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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 6:07 PM

    Does the Ray and Johnny curse, whixh cost us the gane yesterday have any effect on today's game

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    About time with the righty platoon.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Bill miller HP ump 16 year vet. From southern California.

  4. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I like this. I really wanted to se TyMo play a lot of first base, and I will settle for a little platooning.

  5. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    The Buffalo hitting fifth too. This could be fun to watch. I just don't know about Desi hitting second.

  6. Steady Eddie - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    MNF — re the curse, no, that's based on the bad karma from their being so presumptuous. No room for more presumption after last night's thumping. All gets washed away.Good thing is that with Laz Diaz at third, we have Bryce as our only lefty starter for him to look at check swings. Diaz is of course one of the worst prima donna incompetent "look at MEEEE!" umps going, so Bryce, no check swings, OK?

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Buffalo should always be 5th Desi 6th firstbaseman 7th

  8. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    ugh, why is Ichiro not playing tonight's game? he just needs one hit. come on joe!

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Panam eliminates Taipei on a walk off HBP

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    He will get it on a pinch hit

  11. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I don't want to watch a Yankee game without Ichiro in it until 7th or 8th inning.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Then watch the Nats

  13. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    The only problem with batting Ramos high in the order is that it's almost impossible for him to score from second on a base hit. Of course, we don't hit with RISP anyway so it's a non-issue.

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    that's a given but I don't want to miss his 4000th hit.

  15. Holden Baroque - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    MNF, that was some finish, eh? Taipei was up 7-4 in the bottom of the 6th (last inning in LL). Their 3rd baseman booted a grounder with 2 outs to extend the inning, and then let another through the 5.1 hole to allow 2 runs to tie it. The inning should have been over about 15-20 pitches before the hbp (on an 0-2 pitch).

  16. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said…Then watch the NatsAugust 20, 2013 6:35 PMMNF, I really love your enthusiasm for the Nats. I also admire that you always think they are going to win. And if they don't,you assume they will win the next game. I just love that.

  17. NatsLady - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Heard Texas might be interested in Haren.Also, John LannanThe lefty starter is likely finished for the season after a visit with team physician, Dr. Michael Ciccotti, revealed he had a ruptured tendon in his left knee, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.Proefrock added that Lannan will seek a second opinion in Los Angeles with renowned orthopedist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.Lannan is on the disabled list for the second time this season. He missed two months with a strained quadriceps near his left knee. A free-agent pickup in the offseason, Lannan went 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts in his first year with the Phillies.If Lannan is finished for the season, he goes into the winter as an arbitration-eligible player.

  18. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Lol. Apparently, LaRoche is taking grounders at short. Just for fun, of course. I don't think Davey's gone that senile yet.

  19. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Hmmmmm, NL. Looks like Rizzo coming out pretty good on the players he decided not to keep. Hope Lannan recovers ok.

  20. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Ok, Johnny and Ray– watch your mouths in pre- game tonight!!

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I don't think Haren and Texas is a good fit given Haren's HR/FB%.

  22. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I just want a win tonight…. Hope it's a better outcome than last night…

  23. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I just has to be, don't you think?

  24. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Wil Nieves is hitting 331???

  25. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

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  26. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    SonnyG10 said…I just don't know about Desi hitting second.Sure, why not? With his renowned plate discipline and bat control, Desi's a natural #2. You can always count on Desi to advance the runners…/sarcasm off

  27. Secret wasian man - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Look on the bright side. If we get whipped again it will spare us from another blown save by Sorry oh no.

  28. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Sorry to hear about Lannan. Can't bring myself to hate him, even if he is with the Phils.

  29. Secret wasian man - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Back up the truck!,

  30. Secret wasian man - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Hating Lannan cause he is a Phil was like hating Art Monk cause he was an Eagle. Nice Brian Mitchell on the other hand….

  31. Secret wasian man - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    And you know what bothers me? I'm looking forward to watching the game tonight. Sadist

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Panama's first 4 run all scored after the catcher thought it was a force at home . Bases loaded 1 out no run. Ball hit to third. He stepped on third then threw home. He strpped instead of tagging. Then threw tofirst. He didnt realize third baseman stepped on the bag. Te runner was safe at home. Should have been over.Next batter 3 run homer.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Tonight I suspect 7-3 win.Will keep looking Isharo too.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Are they on probation.

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    There is a wib current to right center

  36. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    David– hysterically funny!!! And we really need some comic relief.

  37. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    My favorite was Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen and the Zimmermen(n).

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Wrigley field is always great to watch games from.

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    The old links I dont know how to get them on my phone, but I will trust it was funny.

  40. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Google Nats Archive and you can probably find the pseudonyms article. So it's one thing to lose a one run game to the Barves. But losing to the Cubs is just a whole other thing entirely.

  41. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    swami @ 7:05: Exactly.Amazing that Dan Haren is the current 'hot' pitcher — certainly never saw that coming.I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about baseball in general, but there are three players in the Cubs line-up I have never, ever heard of and another I had only marginal knowledge of. I can only hope that the Nats can beat such a line-up, but after the past few weeks I'm not nearly as confident as some other posters.

  42. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Eugene- I thought that last night :(. Anyway- it's kind of nice that Hairston is starting tonight in his home town. Almost doesn't matter what the lineup is at this point. Let's pull names out of a hat or go Little League and play everyone. Hoping for some competitive , well played baseball this last few weeks, no matter how things end up.

  43. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I know it's only a one hour time difference, but it just feels so late already.

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Haren please pitch a better first inning than our last 2 starts.

  45. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    What is it with our starters and the first inning? By the way, is that our impression or do the facts back that up? I would not even know how to go about looking that up.

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Did Johnny and Ray jinx Haren. Close call, but I think there was no guarentee so I think no.

  47. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Gio's ERA is about 5 in the first.Have no numbers on the other.

  48. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Speaking of Little League, how about Brno in the Little League World Series? I've written here before about baseball in Central Europe — particularly the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also Poland and Hungary — so I was delighted to see a Moravian team in the LLWS. If we can only get baseball back into the Olympics, those countries' Olympic committees will subsidize the LL (and follow-on) programs and you'll see the sport continue to grow throughout that region. There's some real potential there, but we lost ground when the IOC dropped baseball and softball a few years back.

  49. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    DP – thanks for that; I needed the laugh.F.P.: "The Situation". :-)

  50. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    OK, time to strap on the armor and get ready to rumble. Payback time for the cubs.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    They almost did a jinx but Johnny cauggt himself. he said The Cubs are 3-1 againxt the Nats . That will, (Then he corrected) most likely will change tonight.

  52. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    True- it was hoped that the WBC would compensate, but it's just so hard to schedule it.

  53. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Remember when we just could not beat the Marlins?? This game is just so random.

  54. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    MNF, you need a lap-top, you would be much happier than typing on a phone…I bought a Samsung chromebook for $249 about 9 months ago…12 inch screen, weighs 2.5 lbs, has like 6+ hours of battery life & I just fire it up (does so in like 5 seconds), immediately connected…watch sports, Nats, etc. on TV but am also able to catch up on e-mail, NI, etc…love it!!

  55. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Who wants to see some first inning offense????? Go Nats!!!!!!!!

  56. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Harper has done his job this series.

  57. BigCat - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Yeah manassas Stop sittin on that wallet

  58. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Thanks Castro.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    That look like an easy dp. Thanks Castro

  60. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

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  61. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I loathe Desi and his first pitch swinging….

  62. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Called it!!

  63. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    What a hit by Ryan…. Good going Ryan….

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I will be ready for next seasonWill get it before next season

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Cub fielding looking like us.

  66. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Gusty send by Jewitt… I would have cussed him something serious if Desi was called out…

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Lets go Buffalo

  68. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Keep the line moving!!

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Run Werth?

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Yep you run him to stay out of tge doyble play

  71. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    With Ramos speed, think you have to get aggressive and send Jayson for the steal…

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I felt the grounder coming.0 for 1 Risp

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I called that before pitch 1 Davey refused to listen.

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Big Cat and I call for lots of steal with first and third 1 ut with a good base runner on first and slow batter.

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Deja vu

  76. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Oh goodness…

  77. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Sigh,… Come on Desi…

  78. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Sigh. And the muff by Desi. Didn't this happen last night?

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Zim last night

  80. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Zim was the culprit last night. Our failure is a true team effort.

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    At least Zim's he had tomove. Desi was a piece of cake.

  82. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    paul brandt said…MNF, you need a lap-top, you would be much happier than typing on a phone…I bought a Samsung chromebook for $249 about 9 months ago…12 inch screen, weighs 2.5 lbs, has like 6+ hours of battery life & I just fire it up (does so in like 5 seconds), immediately connected…watch sports, Nats, etc. on TV but am also able to catch up on e-mail, NI, etc…love it!!August 20, 2013 8:04 PMI may be needing a new laptop soon, Paul. Maybe I'll try to check out your model. My current laptop battery won't last a whole ball game.

  83. baseballswami - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Followed by the steal by Lake. Groundhog Day.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    If Werth had run more likely 2-0 now

  85. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Here we go with the wild pitches again. Ugh!

  86. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Error, steal, wild pitch. Nationals baseball, y'all.

  87. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Paul, you got Windows 8 or some other OS?

  88. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Dan, you da man!

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Haren bails Desi out, but did cost him 6 pitches.

  90. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Nice pitch….

  91. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I hate that ATT comercial.

  92. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    c'mon TyMo. Show what you got.

  93. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    There is absolutely no way Tyler hits that ball earlier in the year.

  94. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    3 hits now

  95. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Nice AB for Moore.

  96. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    as Alfred Hitchcock would say….Good evening…………….

  97. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Why the hell didn't T Moore go??? Had he gone, that is a run….

  98. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Put the ball in play Hairston.

  99. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Okay, I should've clarified how to put the ball in play…

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Good job Rendon ,. Now 4 for 6Hairston hits lefties ss good as Span?

  101. hiramhover - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    A good result for Rendon, but he takes too many first pitches for called strikes.

  102. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Sonny, am telling you check it out and I am not a computer geek so there may be something out there better but a good neighbor has a computer biz and sat down with me for 15 mins and asked what I wanted to use a lap-top for, blah, blah…I have another one I use for work, other business, etc…so what I wanted is just a small one to goof off on, wanted it to be light, long battery life but easy to carry and a decent screen size. Go on youtube and type in samsung chromebook – there is a real good tutorial on there or just google it, lots of info…but the one I got was the $249 model – didn't need all the bells & whistles…best purchase in a long time.

  103. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Oh my…this is painful.

  104. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    That was terrible… We didn't score at all….

  105. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

  106. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hairston, really?

  107. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Those 3 at bats were pathetic. Hairston just needed to bunt toward first. Why are they so against situational bunting. That defense line up was easy to bunt against.0 for 4 RISP

  108. kc21 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I'm pretty sure that the Nats are going to break the record for worst batting average when men on 2nd and 3rd and no one out, as well as 2 men on with no one out. Oh for a sacrifice fly!

  109. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    That throw by Hairston…

  110. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Hairston is a waste…. And then that noodle arm throw… Ugh…Again, why didn't DJ send Moore on the 3-2 pitch…..Aggravating…

  111. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I really wanted to think Rizzo had some insight in picking up Hairston, but he has shown himself not to carry the greatest intellect. Getting thrown out of a marathon game, and then not bunting against the heavily shifted infield. Did anyone else see that shift? A bunt down the 1B line and a run scores, another runner moves to 3rd and he probably gets on base.I can see it from here.

  112. Secret wasian man - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Why didn't Tyler score on the double? Hairston please. Man they stink.

  113. Exposremains - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    What a year…how can you be so awful for so long and never adjust your approach.They really need a manager and coaches that teaches them how to do the little things.

  114. Secret wasian man - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    And lets not forget once again Desi horrible DP ball that fortunately was muffed.

  115. kc21 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I think if I were Trent Jewett I would have sent Moore home. Even if he's nailed, good chance Rendon can get to 3rd with 1 out. And, the way this team hits with runners in scoring position, we gotta run til they throw you out.

  116. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Haren pitching tough tonight.

  117. jeffwx - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Consider the ipad….Apple rules

  118. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    This is not what we signed up for.Our first baseman makes a mundane routine play and FP and Carp gush about it being such a nice play. Gag. The highlight of this game so far has been Dan Haren.

  119. jeffwx - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Always send the the runner…best chance to score is an errant throw

  120. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Paul, thanks for info @ 8:37. I'll check it out.

  121. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    FP dropping the H-Rod jokes.

  122. Candide - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    MNF, you might want to consider a tablet. I got a Google Nexus a couple of weeks ago and haven't opened my laptop since. On-screen keyboard lets you swipe across the keys and its intelligence figures out what you're typing. Great for guys with fat fingers. All my posts tonight are from the tablet.

  123. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Sigh.

  124. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Well now.That move by Desi was kind of, ahem, ….Span like.

  125. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    So, wait…. I thought Dejesus was gone?????

  126. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Damn, Ryan didn't even seem to make a play for that…

  127. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Dang, Harriston can't throw for crap!

  128. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    DeJesus was placed on waivers. That doesn't mean he's gone. Dan Haren was also placed on waivers. It doesn't necessarily mean anything, although it's odd to place a guy on waivers you just signed.

  129. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Harper and Hairston both swung so early they could only hit it off the end.

  130. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Score one for Ghost on that one, Mrs.B. If Ryan had been playing deeper he might've gotten to that ball.

  131. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    There were other clubs interested in DeJesus. Rizzo wanted to know how badly they wanted him…possible trade.

  132. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    We are gonna score 3 runs this inning… I'm still pissed off about DJ/Trent not sending T Moore on the 3-2 pitch…. I mean where is the sense…

  133. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    man, Rusin looks like he throws batting pracice pitches. Why aren't we killing this guy? Don't we do batting practice?

  134. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Ok, a little luck for Wilson. How about a HR, Tyler?

  135. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    C'mon, Ty. Think AAA.

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

    That was a less-than-good AB, Tyler. Gotta lay off the soft stuff.

  137. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Maybe next time, Moore….

  138. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Swami? Where are you?

  139. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Rendon, just a split-sec too early.

  140. hiramhover - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Another called strike on the first pitch for Rendon, an 89mph FB. And then … whatever that was.

  141. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I mean… I just…

  142. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Waivers in baseball is not the same as waivers in foitball.Baseball many are on waivers. If sone claims you may pull back waivers. Then workout a trade or not.Was waivers doesn't mean is your off the team.Iff tge team is DFA designated for assignment.

  143. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I'm sick of the double standards on here. Too many free passes for some while others are held under a different standard. There is not one player on this team exceeding expectations. That includes Dnesi, Rendon, and Harper. Not to mention Strasburg, Zimermann, and Gio. But you all know what? I love 'em all!, GYFNG!!!

  144. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Only outfield arm worse in the majors is Juan Pierre.

  145. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    And just like that, it is tied up….

  146. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Another home run by someone who doesnt hit homers.Can we hit homers too?

  147. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Haren in July/August looking like JZimn in April/May/June, seriously who would have called that?I have been very impressed with Haren all season with his attitude but more impressed with his pitching the last two or so months. No way he is worth $13M or whatever we are paying him but he has been solid lately.HR just hurt though, haha…serves me right!

  148. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    i think we filled our quota for this series last night.

  149. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Manassas, I tend to agree with you regarding the worst arm in the OF, though "worst" is a relative term. BtW where is Nyjer Morgan?

  150. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    They traded for DeJesus who they claimed on waivers.Appsrently a team below also put in claim. Nats are hoping to trade him to tgat team for a prospect from that team they want.Good move if you get that prospect.

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Not a bad move if you like some prospect the other team will trade.

  152. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Weirdest shift I ever saw for a Mendoza line hitter like Hairston.

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    They dont let the ball get deep enough in the zone.

  154. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    With Haren's blazing speed, Murphy had to hurry that throw right now.

  155. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    At the beginning of this year, Nats fans were saying "The Nats deserve better than Dan Haren". Watching this game, I wonder if Dan Haren deserves better.

  156. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Erth? Clip,?

  157. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    that's how you swing for a HR. Yeah Desi!Just make sure you connect next time!

  158. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Worst bonehead wherever he is.

  159. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Bunt hard straught atRizzo easy hit every time.

  160. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Faraz, The pitchers have been told not to leg out infield grounders unless absolutely necessary. Pitching is as much about legs as it is about arms. If it were up to Haren, I'm sure he'd be gunning down the line every time.

  161. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    There homer was not swung hard. Swung quick and barrelled up.

  162. Depot Master - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    MNF I totally agree. As a "professional hitter" he should be able to.Memo to Rizzo: Not every bottle contains lightning.

  163. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    going on 4 runs in 29 innings

  164. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Depot, even without the instruction, Haren is known as slow runner and I was poking fun at that.

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I agree with pitcher notvrunning hard unless double play ball 1 out man on third.

  166. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I saw that coming as soon as he set his feet.

  167. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Damn it zim

  168. paul brandt - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Steve Sax at 3B…tough to watch.

  169. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    That looked off from the release, Ryan…

  170. Joe Seamhead - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I swear that I'm not a Desi basher, but I also think he gets too many feathers in his cap.Now Ryan? You've run out of feathers a long time ago.

  171. hiramhover - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    About flipping DeJesusSure, it's a good move if you can pull it off, tho it's hard he'll bring much in return, esp, since he's now a player the Nats don't really want at a price they don't really want either.

  172. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Harper 7 plate appearances in Wrigley Field.With no one on 3 for 3 with a walk.Man on 0 for 3.

  173. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    this all about a lack of situational hitting..I sound like a broken record but it will not matter how well Nats pitch if the team continues to be the WORST situational hitting team in all of MLB

  174. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Barney takes a pitch not in the zone flicks the bat. For a hit. Not swung hard at all.Cubs might be bad but some of tgeir hitters at least understand what to do

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    12Th in the NL BUT Feels worse.

  176. hiramhover - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Thank you, Dan Haren.

  177. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    haren doing his job

  178. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    If Ryan takes more than 1 crow hop, he might as well put the baseball in his pocket cause its not going anywhere near the first baseman.

  179. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Our player going to the Cubs probably about as.The one we would get.Really nothing big either way.

  180. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    the good news is Nats will not be eliminated by Sept 1, bad news is they will probably be eliminated before Sept 15th.

  181. TimDz - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Apparently, the wind is only blowing out at the bjttom half of each inning?

  182. Section 222 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Remember just a few years ago when you could have a legitimate debate over whether Ryan Zimmeran or Evan Longoria was a better all around third baseman? (sigh)

  183. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    That seems correct.

  184. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    If that were a Cub, it would've been a home run.

  185. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    If Nats can win series then maybe they can take it to final weekend…that would be fine even if they do not get in

  186. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    This is weird zim's ball hit hard a double, the Cub homer floats into the stands not hit nearly as hard.

  187. mick - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    meaning winning every series from now on

  188. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Cabrearra cant field eutger but he hits great.

  189. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    We agree

  190. hiramhover - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Runner on 3B, no outs – how will they fail to get him home this time?

  191. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Now 1 for 5 RISP 0 RUNS

  192. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Betting against a triple play.

  193. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Line drive right at the 2B. Are you kidding me right now?

  194. hiramhover - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Ok, they score the run, but WTF was that, Jayson?

  195. David Proctor - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Werth is normally a fantastic baserunner, but that was bad.

  196. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Rarely see Werth run poorly.

  197. SonnyG10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Damn, Werth, you bungling bafoon.

  198. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Lost another run.He pitches awful. But very poor base running getting doubled off etc we dont score much.

  199. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    yeah, release him.

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