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Game 101: Pirates at Nats

Jul 24, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Davey Johnson hasn't been given his regulars very many days off lately, certainly not with the Nationals struggling so mightily to score runs. But there's no question a few guys could probably use a breather, so tonight two of the biggest names from the lineup are sitting: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond.

We'll find out Davey's reasoning in each case. It's not all that surprising to see Harper get a day off against a tough left-hander in Francisco Liriano. But it is surprising to see Desmond sitting against this pitcher. Again, we'll see what the reason is in each case.

The benching of those two leads to some other changes, most notably Anthony Rendon sliding over to shortstop for his first career start at that position. Steve Lombardozzi will be at second base. Scott Hairston, meanwhile will be leading off and playing left field.

Oh yeah, and Stephen Strasburg is on the mound, trying to stop this five-game losing streak. Updates to come, so please check back…

PITTSBURGH PIRATES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (48-52)
LF Scott Hairston
SS Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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430 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Man are we looking at getting no hit by Levoinerstferwsbm? Or whatever that pitchers name is?

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Time to leave. Too many of the usual suspects have shown up.

  3. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Is 13 infield hits supposed to be great or something? Span has only better than average speed. Keep deluding yourself that he is Vince Coleman….

  4. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Sc natsfan. Don't touch that dial. You may see it here within the hour.

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Bye.

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Have had it tge last 6 years. Always my Christmas present to myself.

  7. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Bye Nats jack. Don't worry the season is still young.

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Strasburg keeps giving up these homers and just giving away games. He really needs to stop giving up runs when he is pitching….

  9. ExposedinDC - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Wrong Carp…..mets losing 6-0 is good news

  10. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Hey, it is only August and don't any of you LOD guys remember the Miracle Braves of '14…. Sad that we have to root for the Braves tonight to maintain 3rd place, so it is not bad news, necessarily, Bob.

  11. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    A hit…. A hit…. My kingdom for a hit……

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Alverez missed the scouting meeting.

  13. SCNatsFan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Sad that qualifies as a good inning right now no matter what zim does

  14. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… So far when see Schu engaging with players on the bench that is a step up.And it's helping _so_ much right now ;-)Hey — if we keep saying "no hitter, no hitter", does that count for jinxing the pictcher?

  15. Joe Seamhead - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Quick, decisive, and questionable. I would've impartially ruled that an error.

  16. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    "Vince Coleman and Jose Reyes beat that out, DP…."========================In 2012, Jose Reyes played in 160 games for the Marlins. He had 20 infield hits. Denard Span has 13 in 100 games. Roughly the same pace.

  17. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    When I came here about 2 seasons ago I was lump in with the LODers. That group included myself, rabbit, WODL, Mick… As a proud member of LOD I would like to start the WBF club. " WE'LL BE FINE". You guys know who you are. And welcome.

  18. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Could the wheels have suddenly fallen off Luriano, setting up a 3-run tater by laRoche?maybe so

  19. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Correction: for Werth

  20. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Hey — if we keep saying "no hitter, no hitter", does that count for jinxing the pictcher? July 24, 2013 8:45 PM I'll count that as a jinx! (I actually posted before the hit, but my browser got real slow for a bit)

  21. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    .water ….. water …… water … oh, I mean, hits ….. hits …..

  22. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    That was strike 3

  23. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    6 for 76 RISP now

  24. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Werth lets a beauty go by — go figure

  25. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Good call SWM….bwcause you're right. We are and always will be fine.

  26. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    WERTh gets an extra strike and then stands there. Yuck goodnight.

  27. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    anybody see a pitch track? wasn't that pitch in the exact same spot as the pitch before?

  28. ExposedinDC - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Werth doing a great Matt Stairs impression with that AB

  29. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Werth was mad because the 4th pitch called a strike after 3 rd wasn't. The third was miscalled not the 4th

  30. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… Is 13 infield hits supposed to be great or something?How does he compare to anyone else on the Nats?

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Never showed pitch track.i thought both were strikes.

  32. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    wasian lol

  33. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    haha old Span is gonna be huffin and puffin for 5 minutes!!

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Good to see Denard get his jersey dirty! I know he says he doesn't dive but I will take a sliding catch!

  35. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    So you are saying he has better speed than Vince Coleman and Jose Reyes? I severely doubt that, but check the career records. One thing we know is that Span can't steal an important base to save his life. Reyes and Coleman routinely go to 3rd after being walked or getting a dink hit.

  36. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Stras is cruising .. keep em away from Rendon, Stas — although he already knows that, doesn't he?

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Just showed pitch track and 4 strikes. 1 would have been a ball had Werth not swung.

  38. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    "Is 13 infield hits supposed to be great or something? Span has only better than average speed. Keep deluding yourself that he is Vince Coleman…."=======================Never suggested 13 is great; you wrote 'never' and I simply pointed out that 13 hits is 13 greater than 'never'. 'Never' is hyperbole. Thirteen is the real number. Never suggested he was Vince Coleman or Jose Reyes. As I pointed out the other day, Denard Span is pretty much an average hitter for a CF and lead-off hitter, minus a bit of power.

  39. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Strasburg keeps giving up a run or two whenever he pitches. You can't expect to win games when you give up runs…..

  40. SCNatsFan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    I don't think you are in the LOD if you thought this team was going to the World Series and are upset we are crowding 4th place. And I don't think you are in the LOD if you are upset with the horrendous offense and lack of emotion this team has shown this year. Doesn't mean you don't love the team any less but you hate the results. If you are a Nats fan and you are satisfied with this performance then God bless you.

  41. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    span runs like Fred Sanford

  42. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    We gotta score some runs here!!!!

  43. Joe Seamhead - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

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  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I didnt read anyone saying he was faster than Coleman.

  45. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    fast moving game

  46. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Overall batting .239 i read .235 RISP.NL Overall .252, RISP .250But, more relevant to what I was saying — the Nats are 13th in overall batting and — hmm — I can't seem to find how they rank in RISP compared to the rest of the league . . . .

  47. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Look who is here posting: the true baseball fans who like the Nats. The "positive thinking" people aren't baseball fans. They are Nats fans only, which a lot of people on here seem to think is a positive. That is garbage to me. I study other teams like the Cardinals and Reds and I respect their history and I enjoy watching them when they play beautiful baseball. I am a baseball fan first and a Nats' fan second.

  48. BigCat - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Why not laroche bunt? Pitiful

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    If ALR is goingvlook that poor against Lariano he should just stick the bat out and hit to left.

  50. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I always felt labeling people "Legion of Doom" was just a cheesy way of shutting up fans not happy with one thing or another. People who I've seen excoriate others for being LOD members are now far more negative than many the LODer's the chastised. Some are here tonight. I think it's funny and part of the entertainment of this crazy forum.Still, I can't decide: are most people here under 25 or over 65? I can't make up my mind.

  51. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    natssince startlol

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Because he doesnt think like you and me. We have discussed this too many time.

  53. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    But you admit you knew I was engaging in hyperbole, so I guess we aren't disputing anything at all. I just really wanted a Vince Coleman kind of guy and instead we got a guy who is decent but nothing more and we have already had that in centerfield many times since Wilkerson left.

  54. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    wonder if Davey will blame Stras for giving up the homer

  55. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    In between.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I believe it was 12th i remember it was 26th in the majors

  57. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    One think that I explained to my son is that when your team falls out of it, you can still enjoy the beauty of the game. This is a nicely played game for the most part. We can't win every year.

  58. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Stras has been awesome

  59. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Love the way Stras is pitching tonight. Loved the high 4 seamer K

  60. SCNatsFan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Even though he said he won't quit you wonder how much longer Davey puts up with this team. He looks horrid in interviews. You know this season is eating him up and I hate to see that.

  61. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    funny how people are just realizing what type of player Span is. Are you just noticing now? Or did you know all along but went along with the crowd thinking Pollyannish kinda thoughts?Span is an above average CF, contact hitter, but lacks gap and homerun power — gets triples, but must pull the ball in order to do it. Like to get the ball in the air, when his type should be hitting it on the ground or line drives — slow reflexes prevent him from being a good basestealer, and a low obp has him turning out to be a poor leadoff guy. But this was readily known before we made the deal — if anyone cared to look at the time

  62. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    agreed Ghost

  63. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    We all wax back and forth, but one thing that stats guys don't stress enough is inter-year variation. Go back to the early 70's when teams kept the same core for years and teams would have surprising variance in record, but maybe less so in run differential….

  64. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I love the way both have pitched. Being an ex-catcher, well pitched games are my favorite.Idiot commentors, not so much.

  65. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    At least, with 12 K's, Stras is looking like the guy we thought we had. That is a huge positive.

  66. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    can we score 1 freaking run??????

  67. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Davey's MO: excitement to begin with — ego sets in — clashes with management — makes public comments of displeasure — bad blood develops — Davey is gone on October 1 — souring another relationship with yet another team

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Except for one pitch about 6 inches more inside than Ramos asked for Strasburg nearly perfect. So far that mistake is the difference.The few Luriano errors were not hit. Nit sure Stras even had another close to a mistake.

  69. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    I see braves are up 6-0

  70. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    well, I'll be darn: we got a hit!!

  71. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    The strange thing NatsFanSinceStart, is that I have looked at various Nats blogs and they were overwhelmingly in favor of the Span acquisition, so that must be said in favor of Rizzo. Boswell held back more than most and said that the Span and Haren deals were uncertain but probably worth trying.

  72. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    If you are going to bunt, why not use JZim???? I don't get this guy.

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Who is a better bunter Suzuki or Stras? Going to bunt let stras do it.

  74. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    A successful sacrifice? Heavens above!

  75. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Sacrifice works but now you just burned a position player for a bunt.

  76. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Do you all realize we just played a little small ball? the world has turned inside out!

  77. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    SS has been phenomenal tonight…. Like last night, another pitcher suffering from no run support….Ugh…

  78. BigCat - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Got a feelin

  79. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    You're right William, I think. I seem to remember Bos being luke-warm about the Span thing. But no longer — last month in his column he declared the Morse dumping and Span Acqu. a Bad deal and "let's move on."

  80. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    So mick, was Plant awesome or what? Saw Stevie Miller last night. Good but he ain't Plant.

  81. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Hairston seems like he is having a good battle…

  82. BigCat - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Curly tonight

  83. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Anyone here who wouldn't want a healthy Michael Morse in the on deck circle?

  84. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    That was too close to not swing… Haven't care for this blue but …. Hairston you have to swing at that….

  85. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Sorry Hairston, that was a strike.

  86. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Nice job Hairston you bum. That's was a strike all the way. My god we can't even go down swinging. Just disgusting.

  87. SCNatsFan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Hairston is the only guy in North America who thought that was a ball.

  88. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Swing the Bats, nationals — swing the bats. This ump has been inconsistent all night — you gotta bed ready to swing. Lets swing more and have to whine and moan less about a called third strike.

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    ,6 for 79Missed a hittable pitchSo far we haven taken a backsrd K in both RISP situations.Can guarentee almost no runners ever score on a called strikeout.Bad approach again.

  90. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    hairston is a joke. what a worthless trade

  91. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    You realize all Hairston has done so far is choke in key situations. Nothing bigger than the K with a man on 3rd and 2nd and 1 out.

  92. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    See, that shows why it was wrong to condemn Harper based on the pitch track. You cannot trust those things. It was ridiculous to see people who didn't even watch that Miami game come on here the next day and say he was wrong about the ump's call. And that is without mentioning that there is no right/wrong in terms of umpiring. There is only consistency…..

  93. JayB - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Bowden called 3rd strikes will kill you

  94. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    These guys don't swing because they know they can't hit. They are just praying for a walk. Rendon???? No way.

  95. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Yeah Ghost – he hasn't had as many good at bats in situations that I had hoped for… But again, it's a reason why he was available…

  96. Joe Seamhead - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Scott, you're wrong. You must not go up looking for a walk.Ghost, not just a position player, but your only backup catcher. Of course, that only would matter if we tie it up, etc.

  97. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    this joke of a player has 1 hit

  98. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    If you're gonna sign a Hairston, it would be Jerry, not the little bro. His pickup and Eck's axing demonstrates that Rizzo is not sleeping well these days

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

    6 for 80

  100. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    6-81 with RISP.

  101. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Rendon needs to sit awhile. Let Lombo play.

  102. SCNatsFan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    This is just a mediocre team that played so far above its head last year. Had me fooled but fooled a lot of sportswriters smarter then me.

  103. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Lerners bring back Morse and they are the heroes, along with the GM, whoever it may be…..

  104. Candide - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Team's season BA with RISP and 2 outs is below the Mendoza line.

  105. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I fell one behind 6 for 81.The three tonight havent hit a fair ball.

  106. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I think it's time to bring in the voodoo dolls and sacrificing some chickens from to help this team.

  107. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Great pitching duel. Strasburg deserves better. One mistake pitch. Still don't get it-Hairston leading off. "Being due" is no reason to do that. Hell, I've been due to get a hit for 38 years.

  108. Joe Seamhead - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    WODL, that was a strike to Scott Hairston. Good pitch, but you can't let that go by, just as Werth should not have watched his called third strike.

  109. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    I can't believe DJ is using Storen right now…

  110. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Lets see if Storen can keep it at 1

  111. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Joe Seamhead said… Ghost, not just a position player, but your only backup catcher. Of course, that only would matter if we tie it up, etc. Exactly. Davey just not thinking. What happens if this goes into extra innings?

  112. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Because he's just mean. Turning into a vindictive old man

  113. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Storen look shaky to me — My feeling is Storen needs a new team and new start — maybe a pitching coach that communicates well with him. I will celebrate if he gets out of the inning with no runs scored

  114. Candide - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    MrsB, I think Davey figures this game is lost anyway, so let's give Storen a chance to have a good outing.

  115. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Heart of the lineup coming up in the bottom half. I promise it will be 3 quick outs. I blame this whole hitting swoon on Desmond, Zimm, harp and especially ALR. These guy are supposed to be the back bone. The vets, the leaders, the guys who make the $$$$$ and they just are absolutely pathetic at the plate.

  116. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Candide – I hope not… Good Lord, I hope not…But did he really use Suzuki as a PH?

  117. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    You mean the fart of the lineup? I'd call the middle of the order blue plains.

  118. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Oh Drew. Not what the Doc ordered with a leadoff hit.

  119. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Marte should steal

  120. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    I thought it was a strike to Hairston too, from the front, but from the side, it appeared to be a ball. Who knows? It has to do with expectations and consistency….

  121. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    too man head cases on this team…it is sickening to watchI feel for Stras, this no account bunch owes him an apology tonight and they owe all Nats fans one as well

  122. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    This is kinda embarrassing…. But it makes you angry that your SP only had 2 hits against him but the relief pitcher comes in and bam… Instant hit…This offensive production is terrible…Come on Drew… Lets Go Nats…

  123. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Air just vented out of Nats Park.

  124. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Drew Storen…prepare to be sent to AAA when Ryan Mattheus returns. Sorry bud.

  125. ExposedinDC - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Groundhogs day…….again

  126. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Drew Storen is trying peoples' patience….

  127. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    That didn't take long — two batter: two hits, one run. Oh Drew – your time here is just about over

  128. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Again… I didnt understand why DJ used Storen here… He has made some terrible/glaring decisions these last games…

  129. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    2 batters… Drew has the same amount of hits in this 1 inning then Strass had the entire game…

  130. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Drew, if you have lost David Proctor, then you are screwed….

  131. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Johnson is just an ass for putting him in. It's like he's trying to deflate the last ion of confidence he might have had. UFB

  132. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Maybe he's in a pending trade offer and was being "showcased" tonight. who knows

  133. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Drew…all you do is remind us of game 5…I do not feel sorry for this head case at all.

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Thanks Davey your Storen experiments back fires just like Monday.People feel sorry for him, but I dont i just am mad at him. Stras works hard and succesful and he comes in and they are clobbering him.

  135. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    The team needs to publicly declare that they surrender, get on their knees, and wear their shame.

  136. JayB - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Bowden keep telling yourself how Storen is worth keeping on the MLB roster and I'll keep saying any replacement stiff is better chance to help win a game

  137. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    MrsB, I have no problem with Storen to start the 9th but I look at it as a ROOGY and pull him when Walker steps in and go with a lefty.Strasburg Ace start wasted! This is not acceptable.

  138. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Johnson wants to be done of Storen and I don't blame him.

  139. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Drew is a guy who I don't want to trade because his stuff is still nasty. The problem is he can't control it. Send him to AAA (he has options) for the rest of the year, let him work on his command and holding runners and then let him try out for a spot in Spring Training next year.

  140. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    MNFno way in hell I feel sorry for Storen.

  141. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Total meltdown — total joke — only I'm not laughing.Game 5 apparently totally ruined this kid. Hide the sharp objects when Storen goes home tonight

  142. Joe Seamhead - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    And you guys wonder why Rizzo got Soriano?

  143. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Storen's has better stuff than Soriano… He just isn't commanding it well right now…Ghost – Storen's confidence is kinda shot… So I don't undertsand why he doesn't just face RHBs for the time being… Let him get himself together…

  144. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    I believe the odds we score in the bottom of the 9th has increased

  145. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    NatsFanSinceStart exactly and that means he was too soft to begin with, a true pro, with heart and guts would have gotten over game 5 best thing for Nats is to get rid of his ass ASAP

  146. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Storen has the nastiest stuff of anybody in the bullpen. The problem is he can't control it at all and so it doesn't matter how nasty his stuff is. Send him to AAA to work on his command.

  147. joemktg - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Forget Drew: inconsequential when the team is hitting the way they're hitting:2011: averaged 3.8 runs per game; after 100 games they were 49-51.2013: averaging 3.7 runs per game; after 100 games 48-52.

  148. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    The closeup of Davey yanking Storen was telling. Davey said nothing, Storen wouldn't look at him.Both of those guys will be elsewhere next year

  149. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Johnson coming to the mound to take Storen out. I wish someone would go into the dugout and take Johnson out of the game.

  150. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Maybe davey should rest his big bats when dan haren is pitching. Effing moron.

  151. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    NatsFanSinceStarti am hoping tomorrow

  152. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Joe Seamhead said… And you guys wonder why Rizzo got Soriano? Not only did I suggest a new Boras closer in November the P**** told me I was nuts.It was one of Rizzo's wise moves even though he way overpaid.

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    what was 2012 after 100 games

  154. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    ….not that it would have mad a difference

  155. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    The thing is, relievers used to routinely pitch several innings. Now if they pitch 3 innings a week, people say they are overused…..

  156. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Tim Hudson being carted off the field.

  157. JayB - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Wait earn a spot and we are not talking about a spring traing nats foursome and morning tee time?

  158. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    And Proctor, you are right. Once Storen gets his head on straight he'll be fine. I think of Lidge in Houston then going to Philly

  159. joemktg - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    MNF:60-40 after 100 games in 2012; they averaged 4.5 runs per game

  160. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    http://gif.mocksession.com/2013/07/hudson-ankle/Don't click that if squeemish. it's Hudson's injury.

  161. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    They laughed at me when I said in June that Nats would lose 8 straight at some point… they are at 6 now…"they also laughed at me at the University" (line from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) lol

  162. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Ouch….

  163. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    As long as they didn't laugh in gym class, you are okay, Mick…..

  164. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I just heard about Hudson… I will not click on that link DP… I want to sleep well tonight…

  165. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… Ghost – Storen's confidence is kinda shot… So I don't undertsand why he doesn't just face RHBs for the time being… Let him get himself together…Yep, I pull him as soon as a LH walks into the batters box.

  166. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    What is Drew's ERA now?

  167. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Wiliamha ha ha

  168. joemktg - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Don't think ankles are supposed to bend 90 degrees from the side.

  169. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    he's Fing ABADlol

  170. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Omg… Hairston has a weak arm… Good gracious….

  171. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    RZim was not even ready when that ball was hit. It went by him before he started his dive. Just pathetic.

  172. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Storen puts them on and Abad lets them score. All go on Storen's ERA only right has he gone completly south the last several weeks.

  173. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Mrs B, yes he does. It goes well with that weak bat of his.

  174. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    man oh man….our team really sucks right now

  175. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    If davey gave a damn about this team he would leave NOW. What a horrible manager he has become.

  176. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    MrsB, right behind you on Hairston's noodle arm. That was embarassing.

  177. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Mick, this team is just so poorly managed. It's almost as though Johnson wanted to make sure that they had no hope of mounting any kind of comeback.

  178. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Exactly Ghost…. This is like the 4th game after the break where the team has seemingly won the game in the 9th… Help him get himself together by having him play to his strengths and so he can get comfy and gaine his confidence… He has the stuff… He needs the command…When the pitching is on, our bats go dead…When the bats are on, the pitching is wack…One of these days, we are going to find a way to out it together…

  179. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    well storen and ABAD in way have left the no account offense off the hook…1-0 it would have been all on them

  180. NatsLady - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    The problem goes back to Davey managing 2012. Rizzo wanted him for interim manager in 2011. I don't think he wanted him for 2012, but Davey got his "juices" flowing, and how could Rizzo say, no? THEN, Davey managed the team to 98 wins, a YEAR ahead of schedule and Rizzo had to put up with all the Stras shutdown nonsense, which would have been meaningless if the Nats had been an 85 win team, as was Rizzo's plan. 2014 was the year Rizzo had in mind for playoff contention.Davey (IMO) did a good job keeping the team's head above water in the first half of 2012, with the injuries and only LaRoche hitting. When the team took off, all he had to do was tag along for the ride. Now, what was Rizzo going to do? Davey is manager of the year, team won the Division, came within an inch of the NLDS…

  181. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Nats may finish last in East…"From first to Worst"

  182. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Why is the manager supposed to resign, Secret? Shouldn't Rizzo resign instead? These are his players….

  183. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    You could have Strasburg bunt instead of Suzuki. And had him for the ninth. We may lose100 games.

  184. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    let's be positive…come on you face of the franchise you, lets get something started

  185. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I'm not giving up hope… But good Lord… Come on Nats… I know you all are feeling worst than I am…Please get it together…. It's not like y'all don't have the talent to do it…

  186. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Good at bat Ryan…

  187. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    This should've been and needed to be a 1-0 game going into the bottom of the 9th……..

  188. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Wasian and nats106AGREED!!!

  189. NatsLady - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I HATE DREW STOREN!!!!!!!!!

  190. Secret wasian man - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    No Daveys going anyway. Just go early. He makes all the wrong in game moves. He has all season. I like the guy personally but he has been awful. Just awful.

  191. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Storen gets the loss!

  192. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    That would've been a Walk-off if you believe the Nats did that against Melancon and Storen held it at 1-0

  193. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    again, the only winner and guy with heart comes thru again

  194. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Good goin Werth…. Man if those runs in the top 9th don't hurt…Unh unh unh… This was a perfect night for a walk off….And we got a Hr and it wasnt a solo!!!!

  195. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Storen now 5.40What did i tell you toren would end up costing us tge game.2 games this series storen screwed 100% up.

  196. Unknown - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I hope all of you people yelling for Abad the past few days have realized he's a sorry excuse for a major leaguer.

  197. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Thanks Storen.

  198. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    now i really cant stand storen!!!!

  199. Nats106 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    So glad I opted not to go again tonight. Like I said before, I did my penance this past weekend. All 3 Dodger games. That's enough losing for one week.

  200. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Lol… I swear Ghost and I are not the same person… Lol…NL – I think DJ uses Storen wrong…

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