  43. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    These umps gotta get over themselves. Crap

  44. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Buckner is a lousy umpire, but it may help in the long run…Bryce has to stop doing that stuff

  45. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    I'm with you Derek. The kid HAS to learn how to be a big leaguer.

  46. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    NatsJack.. as a reformed cubs fan, I have no idea how to react to winning baseball.

  47. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Great throw by Stanton, but as Jack said, good to see Ryan stroking it to right again

  48. ehay2k - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Better that happens now with Bryce than early in a close game. Time to warm up the Shark!

  49. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Agree.. Bryce needs to control temper, Just remember that Greinke got tossed for spiking the ball.

  50. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Hope those last two plays don't change the momentum.

  51. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    No, Michele, you do. You've already learned that winning is much more fun than losing but also MUCH MORE STRESSFULL.

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    CB Buckner is an idiot. Not One reporter will ask Buckner what the help he was thinking. Harper mad at self not him.Doesn't take a rocket scientisr

  53. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Carp and FP are really going after the score keeper. At least Lombo got the hit.

  54. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:13 AM

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  55. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Swift agree, he needs to get his temper in line or umps like CP, Angel, and Country joe will take it to him.

  56. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    AN easy inning from CLIPP!WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!Got that feels good!

  57. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Thank the Lord. Winner!

  58. djinFl. - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Great game and great comments tonight..thanks gang

  59. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    The 6th thru 8th were definitely Kardiac Kids multi-innings.

  60. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Michele how's your breathing? Great game. Bryce woke us up with his 2 run shot

  61. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Somebody has to tell Rabbit the Nats aren't losing "at least" 10 in a row on this streak.

  62. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Haha..Bryce gave Sportscenter a lot of material tonight…

  63. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Still have to say Storen was the MVP tonight, 2nd and 3rd no out with the heart of the order….NAILS

  64. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I would like to commend SWM on a pretty reasonable night. You might get off the Legion of Doom yet.

  65. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Now let's exhale. Mike Stanton is still kicking himself on missing 2 meatballs from Storen.

  66. Secret wasian man - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Great to be up 5 games. Time for the victory swim. Good night all.

  67. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Kristina: Drew what was your approach?

  68. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Thanks to the Padres for taking 2 of 3 from the Barves!

  69. sjm308 - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Not upset with Buckner at all. It's a rule and the kid needs to figure these things out. Thank goodness for the win!! I have lots of hats but it will be good to wear one for two days in a row. Will be at Nats Park the next two nights (one with red carpet and the other is our 20 game plan). With Storen looking so good and Clippard having an easy inning we just need to get to the 7th tomorrow.Nice to see the bats coming back and I love what is going on in this last month of the season. So exciting!!Go Nats!!

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Magic number playoffs 25 division 28Great job Drew in the 8th

  71. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Does Ozzie talk in his post-game about Bryce spiking his helmet?

  72. Swift Eagle - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I'm assuming fried chicken and beer was not served at the team meeting today…

  73. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    This was a fun night. Winning is sooo much better than losing (and icing on the cake from the Pads). 5 games up.Is Molina out for the weekend?

  74. sjm308 - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    First 6 batters with 2 hits 3 for 5 with runners in scoring position3 homeruns and a tripleI think they got Rabbits message loud and clear.Go Nats!!!

  75. JaneB - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Suddenly life is grand again. Go Nats!

  76. ehay2k - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Nice to end the losi g streak, even nicer that it was against the fish. Funny thing about the streak and all the agonizing over it – we lost five in a row, but I looked at the WaPo this AM and we had the same record over the last ten games as the Barves. They must be killing themselves that we had a five game streak and they couldn't really make up much ground. Natsjack, you are SO right about winning being more stressful. These years watching the Nats, the games were fun, but rarely mattered. It as easy to be a fan. Now every game matters, even loud conversations between Rizzo and Davey matter, or at least people think they do. But I am loving the journey. It helps that all our guys are easy to root for. I just WANT them to succeed.

  77. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    By the way, 2 scoring changes have to occur. E on Harp in the 1st and H for Lombo in the 9th.Even if Reyes fields that ball on Lombo he maybe beats it out.

  78. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    NatsJack, did you hear what Ray just said about Det and 75 pitches?

  79. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    ehay, the Braves lost 2 straight against the Dodgers followed by 2 to the Nats so they had a 4 game losing streak before beating the Nats last Wednesday.Braves are off tomorrow then have the Phillies for the weekend.

  80. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    They gave Lombo the hit. What did Ray say?

  81. sjm308 - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Four more wins and this will be the winningest team in this franchises history! How great to be just so much better then most of us thought! I had 86 wins which they could reach in the middle of Sept. Love being wrong here.Had to explain the magic number to spousal equivalent tonight. Last week it was the designated hitter. Can't wait to discuss the playoff schedule with her.Go Nats!!

  82. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Glad Davey just talked about Bryce and his emotions and is on top of it.

  83. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    NatsLady said… They gave Lombo the hit. What did Ray say? August 29, 2012 10:38 PM ________________________________Thanks for the update. Nice to see that they changed it.

  84. ehay2k - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Gonat, you are correct. I was just pointing out that five game losing streak isn't as significant when taken in a larger context. But I am willing to bet we are less frustrated than Barves fans are right now.

  85. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    ehay2k, agreed and they have to be worried about melting down further with the Cards, Pirates and Dodgers nipping at their heels in the Wild Card.

  86. A DC Wonk - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Cards just finished losing two big ones to the Pirates. Here's hoping that, just as we had a 5-game losing streak, the Cards are just starting their losing streak!

  87. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    DC Wonk, lets hope!

  88. A DC Wonk - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    JayB said…Yea Davey sure knows how to keep em lose and focused…..These guys need kick in Ass in the worst way. They are embarrassing to watch and telling jokes in a team meeting is not getting it done!Hey, JayB, where'd ya' go?Davey's some inexperienced manager, eh?

  89. Gonat - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Hard to believe after getting No-hit for 3 innings the 1-6 batters then got to work and put together 2 hits each for a total of 12.

  90. A DC Wonk - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Gonat said…DC Wonk, lets hope!Indeed. Cards lost 5-0 to the Pirates tonight, and 9-0 to them last night.So, let's hope it's the beginning of a cold spell for their hitters.(After all, they are going to throw a 14-game winner at us, followed by two 13-game winners)

  91. A DC Wonk - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Gonat said…Hard to believe after getting No-hit for 3 innings the 1-6 batters then got to work and put together 2 hits each for a total of 12.In part, I'm guessing, a case of: "we've never seen this guy before", so, the second time through the lineup he was more familiar. Hitters made adjustments and pitcher (age 21, I think) didn't.

  92. BigCat - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Huge win for the Nats. The Kid put us on his back. Love his intensity, love his competitiveness. Heard Riz on the radio today and he was saying that Harper needs to play "every damn day"….cause we are a much better team with him in our lineup…..and he's rightManassas Nats Fan……how many complete games do our pitchers have this year?

  93. Maurymania - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Last night I criticized the trolls and said we would be back up by 6 games in a week and all would be well in Nats Town again. Well, maybe tomorrow night! You don't play .600 ball for 5 months and then play .400 ball, you just don't. For perspective, the Braves could go 20-11 and we go a sub-par 17-16 and we STILL take the division. Chew on that. Back under your rocks trolls. BELIEVE!

  94. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Edwin Jackson complete game vs. Reds and Gio vs. Houston after the two exes inning game. Total 2

  95. mick - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:49 AM

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  96. mick - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Well, I think I called it right today… I said Nats would have a big night and it would be a long night for OzzieDrew Storen was spectacular and saved the Nats… I'm little bothered that Zim did not make that play at 3rd, he should have stopped the ball and that could have been costly.overall, i knew the boys would play well tonight

  97. JayB - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Went to bed…I am still here and I still feel that Davey and this team would be more effective if he stopped telling them how great they were and rather gave them the honest feed back…..they have lost focus and are not giving it 100% on the field. You can see that in ground balls they are no longer running out. You can see it in field and on the base paths. Did they win….yes…because Harper woke them up. Not Davey. Ian D and Harper have heart and fire……anyone else?

  98. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Did anybody else note the savy veteran move by Carlos Lee on his line out sac fly in the 8th?Did you see how he laid his bat about 3' on to the grass in front of home plate as an obstacle to the throw to the plate?It didn't interfere but it wasn't for trying.

  99. NatsNut - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    [raises hand]NatsJack in Florida said…I really think there are a whole lot of Nats fans that do not know how to react to a team 26 games over .500.

  100. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Ahhh, that was nice. The Nats won (#rally birthday kid) and the Bravos lost. Druuuu looked good, the Zuk-man went yard, and, oh yeah, so did Bryce, a couple of times (and got tossed but he'd already had himself a pretty good game by then). Guess that the old man could sleep pretty good last night. Yeah, I slept pretty good myself. :-)

  101. BigCat - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Nats Jack….good eye on Lee. Only an old catcher would see that

  102. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Thanks, Michele. Yes, it was a joke. Not big into either pointy-ball or p.c. lectures. :-)MicheleS said… SWM.. definitley a joke (1a doesn't no pointy ball sport). I like twice baked with lots of cheese. August 29, 2012 6:29 PM Secret wasian man said… Natsfan1a, very funny. I hope it was a joke and not a politically correct lecture. I prefer mashed BTW August 29, 2012 6:25 PM

  103. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Excellent call. Had my first sample on this summer's CA trip. Good stuff. :-)MicheleS said… Manassas.. I like Diet Dr Pepper… August 29, 2012 7:40 PM

  104. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    So, like pop-up art?My goodness the first time through line up was Warhol.

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