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Game 90: Nats at Phillies

Jul 9, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA โ€” Well, we figured Scott Hairston would find his way into the Nationals' lineup tonight, given his career numbers vs. Cole Hamels (12-for-30, five homers, 1.521 OPS). But we didn't figure he'd be stepping to the plate for the very first at-bat of the game.

Yes, Hairston will lead off tonight, a curious spot for him given his career .299 on-base percentage (.233 this season). But perhaps Davey Johnson didn't want to throw his whole lineup out of whack with Denard Span getting the night off, so it was easiest to keep everyone else in place and just put Hairston at the top. We'll see how this works out. We'll also see how Bryce Harper does in center field, the first time he's started out there this season.

Taylor Jordan, meanwhile, makes his third career start, hoping to take another positive step forward. With Ross Detwiler now on the DL, the rookie right-hander knows he'll get at least one more start (Sunday in Miami), so he shouldn't feel the pressure to have to perform tonight. Maybe that will allow him to relax and just do his thing.

Updates to come, please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 86 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (46-43)
LF Scott Hairston
SS Ian Desmond
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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276 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Pissed is ok, but negative future predictions aren't.Still can win this.

  2. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I only predict negative because I am frustrated. I expect a win every night. But anyone who thinks this team is not underachieving is lying. With that being said Nats winning this 5. 4

  3. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    stay positive mick!I for one would much rather lose to the Mets than the Phillies, this is tough to watch, right now…drill Hamels please and make us all feel better, this team needs a some excitement, maybe a hockey fight or something or perhaps a speech from Tortorella, right mick?

  4. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Mick I'm gonna drink the kool aid with you my man. All positive from now on.Except for Chad Tracy. Haha

  5. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Can't stand Hamels. Why haven't we drilled him for the Harper thing. Gad perfect opportunity his last time up. Man on third with 2 out. Hard as you can…. Right in his ribs

  6. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    paul and wasianlolololo

  7. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Mick, I've been meaning to ask, what does "lololo" mean?

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Suzuki had his chance to get even with Hamels.Arggggggg.

  9. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    laughing out load

  10. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    would have liked to see Ramos there instead of Suzuki…bring in Papelbon.

  11. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    If Suzuki can't hit any better than this, then he deserves much more rest. That was a pathetic at bat.

  12. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    sofa…I could post ha ha ha, ho, ho ho, hee hee hee, etc…just easier to say lollol

  13. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Ah. A reduplication of LOL, but with three Outs. Got it.

  14. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Right back to 6 games behind. We get Ramos back and Davey decides not to play him. Suzuki made 2 errors on one play, although only one was give to him and he comes up empty at the plate, over and over. Our big trade of the mid-season is for some guy that Rizzo used to know years ago who bats under .180….

  15. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    i meant loud not load…oh myha ha ha ha

  16. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Carp would have liked to see Ramos there, too, evidently.

  17. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    mick, "loud" not "load"…right?LOL – laughing out loud.

  18. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    hee hee

  19. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Suzuki did well last season but let's face it. The A's didn't want him anymore. He has no power and now he isn't even getting on base. His defense is decent but he isn't the greatest at throwing out runners.

  20. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    mick, haha…LOL!UDM – u da man!BIT – bring in Torts!

  21. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    oh braves are up…. 6 games back is tough

  22. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    paul…love it!!!

  23. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    well Scotty has 2 hits so far and our lead-off hitter last night had 0, an upgrade.

  24. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    DANG, how do you not get to third?

  25. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    some of the worst base-running I have ever seen right there.

  26. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    No, we don't need to plunk Hamel to make ourselves feel good. JZnn already got him for the Harper thing last year, and the HBPs tonight were not intentional. The better thing to do would be to get hits off him. Hairston, what the heck were you doing?

  27. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Strike zone is really floating now. Dang, I hate that.

  28. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    plate ump must have $ on the home team.

  29. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Baseball 101. You go halfway on a ball that's not obviously going to be caught. That was pretty darn bad.

  30. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Hairston was tagging up–that's trying too hard, pressing seriously.

  31. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    ok paul…you have a great sense of humor so let me try this idea out….I think Jayson Werth is on to something with "Eat Face"the fact that Jayson looks like a 1970's circa adult movie star adds to my idea for a t-shirt or even an app… how about a pic of Jayson with the slogan TIITF!

  32. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    A good pitcher just eats up zim

  33. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Terrible at bat by Ryan Zimmerman.

  34. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Blue robbed Ryan on that first pitch… Affected the entire at bat…

  35. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Ump is in a hurry to go get drunk…

  36. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Ump ain't helping. But you still got 2 more strikes.

  37. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    home plate ump is just awful…what a flippin joke he is…get tossed Davey, stand up for your team.

  38. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    jeez…the ump is desperate to call a stike

  39. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    be positive Mick…wax on, wax off, breathe in breathe out like Mr Miyogi says

  40. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Umpire just a joke in this inning. When are these fools gonna be accountable for this?????

  41. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Floating SZ…. Frustrating… Again, should have been taxing Hamels earlier… Making him work for the outs but we were flailing at the plate…Defense was bad tonight…

  42. sec205 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Are you kidding?

  43. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I would love to see davey EAT FACE of umpire

  44. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Ack. Good AB by Werth, he just missed it. Terrible AB by Zim with the bases loaded and Harper just having walked. The bad first call is no excuse. (And by the way, pitch track had it as a strike, who cares that the catcher's mitt hit the ground.) It didn't screw up Harper's AB and it didn't screw up Werth's AB.

  45. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Ryan Zimmerman comes up and pouts after he doesn't get the first pitch call, which was a terrible call, but you have to at least get a run home, but nothing but a pathetic whiff….

  46. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Tea had its chances. Our best guys up and they don't get it done. Now it's really hard to stay positive. WERTh tried his best. Yeah. A moral victory

  47. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Wow! A hitting lesson from Ryan Zimmerman?

  48. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    agreed 222, who cares how the catcher catches it

  49. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Boy that Ian Krol has some impressive numbers. Too bad Davey didn't take advantage of how well rested he is two innings ago. Grrr.

  50. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Good AB for werth. It is time for zim to make some changes. Standing 4 feet from the plate with the big leg kick ain't cutting it anymore.

  51. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    mick, ha! great movie and Mr. Miyogi was Arnold from happy days, one of the best sit-coms ever, how can you not love the Fonz, Joanie, Chachi, Ralph Malph, Potsie, Richie Cunningham, Mr. C (Howard, right?) and Marion (Mrs. C)…loved that show…ok, I regress…did I say I hate the Phillies? darn, I think that was our best chance to get back in the game…hope I'mm wrong.

  52. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    if Zim was a rookie, i could sympathize with him, however, being a vet…well???

  53. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    i hear ya paul!!!

  54. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Zimmerman needs to be doing whatever it takes to get that runner home from third. Very disappointing to see him losing concentration so often at the plate this year.

  55. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Davey basically seems to believe that all of his players are equal, unless there is a lefty/righty advantage and then he grossly overestimates the benefits of putting in the inferior player.

  56. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Krol a whole lot like Randy Myers

  57. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Krol looked outstanding, of course….Ghost – you still here?

  58. Unknown - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Team's achilles heel is offense, especially against lefties and on the road. The defense seems to have stabilized and the bullpen, too. But this team simply CANNOT HIT! Rizzo will need to try to fix this in the offseason. They are not good enough with the 13-14 hitters they have – Span, LaRoche, Lombo, Shark are all sub-par with the bat and probably need to go in 2014, at least 2 of them – team is carrying too much "dead wood" (pun intended) to be a post-season team right now.

  59. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Bottom line. 3 runs in 17 innings. And if not for papelbon it would be 1 homerun in 2 games. Tracy gettin loose….. Look out Phillies!!!

  60. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Suzuki can't hit either.

  61. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    unkown…I think you are right…I disagree about middle relief, I think it is questionable at best

  62. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    well like they saya k is better than a DP

  63. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Great point Unknown. Thought we were on a roll. Then we go backwards again. And the worse part is its against Philly. Now 6 games back again. I guess that's the definition of MEDIOCRE

  64. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    please play Ramos more

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Come on Hairston

  66. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    wow, Mayberry looks lost out there in right field…come on Scotty, HR right here.

  67. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Agree Jeffwx. Suzuki just can't hit.

  68. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Hit it to RF

  69. nats guy - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    They are back

  70. nats guy - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    They are back

  71. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    And now we can listen to FP and Carp make excuses for the team.

  72. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Oh no did Ray just say Hamels is tough???? Good night.

  73. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Oh and 2 more errors. NOW GOOD NIGHT

  74. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:05 AM

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  75. karlkolchak - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Secret wasian man – the excuses are wearing very thin and getting very old. "Yay– we swept the Padres, the turnaround is here!" Except the Friars have now lost ten in a row, so that sweep wasn't indicative of much of anything.That was yet another disgraceful performance behind a rookie pitcher who deserved a whole lot better support from his veteran teammates both offensively and defensively.

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