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NLDS Game 1: Nats at Cardinals

Oct 7, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals' first-ever postseason runs begins today at Busch Stadium.

ST. LOUIS — The time has come. No more pontificating. No more speculation. No more anticipation. The postseason has arrived for the Washington Nationals, and all that's left to do is take the field and play ball.

No surprises from Davey Johnson with his Game 1 lineup. It's the same one he fielded throughout the final two weeks of the pennant race. He doesn't have any surprises planned for his use of the pitching staff and said all of his relievers are capable of going back-to-back-to-back days if necessary. And he didn't feel any need to speak to his entire roster as a group in advance of this series.

"If I had a meeting," the 69-year-old skipper said, "they'd think I was panicking or something."

So there's nothing really left to say except: Enjoy the game, and please check back here for updates and analysis throughout…

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 3:07 p.m. EDT
TV: TBS
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WSPZ (570 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 53 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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421 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    I agree, Swami.

  2. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Gio's at 83 pitches after 4 innings. Has an inning left in him for sure, but maybe not more. Unless the Nats get something going though, they won't have to PH for him until the 7th.

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    swami…Lombo is a solid utility guy who may do well on a second division club as a starter. You see everything he's going to be right now.Espinosa still has some levels he can still climb.

  4. jw - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    and let's get the offense going

  5. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I like having the pitchtrack up for every pitch. Even when it shows that the pitch was, in fact, not "on the outside corner." MASN take note. It can be done.

  6. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Who says we're not playing small ball. Harper gets a sacrifice K!

  7. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Bryce has good at bats even when he makes an out. Danny should watch him. They need to put a few of these hits together.

  8. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Gio getting first pitch strikes now.

  9. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Natsjack- disagree on Lombo. Very high baseball iq, high contact rate, good fielder. What we saw was part time, rookie play. Playing every day all season he could be outstanding. I do agree that Danny has great potential. Will he fulfill it the way Desi is ?

  10. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    The Lombo vs. Espi debate is an interesting one that we've had several times this year. I tend to agree that Espi is the more promising overall player. But I also think Lombo will develop into a better player than he is now. The discussion is irrelevant at this point though because of one thing I am certain: Davey is not going to bench Espi during this series.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Swami, just to clarify, I was agreeing with you in regards to missing the play due to the chatter by the TV guys.

  12. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Got it , Joe. That was annoying. I see the Nats being rusty from too many days off, especially Gio. Cards have momentum from Friday and are at home. This is the advantage to the number one seed?? Garcia up ???

  13. Steady Eddie - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    That was a gimme from Emmer to Beltran, even the announcers are saying so. One thing to not give him the corner but that was entirely in the zone.

  14. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Well, he was getting strikes. He's losing it now.

  15. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    We've lost our Comcast feed for the game. Damnit!

  16. Exposremains - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    what is DJ waiting for? to see him issue 8 walks.

  17. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Try standard def, Joe. I'm not having a problem with it.

  18. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Player of the game- Suzuki.

  19. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    For those who lost TV coverage, Gio got out of a 2 on 1 out jam be getting Holliday to K and Craig to pop up to ALR. Still 2-1 after 5. This update courtesy of DirecTV.

  20. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    And Gio gets out of it. Davey was not going to take Gio out if there was any chance of him finishing the 5th inning. Pitcher wins may not mean much to the saber guys, but they mean something to the pitchers. Also, Davey is, believe it or not, still in "teaching mode." With luck, Gio will be in even higher leverage situations.

  21. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    We lost the HD, switched to std, def. and had it for two pitches, then lost the video, but had audio. Just got it back on.

  22. Oldguy - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Gio got through five. All things considered, it was not as bad as it could have been. A couple of hits among those walks would have been killers. He has no doubt grown from this and will be ready for a 5th game if we need him.

  23. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Fios is fine

  24. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Thanks 222.

  25. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    I sure hope Gio is loading up on his Ritalin. His attention and focus is poor.

  26. Knoxville Nat - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    9 k's in five innings……….maybe some small ball might be in order.

  27. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Oh good, Gio is done.Phew– next time, take your Ritalin, dude. You are a hyper-active attention deficit kid if I've ever seen one.

  28. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Any bets in this AB by Danny?

  29. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Well ?

  30. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Espinosa is a total embarassment and hurts this team.3rd of the game. As Espi takes over 2nd place in the Majors in Strikeouts.Danny, you stink.Play Lombo!!!

  31. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Since we are only hitting singles, maybe some small ball would be in order?

  32. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Suzuki: total class act.Espi: Poser.

  33. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Espinosa takes a fastball for a strike, then swings at junk.Again.

  34. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Espinosa: 12 for his last 83.144 average.

  35. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Gio didn't pitch well, but the Nats' non-existent bats are to blame for where we are at this point. 2 runs in 5 innings against this offense is not bad. Now we just have to come back against their bullpen. Ours is better.

  36. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    way to fight off those fantastic pitches off.

  37. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Bring in Lynn — that Fat Boy can't get us out.

  38. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Redksins lost — dropped their 8th straight home game.If anyone cares, that is.

  39. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    The offense is the problem. Only singles –lead off on base and not moving them. Unproductive outs. Hits not strung together. Shocking how low the score is after watching them both pitch.

  40. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Thats the LanceLynn that I know — and love

  41. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    The true Swami predicts: 2 rbi hit by Werth

  42. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Stay'n alive stay'n alivehit to follow

  43. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Good on Roger for the.non-frenzied feeding of a large squalus

  44. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Situational hitting— grade F minus.

  45. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Whoa — impatient hitting — or swinging at air, that is.

  46. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Chad Tracey will have to rescue the offense. Deja vu to April.

  47. ExposedinDC - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    "Espi's my guy" I can hear Davey now in the post game presser, he is loyal to a fault to his veterans, he won't change now.

  48. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Ouch.

  49. Exposremains - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Pressure brings out the worst tendencies of Nats Players.Werth: Not clutchEspinosa: Swings at anythingGio: Walks everybody

  50. feelanau - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Why does everyone on our team swing at balls in the dirt?

  51. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Werth isn't behaving like the post season veteran at this point. They need both he and Harper to get on base to be successful. Right now Werth looks to be backing up instead of the stepping up as one playoff veteran described, referring to the two genres of playoff players. There's still time. Werth needs to do a lot better.

  52. BigCat - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    11 k's after 6 for us. Why do we swing at so many balls out of zone? I'll bet at least 9 of the k's are curves bouncing. Davey has got to sit Espi down. He has no idea or clue where the ball is. It is almost comical.

  53. Knoxville Nat - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Sports Illustrated had an excellent article by Tom Verducci (I think) analyzing the MLB playoffs in which he pointed out the high number of strikeouts all across baseball this year and said that in the modern playoffs contact with the bat was a key to winning. He went on to say that the high number of K's was a weakness of the Nats and right now we are making him look like a genius. So,who did SI choose to print a picture of in the magazine to accompany the article? Danny Espinosa of course.And NatsJack, why I would agree that Espinosa has a higher ceiling than Lombo to his career, if Espi can't reduce his frequency of strikeouts over a season I see him playing somewhere else within a year or two.

  54. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Pressure brings out the worst tendencies of Nats Players.Werth: Not clutchEspinosa: Swings at anythingGio: Walks everybodyGood description.Still even with the pitching gaffes … the score? 2-1 against one of the most potent offenses in baseball.Right now the onus looks to be on the offense.

  55. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Lighten up on Werth there. He had two strikes, fouled off a number of pitches. A breaking ball was going to come at some point, he just didn't recognize it. It was a great pitch. Stammen seems to be on. 3 more shots to get some offense going.

  56. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    And NatsJack, why I would agree that Espinosa has a higher ceiling than Lombo to his career, if Espi can't reduce his frequency of strikeouts over a season I see him playing somewhere else within a year or two.I don't know how the FO feels about it but I think, once again, a comparison between Ian Desmond last year, and Ian Desmond this year? Why would you think that an athlete of Espinosa's stature can't improve … perhaps far more than Desmond did? Sophomore year jinx. Give the top baby Nats some patience. Its paid dividends this season.

  57. mick - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Well I won't mistake Jayson for Mr October. The first time he does not deliver with the bases loaded, fine, but the second time, being a veteran player with post season experience, makes this very, very disappointing. Gio was not at his best, but he did deliver, I have no issues with Gio. I have major issues with Espi and I would expect Davey to consider going with Lombo at 2nd the rest of this series. There is no time to have Espi work out his head problems batting left handed. His at bats look like April at bats not post season at bats

  58. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Werth makes up for his bat with his glove … thank god!

  59. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Yeah, Werth is so not clutch.

  60. Exposremains - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Why is the play-play guy gets excited about every little things the Cards do and nothing for Nats.

  61. BigCat - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Yes, agree Knox. A high ceiling doesn't help us now. It seems like everytime we have a man on 3rd with less than two outs, when all we need is a groundout or flyout to score the run, Espi is up and flailing like a little leaguer. You have got to sit him down

  62. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I have major issues with Espi and I would expect Davey to consider going with Lombo at 2nd the rest of this series. Patience Grasshopper.

  63. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Werth: Back up THIS.

  64. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Well that catch may fire up the Nats. Great catch by Werth to keep it close.

  65. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Why is the play-play guy gets excited about every little things the Cards do and nothing for Nats.The Baby Nats need to build their reps. The talking heads like a good story. They will do the job. There is a reason they finished with the best record in baseball … they aren't slouches, not even the E man.

  66. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Jayson Werth is no Coco Crisp, thankfully.

  67. BigCat - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    And you can see when a guy is on the ball and the pitcher just makes a good pitch. Espi has no idea what is going on up there. He is missing pitches by 12 inches

  68. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Stammen is superb. Great weapon to have. Harp leading off. This is our chance against the Cards' BP.

  69. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    I'm very impressed that with all that, the Cards still only lead by 1. We got crazy lucky today and I bet we rally here in a sec.

  70. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Stammen had a bit of an adventure. I fear we might see more of the same with Mattheus, Clippard, and Storen. None have any playoff experience either.

  71. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    OkWe got this

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Been on road still am Took a break barely can hear.Werth worthless with men on.What the hell was Gio doing in the second? I am so anti walk it pissed me off to read that inning. What was his problem?

  73. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Were those actual strikes that Sta(y)men was throwing? I hardly recognized them. Funny how the other guys were so wild but Craig hit a guy.

  74. Exposremains - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    delcaso the defensive play of the game..Really? Werth's catch is not a game saving play?? TBS guy sounds like a Cards homer.

  75. Knoxville Nat - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Peric, I didn't say that Espi can't improve, what I'm saying is if he doesn't improve (reduce) the strikeouts and if he doesn't do a better job of putting the ball in play I wouldn't be surprised to see him in a differenet uni in a couple of years. I'm hoping he makes a Desmond like improvement, believe me I am.

  76. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Who is next? Can he throw strikes ?

  77. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Really? Bad hops now ? Stammen throws strikes after Gio was all over the place and it backfires. Who angered the baseball gods?

  78. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Our bats can be hot, but when they aren't, yikes. Stammen didn't help us this inning, but we are losing because we can't get anyone across the plate, even when we have three on. I wish there was some way to help them.

  79. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Yips.

  80. mick - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Our bull pen and team have been rested since Wed… is there any reason Davey went with Stammen in the 7th that I am missing??

  81. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Oh good grief. Who are these guys wearing Nats uniforms?

  82. mick - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    not that it matters now

  83. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Stammen is our long guy. I thought he'd bring in Michael Gonzalez but Stammen makes sense.Thank you Ian for that force out.

  84. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Ladies and Gentleman: Introducing the best infield defense in baseball.

  85. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    That was awesome!!!! Bats now please?????

  86. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Exceptional pitching by Mattheus. Have I mentioned we need to score some runs?

  87. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    YOWSA! Great defense! Ok, Michael, let's even this up.

  88. jw - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    MATTHEUS!!!!

  89. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    HOLY FIREWORKS!

  90. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Tweet from Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWPBest relief appearance of all time.

  91. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    ooops. E6. Their E6. Let's do this!

  92. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Yep. That lack of playoff experience really showed up with Matteus peformance.

  93. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    NatsNut.. I was singing along with Katy when Ryan came in.. figured it would be good to do!!!And IAN!!!!!!!

  94. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Our boys are playing like big leaguers!

  95. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Pinch hit!

  96. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    You did a good job, Michele.

  97. D'Gourds - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Did Morse miss the squeeze? I'm in a bar and can't hear the tv.

  98. Snivius - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Espinosa- head case. Deer in the headlights in playoffs. Of the no-playoff-experience guys, he's the only position player I seriously worried about (I also think Clippard is vulnerable), and so far, my fears are being realized.

  99. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Again, we need good, clutch, situational hitting. Bases loaded? Man on third with no outs ? Fold.

  100. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    C'mon Tyler. See ball, hit ball.

  101. rogieshan - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Espinosa clearly bunted on his own, dumb play given we're down to our last six outs and a sac fly ties the game. Thank goodness for Tyler Moore!

  102. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    TYLER!!!! YES!!!!

  103. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    SCreaming in Silver Spring writes:YAAAAAAAAAAY Tyler! PFB!

  104. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    COUNTRY STRONG!

  105. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Tonight, playing the role of Chad Tracey is Tyler, what pressure, Moore!

  106. D'Gourds - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Love that kid!

  107. rogieshan - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    What an ugly offensive game from Werth & Espinosa. Maybe Davey will consider inserting Lombardozzi at 2nd base and batting leadoff tomorrow.

  108. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    So, Danny did ok, right? Saved at least one run with great double-play and the sac bunt meant the lead run scored.

  109. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Espi did the right thing. Better to lay down a bunt and maybe advance the runner(s). ANd as it happened, that is what made Tyler's hit a 2RBI hit. You're just looking to be mad at Danny, me thinks.

  110. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Let a rookie show everyone how it's done! Six huge outs to get now.

  111. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Speaking of Espinosa … Jayson Werth yet another strike out. Looks just as bad if not worse than Espy at this point. Espy is at least in his sophomore year … what's up with Jayson? He has to know that this kind of lead against the Cardinals offense is tenuous at best?

  112. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Moore: That wasn't so hard.

  113. The Fox - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Mattheus and Moore, Clip and Store(n).

  114. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Time for the otherTyler o get the job done – one, two, three

  115. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    D'Gourds, I don't think Morse could have made it, given where that ball fell. But it's all good. Now we have to hang on for two innings more. 6 outs.

  116. rogieshan - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    NatsLady: "So, Danny did ok, right?"Only if the manager had called for a bunt, which I seriously doubt.

  117. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Danny did okay — Moore is the Man. How hard is that to do?Uh Oh — it's Clip.There goes the lead.

  118. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Damn that first pitch was a STRIKE!!

  119. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Only if the manager had called for a bunt, which I seriously doubt.Actually it looked like a suicide squeeze was called and Morse missed it.

  120. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    YOWSA! Way to go, Tyler Moore.Jayson has had better days at the plate.Clip coming in.As to Espinosa's bunt, I have no idea whose idea it was, but it moved Desi to 2nd. He ended up being the go ahead run on Tyler's single.Only happened because of the bunt.Oh crap, Ryan!

  121. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    How's Rendon doing in the Arizona Fall League?

  122. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Yep.Zimmerman's 'arm' is now going National.I predicted so often that his throwing problems would bring the Gods down on us in the playoffs.This run will score.

  123. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Ryan with an awful double clutch. Yeesh.

  124. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Oh, Zim….

  125. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Charlie Slowes: "You can Not. Keep. Giving. Them. Opportunities!"

  126. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Danny played excellent defense tonight. Two tough double plays turned. But no, that sac bunt was not "doing ok." Nor were his earlier Ks. Davey played the percentages by burning Tracy, even when the alternative was the rookie. Now he goes with Clip, even though Mattheus only made 3 pitches. But he's going with what got him 98 wins. Can Clip hold this runner?

  127. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    COME ON CLIPP! YOU CAN DO IT!

  128. D'Gourds - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    This ump's stroke zone is eratic.Zim has the yips. Just not worth denying anymore.

  129. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    double play. double play. double play.

  130. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    He can't go with Mattheus, he pinch hit for Mattheus. Personally, I think Danny was bunting for a hit.

  131. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Oh, you mean Slowes paused while repeating his useless stats to comment on the game??

  132. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Zim's arm. Oh my.

  133. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Lombo can't carry Espinosa's jock.Not even in the same league athletically I'd say. Give the guy a break … he is a much better than average backup shortstop to boot.

  134. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    D'Gourds, that throw wasn't the yips. Zim does that all the time.

  135. terpman33 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    That's totally unacceptable. Ryan Z. has Chuck Knoblauch disease. Either he works on his motion SERIOUSLY in the offseason, or move him to 1st base!

  136. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Bunt it to third!!!!!!!

  137. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    D'Gourds, that throw wasn't the yips. Zim does that all the time.Any word on Rendon in the AFL?

  138. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    SinceStart, don't go talking trash about my Charlie.

  139. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    The Nats won 98 games. Right now, everyone knows every single weakness. Zim's throwing, Danny's hitting, Clip, Gio's temperament. They are all being exposed. Long, hard game here. Not many shining moments – a few, not a lot.

  140. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    LOL NFSS. With the season over, Charlie has no scores to report. Thankfully. He can announce the game, and he's actually pretty good at that.

  141. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Slowes is arguably the very worst announcer I have ever heard.

  142. Secret wasian man - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    come on guys. I just got home from the skins choking. come on guys pleeeeeeeeease. I want to enjoy tommorow off.

  143. jw - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Espi's bunt was puzzling, but would both runs have scored if the trail runner hadn't been in scoring position

  144. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I understand that Zim is having surgery in the off season. And getting married. Think he will be able to work on that throw? Maybe his shoulder is much worse than we know.

  145. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Amanda tweets that Mattheus is the first pitcher in playoff history to pitch a 3 out inning and make only 2 pitches. 21st overall.

  146. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Sect 222 I noticed that. His barrage of stats makes me crazy.

  147. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Sweet!

  148. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    CLIPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG Thank YOU!I am about to pass out or vomit not sure which

  149. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Clip!!!!! You did it!!!!! Welcome back, Clip.

  150. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Yeah baybee!

  151. The Fox - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    The twist of Zook's glove got that strike.

  152. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Hope Storen can save it because Clip DID HIS JOB!

  153. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    LOL Michele. Me too.

  154. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    NFSS.. I think John Sterling for the NYY is the worst!

  155. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Nice job "other" Tyler.

  156. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    When we have Tyler on in the 8th and he is his regular Tyler self, all we have to do is get through 7. Or six, with Sean. I like that. THANK YOU Clip! Not as sexy a role, I guess, but OH so important. I trust in Clip.

  157. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Michele- I am in the vomit camp.

  158. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I know folks have commented on this before, but Clipp's fastball doesn't seem to rise like it used to. But boy the ump was kind to him. One called strike was inside and one was outside. What's the opposite of being squeezed?

  159. D'Gourds - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Way to gp Clip. Great inning. Shook off adversity and made his pitches.

  160. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Couple more runs — add a little Storen — and I can finally walk this dog of mine — who doesnt appear to give a hoot about our Nats. Hmm, what's wrong this this dog?

  161. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    swami, gotta be. Did you hear what happen with Kemp? Went in for surgery to fix a few tips, turned out the rotator cup had to be reattached.

  162. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    LOL TweetBrian Oliver ‏@NFA_BrianThis is Brian's ulcer tweeting. He'll be available again after this game ends Retweeted by Nats Enquirer

  163. Secret wasian man - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    my heart beating a kile a minute. cmon cmon cmon.

  164. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    understand that Zim is having surgery in the off season. And getting married. Think he will be able to work on that throw? Maybe his shoulder is much worse than we know.He'll be moving to first base and Anthony Rendon to third. He won't need the arm so much … just his cat like reflexes. Not sure the FO or Davey can resist having the best fielding infield in major league baseball combined with some pretty good offense …

  165. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I'm in the vomit camp too, especially since, if it isn't metal, I'm eating it. Everything in sight. I wish I was the "can't eat" nervous type today.

  166. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    No damage on either Zimm's throw or Danny's bunt. Trust in Drew.

  167. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I meant, Kemp — a few bone CHIPS in his shoulder. Might not be ready for spring training.

  168. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Sect 222: i agree that Clip's 4-seamer no longer rises — no more hop. No one mentions that his fastball is down a mile or two either.And yes, the inconsistent home plate ump helped us out there — finally.

  169. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Peric.. Reports are Rendon at 2B

  170. JaneB - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I'm thinking about Drew's Dad now, after that SI article.

  171. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    NL, it was Kemp's labrum that had to be reattached. Even more amazing that he had the power he did this year. That's what ALR injured, and he had nothing last year.

  172. Secret wasian man - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    cant watch the bottom of 9.

  173. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Wha happened? I used to rail about Zim's throw — and the entire forum pounced on me–Now that it's the playoffs, everyone agrees. Funny how things work out.I accept all tacit apologies.

  174. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Peric.. Reports are Rendon at 2BStill a rumor he's listed at third in the roster.

  175. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Everyone all at onceBAD COMPANY UNTIL THE DAY I DIE!!!!

  176. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Yeah, bone chips dont take that long to heal.Storen is gonna three up/three down em'.

  177. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    @MicheleS: YOu were right; I was wrong.There's not enough Maalox in North America to get me through this game.Let;s Clipp and Store this one!

  178. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    And here we go.

  179. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    If I'm Matheny, I'm bunting down third — often. Anyone seen the old Movie "The Monte Stratton Story'? That's what they did to him and he was f-i-n-i-s-h-e-d.Matheny, fortunately, has too much class to do that.

  180. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Article I read says it was both. Also says he injured it on August 28, which explains why he couldn't do much in September.Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had arthroscopic surgery on Friday to repair his rotator cuff and shoulder in his left arm.Dr. Neal ElAttrache repaired a torn labrum and did a minor debridement of the rotator cuff at Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.Kemp will begin physical therapy in the next 7-to-10 days and will be unable to swing a bat for the next three months, but should be ready for the start of next season when the Dodgers open their campaign against San Francisco on April 1.He injured his shoulder on Aug. 28 when he ran, full-speed, into the center- field wall at Coors Field in a loss to the Colorado Rockies. The two-time All- Star missed the next two games, but played down the stretch even though he struggled and didn't have a hit in a season-ending series against San Francisco.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/05/3036803/kemp-has-shoulder-surgery.html#storylink=cpy

  181. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

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  182. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Strike One!!! in the biggest save in Storen's Life!!!

  183. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    That strike zone is erratic.. lordy.

  184. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Nats lady its the ninth and Storen is inWho gives a #$#$ about Kemp!!!???watch the game, girl.

  185. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Says the guy who was informing us about football.ats lady its the ninth and Storen is inWho gives a #$#$ about Kemp!!!???watch the game, girl.

  186. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    This is HILARIOUS:Peter Gammons‏@pgammoOne club advancing Cards had this report:"try to get Matheny to try to go to his one lefty in the pen." don't play Scrabble w/Davey

  187. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Two Down!!!

  188. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    YOur nuts!! absolutely nuts

  189. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Just looked down and checked. Nope, no nuts.

  190. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    0-2 oh yeah

  191. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    NatsLady.. you are the best!

  192. Uncle Atom - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Annnnnnd, we had 'em all the way!!!

  193. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    UP 1-0!!!!WOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!(Playoff Copyright, MicheleS, 2012)

  194. MicheleS - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! DRUUUUUUUUU!!!

  195. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Woo Effing Hoo!!!

  196. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Yes!!! He went!! Oh marvin, you remembered. YOu owed us one!!!

  197. jw - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    EXHALE!!!!!!

  198. ehay2k - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Cue Michele please…

  199. Drew - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Yes sir!

  200. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Game over. Very Nats-like game!

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