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

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

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

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

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

    *smacks teeth*. Come on…..

  4. 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…

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

    Joe West made a correct call. Imagine that.

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

    Good ole Joe West….

  12. 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

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

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

    Wow Clip… That was a terrible pitch….

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

    That pitch was meat.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    2 in last 3 games is a poor week.

  23. 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.

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

    Clip's command is shaky….

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

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

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

  29. 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…

  30. 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?

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

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

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

    Agreed

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

    Come on nats……..one time

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

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

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

    Come on nats……..one time

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

    He is the 8th inning pitcher. He stays.

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

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

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

    Where did this carpenter guy come from?

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

    Not good. Kimbrell for the 9th

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

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

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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!

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

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

    Something fishy about that carpenter guy. Hmmm

  49. 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…

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

    No

  51. 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?

  52. 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

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

    Come on Cant give up anymore

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

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

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

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

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

    Greeeeat Play Desi!!!!!!!

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

    Uhm….

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

    Nice play by ian there

  62. 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?

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

    Carp totally botches the pronunciation of Terdoslavich.

  64. 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."

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

    The SZ has shifted….

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

    I'd pitchout here.

  67. 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?

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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!

  73. 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.

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

    Why does ryan look at strike 3 so often?

  75. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Kimbrel not available tonight i though

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

    Mattheus with an effective inning…..

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

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

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

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

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

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

    Span did his best to screw that up

  85. 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.

  86. 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!

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

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

  88. 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

  89. 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…

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

    hahahaha just awful. and now chad tracy. GOOD NIGHT

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  96. 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…

  97. 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.

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

    This stinks.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

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

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

  102. 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.

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

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

  104. 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?

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

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

    New thread

  112. 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.

  113. 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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ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
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