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Game 64: Nats at Rockies

Jun 12, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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We've talked plenty about the Nationals' ever-changing rotation, and obviously there will be a new member added to that group tonight when Ross Ohlendorf (just summoned from Class AAA Syracuse) takes the mound against the Rockies. But a great pitching performance is only as good as the run support said pitcher gets from his teammate, and few Nats pitchers are getting much run support these days.

So it's up to tonight's starting eight to get something going at hitter-friendly Coors Field. It didn't happen last night, when the Nationals scored two early runs and then essentially shut down for the rest of the evening. Perhaps this group can enjoy some more sustained success against Jorge De La Rosa, a pretty good left-hander for Colorado.

Davey Johnson will try out a couple of new faces, with Jeff Kobernus making his second career start (his first in left field) and Jhonatan Solano behind the plate (he worked with Ohlendorf in Syracuse earlier this year). Otherwise, it's the same lineup we've seen for much of the last week.

As you know, I'm not in Colorado, but please enjoy the game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at COLORADO ROCKIES
Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 8:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (31-32)
CF Denard Span
LF Jeff Kobernus
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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480 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Uhhh… no Scott, I'm not… Lol…

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    If Rockies reliever Manny Corpis haf a daughter would he name her Christi? She would hen be Chrsti Corpis. Then move to Corpus Christi

  3. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Nice Zim!

  4. Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Your opinion deuces, but I have never heard of anyone accuse Ryan of not hustling hard. I think your wrong.By the way, I watched the replay already it doesn't show either of our takes on it. You don't see him admiring his shot, but you also can't see whether he was going to catch Kobernus, but FP clearly states that Kobernus was a factor.Between FP's explanation, and Zimm's reputation, I give him the benefit of the doubt over what's been said here by people that couldn't see anymore than I did.How about that catch by the laggard Zimmerman?

  5. blovy8 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Exactly, not busting it out of the box doesn't equal lollygagging. There's a variety of points in between those two. He's not like guys who give up on a pop foul that's going into the dugout, for instance.

  6. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Clip can't find the SZ…

  7. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Ok. End of Zim argument Plz. U might invoke Peric for crying out loud.

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    One observation for you in Desi's hot streak started a few games after Espi stopped batting behind him and he got red hot when Rendon provided protection behind him in the order. The game is 90% mental and the other 1/2 is physical. ;)

  9. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Whew… Clip with a clean inning…

  10. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Zims arm getting better? Great inning for him.

  11. blovy8 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Can do Scott. I do enjoy watching Clip regardless of the Tums tax involved.

  12. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    So much for Corbin's domination. The Dodgers just smoked him. JD may want to rethink his Top 3 All Stars since he snubbed our own JZim.

  13. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Shelby Miller got hit hard also today.

  14. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    I don't really feel comfortable with this lead right now, to be honest. Not with the middle of their order coming up. It'd be nice to add at least 1 more run.

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Our motto best 25 NORTH was obviously ignored by Rizzo.North Espi, Duke HrodNot North Rendon, Abad , Krol.How many games we would have gained against the lineup we took.

  16. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Alright now…. I will take the walk…That must have been some speech DJ gave, we are taking a lot more walks…

  17. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    "Our motto best 25 NORTH was obviously ignored by Rizzo.North Espi, Duke HrodNot North Rendon, Abad , Krol."Come on MNF, that's not fair. Rendon had hardly ANY professional games and Espi looked good in spring training. Krol was a complete unknown. I do think Abad deserved to make it though.

  18. blovy8 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    OK, now you can take some big hacks Zim

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    I ran to the bathroom for hark's bunt. what happened on his bunt?

  20. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Damn it DP!!!! Why u say that??? Now I need a nats cocktail (1 part malox, 2 parts bourbon)

  21. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    2 walks and Shark grounds into a double play.

  22. blovy8 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    he didn't swung at a pitch from a guy not throwing strikes

  23. Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    Scott M, it is a baseball blog, with baseball fans. Have a play, have 6 witnesses to it, get six heated, different reports on what happened. BTW, what's this "peric" you speak of anyway?

  24. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    And then Roger does that dumbness… Sigh…

  25. blovy8 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    good matchup for werth i'd think

  26. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    Lol Seam. What was I thinking uttering the P word. Btw the avocado commercial is damn funny.

  27. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    I'm confident the game will end with a score ofUs – 5Them – 1MNF, I guess me and you were wrong about the score predictions… But I know we will both take the win…. *fingers crossed*

  28. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Ok. Tucked and ready.

  29. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Double play time…. Come on Sori, bring it down….

  30. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Turn 2. Let's go Soriano.

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    No save no untuck. Giving a hit up before big guns not a good recipe

  32. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Nice……

  33. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Gorgeous pitch

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Thanks CarGo, a trick we usually do.

  35. JaneB - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    TUCK

  36. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    That was a K… Come on blue…

  37. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Blue blew that 2-2 pitch on Tulo

  38. Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Squeezed by the blue.

  39. JaneB - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Tulo out. One more.

  40. Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Span makes it all look so easy.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Curky time.Win series tomorrowTulo k not called. Their flies carry a hell of alot more than ours. dont understand why.

  42. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    You all know this isn't a real save so there is no Untuck but hey, I'm all in if NI want to do it. UNTUCK

  43. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Nice win! Back to .500… Gosh, I feel we should be better than that….Superb job by Ross O…. Tomorrow, we win the series…

  44. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Wooooott!!!! Great job Ross O! Ross D Tom?

  45. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    UNTUCK!

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Ross O today Ross D tomorrow.

  47. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    I can go to bed happy tonight…

  48. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Ross Ohlendorf deserves another look. Haren needs some back pain to land him on the DL.

  49. JaneB - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Thank you Ross O and Nats Bats. More of the same tomorrow please? Curlie w is in the books!

  50. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Great win! I still can't believe we haven't hit a home run at Coors yet. Wouldn't it be ironic if our streak ends at Coors?

  51. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Finally a day the Nats got a full game on Atlanta!

  52. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    David P – tomorrow, we are going to hit 3 Hrs….Nats – 9Them – 4

  53. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    A combined 3 hitter. Just incredible.

  54. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    David Proctor said… Ian getting the job done as usual. June 12, 2013 9:48 PM ____________________________________Both Ian's

  55. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Gatorade bath returns! That might've been water.

  56. Eric - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    AWESOME game!!!Good offense, and the potential leaks in the infield were airtight. Rendon was aggressive and on the ball on that DP attempt. Keep it up! Make me look silly for worrying ;)… and keep up the hitting!!!Zim killed all manner of feeds to first tonight. I don't think I even gasped on the last grounder to him in the 8th. Ohlendorf! What can you say? Wow. I'm stunned!

  57. Scott Margenau - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Ross O sounds like Kermit

  58. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Solano with a super job behind the plate. One of the best called games.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    I asked earlier didnt see any opinions.Why did Espi, Duke andd HROD COME NORTHWhe Rendon, Abad and Krol were far better.Ian missed Julie.

  60. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Yeah… I was hoping Ross O would give us a solid 5…. And then Stammen for 2, then Clip and Sori… Ross O was superb tonight….

  61. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    The Nats walked 8 times today. They walked 4 times yesterday. When Werth came back, he said the thing he noticed the most was the bad OBP. We may be seeing that influence.

  62. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… I asked earlier didnt see any opinions.Why did Espi, Duke andd HROD COME NORTHWhe Rendon, Abad and Krol were far better.____________________________________________Rendon wouldn't be ready for Opening Day and the same for Krol who was being converted to a reliever.Abad could have been ready for Opening Day.I agree on Henry and his 9 lives. If Espi was to be replaced on Opening Day it would have been by a new veteran player. When they didn't get anyone new, Espi had a decent Spring Training. I'd say why did it take until June for the changes.

  63. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Rendon wasn't ready…. Krol wasn't ready… I'm not sure about Abad….Espi had a decent ST and of course has the wicked D… He is obviously hurt, think he should get himself together for next year or as a bench guy this year…Duke was the 'proven' leftyHRod had the wicked 100 mph nastiness that they thought they had finally gotten together becuz he also had a good ST…

  64. Eric - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Knight and Holliday have officially lost it. LMAO!

  65. Eric - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    "he should get himself together for next year or as a bench guy this year…"I had to run an errand early in the game and Slowes and Jageler said he starts his AAA rehab assignment soon. They said when but I forget; maybe 5 days? In any case it sounds like it will be a ramped up deal like Werth's, but maybe on a longer timeline.Apparently position players have 21 days on rehab assignment before they have to come back up or be optioned.Very curious to see how it plays out.

  66. peric - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Ho hum right again.

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    Well maybe April 1 I can accept, but May 1 the replacements could have started. gave some games away.Other subject Zim now second in ERA.closed subject revisited. Zim admired hit for a little before taking off. Maybe lollygag was too strong a word, but run out of yhe box until homer is known

  68. D'Gourds - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    How great would it be if Olendorf knocks Haren to long relief and Rendon keeps Espinosa in the minors? Something is finally happening! Energy!

  69. Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    So, seeing two flashes of Zimm's hit from different angles,Zimm was slow getting out of the box, Kobernus did have to wait up to make sure the ball didn't get caught.

  70. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    JoeS, not only that but I think even CarGo was slow to get out of the box when he hit a triple.

  71. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    peric said… Ho hum right again.___________________________Yah, you were wrong on Rendon to 2nd base as you swore that would NEVER happen.You were wrong about Henry being DFA'd. You were wrong on Zim going to 1st and LaRoche getting traded. You said Duke was the best starter in Syracuse but yet he sucked here and got DFA'd. Span is still leading off.Hmmmm, I guess if you make 50 predictions you will be right on a few. Your batting average stinks and the way you treated people here stinks.

  72. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Peric, I also forgot when you said Krol wouldn't be promoted from AA.

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Kobenus had nothing to do with Zim being at second. He was half way to third no way Zim was going to catch him. He was guilty of admiring his homer.Ian made the point almost mute

  74. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 3mDavey very impressed by Ohlendorf. "I'm looking forward to seeing more of him… I'm gonna try to find a way to keep him around."Interesting.

  75. Gonat - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    David Proctor said… Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 3mDavey very impressed by Ohlendorf. "I'm looking forward to seeing more of him… I'm gonna try to find a way to keep him around."Interesting. _____________________________I agree. Haren to the 'pen or the DL. If Haren goes to the BP, you go to a short bench for a while. Perfect time to part ways with Tracy.

  76. Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    MNF, I agreed that I was wrong about Zimm watching. He thought it was out. OK?

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Heran can pitch a few innings at a time so bullpen and long reliever fine.Davis will go to allow Strasburg back.Tracy can go when Espi comes back.

  78. Unknown - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    My aging brain is telling me that Ohlendorf's unique windup is similar to Senators' reliever Bob Humphries.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    His wind up just like everyone' back from the 60' s and before.

  80. Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:09 AM

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