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Game 155: Nats at Phillies

Sep 26, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan tries to pitch the Nationals to a rare win at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILADELPHIA — What is it about the Philadelphia Phillies that brings out the worst in the Nationals? Well, there's the obvious answer: The Phillies have been a really good team for the better part of the last six years. But there also seems to be something about this opponent, and especially this ballpark, that continues to haunt the Nationals.

Yes, they posted a winning record at Citizens Bank Park last season, thanks entirely to a four-game September sweep after Philadelphia had already clinched the NL East. Over the last six seasons combined, though, the Nats are 16-33 here, 36-67 overall against the Phillies. They've lost four straight here entering tonight's game.

Which puts the pressure squarely on John Lannan's shoulders. The problem: Lannan is 1-5 with a 7.06 ERA in seven career starts in this ballpark, the lone victory coming last year. He'll need to overcome that demon if he's going to help his team get back on track tonight.

Lannan won't have one regular behind him in the field. Danny Espinosa is not in the Nationals lineup, replaced by Steve Lombardozzi. We'll have to find out whether this is related to his lingering shoulder injury or something else.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, ESPN (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Chance of storms, 74 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (93-61)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I'd say Lannan was great tonight. Not really fair to say he didn't make it out of the 6th. Davey hooked him for the matchup. And he certainly isn't responsible for that second run. Credit where credit is due.

  2. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Mick — I had my doubts too — Lannan was only at 77 pitches and was in control except for the 4th, which he escaped with only a run — but shouldn't be doubting Davey by now. I doubt Lombo would have been able to make that turn and throw to get the DP in time.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    222. The week that Ray filled in for FP was torture for many of us.

  4. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    maybe 3 run lead is enough

  5. JaneB - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    If I knew how to post it, I would post a link from yesterrday's Wall Street Journal. They did a study of what announcing teams were most in the tank for the home team. White Sox ranked first. We ranked ninth the NY teams were at the bottom…too. Ich risk of offending people, apparently, I like that these busy root for our guys. I think it helps grow fans, becaue it makes them speak about little things they notice in our guys. In other news, our failure to make hay when we get to the bullpen is just odd. I get the September call up thing but still.

  6. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    No lead safe in CBP…the ball flies…This will still be a nail biter..Buckle Up

  7. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Agreed, Eddie, Lombo very doubtful to make that turn and throw. I agree with sec222 about Lannan having a great start. I mean really, he's had what, 4 starts this year, and holds the Phillies to 2 runs?

  8. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Lannan's defense helped him and hurt him. Suzuki error plus the Bryce mis-read in CF cost him an earned run.

  9. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    BTW.. I take back all the horrible nasty curses I said at John during the Dodgers start (the folks in the 200's heard them). That was quite a start for John, since Zuk brain farted the first run, and that 2nd run shouldn't have scored either.

  10. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Great job by Lannan, only the 1 walk, forced the Phils to earn their way on, and kept it in the park…That's outstanding against this lineup in that Park

  11. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Swift it is hard to believe that Phils are only 500 at home

  12. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Marlins utterly useless.

  13. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    I'm just never going to get used to that Frankenstein Throw from Ryan…Just so strange looking from such a great player

  14. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    This is a story of again seeing the Nats offense get some runs then sleep the rest of the game. Should've blown this open against the Phools.

  15. hiramhover - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Sec 222Calling that "great" is the soft bigotry of low expectations (to quote a former major league managing partner/fan boy). Lannan put men on base in 4 of 6 innings. Yes, the defense let him down a few times, but that's the risk you take when you're a pitcher who can't notch many Ks and have to rely more heavily on the defense behind you. If he wasn't starting to walk the tightrope again in the 6th (with that lead-off walk), Davey might have left him in.So, not great, but good–certainly good enough for what the Nats needed.

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    20.1 Innings with no run vs. their bullpen.this series 9 IP 1 hit 9 0 Uns What is the problem.

  17. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    cmon boys hang on please.

  18. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Exposremains said…Marlins utterly useless.imagine all the stories that will come out once the season is over, you talk about a blood letting in Miami, it will be like the night Michael gave the order to whack Johnny Olu and Hyman Roth, lol

  19. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I think I may have been on vacation that week JoeS, but I feel your pain. Let me be clear — I don't object to homerism. Virtually all team employed TV and radio announcers are homers. Just don't insult my intelligence by making it sound like our players can do no wrong. To listen to Carp and FP, every routine play by Zim is a webgem, every double play turned by Espi couldn't be made by any other second baseman. And ALR as MVP? He might not even be the MVP of this team (I'd give that honor to Desi.)

  20. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Thank Joe West for that HR to Jimmy Rollins. Misses on the 3 pitch which was clearly a strike.

  21. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    you cant just score in first innings and shut it down, these guys will come back.

  22. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Phils are a lot better than .500 since they got all their guys healthy…

  23. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Seamhead, Ray is a joy compared to that pet rock Bordick on the other MASN channel.

  24. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Swift…. good point

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Our 3 4 5 have not nbeen good enough.Also ump forces one right over the middle.Also ee were in position to blow ame wide ipen. Up 5-0 Men on first and secon mo outs. And Ian needed just a hit but instead all the positive mo dies with a double play.

  26. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I'd actually be in favor of some small ball the next couple ABs…Need to push across at least one more run somehow

  27. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    222 whoever administers the cortisone shots is our MVP.

  28. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    The Nats hit that damn railing again!! Just like ALR

  29. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    two run lead wont do it against the Phils. Not playing in that softball field. I hope Clipp not coming in. Looks like he is. Good night. Should have been a HR DAMN!!!

  30. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    On the Braves telecast, they are reporting that the Nats T-shirts saying NL East Champs are now available. And they are taking great offense. Anyone seen such T-shirts?

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Ardggg no homer instead a single. come on man

  32. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Zim smoked that ball. That's like a Fenway single.

  33. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    SWM.. Deep breathes buddy,deep breathes…or Bourbon and Maalox.

  34. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Isnt Filthadelphia the HOME of the chain link fence?

  35. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Hoping Morse can find his power stroke right now!

  36. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    This team just not doing it at crunch time. Gotta flip over to the Truman Show on AMC. TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO nervous.

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Get runs. We look pitifu hitting .shkw me he hitters I saw in first two innings. Why did those guys quit?

  38. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    A little worried about Clippard against the 2 lefties.

  39. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Marlins are going down meekly. 3-0, bottom of 8th.

  40. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Clippard comes in with Utley and Howard up? Guess he really is the 8th inning guy

  41. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Well, what say you fellow Insiders? Clippard in the 8th. Don't forget to breathe.

  42. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Before everyone gets all excited and thinks Clip has been demoted, this is exactly the kind of matchup move that Davey said he'd do — Clip's changeup is effective against lefties and Utley and Howard are up this inning.

  43. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Both double play balls were hit hard…It's not like they can steer it off the bat…All any hitter can do is try to hit the ball hard

  44. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Bourbon time

  45. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Lucky that pitch stayed in the Park…belt high FB down the middle…Yikes!

  46. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    man I hate that face Utley makes everytime he does something.

  47. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    OMG.. I am going to hyperventilate.. Someone get me the bourbon and Maalox

  48. Section 135 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Do I have to start my Morse rant again? His hand won't heal by grounding out every time. Poor choice Davey. Sit him down.

  49. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Eagle — 8th inning guy regardless of matchups? VERY nervous….

  50. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Utely was 1-9 v. Clipp and Howard is now 2-11…Davey's not making this up as he goes

  51. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    watch for utley stealing 3rd

  52. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    I agree 135. If I complain about morse he always gets a hit…so here we go :-)

  53. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Ugh..Another free 90 feet and a 3-0 count

  54. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    You have to bring in Burnett here.

  55. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    DJ looks mad.

  56. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Come on Clip. I really don't want to eat any more crow. A DP ball would be awfully nice here.

  57. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I guess that was a pitch around? But the lead run is now at the plate…Gulp

  58. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I can't watch….s$&@@

  59. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    This is playoff baseball. Don't need to worry about hurting feelings with a quick hook.

  60. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Tyler, you breathe. Come on,man!

  61. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    This just can't continue with Tyler Clippard.

  62. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    You're right Gonat, Clipp without his good change-up is just a sitting duck out there…

  63. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    WHY is clippard in there. Ughhhh gonna be another terrible loss. Need a DP.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I learn really dislike Clippard. He cant do anything Davey doesnt love.Maloox taken now

  65. rmoore446 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    I had to turn away from watching Clippard. Just couldn't take it.

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Please take him out

  67. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Needed that ball to be up. That reminds me of Kemp.Lead down to 1

  68. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    clippard has nothing left for the year.

  69. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    MY GOODNESS PPPPPPPplease

  70. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Take him out.

  71. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    take him out

  72. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Clippard shouldn't even be on the post-season squad.

  73. Gumbo in Gotham - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Major stress. Down to a one run game. Come on Clip, close out this inning!

  74. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Hard to believe Burnett is only now getting warmed up.

  75. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    This is Henry rodriquez stuff. Clippard is absolutely done. Once again Shame on Davey What is he thinking? I am really getting sick of this crap.

  76. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Out Plz! Ahhhh!!!

  77. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Here comes a wild pitch….

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    I am probably madder at Davey than. Cluppard has been awful in September yet he puts him where he can hurt us. This is not June's Clippard

  79. ExposedinDC - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Really finding it difficult to understand davey in this inning

  80. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    It is just like Henry.

  81. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Close to a home run.

  82. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    25 pitches in 1 inning!

  83. Gumbo in Gotham - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Got him! On to the ninth. Some insurance please Nats!

  84. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Ok, breathe Haha

  85. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    DAVEY DAVEY DAVEY. WHY OH WHY OH WHY

  86. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Blood pressure meds anyone?

  87. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    go to be out, but this was a bad inning.

  88. kyle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    (Exhales)

  89. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Ok, breathe in, breathe out. Thank you Clipp. You're not completely done yet.

  90. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    We need DRUUUUU Right Now!

  91. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Maybe the worse inning ever with only one run scored. It was very close to being a 2 homer inning for the Phils.

  92. Richard Moore - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Time for the hitters to go back to work for the Nats. How many games have we had where the team gets off to a nice lead and then goes quiet.

  93. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    the lack of timely hitting ticks me off as much as the bullpen. COME ON

  94. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Guys And Gals, Davey needs Clippard to get his confidence back. He's going to kill half of us trying, though.All right, please score an insurance run here.

  95. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Almost a 30 pitch inning! If his arm is worn out, that is why. Unfortunately, he let so many guys bat that we have to go through some of their core guys again.Well, either Storen gets it done or he doesn't. If Storen can't be like last yet, this isn't happening anyway.

  96. JaneB - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    That was just fine. We are stil, ahead. Desmond, Tracy, Zuke…I like our chances to get another run here,Man the Braves are killing me.

  97. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Get Him On, Get Him Over, Get Him IN

  98. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Kimbrel is beyond nasty. He struck out four Marlins in the top of the 9th. One of them reached first when McCann couldn't corral the slider that rang up the batter. Amazing. His K/9 is over 16!!

  99. Gumbo in Gotham - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Braves are on fire. Nothing the Nats can do about that though…the Nationals just need to take care of things on their end and it won't matter what the Braves do.

  100. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Any hit to the outfield….

  101. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    No doubt, Kimbrel is the best pitcher I've seen all year…They reported some of his Stats on MLB radio today..He's doing things NOBODY has ever done…almost 17 K's per 9! Hasn't given up 2 hits in 1 inning all year!

  102. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    When is the last time chad tracy did anything?

  103. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Too bad the Braves are wasting him as a reliever.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Damn Tracy just pull the ball. Why hit to shortstop. That is something stupid like Stairs would have done

  105. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    The Phils are trying pretty hard for a team that has no chance to make the post-season.

  106. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    This is agonizing. We are going to see what the Nats are made of here.

  107. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    This is the slowest pitcher I have ever seen.

  108. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    We'll take it!!!

  109. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    I take it back. Harper would have scored on that.

  110. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Danny is a lousy bunter, but I really want to see a squeeze here…Braves did it tonight…THis is a HUGE run

  111. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    How about a sack FLY? Danny Espi OH NO sa coming up.

  112. SCNatsFan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    C'mon Danny put the ball in play… and not on the ground to a middle infielder

  113. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    my first born child for a wild pitch

  114. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Just a Sac Fly PLEASE!

  115. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Espinosa earn your pay

  116. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    After all those 100 loss seasons and meaningless September games…This is Awesome!!

  117. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Yeah Werth!

  118. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    HAHAHA are you kidding Swift.\? Im ready to dial 911

  119. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Way to go Espinosa.

  120. SCNatsFan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    At least Danny knows why Davey is benching him

  121. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Can't even make contact when we need to

  122. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Probably not a good move by Werth to wake up the crowd like that…But funny

  123. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Espinoda really is clueless swing at strikes. When are demand he qiit swinging at balls. He is not helping team striking so much

  124. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Werth

  125. NatsNut - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!

  126. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Ha!!! F u Philly

  127. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Haha…Not too shabby…BOO This!

  128. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    SWEEETTTT!! I love Jayson!

  129. SCNatsFan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    God you know Werth is loving it

  130. NatsNut - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    LOL Swift!

  131. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    AHHHHHH HAHHHHHHHHH MAN I love sticking it to the PHILTHY FANS. FINISH IT BOYS.

  132. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Screw the Doom! Way to go Jayson!

  133. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    That was the best moment of the season!

  134. NatsLady - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Goood for you, Jayson!!!!! I hate the filthy fans, cheering when the pitch is up and in and almost hits him. They are sickos.

  135. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I'm bitter on Espinoza n morse…not a fan

  136. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I went bathroom. What did werth do to incite the crowd?

  137. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    And it's not even the playoffs yet! Greatest game ever invented…

  138. Drew - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Take THAT, you obnoxious blowhards!And break in a salad once in awhile.

  139. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Gonat at 4:03, you called it on Werth.

  140. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Morse is Mr. Hit into a Double Play, lately, but I am not bitter. I am sure he is trying.

  141. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Fake threw ball to crowd

  142. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    THIS is the moment he's been waiting for ever since May. THIS is what a seasoned vet does in the white heat of a pennant race.Jayson has just cemented his leadership of this team.

  143. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Can you even imagine how good that felt for Jayson?

  144. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Werth picked up a foul ball, faked throwing to a fan, and then tossed in the dugout…

  145. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Only if we hold on in the 9th willie o

  146. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Jayson woke up fans and himself.Espi hit the ball. Way too many Ks and most on pitches iut of the zone that makes it worse

  147. NatsLady - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Bout time for Bryce to figure out Bastardo.

  148. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    That is great stuff with Werth not throwing the ball to some kids who are Phillies fans and then putting it in their faces.

  149. waddu eye no - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Listening. Wish i could have seen that single, but sure heard the crowd get silenced. Heh heh

  150. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    AWesome thanks swift. Bunt here

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Good job Uncle Bryyce

  152. NatsLady - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    As, I said, about time Harper figured out Bastardo… :) :) :)

  153. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    All you people who criticize Harper and say he is disappointing–take that!

  154. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    AH yes, another Prudential Insurance Run…Good call NatsLady, Bryce just figured out that Bastardo…

  155. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Oh that was sweet. Werth and Harper, the two guys with the most reason to stick to Philly. Love it!!

  156. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    There went Storen's save. Lannan 4-0 for the Nats and has arguably won the 3 most important games of the season. I seem to recall some people saying we had no chance to win today.

  157. Secret wasian man - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEET Still nervous for the ninth in this little league park.

  158. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    NatsLady being psychic! Okay 4 run lead for DRUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

  159. Gumbo in Gotham - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Awesome inning! Great job Desi, Suzuki, Werth and Bryce! (especially Werth!)

  160. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Middle against pen is still a concern…but great form for post season with that 9th

  161. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    How great to have Werth and Harp get right in the faces of these repulsive Phans!I think with Gio against rookie Cloyd we have a fair-to-middling' chance to get that # down to 3 by Friday.

  162. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Werth may learn a few new words when he gets out to RF…They'll be booing him like he's Santa…nothing like Phila

  163. NatsNut - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    thank you boys. the knot in my stomach is unravelling a little.

  164. JaneB - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    That hit by Jayson was my single most favorite hit of the season. So far.

  165. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Werth did the same thing earlier when he caught the final out in an inning in RF. He faked like he was going to throw it to the OF stands, smiled at them, and then ran in with the ball. In your face,philth!

  166. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    The Legion of Doom can go back to hiding under their couches.

  167. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Oh Gonat! You poked! Haha

  168. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    I am still here.

  169. Scott Margenau - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Stores has his nasty back

  170. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Breathing better and it couldn't happen better with Jayson slamming the dagger in the 9th.DRUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!

  171. realdealnats - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Werth is great! Talk about poking the hornet's nest! And while he's batting, you can hear some Philly fan in the background, behind home plate screaming, "You can't do THAT to a kid." Jeez it sounded like a Lenny Bruce Fr. Flotsky routine. I think Werth has a little of the younger Clint Eastwood in him. How sweet to see him rip that single and then score on Bryce's triple. Nervous as we are, no one wants to run into the Nats in the post season.

  172. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Phillies radio announcers on 1210 AM saying "big deal, if a team is as bad as the Nats for 7 years straight, and they get the first pick every year, they should have some talent"–sour grapes, anyone? The Phillies are one of the worst franchises of all time, so maybe it is sour grapes and a pot call at the same time….

  173. NatsLady - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Clip taught Drew his changeup. (I read that, I didn't just make it up).

  174. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Druuuu is back!!!!!!!!

  175. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!YES! Magic number is 4!

  176. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Phillies' starter tonight had been pitching great and that is why they left him in for so long.

  177. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Ok, so the Magic Number is 4 with 7 left. And Gio is on the mound tomorrow. Are we feeling better now. We got this folks. Yes!!

  178. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Harper sets the National League record for home runs in one season by a teenager.

  179. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    I don't care what you say, this one's on Davey.Seriousy, they're killing us with all of this drama. I love it!

  180. JaneB - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Heart rate starting to return to normal. Ish.

  181. Section 3, My Sun Monster Sofa - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    I've been busy, did I miss anything?Watched from elsewhere, great game. FP is right, you gotta love this, all of it.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 82 18.0
Through Thursday's early games
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
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