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Game 56: Nats at Braves

Jun 1, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez faces Tim Hudson tonight at Turner Field.

ATLANTA โ€” After a crazy Friday night that saw Stephen Strasburg get hurt and the Nationals somehow pull out a 3-2 victory, they're back at Turner Field tonight for the second game of this big weekend series with the Braves with more injury news to report: Bryce Harper has officially been placed on the 15-day DL with bursitis in his left knee. The move is retroactive to May 27, so he's eligible to return June 11 against the Rockies.

Erik Davis takes Harper's spot on the roster, adding another right-hander to a bullpen that was taxed last night because of Strasburg's early exit with an oblique strain. Neither Craig Stammen nor Tyler Clippard are expected to be available tonight, so the pressure's on Gio Gonzalez to churn out a quality start and not force Davey Johnson to turn to his bullpen early again.

It would also help if the Nationals can get something going at the plate against Tim Hudson, never an easy task. Though he's 4-4 with a 5.37 ERA overall this season, he's 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA against the Nats (16-5, 2.55 ERA in his career against the franchise).

A friendly reminder that tonight's game is on Fox. Dick Stockton and Tom Verducci have the call. Here's the coverage map (and note that parts of Virginia will not be getting this game).

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox (coverage map)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 89
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (28-27)
CF Denard Span
LF Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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337 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Span' s change in approach over the last month would suggest he's been told to be more aggressive, I'd bet.

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Charley Lau WAS a great hitting teacher, rest his soul.

  3. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Drew vs. a a power-hitting lefty. Oh boy.

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Lau was great, wish he had someone like him, but alas we do not.Noticed LOMBO did his Espi imitation too swinging at one way inside snd way low.Why do not recognize pitches as a team well.Braves terrible too,but have great power compared to Nats.

  5. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Where has this Storen been all year.

  6. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    man, desi made that look easy

  7. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Hard to believe anyone could say Espi is a better defensive SS than Desi. 3 plays tonight showing amazing range.

  8. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Yay Drew! Never doubted him for a second, honest…

  9. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    How can human beings keep singing that stupid tomahawk chant over and over?

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Re: Lombo……no he doesn't. He has marginal talent and maximizes it with serious baseball smarts. I appreciate all that but he isn't Dustin Pedroia.Heck, he's barely a better player than his Dad who had a memoriable 4 year run 25 years ago.

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Good job Drew, solid play Desi.Kimbrell coming in.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Humans cannot do Tomahawk chops. Brave fans can.

  13. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I'll take a hit however I can get it against Kimbrel.

  14. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Who is Ryan Anderson? Looks like he plays 3b for the Nats. (Stockton is losing it)

  15. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Brian McCann not available as a pinch hitter tonight again.

  16. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    3 shots to get a run in. Come on Desi. Sac Fly works.

  17. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I like that. Get them in and I'll love it.

  18. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Storm coming through Knoxville has not out my DirectTV! This stinks!

  19. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Desi needs to do it here.

  20. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Kimbrel always get the low ball call.

  21. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Uh, that should read "knocks out my DirectTV".

  22. MicheleS - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    OMG.. Thank god I have DVRd this game.. LET's TAKE IT TO KIMBREL.. PLEASE

  23. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Enough taking strike. Just ridiculous.

  24. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    yeah, you gotta let the bat go there Desi

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Damn it Desi just tap it foul you don' t like. charlie Lau was so ani K with less than 2 outs and man on third.Said k is a selfish play by the batter.

  26. Drew - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Less Platu:Everyone likes Lombo's scrappiness, but he demonstrably does not hit when he plays.He has a .231 batting average and heading into tonight his on base percentage was just .254.He just doesn't reach base enough. Rendon will be a huge upgrade.

  27. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Of course it comes down to Espinosa…

  28. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    They officially deserve to lose that game.

  29. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Where is Lombo when you need him. 0-3 tonight with men on 3rd and less then 2 outs and the net result is no RBIs

  30. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Wow.

  31. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    are you kidding me? What an absolute disgrace. IAN DESMOND IS GUTLESS. Ump gave you an extra strike. GUTLESS

  32. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    gotta admit, some small ball there would have been nice

  33. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Bollocks.

  34. MicheleS - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

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  35. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    haha horrible horrible horrible management.with 2nd and 3rd none out in a tie game — its up to the manager to manufacture that run.totally and utterly disgraceful.

  36. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    So what the hell is Johnson's objection to a squeeze play? Stubborn old fart in the dugout!

  37. phil dunton - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Great clutch hitting!

  38. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Braves would never miss a chance like that. By the way, I was really excited it came down to espi

  39. MicheleS - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    UGH.. at least we got through kimbrel.. Let's take it to Extra's boys.. come on… we can still win this

  40. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Yep, waste the pitch there Desi. Unlucky BABIP by Bernadina. At least he made contact.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Pathetic effort.desi just needed to fly to the outfield, and he doesnt even botger to swing.Shark needs a suiside squeeze and Davey is an idiot and not call it. Big cat and I were furious at Davey.The Espi is worthless.

  42. Dan Strong - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    That is the definition of Epic Fail.

  43. SCNatsFan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Keep putting your faith in Danny management and he will have to eventually come thru, right? Every time this team had a chance to turn he corner the mediocrity just raises its head.

  44. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    This is Abad sign.

  45. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Expose remains you said it. What a pathetic approach. DESI no confidence. And Espinosa. OMG for the love of GOD get rid of this stiff.

  46. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Ian should've swung, but he didn't refrain because he's gutless. It's because he, you know, got fooled.

  47. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Want to bet the Braves go small ball here?

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Bet the Braves scores

  49. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Wow. Our hitting is just unwatchable at times. To have Lombo come up twice last night and execute properly, then to see that tonight. Desi: 2 strike plan? Apparently not. Just look at the third one.Espi: take the first pitch (especially if you have not see Kimbrel yet?). No.Poor plan = poor results.

  50. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Drew: Disagree. When Lombo played 5 straight games and thinking it might be a lot more, he hit .300 and made a difference in at least 3 of those games and single handedly won one of them.Playing a guy sporadically, moving him around position to position, never knowing when he's playing, and getting pinch hit for in the late innings, is not "Playing" regularly in anyone's book. When he played a little regularly, he hit.I'm not saying Lombo is the second coming — don't get me wrong here. Only he's superior to Espi who doesn't belong in the Bigs at all

  51. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Espy had a chance to be a hero. Not be there. Maybe next inning.

  52. steve - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Espinosa is an automatic out at this point. Bring anyone else in. This lineup is one of the weakest in the majors right now and the need for a .150 hitter who strikes out 170 times and swings wildly at the first pitch he sees would not seem to be there.

  53. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    I'll take that back, forgot J Up was coming to bat. My bad!

  54. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Don't want to hear about all the injuries anymore. Ump given you extra strikes. Zimm gets a gift and IAN stands there like a dead tree. That's got nothing to do with guys being hurt. I am disgusted

  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Abad dont be a bad

  56. BigCat - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Whyyyyyyyy is Espi playing? He is killing us.Why didn't Davey pinch hit Tracy for EspiWhy didn't we try a squeeze?

  57. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Manassas: I bet they do too. The momentum had shifted to the Braves when Davey failed to man up and squeeze that run home.Not squeezing that run home is bordering on Incompetence!

  58. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    There was not a single ball on the MLB pitch track in that AB.

  59. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I think Abad is going to be sticking around as a lefty. I like him.

  60. MicheleS - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    WOOT.. Extra innings.. HAPPY THOUGHTS PEOPLE!!!!

  61. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    luck counts too

  62. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Im shock the Braves didn't score. Seriously.

  63. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Extras! Nats have a second chance! Who wants to be the hero!

  64. Drew - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Abad gets it done!If I had to do the same againI would, my friend, Fernando

  65. phil dunton - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Davey's goatee will be down to his knees by September because this team is never going to hit.

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I lost, but still right Shark and a suiside squeeze was the obvious call and Davey refused to win that way.

  67. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    As usual, I'm with MicheleS. Fredi's backup genius already has burned through Kimbrel. Meanwhile, we've got a stocked 'pen. Heck, Stammen is probably looking around for his glove. Only went four last night.

  68. steve - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Desmond is just not a smart hitter and never will be. With him and Automatic Out Espinosa in the lineup, this team better figure on a lot of shutouts if we are going to be a contender. I like Abad as a good LH in this kind of situation. Actually the Braves have the same problems; a lot of guys who have no plate discipline and strike out repeatedly.

  69. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    In order for the Nats to win 95 games this year, they'll have to play .628 from here on.In order for the Nats to win 90 games and have any hope for the playoffs, they'll have to play .579.They better get going

  70. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Desmond should have swung at the Strike that was called a ball. Now we got to wait 5 more batters to have any chance with Zimm and ALR. everybody else just take a knee.

  71. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Hero? It certainly isn't Secret wasian Man.

  72. SCNatsFan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    I think you go to Espi and ask if he is hurt, reassuring him that we love his toughness but he is doing us n good with his one meaningless hit a series season he is having. If he says no, he's ok, then you send him down.I tell you one thing this team will go nowhere with this many automatic outs playing every night. Look how well Gio pitched tonight. You can't have he worst offense in baseball and hope it comes around with time.

  73. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    LESS, What is there to get going? we now pinch hit a guy whos batting .157. YOU CANT POLISH A TURD.

  74. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    I'm with other posters: I'm liking Abad. that was quite a spot the rookie was in just now — and he came through! He just may be a Keeper!! and we need him!

  75. BigCat - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Im growing a goat tee and not gonna shave until Davey does something other than the standard. Take a chance you old decrepit fart!!!!

  76. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    no verducci, the first couple were 95, not that soft…

  77. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    The announcer said 3 times what a great fastball hitter Tracy is. HAHAHHAHA put down the pipe.

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Season average .231 today even worse 5 for 36.

  79. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Since Clippard threw 100 pitches last, he's probably unavailable. This game will be lost the moment Hrod or Duke has to come in.

  80. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Secret: Yep not much to get going is there? Management hurt this team over the winter: Davey had a too laid back Spring with the regulars not getting enough Ab's and ground balls — now with the injuries? Well, we see the results

  81. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    BIGCAT.. HAHAHAHAHAHA 1 unearned run thru 10 innings.

  82. BigCat - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    I'll say it again……whyyyyyyyy is Espi playing?I'll say it again…….whyyyyyyy is Espi playing?

  83. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Insane Bolt would have scored on Shark's chopper

  84. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Henry. OK. Lets see you do it with pressure.

  85. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    MPH Rod on for the 10th. Somebody excuse me for a minute. I've got to run out and double up on my supply of bourbon and Maalox.

  86. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    I know Tracy had a decent year last year, but never did I ever consider him 'important." And he's not impressing at all this year. Davey's mistakes both in personnel management and basic game strategy are into the high double digits for this young year already

  87. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Judging from the first pitch from hrod. This game is done

  88. steve - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    102 doesn't mean a damn thing if it's 2 feet off the plate

  89. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    better than a homer there

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

    4 straight balls…

  91. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    What was that? An intentional walk?

  92. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Davey has been just awful. I wish he would step down. Too continue to play Danny night after night is just ridiculous.

  93. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    haha Henry has no idea where its going. Another weakness in this team. Let this guy go!!! He cannot throw strikes — and gets nervous in tough games.He losses it right here

  94. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Bad Henry came in

  95. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    C'mon henry, let's be PFB tonite, OK?

  96. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Braves have no problem with small ball — when its needed — henry cant hold runners on, Suzuki cant throw runners out — Henry cant throw strikesPerfect for the Braves

  97. Drew - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    That's my cue to find a movie.Harry Truman said "The buck stops here."Bad Henry says "The backstop's here."

  98. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    They dont need to bunt, you can steal a bag on hrod at will

  99. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    haha Wow. They're as bad as we are!

  100. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    that would be why you don't run

  101. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    just put us out of our misery please.

  102. steve - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    never would have bunted if I was Fredi. Let Henry implode.

  103. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    "Less Platu said… haha Henry has no idea where its going. Another weakness in this team. Let this guy go!!! He cannot throw strikes — and gets nervous in tough games.He losses it right here"How can you say that. He has a fan club here that make up excuses for him all the time.

  104. SCNatsFan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    I wouldn't even swing eventually Henry will walk a run in or wild pitch it around

  105. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Couldn't pinch-hit for Espi there because they'd already used Kobernus early in the game, and Tyler would've been the anti-defensive-replacement.Henry in a tied game! Yayyy.

  106. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    The slowest runner could steal 2nd.

  107. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    What did I say, he never even look at him. Why does Rizzo keeps this guy on this team. What a joke

  108. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    SURRENDER DAVEY.

  109. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Easy steal — how embarrassing.a pitcher who cant hold runners onah I give up

  110. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Might as well walk Uggla here to set up the DP. Oh, wait. Henry's pitching. The walk will take care of itself.

  111. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Why. henry cannot hold anyone be stupid enough to walk sone one to start an inning.Just poor preparation

  112. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Steve, agreed but Freddi got throw out.

  113. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Nats128: fan club or not — Henry is what he is!

  114. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    MLB pitch track shows forst4 pitches to uggla were clearly strikes

  115. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Way to go, Henry — walk em all. bounce it up there.Right now, henry is freaking out. His control will get worsewild pitch coming

  116. steve - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    for God's sake, bring in the ballboy to pitch. Anything but this.

  117. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Much rather see Davis here than uselessRod

  118. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Double steal here — score on the wild pitch

  119. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Uggla a k machine he walks

  120. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    DFA Hrod. Please.

  121. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Ladies and Gentleman: We could manage better than this Washington crowd.Disgraceful

  122. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Ugh.

  123. phil dunton - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    This is year 3 of the Henry experiment and it always ends up the same. This guy can't pitch under pressure and Davey keeps using him Davey deserved to lose, the dumb bell.

  124. SCNatsFan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    If Henry fails here I suspect this is the last time we see him in a Nats ni

  125. steve - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    surprise. Bernadina, Espinosa, and Rodrigues are worthless. Anyone in Syracuse could do better than this. Think about making a deal for a bat right now.

  126. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    And theres Henry Rodriguez with the slightest bit of stress added. How can some of you keep protecting this guy. I dont get it.

  127. phil dunton - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Nats Lady, Can you find some way to blame this loss on Michael Morse? I am sure you can.

  128. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Henry was the white flag, I think. With the short bench and taxed bullpen, we couldn't afford a marathon.

  129. steve - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    HRod is not a major league pitcher. This whole "stick with the status quo" thing isn't working. There need to be changes now before the season is gone. This team is hitting .230.

  130. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    EmDash, how can you be serious. He is a professional pitcher that last week one ^(%*$ tried to say was better then Storen.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Walk leadoff guys you deserve to lose. Hrod is just capable of throwing strikes in close gamesBut the real reason lost because of Desi, Shark and Espi.Man on 3rd no outs and these 3 dont botger to make smart plays.Desi takes a strike 3 Davey not smart enough to call suiside squeeze and Shark not smart enough to hit a fkyball swinging at first pitch.Espi just is espi and i blame Rizzo for refusing to do what has to be done.

  132. ExposedinDC - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Ugh..this team is really bad right now

  133. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    A stolen base is just as much a part of small ball as a sacrifice bunt or a squeeze. Let the record show that with runners on second and third with no out the Nats manager played as if he was going for a big inning and got nothing. Lets also point out that the bottom of the lineup was coming up for the Nats. With a runner on first, no outs, the Braves played for one run and got it. Draw your own conclusions, I have mine and it isn't pretty.

  134. Can of Corn - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    We are going to be battling the Braves for the division. Davey should have pulled Henry after the first batter. I think we all knew how that would end.

  135. Almazar80 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    This team won't be battling the Braves for the division. They'll be battling Philadelphia for third place. They are not good enough to make it to the playoffs. Davey and Rizzo created this mediocrity. Next year, one or both will not be around to do anything about it.

  136. Depot Master - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Here is what I hope. Rodriguez is Rizzo's guy and Davey ran him out there to prove a point. Tracy is my around until Rendon comes up because he can play 3rd and Chris M at AAA can't. When Rendon comes and Danny is DL'd, Tracy is DFA'd and Marrero comes up. Rizzo's already said help is coming from within, not outside. If it were coming from outside, perhaps someone else believes in Henry's 102, and will take him and Tracy for some organizational depth for Potomac. The Morse trade is looking pretty foolish right now, but from a team spirit standpoint and a super-sub standpoint. I am hoping Rizzo's shares Davey's WS or bust thoughts but I am not convinced he is set on success this year. We will see.

  137. Nats106 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Emdash you are right. Oh Henry going in was just throwing in the towel. Short on pitching, Stammen unavailable, it almost made sense. I agree with everyone else-anytime you get 2 runners on 2nd and 3rd you have to push at least one across. I don't get it.And really, what is more annoying? The Orioles desecration of the National Anthem or that damn Tomahawk chop. What pisses me off more is unless this team starts shutting up their opponents, their fans will be pulling that crap in our house.

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