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Game 102: Pirates at Nats

Jul 25, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

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It's been ten days since the 2013 All-Star game and the Nationals are still looking for their first win in the season's second half. Last night we saw them lose their sixth straight game, failing to get any sort of offense going against lefty Francisco Liriano. 
If Liriano was trouble, they may have an even tougher time this afternoon against A.J. Burnett. Burnett has been excellent this season at the age of 36, holding a 3.07 ERA through 17 starts. Back in May he held the Nats to one earned run through seven innings and struck out nine.
The Nationals will have Gio Gonzalez (7-3, 2.89) on the mound who's had a pretty good season himself. Gonzalez also has a win against the Pirates this season, throwing six innings of two-run ball on May 5.
The real question will of course be whether the Nationals can score some runs today, as they have scored more than three runs just twice in their last ten games. They have, however, given Gio solid run support for the most part in his recent starts. Five of Gonzalez' last six outings have seen the Nats score five or more runs, each time taking the win when they hit that mark. Gio has also recorded quality starts in all nine of his outings since the month of May.
Updates to come…

PITTSBURGH PIRATES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 14 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (48-53)
LF Bryce Harper
2B Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
CF Denard Span
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

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497 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    What about Krol, MNF? I think he has been more solid than not…

  2. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

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  3. Bill Lage - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    9th inning and Soriano in a non save situation…not a good idea. WHOOPS…now it's a save situation. Selfish pitching…

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Now you have to weigh the situation with the lefty Alvarez on-deck.Hard to believe you may go to the lefty rookie for the Save.Get ready.

  5. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Pitch 3 to R Martin looked like a K according to pitch track….

  6. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    JayB, what are you doing here? Did you read teh score incorrectly? The Nats are leading . . .

  7. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I would switch Krol for Sori right here, myself… But that is just me…

  8. JD - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Wow. Krol? what a spot?

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Been fine, but not here all season.

  10. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

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  11. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    They did switch Sori for Krol…#nervous

  12. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Another Rizzo signee….

  13. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Wow . . . when was the last time Soriano didn't finish an inning when the Nats were leading?

  14. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    We lost a draft pick signing Soriano.

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I like this move no matter how it turns out.

  16. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I did say when it was 4-3 that Nats needed more runs… I am just stunned

  17. JD - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    This is not a Davie move. Randy Knorr has some cajones.

  18. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Damn phone rang. Martin's 0-2 looked like a strike or did answering phone skew my vision?

  19. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I also said why not keep Clip in, but in hind sight, its better Soriano pitched so we do not have to see him tomorrow.

  20. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… Another Rizzo signee….Yup — and he's got 25 saves. You gotta problem with that?

  21. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    JD – Yeah, I would have made the move… Didnt even realize they did it until Charlie and Dave said it…But I thought that pitch 3 to Martin should have been a K…

  22. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    and Krol was part of the Morse deal, I think?

  23. nats guy - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Geez these guys can't do anything easily.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    He was the player to be named later

  25. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    mick said… and Krol was part of the Morse deal, I think?That's right. And the 22-year old has a WHIP of under 1.00

  26. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    MNFthats what I thought

  27. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:02 PM

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  28. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I wouldnt let Krol face Harrison…

  29. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    A DC Wonk said…mick said…and Krol was part of the Morse deal, I think?That's right. And the 22-year old has a WHIP of under 1.00and that means NOTHING as this losing streak continues

  30. Tcostant - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR 7-7What the..

  31. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    MOAR FAIL

  32. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Yeah, because Saves are a meaningful statistic. Saves plus fifty cents will get you a cup of coffee….

  33. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I bet I could find stats that were favorable on the garbage that played here in 2007-2009 as well

  34. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Soriano has blown 3 games in ten days.

  35. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    this is game 5

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Gio thanks both soriano and krol.Focus lost by Soriano abd Krol.

  37. nats guy - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Wow FUBAR.

  38. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Ghost, you still here?

  39. Tcostant - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Bleeding stopped for now. We need a run!!!

  40. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    WODBingo and to bring up 25 saves as some kind of justification when you need that player to step up is just incredible!!

  41. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Believe it or not, we have still a much better chance of winning than losing, since we have 2 at bats left to their one….

  42. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    BAD

  43. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    NEWS

  44. JD - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    MrsB. That's why Krol and Abad aren't put in a high leverage situation.

  45. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    BEARS

  46. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said… Yeah, because Saves are a meaningful statistic.OK, how about ERA+ of 161, one of the best on the team?

  47. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Why the hell is Soriano walking tge first 2 batters.That is total of lack of focus.

  48. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The walks didnt help JD… Walks hurt…

  49. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Thank you Rizzoall your moves sucked

  50. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    3 PIT ABs > 6 WSH ABs

  51. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Curse of the beastsign of the times

  52. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Bingo and to bring up 25 saves as some kind of justification when you need that player to step up is just incredible!! No. I was defending the ridiculous intimation that he was a bad signing.

  53. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    This game becomes more than just trying to break a losing streak…a loss here and it is possible the Nats hits double digit losing streakI never would have imagine the Pirates tying this game upmaybe Hairston can make his FIRST contribution since he has been here?

  54. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    But as I said earlier… Krol got the lefty out and got 1 righty out…He shouldnt have had to face another righty…

  55. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Quote of the dayMrsB loves the Nats said…No No Ghost – we got this… Sori needs the work…July 25, 2013 3:50 PM

  56. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. I hate relievers that won't throw strikes.

  57. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Yeah Jeff – becuz i want my team to lose so imma hope and pray and rattle off that its over…

  58. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    jeffwx said… Thank you Rizzo all your moves suckedYeah . . . like getting Gio, drafting injury-prone Rendon . . . the list goes on and on . . .

  59. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Bingo NJ – Walks hurt…

  60. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    from 1st to lastAlthough, I agreed with Mrs. B,Who wouldn't have thought we got this at 20 mins ago

  61. SCNatsFan - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    This is just a team with no confidence; blame it on game 5, blame it on cushy spring training, blame it on Morse leaving, it doesn't matter; this is a team accustomed to losing. It is like they forgot how to win.

  62. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Rizzo is a great scout but a terrible trader, Wonk

  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Hairston is worse than Tracy.

  64. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    another lessonNever say no to a ghost

  65. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Mick, I posted something for you earlier on another thread, but maybe we are the 1971 Reds or the 1970 Mets, who both made it back to the World Series after disappointing follow-ups to 100 win years….

  66. David Proctor - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Hairston keeps getting placed in situations to fail instead of succeed. He does not hit right handers, but we keep putting him in against them. He hits lefties ONLY.

  67. alexva - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Jack, our best reliever has been Clippard and he has the highest walk rate of all. its all about making pitches when needed.

  68. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    jeffwx said… from 1st to lastFrom two 100+ loss seasons to 1st.

  69. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Why Hairston faces a RHP… Idk…

  70. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    ERA does not work well for relievers, to begin with, because of the rules and the way rules are apportioned in the late innings. Soriano has blown way too many games this year. It is a story when Kimbrel or Rivera blow a save. It is just due course for us.

  71. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Harper my boy

  72. DJB - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Just tuned in to see the game-tying hit. I think Game 5 and the whole Strasburg shutdown has done a number on this team. We need to re-boot. We're not good, but we're not this bad. We need new management from Rizzo on down and to move a good portion of the core. It is the core that chokes, they need to be moved. Then, maybe, in a few years the baseball gods will shine on us once again.

  73. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    If I'm not mistaken, we are 2-11 since acquiring Scott Hairston

  74. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Yes, I agree great scout, but terrible trader, Wonk.

  75. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    And that's one of the reasons to put Harper lead-off. To get him the most at bats

  76. Tcostant - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    And you know what, I'm glad Soriano got yanked, because they is no doubt in my mind we would have lost already if he was allowed to stay in.I think Soriano might need the Trevor Hoffman treatment and see no action unless a save can be had. He is useless otherwise…

  77. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Bryce as a lead-off man.

  78. mick - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    WOD I saw that thank youand thank you Bryce

  79. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    THAT IS WHAT WAS NEEDED!!!!!!!!

  80. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    So I guess we did have this… Good going Nats..Made it unnecessarily exciting…Is this a Sweet Fancy Moses moment?

  81. Tcostant - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Harper homers to win the game – thank you!!!

  82. pedrocerrano - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    BRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYCCCCCCCEEEEEEE You dog you!

  83. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    WODL and Mick and the LOD are prophets

  84. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Almost 4 hours of torture….

  85. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    So Krol gets the win? That must be like getting a save, another meaningless stat…..

  86. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    God Bless Bryce….I turned the radio off but get all the news I need from this blog

  87. JD - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    MRS.B Hairston hit because there were no left handed hitters left on the bench.

  88. VP81955 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    First walk-off homer this year!

  89. jeffwx - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Excuse me,Higher Power, Bless Bryce

  90. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    jeffwx said… Yes, I agree great scout, but terrible trader, Wonk.Remind me . . . how did we get Gio again?And Ramos?

  91. JD - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    IDK, This was a walk off but there was so much wrong in this win it's hard to expect continuity but one can hope.

  92. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    … and Krol. And AJ Cole.

  93. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Alexva…. I didn't say anything about walks…. I said I hate relievers that don't throw strikes.There is a difference.

  94. A DC Wonk - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    JD said… IDK, This was a walk off but there was so much wrong in this win it's hard to expect continuity but one can hope.Baby steps, baby steps, . . . We did get 14 hits. We keep hitting like that, the wins will come.

  95. DJB - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    DC Wonk,I think they did a study that showed that the 2nd in the order gets the most bats during the average game. I would move him there, just as an experiment. What does it matter at this point? I see Bryce, Rendon, Gio and Stras (and possibly Jordan Zimm, but I would still look at deals) as the young core to retain, assuming no more injuries. All the rest should be on the trading block.

  96. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I don't think it is mathematically possible for the 2nd in the order to get the most plate appearances.

  97. DJB - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    You know, WODL, that has to be true. Maybe it has something to due with the possibility of driving in the most runs.

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