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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 — 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. Nats 128 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    "Rendon has played only five professional games at second base, all this season, but the feeling is that he can pick up the position quickly. It can't hurt that Syracuse manager Tony Beasley was a second baseman in his playing days."Michelle thanks for that linkage. Knobler made good points. Again where were all of these people in the offseason calling for a Nats change at 2nd base.

  2. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Not surprisingly, Rendon is playing 2B in his first game at Syracuse.

  3. Another_Sam - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    NatsJack – how do you get the radio play by play in Florida?

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I want Rendon to get the standard stuff down at second before call up. By All star break, the routine stuff should be done.Hardest part will be turning 6-4-3 and 5-4-3 double plays

  5. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    GO GIO!!!! GO BATS! GYFNG! Everyone stay healthy!

  6. Steady Eddie - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    In answer to some folks' question in the previous thread as to why they didn't want to give Rendon more time at 2B before this, it's a developmental thing. Due to his injuries last year, he had never played professional baseball for any extended period of time before this season, and they reasonably wanted to give him a comfort level at a familiar position for that first extended stint. Plus, coming out of ST, 3B seemed to be a bigger question mark as to health than 2B, especially given Danny's decent ST numbers.Plus it was somewhat disruptive of that development calling Rendon up in April, thus the "let's let him settle back in Harrisburg with most of the time at 3B but start him with one out of every four or five games at second.

  7. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Here's hoping Gio makes an adjustment tonight; the Braves really seemed to have his number the last two times. He should definitely not give Simmons anything he can hit out on the first pitch. *g*Would've liked to see Suzuki get the night off since he'll probably be needed for Karns tomorrow. I know he's tough, but with Ramos out they need to avoid wearing him down.

  8. Secret wasian man - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Another Sam. I would guess Nats Jack has XM radio or he's doing the Internet thing.

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Sam….I have MLB.tv and it gives you the radio feeds as well.

  10. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I think Rizzo saw no need to train Rendon at second because he always has thought that Espi was going to have a break out year and become an allstar second baseman. He thought maybe Zim would not regain his form at third. Zim looks pretty darn good these days and the hitting power is returning, too. If this team had performed the way we all thought it would, and if everyone was healthy, Rendon would not be up until September. Issues have been forced.

  11. Another_Sam - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    NatsJack – thank you.

  12. TimDz - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Looking at the coverage map….The majority of VA gets the Yanks/Sox game.How are these decisions made?

  13. original Nats Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I listen to C&D anyway, as I did for the Nats-Os series. I like Bob and FP [or Ray], not those other nguys

  14. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Anyone who usually gets our game on masn should get the game on fox. I hate their AL baseball bias, as well as their thinking that everyone in the universe cares about the yankees or the red sox. Our game has nl implications.

  15. TexNat - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    In other news, the Braves are now publicly speculating about sending BJ Upton to the minors. First, so glad the Nats didn't sign that guy (or trade for him in the last few years when Rizzo was rumored to be enamored).Second, if the Braves can even think about sending a veteran with a huge contract down, why is Espinoza sacrosanct?

  16. MurrayTheRed - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    FYI if you don't have mlb.tv and want to listen to the home radio broadcast.http://tunein.com/radio/1067-The-Fan-s29821/

  17. Secret wasian man - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Nats jack how much a season is that MLB TV. Is that direct tv?

  18. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    "How are these decisions made?"I'm guess the local affiliates have some input, but maybe viewer feedback over time gets in there some, too.

  19. karlkolchak - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Nats 128 – "Again where were all of these people in the offseason calling for a Nats change at 2nd base."Uh, me for one. I've been a big Espi supporter prior to this year, but the insane number of strikeouts in particular made it obvious where the weak link in the infield was assuming Danny did not continue to elevate his hitting. With Zim assumed to be at third for years, Rendon looked like the difference between having a solid player at 2B and potentially having a perennial All Star at the position. And had Danny broken out this year as many of us had hoped, the Nats would have had an embarrassment of riches at the position instead of a yawning black chasm in their lineup at a time when they are in real danger of the season going down the tubes.

  20. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    if the Braves can even think about sending a veteran with a huge contract down, why is Espinoza sacrosanct? Because they have alternatives in the outfield that Rizzo doesn't think he has in the middle infield, would be my guess. Because B.J. Upton is an FNG in Atlanta, and Danny came up thru this system, so there's more loyalty there. Because they both get paid regardless, so it's really a sunk cost in any case. Just guessing.

  21. karlkolchak - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    @TexNat – great point. Espinosa has in no way earned the demotion-proof status of a long term veteran. He should have been sent down a month ago to see if he could fix whatever the heck is ailing his hitting. The reluctance to do so is baffling.

  22. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Uh, me for one. There's no virtue in being right, too soon. Just because it didn't work out does not mean it was a foregone conclusion that it couldn't. Even if it was a longshot, Rizzo felt, apparently, that it was worth taking the shot. Sometimes, the cards ain't worth a dime if you don't lay 'em down.

  23. TexNat - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Loyalty should have nothing to do with it. Danny would be better served in the long run getting healthy and getting himself together in the minors. And as long as he performs as he currently is, the Nats do have plenty of options to replace him in as much as anyone is a viable replacement at this point.

  24. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Kolko: Ross Detwiler (oblique) being brought along very slowly. Doing light tossing but told to shut it down if he feels anything. No timetable setI don't at all have a problem with Ross being brought along slowly, given how we've rushed people. But it is scary to think that he had a "Very slight" strain and he's been out this long. Imagine how long Strasburg could be out for…

  25. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    The Tigers just went back-to-back-to-back against Hammel. Wish we could've done that.

  26. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Wow Hammel just hit a Tiger after giving up the home runs and got ejected.

  27. karlkolchak - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    @Sec 3 – the guy sitting in the seat next to you at the games is a better option at the plate than Danny at this point. I've been watching baseball for 40 years and cannot recall seeing a hitter perform this poorly for this long without being removed from the lineup. Fun fact: Adam Dunn's BA is EIGHT POINTS lower than Danny's right now, but of course he has 9 more HRs and is leading his team in RBIs. If he picks up his production even slightly he has a chance to go 30-100 while being well below the Mendoza Line. At least Adam makes his few hits COUNT.

  28. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Think he can play 2B, karlkolchak? That thought is hilarious. Adam Dunn trying to play 2B.

  29. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I guess I need to start watching the O's Tigers game – sounds eventful. And I agree that there is nothing wrong with Danny going down for a bit. I don't care how confident he is, this has got to be wearing on him. If he just get out of the limelight, he could rebuild his hitting and get a re-set.John Lannan was our number one starter – once he went down to AA to get his mechanics together, last year he spent in AAA. I don't understand the hesitancy. I don't think it's the wrist or shoulder, though — it really seems like he does not have a good sense of the strike zone.

  30. natsfan1a - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Not sure why that didn't occur to me but, brilliant (although I don't mind Verducci, generally). original Nats Fan said… I listen to C&D anyway, as I did for the Nats-Os series. I like Bob and FP [or Ray], not those other guys June 01, 2013 4:40 PM

  31. Steady Eddie - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    DP — and on an 82 mph slider.Was just listening to the Tigers radio guys marveling at how terrible a call that was, that NO ONE intentionally hits a batter with a breaking ball.Little as I like the Os (though I do like Bucky). The umps seem to be reaching new and downright irrational lows this year.

  32. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Bases loaded, 0 out for Miguel Cabrera. Yikes.

  33. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    David P.. the Big Donkey at 2b.. that would be a scream.. still love the big gallute, glad Rizzo didn't listen to some of us (raises hand) and keep him.

  34. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Cabrera Grand Slam.

  35. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    GRAND SLAM BY MIGGY

  36. Steady Eddie - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Muggy gets a granny. Tigers 9-1.

  37. Steady Eddie - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    DP — Yikes indeed.

  38. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Yeah – that's kind of why I hesitate to be too adamant about those kind of things. Once we saw how Adam could really play….. So I noticed that the Barves fans boo BJ Upton! I heard some fans here booing Zim one day — I wanted to punch them in the face. I agree with most of you that I will only boo lollygagging. So Miguel Cabrera just hit a grannie off of the O's. Should have just walked the run in. Four homers in this inning, 9 to 1, no outs.

  39. MicheleS - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    DP.. owe you one

  40. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Oh — and it's at Camden Yards, too — that is just too priceless. Karma is a female dog.

  41. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    8 runs, 4 home runs in that inning. Jeez.

  42. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    And Verlander is pitching against them….. It just gets better.

  43. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Davey says MRI on Strasburg revealed a slight strain to his back/right side. Unclear whether he'd need to miss a start or not.

  44. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    If Strasburg does need to miss his next start (which could be pushed back to June 8), Davey says Craig Stammen would get the ball.

  45. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Werth scheduled to play 9 innings tonight at Potomac. All goes well, takes tomorrow off and activated Tuesday.

  46. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Is five days really enough for an oblique strain? Even slight? OY – enough with the hamstrings , obligues and knees.

  47. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Because of off days, Strasburg's day can be pushed back until June 8. So that's 8 days. Still not a lot of time though. I think he probably misses that start. If we're lucky, that's the only one he misses.

  48. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    So Davey says Craig is in line for a spot start? Good because he deserves it.

  49. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Buck showalter looks like his head is going to pop off.

  50. SCNatsFan - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    We are stuck by the mediocre start; you can't rush these guys yet we need them now.As for Espi having no value I a trade, I can not disagree more. If he were to get healthy, go down and post reasonable numbers and show he can learn then there will be a good market for him. Trick is getting him to learn or he will be the best hitter in his local beer league.

  51. Exposremains - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Does anybody here thinks that if Stammen wasn't needed in the pen, he would probably do better than Haren as a starter? I'm not sure he would give as many innings.

  52. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Stammen's a stats as a starter indicates otherwise. He begins to wear down the second and third time through the order.

  53. Exposremains - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    But he hasn't been a starter in a few years. He's more mature now. I bet he'd love to get another chance.

  54. Caps Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Buck Showalter always looks like his head is going to pop off.

  55. Drew - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Rendon, batting second at Syracuse, walks in his first plate appearance and scores on Rhymes' double.Love it. This is exactly what the Nats need between Span and Harper.

  56. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Well he will get one in Strasburg's absence.

  57. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I think Stammen's stats as a starter are moot at this point. That was too long ago and he has remade himself as a pitcher. I am betting he could do better than Duke did. You wouldn't go seven with him, but he could probably go five or six. Seriously -when he pitches now he does not look anything like that pitcher from several years ago.

  58. Section 222 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    This weekend I'm in the part of VA where for some reason they think people are more interested in the BoSox than the Nats. Grrr. Hoping Gio can get it done tonight. Guaranteeing a series win before Karns takes the mound would be very nice indeed.And I don't even mind seeing Espi in the starting lineup, knowing his days are numbered. It's like a dark cloud has lifted.

  59. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Maybe now that Espi knows his days are numbered, he starts producing? It's not likely but let me hope.

  60. blovy8 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Yep, if you get a lineup of Span/Rendon/Harper/Zim/LaRoche/Werth/Desmond/Suzuki going the offense could be fine.

  61. Drew - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Rendon just singled to left.1-1 with a walk.

  62. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Who is Syracuse playing? Who is pitching – is it an old veteran or a prospect? Hard to judge whether or not he can hit at this level without knowing that. Would like to know what kind of stuff he is facing. Good fastball? Breaking stuff? Anyone know how to find out?

  63. Theophilus T. S. - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Much as I would look forward to Bloy8's lineup, I would worry about running Suzuki into the ground. I haven't heard a whisper about when Ramos might be back so I'm guessing at least two-three weeks. Johnson seems to forget Solano is on the bench except when he needs to waste a PH.

  64. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    He's facing Allan Webster. Not sure about his stuff, but he's 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA this year for AAA Pawtucket. He's the #4 prospect for the Red Sox.

  65. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I am seeing tweets that he has ungodly breaking stuff and struck out Marrero, Eury Perez and Corey Brown. This is good news that Rendon can hit that stuff.

  66. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Here's a scouting report on Webster, Swami:"Webster features a robust arsenal of pitches, including three that offer plus potential long term. His fastball sits in the low-90s with heavy sink, and he can run his four-seamer up to 95-96 mph when he needs a little extra. His size and arm angle allow him to generate excellent downward trajectory, accentuating the natural sink on his fastball and allowing him to induce plenty of ground balls. His changeup shows as a true plus-plus offering and allows him to be effective against left-handers.Webster’s slider has taken a large step forward over the last year, now showing consistently as a plus pitch and earning even more substantial praise at times. Webster also mixes in a below-average curveball that is not a significant part of his arsenal. Control and command have never been strong points for Webster, but he has developed to the point where he can throw enough strikes to be effective. His wide arsenal of pitches suggests bigger projection than the actual package allows, but Webster should end up a solid no. 3 starter with a chance to surpass that if his command suddenly comes around."

  67. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Corey Brown just homered again.

  68. Dave - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    MurrayTheRed at 4:52, I don't think you'll have any luck at all with TuneIn Radio and the 106.7 feed. MLB blacks out Internet feeds of the games except through their subscriptions.I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure you have to have MLB Gameday Audio or MLB.tv to hear Charlie & Dave on the Internet.

  69. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Corey Brown is hot and can play the outfield really well.

  70. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Hey Swami, Corey Brown's looks have nothing to do with it!

  71. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Very funny!!!

  72. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I'm listening to Charly and Dave on my computer right now.

  73. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    But then I have MLB.tv

  74. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    And Dave is correct.

  75. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Soooo hoping for good Gio today!!! And bad Upton brothers.

  76. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Only two guys with BA under 200 today, and Bernadina's is on the way up. Sure beats 4 players under 200.

  77. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Why does Tim Hudson pitch like Cy Young against us?

  78. waddu eye no - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Lets go grays!

  79. Drew - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Our new second baseman just grounded out to third.The bad news is, his average dropped 500 points.The good news is …He plays with Lajoie de vivre.

  80. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Nice unis!!!!

  81. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    No walks, Gio.

  82. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Does Gio seem uncomfortable to anyone else? Maybe last night with Stras is making me paranoid.

  83. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Looks like we have good Gio today!

  84. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Gio looks fine to me. I'll pay closer attention this inning.

  85. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    That was a very nice inning for Gio.

  86. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Got home from the bar in time to tune in the Syracuse-PawSox game in the 6th on my tablet. First play I see is a ground ball to Rendon at 2nd.Man that is nice to see.

  87. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Listening to the Nats. With Gio, it's all about how he commands his curve. If he's throwing that where he wants, he's aces.

  88. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Less so this inning. There was just a certain amount of grimacing in the first, which I'm a wee bit sensitive to at the moment.

  89. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Announcer chastising Nats for not being aggressive enough as hitters. Don't hear that every day.This is the second or third time Gio has broken up a no-hitter himself, I think.

  90. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Two things I don't tolerate…. drama and paranoia. We are watching (in my case listening) to a game.Suck it up Buttercup.

  91. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Gio shouldn't have tried to grab that. That was a double play ball.

  92. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Ball off the glove makes it center. Wow.This inning started with my favorite thing for a pitcher to never do a lead off walk.

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Double bad for Gio.Walked scored. Second mistake. No glove on the grounder probably at least gets guy at second and maybe double play.Gio obviously forgot NATS needed to score first.

  94. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    and the leadoff walk scores.

  95. SCNatsFan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Ugg lead off walks lets hope we take advantage of the error

  96. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    "That's weird. Jayson Werth was expected to play 9 innings tonight at Potomac. He's out after 5"UGHHHHHHH

  97. Drew - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Rendon greets Pawtucket reliever with a 9-pitch at bat, but pops out to first. He's 1-3 with a walk.

  98. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Watched it all Drew. Thought he had a double on the foul down the right field line.

  99. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    What great baserunning by Lombo.

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Lombo hustle. Too close at third.

  101. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Lombo showing that he wants to start every day! Running like that other leftfielder guy.

  102. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Damn it ALR. elevate ball. Don't hit the top of it.

  103. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Lombo got the situational hitting last night with a runner at 3rd and less than 2 outs. Laroche rolls one over. Darn.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    What terrible luck.

  105. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Great job by Lombo. Big fail for Laroche. That shows you how amazing it was that Lombo got 2 sac flies

  106. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Almost Harperesque! Think the old-timey unis are having an effect?Those Atlanta unis are particularly sharp.Gracious that was bad luck.

  107. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    make a break here, the ball is not cooperating

  108. blovy8 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    big knock

  109. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Desmond over comes bad luck.

  110. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Great job by Desmond. This is a big factor in this game.

  111. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    There's no "close" in baseball.

  112. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Desi did it! Like that! Hudson throwing a lot more pitches.

  113. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Desi also picked up Adam Laroche. This poor situational contact isn't just the young guys. Lombo actually got it done twice yesterday.

  114. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Tough play by Rendon making a nice stop up the middle and hot throw to first.

  115. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Could someone please tell The Shark we are playing the Orioles not the Braves

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Nice inning Gio.

  117. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    "NatsJack in Florida said… Tough play by Rendon making a nice stop up the middle and hot throw to first."How would you rate him so far.

  118. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Gio is still looking sharp, but I gotta say, that uni is just hanging on him. Not a good look. They need to fire the uniform coach.

  119. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Espy got robbed.

  120. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Poor Danny. He finally made good contact and got robbed.

  121. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Yeah, you'd think if anybody understood how much Danny needed that one, it'd be B.J.

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Now if Danny would hit that hard all the time we would not be on his case at all.Hardest hit in almost 4 weeks.

  123. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    In the words of FP Santangelo….."he's ready, bring him up".Not really. It's going to take 10 games or so to really judge. But he'll be fine.Espinosa has to know his days are numbered.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Did Gio strain obique swinging? Grimaced.

  125. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Gio was smiling, not grimacing.

  126. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Syracuse has bases loaded, 1 out, top if the 8th with Walters up down 4-2.

  127. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Take that back. Looks like Costanza up.

  128. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Sac fly makes it 4-3 PawSox.

  129. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP 55sSo, there had been a miscommunication on game times. Jayson Werth played 5 innings tonight so he can play close to 9 in tomorrow's day game.Whew.

  130. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Now if Espi goes 7 for 7 he will batting .198.Watch for bunt from BJ

  131. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Just turned on the game – is this Pajama Night? WTH is up with those unis? I love the Grays, but the unis have to FIT. The Barves, in comparison, have some crazy pockets going on, nut unis look like they fit.

  132. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    "NatsJack in Florida said… In the words of FP Santangelo….."he's ready, bring him up".Not really. It's going to take 10 games or so to really judge. But he'll be fine.Espinosa has to know his days are numbered."Ha! Thanks for the update and yes his days are numbered.

  133. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    "but unis look like they fit"

  134. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Where was that pitch ump!

  135. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    They are booing Upton!

  136. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    I understand they've been booing B.J. for quite some time.

  137. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Good job Gio!

  138. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    BJ Upton is laughing in the dugout. Sure he has $12,450,000 reasons this year to laugh and $75 million over the total contract.

  139. Exposremains - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    I confess, I held my breath when Zim made the throw

  140. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Is it wrong of me that I still flinch a little when Zim has a more or less routine throw to first?

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Gio stretching like a little tweak, but recovered after double. Zim though arm not as strong as previously has become more accurate last few weeks. It is June after all.

  142. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Hudson looked back at the umpire pretty long after that strike 2 call. Half-expected we'd see another ejection.

  143. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Getting to see lefty Xavier Cedeno in the bottom of the 8th for Syracuse.

  144. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Does FOX not have a pitch track?

  145. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Re: BJ Upton….one can live pretty large on 12 mil a year in Gwinnett, Georgia.

  146. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Jack, you think he should consider buying in Gwinnett, not renting? That's cold.Didn't see him laughing, btw.

  147. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Desi, make them pay!

  148. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Fox announcers says 2 of 3 Nats hits are of the infield variety.Which hit was the other infield hit? Gio's or Ian's?

  149. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Desi liners not flies please.

  150. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Neither. Gio's was to left field and Ian's was to right center.

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Fox has pitch track on their regional broadcast, but never see on national broadxcast.

  152. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Re: BJ Upton….one can live pretty large on 12 mil a year in Gwinnett, Georgia. Maybe, maybe not. Let's not overlook the pinhead factor at work with this guy.

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    On Monday Jason Hammels looked like Cy Young today looked like me.

  154. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    As tough as things have been there are opportunities. Needed a hit desi.

  155. phil dunton - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    This "small ball" is extremely boring and painful to watch, night after night, but Rizzo loves it. That's why he keeps Eckstein around because he hates offense.

  156. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Dick Stockton scared me. That wasn't even to the warning track.

  157. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    To be fair, even last year when they were hitting much better they always had a lot of trouble with Hudson.

  158. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Way to come back Gio

  159. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    We have trouvle hitting many pitchets

  160. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Hudson's ERA over his last 4 games is over 8.Nats can cure anybodys pitching woes.

  161. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    phil dunton said… This "small ball" is extremely boring and painful to watch, night after night, but Rizzo loves it. That's why he keeps Eckstein around because he hates offense. Like we're supposed to wait around for the three-run home run barrage against Mr. Hudson? Let's be real. The guy is 16-5 lifetime against us. Play for a run; we're not getting four.

  162. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    No one got the message I requested to the Shark

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

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  164. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Eck says they hit his pitches just fine, can't figure out why they can't do it in games.

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    The old swing at a pitch above the strike zone and not coming close to making contact trick.

  166. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Any line up with Danny Espinosa in it is going to struggle. He's a drag on everybody.

  167. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    So, my problem was that I had the wrong hitting coach all those years?? Dang. If only I'd known.

  168. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    They Eck's pitches because he throws strikes, he needs to throw junk to get them to lay off them.

  169. SCNatsFan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Wonder if Rendon gets an apartment he can sublet to Espinosa

  170. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Sunshine yes. Is there nobody we can find that can hit a baseball. Ughhhh. It's so boring. They are so anemic.

  171. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Davey said he'd know when somebody was not going to turn it around, if they looked like they had given up. That K by Danny there, that last swing … man.

  172. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    A good hitting coach won't help a bad hitter much, but a bad hitting coach will hurt a good one. Chipper Jones was more helpful to ALR in a couple of hours than Eck was all ST and into the regular season.

  173. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Not sure we can look it up, what is the highest Espi's average been at any moment this season

  174. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    This will be another loss due to NOOOOOO hitting. again

  175. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Around .200 I think, MNF. For like a day.

  176. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    haha Espinosa hasn't a clue.

  177. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I know he was 2 for 14 after 4th game, having gone 0 for 10 in first series.

  178. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    What a play by Desi and Laroche on the other end.

  179. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Did the Braves get matching batting helmets for tonight? Seems like they match.Too bad the Nats don't. They do use those Grays jerseys from time to time.

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

    .182 after game 6

  181. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Gio is such a gamer. I wonder if he wonders what happened to the team he played for last year. Don't see him smiling and laughing quite so much anymore.Side note: I used to say (before last year), any team with Bernadina as a starter is no high caliber team. And Lo and Behold, Bernie's starting again. What happened to Corey Brown?

  182. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    I really enjoyed listening to George Brett talk about his hitting philosophy. A Charlie Lau disciple in many ways and everything just makes sense. Not sure if its on video. I saw it on MLB Network.

  183. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    .200 after game 8

  184. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Desi's play was rather routine by major league standards — his throw was terrible — laRoche bailed him out. I remained, not impressed with the left side of our rather porous infield.

  185. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Gio is still always smiling and laughing. Heck he was laughing pretty hard while swinging the bat his last time up.

  186. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I have said forever, Chsrlie Lau knew what he was doing and said ever hitter is coachable.

  187. ehay2k - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Just lookd at MASN and they are replaying an O's "classic" where Albert Belle hits 3 Hr against Anaheim in 1999. REALLY? Angelos must have picked that game himself – Albert "Mr. Oriole" Belle.Blech!

  188. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I understand Rendon is playing 2b in AAA. Question: What is wrong with Lombo at 2b? this management team has blind spots for people — which is very bad. they had a blind spot for Morse and determined he wasn't a good fit; and they obviously have that same blind spot for Lombo — Lombo just isn't one of Davey's guys. And if you're not one of Davey's guys, you are persona non grata on this team. Very bad Very Bad

  189. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Gio had one bad batter, his walk, and one unfortunate ball touch on a possible dp ball that would have rrased the runner who scored

  190. Nats 128 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Surprized Davey didnt let his great hitting pitcher hit for himself.

  191. SCNatsFan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Fantastic effort by Gio but once again he wasn't perfect so not good enough.

  192. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Proctor: we must watch different games — or better stated: we both watch these games with completely different eyes and perspectives — judging from your many comments

  193. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    New to the team, but swings at balls just Espi, hope he atually better.

  194. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I mean the announcers even pointed out Gio laughing during his at-bat…

  195. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Just for the Record: Charlie Lau was and is a great hitting coach — alas, he was not a good hitter. His lifetime average a cool .250

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

    Ah yes, whatever announcers say is truly gospel. haha

  197. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    I do like the Grays uniform. like the Braves too!

  198. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Uhhh…..Lombo is a utility player with no power, horrible OBP, and limited range with a weak arm. Aside from that, what's not to like?Granted, he's still an upgrade over Espinosa but then so is almost anyone else.

  199. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    a nod to proctor — just saw Gio smiling

  200. Less Platu - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Natsjack from Fla speaks the Way Davey thinks — which is scary.Lombo has good range a decent arm — hits when he plays — and at this point, better than a rookie.

  201. 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.

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

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

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

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

  204. 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.

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

    Where has this Storen been all year.

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

    man, desi made that look easy

  207. 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.

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

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

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

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

  210. 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.

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

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

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

    Humans cannot do Tomahawk chops. Brave fans can.

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

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

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

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

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

    Brian McCann not available as a pinch hitter tonight again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Desi needs to do it here.

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

    Kimbrel always get the low ball call.

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

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

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

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

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

    Enough taking strike. Just ridiculous.

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

    yeah, you gotta let the bat go there Desi

  225. 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.

  226. 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.

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

    Of course it comes down to Espinosa…

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

    They officially deserve to lose that game.

  229. 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

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

    Wow.

  231. 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

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

    gotta admit, some small ball there would have been nice

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

    Bollocks.

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

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  235. 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.

  236. 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!

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

    Great clutch hitting!

  238. 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

  239. 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

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

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

  241. 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.

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

    That is the definition of Epic Fail.

  243. 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.

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

    This is Abad sign.

  245. 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.

  246. 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.

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

    Want to bet the Braves go small ball here?

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

    Bet the Braves scores

  249. 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.

  250. 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

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

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

  252. 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.

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

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

  254. 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

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

    Abad dont be a bad

  256. 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?

  257. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    luck counts too

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

    Im shock the Braves didn't score. Seriously.

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

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

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

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

  265. 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.

  266. 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.

  267. 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.

  268. 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.

  269. 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

  270. 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.

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

    Hero? It certainly isn't Secret wasian Man.

  272. 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.

  273. 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.

  274. 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!

  275. 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!!!!

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

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

  277. 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.

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

    Season average .231 today even worse 5 for 36.

  279. 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.

  280. 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

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

    BIGCAT.. HAHAHAHAHAHA 1 unearned run thru 10 innings.

  282. 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?

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

    Insane Bolt would have scored on Shark's chopper

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

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

  285. 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.

  286. 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

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

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

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

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

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

    better than a homer there

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

    4 straight balls…

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

    What was that? An intentional walk?

  292. 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.

  293. 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

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

    Bad Henry came in

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

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

  296. 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

  297. 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."

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

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

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

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

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

    that would be why you don't run

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

    just put us out of our misery please.

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

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

  303. 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.

  304. 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

  305. 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.

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

    The slowest runner could steal 2nd.

  307. 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

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

    SURRENDER DAVEY.

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

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

  310. 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.

  311. 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

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

    Steve, agreed but Freddi got throw out.

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

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

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

    MLB pitch track shows forst4 pitches to uggla were clearly strikes

  315. 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

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

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

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

    Much rather see Davis here than uselessRod

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

    Double steal here — score on the wild pitch

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

    Uggla a k machine he walks

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

    DFA Hrod. Please.

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

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

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

    Ugh.

  323. 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.

  324. 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

  325. 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.

  326. 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.

  327. 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.

  328. 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.

  329. 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.

  330. 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.

  331. 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.

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

    Ugh..this team is really bad right now

  333. 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.

  334. 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.

  335. 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.

  336. 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.

  337. 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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