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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.

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