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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. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    this team is average at best… 85 losses is inevitable

  2. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Well Ian Krol has been good at least.

  3. Dan Strong - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Krol is legit. I love this guy.

  4. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    mick, deep breaths…inhale 1-2-3, exhale, 1-2-3..repeat as needed during every Nats loss/meltdown…it works for me, that & making this all funny somehow, we can still win this.

  5. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Krol has been a bright spot… now I think there are too many holes to be good, as soon as one leak is plugged up, 2 more leaks occur in this sinking season

  6. Exposremains - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Its not complicated, when you look good one night and bad the next one, when you look like you turned the corner but you go back to bad habits, you're a .500 team. When you were supposed to be good and your not, you're an underachiever.that's the reality.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    JZim cant stand getting a lead in an AL park.Last 2 innings ended terrible.ALR back in April mode.

  8. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    LaRoche tried beating the shift there. The Indians play a unique shift on him though so it didn't work.

  9. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    mick, its time these veterans carry this team late in some games with their bats.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    2 hits since the third, Eck no where in sight.

  11. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    nats 128 I think they are trying, but they are just not that good.. the so called stars are average and I believe would not start on any of the contending teams…look they are nice young men but mediocre players

  12. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Chad Tracy is the greatest.

  13. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Well Tracy just saved his job.

  14. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Exposremains - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Tracy just bought himself another. Unbelievable.

  16. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Guess Tracy wants to keep his job. LOL.

  17. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    And WE got a run with two outs….

  18. Smatt1001 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Chad Tracy…

  19. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Just when you thought you've seen everything….

  20. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Wow! Flying pigs! I am so happy for Chad Tracy!

  21. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Suzuki just works him well swinging at the 1st pitch. He also has a plane to catch.

  22. Drew - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Holy cow!

  23. Exposremains - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Another month

  24. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    222, LOL! Really!

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Hanging Chad comes through.

  26. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    I'm speechless. Way to go Chad. That was clutch.

  27. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    hanging chad for prez!! mick, see mine of 948pm, i scared my dog with my 6 inch vertical.

  28. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    "Nats 128 said… Mick lets get the positivity flowing. To much bad vibes here. Nats got this one. Marrero will get the big hit."His replacement got the big hit, so there!

  29. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    I'm sorry, Eckstein has a great racket going… its like a 419 scam… free checks for doing nothing… where can I sign up

  30. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    JZ off the hook.

  31. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Now if Suzuki does anything with the bat that will make this night real special!

  32. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    ok, lets see now

  33. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Good goin chagThis kroll has some serious stuff why did we waste time with duke

  34. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    How on EARTH did Billy Beane let this guy go????? Only 22.

  35. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    K-rol for sure! This guy is unreal.

  36. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    NatsLady, the A's soured on him because he used a certain homophobic slur that begins with f and ends with g on his twitter account. They actually suspended him for it.

  37. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    K-rols line is 3 K's facing 5 batters.

  38. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    And he works fast too. None of this "deliberate" stuff, just get ball, throw ball.

  39. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Good on you Ian Krol. Verducci was sure impressed. So, has anyone checked the temperature in Hades recently?

  40. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    DP, right, now that you mention it. Hopefully Rizzo had a heart-to-heart with him, because that stuff won't fly in DC either.

  41. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Weird to hear Storen referred to as a veteran. I suppose he officially is, but it's still weird.

  42. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Watch storens location. Or lack of

  43. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    So Drew is now a "veteran pitcher," according to Verducci. Hmm.

  44. E - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Get lost Mick.

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Mick aren't you the one that had us lose all 3 to the Twins ans all 3 to the Rockies.Your prediction of 85 losses. Is taken with the same srriousness as that 8 game losing streak.During the wins whete are you, seems to show only in the tough games.

  46. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    This would be a good time for Rendon's first homer. He's batting third in the inning, I think.

  47. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    OK, guys, I REALLY don't want to lose this game. Do something!!!

  48. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    But, either way, GREAT game. Fox must be loving it.

  49. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Lombardozzi is going to be under .200 soon.

  50. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Yeah mick. And lay off my boy Eck! He was working with Tracy minutes before his HR

  51. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Span is sinking fast, offensively. Still love him in CF.

  52. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Rendon gets a second life. What was that?

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Now homer Rendon

  54. Section 135 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Span needs a few games off

  55. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    LOL, three errors for them, right?

  56. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    RENDON!!!!

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Told you

  58. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Jeeeeez, Mannassas!!!!!!

  59. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    That's how you make them pay Anthony Rendon. Man crushing on you and I don't mind saying that!

  60. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    There you go, Manassas!

  61. Smatt1001 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    David Proctor said…This would be a good time for Rendon's first homer. He's batting third in the inning, I think.Nice call David

  62. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Oppo boppo to boot!

  63. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Rendon!!!!

  64. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Hey folks… So was Jordan off today?

  65. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Oh, that's sweet!

  66. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    David Proctor said…This would be a good time for Rendon's first homer. He's batting third in the inning, I think.June 15, 2013 10:08 PM Just saying! Haha

  67. Drew - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Rendon!

  68. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Wow…. Rendon just homered…. Nice….I can't believe the tribe got 6 runs…. What happened to J Zimm????

  69. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    This would be a good time for Rendon's first homer. He's batting third in the inning, I think.From your lips to the baseball gods' ears DP. Well played.

  70. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    That ball was well low on Zim. If he swings at that it's a groundball.

  71. Section 135 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    U think Rendons mullet is a hazing haircut?

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Ttold son after non catch he would homer he said type it.Why is RZim taking so many 3rd strikes recentlt. At least swing.

  73. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Section 135 said…U think Rendons mullet is a hazing haircut?Adam LaRoche gave it to him, so I'd say so.

  74. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Get HRod up!!…….oh….sorry

  75. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I'm totally upset I missed this game…. Ugh…. Frickin work travel….

  76. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    NatsLady, the end of last year the A's decided to try Krol as a reliever as he just wasn't making it as a starter. He was losing control and velo as the games went on.Krol was even worse as a reliever with the A's but it was a small sample size of 8 games. He sort of was a throw in on the deal. Some say it was the slur he used which was bad for public relations. Who knows. 5.06 ERA didn't help. In Harrisburg they had him work on fastball command and he's like a new player.There you go, AJ Cole + 2 throw-ins.

  77. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    That is one happy young man. Thank you, Mr. Rizzo and every team that passed on Rendon.

  78. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    This game isn't over yet. Soriano likes to scare us.

  79. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Did I read that Chad Tracy hit a home run???? Oh my goodness…

  80. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    All right, Rafi. Earn your paycheck. One run lead.

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Just tucked in

  82. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Rendon, Harper and Desi are the only stars on this team

  83. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Tuck it in.

  84. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Unless he was warming, just in case, Sori didn't have much time to get ready.

  85. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    MrsB,JZ blew a 5-0 lead. It pretty much was all on him.

  86. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    R zim's slumps are getting old

  87. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    mick said…R zim's slumps are getting oldYou do realize he hit a home run today right?

  88. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Say what Joe S?????? Are you fricking serious????I can't believe it…. But I guess every pitcher has a bad day…. That is terrible…But I see we are leading right now… So as long as we get the win, I will be happy…

  89. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Not over yet. Sori scares me

  90. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Why doesn't Fox have pitchtrack?

  91. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said…Mick aren't you the one that had us lose all 3 to the Twins ans all 3 to the Rockies.Your prediction of 85 losses. Is taken with the same srriousness as that 8 game losing streak.During the wins whete are you, seems to show only in the tough games.I am here mostly during wins and losses, get your facts right

  92. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Yep, had to make it interesting Soriano.

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Untuck

  94. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    What a big win. We needed this. We showed fight. Again. We've been showing fight lately. I like it.

  95. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Untuck baby

  96. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Way to go ALR

  97. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Man, I LOVED this game!!!!! Feel bad for JZ but we showed GRIT, GRIT, GRIT!!!!!!!

  98. TimDz - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Exhale…..

  99. RickH - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    ALR!!! That was a rocket!

  100. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    huge huge winI will eat humble pie GLADLYTracy and rendon saved J Zim's ass tonight

  101. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    yes!!! glad ALR was there!

  102. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Whoa baby!

  103. Michael Dempsey - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Unreal I'm in FLA and we have the Yanks game…I'm hate FOX

  104. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    can Nats get on a roll, PLEASE!!!!

  105. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Who cares about the Yankees!!????? We got our NATS, baby, we got our NATS!!!!

  106. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Michael Dempsey said…Unreal I'm in FLA and we have the Yanks game…I'm hate FOXagreed, I hate Fox across the board

  107. Amr Khani - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Exhale

  108. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Untuck, and half price Papa John's baby! Thank you Zim, Werth, Desi, Tracy, and Rendon. Did I miss anyone? That's a lot of lumber.

  109. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    I'm so frickin jealous of all of you that watched the game… I'm in Chicago and couldn't see it….I'm desperately trying to figure out what happened to Jordan Z… Did I read that RZimm, Tracy and Rendon hit Hrs today?I got so many questions… Ugh….

  110. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    mick, can you let the rest of us enjoy the freaking win?

  111. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    I posted last week that Rendon was special and infectious…give me some credit

  112. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    If ALR doesn't spear that liner, the game is tied. Soriano owes him dinner.

  113. Gonat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    That was fun! Way to go Nats. I stayed away with all the negativity that ensued. Even some of the positive people like NatsJack seemed to be fed up.The young guy picked them all off and Chad Tracy somehow showed he has some pop left after all.

  114. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Joe Seamhead said…mick, can you let the rest of us enjoy the freaking win????? where is this coming from, why single me out…read all my posts… you picked on Ghost yesterday, so is it my turn…stop Joe

  115. Gonat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Nats 128 said… Mick lets get the positivity flowing. To much bad vibes here. Nats got this one. June 15, 2013 9:32 PM _________________________________This gets the post of the night!

  116. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    so Joe, my post at 10:29 is negative??? this was posted before your attack on me

  117. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Seattle won it for King Felix and Morse had a 3 hit game, all is well in the world.

  118. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Now would be a great time for Tracy to retire. Go out on a high note. Sorry, couldn't resist.

  119. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Section 222 said…Now would be a great time for Tracy to retire. Go out on a high note. Gonat…. this is the post of the night, lol I love it!

  120. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Soriano scares me to death . Storen gotta get his S together cause we are gonna need him when we overtake the BravesGood call Msnassas on the rendon dinger I mean.

  121. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    222, I kinda feel the same. He hit a mistake pitch, and it was a wall-scraper. I mean, I'm glad and all, but I don't predict much more.

  122. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Soriano comes from the Tyler Clippard school of late-inning relievers… you either get a heart attack or you don't.

  123. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    NatsLady said…222, I kinda feel the same. He hit a mistake pitch, and it was a wall-scraper. I mean, I'm glad and all, but I don't predict much more.How do you mean? Rendon has power, but he's not going to hit 30. He's more of a doubles hitter, but he can definitely put one of the park. I'd say he's a 15 homer guy or so, but someone who has followed him more can correct me.

  124. Tcostant - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    What a great win!!! Happy Fathers Day to all.

  125. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Now, Storen, he's either lights out or you lose the game big-time.

  126. Gonat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Tracy had a legit HR. Centerfield off a high fastball. That was pro!He saved his job for sure. The 25th man does it and the 2 young guys in Rendon and K-Rol have really helped this team with Rendon getting the Game Winning hit!

  127. sjm308 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Just got on!! – we had this all the way right??Hate to read Mick anymore but he is two away from this so I had to see that he is whinning again about people picking on him – poor Mick – guess that is what you get when you predict 8 losses in a row – I would hate to read what you posted during the game and gladly will not have to.OK – win tomorrow and we win the series. We lost the first game of the last two series and game back to win them. That is what baseball is all about. Just win each series. Go Nats!! suck it up Mick and take the criticism

  128. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    DP, we were talking about Tracy, not Rendon.

  129. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Zimmerman had 2-4 night with a HR. Desi had a HR. Jayson Werth had a HR, Chad Tracy had a HR. Rendon hit a HR. They beat our ace, but we won the game. Our boys hung tough. How about Davey bring in Storen after Krol had just knocked down five in a row? A couple of guys are cold right now, but others are picking up some slack. Strasburg back tomorrow. I feel pretty positive, except the Giants let us down.

  130. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    so back to J zim…what the heck happen…it looked like every pitch was a high fastball tonight?

  131. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Too bad Davey had to use Stammen, but it was only for one inning. I hope Stras can go six tomorrow.

  132. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    The Giants, that was TERRIBLE. No grit! And Romo==> really bad, bad.

  133. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Positivity works! Nobody said a bad word when Tracy stepped into the on-deck circle.

  134. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    128, No, but when it was 0-2, I was tempted, really tempted. Just couldn't type that fast.

  135. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Thanks Joe Seamhead for answering my questions…. I was just reading the box/play on MLB.com…. Seems like a classic Nats game… Wish it wouldn't have been that close but hey, Nats did what was needed to win the game!Strass on the mound tomorrow…. Yeah, I got faith we win that one too….

  136. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    sjm308you need to read EVERYONE else who posts not just me… i do not name call, i do not insult, i did not say anyone sucked, was a loser or was terrible. My friend, I am so close to sending Mark and email about this and i will document all other posts to prove I am being singled out most important, I have NEVER in 3 years ever first attacked any poster in here unless attacked firstyou can continue to cherry pick my posts which is more of a PITFULL reflection on what you are about than anything else.

  137. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    NatsLady, did you watch the Giants game. Game should have ended on the doubleplay which turned into a single as the 3rd baseman didnt field it. Tough for Romo when he wasnt getting the help behind him and he got squeezed by the ump.

  138. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Nats 128 said…Positivity works! Nobody said a bad word when Tracy stepped into the on-deck circle.hey sjm…that included me too, never said a word about Tracey tonight…

  139. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    mick, I tried to tell you to stay positive. It was a 1 run lead. With Rendon here and Espinoza gone its like a new team.

  140. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    ok,couple of things: mick, told you we would win! haha…next, and if someone else already made mention, i apologize but we probably don't win this game if they don't drop the pop-up…2 pitches later, HR!

  141. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    paul… you did indeed

  142. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    "NatsLady said… 128, No, but when it was 0-2, I was tempted, really tempted. Just couldn't type that fast."I hear that! Nobody can blame themselves for hating on the Tracy. He has sucked and he would probably agree with anyone who felt that way. For that moment in time I thought to me myself he could hit it out. For the first time in a long time nobody was bashing the guy. Not a coincidence.

  143. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Soriano has had plenty of clean, no heart attack saves. In 8 of 18 he allowed no hits at all. But tonight, he definitely did a Houdini. Bourn's last out was ripped.

  144. Oldguy - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Judas there's a stunning lack of knowledge of the game in here. Go back and check out the many games Verlander, Sabbathia and others have blown. Jon Lester a day or two ago. One issue, however, has been correctly noted: When you are trying to climb up the ladder, you put your best nine (or ten) guys on the field, assuming they are healthy. I do not understand how Marrero fits into that mold. Cleveland is a decent team; you don't assume anything, even with your ace pitching.

  145. BigCat - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Darn mick, they are on you like a cheap suit tonightI'm going to sleep now. My Eck bobblehead looks blankly down as I turn out the lightNight night manassas

  146. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    "Section 222 said…Soriano has had plenty of clean, no heart attack saves. In 8 of 18 he allowed no hits at all. But tonight, he definitely did a Houdini. Bourn's last out was ripped."I know you're right, but it still FEELS like every time he comes in he makes it interesting. It's probably just because I remember those times, but jeez.

  147. sjm308 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Mick – If you are going to predict 8 losses in a row, be prepared to take some criticism. Email Mark all you want, I never called you a name or called you out, I just get tired of the constant negativity when we lose and then gung ho when we win. I call that being hippo critical but I will not go as far as what Natsjack suggested. You just get too involved. We are going to lose a few more this season, but hopefully win more then we lose but you already have us out of the playoffs. I am not there yet and still see some hope for this group.Go Nats!!

  148. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    sjm…fair enough

  149. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Mrs. B, I don't know if you are familiar with MLB.com's "condensed games." You can see basically every play in the game in 10-20 minutes, depending on how much hitting there was. It should be online sometime later tonight or early tomorrow morning. Here's the link.

  150. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    and to add… you are at least a gentlemen..

  151. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Told my son that both that Indians' reliever and Nick Swisher got Terry Francona's boot in their ass when they came in from the field.I can hear those guys at the mound: Tracy is hitting .100 with an OPS+ of 2. Just throw strikes! Tracy raises his OPS+ to 5!That homer reminded me of Bernie Carbo's in the 8th of game 6 of the 1975 series, with the same incredibly weak at bat followed by a long homer to center.

  152. paul brandt - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    mick, i enjoy your posts, not hating on you, just wanted to make sure you knew that…love a Nats win! and lets hope tomorrow SS brings it…happy dads day tomorrow for all those dads out there.

  153. mick - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    paul brandt said…mick, i enjoy your posts, not hating on you, just wanted to make sure you knew that…love a Nats win! and lets hope tomorrow SS brings it…happy dads day tomorrow for all those dads out there.like wise and i appreciate that very muchHappy Fathers Day to all !!!!!!

  154. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Walter Johnson was MVP in 1924 and got rocked in both of his world series starts. He came back and won game 7 in relief.

  155. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    James Wagner‏@JamesWagnerWP2m Chad Tracy says after the foul ball dropped in he and Jhonatan Solano looked at each other in the dugout and called Anthony Rendon's homer.

  156. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Verlander had a start this year where he gave up 8 earned. Big deal.

  157. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    a comeback win? what?good to see that.

  158. Doc - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    RE: mick and paul brandt. Our best players are pitchers and they are very good–better than most teams! Our best position player is Desi and he's an All Star! When Harps is back, he'll be our best player. Then we also have an All Star at 1B, and a 3B guy that hit 3 HR's in one game this year. We're also missing Ramos. How many best players do you want????Can't wait to see Bryce The Price hit behind ARen!!!!Can't wait to see Bryce The Price hit behind ARen!!!!

  159. Drew - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Mick and SJM, it's good to see you guys take Steve Buscemi's advice and smoke a (bleeping) peace pipe.Great win!The Nats Insiders are doing the Snoopy Dance from Oregon to Florida and at our esteemed embassies in England and Italy.GYFNG!

  160. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    James Wagner‏@JamesWagnerWP3m After winning HR, Rendon thanks his elders: "Mullet power. I gotta do a shoutout to [LaRoche] for hooking me up with this awesome haircut."

  161. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Peric was right!

  162. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Werth looked really good today. Guess he doesn't need a rest so much. Imagine this lineup when Harper and Ramos are back.

  163. Section 222 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Boy, this was a great game to win. On a night when our starter didn't really have it, the hitters came through and we were able to pull the game out. I remember the Atlanta game where Stras left with an injury, but I'm not sure I remember another game this year that we've won without a decent starting pitcher performance.

  164. NatsLady - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    128, yes, I watched the Giants game, and I agree on the fielding and the umps. Still, Romo was not at his killer best. Still can't register that BJ had two homeruns. Oh, well. The Giants on the road are a frail reed.

  165. pwilly - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    It's about time the offense wins a game. The Cardinals gave up 7 runs tonight…and won by 6. Sometimes the pitching needs a break.Btw, did you see Werth rubbing his hand and wrist his last at bat? Hope it's nothing.

  166. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    sorry for ruffling your feathers, mick. You were hard on the blind, blind fans, of which I guess I am one. And it was an odd time to mention being sick of R. Zimm's slumps on a night when he went 2-4 and had a homer. And that our players wouldn't start on any other teams because they are mediocre. Sorry, man, it brought out a thoughtless response from me.

  167. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    On those 2 BJ HRs the balls found the bat. That guy has no clue. He is always swinging from his cleats.

  168. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    "mick. You were hard on the blind, blind fans, of which I guess I am one. And it was an odd time to mention being sick of R. Zimm's slumps on a night when he went 2-4 and had a homer."Zimm was actually 1-4 with the homer and 2 K's looking in 3-2 counts. Even Verducci said he has to foul off those pitches.

  169. ehay2k - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Well that was interesting. The Indians sure play poorly. But I really want to know if they actually made an Eck bobblehead? No wonder he doesn't teach players to keep their head still! ;-)And Mick, you keep on posting. I will sometimes remind you that it's not quite as bad as it seems, okm

  170. Nats 128 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    "pwilly said… It's about time the offense wins a game. The Cardinals gave up 7 runs tonight…and won by 6. Sometimes the pitching needs a break."Some of them dont seem to get that. To spoiled by great starting pitching. Welcome to American League style games.

  171. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    I stand corrected, 128, he was 1-4 with a walk. I agree with he should foul off some of them. Still, I don't see him in a slump on a night when he hit a dinger and scored twice.

  172. Scott Margenau - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    What a game. Great win. mick….u just whine to much and espouse so much negativity. Just tone it down at times. U def seem like a good guy.

  173. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Oh, gosh, I agree, Scott, about mick being a good guy.

  174. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Obviously we have to perform, but with Strasburg on the mound tomorrow, we're in a good position to win our third straight series. Hope he has his good stuff.

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    We have won 5 of last 7. Win tomorrow it will be three straight series. Win the series and we will work our way back into contention.

  176. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    David, I don't know what to expect from Strasburg tomorrow.I sure hope that he brings his whole arsenal.

  177. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    Missed the game– my question is why was Krol lifted for Storen? Storen's pitches having been looking back to his previous filthiness– how did he look ? One batter and he gets the win?

  178. Drew - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Meanwhile, down on the farm, guess who got the win against Syracuse today. It was none other than ex-Nat Shawn Hill, apparently transported to Toledo via the way back machine.He's trying to hang on, but struggling. After today's gem he's 1-8.

  179. Doc - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    So mick, are you related to per–ic??Seems like you may have had the same harsh father.Nite, y'all.

  180. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Swami, Davey brought Drew Storen in to throw sliders to Reynolds, who had hit a HR earlier off of a JZ fastball.Storen struck him out.

  181. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Soriano about gave us all heart attacks.

  182. SonnyG10 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    What a roller-coaster ride tonight. But all's well that ends well. Good night peeps and Happy Father's Day to all of us dads!

  183. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Thanks, Sonny, same back at you and the rest of you guys.

  184. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Nice!!! Love to see Storen's slider and nerve in a tough spot. But still- one out and you get a win?

  185. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    We were losing until Chad Tracy tied it with a homer, as I said wow, flying pigs

  186. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Storen came in after Tracy's HR to a tie game and got the last out in the bottom of the eighth. Rendon hit a dinger off the Indian's closer in the top of the ninth to put us up by one. Soriano pitched the bottom of the 9th, making Storen the pitcher of record. On Rendon's AB,the Tribe let a foul ball drop slightly down the first base line, giving Anthony another shot, which he took advantage of.

  187. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Yep. One batter gets ya de win. Dem's de rules of baseball scoring….Ask Clippard what ya gots to do to win de All Star game….

  188. baseballswami - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    So wait– Jordan was not good and Tracy hit a homerun?????? What is this– some kind of alternate baseball universe??

  189. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Jordan was not good against the O's and Tracy did not hit a homer that game, so that should have served as a transitional phase (faze?) for us all. Where did this notion come from that top pitchers never have bad games? It happens all the time to Verlander (in the All Star game even), to Sabathia, to Walter Johnson, even to teams with a six run lead at home and the NL's leading winner in 2012. Hardly unusual, really, just sort of unlikely…..

  190. pwilly - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Man, the FOX broadcast was awful. Seemed like half of it was scripted. Rendon's double happened in the middle of a story about Jason Giambi and they barely mentioned it. They finally talked about him after his homer in the 9th, like they had to turn to his page in they're notes.

  191. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Seriously, the Nats spotted JZ a 5-0 lead and he blew it. No bad plays behind him either.he left losing 6-5. Tracy pretty much muscled a two strike, high fastball out.

  192. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    That was a terrible pitch to Tracy, goddess bless him, and the Charlottean smacked it out of the park to deep center. Both his ball and Rendon's barely cleared the wall.Yes, the Fox announcers were awful. How can an excellent writer like Verducci be so bad on the air? He wouldn't be quiet and he and Albert kept talking about things that only had marginal relevance to the matters at hand. Less is more….

  193. Joe Seamhead - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Chris Marrero got the start at DH and had a tough game: 3 K's against three different pitchers.I know many here want him to get a start at 1B, but I hope it's not tomorrow with SS on the mound.

  194. David Proctor - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Tracy's HR might have just scraped the wall, but he didn't get cheated. He hit it to the deepest part of the field.

  195. b29d68ba-a878-11e2-8215-000bcdcb5194 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    A couple of notes from the last two games:1. Jayson was getting called out on "strikes" below his knees, especially on Friday. Don't the umpires notice that he's a bit taller than some of the other players?2. Rendon's smile as he rounded the bases could light up a room.3. Gio was cussing himself out as he came back in the dugout after the sixth inning Friday night.4. The food at Progressive Field is not very good compared to DC. The beer, however, is not bad at all.5. Thanks to the Sec. 311 folks who stopped by to say "hi" when they heard us chanting N-A-T-S NATS! Whoo!after the first five runs.6. Amazing how quiet that stadium was after Rendon's homer, considering how noisy it was the rest of the night.Sorry we can't stay for today's game. GYFNG!ArVAFan

  196. Rabbit34 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Rendon was moved up in the lineup to where I thought he should be. Actually, he should be in the fourth or fifth position. Had he been in the game the night before, the Nationals would have won. We were lucky last night it was he who had the second chance to hit the homer. Anyone else would have had a clutch strike-out. Way to go big Tony!!

  197. capitalbeltwaysportsblog.com - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    What an unbelievable win last night! A win today would mark the 3rd straight series win & the 2nd straight road series win.

  198. Candide - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Krol … sort of was a throw in on the deal. Some say it was the slur he used which was bad for public relations.I'm thinking it was more than just the slur – you have to factor in where he was playing at the time – Oakland is just across the bay from San Francisco. It's like playing in New York and going antisemitic.Or be managing the Marlins and speaking admiringly about Fidel Castro…Betcha a bag of peanuts he's been sent to Crash Davis Cliches 101 class. Keep saying, "Gotta play 'em one game at a time," and the worst thing anyone will ever say about you is that you're a boring interview – until you blow a save.

  199. Scott Margenau - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    No instant analysis?

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