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Game 125: Nats at Cubs

Aug 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

CHICAGO โ€” Davey Johnson has suggested in recent days he plans to start sitting some of his left-handed hitters when a fellow lefty is starting against the Nationals. So with young Chris Rusin on the mound tonight for the Cubs, Johnson is following through with his promise.

Adam LaRoche is on the bench. So is Denard Span. Those two are giving way to Tyler Moore and Scott Hairston. The only left-handed hitter in Davey's lineup is Bryce Harper, who gets bumped to the leadoff spot.

Dan Haren, incredibly the Nationals' best and most-reliable starting pitcher over the last month, gets the ball tonight, trying to erase the memories of last night's 11-1 trouncing at Wrigley Field.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 187
Weather: Clear, 82 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (60-64)
CF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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288 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    He anticipate ball in riggt as he saw tgrow coming way off line.So not a fool, just poorly done.

  2. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    It seemed like Jayson couldn't stop his momentum…

  3. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Seamhead, Nyjer's in the Japanese Central League.

  4. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Bases loaded, but just like against the Giants, Dan Haren is up.

  5. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Once again, a little bad luck, a little bad execution. Ramos lined to right to the 2B. Bad Luck. Werth overran the base, bad execution. And then Haren comes up with the bases loaded, bad luck. 2013 Nationals.

  6. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I knew that, Candide. We were talking worst outfielder arms.

  7. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Uhm – why didnt DJ PH for Haren?

  8. BigCat - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Probably doesn't trust his pen Mrs B

  9. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Because the bullpen has been overused and you don't want to take out your starter who was dealing in the 5th inning.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    No one was warmed up to relieve him.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    How about because Haren hs pitched pretty darned good so far?

  12. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Great catch, Desi!

  13. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Need to bring in all the bases. Ramos can't get the ball to the bases where they're at.

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Ichiro comes in as bsae runner and scores to end the game in b9.

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

    Through 6 RISP Nats 2 for 8. Cubs 0 for 8

  16. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Uhm… Bases loaded, you are on a roll and you don't PH for your pitcher who was near 90 pitches…Sorry don't agree with that… DJ should have PH'd for him, get some runs….

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    E is at 3999 after the day game correct?

  18. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    MrsB @ 10:02pm, b/c Haren may be our best hitter, haha.

  19. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    MrsB…. perhaps because Dan Haren is not a bad hitter, and ultimately, Harp hasn't hit with RISP?

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Itwas about 10 eastern and you wanted Davey to think all thst.

  21. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Hahahah, Paul – don't make me laugh… I just don't think it was a good trade off… For 1 more inning, you sacrificed bases loaded…

  22. happy 2 pylon - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    i hope buffoon was spelled wrong on purpose. anything else would be dum.

  23. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    FP put curse on HARPER. Compared eye to Bonds and immediately takes a fast ball for strike 3.Ian fouled that ball because he swung to hard.

  24. derwink - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    For those Monty Python fans, I wonder if Roger Bernadina's release went something like this from the Life of Brian.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7_oNBT9wsc

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Rule of thumb for almost all manager if the starter is pitching fine you do not PH before he pitches 6 innings.Davey same as all others.Understand your thought, but managers almost never do it.

  26. NatsLady - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Two errors probably cost Haren another inning.

  27. NatsLady - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Bullpen will have to hold for three innings.

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Carp is an idiot we have stranded 8. He's been off 2 innings in a row.Easy math. 31 at bats – 21 outs – 2 runs = 8 LOB.Not rocket science.

  29. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Storen, like the leg kick, hey, if it works…am impressed he made an adjustment, tough for pitchers to do.like this Lake kid tho.

  30. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Another 1-2-3 for Drew.

  31. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Storen really looking good since his return from AAA.

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Drew did well fixibg himself at Syracuse. Hope Matteus does the same.Drew 5.44 ERA now

  33. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    take it easy buffalo…PR?

  34. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    And that's why we kept C Tracy on the team!!!!Score!!!!!!

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    2 for 10 RISP.Stranded 10.

  36. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Davey goes with Tracy over DeJesus. Even if you don't like DeJesus, he can't possibly do worse than Tracy. I don't get it. Both are lefties.

  37. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    feel like I am watching an old guys softball game with that hit Chad! awful.

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    He forgot DeJesus was on the team. Its after 10 eastern. Past his bedtime.

  39. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    sorry, meant weak line drive…Chad!

  40. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    That is a really unfair comment about Davey.He stays up late all the time.

  41. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    again…pitching is very good…does not matter if team can not hit

  42. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Is Sorry Oh No! coming in?

  43. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    WODof course..I bet he blows it too

  44. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Span is great as a defensive replacement.He has found his niche!

  45. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I mean… I feel like the Nats aren't winning…

  46. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Nats need 3 more runs…SORRYaino will give up at least 2

  47. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Harper's obp is exactly 100 points above his average.In spite of everything, that is kick ass.

  48. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Bryce has 2 hits in each of his last 3 games. Hopefully that means he's heating up. We need him to.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Whoa

  50. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Trapped! Isn't that a Bruce song?

  51. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Geeze Harp!

  52. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Bryce is Rice!

  53. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Good to see Bryce hitting against lefties….

  54. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

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  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    8an didnt swing as hard, but better result.

  56. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Who came up with Sorry Oh No! I can't get that nickname out of my head….Oh no!

  57. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    yes sir ok now 1 more needed

  58. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Man, we came close to losing that run.

  59. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    does SorryO have to close???

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    They were banking on Ryan hitting the ball to right Ian had a hit not swinging hard. Take note.Werth now 7 at bats from qualufying.

  61. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Nats could teach a clinic in giving runs away. 3-ball count and they run Desmond with nobody out. Next pitch, ball 4 – would have been bases loaded with 0 out and Ramos up instead of 1st and 2nd with 1 out and a potential double play. I just don't get the logic. I hope the next manager we get makes mentally being in the game just as important as physically being talented.

  62. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Now Soriano won't be motivate because he has a 3 run lead.

  63. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Way to go Span, MVP of game.

  64. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Span with the big hit… Good to see!

  65. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Two hits with RISP in the same inning! Sweet Fancy Moses!

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Actuakly tge count was 2-2, and zim took the pitch for ball 3

  67. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Span hasn't played enough innings to qualify. Haren is player of the game. Span is well appreciated, however.

  68. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Hahaha… Candide – I was wondering if someone was gonna say a SFM… Putrid with RISP..

  69. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Oh no, sorry's coming in.

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Have Someone stretching preparing to warm up if needed.

  71. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Please, Soriano, no walks. And MNF you are right – I stated it incorrectly. Still don't think you send Desi, but hopefully it won't cost him since Span came through – perhaps DeJesus signing helped…And as I say it, 4-2. Time to warm up Randy Knorr.

  72. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    …..um.

  73. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Well, what's new. At least he didn't walk someone in front of the HR

  74. jeffwx - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    soriano…the 13 million dollar HRODbut I'm not bitter

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Another hanger blasted.Who is warming up.

  76. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Better than a walk….

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

    Wow that Cub just bailed us out. That was ball 4.

  78. jeffwx - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    but I was at Thursday's game…hard to forget

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Got lucky should have walked second guy.

  80. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    That was one of those pitches that look like a strike, but pretty high risk pitch….

  81. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Long firickin' game.

  82. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I called it at 10:53,did I not

  83. jeffwx - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    put that shirt back in

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Not as long as the shortest Red Sox vs. Yankees game.

  85. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Only hit hard by two batters….

  86. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    So who wants Dan Haren back next year?

  87. Holden Baroque - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Untucked, but man…

  88. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Dammit! Sorry-Oh-No didn't deserve to untuck. That buffoon giving up a home run just yanks my chain. We need to HRod this guy and let Storen or Clippard close. This guy is trying to set a record for blown saves. Grrrrrrrrr!

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