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Instant analysis: Nats 6, Marlins 1

Apr 18, 2013, 2:05 AM EDT

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Kurt Suzuki and Ross Detwiler react to Greg Gibson's missed call at the plate.

Game in a nutshell: After an ugly performance last night, the Nationals got back on track with a near-flawlessly played game in all facets. Ross Detwiler pitched brilliantly, pounding the strike zone and allowing just one run over seven innings to earn his first win of the season. Bryce Harper, back in the lineup but still battling flu-like symptoms, went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI, infield single. Kurt Suzuki homered, tripled and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly. Rafael Soriano, making his first appearance in six days, pitched a scoreless ninth. Ryan Zimmerman even made two picture-perfect throws on the only two grounders hit to him in the game (though he was mysteriously taken out in favor of Chad Tracy in the eighth inning). The Nationals may still have a few issues, but they're feeling a lot better about themselves after taking two of three in Miami, heading up to New York for the weekend with a 9-6 record overall.

Hitting highlight: The Nationals obviously were upset to lose Wilson Ramos to a hamstring injury, but they also knew they had more than a capable replacement in Suzuki. And the veteranRead more ยป

  1. Eric - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Beautiful game fellas…a pleasure to watch!

  2. Section 222 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Untuck!!!! Nice to see Soriano with a smooth performance. And boy, Det was impressive.

  3. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    FP with the Untuckage. That is coolage.

  4. David Proctor - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Soriano found his slider. If he can continue throwing that, he'll be good to go.

  5. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Good, clean win.Harper needs a break.

  6. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Those 107 pitches also represented a new career high, as Davey Johnson continues to give his young hurler more rope.Interesting figure of speech there. I'm going with "What part of 'Instant' confuses you, Sofa?"

  7. peric - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Suzuki is in better shape physically. Its kind of like saying Ramos has a higher ceiling than Pudge when he was younger. This was an almost perfect game. Top of the lineup didn't produce much but it didn't matter to Harper. And Detwiler continues in his campaign prove he should be considered ahead of Gio this season and maybe JZimmnn.They win another series.

  8. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Zombie Bryce says: mmmm….pitchers….hitsYep, I did indeed untuck.

  9. Candide - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Like JZimm Monday night, Det's ERA actually went UP tonight.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Harper 8 multi hit games. In those games Nats 8-0.Stras vs. Harvey a batlle again.

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    I untuck despite no saves.

  12. NatsLady - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Mets have to stay in Colorado. Tonight's game was postponed, they are making it up tomorrow. Nice, no off-day for them.

  13. A DC Wonk - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said…Why was Det pulled with 90 pitches last time and allowed to stay after 91 this time?Det had two games under his belt this time. Not a bad strategy to let a pitcher work up to it when it's still April.

  14. Doc - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Harps leads the way from sickbay.How many guys with the flu (The boy looked pale white)can hit 4 for 5—not that many. Maybe more Nats need to get the flu–nah, that'd be a bad idea!GoooooooooooooooooooooNats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Gonat, IOU 1. That was indeed a slider, not a curve, at least according to Ray.

  16. Drew - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Nice bounce-back win.Sorry to hear the news about Matt Skole.At Hagerstown, lefty Brett Mooneyham must be on a strict pitch count. Tonight he was lifted with one out in the fifth before he'd allowed a single hit.Mooneyham's ERA dropped to 0.63.

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    by the way replay from two different angle the helmet moved enough you could easily call him out. Ump was going to call him out. Noangle showed from the same position ump was

  18. sjm308 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    I asked for 9 – 6 and they delivered. Two of three from the Mets lads.Go nats!

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Michael Jordan had one of his greatest games with the flu.

  20. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Replays also indicate that Zuuk said the F-word, not that I blame him. :-)

  21. Secret wasian man - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Well played gentlemen. Well played

  22. SCNatsFan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Detwiler #5. Pffffffft.

  23. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    NatsLady said… Mets have to stay in Colorado. Tonight's game was postponed, they are making it up tomorrow. Nice, no off-day for them._______________________________Mets were playing a scheduled Thursday game already. They just won't make it a doubleheader.

  24. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Well, Blue isn't looking at an HD monitor, in slow motion, 10 times. He's looking in real time, up close, without the benefit of knowing in advance what's going to happen. The tag got the top of the helmet, at full speed, all within less than a second. Of course, the goal is to get the call right, and if I'm Davey, I'm arguing that too–he did not, in fact, get it right. But he was in position, paying attention, and didn't get any rules wrong, on a bang-bang play. That's his job. Human beings are going to miss a few. They just are.Now, strike zones … the plate hasn't changed size in living memory. That's different.

  25. Joe Seamhead - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    "Phoey" doesn't start with an F, natsfan1a…

  26. MicheleS - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Drew. Mooneyham was taken out with arm tightness. Will be evaluated in the next few days.Nice win tonight. Glad to hear that the mets are in CO tomorrow.

  27. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said… Gonat, IOU 1. That was indeed a slider, not a curve, at least according to Ray. April 17, 2013 10:20 PM _________________________________That's okay. Just helping out. I still think that Det's fastball is working great for him but the changeup and more sliders could help his pitch counts as the Marlins fouled off a lot of balls.Also what works against bad teams doesn't against the good ones.

  28. David Proctor - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    My issue with the ump is that he changed his mind. If he called it safe, I'd probably still be upset, but he was ready to punch him out and then said safe. That's what is confusing to me.

  29. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Is it me, or is Davey looking significantly healthier?

  30. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Oh, that's right. I'm forgetting my spelling lessons. :-)Joe Seamhead said… "Phoey" doesn't start with an F, natsfan1a… April 17, 2013 10:29 PM

  31. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Sounds like Kaptain Kurt definitely tagged him from what Davey said.Ump changing his mind is bad unless Kurt dropped the ball which he didn't.

  32. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Davey is looking well.

  33. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    David, I agree, indecision is always a problem for an umpire, but I want him to be willing to get the call right, even if it's on the second try, so I would want to know what changed his mind, but again, you lose that argument 100%.

  34. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    "Kurt must've called him a Phillies Phan.""How romantic."

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Actually I was watching with heart. I called him out before the replsy, and once I saw it , it was quite clear again. Nothing changed except to confirm what I thought.My concern also was he planned to call it right and something not thete had him change his mind. You would think the mitt hitting helmet would have made it easy.Fortunately little harn, just something to complsin about.

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    When will MASN get a new dugout reporter? saw Kristina Acra is on MLB Network.

  37. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Gonat said… Detwiler appears to be missing his spots based on where Suzuki is setting up on these fastballs. April 17, 2013 7:48 PM __________________________________Detwiler said, "I was Overthrowing my sinker and wasn't able to locate it early"Confirms what I said.

  38. David Proctor - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    They hired someone today Manassas Nats' Fan. She'll start this next homestand.

  39. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Mannasas, Julie Alexandria got hired today as the new sideline reporter. Read NatsEnquirer.

  40. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    I can do without sideline reporters myself but here you go:http://www.masnsports.com/nationals_pastime/2013/04/masn-hires-julie-alexandria-as-new-nationals-sideline-reporter.html

  41. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    D'oh! One virtual drink coming up.

  42. Drew - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    MicheleS:Thanks for the word on Mooneyham. Hope he's OK.

  43. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Make that two virtual drinks.

  44. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Detwiler also said when he overthrows his sinker it doesn't sink and goes straight.Tonight as he went on he let his velo drop. He didn't do that in his last start.Major step forward by Det. Only suggestion is getting some more changeups and sliders worked in.

  45. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    MicheleS said… Nice win tonight. Glad to hear that the mets are in CO tomorrow. _______________________________They already had a scheduled 3pm game beforehand which makes for a long flight back and they won't get to bed until past midnight.They are just fortunate that MLB isn't forcing it to be a doubleheader.This matchup of Harvey/Strasburg is getting a lot of early buzz.

  46. baseballswami - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    In honor of his outstanding performance, I vow to spell his name correctly. Detwiler. And as for his fastballs, he throws two different types , varies locations. I think McCatty and Suzuki can manage it if they want him to change things.

  47. Eric - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    "Is it me, or is Davey looking significantly healthier?"I felt the same way…maybe Harper and Span aren't the only ones who've come down with something?

  48. A DC Wonk - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Also what works against bad teams doesn't against the good ones. Well, he did pitch pretty well against the Braves (7 IP, 1 R)Detwiler said, "I was Overthrowing my sinker and wasn't able to locate it early"Man, you just gotta love when a pitcher doesn't have his best stuff, or is missing a pitch, and can still go out and do what he did. (If I recall, same thing with JZ two nights ago — his slider wasn't working, and he still got the complete game victory).

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Gonat/Sec3, I think that is Ross's brand new pitch and I'd call it a slurve. Maybe Mark can confirm.

  50. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Wonk, he said that he eventually got the sinker going.

  51. baseballswami - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Late to the party, just catching up on DVR. Sweet fancy Moses, Bryce can hit, but he looks like crap. Good thing they have tomorrow off.

  52. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Gonat/Sec3, I think that is Ross's brand new pitch and I'd call it a slurve. Maybe Mark can confirm. ___________________________That's good stuff. It will be interesting what Pitch F/X says tomorrow when they post the data for this game because according to their database Ross has never thrown a slider as he is Sinker, 4 seam, curveball, changeup.

  53. A DC Wonk - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    So, Nats are not playing up to par, some have "lost confidence", and we're uptight about getting on track . . . and all this while we're on a 97-win pace (.600).But: I usually see the glass about half-full. Isn't it great that our home team is so good that we fret over a 9-6 record? It sure as heck didn't use to be that way!

  54. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Wonk, the regular patrons don't seem overly worried except about Ryan Z.Notice that Stevie J Alexandria didn't show up tonight. He only comes out during beatdowns.

  55. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    As I stated this morning the idea is to try to win each series. so after 15 games, the Nats are 9-6. If the Nats go 9-6 every 15 games, I think that puts them at 98 wins or fairly close?

  56. A DC Wonk - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Gonat said… Wonk, he said that he eventually got the sinker going.Ah, OK, thanks.baseballswami said… Late to the party, just catching up on DVR. Sweet fancy Moses, Bryce can hit, but he looks like crap.Yeah — amazingly, after a single, he's standing there at first base, with both hands on his knees trying to catch his breath.And (spoiler alert ;-) ) he goes 4-for-5.PS: any particular reason given why RZ was lifted in the double switch (right after striking out, again, chasing something low and outside)? Just convenience, or was there more to it?

  57. David Proctor - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    "Bryce Harper got an IV pregame, vomited in the 2nd inning, felt his head spinning at the plate … and went 4-for-5"

  58. A DC Wonk - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Oh — and one more thing:It wasn't too long ago, that Det would be undone by a bad call or an error.Not tonight.Also, one of the best stats: Zero Walks for Det. (And a total of only three this season).

  59. Steady Eddie - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Mark, Det is 1-0, not 1-2.His two previous starts were no decisions, both of which he left with the Nats ahead.

  60. A DC Wonk - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Wait a minute!Notice that Stevie J Alexandria didn't show up tonight. He only comes out during beatdowns. And the name of the new Akra is Julie Alexandria?

  61. Steady Eddie - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Wonk — along with his increased command, Det's unflappability in the face of errors and bad calls has been his biggest area of improvement since 2011.

  62. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Wonk, no way are they related! Too funny!

  63. NCNatsie - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Julie, si.Stevie J, no.

  64. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    I felt that Det would have a break out season in 2013. Det would be a #2 or #3 on at least a dozen other MLB teams

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    thanks all.Julie Alexandria during March Madness.

  66. baseballswami - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    DC Wonk- the twitter verse is reporting Zim's hammy was barking a bit. Better than that first game where he was downright gimpy. I think it was good for him to come out without having let one fly. Day off for Zim's hammy, Danny's hand ( will miss Lombo at the dish), and the two pukers.

  67. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    The defensive alignment in the outfield was amazing tonight. Bryce was placed many times at spots where he didn't have to move to catch some flyouts and liners.

  68. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Can Braves keep up this pace? It is actually impressive.

  69. Gonat - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    baseballswami, the most interesting development will be if Davey keeps Lombo in as he is getting it done in the field and at the dish.

  70. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Gonat… I have been a Lombo fan from day 1, this kid has to play, I'm not saying every day, but I think 3 of evey 7 games.Also, I am starting to believe that winning the division guarantees nothing in baseball. Just get in the playoffs. in other words, we as fans should not obsess over the Nats having to win the East.

  71. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    To add to my point, Lombo's Dad as most of you know played ona Twins team in 1987 that won 83 games and made it in the post season the last day. They went on to sweep the Tigers who won I believe 105 games that season and of course they won the WS.

  72. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    Kurt Suzuki is a beast and I am so glad he plays for us!!

  73. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    He only comes out during beatdowns.And here I thought the DeNiro clip scared him off…

  74. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    whats up old funk!!!!

  75. mick - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    maybe the Billy Batts clip scared him off, lol

  76. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    Turn on MLB Network. Ryan Zimmerman segment.

  77. Scott Margenau - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Do tell Ghost. Davey had a chemical peel and Botox. Looks 10 years younger!Seriously, I was thinking the other day that he looks much better and healthier…and here I thought it was just me!

  78. natsfan1a - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Oh, I missed that. Did you go old school with Taxi Driver or new school with Meet the Fokkers?Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said… And here I thought the DeNiro clip scared him off… April 17, 2013 11:27 PM

  79. 3on2out - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Section 3:As an umpire myself (well…that's a stretch…I'm a slo-pitch softball ump) I appreciate your recognition of the difficulty of calling a bang-bang tag play. The hard ones are when the tag is being applied in an area not adjacent to where the plate (or base) is being touched. (E.g., the tag high on the body of a sliding runner). In this instance, what struck me as strange was he had it right initially. He then decided he saw something to convince himself he had it wrong. That is unusual. You usually go with your first sense of the play and don't reverse yourself unless you see something that overwhelmingly convinces you otherwise. (the ball coming loose for example)

  80. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    3on2out – yeah, it's amazing how easy other people's jobs are, and how complicated our own.

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