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Game 95: Nats at Marlins

Jul 14, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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The Nationals have lost five of their last six games, scoring more than two runs only once in those five defeats. With one more chance to end the season's first half on a high note, Davey Johnson has decided to shake things up. Whether it works or not, he certainly deserves credit for creativity.

Johnson has Bryce Harper batting leadoff for the first time in his career and Anthony Rendon hitting second. Denard Span is still in the lineup and in center field, but he slides all the way back to seventh after hitting .208 through his first 12 games in July. He hit .235 in the month of June and now holds a season average of .255. It makes you wonder why Span wasn't pulled from the leadoff spot earlier, but here you go.

The Nats' new-look lineup will go up against Marlins' right-hander Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 5.73 ERA). The 23-year-old is making just his third start of the 2013 season and his first against a team other than the Atlanta Braves.

Pitching for the Nats is rookie Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.45) who is making his fourth career start. He will face the Marlins for the first time after growing up in Merritt Island, Florida.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 869
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (47-47)
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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385 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Hunter Wendelstadt is on my list.

  2. Sec. 1 D, seat 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    He faced them *before* growing up?

  3. nats guy - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    40 – 45 since game 9. .470 winning percentage. Thats 90.4 percent of this desson to date. 53.46 of the total season. Thats a very long time to be playing poorly and expect to turn things aroung.Dave Johnson should retire for the good of the team.

  4. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    mick, if you're still searching for those games where Harper led off last year you can stop now. ;-)

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    But we have won 11 of our last 20 and if you project that winning percentage out over a season…..

  6. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Chad Tracy's throw last night was certainly worth the price of admission. I am not sure if I have ever seen one that bad my entire life. And for those who want to know why Rendon didn't run for Tracy, apparently it was because Zimmerman had already come out of the game in a doubleswitch. They could have done a triple switch, in a sense, and let Rendy play 3rd but apparently, Davey felt that Chad Tracy needed some work at 3rd.

  7. David Proctor - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I didn't know we could just disregard games. If we can disregard hot starts, let's do it for other teams too. If we can do that, the Braves are a game under .500. Hmm.

  8. David Proctor - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    " Davey felt that Chad Tracy needed some work at 3rd."Well I guess Tracy proved his point…lol…

  9. sjm308 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Late to the show here as there is no way I am reading 500+ comments from the previous post.Saw the pitches that Harper felt were outside and especially in the 8th inning it looks like the ump got that right. Still agree with Ghost that Harper seems to be getting picked on a little but it sure hurt our team to not have him up in a key spot.I wonder if Harper went to Davey or if this is just Davey finally getting things figured out about how poor Span has been leading off? Like many others, I have not given up rooting for a team I started with in 60 some years ago but I find it hard to figure out just how they will flip some switch and win 10-12 games in a row. I realize the Braves did, the Blue Jays have done it and since winning 11 in a row they have tumbled a great bit. I am hoping we will do it was well but I just don't see how. Go Nats!!

  10. sjm308 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I also wondered why Rendon was not used there. I am guessing that got plenty of discussion both during and after the game last night. Seriously, did Davey actually say he wanted to give Tracy work at 3rd? Wow.

  11. nats guy - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    The hot start was 9 games. Hmmmm. You guys will be saying if we could just win 20 out of the last 3 we could pull this off. Nice to be optimistic but facts is facts.

  12. nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:14 PM

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  13. JayB - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Amazing that NL and many others are finally ready to see what has been there all year…starting with Spring Training Country Club Davey Ran……Davey is the problem. He should be fired…he is too old and too slow in the brain to keep up with game. Love him for his body of baseball work but that is no reason to let him run this franchise into the ground with stupid moves like "getting Tracey some work! Danny will come around……Just endless stupid moves by a guy who has let his ego and age turn him into a joke.

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    6Th inning calls were the bigger problems.My gripe with all umps is tgey are so inconsistent on balls and strikes.It is not rocket science. It is either over the plateor not. Too high or not. Too lw or not.Just call all pitches correctly or at least the same.

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Did he say why Rendon didnt play second and lombo move to left after the heave ho?

  16. Rabbit34 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Punch less and pathetic. Hopefully maybe today we can put a couple of hits together. But, keep the faith. With a little luck maybe we can finish better than 10 games under .500. Heck of a team we have…heck of a team.

  17. sjb - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    It's easy to say "fire Davey" at this point, and there are argumenta that can be made for doing so (among others, seeing if Randy Knorr really does have the stuff managers are made of). Sometimes firing a manager in midstream can lif up a team–but it can also send a team the other way.Case in point–in 2001, the Red Sox, after being tied or in the lead e first half of the season, went 8-11 in late July and early August and fell five games behind (the Yankees, of course). At this point, manager Jimy Williams, who had his detractors in and out of the clubhouse, was fired and replaced by pitching coach Joe Kerrigan. The Sox played decently for about ten days, then lost nine straight and 14 of 15, and never were in contention again that season.Careful what you wish for. You might get it.

  18. JayB - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Nope Davey did not do an interview on MASN as far as I can find…..his ego will not let him face reality that he is not the smartest man in baseball anymore and he is just leaving off reputation and stories from 20 years ago.

  19. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Need to get Tracy some work at 3B? In the 10th inning of a tie game? Really Davey? WODL, do you have a source for this quote? Zimmerman had not come out of the game in a doubleswitch before the (non)decision was made not to pinchrun for Tracy. Davey made the doubleswitch once he knew who had made the last out of the inning and decided to put Stammen, the new pitcher, in that spot. Davey could have pinchrun for Tracy, or, even better, pinch hit for Hairston, with Rendon, then left Rendon in the game in whatever position he wanted to.

  20. JayB - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    All we need is a manager who manages to win games for the rest of the year. Not to build his own ego or those of his pet players (Danny E). We need a guy who is going to play the best players each day for the last 75 games or so and see what they are made of. If this fold, fine….I am not a big fan of Rizzo's over estimating his drafted guys. How many AZ draft picks are we going to run through here as a favor to them on their way out of baseball…..Harrison is just the latest in a long long list.

  21. hiramhover - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Span drew 2 BBs last night, inc. his lead off appearance. There are good arguments for moving him down in the order, but the timing today just smacks of doing something so Davey can say he's doing something. Not a move that inspires a lot of confidence.

  22. JayB - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    222 you are assuming Davey was still awake past 10 PM…..no hiding it anymore….he is too old and is not thinking of winning games…he is thinking of how he can be a extreme contrarian to prove he is smarter than everyone else!

  23. phil dunton - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Davey acts like a cadaver. He couldn't motivate a fly. The team needs a manager who will kick some butt. The players love him because he leaves them to their own demise. This team needs to be shaken up in the worst way.

  24. A DC Wonk - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    JayB — we missed your one-sided negativity! (Not!)"his ego will not let him face reality that he is not the smartest man in baseball anymore and he is just leaving off reputation and stories from 20 years ago."Huh. Now, I know that I forget things, but I have this vague recollection of a 98-win season that was less than 20 years ago . . . . ===================Changing topics:I didn't read the 500+ comments of the game thread last night, I hope Haren got some proper props!

  25. phil dunton - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    The big question isn't…why was Chad Tracy at third base for "defensive purposes" at the end of the game last night. The real question is….why is he still on the roster?

  26. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Wonk, yes, he did. Everyone noticed (!). Believe it or not, Davey took him out at exactly the right time, and didn't get greedy for another inning. I expect that was his plan with the back end of the bullpen well-rested. Now Haren will get another long break. What's not clear is when/whether Detwiler will be back. Taylor Jordan may be around for a while, but Ross O has also made his case.

  27. JayB - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Yea that Davey Johnson really did a great job last night….Pulled Haren just at the right time….that was a perfectly managed game by Davey…..Nlady…you are better than that….face some hard facts please…I know you see it…

  28. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    OK, that's what you want in a lead-off hitter, swing at the first pitch and easy ground out.

  29. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

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  30. natsfan1a - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Didn't read in-game comments but glad to hear that Haren got some props. Will be watching today – wait, it's on now! Once more unto the breach, dear fan-friends.

  31. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    JayB, can you read? Read my blog post for my opinion of Davey's management of the game. Yes, he pulled Haren at the correct moment.

  32. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Where did I say it was a perfectly managed game? Just where did I say that? DON'T put words in my typing!!!

  33. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Not the type of at bat we want from Bryce as the lead off hitter….

  34. Joe Seamhead - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I don't like this lineup, but with Fish's pitcher it may work. We'll see.

  35. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    OOOOh, TJ showing some stuff, and some confidence. So far, so good.

  36. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Good inning Jordan…

  37. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    NL – he is growing on me more and more… I really hope he takes over the 5 spot this year… But I would have to ask NJ or Ghost if they know what his innings limit is…Nothing against Det… But I like this kid…

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    See Mrs B, in the dirt to Stanton.

  39. JayB - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    NL..you know as well as I do that you have spent 10 10K words singing the praises of Davey and Rizzo the past 6 months…even now that you finally have decided to look at the facts you can't do so without saying something nice about Davey….oh he pulled Haren after 6 inings with the lead….just like he has done 100 times before….so what!

  40. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    *snickers*. ghost – we agreed to disagree… It was just that situation in where I would have walked him…

  41. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    No, I have never sung the praises of Davey. Rizzo, yes. I am an admirer. Davey, no. I have tried to understand his reasoning and his moves, but I am not in his camp. I am in the camp of wishing Werth could be our player-manager. You are thinking of someone else.

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    MrsB, it took Davey 60 days to listen to us on the lineup.

  43. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Why Desi…. Just awful…

  44. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    However, I DO disagree–strongly–with your constant posts on the Spring Training regime, JayB. Davey ran spring training exactly the same way this year as last year when the Nats were 14-4 out of the box. The Nats also swept their first series (albeit it was the Marlins). I have lots of criticisms of Davey, but handling spring training isn't one of them.

  45. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I mean, I like Span in the lead off… I'm not sure I care for Harper there… I want the lead off to definitely see more pitches… Who knows what the line up will produce today…Hopefully a win…

  46. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Yes, I like Span in the lead-off. He may not be great but he's better than the alternatives. I would have just waited out his slump.

  47. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Hot dammit!!!!! Yes!!!!! Way to go guys!

  48. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Well, well, well. ALR turning on the jets. LOL.

  49. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    And look at Speedy Gonzalez aka Adam LaRoche!!!

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Keep he line moving

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    There in lies the problen, we just cant keep the lines moving very long.

  52. Joe Seamhead - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    ALR has developed wheels since he lost 17lbs. LOL!

  53. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Dan Haren is Kid Jordan's mentor. Not sure how I feel about that.

  54. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Verlander not going to the ASG (he is pitching today). Chris Tillman instead. Sergio Romo added, so that may mean it won't be Gio.

  55. A DC Wonk - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    JayB — stop attacking others. Stop being a troll.

  56. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Good, kid took advantage of the call. Nice!

  57. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Blues got that one right…

  58. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Good job Jordan….

  59. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Kid works out of the jam. Haren probably has a lot to teach Jordan. Even if his body can't always do what he wants it to, he's had a long career. You can see Jordan is going to be a "control" type pitcher, not a Stras type with great stuff, and a 98 mph fastball.

  60. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Anyone else notice how Bryce didn't even start moving toward the ball hit to left field until it was past Desi? That may have been why the runner could go first to third. Nice pitching by Kid Jordan so far.

  61. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Good job Harp…. Nice hit…

  62. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    TJord is looking better and if Haren can help refine those grips and mindset, that's great news.

  63. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Too bad no one was on base for Bryce's blast.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    We leave way too many in scoring position.Harper clobbers the ball and is left at third.

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Had a batter beform who was out 1-3.

  66. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Just heard JZim pulled out of All Star game.

  67. Nats Fan in Brazil - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    About last night, i am the only one real mad with soriano? No need to pitch for stanton on that situation, for me that was worst then tracy throw!

  68. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    sjm308 said… Still agree with Ghost that Harper seems to be getting picked on a little but it sure hurt our team to not have him up in a key spot.July 14, 2013 12:04 PM The umps won't give him a break on anything close and when the ump wants "face time" you get into it with Bryce.I'm not saying he was baited but when that pitch occurred by Fernandez in the 1st strikeout I immediately said it was outside and Bryce was visibly upset and should have been. It was 3 to 4 inches off the black actually.On the 2nd K, the 3rd strike pitch was on the black and the ump didn't give Bryce any makeup call.

  69. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    LOL, Marlins' baserunning!

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Thanks Pilanco

  71. A DC Wonk - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Nats Fan in Brazil said… About last night, i am the only one real mad with soriano? No need to pitch for stanton on that situationMy understanding was that the pitch Stanton hit wasn't even a strike! You gotta give credit to Stanton on that, not blame Soriano. You don't want to walk the leadoff guy/tying run on purpose.

  72. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Kid is living on the edge, though. Not liking the thought of the Fish seeing him for the third time around.

  73. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    What the heck just happened…. How did the Marlins good up that one…Oh well, thanks!

  74. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Just a good play by Stanton…. Ugh…

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Werth out easy, why was he running, as bad as Palonco

  76. Drew - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Jordan Zimmermann 2.58Taylor Jordan 2.89Stephen Strasburg 2.99Gio Gonzalez 3.03It isn't complicated.Hit the freaking ball and stop running into outs.

  77. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Can't blame Jayson for that–how on earth did Stanton get that throw off? He is strong.

  78. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    MNF, no, you have to give credit to Stanton. Werth would have scored on Desi's single if he'd gotten that extra base.

  79. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    MNF- that was a good play by Stanton… It happens sometimes…

  80. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Nice hit Span…

  81. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    The pitch to Stanton last night was a definitely a fastball up. Not sure you risk throwing a high fastball to a hitter like Stanton, but it was definitely not down the middle. That was one heckuva throw by Stanton to get Werth. Wow. I wish the replay showed whether Jason was busting it out of the box.

  82. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    If he got he extra base, but he was out by too much to have been running. On other right fielders but not on StantonWe are itting ball hard and have so little to dhow for it.

  83. paul brandt - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    have an inning Stanton.

  84. Drew - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Stanton is an absolute beast.

  85. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Got dammit… Do our coaches scout these guys????

  86. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Jewitt needs to sit Stanton is 30 feet behind second. How was Desmond going to be safe.We are running bases no better than the Marlins.He just tgrew out Werth from his knees. How was he not going to throw out DesmondWhat a terrible coaching job.

  87. A DC Wonk - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    NL..you know as well as I do that you have spent 10 10K words singing the praises of Davey and Rizzo the past 6 monthsJayB, that was me.I saw a franchise that was dismal and a farm system that was in shambles — and a guy like Jimbo alienating players (anyone remember the Cordero incident), getting involved with (or at least negligence that allowed) massive fraud with the Dominican league, and (Jimbo again) signing players like Millege, Elija Dukes, and falling in love with guys like Austin Kearns (who hit a combined .205, approx, in his last two seasons with the Nats) — all leading to a team so bad it held open-tryout for starting pitches in spring training (Mike Bascik anybody?), and two consecutive 100+ loss seasons.Then I saw a team increase by 10+ wins per season three years in a row, and win 98 games (how many other teams have done that?), and saw Rizzo win Executive of the Year.Am I in the tank for Rizzo? D@mn straight I am.

  88. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I have beef with Jewitt sending Desi there… Sorry that ball wasnt hit deep enough….

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Had he not swung it was a ball.

  90. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I believe that's a send that Trent Jewett would like to have back. Especially with Harper on deck!

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Desi didnt see how Harper scored last did he.Thanks Jordan you like everyone else cant hold a lead.

  92. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    222 – this is what I said a minute or so ago…MrsB_says_NatsStop-World_Series2:19 PM EDTWhy does Jewitt send Desi… That ball wasnt deeply hit at all… Jordan did the job by moving the base runners, you have Harper coming up, which is what you want… What the hell are the scouts doing… I can't stand Jewitt…

  93. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Yeah, they got Jordan's number. But we got Alvarez' number, too.

  94. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Jewett's decision looking worse and worse. Maybe he forgot that Bryce is our leadoff hitter in this game, not Span.

  95. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Need to get Krol or Abad up. Come on, Davey!!!!

  96. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I'd owe you a drink Mrs. B, except you posted that on another blog, right?

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Stanton is 30 feet into the outfield that is not even a questionable decision.If that is Jewitt's way of deciding things he is doing the wrong job.McCatty always slow to respond. Always

  98. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Davey, don't let this game get out of hand. Be tough, Davey. This is not a teaching moment.

  99. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    We have his number and still cant score. That is just rediculous.

  100. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Yep 222…. I did post it in another blog… I just don't get it…One thing about DJ leaving that I look forward to, is his loyalty… I can't wait for Jewitt to be gone… He is the worst 3rd base coach, by far…I miss B Porter so much….

  101. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Bo Porter made a couple of mistakes early in the season. After that he was great–and I LOVED him in the Cubs brawl game!

  102. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Well, the kid pitcher got out of it. Still don't like leaving him in the game for another inning. There is no reason to save the bullpen…

  103. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Last inning was our big chance and pitiful base runnig erased good hitting.

  104. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Reds with runners on 1st and 3rd, none out.

  105. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    We are hitting this guy too…. Just not getting runs… Come on guys…

  106. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Votto with a double ties it up. Runners on 2nd and 3rd one out.

  107. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Davey is tipping his hand…basically, when you keep sending runners, even verse an arm like Stanton, what the manager is saying is that he has zero faith in his bats. I can't blame Davey or Jewett for sending the runners, even verse Stanton.

  108. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    is Zim really 3 for 25 this road trip????

  109. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    wow Zim…seriously?

  110. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Wow Ryan…. Just wow…..

  111. Drew - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    The rook has 13 doubles in 43 games.

  112. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Rendon can tee off on this guy and Zim and ALR can't. Sad.

  113. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Jay Bruce with a 3-run dinger. Reds lead 4-1.

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Only way Desi was going be safe was do what Harper did last night. Not slide into the tag.

  115. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Rendon can tee off on this guy and Zim and ALR can't. Sad.also very telling…Nats need more young players in the line up like Rendon…it is time to deal off ALR, Zim and few others now while they have value

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Our exectution on this road and too often this season is pathetic.Not fired up in my opinion.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Our pitches which is not bad is not good enogh to makeup for the patgetic effort of the hitters.

  118. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Ghost, if you're reading, did you see the Nats Journal post on the disputed pitches to Harper? They use a different pitch tracker than Brooks, and the ump comes off a lot better. Know anything about it?

  119. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    RZ is 6 for 32 (.207) over the last 7 days. (Not including today).

  120. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Nice pitch by TJord. A couple of mistake pitches but this kid has been solid.

  121. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Good force Taylor. I'm glad we left him in.

  122. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Well, whatever McCatty said—seems to have settled Jordan down.

  123. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    "For"

  124. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Taylor hasn't shown me any reason why he should be sent back down…. I honestly hope he stays up this year…

  125. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Man, Jayson is one tough cookie.

  126. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    thanks Nats lady…that makes me feel so much better that Ryan is batting 207 and it will make me forget about all his Strike Outs at the plate in key situations, such as last night with runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 10th

  127. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Did u guys hear what Julie A said? Unreal.Aka: our coaching sucks

  128. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    also, at the top of broadcast, Bobby Carpenter said Ryan was 3 for 23 this road trip…that is why I asked?

  129. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Re: DSpan at bats

  130. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Scott Margenau said…Did u guys hear what Julie A said? Unreal.Aka: our coaching sucksScott..I did and did you hear what Bobby C said "its only a matter of time before the Nats hit" I bet we will hear this up until game 162, which will thankfully be the final game of this awful season

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Unfortunately not good enough again.

  132. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Scott M – I did… There was a write up in the WaPo about Span's comments…

  133. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Ok I must give Zim credit. He is MUCH better at 3rd n throwing last few weeks.

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I have seen almost no urgancy this whole road trip.Play like your pants are on fire. Dont just go through the paces.

  135. mick - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    NatsLady said…Man, Jayson is one tough cookie.AGREED…that is why he is a champion…on that note, and speaking offensively,, other than 2-3 other players there are no others who have even half of Jayson's grit and will to win.

  136. A DC Wonk - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    NatsLady said… Davey, don't let this game get out of hand. Be tough, Davey. This is not a teaching moment.MNF wrote:McCatty always slow to respond. Always Well, whaddya know. Davey left him in, and he got nine more outs.Just saying . . .

  137. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Tracy's throw yesterday worse I might have ever seen

  138. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Section 222 said… Ghost, if you're reading, did you see the Nats Journal post on the disputed pitches to Harper? They use a different pitch tracker than Brooks, and the ump comes off a lot better. Know anything about it?Yes, and they don't use Brooks and the MLB Advanced Media has a larger zone including the black and not sure if they height adjust for the size of the players.

  139. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    When mccatty went out he got a double play.

  140. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Jayson for manager. Or Nats Insider panel.

  141. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Does Brooks adjust for the size of the players? I was wondering about that on the pitch to Stanton. Obviously, the strikezone chart for the whole game can't adjust.

  142. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Ha… MnF – I said the same thing to an effect about McCatty/Catcher….MrsB_says_NatsStop-World_Series2:26 PM EDTOnce again, I feel like the catcher and McCatty sometimes wait too long to come out and talk to the pitchers… Especially in this case with Jordan…

  143. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Following up on manassas comment about 'no sense of urgency." Did anyone else see the shot of Harper in left field deeply yawning in Friday's game? Wow, that's complacency, bordedom, ennui, or something — but it's not intensity, that's for sure.I'm wondering if the Harper yawn is a metaphor for the current state of mind of the team.

  144. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Just turned on game. Good job youngens

  145. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I love Rendon. Man crush.

  146. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Good job new 1 and 2…

  147. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Three hitters working harper rendon and Werth. Others have not shown execution.

  148. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    How much store are the nationals putting into the fact that they are struggling mightily with the worst team in the league. Apparently, Davey is worried — bout time. Where ya been, Davey. – can't will a result like you thought you could?

  149. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    First game change seems to work but too soon fades.

  150. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Lets get another run for Taylor!

  151. A DC Wonk - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Serious question: assuming Puig cools off, and assuming Rendon keeps on doing what he's doing . . . what are the prospects for NL Rookie of the Year for him?

  152. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Fatigue. 20 games in 20 days, including many in the heat, and a late night flight to Miami. I would yawn also. Kid has plenty of "urgency."

  153. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Get off Bryce. Its Zimmerman and alt who stink

  154. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Not playing him last night is just one of many examples of davey loosing us games.

  155. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Actually, Miami hasn't looked like the "worst team in the league" other than that base running goof. The Brewers looked a lot worse, and the Padres looked pretty bad.

  156. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Rzi walk better than an out.But if ALR makes out i is still worthless

  157. djinFl. - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Please share what Julie said for those of us blacked out from MASN in Fl.

  158. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Didn't see a lot of urgency from Harper in that early 1st to 3rd play. But saw alot as he traveled around the bases on Rendon's hit.

  159. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Agree.

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

    Secret wasian man said… Get off Bryce. Its Zimmerman and alt who stinkI would have to wonder about anyone criticizing Bryce other than getting thrown out.

  161. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Never heard why he didnt play.

  162. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    MNF @ 308 – D Span says hello….

  163. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Ok werth. Just like the Philly game. Lets do it

  164. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Werth looks like he is in serious pain. Did you see that wince?

  165. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Wow the Ump kills us again.

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    He said when he had trouble in Minnesota his coaches could fix it. Talking about what Span said

  167. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Needed a scrappy single. Not a grand slam.

  168. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Wonder all you want Ghost. I'm not saying Harper is responsible for the Nats' woes. But he's not perfect, nor is Ramos, nor any other player you seem to think is off limits. For whatever reason, he did not hustle on that play and the runner took the extra base. You'd think he of all people would understand you can't sit back on that hit and hope the SS makes the play.

  169. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I do say hit it where it is pitched. But we need to hit either to right or left. Hitting to center is not working.

  170. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Are you talking about Ozuna's single?

  171. Drew - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    A DC Wonk:Jean Segura, the Brewers shortstop, is hitting .320 with 11 homers and 27 stolen bases.If he qualifies as a rookie (150 ABs last year) he'll get a lot of votes.Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is 9-6 with a 2.92 ERA.They'll be the top competition for Puig and Rendon. (I don't think the D-Backs' Patrick Corbin is a rookie.)

  172. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Come on Buffalo that was not that hard.

  173. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Sect222, for a 20 year old I give him a pass on it. You can criticize for that play sure but be fair.

  174. Rabbit34 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Well, we're hanging in with this last-place team. So, things are getting better!

  175. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Not sure I like this move…

  176. A DC Wonk - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Jean Segura, the Brewers shortstop, is hitting .320 with 11 homers and 27 stolen bases.If he qualifies as a rookie (150 ABs last year) he'll get a lot of votes.He doesn't qualify.I'd forgotten that Shelby Miller was a rookie.Thanks,

  177. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Come on Drew… Throw something for a DP….

  178. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    The bloopers are better than deep flies to center.

  179. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    This should be storens last game as a nat

  180. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Not liking falling behind. That is a recipe for disaster.

  181. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I am being fair Ghost. You just said as much. You're the one who is being unfair by "wondering" about anyone who criticizes Harper. Oh, and have you forgotten letting his temper getting the best of him last night? He's a superstar and no longer a rookie. I don't think at this point he gets a pass for anything. That's not to say that I'm not really, really happy that he's on our team. :-)Good lord Drew takes a long time between pitches.

  182. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    The all do one handed catches, but I hate it.

  183. Drew - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Wonk: You're right on Segura. The cutoff is 140 at bats.Gerritt Cole has four quick wins for the Pirates, but Miller of the Cards and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins have much better ERAs.Without Segura, it could well be Puig, Miller or Rendon.

  184. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Atta boy drew.U were saying SWM?

  185. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Did Harvey pitch more than enough not to qualify?

  186. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Scott, weren't you the one who said 'not sure I like this move'? What are you calling out SWM for?

  187. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Great job Ian. Liv the excitement. And a bad call also awful really.

  188. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Span, you have to do your job! Once again you failed.

  189. Scott Margenau - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Span. U suk

  190. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Span is a tradgedy. Play Bernie.

  191. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Hasn't Davey learned yet that Span is lousy at sacrificing bunts?

  192. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Span is such a poor bunter. We are terrible as a team in doing the little things.

  193. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Wonk, Segura missed it by 18 ABs from last year.

  194. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Idk why Span bunted… He has hit the ball well today…

  195. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Thanks Dara's.

  196. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Thanks thanks faraz.

  197. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Bunting falls under Eck so why. Would any of us be surpised?

  198. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Wait, Eck teaches bunting? How do you know that MNF?

  199. Secret wasian man - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    What a feeble hittinng bunch. Ughhhhhhh

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