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Instant Analysis: Nats 5, Rockies 1

Jun 21, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

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Game in a nutshell: After an extra innings win against the Phillies on Wednesday night, the Nationals entered Thursday trying to build off the thrilling victory. Stringing wins together has been a tough task for the Nats this year, but having Jordan Zimmermann on the mound certainly helped their cause. Zimmermann was brilliant and carved up the Rockies all evening, retiring 14 consecutive batters at one point. He threw eight innings with one run allowed (zero earned) and put little pressure on Washington's lineup to hold up their end. But the Nats' offense also carried their weight with five runs to complete an all-around impressive victory for the team.

Hitting highlight: Adam LaRoche gave the Nats a nice cushion in the fifth inning with a two-RBI triple into the gap in right field. Denard Span led off the inning with a double off the scoreboard in right-center and Anthony Rendon followed with a single. Both were then brought home by LaRoche who hit his second triple of the year.

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  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    #EatFace

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Dominance with good approach with RISP. Well pitched game by JZim.Back to .500

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Key stat: Anthony Rendon has 25 hits on the season in his first 21 games as a pro. Danny Espinosa had 25 in 44 games before heading to the disabled list.That is the stat of the day plus he will take walks.Span with his best game of the year. Again, you get 3 or 4 guys hitting and you can usually put up with an ugly O-fer from players like RZim and JDub.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    4.70 achieved again tonight, not that they needed it but it's a key to this team's continued success.

  5. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Winning feels good….

  6. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Werth's performance today was bizarre. He was dominant yesterday and then a Golden Sombrero today. Just goes to show that anything can happen in baseball.Great win! Strasburg on the mound tomorrow gives us a great chance. Although last year I saw Strasburg play the Rox and Tyler Colvin hit 2 HRs off of them and they lost 5-1. Hope that's not the case tomorrow!

  7. SCNatsFan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Glad Rendon made a bonehead play at 2b when we were comfortably ahead. He will learn. All the face eating left Werth full and behind at the plate tonight.

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Untucked! Maybe best all-around game of the season.

  9. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Woooooooo Hooooooooooo! (Credit MicheleS, etc. etc.)I untucked, too, even though it wasn't a save situation. I also ate some ice cream, but no face.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I only untuck, in an official untuck situation spoil sport. Sorry.The more emphatic ump calls something, the more he is convibcing himself.Joe. West was calm on his call so I am more convince ALR was safe.

  11. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    In the postgame yesterday, Julie asked Ian why he hadn't untucked. He said because it wasn't a save situation. What a spoil sport. :-)

  12. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO ! that feels great! #ESF

  13. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Anyhoo, going to bed now. Nighty-night.

  14. Water23 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Top of the 9th Mets beating Barves! Go Mets!

  15. A DC Wonk - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    OK, stat-heads — here's a challenge:How many full time MLB starters (other than JZ) have a WHIP of below 0.95 at this point in the season?

  16. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Glad to go to bed with the win tonight…. See y'all in the AM!#ESF#winningbaseballLets Go Nats!!!!

  17. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Matt Harvey and Clayton Kershaw are my guesses.

  18. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Bottom 9 in Atlanta

  19. A DC Wonk - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Never mind — I just found it. JZ and Matt Harvie in the NL. Iwakuma and Scherzer in the AL. That's it.

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Hey Ghost….did you hear Davey say that Jordan misswd being in the lineup in Cleveland and Baltimore?Parnell in to close for the Mets. GO BOBBY!

  21. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Davey does not like talking to the press, esp at the end…will never forget last year after a long road trip and then a home game, he shut it down after like two questions saying he hasn't seen his wife in awhile and would like to see her…haha…could & should have been a good commercial for a certain pharma company…funny.

  22. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Nice play by the worst defensive 2baseman to get Freeman then J-Up grounds out to 3rd.Now get BJ for out #3!

  23. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    DP, Werth took the night off. He didn't want to be on the bases.

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

    Woooooo hooooooooooo. Braves lose with their best pitch Minor! Nats cut lead to 6!

  25. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    barves lose

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    I said I was a spoil sport before that. Worth a drink?

  27. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Braves had 3 errors and other poor defensive plays.

  28. David Proctor - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    We gain a game!

  29. paul brandt - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    yikes, ghost owe you one, oh hell, take 2.

  30. Secret wasian man - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Great game tonight. Can't get over how wide that strike alone was tonight.

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Good job Mets.With pitching last 2 nights kurt getting lots of time with Julie.

  32. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Is it my imagination or did this team look more like the team we know and love? Span– just what I expected. ALR– awesome. Some hitting. Some stealing. Energy. And Jordan– oh, my. Lombo had a nice game– great long at bat, hustle double, looked more natural in the outfield. Rendon looks like he belongs. Nice game. I am encouraged not just by the results but by how they looked.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    But pretty consistant with width. A little narrower late, but not much.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    They found their identity after Tuesday night. They are face eaters.

  35. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Hey Ghost….did you hear Davey say that Jordan misswd being in the lineup in Cleveland and Baltimore?June 20, 2013 10:16 PM Darn, no, I was watching the Braves lose! That is very cool. I will have to watch the replay on the MASN website.

  36. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Braves lose 3 of 5 to Mets at home and it could have easily been 5 of 5. Nats only 5 back in loss column.

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Bartender, thanks Paul!

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… Braves lose 3 of 5 to Mets at home and it could have easily been 5 of 5. Nats only 5 back in loss column. June 20, 2013 10:27 PM With 9 head-to-head games left. I'm still thinking 89 wins may take the NL East.

  39. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Ghost…you gotta multi-task. Davey on the big screen, Mets/Braves on the laptop, and Yusiel Puig going yard on Jason Marquis on the tablet.

  40. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Braves get Brewers at a vulnerable time. No Ryan Braun and Milwaukee looks like they are worse than Miami.

  41. SCNatsFan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Danny strikes out three more times tonight but gets a hit. God I hope the ks are due to a new approach because he's racking them up.

  42. A DC Wonk - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Milwaukee looks like they are worse than Miami.That's reaching pretty low there!!

  43. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    NatsJack, I have LA on now. PUIG! Hoping Marquis gets his 10th win.

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    I missed it what happened to Braun

  45. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    A DC Wonk said… Milwaukee looks like they are worse than Miami.—–That's reaching pretty low there!!They could switch places for the cellar of the NL but then again the Braves had a lock W for today with Minor pitching and he gives up 4 earned and lost.I guess that's why they play the game!

  46. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    MNF, Braun hurt his thumb a couple of weeks ago and they put him on the DL last week.

  47. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Just sent an e-mail to an old high school buddy thanking him for the great job their bullpen did when Niese went out in the 4th.Atlanta is easily catchable.

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    I watch a lot of games, apparently no Brewers games recently.We play Brewers July 1-4 ( have tickets for the first)

  49. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Milwaukee sure transitioned quickly from almost making the World Series 2 years ago to dreadful. Of course, that could never happen to us….

  50. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Nice to see Bryce in the dugout!!

  51. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    WODL, the Brewers have no #1 and #2 pitchers. They have 2 #3's and 3 #6's. That's a recipe for disaster plus they have lost a ton of games in their bullpen.

  52. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Not only nice to see Bryce, but even better to see him looking so good.

  53. BigCat - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Boy, you just get the feeling our pitching is ready to just take off. I mean..come on man…you go Gio, lights out, then Zim, lights out and if you're a hitter you take a deep breath and then remember Big Steven is toeing it up tomorrow night and you gotta just shake your head. Personally, I flip flop Haren and Stammen. I don't think Haren should get any more starts this season. Its gonna be all hands on board this second half

  54. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    The Brewers also let Prince Fielder walk. You can argue about whether he would have been worth the money/years, but that took a lot of offensive off the table in Milwaukee.

  55. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Maybe time for a nice blister to erupt for a skipped start- give the big O dorf a start. Hand in the door? Stiff neck?

  56. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    I think the Brewers only compete once every 30 years.

  57. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    baseballswami said… Maybe time for a nice blister to erupt for a skipped start- give the big O dorf a start. Hand in the door? Stiff neck? I predicted that after last week and it didn't happen. Rizzo seems commited to him but I think he learned with Espi that putting your head in the sand and 'hoping' doesn't work. Haren is great when he's good and lousy when he is bad. Problem is he is lousy more than he's great.Isn't that the reason they didn't bring EJax back due to the lack of consistency?

  58. BigCat - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Danny 3 more K's tonight. Danny, shut it down. Get the operation. Rehab…

  59. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Amazing how tame things are tonight around here. Good thing because Mark is much too busy being on TV to be zapping the nasty posts. Winning has brought out the nice in everyone.

  60. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    UNC close to eliminating NC State, leading 6-0 in the 9th, getting revenge on Rondon, who beat them easily on Sunday.Of course, people on here seem to think that pitchers never vary in performance from start to start, but it is a normal phenomenon.

  61. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Jordan's whip this year is 0.93, which is sensational. Anything under one is great. Anything under .9 is phenomenal, say Walter Johnson, and anything under .8 is other worldly, say Pedro Martinez one of his best seasons…. And yet, he has gotten hammered in 2 of his last 4 or 5 starts. Such is baseball.

  62. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    He is basically the only one getting run support now, though. He was due–did not get much at all before this. This year Gio is the victim when it comes to lack of support.

  63. Eric - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    What a great game to attend!!! Really had a blast with my dad, AND the Braves lost. Great night in Nats town!

  64. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    I signed on just to keep the LOD epithet throwers away.It is not that hard to understand. When the team is doing poorly, many people log on to commiserate with other Nats fans, seeking to understand why their team isn't performing up to their expectations. There is no need to do that when the team is winning easily. We are already seeing what we expected.Everyone has their pet peeves. I despise the people who continually claim that player X or player Y is better than his statistics. Espinosa should be benched because Player Z is an upgrade, when Player Z has an on base percentage about the same as Espinosa and doesn't field as well. It is just because Player Z isn't getting enough reps. We had people on here up to the day that Tyler Moore got sent down arguing that he should be starting because he was good last July.

  65. mick - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    keep it going!

  66. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    And a rare less stress kind of night.

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Where is Mick? He needs to be a regular in winning games too.

  68. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    What happened to that Peric guy? Did he finally get banned or did he slink away after Rendon actually did come up this year and at 2nd base after he claimed he would never play anything but 3rd and only after spending significant time at Syracuse….

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Where were you tonight?I was hoping at the game.

  70. mick - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Manasas…had to watch game at a restaurant tonight…J zim looked great

  71. mick - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    looked like a huge crowd at Nats park

  72. JaneB - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Fun game. Used up the Red Carpet points plus bought some seats to go with friends to the semi fancy seats. But what a different experience from past years! They don't let you in the main room anymore, or even the closer and cleaner bathrooms. El cheapo ice cream. A first world problem, I know. And on a night where we won. But they were treating us like pariahs, when last year they didn't. Not cool.

  73. Eric - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    "Where were you tonight?"If that's to me, I was in 311 row J (last row in the section). Great seats for watching pitches! Never had such a good view for observing batters' timing.

  74. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… What happened to that Peric guy? Did he finally get banned or did he slink away after Rendon actually did come up this year and at 2nd base after he claimed he would never play anything but 3rd and only after spending significant time at Syracuse…. Imagine that. He makes 10 predictions and 1 works out. How's about Espi will never be sent back to AAA and Henry won't be DFA'd and Span will be a bench player and LaRoche should be traded with TyMo playing 1st.

  75. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    OOhhhh, MNF, I think you owe Mick a drink there. : )

  76. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    WODL, GreatSteve'sGhost–just a suggestion, but I'd quit poking if I were you. Just saying.

  77. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Rockies making more roster moves after the game.

  78. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    And if you are going, feel free to advertise it. NIDO "Who's Going" list

  79. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    I got ya. Just let sleeping does lie and be happy about it….

  80. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Is the Bobblehead day going to be a sell out?

  81. mick - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I'll take a drink sofa

  82. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    mick said… I'll take a drink sofaImagine my surprise.But that one's not on me.MNF, I see we're both at Wednesday–If you're there early, look for me at the benches behind home plate at the 300 level.

  83. SonnyG10 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Heat just knocked off the Spurs.

  84. Section 222 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Great game on a perfect night out at Nats Park. The crowd was really behind JZnn. He got a huge ovation for his sac fly. Nice game for Span too. He's a joy to watch in CF, and tonight he hit the ball too. Werth wearing the golden sombrero was unfortunate, but I'll grant him two of those for what he did last night.So Rendon already has as many hits than Espi had in twice as many games. He also had another multihit game, his 7th in 21 games. Espi had 4 in 44. Stunning.

  85. SonnyG10 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Gotta get Stras some runs tomorrow night so we can win 3 in a row. Let's turn a mini-win streak into a big one! GYFNG! #ESF.

  86. SonnyG10 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Can't figure out Jdub's problem tonight. He just was not seeing the ball worth a darn. Nice when the team can pick up both RZim and JW and still get five runs.

  87. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    With King Felix's meltdown tonight, Stephen Strasburg moves to 10th best ERA in the Majors. You have to think that puts Stras in the driver's seat for an All Star spot with JZim.

  88. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    I don't think the All Star game is enlightened enough yet to take a guy with a 3-6 record, not only because of the winning percentage but also because of the low number of decisions.

  89. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Sure, I'll get you one. :-)Manassas Nats' Fan said… I said I was a spoil sport before that. Worth a drink? June 20, 2013 10:22 PM

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