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Game 121: Nats at Braves

Aug 16, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA โ€” Hello from Turner Field, where it's an unseasonably cool, 68 degrees, with a threat of rain throughout the weekend. Who would've thought the Nationals would need to break out their windbreakers for a mid-August series in Atlanta, but will be sweating next week in Chicago (where it's supposed to be humid and in the upper-80s)?

The Nats come to town having come THISCLOSE to a six-game winning streak at home, if not for Rafael Soriano's blown save yesterday evening. They face a much stiffer challenge this weekend, facing those powerhouse Braves, who have won 17 of their last 19 and opened up a commanding, 14 1/2-game lead in the NL East.

Speaking of Soriano, odds are he won't be available to pitch tonight after appearing in three straight games (and nearly suffering two straight blown saves). Tyler Clippard also has appeared the last three days, which could leave the recently recalled Drew Storen as Davey Johnson's closer tonight should the situation present itself.

First things first: The Nationals need a good start from Taylor Jordan, who could be making his final outing of the year before his team-imposed shutdown, and they need to score some runs off Atlanta rookie left-hander Alex Wood, before they can contemplate who is going to close tonight.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (59-61)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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286 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Knoxville Nat - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    That's bull crap!

  2. Secret wasian man - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    wow just ridiculous. were the hell is MLB. what a bunch of disgusting fans. bottle throwing Rednecks

  3. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    This B.S. has got to stop. This entire Barves organization is bush, with a capital B.Wish we had MPH Rod just to buzz one to the backstop.

  4. BigCat - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Now you see. We did nothing back in DC. And now they are urinating on us. Davey is a punk!!

  5. karlkolchak - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    If H-Rod ever tried to plunk a batter it would probably end up as a perfect strike.

  6. Nats106 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

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  7. paul brandt - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I am sick to my stomach! Davey, wake your ass up and get in Foster's face…your star player gets hit 3, repeat 3 times tonight and your team also gets a warning…this is disgusting! and the braves fans cheer that BS! what a joke!!! we are a spineless team…we should have retaliated last week but we didn't and this is what happens!!!awful…MLB welcome to the WWf in the ATL.

  8. Secret wasian man - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    good call carp classless is right.

  9. Secret wasian man - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    take that rednecks

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I did the reverse hex.

  11. Secret wasian man - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    DESMOND STINKS!!!!!!!!! cmon man make them pay

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Desi not hitting very well tonight.

  13. Nats106 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Sorry take that back. Classless thing to say.

  14. Knoxville Nat - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Worse part of the whole thing is we are tied after giving them 2 unearned runs.

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    He might stink, but leads mlb ss in extrabase hits.Sure stinks tonight though.

  16. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Harper getting hit is still a good play for us when their bullpen is in.Anyone notice they are targeting the back instead of the leg tonight? Nice of them since he has leg problems. The Braves are classy people.

  17. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Just an aside, but Atlanta seems to have gotten lowbrow since they parted with Time Warner and TBS.

  18. waddu eye no - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    atlanta – the new philly

  19. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    atlanta still is bitching about Sherman… glad union kicked their hillbilly asseslol

  20. BigCat - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    It's time.

  21. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    TBS didn't want the Braves doing this right before re-runs of Friends. It spoils the mood. Now they are unleashed!

  22. karlkolchak - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Tonight is an example of why the Braves are going to fold like a cheap suitcase in the playoffs. More than 14 games ahead and they are trying to engage in a beanball war against an opponent who has no chance to catch them? THAT'S a team playing with insecurity. The Nats may have been gutless in not retaliating for Bryce, but the Braves are the true punks.

  23. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Why waste a lefty on throwing at Harper, however….Who knows but the Nats need to get hit like Yost.

  24. Nats106 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Karkolchak, Amen

  25. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    lets win this now

  26. paul brandt - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    and in a 2-2 game we can't retaliate nor should we unless we go up 10-2 but MLB needs to send a message to the Braves and their fans, what a lame and embarrassing display to cheer hitting any player especially 3 times!!

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Soiano must have woke up Hector Sanchez. He hit his second homer abother 3 run. Job in Miami not an easy pkace to homer. In the 7th Giants have 14 runs 18 hits.

  28. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    You can't bring a closer in during a tie game.

  29. BigCat - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Wonder what harpers dad thinks about his boy being repeatedly drilled while we shake in our boots. As I said…… No heart, no guts. Whatever you want to call it

  30. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Bigcat agreed… Nats look like pussies

  31. UnkyD - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Watch this…

  32. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    We need to win this game. Sandy Koufax and Walter Johnson never threw at anybody. That is no sign of manhood, even though I sort of wanted to plunk somebody last week.

  33. Nats106 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Get right up on the plate and dare Kimbrell to hit you. Come on auto 5 game suspension? Do it!

  34. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    that sucked ramos

  35. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Mr 175 BA up

  36. paul brandt - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Cat, but now what you do is kick their as&, that's all you can do tonight…retaliation will happen but not tonight.need a PR for Ramos Davey!!!!!!!!

  37. TimDz - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Retaliation NEEDS to come during tomorrow nights game….Otherwise, the Braves will continue to punk us…The Nats need to make a statement not only for the remainder of this season, but for next season as well…

  38. Knoxville Nat - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Freddie Freeman, first AB tomorrow night.

  39. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Come on, Span!

  40. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    TimDagreedcome on Span

  41. paul brandt - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    and if Davey would have PR for Ramos a batter before we would be up 1.

  42. waddu eye no - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    welcome home drew. go for it

  43. BigCat - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Span…… Jeez Pitiful

  44. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I know Span is a great fielder…but he SUCKS in the clutch with the bat0 for 5 is bs for a lead off batter

  45. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Good job, Davey, making sure that Span gets 5 plate appearances against a road lefty.

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    A chopper would be fine over Kimbrel's head.Davey's siesta cost us a run.Had Suzuki been running for Ramos he would have been on third, and scored on Lombo's grounder.

  47. Unknown - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Span…good field, no hit!

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Actually only batted 4 times against a lefty, but was awful in all 5 tries.

  49. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Drew has a chance to prove he is back

  50. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I know of no one in the stats community who recommends using your player with the lowest on base percentage among your eight as your lead-off man. Only Davey and Rizzo, apparently believe that.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    With Stras 99 mph

  52. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    WODthat is why Davey needs to head off into the sun set

  53. JaneB - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I'm torn between wanting Drew to have a 1-2-3 inning and wanting him to plunk someone. Like Simmons

  54. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Davey forgot he was on the team.

  55. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    oh boy

  56. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    How many feet will Gattis's homer go? I say 429 feet.

  57. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Ny leties in KC we can use the DH for Span.

  58. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    WODlol

  59. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    He is just setting us up…..

  60. BigCat - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Check runner drew

  61. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Yeah! O feet! I was wrong.

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Didnt hang a slider.

  63. waddu eye no - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    druuuuu

  64. UnkyD - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Welcome back, Kid…

  65. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    very nice Drew!

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Welcome back Drew. Stay tough the rest of the way.

  67. David Proctor - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    That's the Storen I know and love.

  68. paul brandt - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    nice job Drew, playoff type AB's/atmosphere and he did well, may be the closest we get all year but happy for Storen…if it were Soriano, we would have all needed to attend confession by now and its only 1030pm.

  69. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    paullololo

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I knew on 3-1 he was going to swing no matter what.

  71. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Werth having a terrible night.

  72. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    that just sucked!

  73. paul brandt - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    not as confident now, we needed to score that inning, the Barves have our #…I really dislike them immensely.

  74. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    that was Nats chance….I think game over now

  75. David Proctor - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Werth is 2/5 with an RBI. I think most guys would take that terrible night.

  76. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Krol…was terrible last outing

  77. Nats106 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Braves last 20 years:2 NL Pennants1 World Series-0- classWhat scum the organization, fans and anything associated with them are.

  78. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Nats106agreed and0-1 in civil warlol

  79. paul brandt - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Krol to JUpton? why?

  80. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    of course

  81. David Proctor - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Krol should not be facing righties, but in extra innings, you can't play matchups.

  82. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    learning now who should be here in 2014 and who should notkroll a joke

  83. Knoxville Nat - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Big difference tonight isn't the HR but the two unearned runs we gave them.

  84. mick - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    new post

  85. Nats106 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Mick, I'd have added that, but I'm from Virginia, so I can't talk. Hope you had a great vacation.Tomorrow Nats needs to strike first.

  86. Depot Master - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I'm curious, if someone knows how to look this up… That was obviously not a fastball. I wonder how many of these killer home runs have been called by Suzuki vs. Ramos?

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