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Game 90: Nats at Phillies

Jul 9, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — 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. bowdenball - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Hairston's career OBP vs. lefties is .318. Also, if you're putting him in the lineup because you like the matchup with Hamels in particular, leadoff is a good place to do it, since there's a greater chance of him getting an extra AB vs. Hamels in that spot. Span's still there to pinch-hit against a righty reliever or as a defensive replacement. I guess I'm saying leadoff seems as good a spot as any for him.

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

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

    How about a nice big L for Colbert? Yeah, that sounds good. And a nice curly W for the Nats, of course.Go, TJ! Go, NATS!!

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Ok hitters get the sticks working . If inside pull , if outside go the other way, in the middle hit it up middle.

  5. Doc - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Good–Davey took my advice about putting Harps in CF, SCair in LF.Now, who do I talk to about upgrading the hotdogs??GooooooooooooNats!

  6. hiramhover - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Mark – is that photo the actual view from the press box? Looks like you're inside a giant metal catfish, looking out.

  7. baseballswami - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I guess it's ok for Hairston to lead off. Just as long as it's not one of those darn youngsters….. And, get off my lawn.

  8. waddu eye no - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    hiramwow – giant metal catfish. i think i have one of their albums on vinyl somewhere.gyfng!

  9. That Old-School, Prestigious Way of Scooter - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    "Giant metal catfish."Man, I'm gonna have to change my name again.

  10. Tcostant - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I was sure Hairston would replace Span tonight, but I am a little surprised that Harper and not Hairston is in CF.

  11. That Old-School, Prestigious Way of Scooter - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    How have I gone through my entire life* and never used the phrase "giant metal catfish"?Might as well go back to lying in a hammock at William Duffy’s farm in Pine Island, Minnesota.* to date

  12. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Need this one tonight. My office mate is a philthy fan and he's just riding me.

  13. JD - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I would have done the following lineup: Werth, Harper Zim, LaRoche, Desmond, Hairston, Rendon, Suzuki. But whatever. Let the games begin.

  14. Eric - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Hairston leading off…very curious and excited to see how this goes!

  15. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Hairston hasn't played CF this year at all. Last year, he played there in only 13 games, compared to a total of 94 in the corner outfield positions. So not surprising the Bryce gets moved over. He can handle it. Heck, he might even enjoy himself.

  16. JaneB - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I reeeeally want this one from Colbert. Man I still hold a grudge against him for plunking The Kid. GYFNG! Lots of face eating. Pleeeeease.

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    His brother has played center but not Scott.

  18. hiramhover - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    ManassasIf you check fangraphs, etc, you'll see that 222 is indeed correct. Both brothers have played CF, but Scott has done it a little more, and more recently.

  19. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Back in 2009 Scott got almost half his ABs in CF. In recent years, he's played far fewer games there, and none this year. Age has taken its toll on his speed I guess. Jerry played a bunch of games in CF for the Nats in 2011.This is Harper's first start in CF this year, but he did play several innings there back in April after a double-switch.

  20. baseballswami - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Philly relatives are burning up the electronic airwaves trash talking. Apparently our " little pitcher boy" cannot possibly withstand the rigors of playing in their esteemed ballpark against the great and powerful Cole. I may vomit. Come on Jordan the Second!!!

  21. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    The goal of the Philly trip, to me, given the pitchers, is 2/4. Then win 2/3 against the Fish. I have tonight's game as a loss, but that would mean we have to beat Cliff Lee with Gio on the mound tomorrow. We did it last time, albeit in extra innings.

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I have seen jerry play there, hadnt seen Scott do it. But figured both play a lot of places.

  23. Mark Zuckerman - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    That is indeed the view from the press box here, though I used the panoramic function on my camera phone, so it probably distorts things a bit.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I mentioned last night, giants out field was terrible last night. On Intention Talk they will talk about it.

  25. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    including tonight…73 games left…5 out of first 4 out of wild card….not too bad at all…I am concerned about middle relief and 5th starter and who knows maybe a 4th starter due to det's injuries…the middle relief may be the biggest problem facing the team…not sure about Ohlendorf, Abad and Stammen…those are the big question marks

  26. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    what is interesting about Hairston is that he is finally playing with players significantly better than the Cubs…he could very well be a huge gain for this team

  27. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    "And lo, under the bridge there came a Catfish, and he was very big, and he was walking, and he was the biggest he had seen."

  28. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    David…tonight is 50/50…Nats could very well hit the ball well tonight

  29. mick - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    "I think I go down, to old Kansas Stew I'm gonna bring back my second cousin, that little Johnny Cocheroo" time to chill, later gang…

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Final tonight Nsts 5 Philthies 3

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Rebdon got rid of the mullet.

  32. hiramhover - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Thanks for the confirmation, Mark, and for the opportunity to use "giant metal catfish"–a first for me too, as for Scooter.

  33. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    It really depends on which Hamels shows up. He's so inconsistent this year. One day, he's lights out, the next he gets knocked around a bit. I hope it's the latter.

  34. John Newman - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Hole Camels lasts 6 1/3 innings and gets tagged for 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk. TJo lasts 5 2/3 and gives up 2 runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts. Phils terrorize our middle relievers, but Papelbomb comes in and gets blown up again in the 9th, sending the Phanatics into hysterical fits replete with gnashing of teeth and rend(on)ing of clothes. Final: Nats 6, Phils 5.

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Hamels has had a poor season, but he all to long has been a Nats killer.

  36. Ron In Reston - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    mick said….not sure about Ohlendorf, Abad and Stammen…those are the big question marks———————————————–I'm not sure I agree. I do agree that at the moment, Stammen is shaky at best (along with Storen), but look at the lines for Ohly, Abad and I'll throw in Krol:Ohly 10 2/3 IP, 10H, 1BB, 9K, 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIPAbad 17 2/3 IP, 16H, 2BB, 19K, 1.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIPKrol 12 2/3 IP, 6H, 1BB, 13K, 1.42 ERA, 0.55!! WHIPWhat the heck else do you want out of your middle relievers?

  37. Section 222 - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Krol's the man. I have no idea why Davey is letting him sit so long between appearances. He's a hot hand right now. Ride him!

  38. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Krol hasn't worked in over a week as far as I know. I suspect he'll be in the game today with Ohlendorf being unavailable and Jordan pitching.

  39. NatsLady - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I don't know if this was mentioned. Giants picked up Frenchy. Now watch him turn into another Scutaro.

  40. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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  41. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Wait, I did that wrong. What the heck else do you want out of your middle relievers?Strand inherited runners.Small samples, but Ohlendorf, the two times he's come in with runners on, has stranded only one of four (two of the four scored on that one HR, IIRC); Abad, in 3 appearances with IR, has stranded all four of his; and Krol only has 2 appearances with IR, and he's stranded both of his.

  42. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    And Krol last pitched July 2.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Yeonis cespides in the HR derby

  44. MicheleS - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    GYFNG! I hope they kick Colbert's butt! Jerk

  45. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I really don't concern myself with who's pitching. If we can consistently score 4 to 5 a game then I'll worry. I thought we were there. Hopefully last night was just a bump. Was really hoping we could get to 2 or 3 games back before All star.

  46. Secret wasian man - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Philthies make me real nervous. Just like coffee to billy bob in sling blade.

  47. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Last week they went 5-2. In the 2 losses they scored a total of 1 run.

  48. Eric - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    TyJo looking a little nervous walking around the field during warmups…Don't fret, young Jedi, feast…feast on face!

  49. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    He's probably being heckled by those idiot Philly fans.

  50. baseballswami - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    With all the Nats hairstyles and facial hair, Hairston's totally bald, shiny head really stands out. Yikes.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    There goes the no hitter

  52. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Hairston lives up to his billing against Hamels.

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Erased fast

  54. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    …and a double play.

  55. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Nice start, Cleanhead!

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    This ump doesn't like low pitches

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Just tap that curve foul and get anotger pitch.Batters in the old days did that a lot. Now a days very rarely done compared to then.

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Ball in the middle hit up the middle, jordan's glive just missed it.

  59. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Nice inning. Faced the minimum. Utley hit the ball hard though.

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    But not elivated.

  61. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Werth

  62. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Jayson 1 Phillies 0.

  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    We need to line more of the pop ups.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    This ump not calling low strikes each pitchers denied 2 so far.

  65. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Tight zone.

  66. paul brandt - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    ump stinks.

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    He was tight on Hamels too. Hamels smart enough to adjust, but werth homer probably result of having to adjust

  68. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Suzuki is getting a workout tonight and it's the 2nd inning.

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Good pick Desi.Need less balls Jordan.

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    3 batters 18 pitches, not efficient, but at least 0 runs.

  71. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Is Suzuki obligated to steal home?

  72. slidell2 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    At least Taylor knows how to lay down a bunt.

  73. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Uh…that pitch to Hairston was MUCH worse than the one by Jordan.

  74. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Playe ump stinks.

  75. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Plate

  76. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    agreed. some really weird strikezone.

  77. djinFl. - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    NJ, any idea when I could see Giolito pitch?

  78. sec205 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Not calling it the same for both pitchers

  79. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    The blue behind the plate is getting my nerves…. I hate this SZ…

  80. sec205 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

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  81. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    This is a veteran ump tightening the zone for the rookie pitcher. I hate that bulls***. A strike is a strike.

  82. BigCat - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    This jordon kid is good. Real good

  83. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Yikes, I thought Hamels had a homer there.

  84. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Colbert…warning track power.That's a shame. Just a shame.Jerk.

  85. paul brandt - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    how can you not love the philly fanatic…he/she really is a great mascot.

  86. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I'll admit…I hate the Phillies…but I like the Phanatic.

  87. paul brandt - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    DP, San Diego Chicken has always been my favorite but the Phanatic is a close 2nd.SD Chicken was named one of the 100 most powerful people in sports for the 20th century by The Sporting News.

  88. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    This kid jordon to be throwing in Philly with those asshole people and an ump who is squeezing him big time. I take my hat off to him.

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    He pitched today

  90. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    YMMV, but I don't know that I'd enjoy that mascot crawling all over me during a game.

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I am surprised that ended a double, harper musr been shaded to left.

  92. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Well that was something.

  93. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Oh man. A LIttle League play. Ugh.

  94. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Unh…

  95. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    We looked like little leaguers tgere.Suzuki catches he is out. Then easy out at secobd he tgrows to center.

  96. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    that hurt…

  97. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I take back every bad thing I've ever said about Wilson Ramos's catching ability.

  98. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Jordan is going to give up a run or two folks. Unreasonable to expect a shutout from a guy in his third start. He got out of that with one run, no big deal.

  99. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I hate my keyboard, the "h" seens so far ight.Oh well.Not an easy play, but the catcher is a major leaguer so we expect them to make the plays. Rarely drops the ball.

  100. Scott Margenau - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Horrible calls at home plate for Jordan.

  101. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    No need to do that Sunshine. Zuki has made quite a few fantastic tags at the plate, but that was are really tough chance. And Ramos is not quite there on that aspect of the game.

  102. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Still wondering about Utley',s hit, it didn't look like a double off tge bat. Would love to see where Harper was playing?

  103. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Hamels sure loves hitting Nats…

  104. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Here's an idea: Why don't we plunk Colbert in the ribs next time he comes to bat?

  105. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    We need to drill Hamels…I don't think he is throwing at Suzuki esp with an 0-2 count but would still like to see him get drilled.

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I tweeted obligation line to FP after firstHBP . Now uses my line.

  107. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Should of been out of inning if our catcher can frickin catch. Also. Mick or sjm or even nats jack, as he used to catch for falls church's legendary Jake The Snake Jacobs. Is the catcher supposed to go up in front of plate 3-4 feet like a second baseman? I always thought he hangs in there

  108. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    somebody get a freakin hitget a 48 oz bat and just aim it somewhere

  109. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Suzuki is so good at that play, i just assumed Utley would be out. Was shocked he dropped it.

  110. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Ian Desmond shaved his chin in between innings. That's new.

  111. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Ian shaved in between at bats? That's bizarre!

  112. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Not sure why we can hit lije crazy over tge weekend, and lay a team with the same ERA and we get 8 hits in 14 innings.

  113. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Sure hit

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    He throwing the ball over the middle and driving right at him.Now move tge ball around

  115. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    2 on, nobody out in the 5th. Time to at least get someone up in the bullpen. Davey? Hello, Davey?

  116. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Jordan is up this inning so far.

  117. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    yeah,,,,they may score 2 runs asnd that's too much for our lineup

  118. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Nice turn Rendon

  119. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    nice turn by the kid.

  120. Scott Margenau - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Nice!

  121. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    glad Davey is hard of hearing.

  122. djinFl. - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    O ye of little faithGet em Jordan

  123. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Ok Davey, never mind. Rendon is a keeper.

  124. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    now HYFNH

  125. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    his location that inning was not good but he got out of it, nice job, really need the offense to wake up.

  126. Knoxville Nat - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Hold my breath every time Zim makes a throw but that was a good one. And yes, a good turn by Rendon.

  127. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Kids pitching great. Unfortunately Hamel is just AWESOME. I mean he is 3 and 11.

  128. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    hmmm, I guess the beard wasn't the problem

  129. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Minus yesterday's 9 th we have 5 hits in 13 innings against Lannan and Hamels. Yuck

  130. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    So they're back to swinging for five-run homers with the bases empty. Will somebody please not pull a ball, just once?

  131. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Poor plate approaches….

  132. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Harper just trotted down the line. :-(

  133. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Cole Hamels, 3-11, 4.38 ERAis a superstar

  134. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Padres series was a fluke. Oh yes mr Negative is here. And Zuki should have caught that ball. Score should be 1 0

  135. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    You can exhale, Knoxville; Zim's throws have been right there, for the most part, for the past several weeks. I think he's OK now. I really do.

  136. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    no fluke…just less patient in philly

  137. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    I hate the Os. But they give up a 4 spot top of 5 th. now they get up and immediately battle back and our threatening. The Nats are so very frustrating. At times they seem to just quit. No sense of urgency.

  138. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Missed target just enough for Revere to hit it.

  139. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I think this Jordan kid will be sticking around a while. Now if he can just keep the ball down…

  140. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Good point Jeffwx. But why? Do they not want to win? It seems unprofessional at times. It's like the fans care more than the players.

  141. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Get him outta there Davey. Before its too late.

  142. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Ok, never mind that never mind Davey. Jordan's tiring, at least get someone up to replace him if he allows another hard hit base hit.

  143. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Gotta go lefty here. Get him out.

  144. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    If anything they are showing too much urgency. You can't play this game better by trying harder–you have to relax and concentrate.THIS is what quitting, and no sense of urgency, looks like.

  145. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    i think they are just pressing too hard. They've certainly shown they can hit.i hate to give Darth Hamels any credit.

  146. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Argggg no balls (good) but leaving pitches in the middle part of the plate to hit.With our hitters taking night off again, you cannot give up any more runs

  147. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Of course no one's up. Haven't used Ian Krol in a week. Heart of Phillies left handed heavy lineup coming up. Why would you have someone up?

  148. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Oh my.

  149. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    WTF????????

  150. SCNatsFan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    You just knew it was a matter of time

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Defense las ,2 innings has been awful

  152. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Jeez,,,they can't hit or field for taylor. At least with Zimmermann last year, they just wouldn't hit.

  153. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Taylor is pitching well…. Defense is letting him down…

  154. UnkyD - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Sheesh… We make it tough on this kid….

  155. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Bad throw but ian needs to block it at the worse.

  156. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    This team is pathetic. Just pathetic. Ian Desmond an allstar???? No way. I'm sure I'll be killed here but I am just sick sick sick of sloppy lackadaisical play.

  157. SCNatsFan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    This team is just not good enough to give outs away but I fear they will continue the season long trend of poor decisions, poor fielding and worse hitting. But they will have spurts that will excite us.This is not a playoff team. The Braves can't throw up on themselves that much.

  158. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    MNF, they said it hit him in the back, if so, nothing Desi can do about that but I could not tell…we can't let any more runs in with our lack of offense.

  159. Knoxville Nat - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    When I see defensive play such as we've seen tonight by the Nats, I'm reminded of something Casey Stengall once said about the "Amazin Mets", "can't anyone here play this game?"

  160. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Then quit watching or watch another team. Easy solution.

  161. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    We are winning the east.

  162. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Unh…

  163. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Right down the middle on that one.

  164. phil dunton - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Game over!

  165. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Tris Speaker gets that ball

  166. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Davey, Davey, Davey. Oh Davey. That one's on you my friend.

  167. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    It did hit him the back then if his body it falls sraight down not roll by

  168. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    another horrible location pitch on a 1-2 count but when the defense is kicking the ball all over the place, am sure the kid got a bit excited.

  169. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Nope nats are my team. I will never stop rooting. But they stink. Davey has been awful this year.. And now with the game over out comes Davey. Well we will try again tomorrow,

  170. jeffwx - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    They only play bad when a rookie is pitching

  171. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    I don't think it's on Davey. Jordan had worked out of several jams before and was still pitching well. He can't control the defense behind Jordan, which would be just as bad for whoever entered after him.

  172. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    The fielders mad mistakes and Jordan threw too many in tge middle, that is a bad combo.Does Span catch that ball?

  173. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Span catches that ball… But better D and only 1 run would have scored…

  174. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    The one thing Jordan needs to work on is a putaway pitch. He has good stuff, but he doesn't really have a strikeout pitch. Pitch to contact works well and all, but sometimes you just need a K.

  175. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I don't think even Span catches that ball. It was in the deepest part of the ballpark.

  176. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Sc nats from 8 48. You are 100 percent correct.

  177. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    You talk like you root for them at all. Always predicting negative.I observe negative and always predict positive.

  178. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Idk… Blue also gave them some extra chances at the plate… This SZ stinks…

  179. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    The hitters bad last night.

  180. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    it would appear that Taylor is at a disadvantage when he is up 0-2 or 1-2 on the batter…not sure I have ever seen that

  181. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I bet he would be lot closer.

  182. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    root for – definitionphrasal verb [transitive] informal root for someone: to support someone in a game, competition, etc.support: to like a particular sports team and to encourage them to win, especially by going to see their gamesI'm just sayin.

  183. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Gonna take Manassas jacks advice. Go see a movie tommor and dinner Thursday. No need to watch a sweep.

  184. paul brandt - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    MNF, was thinking the same re. Span, he probably does, Harper looked a little shallow to me but doesn't matter now, Young seems to hit us pretty well and the pitch was right over the plate…when you only score 1 run thru 6, you're not going to win many games.

  185. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    hopefully Nats can get a split in Philly…2 more chances

  186. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    With a little luck, they'll see Papelbon in the ninth. They can get him.

  187. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Jordan actually has done very well..the lack of hitting is disturbing

  188. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Okay sec 3. How bout 6 home games. 3 in Cleveland, 3 in Pittsburgh and 2 in Bmore where I almost died. I have a right to be pissed.

  189. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    He was leaving the ball up DP. He put two on with none out two innings in a row. He's not one of our top 3 who have shown they can make it three times through the lineup and deserve a shot at getting out of those jams. We have a pretty fresh bullpen. Once, just once, I'd like to see Davey pull our No. 4 or No. 5 starter *before* they give up 4 runs, not after.

  190. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    TJord pitched well. Defense didn't back him up.

  191. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Sec 3 — gold star for your post at 8:57….

  192. TexNat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Desmond, RZim and Rendon have to show up against lefty pitchers or this just isn't a particularly good baseball team.

  193. Secret wasian man - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Mick???? Is that you. Have you been hypnotized?

  194. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Span might have caught that, but only because he might have been playing closer to that spot, not where Harper was. Starting where Harper was, I don't know that he gets there.

  195. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Look at deffinitions above you always predict negative, try predicting and believe in positive. I am convinced we will win division because I encourage it never predict a negative futured learned that almost 60 years ago. Makes cheering for a team much more fun.

  196. BigCat - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I think Harper looked heavy legged goin for that ball. Thought jordon was great

  197. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    He got no hits first series. Killed us in Philly

  198. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Ghost, or the offensive…coach i spoke with this morning is correct… Nats batters always swinging for the fence…

  199. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    I am still thinking 3. Don't give up so early.

  200. mick - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Wasian…I said I would be positive from here on out,I feel your pain, believe me….

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
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