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Game 88: Padres at Nats

Jul 7, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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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454 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Stras plunks a third batter. Wondering if he's done after this one.

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

    Though looked like a k the pitch before.

  3. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I guess Stammen comes in to see if he can do it.

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

    We're not going to get no stinkin' wild card, Manassas. We're going to win the division.

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

    Braves coming bak.7-3. 4 straight hits.

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

    Phillies bullpen falling apart.

  7. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    im close to pulling Stra

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

    Can't believe nobody was up in the bullpen.

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

    Come on Stras, stop putting men on base for free. A solo shot can't hurt you up by 8. A grand slam can.

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

    There bullpen is poor.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    JUpton swings through 3 balls to K with 2 on and 1 out. 7-3 game

  12. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Stra is gassed. Go get em

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Braves 2 outs me first second 2 outs lefty coming to face Freeman

  14. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    this is why we need to not have sunday day games in Washington in the summer. 4:30 pm starts for July and August

  15. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Alright Stras. Far from your best outing, but you survived.

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

    And as FP would say, there goes the Quality Start.

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

    Good job Stras minimizing damage.

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

    Get away days, that will not happen.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Bastardo K's Freddie Freeman for the 3rd out.

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

    Antonio Bastard-o strikes out Freeman 7-3

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

    Davey needs to threaten publicly to sit Bryce more often. 3-3 with a walk.

  22. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Dang, there goes another of my posts!! WTH?

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

    Davey knew exactly what he was doing. As I've said, Davey deserved criticism at times for his in-game management, but when it comes to managing people, there's nobody better.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Double switch shark to right batting 9th stammen bat 5th

  25. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Actually Stra was pretty nasty, but for whatever reason, when he gets it up, even at 96-97, they hammer it. That little guy went upper deck on him. Must be a deception thing with him. He's falling off to first base with that shoulder flying open, so the hitters see that fastball very well

  26. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    So Manassas…..what do you say about Eck now?

  27. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Craig Stammen steps in and the 1st pitch on cue is a BP fastball.

  28. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Why is Stammen getting hit so badly lately? I like Davey putting him in here because it's low leverage. But…

  29. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    wow Zim. Moore almost called for a fair catch. But its an out Good play

  30. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    David, just getting too much plate and lack of movement on his pitches.Read my comments pre-game as Ray Knight interviewed him. He called Stammen the pitching MVP. Not sure what game Ray is watching.

  31. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    That's a pick that LaRoche makes 10/10 times.

  32. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    mlb.com is acting up again.

  33. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    LaRoche makes that play almost every time.

  34. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    They're teeing off on Stammen. Put in Krol.

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    How many errors has LaRoche saved this year.Hitting Stamnen hard again.

  36. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Then they must open the stars and stripes club when gametime heat index is above 95.a 4 pm start gives them plenty of time to getaway.

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    2 quick runs. 1 earned and 1 unearned. Sheesh.

  38. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Hmmmmm….we aren't home yet. our pen has been shaky as of late

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Stammen needs to get out of this funk.Lets score a few more in the bottom 7

  40. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Desi gets the error on a ball that ALR makes look routine. Not a big Tyler man fan at either LF or at first.This is getting much closer then it should be.

  41. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Then they must open the stars and stripes club when game time heat index is above 95.And you have plenty of time to get away with a 4 pm sunday start unless one team travels to the other coast.

  42. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Go Krol and then let Clip have the 9th

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Middle relief recently have struggled

  44. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Bastardo puts 2 Braves on with 1 out.

  45. Jim Zurer - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Strasburg hit three batters today but not one of them moved a muscle to try and get out the way of the pitches. None of them were that far inside in my view.Is it my imagination but have ballplayers stopped trying to avoid getting hit?

  46. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I don't miss Tyler Moore being in the lineup…

  47. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Ramos joins the hit parade!

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Ball right down the middle and poor TyMo doesnt come close to hitting it.Then The Buffalo doubles.

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Who is the long man for Monday if the Nats need one?

  50. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Terrible AB for Shark

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Goon guys timing and pitch selection is terrible.

  52. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    ohlendorf

  53. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Phillies escape again. 7-3 and on to the bottom of the 8th.

  54. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    ohlendorf can get you 2 and so can Krol

  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Shark looked like me.

  56. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Harp goin deep

  57. sjm308 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I think most of you know I try and stay positive. Does any other team in the majors have a bench as offensively weak as ours?

  58. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    DC is the most humid city with an outdoor MLB statium… Heat indices higher than atlanta in July/Aug given the proximity of the Bay.Need more spray fans, comfort stations. late starts from after the 4th until Mid August.and better pizza

  59. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I'm guessing KC, Houston, and the Cubs, right off the top, sjm.

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Nats have had 3 innings with bases loaded and end up 1-3 with the big Granny.

  61. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    jeffwx, worse than St. Louis? That's pretty bad.

  62. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    No…the one advantage the braves have over us is their bench.Good to pick up a bat to give the outfield a break,esp Werth.

  63. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    agree sjm. Shark and Tracy are almost automatic outs these days. And Moore ain't DiMaggio either

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Venable playing slightly left of center mad that catch fairly easily.

  65. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Ugh. Stammen still in.

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Ohlebdorf will have to go 3

  67. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    DP, who would prefer to have mopping up with a 5-run lead?

  68. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    st. louis is bad, but they used to get more cold frontal passages and they are not close to a heat source such as the bay where water temps reach the upper 80s. Pave the bay.

  69. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Bad play by Moore. Rendon had it.

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Stammen slower than TyMoore.

  71. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Stammen even not fielding his position. Pathetic.

  72. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Stammen gotta stay down. Then his ball moves. Up….its meat HERE WE GOOOO!!

  73. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Defense sub. LaRoche for T-Mo?

  74. sjm308 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I can understand one or even two good field no-hit types but we really have four no hit types and only Bernadina is what I consider above ave. in the field.Get Stammen out of there now!

  75. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Stammen hasn't been good since he pitched for SS in Atlanta….

  76. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Where are Krol and Abad?

  77. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Papelbon in for a non-save for Cholly. Nats need to go to the "A" bullpen here. No time for screwing around with Staymen.

  78. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Stra is just shaking his head I bet.

  79. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Okay, this is really pissing me off.

  80. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    yes…somebody wake up uncle davey

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    What had to happen to pull Stammen?Ray knight knows hitters not pitcherStammen is working on giving this away.

  82. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Stammen has given up 5 hits… Really????I'm not sure I would use Storen here either… What about Abad?

  83. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Storen with 2 men on. This is a recipe for disaster.

  84. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    ineffective stammen again.

  85. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    On Davey, he just wants to keep bringing Stammen out there. While nothing was hit hard in that inning, he just didn't get the job done.

  86. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I'm not saying Ramos should have had that, I'm just thinking maybe it's time to re-think his mitt endorsement deal and consider Mizuno, or somebody else.

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Abad and Krol are persona non grada. I called for krol to start the 7th and Stammen was davey's choise. Not sure what Stammen's problem.

  88. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Yeah, where is Krol?

  89. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I understand Davey putting Stammen in for the first inning, but Stammen got hit around. I don't understand why Davey put him in for the second inning when Krol hasn't worked in a week.

  90. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    agree…what do you have krol for

  91. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Sec3, new mitt needed.

  92. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    He drops a number

  93. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Wow I didn't realize Storen had standed 7 of 9 inherited baserunners. Maybe this makes a tad more sense.

  94. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Papelbon starts the 9th with an 11 pitch walk.

  95. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Stammen has been ineffective for a while…. I wonder what is going on???Will he have a phantom injury when Mattheus returns…Nice K Storen…

  96. JaneB - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Man I thought our seven runs would be all that's needed. Good thing they're piling on. This game is LONG today! Usually Stras pitches fast. Just checked the score and the game is still going!Hold them here, bull pen! Please!

  97. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    It looks from here like Ramos is using a relatively smaller mitt, but maybe that's just how it looks on a big guy.

  98. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    That took intestinal fortitiude to throw Headley a changeup on 2-2 when Headly knew it was fastball ;)

  99. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I'm here. Couldn't hold on any more. Unreal that we are all on the edge of our seats. STAMMen is awful. Davey is worse for bringing him back out. Ughhhh

  100. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Krol finally stands up.

  101. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    If Stammen covered 1st on the grounder this inning probably is already over.

  102. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Stra breathing easier. Not out of woods yet

  103. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Imagine my surprise.

  104. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Did that kid really have a Braves hat on… Lol.. His parents are totally teaching him the wrong thing…I can't talk though… Went to the Phil's/dodgers game and had my Nats shirt on…

  105. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    donofria is getting gassed

  106. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Come on Drew…. You can do it?!?!?!!!

  107. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    David Proctor said…Storen with 2 men on. This is a recipe for disaster.July 07, 2013 4:36 PM—-//////——–Oh, you of little faith!

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Good job Storen

  109. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Whew…glad T-Mo was able to pick that one up.

  110. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Okay, if we're going to bash Storen for his bad outings (and he deserved it), we have to give him credit. 2 men on, no out in a big point in the game and he gets out of it.

  111. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    storen dominated yesterday and today just like a beatles album

  112. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Good job Drew… I just got back in the house… Can't wait to see how we scored 11 runs…How was SS today? I'm assuming 3/4 runs are becuz of Stammen?

  113. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Stammen gets out today with only 2 earned. Storen with a heck of a stopper appearance. Very impressive.Those that doubt he couldn't be a closer somewhere else, I think that just showed you what Storen really has.

  114. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Phillies win.

  115. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Whew thanks drew and Ian. I go clipp in the 9 th. very ner ous right now.

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Phillies win

  117. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    In other great news, Barves lost and Papelbon was used for a long inning throwing 25 pitches.

  118. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    that kind of tension in a 'blowout' win is unnecessary. why was davey using stammen in second inning? hope reporters ask him that.

  119. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Lead in the NL East is now 4 1/2 games! Believers believe!

  120. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    OK, I checked several pictures, and it looks like Ramos is using a more-or-less standard Wilson A2K. So if it's not customized, it's not particularly small. Must be just in comparison to the Buffalo behind it.

  121. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Why isn't Davey using Krol or Abad… Is it a L/R thing?

  122. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Phillie win. Lets go guys.

  123. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Add a couple runs

  124. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    just like a beatles album Please Please Me? Rubber Soul?

  125. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Chad Tracy is a waste of a roster spot… *sigh*

  126. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Mrs b I will never understand Daveys use of bullpen. He never uses matchups.. Hey Tracy just popped out. Huh unusual.

  127. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    No one will be rooting harder for D Haren than me… Surprise, surprise I know… But while he dawns a Nationals uniform, I hope he comes in a dominates…

  128. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    MrsB, that is funny.

  129. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    What's the over under on a 123 ninth. I'm out of rolaids.

  130. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Well, if it dawns on me to don a Nats shirsey, do I tuck now?

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    As I saidcearlier Abad and Jrol areapparently persona non grada. Could Stammen go PNG for a few days and bring the lefties in.

  132. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    All of a sudden on Rendon the strike zone widens. Would have liked a few more runs.

  133. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Stuffin sofa…. This dang iPad auto corrects all the time… I hadn't even realized it…#dumbazzme

  134. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Nationals pinch hitting ba = .175 by far the worst in the NL with a league average of .230

  135. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I think Jesse Crain sounds even better than it did in the morning.

  136. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Well, rookie at the plate, four run lead, game already pushing 4:30 … not right, but not surprising, Ghost.

  137. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    by comparison, Atlanta leads the national league with .296 average.We can do better

  138. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Braves fans are going nuts after this loss. They face the #4 and #5 guys of the Marlins and miss Nolasco on the start of their series tomorrow.

  139. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    MNF, I think Davey maybe is saving Abad and Krol because he likes them for an upcoming tough series, rather than banishing them. Shouldn't have had to bring Storen in, really, but not much choice there.

  140. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Carp and FP calling K-lip the MVP of the Nats bullpen after Ray Knight in the pre-game called Stammen the MVP of the Nats pitching staff.Can the MASN guys get on the same page. Maybe Ray was confused and thought he was interviewing Tyler Clippard earlier today. ;)

  141. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Out 1…. Come on Clip… Give me 2 more…

  142. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Sec3, he gave K-lip the outside so at least the widening zone appears both ways for late in the game.

  143. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Did Werth get injured? Is Bernadina playing Rf for him?

  144. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Clippard and Soriano are co-MVPs of the bullpen. Both have been great all year.

  145. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    He is now, Mrs B. And just in time.

  146. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Werth isn't injured. The game was a blowout when Davey took him out. Then it got closer.

  147. Smatt1001 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    MrsB: It was a double switch…and we had much much more of a lead when it happened. Nothing to suggest Werth was hurt

  148. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Sofa – it was just a double switch?I will watch this game for the beginning later on…Thanks…

  149. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Oh, and did I mention it's probably 105 on the field for both halves of the inning? Heat expands things, including strike zones.

  150. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Nats win! NL East deficit now 4 games! Nats winning streak at 4 games! #EatFace

  151. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I'm not going to criticize Johnson for this game.I'm also not going to defend Johnson for this game. What I'm going to do is enjoy this win. We're now four games back. WooooooHooooo!!! (per MicheleS)Coach sjm308, you getting any faith back yet?Are you fall travel plan tix refundable?

  152. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Game was closer than it should've been, but a win is a win.

  153. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    WooooHooooTM Michele

  154. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Nats win!!! Nats win!!!Yes…..4 game lead… Time to sweep the Padres outta town!!!!

  155. Secret wasian man - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Whew thanks Clipp. 4 games back

  156. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Joe Seamhead at 5:08, good post and agreed.

  157. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I'm talking about the fans sofa. Players can handle it.Several with heat exhaustion….no need for that in 2013.Open up Stars and Stripes, give away water, when heat index is above 95.More comfort stations…water sprays, later starts.You'll get more fans and reduce the risk of heat related illness from the out of shape 40 and 50 somethings sucking up the 9 dollar beers further maximizing their risk of dehydration.

  158. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Winning, totally, feels good… Seems like Span had a good day against a lefty too huh???Really good job Nationals!!!

  159. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Nats on the warpath, braves fans.The baseball season is a long and winding road.but good day, sunshine, and to all those here, there and everywhere…Great winning sweeeeeeeep

  160. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Duh, winning! (Wait, did I just use that? Yes. Yes, I did.) WTG, Nats! Clip and Storen were looking good. Not sure what's up with Stammen lately.Hat tip to FP for the Enrico Pallazo reference.Also, hat tip to the Phils for today, but as for tomorrow, it's on!

  161. BigCat - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    And Clip actually had a stress free inning.Here's the thing. Could we really take this weak hitting bench into the playoffs. Tracy is A-1 done…as Matt Stairs was. Shark is a non factor. Why did we grant Micah his release. He's gotta be better than Tracy

  162. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I believe in yesterday, jeff, but this series could be our ticket to ride. :-)

  163. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    bc, .170 now ph ba won't do it.Are they thinking the new espi will replace Tracy.

  164. mick - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    FP put it best..objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear 3 verse salthough Phillies did win 2 of 3 verse Braves

  165. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I'm going to go with Twist and Shout, although for the Padres it's probably more like Help!Sec. 3, My Sofa said… just like a beatles album Please Please Me? Rubber Soul? July 07, 2013 4:54 PM

  166. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    We need to just keep winning 2/3. A sweep was great, but 2/3 is the goal. We've got Haren, Jordan and Gio going against the Phillies. 2/3 might be tough. Hopefully Haren fixed whatever was wrong.

  167. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I think it's a four game series.

  168. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    No, wait. That's Miami. I'm sooo confused.

  169. mick - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I'm the new Mick only positive posts … I hope Haren is ready…Stammen is a concern now, wonder if he is hurt?

  170. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    good one, nats1a….I believe in yesterday but tomorrow never knows

  171. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Mick, do you remember our discussion on the lead in the NL East last week. Looking good!

  172. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    phillies is four game.

  173. mick - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I sure do Ghost!

  174. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    well, mick, la,la,la,la, life goes on.

  175. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    all 3 of our better starters can be available for asg if needed. that would be nice.

  176. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Here's one for you 19 for me, cause we're the Nats, man…MrsB,Denard Span had Avery good game, starting with a leadoff hit, and scoring in the first.He is being criticized for his bunt today. I think that he should keep bunting. The rest of his game seems to be coming together. He's a good blunter that hasn't been executing perfectly.I say keep keep bunting until you regain perfect form.I was really happy for a lot of guys today, but none more than Ryan Zimmerman. His grand slam was just great, and it was super to see him break a big smile!

  177. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Good one, Joe.Also loved the Zim slam.

  178. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I hate auto correct!

  179. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I loved Ryan's reaction in the dugout when the fans wanted a curtain call. He was like "eh might as well"

  180. Drew - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    I missed most of today's game traveling, butLife goes on within you and without you, as George said.As the Nats cut the Braves' lead to 4 games, they also cut the Reds' lead to 4 games for the second wild card.After all those weeks of anemic hitting, the Nats' run differential is down to minus 10.GYFNG!

  181. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Denard might be a good blunter, but I meant to say that he was a good bunter and that he had a very good game.sheesh…

  182. Dave - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Great day, great series. In 313 we got to do the cheer ELEVEN times. Thanks to you guys in 312 for joining in so well today–also with pure V-O-T-E VOTE VOTE VOTE cheer for Desi mid-game. Section 314 may have been going strong too, but I was waving my hat on the 312 side todayGood job Nats, good job fans!

  183. sjm308 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Mick – do you realize since you became "positive Mick" we have had a nice run. I credit this all to you!Seam head – no refunds but I will take credit for them winning with my bone head move and eat crow with pleasure

  184. Knoxville Nat - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Anytime we score 11runs in a ball game it should be an easy win and not make it into a hard day's night.

  185. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Well, Strasburg at times today was throwing them here,there, and everywhere….

  186. Drew - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Someone has tweaked the list of the Nats' top 20 prospects on the team's home page for its minor league affiliates. It mainly removes Rendon — presumably up for good — moves others up a peg and adds Ian Krol at No. 20.The top five are now Goodwin, Giolito, Cole, Michael Taylor and Karns.I still don't get the fascination with Taylor. Yes, he's stolen about 30 bases, but he never has had a high on base percentage or hit for power.I obviously could be wrong, but right now I think Purke, Matt Skole, Robbie Ray and Taylor Jordan have better chances to be big leaguers with impact.Brandon Miller the slugger drafted out of Samford in 2012, is lurking at No. 17. He hit a grand slam today in the first inning for Hagerstown. He has 16 homers and more than 50 RBIs in 81 games.

  187. baseballjones - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    4 GB. That is all.

  188. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    True that. Happily, he was able to get by with a little help from his friends. They were able to come together as a team and win, thus avoiding misery and the need to say "I'm a loser." Will I watch them tomorrow, you might ask? I will. Not sure what I'll do for the rest of the evening, but no doubt we can work it out.Joe Seamhead said… Well, Strasburg at times today was throwing them here,there, and everywhere…. July 07, 2013 6:03 PM

  189. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Tom Schad ‏@Tom_Schad 19mWhen asked if he's feeling better at the plate, Harper said "I’ll tell you in three days after I face Lannan, Hamels and Lee." #NatsI'm sure the Padres pitching staff appreciates that…lol.

  190. jeffwx - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Wow…went to a Nats blog and a beatles sing along broke out.Try that 313…let's mix it up out there…let it all hang down, like D. Span, and the Stras and the runs….instant karmas gonna get you, 313…all right.

  191. Drew - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    You guys are going to restart the Eleanor Rigby riffs:Henry Rodriguezpicks up the rice but he can't get it close to the plate.Dinner is late…

  192. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I have noticed that since Werth came back I feel fine,but I have to admit it getting better, it's getting better all the time…

  193. SonnyG10 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I was a bit miffed Davey brought Stammen back out, but I see this subject was well covered in the thread. Glad Stras gets the win. GYFNG!!!

  194. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    SonnyG10, to paraphrase Davey on Stammen "He's been snakebit the past few weeks. I had to pull him to change the momentum."That 1st pitch double was a bad pitch. The rest is BABIP lucky/unlucky and the fact Stammen snakebit himself by not covering 1st is his own fault.Lucky for him Storen didn't allow any of those inherited runners to score.

  195. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Well, for Danny it's going to be a long and winding road, but Dan Haren? We need you to Get back! Get back! Get back to where you once belonged!

  196. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Mick, I like drinking the Kool-Aid with you! It's a lot more fun than drinking from cups that are 1/2 empty ;)

  197. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Just think if the Nats could have won that Tuesday game vs the Brewers the Nats would be 3 back. These next 4 against the Phillies will be a dog fight.

  198. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Ghost said;That 1st pitch double was a bad pitch. The rest is BABIP lucky/unlucky and the fact Stammen snakebit himself by not covering 1st is his own fault. And we told him before, you can't do that!

  199. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Phillies have Hamels and Lee both pitching. Tough lefties, although Hamels is having a bad year.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 56 44 --
ATLANTA 55 48 2.5
MIAMI 49 53 8.0
NEW YORK 49 54 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 45 58 12.5
Through Friday's games

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SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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