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Game 116: Phillies at Nats

Aug 10, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

We don't know exactly when Taylor Jordan's season will come to a premature end, when the Nationals decide to shut down the rookie right-hander just as they did last year with Stephen Strasburg and the year before with Jordan Zimmermann. But the time is drawing close for Jordan, who enters tonight's start against the Phillies sitting on 131 combined innings this season between the majors and minors.

This will be Jordan's eighth big-league start, and perhaps the thing that has stood out most about him to date is his ability to keep the ball in the strike zone. He has issued only seven total walks since arriving in D.C., never more than two in any individual start.

Speaking of control artists, Cliff Lee gets the nod tonight for the Phillies. This is a guy who over his last 111 starts has issued 112 walks. Stop for a moment and think about that. It's mighty impressive.

Updates to come…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (55-60)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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185 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. sjm308 - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    As a loyal nat's insider, I wanted to let you know that we are 1-0 with me out of the country. My spousal equivalent does not know this, but I have made the decision to stay in Europe longer than the 18 days if we go undefeated during that time. It's a huge sacrifice but should show you all my dedication.Go Nats!

  2. DWS - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Go sjm408,Go Nats, shock us.And enjoy the your time sjm…

  3. Doc - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    According to how that works, like sjm308 we should all clean out our bank accounts and apply for foreign passports. Anything for the team! LOL

  4. peric - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    If they bring up Tyler Moore and put him in the lineup most every day they way did Harper and Rendon you just must might see something special happen. But times a wasting Mr. Rizzo.

  5. waddu eye no - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    sjmopposite was true for me, so good luck.about to leave a beach full of phillie hats. gyfng

  6. ExposedinDC - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Thought Hairston was acquired to hit against lefties… Is he injured ?

  7. natsfan1a - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    That is very touching, sjm. We all have to take one for the team on occasion. Seriously, have a wonderful trip. Oh, and GO NATS!!sjm308 said… As a loyal nat's insider, I wanted to let you know that we are 1-0 with me out of the country. My spousal equivalent does not know this, but I have made the decision to stay in Europe longer than the 18 days if we go undefeated during that time. It's a huge sacrifice but should show you all my dedication. Go Nats! August 10, 2013 3:59 PM

  8. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Exposed, no, not hurt. But it's trade-off, weakening two OF positions (LF and CF) if you start him in LF and move Bryce to CF…

  9. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Watching the Giants. They look pretty bad. Posey and Sandoval missed a routine foul ball. Is it Bochy's fault?

  10. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Hairston was brought here to hit LHP, but not to platoon with Span. It was made clear on day 1 that it wouldn't be a platoon.

  11. SonnyG10 - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I really enjoyed myself at the game last night. Winning big is sure a lot of fun. The intoxication is short lived, unfortunaately, and I need another fix tonight. Go Nats!!!

  12. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    We knocked Cliff Lee around the last time we faced him. I'm sure he's made adjustments, but we need to do it again.

  13. SCNatsFan - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Sjm you are a loyal fan. I suggest you stay as long as they are playing over 500.

  14. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Interesting what Davey said about Taylor Jordan's last start. Davey said that Taylor read about himself being shutdown so he figured they weren't going to put him out there for the 6. So he was going out there throwing as hard as he could for the first 5 innings (that's why he was hitting 96) and then was out of gas in the 6th. Davey admitted that he thought Jordan was just nibbling and he didn't read it properly that Jordan was out of gas. So Davey sat Jordan down and told him to just pitch the way he always does and ignore the innings limit crap.

  15. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    You don't move a muscle, SJM. It's not my dime. More Belgian chocolate, more French wine, heck, buy a German BMW while you're over there.

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Hope you can stay til November

  17. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Really Werth…

  18. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Werth play was not easy, but was catchable.Middle infielders looked fine.Let's score 9 more.

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    My talk with Span worked. Told him to make WDOL eat his words

  20. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Oh you met Span at the Cox store, MNF? How was it?

  21. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    sjm, hope you are enjoying your trip so far.something tells me you will not need to change your scheduled flight home in 18 days but crazier things have happened…go pay a visit to the Pope and ask him to put a Nats 18 game winning streak on his list.

  22. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I thought that was headed to center field…

  23. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I know someone researches and said Zim is not the double play machine I think, but sure srems he.hits into too many.Werth watches one down the middle, as hot as he has been I thought he would be ready.

  24. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Yikes, that was a fastball right down the middle.

  25. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Everything up from jordan.

  26. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I f-n knew Ruff was going to do that…dammit…horrible location Jordan!

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    It was a quick meet and greet. Just told him to follow the ball. Hit outside ones to left inside to righr middle right at the pitchers.That remember what Tony Gwynn says. Pulling outside pitches is almost 100% chance of grounding out.He said to that. He knows, but everyone's natural instinct is to pull. That is why .300 hitters are .300 hitters they dont pull outside pitches.

  28. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    get the out! what a shocker Ramos dropped the ball anyway…geeezzzzzz.

  29. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    He was definitely safe even if Ramos holds on. Bad play by Jordan, take the out.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Fielding is terrible tonight.

  31. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Well this is a clunker.

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I was drying the dishes what happened on the one I saw Ian bobble?

  33. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    It hit Jordan and deflected off of him. It would've taken an INCREDIBLE play for Desi to make it. Not his fault at all.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    This is how it has worked all season. Very nice game seems to be followed by a clunker.This game the fielding has not been good and Jordan's pitching worse.

  35. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    MNF, did you tell Span his biggest fan is none other than WODL? you should have asked him to sign a baseball "to WODL, with love, D Span"

  36. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Would it had been fieldable had it not been touched, or in centerfield?

  37. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    If Jordan takes the out on Lee instead of going home where he has no play, the inning is over. Just a rookie mistake.

  38. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    If it doesn't hit Jordan, it goes into centerfield.

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I told him he was WODL's hero

  40. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    DP, yep! he had no chance, someone, anyone, should have been yelling at him "3,3,3,3," to go to 1b…maybe it happened but I doubt it.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I seen vets make the same stupid mistake.

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Thanks.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    No yell 1. You yell 3 you throw to 3rd.

  44. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    MNF, you are right, sorry, am doing a few things all at once…was thinking 3 b/c of the position but you are correct…wonder if anyone was helping TJ was my bigger point but thanks for correcting me.

  45. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Unbelievable. Desmond had that bad ripped and Ramos lines out. A popup would've allowed Desi to get back, but of course, it's a lineout right to the guy for the double play. That's just bad luck. Nothing else.

  46. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    was thinking the same, was it a hit & run? was hoping Ramos didn't swing given Desi's jump but if a hit and run, his job is to swing.

  47. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I don't know. It looked like a good pitch to hit and Ramos lined it hard. You can't steer the ball off the bat. I don't fault either of them, it's just awful luck.

  48. paul brandt - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    DP, agree.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Lead off hitter on first 2 innings both erased on double plays.

  50. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    anyone else see any of the LL final games to reach Williamsport today? Michigan vs. Illinois earlier…MI's pitcher was 6 ft, 2 and 200+ lbs., he had 2 HR's and looked like he was 25…needless to say they are moving on.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Zim should have been yellin 11 1

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I am doing 2 things wee there 2 strikes already. If not if the bagges was ripped then Ramos should not have swung unless 2 strikes.FP gave Rendon for swinging on an easy steal last night

  53. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Where's my signed Denard Span ball? I am even willing to ignore that terrible drag bunt in the 3rd if I get a ball out of it….

  54. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    WODL, have to give you credit, that was funny, nice to see you have a sense of humor.

  55. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    think we need more than 1 hit if we want to win this game.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    My daughter reminded me another Nashville area team headed to Williamsport. She lives there.

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I didnt buy a ball to sign took the card from the little books given at the gate.

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    The idea of the drag bunt is good, just needed to be 3-5 feet o the right.

  59. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    JZimm very candid about his future:"I like it here. Obviously, it's the only place that I know. It would be nice to stay long term, but it has to be something fair. I'm just not going to do a team-friendly deal just to stay here long term. If it's a fair deal, then obviously, we'll definitely think about it. But I'm not going to give a huge team discount. Just something fair is all I ask."

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Lead off double. Fifth of the homestand. First 3 didnt score. Harper drove in last night's lead off double by Hairston

  61. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Sweet double play!Just back from a day helping a friend who is fighting cancer and a guy who never thought of DC or baseball until I took him on a "road trip" to watch the Nats back in 2009. Now he loves baseball and the Nats.Now Zim doubles and things are looking up.

  62. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Cliff Lee owns Bryce.

  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    On the outside part of he plate. Drive it to left. Dont just look at it.The Nats do that way too much.

  64. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Cliff Lee owns a lot of people.

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    We now scored 2 of 5 leadoff doubles thos home stand.Noticed when man on base Zim double play. No one on a double.

  66. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Zim is our best hitter with men on base. If you the ball hard a lot, you're also going to hit into a lot of double plays.

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    FP hit the nail on the head. ALR seems to be up with RISP a lot lately.Problem being he has produced poorly lately. Team results poorly lately.

  68. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    really wish TyMo was in place of ALR there but that was a productive out.

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Poor hit but preductive.

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    His key is he has to keep the ball in the air not onthe ground.

  71. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    should have scored more than 2 but still a good inning.

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Oh well that could have real productive but 2 will do for now, but we need everyone producing.

  73. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    The Phillies bullpen is AWFUL. We need to get Lee out of the game (despite us hitting him well that inning).

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Paul. You and I are seeing this the same.Not sure why ALR not having his usual August

  75. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    2 runs is good. A shutdown inning is imperative.

  76. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Why are we suddenly nibbling?

  77. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    MNF, yep, funny…also thought Jewett should have sent Werth on the Desi double but likely still just 2 runs score in the inning so no harm done…rare Jewett has the stop sign tho.

  78. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    I think Werth's groin may have had something to do with the stop sign, PB.

  79. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    TJ looking good after a rough start.

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Watching Ian i think at one point he was thinking 3, but shut it down quick. Triple would have been to tight fpr me.Jordan gives up ,7 hits 5 in tge second. Hat happened that inning.

  81. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    DP, thought the same but it didn't stop him from sending Ramos the other night vs. the Braves with all of his ailments in a key point early in the game.

  82. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I think he had everything to do with, I was expecting the stop sign.

  83. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Lee owns Rendon even more than Harper.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    On Nats classic Tursdat, Hairston looked pathetic vs. clippard.

  85. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Need Lee out of the game.

  86. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Wow I thought Span had another home run.

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    My inspiration talk working for Span

  88. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    WODL, you see that? must have been MNF's tips earlier today.

  89. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Span 3/5 in his last 5 ABs against lefties.

  90. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    need a Zim HR here.

  91. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    So the automatic out has another double.

  92. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Gave it a ride, just hit it too high.

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    The same as first Zim cannot advance Span.

  94. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Where is "m" and WODL when you need them?

  95. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    The single and double both in the middle dont pull it just hit it straight.Just passing what Tony Gwynn says many telecasts forvthe Padrrs that he says is the number one mistakes of most batters.

  96. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 2mFrom the "We Didn't See This Coming in February" department: Tanner Roark relieves Taylor Jordan in a game against the Phillies.Yup.

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    RoArk another good inning.

  98. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Tanner Roark for prez!

  99. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Man, I like Tanner Roark. And I really like Robbie Ray.

  100. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Is Bryce coming out to Don't Stop Believing now?

  101. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    come on harper.

  102. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    For the record, Dan Kolko doesn't have the relationship that I have with Bob Boone.

  103. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    3 for 5 certainly constitutes a trend in my book.Werewolves…..

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Someone with quick stat access. How many plate appearances does Werth have coming into tonight.

  105. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    My goodness, Werth…

  106. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I didn't realize that I had to come on here every time that Span does something good. I thought it was enough for me to actually not, believe it or not, comment all during his 0-14 or whatever it was earlier in the week. I actually like Span and I think he is an upgrade over Bernadina as a reserve outfielder for next year, playing behind Harper, Werth and Choo.

  107. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    As impressive as Werth's at bat Ians was worthless. 3-2 count pitch almost the middle of the pitch track box and Ian not even thinking about swinging.

  108. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    VAMOS RAMOS! BUFFALO!!!!!

  109. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Buffalo.

  110. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Is it just me or is Ramos one of our most clutch hitters? With a RISP, I always feel like Ramos is going to deliver.

  111. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Rendon due

  112. Drew - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Atta boy, Tatonka.

  113. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I thought ball was more in the hole. Arggggggg

  114. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Both teams 2 for 7 RISP

  115. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Getting Lee out of the game is huge. Their bullpen isn't good.

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Your spot on David.

  117. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    RoArk is the man…think I will call him Noah, it just fits.

  118. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Let's get Roark a win.

  119. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    He is 1 for 2 tonight. Stranded Ian earlier.So not every time

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

    Bob Dsvidson wanted to call balk, but Nats had no one on base when pitcher awkwardly stepped off.

  121. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Yeah MNF, but he lined out. He hit it hard, that's all you can do. Can't control where it goes.

  122. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    That might be Lombo's best AB of the year. He never walks.

  123. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    nice AB off the bench Lombo, 9 pitch walk…well done.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    No the line out was in the second double play.ground out out to third for third out with Ian on third.

  125. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    His best I think was the walk off sac fly on about the 9th pitch.

  126. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    August 10th and now Davey is playing small ball…little late.

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    They dont hold us either.

  128. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Anything but a double play Bryce.

  129. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    hate to say it but i don't like harper here.

  130. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Schu and Knorr plotting.

  131. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    How about that…

  132. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Thanks Utley

  133. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    having said that there is nobody on the bench I would PH so there is that.p.s. wow, bryce!

  134. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Kudos to Lombo, Span, Zimm and Harper for manufacturing a run.

  135. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    One thing Bryce and his dad need to work on this winter is not swinging at sliders headed outside.Hire a lefty to pitch slides to get used to deeing the pitch.

  136. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    kudos to Lombo…9 pitch walk & a huge steal of 3rd lead to the tying run…keep it up boys.

  137. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Go Werth

  138. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    And on this 10th day of August in the year of the lord 2013, on Game 116, Davey Johnson discovers small ball.Do wonders ever cease?

  139. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    JAYSON WERTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  140. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    WERTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  141. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    wow!!!!!!!!

  142. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Son owes me $10 said werth would homer.

  143. Drew - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    His hair was perfect.AWOOOOOO…

  144. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Would only lose 50 cents 20 o 1 odds.

  145. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Walking LaRoche to face Ramos. Interesting.

  146. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    See, small ball can set up long ball!

  147. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Running amuck

  148. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    like it for us DP but odd for Phillies

  149. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Hit to move the line moving

  150. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Sunshine, agree, said the same at 915pm, small ball can & does work.

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Rendon RBI

  152. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    RENDON!!!

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Papa John again

  154. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Rendy!

  155. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    RoArk in line for win.

  156. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    I don't understand why Philly lifted Cliff Lee, but we have taken out effective pitchers all year to bat ineffective pinch-runners.

  157. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    looks like the Nats of 2012!small ball this inning lead to the big inning…note to Rizzzo since i doubt Davey can hear anynore.

  158. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    That was my favorite inning of the year. Forget all the blowouts, that was easily the best.

  159. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    I have to say that Jayson Werth is the straw that stirs the drink. He is the franchise.I hope he has enough to carry this team one more year.

  160. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Clippard just helping out so that Soriano can get a save.

  161. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    3 homers in last week and a half. Clip shouldnt be tired.

  162. paul brandt - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Clip, come on, broken record over the last 10 days or so…one thing to give up a hit but a HR is much different.

  163. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    David my son just said Clip a team player allowing save for Soriano.

  164. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Allow me to speak for the regulars that have been here for 8 years.WOLD, get lostm

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Werth has 297 at bats and 36 walks. Anyone know if he has any sac hits or hit by pitches?

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Span hit that middle pitch wrong. Pulling it is an out.

  167. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    He's been hit 3 times, MNF.

  168. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    NatsJack, you certainly are an ass. Just saying.

  169. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I am sure he has no sac bunts. Can you tell if he has any sac flies?

  170. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    He has 3 sac flies, MNF.

  171. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    What? Dennard Span is 2-4 with a big sac bunt?WODL must be sick.

  172. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Justin Ruggiano for the Fish is 0 for his last 41.

  173. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    You are a pretty stupid and petty man, NatsJack, and on behalf of all the newer people who post, get lost.

  174. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    My goodness Jayson.

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Now 340 plate appearances to make the batting leaders he needs 359.

  176. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Alright, let's make this easy Soriano. Your last 2 saves were very stress-free.

  177. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    We are tucking it up here, boss.

  178. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    SPAN!!!!!!!!!!!

  179. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    NATS JACK! SPANNNNNNNN!!!!!!!

  180. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Another big score night. If we have big score nights the rest of the way we make the playoffs (just like I said last night.)

  181. Joe Seamhead - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Just a routine catch by Span.

  182. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Just another reason to laugh at WODL.

  183. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    I thought Spanning meant you didn't leave your feet! Web Gem!

  184. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Span nice catch Soriano u.tucks.

  185. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    D SPAN!D SPAN!D SPAN!WerthWerthWerth!Untuck!

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 76 57 --
ATLANTA 71 64 6.0
MIAMI 65 68 11.0
NEW YORK 63 72 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 61 73 15.5
Through Friday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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