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Game 112: Braves at Nats

Aug 5, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals have been asking for a chance to prove themselves against the Braves for some time now, and tonight they get their first opportunity in two months to take on the NL East leaders. Atlanta is red-hot, having won 10 in a row, opening up a commanding, 12 1/2-game lead in the division. Suffice it to say, the Nats are in must-win territory here.

Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the series opener, hoping to continue his dominance of the Braves this season — he's got a 1.93 ERA in three starts — but hoping to earn his first win over Atlanta. He'll be opposed by left-hander Mike Minor, who has a 5.06 ERA in three starts against the Nats, yet is 2-0.

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ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (54-57)
CF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth C Wilson Ramos

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313 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Somebody said this yesterday. We need to win these games. Not because it's against the Braves. The division race is over. We need to win because we need to win games period. 6.5 games is doable. But first we need to get back to .500.

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I am officially done with the Biogenesis issue. LET'S PLAY BASEBALL!Go get em Strasburg!

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    "Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the series opener, hoping to continue his dominance of the Braves this season — he's got a 1.93 ERA in three starts — but hoping to earn his first win over Atlanta. He'll be opposed by left-hander Mike Minor, who has a 5.06 ERA in three starts against the Nats, yet is 2-0."Unbelievable !

  4. Kiterp - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    On point Mr Proctor

  5. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 1m#Nats vs #Braves LHP Minor: Harper 8, Desmond 6, Zimmerman 5, Werth 9, LaRoche 3, Ramos 2, Rendon 4, Ramos 2, Strasburg 1.Hairston starting against the lefty. He better get a hit or two.

  6. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Mark typoed. Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 1m#nats lineup: Harper 8, Desmond 6, Zimmerman 5, Werth 9, LaRoche 3, Ramos 2, Rendon 4, Hairston 7, Strasburg 1There it is. Ramos up to 6.

  7. SonnyG10 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I'm glad the Braves are hot. If we can't beat a good hot team, we aren't going far in the playoffs anyway. GYFNG!!!

  8. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    As I tweeted yesterday,MLB Trade Rumors said Rizzo's only deadline trade was for Jerry Hairston's bat. Correction. It was for Jerry Hairston. No one has seen his bat.

  9. Steady Eddie - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    NJ — Oh, c'mon, we've seen Hairston's bat. He just hasn't introduced any baseballs to it yet.

  10. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    But we have Scott Hairston, not Jerry

  11. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Let 's get started on getting back over five hundred! Not very catchy, but a good goal nonetheless. Win today.

  12. MicheleS - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    GYFNG!

  13. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Thanks David. I did say Scott in my tweet yesterday.

  14. Candide - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    baseballswami said…Let 's get started on getting back over five hundred! Yeah! Let's hear it for mediocrity!

  15. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    You have got to start somewhere!! Good news/ bad news– Jayson Werth July player of the month- good news. Scratched due to groin strain for the Barves game- bad news.

  16. natsfan1a - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Remember when we were happy to achieve mediocrity and then – gasp – an actual winning record? It wasn't all that long ago, really…go, NATS!!

  17. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    You see the new lineup? Lombo and Hairston in the outfield. Yikes.

  18. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Kilgore's new boss Jeff Bezos might shake up the Post.

  19. natsfan1a - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    The cat is sleeping in his little bed on the desk in my office, under the running fan. He's sprawled flat on his back, paws up. Maybe he'll rally late, like the Nats…heh. Go, kitty-kat! Go, NATS!!

  20. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Ugh. Werth being scratched is a big loss.

  21. m - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Tonight the basic question will be answered. Is this team a contender or a pretender? Looking at things objectively, it is my opinion that this team is a pretender. We have seen over this year that the team lacks both the mental strength as well as physical ability to compete with the top tier teams. Last year was an outlier and not indicative of this team's ability not to mention the fact that Rizzo weakened the team with his off season moves. On completely different matter i seem to recall that some poster likened watching Span playing CF to watching a ballet. After watching Span nbat yesterday they only thing I can say is that he hits like a ballerina. Nats – Good luck tonight

  22. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Just saw the scratch of Werth. Tough to lose the hottest hitter in the Majors.This looks like a Nats split squad lineup in the outfield.

  23. natsfan1a - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Crud. On the plus paw, congrats to Werth on being named NL Player of the Month:10mMark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSNJayson Werth named NL Player of the Month for July. #Nats #NationalsTalk

  24. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… As I tweeted yesterday,MLB Trade Rumors said Rizzo's only deadline trade was for Jerry Hairston's bat. Correction. It was for Jerry Hairston. No one has seen his bat. August 05, 2013 4:26 PM That is funny on so many levels yet sad that his impact so far has only been negative. He unfortunately has been worse than TyMo which was hard to do plus he cost the Nats approx $1.2 million for the his tenure this year and $2.5 million next year and the trade factor of Ivan Pineyro.

  25. Nats106 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    The best OF arm in baseball flanked by a couple of noodle arms. Best strategy once Lombo or Hairston field the ball is to flip it to Harper to throw it in. I see Ramos has moved up to hit cleanup. Has he hit any higher than 8th in the last few starts?

  26. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Large sample sizes on Hairston tell you a lot but the small sample sizes since he was traded are more of the same in poor percentages, and his fielding is well below average.Since he came to DC, no hits with men on base and nothing doing in High Leverage situations and in fact he has a .800 K rate in High Leverage spots.Do we find out he is injured? I don't see how a player like Scott Hairston goes from lefty killer to this poor so quickly.Just 2 singles with the Nats with bases empty vs lefties this season.Time to make a positive impact Scott.

  27. Nats 128 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Scott Hairston is the mirror image of Chad Tracy and a fleeting part of his former self.That trade with the Cubs would be like a team coming to the Nats to trade for Chad Tracy who was owed $3.7 million remaining on his contract with a real prospect in the trade.It wasnt like Rizzo was giving up a warm body like Cutter Dystra or taking on a league minimum contract. Wasnt there another RH bat available out there from a non-contender?

  28. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Was in Idaho and Eastern Oregon for the past week-plus; a far different world than either DC or Eugene (but I digress). Didn't get to post, but saw some of the games on MLB.tv and read about the others here. A couple of well-played games, but also a couple of really ugly ones. As someone above wrote, the issue now isn't beating the Braves themselves but simply winning games and getting above .500. I continue to believe the odds of reaching the playoffs are negligible, but the one positive note is that there's only one team between the Nats and the Reds for the second play-in spot.On Biogenesis, the suspensions are important (obviously), but I also hope that whatever deals were struck with Tony Bosch and/or the players included some insight into how so many players avoided positive tests. Remember, MLB was lucky to nail this crew. With a couple of exceptions, they managed to beat the PED-testing system. Figuring how to improve the testing system should be just as important — if not more so — as the deterrent effect of the suspensions.

  29. SCNatsFan - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I at least thought we would wait until the game before we started bashing that Nats

  30. Nats 128 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    "Nats106 said… The best OF arm in baseball flanked by a couple of noodle arms. Best strategy once Lombo or Hairston field the ball is to flip it to Harper to throw it in."Reminds me of the movie Sandlot. Hairstons arm is actually worse then Lombos. Just more of the same to field this group behind Strasburg. You have the worst tandem of defensive corner infielders and the Nats will now field the worst tandem of corner outfielders.Brilliant Davey!

  31. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    So basically what you are saying is we cannot possibly win this game??

  32. Nats106 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Naah,SC Nats it's therapeutic for me-since I'm going tonight I have to get it out of my system. Just like replaying the tomahawk chop, which I'll probably be hearing all night. By the way what one might call bashing, I prefer to think of it as reality. I compare this OF to what this team had just 13 months ago….well, I can see why we're at 500. I know Ankiel's bat wasn't great, but that OF with him flanked by Harper and Werth was just a lot of fun to watch. Why, it was just like that Braves OF, when healthy, even balls in the gap end up as outs.

  33. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Hate the OF… But meh, lets win this…Nats – 6Braves – 2Go Nats!!!!

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Eugene, on "some insight into how so many players avoided positive tests" you have to remember this all stemmed from 2012 and prior PED use. MLB was not testing as frequently.Most of these players were getting by either by cycling or using low levels of the drugs to stay below the radar or if they knew when they were going to be tested could have filled their bladders with PED-free urine.I don't buy the idea they were using hi-tech PEDs that were undectable. Cheaters will go to great lengths, just ask Lance Armstrong.

  35. Nats106 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    And we can win this game. Just a tough road starting with inning 1. If I didn't believe we couldn't win, I wouldnt be getting ready to schlep(sp) up 395.

  36. Secret wasian man - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Once again Laroche behind Werth. This way when Werth is standing on second he can look straight down the pipe and see Adam strike out.

  37. JD - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    wasian, Having you not been reading any of the posts? Werth is scratched.

  38. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Werth isn't even playing today, SWM. he got scratched

  39. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Stras is going to have to throw a no no to get this one — striking out 15 would help our 'defense' too

  40. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Realistically, we're chasing the gasping Reds, who are in full Heimlich mode. We're playing much better baseball. Take two of three, keep winning series, and hope Dusty's boys continue to gas.

  41. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Ghost @ 5:44 p.m.,I hope you're right. But whichever it is, I continue to hope/expect that the quasi-plea bargains that were struck included such details, and that what emerges from this mess is a more effective system.

  42. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I read a post on this forum where someone thought if the Nats could 'just' win 3/5 the rest of the way that "that ought to be enough." Well, 3/5 is .600 baseball — if played, would leave the Nats at 85 wins. I don't think that's going to be enough — by a wide margin.

  43. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Funny how the Ghost of Michael Morse refuses to go away. Adam Laroche had a career year last year – with Morse hitting behind him for the majority of the time. Not the case this year. Amazing how far the ramifications of that move have gone.

  44. SCNatsFan - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Wasian man you have plenty of time before he game to get the players correct

  45. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Funny how at least 10/13 players suspended are Hispanic. Are PED's more prevalent with the Hispanic player or is MLB being racist?

  46. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I just don't like burning up Harper's power in the lead off spot — chances are high he'll have few baserunners to knock in tonight. I like my lineup better:LomboDesiHarpALRZimmRendonRamosHairstonPitcher

  47. SCNatsFan - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Steve J I don't think mlb can be racist if the majority of people and players that hang in Miami are Hispanic.

  48. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Not too many years ago, Creatine was all the rage. Is that considered a PED now or is it still perfectly fine.

  49. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Creatine is still legal.

  50. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I suddenly feel like cowering under the bed for the evening.

  51. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    lol Swami. If we lose this game, this place is going to get NASTY and fast. I'm already cringing.

  52. Doc - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Ramos into #4 hole! 'Bout time, sportsfans!Davey must have re-read some of his books on sabermetrics.

  53. The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    ARod is Hispanic? Get out! Next you'll be telling us that Kurt Suzuki is Asian.

  54. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I need a punchline:"Nine Latins and a Jewish ballplayer walk into an anti-aging clinic…"

  55. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    What a great way to start the game. He's not hitting and now he can't play defense?

  56. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    This team hates to play clean baseball m

  57. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Sounds to me like Bob and FP think we should just go ahead and forfeit.

  58. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Getting Freddie Freeman out is tough.

  59. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    There you go Stephen. Don't trust your defense.

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Corner infield defense. Blah.

  61. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Why can't our hitters be tough outs like that? Oh, I forgot, it's because they need to be more" aggressive". Translation– swing at the first pitch.

  62. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    This is an interesting line up…

  63. Knoxville Nat - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    When did Freeman stop wearing glasses?

  64. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Funny, ALR is wearing Bryce's batting gloves.

  65. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Why in the hell did Trent send slow Ramos…. I can't stand him…. Ugh…

  66. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I didn't know Ramos could run like that but bad send by Trent.

  67. Knoxville Nat - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    NatsJack, When the Nats play the Braves, do you get blacked out from MASN there in FL?

  68. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I only have Gameday. Was that a bad send of Ramos to home?

  69. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    That wasn't a bad send. It took a perfect play. FP is right.

  70. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Bad hamstring,surgically repaired knee and Jewett sends him. But it did take 2 well executed throws to get him.

  71. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    FP is wrong… You don't send your slowest runner against a good OF/arm…. That was a dumb send…

  72. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    It was, but I am already tired of the gushing praise for the Barves from our booth. Gag me.

  73. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Knoxville Nat. No We get MASN.

  74. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I'm so pissed right now… And it's only the 2nd inning…

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Ramos actually fairly quickly running.

  76. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Gotta disagree with you DP. That was an out that was given away.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Talk about squeeze.

  78. Knoxville Nat - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Swami,If you think the gushing from Carp and FP is bad you should listen to the homers doing the game for the Braves.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    It took a perfect relay. Not a band send.

  80. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    The Braves, the Reds, and the Cards have the worst homers as announcers.

  81. baseballswami - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Strassie needs to quit heading for the dugout. Rookie ump is feeling his balls shrink.

  82. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Drive up the middle on a pitch up the middle.

  83. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Davey didn't want to play smart ball and test Chris Johnson at 3rd base with a bunt from Lombo with Rendon at 1st. I think you have to pressure the Braves at their weak spots and that is one of them.

  84. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… It took a perfect relay. Not a band send. August 05, 2013 7:36 PM Know your situation. Ramos running with hammy and knee issues and Rendon in the on-deck circle.

  85. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Wow, Desi. That was sick!

  86. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Thanks Ghost… *smacks teeth*. I just got pissed again…. Ugh…

  87. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    MrsB, I'm still pissed and that is why Bo Porter was valuable. Trent has screwed up much too many times.

  88. Knoxville Nat - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    NJ,I agree about the Braves and the Cards but actually don't mind the Reds announcers. To me they are at least tolerable.

  89. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Ghost – I've said time and time again…. People like to talk about Morse but Bo was the one that got away….Trent had definitely cost us our fair share of games…

  90. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Bad luck. 2 infield hits and a doink. Rubber arm in right doesn't even try to throw home.

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Typical cheap hits goes agaibst us. Nats dont get nearly that many cheap hits.

  92. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    There's that Freddie Freeman guy.

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Rendon .258

  94. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Nats dont get nearly that many cheap hits. Neither do the Barves normally. It goes back to why its so important to get bat on ball and let BABIP work for you.

  95. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Noodle armHairston….

  96. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Okay so Freeman wears glasses when in the field but not at bat?

  97. BxJaycobb - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Wow. That attempted throw by Ryan was plainly embarrassing. I've never seen a third baseman in the major leagues lob a throw over the diamond like that. In not saying because he didn't make the play which was tough…I'm saying just the attempt speaks volumes.

  98. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    My daughter is here. I am stuck watching the Bachelorette .Following on Game day now. Argggggggf.Things you do for your kids

  99. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    And BABIP sometimes works against you.

  100. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Golf clap for Uggla… Helluva play…

  101. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    The glasses keeps the dust out of his eyes as much as anything.

  102. BxJaycobb - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    He's really no longer capable of playing that position. throwing is so weak and pathetic that he has to play on the grass and thus has horrid range (see, eg, chopper last night)

  103. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    MNF, Rendon with man on 3rd and 2 outs.375/.500/.625/1.125

  104. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    BxJaycobb, funny you say that, I immediately thought of the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy singing over the rainbow…am also thinking Joe West asked ALR for the ball because he was certain it had some droplets of rain on it.

  105. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Unlucky BABIP again: Desmonds liner caught by Uggla and Ramos liner caught by Heyward. Minor works around the leadoff walk.

  106. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Shame that Werth couldn't play tonight… Gosh, where is the luck where we need it..

  107. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Good, Strasburg got the K on BUpton.

  108. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    although I disagree that Rzim can't play 3b any longer…it ain't pretty and he's definitely struggling but am not ready to throw in the towel just yet…I don't think he's 100% but next year should tell us alot. Really hope he fixes what is ailing him in the off-season whether physical, mental or both.

  109. BxJaycobb - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Just for fun, somebody for the rest of the game write down the nats vs the braves compare number of pitches seen per at bat. This team has the worst pitch selection in North America. I'm a devoted fan and love the nats, but this approach is outrageously poor.

  110. BxJaycobb - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Nobody wants to? I'll do it lol

  111. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    SS is dealing…. Come on bats… Put this game away….

  112. Joe Seamhead - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Should've been BJ's 2nd K.

  113. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    BxJaycobb said… He's really no longer capable of playing that position. throwing is so weak and pathetic that he has to play on the grass and thus has horrid range (see, eg, chopper last night) August 05, 2013 8:05 PM I spoke my mind last week on the subject.

  114. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    How about breaking out for about 5 runs this inning?

  115. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    MLB isn't working on my iPad… Can someone tell me the pitch count for both pitchers, please?

  116. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    This game is so wide open for the Nats right now…

  117. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Strasburg 75 and Minor at 62 and counting

  118. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Thanks Ghost…. I hope SS can take us into the 7th…

  119. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    The difference in BABIP, by the smallest of margins Simmons snares Rendon's grounder.

  120. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Unh unh unh…. That all I can say right now…

  121. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Lombo is good for 1 start and about 4 pinch hitting appearances a week.

  122. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Lombo shows why he isn't a starter….

  123. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Well if you can't ground into a dp then the next guy will.You can't blame if SS wants to run from this franchise to the west coast.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    5 double plays in 13 innings.

  125. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    He's already accounted for 4 of the Nats 12 outs.

  126. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Stras 17- 73 pitches. 16-65. Both about the same.

  127. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    What is it with Lombo with multiple starts? It's like a straight line up and then straight down to horrible.

  128. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    My God stras you can look at first.

  129. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Come on Stras. WT heck are you doing? 3-0 and you groove one? Lucky it isn't 3-1

  130. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    And I'm tired of hearing the year long excuse of bad luck on balls put in play. That's what it is, an excuse. Balls hit up the middle or in the gaps don't get caught.And yet another gored base runner burns the Nats. Next year in ST less golf and more fundamentals, you think?

  131. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    How easy was that?

  132. David Proctor - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Stolen base hurts. But you shouldn't really say he stole it. He just took it.

  133. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Also for those that don't believe in clutch, there's Freeman.

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Stras gave away that run, so I dont want to hear someone complaining about an error by a fielder, when a pitcher doesnt try to hold a runner then tge next guy knocks him in

  135. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Our inability to hold runners…. Never fails…

  136. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Can you tell Carp there's 2 outs. No need for a doubleplay.

  137. ExposedinDC - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    100 % on Stras…..first he lets upton crawl to 2nd, then grooves one to an RBI machine

  138. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Not sure what pitch that was by SS to Freeman…. Shouldn't have thrown something in the dirt…

  139. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    MNF, I found the poor 3-0 pitch worse than the inability to hold the runner.

  140. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Strss 94 pitches 22 batters. 4.3 per batter.

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    The former happens regularly, and the latter happens some of tge time.

  142. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Time to open things up this inning…. I said we would win 6-2…. We can do this!!!

  143. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    So far the Nats with all the mistakes and there have been several.1. LaRoche error2. Trent sending Ramos3. Lombo not moving over Rendon in 2nd inning4. Steal by Upton5. 3-0 grooved pitch to Freeman

  144. Nats Fan 204 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    SCNF, my thoughts exactly but will our next manager take control by standing up to the vets and will he have Rizzo's backing?

  145. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Wow… A perfect bunt!

  146. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Nats have to make Minor pay for these leadoff walks. This is the 2nd one.

  147. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    204, after this season you have to think Rizzo will back a tougher manager. Davey's waiting for good things to happen style doesn't work for the team.

  148. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    That's what the statue they build of desi will look like

  149. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Minor 81 pitches 20 batters. 4.05 pitches per batters.

  150. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    That breaking ball has been a ball all night….

  151. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    ARoid batting 1.000 on the season.

  152. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Thank you Uggla 1st pitch swinging.

  153. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    I'm so glad neither Upton plays for us…

  154. ExposedinDC - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Watching this team hit with runners in scoring position makes my head hurt

  155. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Ohhhhh that was a nasty pitch to Bj….

  156. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    The only mistakes the Braves have made is walking 2 leadoff batters and neither time the Nats could capitalize.

  157. Nats Fan 204 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Ray Knight just died a little when Desi took a third strike with a runner in scoring position and two outs.

  158. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/08/05/tyler-clippard-has-a-sour-taste-that-now-suspended-jordany-valdespin-cost-him-a-save/Good stuff on Clippard recalling the Nats losing on a 3 run jack from convicted cheater Valdepsin.

  159. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    A grounder made its way through the 5.5 hole!

  160. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Ramos again!

  161. Joe Seamhead - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    BJ's such a punk. He stayed in the batter's box almost 60 seconds after that strikeout. Ramos!!!

  162. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Ramos is on fire tonight…. Come on guys… Lets play small ball!!!!We can do ths!!!!

  163. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    ARoid batting 1.000 on the season.A-Rod…….plays third, bats fourth and pleads the fifth.

  164. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Uhm… Adam… That was clearly a ball…

  165. Joe Seamhead - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Ugly,Adam.

  166. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Well now that is a shocker

  167. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Knoxville, good one!

  168. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Add pressure and LaRoche crumbles. What a bad swing for strike 3.

  169. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Rendon gets robbed but gets the job done.

  170. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    way to go kid

  171. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Thanks ARendon…. Tied game… Come on folks…

  172. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    God I hate the braves announcers. Look up smug in the dictionary and see their pictures.

  173. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    If there weren't 2 outs that would have been Lombo's 3rd GIDP.

  174. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    but 1st & 3rd, 0 outs, we have to do better than that.

  175. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I was in the kitchen… I guess Lombo hit another ground ball right?

  176. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Rendon got robbed? I think that is a bit if a stretch Ghost. But he did get the job done.

  177. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Seriously hoping SS can have a quick goose egg 7th…

  178. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Davey better get this game sewn away now. Could be a battle of the bullpens. Surprised Stras is back out there.

  179. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    FP making more excuses for RZim. Sickening.

  180. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Okay – I cringed on that throw by Ryan…. I'm sorry to admit that…

  181. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Wow, a real throw from RZim on that Minor grounder.

  182. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    come on Ghost, two in a row by Rzim, absolute bullets!

  183. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    MrsB I thought he air mailed the throw too

  184. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Ray Knifht gave great commentary on Rz's throws… If he recognizes RZ's issue – why hasn't the staff????And more importantly – why haven't they worked to fix it…

  185. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    nice job by SS!!

  186. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Great inning SS… Good outting… Gotta hold the runners but good outting!Come on Nats Bats…. Lets do this…

  187. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Good job Stras. Krol for the 8th. Time to get Stras the W.It worked out for Davey but that was a mistake in my opinion not pulling Stras when Heyward came up.I would go Krol on Freeman and McCann and then to Mattheus or Clippard to face Johnson.

  188. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    re. Rzim's throws either he is:a) still recovering from surgery/not 100%b) Steve Saxc) both a & bI think its c.

  189. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Ghost,Thanks for the compliment on my A-Rod line but truth be told I stoled that one from someone else. But I still like it!

  190. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    paul brandt said… come on Ghost, two in a row by Rzim, absolute bullets! I hope that is tongue in cheek.

  191. David Proctor - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Hairston can hit lefties.

  192. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Well I will be damned…. Hairston finally cashing it….

  193. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I owe Hairston a compliment. Money with the bat tonight!

  194. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Ghost, yes re. tongue in cheek, nice job Scotty, two more feet its 3-2.

  195. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    MrsB, you and I seem to be on the same line again. You say Cashing It and I say Money.

  196. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Ghost – I knew that was gone… Good on Hairston… I have been a fan at all…but hopefully he can finally get it on…

  197. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    I have not been a fan*

  198. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Good frame by McCann….

  199. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Oh Jayson.

  200. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    unproductive out with a man on 2nd and nobody out but can't get on Werth too bad, he's been solid but that hurt…would have preferred a bunt there to move him over by someone not named Werth, maybe Bernie? or heck, even a pitcher.

  201. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    More bad luck. Are you kidding me? Bryce crushes that one.

  202. David Proctor - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Wow. You can't hit a ball any harder than that.

  203. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    *smacks teeth*. Come on…..

  204. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Really Desi…. Matter of fact… Really Nats… Man on 2nd with no outs and you don't advance him….Really Desi… Did you really swing at the first pitch dumb asz pitch…Oh I'm really pissed now…

  205. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Lead off double and we can't even advance the runner much less score.

  206. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    un-FN-believable!small ball Davey, it can & does win games.

  207. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Jayson didn't do his job. Bad situational hitting. His job is going right side. Huge game and he blew it but I think the bigger mistake was not bringing in JZim to bunt with Bryce on deck.Typical Davey. Always going for the knockout punch that the Nats never get. 100+ games and can only count on 1 hand the times those moves have worked this year.

  208. Rendon2B - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Davey should be fired post game win or lose. This game is like a playoff game and the geezer was sleeping when the obvious move is to bunt over the good ahead run with your best hitter coming up. He is the worst.

  209. Rendon2B - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Davey should be fired post game win or lose. This game is like a playoff game and the geezer was sleeping when the obvious move is to bunt over the good ahead run with your best hitter coming up. He is the worst.

  210. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Joe West made a correct call. Imagine that.

  211. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Good ole Joe West….

  212. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Through 7 Braves 28 batters 112 4.0 per batter. Nats batters 29 110 pitches 3.7 pitches

  213. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I'm so pissed right now… Between the first inning and last inning….Wow… Upton with the show boat…

  214. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    The whole season in a nutshell. Promise but failure. Blame it on hard hit balls that fielders got. Then the pen comes in and chokes.I love this team but I wish this season would just end already.

  215. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Wow Clip… That was a terrible pitch….

  216. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    That pitch was meat.

  217. Nats 128 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    "bigger mistake was not bringing in JZim to bunt with Bryce on deck."He couldve let Strasburg stay in to bunt for himself or Jordan Z who is the better bunter.Davey wanted the 2 run HR and got nothing.

  218. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    saw that coming, Carp jinxed Clip big time, saying how amazing Clip has been, not just great but amazing, true but the kiss of death…J Up needs to get drilled next time he comes up.

  219. Joe Seamhead - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    OK. You have two LH batters on the bench to pinch hit against RHP. If you're not going to use them, then get rid of them. Good grief, now we have to listen to that chop crap in our house.

  220. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Since i am stuck not watching why we mad at joe west.

  221. Unknown - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Now 13.5 games out. Clip likes to throw the gopher game lately.

  222. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    2 in last 3 games is a poor week.

  223. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Do the Nats scout Freeman on his spray charts. He is up the middle so much.

  224. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Clip's command is shaky….

  225. Unknown - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    We're watching the end of Clippard's career. He'll hang around for a few more years, but will never be the same after that HR.

  226. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    "saw that coming, Carp jinxed Clip big time, saying how amazing Clip has been, not just great but amazing, true but the kiss of death…J Up needs to get drilled next time he comes up."On the other hand when Clip came in to pitch the Braves announcers were going on and on about how much success Atl hitters have had against Nats BP in general and against Clippard in particular.

  227. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Freddie Freeman is hitting near .440 with RISP. Was he hitting hard hell no. Got 2 RBI with 2 RISP. Our guys swing real hard not real effective

  228. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Unknown, you win the award for the most absurd comment all month at 930pm, congratulations!

  229. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Wondering if this is the annual 'melt-down' for Clip… Want to say around this time he started to lose some effectiveness….Clearly didnt do his job tonight…

  230. Nats Fan 204 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Just a question, does anybody think that Clip should have been taken out after he gave up the go ahead run? Would you want to save his arm for the next two games?

  231. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Talk about Legend of Doom talk. One play and your csreer is over.

  232. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Agreed

  233. BigCat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Come on nats……..one time

  234. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Time for hitter #3 and #5 to step up.

  235. BigCat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Come on nats……..one time

  236. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    He is the 8th inning pitcher. He stays.

  237. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Eighth inning, down by one, looks at strike three.

  238. BigCat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Where did this carpenter guy come from?

  239. BigCat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Not good. Kimbrell for the 9th

  240. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    ATL broadcasters now tell us that Nats hitters are 7 for 81 (with Zim's K) against their BP. That is pathetic.

  241. David Proctor - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Ramos has really swung the bat well today. He should stay up in the lineup. Not 4th, but maybe like 6th.

  242. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Carpenter was a Braves waiver claim in the off-season. An absolute freebie.

  243. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Jays was Carp's team last year. Astros before that.Was zim's third a close pitch he didnt swing.

  244. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    No need to change pitchers, Freddy. The way Carpenter's throwing, he would have blown the languid swinging ALR away!

  245. Doc E. Browm - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Just to piggy back on Unknown at 9:30pmThe encounter (Upton's HR) could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe! Granted, that's a worse case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy. Doc E. Brown

  246. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    MNF, RZim was totally fooled on the strike 3. I think it was a slider on the inside.

  247. Nats Fan 204 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    A lot of line drives are usually a sign good things to come. Upton just misses a line drive double and then hits a homerun. I know we make a lot of fundamental mistakes and that we take alot of called 3rd strikes with men on base and/or in scoring position but sometimes you just have to say that luck is not on our side tonight.I wonder if there is a connection between the two.

  248. BigCat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Something fishy about that carpenter guy. Hmmm

  249. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Line drive after line drive after line drive…I would not use Mattheus right here…

  250. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    No

  251. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    … just reading commentsThe Legion of Doom is crucifying Davey and Clip. Clip is fine — but Davey … haha .. well, he's Davey. Somebody reach over and remind Davey he's in a ballgame. I wonder where he thinks he is?

  252. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Knoxville Nat said… ATL broadcasters now tell us that Nats hitters are 7 for 81 (with Zim's K) against their BP. That is pathetic.It's not just Braves relievers, the Nats do worse against all relievers than the starters to the tune of .191/.233/.314/.546

  253. BigCat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Come on Cant give up anymore

  254. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Hey Legion or Doomers: You're bellyaching like the Nats are a pennant contender or something. Chill. You have to forget last year and reprise your love of the game when we all were rooting for the sub .500 Washington Bums. Well, here we are again.

  255. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Carpenter got traded with the manager from Toronto to the Red Sox, the sox tried to put him thru waivers and the braves got him.

  256. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    I just don't get the logic of using Mattheus right here…

  257. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    The face of the franchise LOOKS!!!! AGAIN at strike 3 with the game on the line. Mr "Please vote for me for the allstar game" strikes out looking with a guy at second and hits an 8 ft dribbler with a guy on second. What else do you need to know about this sorry, overpaid, heartless bunch of bums. That are managed by a tired old man who should have quit 2 months ago. PISSSSSSSed off. And now the game will be out of reach after locker punch boy vomits all over the mound.

  258. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Back to Joe West. What did he do to cause his name to be.mentioned.This trash my daughter watches is worse than a Nats loss. Though prefer the win.

  259. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Greeeeat Play Desi!!!!!!!

  260. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Uhm….

  261. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Nice play by ian there

  262. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Ump blew a big call. Desi with the heads up play of the game. Not sure what RZim was doing, ball hog?

  263. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Carp totally botches the pronunciation of Terdoslavich.

  264. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    ok, SWM, have to give you credit for this line:"…And now the game will be out of reach after locker punch boy vomits all over the mound."

  265. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    The SZ has shifted….

  266. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I'd pitchout here.

  267. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    IIRC ScNats fan posted something earlier tonight about hoping that the 2014 Nats manager would work more on fundamentals in spring training next season. I have to agree as this year's Nationals are fundamentally weak, sac bunts for example;defense has been bad almost the entire season, coaching at 3rd base questionable, pitchers can't hold base runners, etc. Question I have is will the new manager be strong enough to stand up to any vets who think infield drills or other practice drills not necessary? And will Rizzo back his new manager if the vets complain?

  268. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I have Zimmerman jerseys, posters… but I would really like to see this guy traded. He is just not carrying his weight anymore.

  269. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    First out at 3B but braves announcers still say great play by Uggla. No bigger homers then braves announcers. Been that way since Turner owned them.

  270. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Thanks paul. Im am just very frustrated. This team is very limited. I expect nothing anymore. But for our so called "stars" to just stand there at look at strike 3 just infuriates me. especially when people like Hairston are contributing. Good job Matheus.

  271. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Secret wasian man said… I have Zimmerman jerseys, posters… but I would really like to see this guy traded. He is just not carrying his weight anymore. He won't be traded so save it but Ryan is still a stud hitter. Defense is worst in the Majors for a 3rd baseman so yah, that's a problem.

  272. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Zim was doing what 3baseman are supposed to do "get everything you can." that's been a baseball axiom for 125 years!

  273. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    is Mike Eruzione batting in the bottom of the 9th?we need a miracle vs. Kimbrel.

  274. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Why does ryan look at strike 3 so often?

  275. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Again Knox I think any veteran who complains after this campaign should be traded. We give games away with poor fundamentals. Just. Look at the stolen base we gave away tonight. It isn't rare, it's a near nightly event. And you have to blame Davey for that.

  276. paul brandt - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    wow, no Kimbrel?!guess they are a confident bunch.

  277. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Let's go Nats. Surprise us with a walk-off!

  278. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Kimbrel not available tonight i though

  279. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Mattheus with an effective inning…..

  280. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    SC: There are two announcers who are even bigger homers: FP and Carp.

  281. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    No Carp, you don't have to be in contact with the pitching rubber after you start your motion.

  282. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    I think we will all agree that not too many will miss Davey when hes gone.

  283. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    you cant bat hairston here. he cant hit righties at all.

  284. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Span did his best to screw that up

  285. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    A bunt? A sac bunt? hmm Span must have done that on his own. Hey Davey!! wake up, dude.

  286. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    If Span motored down the line I think he gets in the way of throw.Nice wild pitch!

  287. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Come on….. Sugar honey iced tea…. Lets do this!!!!

  288. Steve J, Alexandria - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    haha Look at this carnival freak pitcher who actually leaves Both feet as he delivers the ball. haha

  289. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Hairston can't hit righties…. What did we expect… And now mr pop up… Game is about to be over…

  290. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    hahahaha just awful. and now chad tracy. GOOD NIGHT

  291. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    I didn't want to jinx it but you know you have to pinch-hit for Hairston with a lefty.Davey screws that up again.

  292. David Proctor - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Hairston vs lefties = good. Hairston vs righties = bad. Simple as that. He had no business batting.

  293. SCNatsFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Losers. This team is done.i love them but they have no heart.

  294. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    MrsB, we are on it again. Hairston vs a righty? Seriously?

  295. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    DAVEY YOU SUCK. GUTLESS GUTLESS GUTLESS. There goes the sweep.

  296. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Beyond pissed… Terrible…. Terrible… Terrible… BP comes in and screws it up… Hairston in against a RhP…. Runners in scoring position a time or two… And then Chad Tracy comes in and swings at the first pitch for a damn pop up…I'm so pissed…

  297. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Ok we got two left handed hitters sitting on the bench and Johnson lets Hairston hit against the RH pitcher. I don't get it. I know Hairston had two hits against Minor tonight (Lefty) but his splits against RH pitching are awful.

  298. Scott Margenau - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    This stinks.

  299. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Braves 150 pitches 36. 4.16Nats 131 pitches 36. 3.6 What the hell Hairston cannot hit righties. Why was he not pinch hit for? Davey does.more stupid player selections that make no sense.

  300. Almazar80 - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    The WS favorites are showing a real contender how to win the crucial games. Or as usual, not.

  301. karlkolchak - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    There is no joy in Natville..the UNmighty Tracy has flied out.

  302. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    SCNatsFan said… Losers. This team is done.i love them but they have no heart.The team has heart but the manager lost his brain and the 3rd base coach too.This team played hard and with heart. Horrible luck.

  303. Rendon2B - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Davey worst manager in baseball. This team like '12 Red Sox. Terrible manager wasting good talent

  304. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    is there nobody on this team who can get a hit when it really matters? And what kind of pictures with Davey and farm animals must Chad Tracy own?

  305. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    SWM, Davey has a boss. You can't make as many mistakes as Davey made as a manager and win a close game.

  306. Knoxville Nat - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Good night George, Good night Gracie…..this season is like a late night rerun……been there, seen it, did that. Looks like the 2010 Nats or worse all over again.

  307. karlkolchak - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Secret wasian man – You mean Rizzo. Davey can only play the players he has on the roster. Tracy's continued presence is certainly baffling.

  308. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Ghost says horrible luck. HAHAHA I guess its just bad luck that we are 4 games under .500. Get a clue GHOST.

  309. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Kolko asks the bunt question! Glad someone in the media is paying attention but Davey takes it as he wouldn't keep him in any longer. That question went over his head.

  310. Secret wasian man - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    I have learned to stomach guys like Shark and Tracy doing nothing for this team. But there is no excuse for Desmond to continue to do NOTHING at the plate.

  311. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    New thread

  312. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Secret wasian man said… Ghost says horrible luck. HAHAHA I guess its just bad luck that we are 4 games under .500. Get a clue GHOST. Hahaha is right. The bad luck was all the hard shots that were right at people. We all know what the differences were. The Braves made a few mistakes but the Nats didn't capitalize.

  313. Nats Fan 204 - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    Interesting comment about Strassburg by Davey. It seems that Davey believes that there has been enough work on Strass' move to first base to have by now produced a better result. It seems that Davey said that by now Strass' move and when he will and won't throw over are so predictable that a steal is almost a sure thing.

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