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Game 46: Nats at Giants

May 21, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

Associated Press
Stephen Strasburg faces Matt Cain tonight at AT&T Park.

The Nationals are in a tenuous position right now, no doubt about it. They've lost seven of their last 10, have a bunch of guys banged up with injuries and had to call in a pair of arms from Class AAA Syracuse for bullpen support. But they've also got Stephen Strasburg taking the mound tonight, and one dominant start from the would-be ace of this staff could certainly go a long way toward righting the club's ship overall.

Strasburg is coming off a very impressive outing in San Diego, one in which he was allowed to go eight innings for the first time in his professional career. I wouldn't be surprised if Davey Johnson shows the same confidence in his young right-hander tonight, understanding the significance of this game.

Obviously, the Nationals will need to provide some run support for Strasburg, and they face a mighty tough challenge in that respect, with Matt Cain on the hill for the Giants. Cain hasn't been himself so far this season, but it's hard to believe he won't figure things out before long, perhaps as soon as tonight.

As you know, I'm not on the road trip. But CSNwashington.com's Steve Roney actually happens to be in San Francisco at the moment and he was kind enough to offer to help out at AT&T Park tonight. So be sure to check back later for coverage from him. Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park
Gametime: 10:15 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 55 degrees, Wind 18 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (23-22)
CF Denard Span
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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334 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. peric - May 22, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    LaRoche might be Dunn in K's this season.

  2. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    I don't like Bryce bunting. I'd rather he hit.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Why swing at one a foot outside.Desi you needed to move a lttle quick on that powe hit.

  4. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    SO CLOSE.So late. So tired. So nervous.Clip… Do this thing.

  5. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Span's double was a bloop.

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 22, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    If ALR had hit bloop it would be a hit too. Other teams hit bloops too.

  7. peric - May 22, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Better hope Soriano is on. He hasn't been that reliable.

  8. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Soriano hasn't been that reliable?

  9. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    How many times does Span do his job, gets on, gets stranded?

  10. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    I think Bryce would rather hit, too, but it seems pretty obvious he can't.And I guess I misunderstood about the in-game updates. Maybe Steve'll post a gamer.

  11. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    MNF, yes he did. Span hits lefties as well as he does righties. ALR doesn't. Harper doesn't either, but that's no excuse for him giving up an out again. He's our best hitter for crying out loud. If he K's then at least Zim likely gets to hit. In the first inning, he did it on his own and was actually trying to bunt for a hit I assume. But this was a straight up sacrifice and a bad call by Davey. We needed an insurance run that inning and didn't get it.

  12. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Shut him down? For what ? Peric don't get so wound up. Sheesh.

  13. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    I wonder who on this board thinks we are going to win this game.

  14. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Bryce pretty significantly increased our Os of pushing a run across…C'est la baseball.Hold steady Clip!

  15. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Os = odds…heh

  16. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    What is Strasburg thinking now?

  17. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Uuuuugh

  18. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    do1, that's one reason why I watch–to see who wins.YMMV, but I do NOT understand this risk-averse fan fashion. I don't see the point.

  19. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    WHEW.

  20. sjm308 - May 22, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Hi everyone!Call me a fair weather fan but my spousal equivalent made it through 6 innings. Not just cold, the wind was brutal. I had 3 layers & my heavy nats jacket plus gloves and was still uncomfortable. Back at the hotel and we are still up. Will post thoughts on park and team tomorrow. Watching SS warmup was a treat. Bullpen is right by the stands. Hate the iPad for posting. Go Nats!

  21. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Well done fellas!!!3 outs away..

  22. Drew - May 22, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Nice comeback, Tyler.

  23. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Ike's. Let's go boys!!!

  24. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Nicely done Clip.

  25. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    sjm, I am jealous. Homesick and jealous.

  26. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Another 0fer for Espinosa.

  27. Amr Khani - May 22, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Well at least Espinosa put a ball in play.

  28. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Nice job, Tyler Clippard! Also, I'm very happy that we don't have an infielder playing in the outfield, K's and all.

  29. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    It will be a miracle if we win this baseball game.

  30. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Tucking it up here, boss …

  31. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    OK Soriano… earn your keep!

  32. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    Tucked n ready

  33. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Bryce pretty significantly increased our Os of pushing a run across…If by Os, you mean chances, that's debatable. Historically, the chances of scoring a single run increases by a small amount when you have a man on 3rd and one out vs. a man on 2nd and none out. But that doesn't take into account the key fact here that the batter was Bryce Freaking Harper. And the number of runs that you can expect to score in the inning actually decreases by employing that strategy. Again, that ignores the likelihood that Harper and Zim would be batting. One insurance run would have been nice, two would have been better.

  34. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Uh oh…

  35. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Merde'

  36. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Despite my general discontent tonight, I am tucked and ready.

  37. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Pence is one jacked up dude.

  38. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    That's a ridiculous lead we're giving the runner.

  39. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    This is very stressful. If we make the post season again I don't know how I'll deal.

  40. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Holy moly batman!!!!

  41. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Sheesh man… way too close.

  42. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    whoa that was scary

  43. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Wow…Zuk! Nice save!!!

  44. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    omg Zuk

  45. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Harper should've made that play, but I don't blame him for not wanting to go near the wall.

  46. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Wtf

  47. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    What is Strasburg thinking now?

  48. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    unbelievable. it really looked like Harper thought he might be at the fence.

  49. Gonat - May 22, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Not again.

  50. Eugene in Oregon - May 22, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Bleep.

  51. Alphabet Soup Erik - May 22, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Is anybody surprised? I am not.

  52. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    That sucked, Bryce.

  53. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    You must embrace the pain. It is the only way.

  54. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    I wonder how many people on this board think we will win this game.

  55. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Sorianos pitches really looked meaty

  56. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    another game where we score in the first and then nothing. we cannot win a lot of games like that.Come on NAts

  57. Drew - May 22, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Harper gets gun-shy at the wall.Poor Strasburg, victimized once again by poor run support, bad defense and bullpen failure.Strasburg has a sterling 2.70 ERA to no avail.

  58. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    now e know why Drew nibbles. We need someone in between nibble and meat

  59. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    For everyone that thought Werth should move to LF and Harper in RF, do you understand now?

  60. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Staying tucked for another night, looks like. Let's go Drew.

  61. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Fitting that for the last west coast game of the season we get extras. And just what we don't need — a test of the bullpen. No Stammen to pitch till he drops either, if this one goes really long. Are we really going to need Yunesky Maya? Oy

  62. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Well, now we know Harper learned a lesson about walls.I'll have to learn about the outcome tomorrow. Go Nats!

  63. Gonat - May 22, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Nats had men on 3rd with less than 2 outs twice and couldn't score. Once again the missed opportunities come back to bite you.Lets hope the Nats can grab the win in extras!

  64. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    If we win this game, the season is salvaged; if we lose this game, the season is lost. Period.

  65. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Oh my…it's Yunesky Maya warming.

  66. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Harper will go back to puking if he watches the replay of that play.

  67. NatsLady - May 22, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Seamhead, I understood long ago. This RF is treacherous, and Werth has been here many a-time. Bryce will get there, just not right now.

  68. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Oh, and sjm, while they don't give them out anymore, you blew your chance to earn the right to wear a Croix de Candlestick. Extra inning night games in San Fran-cisco. Gotta love it.

  69. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    You're full of crap do1teach1. Stop placing too much significance on one game. It'd be nice to win, it makes no difference in the full scope of our season. None.

  70. Alphabet Soup Erik - May 22, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Anybody still think Harper can even hold Trout's jock strap?

  71. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    I am already sick of Soriano, what a loser… culture of losing setting in. I feel for Stras.

  72. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Maya is a joke. Unless we score 2 or 3 now, this game is over.And we heard so much hype about how deep we were.

  73. David Proctor - May 22, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Okay, the trolls are out in full force because we're not winning. I'm logging off.

  74. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    David Proctor, I'm pretty sure do1 is mocking himself and others. Although it's easy to see how a reasonable person might mistake that.

  75. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    I will not blame Harper for that, Soriano blew this hands down like he did in San Diego…most over paid and over rathed closer in MLB

  76. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    Bryce needs a haircut. Looks ridiculous.

  77. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    Aw, c'mon Mick, what game are you watching?? Harper got totally turned around and then stopped at the track like he had an electric dog collar at the boundary. AB-solutely have to catch that catchable game-ending ball.

  78. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:13 AM

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  79. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    If we don't win this game, the Soviet Union will re-constitute (er, re-commstitute itself) and enshackle America forever.

  80. Eric - May 22, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    lol, some of y'all are completely unhinged about this game. Comedy gold.K, g'night.

  81. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    veteran closer, up 0-2 throws a stupid wild ball then throws a ball right over the plate at 1-2….sorry gang a playoff team does not have a closer like that

  82. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    mick, Soriano did his job. Harper blew a deep, but routine fly ball. Cost us the game.Any other take on it is just not objective, in my opinion.

  83. Drew - May 22, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Time to change the channel.Yunesky is harder to watch than McCatty in swim trunks.Adios. Maya con dios.

  84. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Funny how they only come out in the dark, eh David? Nah, it's not funny, it's just boring.

  85. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa said…Aw, c'mon Mick, what game are you watching?? Harper got totally turned around and then stopped at the track like he had an electric dog collar at the boundary.Lol. Well said.

  86. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    whoa, everyone raggin on bryce, what the heck? Fairweather extreme. even if we lose tonight there is no shame in losing in extra innings on the road (9th game in a row) to the World champions. Last night shame on us tonight we are battling. i can respect that.

  87. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    CBS San Francisco reporting that, when Giants players saw Maya entering game, began pouring champagne on each other in dugout.

  88. Gonat - May 22, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    What a catch by Span!

  89. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    I guess I'm in the twilight zone if I am the only one who will not blame Harpe…on Soriano did not do his job on 0-2 or 1-2

  90. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    Joe Seam I gotta agree with Mick this time. two strikes the batter should never see anything close to that sweet

  91. Gonat - May 22, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    Ivan Tuski said… whoa, everyone raggin on bryce, what the heck? __________________________________You exaggerate a lot. Everyone? Don't you mean a couple of trolls?

  92. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    Give it a rest mick. Soriano has blown three saves all year, and we won two of those games. Lots of things to complain about on this team, but he's not one of them. Oh, and Bryce should have caught that ball.

  93. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    thank you Ivan

  94. Gonat - May 22, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Welcome Yunesky Maya. I don't believe it.

  95. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:21 AM

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  96. Scott Margenau - May 22, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Welcome to the bigs rook

  97. Section 222 - May 22, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    good night everyone.

  98. Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa - May 22, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Oh well. Go get 'em tomorrow.

  99. Depot Master - May 22, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Guys, I'm not going to opine, but I'm going to ask. Whose stubbornness is costing us these games, and how?

  100. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Whya?

  101. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    CBS News San Francisco FLASH: Giants had completely drunk all champagne by the time the walk-off occured, were in showers when game ended.

  102. Eugene in Oregon - May 22, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Bleep, again.

  103. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Phil Wood assures viewers: it's still early.

  104. Alphabet Soup Erik - May 22, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Hey Rizzo…bahahahahahaha…this game sums up yor loser GM ability in a nutshell. This season is over!!!

  105. phil dunton - May 22, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Maya strikes again. Rizzo has lost it–he had to be nuts to bring him up.

  106. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    500 baseball and dropping… The Nats will be 8 under by months end. I am not being nasty, I am being realistic. I am afraid "First to Worst" will be what is remembered from the 2013 season. Rizzo has a lot of work to do, if this team was truly built to be good for a long team they would not be 500 right now, seriously

  107. Amr Khani - May 22, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Way to give up those outs for nothing. 3 sac bunts that didn't produce anything (2 runs would have scored either way in the first, potentially more if Bryce didn't give himself up). Bad decision making.

  108. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    do1teach1 said…Phil Wood assures viewers: it's still early.there are posters in here that will say its still early after the Nats lose their 81st game in August… but remember, you area troll if you dare post anything negative

  109. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Washington-area fans plan "Key to the City" rally for Mike Rizzo, for blowing up a 95-win, playoff team.

  110. peric - May 22, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Maya strikes again. Rizzo has lost it–he had to be nuts to bring him up.He's on the 40-man. He makes more than many of the starters. He appears to have improved in his time in AAA. And he did. NO WALKS this time. But … he wasn't fooling any of the Giants major league hitters with his improved stuff or his 90-91 mph fast ball. Back down he goes until his contract runs out at the end of this season.

  111. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    I love Bryce Harper. He misplayed that ball because he understandably had the yips about the wall. He'll learn, but the fact is, he's still got a lot to learn. Maya? Wow, we're down to that? Not good.

  112. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Thank you FP… just said it WAS NOT GOOD PITCH BY SORIANO… I guess FP is troll too, right?

  113. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    I am not a Soriano fan so far. One of the problems with blowouts is our bullpen never gets into a rhythm and it shows…..Two games we should have won if we could hit even marginally.

  114. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    I say let's trade for Moorse at the trade deadline:-)

  115. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    MLB News reporting Rizzo calling aged Senators star Jim Hannan out of retirement, to provide long-relief and closer work for Nationals."This call-up is just one example of our incredible depth," said Executive-of-the-Millenium Rizzo, adding, "Plus we still have an option on Whitey Ford."

  116. NatsLady - May 22, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Seamhead, I'm pretty mad at Mattheus right now. Even though Soriano blew the save (and Harper didn't catch the ball), Bochy had used all his position players and his best relievers. We needed to keep this a tie game. You needed Mattheus where Maya was. Grrrrrrrrr.

  117. jay12 - May 22, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    This baseball team is horrible. there is nothing else you can say about it other than that. It is already 2 months into the season and we haven't found our groove. It is definitely not early anymore. Espinosa needs to go suck somewhere else and our bullpen needs to get their stuff together. I also want Michael Morse back.

  118. NatsLady - May 22, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Soriano is in a rough patch, like our hitters. Those things happen, and he will straighten himself.

  119. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    mick,I agree it wasn't a great pitch. And I never have called you a troll, or any other name. We disagree about a baseball play.

  120. Ivan Tuski - May 22, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    good night all. Way to hang in there. These are trying times

  121. nats guy - May 22, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    And another curly L for the Washinton Nationals. Blow it up.

  122. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Reporter, thinking about Morse, asks what name Davey would most like to see on a Nats jersey again.Davey replies: "Riggleman."

  123. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    do1teach1 lol on Hannan you know, Mattheus breaking his hand reminds me of another DC team back in 1997, they were picked to win the East of their division, and supposedly had enough young talent to be good for a long time. They bombed, missed the playoffs, and their knucklehead QB put his head into the wall after celebrating and missed the rest of a game that ended up costing them the playoffs. I am talking about the Redskins and Gus Ferrotte. The Nats remind me of that team "From First to Worst"

  124. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    NatsLady, Mattheus may never get out of the doghouse for that knuckleheaded shenanigan.

  125. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Joe, i know, I was not implying you at all my friend, i was directing that towards some one else

  126. mick - May 22, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    I am just very upset right now

  127. peric - May 22, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    You needed Mattheus where Maya was. Grrrrrrrrr.And I think Maya may be getting paid more than Mattheus, as well as other starters. He's on the 40-man in the last year of his rather long major league contract. He's been a main-stay for Syracuse if not the best starter.How else do you find out about an asset unless you try the player in these sorts of games? Maya is at the end of his contract. It won't cost the Nats as much as it would have in years past to just DFA him off of the roster allowing another team the chance to pick him up. Thus freeing up a 40-man spot for another possible starter. Erik Davis is on the 40-man. They could still call him up but they decided on Abad making the assumption that Detwiler would be back soon. Maya is probably the only starter currently on the 40-man that has worked both as a starter and in relief from the beginning of his professional career. And his stats show improvement over the past 2 or so seasons. Again, you aren't going to like it but the way I see it they decided now was the time to see if Maya could help them or not. And if not DFA him.

  128. do1teach1 - May 22, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Lerner Family Announces Forfeit for Wednesday Game in San Francisco"It's just too painful to watch," said Mark Lerner, speaking in hushed tones after Tuesday night's loss in San Francisco. "It keeps happening. We decided, instead of bearing the inevitable pain of no offense, lots of errors, and choking at the end, to just forfeit, lose 9-0, and catch the early flight home."Asked if this had any precedent in baseball history, Lerner deflected the question, saying, "We might forfeit Friday's home game against the Phillies also, to preserve the chance for a split."A team spokesman said the Nats would not hold pre-game batting practice the rest of the season, as there simply isn't any point. "The team is considering hitting off of a tee before games," he said.

  129. peric - May 22, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Oh gawd not Jim Hannan. Anybody but him. DoTeach1 would like him as he was 1/2 of the educated battery. Jim Hannan and Jim French both had master's degrees which was a huge deal back then. Throw in brainiac Davey and you'd have a manager plus battery.

  130. NatsLady - May 22, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    You know, it could be the Maya experience made Rizzo reluctant to bid high on Chapman. OK, peric, so (like Brad Lidge) now you know. I understand Maya is not a reliever. Neither is Jordan ZimmermanN. You come up, your career is on the line, You throw one f'ing inning! Maya's got the same ERA as that poor Burch Smith did in his debut. 54.00. Except it's not his debut.

  131. Cwj - May 22, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Not good.

  132. Nats106 - May 22, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Strasburg stepped up and pitched great. Take that 1st inning and it's 31 pitches and he would have gone deeper. Clippard pitched an effective 8th. You pay the kind of money the Nats did to a front line closer to bring home critical games.What a shame. This team needed a win. Maybe even more than the folks on this board.

  133. Secret wasian man - May 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    This is a clown team bro.

  134. baseballswami - May 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Ouch. Another morning of painful wake up news. We seem to be finding every possible way to lose right now. Some pretty dramatic, unpleasant posts from the middle of the night- uglier than a few of those late game pitches. But once again, you rarely win with two runs no matter who is pitching. Good to know that Maya's pitch wasn't really a bad one ( *^^%%#}) . Also good to know that Sori doesn't think it's on him(^%%#}}{). Meanwhile Bryce wears it– and I would rather lose this one than lose him for another couple of weeks. So he is understandably caught between wanting to play hard and being afraid to die. Then there is Mattheus, a pretty chill kid. So who is coaching these young guys that is asleep at the wheel? Oh, I know! They are all coddling Danny Espinosa and inventing more excuses for him! It's never on him, the golden boy. Sounds like someone older and wiser needs to step in and help these young guys cope. There is obvious panic and loss of composure. You can be mad at them all you want, but they are young and lost right now.

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