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Game 83: Brewers at Nats

Jul 2, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Nationals scored 10 runs last night, so why would Davey Johnson change his lineup for tonight's game against the Brewers? So, it's Jayson Werth (coming off a five-RBI performance) in the No. 2 spot again, with Bryce Harper batting third and Anthony Rendon batting seventh.

Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 1.64 ERA over his last seven starts) is on the mound for the Nationals, looking to continue his recent hot streak and hoping he gets the kind of run support Jordan Zimmermann got last night. Right-hander Wily Peralta starts for Milwaukee, which has now lost six straight.

I'm off tonight (my only night off in a stretch of 18 days), and Chase is heading out on vacation. But never fear, the talented Ben Standig will have full coverage tonight on CSNwashington.com, and I'll have links to his articles right here on Nats Insider. Enjoy the game…

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Chance of storms, 79 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (42-40)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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389 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Make no mistake This Brew Crew is a bad ball club We need to sweep.

  2. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Big cat agree. Hitting approach tonight sucks. If Stras comes back out and score is 0 0. We could be in trouble. I can't believe there pimpin Harp for allstar game. He missed 31 games. What a joke that game is.

  3. baseballswami - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Peralta recently beat Atlanta, holding them to two hits. He is one if thosevguyscwhonis either very good or very bad. Good tonight after the first two. We had our chances early before he settled.

  4. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Longest warmup ever.

  5. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Should be rolling thru the brew crew. 3 stinking hits. Are you warm yet?…..

  6. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    This Brewer team is a bad ball club that we need to sweep

  7. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Barves playing the fish. We can't afford to lose to the brew crew.

  8. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    BigCat, agree but taking 4/4 is tough in the MLB, would be happy with 3/4.

  9. Nats 128 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Natslady how ever you want to look at it. One of the walks was after the error. Your whole approach as a pitcher changes with 2 men on and there best batter up. Strasburg went to pitching to the corners on Aramais and walked him. With a man on just 1st he probably goes after the batter.

  10. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    This pitcher is the human rain delay. Pathetic performance by Nats hitters tonight. Can't see them scoring tonight. Another wasted effort by Stras.

  11. baseballswami - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Several of their better players are out of the lineup. Holding them to zero. Need to hit- had chances and then seemed to change approaches- back to the awfulness.

  12. Nats 128 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Swm shows up to spread his negativity once again.

  13. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    ALR with the jump of his lifetime and still gets pegged…ouch.

  14. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Yes I do nats 128, get over it. Funny how when the team looks bad you attack me. Swami not real positive why don't you attack him ya big baby.

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    I don't get that steal attempt. Between that and Harp's bunt, I'm just wonderin'

  16. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Like FP said, LaRoche got a great jump but hesitated. I think he beats it if he runs straight.

  17. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Brewers are all sittin on the FB. Keep spinning it Steven

  18. ExposedinDC - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Firing the hitting coach at this point in the season would cause more harm than good and let's give Peralta some credit…he pitched one heck of a game.

  19. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Christian Garcia went 1.1 innings (39 pitches) gave up 3 runs (2 earned). Didn't watch but must be a wild game, the Redwings manager was ejected. Danny has gone 0-6 today (so far–it's a double header). Marrero and Kobernus have remembered how to hit now that they are back in AAA. :)

  20. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    NatsLady, How many K's for Danny tonight?

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    peralta pitched a good game except 1st inning. you want the offense to produce 20 runs each game?

  22. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Danny. Tom Tresh

  23. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    what a play rendon!

  24. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Rendon WEB GEM!

  25. JaneB - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    OMG! That 4-6 play at second was one of the best I've seen.

  26. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Wow!

  27. Joe Seamhead - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    That's why I watch the games right there. Gotta love it!

  28. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Not to take away anything from the previous 2nd baseman but he just wasn't a Web Gem type of fielder. That was spectacular as it saved a 1st and 3rd.

  29. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Tom Tresh? BigCat, you are showing your age!

  30. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    FP, you owe me a drink!I like how Desi showed the ump the ball after the play.

  31. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Aww come on Ghost. A big reason Danny didn't have web gems was because he made everything look effortless there. I'm not a Danny fan and all and prefer Rendon, but Danny's defense is something you can't complain about.

  32. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    No way David. Espi because of his shoulder stopped diving for balls this year. You are absolutely wrong. No way he makes that play.

  33. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    In the first game, 1 strikeout. In the second game, none.

  34. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    I mean when he's healthy.

  35. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Agree. Danny would of made that look easy. But rendon got it done

  36. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Suki has been hot. Run!

  37. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    agree with David. Danny is still better than Rendon as far as defense is concerned.btw please don't run Nats.

  38. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Ghost,really? are you talking about Espi or Lombo? if espi, think you are way off base…he was and assume, still is, an excellent defensive 2b with plenty of web gems in the bag.

  39. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Come on, Chad, get a nice hit so Stras can win this game.

  40. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Tracy goin yard!!!!! Please

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    David, yes, when healthy he makes that play. It certainly became a problem in one of those games right around his birthday that he would reach down and wasn't getting to balls like he used to but Danny would make tough plays look routine many times.Defense wasn't one of Danny's problems.

  42. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Wow the pitch was RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE and Tracy missed it.

  43. JaneB - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    My stomach hurts,

  44. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    sorry, just catching up, but I'm with DP on this one, Ghost. You can't tell me Espi doesn't make that play & neither can I but I think he makes it without having the need to dive…but, hey, doesn't matter.

  45. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Oh Tracy. Henderson makes a huge mistake pitch.

  46. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Chad Tracy. Really? He is awful. How about Lombo. Everybody trying to hit a HR. bad approach

  47. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Yeah. And the next one was right down the middle. Tracy just can't catch up to the 95+. He needs to go

  48. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Can Stras borrow some runs from Gio or JZ in the future?

  49. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 15sDrew Storen for the 8th in a 0-0 ballgame. Brewers bullpen came into today with a 2.82 ERA this season – 2nd-best in the majors.I didn't realize Brewers bullpen was so good. We needed to take advantage of that first inning.

  50. JaneB - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    I hope Michael Gonzales isn;t as good against us as he was FOR us last year. I came to like it when he came in from the 'pen.

  51. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Homer Baily no hitter alert in the 8th.

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    The Giants hitting worse than these 2 teams.Homer Bailey has no hitter in 8th

  53. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Double play would be nice right about now.

  54. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Homer Bailey no-hitting the Giants through 8.

  55. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Brewers are running here

  56. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    is logan schafer related to jordan?

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I owe yoy ghost. On to the 9th

  58. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Dammit Drew…

  59. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Did Storen even look at the runner?

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Storen is ticking me off.

  61. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Better watch it. They will steal 3rd. Drew never looks

  62. Joe Seamhead - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    No, Storen doesn't look at runners.

  63. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Storen is like throwing in the towel. Trade him.

  64. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Did we work on anything in spring training ?

  65. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Storen is unscored upon in 16 of his last 17. Stop it

  66. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Good pitch right there.

  67. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Big out for Drew… Come on Storen… Lets get a double play here…Damn flight delay made me miss most of the game…

  68. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Have you seen the nats try a pick off play at second ALL year?

  69. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Drew, please watch the runners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    None of our pitchers hold runners well… Not just Drew…

  71. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Last guy to thro a no no was Bailey last Sepember

  72. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Brutal.

  73. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Well. Didn't matter if he stole it or not.

  74. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    That may be the game…

  75. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    What is it with when we start complimenting Drew like we did after last night.

  76. Timothy Folk - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Hey get him out the game man… he cant handle pressure

  77. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    We have top of the lineup coming up in the 8th at least.

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Fast ball right down the middle is that what Suzuki wanted?Davey allowed this. When obviously he has nothing you need yank him before he does damage which of course Davey didn't

  79. JaneB - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Man. Bailey is two outs away from another no-no.

  80. Unknown - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Disgusting. I'm done with this game. This team has no heart — 0% chance of a comeback.

  81. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    its like they know what's coming the way they are swinging.

  82. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Nats have 8 come from behind wins in the month of June alone. But you're right, no heart or comeback.I swear.

  83. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Yikes. Harp.

  84. JaneB - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    I'd rather get the run than a crash. Seriously.

  85. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    You just knew after we let that big stiff peralta off the hook that we would once again go into our shell. We haven't done crap since. Sooner or later, even a pitiful team like the brewers will break through. Ohhhh Bryce. A double??? Jeeeeeez!!!

  86. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    It just went to hell in a hand basket…

  87. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Holy sh*t. Drew wasn't even close to moving when he jumped. I've never seen that before.

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Homer Bailey no hitter

  89. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    No hitter by Bailey

  90. Unknown - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!Storen is not a major league pitcher.

  91. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    The catcher running on us now? All of this scoring with 2 outs, is that correct?

  92. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    That was a helluva jump…. Damn, our pitchers can't hold runners at all…This is a bad night for Drew…. Davey has to manage better… His pitcher can't find anything besides his FB… Gotta get him before damage…

  93. karlkolchak - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    And I had just today defended Drew on another site after a writer wrote an article claiming that he was a big part of the Nats' problems and obviously hadn't noticed his recent improvement. Crap.

  94. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Storen as I said earlier ticking me off.Strasburg 3 hits in 7 innings Storen 4 hits in 1 inning.Thanks

  95. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    congrats to bailey.otoh, why was bryce sleeping in of? some serious unluck.

  96. Raphael Talisman - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Isn't it baseball 101 to look at the lead runner?!

  97. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    I tell you what really p***ed me off: Storen putting his hands on his hips and glaring at Harper when he didn't get that ball.

  98. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Everybody kills me for being negative. But are you kidding? Guys jogging stealing bases. Dropped fly ball. You can't defend that. Disgusting by Bryce. And hes supposed to go to the all star game? Storen is despicable. I am just flabbergasted.

  99. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Disgusting by Bryce? He's a 20 year old who is one day removed from a 31 day stint on the DL after crashing into a wall. These are HUMAN BEINGS and things effect them. He'll be the first to tell you he screwed up, but he's the last guy people need to be getting on right now.Drew's refusal to hold the runner on the other hand…unacceptable.

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Last night is history. Present is what the focus must be.

  101. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Yes. That is on drew. But it's also on davey and mccatty. Holding runners is high school stuff and its gone on ALL year. Teams scout you know. This was pitiful. Snd it starts in spring training. "Wild card or bust!"

  102. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    bad inning. clear E by Bryce, was not a double. Drew had a tough inning, no question and must learn to hold runners and locate pitches better than he did 15 mins ago but not ready to give up on the guy.

  103. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    I'm curious to know from those of you who went to Viera this year, did the Nats work AT ALL on holding base runners? I swear we have to have the worse bunch of pitchers when it comes to holding a runner on base.

  104. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    The team is a mess. Fans deserve better. Davey has done an awful job. Team couldn't hold runners last year in October. Through 82 games and alllllllllll of spring training we still can't hold anybody on. That's on Davey.

  105. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    No way to sugarcoat it. He had to limit the damage and he didn't. 2-0 you deal with it. 4-0 is a meltdown.

  106. karlkolchak - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Secret wasian man – with this crappy game I'll say what I've said a few times before, namely that there is something fundamentally wrong with the chemistry of this team that has been causing lackluster play and sloppy performances all year. Whatever magic they had last year is long gone. None of us will ever know what really goes on inside that clubhouse, but something clearly isn't right.

  107. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    To be fair, Drew had the final out and Harper botched it. The final run is the one that really pisses me off because he didn't even bother to look the runner back and that lapse in concentration is just unacceptable.

  108. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Good point David on the final out to Harper.

  109. karlkolchak - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    When Garcia is ready to come off the DL, maybe Mr. Storen needs to go back to Syracuse to work on his fundamentals.

  110. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    As bad as this (likely) loss is, especially with Braves winning, the idea was to win 3/4. We can still do that. Tomorrow's game is big…we need a stellar performance from Det and for the offense to show up.

  111. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    I hate to post this but have any of you thought for a minute that maybe last year was an aberration and that maybe this (2013) version of the Nats is truly who we are?

  112. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    I'm still watching and hoping.

  113. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    gonzo is not coming to a stop in his stretch and shld be a balk…may be wrong, but its a real quick pause.

  114. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    No, because many guys are performing under career norms, KN.

  115. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Excellent posts by the last several people. Is it chemistry? Or no talent. Rizzo killed the bullpen. Getting rid of Morse killed the clubhouse. And eliminated power.. This is a .500 team. That's it. I'm also pi. D that they are letting Bryce off easy. That was a pathetic play on his part. Bryce is playing scared.

  116. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I really think Drew Storen would benefit from a different work environment. That happens to most of us at some time.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Drew 3.82 to 4.75. ERA. That is not good.Holding runners who is the coach respobsible as none arr good at that. NONE.That coach is poorer than Eck because no one is wrking on that.

  118. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    why does jekyl & hyde come to mind when watching this team day in & day out…just when you think they have turned the corner, they lay an egg…don't get it but there are still 3 outs to go.

  119. baseballswami - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    I turned to the no hitter. Kind of glad, too, because at the first sign of it not being 2012 anymore, Nats fans show how un- classy they are becoming. Starting to feel like Philadelphia. Had our chances early, god forbid a reliever who has been fantastic should give up a couple of runs. Stay classy ,Nats fans.

  120. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Last year was no fluke. But Rizzo tweaked the carburetor and now the mower runs like crap.

  121. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    They should have made Storen finish his mess.

  122. sjm308 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Wow – that pretty much suckedI was screaming to take him out after the first two runners were on but of course, that wasn't going to happen. No movement in the pen at all, and yet last night Davey had no problems getting Stammen out.Very disappointed and I also noticed how the game just comes to a snails pace once Storen let's a runner on. Fielders can't enjoy that any more than the fans.

  123. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    We need to look at trends, not individual games folks. This one stings, but we've won 8/12. And in those 4 losses, people always come on and say the season is over. We are going to lose games.This one hurts because Stras was brilliant and we had an early opportunity, but these will happen too. I'm more concerned with trends and I like the way we're going.

  124. Unknown - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    I'm proud of all those who booed. The fans deserve better than this tripe.

  125. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    DP, how many of the 2012 Nats played over their career norms? Right now I'm thinking the Nats of 2013 look more like the 2011 Nats than the 2012 version. And the 2011 Nats were essentially a .500 team.

  126. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    He could final out on Franciso with no runs. Throw ball he hits it at the same angle it was a double play to Rendon.So no reason to be pissed at Harper, be pissed at yourself.This was game 5 to me. He refused to do what he needed.

  127. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Blue Jays have DFA'd Wang. That didn't last long.

  128. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Swami – people are expressing their disgust that the Nats pitchers can't hold runs… Had the batter not fouled that ball off, it would have been a double steal… And Drew didnt even look at the other runner…It is okay for fans to boo… They are paying to see fundamentals and a great game…That has nothing to do with being classy…

  129. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    C'mon Swami. Dropped fly ball and a guy tip toeing to third and the pitcher never looks? That little league stuff. Not MLB. Nobody should have to look at that garbage with a smile on their face.

  130. paul brandt - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    does not look or hear like there are many people left at the game.

  131. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    "DP, how many of the 2012 Nats played over their career norms?"LaRoche barely did. Desmond did, but he's replicating it. Werth didn't, Zim didn't, Rendon wasn't here, Harper was his first year. Who all exactly vastly overperformed except for bench guys (which I will admit is a problem–but not the reason we're losing so many games)?

  132. baseballswami - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    No- they actually do not even deserve to have a team. Five outstanding weeks , 2 runs and the fans are booing???? You have got to be kidding me that our team, who has been struggling and working as hard as they can, deserves their " fans " booing them after scoring 23 runs the last two days. It's Bryce's freak ing second game. I am embarrased by and ashamed of the fans.

  133. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    You guys all cheerleaded when Rizzo started moving Harper all around the outfield. He was a centerfielder and he should have been left in centerfielder. Of all the boneheaded things ever done by a general manager, Rizzo gets into the running for that idiotic move, done he said to make things easier on Bryce.He played center as a rookie and did an amazing job and dumbass Rizzo decides to move him for no good reason at all. Rizzo needs to go.

  134. sjm308 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    First time this year I have left a game early and I pay with a 14 min. Wait for a train to green belt. Just one of those nights. Hate to see a gem by SS wasted

  135. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    As much as I pay for a ticket I expect my team to win. I have no problem booing if deserved or if antone else wants to not boo too that is fine.If tgeir skin for boos they are in the wrong occupation.

  136. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    David Proctor said… Blue Jays have DFA'd Wang. That didn't last long.Seriously? The guy just pitched in the game tonight. 7.13 ERA and that happens.

  137. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Oh, yeah, because that final out to Harper was such a soft fly ball to an injured player, babip and all that. Storen gets 100 percent of the blame for his inning.

  138. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Uhn… They don't deserve to have a team becuz they are upset at seeing lack of fundamentals being played out…It's just like the displeasure being expressed on the board…

  139. DJB - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    There is clearly a chemistry issue. I have a number of theories. Obviously no one knows the true source. Theory 1 is that the source is Ryan Zimm. I've managed a lot of individuals, and when someone says he's not a "rah rah" guy, it really bothers me. It could be he's a lunch bucket player, or someone who is having trouble blending with other personalities. Theory 2 is the "head case" theory. The theory goes that certain players, most prominently Storen and Zimm, are having difficulty with the pressure of expectations. Theory 3 is more imminent; I call it the trade deadline. Some players, most likely Storen, know they are going to be traded, and are none too happy with the situation. Really a bad situation, whatever theory it turns out to be.

  140. Secret wasian man - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    WODL. Trade Span for a bench guy with power. Then put Bernie in left. Bryce in center

  141. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    I have no issues with any fans booing their team as a way to express displeasure… Storen can't hold runners… That was a bad error by Bryce… Davey left Storen in when he probably should have taken him out after the first 2 runners…Paying customers expect better… And in sports, it doesn't matter what they did yesterday or the day before… It matters the right now…It wasnt a good inning by the Nats at all…

  142. Nats 128 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    "MLB Trade Rumors‏@mlbtraderumors44s Blue Jays Designate Chien-Ming Wang For Assignment"Only Rizzo would write 3 one year contracts for a guy like Wang. The Blue Jays made a decision to dump him in less than a month.

  143. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Wang was a 20+ game winner with the Yankees. Nobody could've foreseen his fall from grace. Can we not rewrite history when we're upset, please?

  144. BigCat - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    And let's not confuse peralta with Nolan Ryan either. He was 5-9 with a 5.58 era coming in. He had given up 111 hits in 90 innings with only 50 k's. course, we just can't sniff him. Agree with you kolchak. Whatever magic we had last year is long gone.

  145. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Ghost, this game and the game before. Wang gave the Blue Jays two good games, one below average, and two total STINKERS.

  146. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    strasburg greatKrol niceStoren. Looked like he was pitching to another team.

  147. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    And Swami – don't forget, as soon as Drew threw to first to attempt to hold the runner, fans cheered too….sjm308 said…First time this year I have left a game early and I pay with a 14 min. Wait for a train to green belt. Just one of those nights. Hate to see a gem by SS wasted====So many of SS's game this year remind me of Jordan's last year when he didnt get run support….

  148. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Desmond had he like that in the first it would have been a whole different game.He is the other goat ofcthe game with Storen though his goat only 10%.But 5 runs here and Krol wins

  149. Nats 128 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    David, Wang never won 20 in a season.

  150. waddu eye no - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    come on germans – bomb pearl harbor!gyfng

  151. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Anyone who knows anything about Broadway or Hollywood knows that you do not move your Rookie of the Year centerfield to leftfield unless you are a killjoy who can't enjoy success. Rizzo couldn't stand having a crummy leftfielder who hit, so he brought in a slaphitting centerfielder and ruined his whole story.Cramped thinking. Put Harper back where he was and deal Span and Storen and get us someone with power. Tonight was the first time since the Minnesota doubleheader that we have had a lead-off runner on to start the game. Keep watching for the media to tell us how terrible Harper was in the outfield and how Rizzo had to bring in someone because Harper couldn't field the position.

  152. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Yeah NL – I was about to say… I swear Wang was half way decent for the BJs… But it didnt take them long…

  153. DJB - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    A team that plays poorly deserves to be booed. They get paid millions of dollars. They are not struggling to support a family. On the other hand, the fans that pay might just be. So get off it, Swami, they are not going to take our team. It might just result in a better one.

  154. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Outside.

  155. Nats 128 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Great time for the ump to widen the strike zone.

  156. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    If you can't win 20 for the Yankees, you aren't going to win 10 for anybody else, Mr. Wang….

  157. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Wow… This ump is giving the outside…

  158. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Ump has a date…

  159. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    DP, my point is that some things in 2012 were so hard to predict, the early success of Harper for example, that not many people, me included, saw a 98 win season coming. One big difference I see from 2011 to this year or even last year, is our catchers throwing out base stealers and I place almost all of that on our pitchers. That and we no longer have Pudge behind the plate. Not knowing what goes on in meetings prior to a game or a series, I have to put a lot of this on coaching and believe that holding base runners is simply not stressed by the current coaching staff.

  160. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    I have been a fan of CMW's for a long time. Never–OK, rarely–seen a guy work harder and with more determination against such long odds. I thought for sure he would go to Japan, but he took the minor-league deal and got back to the majors. I thought he might make it.

  161. Nats 128 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Wangs 1st game of the season he gave up 5 runs. 2nd game no runs. 3rd game 1 run. Tonight 7 runs over 1 inning. 2 good games. 2 bad games.

  162. karlkolchak - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Knoxville Nat – I think the truth about this team lies somewhere in the middle–they were probably not the best team in baseball last year (caught a lot of breaks and their bench players all played much better than as we are now seeing than they are normally capable), but they are better than this. I don't know if Davey put it on autopilot after his silly WS or Bust statement or what, but this is a grossly underachieving team that has been less than the sum of its parts and often just doesn't look ready to compete except for the six most exceptional players (Stras, J-Zimm, Gio, Bryce, Desi and Rendon).

  163. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

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  164. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    You're not the only one NL (being a fan of Wang)… That is how I was with HRod for a Long time… But my breaking point came like 2 years ago and had been disgusted he was still on the team…I wish him well but I'm glad he isn't with the Nats anymore…Also feel that way about EJax…

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Did I read right some one complaining about Span?Last 10 games 14 for 40 .350?How high woyld he have to bat to be satisfactory?

  166. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    I do believe any Replacement player would be better than Bernadina — he lets center cut fb's go by — but flails at sliders in the dirt — I'm done. 7th inning — score 0-0. runner on first, no out. Result? 3 outs recorded, same runner still on first. No steal, no bunt, no pinchrunner, no nothing to produce a run. Another Dave Johnson Gem of a managed game. Feel bad for Stras – deserved much better.

  167. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Nats 128, on June 27 also 7 earned in 1.2 innings pitched, just like tonight. So, 2 good games (really, quite good), but 3 bad games. The Jays won the 5 run game on June 11, and Wang went 7 innings when their bullpen was in shreds, so they were more-or-less happy.

  168. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    You are going to play the ten game thing? Well, then Storen was sensational tonight because he was great the last ten games. That is beneath anyone. We didn't need Span. Rizzo wanted him and no one else did.

  169. Nats 128 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    NatsLady, you are right. 3 really bad games and 2 very good games. Hes a 1 pitch pitcher and thats tough. As we kno when Wang doesnt have the sinker working its just BP.

  170. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    I saw a guy in the Mets series for the Mets who was hitting over .400. Hard to believe.

  171. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Storen didnt get the memo that Strasburg and Krol did.No runs allowed tonight boys.You got to read the emails men.

  172. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Storen missed the memo in a game in October also….

  173. Knoxville Nat - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Karlkolchak,I like the six individuals you identified as " most exceptional" and note in particular who is not included, I.e., Ryan Zimmerman, ALR and Werth. Three of the bigger contracts on the team if you didn't already know.And you are spot on in saying Davey's "world series or bust" comment was silly. The rest of MLB is laughing their butts off at him right now.

  174. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Davey kind of talks like Boomhauer.

  175. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    I'm reading the posts and chuckling. (I tuned in late.) Early this year, I was run out of here for predicting a .500 ballclub — citing many things: weak bullpen, no Morse, mistake on getting Haren, poor management of Davey — I am amused to see the very same people who literally asked me to leave (which I did for awhile) are now quoting me. It's all good though. next year, Davey will be gone and we will always have a team, which win or lose, I enjoy watching.

  176. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Werth is hitting .350 over his last month. Ryan Zimmerman has the best BA on the team with RISP and one of the best in the entire National League.

  177. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    It's always interesting reading the comments when the Nats lose vs when they win…

  178. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Davey plays post to post baseball. We run on no one — Everyone runs on us – at will. Teams bunt, squeeze, double steal, hit and run — what do we do? We wait for the long bomb.This team could be so much better — with more imaginative and aggressive managing. No wonder Davey always wears out his welcome everywhere he goes. I can really see why now.

  179. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    I love the month thing and the week thing and the day thing, but you rarely hear about how a player is doing bi-weekly anymore….I would be willing to bet that the Nationals were the hottest team in baseball Sunday and Monday, but today they tied for the least hot. Those sorts of points are worth about how much we scored today….

  180. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I missed the Harper play in left. Did he make an error? Why is everyone so mad at him?

  181. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Very disappointed in the final boxscore. Stras pitched real good. Defense came up big except for RZim's error and Harper's strange play which should be an error.Storen's big mistake was the walk to Weeks. That started the issues along with his inability to hold runner(s). Unless Dru can change his ability to hold runners he will be in a stopper role and go until runners get on base with less than 2 outs.

  182. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    I am enjoying the Mets/Arizona game. Arizona playing terrible ball, really bad. Just gave up a run because Goldschmidt wasn't ready. Miami was doing OK, leading 3-2, I thought they had a chance to win it but their bullpen COMPLETELY imploded.

  183. David Proctor - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    New post

  184. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Harper went up against the wall and the ball sort of slipped out of his glove. People are saying he just shied away. Myself, I don't think the ball was an automatic out (neither did the official scorer, who scored it a double). Harper had the right read on it. That would have been the third out, and the game would have been 2-0. However, just prior to that, Span had caught a very long ball in center. They were teeing off Storen big time.

  185. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    NatsLady, we were talking this morning about the NL West. I predicted LA will win the NL West with 86 wins.I think JD said the Giants will take the NL West.Corbin will get his 1st lost of the year. He was ripe for a bad game.

  186. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    They will win the east.I am not a negative Nellie as far as record goes

  187. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Swami – Bernadina was signed by Montreal in 2001 as an amateur Free agent.

  188. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Ah! thanks Nats Lady — I gotta find some replays. Poor Storen — just doesn't have it this year. Did he really stare down Harper? My opinion of his character will drop as low as my opinion of his pitching if he really did.

  189. Unknown - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    2012 was not a fluke. Nats earned it all. Braves had 4th highest win total in MLB. This year, injuries and poor hitting by Span, LaRoche, Espinosa, and Suzuki, and the abysmal fielding have essentially wasted the work of one of MLB's best pitching staffs, especially with Duke and HRod gone and Krol here, and hopefully Garcia coming. Oh, yeah, and Haren being just putrid. With a little better hitting and a consistent 4th and 5th starter, this team can get back to being a top five in the NL. But it might not happen until next year. If still treading water at deadline time, you have to move Span and LaRoche for younger guys.

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W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 19.0
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x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.5 +1.5
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
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