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Game 88: Padres at Nats

Jul 7, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Winners of three straight, the Nationals today seek their first four-game win since early-May. They are finally on something of a sustained roll, having won 11 of their last 18. That doesn't sound impressive? Well, that's a .611 winning percentage over the last three weeks, a rate that over a full season would equate to 99 wins. Obviously, they've got to prove they can do this for more than three weeks, but it's certainly a start.

With left-hander Robbie Erlin on the mound for the Padres, Davey Johnson is giving Adam LaRoche a rare day off. In his place is Tyler Moore, who starts only his third game of the season at first base. The rest of the lineup stays the same, with Wilson Ramos back in there behind the plate. (Another interesting note: The Nats this season are 11-5 when Ramos plays, 34-37 when he doesn't.)

Stephen Strasburg, owner of a 1.29 ERA over his last nine starts, gets the ball this afternoon against his hometown team. He hasn't surrendered more than two earned runs in any of those nine outings, quite a stretch of dominance for the right-hander.

I'm off today, taking a quick breather before heading to Philadelphia tomorrow. Enjoy the conversation…

SAN DIEGO PADRES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 90 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (45-42)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    So much for moving Span back in the lineup vs LHPs. Time for Span to get back to his historical good numbers vs LHPs.

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    yes GoSM. Hope today is the day.Hope to also see Moore's one of towering blasts today. Been a while.

  3. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Wonk, if your'e reading. I'll be there in 314. See you at the picnic tables beforehand if I get there in time.Found my Stras shirsey with the now vintage NATIONALS script on the front. So I'm looking for his first no-no today. Too much to expect? Ok, just a quality start.

  4. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Nice move to give ALR a day off. Ty-Mo, it's your day. Ghost, Span is Davey's leadoff hitter. That's just not going to change, especially now that he's heating up.

  5. A DC Wonk - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Section 222 said… Wonk, if your'e reading. I'll be there in 314. See you at the picnic tables beforehand if I get there in time.The picnic tables are, what, 312 or so?Also — how do we recognize each other (since we don't have "NI" signs yet?Here's how to recognize us. My beard is long overdue for a trim, I have a red Nats hat and a white Nats t-shirt. The cute Mrs. Wonk will be wearing a _pink_ Nats hat and blue t-shirt.

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Sect222, you are correct. It won't change so we have to hope Span changes. Just waiting for him to progress to the mean. His numbers vs RHPs is All Star quality so once he turns around his batting vs LHPs his season will turn around. I just don't know how much longer you can wait on his batting vs LHPs. The man is the leadoff hitter and table setter.

  7. SCNatsFan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Boy a sweep would feel niiiiice

  8. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I would think they bring Desmond to Citifield given the injuries at AS shortstop

  9. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Go, Stephen! Go, NATS!!(Also, Quinn Wolcott? What is this, the Algonquin or a ballgame? Oh, nevermind.)

  10. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    and they ought to give Soriano the day off. I'm sure they will..He looked more shaky than usual yesterday. Thank you ALR for the amazing glove sve. He should have been a goalie too.

  11. SCNatsFan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I've never seen a reliever who gives up more base runners but gets the job done then soriano, or it certainly feels that way

  12. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    And Espinosa heating up, he is showing he can do it.If this keeps up, he can become a key trade chip for an sp of Garza, nolasco caliber

  13. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I'm hoping we're up by enough that it's not a save situation. Storen seems to be Davey's go-to closer of choice when Soriano is unavailable and despite yesterday's great outing…I'd rather not see him.

  14. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    yes, and they used him 3 days in a row. I hope they can use Krol/Abad/Clippard to give some rest to rafael

  15. sjb - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Of course, the player with the least time off has been Desmond. He has had exactly one off day this season, May 19 at San Diego. Espinosa replaced him (and, unsurprisingly, went 0 for 4). You would think he should get some time off in the second half, but who would replace him?

  16. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    lombo could, you could move Rendon to SS also

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I was in 314 yesterday

  18. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    My understanding of this guy pitching is that he's a rookie with a good fastball, but can't command his secondary pitches. Sounds kind of like a less-impressive Zach Wheeler. Hope we welcome him the same way we welcomed Wheeler.

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Tables at about 312

  20. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Desmond has come out and said he doesn't want days off. I'm not convinced that everyone needs them. There are guys (rare, but they happen) who play every inning the entire season. Adam Jones for the O's (vomit) did it last year. Machado was doing it this year til he got ejected.

  21. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I was behind you MNF, standing. Could not sit next to the Mayor of Natstown in my usual seats, sect 135, row C….too hot. He was there the whole game…admirable

  22. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Need to get this one. Since GIO Zimm and Stras definitely not pitching tomorrow.

  23. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I was shocked when he went 3 up 3 down Friday night.

  24. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    good..they should be patient against the rookie.

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I was in row H second from back, sitting with Mrs Manassas.

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    All coming off DL have played well. Haren will pitch well even in Philly.

  27. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    perfect seats in my book…May change my Teddy plan seats next year, but will miss the Mayor and his groupies.

  28. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Wonk, don't think I'll make it much before first pitch unfortunately. I'll recognize you though since we've met before. I'll have on a white Stras shirsey. If you feel like wandering over after the third inning, I'll try to make a quick dippin dots run at that time with the youngster who'll be with me.

  29. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    My buddy I often go with has Teddy in 313

  30. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Ryan Zimerman hasn't had a throwing error since June 9. Of course, he's had a few fielding errors…but still.

  31. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Ray Knight just did a pre-game interview with Stammen and called him the most valuable pitcher. The whole interview was sugarcoated and Stammen says he feels great. Ray never asked him what's been wrong in his last 6 appearances. He's had 1 good relief appearance within that span.Here's the numbers in his last 6 appearances, 8 innings, 10 runs scored, 6 of them on Stammen's ERA and 4 on the starter's ERA as he allowed 4 inherited runners to score.Ray can lob Stammen the easy ones, but get real, there's something wrong. Since May 31st he has also picked up 2 losses when he gave it up in tie games.

  32. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Stras with the breaker for the K on the lefty!

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    What a curve on eah of the first 2

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Stras with the breaker breaker K on 2 lefties and the righty somehow pulls the outside pitch just past Desi for a single. Just when we were all thinking No Hitter.

  35. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    That might've been Strasbrug's most dominant inning of the year, despite the hit. That was absolutely filthy.

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Despite a hit, Stras looked really solid.

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    David we agree.

  38. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Look at Span going the other way lately. That's a great sign.

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Span getting a hit off of the lefty is a big deal. That's the way to make your manager look smart.

  40. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Way to go Denard! Lead off hit off the LH, then get in scoring position.I wouldn't even entertain the possibility of moving him down in the order.

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Look at Desi going the other way with a smart out. Now Span sitting at 3rd with 1 out. That's situational bat control.

  42. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Harper with another RBI and a hit against a lefty

  43. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Harper goes oppo single!

  44. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Davey is a genius ;)

  45. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Three hitters, nobody pulling the ball, or swinging for a six-run home run. Pitcher pounding the strike zone.

  46. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Way to go, Harper!

  47. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    (Also, Quinn Wolcott? What is this, the Algonquin or a ballgame? Oh, nevermind.)It's not the twenties yet. Silly to blame it on dates, anyway.

  48. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    This guy must have a weird delivery or something. He blew fastballs by both Zim and Werth (although Werth made the out on a curve).

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Erlin is a lefty who in inning 1 looked solid against righties and not so ggo against lefties.Not normal.

  50. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Left handlers 2-2 and right handlers 0-3 against the LHP.

  51. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Owe you a beer, MNF!

  52. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    LH actually hit Erlin better, according to his stats. Way better. Wonder if Davey realized that when he took LaRoche out. Was probably a scheduled day off for Adam anyway though.

  53. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I was hoping the Nats were going to knock this kid out in the 1st. 1 run in that inning is lucky for the Padres. RZim up with a 3-0 count and then goes down on 3 straight in the zone.Oh well. 1 run is better than none.

  54. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    It's 92 here–anybody see a temperature on the field? There's sure no shade out there today.

  55. Candide - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    A DC Wonk said… Section 222 said… Wonk, if your'e reading. I'll be there in 314. See you at the picnic tables beforehand if I get there in time. The picnic tables are, what, 312 or so? Also — how do we recognize each other (since we don't have "NI" signs yet?I've been saying for a while that someone should come to each game with an 8 x 11 sheet of paper that says, "NIDO Settlement Here."I won't be able to do it for a while; Cunegonde and I are in France until July 14. Going to bed each night before first pitch, waking up to fire up my phone and checking MLB At Bat. Hardly an adequate substitute.Update: Nephew #1 (lives in DC, also a Nats fan also here in Provence) just walked into the room – "Nats on top, one-nothing."

  56. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Is it me or is Strasburg's velocity down? A lot of 93s.

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Stras looked good first 6 batters than suddenly….

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    David Proctor said… LH actually hit Erlin better, according to his stats. Way better. Wonder if Davey realized that when he took LaRoche out. Was probably a scheduled day off for Adam anyway though. That's an interesting analysis. Definitely need to see where that goes today.

  59. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Thank goodness the pitcher was up. All 93-94 in that inning.

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Braves behind by 2 runs.

  61. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Stras has thrown 33 pitches and only 2 changeups. Fastballs and curves today so far.

  62. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Is it me or is Strasburg's velocity down? A lot of 93s.Maybe he's pacing himself in the heat?

  63. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    How many times will Carp refer to Everth Cabrera as the All Star today.

  64. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Stras's velo is definitely off today unless the radar gun needs recalibration.I wonder what the stadium gun says.Stras reared back against the pitcher on the K and was at 94.

  65. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Ghost, over-under? I'll put it at 6.5. I think he's got 2 already.

  66. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Curveball K of Everth Cabrera tightened up this time to start over the middle of the plate. Great call as the batter was thinking changeup.

  67. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Definitely over 6.5. He's at 3 now ;)

  68. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    That last pitch was 96 on the black. So nevermind.

  69. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    David, I wonder if they recalibrated the radar gun in the 3rd inning.

  70. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    So that's two things Strasburg is clearly not concerned about today: pitch count and hitting people.

  71. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Batter would have been dead there with a decent throw.

  72. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Rendon rushed that needlessly.

  73. sjm308 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Not a good throw from Rendon

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Strasbug is like jekyl and hyde. Great or throwing way to many balls.My buddy and I said that where Suzuki bears Ramos is catching throws coming in. Ren dons throw not easy to catch, but should habeen caught. He was out by 4 teps. Jyst catxh it.

  75. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    The throw from Rendon was awful. That kind of throw could put Ramos back on the DL

  76. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Rushed but catchable

  77. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Learning Moment there, maybe, for Rendon. With his back to the play, it's hard to see where the runner is when you take the throw. Next time, he'll know to check quickly first, and know who's running. Still, even rushing it, he needs to get that closer. I expect he will, next time.

  78. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    You expose your catcher with a high throw like that. That HBP comes back to bite Stras.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    The runner was not close to home, so no danger, though had he been close then danger.

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Wasnt a good throw, but it was catchable.

  81. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Rushed but catchable That didn't take long. It's a catcher's mitt not a fielder's glove. Sheesh.

  82. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Stras has been Jekyll or Hyde this game. Great pitches and terrible ones.

  83. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Cardinal sin walking the opposing pitcher even if it is the Silver Slugger.

  84. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Another failed Span bunt. I don't get why he keeps trying it.

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Did i say easy? No catchable.

  86. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    If Span could get those bunts a foot or 2 closer to the 3rd base line those outs would be hits.

  87. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Well, it was catchable in the sense that Ramos did get the mitt on it, so it's possible it might have stuck, but "should have been caught"? No way.

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I basically watch 20 games a week and seen about 50%-60% like that caught

  89. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    MNF, catchable by Joe Mauer and some of those other 6'5" catchers.

  90. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Ramos had to leap into the air to even get his mitt on it. I don't think that's fair.

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    He fails because he places bunts in the wrong place. Lefty pitching. Bunt to first base side toward second baseman.

  92. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    That works too

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Posey caught 2 last night Brandon Crawford threw just like it. He is not that tall.

  94. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    For the record, Ramos lists as 6 foot, even. He did well to get to that at all.

  95. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Need Zim to come up here.

  96. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… I basically watch 20 games a week and seen about 50%-60% like that caught Really 50-60% like those caught in a week? I rarely see throws like that. Most throws to home are caught on a line or bounced in or way offline.I must be watching different games because this is my 88th Nats game of the year and the 1st I've seen all season thrown that high to a Nats catcher.

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I never said it was easy, i said catchable. Not complaining as much as you guys are defending.

  98. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    GRAND SLAM RYAN ZIMMERMAN!!!

  99. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    ZIM!!!

  100. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Posey lists as 6' 1", but looking at their body types, I'm guessing anybody nicknamed "Buffalo" didn't get that for his ups.

  101. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    A Granny from the Z man!!!!

  102. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Zim looked good.

  103. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Sorry if I'm piling on, there, MNF.

  104. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    This is the Nats last year. First time around the order, sometimes they did damage, but not always. Second time around, WATCH OUT.

  105. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    C'mon, Rendon, we want pizza!

  106. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Nats at the 4.70 and Stras got run support!

  107. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I plam to drop as you guys think i am complaining though i was commenting not complaining.Avila caught a similar about 10 minutes ago and missed the tag.It was a hard play leave it that.

  108. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    RENDON!!! HALF OFF PIZZA AGAIN

  109. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I AM the Summoner today! Cool!

  110. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Time to pile it on!!

  111. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Rendoner!

  112. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    wow sofa, you called that one.

  113. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Speaking for myself, I thought you were commenting, not complaining. Again, sorry for beating the horse.

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Rendon back over .300

  115. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Way to go, Zim! Four rounds of NATS! NATS! NATS!And now Anthony Rendon! YOWSA!!!MNF, it was a very tough ball to catch, not impossible. None the less, I have seen a lot of catchers get seriously hurt by getting their legs cut out from under them on high throws to the plate. The fault on that play, in my opinion, no matter how I look at the replay, was Rendon's.

  116. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Man Tyler Moore is slow. I thought he would beat that out. "Wheels" LaRoche would have!

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment not complaint, as far as Cabrerra was in the hole, tyler Moore slower tgan molsses.

  118. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    So, do you want Ramos to clear the pitcher here, or just let him get back on the mound and lead off next inning?

  119. A DC Wonk - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Why in the world did RZ swing at a first pitch with the bases loaded and the pitcher in trouble ;-)

  120. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Sorry, I had wrote that while watching the HR's. Also didn't mean to pile on.

  121. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I was thinking, too, for a guy with such long legs (he's 6'2"), Moore looks like he should be faster. But then that doesn't really correlate, does it?

  122. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Wonk, he took the fastball last AB at 3-0. He must be reading this between innings, and adapting.; )

  123. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I just like watching an actual center fielder play center field. Maybe it's just me.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Bolt is 6'5" i think

  125. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    According to some he should be in left, but not most of us.

  126. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Posey caught 2 last night Brandon Crawford threw just like it. He is not that tall. July 07, 2013 2:35 PM The shame for you is that I actually watched the entire Dodgers game last night and there was only 1 play at home and it was a low catchable throw 3rd to home.Please don't make up lies. I am attaching the videotape of the only throw home which is near the end of the video highlights.http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=28676555&query=%26game_pk%3D348047

  127. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Why doesn't Strasburg throw his changeup much anymore? Don't get me wrong, his curve has been FILTHY, but the change was his out pitch for much of the year. It seems like he's going to it way less.

  128. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Certainly doesn't seem to be holding INSANE back much, does it? Watching Randy Johnson run was the first thing that came to my mind. That was not pretty.

  129. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Stras hitting 95-97 now. Much better.

  130. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I hate to see Strasburg walk that guy!When I coached young outfielders we used to have a drill where we put a trash can on the ground on its side, at the plate, with the opening facing 2nd base, and had fielders throw the ball into the can on one bounce.

  131. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Phillies up 4-0 on the Barves.

  132. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Dammit. Strasburg was looking so good

  133. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Walks and HBPs biting Stras in the rear end today.

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Was last night might been friday and the ball was caught but no play as the runners held at thirsmd. Cain was backing up ready to catch.

  135. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

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  136. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Joe Morgan-esque; anything that flies that high and far ought to have a [darned] stewardess.

  137. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Stras taking tips from Zimm on not wanting a large lead?

  138. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    BJ Upton up with men on 3rd and 2nd and no outs and K's on 4 pitches.

  139. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    One he had to go on tip toes, one stretching up. Looking back Cain pitched Friday not last night.I flip many games at same times, and mix nights and sometimes even games

  140. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Just my opinion, of course, but I think MNF has earned the benefit of the doubt in here, that he must be mistaken if he mis-states a material fact. YMMV.

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Our guys want support, but pitch better without.

  142. Ken - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Another day off???? I mean geez, really?

  143. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I'd highly prefer we stay up by at least 4 (hopefully more) so that we don't have to use our "A" bullpen.

  144. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    BJ Upton has struck out in 50 straight games.

  145. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    MNF, I watch almost every Dodgers game too so I watched Friday night also. Now you are saying there was no play at the plate. Let's just move on. It was a lousy throw and Rendon will learn to never elevate a throw to a catcher like that as you will injure your catcher.

  146. JaneB - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    What's up with TWO HBP from Strasburg? I'm working and can only monitor the game from the MLB app. Seems off and weird for him.

  147. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Pettibone gets out of it 4-1 and the pitcher knocked in the only run as they had 3rd and 2nd with no outs.

  148. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Last year was N3 for Bryce for the Final Man vote.

  149. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    JaneB, Stras went from unhittable to just missing badly. Strange.

  150. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Carp loves Bud Black's brilliant career 121-116 3.84 ERA.

  151. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Strasburg has been all over the place. One inning he has pinpoint command and is unhittable, the next time he can't hit a spot to save his life. It's frustrating.

  152. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Medlin buzzed Dominic Brown back. Then homered 5-1

  153. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Get Blanks here Stras and get back in the dugout.

  154. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    David I said he is like Jekyll and Hyde all game

  155. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Strasburg isn't making it easy, but that scoreless inning was big. I suspect Stras has 1 more inning in him with the bottom of the lineup coming up.

  156. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Huge K of Blanks who is a big HR guy! Scary there with 2 men on and a 4 run lead!

  157. SCNatsFan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Fire Eck. Just remaining consistent.

  158. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    The pitch Blanks fanned on similar one Brown hit off. Medlin.

  159. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Agreed

  160. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    10 changeups for Stras so far today but none for K's.

  161. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Agreed

  162. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Knee seems fine

  163. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Curve though has been nasty

  164. A DC Wonk - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    That is really amazing.

  165. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Heads up play by Harper

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Let's get an add on run. (Or several)

  167. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Strasburg is throwing the 2 types of curveballs today and both are killer. He has the big hook and the tighter that drops in the dirt out of the zone. Nasty.I wish Nats pitchers threw more of those out of the zone breakers that look like strikes for 55 feet. Only guy who can hit those retired (Vlad Guerrero).

  168. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Phillies bullpen is in. Bad news.

  169. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Strasburg looks so uptight on the mound. I realize he's a very reserved guy, but I wish he would just relax. I think he'd be even better if he didn't put so much pressure on himself.Or maybe that pressure on himself is what makes him so good. Who knows.

  170. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Phillies escape again with 2 on. Still 5-1 heading to Phillies up in bottom of 6.

  171. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I flipped when 1-0 then a commercial figured 3rd out.

  172. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Amarista to center. He's a lover, not a fighter–but he's also a fighter, so don't get any ideas.

  173. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    David, Stras just strives for perfection on each pitch. Nobody is harder on himself than Stras and that's what makes him so special.

  174. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Thanks Hunley

  175. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Gee, that's an E-4.

  176. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    We just got Strasburg those 2 runs back from the homer.

  177. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Keep the line moving

  178. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    OK, this is where I start to think, "Save some for tomorrow, boys…"

  179. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Cardinals re-aligned their rotation and Wainwright will now pitch on Tuesday and again on Sunday if there are no rainouts. The new CBA says by team/player decision there is now an option where the player can pitch no more than 1 inning in the All Star game. It will be interesting if Waino decides he sits and if he does I'm thinking Stras is next man up for an All Star game invite.

  180. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Sec. 3, My Sofa said… Gee, that's an E-4. July 07, 2013 3:27 PM You are a bad bad Sofa. Play nice! E-2

  181. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Naah. E-4. That was a high throw that has to be caught. He didn't even have to leave his feet. That's an E-4 in Ponce de Leon.

  182. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Cleared the bases not what we wanted but 3 runs in

  183. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Strasburg getting into the act!

  184. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    And Stras gets an RBI!

  185. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Ramos and T-Mo the only guys without hits at this point

  186. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Keep the line moving.

  187. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    OK, I don't like DH, but speaking of Ponce, how about designated baserunners for the pitcher, if he should reach? Maybe only with 2 outs?

  188. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Sec3, LMAO, I knew where you were going with that! I saw 2 thrown like that yesterday caught by the 2nd baseman ;)

  189. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Phillies 6-1 on wld pitch

  190. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Phillies winning 7-1 now after a wild pitch and a ball thrown away.

  191. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Smatt1001 said… Ramos and T-Mo the only guys without hits at this point Desi also with no hits so far but each have put balls in play.

  192. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Now 7-1 after 6

  193. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    And here's to the good times!!!!I've got new central AC and the Nats are hitting insanely but I'm outside digging in the dirt ?WTFleast caught the last 4….And Stras may actually get a win

  194. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    This could be a really good day for the Nationals if all scores stay like this.

  195. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    He cant get Amerista "The Little Ninja" out

  196. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Mariners beat Reds 3-1, so we are ,4 out of wild csrd slot 2. Tie goes to Nats

  197. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Well, he got him. He was trying to move, just not fast enough.

  198. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Strasburg is plunking Padres left and right. It's not intentional, but Strasburg is probably happy he's not batting again. Wouldn't surprise me if they plunked him.

  199. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Stras needs to take care of biz here. 3 HBPs. Crazy.

  200. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Strasburg pulling out his inner Bob Gibson.

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