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Game 67: Nats at Indians

Jun 15, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

Photo by USA Today

Chase here posting the game threads for the weekend as the Nats continue their series with the Cleveland Indians. After mustering just two hits against Justin Masterson last night, Washington will take a shot at the resurgent Scott Kazmir (3-4, 5.33 ERA). Though his numbers overall aren't spectacular, the lefty has been very good at home with a 3-0 record and 3.68 ERA at Progressive Field. This will be his first time facing the Nationals.

Working in Washington's favor is the presence of Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 2.00) on the mound. They saw a terrific outing by Gio Gonzalez last night and should expect their starter to give them a good chance to win once again this evening. Zimmermann will be seeking his 10th win in the team's 67th game of the year. He has never faced the Indians before.

Davey Johnson has bumped Anthony Rendon up to hit second for the first time this season, likely in hopes his patience at the plate can pay dividends at the top of the lineup. Through 15 games this year Rendon already has more walks than Danny Espinosa and is only two behind Jayson Werth in 22 less games. Chris Marrero is also in the seven hole as the designated hitter.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CLEVELAND INDIANS
Where: Progressive Field
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: FOX, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 182
Weather: Clear, 78 degrees

NATIONALS (33-33)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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414 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    A chance to do to-night, what we didn't do last night!Kazmir is no Masterson, but then again, the Nats could prove me wrong!!!

  2. sjm308 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    This looks more like what I had hoped for last night. Of course that doesn't mean anything. Like Rendon in the #2 spot and can't wait to have Werth moved down in the order when Bryce is healthy. I can also live with Werth at #2 and Rendon hitting behind Desmond. Lets Go Nats!!

  3. Kirbs - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Now this is a line up!

  4. Kirbs - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Giants put up 3 on Minor.

  5. NatsLady - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Col put up 6 on Filly. Of course, that doesn't mean much, as they didn't hold the 5 run lead yesterday.

  6. SonnyG10 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Got a good feeling about tonight. GYFNG!!!

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Davey read my emsl on putting Rendon in 2 hole.

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    BJ Upton goes over the wall to rob a HR from Posey only the ball hits the middle of the wall. Don't see that everyday.

  9. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Love this lineup.

  10. UnkyD - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    This smells like a productive lineup….

  11. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    BJ Upton 2-run homer gets Barves w/in 1

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Sec3 and BJ has 2 HRs in the game.

  13. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    BJ Upton and Danny Espinosa (good Espinosa, not this year) are remarkably similar. Both play good D, both can hit for power, both can steal bases, neither can hit for average, both strike out A LOT.

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Now another pitcher to the hospital with a liner to his head. This time Alex Cobb of the Rays. T&P

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I was watching Cobb when it happened. Line drive off the side of his head. Not pretty but he was awake and moving when he was carted off.

  16. Laddie Blah Blah - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Agree that Rendon belongs in the 2-hole. Would love to see Marrero do something tonight. This is yet another chance for him. He is in danger of becoming a RH Roger Bernadina. You only get so many chances before you become a pine splinter magnet.Werth has been taking far too many strikes. He knows it, and tonight would be as good a time as any to snap out of it.Suzuki and Zimmermann have really clicked as a battery. Davey better hope that Suzuki holds it together. He is leaning on that guy awfully hard. Solano has called some good games (e.g. Ohlendorf). Give Kurt a breather every now and then. Lord knows Solano is well-rested.I would love to see Brown replace Tracy. He strikes out too much, but he has also been getting some big hits in important game situations, and has come off the DL with some consistent pop in that bat.Let's go, Nats. You are better than you showed, last night. You keep on losing, and Rizzo is gonna bring back Danny on you!JZ wins no. 10. The Nats score on an error, stolen base, wild pitch, and a balk (thank you, Bob Davidson) and win 1 – 0 as JZ throws 28 pitches for a 1-hit, complete game shutout, while the Cleveland staff no-hits the Nats.I'll take it.

  17. Drew - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Hope Tampa's Cobb is OK.With the Braves, Pirates and Reds trailing, this is a big chance for the Nats to gain ground.Bring the lumber, boys. GYFNG!

  18. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

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  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Ending in the Os game was epic. Pinch runner forgot how many outs there were and on a flyout to RF just kept running from 1st to 3rd and got doubled off 1st to end the game. Os lose 5-4 :)

  20. Scott Margenau - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Much better lineup

  21. djinFl. - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Laddie, I agree on Solano. I think he has called exceptional games and Zook really needs a rest. Maybe give the Onion Sunday and Monday and let Zook alternate between the whirlpool and massage therapist.

  22. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    "Zook really needs a rest" Seems like alot of people here see that and Davey doesnt care. I hope he got a good night sleep.

  23. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Wow the Giants botch a double play ball that would've ended the game. Went right through the SS's legs. Danger lurking.

  24. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Uh oh. Trouble in Atlanta. Bases loaded 1 out.

  25. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Nats 128 said…"Zook really needs a rest" Seems like alot of people here see that and Davey doesnt care. I hope he got a good night sleep.I think it's because a lot of people here think that when someone slumps, they just need a rest and that will make it okay. That's not really right. You have to hit your way out of a slump.Now maybe with Suzuki, it's actually the case since we know how beat up he gets behind the plate. But generally speaking…

  26. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Romo blows the save. Tie game. Bases still loaded, 1 out.

  27. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Braves walkoff

  28. NatsLady - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Romo and G'nts blew the game.

  29. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    ZIM!

  30. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Zimm!

  31. paul brandt - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Well that hurt. Wish the Nats would have more than 1 walk off win for the year! that really is a way to turn the momentum for a team. Romo looked bad.

  32. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    BACK TO BACK!

  33. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I guess Werth's wrist is fine.

  34. Smatt1001 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Back to Back!!

  35. Joe Seamhead - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Yes! No, after a month on the DL, a day off, and a rain out Werth does not need a rest. He needs to get his reps, IMHO.

  36. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    If this guy keeps throwing fastballs, we're going to have a good night. We can hit fastballs. It's all the other junk we can't hit.

  37. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Is it just me or is the sound weird for this game?

  38. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Didn't know that Jordans 13.3 pitches per inning is the best in baseball. How come FP never told us that.

  39. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Romo has .88 Whip but since he bet on the Braves, he throws the game in the 9th. He basically made Henry's effort against the Braves a couple of weeks ago look so-so by comparison.Romo is on my list.

  40. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    "Is it just me or is the sound weird for this game?"That is just Verduccis voice. He sounds kind of whiney.

  41. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Zim is wild.

  42. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    "Zim is wild."Isnt that called controlled chaos. Good inning.

  43. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    But Zim recovers just as we'd expect. No biggie.

  44. Section 222 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    JZnn also has the second best (to Kershaw) road ERA in baseball over the past two seasons. Another impressive stat. Verducci may sound whiney, but I like his commentary. No nonsense. Very stat oriented. Not too long ago, he subbed for Harold R on MLB Now, and he and Brian Kenney had a sabre lovefest.

  45. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I like Verducci as well.

  46. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    DESI!

  47. Timothy Folk - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Hopefully the rain doesn't get bad in Cleveland we're looking good 3-0

  48. NatsLady - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Y'know–this is fun. I hope Francona leaves him in for a while.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    2 singles last night

  50. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Look how quickly Desi gets going without a hacker like Tracy or Espi hitting behind him.

  51. paul brandt - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    singles, heck even doubles are over-rated…haha! when is the last time our first 3 runs have been solo HR's??

  52. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Kazmir already over 40 pitches in 2 innings. He might not be around long.

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Who isplaying tonight only the Indians? Fox Spends 90% of nats at bat talking about Indians

  54. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    All I got is Charlie and Dave. Apparently, the Yankees are forever the regional team for Florida.

  55. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Kobernus BA down to .214 How quickly he was called a professional hitter when he had that 2 hit game. I guess if he gets 3 hits in a row here he will be back to a professional hitter. He pounds mostly everything into the ground and that is BABIP to find those holes. Need to see him hit some line drives. Haven't seen that yet.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I am away from home but this is my game fotunstely.

  57. Jim Webster - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Fox play-by-play guy's nasal yelling is driving me nuts. Need to go to Charlie and Dave.

  58. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    My audio is bad as well. It is over-processed and scratchy.Romo and that Paco guy from the Dodgers both delivered games to the Braves on a silver platter.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Dave and charlie on my phone about 30 seconds behind Fox. Still better than listening to Fox

  60. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Nats 128…..don't hold your breath.

  61. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Compared to Espinosa, Kop is Babe Ruth.

  62. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Especially if Fox is showing Angels/Yankees.

  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Maybe if we would hit we would have games delivered too.

  64. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Yet another double for Anthony Rendon.

  65. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Rendon is amazing.

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Rendon the double machine.

  67. paul brandt - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Rendon rope…love it.

  68. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Rendon is a doubles machine.

  69. Nats 128 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I hope Giambi told Frazier not to take steroids. Just saying.

  70. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I owe you Manassas.

  71. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    That wasn't a gap double but a nice and easy line drive swing. Batting .315. Like!

  72. NatsLady - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    See, Verducci just said, "That was not a pitch-around situation." He uses the term the way I use it, not as a synonym for intentional walk.

  73. Smatt1001 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Bases loaded. Hoping they can add on.

  74. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Jeez LaRoche SMOKED that ball right to Kazmir.

  75. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Dont worry Verducci about that .185 BA now with bases loaded as Davey doesnt care what you think. I dare you to ask him about that.BTW, Espinosa was 0-3 in bases loaded situations. LaRoche 1-5 in bases loaded.

  76. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    For your drink recording pleasure, the the NIDO spreadsheet. Gee, it was so interesting hearing all about the Indians' No. 1 draft pick. Have they mentioned that Rendon, the Nats' No. 1 pick two years ago, now has a nine game hitting streak and coming into the game was hitting .370/.414/.519 since he returned to the majors 10 days ago?

  77. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    "Jeez LaRoche SMOKED that ball right to Kazmir."That was Kipnis.

  78. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Kenny Albert (play by play guy) used to be the play by play guy for the Caps & Bullets (not Wizards) for those interested and is currently the radio play by play guy for the NY Rangers…sorry if old news.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Wild pitch nice

  80. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Yes, I'm stupid. Kazmir is the pitcher. All the K's!

  81. skidge - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Thinking I did the right thing by having Charlie and Dave on, even if they're about a pitch ahead of Fox.

  82. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    This rain is making me nervous. Get 5 innings in!

  83. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Now we get to work their bullpen and make them tired for tomorrow!

  84. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I feel bad for Chris Marrero, but, hey, you gotta swing the bat.

  85. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Kurt Suzuki is 0-5 in bases loaded situations. Werth 0-1, Span 0-1, Zimm, 2-3, Espi 0-3, Laroche 1-5, Desi 2-4, Lombo 0-0 w/ GW Sac Fly, Harper 0-0 (3-9 career), Tyler Moore 0-4, Chad Tracy 0-0

  86. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    These are the same hitters we had yesterday. The difference? Kasmir is not Masterson.

  87. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    So in other words, we need Zim or Desi up with the bases loaded, Nats 128?

  88. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    NL, have to disagree, Rendon is in the line-up and Tracy is not, big darn difference.

  89. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Well Zim had to give up a run eventually.

  90. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Aw, come on, guys–a rundown shouldn't be that close!!!

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Skidge they are 3 pitches behind on mine.

  92. Amr Khani - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    after last night, cleveland should not be whining about a basepath call. they got their huge break in a much more important situation

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Well a single run is not a problem it mutiple runs

  94. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Let's get that run back now.

  95. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    PB–I'm all for Rendon, but I don't see how Tracy's absence enabled Zim, Werth, and Desi to hit homeruns.

  96. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Hard to argue that, NL.

  97. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    I just looked at Clip's inning because they have a thing on Fangraphs for the wildest of wild pitches–that pitch of Clip's that Suzuki caught was up near the 5-foot mark. Anyway, Clip was 0-2 on Carlos Santana when Tracy failed to catch that foul ball. That cost Clip a bunch of pitches (as he eventually walked Santana, etc.) I am not happy with Tracy a-tall, not at-all.

  98. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Verducci says Rendon reminds him of David Wright. "Wristy hitter, natural stroke to right center field." Nice comparison.

  99. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    NL, good point but with Tracy in the line-up yesterday they could pitch around Desmond knowing they would take their chances with Tracy and it worked which made a weak line-up even weaker…Joe, I tried.

  100. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    NL, I meant to imply that it was hard to argue against your point regarding Masterson/Kasmir.

  101. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Chris Archer ‏@ChrisArcher42 1mSaw Cobb briefly. He was in good spirits, lots of smiles. Big thanks to @TheRealHos35 for coming to check on him as well.

  102. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I knew what you meant, Seam.

  103. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    "David Proctor said… So in other words, we need Zim or Desi up with the bases loaded, Nats 128?"I guess so + Harper. The fact the Nats are 100 points below the MLB average is boggling to the mind.

  104. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    The main thing Rendon needs to do is get stronger. Yes, he has a natural swing. And warning track power. That is not a knock on him. Just needs to get stronger.

  105. skidge - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Manassas, it's less behind for me on FM than on AM for some reason.

  106. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Uh-oh. We're gonna need all those runs.

  107. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    not a good location Jordan.

  108. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    BTW, Paul brandt, I was thinking that it was Kenny's dad Marv Albert that used to call the Bullets games. OK Jordan, that's quite enough.

  109. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Whoa JZimm, I get you want to challenge, but a fastball down the middle to Reynolds isn't the way to do it.

  110. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    JZ needs to cut that stuff out. No need to challenge these guys. Theres no plane to catch. Pitch the darn ball.

  111. Dan Strong - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Well.. That escalated quickly.

  112. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Zim throws a lot of balls falls behind and grooves home run pitches.Throw strikes to start an at bat

  113. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    JZim trying to K on Reynolds. Not smart to challenge that guy.

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Reminds me of the Orioles game. With fet way ahead and he quits focusing.Now focus again.Or just score 2 runs for him and he will stay focised.Hitters have started to lose focus already.

  115. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Don't think hitters have lost focus, the Indians brought in a new pitcher.

  116. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Joe, re. Kenny vs. Marv and the Bullets, I will look it up.

  117. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Great AB by Werth.

  118. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Werths wrist is definitly fine.

  119. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Nice at-bat, Jayson.

  120. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Kenny Albert did the Washington basketball team. He lived in Rockville.

  121. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    The shift beat ALR that time.

  122. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    LaRoche has got to defeat that shift.

  123. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Wasnt Kenny a fill in for Bob Carpenter in Nats broadcasts in 2005.

  124. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    "LaRoche has got to defeat that shift."Start going the other way or hit HRs as those beat the shift every time.

  125. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    PBS, Kenny's uncle Steve called NBA games, too, I think. Marv had a rather weird biting.Oh, well. Wasted great AB by Jayson.

  126. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    thx Nats128, that is what my quick research confirmed…back when it was HTS…remember, Home Team Sports? Mel Proctor and many others, ok back to the Nats…need runs!

  127. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    LaRoche is in a mini-slump of his own now. 0 for his last 10.

  128. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    You're right, guts, re: Kenny. His dad did more network NBA games. Kenny must have started pretty young.

  129. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Darn auto correct! You're right, guys.

  130. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    JZimm does not have his best stuff tonight, that's for sure. Hopefully he can battle through it.

  131. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I am so tired of this teams refusal to work at getting add ons once they jump out front.And I'm really feeling uneasy how Jordan is handling his lead.

  132. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Joe, yes, you are correct, Marv had an encounter at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City involving his incisors…see article below for those interested, was all over the press for a long time:http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marv-albert-faces-sentencing-in-sexual-assault-case

  133. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    "And I'm really feeling uneasy how Jordan is handling his lead." Agreed. Is it just me or does Jordan actually do better when he has no margin for error? I think he gets a little to confident and challenges a little too much once he has a lead.

  134. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    This is getting ridiculous.

  135. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    This isnt funny any more. 5-0 lead now a 1 run lead.

  136. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Wow. Wow. Wow. What the f**k.

  137. Smatt1001 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Yikes! There goes the lead.

  138. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Pull him now, Davey.

  139. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    All the damage with 2 outs. Thats what good teams do.

  140. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    "Nats 128 said…All the damage with 2 outs. Thats what good teams do"Most of our runs today are with 2 outs too.

  141. Smatt1001 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Going to need the offense to pick JZimm up tonight.

  142. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Jordan challenges hitters when he throws strike 1 and gets ahead of them.Pitching behind in the count is his recipe for disaster.

  143. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    "Smatt1001 said…Going to need the offense to pick JZimm up tonight."JZimm needs to be able to make a 5 run lead stick. If we lose this game, it's not on the offense, it's on Zim.

  144. Drew - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Farfegnugen.

  145. nats guy - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    What is it with these guys???????They get a big lead and forget to play the rest of the game. They don't usually come back from games like this. Time for a gut check.

  146. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    When Nats score early, they usually never score another run so don't count on a comeback.

  147. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Nats just got a break now capitalize on it.

  148. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    You guys are right. These guys stop after they get a lead.

  149. nats guy - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    David,Unfortunately, though I luv em to death, they really aren't that good of a team this year. They have some talent but no fight. Time to prove me and others wrong. As I said earlier time for a gut check.

  150. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Ok, Chris, you can hit this guy!

  151. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Marrero better make something happen here or people will be wishing for Chad Tracy or maybe not.

  152. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    JZnn's ERA has taken a beating tonight. Now let's see if the RH heavy lineup can score a few runs. Marrero hasn't shown much tonight unfortunately.

  153. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    I think Gio is a better hitter than his buddy Marrero.

  154. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    never thought I would see what I just saw..J Zim did this verse O's as well fast. He is only fastballs and looks like he is pitching BP.I expect Nats to score more runs in this game

  155. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Marrero showed he couldn't hit major league pitching in 2011 and nothing has changed.

  156. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Yep. Chris Marerro is exactly why there is AAA.

  157. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    If Nats lose this game, the sky has fallen…would be an ugly loss

  158. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Suzuki cant buy a hit.

  159. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    In your daily Danny Espinosa update, 1-2 with an infield hit batting from the left side. He also walked once.Now batting .282 (2 for 7).

  160. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I'm pissed.

  161. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    This team Is so frustrating, everytime you think have turned the . corner, they take 2 steps back…Zim's effort tonight is 3 steps back

  162. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Lombo was by the bag. Horrible call.

  163. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    I think that was a really bad call at first base. He looked safe.

  164. Section 135 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Franconia pulls his pitcher early. Davey wakes from His nap and let's his pitcher give up the game. Fire Davey

  165. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    And with that, I am retiring to listen to XM and Charlie and Dave for the rest of the nite.Man, I hate Fox.

  166. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    where is Davey to argue that call? we get no breaks…this was my point last night when we lost…Davey had no clue the guy was inside the line, if you argue the call and do so the right way, you may get that call at first with Lombo!!!

  167. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    umpires in MLB generally suck most are fat arrogant bastards

  168. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Section 135 said…Franconia pulls his pitcher early. Davey wakes from His nap and let's his pitcher give up the game. Fire DaveySilliness and absolute hindsight. It's not like JZimm regularly melts down like this.

  169. Dan Strong - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    This team is a disaster.

  170. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    however, the umps will have nothing to do with the Nats losing the game

  171. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    NJ, you, and a couple of others of us were skeptical of Marrero. He has looked totally out of his league tonight, so to speak.Lead off walk usually = trouble.

  172. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    FOX wont even show the closeup or say it was a bad call just complement the shortstop. That cost the Nats a run and tying the game.

  173. Section 135 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Davey is the worst in game manager in baseball. Fact. Who cares if we catch the Braves. Neither team has what it takes to make it past the NLDS.

  174. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Joe Seamhead, 5 or 6 atbats is your sample size. Tough crowd.

  175. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    This is hard to watch.

  176. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    at 500, 5-0 lead with your ace…I am just floored right now and disgusted. Tribe has no bullpen, if Nats can not come back, tell me what is positive??

  177. Exposremains - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Perfect, offense goes to sleep and Stammen walks the park.

  178. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Nice turn by Rendon.

  179. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Jordan Zimmerman pitches better with little to no lead. His aggressive style with a big lead has now cost this team twice.

  180. phil dunton - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Have the Nationals ever won a game when they have been on network TV?

  181. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    ALR 2 DP's…. NO OONSISTENCY with this team..some guys get hot one night and then they go in the tank…just a sub 500 team I am afraid

  182. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Mick lets get the positivity flowing. To much bad vibes here. Nats got this one. Marrero will get the big hit.

  183. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    the most sickening thing are the excuses by the players and mangement and blind blind fans

  184. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Nats128…it is really hard right now, as hard as I try

  185. Section 135 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    If we are under 500 by the trading deadline, I would jettison LaFail and Soriano. Just work towards the future

  186. jeeves - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Not usually, David. But this is twice now that the team has given him a big lead and he has blown it out the window. Top pitchers are not supposed to do that.

  187. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    what is with the straight fastball??? Is JZim trying to show off on nat TV?

  188. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Why cant Span do what Rendon did. Every time Span tries to hit a HR the ball goes into a fielders glove. Get singles and doubles.

  189. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    sitting Rendon last night was BIZZARRE.. no logic to the move at all…. and no defense for it

  190. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Another multihit game for Rendon. He now has more of them in 16 games than Espi had in 44!

  191. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Ryan Zimmerman cant let that happen looking at a strike 3 like that. Foul the pitch off.

  192. Amr Khani - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Apparently according to the fox team, Virginia Beach is now northern Virginia.

  193. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    "Section 222 said… Another multihit game for Rendon. He now has more of them in 16 games than Espi had in 44!"Remind Davey of that when he wants to bring his boy back.

  194. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Nats 128…RZim did that twice last night..

  195. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    you can't be looking at strike 3 Ryan, down one with a man on 1b & one out…just foul it off, we are a mess.

  196. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    RZim not ready for prime time….fitting this team is not prime either

  197. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    paul brandt….reality is, our best players are not good

  198. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Just an observation for you on Jordan Zimmermann. Both meltdown games he has had is playing in an AL park and being DH'd for.JZim is used to his routine which includes batting.

  199. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    K-roll is a bright spot.

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