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Game 43: Nats at Padres

May 18, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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Though it took extra innings last night, the Nationals beat the Padres for their second straight win and will now look for three in a row with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. The Nats' right-hander leads the majors in wins with seven and will look for his eighth against a club he has had success against in the past. Zimmermann has started three games against San Diego, holding a 1.42 ERA across 19 innings pitched. He has taken the mound twice at Petco Park, going 1-0 with a 0.69 mark.

Pitching for the Padres will be 33-year-old lefthander Eric Stults. Stults split time with the White Sox and Padres last year and posted a 2.91 ERA through 99 innings. This year, however, he has struggled with a 4.57 mark in eight starts.

Stults will be making his first career start against the Nationals. The only two Nats that have faced him in their career are Dan Haren and Adam LaRoche. LaRoche is in the lineup tonight and is 0-for-2 against the lefty in two plate appearances.

One standout of the Nats' lineup is the absence of Bryce Harper, reports out of San Diego say it's due to a sore left knee.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 8:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, WUSA 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (23-19)
CF Denard Span
LF Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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320 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. jeffwx - May 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Infielders in the outfield outfieldGo Nats…If Harper needs rest, why not Danny

  2. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Kilgore reports Bryce's knee sore- 2 days rest to be ready for SF. Also clear MRI of abdomen. Can we please keep this guy healthy for a while?? While I love JZ on the mound, I don't like a line up without Bryce or Jayson.

  3. Dominats Vobiscum - May 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    There's a big hole in the middle of the Nats lineup tonight, but the bottom half looks like it's poised to come up strong.

  4. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Eric O'Flaherty for the Braves tore his UCL and will need Tommy John. That bullpen is suddenly looking pretty vulnerable.

  5. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Love JZ on the mound, hate the lineup without Bryce or Jayson. I have to say, though, I have noticed the last few games the other team has more hits than we do or the same, when we are winning. I guess you don't need quantity as long as they are quality, bunched together, or clutch.

  6. jeffwx - May 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    and Zack Duke Starting on Monday with Stammen starting in the bullpen after the first pitch

  7. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Werth is seeing a specialist in Chicago. Friday return at the earliest. Sigh.

  8. Dominats Vobiscum - May 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Werth probably wants to make sure he's good and healthy to face the Phillies. Makes sense.

  9. Just wonderin' - May 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    So, reading thru prior posts, lots of chatter about sending Espinosa down or away, moving RZ to second, calling up Rendon to play either 2B or 3B, trading ALR so Zimm can play 1st, etc. If taken to the logical extreme, though, you still end up a player short (probably a second baseman). Who – asking those of you who follow the minors and Nats keep a close eye on prospects – would play 2nd in the event next season's infield included RZ at 1st, Desi at SS, and Rendon at 3B? Is there a 2B in the pipeline ready to move up? Lombardozzi (please don't)?

  10. natsfan1a - May 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Good one, DV.So, 3-2 on the road trip so far, at halfway through, right? Would be great to have a winning road trip but even a split would be an improvement over past West Coast swings, if memory serves.Go, Jordan! Go, NATS!! I might even be able to stay up for some of this one. Yes! :-)Dominats Vobiscum said… There's a big hole in the middle of the Nats lineup tonight, but the bottom half looks like it's poised to come up strong. May 18, 2013 6:34 PM

  11. natsfan1a - May 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    ^That would be in re. the 6:34 post.

  12. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    A win today would be nice because Davey is going to be trotting out the goon squad tomorrow.

  13. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Werth has been to NY and Chicago, Det has had three MRI's, Bryce an abdominal MRI and concussion tests. Would you like to keep complaining that these guys never get diagnosed correctly? I am quite ok with the caution. Coming back too early just does not work. Both Werth and Det worry me, though, because they do not seem to be clear, simple things.

  14. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    David- and it's not tonight?

  15. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Jim Johnson just blew another save for the O's.

  16. MicheleS - May 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    HEY! STOP YOUR GROUSING! I predict Tyler is going to break out tonight – GOON SQUAD is waking up. Jordo is going to prove he is a total Cyborg and crush the Padres.GYFNG!!!

  17. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    What do you mean Swami? I know tomorrow that Desi is getting a rest, Harper will be resting and it wouldn't surprise me if Span sits too.

  18. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    I just meant that Lombo and Moore, 2 of the bench players are playing tonight. Half a goonie game.

  19. TimDz - May 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Angelo's are in meltdown mode…..can't say I'm heart broken…

  20. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Chiefs picked up a new catcher to replace Solano via a Rizzo trade. Brian Jeroloman. This guy is at least a lot younger than Maldonado. He's a defensive catcher … what makes him unique? He features a left-handed bat.

  21. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Duke the right choice (IMO). Might win anyway–Vogelsong is a mess. Not clear why/how he is keeping his spot in the rotation. Matt Kemp just robbed Heyward of a HR.

  22. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Yikes. The O's just walked in a run. They've given up 6 runs in the 9th.

  23. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Duke has at least as much experience as Chris Young as a starter. He led the Chiefs AAA rotation last season. Just the polar opposite for Chris Young this season. And there is Stammen to come in for him.

  24. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Although I would rather see Stammen get the start, and I think he deserves it, he is probably more valuable to the team if we don't use him up all in one game and then lose him altogether for days at a time. Maybe Duke will just pitch better when he knows when he will be pitching and can be mentally prepared to start a game.

  25. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Would rather Stammen available for relief. He may be disappointed, but he's just more valuable. He could "save" three games, while Duke only loses one.

  26. David Proctor - May 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Matt Kemp just robbed Heyward of a HR with a nice leap at the wall.

  27. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Chief's outfielder Chris Rahl an All Star in AA 2 or 3 seasons. Offense, defense, speed. Have to wonder why he never gets a shot to make a major league roster? Right now he has an 11-game hitting streak and he's a clutch hitter with men on base.

  28. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Kobernus keeps hitting. Two doubles today and another RBI. .340 avg for Kobernus.

  29. baseballswami - May 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    And why have I never heard of this guy?

  30. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha … how ironic?The Braves lose O'Flaherty, Venters to TJ plus Walden. So?They reach out an pick up former pathetic Nat's Joe Beimel.

  31. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    ATL bullpen: O’Flaherty will join Jonny Venters, Jordan Walden, Luis Ayala and Cristhian Martinez on the disabled list. Venters is done for the season after Tommy John surgery while Walden was just placed on the disabled list yesterday. Meanwhile, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that neither Ayala nor Martinez are close to returning.

  32. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Rendon now has 6 home runs in Harrisburg.

  33. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Meanwhile, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that neither Ayala nor Martinez are close to returning.Good ol' lefty Joe Beimel will rescue them … (can't wait for Nats hitters to face that guy!)

  34. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Rendon's homer was a Harper special : deep over the CF wall. He now leads the Senators in home runs. Syracuse in June sometime I imagine.

  35. peric - May 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    An insight into how players think?Ladies, If a guy tries to make a funny joke and it sucks, it's not because he is retarded? He just likes you. #Truth

  36. Harpo - May 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    "peric said… Rendon now has 6 home runs in Harrisburg."While that is great, you could see he was ready after Davey had him sit those 2 days. By ready, I mean when Rizzo admits he was wrong about Espy and gets Rendon playing every day at 2nd base.

  37. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Roch Kubatko ‏@masnRoch#orioles have allowed 30 runs in the last 3 gamesFor you Oriole-haters.Also,ESPN 980 ‏@ESPNRadio980 Rays defeat the O's 10-6. First Orioles Loss in 110 games after leading after the 7th Inning.

  38. NatsLady - May 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Idiotic baserunning. Isn't there a RULE against this?With Matt Kemp batting, Dee Gordon caught stealing 3rd base, catcher Brian McCann to third baseman Chris Johnson.

  39. Harpo - May 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    NatsLady, the Orioles lost after leading after the 7th in Johnson's last appearance this week against the Padres. Streak ended then.

  40. peric - May 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    By ready, I mean when Rizzo admits he was wrong about Espy and gets Rendon playing every day at 2nd base.Rendon is still at third base almost exclusively with former Owls teammate and prospect Ricky Hague at second. He's not playing second and if he were to play it regularly it will wait until he gets promoted to AAA Syracuse just as they did with Espinosa.I don't think Espinosa is going anywhere. His glove is way too good for starters. Best to get used to it and stop honking like a goose.

  41. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I think the Rays scored six in the ninth. Sigh. I wish the Nats would do that.

  42. peric - May 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Chris Rahl has a really nice arm in right field!

  43. peric - May 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Taylor Jordan impressing in Harrisburg since his promotion from Potomac.

  44. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    "baseballswami said… I think the Rays scored six in the ninth. Sigh. I wish the Nats would do that."Im just happy when the Nats score 6 runs in a game.

  45. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    One more thing about Espi( yeah, sure), he plays good defense, he has a cannon, which is actually not necessary at second. We don't need someone out there who wins a gold glove and can't hit a lick. We need someone who makes the plays, turns the dp's , gets it over to Adam. AND hits somewhere above the Mendoza line. Even 240 would suffice. I don't care how good his defense looks, they cannot keep him there if this continues. Something will have to give.

  46. Knoxville Nat - May 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Got to see the Nats game Thursday night at Petco Park while in San Diego. Three observations to share.1. I was pleasently surprised by the number of people I saw wearing Nationals hats, tee shirts, etc. Would expect to see that in cities along the east coast but I wasn't expecting to see them in SoCal.2. In between innings I noticed that Strasburg would warm up with usually his last 2 or 3 pitches coming out of the stretch. I haven't seen that before and was wondering if this is common practice or not. Keep in mind that I don't get to many MLB games any more due to living in east Tennessee and not travelling a whole lot.3. Harper was playing LF that night and again, in between innings he warmed up with the Padres ball girl who was stationed on the third base line. She had a good strong arm and threw with accuracy. Something our current third baseman does not do.

  47. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Double plus J Upton error. Dodgers get a run.

  48. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    So finally somebody else notices Taylor Jordan?

  49. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130515&content_id=47606154&notebook_id=47621372&vkey=notebook_atl&c_id=atlBraves may go with 6 relievers instead of the traditional 7 for a NL team.

  50. peric - May 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Robbie Ray with a no-hitter going into the 7th. He might be the next promotion.

  51. peric - May 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    I don't care how good his defense looks, they cannot keep him there if this continues. Something will have to give.Sure they can. He would be a far better UTL than Lombo and Tracy that's for certain.

  52. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Wow…and Robbie Ray, too? Both in the same night?

  53. MicheleS - May 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    NatsJack.. Yup, Robbie Ray and Taylor Jordan, both your calls, good to see the arms coming up.

  54. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Tonight score Nats 4 Padres 2.GYFNGThis guy's ERA almost 6 We will not get him early.

  55. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Sigh. Lombo.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Why is lombo jittibg second. He is never on base for 3-4-5.Bring Rendon up

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Lombo turned that inning bad quick.

  58. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Don't know why Lombo is batting second. Why not Suzuki? He's at least got some plate discipline.

  59. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Not the start I was hoping for.

  60. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Love Jordan!

  61. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    WOW. Zimmermann.

  62. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    If you went to get a beer, you missed the bottom of the 1st! Nice!!!

  63. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    And for those of you that don't know, Taylor Jordan is Jordan Zim lite.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Rzim and ALR must not be seeing ball both K looling

  65. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    There are going to be a lot of strikeouts in this game…

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Apprently so DavidProctor. Going into game Nats second in being struckout.Not good when you are 14th in hitting and 9,th in homers.

  67. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Well Alonso saw it…

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Appsrently seeing the ball is not as ard to see as they said.

  69. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Denard looked relieved he caught that. Nice doubleplay.

  70. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    FP and Carp. Always quick with the excuse for are horrible strikeout rate. If your gonna strike out at least swing. Yawn

  71. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Good bounce back. Doubt this game ends 1-0. No worries.

  72. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Velocity lower and having trouble loosening up the arm. Are we concerned? I'd really like to not be concerned about a pitcher…

  73. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Navy seals and skydiving from Carp and FP, but not one word mentioned about the DP? Wow!

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    The pitch to Alonso was inside and was a ball had he not swung.

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Having listened to Jim palmer over the years what zim is doing is normal to happe 6-8 times a year.

  76. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Hock espi struck out. Taking one over the middle.rendon where are you?

  77. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Robbie Ray ends with 6 1/3, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 9 k's leading 3-2.

  78. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Thanks Stultz.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    FP finally says something about the game. says approach is bad. Take more pitches.

  80. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Yikes. Nothing you can really do about that.

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    What wss that. suzuki go on contact.

  82. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Lol baserunning.

  83. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    That is some real bad luck there. Not sure what Suzuki was doing. Either you are going or you're not.

  84. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Suzuki went because Zimmermann went. They were both caught in between.

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Bad luck it hit yhe pitcher, but if he went on contact he scores.

  86. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    I don't think it mattered. He would have been out at home if he'd gone. And might have gotten hurt.

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Once he started he created the problem. Just go

  88. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    That's not bad luck. If the pitcher fields that ball Suzuki cant go anyway. MORE BAD BASEBALL!!.. WAKE UP. At least Span didn't K

  89. mick - May 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    dumb ass base running and coaching by Jewett, what the hell was that?

  90. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    He would only been out on a direct throw. Had that happen men on first and third. He couldn't get both.But once he started zim did. No reverse there.

  91. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Suzuki might have been out even if he'd gone on contact. Third base coach probably should've communicated better on that one.

  92. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    With this horrible offense when the other team basically gives you an extra out you have to deliver. 1 run may do it tonight.

  93. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    have some guts ask Rizzo the genius about Espinosa

  94. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Look at that lollipop from Ryan Zimmerman.

  95. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Very strange play all around. Gotta keep it together. And, since every time in say it they start hitting, Eck must go. BTW – did anyone see Ray Knight's piece on ALR's adjustment with his right shoulder, apparently made after consulting with Chipper? Seems like that would be something your hitting instructor would be able to help you with,would it not?

  96. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    hahaha did you see Zimmerman's girlie throw? how much humiliation can he put up with?

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    What you mean bad luck. That ricocheted didn' t or did eyes play tricks on me. He didnt field it did he.Maybe i am more blind than i realized.

  98. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    NatsFanSinceStart said… have some guts ask Rizzo the genius about Espinosa May 18, 2013 9:17 PM ____________________________Hah! Talking about throwing lollipops.

  99. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I loved Boswell's article this morning — he's finally telling it the way it REALLY IS. Also like how Boswell finally admitted the Morse release was a BAD move and to trade LaRoche and "cut their losses." All true. Rizzo weakened this team beyond repair this winter. If I were a Lerner, the little genius would be gone.

  100. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Girly? Really?It worked, I don't care how it looked.

  101. mick - May 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    great question to ask Rizzo Natsfansince start about EspiEspi is terrible and what is it that Davey sees in him that no other MLB manager does??Espi s is an automatic out

  102. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Zimmerman and Desmond lead the Major Leagues in errors for a 3b and SS. How bad is that? Plus, McCatty is encouraging his pitchers to pitch to contact. HaHa Talk about pouring gasoline on the fire.

  103. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    espy can field. Get him a coach that firces him to adjust. Eck has nothing to ogfer him that he has taken.

  104. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    The vitriol here is just too much sometimes. Jeez.

  105. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I'm out, it's getting chippy in here. Go Nats!

  106. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Mick, did you read Boswell this morning? he said Espi isn't just going bad — he has been going bad since 2011. Boswell was wondering if This is All there is to Espi. It would appear this is it.Espi is 1 for his last 22 and isn't even hitting my weight — let alone his.

  107. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Gonna be *that* kind of game thread, it sounds like…

  108. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Since they've become "big winners" and there is less need for a change … so-to-speak … or are their fewer astute posters?I've found it somewhat interesting to note that no one came out and saw a potential big-time future starter closing the game last night? By adding the killer change-up to his other pitches Storen now appears to be more than viable as a possible 200 inning a year starter as opposed to a back-end reliever to burn out in a few.

  109. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Somebody in here step in something?

  110. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Yeah Nats Lady time for you to go —

  111. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    FP asked it very diplomatically. Hah!

  112. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Where is it chippy? Lots o chippy sites out there.We will start hitting soon

  113. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Some folks here hate reality — go read a Grimm's Fairy Tale, I'm watching a big league baseball game

  114. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    FP just asked Rizzo about Espi! Once again proof that he reads this blog. Hi FP!

  115. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Rizzo is sounding like jay Carney explaining away the IRS and AP scandals —

  116. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Did Rizzo say "Zach Duke" will improve as a starter? hahaDuke stunk with the Pirates, Duke stinks now.

  117. EmDash - May 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Hits would be nice, guys…

  118. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    As Boswell said "Trade Laroche while he's got some value" Amen, brother

  119. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    This pitcher pitches junk and of course we have no hits through 4.We can start anytime now.

  120. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Espi is terrible and what is it that Davey sees in him that no other MLB manager does??Bah, so was Timmy Cullen, so was Dave Nelson, so were so many that attempted to play that position before Espy. Yes, I will take Espy over Guzman. Why? Because I am certain that by putting Espy in at short or second instead of what the terrible expansion team had and the terrible team major league baseball moved here you would get back at least 10 games just because of the glove!The guy's glove is friggin' amazing! He has ungodly range and he makes difficult plays look easy. His problem as Natsjack astutely observed: His head. He works too hard. It sounds like he is making his hands bleed practicing in the batting cage. He takes this very personally and very seriously. Its why Zim called him intense. Perhaps he is too "intense"? Perhaps to hit one needs to relax more and let your instincts and intuition have a bit of the driver's seat? Hell yes he stays. He isn't going anywhere. He might go to Syracuse. He might end up on the bench. The guy is tough enough to hide any kind of injury.. I do believe he could effectively hide a broken bone! Either way he isn't going anywhere. So stop whining about him.

  121. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Span is where he should be. .265 Zero homeruns, .335 obp — Wow!!! Sure glad we broke up a 98 victory team for this superstar hahaha

  122. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Zach Duke HAS to improve as a starter. He can't get any worse!!

  123. mick - May 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I did read Boswell NatsfanI just heard Rizzo say Zach Duke is starting. I am in the Twilight zone now…Duke should be gone, he is terrible and chalk that game down as a loss. I am stunned.

  124. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Peric, haha you talking about Tim Cullen. Boy, you are an old, old dude.And full of it most of the time.

  125. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Rizzo with the ums/aws as he does his best politician talk. What did he say: Nothing.

  126. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Oh and Peric — even horrible Tim Cullen hit above the Mendoza line. No major league team can win with a second baseman hitting .165. No major league team can win with a third baseman and SS leading the entire Majors in Errors.And guess what, Peric, we got all three. You better stop your preaching, old dude.

  127. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    I do find it interesting that Davey is proving he cant manage his way out of a paper bag. Only thing keeping this Blimp up is our stellar pitching. I am amazed at the dumb moves and non-moves old Davey has made (and not made) this season.

  128. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Carp got so excited over the Moore fly ball Short of the track — haha

  129. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Good swing, Danny, knocked yourself down — same pitch same swing here comes the K

  130. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Kenly Jansen just pitched Gattis in his power zone. 2 run HR.

  131. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Your out Espi — It's an outrage that Nats fans have to put up with this crap. Outrageous

  132. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Lefty offspeed guy is naturally our kryptonite…Zach Duke is awful, it's true. But losing Stammen for multiple games could hurt worse. If he gets blown up again, maybe he'll get DFAed, which would be no shame. And SF's Vogelsong has also been pretty hittable so there's at least a chance.

  133. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:39 AM

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  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Cy young working on a no hitter

  135. DannyEllinosa - May 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I'm changing my screen name

  136. ExposedinDC - May 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Danny Espin-0-fer…….

  137. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    yeah!! Zim!!! the only play you can make

  138. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Danny is an embarrassment to the uniform. Nobody go to bed. I think your gonna witness a NO NO by STULTZ???????

  139. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    the throw is about 65 feet at that point. Way to go, Zim!!

  140. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    RZim makes those plays look easy. Why. The routine ones cause problem? Because not working on instinct.

  141. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Secret: you just might be right

  142. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Disgusting how Rizzo sits there and defends the pathetic hitting on this team. Sorry I went to bed the last 2 nights. This is a borefest. Think Ill go to bed.

  143. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    One thing I notice about Espi – he's got some swag. He walks around like he's hitting .330 — like a bad ass.he should be embarassed

  144. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Working hard is not the answer. working smart is.

  145. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Damn this ump is giving Zimmermann nothing!!

  146. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:44 AM

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  147. MicheleS - May 19, 2013 at 1:44 AM

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  148. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Zimm, now that is a Pitcher!!

  149. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Get Jordan Z some runs.

  150. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Peric: haha someone talks back to the bully and he loses it. haha Take a chill pill, old man.

  151. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX Natsjack already tried the old Belliard reverse jinx (I should have recognized it damned!) but I guess it didn't work.

  152. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:47 AM

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  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Finally saw replay FP agreed with me On contact play he could almost walk in.

  154. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    There you go!

  155. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Time for a Jordan Zimmermann home run.

  156. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Good job jinx worked

  157. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    There goes the no hitter

  158. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    "Manassas Nats' Fan said… Finally saw replay FP agreed with me On contact play he could almost walk in."Suzuki froze to make sure it wasn't a line drive caught and Jordan Z did go on contact. Just dumb luck.

  159. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:50 AM

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  160. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Look at that and people call me negative

  161. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Early in the year I predicted the Nats would win 10 less games than last year. I'm upping that to 18 games less than last year.Can anyone disagree? If so, why? Peric, we really don't need your nonsensical rants. thank you.

  162. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    YOUUUUUUUUR OOOOOOOOUUUUUTTTTTT!good job

  163. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    This team stinks

  164. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Lombo going to right worked. Keep it up.But why take the bat out of RZIM's hands.Can't have it all I guess.

  165. MicheleS - May 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Manassas,Your welcome, but GEESH Lombo, bad steal attempt.

  166. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Dodgers lost. Mattingly cant manage a game.

  167. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Harper has more homeruns than Laroche, Span, Zimmerman and Espi combined.This team stinks

  168. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

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  169. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Mattingly is as bad as Davey

  170. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Michelle, that could have been a missed hit & run.

  171. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    @ harpo freeze was fine until the ricochet, tgen it became an easy run.

  172. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

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  173. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Good Camera shot on Davey — he's sitting down all game — too old and tired and despondent to stand.

  174. MicheleS - May 19, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Thank you Harpo, appreciate the info.

  175. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:56 AM

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  176. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Carp uses the injury card. Yanks so inured and doing fine. So dont pull the card.

  177. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:57 AM

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  178. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Be interesting to see who he pinch hits and when.

  179. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    and carp calls Werth and Ramos 'horses" ponies maybe — horses? I don't think so

  180. peric - May 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM

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  181. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Peric and NatsFanSinceStart, please go get a chat room somewhere and keep your personal attacks off of this blog.

  182. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    It wont be the least bit interesting to see who pinch hits. Tracy, or Bernie — whats so fascinatingly interesting about that? Oh, maybe to you it would be. haha What is interesting is how long this team can survive with Zimmerman at 3b, and Espi at 2B — and the worst left side of the infield in all the big Leagues.Last year's team had perfect balance and chemistry — Rizzo ruined all of that.This team stinks

  183. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    "Manassas Nats' Fan said… @ harpo freeze was fine until the ricochet, tgen it became an easy run."It was ugly all around and we don't know what Trent was yelling as his Coach. FP failed to mention in his analysis that Jordan Z was standing on 3rd base as he went on contact.

  184. peric - May 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

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  185. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    If Zimmerman had any honor at all, he would admit that he can no longer play his defensive position and ask the club to cut his contract down to size — I might respect him a little bit by doing that — but of course — that is pure fantasy

  186. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    HR time by Desi here

  187. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Good hit Laroche — trade him when we have the chance

  188. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    ALR is raking these days. I curse Chipper's lack of proactvity!

  189. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    LaRoche…..15 game hitting streak? Who'd a thunk it 16 games ago?

  190. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Prediction: within a month this team will be totally exhausted and mentally out of gas. They will spend July and August and a deep swoon that will take them 5 -8 games below .500 or worse

  191. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

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  192. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    You can't predict baseball. It says so on the Internet.

  193. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    "NatsFanSinceStart said… If Zimmerman had any honor at all, he would admit that he can no longer play his defensive position and ask the club to cut his contract down to size — I might respect him a little bit by doing that — but of course — that is pure fantasy"Pure fantasy. Hes laughing all the way to the bank. His defensive game is mostly bad except those balls he has to charge. When a guy wont even put his body in front of a ball you have to wonder how far his dedication goes.Then he has that smug attitude like hes the man. Sure you were for a few years.

  194. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    NatsFan, pay attention at least: the game is tied.Auto scroll-by engaged…

  195. peric - May 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    LaRoche…..15 game hitting streak? Who'd a thunk it 16 games ago?After Chipper I saw him change his approach to a more OBP slant. Using his veteran savvy to get on base. I could see him batting second. Hey Keith Law thinks Votto could bat 2nd. Not sure why.However, the recent spate of home runs really have surprised me. I'm glad he proved me wrong just hope it continues.

  196. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    The Nats scored a run, so unless it's possible to score negative runs from here on I don't think 1-0 is possible…

  197. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    haha I know. I stepped away and had not a clue that we scored. I just assumed we hadn't. Im paying attention now

  198. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Big blue not giving that outside corner.

  199. peric - May 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    NatsFan, pay attention at least: the game is tied.Auto scroll-by engaged…Seems like Honk Honk Harpo and NatsFanSince2secondsago … although he keeps changing his mind every other post? are the same person.

  200. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    I bet we have hit more peoole than we have had hit. Seems we always hit them when we are ahead in the count too..Jzim was on 3rd because the cobtact play was on (my guess)

  201. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Stepped away for an inning? But still posted throughout?

  202. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:11 AM

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  203. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Davey needs to get Bernadina in RF. I don't get that. You put him into TylerMos spot. No big deal.

  204. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Ian Desmond!!!

  205. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

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  206. ExposedinDC - May 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Here's a better prediction Nats Fan Since Never….you will drive every fan away from this board by 10:30….congratulations, you should be proud

  207. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Headley cost the Padres a run there, TWICE! Great play by Desi!

  208. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    I count three baserunning errors by Headly in that half inning.

  209. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Bernadina cant hit — leave Moore out there

  210. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Its the little things that Davey keeps forgetting like putting in Eury Perez to pinch run for Chad Tracy Thursday night.No reason Bernadina should be sitting right now. TylerMo got the job done and it still doesnt matter. Davey missing details isnt good and Knorr should be in his ear.

  211. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    This is one entertaining blog….if truth be told, I'm Nats fan since Espi's last K, Peric and Harpo (and Groucho, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo!)

  212. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Espi takes a beauty — then reaches a pitch 2 feet out side — way to go, King of Swag

  213. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    This team absolutely stinks

  214. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Espinosa as an immediate downer. What are you swinging at.

  215. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Heads up Desi heads down Headley.espi looks lost. Glad he doesnt take to the field.

  216. peric - May 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    I am liking Zim's swing. Nice cuts.

  217. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    This isn't meant to be antagonistic, but I've watched alot of baseball in the last week and I haven't seen 1 third baseman take a ball in the chest. Not 1.I've seen ball after ball be hit for doubles down the line. I've seen balls hit in the hole between short and 3rd but not 1 that a third baseman put his face in front of to knock it down. Not 1.Someone please post the minute they see a play like that.

  218. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Maybe Headly made some mistakes on the basepaths last inning, but he surely throws the ball well — unlike our disabled third baseman

  219. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    J Zimmerman is a better hitter than Espi

  220. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    "NatsFanSinceStart said… Bernadina cant hit — leave Moore out there"Neither can hit. You really dont follow however Bernadina has been hitting better lately.

  221. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Jordan now batting .150, creeping up on Espi's .168.

  222. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    looks like Stilts is tiring

  223. NatsFanSinceStart - May 19, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Span has a .335 OBP There are two major league teams whose team OBP is above .335. Wow!! what a find!

  224. Harpo - May 19, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Time for pitcher sliding practice.

  225. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    I'm glad Jordan didn't slid there, there even if he was out. Can't risk a pitcher's health on one base.

  226. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    NatsJack, agreed on not blocking balls hit, but Zim should have blocked Bryce's errant throw from RF to 3rd the other night. Not getting in front of it cost us runs. A minor not, to be sure. But it did get my attention that Zim basically Ole'd the ball.

  227. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Very catchable ball that Lombo played on the hop. Ballsy play by Zook's.

  228. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Jeez….awesome play by SUKIFoils the 12 year olds bunt

  229. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Natsfan, LaRoche can't reach across the runner.

  230. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Zimm seems tired…

  231. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    I just text a friend 10 minutes ago I felt error in tge 8th would cost us, didnt think JZIM would do it.

  232. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    OMG was Desi moving there! Almost got him.

  233. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    I wish a 1 one run lead for the Padres didn't feel so insurmountable but this lineup is holy to be sure. Losing Harper/Werth/Morse Bats sure does hurt. Sorry JZ…at least you get a quality start.

  234. Grandstander - May 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Game ends right in time to watch the Rockhold/Belfort fight on FX.

  235. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Any lineup the Nats put out there that includes Espinosa AND Lombardozzi AND Moore has 3 holes in it.

  236. phil dunton - May 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Past Davey's bedtime

  237. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    NatsFann, so if he reaches across the runner, and the ball hots the runner, or the runner hits ALR, how is the result any different?

  238. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Harper in for Lombo now? I say yes.

  239. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Sorry NatsJack – you have that wrong. There would be 5 holes. Three at the plate and two in the field. :-)

  240. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    By the way…..got to go to OPACY on my trip to DC.What an over rated dump.

  241. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Nope. His knee must be pretty rough.

  242. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    I guess when error is on the pitcher the run is earned as they are calling it earned and the runner would be stuck at third without the error

  243. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Lombo,Lombo man, I want to be a Lombo man

  244. Exposremains - May 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    One little run in 8 inning for their ace against a pitcher with a over 4 era. They should be embrassed

  245. mick - May 19, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Peric… I agree with you almost 99% of the time. Not on Espi, he stinks, he simply is an automatic out and he has to go.I feel bad for J Zim because he does not deserve to lose this game. i just think the Nats are mediocre and i was once again fooled by what i thought was a good team, we are not. we are the worse hitting team in baseballgame over tonight and I bet Nats fall under 500 after the Giant series and will return home a losing team

  246. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    NatsJack, I agree about OPACY – it's nice to look at from a distance. The game experience is not good. And did you see the police out at the warning track between every inning? B'more fans just wanna run onto the field at any opportunity I guess.

  247. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    no more stealing for you lombo

  248. Exposremains - May 19, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Just shaking my head.

  249. mick - May 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    we simply stink, R Zim is too comfortable with his contract, 2 times in row, no contact on a steal… sorry team gang. really bad loss, i feel for J Zim being on a team witha bunch of stiffs and a clueless manager

  250. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    We need to stop doing hit and runs, it usually doesn't work.Poor Jordan.

  251. Pvdfan - May 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Just stupidity sending Lombo there.

  252. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Not even second guessing. Running Lombo on that pitch was stupid. Just not smart baseball with no one out, man on first and down one.Stupid.

  253. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Ugly loss. We gave that one away.

  254. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Ouch – tough way to lose.Eck still must go. Maybe he and Weimi can start a sports clinic…

  255. Exposremains - May 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Everytime they get a hit bob and fp saying that they broke of their slump. I want a see it for at least a week. And no Rizzo, Werth won't fix everything. Enough of Espi, Moore…

  256. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Patience JZ…you'll be making the big bucks with a lineup that bring it soon enough….You'll love pitching for the Angels/Rangers/Yanks or Tigers…

  257. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    BTW : run now unearned. Our fielding is killing us.As fir Lombo running? first time shame on him, second time shame on Davey. Rzim might be better, but not that much better.Rizzo. when are you going to bring Rendon up. also my usual fire Eck.JZim you cannot throw away a ball.The 8 inning killer tonight. braves scored 3 to win 3-1

  258. mick - May 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Nats will return t DC under 500 and 5 back of Braves.Davey's managing has stunk, plain and simple, why in the hell did he send Lomba again??? Any good team would have booted Espi a week ago, is effort is pathetic

  259. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Still not happy with Suzuki not going on the contact play.

  260. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    It seems like whenever the Nats lose a game the won't make .500 folks come out…The offense is bad, it's true. But if it continues Rizzo will probably make a move. And it's not like Atlanta's pulled away while the Mats have struggled. They don't need to be the best team in baseball, just better than Philly and Atlanta. Atlanta And they have questions too.

  261. do1teach1 - May 19, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Pathetic. 2009.

  262. Depot Master - May 19, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    If you are going to steal, why not sub Perez in for Lombo? He drew the walk! He also would have gotten to the ball that dropped in for the initial single. Hit and run only works if one player can hit and the other can run.

  263. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    The Angels? Their lineup hasn't exactly been a powerhouse either…

  264. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Hey everybody! We can go a day without talking about a Ryan Zimmerman error!Now Jordan Zimmermann is another story.

  265. paul brandt - May 19, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Good to see Jzim pissed off at the end of the game in the dug-out with some choice words to himself… just hope he relays them loudly in the clubhouse…he did his job and only gave up 2 runs to the padres…this team is mind-boggling…jekyl & hyde…every day…never know what to expect.

  266. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    This loss was a downer, it's true, but if you don't have any hope they'll get better and are sure it's a long downward slide from here I'm not sure why you're still watching the team…

  267. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Zimmerman has a chance for redemption and gets a cement mixer down the middle and swings and misses and leaves Lombo out there like a sitting duck.Guys are not executing. You get fantastic starting pitching and give him 1 run of support. Just pathetic.I also agree that Davey didn't make some wise moves. He needed a pinch-runner for LaRoche in the 9th in case Desi hits a gapper. No way LaRoche scores on anything but a HR.Also was a good point to take TyMo out in the 7th for Bernadina. TyMo's spot never came up again in the game.

  268. BigCat - May 19, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    This was pitiful. God, what has happened to our hitting. Eck must go……NOW!!!

  269. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Good moves1. Suzuki +2. Gio +3. Great Draft signings (Harper, Stras, Rendon…)++4. RamosBad Moves1. Werth –2. Losing Morse –3. Overpaying RZ -4. Signing ALR – 6 – to 5 +The next move will be an important one.

  270. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Can't win 'em all, especially if you play (and manage) well below your capability.

  271. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Mick nailed. There is one star on this team. J Zimm. Everyone else stinks of mediocrity or worse.. Ry Zimm should come to the field with a ski mask on. Because he is robbing this team blind. Davey looks like a tired old man. He needs to step down. He has done nothing this year. Except keep Danny out there.

  272. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    I'm with Jack.Moore,Espy, and Lombo in the lineup and field is too many holes to overcome. I disagree with FP on the ball Lombo played on the hop in the eighth.You gotta catch that ball.Why not pinch run Perez for Lombo in the 9th? I understood Lombo running in the 9th with Zimm up with 3-2 count. Ryan has to make contact.I feel bad for Jordan,too, but he made a base running error, and a throwing error on the pickoff attempt.Keep the loss in perspective.We're playing with one arm tied behind our back with Harp, Werth and Ramos out.

  273. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    EmDash..I'm assuming they will be…Like Trout/Trombo/Hamilton/Puljous…I don't think Harper/RZ/Werth/Desmond are as good.

  274. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 19, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Gonat said… Zimmerman has a chance for redemption and gets a cement mixer down the middle and swings and misses and leaves Lombo out there like a sitting duck.Guys are not executing. You get fantastic starting pitching and give him 1 run of support. Just pathetic.I also agree that Davey didn't make some wise moves. He needed a pinch-runner for LaRoche in the 9th in case Desi hits a gapper. No way LaRoche scores on anything but a HR.Also was a good point to take TyMo out in the 7th for Bernadina. TyMo's spot never came up again in the game.I'll go one better. Why didn't Davey put in Bernie or Eury for Lombo. Put blazing speed out there.Agree that RZim didn't execute. JZim was great. Watching him is worth the ticket.

  275. BigCat - May 19, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    This was just an atrocious exhibition of hitting. A good high school team would of hung 5 or 6 runs on that pus lefty. ECK HAS TO GO ASAP!!!!!!!!!!! Has Eck ever played baseball? Better yet….has he ever put on a jock? Good bye, good riddance…that nonsense with the clipboard is over. And Im beginning to think Davey is Joe Gibbs II.

  276. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 19, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Joe Seamhead said… Why not pinch run Perez for Lombo in the 9th?I owe you a drink. Davey has a bench and doesn't use them. Bud Black used his guys. Davey is brain freezing more and more. This is obvious upgrades late in the game.

  277. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    @natsJack RZim made no fielding error, but 2 hitting errors leaving Lombo out to dry.I agree why No perez for Lombo in the 9thDavey misses some obvious moves.Lombo not charging opening hit in the 8th conservative play, which for Lombo as a non outfielder. Wonder if the Shark would have dove for it as he seems to a lot.Rumor has it RIZZO called Big Cat to come be the hitting coach.

  278. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    from the Nats web siteECKSTEIN RESUMEReturns for his 5th season as Nationals' hitting coach…has helped to establish Washington's lineup as one of the NL's top offensive units over the last 4 seasonsit's a topsy turvy world

  279. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Big cat joe Gibbs made playoffs 2 years out of four when he came back. With mark Brunnell and Todd Collins. Don't ever compare Davey to joe. Davey has talent and is screwing it up

  280. BigCat - May 19, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    We need someone who has been in the batters box on the ML level. Someone who understands what to look for from a pitcher. When to look for it and where. Someone who understands the cat n mouse game that goes on between hitter n pitcher. Eck has been stealing money for a long time now. Every frickin day we run an all star caliber pitcher out to the hill and we can't score 2 runs. It is disgraceful and it must stop now!!

  281. ehay2k - May 19, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Oh, he has made their lineup offensive, sure enough. Just not in the way you want them to be. I believe this lineup could be really good with an effective hitting coach. He is not one of those.New blog pic, in honor of Eck.

  282. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Lombo not charging opening hit in the 8th conservative play, which for Lombo as a non outfielder. Wonder if the Shark would have dove for it as he seems to a lot.________________________________Lombo was way to deep to start with. Keep in mind who was batting. A big brain freeze there.

  283. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    BTW Big Cat. Played professional baseball. Most of you believe coaching makes no difference to the players. As a former pro he believes the opposite. That is why I believe coaches are important.Eck is not helping these guys. He needs time to spend with his new daughter.

  284. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    If the Nats just like the super choke Caps were in any other division they would probably be done already. It's mediocrity everyone. Lets go back to people's post from April. Most said 40 games would be a good sample size. Well here we are. And the sample is pretty bland.

  285. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Harper, Bernadina, Perez all would have caught that ball in the 8th. You have an infielder playing the OF, that's what you get.

  286. Maurymania - May 19, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Hmmmm.natsfanfromstart disappears…banned? Hope so.

  287. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    You think the Nats are mess? Have a look at the Giants. They made 4 errors yesterday and (after Bochy called a meeting to discuss mental errors) they made another 3 today, and of their rotation, only Bumgarner is reliable.This is what their pitching staff has done over the last week:L 10-6 (Blue Jays) L 11-3 (Blue Jays) W 8-6 (Rox) L 10-9 (Rox) L 10-2 (Rox). Their bullpen is exhausted (except Romo). Agree on pinch running for Lombo. But if Davey is missing this type of move, doesn't he have a bench coach?

  288. BigCat - May 19, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    And wasian…remember when Joe called 2 timeouts in a row to try and ice somebody? Just listening to Davey sometimes after a game…the long pauses, the stammering…the far away look…the confused look. Or when he runs out to argue with an ump. Gimme a break. Do I say it, do I dare? Bring back Riggleman?

  289. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Nice stats Nats Lady. Don't really care about the Giants though. They have 2 series wins. We don't.

  290. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    yup Joe S.Remember when Nat's philosphy was to emphasize speed and defense…Tonight, neither showed up…Lombo is a good util guy, but not an outfielder. He should never, ever play the outfield. Bernadina can hit as well as he can.

  291. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Like to see McCatty manage the team.

  292. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    I care about the Giants because they are our next opponent. So they won the WS, that was last year, this is this year–they are playing LOUSY baseball right now!

  293. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    NastLady…They may be playing lousy but they're hitting better than us. When's the last time we scored 6,8 and 9 runs in one week.

  294. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Yes they are playing lousy. But I'll bet a Bens chili bowl they will win the Nats series. We lost to Cubs And Dodgers.

  295. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    We are only 1.5 behind, we can fix this, but you can't fix it by not changing anything.First change Eck gone get a person who has proven he can hit. Second bench ESPI he can be a defensive replacement late.Send Tyler Moore to Syracuse to play dailt.Bring up Rendon to play second. (When Espi comes in Rendon can go to 3rd)When Werth comes up send Perez down.Line upSpanRendonHarperRZimLaRoche Desmond Werth catcherPitcher

  296. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Haren will have his work cut out for him if Davey sits Desi & co. Harper's knee must be swollen like a melon if he couldn't even pinch hit.

  297. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Who's that Lady…Who's that Lady…Who's that Natsi Lady…Who's that LadyIt's late, too much greek coffee at the festival on Mass ave…

  298. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Manassas. I like it. How many holes to you slice your driver into the woods before you pull out the 3 wood. Put the driver away Davey.

  299. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    SWM, you're on. You got a bet! (Why not?) Nats lose tomorrow,but win the Giants series 2-1 and come home with a .500 road trip, which is all you can ask for.

  300. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Man Nat Fan….You got a nice lineup there. I'm hopeful

  301. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    SWM, I have NO IDEA what you just proposed, driver, 3 wood????

  302. Scott Margenau - May 19, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    NLGolf analogy. 3 wood is safer, but not as much pop.Irregardless btw is auto spelled as a word on iPads :-)Irregardless of that people on blogs that correct grammar should be get real and chill out. Last two game threads were just ridiculous.

  303. Drew - May 19, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Meantime, Rendon hits a triple, bashes his sixth home run, knocks in three runs and raises his average to .350.He has 20 RBIs in 28 games.Looks like a talent who needs a challenge.

  304. Another_Sam - May 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    NatsJack et al. – my views on the soulless OPaCy are well voiced here.Also well voiced here but I add my $.02 – casual readers might think this club is hopelessly mired in the celler. Look at the standings. Play ball.

  305. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I refuse to rant. You will rarely win a game when scoring one run. No matter what your pitcher does. Also– this season the Nats just don't get away with anything. Every mistake is glaring and costly. I am actually sorry, though, that so many fans are so focused on a daily basis on the holy grail of October and whatever the Barves are doing that they seem to have no enjoyment at all of baseball season or watching Bryce become who he is or watching a ridiculous pitching performance. Need to let it go and whatever happens , happens.

  306. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    I don't usually post in game threads. But due to the start time, I was home, thought I'd settle in and enjoy the game with fellow fans. Not to be on this board. Much better over on WaPo. Granted, a game thread is probably not the time you are going to get thoughtful analysis or dialogue. But insults to other posters are not appreciated. We are all rooting for the same team–in theory. Sometimes it seems like people are rooting more for the "I told you so," than for the win. Anyone can predict bad results. In baseball, 40% of the time you will be right. If RZ had grounded into a DP you would have heard, why wasn't the runner going? Davey made his decision. Now, that said, I don't know why he didn't put Perez in as pinch-runner. Late and close, he should have Perez sitting on his shoulder lest he forget his existence. ;)I feel for Dan Haren, if Desi and Suzuki get the day off and Harper's not ready. Here is a recent writeup from fangraphs on Cashner.Cashnerhttp://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/missing-andrew-cashners-hard-slider/

  307. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    A game again lost on execution. Eckstein isn't swinging the bat for these guys.Look at where pitch 6 and 7 of the at-bat to Ryan Zimmerman were. It wasn't as if that ball was outside and he couldn't reach it.http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/numlocation_io.php-pitchSel=434718&game=gid_2013_05_18_wasmlb_sdnmlb_1&batterX=61&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=3.gif

  308. mick - May 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Gonatgood point. I have no problem with Eck. In fact, I believe he has helped some of the players hit better

  309. mick - May 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I think I am having my Peter Finch moment from Network…"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" So go to Mike Rizzo and yell…"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore"LOL

  310. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    mick, I still believe part of this is on the batters and now you have Span and Desi in a mini-slump which was something you couldn't afford, and a real bad time for Ryan Zimmerman to fail at the plate.

  311. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Mick from 8 :21. Amen my man. We go to games. We buy Allllll the paraphernalia. We watch regularly. If we wanna be pissed we will. Doesn't mean we love the team any less. Keep it coming Mick

  312. mick - May 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    God bless Wasian man and thanks…back at you all for game time, now its off to masslol

  313. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Nats lady is extremely knowledgable about baseball and this team. I like reading her stuff.

  314. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    mick said… Ghost and Joe's post is interesting because it illustrates how a great manager can panic when he sees a team that has no offense.Any one who blames JZim for this loss is nutzo. The other Zim right now just can not stink enough.________________________________Agreed. There's not only Davey but also Randy Knorr is on the bench to be in his ear. You have 2 burners on the bench in Bernadina and Eury Perez, use them and they also make your defense better by playing LF.I also agree that after TyMo ended the top of the 7th with an out that it was time to get him out of the game and get Bernadina in RF.Davey brain froze once they walked LaRoche. Immediately you have to pull him for a pinch-runner. Huston Street probably has to then change his approach to Desmond.

  315. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Remember Tony Cingrani? The Reds just sent him back to AAA.

  316. Gonat - May 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    The Orioles just optioned Ryan Flaherty to AAA. He was their Opening Day starting 2nd baseman. He was batting .133

  317. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Dr. Phil says the deffintion of insanity is " Doing tge same thing over and over but expecting a different result"As a team the Nats swing at too many balls, let to many fast balls over the plate gi by and continue to keep only a fw guys hitting over .250 in the line up .Pitchers are doing great, and they are not the priblem at all (or maybe 2% of the problem.)

  318. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I still believe we will win the division, but until we get the correct line up it will not be easy. Two hitters are hurt (not Davey's) fault One position not producing and nin hitters stay there (Rizzo's fault)

  319. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Looking at the losses. 1 when we score 4 , 1 when we score 3 all others we have scored 2 or less. Bottom line we need to score 3 or more and we rarelywe lose.

  320. UnkyD - May 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Wow. And Duke starts tomorrow? That's gotta be some kind of built-in reverse-lock, no? Althought Vogelsong's ERA is in the same absurd ballpark…GYFNG!!!!!

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