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Instant analysis: Nats 2, Mets 1

Jul 27, 2013, 2:01 AM EST

Associated Press

Game in a nutshell: Only two hours after suffering one of their worst losses of the season — an 11-0 trouncing — the Nationals re-took the field for the nightcap of this doubleheader, facing a stiff challenge with ace Matt Harvey on the mound for the Mets. Ross Ohlendorf, however, was up to the challenge. The journeyman right-hander was brilliant in this spot start, allowing one run over seven innings to give his team a chance. The Nationals hardly did anything against Harvey — their lone run came via a fifth-inning error — but they managed to keep this a 1-1 game into the ninth. Rafael Soriano wriggled his way out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the top of the inning, setting the stage for a potential walk-off win. Which they got, from an old friend. Ryan Zimmerman launched a 3-1 pitch from LaTroy Hawkins deep to right-center for his ninth career walk-off homer, his first since 2011, giving the Nationals a much-needed and dramatic victory.

Hitting highlight: Stymied all night by Harvey, the Nationals couldn't wait to get the young ace out of the game and get into the Mets' bullpen. They finally got the chance in the ninth and made it worthwhile. After Anthony Rendon grounded out, Zimmerman worked the count to 3-1 against Hawkins. He then drove the veteran reliever's next pitch over the wall in right-center for a long-awaited, walk-off homer. It was Zimmerman's ninth of his career, but his first since 2011. It couldn't have come at a better time, salvaging a long day of baseball for the Nationals.Read more »

131 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    We had it all the way as I said at tge end of game 1

  2. pedrocerrano - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Z MAN! you cheeky bloke!!!18 innings, 1 RBI, 1 win. #Natitude

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Ross O did great.

  4. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    As far as I'm concerned, we've won 2/3 and are on pace to finish the year on a .666 winning percentage.(I'm being tongue-in-cheek before someone snaps at me)

  5. RickH - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    NICE WIN!!!

  6. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Love it, David Proctor!

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    We had walk off 2 days in a row.However not much hitting still.Schu has lots of work.Soriano to the Tigers is what I just heard.

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    The baseball gods giveth and taketh away.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    What great pitching performances by both starters, eh?

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    In my history they take more than they give.

  11. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Zimmerman will probably win player of the game honors (if such a thing exists), but I think Ross Ohlendorf deserves it. What a gutsy performance. It reminds me of John Lannan's last year. Season on the verge of complete and total disaster and a guy like that puts forth that kind of performance. Of course, this may not lead to the things Lannan's did…but the performance was every bit as good.

  12. natsfan1a - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Well I'll be danged. Funny, funny game, this baseball. Old School Dorf gets it done, and Zimm walks 'em off.

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    3 of 4 starters today did excellently.

  14. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    MNFfor prospects, right?

  15. NCNatsie - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Okay, let’s review the day.In Game One, the Nats – with their ace on the mound and the Mets starting a guy they just brought up from the minors, get clobbered 11-0.Then in between the games I post the video of “Let’s All Cheer for the Washington Nats,” starring the Nats Insider Chorus.In Game Two, facing the putative best pitcher in the league, and with a castoff pitcher on the mound, the RISP-deficient Nats get a 2-1 win in dramatic fashion.Some people said it was a bad day to debut the song, but I disagree. I know it’s a small sample, but I’m just sayin’…(Find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJmuEqbvviw )

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Ross was player of the game. Matched Harvey.

  17. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I knew it WS time for a walk off… Felt it in my bones (as my grandmother would say)….Still no offense but meh, we won…*standing ovation for Ross O*. Man, he pitched a heckuva gem….

  18. Secret wasian man - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Ross was great. Span was great in the outfield. Soriano ehhhh. And Ryan gave the fan faithful, who certainly deserve it, something to cheer about. Well done. Now which team will show up tomorrow?

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    That is tge word.

  20. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Ross O has to be in rotation the rest of the way

  21. Drew - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Ohlendorf was tremendous.

  22. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    hopefully Tigers will pick up his contract

  23. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Ross O. takes Detwiler's spot since he's hurt. Jordan will be shutdown. Now if only we could do something about Haren…

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    strasburg pitched today?

  25. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    So yet again… We won a game that Harvey pitched… Key to the game – Get to the BP…. Which we did, at the end…

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Of course we have to win 20 in row to get back in it, so the non hitting winning team will show up.

  27. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Mark said it perfectly: "Ross Ohlendorf has been a godsend for the Nationals."From spring training SYR fodder to No. 4 starter. Congratulations to the Princeton grad. He's deserved it. Richly.

  28. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Haren should be mid relief, thats all

  29. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    What a great day of baseball as the Nats rocket back into 2nd place!

  30. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    So the Nationals lose the game that Jordan Zimmermann starts and the Mets lose the game that Matt Harvey starts.Can't predict ball.

  31. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Ross O's performances make me ask the question:Why hasn't he been in the starting rotation all along since Haren went down the first time….

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Dont understand these trades where trading team pays contract. If I am paying you, you arent playing for someone else.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Harvey starts 3 times against us, we are 2-1

  34. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Where are you guys getting that Raffy Soriano is being traded to the Tigers?

  35. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Not hard to understand at all. I can think of a few Nats that we should pay other teams to take. The Yankees were paying a lot of Dave Justice's salary when he was in Oakland.

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Rizzo signed him, so not everything he did in the off season has been a bust.

  37. Clip&Store - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    WOOHOO WALK OFF! 10 GAME WINNING STREAK HERE WE COME!(looks at lineup, bench, haren still in rotation, Storen still in bullpen… *rolls eyes*)

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Word on the street

  39. paul brandt - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    the "Dorf" looked great…happy for him and us, keep running him out there or trade him now!!if others are correct, am glad Soriano was traded, don't like his attitude, his mound presence or that untucking crap…please tell me its true…have not seen it anywhere else.

  40. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Need 20

  41. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Word on The street = Nats Insider folks…

  42. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    MNFso, Clip assume would be closer and that means Storen probably stays

  43. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Drew Storen optioned to AAA.

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Tigers asked we havent got what we want yet.

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Only if Tigers offer enough.

  46. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    paulagreednever liked him after what he said publicly about Bryce…not a national

  47. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Mom and dad going to tweet they want to talk to Rizzo?

  48. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Davidwhere did you see that

  49. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    So what about winning games when Harvey is pitching. How many teams can say the same thing about Strasburg? It really is not that remarkable, just mildly interesting. When scores are low, either team can win, and the same goes for soccer.Mathematically, in high scoring years, it is much more difficult to beat an ace than in low scoring years. Bob Gibson lost 9 times in 1968 pitching for a world champion, with a 1.12 ERA. Beating Matt Harvey's team a couple of times is nice but far from noteworthy. It is a win but also means zero with respect to what comes next. We still don't score runs and that is unlikely to change. Enjoy, but obviously we got outscored by 10 runs today.

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Davey's presser

  51. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    I dont have post game on so i have not heard anything

  52. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Deal Soriano and give them Span as a freebee….

  53. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Storen optioned. The right move, but we do need him to get his stuff together.

  54. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Not surprised DP…. Hopefully he embraces his role… He has got the nastiness stuff out of our BP… He just needs to get his confidence back….

  55. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Joe S thanks

  56. paul brandt - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    David Proctor said…Drew Storen optioned to AAA.DP, really? hope mom & dad send Drew a blanky, it can get cold in Syracuse in the evening.

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Yes but all the negative Nellies were announcibg 4th plae as game 1 was over.That is my big complaint about tge negative Nellies they enjoy negative predictions.

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Well that is where he announced it. Still talking

  59. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    interesting…if Soriano is traded and with storen optioned, there appears to be a spot in BP…who fills it?

  60. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Twitter is a dangerous business….

  61. paul brandt - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    RZim, 9th career walk-off HR?!! is that right? that is impressive!!!

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    No freebie take Tori Hunter who fields as good and can hit like you wanted.

  63. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    I think the Soriano word on the street is coming from somebody who has been smoking crack.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Old news now. Thanks for tge update though.

  65. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Joes I see nothing on line about it either..so i wonder

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Bben a few years since 8th

  67. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    JoeS – I told you word on the street is the Nats Insider folks…

  68. Clip&Store - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    They must be seeing Alfonso Soriano getting traded and getting all excited. There is no Rafael Soriano trade news to report.

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Time will tell no reliable sorces yet. Mitch Williams talked yesterday, not yet today.

  70. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    so then who fills the spot with Storen optioned and if Soriano traded is traded?

  71. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Who cares who is paying what! Both teams have money and salary is not important. If we get decent prospects that is the key. I have not seen anything to lead me to believe this is happening but again, the money is not important to the Lerners.

  72. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Prediction: Storen won't be back until Davey is safely on Bora Bora.

  73. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    it sounds like Cliff Lee and peavy are hot items

  74. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Actually, we were expected to win this game. Our starter has a better ERA than the Mets' starter….

  75. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Again, I look at multiple sites and have not heard one word about a trade with Detroit

  76. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    agree coach

  77. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Alfonso Soriano was traded back to the Yanks and by the time it gets back here, Raffy Soriano has been traded to the Tigers.Poppycock, I say! Just poppycock.

  78. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Ohhh sunshine…. I hope not… Storen has got the stuff… He can contribute… Just has got to get his confidence together…

  79. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Joe S dont start the poppycock againlol

  80. mick - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    humbug i say, lol

  81. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    I just cannot imagine what was posted after game 1 and thank you, I will not revisit it. Great win here and I do think David Procter is just a bit over the top but we have won 2 of 3. I have to think Ross O. will start quite a few more games for our lads and right now, who can be upset with that. If Haren can somehow turn it around we will not have to deal with Taylor Jordan's innings limit. Can someone help me with what the group thinks about JZimmnn right now? and I don't need the LOD version thank you.

  82. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Oh man, I just finished up the last of the poppycock from last night!! Hopefully NatsJack can get some sent over from Davey in a hurry.

  83. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Or maybe he will get it from "susan" since he is so close to both of them

  84. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    SJM – I said this earlier:Also, can you imagine the venom on here if it was Haren that gave up 2 HRs to Murphy?====Actually, for me, this is a cause for concern.. Jordan's last 2/3 starts make me wonder if the neck injury is really bothering him more than he says… This isn't the Jordan we are used to seeing… I tried to chalk the last game up as a bad game (sorta like how SS had that game before the AS break where he was blown over) ….With Haren, I expect at least 3 HRs given up per game…

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Ray Knight says Storen's problem goes back to game 5. If that is the case he won't be gone til he pitches for someone else.5 times he could have ended that game positive, thats a lot of opportunities.

  86. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Jordan swears that his neck feels fine, but you never know with the Nationals and injuries. They have a track record of being less than forthcoming. We'll have to see. I thought he was mostly good. He just made a couple of big mistakes. His next start will be telling.

  87. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Tom Schad ‏@Tom_Schad 2mVery emotional stuff from Tyler Clippard on Storen. Said #Nats made a mistake as an organization by bringing in Soriano.Uh oh…

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    One thing I wrote after game one was we would no doubtedly win game 2 and Ross O would match Harvey.

  89. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    I'll be danged… Tampa Bay Rays are in first place…. My off season WS match up was the Nats vs Red Sox… Then after 10 games, I changed it to Red Sox vs Cards…

  90. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 45sClippard on Storen: "You send a guy a message this offseason, for one bad game, that he isn't the guy for the job. …"Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 27sAn emotional Clippard on Storen demotion: "I just think it's been handled very poorly by the organization."

  91. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Please tell me you are lying DP… You know I don't know how to work Twitter….

  92. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Athletes in general hide injuries

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    No that is there on Twitter looking for trades.

  94. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    I'm being serious. I expected Clip to take it hard. He and Storen are best friends and have been for years. And he has a point. But Clippard also (seems) to agree with the decision to send Storen down. Says Storen needs to clear his head.

  95. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Tom Schad ‏@Tom_Schad 17sTo be clear: Clippard never mentioned Soriano by name. But it was very clear who and what he was referring to. #Nats

  96. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    From what I'm gathering of the tweets, Clippard doesn't have a problem with Soriano per se. He just feels like the Nationals made a mistake by punishing Storen for one bad game. He has a point. From Rizzo's perspective, he still sees Storen as the closer of the future. He just thought that an established closer would help solidify the bullpen and it would pay off in the postseason. Whether or not Soriano has worked out is irrelevant.I understand both sides. It's tough.

  97. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Good for Clippard – I mean, they were roommates and very close. I have said many times that I still think Storen is our closer in two years but certainly right now this is the right thing to do. It was right to send Espinosa down and this is also right. They need to fix whatever is wrong in a setting that does not hurt the major league club. This is not the first time. I actually remember Mantle going back down back in 1951. It is not the end of the world for either player and I hope both are back with us when things are fixed.Still searching for the Soriano trade and not finding it. Also searching for more Poppycock but I think Mick has hoarded it all as he watches Wizard of Oz.

  98. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Clippard and Drew are best friends, so I'm very understanding of Tyler's comments. We'll never know if Storen would've recovered from game 5 if Soriano hadn't been signed. I do remember when Davey Johnson came back from his African trip and was told of the Soriano deal he said, and I quote, "I didn't know that we needed a closer."

  99. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Storen had he not screwed up sgainst the Cards I would guess Rizzo nevervwould have thought of Soriano. He was in control.

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    No trade news out there yet.

  101. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    I think acquiring Soriano was a luxury, not a need. Rizzo thought that an established closer who could handle the postseason would put us over the top. I agree with that. But I also agree that Storen could probably handle it. My opinion was basically: adding Soriano and bumping down Storen just makes our bullpen extremely strong. If Storen could perform, we'd have him in the 7th/8th, Clip in the 7th/8th and Soriano. That's extremely strong. It makes the whole team better. Unfortunately, that hasn't worked out. On paper, I liked the idea though.But I totally understand where Clip is coming from. They're best friends. It's not easy. Drew can go to AAA, get right and come back.

  102. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Get Storen on a diet of Poppycock and he will be back better than ever!!

  103. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Clippard's full quote:“It’s tough. I mean, he’s done a lot this year as far as, he’s worked hard tried to get out of this funk. It kind of snowballed on him there to get to this point. It’s just unfortunate. I think there’s a lot of things that led to this that could’ve been prevented. You know, you basically send a guy a message this offseason for having one bad game that he’s not the guy for the job. He’s only human. I mean, it’s going to get to anybody. He hasn’t had to deal with a lot of adversity. He’s came up and had unbelievable stuff. He had success right away. Came in last year, coming off of a surgery, and pitched huge games for us in a 98 win season. Picked me up when I was struggling in September. Picked our team up in the playoffs. Had one bad game. You know, eight months later, you get to a point where he’s struggling and you turn the page on him, you send him down. It’s not necessarily turning the page on him because I think he needs to go down and regroup, get out of this environment, take a deep breath and regather himself. So I think it’s going to help him. I just think it’s been handled very poorly. And it could’ve gone either way. I know the same message was sent to me. And I’ve been through adversity over my career, you know? SO I know how to handle it. You know, this is a tough day. He’s going to be part of this organization for a long time, I hope because he’s good. And we need him. But if he goes somewhere else, he’s going to be great for them. It’s one of those things that I think was handled very poorly by the organization but at the same time, that’s the decision that was made and we have to move forward as a team. WE have great guys in this locker room that are going to get it done. We’re going to make a playoff push at the end of the season, I have no doubt about that. But this is a tough day.”Clippard, who was visibly emotional, was then asked why this move is so emotional for him.“It’s multiple reasons, yeah. Obviously me and Drew are close. We’re good friends. But at the end of the day, you’d like to think that there’s a human element involved in this whole thing and I think there was on both sides of it. I can understand, you know, after the devastation that happened last year, maybe trying to make a change and say, hey, we’re going to bring in somebody that we think can get it done in that big situation. It’s just the wrong message to send, I think. But at the end of the day, that’s what happened and that’s where we’re at. It’s up to me, it’s up to Drew, it’s up to everyone in this locker room to pick ourselves up and move forward. That’s what we have to do, we have no choice. That’s what this game’s all about. So, this is part of it. There’s definitely human element involved in both sides of it and I can understand that.”

  104. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    I think that Rizzo is/was under a pressure to win now to bring Ted Lerner a championship and Rizzo was justifiably concerned by Drew Storen's meltdown, and by his elbow surgery last year.I have also wondered how much Boras dealt directly with Mark Lerner on that deal.

  105. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Clip was closer most of last year, he has bounced back great.

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Second walk off of the night Ryan Raeburn hits a 3 run dinger.2 for the Ryans

  107. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Is Strasburg back to being the ace yet?

  108. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    DavidP – thank you for that – I know we can find that other places but it was nice to read it here. Clip showed a lot of class with that and did not trash Soriano. I do think these kind of personel moves have to be tough for both player and FO. Hope he is back soon!!Go Nats!

  109. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Manassas – who started the first game after the All Star break??

  110. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Something I've noticed: Harper and Zimmerman seem to be very close now. Last year, it was Harper and Werth and I'm sure they're still buds (I've seen them goofing around in the dugout). But I've been seeing a lot of Harper and Zim together lately.

  111. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Drew has great stuff. He'll be back, sooner, rather then later.Amazing stat in that was Ryan's 9th walk-off!Of some concern: For the month of July: Anthony Rendon is now hitting an even .200 for the month, going 15-75. ALR is also hitting .200 for the month.Curiously, Denard Span is hitting .258 for the same period..

  112. Section 222 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Just home from the game. What a fantastic pitchers' duel, and a perfect finish. I love that a guy in a Zim shirsey caught the walkoff! Our first run can be blamed on Murphy watching too much SportsCenter and QuickPitch. He was imagining himself showing up with a webgem/Capital One PoD and instead lost the game for them. Sweet.Lots more to say but first I have a few recent posts to recall and a little self-backpatting to enjoy:I'm going to wake up tomorrow, and the Nats are going to be tied with the New York Mets. In Late July. All the expletives in the english language couldn't do my frustration justice.July 26, 2013 3:49 PMSection 222 said…"I'm going to wake up tomorrow, and the Nats are going to be tied with the New York Mets."For all those who are absolutely certain that the Nats will lose both games, you do remember that the last time we faced Harvey we won, right? The Mets bullpen is pretty bad. There's hope.pedro, I really don't get why you feel you need to predict what will happen over the next 7 hours and get frustrated about it as if it's already happened. But I'll tell you what, if you are right and we lose both games of the DH, I won't criticize your incessantly negative and doom predicting posts again this season. But if we pull out this game, or win game 2, you'll stop making those kind of posts. For MNF's sake. Deal?July 26, 2013 3:58 PM I wish he had taken the bet. Oh well. But since he didn't, everyone should feel free to remind him of day, the next time he feels compelled to predict doom.Joe S listen to your wife and stay home, if you have not left yetJuly 26, 2013 4:41 PMSection 222 said…"Joe S listen to your wife and stay home"Heck no! Tonight is a reverse lock if there ever was one. And a beautiful night for baseball!July 26, 2013 4:43 PMJoeS, I hope you went and thoroughly enjoyed the game tonight.

  113. David Proctor - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Drew Storen's mom has chimed in:Pam Storen ‏@PamStoren 15mSome guy wants to option me to Syracuse. #whatdidIeverdotoyou

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    strasburg

  115. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Mom needs to remember that Drew got a nice signing bonus and has been paid well to throw a baseball. I have always been a huge supporter but this is not a bad baseball move.

  116. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Manassas – you just answered your question about who our ace is!!

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Remember all the evil in the hitting moved drom Espi to Span

  118. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Deuces, we stayed home, Have to live with it.The only game I missed on our plan this year, but we had a great evening watching it on the tube. I hurt my back this morning, watched the first game, got bummed, saw the traffic nightmares, yada, yada, yada. Decided to stay home, get a decent pizza, drink good beer, not deal with the drive.We missed a good one though.I love pitching duals, and what's better than a walk off?

  119. Section 222 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    The Storens need to deal with this like professionals. This twitter stuff is embarrassing. And I'm sorry, if the "demotion" is what did this to Storen, then he wasn't mature enough or tough enough to handle the role anyway. In the off season, Rizzo put together a backend of the bullpen that was second to none in the majors on paper, and the only reason it hasn't worked out perfectly is that Storen isn't as good as we thought or is a head case. Either way, that's on him, not Rizzo.

  120. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Straighten up and come back.

  121. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Seamhead – you will have other opportunities to enjoy our lads. I am going tomorrow but not to the Nats Fan Appreciation stuff. Looking for us to end the home stand on a positive note!! I prefer to think 3 of 4 if we win. Baby steps

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    The question was aimed tp those who told me I was crazyif I think he is the ace.

  123. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    222 – couldn't agree more with both points. I wouldn't know where to start with twitter and also don't need to hear from family about this. This is about Storen learning how to deal with adversity and his craft.

  124. Section 222 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    JoeS, glad you had a good evening. Walkoffs are awesome whether you're in the park or on your sofa. Let this be a lesson to all of us though. Two reverse locks came through today — JZnn was bested by a guy making his first major league start of the year, and Harvey lost to Ross Ohlendorf. You just never know in baseball.

  125. sjm308 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Manassas – you might not be able to spell with those fat fingers and poor eyes but i don't believe you are crazy!! Keep on typing!!

  126. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Storen once he gets his game together will be back.His mother and father are the emarrasenent not Drew.He just isnt pkaying ball well now.

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    I am crazy because I think we can win the east, but until we can't, I will believe we will.

  128. Get Your Re(n)d On - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    "Manassas Nats' Fan said… The question was aimed tp those who told me I was crazyif I think he is the ace."It really doesn't matter who is the "ace." It's a rotation, not a depth chart. All five of them need to be pitching up to their full potential for this team to succeed. If you have kids, do you designate one as the "ace" of your family?

  129. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    From the last thread, responding to my post that the Soriano move was the right one this time:paul brandt said…Joe, agree it worked with Soriano but it wasn't like a 1-2-3 inning, he looked awful.July 26, 2013 10:07 PM—-///——-//-That seems to be Raffy Soriano's M.O. I find it amazing how many times he bends without breaking, which reminds me of an old bluegrass song, "I ain't broke, but I'm badly bent." I like the guy and would hate to see him go. I think the guy is pretty misunderstood by many of us here.

  130. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    I don't know whether the Nats FO is making a mistake on Storen. I do know they are making a terrible mistake on the timing of the Storen demotion. Couldn't they let the team bask in the glory of a walkoff win and then announce the Storen demotion tomorrow?This has trigger-finger Rizzo's fingerprints all over it.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    I was both the ace and closer.

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