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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

    JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX

  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)

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