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Game 4: Nats at Reds

Apr 5, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Great American Ball Park hosts the Nationals this weekend.

CINCINNATI — The Nationals spent a lot of money this winter on Dan Haren — $13 million for one season of work — because they believe the veteran right-hander can be a consistently effective starter at the back end of their rotation and revert to the form he displayed most of his career, not what he displayed last year in Anaheim.

Tonight we'll get our first official look at Haren, and he'll face a tough task in the Reds' potent, powerful, left-handed-laden lineup, not to mention the cozy dimensions of Great American Ball Park. Haren had a bit of an erratic spring, but he finished strong and, above all else, proclaims himself 100 percent healthy as the season begins.

No changes to Davey Johnson's lineup; it's the same top seven, with Kurt Suzuki back behind the plate for his second start of the young season. I'll be curious to see if Johnson gives anyone tomorrow off, with a day game following a night game. Though as Davey pointed out yesterday, pretty much every one of his regulars insists on playing every day.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CINCINNATI REDS
Where: Great American Ball Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 186
Weather: Clear, 55 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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254 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    WOW

  2. phil dunton - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Way to go Henry…you never disappoint me!

  3. NatsNut - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    DAYUM!

  4. peric - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Just keep throwing strikes Henry.

  5. EmDash - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    HAHA, this game. Oh man.I hope this wasn't intended to improve Henry's confidence…

  6. peric - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    I hope this wasn't intended to improve Henry's confidence… … unfortunately … keep in mind he's trying for less velocity and more control.

  7. DJB - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Always was going to be a tough challenge with a soft-throwing right hander in that ballpark, but I'm concerned about the offense. Espi and Desmond are not getting it done, and we may need to bring up Rendon sooner rather than later. I see no change in Espi's approach. That's not how you swing in the big leagues.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Well, that sure looks like mop up duty to me.

  9. baseballswami - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    This would be funny if it was happening to another team. Anyone wearing their rally jammies?

  10. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    even umpires calling low strikes now. he wants to go home too.

  11. Dave - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    So this would be Bad Henry, right?

  12. baseballswami - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Game came to a screeching halt.

  13. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Can't win them all. But an ugly performance by our new pitcher none the less. He can't bunt either.

  14. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Hrod is terrible. Wild and even when he manages to get it across batters crush. That's just piss Poor decision making keep him

  15. peric - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Espi and Desmond are not getting it done, and we may need to bring up Rendon sooner rather than later.Rendon isn't even in AAA yet. Both Kobernus and Walters look like soon-to-be AAA All Stars. And then there's Lombo … When they decide to move Zim across the diamond then you'll likely see Rendon.

  16. baseballswami - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Bad pitching, yes. But you can't win with a zero no matter how many the other team puts up.

  17. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Hrod needs to go.

  18. NatsJim - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Faraz, you've got to be kidding about Zimm being "fancy" on Phillips shot, he was just trying not to get out of the way… no way that's an error.Two touchdowns and the extra points and we're right back in it.

  19. peric - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    So this would be Bad Henry, right?No wild pitches, hit batters, consecutive walks?No improved. He's still making adjustments. But, I think Henry is on the right path. He just needs to NOT lose his confidence.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

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  21. peric - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Duke is your mop up guy. Its still early.

  22. DJB - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Turned away and its now 14-0. Very big game tomorrow. I've got a bad feeling about Haren. It looks like the Wang experiment of last year.

  23. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    It's time for Lombo. Det should be 4th pitcher. Back to back homers early was awful. Please don't make me miss Edwin.

  24. NatsJim - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Just trying to get out of the way… ugh.Also, shockingly short fuses on some of the panic buttons in here… wow.

  25. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    I don't know NatsJim. Zimm has handled those shots better previously.ANyways, Span continues getting on base.

  26. djinFl. - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Did our batters come to the park thinking home run instead of just making contact and letting the ball find the stands?.

  27. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I think so dj.

  28. DJB - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    A score like this will distort pitching stats for a good while. ERA against will take some time to recover. Anybody remember the Nat's most lopsided loss from last year?

  29. NatsJim - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    I think the spanking tonight turns into weekend motivation and we take the next 2… just a hunch.

  30. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    then again secretly I wish for at least one Nats (Harper mainly) to hit one so far in this park to show everyone on reds how to truly hit HRs, just like Pujols did to Astros hitters back in 2005 NLCS.

  31. djinFl. - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Barkeep at the hotel better be icing down a whole lot of beer about now.

  32. peric - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    SYR wins again 11 – 0. 4 hits 11 K's 2 walks allowed.

  33. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    DJB, we had few such as April 19 Astros loss 4-11 or Cards beat us up 2-12 late in the season. Some more shutouts where other team piled on (not this badly though).

  34. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    that was fair?

  35. DJB - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Just love Reds fans. Winning 14-0 and some drunk hick yells "you suck Zimmerman." Second only to Filthy fans.

  36. peric - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    15 to zip.

  37. EmDash - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Well, I mean, it's too early to panic for sure. But this isn't just a loss, it's a crushing. It's hard to blame people for taking that badly.

  38. DJB - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Now that's just piling on. Nats better come out spitting fire tomorrow if they have an ounce of pride.

  39. EmDash - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    From our host: "15-0 now. If the #Nats don't score in the 9th, this will be the most-lopsided loss in club history (2005-present)." That's kind of a wow, all things considered.

  40. NatsJim - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Still only counts for 1 in the "L" column… this is not such a bad thing.

  41. baseballswami - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    The zero bothers me more than the 15.

  42. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    You know what I think? I think some guys went out and overdid it last night after the flight to Cincy…

  43. DJB - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    True, there, NatsJim, but I wouldn't consider this just a loss. How they respond to this is important, in my opinion.

  44. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    this game must be most tough on suzuki.

  45. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    swami, it shouldn't. Harper isn't even trying. If Bryce isn't trying, everyone just wants to go home. I say this, though. Denard Span likes to play baseball.

  46. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    finally a flyball that did not get out from Reds hitter. :D

  47. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    FS, agree, in the sense that Suzuki let it get away. However, you, and EVERYONE has to remember this is a heckuva LOT better than losing a 16-inning game 5-4, blowing out the bullpen, etc. Let 'em laugh. It's 1 of 162.

  48. NatsLady - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    DJB, no, wrong. It's just a loss. No worse, and a lot better than other losses.

  49. Rich P. - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    It's Suzuki's fault they're down 15-0? Strange logic there.

  50. sjm308 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Ouch!!was not able to hang with Mr. Carpenter through this but came back to watch the end. Hope that Det will get us back on track. Do people really think that after spending 13 million on Dan Haren that he will not get multiple starts? Think that might be a bit of an over reaction. Again, this was ugly but I will chalk it up to one of those 60 games we were destined to lose. Still looking to win the series which to me is key!Go Nats

  51. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    no NL, I meant in the sense that he has crouch down in that position for so long because of pitchers' incompetence. then again they are built for that.anyways, desi's first xbh I believe?also for some perspective, Seattle of 2001 (the one with most wins in a single season) lost 2-14 against Rangers (that finished last in that division), lost 14-15 against indians after leasing 12-0 at one point.

  52. NatsJim - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Right sjm, we'll take the next 2 and leave town with a series win… no worries.

  53. Candide - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Cunegonde and I turned it off at 7-0 to watch the rest of a Netflix movie we'd started last night.I wish every decision we made was as good as that one.

  54. DJB - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    NatsLady,in some respects better than a walk-off loss, but not just a loss. They punch you in the nose, you punch back, or you're a chump. They clearly ran up the score.

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W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 63 -- 0
ATLANTA 75 76 12.5
MIAMI 73 77 14.0
NEW YORK 73 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 81 18.0
Through Tuesday's early games
x-Clinched division title
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