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Game 69: Nats at Phillies

Jun 17, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA โ€” Hello from Citizens Bank Park, and I must say it's actually nice (for a change) to say that. I'm back on full-time duty after my brief stint on the non-DL, and I've picked quite an intriguing matchup for my return to the beat: the opener of a Nationals-Phillies series with none other than John Lannan on the mound to face his old team for the first time.

Lannan, non-tendered by the Nats over the winter, signed a $2.5 million contract with Philadelphia but made only three starts before straining his left quadriceps muscle, an injury that cost him two months. You can only imagine his motivation tonight, both to make a strong return from the DL and to shut down his old ballclub (not to mention beat the guy who the Nationals essentially signed to take his spot: Dan Haren).

When Lannan looks at the opposing lineup, he won't see a whole lot of familiar names. Davey Johnson is going with a group even more depleted than usual tonight, with Adam LaRoche and Denard Span each out (in addition to Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos). Span looked pretty hampered yesterday after he fouled a pitch off his right foot. LaRoche has no known injury, but he's been slumping a bit lately and he hasn't had a day off in quite some time.

Plenty of updates to come live from the ballpark, and I'll also be appearing on Comcast SportsNet at 6 p.m., so be sure to tune in there and check back here…

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to RF

CF Jeff Kobernus
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth


449 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Christopher Cohen - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Wow!! Tracy crushes a ball and it gets caught by Ryan Howard for an out. Then he hits a glorified pop up for a game tying homer on 0-2 with 2 outs in the 9th. What a strange sport!

  2. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    How can we get another run though? Hopefully Davey and Eck are putting their heads together as we type, plotting….

  3. Section 222 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    According to the Glossary, that was Mark's first Sweet Fancy Moses since Moore's and Bernadina's back to back homers on 5/28. This was almost as unbelievable.

  4. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Need a doubleplay.

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Damn revere on again, watch him steal. Hope I am wrong.

  6. Secret wasian man - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Be a big lift to,win this thing. C'mon guys

  7. A DC Wonk - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Ya know . . . a lot of folks were wondering why Tracy started on Friday. Davey said "to get some at bats". Most here scoffed.But, you know, getting some at bats helps keep you from getting too rusty.Wow — 0-2 with two out. Gotta love that!

  8. JaneB - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    I'm grateful to Chad tonight whatever happens.

  9. Section 222 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Kind of sad that Drew Storen can't be brought into the game because he can't hold runners on base.

  10. Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Revere had that base stolen if JRoll does foul the pitch off.

  11. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs.phils should catch Nats fever.

  12. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Sigh…. Wondering why we didnt walk Rollins…

  13. Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Come on, Abad!

  14. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    .143! This guy would fit in on our team.

  15. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    well done fernando.

  16. Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Dominic Brown is trouble.

  17. Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM


  18. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    wow…rbi with runners in scoring position…who'd thunk it

  19. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Why didn't they walk him?

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

    He didn't even hit that hard. Unbelievable.

  21. SCNatsFan - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Anyone surprised?

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


  23. Secret wasian man - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Why not Soriano? Another piece of dead wood on this team. Pathetic. Just lose in 9.

  24. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    What difference does it make? If Harper is sitting till after the All Star break then the season is over anyway. That isn't Legion of Doom, that is simply the way it is. Next year, we should be good.

  25. paul brandt - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:20 AM


  26. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    i'm changing the definition of Nats wins to scoring 3 runs or more….Nats win!!!with our replacement players, it's a small miracle

  27. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    wish we bought Fielder

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Abad gave up 3 singles all with 2 strikes.Why a fast ball with 2 strikes. Strange call as FP said . Friday night Abad screwed up the 9th too so he needs not to be in game in the 9th

  29. Secret wasian man - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Whether its hitting or pitching or errors….. This team can always mange a way to manufacture a loss. Please step down Davey please.

  30. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    I don't know why any of you think this team has a chance to win the division or get the wildcard with Harper sitting out until after the All Star game at the earliest.

  31. Scott Margenau - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:26 AM


  32. paul brandt - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    yea, why Abad over Storen or Soriano? I like Abad getting the experience tho…feel like I am watching the Caps in the play-offs over the last 20+ years…they find ways to lose.

  33. Secret wasian man - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Why does Davey not play the players who give you the best chance to win? Another BUM player who Davey keeps running out there.

  34. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    what is Davey supposed to do? The big off-season pick-ups were Denard Span with 0 homers and a .310 obp and Dan Haren, and Soriano who is decent but never gets in because we are always losing.

  35. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    not all surprised SC, a-BAD is a joke..Davey this season is one of MLB's worst managers,instead of putting his team in a position to succeed, he has constantly put them in positions to fail.where was Drew, why aBAD? do not want to even hear Davey's BSsick to my stomach with this manager

  36. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Wasian…BINGO!!!! he evaluated them in spring trainingDavey picked and wanted these players… he is a terrible scout and has become a joke now..I fell bad for him because he once was a very good manager

  37. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Storen has been horrible all year. What was he going to do?

  38. Secret wasian man - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Amen Mick. Davey has been nothing short of terrible this year. You had the momentum and you bring in another AA player to pitch. And then when he struggles you just sit there on your tired butt and do nothing. Please step down Davey.

  39. paul brandt - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    mick, who would you have face Brown in that situation? a right-hander? i doubt it…have to think Abad faces Brown there anyway & that's the right call…would like to hear Davey's thinking but lefty on lefty is the right call there, just didn't work out.

  40. Secret wasian man - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    William o . Briing in Soriano. Then get them in the 10 th.

  41. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Then why does not Davey send Drew down???? I am sick of Davey's passive aggressive answers and lies about playerss..Yes, Davey andht rizzo are not straight shooters, both of them are full of crapI got razzed for saying Nats will lose 8 straight…there is still time…I am on record…Nats will lose at least 85 games…Rizzo will destroy this team in 2014

  42. Secret wasian man - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    No no guys. You need experience in those situations. You have to play in the moment. You use the best guy to keep it tied. You don't bring in some inexperience guy who just blew one 2 days ago.

  43. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Paul…DREW, that is who…either he has it or he does not, Davey needs to come clean

  44. Depot Master - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    I am not giving up. When Harper is back, I would love to see: Werth, Span, Desmond, Harper, Zimmerman, Laroche, Catcher, Rendon, Pitcher. Bet it never happens but it would mean you are never more than one player away from a guy that can hit it hard and regular.

  45. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    the larger point is being missed here…they lost, Haren gave up 4 runs, they are under 500how the hell can anyone defend this baseball and this manager????b has becomeabad is not good period… yes maybe he was his only option, but the fact that the nats were in that situation says it all about how bad this club has become

  46. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    look, Rendon, Desi and Harper and 4 good starting pitchers give us hope for 2014 and beyond, I keep telling myself that.however, Werth and Zim and ALR have aged… so that means more holes to fill, Rizzo, if anything may screw things up even moreRiz

  47. paul brandt - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    mick, thx – was just curious who you thought. what did Davey say? I turned it.

  48. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    2013 is done as far as post season…its time to play the young guys

  49. mick - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    I will say this..I am very happy for John Lannan.. he made jack asses out of Davey and Rizzo, I bet Lannan beats us again3rd place and falling by Wed



x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's games


x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Friday's games

SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
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