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Game 5: Nats at Reds

Apr 6, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler faces Mike Leake today at Great American Ball Park.

CINCINNATI — To a man, the Nationals all spoke last night about the need to "flush" away that 15-0 debacle of a ballgame and return anew this afternoon. The good news is that the quick turnaround didn't offer much time to rehash and analyze the most-lopsided loss in team history, so it wasn't hard to shift focus to Game 2 of the weekend series with the Reds.

Davey Johnson will, however, be without one of his big guys. Adam LaRoche has been dealing with a stiff back for a couple of days and had to come out of last night's game when the condition got worse. He's sitting today, and it sounds like there's a good chance he'll sit again tomorrow. (More details coming in a full post.) So Chad Tracy gets the start today at first base, slotting right into LaRoche's No. 5 hole. Davey did say he could use Tyler Moore later in the game if the Reds bring in a left-handed reliever.

Ross Detwiler, meanwhile, becomes the final member of the Nationals' rotation to debut this season, hoping to shut down this potent Cincinnati lineup that caused so much damage last night. The lefty does seem like a better matchup from Washington's standpoint, but we'll see if that actually holds true.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CINCINNATI REDS
Where: Great American Ball Park
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 58 degrees, Wind 12 mph in from CF

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

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289 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I think 15–0 is less painful. I miss Drew Storen. JUST DISGUSTING. Not a playoff team right now. The NEW guys suck!!!!!!

  2. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Manassas — I think the real mistake was taking out Det after only 82 pitches, and not letting him do the 7th, as smoothly as he was pitching.Would have made it 5-1 going into the 9th, with the inning Clip threw.

  3. djinFl. - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Been here since day one when we paid Steve.And I found the personal attacks on Desi wrong then and now. He pulled it together last ear and will again.

  4. Exposremains - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    almost 30 millions$ in salary and pretty ugly for haren and soriano

  5. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    SCnats agreed Part of the problem is all the press crowning the Nats as the greatest team. They have to earn that moniker

  6. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Sitting fb ball too much

  7. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    At least there's the consolation that the wild pitch really didn't matter as Votto would have scored on the grounder to Zim.

  8. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Agreed, SCfan — all the crowning of the Nats as the greatest is part of the problem. The Nats still need to Earn the moniker Greatest or Best teamThey might not even be the best team in the East

  9. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Why isn't Moore batting for Tracy?

  10. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Time to sit Span, Soriano and that other stiff who pitched batting practice last night. SICK SICK SICK

  11. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Tracy looks like a fool — so did Harp

  12. ExposedinDC - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    That, my friends is the difference between the Nats and the Reds…..Mr. Chapman is almost untouchable.

  13. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    hahahah Secret Wasian man hahahadon't know where your coming from, man, but you're sure funny

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    note to Storen and Soriano. Did you see what Chapman. did? Either of you did that the game would have been over. Thanks for coming by anyway.

  15. SCNatsFan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    So that is what a closer looks like.Funny all these new Nats fans calling for Rizzo's head wouldn't even be Nats fans had they not jumped on the bandwagon Rizzo designed.

  16. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Geez, Moore comes in for Tracy on the double switch — smart move, Davey

  17. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    You can't loose 5-1 leads and think your elite. I hope we can learn and improve. Start by letting hrod go

  18. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    I love Zim, but he's not in same league with Brooks, or Boyer, or even Jones — they might have had that shot

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    I have been Nats fan since beginning. I cant stand bullpen screwing up. Never have never will. Our starters deserve better relievers than we are giving them.

  20. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Nats ve minor league teams 3–0. Nats for MLB teams 0–2

  21. ExposedinDC - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Lol…..Hrod gets hammered even if he doesn't pitch

  22. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I wish we had Dusty Baker to manage the NatsHe is a great manager and can win with mediocre talent

  23. SCNatsFan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Hayes if zim isn't hugging the line he makes that play

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Damn it Span that was not much easier than the one you missed and you msde it look easy.

  25. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Agree. Dett ton7th. Clip 8th = diff game

  26. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Why I hate Camden yards and this crap field. They are little league fields. MUCH TOO SMALL.

  27. djinFl. - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    It must be that the O's do not play till later for us to have attracted so many LoD's.Oh look, an excellent catch and throw to the cutoff man by our centerfielder. I am sure there was something wrong with that though

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    good recovery Stammen.

  29. natscan reduxit - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    … Davey is oh so right; thank God we don't have the DH or we would have had Chapman in there forever.… I could live with a 15-zip wake-up call. But I can't live with two such alarms in one weekend. Let's get some things ironed out – nipped in the bud as they say – right now. Don't let early scrapes turn into festering sore points.Get Going Nats!

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    So far bullpen Storen, Matthews, HROD and Sorianno all have been good or bad no in between. Stammen ad Clippard good. Dukes just bad.4 starters great.Starters need to go 7 at least.

  31. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Welcome back dez!!

  32. D'Gourds - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Redemption!

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    ian still pissed at you as Det's agent. But thanks.

  34. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Welcome to the Party, Ian!!!

  35. natscan reduxit - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    … thank God for Des. But seriously folks; there really has to be a rule about asterisks for homers at the GABP.Go Farther Nats!

  36. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Take a chill, Djin — lets talk baseball not personalityI am a Nats fan since the beginning. Are u?

  37. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    5 tater day

  38. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    WILSON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Its a new year guys. I am a LO doomer. But I luv the Nats. I take to this blog to release frustration. But Luv my NATS. Don't take me too serious. Ill try to keep keeping it real Steve Hayes. HAHAHA :Back to DC were a fly ball is just a fly ball. WILSON!!!!!

  40. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Ramos Ramos Ramos you are the man!!!

  41. ExposedinDC - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Come on Desi bashers….come out from underneath your rocks

  42. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Come on Mo!

  43. perspective dweeb - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    so..Ramos plays tomorrow right?save Suzuki for Gio.Let Ramos get another crack w/ his hot hand in Cincy

  44. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Wow 877 ft last two dings

  45. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Ditto on all that SecretWasianOnly thing funnier than our posts are the touchy feely softball players who get offended — highly offended apparently

  46. PFB Balls of Fire - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Wow, Tyler Moore is a force.

  47. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Tyler moore is still a big, dumb country boy to me — a perfect DHMoore's gotta a lot to prove

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Ramos 2 now.Det screwed today. Plenty of runs but bullpe let him down.

  49. JaneB - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    thank you for that exposedinDC. Exactly right.Craig, craig! Be the Man!

  50. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Yea gotta go with Ramos. Too hot not too

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    sounds good.

  52. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    McClellan, that jerk ump is squeezing the strike zone

  53. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Stan da man

  54. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I love Stammen, that dude can Pitch!!

  55. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    His sinker looks sick

  56. PDowdy83 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    For those wondering why Davey let Tracy hit against Chapman it was so he could double switch Moore in and bat him 9th and put Stammen in the 5 hole so he could pitch more than 1 inning.

  57. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Personally, favorite Nat Pitcher is ABH

  58. perspective dweeb - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    thanks PDowdy !i was wondering about it and figured it out when the switch was made

  59. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    yeah P Dowdy — good move

  60. PDowdy83 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Boy that strike zone got small in that at bat.

  61. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    As long as we grow from this and get better…less mistakes and better manager decisions….then I'll take a positive from this.Btw: bs on that call!!!! He's out

  62. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    F'n McClellan wont call the strike on Votto which has been a strike for 100 yearscoward

  63. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    what a couple of terrible calls — miserable McClellan gave Votto five strikes before that "walk".

  64. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    McC just took away the low strike!!! Votto got k's twice!! chicken sh#$ ump

  65. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Shit. Damn u ump

  66. perspective dweeb - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    craziness

  67. JaneB - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    sheesh that five strike walk cost us a run.

  68. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I am never tempted NOt to hate umpires

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    note to Storen and Sorianno. Watch clips of Chapman's 10th Votto struck out twice.Btw never understood letting runner go. my biggest pet peeve throw his ass out.

  70. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Clowns to the left of meJokers to the right—————————–You so called Nats fans are luckier than I am. And I'm sure know why.

  71. MicheleS - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    This WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO brought to you buy Craig Stammen

  72. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Take that!!!!!

  73. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Stammen, you are awesome!!!!!!

  74. PDowdy83 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Wow he made Bruce look as foolish as Chapman made Bryce look. What a good effort from Stammen.

  75. natscan reduxit - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    … defensive indifference!!??!! An oxy-moron if ever there was one.

  76. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Craig REALLY earned that win — he got seven outs in only two innings, four strikeouts in an inning without a passed ball.

  77. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Troll Alert: Joe Seamhead is a HaterHey, stick it, sissy

  78. Scott Margenau - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Fp made good point bout desi staying in game mentally after errors and coming up big

  79. MicheleS - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    So glad I didn't read the game thread.

  80. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Joe Seams: Everything you say is either cutting or insulting. Everything is negative why are you here?Can we talk baseball and not how much you hate clowns?

  81. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    This counts in the standings exactly the same as the Reds' win last night counts for them.

  82. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    votto k twice and umps sxrewed Stammen.Det pitched great.

  83. JaneB - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Ian is so humble. How can anyone diss him?

  84. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    That was a huge victory, not just a win. we easily could have given that game away, but gutted it out. A big win — a loss would have been a little damaging to their psyche.Good win, boys

  85. Secret wasian man - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Way to bring it back guys! I almost vomitted all over my bracket. Not that it would matter. I picked Georgetowm. g night ALL

  86. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Best prediction of the day:djinFl. said…Been here since day one when we paid Steve.And I found the personal attacks on Desi wrong then and now. He pulled it together last year and will again.

  87. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Janet when guys criticize players for not hitting or for making errors, it has nothing to do wsith their character. When chicks talk sports it seems to have everything to do with their character. Everyone knows Desi is a great guy; but its okay to say he's not playing well when he doesn't.

  88. ExposedinDC - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    See you folks tomorrow for Stras/Cueto….you guys are great

  89. Candide - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    NatsLady retweeted this from a Reds fan:Mr. R ‏@MisterRedlegs Nats color analyst F.P. Santangelo called each pitch of Stammen sequence to Bruce—fastball to get ahead, breaking pitch, slider in the dirt.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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