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Game 110: Nats at Brewers

Aug 3, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

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After notching a series opening win on Friday, the Nationals take on the Brewers in the second game of their weekend set tonight with Dan Haren (5-11. 5.49 ERA) on the mound. Haren's had a rough time overall this season, but has enjoyed some success lately since returning from the disabled list in early July. Over his last four starts he has a 3.13 ERA, including a seven inning, one earned run performance his last time out against the Mets.

Pitching for Milwaukee is rookie right-hander Donovan Hand (0-2, 3.56) who is still searching for his first major league win. The 27-year-old has pitched in 17 games this season, including five starts. This will be his third consecutive start after joining the rotation full-time on July 23.

Hand faced the Nationals earlier this season on July 4 and went five innings with six hits, three walks, and three earned runs. Washington ended up winning that game 8-5.

Davey Johnson has Denard Span back at the top of the order batting leadoff, with Bryce Harper hitting second against Hand. Wilson Ramos gets the start for the second straight day after posting two hits and a run in Friday's win.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where: Miller Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, WUSA-9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (53-56)
CF Denard Span
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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308 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Drew - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Mr. Hand: "Just what in the … do you think you're doing?"Jeff Spicoli: "Learning about Cuba and having some food."

  2. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    And while you wait– John Lannan versus the Braves on three days rest. He has beat the Braves more than any other pitcher- huh?? Whaaaat?

  3. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    And he plunks Freeman. All the more reason to root for him.

  4. peric - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Rizzo just got promoted and he wants Span back there but he doesn't belong at lead-off.

  5. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Read the previous thread's comments about RZim. I think the comments about, well, his comments were pretty harsh. You have to realize that what these guys say to the media isn't always what they mean. For instance, RZim being "satisfied" with winning 1/2 in the playoffs on the road. I doubt he went into that series saying "I'll be happy with 1/2!" But after they lost one, he realized splitting the series on the road and getting home wasn't the worst thing ever. Which was true.I also didn't find his comments about Harper's shirt wrong. Everybody responds to different things. He was saying he doesn't respond to pep talks, he goes out there and does what he's supposed to do (or tries to) because it's his job. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm the same way to be honest, I hate when we have those silly meetings at work.That's just my take on it.

  6. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Since the All-Star Break, Bryce Harper is hitting .340/.377/.600 with a .977 OPS. 2 doubles, a triple, 3 homers.

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Go Johnny L!

  8. slidell2 - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Some entrepreneur needs to step to the plate and make up a mess of those Harper t-shirts.

  9. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    I get Ryan's comments, I really do. Not every team is the type to do Maddon's dress up days. But I find our guys to be particularly too cool for school. Remember how Pence fired up the Giants last year?. Just saying that this ulta- sophisticated routine isn't exactly resulting in a professional result. It's a game. Maybe there should be more energy and testosterone than in a law firm.

  10. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Some entrepreneur needs to step to the plate and make up a mess of those Harper t-shirts.Might as well … they've made a mess of everything else.Badaboom."Screw up your courage, MacBeth; you've screwed up everything else."

  11. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Maybe there should be more energy and testosterone than in a law firm. You apparently have not spent much time around some law firms I could name, Swami. Just saying.

  12. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    I think every locker-room has a mix of guys. There are guys like Ryan and guys like Harper. They help balance each other out. It doesn't have to be one or the other.

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Justin Maxwell already making his impact with his new team. GW pinch-hit HR in the 12th inning.Royals needed a pinch-hitter and a RH outfielder and got JMax and the Nats needed a pinch-hitter and RH outfielder and got Scott Hairston. We all know JMax and Hairston can't hit RHPs well but JMax is killing LHPs this year: .311/.367/.489/.856and Hairston.174/.233/.446/.679Why did you make that choice Mike?

  14. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Sofa– maybe accountants?? By the way– Tommy Milone got sent down to the minors. Ouch.

  15. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Swami, how good is the Gio trade looking now?

  16. Get Your Re(n)d On - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    JMax. Been there, done that, bought the T shirt. And it wasn't one of Harper's.

  17. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    David– so good.

  18. peric - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I look at it as a choice between JMax and Tyler Moore or switch hitter Zach Walters. Why would you choose JMax?

  19. sjm308 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    David – I mentioned that in about the 360th post from yesterday.We have Gio and he is locked up for several more years. The genius Billy Bean has a 2nd string catcher, a AAA starter and the other pitcher is now with the Astro's and struggling as well. Oh yeah, we got the other stud prospect pitcher back as well.Rizzo needs to step his game up!

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    JMax gives you + defense and outstanding LHP splits which neither of the others have as an outfielder.

  21. sjm308 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Peric – I agree with you but if your choice was Justin or Hairston which would you chose? I also think Moore should be back soon.

  22. Secret wasian man - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    John Lannan just gave up the lead

  23. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I don't have a good feeling about tonight. The Brewers can hit home runs and Haren loves to give them up. I thought his last start was very lucky. A lot of balls that were JUST foul and had distance.

  24. c715e5d6-9d22-11e1-a89a-000f20980440 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Don't assume accountants lack testosterone (or estrogen) or energy. One visit to an "opinion consistency meeting" would definitely change your mind on that (but, I will say, no t-shirts are distributed). Now, back to baseball.ArVAFan

  25. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Gwai fung, peeps.

  26. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 7sSomething of an update on Ross Detwiler: While it is still possible he pitches in games this season, Davey seems to think it is unlikely.Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 3sDavey says it'll be a while before Ross Detwiler comes back, possibly very late in September. He needs a full throwing program after rest.Well this sucks.

  27. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Lannan pulled in the 5th.

  28. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    David, that sounds bad but it seems Ross needs rest and you hope he can make a full recovery.

  29. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Lannan on three days rest versus the Braves lineup. Interesting managerial decision. That all the Phillies can muster up these days?

  30. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    The Phillies have won 1 out of their last 12. Talk about freefalling…

  31. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    The Phillies have Ruf playing LF. He takes a poor route to a soft fly and it becomes a leadoff single. After a Sac Bunt and stealing 3rd and an error by the Phillies 3rd baseman the wheels come off the bus.Braves 4 – Phillies 3

  32. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Question about pitching coverage– with Det unlikely to pitch in August, does Taylor Jordan have enough innings left to at least make it until Sept call up time?

  33. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    The Phillies look like a split-squad team playing like they have to catch a flight.

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    baseballswami, I think TJord is done after 3 to 4 more starts so I don't believe he will make it to September 1st.Have to think Ohlie takes his spot until callups.

  35. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Ghost – agreed. But look at the team they are fielding and then look at our roster. There is no way we should be closer to them than the Braves. No way.

  36. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    The Braves got hot at the right time. We were still very much in the NL East race coming out of the ASB. But we lost 6 in a row and the Braves have just been on fire so that pretty much put an end to that. 6.5 back of the Wildcard.

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    baseballswami, yah, I agree and how unbelievable that Amaro couldn't trade any of his aging Vets for some young prospects.

  38. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    My Philly relatives are just furious that Amaro is not working on rebuilding right now.

  39. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I somewhat understand not trading someone like Chase Utley. But why in the world wouldn't you get rid of a guy like Michael Young, who isn't even that good to begin with?

  40. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    David, the Nats were in it on July 7th at only 4 games back with the easy part of their schedule to finish out before the All Star break.

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    David, rumor was that Young wouldn't agree to a trade as he had full no-trade protection.

  42. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Giving Michael Young full no-trade protection to begin with was an awful decision.

  43. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM

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  44. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Way to go Ian Desmond sticking up for Bryce Harper! Even more respect for Desi!

  45. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Julie Alexandria says in the pre-game that almost all the players were wearing Bryce's t-shirts for this game.

  46. Knoxville Nat - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    My Phillie fan daughter and S – I -L are steamed that Amaro didn't trade Young, Ruiz and Cliff. I reminded them that it takes two to tango and maybe Amaro's asking price was too high. In any event they would like to see the Phil's go younger even if it takes a few years. Papelbon now with 9 blown saves on the year to boot. Ugh!

  47. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Tim, I hate the Phillies and agree with your daughter & her H. I think they still have a chance to move Cliff Lee on a waiver claim so it's not over yet.

  48. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Spent a week up there recently- very surprised at how ready the fans are now to move players and get younger. They get it now. Radio call in shows up there are quite entertaining.

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    baseballswami, they should be smelling last place next year unless they get lucky in Free Agency. Their farm system has a lot of near misses and nobody knows if Hamels can come back strong or what the status of Halladay will be. 1 more year of wear on JRoll, Utley, and Ryan Howard and Michael Young and Chooch is 5/8ths of your starting position players on major age regression.

  50. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Extras in Phooledephia.

  51. peric - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    He's not right handed but I'd like to see Corey Brown and his XBH bat than JMax which seems to be keeping up with Walters given he has 100 less at bats. Seems like he might be a better choice than Bernadina and no let it not be said: Denard Span. Plus they got a Perez and a Kobernus both right-handed, hitting well and capable of playing all three outfield positions … Kind of sad when the Syracuse offense looks that much better than the Nat's offense … can't recall it ever being like that since they became the Nats.

  52. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Sure Peric, we will see all those guys the 1st week of September except for maybe Walters.

  53. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I'd give Brown a shot. Not because I think he'll be particularly good, but because he can't possible be worse. And although he struggled at times last year, I thought he did much better toward the end of his stint. I know he had a walk-off.

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    David, I can't imagine he'd be worse than Tracy and Brown is decent with the glove, speed, and arm. We saw some glimpses last year, just not consistency which is the definition of the 2013 bench.

  55. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Somebody is actually promoting Syracuse as a place where the Nats can get some help?Except for Espinosa and Moore, any help from the minor league system is going to come from AA or below.

  56. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Span is now batting .202 (17-84) leading off games this year.

  57. SCNatsFan - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Gulp

  58. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Ominous start to the game…

  59. SCNatsFan - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    And I agree, we saw enough of JMax to last a long time

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I don't think I would want JMax back either but there were better players available than Scott Hairston. He's now the RH version of Chad Tracy and Rizzo is on the hook for a big contract for 2014.

  61. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Time for LaRoche to step up.

  62. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    it is @2.5 MM, I don't think it is much.

  63. baseballswami - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Free Tyjer Moore. Let ALR be the lefty bat off the bench. The man is physically emancipated and worn down. At this point, what do the Nats stand to lose? They told the kid to regain his stroke and he would be back. Well?

  64. Joe Seamhead - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Span is hitting .202 @ leadoff, but he has also gotten 10 hits in his last 19 at bats.

  65. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    ALR steps up big time, runner advances in scoring position. Oh yeah!

  66. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said… it is @2.5 MM, I don't think it is much. Do you realize that's more collectively than the other 3 IF/OF players on the bench (Tracy, Bernadina, Lombo). That's a ton for a glorified pinch-hitting specialist like Tracy.

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    33 walks for Desi. Number going up.

  68. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said… ALR steps up big time, runner advances in scoring position. Oh yeah! Luckily Werth was in motion or its a 4-6-3.

  69. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Joe Seamhead said… Span is hitting .202 @ leadoff, but he has also gotten 10 hits in his last 19 at bats. August 03, 2013 7:37 PM What's your point? He got those hits in the 7 hole. Davey moves him back to leadoff. Not sure I disagree as well as he was doing in the 7 hole.

  70. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Werth in by an eyelash! WOW!

  71. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Rendon and Werth hood combo

  72. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    come on GoSM, I am sure ALR would have beaten Segura's throw by a mile.WOW was he really safe there? anyways, nats score on rendon's sac fly which is credit to werth actually not rendon as far as I am concerned.

  73. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    What a FANTASTIC slide by Werth.

  74. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Thank you Jayson. Baseball at its best!

  75. Joe Seamhead - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Not bad for a guy who it was said by some that his legs are too old.

  76. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Ramos got that. FP was totally right when he said if the roof is closed, that's a home run. No doubt.

  77. SCNatsFan - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Great slide by Werth

  78. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    David, you're not kidding. That ball died out there. That hurts. 2 run jack off the board.

  79. BigCat - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    How wedding go Manassas?

  80. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Haren doing a lot of nibbling and not seeing his split finger. He threw Davis all cutter and 4-seamers.

  81. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Haren is not throwing strikes and certainly not quality strikes.

  82. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    That was a good job controlling the running game by Haren during that AB.

  83. Joe Seamhead - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Ghost, my point is that Span has hit better for the past month. BTW, he led off Weds, in Detroit, went 2-3 with a walk. So, no, not all of those 10 hits were from him hitting in the 7 hole. Since July 1st Span has gone 30-101 with 9 BB's.

  84. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    This Phoolie game is frustrating. After an intentional walk the pitcher throws 4 straight balls to Paul Janish who was taking his 1st AB of the season. Bases loaded 1 out.

  85. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Haren not throwing many strikes at all. 2/3 of his strikes end up in the seats……so….9 more outs and then immediately go to pen

  86. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Watching Haren run the bases is…something.

  87. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Harper got a pitch there and he knew it.

  88. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Joe, I'm just saying I like him in the 7 hole where he looks more comfortable. He got his season back on track and 2 not-so-good ABs so far.

  89. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Game of inches……

  90. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Wow, Zim JUUUUUUUUUUST missed it.

  91. SCNatsFan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Close the freaking roof already

  92. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Ghost, I'm with you on Span. He's been so much more productive in the 7 hole.

  93. SCNatsFan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Why must Haren go to 3-2 on every hitter?

  94. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    That was a good inning for Haren.

  95. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Braves win 5-4. Seems like a broken record….

  96. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    My god, Werth!

  97. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Who here doesn't love Jayson Werth?

  98. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    When you aren't going well, Hand misses his spot and LaRoche hits a can of corn to left. 1 pitch, 1 out.

  99. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    NatsJack, we know a few don't but they all went hiding.

  100. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Jack and Ghost, I agree that Span has been better in the 7 hole than he was at lead off in the last two weeks of May and all of June.But he was brought here to be a lead off batter and I believe that the Nats have not given up on that idea. I said a few weeks ago that if it was my choice Werth would lead off against LH and Span would lead off against RH pitching, for now. I also think that Anthony Rendon's slump is playing a part in this line up change right now.

  101. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    And the team leader,Ian Desmond,grounds into his patented double play.

  102. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Carlos Gomez is a very very good player, but he could learn some plate discipline.

  103. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Joe, I agree that Span SHOULD be the lead off hitter, but right now,the team needs to stick with what works.

  104. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Joe, you can just see it in leadoff. Back to swinging light and taking fastballs on the plate. It's like 2 different guys. Do you force something that is now not comfortable? It seems that has been a problem for Davey all season not getting this lineup set and the right matchups.

  105. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Haren suddenly can't throw strikes anymore.

  106. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Nevermind

  107. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    David, Don't you just love it?

  108. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    About time one of them went over!

  109. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Ramos! Take that haters!

  110. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Buffalo

  111. Steady Eddie - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Rendon continuing to hit the ball on the nose and can't find a hole.Tatanka, on the other hand, finds a field of holes over the fence!

  112. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Hit the pitcher after the HR? WTF?

  113. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Ramos has a tendency to pimp his home runs. I was waiting for somebody to get hit because of it.

  114. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    What kind of pitch was that?

  115. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Big Cat the wedding went great. Highlight when the Dj played Take me out to tge ball game about 2/3 the way through the reception.

  116. Steady Eddie - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Hope that ball didn't hit Haren's pitching shoulder…

  117. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Buffalo needs to lose a few pounds, but love the power!

  118. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Well it didn't look like he pimped it that time, much. But he definitely does do it. Hmm.

  119. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    time for Span and Laroche to bat 7-8. Ramos bats 4th. As much as Werth gets on base having ALR batting next is criminal.

  120. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Ramos didn't pimp that one. On another note, Brandon Miller hit his first high A home run at Potomac tonight.

  121. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Ramos!!Jack? What works? I don't think the record of the team with Span hitting 7th is any better than when he was leading off. Honestly, nothing has been working, one way, or the other.

  122. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Ramos did pimp it. Thats bush league. especially since it barely got over.

  123. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I have to agree with Seamhead. I think the idea of Werth at lead off vs the lefties and Span against the RH's makes a lot of sense. Maybe too much sense for this season.

  124. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Can we say once again "By Ryan Zimmerman". Harper saves the day.

  125. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Yuniesky Betancourt trying to run on Harper.

  126. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Great rope from Harper there!

  127. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Someone told ARen to keep the ball down… Whata throw by Harper!

  128. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Harp my boy The Gunslinger

  129. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Bryce never stands and looks. if that's off the top of the wall Bryce is at 3rd. Wilson could be out at second.

  130. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Secret,I didn't see any pimping going on there.

  131. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Love that kid.

  132. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Note to Ryan Zimmerman. That is what a team leader does.

  133. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    not bad on the pimpimg. But I like a guy who runs hard no matter what.

  134. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    SWM, agree Span should be 7 but ALR needs to sit, dude just plain stinks at the plate…heard Charlie & Dave say he is 1 for his last 28 if I heard it correctly, that's not bad, its F-n horrible!!!

  135. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Secret wasian man said… Ramos did pimp it. Thats bush league. especially since it barely got over. What are you talking about? Did you see a different replay then the rest of us or are you making it up as you go along? He always salutes Dios at homeplate after a HR.

  136. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Harper's arm remind me of Big Cat's arm as a 20 year old.

  137. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    agree paul he is wasting Werths efforts. ian not great either.

  138. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Ramos normally does pimp. He stands and watches. But I don't think he did that time for some reason. Maybe because of the one earlier that he thought he got but didn't.

  139. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Pitiful Zim

  140. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Well what about that? Opposite field ADAM BOMB!

  141. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Paul Brandt, that HR was for you!

  142. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Take that Ghost!!

  143. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Good for Adam! Man, I know he needed that…

  144. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Boy did he need that!

  145. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Yep, that was Bryce's stick. Funny.

  146. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Harper's bat has magic power!

  147. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Whoaa!Where did that come from?

  148. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    did Ramos run hard after he hit the ball? I don't think so. that's all. SO PAUL I GUESS THATS WHY WE ARE JUST FANS HAHAHAHA LAROCHE

  149. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Remember what you did ALR to repeat what your doing.Ifvit was Harper's bat remember.

  150. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Very few run hard. Most run aboit the same speed.

  151. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    BigCat said… Take that Ghost!Take what? I haven't said much about his hitting other than facts. Just letting it play out but Charlie and Dave have been discussing it. I'm a homer. Thrilled. He was due!

  152. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Ghost. Ignore SWM. He makes stuff up and lives in his own world.

  153. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Oh lord… Please don't let J Werth be hurt…

  154. David Proctor - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I hope Werth is okay and this is just precautionary.

  155. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    sausage race is great. get rid of TAFT

  156. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Oh boy. Werth. Hottest batter in baseball. Say it ain't so.

  157. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Please don't let Werth be hurt!!!!!

  158. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Ghost, thanks, how funny, why does it always seem to happen that way??…off to buy a powerball ticket.

  159. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Living in my own world is better than living in your single wide trailer with you Nats jack.

  160. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    That Werth stayed into the game to bat is probably a good sign. He can take forever to get to balls in the outfield as long as he can keep hitting.I'm hoping.

  161. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    what happened to Werth? missed it.

  162. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    We need to have yhe prez's race for real and cutthe theater.

  163. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I was just going to beat up on ALR! So happy for him! Anyway, In the last 28 games Ian Desmond has 5, count 'em, 5 RBI's and ALR has 10 RBI's. Those totals are glaring as to being a huge part of what's wrong with this offense.(Give Adam 1 more now!).

  164. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    So do you put Haren back out there for the 7th?

  165. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    DP, yes re. Haren.

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Did you see Rendon',s catch? Werth held up on that fly, slightest of a limp.Believe this is all precautionary.

  167. SCNatsFan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Rendon has become a ground out machine

  168. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    J Zimmermann with 6 shutout innings last night, Haren with 6 so far tonight, man I am loving some starting pitching right now. Lets finish this one off tonight and get Taylor Jordan to throw a strong start of his own tomorrow.

  169. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Has anyone ever been to Winter Park, Florida? Especially, within 2 blocks of Park Avenue?

  170. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Hey, Manassas Nats Fan! Congrats on your daughter's wedding today!

  171. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Haren getting through the 7th is HUGE!

  172. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    ok, I like Ramos but is it that hard to run out a ground ball like Harper used to do and even Ohlendorf did last week?

  173. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    NJ,I admit I have not been to Winter Park, FL. Should I put it on my bucket list or just add it to a future spring training itinerary?

  174. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    I do NOT want Ramos pulling a groin muscle, especially his own. Routine grounder, not worth having Zuki finish the season.

  175. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    I'm sour on Haren…but I have to give him props for his performances lately….I wish this was the Haren that had been around since the beginning of the year… He is a humble guy, always knows what to say, doesn't blame others for when he messes up….If this is the guy that we should expect – I wonder will be he a Nat again next year…

  176. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Winter Park, no. I have family in Melbourne. What do you need to know?

  177. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    94 pitches for Haren to this point, and he's still looking good!

  178. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Paul,Given Ramos history with hamstring issues this year I'm okay if he doesn't run out routine ground balls the rest of the season.

  179. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    What a pitch to Cargo on the K… Totally had him looking…

  180. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Ryan just mouthed "f**k me" after nearly throwing that ball away.

  181. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Hold your breath. LaRoche saves another E-5.

  182. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Come on Ryan…

  183. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Thanks Joe.Played mostly country music, but playrd Hailed to redskins and a few other walk up Nats tune.

  184. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Another ball by Ryan Zimmerman that he has to get. His UZR will take a beating tonight again.

  185. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    sofa, i knew i would hear the groin muscle excuse and its valid but too many of our guys not hustling down the line, just don't like it.

  186. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Congrats MNF!

  187. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    That was a hit, eh? Okayyyyy…

  188. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    What a night by D Haren…. *mighty claps*

  189. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Haren picks himself up. Way to finish that off Dan! Great outing. Stay consistent my friend!

  190. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    2 poor plays by Zimm in this inning.No damage, though.Great job by Dan Haren.

  191. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    It was a tough play. A play Ryan should make, but a tough play still. I understand giving it a hit.

  192. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Knoxville Nat. Park Ave. is we'll worth a visit. Old money Florida with great restaurants and bars.

  193. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    I feel you, pb, but this is one I would give him. Like Livo not busting down the line on every ground ball…it's really not his job.

  194. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    In the 5 games since coming off the DL 1 mediocre start, 2 very good starts, and 2 excellent starts.

  195. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    You notice how they

  196. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    I'll tell ya — inept or corrupt official scorers have saved Iron glove Zim 5 errors at least this year — probably more.Uh Davey, leave Haren in. He's going great

  197. SCNatsFan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Manassas ditto on the congrats

  198. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    When it is in the hole he runs harder. Straight at fielder more relaxed. With his hamstring problem I have no problem.

  199. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Harper poised to go deep

  200. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Good job by her. Wedding at 2. Nats at 7

  201. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    David, look at the play at 2nd on Weeks from Bryce in the 9th last night that was ruled an E-4. That was an E-5 hit right at Ryan. Don't see much difference in the degree of difficulty. Just another poor performance by Ryan in the field. 2 by him that he should've had both and the one he does glove he airmails to 1st.

  202. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    haha maybe I was poised to cheer the harper homer …

  203. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    OK, I went back and looked at the hit past Zim again, stop-motion–the ball *was* smoked. Would have been a tough error. It's a reflex play. I guess we remember the instances where he had better reflexes.

  204. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    That play on Weeks should not have been an error either, imo. Charlie and Dave agreed. They were both wondering why that was called an error, the ball was hit extremely hard. Sometimes you see it called, sometimes you don't. No consistency.

  205. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Manassas….me to on the congrats.Dan Haden was super again.

  206. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Thank you.She and her hubby go Nashville games regularky. AAA team for the Brewers

  207. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Tough play on that last one to Zim?? routine for any major league 3rd baseman. E-5

  208. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    David, that's what I'm saying. Some consistency with the Official Scorer is needed. I'd say Harper's ball was more of a hit.

  209. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Good play Aoki, bad camera work in the MASN truck.

  210. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Now watch this, one of us will win that hitting lesson with Ryan.

  211. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    sofa, fair enough but keep an eye on it, not just Ramos…heck, FP is still talking about Ohlendorf hustling down the line, it's the right way to play and it motivates your team-mates…should not be hard for a pro athlete to sprint 90 feet 4 x/game but I get your point…also sets a bad example for the kids, maybe that's my bigger issue.

  212. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    If anything the Harper ball was hit harder.

  213. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Weird — MASN replays everything — several times — but not that last error by Zim. They just kinda skipped over it.Sorry guys. You can't cover up what we can see.

  214. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    pb, I've been watching the games, too. I notice it plenty, for some time now. I just don't b. about it in here.

  215. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    not that I'm saying you shouldn't…

  216. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Haren's ERA is down to 5.14. It's kinda sad we're saying he's DOWN to 5.14. But hey, it's something.

  217. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Come on clip. No walks. Another curly gives us 2 in a row.

  218. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Oh, I'd take a hitting lesson from Zim any day — only don't ask me to take any fielding lessons.

  219. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    NFSS, if you have a DVR you can go back anyway. I find it useful and instructive.

  220. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    I think I would have let Haren go out 1 more…

  221. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I told my son in law he should be an ump.He said "I am legally blind." I said at least you would have an excuse for some bad calls.

  222. Nats Fan 204 - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I have seen it discussed here about where R Zimm is positioning hinself in the field..In the bottomof the 7th did his positioning allow a ball to get past him? Didn"t I see Jeff Bianchi play 2 steps further back and was he able to get to a ball that if he played in as far as Zimm does would have gotten past him? Considering his UZR, when does Davey start considering taking Ryan out for a late inng. defensive replacement?

  223. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    NatsFanSinceStart said… Tough play on that last one to Zim?? routine for any major league 3rd baseman. E-5You either change Bryce's last night to a hit or make that one an E-5.Luckily no damage as Haren finished his night on the next batter and the earlier one got Harper to show off his rocket arm to gun out the runner at 2nd base.

  224. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I just re watched the Zimm miss. Would you expect him to make the play? Yes, probably. Was it an error? Not in my opinion. Weeks shouldn't have been charged with one last night either, in my opinion.

  225. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    At 102 pitches, I would have let him go one more, as well.

  226. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Oh my goodness, Aoki has had the two funniest swings of the year.

  227. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Clip with a great inning! Quick work. Have to like that!

  228. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Going back to the Harper tee shirts and Zim's quotes for a minute … I wonder if coming up through all those formative years with lousy teams, and lousy teammates in some cases, have affected how Ryan approaches these things. He may be a seasoned pro in baseball terms, but he was a young man for most of that time. Of course, those of us with significant memories of the Johnson Administration would still consider him young.

  229. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Helluva 8th inning by Clip…

  230. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Super quick Clip.Easily MVP for the season.

  231. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Joe, on the errors or hits. Just some consistency. I definitely expect Bryce's will be changed but I also consider it more of the "Bryce Bias" I keep alluding to that even the official scorer sticks it to him.

  232. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    What would be *really* funny is if Bernadina won the hitting lessons from Zimmerman.

  233. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    MNF,Congrats on your daughter's wedding. Proudest day of my life when my daughter got married almost 7 years ago. And if I understand they live in Nashville? Great city, great place to visit. Here's to Tootsie's!

  234. SCNatsFan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    That was ball 4

  235. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I'm glad they gave Dan Haren a couple of runs to work with, but 5 lousy hits still sucks.

  236. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Well outside. I don't even fault Bernadina for that AB. What's he supposed to do?

  237. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Sec 3…good point. His attitude could very well be jaded from his early pro baseball experiences coupled with dealing with his mothers illness.

  238. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    the HP umpires this year throughout the league have been terrible. perfect example with the shark.

  239. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I hope Desi goes back to getting hits when there's guys on base. He has been awful in that respect for over a month.

  240. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Haren threw 70 strikes of 102 pitches and against righties tonight I said he was nibbling the outside early in the game. That seems to be a change for him using his cutter and he didn't test fate in a hitter's ballpark. No HRs tonight and very little elevated pitches hit hard. All in all I like what I saw except for some of those long counts. He was channeling his inner Gio.

  241. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    That third strike to Shark was not over the plate, but it is frequently called a strike, and he must know that.

  242. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Rendon finally finds open space. He has been so unlucky.

  243. Secret wasian man - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    See, how BS is that ball called for a strike now

  244. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Tucked up here, boss…

  245. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Married in Manassas living in NashvilleBernadina's pitches were all outside. Ump was to consistent.

  246. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Somewhat off topic but have any of you been to Miller Park for a ball game? Any comments pro or con? I'm looking at possible road trips in the next year or two and would like some ideas from fellow NI's.Thanks.

  247. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I wanted to complain, but ump wss so off thrre.

  248. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Miller Park seems like a great place to me. I've never been, but it'd be a place I'm interested in going.

  249. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    1-3 with the sac fly is Anthony's best results at the plate in a while.Well, which Rafael Soriano do we get tonight?

  250. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    The "lefty strike" isn't necessarily a new thing. The article I linked to only treats data from 2007-2012, but the idea goes back a ways. I don't know whether anybody has real data going way back, but the idea has been around, FWIW.

  251. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I watch many games and very few games where I feel a home plate ump is worth much.Nats benefit occasionally, the opponents sometimes does.

  252. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    K-ville, I've never been to Miller Park, but everyone I know who has says good things about it.

  253. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Looks like Ryan was pretending that was a rush job, and subbed it. Good idea.

  254. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    UnTucked!

  255. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Another 1-2-3 inning for untuck.

  256. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Untuck. Love the no drama 9th!

  257. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Gwai fung, peeps. Go get 'em tomorrow.

  258. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    3rd out, shirt out!

  259. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    It sure is nice knowing you really have a team leader.FINALLY!!!!

  260. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    These last two games have been very well played games. I don't know if I'd say they're the best played games all year like FP said, but they've been crisp. Great pitching, just enough offense, solid fundamentals. More of this please.

  261. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Okay Taylor Jordan, tomorrow is your day. Give us a quality start and let's sweep the Brew Crew!

  262. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    way to go Haren! we need to run off like 15 in a row to get back in this.MNF, congrats to you, your daughter, family and new family and nice job getting home to see the win…good day for you!

  263. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    David, I'm laughing. Wins against the Brewers? They are worse than the last time the Nats faced them. These are the teams you have to beat up.Nats get Kyle Lohse tomorrow. TJord has to pitch real well.

  264. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    DP, Riggleman used to call it a "clean game". I like that description and wish we saw more of them this year. Hopefully there will be a lot more this season.

  265. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    So I went to check Facebook before leaving, and whaddaya know, my BIL and his wife were at this game! Knoxville, anything in particular you want to know?

  266. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Nice win… Can't wait to watch this one from the beginning….

  267. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Wow, Julie Alexandria takes LaRoche's comment about Dan Haren's start and misunderstood what Adam said. Whoops, but Adam kept his poise and explained himself.Good question about JDub's bat though!

  268. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Ghost, obviously it's not against a good team. I haven't suddenly forgotten about the Tigers series. But you can't control who you play. They did what they were supposed to do against a bad team and I'm happy with that for now.

  269. Knoxville Nat - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Sec 3,Just overall impressions of Miller Park the surrounding area, ease of transportation, etc. We (wife and I) have been to Cincy, Atlanta and Nats Park. Probably heading to Cleveland and Pittsburgh next season, although not necessarily for a Nats game.

  270. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    The gutsy double steal and Sac Fly with a big assist to Jayson for that great slide really got it going. The Nats though were unlucky on several balls that were tattoo'd and became long flyouts.

  271. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Red Sox just hit a big home run. They're 3 outs away from beating the D'backs, who are in front of us.

  272. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    our 1-2-3 hitters went 0-12 but a win is a win.

  273. sjm308 - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Very Nice!I talked about Haren having this kind of second half a while back and I am just so happy he is finally showing his stuff. With Det now out our other 4 have to keep grinding and we have to hope that Taylor has 3 more starts in him. Its a lot to ask, but if Haren continues to throw like this, why wouldn't you try and get a two year deal at much less than what we paid this year? I am not saying he would take it but you never know.Is there any word on Werth? That to me would be a huge blow. My guess is Davey will rest him tomorrow in the day game and lets hope he gets the correct treatment whatever it is.Just taking it one at a time. Go Nats!!

  274. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Knoxville, I have inquired of them. No doubt they are on their way out of the park, so I probably won't hear back tonight.

  275. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Werth's injury is the groin strain he suffered earlier. He can play through it. Davey said he's gonna give him tomorrow off and he could be ready for Monday.

  276. SCNatsFan - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Hey I'll take a 2 game streak right now

  277. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Who heard the question at the end when Davey said "I'm not going into that" and walked away.

  278. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I had no idea that we were 11.5 back against Atl…

  279. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Davey said there was some hazing going on before the game and the reporters asked what was going on and Davey smiled and said he's not going into that. It was nothing serious.

  280. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Yes MrsB. That's why we need to focus on the Reds. 6 back.

  281. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    It's kinda laughable…. And terrible at the same time…Hopefully, the Nats an just win and everything else take care of itself…

  282. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Ghost, a reporter asked "…what type of hazing was going on?" I recorded the game so went back and heard it pretty clearly.

  283. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Thanks David & Paul. I replayed it and I couldn't hear it.

  284. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    What a game in Tampa in extras. Watch it if you can.

  285. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Ghost, although admittedly, I had my left ear to the tube and the volume way up all the while my wife is like wtf? what fellow NI'ers will do for each other…haha.

  286. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Hope you saw it! I didn't give you much notice. Wil Myers walk-off single.

  287. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    paul, I suffer from CHS which stands for Can't Hear S***.I owe you!

  288. peric - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    No one from Syracuse eh? Kind of what he said about Ohlendorf isn't it? Actually, i wouldn't be surprised to see Caleb Clay next. 8 out of his 9 starts in Syracuse were quality starts and with Detwiler down?

  289. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Amanda Comak ‏@acomakAdam LaRoche homered using Werth's bat — at Desmond's suggestion. LaRoche: "You get to the point where you'll try anything."

  290. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Ghost, saw it, Rays are on fire…what's up with them trying to tear his uniform off?odd…heck, even the tv guy was like "…I am still not a fan of ripping a guy's clothes off in a walk off win…"so maybe its a Tampa thing?!

  291. Drew - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    As the guy who proclaimed Dan Haren stinks on toast, I gladly doff my Nats cap tonight's starter.Nicely done, Mr. Haren.

  292. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    paul, that's become the new Walk-off celebration that many teams do. One team tore a guys jersey in half.

  293. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Our celebration seems to be attacking each other. Zim and Harper punched each other in the kidneys…

  294. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Ghost, you're right, they did that (kind of) to Rzim recently, must be the new thing.

  295. paul brandt - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    wow, A-Rod may be A-screwed for not only the remainder of this year but all of next year too, MLB not really happy with his comments last night.

  296. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    I found it. First jersey ripped off of a player was the David Frese in 2011.http://www.uni-watch.com/2011/10/28/cardinals-literally-rip-the-jersey-off-of-david-freese/

  297. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    I hope Detwiler gets healthy. On the off chance we somehow make the playoffs, we need him. I don't want Haren in a playoff game. Even after his improvement.

  298. MicheleS - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    A belated Woo Hoo! Was at PNats game, got a Sharkarine, and saw Purke pitch. Great curveball. Had some command issues on the fastball but that could be from wet conditions. PNATS were hitting tonight. Don't think the Pelicans are that good. Saw Michael Taylor good range in OF. He got robbed of a HR by a bad call from the ump.

  299. Drew - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    The bad news: Brian Goodwin to the DL with an injury to his right arm.The good news: The Nats promote fleet Billy Burns to Harrisburg. Keep climbing, kid.

  300. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    hey manassas, congrats on wedding.GoSM, saw the Freese jersey at HOF this winter. Cool stuff!nice win btw, nats.

  301. Candide - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Drew said… As the guy who proclaimed Dan Haren stinks on toast, I gladly doff my Nats cap tonight's starter.Amen. Who saw THIS coming a month ago? I sure didn't. Of course, there are some who claim I wouldn't see a locomotive coming if I was tied down to the track, so maybe that's no measure…

  302. Theophilus T. S. - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    People questioning whether Haren should have been pulled should remember that he had some sort of arm/shoulder injury earlier this year — which he and the team downplayed but I believe there was something to it. A few days after Ohlendorf couldn't make it out of the gate, it makes sense to take it easy with him.Saw a headline about the Jays being stressed by starters not making it out of the first inning three days in a row. Heck, that's business as usual around here.

  303. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I haven't been to see the PNats this year. Checking out Burns….college kid…24 years old. hitting .308 in over 300 AB's. No HR's but has swiped 51 bases in 56 attempts. Not to shabby. Michael Taylor has more pop with 8 bombs and has stolen 35 bases with an excellent percentage also. Taylor probably got a bigger upside with the power, but hey, Span ain't a long ball hitter and doesn't steal bases either, so who knows about Burns. Anyone seen Burns on D?

  304. BigCat - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Manassas…..wedding day over, your wallet a little lighter, all the worrying is over, Nats on 2 game streak….life is good. Prop your feet up and enjoy the game

  305. SonnyG10 - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Manassas Nats Fan, congrats on your daughter's wedding. Hope the new couple have a long and happy life together.

  306. SCNatsFan - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Good news Purke had a good outing, bad news Kimball got pounded

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