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Game 42: Nats at Padres

May 17, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

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The Nationals go for two in a row at Petco Park.

Nothing like a dominant Stephen Strasburg outing and a rare offensive explosion to make everybody feel better, right? The Nationals certainly got back on track last night thanks to eight strong innings from their would-be ace and some offensive fireworks from Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche.

Now they'll look to keep it going tonight against the Padres' starter, a young man by the name of Burch Smith. Yes, Burch Smith. He made his major-league debut six days ago against the Rays … and got knocked out after allowing six runs in one inning. So he boasts a career ERA of 54.00. Yikes. The 23-year-old right-hander, an 11th-round draft pick in 2011, did post a 1.15 ERA at Class AA, so he's obviously got some talent. But talk about being thrown to the wolves…

Gio Gonzalez gets the nod for the Nationals, looking to build off his really strong previous start in which he held the Cubs to two hits over seven innings but then was surprisingly pulled for a pinch-hitter and wound up with no decision.

Enjoy the game and the conversation. Chase will have you covered over the weekend, and then I'll be back on the case Monday…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (22-19)
CF Denard Span
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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286 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. waddu eye no - May 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I' m first! Yay!

  2. baseballswami - May 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Oh, no. Seems like these new guys that we should obliterate always turn into Cy Young when we come to town.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    If Smirh is no Cy Young then I see a final of Nats 5 Padres 3

  4. natsfan1a - May 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Hope not, swami, but it does seem that way. What kind of name is Burch, anyway? At least it doesn't sound like a game show host, as with Mr. Barksdale.Go, GIO! Go, NATS!! Let's shoot for a happy game results email. (Yawn.)

  5. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Fifth …. (Da da da DUM!!!)

  6. Nattering Nat - May 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    baseballswami is right. If it's not allowing Mr. Greinke to sail through his first MLB start in a month, it's allowing no-name rookies to establish themselves. It's uncanny, and darn frustrating to watch. By mentioning this so publicly, I'm hoping reverse psychology kicks in. But I ain't expecting it.

  7. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Relax…we really got this one!Boy, are NAts Insiders emotional on the whole whole Anthony Rendon question! Haven't seen anything like it since they let Adam Dunn walk. Or the Jayson Werth signing…I hope to wake up tomorrow morning seeing the Braves 1/2 game behind us. We really need to make up for not taking advantage of the Cubs and Dodgers. It starts..RIGHT NOW! LETS GYFNG!!!

  8. NatsJack in Florida - May 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Add the fact that Edwin Jackson is 0-6 against anybody not named Nats and the trend seems obvious.Kid throws a 3 hit shutout if all goes to form.

  9. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I'll wager you're wrong on this one, Jack! We will have a few guys have appreciative increases in their stats tonight!

  10. NatsJack in Florida - May 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Joe…..that's not my prediction….just a comment on "if all goes to form".That's why I watch the games. Form really doesn't happen that much.

  11. Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    So, with a bit of time to spare before tonight's Oregon-Oregon State game (two NCAA top-10 teams), I decided to watch Burch Smith's major league debut on the MLB.tv archive. He got through a clean first inning (two Ks, infield ground out), but started the second with a walk and a two-run HR. There followed (if I remember correctly) another walk, a single, a single to load the bases, a two-run single, and a one-run double. At that point he was pulled and the reliever game up a sacrifice fly to account for the 6th earned run. The hits he gave up were solid; no flukes involved. I can't say he won't do a Cy Young impression against the Nats, but his inning-plus against the Rays was more Cy Vance than Cy Young. And, btw, Carlos Quentin is apparently on paternity leave for the next couple of games.

  12. Drew - May 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Cy Vance quit early, too.

  13. NatsJack in Florida - May 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    If I had a chance to get a baseball player added to the Nats 25 man roster that I knew would instantly make them better it woukd be Ben Zobrist.Man I love that guys total game.

  14. Eugene in Oregon - May 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Oh, and I meant to include that the Padres had spotted Mr. Smith a 2-0 lead before he threw his first major league pitch.

  15. Doc - May 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    You're right NJ.Predicting 'form' or baseball game outcomes is fool's errand. You could lose a lot of money doing that.All you can hope for is a big W in the win column!

  16. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Yep, Eugene. That was a strange debut. Only four worse since 1916…

  17. Steady Eddie - May 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    I'm with Joe S. — relax, we got this. I predict Harp and Desi go yard, Gio shuts 'em down (you don't think he's ravenous after getting stiffed vs the Cubs?), we're up 1/2 game on the Barves tomorrow morning.

  18. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Burch Smith, making his second MLB start three hits the Nats. Nice R/L NJ.If Greinke can deliver on his second rehab start who's to say.Cy Young commeth.

  19. Kirbs - May 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    LA up over ATL….and BJ Upton has to be the most expensive 8 hole hitter in baseball.

  20. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Speaking of light hitting back of the order guys– Espi's back.

  21. NationalsFanatic - May 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Nationals1. Denard Span, CF2. Steve Lombardozzi, LF3. Bryce Harper, RF4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5. Adam LaRoche, 1B6. Ian Desmond, SS7. Danny Espinosa, 2B8. Kurt Suzuki, C9. Gio Gonzalez, SPPadres1. Chris Denorfia, CF2. Everth Cabrera, SS3. Chase Headley, 3B4. Jesus Guzman, LF5. Kyle Blanks, 1B6. Jedd Gyorko, 2B7. Will Venable, RF8. Nick Hundley, C9. Burch Smith, SP

  22. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Ryu struggling vs the Barves :(

  23. peric - May 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    BTW, sjm308? Corey Brown is back playing CF for the Chiefs batting in the 3-hole. But Ryan Perry got bombed and only lasted 2+ innings. Jeff Mandel is in now to hold the Clippers at bay until the short relief can be used. If the Chiefs get Rendon. With Rahl now leading off, Kobernus 2nd, Brown and then Rendon followed by Marerro the Chiefs would have a pretty potent lineup. If only the pitching would match the early season expectations.

  24. peric - May 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    I knew would instantly make them better it woukd be Ben Zobrist.Can't deny that's a good idea. The question would be (since he is currently with a DH-able AL team) where would you play him? Outfield or 2nd base? First base?

  25. JayB - May 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Meanwhile, Rizzo expected Jayson Werth’s slight tightness in his hamstring to keep him on the disabled list longer than expected. Njack…..is the Nats Medical and Training staff the laughing stock of your Insiders Circle?How can this go on year after year…they are completely clueless on getting diagnosis and treatment right even the 3rd of 4th time let alone 1st or second time.

  26. jeeves - May 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    And why won't Perez get a chance to start against someone not called Kershaw? I would guarantee he'd do better than a couple of others in the lineup.

  27. Kirbs - May 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Although JB I agree the nats DRs are a joke, I don't think hamstrings show up on any types of tests…and I've hurt mine before, the only thing to stop it is rest. No amount of stretching fixed it, I just had to have no running for 5 weeks. (I tried after 3 and it pulled again, a very disappointing flag football month.)

  28. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Speaking of injuries- and I wish we were not– I heard Det had lower back spasms and then I heard oblique. Those two things are not in the sane location, are they?? What's up?

  29. sjm308 - May 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Off to California in the AM!! Napa followed by Nats vs Giants on Tuesday night! Hiking, biking, wine, beer & baseball. Am I missing anything?

  30. Kirbs - May 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Oblique's are the new dirty word in baseball….I hope not….but it is the side muscle I think, so it could all be connected. I imagine if he hurt one of them, he would make up the efforts in the other and injure both.

  31. Doc - May 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Correctomundo Swam!Even though the knee bone is connected to leg bone, and the leg bone is connected to the ankle bone….lower back spasms and oblique strains can only be connected by Det's mind, unless, of course, he has separate injuries.Speaking of injuries, the Rubber Tomahawk Throwers have recently lost 50% of their back end bull pen. Venters is having TJ surgery, and Walden has been put on the DL. And Kimbrel is having his problems.Good time for the Nats to charge ahead!!!!!!

  32. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    So, I'm listening to the Barves radio, and they have this and that promotion (including season tickets) and this and that contest. One of the prizes is "a year's supply of lottery tickets." How many is that? One a day?

  33. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Justin Upton just hit a grand slam to take the lea for the Braves…

  34. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Justin Upton grand slam. Thanks a lot, Arizona.

  35. LoveDaNats - May 18, 2013 at 1:41 AM

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  36. peric - May 18, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    And why won't Perez get a chance to start against someone not called Kershaw? I would guarantee he'd do better than a couple of others in the lineup.Its basically a choice between:1. Denard Span2. Stephen Lombardozzi3. Eury PerezOffensively these three are all the exact same player.Span is left-handed making him advantageous to have againsta right handed pitcher. Plus he is a veteran CF and doing reasonablywell.Lombo is a switch hitter who can hit against either kind of arm.He's in his 2nd year as an infield UTL. Perez isn't even a rookie. He's more a plug-in replacement on the benchwhile Werth heals.Next question?

  37. peric - May 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Am I missing anything?Music festival, wine/strawberry/etc. festival, car show, Osmosis for the aching joints afterward.

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Notice Dodgers go to the bullpen and Braves immediately score 4 runs. Nats rarely score on thebullpen.We will still win the division.

  39. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    So the Dodgers beat us 2 of 3 and then have the absolute nerve to let the Barves get ahead of them?

  40. peric - May 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Notice Dodgers go to the bullpen and Braves immediately score 4 runs. Nats rarely score on thebullpen.Zim's bat is the catalyst. If he can avoid getting upset about his now mediocre fielding at third he can still produce big clutch numbers at the plate. If he continues to stay healthy and hit.Desmond is also coming on.Harper is just Harper. He'll hit if they give him something good as we saw last night. That's the problem getting him something good. With Zim hitting he gets something good.Let's wait and see if LaRoche is truly back … as Natsjack says let's wait until he gets over the .230 mark but that's Espinosa at the back of the lineup this guy bats FOURTH or FIFTH depending. He needs to get over .260.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    We pitched better against the Dodgers 7 runs in 3 games.

  42. Drew - May 18, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I agree with Peric that Syracuse's pitching has been disappointing.There are several promising hurlers at Potomac, but we haven't seen much at the higher levels aside from Rosenbaum and Karns.I'm looking forward to the returns of Solis and Giolito.

  43. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I can't wait to see Giolito pitch even though he's probably 3+ years away from the majors.

  44. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Keep an eye on the 2 guys I named in ST as the guys to watch……Taylor Jordan and Robbie Ray.Both guys worked extremely hard lasf year, Taylor rehabbing his TJ surgery and Ray sacrificing a season to develope consistent mechanics. Their work has paid off and both should continue their progress to the ML staff.

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

    We'll get this guy second time around the order.

  46. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    His ERA just dropped to 27.00.

  47. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Gio does not have his good command tonight.

  48. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Throw strikes. I cant stand it.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    did Gio miss the scouting meeting. Absolutely do not walk Cabrerra.Got lucky batter swung. Carerra had base stolen.

  50. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    So annoying.

  51. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    This is an extremely aggravating Gio Gonzalez.

  52. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Yikes.

  53. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Just pathetic. Walks all over the place. Zim now cant catch.

  54. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    That is called an E 9, but I dont see how Zim lets that by.

  55. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Reminds me of Game 1 against the Cards

  56. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    We won Game 1 against the Cards.

  57. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I stayed up for this?

  58. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Pick the man up. Simple. Yes he should have blocked the ball.

  59. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Which game was it that Gio had something like 6 walks

  60. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Game 1. But he didn't give up many runs and we won the game.

  61. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Just checked it, it was 7 walks

  62. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    This is a guy Espi can hit.

  63. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    They haven't lost the game yet and a guy that almost won the Cy Young should be able to throw strike.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Already striking out on balls not near rhe zone. Will that ever change.This guys pitched pathetic last game again making rookies looks like Cy Young. Last game the opponents figured him out easily.

  65. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Maybe not.

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Did anyone hear the Dodger announcer when talking about Nats hitting?

  67. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    No NatsJack, it was even worst than usual.

  68. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    19 strikeouts. Nice swing Danny.

  69. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    And now his ERA is 18.00.

  70. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    The way this is going it will drop quickly. Another ace coming.

  71. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    I guess Espidefense is so so good they csn afford his terrible batting.Gio is becoming more inconsistentthan HRod. You never know what you are going to get.

  72. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    And I should have figured Espi was toast after that typical wimpy fake bunt attempt on the first pitch.

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    The Dodgers announcers say the Nats need to get Espi, Moore and Bernadina or at least have them on the benxh if they plan to advance.

  74. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Gio's got to pay attention. Watch Zimmermann.

  75. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Unacceptable. He should be fined.

  76. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Nats ought to bring in Henry right now, just for fun.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    What is Gio doing walking a pitcherin his first major league at bat.I rarely use the word stupid, but GIO is living up to that word.

  78. Exposremains - May 18, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Im starting to understand why Gio got traded so many times. He will drive you crazy.

  79. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Manassas…..I don't understand 1 iota of what you wrote.

  80. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Referencing your 10:47 comment.

  81. Section 222 - May 18, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Why are the Dodgers announcers talking about the Nats' hitters? Aren't we playing the Padres now?

  82. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    I put my Curly W hat Suzuki redponded for a hit.Why is Span hitting flies That is not helpful at all.

  83. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Gio's on pace for like 110 pitches in the 5th.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    looks like Lombo getting lessons from Espi.Saw Harper throw again. Zim turns his body so if he missed it would miss him. No doubt in my mind E5.

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    They were comparing Brave hitters and ours.Perfectly legitimate analysis as far as I was concerned

  86. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Now this guys ERA is 13.50.Not bad for a guy whose ERA was 54.00 an hour ago.

  87. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    ADAM LAROCHE IS LOCKED. FREAKING. IN.

  88. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Thaaaaaaaank you again, Larry.

  89. Drew - May 18, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Stay hot Adam LaRoche!

  90. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    You all that threw Adam under the bus? Ha!!!GYFNG,!!

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    I changed hat along with a buddy to opening day hat 3 runs since thishat.

  92. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    That ball was well outside.

  93. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    And the poor weak old man does it again.A 14 game hitting streak for the old man. Maybe Espinosa can stretch his to 2 today.

  94. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Why is it so damn hard for an umpire to call balls and strikes correct. Pitch track shows it clearly and you would they would know we know tgey are not very good.

  95. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Bob and FP are really loving this 80s night.

  96. Section 222 - May 18, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    So I'm just wondering, how many games in a row does ALR have to homer in before peric will admit that he's more than just a singles hitter and might actually be a pretty good choice for the 4 or 5 spot in the lineup?

  97. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Nope.

  98. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    gio better get some calls toi. Now we need a shut down inning.

  99. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Danny nope.peric maybe.

  100. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    It is now tiime for Gio to throw strike 1 to every hitter….first pitch every time!

  101. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Held my bteath on the Zim throw.

  102. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    A throw from third. Bonus.

  103. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Go ahead, breathe now!

  104. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Great inning from Gio. Finally starting to get on a roll.

  105. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Nice. Keep it simple Gio.

  106. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    And the first 3 hitterz all got first pitch strike 1's.I like me some me :-) .

  107. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    gio pitching better.

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    @222 he will stay on ALR like I do Eck.. Only differece is I am right.

  109. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Agree with FP that the 2 hole is a black hole right now. We need someone in there who can hit, but not many options. We need Werth back.

  110. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    For a non power hitter and a short swing Span should K about half what he does.Lombo at least made contacts

  111. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Says who?

  112. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Manassas I'd still sooner have Span in my lineup. He at least knows the strike zone, depending on the day (ump). And don't poke the bear.

  113. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    A terrible throw.

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    carp was right no where near the running box

  115. Drew - May 18, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    The Nats have committed 34 errors — the most in the major leagues.Not good.

  116. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Pick himself up…

  117. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Good job Gio.

  118. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Just like that.

  119. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Anybody know what OBP Lombo and Span have?And great job Gio. 6 more outs and your day is done.

  120. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Zim's power is returning.

  121. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    zim driving to right.

  122. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    And now Zim goes yard!

  123. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Interesting stat regarding errors: Justin Upton (3) has more errors than our entire outfield so far this year(2).

  124. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    WOW. LAROCHE!!

  125. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    ALR……you just gotta laugh at some people.

  126. MicheleS - May 18, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    God I love Adam – Papa Roche…

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Bring Chipper Jones as our hitting coach. Since he talked ALR he has hit very well.

  128. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    You all that threw Adam under the bus? Kiss it goodby. Again.

  129. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Desmond walks??!!! Wow!

  130. Drew - May 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    LaRoche raises his OPS to .718.And he brings on the Burch bier.

  131. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Desmond has been walking more often lately. He's getting pitched around. Especially with Espinosa behind him.

  132. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    chipper talk to espi please.

  133. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Now I have a whole bus terminal waiting on Espinosa…AS A HITER.I totally appteciate his defense.

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Espi and lombo tied. 2 K and a fly out.

  135. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Wow. Espinosa struck out? Imagine that.

  136. Drew - May 18, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Stauffer is a University of Richmond product. I'm glad to see him back in the Show.

  137. Steady Eddie - May 18, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Manassas, how far do you have to go to avoid giving ALR credit for what he's doing?First it was your hat that caused him to hit the HR, then Chipper Jones.

  138. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Esp's fielding is outstanding. but his plate discipline is pathetic. Needs lessons from Chipper.

  139. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    I was wrong. Harper tied J Upton with his error tonight. Bryce, I believe, has the only OF errors so far this year.

  140. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    That's the play Zimmerman will make no problem. If only he could do that when he has time.

  141. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Nice play, Zimm!

  142. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    I give him all the credit. chipper showed what he was doing different than when he was successful.He listened tgen adjusted it and he is doing fine.Did I imply that Jones was doing the hitter?

  143. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Uh oh. Zimmermans getting it. To bad he couldn't catch that.

  144. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    That's the game as my pregame prediction was Nats 5 Padres 3

  145. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Drew….you know OPS dosen't mean anything. What is his ISO?I mean, I never knew how to tell if someone was a power hitter or not until ISO.Before, I'd just look at how many extra base hits they had and stumple through the determination and hopefully, I could tell but ISO….now it's so clear.

  146. MicheleS - May 18, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Geesh.. .move the fences in and Petco becomes Coors field

  147. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 4:03 AM

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  148. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    Get through the inning Gio.

  149. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Good job Gio. Now it's up to the bullpen.

  150. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    OK, breathe!

  151. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Gio needs to go one more inning.

  152. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Interesting. Gio not done?

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    @Eddie still trying to figure out where I wasnt giving ALR credit.Where did I say that.

  154. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    And the kid Gyrko for the Padres seems like an Uggla who can actually hit.

  155. MicheleS - May 18, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    seriously, when can Werth get back? I want him in RF and batting in the 2 hole, like yesterday.

  156. Drew - May 18, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Speaking of the promising pitchers at Potomac, Blake Schwartz had another dandy start tonight.He gave up one earned over six innings and lowered his ERA to 0.96.

  157. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    I'm not sure I like that Gio is still in, he looked gas last inning. We'll see how it goes.

  158. EmDash - May 18, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    Don't like Gio still being in here. He seemed gassed. Hope I'm wrong…

  159. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Riddle me this. gio many less pitches last game and much better pitching and Davey pulls him. this game and Gio stays. Why?

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

    Manassas, did you really think I was saying your hat hit ALR's first homer? No more than Chipper did the second.The point was that the first guy you gave credit to was Chipper even after ALR was the first Nat tonight to hit with RISP, and took us from dangerously behind (given our offense this year) to a 90% chance of a win (given our starting pitching this year). Just seems like you have a whine about everything tonight and very little positive to say even when the te turns what looks like a disaster into a reasonably solid game.

  161. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    One thing McCatty has not worked witge pitchers with since joining Nats is how to hold runners.

  162. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Glad you're up and watching, Michele. Check out any of the Face Book pics from Curly Washington on his West Coast trip?

  163. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Off to California in the AM!! Napa followed by Nats vs Giants on Tuesday night! Hiking, biking, wine, beer & baseball. Am I missing anything?If you're in San Francisco this Sat, the Asian Street Fair is on from 11 – 6 pm on Larkin St. Live bands, good food.

  164. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Aww.

  165. Steady Eddie - May 18, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Manassas, your 12:16 was a good example. You'd think we were losing.Clearly Davey left him in put of a combination if "you took me out too early last time" and "if Stras can start an inning at 100+ pitches, why can't I start one at 96?"It's the human psychology of managing people.

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    I am one of the most positive people I know just ask my friends. I expect to win every single game and assume the only way we will lose is if we screw up.Obviously the hat is tongue in cheek, that you didn't get.The Chipper reference didnt read as I implied it eitger. I was saying Chipper saw a flaw that Eck should have seen and didn't.

  167. Ivan Tuski - May 18, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    A little high there

  168. MicheleS - May 18, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    NJ.. YES, I saw someof Curly's pics and i have noticed them on some of the replay's. I think it's great that Nats fans are traveling!SJM308 – HAVE FUN, I am so jealous.

  169. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Just flipped over to the Angels/White Sox game.Note to Arty Moreno…..you obviously have more money than baseball sense.

  170. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Clip has been great lately.

  171. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    Way to go, Tyler Clippard!

  172. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    And he brings on the Burch bier. Didn't see this the first time. Can of corn, but hard hit. ; )

  173. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    No. Eck showed him the flaw and Chipper confirmed it.

  174. EmDash - May 18, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    I'd like to see Mattheus in the 8th, it's been a while since he had an appearance.

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    Non whiney alert.Good job Clip. That is last 11 games only 1 earned run.Whiney alert.Wish Espi would learn to get hit with 2 strikes.

  176. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    EmDash….I think you might.

  177. Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Funny…Zimm seems to be in the same spot in the box that he always is.

  178. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Obviously the hat is tongue in cheek, that you didn't get.The Chipper reference didnt read as I implied it either. I was saying Chipper saw a flaw that Eck should have seen and didn't.BullRunNatsFan, FWIW, I thought the hat thing was funny, and LaRoche definitely needs to take Larry to Mortons, not Sizzler. You could let up on the "everybody sucks" pedal, though.

  179. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Awesome, tomorrow's game isn't at 10, it's at 8:30.

  180. Scott Margenau - May 18, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Good to see LaRoche on fire. I'll eat my former anti ALR comments.

  181. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Yep, Michele….I've been seeing Jeff and Colleen all week on TV….actualy once during Zim's at bat just now.

  182. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Wonder if Clip goes back out.

  183. Scott Margenau - May 18, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    I know right DP??!! I haven't. Slep much this week! Lol be nice to have games end b4 1:30 am

  184. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    You can't un-ring a bell, folks.

  185. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    T-Clip ….need strikes!

  186. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    That Blanks kid looks bigger than 6'6" 265.

  187. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    That's a awfully big strike zone to miss. Just saying.

  188. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Not at all comfortable with Clippard right now.

  189. EmDash - May 18, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Clip is not usually at his best after he has to sit and come back out. Not sure why he's still in.

  190. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Lead off walk is poison.

  191. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    whiney alert last 8 games vs bullpens 26 2/3 Ip 4 R 3 ER 15 H 8 BB 23 K.Clip the old second inning trick.Has worked often? Not often enough.

  192. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    This pinch hitter is 37 years old! Where's his walker or attendant?

  193. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Good job Clip.

  194. EmDash - May 18, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Suggests a scouting problem with opposing bullpens, I'd guess?Yay good Clip!

  195. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Compliment alertClip did fine pitching in 2 different innings.

  196. NatsJack in Florida - May 18, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Could have been easierbut I'll take it. Good job, Clip.

  197. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    NatsJack, don't make fun of him for being 37. Other fans will be saying that about Werth in a few years.

  198. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Danny is in a bad, bad place right now.

  199. DWS - May 18, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Danny needs a break.

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