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Game 155: Nats at Phillies

Sep 26, 2012, 7:42 PM EST

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. Scooter - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Lannan won't have one regular behind him in the field.Ha. I misinterpreted this. Scrolled down to lineups, expecting to see Moore in left, Dozer at short, Tracy at third …

  2. natsfan1a - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    No pressure, John-Boy, but we could use another curly w in the books. Nats bats, same to you. Oh, and Nats defense. That should about cover it. kaythxbai. :-)(Mark, Espi is still listed in the lineup below the narrative portion of your post.)

  3. Feel Wood - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Danny Espinosa is not in the Nationals lineup, replaced by Steve Lombardozzi.He's still in the lineup you have posted, Mark.

  4. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    GO LannEn!! Go NATS! Let's get a bunch of runs early and take this one easily!

  5. Section 222 - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Seems to me Lannan overcame his Citizens Bank Park demon last year. How many times does he have to pitch well there before that history isn't wheeled out to dampen expectations? He's a lefty, and Davey wanted lefties to pitch these games. So no excuses John, go get 'em.

  6. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    No Espi. 3 K's yesterday and looked like he did last weekend before the the cortisone shot.Really need Werth to be the hot hitter and set the table for the big guys.

  7. Tcostant - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Lannan is a better pitcher now because the defense is MUCH better and the hitters are better too. I count on 5 to 6 innings with 2 earner runs or less.

  8. Melissa Rabey - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Gonat–your comment about Werth made me go look at something I had been thinking about. The last three Nats losses, Werth's line has been: 0-4 last night, 1-4 in the Sunday Milwaukee game, 1-4 in the Friday Milwaukee game.If Werth doesn't get on, it seems like some of the spark is missing. Here's hoping that he'll have a good night tonight!

  9. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    @AdamKilgoreWP: Danny Espinosa says he's "100 percent." Says to ask Davey why he's out "because I'd like to know, too."

  10. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Espinosa says his shoulder is "100 percent." Has no idea why he's not playing today. "Go ask (Davey) the reasoning. I'd like to know, too."

  11. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    RE: Gonat's comment. Its interesting that Davey didn't move Lombo to the top of the order and Werth #2, Harper to #3, then sliding a hot Zim to #4 followed by Morse and LaRoche. Guess that's too risky at this point?

  12. Scooter - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Nice, Melissa. It's not surprising that a leadoff hitter can make a big difference.Here's to the Igniter!

  13. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Its make or break for John Lannan. They really do desperately need every single win just as much as the Braves.

  14. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Espy does make for a much dangerous pinch hitter than Lombo … still …

  15. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Melissa Rabey said… Gonat–your comment about Werth made me go look at something I had been thinking about. The last three Nats losses, Werth's line has been: 0-4 last night, 1-4 in the Sunday Milwaukee game, 1-4 in the Friday Milwaukee game.If Werth doesn't get on, it seems like some of the spark is missing. Here's hoping that he'll have a good night tonight! September 26, 2012 4:08 PM ________________________________Thanks for the research. He has to get it going tonight. I liked his lengthy at-bat to leadoff last night but then he swung at "ball 4" on that high fastball.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Not surprised about Espi. Back to trying to hit 5 run Homers again which is against what Davey has taught him with a short swing.Just another chapter in this season of frustration with Espi. When he's on, he's on.

  17. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Not surprised about Espi. Back to trying to hit 5 run Homers again which is against what Davey has taught him with a short swing.Just another chapter in this season of frustration with Espi. When he's on, he's on._______________________________At some point, class is over and the game begins. It has to frustrate Davey and Eck.

  18. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Nick Carfado on MLB Network discussing the Free Agent centerfielders and he thinks BJ Upton could sign with the Nats as a FA.He's another K machine and also wonder how he and Werth would get along.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Halladay scratched for tomorrow. May pitch over the weekend.

  20. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Hart is speaking out of his butt on MLB Network. He says Gio and JZim are #2's. I'd hate to think what his opinion is of EJax.He says Cain for SF is a #1 which I don't disagree but Gio is better.

  21. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Halladay scratched for tomorrow. May pitch over the weekend. September 26, 2012 4:37 PM _______________________________If that's the case, the Nats may not see him next week in Washington.

  22. SCNatsFan - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Please Nats do something tonight

  23. TheManBearPig - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Not sure where BJ Upton would fit in the Nats lineup. They don't need a .302 OBP leadoff hitter who strikes out at least once every 4 times to the plate.

  24. baseballswami - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Gonat — National,( as opposed to NationalS), baseball writers/bloviators continue to say that Strasburg is our ace. How anyone can watch Gio and say such is a thing is beyond my understanding. Gio should get the Cy Young, JZim would have at least 4 more wins if he had gotten run support earlier in the year. That would make him at about 16 or 17. Both Gio and ZNN have been pitchers of the month. STras got a lot of strikeouts – they drove up his pitch counts unmercifully. Maybe in a few years he will be, maybe Gio will continue to improve and tear it up. Those people don't really watch nats games – they watch highlights and so they don't know what they are talking about. One thing about Gio – when he doesn't have his best stuff he still manages to keep the team in the game and get outs. The younger pitchers have not figured that out yet. Stras can learn that from him, he can learn the attack mode from ZNN, he can learn to be more crafty from LannEn. He still has tons to learn if he wants to.Stuff will only get you so far. As for tonight's game — GO NATS!!!!!!!

  25. btharner - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    This is the most stupid thing I'll ever complain about, but it does bug me. Why do the Nats playoff t-shirts look different from all the other teams who have clinched. Can't they fit the curly W inside a silhouette of the District?

  26. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Chase found this and tweeted it out. Just a Wow article about Davey from Boz (you may have read it before, but it's nice to read again.)Davey

  27. Section 222 - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Halladay scratched for tomorrow.Too bad. Seems eminently hittable these days. So Gio is 20-8, with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.117 WHIP and 9.4 K/9. Cain is 15-5, 2.86, 1.051, and 8.0 K/9. Gio's ERA+ (which adjusts for the home ballpark) is 142, while Cain's is 124. His WAR is 4.6, Cain's is 3.4. Just how is Cain a No. 1 and Gio a No. 2? Sheesh.

  28. bowdenball - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    btharner said…This is the most stupid thing I'll ever complain about, but it does bug me. Why do the Nats playoff t-shirts look different from all the other teams who have clinched. Can't they fit the curly W inside a silhouette of the District?I think those are the division champion shirts. If we win the division the shirts will have a silhouette of the District. the Sports Bog posted images of them earlier.

  29. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Nick Carfado on MLB Network discussing the Free Agent centerfielders and he thinks BJ Upton could sign with the Nats as a FA.He's another right-handed bat … which is why they drafted Goodwin. And Skole, and picked up Erik Komatsu plus Corey Brown. And why Bourn keeps popping up.If anything Davey is even more about getting balance on the left-handed side. Given the development of Harper I think they'd be better finding slots for Rendon, Skole, and Goodwin and determining what to do with Destin Hood and Eury Perez not to mention the aforementioned Corey Brown.I don't see it … that window closed a while ago.

  30. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Davey must be pissed as he should be on Espi. Here's what he just Saud "He's been over-swinging lately". Went on to say his stats vs Kendrick aren't good.

  31. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Peric, Corey Brown is left-handed.

  32. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Chase found this and tweeted it out. Just a Wow article about Davey from Boz (you may have read it before, but it's nice to read again.)I believe I posted that here to shutdown the folks who kept pushing for Ray Knight to come out of the booth and be the hitting coach. Never heard a peep about that again … I wonder why?

  33. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Peric, Corey Brown is left-handed.I know. Yet, he is one they still have to decide what to do about … as no one believes he is going to be around after this season starting with your pal Natsjack.

  34. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Davey must be pissed as he should be on Espi. Here's what he just Saud "He's been over-swinging lately". Went on to say his stats vs Kendrick aren't good.September 26, 2012 5:16 PM ____________________________________Interesting quote. Sounds like the teacher just gave the student detention while putting him on notice.It has to be frustrating for Davey.

  35. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Davey must be pissed as he should be on Espi. Here's what he just Saud "He's been over-swinging lately". Went on to say his stats vs Kendrick aren't good.Luke Erickson heard a rumor that Rendon was going to be tried out at 2nd base in the AFL. Perhaps its more than a rumor?

  36. Drew - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    I think the Nats will stand pat in cf, using Harper iand Werth until Goodwin arrives in 2014.Ben Nicholson-Smith on the MLBTR chat today said he thinks Bourn could get Carl Crawford money, a seven-year deal that would be nuts from the Nats' perspective.If the Nats do a blockbuster in the offseason, it might be for another starter. Keep an eye on Tampa's great lefty, David Price. The Rays don't have the money to keep him long term.If the Rays choose to sell high, I wouldn't be surprised to see Rizzo work another four for one deal.The Rays need a catcher and middle infield help and their first baseman is on a one-year deal. With Rendon coming, the Nats are well-stocked at all three spots.It's not so far-fetched.

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Raining in Phoolies city.

  38. bowdenball - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Section 222 said…So Gio is 20-8, with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.117 WHIP and 9.4 K/9. Cain is 15-5, 2.86, 1.051, and 8.0 K/9. Gio's ERA+ (which adjusts for the home ballpark) is 142, while Cain's is 124. His WAR is 4.6, Cain's is 3.4. Just how is Cain a No. 1 and Gio a No. 2? Sheesh.Referring to pitchers as #1 or #2 or whatever is a scouting term, not a performance ranking. Part of it is consistency and durability. Yes, Gio's stats are better in 2012. But Cain's are better for every other season in which both have been regular starters. And Cain's been a horse in his rotation since 2007, Gio only since 2010. So that's the reason for the application of those scouting terms to those guys.

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Peric, I said before on Rendon 3rd, 2nd.or LF. Looks like now 2nd makes sense in the short-term.

  40. Secret wasian man - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    GO MARLINS. Not expecting any curly Ws in this series.

  41. Doc - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I need to make a few cell calls here. First to Davey about Espi being out of the lineup, and then one to Espi telling him what Davey told me.But following up on Goant's report I need to make one to John Hart. Obviously he's baseball constipated and pulling things out of his butt has been very difficult–more difficult than running a team which no one wants him to do anymore.Gio and JZim are #2's eh, Johnny?? What #1's did you have in Cleveland that weren't on steroids? Did you say Bartolo Colon?And by the way, Mr. Hartfart, how is it that a #5 MLB TV analyst knows anything about #1 starters?Gio and JZim will be gathering Cy votes when you Hart are applying for your hot dog vendor's license in the Midwest Independent League.GooooooGio GooooooJZim GooooooooooNats!!!!!!!

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    John Hart once again proves he knows little about the Nats and his jealousy of Rizzo is transparent. Nats have 3 number 1's and Detwiler who had his worst inning of the year is a #2 with the potential to be a #1.

  43. Gumbo in Gotham - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Come on Nats! We need a curly W tonight! It's been a rough two weeks and the Braves are coming on strong. If we finish strong it won't matter what the Braves do in their games.

  44. bowdenball - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Guys, please. Stop with the #1 thing. You're way, way off. Former Baseball Prospectus scouting guru Kevin Goldstein used to say that there are less than ten true #1 pitchers. It's a scouting term, not a statement regarding depth of talent. 30 teams does not equal 30 #1s. Even Strasburg isn't a #1, he's a potential #1 who hasn't demonstrated durability yet. Cain qualifies. Kershaw qualifies, probably. That honestly might be it for the National League now that the Phillies' tandem is aging rapidly.

  45. baseballswami - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    At this point playing Lombo is not a downgrade. He might not have a cannon, but he has a good arm and he has good range. Not your typical bench player going out there for a game. He makes contact a ridiculous percent of the time. When someone is on base that will move them over or get them in, which is something the Nats don't seem to do regularly. Hoping the bats come alive and Jayson finds some grass or bleachers.

  46. Section 222 - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    I take your point bowdenball, but do you think that's how Hart was using the term? And at this point in the season, when everyone is talking about Cy Young candidates and we have a full year of starts to look at, what good does it do to use a scouting term to suggest that that despite the full season numbers, this pitcher (Cain) is actually better than that pitcher (Gio). So Cain has pitched seven full seasons in the majors and Gio has pitched only 3. So what? Gio still had a better year this year. And why isn't he a potential No. 1 if Strasburg is? How many seasons like this does he have to have before Hart and the scouts catch on to the fact that he's just as good as Cain, he's just younger?

  47. SteveRep - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Davey doesn't need to make any sort of "See? I'm still the boss here" moves but I kinda like that he did.It hammers home the fact that nothing is over until we get to Brandon Watson Day.(You probably don't get what that means. But, as a hint, today is Carlos Baerga Day — again.)

  48. mick - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Gonat said…Nick Carfado on MLB Network discussing the Free Agent centerfielders and he thinks BJ Upton could sign with the Nats as a FA.who does he replace and why??? I think BJ is a bad move

  49. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    If the Nats do a blockbuster in the offseason, it might be for another starter. Keep an eye on Tampa's great lefty, David Price. The Rays don't have the money to keep him long term.If they managed to sign Price the Nats would have the best rotation in baseball bar none. Absolutely, you can expect Rizzo to go for Price. He would fit in quite well with the Nats. But Rizzo also said he was trying to bring back EJax today.It would make far more sense to sign Price given the NL East. Having three lefties and two righties in the rotation … Especially given the current status of Purke and Solis.

  50. mick - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    doe sit mean that Morse is going to be traded? Harper and Werth wills tart so if Upton plays, where does Morse go?

  51. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Lombo had better be ready because Lannan is a definite pitch to contact guy. He doesn't have the Livo curve that Zach Duke appears to have developed.

  52. mick - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Peric I would like either another starter or a closer during the off season…. we have the bats now and in the farm

  53. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    who does he replace and why??? I think BJ is a bad moveCafardo follows the BoSox not the Nats. If anything Davey has used this season to prove to the Nats FO that there was no need to get a CF from the outside. In point of fact it might hurt more than help. Now, an ace left-hander like David Price? That might be a different story.

  54. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Peric I would like either another starter or a closer during the off season…. we have the bats now and in the farmDon't necessarily need a closer … but certainly left-handed, effective, back-end power pitcher relievers are certainly on the shopping list. Particularly if they decide to part ways with Sean Burnett. That's going to be a high priority in the offseason.

  55. peric - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    If they managed, somehow, to sign David Price away from the rest of baseball starting with the Marlins … Davey would not be satisfied with less than 100 wins.

  56. SteveRep44 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Peric: Hasn't there already been an edict from South Florida that the Fish have already shifted into salary-trimming mode?

  57. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    SteveRep44..I saw that too,not sure who reported it from the National writers, but saw the Fish were in dump mode. Plus with all that calamity down there it would take a lot $$$$$ to get someone to go there.

  58. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    SteveRep, good one on Brandon Watson =0=

  59. Section 222 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Thanks for that Boz link Michele. I'm watching Ray K with a new eye tonight.

  60. mick - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    peric… thanks

  61. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    222.. isn't it weird how much Ray goes on about Davey. Me Thinks that if things were really bad between Ray and Davey that one of them wouldn't be here. And since Davey is part of the furniture, I think we know who would be gone. Plus, you have to remember that Marge was in charge and a complete scrouge/nut/b-word. So I put more of this on her rather than Ray.

  62. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    MASN just aired the Davey interview. Davey said Espi has been overswinging for a few games.That was being kind, he's been overswinging before he falls into every slump.Glad Davey dropped the hammer. The "idiot" comment was classic.

  63. Section 222 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    You're probably right Michele. More than likely, it's all in the past. But Ray doesn't seem entirely sincere sometimes, and I can definitely see him talking behind Davey's back.

  64. JaneB - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Great article, Michelle. Thanks for the link. And terrific stats on Werth, Melissa Rabey. Now I know where to concentrate my Powers of TV-Viewing Extra Energies. Would that I had any. But still.Go WERTH! Challenge those guys, John! GYFNG!

  65. baseballswami - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Oh, ray worships the ground Davey walks on. It can be nauseating at times. If objectivity is ever called for, you won't find it there.

  66. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    That's what we're talking about Jayson Werth!

  67. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    There it is! #20

  68. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    God I LOVE BAMBAM! Uncle Bryce ROCKS

  69. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    BOOM

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    HR for Uncle Bryce

  71. Melissa Rabey - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Woo!!! Number 20! Attaboy, Bam Bam. :-)

  72. SteveRep44 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    With Six (pitches), You Get Bam Bam.

  73. Joe Seamhead - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Uncle Bam Bam!

  74. hiramhover - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Pitchtrack certainly didn't seem to think Country Joe was calling the low strike for Kendrick in Werth's AB – what's that going to mean for Lannan?And, oh yeah – Bryce!!!

  75. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Gonat.. apparantly FP thinks mentioning the scrore first stat is now a bad thing.

  76. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Gonat @4:03, Good call! Werth set the table for the young guy! BOOM!!!!

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    The last 3 batters looked weak after the HR. They can get going next at bat

  78. Gonat - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    MicheleS said… Gonat.. apparantly FP thinks mentioning the scrore first stat is now a bad thing. September 26, 2012 7:15 PM __________________________________Yah, I questioned him if he said it last night. I didn't remember he did but he said he did.FP is great!

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Very important Laanan must not let them score.

  80. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    LannEn looking good…

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Good job John.Davey thought Espinosa was over swinging. You think? Done it all season what is diferent now?

  82. SteveRep44 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Perfect start for Lannan, even moreso after being spotted to a lead.

  83. hiramhover - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    ground out – ground out – ground out If Lannan can keep that up, I like our chances tonight.

  84. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Nice Story by ladson on GIO

  85. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    BOOM

  86. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    IAN!!!! GO DESI!

  87. Melissa Rabey - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Clearly, Kendrick is throwing a home run party, and Ian just got his invite.

  88. Joe Seamhead - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Desi!

  89. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Both HRs by the Nats were crushed, but it seems the only way to win at CBP is to hit the long ball…This appears to have the makings of a high scoring affair…

  90. Joe Seamhead - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    E4 Utley!

  91. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    BOOM

  92. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Holy POOP! WHat is going on ZUKI!!!!

  93. hiramhover - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Kurt!!

  94. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Wait a minute…Boo Birds in Phila? I am shocked

  95. Melissa Rabey - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Awww, man, I hate that I'm at work and not at home watching this happen!

  96. Joe Seamhead - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Screw the Doom!. Praise the boom! That was some serious " Jamm-age"

  97. djinFl. - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I love that Joe S

  98. SteveRep44 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Nats need a no-mercy approach tonight. No let-up.

  99. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Obviously Bryce, Ian, and Kurt were swinging too hard there, they each may need a day…Lol

  100. Joe Seamhead - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    From Kurt Suzuki:Ooh, yeah! All right!We're jammin':I wanna jam it wid you.We're jammin', jammin',And I hope you like jammin', too.Ain't no rules, ain't no vow, we can do it anyhow:I'n'I will see you through,'Cos everyday we pay the price with a little sacrifice,Jammin' till the jam is through.We're jammin' -

  101. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Almost another by Zim. when they bring the reliever we must keep hitting.John pitch like the first inning.

  102. Section 222 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Ok Lannan. A five run lead. Just bring it home. And Josh Johnson is on the mound tonight for the Marlins. I'm liking how this is looking. Will everyone who was freaking out this morning with the Magic Number at 5 with 8 to play feel better if the number is 3 with 7 to play?

  103. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    JoeS.. That is perfect! is there any severe jammage in that? Ehay2k would toast to that.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Free passes why?

  105. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Come on man

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Josh johnson pitches mediocre always against the BravesLannan survives HBP.I fell off the wagon last night and had a teaspoon of Maloox.I been Maloox free 1 day now.Now let's get some runs

  107. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Already scored as many runs tonight as they did in the 3 Game Series in Phi last months…

  108. JaneB - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Love it, seamhead! John just needs to stay steady through here. Everything's crossed.

  109. JaneB - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Maybe BP in the tunnel is the way to go tomorrow night, too! I do realize we are only in inning three…

  110. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    It's early, but once again this team has shown it will not just fade away when things get tough…They're not fragile, they are still going to be tested many times, but they don't back down…This is a tough team

  111. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Brian Peterson ground out with 2 on. Argggg.

  112. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    That was nearly a Triple-Play Ball…

  113. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Damn it. We hit like crap against bull pen last night and so far we did it again. So come on guys lets hit the billpen tonight and not quit hitting like we did last night after Hamels left.

  114. Swift Eagle - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Hopefully Lannan was watching Hamels pitch with a lead last night…In that ballpark, you are going to give up some runs, but last night Hamels only walked 1 and avoided the big inning…Make them earn it John

  115. MicheleS - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Manassas.. Enjoy the Nats game, can't worry about what is going on in ATL. Take care of Nats business first.

  116. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Total Mental Error….Take the OUT!!!

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Why

  118. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Suzuki just lost his brain.

  119. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    The good news is that the Phillies pitcher is running the bases now.

  120. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Should be 2 outs now and a man on 1st.

  121. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Lannan doesn't deserve that.

  122. hiramhover - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Remember folks, this is what Lannan does–puts people on base and then erases them with GBs.Except for when he doesn't.

  123. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Gives them extra run.Lannan get the ball back down

  124. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    I am just blown away at the mental mistake by a veteran like Suzuki. It wasn't a force so it would have to be a perfect throw and tag.

  125. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    momentum switch since the DP and its also the 3rd inning, Lannnan's worst.

  126. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    How do you assume a guy like Frandsen with a stress fracture in his foot would score from 3rd on a fly to Bryce Harper?

  127. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I dont like this.

  128. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    You're so right Gonat, it was not even worth the risk. When playing a CBP you take every out you can get…You must avoid the big inning at all cost…Holding my breath right now….

  129. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Last night Desmond was.fielding him right there. Why did he move?Maliox comin 2 strike hits

  130. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    2 hanging breaking balls to Howard, thats lucky.

  131. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Look at those numbers, when did Ruiz turn into Yoggi Berra???

  132. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Sweet! Way to go John!

  133. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    John rises to the occasion!

  134. Exposremains - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    A bit too much emotion for me here.

  135. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Lannan just hung together like a veteran star. Put behind the 8 ball there. Wow!

  136. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Whew!

  137. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    At least Kurt saved a run with the block, and he has a 2 run tater, so I guess he's still ahead 3-1…

  138. JaneB - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Attaboy, John! Good for you!

  139. hiramhover - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Kinda like that–that's Lannan at his best. Walks the tight rope, puts men on, sends Manassas and others reaching for the Maalox. But gets out of the jam.

  140. Drew - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Kick save and a beauty!Houdini, Baybee.

  141. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Swift Eagle said… Look at those numbers, when did Ruiz turn into Yoggi Berra??? September 26, 2012 8:08 PM ________________________________I see the stats and it reminds me of Melky. Look at his stats prior to 2010. I'm not buying it.

  142. JaneB - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    We joke about how WE are learning to be playoff baseball fans, but we are. Same as our guys need to take deep breaths and focus when they get in a bad spot, we can help (I actually believe this) by holding a space of cold-blooded, fearless calm. Wine helps.

  143. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Lannan great job.We need that run back. Worthless against bullpen this season so far

  144. hiramhover - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    So that's what in those jugs behind the bench.

  145. SteveRep44 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Nats' bench shelf will soon be Double Bubble, sunflower seeds and mini-syringes of cortisone

  146. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    FP, you're a jerk. No one is saying that the Nats should rely on anyone else. Certainly Carp wasn't.

  147. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Section 222 said… FP, you're a jerk. No one is saying that the Nats should rely on anyone else. Certainly Carp wasn't. September 26, 2012 8:15 PM ___________________________________Not sure for his motivation of his statement but I do agree with him.

  148. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    He was showing up Carp. Just as he was when Carp told his story about the Phillies radio guys. FP is not a team player. Sure, Carp is goofy sometimes, but they are supposed to be partners.

  149. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    222/Gonat.. By what FP is seeing on Twitter, I am guessing he is seeing all the Nats Fans crushing the Marlins for not helping the Nats out. While I would love for the Fish to help the Nats, the Nats need to take care of business and just win.

  150. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Come on Eck 2 nights in a row bullpen has made us look pathetic. Look in book and give your hitters some instruction. This is silly. 6 innings 1 hit

  151. NatsNut - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Where did the "Uncle Bryce" come from?Also, kinda cool about Davey sitting Espinosa. He gave him a long leash in the first half, coached him and waited and it worked. Second time around, he's not going to be so patient.

  152. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I'm not a big Carp fan or apologist. But you'll never see him make fun of his partner or try to make him look bad. Sutton, Dibble, and FP all fail that test.

  153. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Bryce became a real live uncle today apparently.

  154. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    MicheleSEXACTLY!!!

  155. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Wow, 222, I didn't take anything FP said as being offensive, Chill pill fr you, man.

  156. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    whadda say 3 1!!!!

  157. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    NatsNut if you are on twitter.. Brittany had her baby and a cutie patotie at that!

  158. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Ruf is a little fire plug

  159. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Gosh I love when Ryan doesn't have time to think.

  160. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    A great play by Zimm!

  161. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    The arm tattoo and mullet make Lannan look like the lead singer of Late 90's Grunge Band…

  162. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    way to goo Lannan…. I like this Ruf kid

  163. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Swift lol

  164. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    OY! Head Slap.. Byrce misplayed that one.

  165. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    not good John

  166. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Dang it! Bryce, never come in off the bat.

  167. hiramhover - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The batter might still have reached base, but I don't think you'd have seen that quasi-collision with Espi.

  168. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    You can't fault Lombo on that play? Of course you can. Desi had a shot at throwing out the pitcher and keeping the run from scoring. Ugh.

  169. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Just avoid the big inning….Of course, scoring a few more would be OK too!

  170. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Geez 3 bad plays in the giels Lannan in trouble

  171. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Hitter please serious against bullpen. I said before the reliever came in that I was not happy with the prospect of hitters once bullpen came ib

  172. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    No, mick, can't fault Lannan for any of this inning, he had to get five outs because his defense failed him other than Zim. Harp's misjudging that fly — he was only a step behind it and he gave up two by coming in first — and then Desi and Lombo letting the ball through on Rosenberg's soft grounder to avoid running into each other. Have to think Danny, who has a little better range than Lombo, would have backed up Desi rather than trying to be the primary fielder on that. Fact is that Lombo has not played second next to Desi very much.

  173. Swift Eagle - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    A tough play up the middle, it was on the 2B side, but with Ian going towards 1B, Lombo prob should have let him take it…Would have taken a web gem to get an out anyway

  174. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    JoeS, I'm just getting weary of FP's homerism. He's trying to make us believe that he actually thinks ALR should be MVP of the National League. I mean, come on. We weren't born yesterday. And then they tried to tell us that Ryan really fired that ball. We have eyes guys. Yes, it was on target and got the job done, but it was not a high powered throw. And then Lombo did nothing wrong on that RBI single by the pitcher. Yeah right.I need to turn on the radio.

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    That was Desi' all the wsy

  176. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Section 222 said… You can't fault Lombo on that play? Of course you can. Desi had a shot at throwing out the pitcher and keeping the run from scoring. Ugh. September 26, 2012 8:28 PM __________________________________2nd baseman has to go behind the shortstop the same way the shortstop goes behind the 3rd baseman.

  177. feelanau - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Come on guys. Pitcher has 7+ ERA and we're making him look like a world beater.

  178. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    I am really not happy with the hitters this series against the bullpen. 7 IP 1 hit 9 K. Can some tell me why the hitters change approach against the bullpen.starters for Phils 7 IP 12 hits 8 runs. get off your duf and hit the bullpen

  179. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Okay for a little break and Yes FP is a homer, but I would rather have FP than that Gas Bag Dribble.A Little Love for FP

  180. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Well, to each their own, 222. I get at least one really good laugh a night from FP. I just didn't hear him as dissing Carp.

  181. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    222.. watch a WGN/White Sox broadcast. My ears bleed when Hawk Harrelson starts up with his homerism.. FP is not even 0.0000001% of the Homer that Hawk is.

  182. hiramhover - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Alright, Johnny!

  183. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Mannassas.. not happy either, but you have to figure some of these bullpen guys, the Nats have never seen (September callups) and have no book on them. Usually takes the 2nd time through the order to get at the pitcher. Remember we think every rookie or call up is Cy Young vs the Nats

  184. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Lannan is totally rising to the occasion — pitching a gem.

  185. Steady Eddie - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM

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  186. SteveRep44 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Suzuki did proper thing by ending the inning with his at-bat. Lannan stays in.

  187. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    agreed eddie

  188. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    No one is .0000001% of the homer that Hawk is. That's putting the bar for FP pretty darn low! He's improved this year, but I just feel like he insults our intelligence when he tries to sell ALR as MVP, or cover for Zim's lousy arm.

  189. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    do you go to pen in 7th gang, regardless?

  190. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    woof woof is up, i mean ruf rufbada bing…. now thatw as bad, lol

  191. SteveRep44 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Here comes Matheus after Lannan K'd Dom Brown.

  192. hiramhover - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    And that's also classic John Lannan – not making it out of the 6th inning.Not a bad night, but certainly not a great one. Gave the Nats what they needed.

  193. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    not sure about this move?

  194. SteveRep44 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    It's a double-switch. Espi taking over for Lombo at 2B.

  195. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    John has been good period, only one bad outing out of 4.

  196. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    222 On the ALR as MVP.. weirdly saw a couple of the National writers -HEYMAN being one- mention ALR as mvp candidate (not a shoo in, just in the top 5ish). I guess I am okay with FP/Carp being homers. They are picked/paid by Team/MASN, so I understand it. I would probably be more upset if they were sellling us a line of bull on a craptastic team (2008/2009) vs 2011/2012. If you can't be a homer for a 1st place team, when can you be a homer?

  197. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    like i said, great move, lol

  198. Gonat - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Pitcher's best friend and Lannan's line is done with a very good outing. Poor Peric will be disappointed again as his hatred and always needing to be right outweighs all else.

  199. mick - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    am I the only one, but I feel like 1-2 more runs would be nice

  200. MicheleS - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Okay.. TWitter is ahead of the MASN feed. I was looking at twitter and they had the DP about 45 seconds ahead of the MASN HD feed. Spooky.

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