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Game 41: Nats at Padres

May 16, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg makes his first career start at Petco Park.

In a career that has spanned 53 starts, Stephen Strasburg has pitched in 15 different big-league cities, though never in his hometown of San Diego. Tonight, the hometown hero finally gets to cross that milestone off his bucket list, taking the mound at Petco Park for the Nationals' series opener against the Padres. Of far greater concern to Strasburg and the Nats than the location of this outing: How well he pitches tonight after his fifth inning meltdown against the Cubs on Saturday.

The Nationals' struggling lineup could get a jolt with Bryce Harper back after missing the last two games following his collision with the fence in L.A. (He did come off the bench last night to pinch-hit late.) The Nats could certainly use their best hitter again, though of course only if he's healthy enough to perform at his peak level.

Speaking of health, Wilson Ramos has officially been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a recurrence of his hamstring strain. That means Kurt Suzuki will once again become the everyday catcher, with Jhonatan Solano returning from Class AAA Syracuse to serve as his backup.

I'm not on the West Coast, but I will be talking Nats tonight on the latest edition of "The Baseball Show" on CSN. Note the delayed 11:30 p.m. EDT start time, which should fall somewhere around the fifth or sixth inning of the Nats game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Partly cloudy, 63 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (21-19)
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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279 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 222 - May 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    A night off for Danny. Well well well.

  2. David Proctor - May 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Werth not playing at Potomac tonight. I suspect because of the rain in the forecast, but has anyone seen an official word?

  3. baseballswami - May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Mitch Williams just took Stras to task for showing up his infield- or of making it look that way. Eric Byrnes loves Harper and feels that he will learn to be more moderate about walls. I have been a Nats fan since day one and I spent a lot of time fussing about the media ignoring us. Not anymore. The target is firmly affixed. My problem with the daily line up fixes is this — you need to use the same one for a period of time anywhere from a series to a week or two weeks. Same thing with fielding positions. How can anyone get in a rhythm with the shuffling around? Baseball, other work situations — people work better when they can get comfortable for a period of time- constant changing throws people off.

  4. David Proctor - May 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    He made a good point. You don't see the fielders huffing and puffing when a pitch ends up in the seats. They support Stras. Heck, even his last start, the defense threw out a baserunner to prevent a triple. Strasburg really needs to mature.Having said that, I have no doubt he will. I know some here have practically been ready to ship him off. I'm not even close to that point. He'll get it together. He's too good not to.

  5. SonnyG10 - May 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Looking for a good game from Stras and the Nats tonight. GYFNG!!!

  6. Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Relax! We got this. Wow, other than Headly and Alonso I don't know any of these guys.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Listened to an interview with Tony Gwynn. His philosophy on Ks and mine are identical. He said players used to be embarrassed to K, not they could care less.Would love to have him as hitting coach.

  8. EmDash - May 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    I hope Harper's really well enough to play; it really seems that, as badly as he's banged up, he needs a few more rest days no matter how he feels about it.The organization is medically conservative with their pitchers, but when it comes to position players I think they aren't generally speaking. But I hope I'm wrong and he's able to play successfully.

  9. David Proctor - May 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Ian Desmond seems to have moved from steak to peanut butter. He tweeted "#peanutbutter" and posted a pic of it.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    it's time for tge first quarrer grades.suzuki B-Ramos BLaRoche D (trending way up)Espinosa FLombodozzi DDesmond Azimmerman C (trending up)Tracy FHarper ASpan AWerth BShark FMoore FStrasburg B-Gonzalez B-Haren B- (trending up)Detwiler B+ (trnding down)Zimmerman A+Stammen AMattheus BClippard BStoren D+Hrod BDuke Fsoriano AJohnson C-Eckstein FMxCatty B

  11. David Proctor - May 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Harper responded to Desmond by tweeting #jelly.

  12. Eric - May 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Peanut Butter…not drawing the connection…?

  13. Secret wasian man - May 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Clipboard a B? Ooh maybe C

  14. David Proctor - May 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    There was no connection to steak. The whole RBI = ribeyes thing wasn't true. Desmond just really likes steak and kind of ran with it.

  15. Secret wasian man - May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Like all your grades otherwise though. Clipping,walks a few too many for a B in my opinion.

  16. mick - May 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    why not give Danny R a shot if Det can not go? also, Duke really needs to go along with Henry

  17. realdealnats - May 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Moore was in tune when he came up last year b/c he was playing everyday in Syracuse, banging home runs and just being in a rhythm. Send him down to tune up again. Let Tracy back up ALR for the next month and a half or so. Then bring TyMo back in August or September. I like TyMo a lot more than Tracy, but seems unfair to kill his game by making him ride the bench right now. Bring up Rendon to play 2B now. Let him adapt to the ML life and pitching and by August he'll be in tune as well. If Rizzo and Davey make such moves now, we'll be where we want with our young and hungry lineup for the homestretch. Don't know if I'd have Espy opt for surgery now, b/c who would cover SS if Desi goes down for a couple weeks? Maybe still need Danny's glove. Keep Lombo as utility everything.

  18. Dominats Vobiscum - May 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Someone should do a take-off on the old Bobby Fuller song. Call it "Bryce fought the wall, and the wall won."

  19. Dominats Vobiscum - May 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… it's time for tge first quarrer grades.You get F for Spelling.

  20. realdealnats - May 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    What's the word on Det's back? I think Stras will have a good outing tonight. Unlike some, I have faith that Stras is, in fact, a mentally tough guy. He certainly wasn't last outing and he's gotten rattled in the past, but over the long haul I think he will prove to be. He's smart. And he's stubborn–the kind of stubborn that learns. Write it down, write it down.

  21. EmDash - May 16, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Nothing conclusive on Det's back – they're hoping it's not severe and he'll be able to make his next start, but they're not sure.

  22. baseballswami - May 16, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Listen, I have no desire to sit Stras, trade him, or any such thing. I just want him to clean up his act. The Nats protected him a lot from the press when he was new– not Harper. Even last year, the organization took all the heat and he never really took a party line– they have my best interests at heart, I will deal with it- no. He just sighed a lot and have that LOOK. He needs to get a grip and realize that he is part of a team and that kids wear his shirt and watch how he acts. Fake it if you have to. I certainly have had to do that and I am sure that you all have had to do it too. I want him on our team but I want him to man up!!

  23. peric - May 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    The name Hundley should be a name you'd remember Seamhead.

  24. Teddy Rochlis - May 16, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    you know in the last 5 games, only JZ has gotten a win for the nats, ouch

  25. baseballswami - May 16, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Realdealnats– I hope you are correct!!!! And I really hope Det will be fine. If not I would go Stammen. He is pretty stretched out and would probably get better results than anyone in Syracuse. Duke can be long man. ( don't throw things at me for suggesting that!)

  26. baseballswami - May 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Teddy- couple of those starts really should have been wins– no offensive production, weird error Sunday.

  27. peric - May 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Looks like Suzuki is going to get vested and paid.

  28. baseballswami - May 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    So about Jayson not playing at Potomac. ( almost went, by the way), it's not even close to wet, is he sore from last night or on his way to California as we speak?? Inquiring minds want to know!

  29. Just wonderin' - May 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Has Solano made it to California for tonight's game?

  30. Ivan Tuski - May 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    On pace to win 84 games. Not sure that's going to do it

  31. David Proctor - May 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Verlander vs Darvish on MLBN. Gonna have to watch that until our game.

  32. peric - May 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    He is pretty stretched out and would probably get better results than anyone in Syracuse.It would be interesting to see if the new cutter he developed is enough to get him through five innings.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I get and F for having fat fingers small andoid screen and a font that is half the size in the reply box then the finish products, but eyes that cornea problems and cant focus on any of this.That is why i think espi needs vision checked.At this point docs telling me within 10 years I will have to have a 73 inch screen to see games as I am going blind slowly but surely.Another reason I like winning every game as eventually I will see no wins or type ant messages

  34. peric - May 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    On pace to win 84 games. Not sure that's going to do itLet's see if they can get Zim, Harper, and Desmond hitting together and perhaps LaRoche. And somehow convince the table-setters to like THE WALK! God damn it not one of them like to walk! Except for Werth when he is in the #1/#2 slots.

  35. Theophilus T. S. - May 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    "Stras is, in fact, a mentally tough guy. . .. He's smart. And he's stubborn–the kind of stubborn that learns." "Mentally tough" and "stubborn" don't necessarily go together, or with "smart," either. There's a Spanish word, "duro," which means both "tough" and "stubborn" but in common usage carries an implication of "dumb and thick-headed." I'm beginning to think that's the word we're looking for. We'll see what happens tonight.

  36. EmDash - May 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Every team in the NL East has lost more of the last 5 games than they've won. Which is kind of amazing. Maybe we're the new AL Central!Marlins: 3-9 in MayMets: 4-8 in MayBraves: 5-9 in MayPhillies: 7-7 in MayNats: 8-5 in MayTeam scoring on the season by division: MLB team scoring by division: AL East 916, AL Central 871, AL West 864, NL Central 857, NL West 830, NL East 726. !

  37. EmDash - May 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    So the good news is that we're all kinda terrible right now.

  38. peric - May 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    So the good news is that we're all kinda terrible right now.And its almost June when the bats start to come alive if they are going to come alive.

  39. realdealnats - May 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    EmDash–thanks re: Det.Theophilus–that's why I qualified the kind of stubborn I mean. But hey, we'll see over the long haul, and I might look silly in the morning at this early juncture.

  40. EmDash - May 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Exciting weird baseball note: Juan Pierre hit a homerun off of Mat Latos. In Miami!

  41. David Proctor - May 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Did anyone see Amanda's article on Greinke? Interesting stuff. Apparently Greinke told Mark Lerner that he was right when he said the team would be good soon. Greinke didn't believe him at the time. Link:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/16/zack-greinke-impressed-nationals-rise-doesnt-dwell/

  42. MicheleS - May 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Manassas.. excellent grades.. I think JZ needs to be A+++++++++++++++

  43. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Cool article about Greinke…thanks for sharing.

  44. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Amanda Comak โ€@acomak 37sRoss Detwiler was sent for an MRI on his back. Davey says he's "probably not that confident" he will make his next start but hopeful not DLUh oh…

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Jzim has been superior. I know he wo't win 28, but neat to be on that pace.

  46. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Ross, nooo.If they're not planning to use the DL, Stammen can't be used for the next four games. Which means the starters really need to be on their games, and there's a higher chance of more innings for Duke and Henry. That's gonna be rough.

  47. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    color announcer , Steve Blass, says it best. The reason people strike out a lot is simple. they swing at a lot of balls, and lett strikes go. All poorly coached or have a coach who they do not listen too and the manager doesn't care.

  48. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    peric said…The name Hundley should be a name you'd remember Seamhead.May 16, 2013 7:28 PM———————–/-Honestly, peric, I glazed right over him.I freely admit to not being very familiar with the Pads.

  49. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Via twitter- Jayson felt something in his hammy, saw the doc, doing Potomac Friday, San Diego Saturday. Back on the DL in a week ??? Wish these guys would heal completely!!! They end up missing more time this way. More bubble wrap!!!

  50. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Who said that on twitter? I did not see that.

  51. JaneB - May 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I think the Shark's defense earns him an extra point. I hope Stras is happy and pitches brilliantly and that our bats light up more than the Padres' do.GYFNG

  52. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Wait Jayson plans to return for a week then back on DL? That's… Weird…

  53. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    No, that's not the plan. Swami is saying he's coming back soon and will probably end up back on the DL in a week if he's not healthy.

  54. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Ah… Yeah… Heal up bozos!

  55. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Morse HR 10

  56. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Comack reporting about Jayson. And no, one week is not his plan, it's my fear! Ok- who is Manziel and why is it a big deal to have him around the players and have his picture taken with Davey. Can he hit?

  57. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    haha. Johnny Manziel (also known as Johnny Football) is a college football player. He won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman–the first peron to ever do so. Davey is a Texas A&M alum (where Manziel) goes so that's the connection.

  58. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    You would think he was the pope or Justin Beiber the way twitter is blowing up about it. Can he like bless the bats or something?

  59. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Verlander is melting down. He loaded the bases and then walked in the run. Bases loaded, still no out. Can't find the strike zone.

  60. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    He just walked in another run.

  61. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Happens to the best of them– and on the highly touted national broadcast.

  62. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Touted as a great game of 2 Aces and Darvish and Verlander both fell apart in the 3rd inning.

  63. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    WOW. Verlander has completely imploded.

  64. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Verlander pulled in the 3rd. 7 earned runs.

  65. Steady Eddie - May 16, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    And Vrtlander completely melts down. Puddle left with 7 ER given up.

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Final tonight. Nats 7 Padres 2.we can all go to bed.

  67. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Correction. 8 earned by Verlander. They corrected the score.

  68. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    And now Jayson is delayed from the DL. Specialist in NY. Disappointed but I really do want him to get all the way well for when the Nats pull their stuff together and go on a run.

  69. NatsLady - May 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    That was fast. Wonder what happened.

  70. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Not a good day for Aces. Hope ours fares better.Also, LOLOL at Johnny Holiday. He said Espinosa broke out of his funk with a 1-for-4 last night.

  71. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Venters and Hanrahan both just had Tommy John. Would not wish that on anyone. At least our guys have relatively minor stuff. Last year everyone had obliques, this year hammies. Get well, everyone, and let's play ball!!

  72. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Interesting. Ramos said he thinks he keeps hurting his hammy because he put too much pressure on that leg while trying to recover from his ACL over the winter.

  73. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Could be– he worked sooo hard to get back. Guy has been through so much.

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    David Proctor I laughed at Johnn Holliday's stupid comment too.Ray Knight needs to be real. He lets good pitches go and swings at ones in the dirt.

  75. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Pre/ Post game shows are a joke.

  76. NatsLady - May 17, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    >Pre/ Post game shows are a joke.Never watch them. I do listen to Phil Wood on my way home from games.

  77. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Corey Brown is off the 'Cuse DL.

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I watch post game to hear Davey.Well on west coast swing I don't

  79. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    If he performs well over the next week or so, do not be surprised to see him with the big club.

  80. NatsLady - May 17, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Darvish threw some strange pitch (not quite an eephus), you had to see Miguel Cabrera's face…

  81. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Dang, a few years ago today Strasburg through a no hitter for SD State.

  82. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Interesting. Apparently, Davey Johnson had a long one-on-one chat with Danny Espinosa today.

  83. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    David Proctor said… Interesting. Apparently, Davey Johnson had a long one-on-one chat with Danny Espinosa today. May 16, 2013 10:05 PM ____________________________Probably discussing good restaurants in the San Diego area.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    carp has low standards. Span lays off one a foot outsideand Carp says a good layoff.

  85. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Wasn't an amazing take, but it was a pretty good AB. Now Lombo's AB…

  86. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Tell me Lombo is a lot better. 3 pitches no thought o swinging.

  87. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Well that sucked.

  88. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    On the replay, I'm not sure the 2B got the tag on Harper before his hand touched. But the throw beat him by a mile.

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    If Harper's abdimon is hurting why is he playing.I wonder if Torasco even had a chance to yell "Stay"In most parks that is OK.

  90. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Yikes this strike zone.

  91. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Very good play by Lombardozzi. Some fuel for the guys who want him at 2B over Espi.

  92. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    See, Lombo can play defense!

  93. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Can't help Volquez out Desi.

  94. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    This guy has no command at all. Keep taking the walks and then drive in some runs.

  95. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Uh, where was that call for Strasburg?

  96. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Same pitch. Great, an inconsistent ump.

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    What was that a ball way high. lets strike out on it.

  98. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    I love FP. What a homer. He's making up excuses for Desi.

  99. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    either swing or dontWhy are these guys striking out. This guy not throwing strikes

  100. Exposremains - May 17, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    And the K parade starts early tonight.

  101. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Yikes.

  102. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Typical Nats inning. 2 on with no outs and 3 straight K's.

  103. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    FP is getting critical now, that's a sign of stuff getting pretty bad out there.

  104. Exposremains - May 17, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Cant even advance the runner. This guy started this inning completely lost and 3 K is the best they can do.

  105. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    This guys is terrible. first 2 guys up with a plan. don't swing at balls. Last 3 could have easily walked to, but they don't mind swinging at balls.That is approach. We know who doesnt coach approach.

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Everyone agrees there is a problem. only one common donominator.

  107. SCNatsFan - May 17, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Wow for a team in a slump that half inning hurts

  108. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    It's immature, but I very much enjoy that there's an MLB player whose name is pronounced Jerko.Stras's mechanics are off. Injury, or something else?

  109. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Another 2 strike hit by pitch. What do these damn pitcher think about to do that.

  110. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    It's not injury. Sometimes guys fly open. It happens.

  111. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    I thought that was a base hit. Nice play by Desmond.

  112. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Great defense behind Stras so far!

  113. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Good job by Desi.

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Nice play by Desi, doesn't make up for pitiful batting effort.Stras does that weird release 5-10 times a game almost every game of his career. Looks pretty normal to me.

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  116. ehay2k - May 17, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Let's be honest, no player on this team has a good approach at the plate unless they brought it with them. That is a complete failure of player development and instruction. A bad teacher/school blames the students. Eck must go.

  117. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Span isn't a guy who strikes out a lot. This guy must be effectively wild or something.

  118. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    We are 10th in league in homers but second in strikeouts. So if we aren't hitting homer why do we strike iut so much. Here is a disconnect.

  119. Drew - May 17, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Strasburg's ERA is down to 2.98.

  120. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Which is great, but he leads the league in unearned runs. That's not so great.

  121. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    span 23 K in 143 AB

  122. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    One thing I've read that Buck Showalter does that I think is a really good idea is to go over the home plate umpire's strikezone before the game and let that guide the hitting approach – wide zone, go patient. Small zone, go up hacking. That's something I'd like to see the Nats try.

  123. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    League leader in steals and Stras walks him on 4 pitch non close. Not real smart.

  124. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Pretty sure he didn't do it on purpose, Manassas…

  125. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Walks a double. To me that is worse tgan RZims error last Saturday.

  126. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Hey, at least Strasburg is pitching around some adversity today.

  127. Exposremains - May 17, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    And Stras is losing it…

  128. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Got away with it, but still not bright pitching.

  129. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    He worked through it. Maybe the coaches told him to practice working through adversity today. *g* (Kidding, honest.)

  130. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    We have to score a run eventually right?

  131. ehay2k - May 17, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    EmDash, that is interesting info. It sure would be a good idea if they did that for both hitters and pitchers.

  132. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    I mean, it's got to be possible…

  133. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    these balls are not strikes they are swunging at.

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    rzim pitches no worse than others. he is just not swinging at them.

  135. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Adam LaRoche is HOT right now.

  136. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    LaRoche!!!!

  137. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    There goes the no hitter

  138. Exposremains - May 17, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Thats a good sign

  139. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Cabrera is making some serious plays at SS today.

  140. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    How did Desi not beat that? Way in the hole. i thought adesi was faster than that.

  141. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Runs!And holy crap, is there a play area for children in a place where people can hit homeruns?! That's insane.

  142. Ivan Tuski - May 17, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    There we go

  143. ehay2k - May 17, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    MNF, I bet Zimm gets an earful from Eck for not swinging at those!

  144. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Yep, Peric, keep saying ALR sucks!

  145. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    OK, that pitch LaRoche hit out was a NASTY change up. I can't believe he even managed to get to it.

  146. EmDash - May 17, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Harper looks miserable sitting there in the dugout…

  147. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    He's still sad over losing his beard, EmDash.

  148. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Guess they won't pitch around RZ OK m anymore.Missed Harper looking ill. Really hope he has no brain contusions and that they're all just on the surface.

  149. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    "RZ OK m" = RZim…heh

  150. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    I'm very confident Bryce is fine head-wise. They wouldn't risk that (and in fact, they can't, the MLBPA and MLB would throw a serious fit). Now, elsewhere…

  151. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Unless Bryce is fully healthy, why is he in there?

  152. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    That was a NASTY changeup.

  153. NatsJack in Florida - May 17, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    I don't know how ALR was able to muster the strength to hit a changeup out over the CF fence with that aging body of his.

  154. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Thank you Denorfia for 1st ball swinging.

  155. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Indeed NatsJack. Sometimes if you throw your flaccid old limbs at something hard enough…

  156. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    That was very low.

  157. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Small ball in effect

  158. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    The third strike stras should have bunted Suzuki to 3rd

  159. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    Now we will get to see what Lombo does with his approach.

  160. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    MNF that third "strike" was a ball.

  161. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Lombo got a little lucky there, but I'll take it.

  162. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Look at that Espi. Bat on ball and BABIP works.

  163. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    I thought lombo's ball would be caught. Get more.

  164. Ivan Tuski - May 17, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Way too go lombo

  165. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    A'ight… I'm guessing they pitch to Zim this time…

  166. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    OFFENSE!!

  167. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    YES!

  168. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Volquez is missing badly on his pitches. RZ does it!

  169. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    If the ump calls it a strike. Ut is not a ball as we know.stras just wants the same call.

  170. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Credit to Bryce for getting his grounder to the right side to move both runners up for RZ.

  171. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Anyone remember my predicted score?

  172. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Small ball. Nice and easy. Now swing outta yer shoes until they're on the board.

  173. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    This is the most run support Strasburg has had all season. He must be digging that.

  174. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    "If the ump calls it a strike. Ut is not a ball as we know.stras just wants the same call."He can only go by what the ump had called up till that point. That had been a ball all night.Umps ain't infallible.

  175. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Bryce was getting to that ball very slowly unless it was fan interference.

  176. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    With a 5 run lead, why can't Davey give Bryce the rest of the night off and bring in Eury.

  177. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Stras is flying open now.

  178. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Well that sets up the double play…

  179. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    I went to the restroom. game days says double to desnond? was that a Texas keague pop. THEN walk. Was he near the plate?

  180. Steady Eddie - May 17, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Not fan interference — security guy's chair interference.

  181. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Stras isn't getting his curveball in. Work that fastball and changeup.

  182. ehay2k - May 17, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Ump are simply fallible. Only Popes are infallible, unless there are two, in which case I think they take turns being infallible.

  183. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    What the hay? We need a shut down inning.

  184. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Need a doubleplay here!

  185. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    I think the walk was a pitch around

  186. Steady Eddie - May 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    gonat — agree in principle re Bryce. Just like after the Atlanta wall hit, he hasn't gotten anything out of the infield and is clearly in some pain or at least strain in trying to hit. But in practice, good luck getting him out of the game once you've written him into the lineup unless he can't move.

  187. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Lombardozzi just saved Zimmerman's ass.

  188. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Lombo just saved the day on that horrible throw by RZ.

  189. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    All he had to do was srep on 3rd. It was an easy play

  190. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Is this deja vu? Please get out of it Stras.

  191. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    OK Stras… Pick. It. Up.

  192. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Wrong Manassas, he wasn't going to beat the guy to 3rd.

  193. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Nice difference in body language by Stras.

  194. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Steady, I hear you. Davey has to be the bossman.

  195. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    No biggie to give up the run there. Just don't let it get out of control.

  196. Exposremains - May 17, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Come on..

  197. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    GREAT job by Strasburg. That's how you do it, not like last time.

  198. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    David Proctor said… Nice difference in body language by Stras. _________________________Very true. If the Nats get out of this, that lousy defender Lombo saved the day! (sarcasm)

  199. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    I agree MNF…shoulda stepped on third… Are they setting Stras up?!Bravo Stras!!!

  200. Steady Eddie - May 17, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Now Stras did finally what he needed to do. Way to go!

  201. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    1 unearned run better than last time. Not sure why zim didnt take the easy out

  202. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    OK, now we can say it. We all knew Ryan Z was going to make some sort of an error with Strasburg pitching.To get out of that with only 1 unearned is huge. Seriously, Lombo saved at least 1 run there and probably 2.

  203. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    There was supposed to be a ๐Ÿ˜‰ after the "setting Strasbourg up" line… HehReally REALLY happy to see that. A win with that inning is EXACTLY what I want to see.

  204. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    the guy wasbt close to third 20 feet to 40 feet race.stras did han#le better. maybe things happen for a purpose.

  205. peric - May 17, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    I'm happy to see the 3,4,5 scoring when the 3-hole is still slumping … I will be very happy if I turn out to be wrong about the guy in the 5-hole. I like two home runs on 2 consecutive nights with some BB's thrown in. Now, if we can just get the table-setters to learn to walk more?

  206. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    What percent of Bernadina's struck balls make it to the outfield? Not very high percentage. Where has his drive gone?

  207. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    I'm not sure I've seen Bernadina hit a line drive into the outfield yet this year. He's had a couple of bloops fall in and several infield hits.

  208. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    MNF, Bernadina had that wrist injury in the WBC. Still healing.

  209. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Harper isn't running well in left.

  210. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    stras way too many balls tonight.

  211. Harpo - May 17, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    That was Zimm's 1st defensive chance all night and has an error. That will bring him below .899 again on his fielding %.

  212. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    1 out man on third. We K a lot.Stras needs K batter.

  213. Harpo - May 17, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Lombo has been impressive with 3 really good defensive plays. Still don't know how he jumped high enought to get Zimms bad throw.

  214. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Let's add some runs please. Getting a bit nervous.

  215. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Other teams understand situational hitter much better than we do.

  216. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    OK clean bases.5-2 = time to manufacture IMO

  217. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Last 3 innings of games we have added nearly nothing all season. We rarely hitcrelievers no matter how bad they do against the rest of the keague.

  218. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    YEEEEEEEEEEES

  219. Steady Eddie - May 17, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Maybe harper isn't in all that much pain.

  220. RickH - May 17, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    BRYCE!!!

  221. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    WOW. That was KILLED.

  222. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Thats better. harper

  223. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Glad Davey listened to Bryce!

  224. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Bud black should that zim for keeping him in the game.Had zim homered after check swing no way black not tossed. zim the swings at one way high.

  225. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    That HR by Bryce would be a HR in the old park configuration. That will make all the highlight reels tonight.

  226. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Bryce must have a problem with his fielding glove. He has on a new glove.

  227. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Lombardozzi fields well, but his throws have been a little scary. Just making that observation, not trying to extrapolate that to the Espi vs Lombo debate.

  228. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Stras is getting some nifty "D" behind him except for the 1 error.

  229. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Nice. 4 run lead…but 105+ count. Give him a shot at the 8th? Or, leave on positive note? I'm thinking the latter.

  230. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    David Proctor said… Lombardozzi fields well, but his throws have been a little scary. Just making that observation, not trying to extrapolate that to the Espi vs Lombo debate._______________________________One throw he took his time on? Tough crowd. He's been great on the defense tonight. His hitting has been better than Espi not like that's hard to do.

  231. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    I don't know. In front of his home town crowd, I kind of would like to see him go 8. I won't be upset either way.

  232. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Looks like he's in… Good for you Stras!

  233. Steady Eddie - May 17, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    I would have said the same, Eric, but apparently there's no one up in the Nats' pen, Stras got no handshakes and has his jacket on… looks like he's at least starting the 8th. Interesting.Also FP just said Harper's dinger went 434 feet.

  234. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Thank you Everth. 1 pitch. 1 out.

  235. Steady Eddie - May 17, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Venable 3 pitch out, not too shabby.

  236. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Another bad throw from Lombo. Thank god LaRoche saved it.

  237. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Nice Stras! Congrats!!!Couldn't have happened in a better town for him.

  238. Steady Eddie - May 17, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Much needed, and in his own hometown no less.117 pitches, 3H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4K.Well done, Stras. Win well earned.

  239. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Adam Kilgore โ€@AdamKilgoreWP 26sYou could hear Ian Desmond's high five to Strasburg in the press box.

  240. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Great gane and good body language for Stras.Nats need a run in the 9th.As I predicted 7-2 win to start.

  241. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Yeah Lombo giving LaRoche the RZim workout tonight.

  242. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    OK David, that wasn't a great throw by Lombo but it didn't hit the dirt.

  243. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Now all we need is a Chad Tracy HR with the Nats ahead by 4.

  244. Harpo - May 17, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    "Eric said… Yeah Lombo giving LaRoche the RZim workout tonight"You know what, cut the BS and don't start making stupid comparisons. There wasnt 1 baseball that Lombo threw that skipped on the dirt.He didn't exactly have pinpoint accuracy and I didn't think you give Zimm style points to everyone on throws.

  245. Harpo - May 17, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Why wasn't Eury Perez in there pinch-running Davey?

  246. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    That is 24 strike out same as Harper. However 0 homer to 11 so Span strikes out to much for a non power hitter.

  247. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Good point, where was Eury?

  248. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Soriano hasn't had a save forever. Yet he's still 2nd in the NL in saves.

  249. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    OK Soriano… make it pedestrian.

  250. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    "You know what, cut the BS and don't start making stupid comparisons."Good God lighten up would ya? Maybe just for a day? Get a BP cuff and check yourself.

  251. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    Very inconsistent strike zone. That 2nd pitch has been a strike sometimes tonight.

  252. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Even if Zimmerman catches that, the guy is safe. Before people call for his head.

  253. Harpo - May 17, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Eric, I catch a lot of crap on here for being negative and I watch you guys making up stuff on Lombardozzi. One a ball skips on the dirt or Laroche has to do a ballet move off the bag then let me know.It was Lombo who went slam dunk high on the rim to catch and save Zimms throw.

  254. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    .5 behind

  255. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Nice play by Lombardozzi. WE WIN!

  256. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Web Gem by Lombo to save a run and finish the game!

  257. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Huge win in many ways!

  258. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    "That 2nd pitch has been a strike sometimes tonight."Ha! Post of the thread. I'm with us all the way.Harpo if you really take me this seriously I don't know what to tell ya. It was a backhanded jab at Zim and a razz at Lombo for making me sweat.Lemme know if you need that BP cuff.

  259. ehay2k - May 17, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Harpo, when Lombo throes from a shorter distance than Zim , and pulls AlR's glove hand into the oncoming runner, that's a bad throw. we got the win.

  260. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Strasburg really redeemed himself. Collectively everyone said he was wrong and Stephen actually changed.It's kind of crazy that RZ makes an error in another Stras start and it immediately tested Stras to see how he would react and he reacted as a good teammate. Great to see although unforced errors are getting old.

  261. Harpo - May 17, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Eric, Im down with it then. Just add a :) smiley winker face so I kno next time. Im trying to behave.

  262. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Agreed that the unforced errors are getting old, but I really wanted to see Stras not just win, but to battle through imposed adversity along the way. He did that AND went deeper than ever before. Very encouraging!

  263. Gonat - May 17, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Eric, also to see Harper mash a ball was a good sign.

  264. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Harpo I'll try, but I'm very dry in real life. Best bet is to assume I'm being sarcastic and go from there ๐Ÿ˜‰.

  265. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Yes Gonat for sure!

  266. NatsLady - May 17, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    I know it's not possible given his history, but it would be really nice if Stras just became a member of the rotation, without all the fanfare and scrutiny. He's gone eight innings. He pitched to contact, he walked some, gave up some doubles, etc. For any other pitcher that would be a B+ game. Yeah, he pitched through some minor adversity, but if Zim didn't have such great range that would have been a hit anyway. Good win. Let's get this baby pitcher tomorrow.

  267. David Proctor - May 17, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    8IP, 1ER, 4H would be a great performance for anybody, in my book.

  268. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    Hrm…Davey's response on Det is vague yet concerning…

  269. Drew - May 17, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Bryce is 722 from Henry Aaron.

  270. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    "Found a little irregularity 'in there' gonna have a specialist look at it."

  271. NatsLady - May 17, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    I'm a tough grader. JZ has given some great performances, Kershaw has, so has Wainwright–talking about this year, even Gio, being in total control. Stras, very good, all that you could want, but not riveting. It will happen.

  272. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    "Zim didn't have such great range that would have been a hit anyway."Agreed… It's too bad the throw got away. I really think he'll get there though.

  273. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    NatsLady said…I know it's not possible given his history, but it would be really nice if Stras just became a member of the rotation, without all the fanfare and scrutiny. He's gone eight innings. He pitched to contact, he walked some, gave up some doubles, etc. For any other pitcher that would be a B+ game. Yeah, he pitched through some minor adversity, but if Zim didn't have such great range that would have been a hit anyway. Good win. Let's get this baby pitcher tomorrow.May 17, 2013 12:57 AMR——————————-Most intelligent post of the day.

  274. Eric - May 17, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    I agree it would be great if he could just settle in as one of the starters. I think both going into the late innings and immediately quashing questions about his demeanor in the face of a bind will help.

  275. Secret wasian man - May 17, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Ya hoooooo. That's more like it.

  276. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Wow– a lot of you stayed up half the night. This stuff is a great way to wake up on a Friday. So happy Stras figured things out and the offense scored some runs. Unhappy about the injury news all around, though. DVR over diner today for some nice highlights.

  277. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I made it through all 4 late games. 3 to go.

  278. Anna Peregrina - May 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I've been setting my alarm to 5 a.m. (midnight Washington time) to catch the end of each game. Am missing most of the fireworks, though, so will watch the replay.

  279. Scott Margenau - May 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Everyone should buy Lombo a drink, he won this game as much as SS

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