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Game 126: Nats at Cubs

Aug 21, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

CHICAGO โ€” We're back at Wrigley Field for a third straight night game. That's a rarity around here. The Nationals will hope to pick up where they left off last night … well, perhaps producing a few more hits with men in scoring position than they did in their 4-1 victory over the Cubs.

Ross Ohlendorf returns from a shoulder injury to make his first start in three weeks. The veteran right-hander pitched brilliantly prior to his DL stint; you just hope he didn't burn himself out completely with that 114-pitch start against the Mets in a doubleheader.

Former Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta gets the start for Chicago. He'll be facing a lineup that has Denard Span back in center field leading off but is without Anthony Rendon or Wilson Ramos, each getting the night off.

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 185
Weather: Partly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (61-64)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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315 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    MrsB you would be interested in this.I was in tge car when Werth homered, Charlie said according to Elias that was the first homer in the NL on a 3-0 count this year.

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Harper is suppose to stay back more according to Schu.He swings in a hutty.That K the ball could have never been close to the zone.He needs to listen to his coach.

  3. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Wow…. A 57 moth curveball…. Wow..

  4. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Harper has been really frustrating to watch lately. Every at bat I seen of his, he has zero hits. I need to not watch him hit, maybe then he will start getting hits.

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    The wind doesnt carry any of ours.

  6. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    57mph…

  7. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    C'mon boys. With this wind tonight, we may need more add-on runs!

  8. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Hanger.

  9. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    HR Derby style pitch to Rizzo.

  10. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Rizzo a bomb. Need to get out of this inning and bring in Tanner Roark

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I was about to mention I was a little concerned of the lack of hitting the last couple innings.We need tack on runs. The 4th and 5th ygeycwere swinging likevthey were rushing to finish.

  12. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Dang. Ross has hit the wall. Here comes Roark.

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    He has 2 hits each of the last 3 games. Your flipping away too much it sounds like.

  14. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Rendon going in at SS, Desi double switched out. I don't like that.

  15. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Quick hook for Davey. I think its the right move altho he always seems to want the starter to finish the 5th to get the W.

  16. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Desi had a sore back. Some said he wasnt going to play at all.

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I wish Davey could see the wall coming before the pitcher hits it.

  18. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I was thinking he was slow

  19. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Olendorf could have done that Roark!

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    So far Ro-Ark not doing the job. Throwing the ball right over the pkate.

  21. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Roark throwing BP. Come on. This is rediculous.

  22. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Roark isn't fooling anybody.

  23. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Miracle if Tanner keeps his 0.00 era now.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    McCaty went out and things got worse.

  25. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Anyone warming in the bullpen?

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    How long are they going to stick with this crap?

  27. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    This stuff of Roark being a Cubs fan is no longer funny.

  28. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    What else can we do? Stammen is still unavailable, he threw 80+ pitches in the Braves series. Krol is gone. Abad vs a righty? Clippard in the 5th? There's nothing we can do.

  29. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    5 run lead gone with the blink of a eye.

  30. Dan Strong - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Just like that… tie game.

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Marvin Hudson like action.Titally nonsence 6-1 to 6-6 in a heartbeat.

  32. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Wow… This game is tied… But we fell asleep at the plate… Just started having some dumb at bats and not patient….Roark isn't having a good game at all…. Trying to figure out why Stammen wasn't bought in…

  33. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Right. Krol is gone and the bullpen is a man short so Tracy can keep his job.

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Haren of course.

  35. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Stammen is unavailable, MrsB. He needs 5 days off because he pretty much started a game (over 2 games, he threw almost 90 pitches) in Atlanta.

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

    This is why I didnt like sending Krol back down…. But whatever…We need to score more runs as that was just embarrassing…

  37. Scott Margenau - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Nats 128August 21, 2013 10:07 PMRight. Krol is gone and the bullpen is a man short so Tracy can keep his job.Right on. Stupid.

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Bats get 3 runs twice, and they quit after that.Hard to restart, but they have to.We dont other team's bullpens well.

  39. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I forgot about Stammen…. That's right…. That lead change is truly embarrassing….

  40. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Interesting SZ….

  41. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Same pitch was called a ball to LaRoche.

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Lombo you swung one couldnt possibly hit but the last one could drive to left you dont bother.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    You trust umps to be consistent? Have you been watching this year?

  44. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Wow… Can't even advance the runner…

  45. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Here's the thing though MNF: if they swing at balls out of the zone, people get on them for swinging at ball 4. Lombo laid off a pitch that was clearly a ball and was called a ball in the prior AB. Should've been a walk. Instead it's a strikeout.

  46. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Pitiful AB by Suzuki.

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

    That was a swing????

  48. paul brandt - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Timmons sucks. that was not even close to a swing by Rendon….awful.

  49. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Lead off double… And couldn't bring him home.. Livid….

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Update RISP Nats 2 for 6. Cubs 3 for 8

  51. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Leadoff double for Laroche and the umps make 2 poor calls. Ball outside called a strike on Lombo and Rendon would have walked and the ump calls his check swing a strike.

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Personally it would hurt my feeling if called all check swings a strike for all players.If you dont want to swing dont move the bat.

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Cat worry about the umps.Just gets hits.

  54. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Oh great, now you know how to pitch, Roark.

  55. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Good inning by Roark… But uhm, where this a few minutes ago…

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I wonder if he didnt warm up enough as Ross hit the wall fast.

  57. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I guess Stammen is available…

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Span has out grounded out for tge cycle. To all 4 infielders.

  59. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Lineout…

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    oh Bryce. Missed by inches.

  61. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Jet stream doesnt go out for us.

  62. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said…Personally it would hurt my feeling if called all check swings a strike for all players.If you dont want to swing dont move the bat.August 21, 2013 10:25 PMWouldn't work MNF. Pitches at 90+ mph, you have to get the bat moving or you'll never catch up to the fastball.

  63. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Dammit…. Needed that one to go out… Hairston will Do nothing and we will leave another runner in scoring position…

  64. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Here's your chance to silence me Hairston.

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Faraz did you see Harper's double?

  66. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Please silence him Hairston! Get a hit!

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    That was not good hitting. An outside pitch he pulled. Should have driven it hard to right.

  68. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    HAIRSTON!!!

  69. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Ghost, we wont be hearing from you in a while.

  70. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Ghost??? Where are you? So quiet.

  71. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Lol… Hahahahahahahah… That's what I get…. Lol… Again, so glad to be wrong….I had some things to say about Hairston and the bench if he did nothing…. I will save it for another inning… Lol. Hahahahahahaha

  72. Drew - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Wow, what a shot!

  73. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    MrsB loves the Nats said…Dammit…. Needed that one to go out… Hairston will Do nothing and we will leave another runner in scoring position…August 21, 2013 10:39 PMNice reverse lock, MrsB

  74. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Hairston bombs a lefty

  75. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I think Hairston probably has more pinch hit RBI than the rest of the bench combined…

  76. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    But lets not get carried away.. Hairston did well tonight but it's been many more times that he hasn't….And for crying out loud – it's against the Cubs…

  77. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Its tthe Tracy mirage. Does nothing and your ready to send him pakcing and then then hits a full mooner!

  78. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Hairston has hit lefties well throughout his career and he's done it with the Nats this year. Not his fault if he's misused.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Little leaguers on. To the 9th 3-3

  80. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    This SZ is… Unpredictable…

  81. JD - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Mrs BHairston has hit 1 HR every 9 an this year.

  82. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I'm sorry…. But Timmons is a buffoon…I think I would have left Roarke in after the good 2nd inning for him…

  83. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    MrsB, true true and you still have to hit it. Lets see some more of that. Thats his first Home Run with the Nats.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Why? Roark probably doesnt hit a 3 run homer like his pinch hitter Hairston did.You must have a reason though.

  85. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I thought someone said Stamman was unavailable. Nice play by Lombo.

  86. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    What a play by Lombo…

  87. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I thought he was unavailable. After throwing 90 pitches, they were saying he'd need 5 days off. This is day 4 though so I guess if he said he was good to go, Davey put him in.

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Someone hear said it no Nat official.

  89. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Gutty effort by Stayman.

  90. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Renton looked foolish thru out his entire at bat…

  91. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    That strike zone gets wider on 2 strike counts.

  92. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Nice Span. WODL even likes that one!

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Can some look it up, we had the most looking K and 3rd highest percentage of looking k. This was at all star break.Still high I am sure.

  94. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Look at that.. A 2 out rally.. No one swinging for the fences, people actually having patient at bats (for the most part)… Playing good baseball….

  95. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Five run lead. That ought to keep Sorry-Oh-No out of the game.

  96. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    That hit to right by Zim was pretty same as the pitch he pulled to short in the 7th.Must have read my post.

  97. MrsB loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I wonder if DJ is gonna give Storen a chance to close tonight…

  98. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Clippard worries me in this specific ballpark in this game. He's an extreme flyball hitter and flyballs are bad. He needs strikeouts tonight.

  99. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    2 innings in a row with a 2 out rally.

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    He pitched 12 pitches so good for Friday and possibly tomorrow.

  101. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Soriano warming despite a 5 run lead?

  102. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Soriano for the 9th? Hows about Krol. Oh yah, thats right. Hes in Syracuse.

  103. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Werth now at 385 plate appearance. He needs 391.6 to qualify for batting stats.

  104. phil dunton - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Who better than Rafael Soriano to blow a 5 run lead!

  105. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    If Sorry-Oh-No gives up even one run of our lead, we turn him into a gelding.

  106. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Will someone tell Sori its legal to have a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th.

  107. Scott Margenau - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Pow!!! Sup!!

  108. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    MNF, isnt the batting stats PAs move every game by another 3.1 to qualify. Tomorrow will be 394.7 I think.

  109. Scott Margenau - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Boom! What up??'n

  110. Scott Margenau - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Pizza tomorrow insiders! Yeah!!

  111. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Thanks Anthony Rizzo.

  112. Nats 128 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Thank you Rizzo. Anthony Rizzo that is.

  113. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Sori lucky to keep all his parts.

  114. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Nice win tonight, boys. Let's get them again tomorrow.

  115. Scott Margenau - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Awesome. I'm done with Sorry ano

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

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