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Game 122: Nats at Braves

Aug 17, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — It's another cold, rainy day here at Turner Field, and this time it could prevent baseball from being played. At the very least, it's supposed to drizzle all evening. At worst, it could be heavy enough to cause a delay or even postponement. We'll see.

If they do get started, all eyes will be on Stephen Strasburg as he takes the mound in the wake of Bryce Harper's three plunkings by Braves pitchers over the last 11 days. Will Strasburg retaliate, and if so, who gets to wear one of his fastballs? The safest bet would probably be Justin Upton, batting second tonight for Atlanta. But much could depend on how the umpires handle this, whether they issue warnings to both dugouts before the game even begins, which would lead to automatic ejections and future suspensions.

In other news, the Nationals just announced they've placed Taylor Jordan on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain and recalled Tyler Moore from Class AAA. Reading between the lines, this would suggest the Nats have decided to shut down Jordan after 142 innings. Ross Ohlendorf will be ready to return in four days and take his rotation spot. Until then, they'll have an extra position player in Moore, who had been raking at Syracuse. (Over his last 28 games, he was hitting .371 with seven homers and 31 RBI.)

Stay tuned for updates…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Showers, 68 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (59-62)
CF Bryce Harper Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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617 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    You needed that pitch up Krol. 0-2 pitch to a guy who never bats. Come on.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Good for McCatty to come out and talk to Krol. That bunt was a killer blow.

  3. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    I am just beyond mad right now. HEY here comes Sorianos best friend.

  4. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Nice comeback Krol.

  5. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Sheew…

  6. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    GET OFF OF KROL. Hes twice the man Soriano is.

  7. Section 222 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Nicely done Krol. I hope they never learn not to dive at 1B.

  8. The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    This game has everything, almost. You know what it needs now? Rain delay.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I didn't know that anybody was on Krol.

  10. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Bernie stinks too. whats the point anymore?

  11. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I've seen enuf of Sori to feel sorry for the fans.Packin up storen, curse of the beast, bad karma.What comes around, comes around.Rizzo would be an excellent director of scouting.So who do the braves have left in the pen after Avilan.

  12. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Bernadina should have taken the HBP as they would have to throw there last pitcher out.

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Haren took responibilty, Siriano blamed home plate umpire.

  14. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Nats 128 is complaining on krol.

  15. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    We can't score any runs. Chad Tracy? Who signed him?

  16. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I hope Laroche got some help from Chipper. he needs it.

  17. Depot Master - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    So I'm noticing a couple of things. 1) There were 3 ejections tonight – all Nationals.2) Avilan has pinpoint control tonight.

  18. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    jeez what a bullpen

  19. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Laroche didnt. Why did he replace Tyler Moore?

  20. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    players not here next season. SORRY OH NO. Shark. ALR. Tracy. Hairston,

  21. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    This will be it. I sure hope that Soriano is available for tomorrow's game. Our bullpen is so depleted….

  22. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Span = bench or highway. He is welcome to take Shark's spot. If he starts next year, I will be doing a lot of fishing.

  23. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    ALR is in for defense. because the game should have ended in the 9th.

  24. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    awright Fredi, with a 15 1/2 game lead blowing up his pitching staff to win tonight. Moronic

  25. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Earlier in the year Soriano's pitches had a lot of movement. The past several appearances they have been flatlined. Come on Craig.

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Interesting all Avilan pitched to in the 12th was lefties. Werth and Moore repkaced. Knorr's moves to early.

  27. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    WODL HAHAHAHAHA im with you man. I was at game Thursday when he blew that. im only staying up to here Ray. I hope he kills SORRY

  28. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    "Secret wasian man said… players not here next season. SORRY OH NO. Shark. ALR. Tracy. Hairston,"The only one gone for sure is Tracy. Soriano and Laroche and Hairston are all under contract for next year. Rizzo isnt cutting them and it will hard to trade any of them for a decent return.

  29. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Nice tag, ALR!

  30. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Very nicely done by ALR.

  31. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    MNF Knorrs moves not to early. This is 100 percent on Soriano. nobody else.

  32. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    They can get something for ALR…not much for Tracy or Sori

  33. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Jim Gentile would approve of ALR's play.

  34. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Span with a hr here.

  35. NatsLady - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Secret–agree. But Abad and Clip contributed.

  36. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    128 with those guys next season expect another bad one.

  37. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    What if we had just kept everybody from last year and done nothing? (And don't tell me that so and so got hurt–Soriano sucked–that's another reality)

  38. jw - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    @Real Wood — this game started late because of a rain delay. I've discovered that if you click on a user's name, it brings up their profile, and turns their name red in the heading for comments. Very helpful for scrolling.

  39. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I'd take Diamond Jim's bat too.

  40. Dan Strong - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Hey guys… Check it out.. Span grounder to the right side. Didn't see that one coming.

  41. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Once Span gets his obp back up to his career standard of .342, just watch out for the Nats!

  42. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Fredi….messing up his rotation to win a meaningless game….it will come back to bite him.

  43. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Secret, Im with you. They are all weak. Rizzo with multiple bad moves and he makes it worse when he keeps them around. Henry Rodriguez was going on a 3 year mistake. Sign of a poor GM when he multiplies his mistakes by not being able to evaluate the talent on his roster.

  44. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    The Nats should come out and hit four guys in a row and just go home. Make it a boring walk-off.

  45. Nats 128 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Time for a Bryce Harper blast.

  46. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Idiotic defensive replacements by Knorr.

  47. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    cmon bryce….visiting team walkoff like in 42

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    When is Schu get in Harper's face and tell hin to quit swinging at off speed for a while. Most are not strikes anyway.By the way Soriano not the only goat, Abad didnt do anything either.

  49. karlkolchak - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    William O – "What if we had just kept everybody from last year and done nothing?"Oh, I dunno, Morse DID get hurt–repeatedly, just like as he always does. Burnett has pitched 9 innings because HE has been hurt most of the year. LaRoche would still be here stinking up he joint since he counts as a guy who was on the team last year. Oh, then there is Jackson, who has a higher ERA than Haren right now. Sounds to me like with the breakdown in leadership and subpar-to-disastrous years from Zimmerman, Espinosa and Storen this year that Nats would likely have sucked just as hard as they do now.Gee, can you tell that even I, who have been quite critical myself, am tired of reading the same old crap over and over again?

  50. mick - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I have tried to keep calm….. Soriano is GARBAGE, …if Nats lose, its 100% on him…

  51. jeffwx - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    But you're paying 13 million for this BS

  52. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    "karlkolchak said… Sounds to me like with the breakdown in leadership and subpar-to-disastrous years from Zimmerman, Espinosa and Storen this year that Nats would likely have sucked just as hard as they do now."You forgot Laroche.

  53. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Of all the guys to walk.

  54. BigCat - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Did you see zim's hard turn at 1b on his single. Good god, I thought he was gonna collapse. Then did you see his flat footed 3 foot lead off first. There is a reason we are losing and it all starts at the top. Christ sakes. Zim looks 45 years old. He made no effort on that grounder last inning. And yes, I know he was shading the line

  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Stammen up 1 and 2 then walk guy. Come on that is not a good thing.

  56. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    I said no arguing injuries. The Nats would have used them right.

  57. mick - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Mark and Ted Lerner…..you have a THIEF in yourmist…his name is Soriano…stealing his paycheck. I put Soriano on Albert Haynesworth depthMike Rizzo you really stunk it up this season…I hope you get it together next year

  58. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Gilbert Arenas, too. See, in DC, we have a history of just giving money away….

  59. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    karlkolchak said…William O – Gee, can you tell that even I, who have been quite critical myself, am tired of reading the same old crap over and over again?August 17, 2013 11:57 PM—-////-//–/////——-I think that you speak for most of the board, karlkolchak.

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Stammen makes that way to hard. 1 hit since the 8th.

  61. mick - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    WODI'm afraid Nats are another typical half ass DC sports team

  62. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    You guys are a bunch of pansies. I rarely, if ever hear anything critical on here. All I hear is I love Mike Rizzo. He took us to the NLDS. I love Soriano. He was a Yankee. I love Ryan Zimmerman, He is the greatest Nat ever.

  63. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    mick, someone else brought it up that Rizzo had $65 million to spend and he got Haren, Soriano, Laroche, Suzuki and Span and wasted another $1 million on Tracy.

  64. mick - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    WODbecause many in here miss the 100 loss seasonsI really believe that now

  65. Nats106 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Missed the game due to a honey bourbon tasting party. Wht did I misss?

  66. mick - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    great effort Desi…typical over rated player, overhyped

  67. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    You know what happens when you give a lawyer a Viagra?

  68. mick - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    I bet this team will lose 90% of the remaining series this season….. Werth the only winner on this team of soft players who accept losing

  69. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    I lost my picture of the game and got a Luna commercial. Angelos must have needed some more TV revenue to pay for Carpenters Kit Kat bar.

  70. BigCat - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Hey hey…. Easy on Tracy. He got a hit last night.

  71. mick - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Nats128…. just watching Tracy makes me sick

  72. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    mick, eat a Snickers bar.

  73. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Well that was interesting…

  74. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Was Bernadina really out at 2nd?

  75. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Yes, he was out, 128

  76. mick - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    what a crap ass team Nats have become.I now question the core, character and future of this soft franchise. too many losers on this teamI'm done…guarantee Braves win this now.later

  77. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Nice pitch Stayman.

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    I would bet my mortgage that tge Nats would nit lose 90% of their remaining games. They would have to go 4-36. Even the 1962 Mets could do that.

  79. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    5 K's of Justin Upton.

  80. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Over five hours into this now.

  81. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    mick are you kidding? Look at Craig Stammen! I don't know where he found it. Probably be useless for a month after this, just like when he gave four innings–wait, wasn't that in Atlanta? Wasn't that another Stras meltdown? My memory is as foggy as Turner Field.

  82. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    We may see Bryce Harper pitch tonight.

  83. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    I think Stamman just said that he was still good when he came off the field.

  84. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    SS meltdown? fans wanted him to hit a player. once done, no margin of error. all of this started because our best pitcher could not go more than two innings.

  85. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    LaRoche!!!!!!!

  86. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Look at that! Thanks Chipper Jones! Thanks Adam Laroche.

  87. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Finally someone challenges Chris Johnson at 3rd.

  88. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    This is a save situation. Luckily, Soriiano is busy.

  89. The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Stammen was clean shaven when this game started.

  90. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Id bring in Jordan Zimmermann for a 1 inning like he did in Game 4.

  91. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Come on Span. That just cant happen.

  92. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I was just praising Span….

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Will Haren come in for the save.Why is Span taking a lead?

  94. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    His poor baserunning at 3rd base in the 1st inning cost the Nats a run and now his pickoff. Span just is poor as a baserunner.

  95. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Way to go Adam!Agreed Faraz. Then Abad and Clippard let us down, then Soriano.I don't know how many times the Braves have come back in the 9th inning to win games this year, but it's a bunch. Face it, they're a very good team. I would not have thought that they were all that back in July.

  96. D'Gourds - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Thoughts about the game:-Stras looked like he got the yips before he was thrown out of the game. Very scary for the future of the Nats. We should pay very close attention to his control his next start.-Roark is really impressive. He'll be valuable next year.-I bet Soriano is hurt. Everything is up in the zone for the past three games. Msybe his legs?-Stammen is a bulldog. Love him. -Hairston was dead wrong mouthing off to the ump. It was a strike. He's a veteran–he should know better.-The Nats should throw at Teheran tomprrow (today). Make a statement.-Span is just a terrible baserunner. -That was LaRoche's best at bat this year.

  97. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Save situation. Bring in Soriano.

  98. Drew - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Let's play one.

  99. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    WODL, Denard Span is just helping your criticisms. If he doesnt get picked Simmons is playing closer to 2nd base and Rendons smash is a single to LF.

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    How long you think Davey has been asleep?I say since 1030?

  101. jeffwx - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    They really should turn off the chop crap

  102. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Please oh please Dan! Be lights out!

  103. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    MNF, I thought the same thing with Davey. zzzzzz

  104. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    1.

  105. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Jane B +1

  106. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Ump wants to go home.

  107. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    2.

  108. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Walk-off win by the Nats?

  109. Nats 128 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Anyone who said Dan Haren cant pitch out of the bullpen was wrong. That was a great job of closing!

  110. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Great job Ro-Ark, Krol, Stammen and Haren

  111. jeffwx - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Dan Haren the new closer!Good move, Rizzo.Good night, nats fans.

  112. JaneB - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Dan I now love you. I really do.

  113. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Walk off we do!

  114. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Ump gave him two extra strikes. We'll take it!

  115. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Yes!!!!!!

  116. D'Gourds - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Hard to say which is the worse signing now-Haren or Soriano. Rizzo may even sign Haren 2014. He's really looked good lately.

  117. Depot Master - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    I want Haren back. We are finally seeing him as a pitcher, and I love him as a teammate.

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