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Game 97: Dodgers at Nats

Jul 20, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Davey Johnson intended to open the second half of the season last night with the same lineup he used to close out the first half on Sunday: with Bryce Harper leading off and Denard Span down in the 7-spot. But after Adam LaRoche came down with the flu, Johnson had to adjust and use Harper as his cleanup hitter against the Dodgers.

That look obviously didn't produce much offensively and resulted in a frustrating, 3-2 loss, so Davey proclaimed afterward he planned to go back to the Harper-as-leadoff-man lineup tonight (assuming LaRoche was ready to return). "I do like Harper leading off," the manager said. "I think that frees him up. He's usually on base."

Unfortunately, LaRoche remains out once again, so it's back to the same lineup from last night. We'll have to see if it can mount a challenge against Zack Greinke, and if Gio Gonzalez can out-duel the Dodgers right-hander.

Updates to come…

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 89
Weather: Isolated storms, 90 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (48-48)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper

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575 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    lets see if our lead off guy and earn his pay

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    David Proctor said… Steve M, that's already known. Davey said he didn't think LaRoche would be good for tomorrow. Lefty pitching (Kershaw) so I was halfway joking.

  3. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Tracy 2 for 2 and we still stink. Ramos just awful. And if I here carp say it was hard hit ill scream. Its an out it ain't little league.

  4. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I know people love to talk about Span… But he is doing the same thing as all our other batters with the exception of our 3rd and 4th batters….Which is nothing,,,

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Span has weakly rolled 2 over to 2nd and had the lineout to CF on the 3-0 pitch. Just bad. Tracy has been the hitting star and that's hard to say.

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    The longer this game goes, the more it becomes another TYPICAL Nats loss.Well pitched, poorly hit and lacking enthusiasm.

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    NatsJack, Davey could've put in Bernadina with no outs for Tracy and then used some hit & run with Ramos or a straight steal. You have to make things happen some nights.

  8. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Who plays 1B then Steve M?

  9. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    2 nights in a row that we have had the pitchers on the ropes…. And nothing…

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Greinke and Tracy each have a double and a single tonight. That is how screwed up things are.

  11. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I watched Greinke in high school. He was the best hitter on the team playing short stop when he didn't pitch.

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    David Proctor said… Who plays 1B then Steve M? Hairston better get his 1B glove.

  13. pedrocerrano - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Why doesn't mattingly employ the "span shift" and put 6 fielders in the 4 hole?

  14. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Ghost – I'm not understanding why you like Hairston so much… He isn't the answer to anything…

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    The Rays have won 16 of their last 18. Unreal.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    See what I mean about Puig, he just swung badly at ball 4.

  17. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I don't think Puig is all that people want to crack him up to be on offense..

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    It's not that Ghost loves Hairston. It's that he's seen what everyone else has done and Hairston is new.Let's find out.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… Ghost – I'm not understanding why you like Hairston so much… He isn't the answer to anything…He does only 1 thing well and that's power on LHPs. That's all he does well.Tracy can't run and just clogs up the bases. Take the gift that he gave you and use your bench to make things happen.

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Ramos and Rendon are just finding the fielders. BABIP has to turn back, right?

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Can someone take a Greinke mistake pitch and hit it into the outfield seats?

  22. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I say if Zim gets one more stinking single tonite, the Nats DFA him.

  23. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Greinke fields his position well too.

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

    I was running an errabd and saw my question was not answered. Did Ian swing at a ball outside on the 3-2 count last time.looked like had to lunge.

  25. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Who in the hell told Bryce to bunt… Jesus…

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

    Hahahahaha. This is.like a bad dream that cant be woken up from

  27. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Yes MnF – Desi looked like he swung at ball 4 to me..

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    At least he swung.He and Zim are not tge problem, so I not complaining about them, tgey were in position to score.

  29. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Bryce didn't bunt did he? I thought it was a swing that ended up doing nothing.

  30. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    That looked like a bunt to me, from where I am sitting…But if it wasnt, thanks.

  31. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Was FP just cursing away from his microphone? I thought I heard a F Bomb.

  32. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    It was a "swinging bunt," more accurately an over-swinging bunt.

  33. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Nats need that 4.7. Why not start that in the 6th.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    54 inning since we last homered.As good as Gio is he too cannot get Ramurez out even in an 0-2 count.

  35. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    MNF, Hanley shortened up his swing and just hit it hard and went with the pitch.

  36. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Davey will blame Gio

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    More bad luck. Desi can't hold on to that ball on the steal. Figures.

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    What a great K of Ethier. The perfect chase pitch in a 1-2.

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    How many people remember the movie Network? The character played by Peter Finch had one of my favorite lines of all times.I could see Jayson Werth being that character.If you remember he pulls ups his windowand shouts into the alley "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Then everyone else yells it too.Well Jayson should star everyone else joins in and the crowd joins in.I am mad as hell, but apparently, they arent as mad yet.

  40. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    MNFlove it!

  41. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Call me stupid (yes, I loved every second of SharkNado), but I see this as a terrific October play off series.

  42. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Gio has been superb….Come on Tmobile… Get with the program…l

  43. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Gio is probably done if the Nats get to the 9th spot.

  44. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    NJ – you aren't the only 1… I think only 2 teams will come out the NLC…Nats need to whoop ass and take names later…

  45. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Desmond is despicable at the plate lately.

  46. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    If Tracy hits a HR here, pigs will fly! Go Chad!

  47. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Chad Tracy is 3/3.

  48. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Can Tracy play short stop

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Tracy now batting .178

  50. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    See….even Chad Tracy can hit with nobody on.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    I tweeted to FP to start it

  52. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    SWM, didn't Desi go 2-4 with a RBI yesterday?

  53. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Sigh,.. This means we will see more Tracy… I guess DJ wanted to 'get him going'….

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Come on Goon Squad!

  55. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Bernie. Why not the bench is hot. Now storen can lose it Ive seen this movie before.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Just what you are suppose to do.Why cant we do it.

  57. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Davey needs to use Head Charge there…

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    BERNIE!!!!!!!!

  59. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    He was safe. Nice hit but darn it. Cant do that.

  60. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Oh, and Shark tries to deliver the pizza to second base.Need to use CANDYGRAM there…

  61. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    SHARK WAS SAFE!!!!!!!

  62. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    SHARKADINA! In honor of SHARKNADO!

  63. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Tracy running on Puig had me real nervous. That worked out well!

  64. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    I'm not up on things. What is Sharknado? I'm guessing a bad tornado.

  65. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Angle on the replay was ambiguous, but he looked out.

  66. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    A 2 out rally and Bernadina is 1-1 with RISP!

  67. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Sharkado!

  68. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    That was supposed to be in the dirt, Storen left it up. Same thing with Soriano last night.

  69. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Davey won't go with the lefty in that situation. Storen doesn't bury that in the dirt. Unreal.

  70. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Roma's called ball in the dirt and Storen leaves it up…Come on man…

  71. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I was about to type did we not learn from last night leaving one to golf is not wise.

  72. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Left it over the plate.

  73. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Wasn't even that low, just below the knees.Oh, COME ON. ON 0-2??

  74. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Storen is not good.

  75. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Drew, blame yourself but I also blame Davey. I bring in Abad to face Schumaker.

  76. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    A 9 year old gets a hit on that pitch by Storen. Great "cutter" added to the repertoire.

  77. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Why didnt DJ take Storen out… Put in Abad…Terrible…

  78. pedrocerrano - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    kick rocks, Davey; you've wasted our season

  79. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Drew Storen needs to be traded.

  80. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Um…

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Then an 0-2 to Ellis right over the middle.What is up with these relievers the starters lose more wins because of pathetic 7th inning pitching tge last 3-4 weeks.Fp is right you have to be perfect. It is not ocket science.I'm mad as hell Storen straighten up.

  82. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Good take by Puig, says F.P……

  83. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Just a little bit high and inside, says Bob Uecker…

  84. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    He was being sarcastic, WODL.

  85. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Storen – Puig is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

  86. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I just don't get Davey. He has a rested bullpen and he won't use these guys for the situation called for. The spot called for the lefty because Drew stinks against lefty hitters.I blame Davey. What the heck is he doing? I said it at the time. I just don't understand him. As soon as Schumaker was named as the pinch-hitter. Davey has to yank Storen.On Davey once again.

  87. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    DJ and his stubbornness and loyalty…Storen, clip Soriano will not always work… Dammit DJ, you have LHps now… Fricking use them….

  88. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    ah Drew..you keep reminding me of game 5 you head case you

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Fp half wrong. Storen didnt have to be perfect. The first bad pitch didn't hurt him until the second bad pitch. The third bad pitch didnt cost him.Not even close to perfect.

  90. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Cant win games 1 0. That being said terrible pitch by drew. Not going to win with these players. OR THIS MANAGER

  91. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    F.P. playing it too straight. Hilarious. Good take by Puig. I knew I watched these games for some reason.

  92. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… DJ and his stubbornness and loyalty…I hope Mark or someone with some #%*@$ in the media asks Davey why he don't go lefty against Schumaker.

  93. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Span should be always taking in any count….

  94. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Wow, Span goes with a pitch on the outside.

  95. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Rizzo, Im begging you…trade now and issue an apology to all fans for this terrible season

  96. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Hey, opposite field. Every time Span gets a hit or has a decent game, he goes to the opposite field and we think, finally, and then the next day, it is right back to the tired pop-ups and weak grounders that he tries to pull.

  97. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Bull Pizzles!!

  98. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    As soon as shark was out no doubt span would hit

  99. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    No way. What a horrible call at 2nd.

  100. paul brandt - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    what a crap call – safe!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

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  102. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Was he even hustling there. Span looks up and slowed down. Say fl say it. Why doesn't he say it span slowed up

  103. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    That is the sort of play that makes me question Span's base running and speed. He has to be there and it shouldn't be close. Based upon his number of infield hits and stolen bases, Span is either not very fast, or he doesn't know how to run the bases as well as he should.F.P. agrees.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Span declerated onrun. Why?

  105. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    crapass umpire would not matter if Nats can score more than 1 run a game

  106. pedrocerrano - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    If we can't bunt, we should at least stop doing it

  107. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    span may be a bigger bust than Haren

  108. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Screwed by the blue….

  109. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    If Span knew how to run the bases, we would be ahead.

  110. paul brandt - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    should be 2-1, thanks 2b ump, we get no breaks at all…

  111. karlkolchak - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Nope- Span was out and it was he own fault. He should have been running hard all the way.

  112. pedrocerrano - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    span was out. That was right right call.

  113. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Span was safe and went past the 2nd base bag and was able to stay on the base. That just cost the Nats a run and a precious out.

  114. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Good point nick. What was nok Logan doing. What was nook Logan thinking why why. Mick

  115. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    There you go. Zim singles again instead of hitting a home run. I'm with SWM….time to DFA Zim.

  116. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Freeze on the VCR says it was a bad call, but it was closer than it should have been. FP noticed and pointed out Span got a bad jump, freezing for just an instant at contact. You play this game with fear and arrogance. I guess we saw which one on that play.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Eck cant coach hitting so why do we think he can coach bunting.The kocal high school here can bunt, ask Big Cat wants that coach to teach everyone how to bunt.k

  118. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    pedrocrrano, not sure what you were looking at. His foot was on top of the base when Hanely caught that ball.

  119. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Rizzo made a huge mistake in acquiring Span. We all know that, but the bigger mistake was playing him up as the final piece.

  120. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Hahaha bats jack. Zimmerman doing his.job. span hustles we jp 2 1

  121. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    I hope Bryce isn't acquiring nervous ticks….

  122. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    This reliever just got chewed up by the Braves on an ESPN game. Paco basically blew the game for the Dodgers so he owes us one.

  123. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    I prefer the NL, but double switches are quite tiresome.

  124. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Harper cant hit lefties

  125. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Mattingly once again playing like Game 6 and Davey once again with his thumb up his a–. I was surprised he argued the call at 2nd. That was a surprise.

  126. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    That is a good point about Span. He plays the game with fear, not arrogance.

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Mattingly wants to win you can. Davey lost interest.He brings a tough lefty for Harper. Davey wastes his lefties and lets them rot in the bull pen. 2 nights in a row. What is the point in have lefties if you are not going to use them.Abad must be gone when Mattheus is ready.

  128. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I may be alone on this but Rendon and Span are a perfect hit and run combo. Why bunt?

  129. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    For the record, I was just talking about that one play, with Span.

  130. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    The umpires are inclined to call an out on any close play where the team in the field makes either a great play or a risky play. If usually the tie goes to the runner, when a team makes a great or unusual play in the field, the umps are likely to give them the benefit of the doubt. That does tend to reward interesting play and benefits the sport overall. Bottom line? Span screwed up by making it close.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Lefties that come from the side. Over hand ones he is fine.

  132. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I'm not gonna argue the Span thing… He was safe…But again, I don't see all the out rage when Werth goes 0-3 and contributes to the non scoring in RISP… I don't see the out rage when Dei swings from his knees when all we frickin need is simple contact…I swear people like to pick and choose a scape goat… Just like with Espi…But Nj – I said the same thing… I'm not understanding why Rendon bunted right there either…

  133. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Long inning for no runs scored yet….

  134. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Guys with track records get the benefit of the doubt, Mrs B. Werth has been our best hitter over the last 2 months. He screwed up, but I'm not going to get on him too much because everyone fails sometimes in this game. Same for Desi.

  135. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    iM mad as haell.Was Punto's foot on base?

  136. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Duh…. Span replaced one of the most popular Nats ever, and was touted as the final piece of the World Series puzzle, and has not delivered. It is hardly rocket science to figure it out. Werth won the biggest game in Nats' history and has been with them every step of their rise from last place.Not hard to understand at all.

  137. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    so whats tonights excuse….cant blame Tracey who is 3 for 3…. lineup back for 12 games now and it is worseBryce swings like a caveman now

  138. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Mattingly just said 'Check mate'….

  139. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Zim was out but it was as close. Very close.

  140. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    NatsJack, a hit & run would make more sense since bunting on him was a tough task at 98+

  141. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Davey stinks but so do most of his players. If I never saw span again I wouldn't care

  142. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Outside of our 3 and 4… None of the line up has done nothing… But yeah, benefit of the doubt should come into play…

  143. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Zim was out…Harper stunk at bat and that is why the inning was over

  144. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Ian Desmond has been excoriated on this blog, as have Zimmerman, Harper, Strasburg, Espinosa, Tracey, Rodriguez and many others. Span is in good company, and the idea that he is some sort of scape goat is ridiculous. People hammer Desmond every day on here and he is twice the player that Span is.

  145. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Number 7 batter is 3 for3 Desi and Werth clueless tonight.

  146. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Desmond is a good player, no doubt…I have seen the light on Span….he is a huge bust..I defended him most of the season, i cant nowzero homers after 97 games, seriously???

  147. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Off the end of Hanleys bat and still went 398.

  148. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    That swing and miss on the curve in the dirt made Hanley look like a little leaguer.

  149. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    The Washington Post has taken several shots at Bryce Harper this week. Maybe he is the scape goat….

  150. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Hanley standing and admiring a fly ball to the track in center didn't exactly cover him in glory either.

  151. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Show boating on a long out… No good…

  152. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Uh oh. Nothing ever good follows an airmailed throw by Zim.

  153. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    to funny now

  154. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    WTF Ryan? That is horrible. Can't happen. Just can't. He could have run it over to 1st.

  155. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Zim threw that one over the top, not sidearm. Apparently he doesn't have the routine down yet.

  156. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Since the San Diego series the Nats are 6 for 66.That is .091Im mad as hell.Wh zim take his time? That is the comnon bond on most his errors.

  157. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    face of the franchise

  158. paul brandt - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    there is not a couch large enough for this team…

  159. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    The hard plays Zimm excels… But when he has time and it's easy, he sails it…

  160. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Span hasn't been the same player since he got hurt a couple of years back. He used to walk and was among the league leaders in hbp's. He doesn't do that now. There were whispers at the time of the deal that Boswell subtly made reference to, that he would never be the same as he was 5 years back and Minnesota seems to have replaced him without any problem. Strangely enough, when he was effective, he used to get injured all the time. Now that he isn't effective, his health seems fine….

  161. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    I understand that Span may never be the player he was before the concussions, but if he even performed like he did last year, I'd be happy. Not happening this season.

  162. karlkolchak - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    mick – more like facepalm of the franchise. That was BAD.

  163. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Anybody ever see the movie 8 men out. You think that's going on here. The black sod.it has to be you cant be this bad

  164. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    I knew Davey should have put Chad Tracey at third. He can definitely get the ball all the way to first from third.

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Clip bails out Zim

  166. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Tracey seems to be a much better 1st bagger than 3rd….

  167. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Chad makes a great play there. That was nifty on a ball that was smoked.

  168. mick - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    instead of Nats eating face, they are TIITFlol

  169. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Clip loves to make things interesting….I wonder what baby Clip is doing… I liked that guy…

  170. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Pretty good pick by Tracy to end that inning. We are relying WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much on Tracy tonight. This is not going to end well.

  171. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Bad combo 6 for 66 Risp58 straight innings with 0 homers.

  172. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Desi gets a hit. Neganons take that!

  173. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Puig trying to throw our Desmond at first LOL

  174. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I agree. Span's performance last year would have been marginally effective, but it is difficult to analyze because he seems to have lost his baserunning skills, which is unusual. I think he stole 24 out of 28 bases a few years back. Now he steals 7 of 10, which isn't great, considering that he usually doesn't run in close games. His bunting is terrible and he doesn't beat out dink hits the way say Jose Reyes does. His fielding has been good but I am not sure if he is better than Bernadina in center or left. We re-adjusted our entire team to bring him in. That is a big burden and he needs to put up the numbers or …..

  175. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Helluva jump…

  176. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Eric Cooper gets a call right at 2nd.

  177. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    No one on eay hit.Now tracy get him to third at least

  178. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Tracy has to move Desi over

  179. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Can the Senators get a fly ball here to score a run?

  180. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    That was significantly motivated by Puig throwing behind Desmond. And I love how he congratulates the ump on a good call.

  181. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Tracy even gets a productive out. You figure with RISP he doesn't get a hit ;)

  182. pedrocerrano - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Tanking with RISPMaking outs with 3 ball countsCrappy baserunninglame duck managingspoiling incredible pitchingspan rolling groundersStoren blowing leadsZim airmailing throws from 3rdFor all the times i've heard "…and that's why the play the games!", the 2013 Nats are proving that it's not always true

  183. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I will actually give Tracy props for tonight…. He had a good game… But that is an issue all in itself…

  184. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Anybody ever seen the movie, "Damn Yankees"?

  185. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Situation calls for Moose to hit a fly ball. What are the odds he swings at something in the dirt?

  186. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Buffalo due

  187. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    MrsB, no doubt by Tracy. This is what has been needed from him when he gets starts.

  188. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Use Head Charge!

  189. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Uhm… Hairston???? Why not Lombo… He will give you a sac fly, at least….

  190. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    AVOID THE DOUBLE PLAY.

  191. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I always wonder about the splits that Davey uses….

  192. Secret wasian man - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Lombo

  193. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I'd go Lombo here as you need a contact play with speed on 3rd. Earn your trade Scott Hairston!

  194. Knoxville Nat - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    DJ leaving the "King of Sac Fly" in the dugout.

  195. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    In 2005, we brought in Preston Wilson to carry us to the pennant. This year we brought in Scott Hairston.

  196. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Hairston against a righty? Did I miss a memo?

  197. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Span's got this.

  198. Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Jr. Spivey. They brought in Jr. Spivey in 2005.

  199. David Proctor - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    I don't understand why Davey put Hairston in against a righty. He hits lefties. Not righties.

  200. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Scott Hairston can't hit RHPs. Davey with another mistake. Even Suzuki a better choice.

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