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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. Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    4-0 Mets in the bottom of the 8th. The braves have struck out 13 times and there isn't even anybody named Upton in the lineup.

  2. natsfan1a - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Sounds like the weather here. My cat does not approve.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    uh-oh…bases loaded, nobody out for the Graves.

  4. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Joe, we have the Barfs discussion going on the other post.

  5. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Actually the Philadelphia radar doesn't look bad after 6:30 tonight. If they are willing to wait until game time (and who wouldn't want to play the Nats right now?), they'll probably get this one in. GYFNG!!!

  6. Tcostant - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    NY Mets 4, Atlanta 3 after 8 innings.

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Leftover comment from the Haren post. I'm afraid Davey's cryptic "We have a lot of faith in him" comment about Haren could go alongside "John is my No. 5 starter" for LannEn.

  8. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Span leading off and Marrero and Kobernus back to the bench.

  9. sjb - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Especially since if this is rescheduled for the next Nats series in Philly starting July 8, chances are Harper will be back in the lineup.

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Lineups on twitter. Span back in if they play. Ruiz back in catching for the Phillies.

  11. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    7 pitch K of Laird

  12. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Great Uggla gets an infield hit on a 0-2 count

  13. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Simmons 1st pitch swinging flies out. 2 out. BJ Upton pinch hitting.

  14. David Proctor - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Braves lose.

  15. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    BJ Upton out. Braves lose. 4-3

  16. Nats 128 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    At least the Mets didnt lose this in a walkoff.

  17. Tcostant - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said… Leftover comment from the Haren post. I'm afraid Davey's cryptic "We have a lot of faith in him" comment about Haren could go alongside "John is my No. 5 starter" for LannEn. Me: More like "Rizzo stuck me with this bum"

  18. Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Personally, I am so glad that we didn't get either Upton.

  19. Tcostant - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Mark about to be on 980am – tune in.

  20. Mark P - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Podcast is already up. Those guys are fast!

  21. Tcostant - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Summary – The Nationals need to have better luck.

  22. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    There has been some iffy baseball, but you have got to admit that not much has gone our way, either. So we have the worst BABIP in baseball? Feels like it.

  23. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Gosh, seems like I missed a lot of good discussion today….Like this line up better than last nights, of course….

  24. Tcostant - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    The fact is we're lucky to be only one game under .500

  25. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Tco – I think most of know that, regarding your post at 5:01 (not saying this snarkily or anything)At 1 point we had 5 people batting under 500 (including the pitcher) in our line up… The magnitude and timing of injuries hasn't helped us at all… We suffered injuries early last year but not to our best players or the SP…That's why I honestly believe, when we finally see the line up DJ had in mind, we instantly get better and I see us going on a roll….

  26. JD - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Mrs. B. Yes but we don't get to face Mr. Lannan tonight, unfortunately.

  27. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Under .200*That's what I get for multi-tasking…

  28. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Come on JD… Don't kill my buzz… Here, I will let you have my kool aid and my rose colored glasses….

  29. JD - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Mrs B. Sorry. I was very discouraged last night. I thought we had things lined up pretty well with Howard and Papplebon done and also Bastardo and Stutes. If we just make it to extra innings I think we would have won.

  30. Candide - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Did you catch Mark's tweet to the right? Links to a quiz – Do You Know MLB Rules?I took it. Got one right answer out of ten questions. I'm going to go crawl back into my hole now…

  31. Section 222 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I got 4 Candide. Humbling.

  32. Candide - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Previous link was the article about the quiz. The actual quiz is here.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Any word if Harper jogged today?

  34. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Totally understand JD… But I'm hoping that tonight we make Cliff Lee look like C Hmmels… The opposite of making a bad pitcher look good is my angle…. But last night's loss didnt piss me off as bad as the 3rd Cleveland game…. —> ugh!I took the quiz and got 6 correct….

  35. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    2 out of 10 correct. Test gave me a migraine.Might have to start the bourbon and Maalox medication a bit early tonight…

  36. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM

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  37. JD - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    4 as well.

  38. Section 222 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    If you take the test don't talk about the questions!!

  39. Section 222 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    The article is a lot of fun. Great quotes from smart baseball players who didn't get many questions right.

  40. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Oh…. Sorry…. I thought you took it…. My bahhhhddddddd…..

  41. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Nats playing tonight?? Yea or Nay? Hits, hits, hits!!! Runs, runs, runs!!!! National Det Finds His Mojo!!!! Davey gets tossed!!!!! Passion! Drama! Go Nats!!! Ok- I don't want to burn out before the game.

  42. original Nats Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    got 3 right and learned something

  43. Section 222 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I did take it, but others reading and commenting here might not have.

  44. Iowa Nats Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Got 7 right , but my understanding of some of the correct answers was off. Fun quiz — thanks for posting.

  45. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Started- glazed over and decided to read the article.

  46. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    JD, I thought so also for extra innings.

  47. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Speaking of extra innings… Wonder when DJ will call Abad again… I know a concern for him was over using him… I didnt think it was a bad pitch by Abad either…

  48. Candide - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    MrsB – please delete your comment where you talk about the answers. Thanks!

  49. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Done… I learned something from the quiz…. Thanks!

  50. Eric - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Is the quiz itself conveyed via video or is it available in text?

  51. Candide - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Eric – see my 5:22 comment – links directly to the quiz, which is all text.

  52. natsfan1a - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I got the same score as Aaron [AB] Boone, and my eyes glazed over as well. Also, the cat was distracting me, the sun was in my eyes, and I tripped over a pebble. Now, where's the [AB] ibuprofen?

  53. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    7, and learned two things.

  54. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Apropos of a discussion here a few days back on the still-unresolved MASN contract reset, MLB is now being sued by the City of San Jose over the A's non-move to San Jose. I only saw a short article; what I read suggested a broad challenge to MLB's power and legal status. No idea whether San Jose has a strong case, but obviously some of the issues are similar to those MLB, the Orioles, and Washington dealt with in moving the Expos to DC.

  55. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Hmmmmm. Interesting approach for San Jose. This stalling thing is just appalling.

  56. -Dan- - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I got 9 on the quiz, lost my bid to perfection on the ninth question, ugh.

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Where is the quiz you are all talking.

  58. Candide - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    MNF – see link in my 5:22 post.

  59. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    The quiz is not for the faint of heart.

  60. David Proctor - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Interesting that Ian Desmond went and had a chat with Davey about the team. Said he doesn't think we're playing as loose as we were last year and everyone is uptight.

  61. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    But will Davey take it to heart and do anything or will he blow him off? Seems like his way is to be pretty hands off and let guys figure things out on their own. Davey needs to have a fit and get tossed!

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Thanks Candide.Scored 6, the 4 i missed i have probably have known incorrectly all along.

  63. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Swami @ 6:26: Exactly. And Bud Selig is, once again, seeking a consensus that can never be attained.Re the quiz: Took it. Only NSA will ever know how poorly I did.

  64. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    4 out of ten who knew

  65. David Proctor - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Wow I got 1/10 on that quiz. I'm embarrassed.

  66. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    i could have done better not reading the questions

  67. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    So- Nats who are doing ok right now: 2 Zimmermen, 2 Ians and 2 Rosses. Anyone want to change their name?

  68. David Proctor - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    The beat reporters were joking on twitter that Davey should organize a team bowling trip.

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Out of 25 player and 1 coaches bullpen catcher equipment peol, i am making over,/under number of 200 1.5Eck will win with a 227

  70. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    DP @ 6:49,Probably best not to, as someone would certainly pull a hamstring or otherwise end up on the DL.

  71. NatsLady - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I got the first 4 and then a student distracted me, so I just hit enter. Oh welll

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    if Danny comes back he partners with Haren.

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Stras and Lombo not quitr a match.

  74. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Decision on the game at 7:30. NatsLady- student distracted you from the quiz — or quiz distracted you from student???

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Of course there is Gio and soon Little Gio

  76. Eric - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I got 5/10, but mostly via luck or trying to think about what logic might underlay certain rules. I actually "knew" 0/10, and so basically learned 10 new things.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Ryan Matthews when he returns gives RZim a second match.

  78. Eric - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM

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  79. DWS - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Eugene@6:24The Pro sports leagues have it all over there players. I read an example in Grantland. Selig is either throwing his weight around SD or playing nice MTL Nats and Baltimore.Anti-trust is their greatest fear and they're skirting the border.

  80. DWS - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Sorry A's. And the debacle with the sewer in the clubhouse isn't helping.

  81. Eric - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Oh and thanks for the direct link, Candide!

  82. jeffwx - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    GAme starts at 8:30 I predict

  83. natsfan1a - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Speaking of Selig and WAS/BAL, this is from Monday's Boz chat:Q. MASN DealHave you heard anything new regarding the MASN deal, or is still on Bud Selig's desk for a decision?June 17, 2013 10:59 AMA. Thomas BoswellWe should hear something by 2051, I'd think.Glaciers melt faster than Bud decides.Unfortunately, much faster.– June 17, 2013 12:23 PM

  84. NatsLady - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Yes, but I thought the glaciers were melting now under global warming?

  85. David Proctor - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    8:10 start for tonight's game.

  86. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Cliff Lee. Start the Bourbon and Maalox cocktails early.

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I just mixed some grenedenewith maalox for tonight's game.

  88. ExposedinDC - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Need Det to be his very best tonight

  89. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    I am thinking this in game thread might be fun if we all just got drunk and silly, watched the game with no expectations and enjoyed baseball. Unis will probably be really dirty tonight. I love it when the players are just covered in dirt. Makes me miss Bryce though.

  90. baseballswami - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I will stay calm, I will stay calm, I will stay calm.

  91. David Proctor - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    baseballswami said…I am thinking this in game thread might be fun if we all just got drunk and sillyI'm well on my way…being drunk is the only way to watch this team lately.

  92. NatsLady - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Swami, my student was really curious about the quiz, so I had to quit from it. Then the phone rang and she thought it was the baseball people calling to tell me how I did on the quiz. Kids are funny.

  93. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Mine usually love it when there is a distraction. Especially on the last two days of school. Zero concentration.

  94. NatsLady - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I should maybe wait til I get home… where I have some white wine waiting…

  95. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    David– hate to jinx it but it seems like maybe some of the extreme posters have gone away. I just can't do it when it gets too serious and personal. Have to keep a sense of humor.

  96. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Agreed Swami. I hate it when people get so nasty. It's important to remember it's just a game. A game we all care deeply about, but a game nonetheless. Having said that, f the Phillies.

  97. Candide - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I'd like to get drunk and silly, but at my age, when I drink, I start to feel bad before I start to feel good.So I'll just try to be silly.

  98. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Spent a lot of time with my Philly relatives this weekend. Epic trash talking. Now we are all home- epic texting.

  99. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Detwiler needs to pitch like a Ace!

  100. Candide - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    baseballswami said…David– hate to jinx it but it seems like maybe some of the extreme posters have gone away. Didn't Mark post something a few weeks ago saying that he now has the ability to block individual posters, or at least their computers? Might have something to do with it. Less Platu, or whatever the freak his name was, hasn't been back since Mark deleted a few dozen of his posts.

  101. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    White Sox and Cubs playing tonight… So the bar won't show the Nats game…. Drats.On well Charlie and Dave and y'all will keep me abreast of what's going on….

  102. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Poor Mark- there he was, fresh from the OR, with that quick hook! Made me proud. Hope he had some good drugs.

  103. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    If you divide my hatred Phillies 42% Braves 23% RedSox14% Yankees 9% Marlins 6% Mets 4% Dodgers 1% Angels 1%.Bob Short mosr hated individual.

  104. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    What no Cardinals? Not even Pete F Kozma???

  105. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    When Senators left Cards became my team, now 2 nd favorite team.

  106. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Best be swinging- he is tossing strikes. And stop making it so easy on the pitchers!

  107. Timothy Folk - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    There goes the no hitter

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Well if nobodies own us a real Cy Young type should have a field dsy.

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

    Zimm got your memo, swami…

  110. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Would so love to see Jayson shut them up.

  111. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Need Ross to give up less then Cliff Lee

  112. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Is there anything less than zero ?

  113. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Good first inning by Detwiler.

  114. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Det's face was priceless after he caught that ball!!

  115. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Good inning Ross…

  116. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Oh, Adam. Please figure it out.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Ross nice snag.

  118. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Soon.

  119. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    ALR 0-17 now.

  120. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Verlander 5 earned in 4+ innings so far.

  121. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Orioles making Verlander look likr Hsren.

  122. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    What the hell Ian? Fastball right down the middle? Can't take those.

  123. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    MNF, I like my drinks ice cold.

  124. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Argggggh.

  125. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Desmond lets one go right down the middle.Again misidentification of itger pitch or location.If coach cant help that why have a coach.

  126. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Smh…

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Maalox on tge rockd

  128. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Apparently Desi guessed correctly but Lee missed his location. Of course it worked out in his favor. If course it did.

  129. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    That was another curve to Dom Brown that he rolled over. I'm liking the variety, Det.

  130. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    baseballswami said…I am thinking this in game thread might be fun if we all just got drunk and silly, watched the game with no expectations and enjoyed baseball.———————–What? Isn't that what we all do already?

  131. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Woah Werth don't call for the ball if you can't see it!

  132. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Whoa Werth, you had it all the way, didnt yah!

  133. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Good inning Ross!

  134. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    David, is it Woah or Whoa.

  135. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Joe- guilty as charged! That was a very Jordan- like inning. But Jayson got my heart rate up a bit.

  136. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Something I've noticed about our hitters: we guess too much. if we guess right, we usually do well. But if we get fooled or if the pitcher changes it up a lot, we do poorly. Maybe we need to go back to some "see ball, hit ball"

  137. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I think Woah and Whoa are both acceptable, but I am not sure. It's telling me that Woah is incorrect.

  138. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Justin Upton now batting .243

  139. David - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    can corey brown play catcher?? ok i'm joking. but seriously… what can we do about catcher?

  140. baseballswami - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    David– I was commenting this weekend that I would love to see a series with no notebook- just watch the hitter before you, pay attention and hit. Couldn't do worse.

  141. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Sigh….

  142. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    David (the other one!), wait for Ramos to come back. That's all we can do.

  143. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Det looks like a guy awkwardly hitting from the opposite of his natural side. I wonder if he could hit any better from the left side?

  144. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Yeah Werth was definitely thinking about his wrist there. Probably could've made the play, but I don't fault him for that.

  145. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Werth wasn't falling on that wrist again!

  146. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Decent inning Ross…. Come on Nats bats!!!

  147. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Again misidentification of a pitch or location.If coach can't help that why have a coach.Folks, come on. We're facing Cliff F'ing Lee. For the last decade he's been one of best pitchers in baseball. His command is legendary. If you think a different hitting coach is going to make his pitchers any more recognizable or hittable when he's on, you have completely left reality behind.

  148. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Completely agree Sec 222, but this isn't one night against a great pitcher. A season against good, mediocre and poor pitchers.

  149. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    WHY DO WE TAKE SO MANY CALLED STRIKE 3'S.

  150. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    BOO THAT.

  151. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Laser tag!

  152. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    YOWSA!

  153. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  154. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    A Nats fan caught Werth's home run. Awesome!

  155. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    That was probably the worst swing I have ever seen zim take in his career here. Good going Werth!

  156. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I hear you DavidP, but I just think we need to give it a rest tonight. People take 3rd strikes against Lee because his command is pinpoint and his stuff is filthy. We know that Rendon has a great eye, and can handle the bat. It's no knock on him that Lee has struck him out twice. It happens. But sometimes you guess right, as Werth did. Now let's see Det hold this lead.

  157. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    That was fast..

  158. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Double. Sac bunt. Sac fly One run. Simple

  159. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Phillies playing small-ball with their 2-3-4 hitters. Not sure I get that, but okay. It worked.

  160. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    You've gotta be kidding me… 2 batters and they both only saw 2 pitches..

  161. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    I don't mind only seeing two pitches. Lee is throwing strikes. First pitch is usually best to hit. Lombo's should've been a base hit. I think "taking pitches" is very overrated and works to the pitcher's advantage by letting them get ahead.That ball to Det was outside.

  162. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Lee with a 7 pitch inning and 5 pitches went to our pitcher…Terrible.

  163. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Zim's base hit and Werth's HR were both first pitch swings. Lee is throwing strikes, there's no reason to let him get ahead. If it's a good pitch to hit, hit it.

  164. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Wasn't it ALR's base hit, David?

  165. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    ALR had a base hit on a first pitch swing as well. So all of our hits today are on the first pitch.

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    This is not a Cliff Kee problem, all 70 games we have had this same problem.The question is genetal not specific to that, just reminded me of the overall problem.

  167. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I was on my nightly errand so catching, but I see saw my drift, which Sec 222 missed.

  168. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Werth took his time going into the batter's box to slow Lee down, before jumping on Lee's first pitch.

  169. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Because batters are totally misidentifying or miss guessing the pitch.

  170. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Uhm.. I thought Adam got the hit on the 2nd swing…I hate first pitch swinging…

  171. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Nice play, Span!

  172. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Huge play!

  173. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    I would give it a rest if the team stsrts identifying at a much higher rate.

  174. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Dang, wish I could have seen the throw to home from Denard…

  175. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    MNF, I didn't miss your drift. You've been complaining about Eck for weeks. Tonight the criticism, of Eck, and of our hitters, is off base. We're facing a world class pitcher. You can't ignore that. Great throw and great tag to keep the game tied. Nicely done.Oh, and let it never be said that the Nats have never benefited from a bad ball/strike call.

  176. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Great play by Span and Zook's. Dumb play on the Phillies part to try to score on that shallow of a hit.

  177. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Good job Span.Your most hittable against Lee is the first most often. So do you want them swing less hittable pitch. The game plan is better tonight.Against Lannan that would be a bad call.

  178. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    When the ball is over middle lwer quandrant it will be a strike no matter who is pitching.You sre so wrong, I complained about Eck since April 2010

  179. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Mrs B, swinging at Lee's first pitch is often a good move. If you take the first two pitchers against him, you could easily end up in a 0-2 count. That's not where you want to be.

  180. Section 222 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Ok, MNF, whatever. If you think the ultimate locations of every pitcher's pitches are equally recognizable as they come out of his hand I don't know what to tell you.

  181. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Werth did what Mrs. B wanted the 3,,rd at battook first 2 for strikes.I like the results of swingirg first.Granted strike one at best results in a single to right.

  182. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    I'd be happy if we won this game 2-1….

  183. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    It's nothing wrong with taking the first pitch… Not all the time is it the best pitch…Zook and Lombo did what some of y'all wanted … I'd rather they take a pitch or 2.. Rendon did too…

  184. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    With my eyesight they all look bad, I assume at the major league level they should see it a lot better.

  185. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Revere did exactly what I wish Span would do. Drag bunt.

  186. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Phil's gonna be running here

  187. Secret wasian man - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Why does Zimmerman insist on giving a strike away every at bat

  188. BigCat - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Manassas. When is young gonna be considered a Natkiller?

  189. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Can any of our pitchers actually any one. Unfortunately the answer I believe is no.

  190. mick - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

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  191. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Poor pitching there Ross.

  192. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Sigh. They executed the hit and run flawlessly.

  193. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Unh….

  194. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Detwiler allowing 3-2 count. Kills any chance to stop Revere.

  195. mick - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    very impressed with Det…I feel sorry for him because once again a fine effort will be wasted…I can tell by R Zim's terrible at bats… also, have been a Span fan since day one and Denard made one hell of a play!It does not matter how good our 4 starting pitchers are if your team is the worst hitting MLB team…so sick of the excuses and defending players who are not that good or over rated. R Zim looks clueless at the plate tonight.2-1, game over..i go into each game thinking they have only a 40% chance to win

  196. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Is any warming up or are ee going to have another implotion that Davey never seems to stop

  197. Nats 128 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Ross has totally lost it.

  198. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    What the heck just happened??? Did Det lose control?

  199. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

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  200. phil dunton - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Davey is going to burn out Stammen.

  201. 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.

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

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

  203. 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 …..

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

    Whew…. Big out…

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

    And your boring. And worse probably a liberal.

  206. 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.

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

    Det pitching his heart out.

  208. 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.

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

    One more.

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

    Eck gotta go

  211. 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.

  212. 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!

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

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

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

    And of course this happens….

  215. 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.

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

    Pitch track looked like Det got squeezed on Pitch 2…

  217. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Looked like a ball to me.

  221. 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.

  222. 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.

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

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

  224. 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.

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

    Bingo

  226. 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.

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

    Thanks 128….

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

    He wasnt real sloe, but slow enough

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

    Basehit all the way. Lombo tried.

  230. 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.

  231. 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.

  232. 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.

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

    Sure, just give Cliff Lee all the calls.

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

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  235. 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.

  236. 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.

  237. 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?

  238. 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.

  239. 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!

  240. 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.

  241. 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

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

    Seems like Lee got some gifts… Thanks..

  243. 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,?

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

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

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

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

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

    Back to Stammen and again no Olendorf.

  247. 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….

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

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

  249. 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

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

    Young is a monster…he can hit!!!!

  251. 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.

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

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

  253. 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)

  254. 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

  255. 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.

  256. 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

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

    Mets leave bases loaded in the 9th

  258. 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.

  259. 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.

  260. 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."

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

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

  262. 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.

  263. 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.

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

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

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

    Ha, how about that? Kobernus home run.

  266. 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

  267. 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.

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

    Congrats Jeff Kobernus!

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

    Well, eat my hat!

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

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

  271. 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

  272. 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.

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

    Nicely struck ball by Denard to left field.

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

    span didnt watch Revere did he.

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

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

  276. 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

  277. 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.

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

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

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

    Span should be hitting 7th.

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

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

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

    Spurs up 53-44. 3rd

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

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

  283. 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.

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

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

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

    Jeez , Ryan Howard running the bases—LOL.

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

    LaRoche has to get that ball.

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

    Storen finally getting some action….

  288. 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.

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

    You get the game to within 2 runs and now!

  290. 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?

  291. 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*

  292. 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….

  293. 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…

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

    Braves lost!!!!!

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

    Storen hasn't been reliable since September of 2012.

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

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

  297. 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

  298. 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"

  299. 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…

  300. 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.

  301. 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.

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

    How about that? Great job Drew.

  303. 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?

  304. 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!

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

    nice job drew!

  306. 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.

  307. 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.

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

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

  309. 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 —

  310. 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….

  311. 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…

  312. 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.

  313. 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…..

  314. 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.

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

    My assumption has Harper in left.

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

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

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

    Zimmerman gets a hanger and pops it up.

  318. 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.

  319. 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?

  320. 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

  321. 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…

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

    Clayton KERSHAW.

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

    Harper sits on the sidelines while the Nats burn….

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

    Need a runner for Tracy

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

    Werth almost golfed that into the seats.

  326. 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

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

    Strasburg can't stay healthy.

  328. 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?

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

    You make seem mild, you are so negative.

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

    Desmond with the clutch contact.

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

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

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

    And that is why I hate first pitch swinging….

  333. 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.

  334. 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.

  335. 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.

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

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  337. 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.

  338. 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.

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

    Idk why some of y'all even try…

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

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

  341. 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."

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

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  343. 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.

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

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  345. 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?

  346. 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.

  347. 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.

  348. 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.

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

    I think Bernadina is out of minor league options.

  350. 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.

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

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