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Instant analysis: Nats 7, Marlins 6 (10)

Sep 8, 2012, 11:01 PM EST

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A major storm system struck Nationals Park before the bottom of the ninth.

Game in a nutshell: The day began with official news from Davey Johnson that Stephen Strasburg is being shut down now for the remainder of the season, putting a damper on everyone's mood. Things remained sour when the game began with Ross Detwiler serving up a home run to Marlins leadoff man Gorkys Hernandez, then another to Giancarlo Stanton. Some bad defense and some bad umpiring left everyone in a foul mood, but then Ozzie Guillen handed over a three-run lead to the Miami bullpen, and suddenly this became a game again. The Nats rallied to score twice in the bottom of the eighth, cutting the deficit to 6-5. Then just as the bottom of the ninth was about to begin, a massive storm system swept through the area, sent fans scurrying for the concourse and delayed the conclusion of the game. Finally, after 2 hours and 33 minutes, the bottom of the ninth resumed. With a bang. Jayson Werth crushed a 3-2 fastball from Heath Bell into the Red Porch for the game-tying homer, ultimately forcingRead more »

  1. MicheleS - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    woooooooooo hooooooooo!!! 86 wins! That is what I thought we would have for the entire year!!! This is SO GREAT!

  2. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Clip then Storen. Like the good old days. Did drew get the win?

  3. dabassguy1 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I guessed 88 wins and I thought I was going out on the limb.As so often happens, I was wrong. And I'm loving it.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Another signature win. It was gut check time and Werth stepped up.Congrats to Corey Brown!

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    This team has "it". You can't define "it". You just know "it."

  6. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM


  7. Secret wasian man - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    And Ghost I luv IT

  8. rabbit34 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    This season is ending just the way I thought it would!

  9. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I have over-used the word " unbelievable" this season. Vocabulary challenged at this point. Surreal? I watched – I really did, but it had a dream-like quality. Once Corey Brown got up with only one out, I knew we had a chance because he can hit the ball into the air and the outfield had been vacated. How about ALR taking the extra base and sliding head first? Did you ever think you would see that? Talk about all – in!

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    when Mark tweeted abour the rain delay and the delema with Heath Bell coming in , I amswered that the game was over.As I was leaving the bar my idiot Dodger fan friend hollered that I how lucky the Nats are in their come from behind winsAll I could say was "Oh well".

  11. Positively Half St. - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I don't know, honestly, if I would have stayed very long once that rain delay started, but I certainly was tuned in at home so I wouldn't miss the end. What a pleasure to follow a season when the 9th inning comeback was so plausible that I just had to hear it.I admit I was ready to mope about the Braves getting to within 5 1/2, even though it likely would have meant little. Instead, the Braves' pounding of the Mets is of much less consequence, because they have to see their position in the standings stagnate.+1/2St.

  12. baseballswami - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    I really thought they were going to call the game. My phone was in another room and I had no idea they restarted. Happened to check just after Werth's homer and watched the rest. Impressed with Drew today. Did you notice that the first guys to get to Brown were his syracuse teammates? Moore and Lombo were going nuts!

  13. Jim Webster - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Wish we had stayed with the hardy 300.

  14. Dave - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Has anybody said how long Werth's homer was? I missed getting the ball by about eight feet, beat out to it by a much younger and more agile fan. I slipped and fell on the way, and got a green card from the usher. So I am now officially somebody.It hit on the TABLE level of the Red Porch, the terrace above where the seats with the small red tables are. It was a blast.I was slow on the jump because I thought it was going to the batter's eye. I am eager to see the replay on TV and see myself as the doofy middle-aged geezer trying to race a 10-year-old for a baseball.

  15. baseballswami - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    I will definitely be watching the replay again just to see you , Dave. I was kind of looking at other things the last time!

  16. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    That's always puzzled me, "on the horns of a dilemma." Di-lemma. Greek. Isn't that redundant, "horns of a dilemma"?I'm done. GYFNG.

  17. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Dave, you are my new hero here. What are you doing tomorrow morning? I need a left fielder.

  18. SonnyG10 - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Dang, I taped the game but then deleted it, so I won't be able to see you, Dave.

  19. Dave - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Look for a late-50s guy with a red BP cap, glasses, red T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, black sandals, skinned left shin, and no baseball in his hand. That will be me.

  20. Dave - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Replay, SonnyG. I just set my DVR a couple minutes ago.

  21. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    meaning the Nats are out of the play offs when the Dodgers leave town 2nd rate troll rabbitt?

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Sonny MASN replaying game at 1130

  23. Dave - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Oops. I'm actually the doofy middle-aged guy in the white poncho left of the aisle across from where the ball landed. I stand there like a tree while those two kids jump across that railing like cats to go for that ball. Fortunately, when I slipped and fell going for it I was off-camera! LOL

  24. Anna Peregrina - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Hitterish, here's a good quote on "horns of a dilemma" from "World Wide Words": The original dilemma in rhetoric was a device by which you presented your opponent with two alternatives; it didn’t matter which one he chose to respond to — either way he lost the argument. When you did this to your opponent you were said to present two horns to him, as of a bull, on either of which he might be impaled. As the scholar Nicholas Udall said in a translation of a work by Erasmus in 1548, it didn’t matter to which of the two points a person made a direct answer, either way he would run on to the sharp point of the horn.–annapmagistra, Latin maven

  25. waddu eye no - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    another "famous dave."some have greatness thrust upon them





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