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Instant analysis: Braves 5, Nats 4

Sep 15, 2012, 11:28 PM EDT

Associated Press photo
Adam LaRoche watches his 30th homer of the season sail into the stands.

Game in a nutshell: Less than 24 hours after a nip-and-tuck, tense ballgame to open this series, the two division rivals did it again, only this time with a bit of controversy thrown in for good measure. The Nationals jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to Adam LaRoche's 30th homer and some horribly sloppy Atlanta defense, but then gave all four runs back. Three of them were officially charged to Edwin Jackson; the other might as well have been charged to Marvin Hudson. The first base umpire blew a call on what appeared to be a routine 1-3 groundout, saying LaRoche's foot came off the bag. LaRoche protested, as did Davey Johnson, who earned his first ejection of the season. Moments later, Jason Heyward belted the game-tying home run, leaving this one knotted 4-4 heading into the late innings. That's when the Nationals bullpen imploded, with Ryan Mattheus issuing two walks to load the bases in the eighth and then grazing Andrelton Simmons with a 2-2 fastball to force across the go-ahead run. Craig Kimbrel then finished it off for another save, stranding the tying run on third base, sending the Nats to their second straight 1-run loss and dropping their lead in the NL East to 6 1/2 games.

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  1. Timothy Folk - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    2nd time Davey lost his cool this year.. Not cool.. Mattheus really screwed us. You gotta pitch lights out from now on to make up for it! #GYFNG

  2. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Marietta-native Marvin Hudson with the key call favoring the Braves. I bet he isn't buying any drinks in Atlanta for a while….

  3. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Davey got thrown out on purpose. Anyone who thinks any manager gets thrown out of a game without intending to is sadly wrong. They don't change calls based upon arguing. It is a quaint WWF feature of MLB.

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    I want a full accounting on why Marty Foster allowed Marvin Hudson's call stand. He had the perfect angle to go tell Hudson that he was wrong. To me that is just as bad as the one who screwed up. Maybe EJax shiuld have buckled up but I blame the ump for being incompatant.

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    In case one doesnt know the quest. To Hudson why didnt you ask Foster to verify the call.Question to Foster, Why did you not go help.Thanks in advance.

  6. alohadawg - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I don't know how anyone with an ounce of competitive spirit could see the blown call in the bottom of the 6th and not advocate for expanded replay. Nats didn't do much to help themselves from then on, but that one impacted the momentum and ultimately the outcome of the game. MLB needs to do right by its fans!

  7. baseballswami - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Time to panic yet? I know, I know – legion of doom and all that. But some of the guys are looking a bit shaky. You can't tell me that they are entirely immune to the nerves. Still a good lead and a nice win total, but need to settle down a tad bit.

  8. original Nats Fan - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    and guess who gets the plate for Geo tomorrow night?that's right, Marvin HudsonI think Hudson refused to ask for the plate ump's opinion, which is why Davey went ballistic, not that I blame him. Our young guys are showing their lack of playoff experience, but Ejax should have better composure.

  9. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    A frustrating loss, indeed.It looked to me like Davey was asking the 1B ump to check with the HP ump, but the request was refused. That said, my understanding, and perhaps Mark can correct me if I'm wrong, is that umpires do not make themselves available to the press for postgame questioning.

  10. Secret wasian man - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Game was lost when Edwin gave up the two run shot. This team is not playing well. You win with pitching. Right the pitching especially bullpen is not good. If we get swept we have a race in the east. Need to win tomorrow.

  11. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    I already commented on a prior thread, but I agree with those who find it neither constructive nor helpful to label folks as members of the Legion of Doom or to imply that they are ignorant because one does not agree with their reaction to the game.

  12. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Ah, I see that Original Nats Fan and I were typing at the same time, with similar ump-related conclusions. I'd buy you a Coke, but I'm not positively inclined towards anything Atlanta-related at the moment. :-)

  13. Secret wasian man - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Swami. Yes a small panic should be felt. A chance to put o foot on the braves throat and choke them. Instead we are the ones choking.

  14. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Oh, and on another commenter note, reposting this:Speaking of feedback on comments, I would like to applaud Manassas for the clarity of his posts today. Thanks for killing the auto-correct, which I believe you mentioned doing in a previous thread. It's much easier to understand what you're saying now.

  15. Swift Eagle - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    natfan1aI hear you, I was responding to criticism of Espi that was out of line "who does he have pictures of"…Everyone is entitled to be a critic, but when they go that far, they deserve to get some of that back..

  16. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Thanks, Swift Eagle. I'm not a fan of the "who does he have pictures of" approach, either, but I also wish we could all just get along. :-)

  17. 89e5c620-ff94-11e1-839f-000bcdcb2996 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Does anyone know what the Nats' record is when they play on national TV this year? I feel like when Fox or ESPN show up that the hitting gets weaker. Are thay trying to show off for the cameras? I'm not sure – just asking for data.

  18. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Thanks.Mark told me lsst year a pool reporter can talk to umps. I waiting report from pool reporter as Mark can get info from him/her.MLB covers up incompetancy. If player makes a mistake a reporter is all over him. Why should MLB from explaining their errors. If they are good we don't. notice them.I knew as soon as Atlanta's own Hudson made that call Heyward wood homer. EJax lost focus. But not me I am focued on the upcoming report

  19. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Thanks, Manassas. I didn't know that. Does seem like it's an exception when an ump admits erring, as Jim Joyce did with Galarraga's "near-perfect" game.Mark told me lsst year a pool reporter can talk to umps.

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I like Jim Joyce. Very few mistakes. Admitted mistake and ask forgiveness Ii gave it to him as a fansOne Timmens and Buckner and Diez when presented evidence denied mistske I believe need to go.Mistakes happen. Apologize and we all can move on.Deny them I know you are in the wrong professiin.

  21. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    I like him, too, and I'm pretty sure he tends to rank up there as a "good ump" in player polls. He made the news again this summer after performing CPR on someone at a Diamondbacks game.We all make mistakes, as you note.

  22. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Anyhoo, off the grid for me now. :-)

  23. Theophilus T. S. - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Any chance Rizzo will DFA Jackson/trade him to the Yankees before Johnson is tempted to start him in a playoff game?

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    75 Minutes and waiting oool report not on mlb.com either

  25. NatsLady - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Who was worried about the Fillies???? LOL their fielding!

  26. NatsLady - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Headline in Atlanta: "Braves win on a hit jersey, er, hit batter."

  27. SonnyG10 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    I was angry with the first base ump also, but I knew we were in trouble when Edwin couldn't control his anger. Pitchers make mistakes when they get too angry. So now half my anger is for Edwin for not collecting himself and letting go. Does anyone remember Camilo Pasqual, a great pitcher for the old Washington Senators? He was susceptible to getting angry and opposing managers used to try to bait him to get him mad. I remember watching a Senator's game on TV and Camilo was pitching. The opposing manager went to the umpire and asked him to check Camilo's glove for a foreign substance. The ump did, and Camilo handed the ump his glove and his hat for the ump to check, but he also went into a rage. The announcers stated the opponenets did it on purpose to get Camilo so mad he couldn't pitch and thats exactly what happened.

  28. Michael J. Hayde - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    natsfan1a said… It looked to me like Davey was asking the 1B ump to check with the HP ump, but the request was refused. ******Agreed, natsfan. Davey was pointing at home plate and appeared to be requesting what you suggest, but Marvin Hudson clearly said, "I am not going to do that." Looked like they had that exchange at least twice more, and it was growing heated. Finally, Davey called Hudson out with "BULL***!" and that ended his day.

  29. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Pascual was the first player I remember.still waiting for pool report

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Michael….. If I was Davey I would have gone to the plate to start with. He obviisly saw unless he is blind. He should stepped any way. He had no integrity.

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