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Game 60: Twins at Mets

Jun 8, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

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Chase here posting the game thread today as Mark is actually recovering from getting his appendix removed. He had the procedure today and might need a few days. I am not able to attend the game today as well because of prior commitments, but I will be back on the beat tomorrow for the doubleheader.

After two games being postponed, Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64 ERA) will finally take the mound for his first start since June 1. Throughout his career he has had trouble with extra time off, going 7-8 with a 4.85 on six or more days of rest. Gio also has an unfortunate history with the Twins with a 2-3 record and 7.80 ERA in six career starts.

Pitching for Minnesota is veteran right-hander Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.09 ERA). The 32-year-old has faced the Nats 13 times in his career, including six starts, and holds a 3.33 ERA against the club.

Enjoy the game…

MINNESOTA TWINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, WUSA-9, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees

NATIONALS (29-30)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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530 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Det news mixed 37 pitches in 2 innings not good. Healthy is good.

  2. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I would be glad to have them show the pitch count. That way they would not waste so much time with " he has ninety pitches, now that was ninety one, ninety two. " argggggh. It's like baseball Sesame Street.

  3. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Gio walked four – and that is on him.

  4. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I don't think any of those walks scored though.

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Out of 30 teams we are 29th in run scored.Besides a new hitting coach, they nerd a run scoring coach.

  6. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Gio' s been wild, like he does, and the Twins were being patient and fouling stuff off. Nats are not doing those things.I hate to say they should look at the Cards' approach, but their way of mostly singling you to death is incredibly effective. Nats always seem to try to crush the ball.

  7. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Mauer would've been out if Rendon could've handled that. Oh well.

  8. SCNatsFan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Maybe the Nats plan on winning by putting the other team asleep then sneaking up on them

  9. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    But the walks drove up his pitch count. I think his strike to ball ratio will probably not be good.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Might have been out, FP thought safe. But nice to have known.Still mad at ALR his error would have been a double play.Johnny again an iduot. Says Aad did the job. He keft a man on second if he scores he did't do the job and Storen would ave done a terrible job.

  11. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    About time someone made a good defensive play.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    It is June Zim's shoulder is cured.Not hitters get serious.

  13. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Now that was pretty.

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Gio 75 strikes 39 balls (4 intentional) Correia 57 strikes 27 balls about tge same ratio.

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Keep line moving.

  16. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Now how about some execution?

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Take it for the team

  18. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    A double to the opponent's best hitter followed by an easy out that doesn't move up the runner is a pretty okay outing, I think. And that was a great play by Zimm.Should Shark have bunted there? He just got a double…

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Suzuki needs to make up for his screw up lsst time.

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Swung at ball 2

  21. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I'LL TAKE IT!

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Thank you shortstop

  23. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Some BABIP luck!!! So Suzuki gets the RBI, after he stops swinging for the fence.

  24. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Now, don't let up!!

  25. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Whoo! Fluke luck run!

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Marlins mets in 15th Rangers jays in 18th

  27. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    We've got Werth, Zimmerman, LaRoche coming up in the 9th. Dare I speculate another walkoff?

  28. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    We are tied, so you might not want to bring that up right now.

  29. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Good point…

  30. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    David Proctor said…"Roger who never hits, gets a lucky 2b and your lead off guy who should hit, whiffs …"Span is hitting .365 with RISP and 2 outs. He's not going to bat 1.000.I expect at least 1 of 2 and that RISP deals with few of the 29 wins in which the Nats were ahead, Span has NEVER had the winning hitSpan is not clutch period

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I hope they dont bat in the 8th. Hopefully they do a good enough job when they bat in tge 8th

  32. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Oh it's the 8th inning. I'm dumb.

  33. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Throw strikes, goggles.

  34. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    No walks, Clip…

  35. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Leadoff walk. Can't do that. Can't Can't Can't.

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Not as dumb as MASN producer. I wanted to know where Morneau was playing as I was thinking drag bunt, but never knew where he was.Damn Clippard walks lead off batter late. Number 1 sin of. Reliever. Then allows 160 hitter bunt. Poor pitching.

  37. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    You can't judge someone's 'clutch' based on performance in one single game…

  38. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Wow Clippard. He's thrown more wild pitches this year than I can ever remember.

  39. Exposremains - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    As I said before, Clippard's act has gotten really old

  40. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    WIld pitch all about. Focus. Near the catchers spot is never a wild pitch. All this set up by opening walk.Need one more out.

  41. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Kind of wish Drew would have come back in. He looked good.

  42. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Holy crap. WHEW.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Good play Clip

  44. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    wow lot of close games going on.

  45. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    And long ones.

  46. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Considering Clipp's high workload under the past regime, he's someone to watch for arm fatigue. Same as happened with some of the Braves' workhorses this year. The spike in walk rate is pretty concerning.Pretty amazing he managed to wiggle out of that. He always makes things a little too exciting…

  47. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    zim seeing ball poorly tonight.

  48. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Clippard doesn't really have a spike in walk rate. He walked 41 in 2010, 26 in 2011, 29 in 2012 and is on pace for 33 this year.

  49. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I have thought recently that Drew's pitches are starting to be back to filthy. Maybe if a guy comes out and looks really locked in, you bring him back out? You can have your next guy ready to come in. Close game– might not want to blow a reliever on one hitter. I wish we had more hitters face Drew today. Relievers have peaks and valleys. I would like to see them go with the hottest hand. We made that entirely too easy for their pitcher. That was our 2-3-4!!

  50. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    wow, those were great at bats by Werth and Zim…

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Neitger Clippard nor Storen look good coming back so not bringing either of them back is ok with me.

  52. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    my bad, i forgot, Nats are facing the BEST relief pitcher

  53. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    That was an interesting double play…

  54. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    That was a nice 5-6-3

  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Great DP

  56. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    This makes me nervous. And Jhonny just jinxed us. And The last few outings, Drew's pitches have been very nasty. I am not at all confident right here. DP helps!!!!!

  57. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    that was a great DP

  58. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Another nice play by Desmond, but Mauer did beat it. Of course, they owe the Nats a call over there.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    He was safe ump oeed us one from the second.Best part about asket ball refs, they do the make up calls.

  60. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Uh oh…

  61. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Soriano 0-2 count and lay one over the middle. Strike them out

  62. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    My heart…

  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Willingham remember his coachibg from Eck and took one down the middle. Thanks Eck.

  64. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    OK, good job! Game was tied when he came in, it's tied when he left.As the aviators say, any landing you walk away from was a good landing.

  65. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    OK…Werth, Zim, ALR are not injured, nor is Desi… I would expect the beef of the batting order to manufacture at least 1 run verse this 26-31 team

  66. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Rendon has more hits in 1 game than Espi has in a month

  67. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Pretty sure Werth produced 2, Mick.

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Mick your wish was granted Werth has 2 RBI

  69. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Come on! Who the heck will pitch if we don 't score!!!!

  70. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I want to see Mauer do that behind-the-back thing again.

  71. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Seriously- we have already used four relievers!

  72. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    talking about the 8th … the at bats were horrible, but I again, I forgot they were facing a hot goalie, I mean the best reliever, lol keep it coming guys, i love it

  73. srj - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Will Soriano pitch the 10th?

  74. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Swami, one thing I can guarantee you, and this should make you feel better–it won't be Henry or Duke.

  75. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Weak.

  76. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Looks like Craig Stammen coming in.

  77. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    I think we have a new winner in the "What have you done for me lately" sweepstakes.

  78. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Davey is the best manager in MLB, he will figure it who will pitchLOL

  79. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Two games have gone 18 innings today already. What are the odds?

  80. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    C'mon, boys, I gotta go out and get more paint.

  81. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Nevermind, Erik Davis.

  82. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Eric Davis?? Thought it would be Stammen.

  83. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Nats should have produced a run in 8th or 9th with the top of the order. god teams would have won this game by now. If Marlins were not in the East, Nats would finish last place hands down

  84. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    My guess is they're saving Stammen for Karns tomorrow.

  85. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Mick- how on earth is Davey the best manager in baseball?

  86. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    who is this gem we got on the mound?

  87. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    That's cute, Davis is going with the slovenly look so we can tell him apart from Clippard.

  88. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    That's a play Rendon should make.

  89. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    baseballswami said…Mick- how on earth is Davey the best manager in baseball?uh…I was being VERY sarcastic to all the defenders of this sorry no account over rated team

  90. E - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Mick – Knock off the constant LOL dude. Your takes are annoying, not funny.

  91. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    You can't save anything for the next day right now. You have to get a win sitting there waiting for you to take it.

  92. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    let me guess, Rizzo says Davis is the next Rivera, lol

  93. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Davey likes to keep to the roles in the bullpen, so I don't think we'll see Stammen.

  94. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Little Clip in.Rendon over dove it. Correct Danny would have that most likely. Part of the growing pains.

  95. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Danny definitely would've had that, but he also wouldn't have scored the run to tie the game. It's the good with the bad.

  96. Secret wasian man - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Team just can't hit. It's pathetic

  97. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I will take Rendon over Espi PERIOD..not even an issue, Espi needs to be traded over the winter

  98. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Johnny again at idiot. Little Clip does the job. When you leave a man on second 1 out you didnt do the job we needed.

  99. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    I have decided that the definition of the Nats is dysfunctional. They need therapy.

  100. Secret wasian man - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    This team always finds ways. Hurry up and lose it boys. We need to hear blues traveler and there one hit.

  101. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    How about Ian Krol. If we're gonna always bash Davey for his bullpen management, we should give him credit today.

  102. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Harper is the only starter out…(I do count Espi as a starter) perhaps you can count Ramos as a starter but Suzuki is on par… why cant this squad hit….. NO EXCUSE They have to win it here in the 10th! If they have any heart left or urgency, they will win in the 10th

  103. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I hope they didn't call someone up yet. They are into the 19th in NY. Who knows what we will need for the 26th guy…Good boys, Baby Clip (who was really nervous) and Krol, who looked cool.

  104. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Those two young uns did just fine. And so did Rendon.

  105. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    David Proctor said…How about Ian Krol. If we're gonna always bash Davey for his bullpen management, we should give him credit today. he deserves the credit, Krol should have started the inning though

  106. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Burning relievers, though. If we go longer we are toast.

  107. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Things I wish I could un-see:Bo Jackson shilling for Performance Enhancing Drugs, viz., 5-Hour Energy drinks.

  108. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    baseballswami said…Burning relievers, though. If we go longer we are toast.which means that Nats starters tomorrow have to go at least 7 innings….not looking too good

  109. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Now everyone tries for a home run. Very effective.

  110. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    JZimm will go 7. Karns…not so much.

  111. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    forgot about Zim, your right

  112. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    This is quite a pickle.

  113. Secret wasian man - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    It is just so disheartening that we are talking about minor leaguers. We should be talking about first place. Just a bad baseball team all the way around. The hitting on this team is woeful. It's not the injuries. It's not a slump. It's just a bad team. And a boring one at that. I mean does no one really think anybody going to get a hit a win this???? NO way

  114. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Stammen getting loose. Looks like it's his game if they don't score here.

  115. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Even worse at bats as the game goes on.

  116. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    and–they are into the 20th in NY.

  117. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Secret wasian man… like I said.. with the exception of Harper, there are no injuries or excuses verse a very bad AL team

  118. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Well the Mets did have that day off…and they are tied– at one.

  119. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Of course you have worse at-bats. The relievers are fresh and the hitters are tired. Duh.

  120. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Pop ups are a sign of trying to kill the ball and not quite getting it, right?Gonna have to call up a long reliever with the extra roster slot for the DH tomorrow, I'd bet.

  121. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Secret wasian man 20 innings Mets v Marlin 2 crappy teams, jut like here

  122. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    FP is funny. "If this one goes 20 Blues Traveler could break up."

  123. Secret wasian man - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    This game should have been put away in the 7 th. 1 run was bad

  124. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    If this goes 20, Blues Traveller can call it a Reunion Concert.

  125. Secret wasian man - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Ah yes the man we have all been waiting for. Steal baby.

  126. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Mets: let Ankiel pitch!

  127. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Shawn Marcum has thrown 98 pitches–7+ innings of shutout ball.

  128. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    If this goes 20, Blues Traveller could do songs from their next album.

  129. Secret wasian man - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Werthless. It's not a slump. It's LOFT. Lack of f. N talent

  130. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    FP just noticed Span limping. I saw that when he went to first base. We don't need that.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    I was going to type he limp around first on single

  132. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    NatsLady said…Of course you have worse at-bats. The relievers are fresh and the hitters are tired. Duh.really, so explain to me why teams like the Braves, Cards and Yankees and O's, you no, the GOOD have no problem pounding the relievers of teams like the Twins??? again, only Harper is out… your defense of the Nats is just stunning, although funny

  133. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Dadgum it. I gotta go to the large category-killer hardware store for more paint; my usual place is no longer available. That'll give you the blues. GYFNG!

  134. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Stammen has been off lately. I hope that long pseudo-start against the Braves didn't mess with him.

  135. baseballswami - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    And Stammen has no idea where the zone is.

  136. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    We'd have lost this game 3-1 without Werth's contributions…

  137. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    final will be 5-3 Twins

  138. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    mick, don't don't don't talk to me. EVER.

  139. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    so Davey is 1000% not 100% behind Eckstein…..

  140. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    will be amusing to hear what Norv Turner has to say after this loss.

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Stammn 2 games ago 12 up 12 down.Last game shajey. So lately is last game and this game.Why walk leadoff hitters. McCatty coach.Thanks Stammen leadoff walks scires

  142. Dan Strong - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Ugggh.. This team is depressing.

  143. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Wasian manwill the defenders of this nonsense give me any credit when the Nats lose this game 5-3 and when they lose 8 in row, which they will after the Rockies clobber them and the Twins win both tomorrow?

  144. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Some of you get too much enjoyment out of the team failing. And trolling those of us who hope for success.

  145. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:39 PM

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  146. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Hey the due ups are the same that were due up against Parnell…

  147. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    This is not over yet.But lead off walk goes against teaching of baseball 101Then k people after he screwed up. Limits damage, but he created the damage to start with.

  148. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    let see if the face of the franchise who is 0 for 4 today can step up.

  149. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    McCatty is pretty obviously not coaching them to walk the leadoff guy. Stammen still seems tired after his last outing, and Clipp just missed on some pitches at first.

  150. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    way to go face of the franchise

  151. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Taylor Jordan and a 4 hit shut out for Harrisburg. Told ya back in Spring Training.

  152. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Obviously he doesnt but I see so fundlementally bad on all teams because coaches dont stress things. I know they are professional, but my principal reminds us little things all the time.Coaches probably dont ride like otger bosses.Thus i clai they arent coaching.

  153. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    no heart! Marlins and Mets have more heart than this group.. not blaming Rendon at all… like Wasian man said the so called super stars should have won this in the 8th or 9th… are super stars SUCK

  154. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Mick your math is trrrible.how could they lose 8 in a row at the end of Colrado?

  155. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Good at bat by Rendon. Hit it hard. Just to somebody. I'm sure Mick and SWM will now talk for hours about how awful this team is.

  156. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    welcome to 2010

  157. EmDash - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Whatever happens, I'm going to hope they get better and support them if they don't, because my only other option is getting bitter or sad. People can trash the team if they want, it's just not actually productive either. Nothing we do actually changes anything, after all; the only thing being nasty accomplishes is making other people feel bad.

  158. E - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Those two idiots should start there own blog.

  159. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    they drop 2 before today…3 with Twins and 3 with Co is 8

  160. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Damn it. Just damn it.

  161. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    "the only thing being nasty accomplishes is making other people feel bad."Bingo. And they get enjoyment out of that.

  162. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

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  163. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Had twin reliever walked Zim, he scored on Rendon's S if all hits were the same.However he doesn't violated the rule of walk leadoff man. Doesn't cost his team Stammen violates the rule and allows his team to lose.However real number 1 cause of loss was ALR his error instead of double play allws 2 run.

  164. Unknown - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    No heart, no win. Again.I'm done with this team.

  165. Secret wasian man - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    so the team stinks and you guys wanna put the blame on Mick and myself? Please. wakeup people. this team is awful. To all you fools who kept saying its early….. well we told you so. I am not proud to say I told you so. I want the team to win. But don't take your frustration out on me and Mick.

  166. Dan Strong - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    2-15 for our 3-4-5 hitters. We're not going to win with that production.

  167. mick - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

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  169. JaneB - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Boohoo.Well, from where I sit, Bryce;s TRUE WAR is, oh, about +12.Tomorrow is another day…albeit a day with two baseball games for us.

  170. natsfan1a - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    It was kinda funny though with the big guy holding that little bottle. What is it, like, one sip for him?Sec. 3, My Sofa said… Things I wish I could un-see: Bo Jackson shilling for Performance Enhancing Drugs, viz., 5-Hour Energy drinks. June 08, 2013 7:19 PM

  171. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Guys, please chill. Mark had surgery today and could well be reading this. Please have some respect for him. It's a game, let it go.

  172. JaneB - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I'm supporting them too. And I skip over the posts of people who don't. Advise more people to do the same.

  173. Section 135 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    We can't win with Zim hitting the way he has. Without Bryce Zim needs to step up. Span was on base several times and only scored 1 time. Need better production from the heart of our lineup. Hate to say it but this isn't our year. In addition next year we need to get some better bats if we want to compete. We need to pray that Bryce isn't seriously hurt because he is the only dependable bat we have.

  174. Secret wasian man - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Swami your right. some people react differently to what is going on. But the introverts on this site tend to post with the attitude they are better then others. We care just as much as everyone else.

  175. DJB - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    And how we are going to get more bats with two outrageous contracts to Zim and Werth. This franchise has no solution in the near term. All the reason Stras should never have been sat last year. Epic, franchise-defining mistake.

  176. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Everyone cares in their own way from their own point of view. It's not a competition to see who cares more. The team is struggling mightily and it's tough to take. Very disappointing. It's certainly not the fault of anyone who posts here. It is what it is and I hope it gets better. But, who knows?

  177. Section 135 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Wonder what we could have gotten for Zim if we hadn't signed him to that awful albatross of a contract. His contract is way worse that Werths.

  178. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    We will the division, but would be nice if Davey would start demanding things instead of saying he frustrated.Chew some asses and lets play like we can.Way to passive for the way tgey are playing.Different goat every day now.Time to straighten up.

  179. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Well, I do have my own blog. And I am going to write about all the positive things I saw in this game–which were many! If you don't like it, don't read it.

  180. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Perhaps we could dial it back just a bit???

  181. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Not sure why people calling people out.Just win an be done withvit. Simple silution.

  182. DJB - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Look, Zim has never been a top-flight hitter. All the stats are above-average at best. He is what he is. He likes fastballs and can't hit junk. Because of his stance, you keep the ball to the outside. The only way for him to do damage is to groove fastballs.

  183. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    1a, don't worry about it. If I took a shot at anyone, it was swami, who wondered why the at-bats got worse in extra innings. It seems to me that if you keep bringing in fresh arms while the position players are tired from a game that is almost in its fourth hour–especially the infielders, who've been diving for balls, etc., it's no surprise. However, that means that your bench has to perform. Lombo and ESPECIALLY Tracy, I'm looking at you.

  184. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    "Because of his stance, you keep the ball to the outside."This garbage again? He hits the ball the other way just fine. I didn't see anybody saying this when he was hot.

  185. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    You know– I think Rendon can handle it !! Looks like he belongs. Abad I like, too soon for me to decide on Krol and Mini- Clip. Karns is a great kid, too – needs more seasoning, but looking like he will work out. The changes made this week were good and necessary. Now we watch and see. Long day of baseball tomorrow.

  186. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    And let's remember they all had two days off and will also have Monday. Rest should not be an issue. Storen faced one hitter, Krol two I think, Abad not much either.

  187. DJB - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I'm getting so irritated looking at the "face of the franchise." I wish there was some way to get him in another uniform. As it appears, the only player we can trade is Bryce, the only good hitter on our team.

  188. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    DFB, that may be true about Zim. But "above-average" would have worked today. Gorzy is in his 4th inning in Milwaukee making a spot start. So annoying that because of Fox, can't watch the game, only listen and GameDay. Davey was excellent with the bullpen, no one got worn out, though Sori was definitely not sharp, hasn't pitched since May 31. Little Clip and Krol had are seeing what pressure means.

  189. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Put down the bottle if you think the Nationals are, or should be, trading Bryce Harper.

  190. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I think it's sad that've have only won four games when Bryce was not in the lineup. We should not be so dependent on any one person.

  191. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Ankiel dfa- kind of sad.

  192. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Rendon looked fine, agreed. Should have caught that ball but Lombo might not have gotten it either–and I'd sure rather have Rendon's offense full-time than Lombo's. If Rendon keeps up this level I will take off my "worry" button on him. Hopefully Harper will get good news and be able to come back soon, and we will have a line-up of regulars.

  193. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Thanks, swami. Agree, feel bad for him.New York Mets ‏@Mets Prior to tomorrow's game, the #Mets will recall outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Las Vegas (AAA) and designate outfielder Rick Ankiel.It seems like he is only good for a few weeks. I suspect his health is not good (that is what I thought last year), and that may be why he starts off relatively well and then fades each time he gets another chance.

  194. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Good to see Jayson go yard!! And I think I may have stopped pushing my worry button every time he chases a ball or runs. I truly believe the changes were a good start. Hope Det feels good when he wakes up. I wish people would stop worrying about how we are going to catch the Braves( The Phils???) and how we are going to win X number of games. It has to start with just one game. Things are not going to magically go back to the way they were last year. But I really do think things will get better than they are now.

  195. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 11sDenard Span (right foot) and Tyler Clippard (left hand) both received X-rays. Both negative. Span could be down tomorrow.Because we needed more injuries!

  196. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    And now Span and Clip with negative ex rays- but obvious dings.

  197. Exposremains - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I see a team that lacks confidence which is the opposite of last year. That lack of confidence leads to all the inconsistencies from most of the team. True, they are talented but second doubting yourself in a performance world will never give good results. I call it the game 5 syndrome.

  198. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    More bad news.Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 45sRT @rich_campbell: Denard Span fouled a ball of his right foot in 10th. X-rays showed no fracture, but he's very sore. Might not play tmrw.

  199. baseballswami - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    You beat me by one minute!!!

  200. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 1mDavey said he might have a chat with the players tomorrow. Felt they played lackadaisically today. "I’m getting my dander up."Interesting.

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