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Game 131: Marlins at Nats

Aug 27, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman / Nats Insider

When the Nationals last appeared on South Capitol Street, they were trudging off the field following a heartbreaking loss to the Giants, in which Rafael Soriano blew a 2-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning. They then embarked on an eventful, 10-day road trip through Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, one that produced a 6-4 record and leaves this team with a .500 record overall.

Tonight, the Nats return home to begin a 19-game stretch against the bottom three teams in the NL East: the Marlins, Mets and Phillies. If ever they’ve got a big run in them, now is the time to do it. The homestand begins with Ross Ohlendorf on the mound, primed to throw more than the 91 pitches he tossed in his first start back from the DL.

Davey Johnson has his regular lineup penciled in tonight, including Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond (all of whom have been dealing with nagging injuries). They’ll go up against right-hander Nate Eovaldi.

Updates to come, and apologies in advance if there are any technical glitches in our first game thread on the new blogging platform…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 87 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (65-65)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Anthony Rendon
RHP Ross Ohlendorf

MARLINS (49-80)
LF Christian Yelich
2B Donovan Solano
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Logan Morrison
3B Ed Lucas
CF Justin Ruggiano
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Nate Eovaldi

UMPIRES
HP Mike DiMuro
1B Scott Barry
2B Alfonso Marquez
3B Ted Barrett (cc)

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway as Ross Ohlendorf throws ball one to Christian Yelich. A sparse gathering here. We might well be looking at the smallest crowd of the season tonight.

7:11 p.m. — A 1-2-3 top of the first for Ohlendorf, though he needed 16 pitches to do it. He fell behind Yelich 3-0 before striking him out. He then got Donovan “Little Onion” Solano to fly out to right and the fearsome Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to end the inning.

7:27 p.m. — The Nats lineup woke up on the road, and it hasn’t gone back to sleep since returning home. They just pounced on Nate Eovaldi for two runs and three hits in the bottom of the first, getting singles from Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper (now on a 9-game hit streak) and Ian Desmond. Zimmerman scored on Jayson Werth’s RBI groundout, Harper scored on Desmond’s base hit up the middle. Just like that, it’s 2-0 Nats after one.

7:33 p.m. — Another 1-2-3 inning for Ohlendorf, who got some help from his defense in the top of the second. Denard Span took a great route on Ed Lucas’ line drive to right-center, making a tough play look easy. Zimmerman then made a sprawling, backhanded grab of Justin Ruggiano’s hard grounder to third and made an accurate throw to first to end the inning. Six up, six down for Ohlendorf.

7:48 p.m. — Make it nine up, nine down for Ohlendorf, who has cruised through the Marlins lineup the first time around. Still 2-0 Nats.

7:57 p.m. — A base hit up the middle for Span, who now has a 10-game hitting streak. He’s raised his batting average up over the .270 mark.

8:10 p.m. — There goes the perfect game. Yelich led off the fourth with a single to right. The Marlins then loaded the bases with one out, with Ohlendorf intentionally walking Logan Morrison. But he battled through it and got out of the jam, striking out Ed Lucas and then getting Ruggiano to ground out to third. Still 2-0 Nats in the middle of the fourth.

8:20 p.m. — The Nats have had some chances since the first inning, but they haven’t converted again to this point. They just got a back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the fourth, then stranded them both. Ramos grounded out to third, advancing the runners. The Marlins intentionally walked Rendon to load the bases for Ohlendorf, who probably did the best thing in striking out and at least avoiding a double play. But Span grounded to short to kill the rally, so it remains 2-0 Nats through four.

8:39 p.m. — Eovaldi has found his groove, having now tossed four scoreless innings since his shaky bottom of the first. Ohlendorf takes the mound for the top of the sixth, his pitch count at 74 as Tanner Roark warms in the bullpen. Still 2-0.

8:44 p.m. — And Ohlendorf opens the sixth by serving up a home run to Yelich, cutting the lead to 2-1. And just like that, Davey is out to the mound asking for the ball. In comes Roark. Wonder if something is going on with Ohlendorf. Why send him back out there for the sixth, only to yank him after one batter?

8:56 p.m. — Tanner Roark, ladies and gentlemen. He put himself in a jam, walking Stanton and Morrison with one out. But he fought back and struck out Lucas and Ruggiano to end the top of the sixth with a 2-1 lead intact. I’ll tell you what: This kid has been fearless since he arrived in the big leagues. A very impressive showing for the young right-hander, which has definitely turned some heads.

9:09 p.m. — A 1-2-3 top of the seventh for Drew Storen, who bounced back nicely from his abbreviated outing over the weekend in Kansas City. He protects a 2-1 lead as we reach the stretch.

9:20 p.m. — The Nats have put seven men on base since their 2-run first inning. And none have scored. They’re putting an awful lot of pressure on this struggling bullpen to protect a 2-1 lead. Tyler Clippard in now for the eighth.

9:26 p.m. — Wow, what an inning of dominance from Clippard, punctuated by a three-pitch strikeout of Stanton. It can’t be overstated just how good Tyler has been this season. Still 2-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth. Boy, would Davey like an insurance run or two before he hands the ball to Rafael Soriano.

9:35 p.m. — Here we go. It’s Soriano vs. Morrison, Lucas and Ruggiano with a 1-run lead. A friendly tip to everyone out there: Don’t forget to breathe.

9:42 p.m. — That’s it. Soriano gives up a 2-out single but then wraps it up. Nats win 2-1. They’re back over .500 and have won 12 of their last 17.

167 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Dave - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I won’t be there tonight, but I’ve got tickets for Wednesday and Thursday. I hope to see the last two games of a Nats sweep of the Fish.

  2. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    apologies in advance if there are any technical glitches in our first game thread on the new blogging platform…

    You’re already way ahead of the Post’s transition a few years back.

  3. nats106 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    2 series, just need one sweep. We just need to win 2 of 3 this series. We just need to keep winning series….
    GO NATS. Eovaldi is the best of the 3 pitchers we face and he’s been struggling as of late. Going to all 3 games, 6 seats = 36 wings from Hard times.

    How’s that for Natitude?

  4. natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    The Post transition was indeed a goat-rope.

    No in-person games for me until Sunday, which was a day game but is now a night game. Yay? Until then, it’s tv all the way. Go, Big Windup! Go, NATS!!

  5. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    2/3 from here on out would put us at 85 wins. Not good enough. Having said that, we don’t absolutely have to sweep this specific series. At an absolute minimum, we need to win 2/3. But again, that’s going to make it a little harder down the line because we’re going to have to mix in a few sweeps at some point. And series losses are just not going to be acceptable. 2/3 is the minimum. 1/3 would be a death knell.

  6. Adam - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I approve of the new format!

  7. Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Going Thursday. Hope we still have a rooting interest at that point.

  8. sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Thankfully, I’m watching this game from home. It’s going to be hot at the ballpark tonight.

    GYFNG!

  9. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 48s
    Asked Davey if he may start using Clippard as a closer: “I could.”

    • nats128a - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      I would say Clippard will be the new closer and should be. Hes earned it.

  10. Section 222 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Eovaldi is one of the players the Marlins got for Hanley if I’m not mistaken. He definitely has the potential to pitch like Cy Young against our lineup.

    As I said to a friend, I’m going to binge on baseball from now until the end of the season because I know how much I’ll miss it come the winter (and come October, unfortunately). So I’ll be there tonight, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Thank goodness for the Labor Day holiday to recover. I’m just going to keep telling myself that being able to see a baseball game in DC is a gift, no matter what the team’s fortunes are, after so many long years of not having a home team to root for.

    But can we please start winning? Or at least not embarrass ourselves.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      What he said.

      222 said (Wait, what? I have to type my own quote intro now?)…

      But can we please start winning? Or at least not embarrass ourselves.

  11. Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Marlon Byrd.

    You see, people? This is why we need an edit function or a delete function!

    (…goes and stabs a kitten in fury…)

    • natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Nooooo!!! Not the kittens!!

  12. Section 222 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Why don’t the Nats have T-shirt Tuesdays featuring different players? Those shirseys are really popular and would show up at the park on a regular basis afterward.

    • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Yeah… I wants me a Chad Tracy t-shirt!

      • natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        DeJesus or nothing. I was so mad when they traded him. grrr….

  13. Section 222 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    At least you didn’t botch the HTML and have your post look like this:

    <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/2013/8/27/4664624/marlon-byrd-gets-traded-on-his-own-t-shirt-night"a&gt;

    • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I’ve had plenty of them look like that in the past, until I looked at them in the “preview” pane and remembered to close the quotes or the anchor.

      (…goes to look for another kitten to stab…)

      • natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Seriously, not to go all weird cat lady on you but…I realize that you’re a cat person and don’t mean that. On the other hand there are twisted folks out there who really do [stuff] like that to cats and it’s not a laughing matter, imo. Just another natsfan1a editorial. Anyway, back to baseball. Um, how about those Nats?

      • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        1a, my cat has drawn enough blood out of me without adverse consequences that she could open up a blood bank (type B+).

        And sick bastards who abuse animals are going to do it no matter what I write.

        Back to the Nats. First inning run!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      One improvement in this platform is that you do not have to include the HTML for the URL to be live, it does it automatically.

  14. nats128a - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Marlon Byrd had a little ownage of the Nats. Wont have to see him the rest of the regular season. Now if the Mets do something with Daniel Murphy and David Wright.

    • ghostofstevem - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Nats will see Marlon Byrd in the playoffs.

  15. sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Trying Android for first time.

    • sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Yea, I did it!

  16. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Adam KilgoreVerified account
    ‏@AdamKilgoreWP
    Scott Boras at the yard today. He laid out a not-so-abstract case for the Nats signing Bryce Harper to a 12-year contract.

    Oh Boras…

    • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      So long as he wasnt laying out a not-so-abstract case for his client Espinosa. #Stinks

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Scott Boras at the yard today. He laid out a not-so-abstract case for the Nats signing Bryce Harper to a 12-year contract.

      SRSLY? That smacks of desperation to me.

  17. paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    DP, what do you think it would cost to extend Harper or maybe a better question is what would Harper or more importantly, Boras accept?

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Harper doesn’t even hit free agency until 2019. There’s not a big rush to get anything done right now, especially when we still haven’t seen Harp for a full season. If we go with that 12 year figure, it would cost at the very least 150 mil and with it being Scott Boras that seems very low to me. I’m not even sure how to guess what it would cost because it’s so early in Harper’s career. If you go by the “1 WAR = 5 mil” figure, then we’re talking around 200 mil.

      So a lot of money.

      • paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        man, I just don’t like this new site…but will deal with it.

        DP, agree there is no rush and would not commit that kind of money just yet, I was thinking $300M but either number is insanely high right now when he is under control thru 2018…if Boras is pushing for it, there may be a reason, maybe he needs a new yacht.

  18. ghostofstevem - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I would love to see a reasonable 12 year deal for Bryce and shut up all the Yankees comments.

    Let’s see if Rizzo can pencil something up.

    • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      “reasonable” means something very different for Rizzo then it does for Boras

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Reasonable and Scott Boras should never be used in the same sentence.

      • ghostofstevem - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Good point.

        Watch the segment coming up on Intentional Talk about Bryce and ‘jealousy’ regarding the plunkings. I wrote that into Millar.

    • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Its good to hear that they can start talking about it.

  19. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Any more inside info on Dan Haren being claimed?

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      He cleared waivers, I thought? But I know the Cardinals, Rangers and A’s are all interested in him.

      • ghostofstevem - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        He will most likely be traded. That last start hurt his value. Rizzo should get back a Top 10 prospect.

  20. scnatsfan - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    If the reports are true, that Rizzo wants prospectS for Haren then he will be here all season

  21. langleyclub - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    MLB Trade Rumors reported that Haren cleared waivers more than a week ago. The Nats can trade him to the team that makes the best offer before September 1. The Post reported that the Nats could keep him through the year, make a one year offer (in the $13 million range) and then get a first round pick if he does not take the 1 year offer. I don’t see the Nats risking another $13+ million on Haren. My guess is that Rizzo trades Haren on August 31 unless the Nats win-out between today and Saturday.

  22. NatsLady - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Milwaukee is 19-17 since the All-Star Break, Pirates are 20-17. Have to stop thinking of MIL as a pushover. Could be a factor in the NL Central (not in the race, but in who wins it.)

  23. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 14s
    Nats recall Ryan Mattheus, option Xavier Cedeno back to Syracuse.

  24. NatsLady - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Cedeno is like a bouncing ball. I think he came up last year and didn’t pitch to one batter. Just like this time. A place holder.

  25. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Davey doesnt think Sorianos slider is as good this year as last year.

    • sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Ok, let’s take this game boys!

  26. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Nice Ohlie! 3-0 count to a K!

  27. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Pretty good AB and base running for that laggard Ryan Zimmerman.

    • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      3-2 pitch down the middle? OK, great! Going 1st to 3rd on that? Ok, great! Tell us when he pays attention the next time a runner is coming his way and we will have a point of discussion.

  28. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Jayson Werth should be in the top 10 in MVP voting. A heck of a comeback for a guy who many called Werth****.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Not me. The day they signed him I said “it’s an early Christmas.”

  29. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Nice play Zimmerman. Davey said he is playing back several feet. That has to help as that ball would have been by him.

    • Another_Sam - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Carp said he threw over the top?

      • Another_Sam - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        I mean Charlie and/or Dave.

  30. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    We knew Boras would weigh in on Espinosa. Doesnt think he is injured.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/08/27/scott-boras-on-danny-espinosa-his-health-and-struggles/

  31. ghostofstevem - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Stanton glides back on the ball like Heyward does. I thought Ramos got that.

  32. sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Ok let’s hold them boys.

  33. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I would be disappointed if we take 2/3… I want a sweep…

  34. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    This is a tight SZ…this blue is favorable…

  35. sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Where are mick and Manassas Nats Fan? You guys make the transition?

  36. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I was wondering where MNF was.

  37. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    At what point do we give Ohlie his due props. I know alot of people bash him based on his career stats however this new delivery is working for him. The guy has looked great.

    Nats control him for next year to.

    • mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      I thought he got them.. Well at least from us who were wanting him to replace Haren and put him in the starting rotation…

  38. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Oh Marlins…screwing up plays that aren’t even plays.

  39. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Leadoff guy gets ah hit. Do something with it.

  40. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Seems like the catches/throws by Ryan have been better, lately… Gotta wonder how he will look a full year after the surgery… Gotta wonder does he get the power back, fully…

  41. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    These umps are crazy. That aint a strike. Sickening. The Bryce bias again.

    • ghostofstevem - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      It’s getting ridiculous. That was several inches off the plate.

  42. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Harper has his own special strike zone and I’m getting sick and tired of it.

  43. sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Man, that pitch was way outside on strike out to Bryce.

  44. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Leadoff hit, advances to 2nd on a WP, nobody drives him in.

    • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Some things never change.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Well Bryce was struck out on a pitch 6 inches off the plate. Not sure what you want to happen there.

  45. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Past a diving Zimmerman.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Yeah, sure, the laggard Zimmerman should’ve gotten it.

  46. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    I hate this IBB.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Well, got a break, and a good play by Ramos, and a routine play by Zimm. Good thing I’m not the manager!

  47. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Ohlie needs a doubleplay here!!

  48. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Nice oppo hit by Desi!..Leadoff hit.Let’s try again!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      These leaving the leadoff hits are going to kill us. Darn, Denard.

  49. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Nice, the swinging bunt!

  50. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Davey Johnson came in with an attitude against hitting to the opposite field. Now the new hitting coach seems to have some guys not pulling. Interesting to this old boy.

    • sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      I think Facet said hit the ball where it’s pitched and don’t try to go away on an inside pitch.

      Davey said… Danny auto correct.

  51. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Great speed on 3rd. Lets do it Ohlie!

    • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      So much for Spans mothers advice. That wasnt good. Im sure Eovaldi read the newpapers to.

      • ghostofstevem - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        That was the 2nd pitch but 1st strike.

      • mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        I thought RossO should have bunted….

  52. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    They didn’t do the squeeze because of the force at the plate. The bunt would’ve had to be perfect and while Ohlendorf got the bunt down in Chicago, it wasn’t a great one.

    • natslive - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Agree on not doing the bunt. It did occur to me that maybe they should have had him just take and make the pitcher throw strikes – maybe get lucky and get a walk or if not at least make him throw some pitches….maybe swing only if it got to 2 strikes or it was right down the middle

  53. sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Need add-on runs.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      With Stanton in their lineup, a two run lead is very fragile.

  54. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    What a great job working both sides of the plate by the Nats!

  55. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Disappointing… 2 on with no outs and we didnt score anything….

  56. farazs1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I like the threading style of comments. Easy to keep track of a particular chain if everyone abides.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      I’m finding it a little clumsy, but it’s probably just me.

    • mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      I do too… But not wish ‘auto-upload’ was here…. Then I can stop F5′ing…

      Also miss the delete/edit button…

  57. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    key to this inning (and the game and the series obviously) is keep the men before Stanton off base.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Well that didn’t work out.

  58. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    It’s like we get comfy when we have a lead.. And then don’t want extra runs sometimes…

    • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      I dont know about that. The Nats had bases loaded with Ohlendorf coming up to bat and Span on deck. Opportunity not taken advantage of.

      • mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        This is a continual theme for the Nats… Not taking advantage of opportunities….

  59. sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Ok, we got to hold them then score more runs. We don’t have enough.

    • sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Well, bust my britches. Two runs held up.

  60. Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    SOS-DD. Get a couple of early runs, then get a bunch of guys on base and strand them. Over and over and over again.

    This team is not going to the playoffs. Zero point zero zero chance.

  61. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Come on Roark. Get that 2 seamer down for the doubleplay!!

  62. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Lucas looked like Ryan Zimmerman on that K.

  63. natznut - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Hey, so this is where the cool kids went.

    BTW, I’m going to be looking out for the *#@$er who took “natsnut” from me! ;)

    • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Nats Nut – see my instructions to Joe Seamhead in the first post how to deal with this. Briefly, someone else has natsnut as their login name, but you can still make it your DISPLAY name.

      • NatsNut - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        Awesome, Candide. That took about 4 seconds. Thanks!

  64. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Way to go Roark!

  65. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Way to go Roark!!!

  66. Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Roark!

  67. paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    my name is Luca(s), i live on the second floor…wow, just watched it go by.

    Row-Ark is the man, nice job getting out of that.

  68. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I hope Roark. Ones back out for the 7th… Storen for the 8th and Clip for the 9th….

  69. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Ramos has been a wet blanket the last two games….

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      He scorched that ball. Can’t really help that it went right to the 2B.

      • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Agreed. He also hit that 1st at bat pitch to the wall in right.

  70. paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    2 runs vs. the Fish thus far is really pathetic…I know they play us tough but these are games we must win if there is even a sniff of the post-season…come on!

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Eovlaldi is actually a good pitcher. He doesn’t give up a lot. But we do need more runs, no question.

      • paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        agree re. Eovaldi he has pitched us well before too.

    • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Ain’t happening. Zero point zero zero percent chance. Just sit back, grind your teeth at the bad games and enjoy the good ones.

  71. Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Carp: “Nats offense impressive again tonight…”

    Uh, Earth to Carpenter…

  72. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Great inning by Drew…. Great inning…

  73. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Storen wont get a inning easier then that.

  74. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    That was nice, Drew. But Ramos wanted that slider in the dirt and it stayed up. Worked though.

    • sonnyg10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      You noticed that too, huh David.

  75. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Ryan looked fooled that entire at bat…

  76. another0sam - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Testing this. I thought I was tech savvy but I guess I’m not social media savvy. Trying the word press commenting.

  77. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    With Boras in town Davey stays with Soriano to close.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Not a bad thing. While I don’t like Soriano closing anymore, I’d rather have Clippard in the 8th vs Stanton than Soriano in the 9th vs Stanton. The matchup lended itself well to Clip there.

  78. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Clippard just got away with 2 pitches against Stanton, but I’ll take it. Dominating performance.

  79. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Wow… Yeah Clip …. Just yeah…

  80. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Clippard and Ramos are crazy. They challenge the Nats Beater with 3 straight strikes. They all looked fat!

  81. exposedindc - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Definition of insanity…..keep running Soriano out there expecting different results….Davey is such a stubborn SOB

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Or he wanted Clippard up vs Stanton in the 8th.

      • exposedindc - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Possible….really tough to pitch to contact and be a reliable closer, hope Davey guessed right.

  82. Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Okay, ninth inning coming up. Relax, everyone; we got this.

    • NatsNut - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Soriano or Storen?

      • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Storen already pitched.

      • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Soriano has it. It’s a lock. Take it to the bank.

        Looks like you got your display name the way you like it.

      • nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Can I vote for (C) Neither A or B

      • NatsNut - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        Oh, oops. LOL.

      • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        How about Mattheus?

    • NatsNut - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Yes, it took 4 seconds to figure it out. Thanks Candide!

  83. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I guess more bad luck for Ramos….

  84. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Buckle your seatbelts folks.

    • timdz - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      And may God have mercy on our souls……

  85. natslive - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    here comes Sori-uh-oh……get the job done!

  86. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    What a strike 3 to LoMo

  87. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Yes, I am tucked, boss.

  88. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    That pitch could have been dangerous…

  89. nats128 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Lousy pitch to Soriano Any elevation on that and its a tie game

  90. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    BTW, did anybody notice the announced attendance?

  91. Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Told ya. Oh ye of little faith.

  92. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Exhale.

  93. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Untucked.

    Going to go tuck in now.

  94. mrsblovesthenats - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Ha… And y’all were nervous… Nats win! Nats Win! NATS WIN!!!!

  95. paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    nice win boys! keep it up…

    note to Soriano, keep your shirt in…un-tuck if you must when and if we win the WS…

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Untuck at every save.

      Moon the networks when you win the Serious.

      • paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        now that would be a different way to celebrate…maybe it will catch on.

  96. timdz - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Need to score more runs….

  97. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Davey says Ohlenorf likely moving into bullpen since he runs out of gas. Roark into rotation.

    • Candide - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      It’s 85 degrees and three thousand percent humidity. Of COURSE he ran out of gas!

    • paul brandt - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Ohlie pitched well but really need more than 5 innings from your starter esp with loss in velocity but a win is a win.

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