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Game 118: Giants at Nats

Aug 13, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

As noted earlier today, Bryce Harper is really struggling to hit left-handers this season. Despite a .303 batting average and 1.008 OPS against righties, the Nationals' left fielder is hitting a paltry .172 with a .546 OPS against southpaws. Harper is also dealing with some flu-like symptoms, according to Davey Johnson, enough for the young outfielder to get a day off.

The Nationals' two other left-handed-hitting regulars — Denard Span and Adam LaRoche — also have struggled to hit lefties this season, but each will get a chance to start tonight. Not that Davey has many other options to replace those two, especially with Scott Hairston already starting in Harper's place in left field.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, and it's only appropriate since today is National Left-Handers' Day. Sense a recurring theme here?

Updates to come, so please check back…

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 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, 83 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (57-60)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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  1. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Huh. I did not know this. Maybe I can talk my husband into buying me dinner or something. Eh, probably not. Do they have greeting cards for the occasion? No? Oh, well. We get no respect.Go, GIO!! Go, NATS!! (My old friend in the SFO Bay Area emailed to ask which team I'd be rooting for this series. Well, duh. I told her we'd cancel each other out, though. :-))Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, and it's only appropriate since today is National Left-Handers' Day. Sense a recurring theme here?

  2. ExposedinDC - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    No Bryce…no problem….keep it going fella's…need a long streak

  3. Section 222 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Looking forward to that late inning PH appearance for Harp.

  4. James Joyce - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Looks from the lineups of both clubs that tongihts game might go FAST. Lots of strong LHP not so much obvious strong hitting. We'll see how it plays out.Harper's struggles againt LHP are legit, the kid's talent is amazing but his approach at the plate, not so much. He's closed, the bat coked too hard (he looks cool, but that's not the goal) and he seems pull-happy. He's in trouble in a big way against any decent soft stuff inside from a leftie and the league knows it. I wish he'd adjust to a more neutral stance, trust his natural power to all fields and not try to yank everything to right.

  5. Depot Master - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    And on International Left Hander's Day, too. http://www.lefthandersday.comYou'd think he'd grant an exception.

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Of course, we're all in our right minds, so it's all good.

  7. bowdenball - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Benching Harper tells me that the team hasn't given up on the 2013 season yet. If they had they'd want to give Harper as many at-bats against lefties as possible to try to address the problem for 2014 and beyond. Instead it looks like they're trying to keep the win streak going by getting Hairston in there against the lefty and saving Harper for pinch-hit appearances against someone like Sergio Romo.

  8. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I posted it in one of the other threads yesterday, but here's a good article on Harper's struggle against lefties by Fangraphs:http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bryce-harpers-weakness/

  9. DL in VA - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    So…. did you know that Gio is actually right-handed? True fact!Yeah, I can't throw with my non-dominant hand either.

  10. NatsLady - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Isn't this about the time Harper went into his slump last year? Then he came out of it big time.

  11. bowdenball - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Or maybe he's just sick …Chase Hughes ‏@chasehughesCSN 43sHarper out with flu. #Nats

  12. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Tom Schad ‏@Tom_Schad 32s#Nats Bryce Harper slept all day yesterday and couldn't eat much. Davey said he has the flu.What's with all the sickness going around our clubhouse this year?

  13. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 1mSome Giants coaches were bemoaning lack of offense on their club. Davey didn't wanna hear it. "Don't be talkin' that around here."

  14. The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    What's with all the sickness going around our clubhouse this year?Perhaps because the flu is contagious?

  15. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Lol Feel, obviously I know that. But it's been at different times throughout the year. If they came down with it around the same time (like Span and Harper did earlier this season), it'd be one thing. It's odd how all these separate instances keep popping up.

  16. Section 222 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Harper's slump last year started after the ASG. His lowest BA of the year, .245, was after the game on August 15. In the 31 games between July 13 and August 15, in which the Nats went 21-11 by the way, Harper's slashline was .171/.257/.244. In the 44 remaining games after that, he batted .327/.384/.660. So here's hoping for another late August Harper surge.

  17. bowdenball - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    David Proctor said…"What's with all the sickness going around our clubhouse this year?"I had that thought too! But I think we forget that it's a long season, and that when they go to work they don't just sit at a desk and stare at a computer. Getting sick enough that affects your ability to stay focused on the game for 3 hours seems like it would be pretty common. IIRC we've had a couple guys miss games against us for the same reason. Pick a player and google it, there's a good chance he's missed a game due to illness over the last couple years.

  18. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    We need more Papa John days

  19. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Don't expect Papa Johns tonight. Bumgarner is good. Very good.

  20. Doc - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    National Lefthanders' Day, eh?So do lefties get in for half off???How would you prove that yor're a leftie?Gio is ambi, he signs autographs RH.Geeeeeeeeeezas, GoooooooooooNats!!! Let's get into the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    50% oof my siblings and I are lefties. 0% of my children are.

  22. Unknown - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Harper has hit well since he injured his knee against Atlanta and then further damaged it when he ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium.

  23. Steady Eddie - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    DP — Given this year's production, I wouldn't expect much offense, but July 4, 2012, Bumgarner's line against us:IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA5.0 9 7 7 1 7 3 3.27Onion, Zim, and the Beast hit dingers off him, we were 3-10 with RISP (whole game), with one SB (Espi) and one CS (Desi) vs. Bumgarner.Won 9-4 even with EJax giving up 3 in the first.

  24. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Well that was a holiday. Obviously Ryan was going to homer.I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday?

  25. Steady Eddie - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday?Ding ding ding ding ding! And we have a winner!(Maybe we should start identifying religious holidays for Zim too….)

  26. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    It's not the flu- the flu is a very specific illness that has nothing to do with your stomach. Google it. It's a stomach virus, which is very contagious. Wash your hands Bryce. A lot. I am finding it amusing that the Mets are already getting hammered about Harvey reaching his innings limit and being shut down. Might cost him a Cy Young. Let the hysteria ensue– again. Sigh.

  27. NatsLady - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    According to my records, Harper had the flu in April, when Span also had it. LaRoche had it in mid-July.

  28. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Irregular eating habits, travel, close quarters, hear, getting physically run down. Betting others have had milder versions along the way. Probably quite common to have stomach issues during the season. Bryce seems to be getting it more often. He needs a mom.

  29. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    That would be— HEAT.

  30. Get Your Re(n)d On - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Did Matt Harvey have Tommy John surgery?

  31. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Nope. They just don't want to up his innings by more than 30% from last year because of his age.

  32. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    No- just very young and has not built up his innings yet. I think 160 last year, won't go over 200 this year. Even without TJ, they ramp up the young guys over a couple of seasons. Usually in the minors where no one notices, though.

  33. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Last year the Barves put Medlen in the bullpen for part of the year to stretch out his innings. Fine for the national media to freak out- they aren't the ones paying for those valuable young arms.

  34. Get Your Re(n)d On - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I think Medlen had TJ. There is a difference when it's a doctor recommending an innings limit and not Tom Verducci. The media needs to figure that out.

  35. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Where's the "like" button on here?David Proctor said… Well that was a holiday. Obviously Ryan was going to homer. I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday? August 13, 2013 5:15 PM Steady Eddie said… I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday? Ding ding ding ding ding! And we have a winner! (Maybe we should start identifying religious holidays for Zim too….) August 13, 2013 5:18 PM

  36. TexNat - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Re: Harvey. Begs the question if the Nats are going to shutdown Stras at 200.

  37. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    No it doesn't. The Nats have said they have no limit for him this year. Plus, I think he's on pace to finish around 200 anyway (not including…the p word, obviously).

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Play ball.

  39. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Hey we're up to 13th in the league in runs. -__-

  40. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Gio is looking very baby faced tonight. Do it Gio!!

  41. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Gio not hitting his spots early. At all.

  42. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Seems like the first inning is always an adventure with him.

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

    Jim Wolf home plate umpire's brother is pitcher Randy Wolf. Still known more for not being a pitcher's ump.

  44. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Posey not really the guy I want up with 2 men on…

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Gio tardy to first

  46. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    It has occurred to me that Gio needs ADD meds.

  47. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Whew.

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Gio pitches out of that.Now lets score a few.

  49. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Word.

  50. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I like this kid. I was absolutely not expecting him to be a factor this season. Nice surprise.

  51. TexNat - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    David, of course it does. Stras pitched less than 169 innings last year, is only one year older than Harvey, and has had TJ surgery. So why does it make sense for the Mets to shut down Harvey at 200 and not for the Nats to shut down Stras at the same or similar point?

  52. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN nowGiants broadcast showed Werth yelling at Gio between innings, likely over his not covering 1B. McCatty, Schu had to step in. #NationalsTalk

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Both team 0 for 2 with RISP. Surprise.

  54. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Twitter reports says Werth had some choice words for Gio in the dugout- coaches had to step in. Oh, great. Now he is rattled. I do like the at bats that inning- good battles.

  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    I fussed at Gio too.

  56. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Good on Werth. Gio went brain dead on covering first.

  57. Joe Seamhead - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Gio should've been there earlier. Good for Jayson. Bad that it was caught on camera.

  58. Joe Seamhead - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    TMI for the people outside of that dugout. Gio still looks pissed. Good.

  59. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Gio was probably not pleased that Werth let what should've been a single turn into a double. Werth obviously angry that Gio didn't cover first. So they aired it out. No biggie.

  60. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    As long as it results in a focused Gio and not a rattled Gio. His temperament is a bit volatile.

  61. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    They just advertised the "Ryan Zimmerman" special at Papa John's.That's the one where you order two pizzas, and the delivery guy tosses them on your roof.

  62. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Gio's back :/

  63. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Very funny. Not so funny – Gio appears to have back pain.

  64. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    4 pitch leadoff walk to the pitcher. That will hurt.

  65. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Woah, Ramos!

  66. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I feel like I need to be drunk or medicated for Gio's starts.

  67. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Gio is clearly in pain. Even on that CS, he was holding his back after the throw.

  68. baseballswami - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Calling Row- Ark?

  69. David Proctor - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Another hit by Hairston against a lefty.

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

    Another failure to execute by Gio.

  71. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    2 games in a row Gio cannot lay down a bunt correctly.

  72. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Yup. If he drops the bunt down, Hairston possibly scores on that hit by Span. Worst case scenario is a runner at third with one out.

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Span punches one to left on an outside pitch, just like I told him.

  74. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Gio has difficulty concentrating. Great guy, but all over the place sometimes.

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    At onr point earlier in the season we led the league in percentage of called 3rd strikes, and highest total of called 3rd srike (or opposite way)

  76. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    wow, if ever a Werth/Gio dust-up, it would not be eat some face but rather, we can find no trace of Gio anywhere.

  77. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Werth whiffs here and he can eat his own face.

  78. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    thx swami

  79. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Looks like he can eat his own face, Swami.

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Risp 0 for 4. That pitched looked outside, but was close enough to protect the plate.

  81. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Can Gio yell at him now? I wish I had the power to affect what happens on the field, I really do. Unfortunately I can type any nonsense I want and it has no effect at all.

  82. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    looks like rain in route.

  83. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Werth's career numbers with the bases loaded are really bad. He's only hitting like .230. It's odd because his numbers with RISP aren't bad and his overall numbers are obviously not bad. He must be changing something with the bases loaded.

  84. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Meanwhile, back at the Syracuse ranch, Tyler Moore has hit two more home runs.

  85. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Should give Gio some credit. He looks like he can barely walk and he's pitching pretty well.I hope I didn't just jinx it.

  86. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    oh great, thx DP, at least we have someone to blame…ha.

  87. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Definitely gutting it out. It doesn't have to be pretty.

  88. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    how did Gio hurt his back? pitching? missed some of that inning.

  89. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    catchable ball.

  90. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    It seems to have been an issue from the start of the game, PB.

  91. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Not sure- appeared to be stiff from the start. By the way- sure looks like Baumgardner is throwing a lot of pitches. Yes?

  92. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    David– I appear to be your echo tonight.

  93. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    yea, swami, thank you, thank you…

  94. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Haha Swami. That's funny because I was about to mention Bumgarner's high pitch count.

  95. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Nats now 1 for 8 RISP.This home stand now 6 leadoff doubles ,2 runs scored.

  96. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    pirates/cards on MLB

  97. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Good place for the delay. Gio got a decent start without being pushed too far with his back. We scored in the nick of time. Would like to have seen him get five, but a scoreless four is kind of a miracle- a Left Handers Day miracle.

  98. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Maybe this will give Werth and Gio time to kiss and makeup.

  99. paul brandt - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    DP, good one or arm wrestle.

  100. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Werth, Gio and Davey can all go lie down in the training room and get treatments for all their ailments. Anyone else watching Bucs/ Cards?

  101. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Watching Cubs/Reds. Cubbies just tied it up, 2-2.

  102. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Cannot figure out why it is the Pirates feed when it's a Cards home game.

  103. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    The Cubs are just not a good team. Gave it right back to the Reds, 4-2, even with Samardzija pitching.

  104. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Nationals PR ‏@NationalsPR 5mIan Desmond's double in the 4th inning was his 50th extra-base hit of the season. No other shortstop in MLB has more than 40. #Nationals

  105. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Tarp off!!!

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Possible Silver slugger again.

  107. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    9:45 start time

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I am watching the Card',s feed not Bucs

  109. Doc - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Gio will need a step-ladder to take on JDub. Wonder what the odds makers at Hialeah are putting on Gio in the rematch?

  110. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Gio coming back in?

  111. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 14sTanner Roark is getting hot in the Nats' bullpen. Gio presumably finished.

  112. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Looks like Bumgarner is done too.

  113. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Ok — I am practicing— it's Row- Ark.

  114. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I wonder if Harper starts feeling better now that the righty is in for the Giants.

  115. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    David- your matching train of thought is frightening. I was just thinking that our line up was put together with a lefty in mind.

  116. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Zuke?? Now no back up catcher?

  117. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I hope they're just being safe with Ramos and nothing is wrong.

  118. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    When Carp praises someone like this, I cringe.

  119. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    What Desi…

  120. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    WTH

  121. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Total crap play by Desmond.

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Nit that it hurts Gio tonight.This 7 games now this year Gio left with a lead and then bullpen couldnt hold it (though not RoArk's fault this time)

  123. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Sort of like a Davey play, got to late in the evening to focus. Hat ball did nothing tricky, he dimpky didnt field it.

  124. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Desi just blew the routine play to cost the lead. There's no sugar coating it.

  125. Theo Mackie - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    The Nats season could not be summed up better than that. Momentum in our favor, suddenly halted, the starting pitcher does what he can but is simply watching as a play any little league shortstop could make is botched.

  126. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    How long has it actually been since Desi made an error? Seems like I can't remember it's been so long. We have gotten so used to him being a machine. It happens.

  127. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Good AB by Denard.

  128. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    But you are correct that it's typical if our season that any and every mistake hurts.

  129. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Lost focis and that is all it took. Well at least only cost 1 run not more.

  130. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    That was hos 23th. 9 came real early. Then the long streak. 4 since streak ended.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    My trip paid off to Cox

  132. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    RISP time 1 for 8 so far.

  133. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Did Righetti have TJ surgery? Big brace on left arm.

  134. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    That was headed into CF until it hit the pitcher. Wow.

  135. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    I tell you he might not lead the team in double plays but sure seems like he leads.

  136. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Werth not having his best game…

  137. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    What a difference a series makes. Werth comes up RISP sll 3 at bats, and moved up no one.1 for 10 RISP.That inning had great promised and it disappeared immediately.

  138. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, was an inning that sums up our season. Part ineptitude, part bad luck. It makes me want to punch myself in the face.

  139. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Zim had terrible luck. That ball was going to be in CF until it deflected off the pitcher.

  140. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Sandrabol hits a weak one snd doesnt get touched. Luck?

  141. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    That's the problem with pitch to contact, MNF. It allows for those weakly hit balls to find holes and for defensive mistakes like Desi's. You need pitchers, ESPECIALLY relievers, to strike guys out.

  142. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Sandy Rosario too happy. Lets wipe that smile off once on the mound.

  143. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Our reliever's weakness we hace few fastball pitchers. The Cards seem to have all 97+ pitchers.

  144. Drew - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Keep it up, Mr. Roark. Don't let them Tatoo the ball.Meanwhile Giolito throws 5 scoreless in the GCL, lowering his ERA to 2.78. The Nats' rookie league club is 40-6. Wow.At Syracuse, Zach Walters now has 27 home runs.And how about Brandon Miller? After 44 at bats in Potomac, he's hitting .455.

  145. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Desi drive of the game and to even it up, the error of the game.

  146. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    He gives more than he takes.

  147. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    In general true.Tonight he is even. Like a birdie and a bogey.

  148. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    ADAM BOMB!!!

  149. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    No risp.Alr

  150. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Way to go ALR!

  151. Drew - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Atta boy. Crushed.

  152. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    That might be the worst pitch I've seen all year…you can't put it on a tee any better.

  153. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Hairston vs righty = no good.

  154. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    The ball just hung there. Key was he barrelled up. Many like that thiscyear we fouled straight back.

  155. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Was watching classic game last week.Hairston last year in the game shown looked pathetic against Clippard.

  156. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    That was the game Valdespin hit a 3 run dinger just before that at bat.

  157. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    I'm just hoping Abad doesn't screw this up too badly.

  158. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    ALR, Werth, and Harper all tied for team HR lead with 17 each.

  159. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Arias…really?

  160. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Potomac Nats need someone with Math skills. Half waytoSt. Patrick''s day is Sept 17 not August 16.Aries 4 for 4. Wasnt in original line up.

  161. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Abad just threw 98?!

  162. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    And post of the night goes to Mark Meister for this gem:10:23 p.m. — And this game continues to slog along. Some of that is due to Guillermo Moscoso, which is apparently Spanish for "takes 45 seconds between every pitch."Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

  163. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Abad way to gelt Belt.Now Mattheus do your job.

  164. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    I thought it was a good way to get Belt, MNF!

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Remember Jesus Colome who pitch for Nats 2007,8 an 10?He was a minute a pitch pitcher

  166. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    4 pitch walk.

  167. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Come on Mattheus pitch like you know what your doing.

  168. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Uh oh.

  169. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    You walk the runner into scoring position then fall behind the next guy.Anyone have his stats on giving up inherited runners. Since he came back, i have been totally unimpressed

  170. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    I see some of our posters were ragging on Werth .. are you frikking kidding me? This gives Legion of Doom a whole new meaning Jayson Werth has virtually carried this hapless team for a month! One 'off' game and you rag him? haha Unbelievable how miserable people can get.

  171. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    We need to add a run or two. Clip has been solo HR happy lately. And you never know what you'll get from Untuck.

  172. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    I am just going by memory, but it seems the 7th inning is the inning our bullpen has been the weakest all season.

  173. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Who was ragging on Werth? I mentioned he was having a bad game and has poor numbers with the bases loaded, but that wasn't ragging on him at all. He's been outstanding. He can't hit .500 forever.

  174. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Add on runs Nats.

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    I think in a one run game he plays tougher.

  176. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Geez Proctor — You immediately think this was about you? it wasn't — read back yourself — its not hard — and you'll see at least two Legion of Doomers ragging on Werth. So, its not all about you, sorry to break the news to you

  177. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    If you are referring to my comment of 0 for 3 RISP tonight. I didnt complain, just stated the facts.In fact didnt read any complaints all just comments.

  178. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Cubs have tied up Reds. Cards are losing. 'Zona losing early to Bal-mer.We could pick up a game on all 3 of those wild card wanna-bes.

  179. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Since he and I were the only I saw. Neither was a legion of doom comment at all. Just statements.

  180. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Not a more negative character here than you Manassas. It's really annoying – why do you even bother if you're so miserable. Get a beer — go out — be happy

  181. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    @Manassas: I surely do remember "Every day" Jesus Colome!! Didn't we all pray for Colome's buttocks, as per Jimbo's instructions?

  182. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Guy sleeping behind the plate front row.Damn it I will stay awake sitting there.

  183. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Would it be a knee-jerk reaction to say Rendon is back? Because he's looked way better lately.

  184. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    I just remember thinking Chinese resterants.One from Colome and one from column b.

  185. baseballswami - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    I think I may spend the top of the ninth cowering under my couch. Having to remind myself to breathe.

  186. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Reading back I see Proctor did indeed talk major trash about Werth. What a Loser. Ragging on our best hitter, our best player, the player who just got named National League Player of the month! He carried this loser team. And you rag on his numbers. What a bunch of no count Losers. Seriously, you all are. Why don't you just leave — and take your Legion of Doom with you

  187. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Cant fault Zimm — ball couldn't have been hit harder.

  188. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Zim has had the worst luck today.

  189. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Damn it Zim, quit hitting the ball on the ground.I tell you I still cant believe heis srill third on tge team in double plays.I know in the last month he must be leading.

  190. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    The first one might be bad luck, but that one he hit right into the ground. That is not bad luck. It not squaring on the ball to elevate it.

  191. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    He hit the top of the ball, which is the recipe for a grounder.

  192. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Was hoping Clippard would have a clean inning.Crawford center cut that ball well.

  193. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    clip just got squeezed

  194. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Good effort zim, better than the hitting efforts.

  195. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Come on clippard.

  196. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    trust the heater, clip

  197. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Our bullpen is really making this difficult tonight…

  198. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Seen this already. Give up a hit tgen a walk.Come on reluevers this is not smart baseball.

  199. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    There are two Clippard: the one that trust his fastball and dominates; and the one that throws too many changes and get rocked.

  200. Less Platu - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    One more, Clip —

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