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Game 68: Nats at Indians

Jun 16, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

Photo by USA Today

What a game it was between these two last night. The Nationals smacked five homers off just eight hits, including Anthony Rendon's go-ahead shot to opposite field in the ninth. In his first game hitting second in the order, the rookie certainly made his case to stay. And after seeing his offense wake up after a bit of a lineup change, Davey Johnson is going with a similar look today.

The Nationals will have Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 2.54 ERA) back who was reinstated from the disabled list this morning. He last pitched on May 31 before leaving after two innings against the Atlanta Braves. This is his first time pitching at Progressive Field since the second start of his career. If you remember, Strasburg had issues with the mound condition that day, but still went 5 1/3 innings with only two hits and a run allowed.

Pitching for Cleveland is third-year pro Corey Kluber (4-4, 4.08) who has really hit his stride as of late. Through his last six starts he is 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 35 innings.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CLEVELAND INDIANS
Where: Progressive Field
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, WUSA-9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500)
Weather: Rainy, 75 degrees (60% chance of rain)

NATIONALS (34-33)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
DH Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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425 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsLady - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    And they got the double play. SO obviously, I know nothing…

  2. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Wow… Giants got the ground ball dp they were looking for…

  3. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Swami – I would like to see in game adjustments as well.. No notebook(s)… Maybe McCatty can also talk to the batters to let them know what he sees…Just something…

  4. paul brandt - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said…PB said 'Eck should just leave his silly notebook behind…'Bwahahahahahahahaha, I'm dying laughing… Lol…lol… Hahahahahahahah…Mrs B, thx for the love & I am laughing more at your response than my post! and for the record, Mrs. B is not my mom, i don't think…Bwahahahahahahahahaa!yay, Mrs. B, we can laugh after that game today! life is good but gosh darn come on nats bats!

  5. David Proctor - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I assume we lose every Haren game too. That way when he occasionally wins, it's a pleasant surprise rather than another disappointment.

  6. NatsLady - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    `I bet the Giants feel the same about Lincecum. How about getting some RUNS you lazy west coast BUMS?????

  7. David Proctor - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    HAHAHAHA, NL. So true. Although it's sad to see what's become of Lincecum.

  8. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Paul – I'm telling you, every time I see Eck in that damn notebook, I want to throw something… Like dude, what are you looking at… LOOK AT THE PITCHER…. Imma start taking shots every time I see him and that notebook… I swear for his nose to be in it so much, I haven't seen where our situational hitting isn't better… I'm not understanding why we didnt have more pop ups today and sacrificial hits/bunts…. Ugh…Today's loss was simply dumb….

  9. mick - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Eck's notebook is like Linus' blanket…security for a lost and clueless coach

  10. mick - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I know…stop Mick, legion of doom…its early, hot goalie…injuries, etc…sighhhhhh

  11. NatsLady - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Turtles!!! I guess he didn't trap it.

  12. paul brandt - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    and re. Eck has anyone ever seen him talk to a batter before or after an AB? maybe his style is to do so behind closed doors but man,if you are a hitting coach, repeat hitting coach, you should be talking non-stop to each & every batter before & after each AB (within reason), whether it be feedback, instruction, in the underground cage, etc…have never seen it with Eck…could be TV is not showing it but I doubt it. With the offense (or lack thereof) that we have seen, it should be non-stop interaction…otherwise, why is he here?

  13. Caps Fan - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    "paul brandt said… and re. Eck has anyone ever seen him talk to a batter before or after an AB? maybe his style is to do so behind closed doors but man,if you are a hitting coach, repeat hitting coach, you should be talking non-stop to each & every batter before & after each AB (within reason), whether it be feedback, instruction, in the underground cage, etc…have never seen it with Eck…could be TV is not showing it but I doubt it."Do you see pitching coaches on other teams doing this? I don't think so. In fact, I don't ever recall seeing a dugout shot of any team where a hitting coach was talking to a hitter before and after his at bat. Geez, they'd have to put up a sign saying take a number for faster service.

  14. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Davey does seem a bit laid back after games, but do you know why? It is because he has a better perspective than the average fan. He has been involved in thousands of games and he knows that quirky things happen all the time in baseball over 162+ games. Bob Costas made a great comment about the Mets' excessive celebration after their "walk-off" victory (is there any other kind nowadays?). This is not the NFL and one game lost is close to meaningless in a sense.Another thing we all are guilty of is trying to impute meaning to an outcome in baseball. The Cards beat us in game five–it is because they have experience or because they are built for the post-season or because (add your own in here).No, the Cards beat us because there was an umpire with a generous hitter's strike zone and because they had good hitters who made up an early deficit. They went on to lose, to the Giants.Over and over, we see incredible victories in baseball followed by numbing losses. The random element to the sport is huge. That doesn't mean we didn't play a lousy game today. We did and it still perturbs me,

  15. paul brandt - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    caps fan, not pitching coaches…but rather hitting coaches and yes i have seen hitting coaches talking, discussing, in the dug-out, namely Mark McGwire…instant feedback i think would be good after an AB & maybe its happening, just have not seen it.

  16. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Giants have had their opportunities tonight… I didnt realize they were only 35-32…

  17. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Wow… A successful suicide squeeze.. DJ, are you watching?!?!???

  18. paul brandt - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    MrsB., can you confirm but looked like a safety squeeze to score that 3rd run for ATL…correct? i was in between channels.

  19. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Of course I can't rewind the TV… But it looked like a suicide to me… But it may have been a safety becuz the runner looked like he was home as soon as the ball was on the ground…I just know it worked and it instantly pissed me off thinking about today and the score…..

  20. paul brandt - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    mrsb, thx, good commentary!

  21. Scott Margenau - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Harren has a better record than SS, so don't count every start as a loss.

  22. Laddie Blah Blah - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    "It's a bit of hindsight to say Rendon was an adequate replacement all along."No, it isn't. Many on this blog were calling for it as long ago as the AFL season last fall, including yours truly. That is called "foresight," not "hindsight." Sticking with Espinosa when they had a prodigious talent like Rendon was the worst management mistake since the Nats relocated to DC.

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