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Game 149: Dodgers at Nats

Sep 20, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler tries to lead the Nats to a playoff clincher tonight against the Dodgers.

It didn't happen last night, though the Nationals certainly made a spirited attempt to rally from six runs down, stun the Dodgers and clinch a playoff berth. So they'll make another attempt tonight, trying to win the series finale against Los Angeles and in the process guarantee they can finish with no worse than the NL's fifth-best record (which is good enough to get into the one-game Wild Card playoff).

Ross Detwiler will be the man on the mound for Davey Johnson, and he's actually been the Nationals' most effective (and consistent) starter during the season's second half (posting a 2.86 ERA in 12 outings). Detwiler certainly appears to be peaking at the right time, because he's going to be needed to pitch several more big games before this season ends.

Fellow lefty Chris Capuano gets the start for Los Angeles, facing the full regular Nats lineup (including Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa).

Updates to come…

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), ESPN Radio, XM 89
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (90-58)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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163 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Hanley wants to be the only star on the Dodgers team. He put his strategy in action yesterday:http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1404047/Picture_1.pngGo Nats!!!

  2. Doc - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    If I were at the game to-night, I'd have a few signs for what passes for a MLB ump, most notably Alan Porter.A man without shame, obviously!

  3. baseballswami - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I was just catching up on the previous threads from the day. I agree with JD that this is a very uncomfortable time. Watching Philly, Boston and Atlanta implode last year left me with the heebie- jeebies. This last set of series seems like mount everest. Every little thing that goes awry seems magnified. What I have to do is focus on the outstanding year the Nats have had, how many great things have happened this season and how the Nats have turned everyone's heads. Then – whatever happens, happens. During this last week we have lost at least 3 one-run games on bad umpiring and errors. That does not sit well with me. Hoping the regulars play a good game tonight.

  4. Feel Wood - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    If the Nats had cojones, Teddy would cross the finish line first in tonight's Presidents Race. Then he would be declared the loser because Ryan Zimmerman tagged out George, Tom and Abe before he crossed the line.

  5. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Swami, I think that this is the reason we are all so pissed about the blown calls lately. The team is busting it's tail to get over the hump; most of the regulars are hurt or worn out and to lose games because the umps are lazy and/or not paying attention is really hard to take.

  6. Steady Eddie - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Feel Wood — love it! Sadly, won't happen, for the same reason they never replay close calls on the telescreen.Doc — Hope everyone sitting on the third base side gives Porter a really hard time. And gutless Winters the crew chief too, behind HP (oh joy).Great lineup for the Nats, especially with RH Danny and His Cortisone Shot!

  7. PChuck - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    So we don't even get an acknowledgement of wrong?

  8. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Feel Wood, That's hilarious.

  9. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    PChuck, I imagine (I hope) the league raked the ump crew over the coals. They are probably not in the mood for introspection.

  10. do1teach1 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    The last few games have me worried about vulnerabilities as we face the playoffs.I have totally accepted that Davey Johnson is a Ph.D in baseball and I have a 9th grade education in the great game. However two things worry me:When I watched A-Gon steal second last night with Clippard pitching, I thought about close playoff games where not holding runners is a huge liability. Every team knows we don't hold runners. Big concern.Very concerned about disdain for bunting in DJ's philosophy. Setting all the bad umpiring aside, I think we could've won 2 of 3 in Atlanta if we'd bunted late in games with bases loaded or guys on third (flash Eury Perez in one case), and people like Espy and Shark at the plate–also very fast players who put pressure on the defense. Instead we racked up lots of K's and ran up too-large numbers of men left on base. If we lose winnable games down the stretch, or in the playoffs, I believe these two factors will be a big reason why.

  11. peric - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Very concerned about disdain for bunting in DJ's philosophy. Setting all the bad umpiring aside,Simple, with the "smart ball", small brain philosophy the Nats were always doomed to finish .500 or below.Davey doesn't believe in your philosophy do1teach1 because you lose!! And you lose opportunities when the bunt fails! That happens an awful lot. Speed not-withstanding. You give up lots of outs and help the opposing pitcher as a result. Smart ball == small brain and the proponent of that idea is now managing in AA.

  12. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    do1teach1, – I too am concerned about opposition teams stealing easily however your example is not a good one. They let A-Gon steal he was not the tying run and there were 2 outs in the 9th so his run was irrelevant; all teams allow this to happen. – There has been a great deal of study put into the effect of sacrificing vs. swinging away. It has been statistically proven that you will score more runs swinging away vs. giving away outs. As far as worrying about the playoffs; I am just focused on getting there. That in itself will color this season as a success. The playoffs are a crap shoot.

  13. baseballswami - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I was concerned in the Atlanta series because it seemed like our offense had become one-dimensional. Home run or nothing, basically. I was relieved to see some good situational hitting in yesterday's first game, though. Yes, the Nats have vulnerabilities. Every single team does – ours seem magnified right now because we are living and dying on every single pitch. We have strengths, too. We have good pitching — some of the guys have struggled recently, but then, look what happened to Beckett last night :) He was cruising and things changed in an instant. It happens. We have a great defense, a solid cast of back-ups and power throughout the line up. No one team has everything all the time. That being said – I think we are in line for some luck right now.

  14. MicheleS - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    NatsLady is the one who gets to be insufferable..IT'S CMW for Sunday start.

  15. MicheleS - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    And on the umpire:Chase Hughes‏@chasehughes Davey also said that umpire Alan Porter apologized to him during yesterday's game for his blown call. #Nats

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Yep, CMW starting Sunday.

  17. hiramhover - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    MicheleSSo NatsLady gets to be insufferable–and others will be too, just without permission?

  18. Melissa Rabey - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    At least the umpire was willing to apologize for his mistake, which is appreciated. But it would have been a lot nicer if he had gotten the call right, especially since it seemed to be an error of concentration more than anything else. I agree with Swami–some good luck would be nice right about now.

  19. Steady Eddie - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    swami @ 4;32 — well said!Heading for the game tonight and hope to see the Det we've come to love as the summer progressed, and that Capuano will continue his bad streak facing our potent lineup reasonably healthy and reunited. A powerhitting Morse makes everyone better as his high average includes a game-breaking threat once again, and maintains the opposing pitchers' tension working throughout the lineup (including a RH Danny Now With Cortisone!).GYFNG!

  20. MicheleS - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Hiram.. YUP! Can't stop the ones that don't have permission. But NatsLady get a special honor because she called it in the previous thread!

  21. Dryw Loves the Nats - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Swami, I agree with you. Honestly, if the Nats lose out the entire rest of the season, they've still improved by ten games for a third year in a row AND played meaningful September baseball. The fact that these two things no longer seem satisfying is a measure of exactly how far we've come, not how far we have to go.

  22. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    That comment from Davey about Porter apologizing during the game is interesting. When did Porter realize he screwed up?

  23. Section 222 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Two thoughts on the Dodgers' base stealing in the 9th yesterday. In both games yesterday, the Dodgers started the runner on first with two outs, but not with one out. It seemed to me that it is much more important to take that base with one out because otherwise the game could end on a double play. With two outs, our chances of getting the third out don't go down that much. I'm afraid I didn't notice whether the Nats' 1B was holding the runner with one out but not with 2 outs. Did anyone see that? On the other hand, while Ellis's potential run was irrelevant in the first game because we were up 3-1, AGon's run was certainly not. If he had scored, that would have put the Dodgers up by 2 runs rather than 1 going into the bottom of the 9th. And Clip threw a WP after that, moving him to 3rd. He came very close to digging us a deeper hole, not that it ended up mattering.I know they ruled that Gonzalez took second on defensive indifference, but I thought it was because he got such a huge jump that there was no chance to get him. That was on Clip, and the Nats definitely need to work on that. I sure hope we're not indifferent to a runner taking second late in the game when we're down by a run.

  24. do1teach1 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I know these are age-old debates, but a few questions:Statistically, does bunting for a hit have a lower probability of putting a ball in play than swinging for a hit?I'm not certain to be honest, but I thought the Nats attempted to throw out A-Gon stealing. If they didn't care if he got to second, why did they try to throw him out?If the batter singles and A-Gon scores from second, we're down two runs instead of one. JD you're saying teams don't care if they're down 2 runs or 1 run in the bottom of the 9th? Is the probability of scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th the same as scoring 1?

  25. hiramhover - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Ok, fingers crossed for CMW. At least this way, Stammen is available today or tomorrow, plus Sunday if long relief is needed.

  26. PChuck - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

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  27. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    do1teach1, I confused the 1st game with the 2nd game. In the 2nd game it was a legit steal but I am not sure Moore was holding the runner because you also don't want to leave a gaping hole in that situation.

  28. Knoxville Nat - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Small ball does not necessarily = small brain. I understand DJ is not a proponent of it and that is okay with me however other managers, including some very successful managers like HOF'er Whitey Herzog and Billy Martin, (two examples) were strong proponents of small ball when used at the right time.do1teach1 makes a good point and to make such a broad generalization otherwise is leaving one open to a lot of criticism.

  29. Section 222 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    NatsLady get a special honor because she called it in the previous thread!I'm all for special honors of insufferability, in which case Ghost gets one because he called it in the thread before the previous thread.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Feel Wood I like your Teddy thought.Been pondering this all day, and finally concluded that the game could be appealed. It was not a judgement call that Porter called the runner safe at all. (the call itself was), but the attention the umps gave to it was not judgement it was mal practice. Flores heard them all saying they thought the bases were loaded (which they were before the wild pitch). Thus it becomes not a judgement call as such to me as they had thrown judgement away and didn't watch it. Torre should then review it like they did the George Brett play and for the good baseball rule on the appeal.I know they would never win, but at least they would have to face Torre.I have to be at back to school tonight so I had to give my ticket up or I would have been there booing Porter and Winters as much as I could.I believe the next CBA between umpires and M:LB should include and mandatory appearance to a poll reporter when requested. Mike Winters is a real wimp like person for not even being man enough to face the press.How could Porter apologize during the game. Did he leave and go see a replay. If he was sure Kemp scored in the 4th, why before he saw the films would he change his mind. And if he changed his mind that would be what they call in basketball a correctable error. 2 or 3 points shots etc. Correct the error.

  31. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Apology need not be accepted. Do your job Porter and stay focused. Don't apologize after you have made a costly mistake caused by laziness. And that goes for the other 2 jokers as well. (Th 3rd base ump gets a pass because he had to concentrate on the tag play).

  32. natsfan1a - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Go, Det! Go, NATS!!Re. the ump: someone once told me to always accept three things: an apology, a breath mint, and, er, I forgot the other thing. :-)

  33. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Post of the day lock:Feel Wood said… If the Nats had cojones, Teddy would cross the finish line first in tonight's Presidents Race. Then he would be declared the loser because Ryan Zimmerman tagged out George, Tom and Abe before he crossed the line. Alan Porter, you have earned your way into this this infamous foresome: C.B. Bucknor, Balkin' Bob Davidson, Country "The Buffet is Half Price on Tuesdays" Joe West and Angel Hernandez.Figure out among yourselves which one didn't touch the plate in time, and call yourself out. Because heaven only knows, Alan Porter won't.

  34. baseballswami - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    CMW starting does not mean Stammen is not pitching. How long do you really think he can go? Sorry for being negative, but I hope Stammen is ready from the very beginning of the game and CMW is pulled immediately upon any shenanigans ensuing. I predict CMW for innings one and two, maybe and Stammen 2-6. They will actually both be starting as far as I am concerned. We just cannot afford any messing around with him at this point.

  35. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Swami, You have to consider the possibility that this is likely a really hard game for us to win in any event because none of the available solutions are very appealing; the trick is not to allow this one game to affect all the other games.

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Others on the umpire Wsll of shame. Laz Diaz and Tim Timmens and Marvin Hudson

  37. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Nancy Faust, the organist, once got tossed for playing "3 Blind Mice."

  38. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    OOOOH OOOH, that's it….Everybody sing "3 Blind Mice" at points throughout the game.

  39. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    All the players could change their walkup music to Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano songs.

  40. Scooter - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Okay, folks. I think Matt Kemp will ground out to first in hits first at-bat.If he does, how long do I get to be insufferable?

  41. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Scooter, starting from when?

  42. Section 222 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The Nats just sent out the email announcing the sale of playoff tix to the general public, tomorrow at 10 am. Only Tiebreaker, WC, and NLDS tickets are on sale tomorrow. But there is now a link (maybe it existed before, but I hadn't seen it) to the full list of prices for NLDS, NLCS, and World Series tix. Going to the World Series is going to cost a pretty penny. Read it and weep.

  43. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    You can go a little gloaty touchdown dance.

  44. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Deuces, you knew that already, right?

  45. Section 222 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Sec3. Indeed I did. And my bulging credit card balance knows it too.

  46. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    OK, just looked at the prices. It's actually less than I thought.

  47. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Means I'm probably going to have to hitchhike to Florida next year, but wth.

  48. SonnyG10 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I am confused about Porter's apology. Davey said in his postgame interview that when he complained about the call, Porter claimed he saw the play and the run counted. Did Porter have a change of heart and tell Davey later in the game that he blew the call? Davey didn't say that in his postgame (or I didn't hear him say it anyway). I would feel a little better about Porter if he fessed up.

  49. NatsLady - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    McCutchen is amazing. The Pirates might win a game. Just let them win against Atlanta, please.

  50. NatsLady - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Yeah, but I called it months ago. Said until I was blue in the face we hadn't seen the last of CMW…

  51. SonnyG10 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa said… All the players could change their walkup music to Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano songs. September 20, 2012 5:11 PM Now that is lol funny.

  52. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Sonny, He didn't even know he had to make a call of any kind until the Dodgers squawked. Then they all thought the bases were loaded (I am not sure why that matters) and then they all got an easy call wrong. Why does it matter that he apologized? pay attention and get the easy calls right; that's all you need to do.

  53. NatsLady - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    But, I promise not to go on an "I told you so extravaganza…"

  54. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Assuming we're a) not the wild card (heaven forbid) and b) we have the best record in the NL, if I'm reading the postseason schedule correctly, Nats will be home Wed-Thurs-Fri Oct. 10-11-12 (with obviously Games 4 and 5, if necessary).That is how you all are reading this thing, correct.And a word from a Mets fan who bought playoff tickets years ago to games that were never played, MLB does not refund service charges (which used to be $6 per ticket. I have no idea what they are now).But a little clarification on the possible first round home dates, please…

  55. baseballswami - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    JD — agreed that they can't sacrifice other games to tweak things for Sunday. But they also can't afford to let things get out of hand with our little pitching experiment gone awry. Stammen needs to be ready for some loooooong relief. I hope he doesn't have to be burned in the games leading up to it. Then we are looking at gas-can Gorzo and Zach Duke, who are lefties and they want a righty.

  56. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    If there's a real close play at any base or if the umps miss a trapped ball; any call that takes 2 or 3 replays to sort out then that's ok. We are all human and make mistakes but what happened last night wasn't close and was missed by laziness and lack of focus; that's inexcusable.

  57. Paul Parsons - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    According to Lavar and Dukes (106.7 FM), Alan Porter apologized to Davey last night

  58. baseballswami - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    And stop all the chicken counting before the proverbial hatching has occurred. You are making me nervous! I am not listening to you – LALALALALALALALALALALALA.

  59. NatsLady - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Get Andrea Bocelli to sing the National Anthem. All the players could change their walkup music to Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano songs. Blown call in Pirates/Brewers cost a run.

  60. Scooter - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Sec3: I was thinking, starting from about 39 years ago or so.

  61. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Re: apologies.I used to apologize all the time to my first wife. That didn't stop her from leaving me.Get the calls right, doofus, and know the rules.Or maybe you'd like to try your hand as an NFL replacement ref. You'd fight right in, Porter.

  62. JD - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Thank you sunshine !!

  63. Scooter - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Okay, my first and only comment on the umpire: it doesn't matter if they thought the bases were loaded, because Zimmerman didn't try for a force play.Carry on.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    I want to know what Porter is apologizing for?He said he saw the run scoremy question is apogizing for not telling the truth or for guessing wrong?Also why did Winters wimp out? Did he apologizing for not overuling Porter as letting a partner miss a call is just as bsd.Did Marvin Hudson apologize?

  65. hiramhover - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    The only thing worse than the umpires' blown call is the endless complaining about it.Ok, it's not really worse. But it is really tiresome.

  66. JaneB - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Hilarious, feelwood. I wish they would!I'm still mad at Alan Porter. I want to hear every syllable of his apology. Did he apologize to our guys? I have never wanted to win a game as much as I want these guys to win this one. Please, Det, be lights out. Nat Bats wake up. Umpires, pay some f-ing attention. Danny and Zimm, may your cortizone shots pay mega dividends.GYFNG! x1000

  67. NatsLady - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

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  68. baseballswami - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Oh – NatsLady – you are just so naughty for saying that! And for all of you non-Bocelli fans – he is blind. But I would truly love to hear him sing at NatsPark!! Heard him at Verizon Center last December – sheer bliss. He is amazing.

  69. natsfan1a - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Could also throw in some Doc Watson and Blind Lemon Jefferson for the sake of musical diversity.Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa said… All the players could change their walkup music to Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano songs. September 20, 2012 5:11 PM

  70. natsfan1a - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    But…but…you said it first! ;-)NatsLady said… But, I promise not to go on an "I told you so extravaganza…" September 20, 2012 5:34 PM

  71. natsfan1a - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    So this is kinda cool, imo. Remember Shawn Hill? No doubt Barry Svrluga remembers his sinker (sigh). Anyhoo, he was the winning pitcher in a World Baseball Classic qualifier that was called due to the mercy rule. (So they don't only do that in Little League? Who knew?) Good on you, Shawn. And hat tip to MLB Scoreboard.

  72. NCNatsie - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Recommendation for next CBA: Umpires should be required to hold a press conference after every game. Re playing 3 blind mice. Call me pedantic, but it would seem to raise the question which of the crew could actually see. The song used to be played at hockey games back when there were only 3 officials. It was played night after night when they first skated onto the ice at the start of the game.

  73. NatsLady - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Cincy got their x for clinching. I WANT ONE, TOO!!!!!! Go, Nats.

  74. Scooter - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Sunshine, I have it as October 10-11-12 too.

  75. Feel Wood - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    If the bases were loaded there would have been a force play at any base. Doesn't matter if a tag Is made instead of touching the base, it's still a force out.

  76. MicheleS - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Thank GOD I don't have MLB Network Tonight – it will be blacked out. Bill Ripken is on the call..no bias there at all.

  77. hiramhover - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    In umpire-unrelated newsFangraphs has found that Strasburg's change-up is the least hittable pitch in MLB–he threw over 400 of them this year, batters swung at about 1/2, and they totally whiffed more than half the time (54%).

  78. Feel Wood - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Any upper deck seat for the World Series goes for $135. I'm okay with that, since as a STH I was able to buy my IF Gallery seat for $100. Also, only $20 service charge for the whole postseason strip.

  79. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Sitting in my favorite place in the whole WORLD, right next to the RF fair pole in section 235 at Nats Park.GYFNG!!!!!

  80. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Now that is pitch efficiency AND swing and miss stuff. Way to go Ross

  81. Melissa Rabey - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Ross is doing just what the Nats needed tonight: dominant pitching. Here's hoping the offense can give him a couple of runs!

  82. Theophilus T. S. - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Have the blind character from Covert Affairs throw out the first pitch?

  83. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Thanks, Scooter. Doing my calendar planning.Looks like standing room for me…Anybody got an ideas for SRO? The Red Porch? Those little openings in the upper deck? Or somewhere in the infield behind Rows YY?At Camden Yards, the SRO area is pretty clearly defined by the warehouse. How have the Nats handled it during the Red Sox and Yankees series?

  84. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    NCNatsie, re 3-out-of-4 Blind Mice–we're cutting the third base ump a break, he was doing HIS job.

  85. Section 222 - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    NatsJack- I'm going to make a trip over to 235 in the late innings to say hello. What row and seat number?

  86. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    SO there's a group at the park tonight from the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. So maybe the Stevie Wonder thing would have been a bit much.

  87. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    But they are wearing tee shirts that say "We knew the bases weren't loaded."

  88. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    ALR makes it look easy AGAIN….A great play

  89. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Serious jammage – and another trip to the fridge ensues…

  90. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    ROFL Sofa!

  91. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    How about when Porter is announced, they play "It's Written All Over Your Face" by Ronnie Milsap?

  92. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Great sliding stop by Zuki!

  93. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Does "Severe Jammage" warrant a beer?

  94. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM

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  95. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… NatsJack, they needed to take 2 of 3 from the Braves and 2 of 3 from the Reds and they did that. Its a huge longshot for the Phillies but 2 weeks from now you will see that they will be at 77-73 or 76-74 as they are playing like a team that is playing with confidence and urgency. Its that last 12 games that will be tough. You just never know. I could see them facing in the last series against the Nats pitchers like Wang and Duke. September 06, 2012 10:36 AM NatsJack, in an hour and a half, the Phillies will be at exactly 76-74 unless they blow their 8-1 lead.

  96. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    It wasn't deja vu to last night's game as Detwiler got Adrian Gonzalez with 2 on and 2 out and Lannan couldn't.Detwiler made some nice pitches when needed. I also like that McCatty came out to settle him down as McCatty didn't at that point last night.

  97. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Ghost…..I understand. But they're still chasing down the Braves, Cards, Brewers and Dodgers.That takes alot of effort.

  98. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Passing on a hill can be rough.

  99. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    @ehay:As founding director of the Bob Carpenter Drinking Game, anytime Our Hero says "serious jammage" it's time to reach for the adult beverage of your choice.So does:"Good take by (Fill in player's name)""How far is that one going to go? (usually for routine flyouts that don't reach the warning track).Every serious boo-boo (like the night they cut to commercial with a canned shot of the Kennedy Center and Bob opined, "Great night for anybody going to the Lincoln Center."Non-verbal reasons. When FP is talking during the pre-game and Bob turns to the camera, bites down on his lips and gives us that All Knowing Head Bob.As always, no drinking and driving. Ever.

  100. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    @NatsJack: YOUR MAN IS ON THE MOUND!!!!Welcome to Washington, my friend.

  101. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    NatsJack, those 3 losses to Houston will cost them. Cardinals not losing to the cellar dwellers.I predicted exactly where the Phillies would be and that they would be back in the race. I expected the Cardinals to be 79-71 at this point and they are 1 game ahead if that pace. Cardinals have the best path to the second Wild Card.

  102. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Dang – Zimm is amazing

  103. Gonat - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    NatsJack, maybe drinks tomorrow night after the game. We won't pop champagne, only beers!

  104. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Sunshine, what do I get for "Target is in."?Maybe peanuts.

  105. Gonat - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    You missed Gio's birthday party last night downtown.

  106. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Exactly how many times to the Reds get to play the Cubs?? 20? 30?….They have 45 wins against teams in the crappy NL Central…

  107. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    I'm liking this Garcia kid.

  108. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Anyone for Justin's on Saturday? I have tix for that game. Might even finagle a ticket for tomorrow. Awesome times.

  109. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    CiGar is plain nasty. As I said last month, someone would impress in September to get a spot in October. CiGar is making the best case!

  110. PFB Balls of Fire - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    I think I need to purchase a Garcia jersey. Did you see his smirk after the wicked change up?

  111. mick - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa said…I'm liking this Garcia kid.I think he is a BEAST, I love it!!!Well NI gang, 6 outs and then something special!!!

  112. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    There's a lot of blue in that 30,000+.

  113. mick - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Natsjack…. you called it baby with Garcia KUDOS!!!!

  114. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Sofa, if we played the Cubs 18 times/year, we would get an instant 15 games in the win column!

  115. Gonat - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… CiGar is plain nasty. As I said last month, someone would impress in September to get a spot in October. CiGar is making the best case! September 20, 2012 9:17 PM ____________________________CiGar? Is that Christian Garcia's nickname?NatsJack did have the scoop on him. I never heard of the guy. Best add of all the Sept callups.

  116. mick - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    So I guess Perry is not ready to start? I was thinking Peric was on to something

  117. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    OK, as long as we're calling things…Steve Lombardozzi will be the guy who hits the Aaron F. Boone/Bucky F. Dent home run.I plan to be insufferable all winter, if I get this. Why stop, I figure.

  118. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Can Harper go "oppo-boppo on Paco?" (tm Mark Z.)

  119. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Does Rocco Baldelli have a home run off this guy? A Rocco taco off Paco?

  120. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM

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  121. hiramhover - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    10 days ago, with 21 games left to play, the Phillies were 5 games out of the 2d WC slot, behind 4 other teams. Today, with 13 games left, they're still 4.5 games back, and behind 3 other teams. It just ain't happening.

  122. PFB Balls of Fire - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Bucky F. Dent. Yeah baby! Anyone else miss Kojak?

  123. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Kudos to FP for predicting the steal by Werth.

  124. Section 222 - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    So with Mattheus on for the 8th, I guess we'll see Druuuu for the save.

  125. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    PFB – who loves ya, baby?

  126. Gonat - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    mick said… So I guess Perry is not ready to start? I was thinking Peric was on to something September 20, 2012 9:20 PM ____________________________________Didn't Ryan Perry go home?

  127. Gonat - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Mattheus needs to have a good inning here to get back on it.

  128. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    3 more outs and we get our X

  129. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Victorino with one of those at-bats as if he has a plane to catch.Mattheus with a good inning.

  130. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Swift – as a guy, I'm rooting for a Y, just sayin….

  131. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Swift, very true! X marks the spot.

  132. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Right on! I want the Z! If the Reds would ever lose!Playing Games 1 and 2 @San Fran sounds a lot tougher than @Atl or @StLSan Fran fans are the Cameron Crazies of MLB…tough place to win

  133. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    I have to tell you, I'm getting excited!

  134. Joe Seamhead - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    I know it isn't the final destination, but we are three freakin' outs away from the first baseball playoff for a Washington baseball team since 1933!

  135. MicheleS - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Got home from the wine tasting just in time! Celebrating already! Come on boys bring it home! Garcia has "Simba"on his mitt anyone know why?

  136. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    That K pitch to Morse is where Clippard has to be.

  137. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Yes Joe, it's pretty cool. But remember these aren't your father's playoffs. Heck, they aren't even your one-year-old son's/daughter's playoffs!

  138. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Maybe Garcia is a big Lion King fan?

  139. MicheleS - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU is coming in!

  140. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Oh My, Drew brought the Big Boy Slider tonight…

  141. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    I love me some Druuuuuuu! Take a seat Kemp!

  142. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Paint! 1 Out

  143. NatsNut - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Wish I was there!

  144. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Introducing your Washington Nationals playoff closer: DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!

  145. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM

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  146. MicheleS - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    CRUSH HANLEY DRUUUUUUUUU!!!!

  147. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Hanley, you're going down, pal.

  148. RickH - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    YES!!!!!!

  149. NatsFan05 - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Drew is MONEY tonight…

  150. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    We're in!!!Now let's win the whole damn thing.

  151. ehay2k - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    In sort of remember now why Store was a closer – he is just damn good at it. Congrats fellow NI imaginary friends – we are in the playoffs!

  152. NatsNut - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    OMFG!!!!!!!

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Playoffs

  154. MicheleS - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    This is just the best!

  155. NatsNut - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Postseason, Postseason, Postseason, Postseason!!!!!!!

  156. RickH - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    HIS – TOE – REE!!!

  157. MicheleS - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    I want that PLAYOFF Shirt that Ian has on!

  158. Swift Eagle - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    A moment of silence for the Legion of Doom…..Now get me one of those T-Shirts and Hats

  159. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Zimm just called this a "pre-party."Perfect.Darn, those UVa. guys are smart.

  160. MicheleS - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    I am getting a little misty!

  161. Smatt1001 - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Can't wait to be there in October!!

  162. djinFl. - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Wow, what a great season we've had so far.Lets get the next step done and win this division.

  163. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    I know this is the appetizer, and I know there's more to come. And yet, there I sat in front of the tv set, with a silly grin on my face and tears streaming from my eyes. Atta way, Nats! I love you all. <3

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