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Game 89: Nats at Phillies

Jul 8, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where the suddenly red-hot Nationals arrive for a four-game series with the Phillies, kicking off a seven-game road trip in advance of the All-Star break. The Nats, of course, are riding a four-game winning streak and have won 12 of their last 18, leaving them four games over .500 for the first time since mid-May. A win tonight would get them to five games over, matching their high-water mark of the season.

We've got an interesting pitching matchup for the series opener: Dan Haren vs. old pal John Lannan. Haren is making his return from the DL, and it's anybody's guess how he'll look tonight. He will be attempting to do something kind of cool tonight: If Haren wins, he'll become only the 13th pitcher in MLB history to have beaten all 30 current franchises.

The newly acquired Scott Hairston is expected to be here and in uniform for tonight's game, though I don't expect him to be in the lineup. Don't be surprised, though, if Davey Johnson finds a way to get the veteran outfielder in there tomorrow. Hairston's career numbers against Cole Hamels: 12-for-30, five doubles, five homers, 1.521 OPS.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, ESPN (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 85 degrees, Wind 11 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (46-42)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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397 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Desi should be an all star… I did my part!

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Forty-two pitchers by Haren. And none has left the park.Yet.Is that some sort of personal best?

  3. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    A goose egg for the inning for Dan Haren… Progress….

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I was close 17 and 0.WODL i have learned we balance out as you are negative as I am positive.

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I don't think anybody wants to suck….You are on pretty firm footing there, although I saw a movie once about an owner who wanted her team to suck….

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I was off by 1 pitch.

  7. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    MASN needs to institute the pitch count counter…

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I am mostly negative about Haren, and about Span on the road. Span has at least been good at home and in the field. Haren would be a better pinch hitter than pitcher.

  9. Amr Khani - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    MrsB, I agree and actually sent an email to MASN about it. They responded right away and said they would consider it. A few more people asking may help move that along.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I email that all the time.

  11. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Pitty-pat contact today….

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Where all the hitters from last 8 games go (i guess the batch from the ,2 Brewers losses showed up)

  13. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Just saw where Mark wrote that Rizzo isn't looking to make more trades…That disappointing, to me, as we can't keep getting on a role for 3/4 days/games and then when the 13 mil pitcher comes in, things go to hell in a hand basket…We can't sustain with only 3 of our pitchers carrying us…

  14. Amr Khani - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    MASN broadcasts aren't the greatest. Haren's at-bat was actually pretty good…

  15. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    We are going to hear how great Haren was if he only gives up 4 or so runs but the problem is that he puts us behind the 8 ball immediately….

  16. David Proctor - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    What Rizzo says and what Rizzo does are often completely different things. Take what he says with a grain of salt.

  17. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I doubt whether Haren gets out of this inning.

  18. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Umps love it when struggling pitchers do that. They know that it is time to cut them a break on the close calls….

  19. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    That was a K…. Come on blue… He gave Lannan a pitch off the plate to Ramos…

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Haren has good movement back. Note to Barksdale that's it's not where Ramos catches it, it's where the ball crosses the plate.

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Who battedfirst? Our hitters could have put us ahead first, but didnt . You are focusing one guy focus on all of them.

  22. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Nice play by Span on a hard hit ball to center….

  23. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Question to all questioning the home plate ump:Why would ANY umpire give a call to Haren at this point?

  24. Drew - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Get him out of there.

  25. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    David…. Haren got the pitch going there…

  26. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Haren doesn't need to give up homers to give up runs. His whip is going to be high.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Since you Harper is a better center fielder would he have caught that?

  28. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Already 8 guys on base for the Phils, if I count right, through 3 innings. It is only the K's that are saving him so far.

  29. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Just call it whete it is. i could care less who is tgrowing or any other pitch.

  30. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    High whip with lots of K's and walks indicates a high pitch count….

  31. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    1 hit in 4 innings for us and not a very good one, even….

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    As I said had Ramos tgrown out Revere and ump correctly call a swing tge score right now is 0-0. But score could be 4-0 without Ks

  33. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    MNF, do you blame Suzuki when he doesn't throw a perfect strike to nail a runner stealing?

  34. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Harper is not confident about his fielding now. I know if he had tried that it would have been deemed too risky by the folks who always bash Harper.

  35. jeffwx - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Det had a 2.76 ERA before his injury.I could not disagree more with you, NL. In my mind, i think you may be cherry picking stats but even by above avg stats you quote, he's done well a majority of the time.We can't have Stras/zimm/gio for our number5starters as well.I guess we must disagree which is what makes this game so much fun.

  36. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    We can't hit this guy, Lannan. Maybe we could buy him.

  37. jeffwx - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    NL, if you can do a blog analysis on the best/worst back of the rotation pitchers in the NL, I think that would be an excellent article.

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    If he had one there on time I would, but the runners easily beat the throws.In case the runner was not close.I can guarentee when the throw is the problem for Suzuki I will be equal.

  39. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    That was bizarre. He slid fine yesterday.

  40. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Had Ramos threw where Ruiz did it was an easy out on Revere.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    He slid a little lare, that happens probably more than we know.

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Yes MNF, we got your point on the steal attempt the 1st and 2nd and now the 3rd time.

  43. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    And LaRoche after a walk is 1st pitch swinging. Come on guys!

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I am only doing it bacause people are laying all the blame on Haren.He is bad enough without throwing other players poor play that cost runs in too.

  45. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I hate first pitch swinging… Especially after the guy before you walks…Ugh!

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Just like Zim yresterday swinging after Harper's walk yesterday.

  47. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    2 runs by Haren. 3 stinking hits against Lannan and bad base running. I'm off Haren. This team can just not sustain anything. Hence a record always hovering around .500

  48. jeffwx - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Compared to pre-DL Haren, he has been amazing so far.

  49. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    please let him win this game and then retire….

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    It isn't over

  51. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Well, cheer up, folks. Imagine what the Phillies fans are saying. "We've got two crummy runs off THIS GUY??"

  52. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    MNF, should we blame Harper for not getting that foul ball hit by Revere?

  53. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Boy I hop our bats don't go cold. Haren pitching well enough to win.

  54. jeffwx - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Harp would have had that foul ball if he didn't get a call from Boras recently.

  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    If you wasnt to

  56. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    They'll only say that if they lose, Sec 3. A lot is forgiven and forgotten if you win.

  57. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    1-2-3!

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Wow, a 1-2-3 inning for Haren.

  59. jeffwx - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    No Ghost, we should credit Haren for 1-2-3 inning.

  60. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Pigs fly. The Cubs win the World Series. Republicans are kind to kids and puppies. And Dan Haren is going to see a fifth inning.Which one of those sentences are true?

  61. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I do believe I have the vapors….

  62. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    The Nats have always had issues with these soft tossers. Even last year. I don't really get it.

  63. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Great inning by Haren… Maybe the first inning was him lifting the rust… He has done well since…Need some offense guys… Lets do this!

  64. jeffwx - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    owe you one, Ghost

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    3 up 3 down.Where are the hitters from the Padres series?

  66. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    You can't go ruining your body before you are arbitration eligible…

  67. NatsLady - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    >NL, if you can do a blog analysis on the best/worst back of the rotation pitchers in the NL, I think that would be an excellent article.Thanks for the idea! I will do that, maybe late this week or during the All-Star Break. I get pretty bored with our boys not playing…

  68. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Fish 1-0.

  69. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Some of you guys are really cynical

  70. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    jeffwx said… No Ghost, we should credit Haren for 1-2-3 inning. I'm not cursing Haren so not sure what you mean. As I said at 8:02, Haren has good movement on his pitches.

  71. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Marlins up 1-0 on the Barves

  72. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    They'll only say that if they lose, Sec 3. A lot is forgiven and forgotten if you win.So what you're telling me is, Nats fans are worse than Phillies fans? Ouch.

  73. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Ramos hit that ball hard.

  74. jeffwx - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Now, I think you owe me one Ghost, I already credited you for crediting Haren.

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Come on guys Lannen is not pitching hard. Slow your bats down to time the pitch.

  76. baseballswami - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    If you have been a fan for a long time, don't you find this game to be quite ironic? I mean, on so many levels?

  77. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    I am stunned the Nats aren't even coming close to hitting Lannan. 2 hits? Wow. Totally not adjusting.

  78. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    We already lost to Lannan and the Phils this year in Philly, even though he didn't get the decision. We seem not to hit well against guys who lack stuff….

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    That are not timing his pitchrs at all.We are at the point Haren has had problems.

  80. Smatt1001 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Swami, yes very very ironic

  81. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    SWM, Nats are getting chances. Running mistake by Bryce then 2 on for LaRoche and he goes 1st pitch swinging instead of waiting for his pitch.

  82. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Braves tied game

  83. MikeinDC - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Anyone else noticing Haren dropping lower on his back leg? Don't know if the pause is longer. It seems to be helping him with control and the sinker. Would love for him to find it this year!

  84. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Another Charlie Brown duck move….

  85. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I have noooooooooo problem with Haren since the first. Our bats have gone back to April. Impatient at bats. And once again Bryce makes a bonehead play. But the kid ALWAYS gets a pass. Not loving Bryce of late. Not doing much.

  86. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    LOL. Bryce goes 3/4 yesterday with 2 stolen bases and people are turning on him. I've never seen a fanbase as Jekyl and Hyde as this one.

  87. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    It wasn't particularly pretty, but Dan Haren has done all that can be expected for his first start after the DL. Turn it over to the bullpen. But, more importantly, turn it over to the offense (i.e., they need to step up and score some runs).

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Why g9 3-0 on Michael Young? That started a poor pitch sequence. Cost at least 10 pitches.

  89. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Everybody knows Hren was a mistake. But this one is on the hitters. Or lack there of.

  90. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Five innings, 2 runs. Haren is doing his job. Time to focus at the plate, and have a big inning.

  91. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Not turning on Bryce. But when you screw up you should be called out on it. FP spends 2 minutes explaining the bad steal.

  92. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Remember, LannEn can hit a wall at any time.

  93. BigCat - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Ok …. Haren got thru it with smoke and mirrors. Now lets go to the pen before the dike breaks

  94. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Some really bad at-bats. Span 0-3 with 3 easy rollers to 2nd base.

  95. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Desmond 2 K's…

  96. phil dunton - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    IMO, Desmond hits better when he bats lower in the order.

  97. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Now's the Nats chance to tie this up.

  98. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Well Phillies bullpen sucks at least.

  99. BigCat - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    You gotta make lannan throw strikes. He is vulnerable early in count cause he looks to get ahead and once he gets ahead he is very good at nibbling with different speeds

  100. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Nats can't piece together hits and they have had opportunities.

  101. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Bad hands by Ramos lately….

  102. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    With Haren out of the game, time to give him some props for a good job. His 1st inning was shakey but the rest was good.

  103. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Ramos held onto the ball that time….

  104. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Not a backflip….

  105. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Haren with a decent game… He gave us the 5 innings that we wanted…. Game is still manageable…Come on Nats Bats!!!

  106. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    If you think Haren was good, you have a very low bar for measurement. He was in trouble constantly and it is never helpful to get hammered in the first inning. I will grant that at least the game wasn't over when he left and that is new. Maybe that is what you mean….

  107. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I thought Haren did a good job….hopefully Nats can get some runs

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Seems for the past week, the first reliever in has not done a scoreless job.Also notice we are pulling was too many of tgese hits.

  109. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    We have to beg Miami to bail us out. I am happy for John Lannan, however. It couldn't happen to a better guy.

  110. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Ben Revere is batting over 35 points more than Denard Span. Wouldn't have thought that. Revere is the difference maker tonight.

  111. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Haren did little or nothing different today from what he has done in the past. At least, he will be tagged with the loss and not someone less deserving of having a bad record.

  112. Knoxville Nat - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Okay so totally off topic (tonight's game) but yesterday afternoon I find myself having to run to the local mall. It's raining like crazy and the closest parking space was outside JC Penney. So I run into the store finding myself in children's clothing section, and the first thing I see is a child's tee shirt with a Nike swoosh and on the front it says "trade me or play me". No kidding!

  113. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    0 runs on j LAN???? Get off Haren please.

  114. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Another plus tonight, no Haren HRs. A lot of weak contact actually.

  115. paul brandt - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    mick, agree, this is not on Haren, if you can only get 3 hits off of Lannan, you have no business winning a MLB game, period.

  116. John - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Harper gave up on that foul ball with ten feet to spare! I thought nothing was going to change the way he plays the game!.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    2 runs could have been 0 could have been 4.What I mean by good did he keep us in game. He did. Hitters hae gone back to trying to pul everything mode.Our hitters are more inconsistent than our starters are for sure.

  118. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Umm… Didn't Lannan pitch here last year? Seems like he did, and didn't Rizzo decide that he would rather pay triple for someone worse? Umm… Yeah.So, I think I will stay on Haren until he pitches better than the guy whose job he stole at thrice the pay….

  119. phil dunton - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Never recall Lannan pitching this effectively when he was on the Nats.

  120. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Knoxville Nat @ 9:06 p.m.,Having lived in Nike-land for three years now, I can assure you that nothing Nike — or Phil Knight as an individual — does surprises me.

  121. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    He pitched this well as a member of the Nats many, many times. Of course, he also had many clunkers. Just as he's had this year.

  122. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    agreed Paul…. Nats bats are taking a night off it appears

  123. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    I recall Lannan pitching quite well and beating both the Braves and the Phils last year when we were desperate. There is no excuse for Rizzo's bone-headed signing of Haren.

  124. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    The hell, Ramos?

  125. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Come on Ryan, take charge.

  126. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    "There is no excuse for Rizzo's bone-headed signing of Haren."Sure there is. They've been rehashed repeatedly here.

  127. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Harper could have run in from LF to catch that ball at homeplate. Corner infielders have to take charge of those.

  128. Knoxville Nat - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Stupid me, got it backwards. It read "Play me or trade me". Old age kicking in I guess.

  129. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    are Marlins teasing us?..1-1 in 8th verse Braves

  130. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    The Marlins have actually played very well over these past few weeks. Not rollovers.

  131. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Every pitcher has his day, once in a while. Unfortunately for us, Lannan has had two good outings against us while Haren who garners incredible amounts of praise on here, is headed for 4-10 with and E.R.A. of 6.00 and a whip of 1.47. And his whip tonight was actually higher than his season average.But yeah, he pitched great otherwise….

  132. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Oh come on FP! The Red Porch is one of the best views in baseball? What a goof.

  133. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Pitching isn't the problem tonight….

  134. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    David…that is true and Nats will have to play well verse them before the break

  135. Scott Margenau - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Try 5 times more

  136. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    LOL. Scott Feldman, who the Orioles traded for, has given up 7ER today.

  137. Alphabet Soup Erik - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Very happy for Lannan…karma is a bitch, hey Rizzo? Hope he finishes this thing. If the Nats fail to make the playoffs it will be because of Mike Rizzo. Period.

  138. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    good job by Ohlendorf

  139. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Span is better than Ben Revere.

  140. Knoxville Nat - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    But Eugene, how the heck would he have gotten them into stores so quick? That is what surprised me.

  141. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    the one positive tonight is Haren…if he can give that effort from here on out, then Nats, assuming they will hit should be in good shape.

  142. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Yeah, Lombo!

  143. BigCat - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Is it me or is FP starting to sound like Theisman. Come on man That is a frickin pop up. Catch the ball Ramos or take off the gear. Ramos a terrible throw to 3rd screwed Haren. Also, it looked liked Ramos came 6 feet away from the plate to take werth's throw. If he hangs in there and plants that left foot the runner is probably out

  144. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    I posted this morning that I thought Lombo could be a good hitter off the bench

  145. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Pitching is always the problem when you lose, as is hitting. A good pitcher might have shut out the Phils tonight. A Haren only gave up 2, so that shows just how pathetic the Philles hitters were tonight.

  146. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Desmond having a bad day. These games will happen. The trend is still positive. I've had this one down as a loss for days.

  147. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Let's face it. We are fortunate when our catchers can suit up and not get hurt. If you expect them to start tagging guys out at home and catching pop-ups and throwing out baserunners, well…..

  148. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Mick is trying to be positive here…I did not ever see the Nats being shut out tonight, after this weekend.

  149. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… Span is better than Ben Revere. Yes, on defense according to Fangraphs. Revere is hitting better and stealing bases and causing havoc.

  150. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Should have PH Hairston for Span. Couldn't have hurt anyway.I can't believe Lannan has shut out the hot hitting Nats for 8 innings. That is just depressing.

  151. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    oh well…Go marlins!

  152. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    alright world isn't ending tonight. let's be respectable until the end tonight and get them tomorrow.

  153. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    would like too see Nats get at least 1 run tonight..that would ease the sting

  154. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Span has a higher OPS+ than Revere. If you platooned Span and played him against righties, you would have an excellent player for 2/3 of your games.

  155. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    I think Hairston missed the midnight train….

  156. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Brewers lead Reds 4-2 in 5th…see, i got my eye on the wild card, lol

  157. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Kudos to John Lannan. You are a real mensch. I wish we still had you.

  158. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Nats came in 19-24 on the road… I would be happy with a 2-2 split with Phillies

  159. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Miami keeps blowing opportunities.

  160. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Hairston is in the dugout.Carp: (paraphrase) If the Phils are out of it, there will be some interest in Nix and Frandson at the deadline. Guys who can come in and get pinch hits are valuable. Not from the Nats though. We're happy with Chad Tracy.

  161. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I know William O…got my eye on that game too

  162. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    It is a shame because we have been getting closer to baseball respectability, that is, a positive run differential, but we gave back several yesterday and 3 today, and those couple with 2 outs against the Mets when it was 13-0.

  163. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    I would think Davey, Cat and team will be pretty up beat about Haren tonight…

  164. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    mick said… would like too see Nats get at least 1 run tonight..that would ease the sting How's about a 4 run Nats rally?

  165. BigCat - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    I love my nats, but I am happy for lannan. The thing that rizzo has to learn is that there is more than the radar gun in pitching. There is heart, smarts, changing speeds etc. Also, Lannan was a home grown Nat and Rizzo shit on him for the sexier Jackson and recently the 13 million dollar disaster in Haren.

  166. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    agreed Ghost..that would be nicer, lol

  167. phil dunton - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Can't wait for the Nats to face H-Rod. He'll probably strike out the side!

  168. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    10 base-runners and 1 wild pitch for Haren, which is basically right in line with his season average. The ball doesn't seem to be carrying tonight, so maybe we need to check the humidity before we let him pitch.I know tomorrow that we are going to hear over and over and over about how great Haren was and how it wasn't his fault and about how brilliant Rizzo was to bring him in and then to bring him back. The underlying stats seem to tell the true story, however.

  169. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Just when you think the 2012 nats are back, they go out and lay a big fat egg.

  170. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    BigCat said… I love my nats, but I am happy for lannan. The thing that rizzo has to learn is that there is more than the radar gun in pitching. There is heart, smarts, changing speeds etc. Also, Lannan was a home grown Nat and Rizzo shit on him for the sexier Jackson and recently the 13 million dollar disaster in Haren. Maybe you weren't posting here 2 years ago but wonder where everyone was when I was saying the same.

  171. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Remember that Friends episode where Joey tries to speak French? I could see someone being upbeat about Haren's performance when judged in that sense.Hey, little buddy. Good job. You only gave up 2 runs and loaded the bases in the 1st inning. You only ended the game with a whip of 1.45….

  172. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Only 2nd extra base hit of the game….

  173. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Alright Ryan… Keep the line a moving guys!

  174. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Best outcome would be a win with Lannan not getting the loss and someone else getting the win besides Haren….

  175. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    There's your run, Mick!

  176. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Werth just missed that.

  177. Knoxville Nat - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    BigCat, how much of Lannan's departure was Rizzo and how much did Johnson have to do with it? I'm thinking it was both of them but you make a good point about Rizzo's love of the power arms.

  178. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Now, how about 3 more!

  179. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and nobody on for Miami.

  180. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Ghost, you had plenty of company on the Lannan fan club. Not me, but you weren't alone by any means.

  181. Drew - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Matt Purke gave up 9 earned runs in 3.2 innings, driving his ERA over 10.Yikes.

  182. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I guess you go ahead and score there.

  183. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Where was this fight all game?

  184. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Tracy with another chance to tie a game in the 9th with a PH homer. Hmm.

  185. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Oh well.

  186. paul brandt - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    come on marlins.

  187. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    This one is on Rizzo.

  188. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Why in the flying hell do you put Chad Tracy on the game…

  189. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    On a 2-0 pitch where Papelbon seemed to be OK with a walk to Tracy he swings under it instead of taking strike 1.

  190. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Werth was a few feet away from tying it. We showed fight. All you can ask. The offense isn't gonna be there every night and we struggle against Lannan-type pitchers. I'm not going to write off two weeks of better offensive production because of one game. Let's go Fish.

  191. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I like the fight in the 9th inning and mentally, Nats know they can hit Papplebom the rest of the series

  192. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Because Tracy hit a homer off him in another game.

  193. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Section 222 said… Ghost, you had plenty of company on the Lannan fan club. Not me, but you weren't alone by any means. July 08, 2013 9:46 PM I'm sure there were a few then Mr. xFIP & WHIP would tell us all how much he stunk.That arguement never changed.

  194. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    well at Brewers are leading the Reds

  195. phil dunton - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Analyst on ESPN just said Nats need a new hitting coach!

  196. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Tracy makes last out. News at 11

  197. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    C'mon mick. What are you on? We lost. We lost to a sub .500 team with a pitcher we couldn't wait to dump. Blahhh loss is a loss. You play the game to win the game.

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