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Game 71: Nats at Phillies

Jun 19, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — I hate using the term "must-win" in baseball, especially on June 19. But let's be honest: This is about as close to a "must-win" game as the Nationals have faced all season. They've lost three in a row. They risk getting swept (and passed in the standings) by the Phillies. And they're clearly at a potentially fragile juncture of the season, knowing they not only can't afford to fall any deeper into a hole but that they need to start climbing upward ASAP.

So, it's up to this lineup to finally get something going against Kyle Kendrick, against whom they've had success in the past (he's 4-6 with a 4.90 ERA in 20 career games against the Nationals). Tonight's key, in my mind: The two guys at the top of the lineup. Denard Span is in a major funk right now, hitting .164 with a .220 OBP this month. Anthony Rendon, on the other hand, has been fantastic since his return from the minors, hitting .395 with a .435 OBP. If those two guys can get on base, the opportunities will be there for Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, facing the exact same Phillies lineup that scratched out four runs against Ross Detwiler last night.

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 187
Weather: Clear, 78 degrees, Wind 3 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (34-36)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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554 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    What is really sad is that Ryan is exceeding his career average in ops+ this year.

  2. Secret wasian man - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Agree Mick. He's no leader. And he's no player either. Dump him while we can.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    First real pressure spot for Krol.Go Ian

  4. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    That was a K… Come on Blue…

  5. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Big moment for Krol… Come on kid, you can do it!

  6. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    If we lose this, Davey should make them wear "Natinals" jerseys tomorrow….

  7. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    So here comes the weak single to the outfield…

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    So much for our efficient inning….

  9. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Come on Krol…. I will take a pop up here… Lets get this last out!

  10. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    I was sure that was going to bloop in. Whew!

  11. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Lets win this thing in extra innings! Lets go Nats!!!!

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Walk made me think he is a true Nat in tge 9th

  13. rmoore446 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    We got this one, he said hopefully.

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… For the love of the Baseball Gods please find a way for the Nats to win this game and of course for the Braves to lose. June 19, 2013 8:58 PMThank you Baseball Gods for the 2 runs and hoping you help the Nats to victory in extra innings!

  15. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Not confident in the bottom of our lineup. If we can hold the Phillies, I think we can win in the 11th.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Lombardozzi just needs more muscle on those to get them through the middle.

  17. SCNatsFan - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Wow I thought the above post was kidding Danny with 4 Ks tonight. At least Moore has 2 hits.We do hit home runs once in awhile, don't we?

  18. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Lombo is too slow for those kinds of balls in play. He never beats them out.

  19. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Good hit Suzuki…. Lol, he has a weird run….

  20. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I don't want Kobernus bunting….

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    FP – I have no problem with an ambush bunt for a hit or a wild pitch.

  22. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Wild Pitch…. Come on, guys… Let do this!!!

  23. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Balk?

  24. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Oh Kobernus.

  25. SCNatsFan - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Wow our situational hitting approach is just horrid. What a horrible swing, what a horrible at bat by our pinch hitter.

  26. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Span.

  27. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Dammit.

  28. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Dang….

  29. SCNatsFan - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Pathetic

  30. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Worst acquisition since Nyger Morgan.

  31. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Tired of seeing Lombo in the line up… Terrible swing/at bat Kobernus…Was hoping for Span to make contact and then willing that ball to go further….

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

    Kobernus strands runner on third with 1 out topping a ball which is ok unless hit right at anfielder.We havent done that since Sunday.

  33. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Keep it here, Drew and we'll win it in the 11th like I said all along. Rendon, Zim, LaRoche in that inning.

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    SCNatsFan said… Wow our situational hitting approach is just horrid. What a horrible swing, what a horrible at bat by our pinch hitter.Yep, hard to argue with that.

  35. do1teach1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    The method of torture is not known. The outcome of the torture is known.

  36. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Remember those SAT questions:Lastings Milledge, Nyger Morgan, ________Denard Span.

  37. mick - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    that was so lame….Span was just pathetic… I have defended him all season, but that showed me he is simply an average no account hitter when you need him just terrible

  38. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Ever since Span fouled the first ball off his foot, he has been off…. He needs a day off or so…Kobernus has to get better contact with 1 out…

  39. Eric - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Welcome to the Jungle may have been the perfect song choice. Well played Philly.Go Storen!!!

  40. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I'm kind of in the mood to see a 20 inning game with some infielders pitching….

  41. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    NYjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJer

  42. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    storen needs a 1-2-3

  43. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Elijah Dukes, Marlon Byrd….

  44. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I would have put Soriano in here…

  45. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Storen barely lifts his left leg at all now — change your mechanics — you're playing with fire

  46. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    For some reason Bowden and Rizzo bring a constant flow of mediocre, overhyped outfielders to our team….

  47. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    I guess now that Espi is gone, another scape goat is needed… D Span…Cool beans…

  48. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Damn!!! Good Pitch, Drew!!!

  49. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Wow drew has really developed that change

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    As far back as Galvis was a drag bunt by Span probably would work.Davey and I never agree to that call.

  51. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Nice pitch Drew… Good call Suzuki!

  52. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Good evening. Did I miss anything?

  53. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    When your lead-off guy gets on base at under .300, he is definitely ready to be scaped….

  54. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Watch Rendon take Stutes deep — in comes Soriano and put it in the books

  55. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    My nerves aren't built for baseball…

  56. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    The Phillies working each count on Storen. Do you think their hitting coach talked strategy with them?

  57. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I dunno wanna jinx….but defense is on point.

  58. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Steve M – lets not talk about this… I made mention of that in the first inning….

  59. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    He hit a good pitch — just didn't find an infielder

  60. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Just don't give up he gopher ball, here Storen …

  61. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Lol at the folks jumping behind home plate… Every Nats game I go to, I make sure I sit not in a likely area to get the ball….

  62. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Good job Drew.

  63. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Good inning Drew… Good inning…Here comes 2 runs, right here…. *burning sage, chocking a chicken, rubbing the 4 leaf clovers*

  64. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Good job, Storen!!!! We are scoring runs this inning — yes we Can (thinking positively)

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Who beat out a hit in the 9th and scored the second run? I forget

  66. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I'm itching for the rendon/harper combo….but werth needs one more in him.

  67. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Shaun Marcum for Dan Haren? Any thoughts?

  68. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Drew did his job! Now the Nats bats need to do their and make Drew a winner!

  69. Drew - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Intermission:Tyler Jordan was brilliant again. He gave up one earned in 8 innings for Harrisburg.His ERA at Harrisburg is 0.73.

  70. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Anthony, I love you man but what was that? That's not your game. Doubles!

  71. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    LaRoche is hot again — although no one knows it yet. He may knock it out right here, right now after Zim

  72. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    RZim, keep your head on the ball!

  73. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    What happened to Rendon? I was putting a load in the wash machine…

  74. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    and LaRoche puts us ahead right here for good

  75. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    There it is Zim!

  76. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Just an outfield single, please….

  77. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    That's why we needed just a hit from Rendon. Good shot Ryan.

  78. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Zimmerman got the hit… Trade him!!!!

  79. MicheleS - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Sunshine..i really need some maalox and bourbon.. seriously, I am developing an ulcer

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

    Werth.

  81. Scott Margenau - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Just got in… Why didn't we score on Kob's grounder to right side?

  82. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    I don't think I would have chosen to pitch to Werth. Oh well, Charlie, its your poison.

  83. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Be nice for JDubbs to make 'em pay!!!!

  84. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Take a HBP for the team JDub.Eat Some Face!

  85. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    That was a ball… Come on blue….

  86. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    A B.S. call — well below the knees. I still hate umpires

  87. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    I hope someone told dezi a single is OK!

  88. Drew - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    I meant Taylor Jordan.Resume hyperventilating, incantations.Speaking of burning sage, Werth was incensed.

  89. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Bases are loaded with 1 out… Come on Desi… Base hit… Base hit…. Base hit…. Base hit…

  90. Scott Margenau - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Wow!!!! Let's go Ian!!

  91. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    We need either a balk or for Desmond to let the ball hit him….

  92. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    All Desi has to do is elevate a ball to the outfield.

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Need to hit to the outfield

  94. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Stutes just said: Oh, I thought you wanted me to walk Werth too!!! haha

  95. MicheleS - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    come on desi.. you can doo itttttt….

  96. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Desi is pulling his head off the ball something fierce. If I can see it, cant Eck??? or Davey??? Stay on the ball, D

  97. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Let it hit you.

  98. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    good eye

  99. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    !!!!!!!

  100. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Grand Salami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    We win!

  102. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    OMG… Desi just hit a grand slam… I'm speechless…

  103. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    IAN DESMOND!!!

  104. Eric - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!?????????

  105. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    OMG, I don't believe what I just saw!!!!

  106. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    I guess I didn't miss anything. Desi got it all!!!!!!

  107. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    OH MY FLIPPIN GOODNESS….. SWEET MARY AND JOSEPH….IAN DESMOND JUST HIT A GRAND SLAM…. OH MY FLIPPING GOODNESS…..

  108. Drew - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    He conquers Stoops.

  109. Secret wasian man - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Ahhhhhhhh hahhhhhhhhh sit down Philly fan sit down. Now that was fun. Nice dbl Zimm. Ughhhhhh that felt good. Better than sex.

  110. paul brandt - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    hello mcfly!!!!!! yes, love it!!!

  111. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    We need to let this roll into the home stand and harper return!!!

  112. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    LOL, Lombo. NOW he gets a base hit.

  113. do1teach1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    The worm has turned!

  114. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    a stolen base?? what is going on here?

  115. Scott Margenau - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Way to go Nats! Breakout time.

  116. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Lol…. Hahahaha… Who made the decision to send Lombo… Lol…Sweet baby Jesus!

  117. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Ghost Of Steve M. said… For the love of the Baseball Gods please find a way for the Nats to win this game and of course for the Braves to lose. June 19, 2013 8:58 PMThank you Baseball Gods for the 2 runs and hoping you help the Nats to victory in extra innings! June 19, 2013 9:51 PMOh thank you thank you thank you thank you Baseball Gods for that Grand Slam and please just get a quick 1-2-3 for Soriano.Thank you, NatsInsider.com

  118. Secret wasian man - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Gotta close it out first folks. Nothing's over in this little league park.

  119. Kirbs - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    I need a "eat some face" shirt!

  120. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    I've been very wary of saying "this game is going to turnaround the season" after every big win, but this game feels like a turning point to me. Maybe I'm just being optimistic, but to look so lifeless and then battle back with your leader (Werth) and hit a Grand Slam (easily the biggest hit of the year).Of course, the Nats could lose the next 3 and all that momentum is gone. But it feels big.

  121. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Desi needs to go to the ALL-STAR game.

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Remember Ian's HR vs. putz last year really jump started the late May part of season maybe this will do it

  123. Smatt1001 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Nice Desi!! After the last couple of days I'm going to have to re-watch that a couple of times.

  124. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Hurry back, Ramos

  125. Section 222 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Way to go Ian! And we have another sighting of Sweet Fancy Moses! Ok, so what's our identity now? Heck if I know. But it sure is fun to win one.(Knock on wood.)

  126. BigCat - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    We are gonna go on a roll like no one has ever seen.!But Eck still has to go

  127. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I can't remember the last time the Nats have exploited a bullpen like tonight.

  128. Secret wasian man - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Please everyone take a deep breath and pray for a quick inning. It's not over. Everyone remember game 5? Lets not go there

  129. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    maybe so DP and lets not forget Zims drive when it appeared that one more weak slider and he was done — maybe this will do it.

  130. do1teach1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Mark–is wild cursing permissable now if it is done in the form of excessive praise for our players and coaches?

  131. MicheleS - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    I love when Mark does the SWEET FANCY MOSES. Oh how I have missed it.

  132. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    So which one of you marketing folks is gonna make the Eat Some Face shirts…. I will buy 10…

  133. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    One out, none on — 4 run leadOur chances of winning must be 90%

  134. Scott Margenau - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Malox cocktails on me!!

  135. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    I hate when MASN shows hits from that behind the plate view. It makes it look like every ball is going out of the park.I'm not going to miss playing Michael Young.

  136. JaneB - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    How much do I love Ian Desmond? (Rhetorical question)And man do I love when our guys earn a "sweet facy Moses."GYFNG-ESF!

  137. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Soriano never makes it easy, but gets the job done

  138. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    94.6%

  139. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Me too Michele…. I crack up laughing….I wish this could have been a W for Gio though,… He was good tonight….

  140. NatsFanSinceStart - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Good job Nats — later all. I looked into the future Howard fans

  141. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Sorry, can't read. 96.4%

  142. MicheleS - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I missed that!!!

  143. Scott Margenau - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Kirbs said…I need a "eat some face" shirt!With a big bearded Werth head…I love it! Nats Insider on sleeve.

  144. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    And…… 100%Looking back. Did I read the game was over in the first inning?

  145. paul brandt - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    nice win fellow NI's…yes!

  146. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Alright, alright, alright!!!!Hoping this is it… 17-10 for the month can be done….SO FRICKIN GLAD WE WON THIS DAMN GAME!!!!!!

  147. Section 222 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Two SFMs in three days. That's more like it! That was a sweet fancy win!

  148. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    That reporterette is not bad looking.

  149. Timothy Folk - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Curly W

  150. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Whelp – looks like the Philth didnt sweep us…And on another note, who is making the shirts??? I want 1 in every Nats color!!!

  151. Scott Margenau - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Julie with a face eat reference….lol

  152. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    And we all go to bed with smiles on our faces…I have tickets to Friday's game… Does Haren pitch that game?

  153. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Time for a Natty Boh. I have no idea why the Nats don't reclaim Natty Boh, which used to be their official beer I believe in the 60's and 70's. I had one at the O's-Nats game last year.

  154. Eric - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Uh. Maze. ING!"I've been very wary of saying "this game is going to turnaround the season" after every big win, but this game feels like a turning point to me."I don't know about a turning point, but from the time Werth knocked in the tying run until Desi was 2 – 2 I was grinning like a fool. Something about tying it up in the top of the 9th in Philly just turned this into a fun little heart attack of a game. I was really enjoying myself. I can't believe I didn't wake the kids when Desi hit it out. Holy m**** f****** sh**b***s!!!This is Werth walkoff level folks. In Philly, where by the end of the night they weren't just booing Werth, they were booing Zim, LaRoche, Werth, AND Desi.Just an absolutely perfect game, unless you're name is Gio Gonzalez. Still feel bad for him and all the no decisions.

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