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Game 27: Nats at Braves

Apr 30, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez faces Tim Hudson tonight at Turner Field.

ATLANTA โ€” No matter the status of Stephen Strasburg's right arm, the Nationals could really use a win tonight against the Braves, who have now beaten their NL East rivals eight consecutive times dating back to last season. So a quality start by Gio Gonzalez, not to mention some clutch hitting against Tim Hudson, would help the cause.

Gonzalez is coming off a stellar outing against the Reds, one in which he allowed only one hit over eight innings (Joey Votto's homer). The lefty's record against Atlanta isn't anything to get excited about: 2-3, 6.08 ERA in five starts over the last two seasons. Hudson, on the other hand, has owned the Nationals franchise over the years (15-5, 2.60 ERA in 27 starts) though they did beat the veteran right-hander twice last season. He's in search of his 200th career win.

Jayson Werth is not in the Nats' lineup after dealing with both a hamstring and ankle issue last night. Bryce Harper will slide over to his spot in right field, with Tyler Moore in left field. Wilson Ramos, meanwhile, is catching for the first time since going on the DL with a hamstring strain.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (13-13)
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche

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241 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sam - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    What does Bernadina have to do to get some playing time? How did he get into Davey's dog house?

  2. EmDash - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Not liking the match-up today – the Braves have a lot of guys in the line-up with a high OPS against Gio, and the guy with the best OPS against Hudson is Werth, who won't be able to play today. But we'll see.

  3. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Embash agree. This one could be over early. Under. 500 once again.

  4. EmDash - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Sam, he's only had the one hit this season. And against Hudson, Bernadina has hit .190/.217/.238 with 9 strike-outs in 23 plate appearances. Tyler Moore's never faced him so they're gambling that he'll do better.

  5. SCNatsFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Why we have a guy batting 170 who can't make contact in the 2 hole is confusing to me. Can someone explain it?

  6. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Just saw that Tim Timmons is umpiring. What a piece of garbage he is. Maybe I will rent a movie.

  7. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I'd rather see Desmond in the two hole.

  8. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    If Nats lose I hope a least we get beat normally and do it by getting picked off, or failing at bunt attempts……. That's intolerable

  9. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I'd rather like you to rent the movie, SWM.

  10. Nats106 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Looking pretty bleak for the Natitude Nation. At least our guys strung together 10 hits. Unfortunately it was only 1 an inning most of the time. However, look on the bright side-they played error free ball yesterday, which is good. Our bullpen only gave up 1 run, which is good. Our starter only gave up 2 runs. Manassas made his call yesterday, I'll make mine:Gio will step up and deliver. Our hitters will exercise patience at the plate and not leave so many runners stranded. Davey will outmanage his opponent. Nats win. And tomorrow the sun will still rise from the east. I added the last one just to make sure one of my predictions comes true.

  11. EmDash - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Danny is our third-best hitter against Hudson in the past, and second-best available for tonight's game. That could be part of it. Davey also may be trying to encourage better plate discipline by placing him higher in the order – he walked once or twice this the last couple of games! But in general, high strikeout/low OBP impatient hitters should be further down, so I personally don't care for him being so high in the order.

  12. Eric - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Espi has made some positive steps in the 2 hole, no?I don't know why, that just seems like a good place for him to me…

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Werth can slip back into the 2 hole when RZim comes back later this week.Looks like 2 to 3 more nights of this experiment.LaRoche back to cleanup. I guess he's all fixed after getting a single yesterday. Last time Hudson faced LaRoche he put him into a slump as he made him look silly.

  14. 3on2out - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Strasburg v. Teheran. Our #1 v. their #5? Reverse lock.Gonzalez v. Hudson. Gio struggles against the Braves. Tim owns the Nationals. Reverse lock.

  15. EmDash - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    ALSO: Gio is the last guy Ramos should start out catching, as he throws all those breaking balls that might break too violently and need someone to slide and block. Or, worse case scenario, run after. If he wasn't going to come back last night and is being eased back in, it should be tomorrow. Don't get that call at all.

  16. baseballswami - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Don't see them letting Ryan play at Potomac tonight on the wet ground. They might actually cancel. Will that delay him coming back?

  17. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Looks like Davey has seen enough of Rendon. His bat seems fine but defensively the ML game seems a liitle fast for him.A couple of solid months of regular minor league playing time and he'll be fine.

  18. baseballswami - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    You know – he will be fine. He is following a normal progression for a good prospect. Our whole view of this has been skewed by Bryce Harper, who is not normal. He made it look easier than it is. Rendon will be fine as long as we don't try to compare him to Bryce.

  19. IKN8wxU2 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I'm very disappointed that Davey isn't playing Rendon. But I trust Davey to get these things right. (Deep down, however, I'm a little worried that he's turning into Riggleman.)

  20. Rabbit34 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    OMG OMG OMG. We are going to get clobbered. LaRoche in cleanup. That should scare the crap out of the Braves. Harper might as well take the night off. I'll check the score tomorrow. Man, what a ppt. Boring. Where is the Babe Ruth League and Lingerie Football when you need them!!

  21. Rabbit34 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Gio will step up and deliver what would normally be a good win. But he won't be able to overcome the rest of our lineup. Poor Harper, sandwiched between two guys batting .183 and .143. If you doubled Espinosa's and LaRoches stats and added their batting averages together, they wouldn't even be equal to Harper. OMG OMG OMG.

  22. JD - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Rabbit34, Maybe we should just mail it in. Why bother risking any more injuries?

  23. baseballswami - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I have been discouraged by the Nats play and lack of fire. I DO think they can turn it around, but not overnight. I think it will be gradual and for now we are still in the doldrums. I don't see that they can just magically push a button and everything will be fine. This team is day to day.

  24. EmDash - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Getting the fatalism started a little early here, guys. *g*

  25. natsfan1a - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    There's no reason to play the games, seeing as how we all know how a given game will come out, right? I seem to recall reading that there was a reason they played 'em, but I forget just why that is. Oh, well. Maybe they'll mention why on the broadcast. I guess I'll watch just in case.

  26. Nats106 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Any given Sunday (but since we can't win on Sunday) we can go with on any given Tuesday until next month.They are moving in the right direction. Error free baseball, defensively and offensively is what I'd like to see, along with a confident Gio, especially if he gets in a jam.

  27. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Big Papi Snack Strips are gluten free. Get them to Werth.

  28. SonnyG10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Rabbit34 said…Poor Harper, sandwiched between two guys batting .183 and .143. Well, look at it this way. Harp's OBP should increase. :)

  29. A DC Wonk - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Rabbit34 said… OMG OMG OMG. We are going to get clobbered…. Man, what a ppt. Boring.So is repeating the same thing dozens of times.

  30. A DC Wonk - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Question of the day: is ALR hitting to left field because he's late on his swing, or because his trying to break out of his slump by going the other way?

  31. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Brandon Phillips on his clubhouse "We have no buttholes, just some clowns but no buttholes". Interesting things I didn't know about the Reds.

  32. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    DC Wonk they have the shift on him so he says he's trying to sit back on pitches which inside outs them to LF. Braves may play their LF more shallow now that he disclosed thatike they do vs Span.

  33. Nats106 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Wonk, I think we may see an answer to that tonight. At Sunday's game LaRoche went oppo with a deep foul against Cingrani, then K'd. That was against, I believe a 93 MPH fastball. Hudson tops out now at what, 88? If he is back to pulling the ball, expect to see a steady diet of fast balls away from the league's power pitchers.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I feel a big win tonight.

  35. Sam - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    EmDash – 23 plate appearances is hardly enough of a sample from which to actually draw any reasonable deductions of his performance. And Bernadina only has one hit because he's only been given a few chances. I wouldn't mind seeing Bernie in LF and Moore at 1B.

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    The last few days MASN's audio has come and gone. The story was Strasburg was solent. I have comcast in Manassas. How is eeryone else'S audio?

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I turned from HD to non HD. That station is fine. So I amtrying non Hd tonight to see if that helps the team.

  38. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman is not playing tonight in his rehab start with Potomac A due to the weather conditions.

  39. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Span's first at-bat approach is so well thought through. He struck out but still he worked the pitcher.Danny on the other hand. 1st pitch swinging at a pitcher's pitch and fouled it off. 2 pitch out. Ugh.

  40. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Bryce missed it by thaaaat much.

  41. SCNatsFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Gonat I have no idea at this point what he has to do to earn at trip to the minors. Except for the first half of his rookie season he has looked overmatched by MLB pitching.

  42. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    SC, are you referring to Bryce or Espi?

  43. SCNatsFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Espi

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Gio didn't get the message. We win almost no games when the other team score first.

  45. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    SC, I agree. His new approach is ambush the pitcher and the pitchers aren't stupid, they know he is swinging at anything close 1st pitch and they throw him a borderline strike and let him chase it and hope for a swing & miss or weak contact.It's resulted in less K's and horrible BABIP and a super low BA of .179

  46. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Tyler looks like a first baseman out there.one more run and it will be hard to catch up.

  47. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    You just finish talking about how you don't pitch Gattis and where do they go?Come on.

  48. SCNatsFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Tyler Moore shows why he will be a DH soon

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    That os how you know Moore is not an outfielder.This reminds me of the Sunday Braves game. Gio was unprepared to pitch them Walks Upton and he scores.Pitches great againt a better hitting Reds team.

  50. SCNatsFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    And yet another huge pitch count early for Gio. Jeez we are doing everything wrong.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Thanks Ramos. Welcome back

  52. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Gio didn't go inside on Gattis. Please tell me he learned something from last time he faced him.

  53. Joe Seamhead - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    And people want to know why Moore doesn't play more in the outfield? Two things you either have, or you don't: an outfielder's arm, and an outfielder's radar. You can't teach either one.Catcher's interference still cost Gio several more pitches to get through the first.

  54. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Gio didn't go inside on Gattis. Please tell me he learned something from last time he faced him. April 30, 2013 7:31 PM _____________________________He missed your scouting report that Strasburg didn't have when the Nats faced him the first time.smh

  55. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Joe, I don't blame TyMo. Just lack of playing time. Harp did that in Cincinatti.

  56. DJB - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Gio crapping his pants as expected. Pathetic team.

  57. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Gonat…..Tyler is not an outfielder. He works at it but he'll be below average for some time.

  58. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    The scouting report I recall is you have to get Tim Hudson in the 1st inning and if you don't, good luck.

  59. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    NatsJack, I don't disagree but to ride him for a poor read isn't fair. He's a below average outfielder as we know. What does anyone expect when he gets little to no playing time.

  60. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Yes Gio, belt high fast balls get hit by everybody.

  61. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Web Gem Gio!

  62. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Put Gio in Left!nice catch

  63. Exposremains - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    It's really been while since the last time a Nats starter looks completely lost in the 1st inning. I don't know who but someone needs to get in this team face. They are not doing anything well. No pitching, no defense, no hitting, no life.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Gio and Moore should switch spots.

  65. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Tyler Moore has no clue in left field. Harper would have made a difference on all 3 balls to left field.

  66. Exposremains - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Gio smiling at Hudson's double. It's time to get serious.

  67. Alphabet Soup Erik - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Glad that is funny Gio…no heart loser!!! Everybody knew he would get rocked tonight…that is the sad part.

  68. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    So Gio says, "heck, lets see how good Tyler is left. Here, jack this fast ball."

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Henry has spead. We have good Gio and bad Gio. Good bad Clip.

  70. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Well April is almost over

  71. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    This is getting to the point where I am beginning to laugh and not mind seeing us lose 11-0 or whatever. It is just pathetic that neither Ryan Zimmerman, nor La Roche nor Espinosa nor Werth was ready to play this season. They owe everyone a month's pay.

  72. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    we need to play the braves less so we can catch up

  73. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    4-0 Gio is lucky with that pitch to Freeman that it isn't 5-0

  74. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    In basketball, a coach would yank all the starters right here….

  75. Joe Seamhead - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Gonat, sorry, you're wrong on this, imho. You could leave him there for years and he will never be an outfielder. He is very much like Duda, only Duda is a lefty. The coaches see it.

  76. Exposremains - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I don't really want to go there but maybe Gio doesn't have the "help" he used to have this year

  77. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    What an absolute disaster this team is. Not even competitive. The Braves own us. Man I wish the Caps were on. And anybody who thinks this is a good team, well I got some nice swamp property for you.

  78. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Good Clip was back in 2011 and hasn't been seen in public since.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Does Gio have tightness in his arm too. Stras pitched lots better tightness, then performance

  80. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Exposeremains. WHAT HELP?? He has 3 walks, a wild pitch and the pitcher crushed a double. Gio is a head case and a baby.

  81. Alphabet Soup Erik - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I guess steroids do help pitchers…Gio is a joke.

  82. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    OH sorry Expos remains. I get it now. A little slow. Maybe you are right.

  83. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Well, assume this game is done given Hudson's record with a lead…How's about giving Shark, Lombo some playing time. Give Espi and LaRoche a rest…what do we have to lose…make it a productive loss ;)

  84. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Joe Seamhead said… Gonat, sorry, you're wrong on this, imho. You could leave him there for years and he will never be an outfielder. He is very much like Duda, only Duda is a lefty. The coaches see it. April 30, 2013 7:47 PM ________________________________Huh, he is below average but would get better with more work. I tried making that point. It's a shame so many want to bash the kid like it's totally his fault.

  85. Joe Seamhead - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Gio is a joke? Gio is a baby? How soon they forget the one hitter last week.

  86. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I think since this is Daveys last year that he should go and step down. I know he doesn't hit or pitch. But the mental errors are on him. The horrible lineups day in day out are on him. Continuing to play ALR is pathetic.

  87. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Drop the steroid stuff unless you have some information besides what is publicly available. Gio looked great in the WBC and he has looked great at times this year. It is called a bad outing with Tyler Moore stumbling around in left field exacerbating things. It is time for Moore to put up or shut up out there. I am sick of hearing how great a hitter he is when he has done anything this year. And no, hitting is not different depending on whether you start or not.

  88. Exposremains - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Or just to get named in the reports got to his head. Last year, The nats backed into the playoff and looked done in them. Hopefully, its the opposite this year.

  89. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Chad Tracy as a starter. This is what we have come to. Rizzo thinks that Chad Tracy is a good player to have off the bench.

  90. SCNatsFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    I'll give everyone a break and leave for the night because I have nothing positive to say at all. Promised a good team and we get this effort night after night. Classic bait and switch to tear our hearts out.

  91. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    It is a rule that the Nats have to swing at the first pitch.

  92. Dan Strong - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Well on our way to another sweep.

  93. Amr Khani - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Do these guys ever take a pitch?

  94. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Team has already quit. I think I will too. No need to worry. ITS EARLY!!!!!! I can tell that the Nats are going to break out any day now!!!

  95. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Only the pitcher bothers to work the count….

  96. Gonat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… In basketball, a coach would yank all the starters right here…. April 30, 2013 7:47 PM _______________________________This is the manager who let Danny start on Sunday after multiple bonehead plays on Saturday.

  97. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Nope…just wasted effort trying to make an apple into an orange. Play to Moore's strengths not his weakness. He's a good hitter and can play first well enough. eg: Don't make your pitcher your clean up hitter unless his nickname is Babe or your current cleanup hitter is batting .143

  98. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Span goes after the first pitch. Unlike Gio, Span got the memo that you have to hit the first pitch….

  99. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Don't turn the game off…you could miss a no-hitter

  100. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Gonat said… Span's first at-bat approach is so well thought through. He struck out but still he worked the pitcher.April 30, 2013 7:14 PM _________________________________I wish he did that on the remainder of his at-bats. Everyone seems to be swinging at the 1st pitch so Tim Hudson can have an 80 pitch complete game shutout.

  101. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Bad outing 2 times in a row against the team need to beat to win the division? Not recommended by most doctorsHitters all have been pathetic as a team since first Brave game. Get your act together. This is not fun.We care show you do.

  102. DJB - May 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Countdown to team implosion is two weeks. Then we will be considering radical Red Sox surgery. Look how well it worked for them. I would dump Espi, Zimm, and Desmond for prospects and bullpen help.

  103. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    The same goes with Danny…platoon him until we get a suitable replacement.

  104. NatsJack in Florida - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    4 more hours and April will be over. Thank goodness.

  105. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Moore has provided no indication that he hits well enough to work hard to find a position for him. He had decent power but poor average last year and tailed way off after July. I see little indication that the league hasn't figured him out.

  106. Joe Seamhead - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Gonat, He has no arm. It's not his fault. Willingham never got better as a defensive outfielder, nor did Dunn, Willy Mo, or Milledge. Look, I'm not blaming Moore for the 4-0 deficient. No that's pretty much a team accomplishment. I just don't think it's as easy to move an infielder to the OF as many people think.What I really want to know is who we're those guys playing in Nats uniforms last year, and where are they?

  107. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    If you get a no hitter against this lineup (minus Bryce) do you put an asterisk by it?

  108. NatsJack in Florida - May 1, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Hey, I got an idea. Let's walk the lead off hitter the pick him off.

  109. phil dunton - May 1, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Hudson has all the runs he needs as the Braves move towards another series sweep over the Nationals.

  110. ehay2k - May 1, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Sigh. It's like we have no idea what we are doing at the plate. Nice to see Gio draw a walk out of Hudson. No worries, Eck will coach that out of him!Seriously though, we just look like we are pressing Sooooooo hard. And as for TyMo, he needs a LOT of seasoning in left field. I was having Morse and Dunn flashbacks. Peric, until LaRoche is gone, Moore will be best used as a bench warming pinch hitter.

  111. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Guess tonight's final score:I will say 11 to 5, with the Nats getting a few in garbage time, assuaging our announcers because 5 runs is decent, and enough to win normally.

  112. Dan Strong - May 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I say this every time… Any time these guys get behind, they just give up at the plate. Instead of chipping away, they all keep swinging for the fences. Zero situational hitting. I doubt this team could work its way back from down one run in the bottom of the first.

  113. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    All 803 fans at the game thought that was a balk. What a pathetic sports town Atlanta is.

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Upton look safe. Tag was high,

  115. DJB - May 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Can't we just admit we have no options. Our position players suck with the exception of Span and Barper, and Span has no power. Zimm is always injured. He hurts the team more than he helps. And there is no help coming from the Farm. All of this brought to you by our genius, Mike Rizzo.

  116. Joe Seamhead - May 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Get real, BJ. It wasn't even close.

  117. mick - May 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I just hope that in 4 more hours, the season won't be over. WTF is going on with our team???

  118. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Wait a second, we were up 4-0 against the braves just a couple of weeks ago and lost. Maybe payback time with back to back to back homers by Espinosa, Harper and ALR in the 6th. You heard it hear first

  119. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I have to agree that I have been very unimpressed with the Nats approach when they go down in important games. They looked shellshocked against St. Louis in the 9.Gio with 7 k's and Dave is excited!

  120. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 1, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Final will be 9-0.

  121. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Willie O this team wont score 5 the entire series.

  122. ehay2k - May 1, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Actually DJB, when we play to our capabilities, this team is very capable of winning at least 98 games, if history is a guide.

  123. Amr Khani - May 1, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Over under on Hudson pitches this inning?

  124. Exposremains - May 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    NatsJackI hope you're right about April being almost done but there is something about this team this year that really doesn't inspire confidence. There are just crumbling because of expectations and I have to say DJ saying world series or bust didn't help.

  125. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    13 pitches

  126. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    How many guys in our starting 8 are playing above replacement player levels? My guess is only Span, Harper, Ramos/Suzuki and Desmond….

  127. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Does Danny ever learn? He will never catch that. What is wrong with Danny?

  128. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    hahahhahaha DANNY!!! stealing a paycheck

  129. Exposremains - May 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    1-2-3 up the in zone-Espinosa. How useless can this guy be right now

  130. Scott Margenau - May 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Davey. U r an idiot!!! How much evidence do u need???!!

  131. Alphabet Soup Erik - May 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Another great AB by Espinosa…why should this team have any heart when their senile manager continues to reward Espinosa. When do the Redskins start training camp?

  132. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    And Danny's not a number 2 hitter…he's a number 8 hitter on this club.

  133. NatsJack in Florida - May 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I am officially on the "Espinosa Stinks" band wagon. A torn rotator cuff has no effect on swinging a bat.

  134. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    20 year old works the count. ALR will swing immediately after letting two strikes go by….

  135. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    How pathetic is it that Carp is cheering a walk and a good eye? WOW And Tim Timmons is an ASSSSSSS

  136. phil dunton - May 1, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    The heart and soul of this team was ripped out when Rizzo, in his infinite wisdom, ran The Beast out of town. Morse kept the dugout loose and upbeat. Now, they look so depressed and beaten down.

  137. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    WHOO HOOOOOO LaRoche pulls it HARD!!!!! Lets have a parade

  138. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    La Roche hits into another DP; unofficially. He only seems to strike out when he doesn't hit into double plays….

  139. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    no no alert

  140. ehay2k - May 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Dang Natsjack, coming from you, that's pretty damning!

  141. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I think the problem I have is the handling of Espinosa by management. He needs to be treated fairly until proven otherwise, he is not an every day starter….platoon him and don't move a guy batting one something up in the order.

  142. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    PHIL DUNTON. YES INDEED.

  143. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Why is Chad Tracy playing instead of Rendon? They have got to get some hitting into the line up. Chad Tracy hasn't been able to hit for 10 years.

  144. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    to be fair, Tracey had two hits yesterday.

  145. Secret wasian man - May 1, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Im out guys. Missing Dance Moms. As always I enjoyed the misery. Because after all "misery loves company."

  146. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I am sorry but the Nats are going to have to cut some of these bench guys. Chad Tracy is not a replacement player.

  147. Exposremains - May 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    It's very easy to see why Davey plays Espinosa over Lombo. He sees himself in Espi not in Lombo. He wants pop from the his 2B like he had. The problem is that he hasn't looked good since the first half of 2011.

  148. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Wish Peric was on to give us some names to look forward to in 2018

  149. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Chad Tracy had a couple of weak hits. He has no power and seems to be unimpressive in the field. He makes $1 million and provides essentially Single A output….

  150. Exposremains - May 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    The league adjusted to Espi in 2011 and he never adjusted

  151. ehay2k - May 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Rendon is not ready, and also he will go back down. Tracy needs the at-bats. Simple.

  152. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I grew up a Braves fan and I well remember Davey going for 40 in 1973, something he never came close to before or after that. Good thing there were no steroids back then….

  153. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Well you ever see Moneyball…Espi may be the Nat's Billy Beane..better keep him, he could be a great GM someday.

  154. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Gio has all the outs tonight against the Braves. He knows that any balls to left field appear to be automatic extra base hits….

  155. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    If Chad Tracy's at bats are significant to this team, then truly this season is over–I happen to think that Chad Tracy is irrelevant to this team, just as he was last year.

  156. btharner - May 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    How many days until the WNBA season. At this point I'd rather be watching the sad-sack Mystics, that team can never let you down because you never expect anything out of them.

  157. mick - May 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I am now wondering if Nats are 1970 Senators and will win less than 70 games?

  158. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    The Nats of 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972, in Texas, were truly bad.

  159. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Roy Halladay. 8 earned runs.

  160. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Gio's walks are killing him.

  161. Daylos - May 1, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Looks like Gonzalez is trying to catch him this start.

  162. Exposremains - May 1, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    this game is over, you can book it. can't wait for Haren on thursday.

  163. Alphabet Soup Erik - May 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Gattitude!!!

  164. mick - May 1, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler1969 they were very good, 86-76 tied Bosox for 3rd and Bosman was ERA champ, Hondo 2nd in HR's and they had 3 on All Star team, Ted Williams AL manager of year, but yes, 1970-72 they sucked, kinda like Nats now

  165. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Well, remember July 20, 2012, we were 9-0 against the braves and we lost so…payback.In any case, we will win 90 this year. Zimm, Ramos, ALR and 2bman to be named later will make a difference when they are all back.

  166. Amr Khani - May 1, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    The Braves have a .777 BABIP tonight.

  167. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    1969 Nats seemed decent but it was an illusion. They won their last ten games and still finished 23 games behind the Orioles.

  168. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    yep…Moore can hit

  169. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    That's why TyMo can be the starting 1st baseman.

  170. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Where was that when we needed it Moore. Too bad you blew the game in the first….

  171. DJB - May 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Last year was a mirage, a product of new pitchers which the division had not yet adjusted to, and a couple of players performing above their long-term mean. This is the real team, and it was created by Rizzo. I enjoyed poor baseball without the pretense much better.

  172. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    10-1 in the Phoolies game.

  173. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Our Starting pitching is no mirage…one of the best in baseball.And agree, should have Moore play 1b more. ALR needs to rest his back.

  174. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    How is it even possible to win a team's last ten in a row and still finish 23 games back? I know the Orioles were amazing that year, but I have a feeling that everything went right for the Nats in 1969 and it still never even gave them a whiff of contending.Chad Tracy bounces out on the first pitch. Great veteran leadership.

  175. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Ramos was safe. Come on. Tie to the runner.

  176. Daylos - May 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    If this doesn't turn around within the next week to 10 days, McCatty and Eckstein are both going to be looking for new employers. You can't fire the players so they are going to take the fall for this.

  177. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    leave shark in…move tyler to first.

  178. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… Chad Tracy bounces out on the first pitch. Great veteran leadership. ______________________________At least he pulled it to move TyMo to 3rd. Otherwise agreed.

  179. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    why do you fire McCatty ?

  180. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Moore should only play first base unless there is some compelling reason. We certainly don't lose much with him at 1st compared to the outfield where Harper would have run down all those balls that Moore looked like an oaf chasing…..

  181. ehay2k - May 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    A little early for declaring the season over. The Giants were something like 18-19 last year. Turned out pretty well for them. Other than the Barves,our division is pretty weak. That bodes well for us.'Anyway, it's early. And if there is one manager in MLB that can help good talent develop, it's Davey. So, we just need to be patient and let him push the right buttons. Remember, right after he took over for Riggleman, Davey dropped the team below .500 for a while and actually commented something to the effect that "the previous manager had a winning team this year." It will turn around. The Nats just have to play solid baseball. Not extraordinary, solid. The pitching will take care of the rest over the course of a season.

  182. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Have we ever gotten a call against the Braves? Seriously? I hate to be one of those people but it seems as though we have gotten some historically bad/wrong calls by the umps when we play Atlanta.The good news is that Gio's K average is way up tonight. He can use that in contract negotiations….

  183. Daylos - May 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    The pitching coach gets fired because well, the pitching is sucking and they don't seem to be buying what he's selling. As I said, you can't fire the players to the coaches are the ones that get the axe like every other professional sport.

  184. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    That's the icing on the cake! Hudson HR.

  185. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Well at least it didn't hit Harper's noggin.

  186. Daylos - May 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I'm not calling for his head, but that is how it works in professional sports.

  187. ehay2k - May 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Pitchers' ERA is fine. The hitting coach cannot justify the results of his tutelage, however. It seems like only after they shake off the effects of his spring training lessons do the Nats start hitting. And Zack Duke? So over him. Have never seen anything that impressed me. Trade him to the A's.

  188. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Our pitching stats are in the top half of the league. Zack Duke not withstanding.

  189. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Way to early to panic but Davey will continue to play his favorites and not play the hot players. Then again we have so many on here that for the last year and 1/2 keep saying Danny Espinosa is a future star.Then you have those that keep saying how great Adam LaRoche is with the glove and as usual he doesn't make a play going to stretch for one.

  190. Dan Strong - May 1, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I wouldn't fire McCatty… It's not his fault he was given a bunch of fragile head cases. Eck on the other hand HAS TO GO. Our guys are just a disaster at the plate. There have been NO adjustments made whatsoever. We need someone to come in here and FORCE these guys to grind out at-bats and stop their weird, innate desire to try to hit every single ball out of the stadium. There's just no desire out of this team other than Bryce. It's like the rest of the guys just hibernated at the stadium after game five, emerged right before the start of the season and just expect to be handed the world series trophy.

  191. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    How is that not an error on LaRoche?

  192. William O. Douglas Loeffler - May 1, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    The Braves are stranding lots of runners….

  193. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Davey, sometimes I dont understand why you don't give your bench a chance on a night that is not yours…could have put Bernadina in left after he ph,moved Moore to first and give others some much needed ABs and ALR a rest.

  194. UnkyD - May 1, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Joe Seamhead said…Gio is a joke? Gio is a baby? How soon they forget the one hitter last week.———-Thanks, Joe. I thought everybody forgot….

  195. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Rube Marquard…won 19 in a row

  196. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 1, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    We led 9-0 vs Braves last year and. lost.

  197. Daylos - May 1, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Mark my words, one or the other of them will get fired if things don't change by mid-May. Canning both of them at the same time would reek of desperation so they won't both get the axe at the same time, but something needs to happen to shake this team up.

  198. Gonat - May 1, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    UnkyD/Joe, better to ignore the Troll stupidity like that although I am taking my daily shots at Espi and LaRoche that I really feel are hurting this team.

  199. Joe Seamhead - May 1, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Who are these hot players you speak of! LOL now. There is not one hot player on this team right now. Harper has even cooled off.

  200. jeffwx - May 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Man Nats… I know, I was at that game…stayed to the bitter end…just thought maybe we could do the same to them after these next three back to back to back hrs by espi, harper and laroche

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