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Game 70: Nats at Phillies

Jun 18, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — As you can tell from the above photo, it's raining here at Citizens Bank Park. It's been raining all afternoon. And there's no real letup in sight. Which seems to suggest the odds of baseball being played tonight are slim. But nothing official has been announced from the Phillies, so we'll proceed for now as though there's actually going to be a game.

If they do play, Ross Detwiler will take the mound for the Nationals, trying to build off his solid-not-spectacular return from the DL last Thursday in Colorado. Detwiler faces a bolstered Phillies lineup, with Carlos Ruiz fresh off the DL himself and ready to wreak havoc on the Nats as he has done throughout his career.

Cliff Lee starts for Philadelphia, facing a Nationals lineup that desperately needs to get healthy and productive. Still waiting to hear if Denard Span will be back after missing last night's game with a bruised right foot, but he appeared to be moving around better after the night off.

Weather and game updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Rain, 76 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (34-35)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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354 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Secret wasian man - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Game over. Season over. Just a disgrace of a team. I'm done being posses. Not gonna waste anymore time. Zimmerman makes me sick at the plate.. so does span and laroche. I hop they lose 90. If that makes me a bad fan then so be it. Blahhhhhhhhhhh. Step away nick these bums not worth there pay.

  2. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    swm, you are a disgrace. Find another place to complain.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    52 pitches through 5 pitching great, then a simple drag bunt, that the pitcher was not able to field and then …..

  4. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Whew…. Big out…

  5. Secret wasian man - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    And your boring. And worse probably a liberal.

  6. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Meanwhile, BJ Upton just had another OF error in Atlanta allowing a run to score. 3-1 Mets.

  7. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Det pitching his heart out.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    If you are so negative about the future games.I complain, but assume they still win the division, but if want to predict losing season find a group that wants to hear that.

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    One more.

  10. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Eck gotta go

  11. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    swm, you show up just to attack these guys when the going gets tough. Takes a big person to do that. Most of us come here to discuss the game not to talk about closing up for the season.

  12. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Det digging deep to get out of this!!!! Come on Det… Get this last out!

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Get back in thete we need you to concentrate on one mote

  14. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    And of course this happens….

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Only chance lombo had the dive for it.We couldnt give up those runs. No difference if 4 or 5 runs so dive.

  16. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Pitch track looked like Det got squeezed on Pitch 2…

  17. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    The poor fielding leftfielder costs the Nats again. Poor jump by Lombo costs 2 more runs.

  18. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Limbo's throw was good, but we needed the catch.

  19. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Disappointing… Hopefully the Nats can cause some havoc for Lee….Sigh

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Looked like a ball to me.

  21. paul brandt - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    that hurt! and the Mets are winning game 2 as well, we just can't take advantage of an opportunity but that's how its gone all year. Det has pitched well, just no offense thus far, can it change? sure, why not…SWM, dude, just move on.

  22. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    So frustrating. I can't fault Lombo, he's a 2B playing LF. 3 run deficit against Cliff Lee. This will be tough.

  23. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Well… Lombo has never been any good in the OF…

  24. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    "MrsB loves the Nats said… Pitch track looked like Det got squeezed on Pitch 2…"Suzuki got crossed up and caught it across his body and Det didnt get the call.

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Bingo

  26. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Det gave it a really good shot. Surprised Stammen didn't come in to face the righthanders. He had time to be ready, right? Let's home Lee lost his rhythm as FP suggests. Not likely.

  27. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Thanks 128….

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    He wasnt real sloe, but slow enough

  29. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Basehit all the way. Lombo tried.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    3 hits in a row caused major problem. We cannot give up hits as we get so few.

  31. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Mets score 4 unearned runs after BJ's error.6-1 Mets. Have I ever told you guys that I'm glad we didn't sign either of the Uptons?I think Lombo played that as well as you can expect. MNF.If he dives and the ball gets by him the damage would have been worse. Now, that said, Bernadina probably catches that ball. Infielders trying to play the outfield are killing us.

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    He has been there a year and half now.Just has to do it. We dont score enough to miss plays like that or the two last night.

  33. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Sure, just give Cliff Lee all the calls.

  34. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

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  35. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Wow that ball was WAY low on Desmond. That was nearly in the dirt. Lee doesn't need help.That's the first called strike 3 I don't mind. That was ridiculous.

  36. do1teach1 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    You have to blame Det for tonight. McCatty told all his starters in a meeting, clearly, "Do NOT give up a run or you will lose." Yet for some reason our starters keep giving up a run–the kiss of death.How hard it is that for our guys to understand? I mean duh, DON'T give up a run!On the positive side, it feels great getting dominated by a good pitcher, after getting dominated by so, so many mediocre ones. It feels great! It's like a moral victory.

  37. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Pitch Track did something funny…. Said Desi got the walk then changed it to a K… What happened?

  38. phil dunton - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Danny has struck out 7 times in 13 at bats at Syracuse while batting .153. Tyler Moore batting .167.

  39. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Dammit…… We just can't hit a f-ing lick!!! WTF. When are we gonna do something? Bring up the Syracuse team. Try anything. This is just pitiful. It's every night!

  40. Almazar80 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    The Nats are approaching third place. Can't beat halfway decent teams. This season is probably not what Rizzo or Davey envisioned, but is basically a reflection of the flaws and lack of talent in the team.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I already said a dive probably wouldnt work, and said it would be 5-1, but said no differnce between 4-1 and 5-1. We had to try and stay at 2-1

  42. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Seems like Lee got some gifts… Thanks..

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    I am pretty sure after tonight we will still be in second. Did I miss remember something,?

  44. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Cliff Lee gets the Greg Maddux treatment. Thats BS. Call it right blue.

  45. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    We'll be tied for second if we lose tonight.

  46. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Back to Stammen and again no Olendorf.

  47. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Idk… Seems like, for the most part, Lee got it going on tonight… As he has most of the season….

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Pitch track said strike 3 on Ian was a strike. Is that your complate.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Technically we will be ahead, but we won't be in 3rd like the post implied

  50. paul brandt - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Young is a monster…he can hit!!!!

  51. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Strike 3 on Ian was not a strike. pitch trak is wrong sometimes. It was low. Pitch FX will show it was low later tonight.

  52. NatsLady - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Lombardozzi "played it well," yeah, if he didn't have a noodle arm.

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    We are suppose to have a good pitching staff but our starters are being out pitched by other team's starters way too often (we know why)

  54. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    With our hitting this one is over. Call in the dogs, pack up the tents and pee on the fire!As I said. Young is a qualified Natkiller. David Wright also

  55. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Read Mark Z's in game post above at 9:59. Mr. Zuckerman tells the story perfectly regarding the guy playing left field 's play.Like I said earlier, I don't expect Lombo, Kobernus, or Moore to make web gems.I don't expect it because they can't, at least no consistently. Maybe Corey Brown, or Eury Perez wouldn't be able to hit very good, but at least you would have a guy that is a natural outfielder playing. And it's not like Lombo or Kobernus are hitting anyway. Even that throw just now was on line, it was not a strong throw.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Rangers all time leader in hits.Hated when I heard he was going to Phillies

  57. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Mets leave bases loaded in the 9th

  58. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    The team has no chance to win the division with Lombardozzi starting. He is maybe slightly above replacement level but I am not too sure. Every time I look out there he is in the starting line up. Zero home runs and inability to beat out grounders. There just is not much you can say.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    If the ump is going to call it a strike do what Ian did and sit down.

  60. do1teach1 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Good point Nats Lady. They tell us how well Lombo played the ball, COMPLETELY ignoring the lollipop throw he made to second. I am really tiring of the propaganda and selective statistics from our TV crew.The most honest thing they've said was a month ago, after an excruciating loss, when FP said, "I dunno. Maybe this isn't the year."

  61. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Lombo's average is essentially the same as his obp. Sigh.

  62. paul brandt - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    NL, agree although in his defense we all know he is not an OF…both his throws to home and 2nd were on target but rainbow type throws…would have preferred Bernie there for both plays but understand the match-up issue vs. Lee.

  63. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Okay this ump is clearly giving the very low strike, you have to swing at them. That was a ball too, I don't care what Pitch Trak said.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Ump calling low pitch a strike, so pitch track likes it.

  65. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Ha, how about that? Kobernus home run.

  66. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Not good when you have a light hitting middle infielder playing LF. Doesn't say much for Shark. Why is he on the team if he can't beat out Lombo for LF

  67. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Let's face it. No team in the majors can win with hitters like this. Span and Lombardozzi are huge, huge holes in the line up with ZERO power, low averages and low on base percentages and surprisingly both of them are unable to steal or take the extra base.

  68. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Congrats Jeff Kobernus!

  69. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Well, eat my hat!

  70. NatsLady - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Well, how do you like that? Kid got a HR! That is so nice for him. :)

  71. SCNatsFan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Keep playing light hitting second basemen in the outfield and wonder why the offense stinks and teams run on the Nats

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Kobernis ding dong of course no one on again. Is that 8 straight solo homers.

  73. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Nicely struck ball by Denard to left field.

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    span didnt watch Revere did he.

  75. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Kobernus homered…. That is hilarious… Good on you kid…

  76. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Span looks terrible at plate. Can't blame him totally. He doesn't have a batting coach to help him

  77. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Span has provided ZERO of the speed merchant tools. He never bunts for hits; he doesn't beat out grounders; he doesn't steal bases reliably.

  78. paul brandt - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    most exciting part of the game is the kobernus HR catching guy cam!!

  79. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Span should be hitting 7th.

  80. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Span does beat out grounders. He has like 11 infield hits already.

  81. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Spurs up 53-44. 3rd

  82. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Sometimes DP, you gotta let people vent even when they are wrong…

  83. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Wow. 11 grounders. Just think how horrible his obp would be otherwise, but I am talking about iffy balls where you are not sure. To my eye, he is not all that fast down the line.

  84. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    The reason you don't want Storen facing lefties. To easy.

  85. NatsLady - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Jeez , Ryan Howard running the bases—LOL.

  86. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    LaRoche has to get that ball.

  87. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Storen finally getting some action….

  88. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Shark didn't start tonight because he's left handed. Davey hoped that Lombo batting RH could get a hit or two against the lefty Lee. Was worth a shot.And now, ladies and gentlemen, our new mop up guy, Drew Storen.

  89. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    You get the game to within 2 runs and now!

  90. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I thought AL was on the kine again those are the ones he has had problem. Where was Werth center field?

  91. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I feel bad for Storen… Just a few weeks ago, he was reliable… And now… *sigh*

  92. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Platooning guys works when you are Casey Stengal and you have Hank Bauer and Moose Skowron. With Lombo and Bernie, not so much….

  93. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Mark's post at 10:11 is spot on… Nats are in prime position to close the gap and they can't…

  94. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Braves lost!!!!!

  95. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Storen hasn't been reliable since September of 2012.

  96. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    My prediction of a 500 ball club back in early April seems far too generous.

  97. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    If storen would pull his head out of his fanny and pitch he would be good. It ain't all about 96 mph. He has great stuff if he'd just frickin pitch. Not THROW

  98. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    NatsLady said: "Jeez , Ryan Howard running the bases—LOL." In the words of Maynor G Krebs, "Oh, come now"

  99. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    128 – but Nats gotta win…. They can't keep letting these opportunities pass them by…

  100. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    If Drew gets Frandsen out here then great job on getting out 3 with a leadoff man on 3rd.

  101. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    I feel bad for Det. In the fifth, he was beginning to get hit hard — but right at people. Time to get the bullpen warm. Did we? Of course not. In the 6th, Det gave ground, exhausted, he pressed on nearly getting out of his jam striking out two — he was totally gassed. Did we get him help? Nope.Management is either paralyzed, too old, or just plain dumb.

  102. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    How about that? Great job Drew.

  103. NatsLady - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Wait–the Fillies couldn't get a guy home from 3rd with none out? I thought that was just the Nats?

  104. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    MrsB, at least you will worst case scenario gain a 1/2 game on the Braves today and best case 1 1/2.Lets see it Nats!

  105. paul brandt - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    nice job drew!

  106. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Yawn. It is not like Storen was pitching under pressure. The Nats can't get 2 runs in an inning.

  107. do1teach1 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Seeing Frandsen bunt with two outs and a runner on third, stands in stark contrast to the utter lack of imagination of the Nationals' offensive attack.For three months we've waited for hairy-chested guys to hit three-run homers. And what do we have to show for this lack of imagination? Nothing.

  108. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    You must be fun at parties, William. Do you EVER say anything positive? Lighten up!

  109. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Nats have got to bring .300 hitting Corey Brown up — he's a natural outfielder – and a good one too.We gotta get little weak Lombo out of the outfield. I thought Rizzo wanted a good defensive team (dumping Morse). Whats all that about? Shark's time is up too —

  110. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Nice job giving up a lead off triple? He fought out of it, but the Phillies hardly seemed worried about getting an insurance run….

  111. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Good for you Drew…. He gave up the triple but did his job in making sure not giving up a run…

  112. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    That was a huge run that drew left out there. Ok now boys. Lets go. Get mantle….er….Tracy loose. I got a feelin here.

  113. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Matt Harvey seems to be an amazing pitcher, the most talented pitcher in the NL, maybe…..

  114. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    William sounds no different than 50% of everyone else here tonight. Lay off him why don't you.

  115. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    My assumption has Harper in left.

  116. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    We don't have anyone who can strike out 13 in a game.

  117. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Zimmerman gets a hanger and pops it up.

  118. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Strasburg can't strike out 13 in a game? News to me. Just because he hasn't done it yet this year doesn't mean anything. Wait until Harvey is around for a few years.

  119. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    I admit it. I am angry at most of the Nats. They seem not to even care. Why do we?

  120. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Can the return of Harper and Ramos turn the Nats into a pennant contender? don't think so

  121. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    128 – I'm keeping my hopes up for 1.5… Of course I will gladly take .5…Beggars can't be choosy…

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Clayton KERSHAW.

  123. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Harper sits on the sidelines while the Nats burn….

  124. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Need a runner for Tracy

  125. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Werth almost golfed that into the seats.

  126. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Oh I think they care plenty.I think they need some young, fiery leadership — and some smart, sharp coaching. I think the entire coaching staff (except Tarasco) should be shown the door. and the sooner the better

  127. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Strasburg can't stay healthy.

  128. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Less Platu, why Tarasco? Just curious. Is there something special about him different from the rest of the coaching staff?

  129. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    You make seem mild, you are so negative.

  130. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Desmond with the clutch contact.

  131. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    We are now 2 under .500 — and more to follow. Baseball is a funny game.

  132. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    And that is why I hate first pitch swinging….

  133. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I blame this one on the umps. If we had a few more balks, we would have been right there.

  134. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Strasburg not being able to stay healthy is a myth. He's had two injuries-Tommy John and a lat injury that many pitchers get. He's not injury prone. And we have no idea how healthy Harvey is or isn't, he's been around for a few months.

  135. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    At least Ian swung, but a dinky grounder to third is not quite going to get it done.

  136. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

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  137. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Looking on the bright side, we picked up half a game today without lifting a finger.

  138. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    When I read that Tarasco was putting in the hours trying to teach Span how to steal bases (back in late April/early May) and by the fact that coaching first base, you don't get a chance to mess up — I see mistakes being made by every other coach.

  139. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Idk why some of y'all even try…

  140. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Runs 3 and 4 for the Philkies the difference. We know when they scored

  141. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    "Hey Eck, Davey n Riz wanna see you in the office.""W-w-w why ?""I don't know, but they said to bring your clipboard with you."

  142. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:53 AM

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  143. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    I hope you are right about Strasburg, but I seem to recall him coming out of two different games this year for minor injuries and missing a couple of months and he wasn't healthy enough last year to even pitch relief in the post-season. His velocity is down from three years ago and he still seems to be a decent pitcher but probably no Matt Harvery.

  144. Less Platu - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:54 AM

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  145. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Why does Span need to learn how to steal bases after six years in the majors?

  146. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Less Platu said…Nats have got to bring .300 hitting Corey Brown up — he's a natural outfielder – and a good one too.We gotta get little weak Lombo out of the outfield. I thought Rizzo wanted a good defensive team (dumping Morse). Whats all that about? Shark's time is up too —————–/——////////Check your facts before posting something so ignorant. Corey is hitting ,245 and is striking out a ton, as in 50 K's in 147 AB'sI'd like his OF skills, but he is struggling big time at the plate.

  147. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Zimmerman, Desmond, ALR and Span have all been pathetic lately. Rendon is the only one playing at all and no one has any idea when Harper will be back.

  148. paul brandt - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    ok, Les, now you are just annoying (AGAIN), my kid plays "girls" soccer and you know what, i am sure she and all of her teammates are much tougher than you…go away…in your case "Les" is not more, move on.

  149. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    I think Bernadina is out of minor league options.

  150. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    You were the one that said Brown was hitting.300I made no mention of Bernadina. Go back under your rock.

  151. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Span looks hurt at the plate. He looks like he is 40 years old. That little flair he hit to left his last time up was weak as a kitten. you gotta sit him down. Lets see what the kid in Harrisburg has. Or Brown. And Haren all of a sudden gets a sore arm and goes on the DL. Its time to start makin some moves, cause the guys we got here ain't getting it done. And like FP was saying, this division is up for grabs

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  154. natsfan1a - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    test

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NEW YORK 62 71 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 61 72 14.5
Through Wednesday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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