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Instant analysis: Nats 6, Giants 5

Aug 15, 2013, 1:59 AM EDT

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Game in a nutshell: Jordan Zimmermann's evening got off to a rocky start, but the Nationals took care of their right-hander by pouncing on Tim Lincecum for six runs, five of them coming in the bottom of the fourth. Zimmermann battled through his struggles to post seven innings of one-run ball, leaving the Nationals bullpen a 5-run lead with only six outs to record. That proved more of a challenge than anyone would have liked. Ian Krol served up a homer to Brandon Belt in the eighth. Ryan Mattheus then failed to retire any of the three batters he faced, forcing Davey Johnson to summon Tyler Clippard to put out the fire. Clippard, as he so often does, came through with two huge strikeouts. Rafael Soriano gave up a run with two outs in the ninth and put the tying runner on second but got a huge catch from Denard Span to end the game and finish off his 31st save, securing the Nationals' fifth straight victory. It's only the second time this year they've won five straight (the other came in early May). They'll go for the sweep tomorrow, with a chance to get back to the .500 mark.

Hitting highlight: Yes, the five-run fourth inning (in which the Nationals sent 10 men to the plate) was mighty impressive. But so, too, was Ian Desmond's solo blast in the bottom of the second. ItRead more »

  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Nice Tweet Mark! (S) Span

  2. MicheleS - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! 5 in a row

  3. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    My heart is still pounding. Wow.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I also call Span on his "I don't leave my feet to make a catch". That was a great diving catch!Not as great as Bernadina's catch to end that game last year in Houston but this is my 2nd favorite in recent history to end a game.

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    WODL is in hiding! Ha!

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Tweeter of the night to Mark Z.:Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN Unofficial, but: W-Zimmermann (14-6), L-Lincecum (6-12), S-Span (1)

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

    I ilke the save.

  8. paul brandt - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Mattheus was awful, Clip was great, Soriano should buy Span maybe not a car, but maybe a segway! BP is hit or miss.

  9. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Interesting comment by Davey. Davey said that he had a bad feeling as soon as he sent Mattheus in and told McCatty right away that they were going to have to warm Clippard up. McCatty said to wait a batter so Davey waited and then it happened so quick it was almost too late to fix. Also said that he has to get more out of the bullpen because he can't keep going to Clip and Soriano so much.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Because Mattheus way to inconsistent since returning.

  11. Nats 128 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    David, I heard Davey make that comment and I have a problem with that. That's not a comment you repeat about one of your players. You keep that stupidity to yourself.

  12. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Davey sez he has no confidence in Mattheus anymore. Neither do I. Can someone explain how Mattheus remains on the 25-man, much less the 40-man? He's pitched worse than Storen, and we all know where that landed him.Wanted: 7th inning guy.

  13. Nats 128 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Stammen hasnt pitched in a while.

  14. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Bat on the field in Atlanta. Really.http://www.baseballnation.com/hot-corner/2013/8/14/4623072/bat-on-field-atlanta-gif

  15. Unknown - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Matheus needs to join Storen in Syracuse!

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Agree, but felt like he did.

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    How is Storen doing ready to take Msttheus place so he can straight.

  18. Nats 128 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Whats up with Christian Garcia. Mattheus needs more work with a pychiatrist.

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Last night I said it is between Gomez and Span for golden glove CF. Unless of course the three OF positions are not specific to position

  20. paul brandt - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    128, agree, Davey should not be saying in a presser that Mattheus doesn't have it or he had a bad feeling about him…what a stupid thing to say publicly…yikes.

  21. 3on2out - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Soriano has his nerve untucking after that save. Scutaro almost took him deep and Denard saved him after he served them up like batting practice. 5 hard hit balls. Nothing to be proud of it. He should have snuck into the dugout like Matheus. He didn't pitch any better.

  22. baseballswami - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Valiant effort by Jordan and the rest of the team playing with more energy. Davey needs to manage the team and learn to keep his mouth shut and his comments in the clubhouse. So much for being a players manager. Cannot wait for this era to end. Also cannot wait to see Tyler Moire and Drew Storen.

  23. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    If Davey called out Mattheus, he did it for a reason. I tend to trust Davey on matters like these (moreso than I do his in-game management, which I often question).

  24. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Jayson can barely move in the outfield. Hope when we get to KC he is the DH.

  25. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    FP alluded to it, but that Span catch reminds me so much of the play that Roger Bernadina made in Houston last year.

  26. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP 27sDenard Span with some gems post game: "I wanted to go home. We have an early game tomorrow. I didn't want to bat again."

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Werth 17 plate appearances short of qualfying for batting title.

  28. baseballswami - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Tyler Clippard just has to be the very best set up guy in the majors. I never hear his name mentioned in the national media- never. Ok with me, but , man is he good.

  29. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Now it would be funnier had Span first untucked.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Clip MVP, but Werth catching him.and our man Span. Ok Maybe not MVP but better than than some say he is.

  31. baseballswami - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    I all the excitement, I almost forgot about Desi's missile of a home run. Good god that thing jumped off his bat!!

  32. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    448 feet, Swami. Longest HR at Nats Park this year.

  33. Ivan Tuski - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    come on 500

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    paul brandt said… 128, agree, Davey should not be saying in a presser that Mattheus doesn't have it or he had a bad feeling about him…what a stupid thing to say publicly…yikes. August 14, 2013 10:30 PM I had it taped and just watched it. I can't believe Davey said that about one of his players. Can't say I've ever heard a Coach publicly say that about a player on TV. I can only imagine what he has said to McCatty about Henry. If Davey feels that way, time to send Mattheus down.

  35. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    I'm not going to say Davey was right by saying that to the media, but it's not like he accidentally let that slip. If Davey said it, there's a reason for it. We'll see how this plays out.

  36. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    I realize the sample size is extremely small, but the last few games, Zim has played very good defense. I'm not sure if he's still playing so shallow or not, but he's made some great rangy plays and good throws.I just hope it lasts.

  37. Nats 128 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    David sorry theres no excuse for saying that to the press. That is a no confidence vote in your player.Its like sending Tracy in to pinch hit and saying to Schu "I dont have a good feeling putting him in and he will probably strike out". If Davey feels that way than dont put him in the game. Mattheus sucks right now however nobody deserves to be pulicly humiliated like that.

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    David Proctor said… I realize the sample size is extremely small, but the last few games, Zim has played very good defense. I'm not sure if he's still playing so shallow or not, but he's made some great rangy plays and good throws.I just hope it lasts. August 14, 2013 11:24 PM I don't think there's any coincidence that Davey made his comments about RZim to Amanda and RZim instantly improved. He's gone from poor to looking above average and most of it seems to be that he is laying out for balls and throwing harder to 1st.

  39. David Proctor - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 2mRe-watched Span's catch. He untucks in the handshake line, yells, "Let's go home, baby!" and then I think Soriano says, "Thank you, Papi."

  40. Joe Seamhead - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Folks, I just got home from the game. Have a couple of things to say. First, WODL, You can KMFA. Off the bat, I thought, and said, "No way can he get to that." What a catch!Swami, in my opinion, you're wrong and Davey is right. Everybody was thrilled a couple of weeks ago when Knorr called Soriano out. Well, Davey in effect called Ryan Mattheus out tonight, with much more cause than Knorr had on Soriano. Mattheus is showing himself to be a self centered, undependable punk on the mound this year, and Davey made it clear that he needs help from his bullpen. Expect to see someone cut tomorrow and some one called up.Mattheus deserved to be publicly humiliated by his manager.BTW, We made a day of it. We got down to the where we park on the west side of the stadium at 3:00 and walked along the east side of the ballpark by the river. The park there is beautiful! Also, there is a handful of new eateries to soon open. We spent a couple hours at the bar at the Gordon Biersch Pub. The crowd was friendly, the food was very good, and the beer was fantastic!I was happy to see Desmond get a homer.GYFNG!!!

  41. Section 222 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Span did untuck, so I don't think it's fair to criticize Soriano for that. You know he was relieved and grateful for the great defense. Sometimes you pick up your teammates, and sometimes they pick you up. That's how it works on good teams. Very entertaining game and satisfying game. JZnn really settled down and did his job after we got the lead. The crowd gave him a great ovation after the 7th. Rendon had some really fine defensive plays tonight. He's got a cannon for an arm too. Whoa! And that two run double was key. Harper's little brain freeze on that popup was troubling. Ever notice that he's kind of the anti-Span on routes to fly balls? Even on easy plays he kind of wanders toward the ball. Odd.

  42. baseballswami - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    No- you are incorrectly assuming that Davey has a reason for saying something. He actually does not seem to think at all before he speaks. Adam Kilgore has referenced in his articles that it has been an issue that he reveals confidences to the press and says things that should be said privately in the clubhouse. I don't think I have ever heard a manager be so absolutely thoughtless with his words. Well, maybe Billy Martin.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Davey started the process of dissing Msttheus last night badically telling him to quit fooling around and go tight afyrt the hitters.Today he basically didnt go after him and obviously Davey was unhappy with Msttheus plays the last few weeks.Not a good thing, but again he has been bad lately, so he has been asking for criticism.I know he didnt do it on purpose, but he did do it.

  44. Joe Seamhead - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    I said what I said about Mattheus first because of his immature, punkish stunt earlier with punching the locker and breaking his hand. The club was depending on him,and who can say how much he cost us in wins and losses? Not to mention he's still costing us because of the same incident. His trouble, or ineffectiveness is all self induced and I feel no pity for him.Give me Eric Davis.

  45. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Mattheus has been horse-bleep lately. Davey had every right calling out the guy. And I guarantee you he didn't let it slip out. There was a reason. Mattheus will be sent down tommorrow or show up on the DL with that same elbow ailment that, ahem, sidelined Haren two months ago.That stuff spreads, you know.

  46. Joe Seamhead - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Davey isn't without reason for publicly saying what he said. He was pissed when Ryan hit the locker and he lost his services early in the year and he hasn't forgiven him. If Ryan came back and pitched intelligently he would've got back in Johnson's good graces. Instead, he comes out and rushes between pitches, and can't get one or two batters out. Send him home to his momma until he grows up.

  47. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Post of the night:August 14, 2013 11:31 PM Joe Seamhead said… "Folks, I just got home from the game. Have a couple of things to say. First, WODL, You can KMFA."KMFA is not the call letters for a Pittsburgh radio station, is it?

  48. Scott Margenau - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    First of all, a lot of unwere calling for clips head earlier this year. I would like to see more Kroll and the kid from Monday night. (forgot his name) he has fantastic movement.

  49. Scott Margenau - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Roark

  50. Joe Seamhead - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Sure, Sunshine, that's what they were, Pittsburg call letters.Look, Span saved tonight's game more than Raffy Soriano. Denard has been disappointing in his offensive production, but that catch was the epitome of what Denard brings to the table. I don't always agree with Phil Wood, but he said tonight that some centerfielders make the ordinary play look spectacular while others make the spectacular play look ordinary, and that Denard Span fits the bill as the later. Nicely said, Phil.

  51. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Totally agree, Mr. Seamhead. Tonight's catch was one of the few that Span actually had to dive to get. Most of the time he's cruising. Makes it look easy. Pitching and defense wins championship. Span fits the bill in that approach. Let's be patient with him. Not all games are won on offense, despite WOLD's run differential babbledygook on the subject.

  52. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Box score should read: Span S, 1-1

  53. D'Gourds - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    He's been consitent–consistently awful.

  54. D'Gourds - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    you know what is stupid-breaking your pitching hand by punching a hard object. Mattheus let the team down this year and probably stil isn't 100% from that mistake.

  55. natsfan1a - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Watched this one in real time, and that catch was Spantastic! Nice work by Tarasco and Zuk on the postgame splashing. Still don't know who was manning the other side of the cooler last night, along with the bat boy, but I wondered whether it was also a coach. Oh, and Timmy? You can wash that cap now. I'm pretty sure it's not lucky.

  56. natsfan1a - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    That is good, Ghost, and true.Ghost Of Steve M. said… Tweeter of the night to Mark Z.: Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN Unofficial, but: W-Zimmermann (14-6), L-Lincecum (6-12), S-Span (1) August 14, 2013 10:08 PM

  57. natsfan1a - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Never mind. After reviewing, I think it was Z'nn.Still don't know who was manning the other side of the cooler last night, along with the bat boy, but I wondered whether it was also a coach.

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