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Game 59: Mets at Nats

Jun 5, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Can one ninth-inning rally carry over to the next night and create long-term momentum for a struggling ballclub? The Nationals certainly hope so, though you all know the adage by now: Momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher. So the Nats will need Dan Haren to come through with a strong performance tonight against the Mets.

But they'll also hope to string some more hits together, with a lineup that tonight will include Anthony Rendon making his first big-league start (and only ninth career professional start) at second base. All the Steve Lombardozzi fans out there need not worry: Lombo is scheduled to start in left field tonight, so he's not being cast aside to the bench 24 hours after driving in the game-winning run last night.

Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler are each supposed to throw bullpen sessions this afternoon, after which the Nationals will determine when each injured starter will be ready to return to the mound. So stay tuned for updates there, and right back here for game updates throughout…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 77 degrees, Wind 10 mphRF to LF

NATIONALS (29-29)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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405 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Oh, please, oh, please, oh, please, let Det and Stras be ok!!! I was a bit worried last night when I watched all of the dinged up guys jumping the rail. I was afraid one of them would get hurt in the dog pile.

  2. BigCat - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Ok Haren, lets keep the ball rolling.

  3. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Would begging help?

  4. SCNatsFan - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Jesus Flores signs a minor league deal with Rays

  5. Kirbs - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I like this line-up…let's keep the ball down DAN!

  6. Section 222 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Dave Cameron at Fangraphs with some interesting perspective on the Rendon switch to 2B. Particularly interesting is the noticeable improvement of other 2Bs who started out as 3Bs – – Neil Walker, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Murphy.

  7. Steady Eddie - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Detwiler's done with what looked like roughly 2 simulated innings in bullpen. Still no sign of Strasburg, who was scheduled to throw today.”

  8. Tcostant - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Why isn't this a bigger deal? I had to hear about this from my wife who hear about it on a non-sports channel. How sad that something that happen at the beltway series is so ignored:http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/fan-seriously-injured-assault-wednesday-nationals-orioles-game-191014581.html

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I'm really ready for D-Span to start trending his OBP up instead spiraling down like it has been.

  10. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Some of us were discussing it on the weekend. O's fans from Annapolis. Got arrested. Real classy.

  11. Steady Eddie - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Strasburg in bullpen now preparing to throw for first time since leaving Friday's start with lat strain.”Mark seems to be first on the case today…

  12. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Don't know how you missed it Tcostant. It was certainly discussed here.

  13. phil dunton - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Werth was better in the lead-off spot than Span. Span's OBP is disappointing, as is his base running/stealing.

  14. Tcostant - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I must have miss it – sorry. I've been to over 25 staduims over the years and never have been treated like that. Maybe a little good natured back and forth. Just scary.

  15. JD - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Here is the Biogenesys deal as I see it:Tony Bosch figured he is probably in the clear until baseball sued Biogenesys. This wasn't going to put him in jail because it's not a criminal charge but it was going to put a large hole in his pocket book based on large lawyer bills.Tony decided to play ball with MLB in order to rid himself of the legal costs and Baseball is dying to prove that it has turned the page and wants to rid the game of drugs (they are particularly interested in nailing a big fish like ARod and/or Braun).The union and their lawyers will go hard after Bosch's credibility and they will appeal all the suspensions so unless Baseball has corroborating evidence this is not over by a long shot.

  16. JD - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    As far as Gio is concerned. I like the guy a lot both as a character and a player and I love his compete level but I have a really hard time buying the notion that a baseball player buys legal supplements from Tony Bosch. GNC would be a more reasonable destination.

  17. Tcostant - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

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  18. Section 222 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Re: Mark's latest tweet on Stras: Ruh roh. DL here we come.

  19. Janus - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Hey folks, if you want to get your blood in a boil over arrogant umpires give this a quick read/watch: http://www.lobshots.com/2013/06/01/gum-throwing-umpire-jordan-baker-has-no-respect-for-baseball/The updates linked at the bottom of that site are worth reading too.It was enough to get me to send an email:majorleagueumpires@majorleagueumpires.comNow I'm just sitting back waiting for my pesonal apology from the umpires union.

  20. Section 222 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Great link Janus, thanks. This guy is a piece of work. Right at home on Angel's crew.

  21. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Section222– I thought the same thing. Did not even throw a pitch. Must be bad if he told the truth about it. Now we wait to hear how Det feels.

  22. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    NatsJack, more troubling than Span's OBP is his poor baserunning. With the caught stealing, pickoffs and doubleplays on balls in the air he is in the .290s. He has to draw walks and never upper cut on a swing. Span doesn't have 1 flyball hit all year only balls in the air categorized as line drives.

  23. Section 222 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Mark posted his game post yesterday at 3:33. By this time (4:20 pm), the big news had broken and there were over 75 comments on the post.

  24. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    I am hoping that DSpan just needs some time to get used to the completely different pitchers. He is money in the outfield, though.

  25. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Byron Kerr- Stras to the DL. Rats.

  26. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Yep, Sheesh

  27. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    And Detwiler???

  28. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    This is becoming a minor league exhibition month. And there is so much pressure because the Braves don't seem to lose and the Phils are playing the Marlins.

  29. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Ghost….I prefer to address the problems in order. His OBP has gone from the .360's to the .3teens. Start getting on base, then correct the base running issue.

  30. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Det threw the equivalent of 2 innings. Now they wait to see how he feels.

  31. JD - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Swami, Not surprised. And if it's back dated he only has to miss a couple more starts. You don't want him to hurt his arm because he is favoring his side. If Det is ready he and Stammen can work Saturday. I am concerned a bit about Karns and his tendency to give up the long ball. I am not convinced he's ready but it is what it is.

  32. MicheleS - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Well hopefully Stras is only down until the 15th. I wonder who will take his spot? Tweets are saying AAA call up.

  33. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Apparently Det is feeling ok and will make a start in the minors. Saturday either Stammen or a call up.

  34. JD - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    NatsJack, You are correct. Span's entire offensive value revolves around getting on base often. I don't think we'll ever see a robust running game as long as Davie is running this team but Ghost is also correct in that Span hasn't been a good base runner and that is really surprising to me.

  35. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    And I am glad that Stras is being honest and prudent about this. We need him for the rest of the season. When we make our big run. You know, when everyone is back. Whenever that is. Muscles in sides and backs are nasty little things. Boo.

  36. Steady Eddie - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I frankly suspect that the team expected Stras would need to go to the DL the whole time, but given his reaction in the dugout after they pulled him, they were going to be very careful to take it one incremental step at a time. That way they would minimize the risk that he would do anything physical that could set him back, while respecting his, let's just say competitive, youthful, and somewhat rash determination to get back out there immediately.Am sure also that they've been doing this in close coordination with Boras, whose long-term financial self-interest here coincides with Stras', even if Stras is too young and headstrong to get it. So the idea that some have raised here, that Stras will bolt to another team as soon as he becomes a free agent, is both premature and nonsense as far as what Boras or most other agents would advise (from the standpoint of long-term player development practice).

  37. Section 222 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    On my timeline, looks like Byron Kerr won the "first tweet about Strasburg to DL Derby" by a whisker over Adam Kilgore, Mark Zuckerman, and Amanda Comak in that order. Congrats Byron.

  38. waddu eye no - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    janus – thanksbut look both ways before crossing an umppadum pum.gyfng

  39. Caps Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Kristina Akra may not be as hot as Julie Alexandria, but she just scooped her by announcing on MLB Network that Strasburg is headed to the DL.

  40. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Random question– do the umps get random drug testing? Maybe some roid rage???

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Ohlendorf and Young doesn't have options but Rosenbaum does.

  42. Eric - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM

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  43. Eric - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    From the twitter feed:"Rizzo says Espinosa had MRI on wrist and shoulder today. Club isn't announcing results yet."Very curious about this, particularly the shoulder.

  44. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    It's really fun to watch the new guys– but then there is that pesky needing to win thing going on also. Can we have both?? Am I correct that we no longer have anyone just sitting out day to dsy? So we have a full bench and pen?? Werth is back now- first of the group. Bryce next?? Please say yes!

  45. Janus - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I know umps get away with basically whatever they want, but really this shocked me. Maybe it shouldn't have.To anyone that doesnn't care or have time to visit the link:This umpire, Jordan Baker, would take a rather large (large enough to be photographed from the stands) hunk of gum out of his mouth every half-inning and chuck it into left field. There is a photo showing about 20 such hunks on the field.When fans raged at him, he went and had a laugh with Angel Hernandez who then took HIS gum out and chucked it in the direction of the jeering fans. On top of that, he seems to be making terrible calls and throwing people out left and right.It seems at this point the TV announcers have gotten in on the act and were calling Baker out on his gum antics last night.

  46. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Another random question– what is the status of our forty man roster with two guys getting dfa'd? That mean two spots open?

  47. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    NatsJack, still has to do both and anything below .340 concerns me. He has to take those 3-2 counts and work some walks, make parallel swings and stay on base when he gets there.

  48. Caps Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    So Strasburg is going on the DL. Did he clean out his locker?

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Swami, no they added Krol. At 39.

  50. Caps Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    "baseballswami said… Another random question– what is the status of our forty man roster with two guys getting dfa'd? That mean two spots open?"Yes. Although that may not be official until the fate of the DFA guys is determined.

  51. phil dunton - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Re: The Yankee fan at the O's game–confronting two likely drunk hecklers is butt stupid and just asking for trouble. I was confronted by a large, very drunk young Phillies fan about 3 years ago in one of the Nats parking lots after a Phillies victory. The animal got in my face and yelled "Great game, huh." It was obvious he was baiting me. I looked him right in the eye and said "I really like the Phillies team and wish the Nationals played like them". At first he was shocked, then he slapped me on the back and said "Thanks buddy". I could live for another day. Going to any sports game nowdays and wearing a hated team's sports garb is risky business.

  52. Section 222 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    How did Julie A get scooped by Kristina A? She's not on the air until 6:30 pm, but she tweeted the news at 4:29, just four minutes after Mark and the other beats did. Kristina's doing a great job on MLB Now, but she's not at the park.

  53. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Phil, way to diffuse it. I wear a Nats cap to all stadiums even when Nats aren't playing much like that Yankees fan. Never a problem. People engage me in intelligent conversations.

  54. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 2mOhlendorf to replace Strasburg on #Nationals’ roster. Nats need starter for Saturday.

  55. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    There you go. If he doesn't move to long man in the pen the Nats can lose him when Det and Stras come back.

  56. EmDash - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Looks like Ohlendorf is the guy. Should be an okay option for one start, I guess.Karns is a bit home-run prone in the majors, which is a bit funny because avoiding them was one of his strengths in the minors. He probably needs more seasoning in AA/AAA before he's ready to be up permanently, but he's certainly been promising so far and could develop into at least a lights-out reliever in the Stammen mode if starting doesn't work out.

  57. EmDash - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Current DL list: Detwiler, Espinosa, Harper, Mattheus, Ramos, Strasburg. Plus two players released. Plus Werth and Zimm have spent time on the DL. That's 10 of the opening day roster, or 40%, who've been injured or terribly ineffective enough to be released. Kind of boggles the mind.

  58. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I thought we were snake bit last year, but our starters stayed healthy. Only needed Lannan for double headers and we played piggy back with Wang and Det a bit. It's just a shame there is so much pressure- some of it by us fans– on this team to produce the same way the ideal roster might be performing. Bench just not quite stepping up as early as they did last year, pen not quite so effective, couple starters down. Doesn't take much to get off track. As long as we can stay around .500 maybe we can make a run in the second half.

  59. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Karns needs to work on his location… He's got the stuff but he sometimes serves it up and gofers it…

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I'm glad that the Nats went with Ohlendorf instead of moving Stammen to the starters role.

  61. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Think they want to save Stammen for Karns start…. He seemingly can only go 80/85… And Stammen has been throwing the serious heat, they may want to save him.. At least that's what I'm thinking….

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Win number 2 in a row tonight.

  63. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    But in all fairness, Karns came up from AA , unexpectedly. Of course he is going to have flaws and struggles. This could be a great thing for him- show him what he needs to do and encourage him that he is not so far away. As a fan I need to chill, watch the guys play, enjoy the new guys and stop stressing about the standings. Stuff has happened that changed our situation. I need to adjust my expectations. I still think we can have a great second half.

  64. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Johnny Cueto is already back on the DL with another lat strain. He had been back for 4 starts. Jeez.

  65. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I am telling you– lats and obliques are nasty to get rid of. Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez have both dealt with lingering hamstring issues. You have got to let them heal or you are a yo- yo to the DL.

  66. JD - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Swami, I couldn't agree with you more. For the time being I just want us to start winning series regularly and play better ball and the good news is that there are still 23 games left in the 1st half so there's lots of time and lots of baseball to enjoy.

  67. paul brandt - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Will take Kristina over Julie old town any day of the week. Am glad no Valdespin, that guy kills us but would expect a pinch hit appearance.Anyone else expecting a high & tight fastball to Rzim's melon after last night? Don't think Jordan did that on purpose but the guy does have amazing control, just saying.

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Win ever series and you are in the playoff.

  69. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 2mOne evaluator on Ohlendorf: "Max effort. Lots of moving parts in windup. Stuff is decent with spotty command and control."Let's hope he has his good command then…

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Valdespin average against rest of league. 225. Against us .500

  71. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Uh oh. Dillon Gee went 7 1/3 and stroke out 12 against the Yankees in his last start. Let's hope that was a fluke.

  72. paul brandt - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    MNF, wow re. Valdespin, didn't know he was that good vs. us. Odd that he's not starting but not complaining.

  73. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    https://twitter.com/masnKolko/status/342410426925076480/photo/1Something's on fire I guess?

  74. paul brandt - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Danny is burning his locker contents.

  75. ptindc - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Just saw the skipper on MASN. Beard is shaved. Must have been the walk off last night.

  76. ptindc - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Just saw the skipper on MASN. Beard is shaved. Must have been the walk off last night.

  77. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I saw that Clip has some facial hair. Kind of scruffy , though.

  78. Eric - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    "So Strasburg is going on the DL. Did he clean out his locker?"Why does this keep coming up about the locker? Rizzo confirmed in comments that aired on 106.7 yesterday at ~5:15 p.m. that Espi is going to AAA after the DL. Hence the cleaned out locker.

  79. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    As of yesterday, everyone was curious about the locker issue before the whole story came out. It initially looked like an option to AAA because of that. Also reports were that it was done on anger, guys don't clean out their lockers for the DL. And everyone rehabs in the minors.

  80. Eric - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    "Phil, way to diffuse it. I wear a Nats cap to all stadiums even when Nats aren't playing much like that Yankees fan. Never a problem. People engage me in intelligent conversations."At the Os game (JZimm start) I saw a group of guys, one in Is garb, one in Brave a garb, and one in a Pacers jersey and a Yankees cap.B'gock?!

  81. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Eric….some people always want things to be more than it is.

  82. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Sooooo….. I wonder which D Haren will show up… I sure hope its the good one..

  83. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    "And everyone rehabs in the minors."I think you may be confused. Rizzo strongly implied that Espinosa will be optioned to AAA even after he is healthy to spend some time to get his mechanics right. Not just a rehab assignment.

  84. natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Confrontation is risky, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that the guy was asking for it. Also, I suspect that this could happen at any park, with any fanbase. As my dear departed grandpa-in-law often said, I might have told you this before, but it's worth telling again. I was once at an O's/Nats game at RFK. There were some unruly, over-imbibing Nats fans seated a few rows over and down from us, in the upper deck. They were giving the fish eye to some O's fans (who were doing nothing offensive, just sporting O's gear) for several innings. The O's fans included a young boy, btw. This got no response, so the Nats fans decided to up their game and start throwing stuff, including beverage containers, at the O's fans. I went to the top of our section and told an usher about it (we didn't have texting and Tweetering back then, kiddies, but I digress). After a while, she went over and said something to the Nats fans, and they stopped.I've also saw a similar event at Nats Park, that time involving unruly, over-imbibing Phillies Phans who threw popcorn on a young Nats fan. (Stay classy, Phillies Phans. But I digress.)I don't care who is behaving in such a manner, or where they're doing it. There's no room for it, and no excuse for it. Just another natsfan1a editorial.phil dunton said… Re: The Yankee fan at the O's game–confronting two likely drunk hecklers is butt stupid and just asking for trouble. I was confronted by a large, very drunk young Phillies fan about 3 years ago in one of the Nats parking lots after a Phillies victory. The animal got in my face and yelled "Great game, huh." It was obvious he was baiting me. I looked him right in the eye and said "I really like the Phillies team and wish the Nationals played like them". At first he was shocked, then he slapped me on the back and said "Thanks buddy". I could live for another day. Going to any sports game nowdays and wearing a hated team's sports garb is risky business. June 05, 2013 4:53 PM

  85. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Watching the P-Nats on my tablet. Robbie Ray pitchinh in Myrtle Beach.

  86. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Is Cy Gee pitching tonight? Or is it Dillon Gee?

  87. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    So how long until Rendon gets a ball to him at 2B? I give it 2 outs.

  88. natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Boy, that was a long comment, and I didn't even mention the unruly (but apparently not under the influence judging by his breath) O's fan who "accidentally" bumped into me, several times, on the ramp after a recent O's game at Nats Park, then apologized in a rather Eddie Haskellian manner. And now I've dated myself, too.Er, on topic, hope that Dan has another good start in him. May the Nats bats hit early and often, and may the Mets bats flail with futility. May our defense not falter. May we score more runs than the opposing team. Oh, and nobody should get hurt. Okay, that should about cover it. I'm good.

  89. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Only took one out.

  90. Gonat - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    The Rendon era just started. The ball found him!

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Fielding pct 1.000 at second

  92. natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I believe that his specialty against us is pinch-hit home runs.paul brandt said… MNF, wow re. Valdespin, didn't know he was that good vs. us. Odd that he's not starting but not complaining. June 05, 2013 6:37 PM

  93. natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Oh, wait. The game's on. See you later.

  94. Eric - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    "So how long until Rendon gets a ball to him at 2B? I give it 2 outs."Funny now!

  95. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I so called it earlier today that the first out would go to Rendon at second!! Mrs. B – you around?? Monday night's classic– Jhonny Holliday called the walk off– last night also. Coincidence?

  96. Eric - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Look at Lombo yielding to Span. Seam head would be proud ;)

  97. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Right there was the difference between Tyler and Lombo in LF. Lombo got out of Span's way.

  98. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    2 balls to Rendon, no problem yet. But like FP said, it'll be the double plays and things like that that present the real challenge.

  99. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Welcome (back) to the show Rendon!

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    2 for 2. Baseball god at work.

  101. Nats 128 - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Now officially the know it all Peric is proven wrong on his one guarantee that RENDON WILL NEVER PLAY 2ND BASE FOR THE NATS.Yeah, never is a long time! Back to the game as Im here typing on my phone.

  102. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Hahahaha… Swami, I made mention of that last night…. Or was it this morning…I'm predicting a 7-3 win tonight!

  103. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Marlon Byrd looked absolutely lost.

  104. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Get your expectations in check about Mr. Rendon. He will make errors. If you don't think so you aren't being realistic.

  105. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Now that's what a leadoff man does.

  106. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Luck helps! There you go Denard! Make your own luck!

  107. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    It would just be so sweet if we could score early and often.

  108. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I love Span the man….

  109. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I think most people here are being tongue in cheek about him fielding 1.000 so far.

  110. JaneB - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    There you go NatsJack! Double from Span!

  111. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Ghost….he made 2 errors in his 3 games at Syracuse.

  112. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    7-3 sounds right

  113. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Tonight?

  114. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Werth's job in that spot is to drive the ball to rightfield. Doesn't do his job. Come on guys. Runs are at a premium!

  115. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I know he will make errors. Good to have easy ones to start.

  116. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Duda- the Mets mirror version of Tyler Moore in the OF.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Werth fit in with others with the hit to center.

  118. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    There is where not advance runner hurts. Now ALR has to bail out Werth

  119. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Ghost….he made 2 errors in his 3 games at Syracuse. June 05, 2013 7:17 PM After each error there were some comments made here to try to make some point. I guess Rizzo wasn't too concerned.

  120. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Thataboy Desi!

  121. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Oh Desi!

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Desi bails out Werth

  123. JaneB - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Ian!

  124. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Yesssss… Score often!

  125. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Desi picks up Werth and RZim. Very nice. Keep that line moving!

  126. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Woah, the rookie hitting on 3-0. Ballsy.

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Rendon got green light 3-0. Hit hard just wrong spot

  128. JaneB - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Anthony. 3-0 you don't swing. Plus it was outside. Sheesh.

  129. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Not sure I want him swinging on 3-0…

  130. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    The Exorcist showed up last night, We're ok! 1-0 Nats. GYFNG!!!

  131. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Sorry, 3-0 where you have the pitcher breathing hard and you have the new callup swing?Bad idea although nice wood on it but unlucky BABIP.

  132. EmDash - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Early run – love it.Good god is Dillon Gee slow, though. I already hate watching him pitch.

  133. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    How many balls have gotten between LaRoche and the line lately? It's not for lack of effort, he's diving, but I don't get it. Is it just unlucky?

  134. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Ghost, you're right. No excuse for 3-0 swing.Me? I'm optimistic. Imagine that. GYFNG!

  135. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Grrrrr. Double with no outs. Jhonny Holiday again. Please can we have Bob and FP together again?

  136. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Wtf Haren?

  137. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Terrible….

  138. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    This is soooo not good. No outs. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  139. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Bah, humbug…

  140. EmDash - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Oof. That really did not look like it was going to get out. One of those ball carrying kind of days?

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    That is 3 down the line in the last 9 innings. Our scouting report has not be solid to where to place ALR as none have gone to right, so he seems to be feet left. Haren up to same trick of homers. Of course it would have been a solo, but ALR not placed correctly based on wear they are hitting.

  142. Knoxville Nat - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Yes, unlucky. The last couple have been hit rather hard though.

  143. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Haren is leaving everything up. You know what that means…

  144. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Now they hit to his right, but are always singles.

  145. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    LaRoche's gold glove must have some holes in it.

  146. EmDash - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Stuff is staying up = not good Haren.

  147. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Haren getting shelled early. Need to get three and go see McCatty for a chat. Haren is now our third best starter- since we really only have three now. Ok- I am summoning a slugfest. We win 12-11.

  148. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    All the mo from last night and the first inning can vanish in no time when the pitcher lraves balls up.

  149. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I was just going to say…..yep, Dan….keep throwong strikes up in the zone. That always works.

  150. phil dunton - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Haren makes Edwin Jackson's performance last season look good.

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Might as well hae Duke or HROD pitch if you are going to keep ball up.

  152. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I think the issue is that I don't really like Haren….

  153. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    The bat boy humor is a new twist.

  154. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Have you seen EJax numbers this year?

  155. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Might as well hae Duke or HROD pitch if you are going to keep ball up. June 05, 2013 7:38 PM Uh, no.

  156. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Haren's number as fifth starter is fine.

  157. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Oh,Danny boy, the ump the ump is calling- and he is saying—BALL. We going to see Stammen and Davis?? Lots'O Pitches so far.

  158. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Why is Haren nibbling against the pitcher?

  159. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    But we only have three healthy starters right now- 2 on the DL. And the order has become very convoluted.

  160. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Haren is lucky.

  161. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Nice catch, Lombo!

  162. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Thank god that's Lombo and not Moore.

  163. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Oh- my- goodness. That ball is carrying! Good thing Lombo is fast. Hope it flies for us, too!

  164. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Yah Tarasco, that's bright to have your LF to the pitcher's pull side play him like a chump. That was close to a disaster. Great catch Lombo!

  165. Knoxville Nat - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Seen EJax numbers and don't want any part of those. I would have preferred keeping Lannan over EJax, but Haren for one year seemed reasonable. DL for Lannan wasn't something that was foreseeable.

  166. paul brandt - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    sure am glad lombo is 6'0 tall as listed on the team site.

  167. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Christian Garcia goes 2 innings giving up 1 hit in Harrisburg tonite.

  168. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Jack, agreed, though you gotta admit that he did look like a second baseman making the catch.

  169. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Well- he kind of IS a second baseman.

  170. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Haren can hit, right?

  171. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Haren nearly hit a homer!

  172. paul brandt - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Haren could be the slowest human being of all time.

  173. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Yep Joe….that he did. But that's better than looking like a DH making the catch.

  174. Scott Margenau - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Lombo. Great play! Love it.Harren nearly went yard.

  175. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Ok. But he can't run.

  176. Scott Margenau - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Come on jayson.!!!!!

  177. Knoxville Nat - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Can we put in a courtesy runner for Haren?

  178. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Looks like D-Span got the message on OBP.

  179. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    2nd life Jayson!

  180. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Haren and his speed is hilarious…. Lol…. I'm still laughing….

  181. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Looks like D-Span got the message on OBP.I was thinking the same thing!

  182. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Terrible….

  183. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Sigh.

  184. paul brandt - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    guess trent should have sent haren…haha.

  185. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Werth, one day of the DL…give you one.But we need you to come through, man!

  186. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  187. Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    One day off the DL

  188. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Lateral muscle? Sorry Julie, its Latisimus muscle.

  189. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Mariners/White Sox 14 innings of shutout

  190. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 24sWhen Marlon Byrd played for the Nats in 2006, his car got stolen from the RFK Stadium parking lot during a road trip. Great times.That's hilarious.

  191. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    She is perky but not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  192. paul brandt - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    SS has the biggest wad of tobacco in his cheek I have seen in a long time and not so sure the cup he is drinking contains water.

  193. David Proctor - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    We've got bad Dan Haren tonight.

  194. paul brandt - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    come on dan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  195. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Haren is a bum….

  196. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Dan, you are better than this.

  197. Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Wow, just looked back, and Werth looked like he held up. The ball of Wright's was out.

  198. baseballswami - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Oh, no. We really need to find that jet stream, too. Looks like Haren is trying to pour gasoline on that nearby fire.

  199. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Notice they follow hits with homers. We follow with nothing close to a homer. We are wasting base runners

  200. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… Haren is a bum…. June 05, 2013 8:00 PM Wow, that is nice.

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