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Game 132: Marlins at Nats

Aug 28, 2013, 3:25 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The last six times Stephen Strasburg has taken the mound — and not subsequently been ejected — he has pitched at least seven innings for the Nationals. The last two times, he has made it to the ninth, coming within one out last week of his second career complete game.

What does tonight have in store for the right-hander? Well, he’s facing a Marlins team that he has both dominated and struggled against over the years. Strasburg has made 11 career starts against Miami. He has allowed zero or one run in seven of those starts, but he has allowed five or more runs in the other four outings. Kind of strange, when you think about it.

Henderson Alvarez starts for the Marlins, his third career appearance against the Nats, having posted a 3.95 ERA in those two previous head-to-head encounters.

The weather is a bit spotty, but it doesn’t sound like the rain will be heavy for any prolonged stretches. Check back for updates…

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 184
Weather: Scattered showers, 79 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (66-65)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS (49-81)
CF Justin Ruggiano
3B Ed Lucas
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Logan Morrison
2B Donovan Solano
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Henderson Alvarez

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

7:08 p.m. — And we’re underway as Stephen Strasburg’s first pitch … sails over Justin Ruggiano’s head. Whoa, that was weird. Can’t imagine there was any purpose behind that one, it just slipped out of his hand. Strange way to get started, though.

7:16 p.m. — Strasburg certainly settled down after that first wayward pitch. He did issue a two-out walk to Christian Yelich, but he responded by striking out Giancarlo Stanton on a 96 mph fastball. Impressive stuff there to end the inning. Here’s a staggering stat from Miami Herald beat writer Clark Spencer: The last 31 Marlins batters who have drawn walks have failed to score. That’s just unreal.

7:25 p.m. — The good news: Denard Span led off the bottom of the first with a hustle double. The bad news: The Nats couldn’t bring him home, going 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. Not the way you want to get this thing going, though certainly not the first time this lineup has done that. Scoreless after one.

7:39 p.m. — Uh-oh, it’s pouring here now and the grounds crew just pulled out the tarp. We’re officially in a rain delay with two outs in the bottom of the second. The good news, though, is that the Nats just took a 1-0 lead on Steve Lombardozzi’s RBI double, scoring Ian Desmond. You just hope this isn’t a lengthy delay, screwing things up for the starting pitchers.

8:30 p.m. — We’re almost ready for baseball again. The game will resume at 8:45 p.m., with Strasburg presumably still in the batter’s box.

8:50 p.m. — And we’re back after a 1-hour, 12-minute delay. But Strasburg is not back. Scott Hairston is pinch-hitting and Craig Stammen is warming in the pen, so Strasburg is done after only two hitless innings, having thrown 22 pitches. Henderson Alvarez also is done, with righty Ryan Webb now pitching for the Marlins in what remains a 1-0 Nats lead.

9:02 p.m. — A scoreless top of the third for Stammen, who is going to have to churn out some serious innings tonight. Meanwhile, for you scoreboard watchers: The Reds lead the Cardinals 9-0 in the third inning. I wouldn’t count on the Nats gaining any ground in the Wild Card race tonight.

9:09 p.m. — An RBI double for Harper, who extends his hitting streak to 10 games and raises his batting average to .278. This double scored Ryan Zimmerman all the way from first, and believe me, Zim was huffing and puffing by the time he reached the plate. It’s 2-0 Nats after three.

9:35 p.m. — Jeff Mathis pounced on a 1-0 fastball from Stammen to open the fifth and sent it flying into the left-field bullpen. So it’s 2-1 Nats now, Stammen having thrown 42 pitches over three innings. That might be it for him, with Ryan Mattheus warming in the pen now.

9:44 p.m. — That is indeed it for Stammen, with Anthony Rendon pinch-hitting in the bottom of the fifth. Here’s Mattheus in his return from the minors. Still 2-1 going to the sixth.

9:59 p.m. — And Mattheus’ return to the big leagues does not go well. Giancarlo Stanton greeted him with an absolute rocket of a home run to center field. The ball landed some 30-40 feet beyond the fence, one of the longest homers I can remember being hit to that part of the ballpark. Things kept going downhill from there, with Mattheus surrendering hits to four of the first five batters he faced. Mathis’ RBI single brought in the go-ahead run, so now the Nats trail 3-2 in the middle of the sixth.

10:17 p.m. — Wow, Jayson Werth just launched his own home run to exactly the same spot Stanton did. Seriously, it was like Werth was trying to beat Stanton in a closest-to-the-pin contest. His 20th blast of the year ties this game 3-3 as we move to the seventh and Drew Storen enters.

10:31 p.m. — Storen made things as difficult as he could on himself in the seventh, putting the first two men on and bringing Stanton to the plate in a tie game. Giancarlo launched a couple of foul balls, but Storen battled back and struck him out on a nasty slider. He then got a couple of popouts, so the inning ends with nobody crossing the plate. It remains 3-3 as we reach the stretch.

10:54 p.m. — Mike Redmond made the decision to intentionally walk Werth with two outs in the seventh and bring Desmond to the plate with the go-ahead run in scoring position. Big mistake. Desmond laced a single to left, scoring Span and putting the Nats up 4-3 as Tyler Clippard enters for the eighth.

11:01 p.m. — Ho-hum, just another 1-2-3 eighth inning from Clippard, who struck out a pair. It’s truly remarkable how automatic he is. Rafael Soriano warms for the ninth, the Nats still clinging to a 4-3 lead.

11:13 p.m. — Here we go. Soriano protecting a 1-run lead in the ninth. Stanton is due up fourth. Hang on, folks.

11:18 p.m. — Soriano does it. He wraps up a 4-3 victory for his 35th save. The Nats have won 13 of 18 and are 2 games over .500 for the first time since July 11. But with the Reds rolling in St. Louis, they won’t gain any ground in the Wild Card race.

192 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sonny G 10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Oh boy! Another game to watch. Let’s go Stras, let’s go Nats! Win for ole Sonny.

  2. natsfan1a - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Looks like the rainmaker is in for another wet game. Go, SS! Go, NATS!! Win one for natsfan1a, too. :-)

  3. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    The Reds play the Cards tonight (Wainwright pitching) and have off tomorrow. If the Reds lose tonight and we were to sweep the Marlins, we’d be only 5.5 back with 28-29 games to play.

    Have to take care of tonight first though.

    • raleighnat - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Just win! Must view every game as a must win….(if we lose then tomorrow’s a must win). I really think with our schedule we can catch these guys.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Whoaaaa, MLBTR reporting Nats trying to trade Espinosa!

    • alexva6 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      if so, selling low will have reached a new level

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      It would be an awful move to trade him right now. His value couldn’t possibly be any lower. Let him get healthy in the offseason and then see what he does. If he plays well, he creates some trade value. Right now there’s no point in trading him.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      They’ve been working on it ever since it was clear Rendon was going to stick, and they weren’t that quiet about it, as I recall.

      Whether it’s “selling low” depends on what they get back, and whether they think Espinosa will ever look better than he does now.

  5. ArVAFan - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Re: lunch with the umpire.

    Hardest calls: whether ball hit bat or hand on a close inside pitch, and whether ball hit dirt or batter’s foot. Those calls are done mostly by sound, and by watching the batter. He noted that sometimes the batter freezes, and then starts hopping around. Umpire not fooled. Slide & tag plays also difficult, depending on where the tag is applied.

    Replay enhancements starting possibly in 2014. He’s in favor, once they (MLB, Players’ and Umpires’ unions) decide the hard decisions about what happens if a call is reversed. Example: bases loaded, fly ball to center. Was the ball trapped or caught? What if the call is “caught” and everyone holds their base, and the call is reversed on replay? Does one run score? Two? Do we do “Mikey Morse re-enactments” every time? Where are the cameras going to be located? Who is going to be staffing the cameras: techies, or umpires emeritus, or a member of the umpire rotation (which would then be five-person crews). Lots of decisions: like all technology enhancements, the devil is in the details. And you thought moving to this blog format was hard!

    The umpires are subject to health evaluations annually, including concussion baseline studies. And yes, umpires have been forced to retire due to the number of concussions they’ve suffered. Once they’ve had a concussion, they can’t go back on the field until they match their baseline. Good to know that at least the umpires are holding to that standard. (My editorial comment: Now, if some other sports would just follow that standard).

    Chatting on the field is mostly of the “hi, how are you, how’s the family” variety, since they see each other regularly. Or, “haven’t seen you before, where are you from?”

    Yes, Bryce Harper was mentioned.

    I could go on here for about eight paragraphs, but I won’t.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Thanks, great stuff.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Thanks, and would be happy to read more.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Thanks!

    • janebeard - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      No! DO go on! This is fascinating!

  6. Section 222 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Lots of references today to Davey’s plan to put Roark in the rotation in place of Ohlendorf. I don’t get it. Ollie has pitched 5 or more innings in 3 of his 4 starts, and pitched 6 innings in relief in that game against the Dodgers where JZnn blew up in the first two innings. Roark has never pitched five innings in his seven relief appearances. What makes Davey thinks he’ll be any better than Ollie the third time through the batting order?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      What makes Davey thinks he’ll be any better than Ollie the third time through the batting order?

      I assume Davey only knows one way to find out.

  7. Section 222 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Ghost, Boras’s recent comments about Espi sure seemed to suggest he was destined for a trade, don’t you think?

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Or maybe Rizzo is shopping him so he confirm that there are no takers worth discussing, so he can tell Boras politely but firmly, “we tried, but there’s not enough interest. Danny has to show he can hit again.”

  8. Section 222 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    ArlVA, please go on for as long as you like. Fascinating stuff. Did you talk about asking for help?

    • ArVAFan - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Will do–later. Heading for game now.

      GYFNG!

  9. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Tommy Milone just got demoted again. I’m not sure what exactly the A’s are doing with him.

  10. NatsLady - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    DP, probably resting him. He can come back up on Sept 1 for his next start without being subject to the 10-day rule, in the meantime they can bring someone else up. Other teams do that also.

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Like Dan Haren said, we have 30 games left. We’re not going to win every game. But we can’t have more than a few little stumbles on the way. Every loss now is one less loss we can have later. Let’s not waste a loss on the Marlins.

      • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Sorry NL. I didn’t mean to reply to you with this comment. Still getting used to WordPress apparently.

  11. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Espinosa rumors probably traceable solely to Boras. (As in, Boras was in town yesterday and probably not just to tour the White House.) As I understand it, Espinosa missed out on arbitration this year and it’s in his and Boras’s interests to move to a place where his salary can start moving up again. Boras can’t do his job unless and until Espinosa is dealt.

    I can’t imagine the Nats selling at this time. Multiple injury issues that must at least appear to be resolved before they can net anything worthwhile back. Plus they have not very subtly let the cat out of the bag that there may be attitude issues. It may have been Boras’s purpose(s) to tell the Nats to stop badmouthing his client, plant the seed that there is a market out there where everybody else sees none.

    At the same time the question is not if but when. I don’t see Espinosa in the Nats plans as a starter unless/until they conclude that there is no alternative but to get Zimmerman out of the line of fire at 3B. Based on Wagner’s (?) article a couple of days ago it seems the FO is not anywhere near that conclusion.

    Sometime ago Boswell or someone else at WaPo said there was a chart in Rizzo’s office projecting the opening day lineup for the next five years. My guess — based on information currently available — is that Zimmerman and Rendon are at least penciled in for the next five years at 3B and 2B respectively. So, no room for Espinosa.

    It’s a shame.

  12. NatsLady - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    A Mariners blogger tweeted this. I found it sad.

    Nathan Bishop ‏@NathanHBishop 5m
    I am, more than losing, sick of watching the Mariners willfully employ really bad players. Michael Morse is really, really bad.

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      That does make me sad. Regardless of whether you thought he was a fit for this team or not, it’s a shame what has happened to him there.

      • NatsLady - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        Yes. They have no memory of when Morse was good, so they are unforgiving.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        There are plenty of teams that want Morse.

  13. natsjackinfl - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I only get the Marlins feed and their announcers actually do a good job.

  14. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Last time SS faced the Marlins it wasn’t pretty…2 innings pitched & 7 ER.

    Here’s hoping he gets some revenge tonight.

    We need to score early and often.

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

      Yeah, but the last time he faced the Marlins at Nats Park is was very pretty.

      • paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        then let’s hope we get pretty Stephen tonight, first inning usually tells us what we are getting.

  15. Leonard Pumphrey - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    GYFNG

  16. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I am back. Been busy at work. Harper played well since i last posted.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Glad to have you back MNF

  17. natsfan1a - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Glad to see that you made it over, MNF!

    Go, NATS

  18. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Rick Schu actually talking about hitting approach.

  19. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Here we go again…

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Great curve on Lucas. BTW, RZim playing at normal depth.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    At work…. Gotta follow via MLB.com and you good folks…. Go Nats! Lets do this!

  22. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    come on, that was a strike!!!

  23. dc27mvp - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Go Nats, Go Stras!

  24. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Span hustling.

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Please don’t strand the lead off double… Way to go Span..

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Wow, who was that hustling leadoff guy?

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      The same guy that has looked pretty good for the past couple of weeks. Too bad he keeps getting stranded.It has happened way too often.

  27. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Leadoff double stranded. Oh boy.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      This is what ticked me off when folks would keep harping about the lead off sometimes… I mean, what were the 2,3,4 doing and would they have bought him in….

      In this case, yet again… Nothing…

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Sigh….

  29. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    note to Nats, this is the Marlins, it’s ok to score runs!!!!

    Span on 2nd, nobody out and we can’t score even 1 run…ok, get em next inning but that hurt.

  30. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Lombardozzi’s throws are an adventure.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      DP,

      Lombo’s throws haven’t been bad all season (referring to when he plays 2nd base only), just recently. Could he have caught whatever has been ailing RZ most of the season?

      • Sonny G 10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        God, I hope not.

      • paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        knoxville, exactly what i was thinking and if you add another 1 to Lombo’s jersey # you get #11…

  31. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Great job by ALR, bad play Lombo.

  32. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    What an awful AB, ALR.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      yea, I was yelling at him thru my TV.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Did Adam really just take 3 straight strikes…

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      All fastballs. Strike 3 was a good pitch, but the first 2 were right down the middle.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        It was pretty ugly. But he did have a terrific play to bail out Lombardozzi right before the K.

  34. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    ok, Lombo’s throw is forgiven!

  35. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    alright, call it final now. thanks!

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Yes… We didn’t strand the lead off single…. Good going, guys!

  37. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Span has reached base 7 out of his last 10 plate appearances, yet has only scored one run, and that was when he homered Sunday. That doesn’t speak well of the next 3-4 guys in the batting order.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Interesting stat and quite disturbing if that became a trend. RZim did.his job and Harp didn’t do his.

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Is the game delayed?

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Yes, it started downpouring.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Yes, right after Lombo drove in Desi.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Thanks… I was cussing out MLB.com…. Did they give an eta on when the game will resume? I’m in NW DC and its dry outside….

  39. Sonny G 10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Need to get this delay over quickly so SS can come back out.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Rain stopped I am reading.

  41. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I sure wish that MASN could go to another baseball game, or at least talk baseball. The football babble is not appreciated in the middle of a baseball game.

    • paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      joe, go to the o’s/red sox game on the other masn channel

  42. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    this cannot be good for SS, way too much time in between pitches, would think this favors the Fish the longer the delay goes on.

  43. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    nice catch by Adam Jones in the O’s game…I know we don’t care about the O’s but it was still a nice catch.

  44. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Game should resume at 8:45 according to Mark Z’s tweet. Come on now! Let’s play ball!

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I thinsk Stras is out.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Hairston vs a RHP?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      and the obligatory K

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Although in fairness, he just missed the left field foul pole by a foot or two.

  47. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    btw reds in front by 6-0 after first inning.

    • paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Faraz, thanks for the good news…uuggghhhh!

      we need to win this game!

      • Faraz Shaikh - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        no problem. btw make it 9-0.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        Even Homer Bailey had an RBI in the first.

        Rarely does a pitcher has RBI before his first pitch.

  48. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    3 pitchers have contributed to this line today:
    9.2IP, 27 H, 22 ER, 20.48 ERA, 3.21 WHIP.
    name those 3 starting pitchers.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      I know King Felix gave up 8 in 3 IP so he is one of them

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Were Weinwright and Fister the other 2 as their teams are getting crushed.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Yep, Kuroda and Waino are the other two and guess what, I had all 3 starting for my fantasy team tonight. They killed my stats for next two weeks (though I play in a weekly league).

      • Faraz Shaikh - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        oh WOW, I did not see Fister.
        I traded Fister away few weeks ago. If I had not done that, I would have 4 pitchers starting tonight.

  49. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    How many times have we lined into double plays this year? It seems like way more than usual.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      I was even tricked on yhat one. No way did I think the ss would get that. In fat I already marked Harper’,s run.

  50. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Harper ticks off Mrs. B as she hates people swinging at. 3-0 count.

    Then Harper is doubled off on a great play by the ss. I was like Harper counting that run already.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      I missed the swing but it resulted in a run… So I can’t be too upset… Seemed like Trent made a good send….

  51. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    The old RISP problem reoccuring 0-5.

    Two doubles with a man on first though is good.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Maybe it’s time to pull Stammen…

  53. knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Delay game…..or if you’re a Tar Heel, a four corners offense.

    • paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      phil ford

  54. knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Phil Ford…..the best I ever saw at running that offense.

    • paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      yep, agree, changed the game of college basketball in my opinion knoxville, see mine of 9:36pm above, not sure if that was a coincidence or not given our similar “phil ford” statements..#1 reason why I am not a fan of this new set-up/blog.

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Any reason in particular why ARen didnt start?

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Mrsb,

      I’m thinking just to give him a day off and it puts a LH bat in the lineup against a RH pitcher.

  56. knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Bad mistake by Anthony.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Their 3rd baseman covered…..

  58. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I hope Mattheus has improved.

  59. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Let’s hope the unabomber made some adjustments…guess not.

  60. knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Does Matheus have something in his right ear?

  61. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Looks like Mattheus needs to go back to AAA.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I don’t even know why the hell Mattheus was put in…. This slum hasn’t even got a damn out yet….pull him now DJ…

  63. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    wow Matheus, just wow!…get him out of there!

  64. knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Mrsb, trying to give some rest to the others in the BP?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Our BP is such an inconsistent mess… It’s ridiculous… I can’t count on 3 fingers the reliable ones.. Everyone, hell it depends on how the wind blows…

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    And that was stupid, terrible, stupid base running by A Rendon…

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    How in the heck was that not a DP….

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      He tagged the one and he tagged the other, but he was on the base.

  67. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Mattheus stinking the joint up.

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I blame DJ…

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Blame the weather. Then blame Mattheus himself, but we need to get some innings because of losing Strasburg.
      Another great pick by LaRoche.

  69. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    why is he still in there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. knoxvillenat - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Punch the locker with your left hand tonight.

  71. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Mattheus obviously was not ready to come back up.

    I was hoping he would be like Storen, but he is still a problem and needs to just go back.

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    But see this is the ish I be talking about…. Storen got pulled after 2 dang batters… Yet Mattheus with his simple arse is still pitching…

    Just pissed…

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Storen was pulled because how maby games in a short period. Very understandable.

  73. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Mattheus= the true bum of the year for this team.Knucklehead.Somebody should put him in the locker and lock him in.

  74. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I hope Rizzo invests some money into our bullpen this offseason. He tried to do that with Soriano and it didn’t work out, but he needs to keep trying because this is getting hard to watch.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      If he moves Det to the BP, that will help.. Need to find another starting LHP and 1 more reliever (to replace Matheus). Keep Ross O, try to keep Roark if you can..

      Move Jordan to a starting pitcher…

  75. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Mattheus now 6.75

  76. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    hey Mattheus, you owe desi something…can’t believe davey left him in there after that crap performance…wtf???????

    ok, get back to work offense…my neck hurts from shaking my head!

  77. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    werth = sweet

  78. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Ah hoo!

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    That ball was crushed… Good lookin Jay Dubbs…

  80. ptindc - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Did you hear the sound of JW’s bat on that bomb? Seemed like it echoed through the stadium.

  81. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    2 of Tracy’s best swings the entire year were foul. And then he strikes out on a ball in the dirt.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      We agree 100%.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Just.. Worthless….

  82. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Tracy 2 great fouls then you swing at junk. Arggggggg.

    Good shot by Werth

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I figured if I didnt say anything about Traxy, he would get a hit… And of course, we saw him swing at ball 1…

  84. secretwasianman - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Chad Tracy an absolute embarrassment

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Drew looks like he is nibbling… Once again, when Drew doesn’t get the first batter, his whole mind set changes…

  86. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Apparently Storen was inspired by Mattheus.

  87. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Come on Dru

  88. secretwasianman - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Bullpen stinks. But we should have more runs against this minor league team.

  89. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Storen unlike Mattheus stopped took a breath, and then pitched well.

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Good going Drew.. Good going…

  91. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Span gets on again to lead it off. Let’s try this again. Everybody keep the line moving!

  92. paul brandt - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    shocking to me that they chose hanging chad over the shark…

    announced crowd of 24k…weak.

  93. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    RZim needed to move that runner at the very least.

  94. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    A shame that bad throw from the pitcher didnt roll down the stairs of the dugout.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Make them pay Desi!

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Oh yes!

  97. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Way to go Ian

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Way to go Desi… I will not curse you and your first pitch swinging…

  99. Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Way to go,Desi, and Denard! Come on, ALR!

  100. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Why Adam why

  101. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    LaRoche swings at a 3-0 that was ball 4. Bright.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      And folks wonder why I don’t like it when batters swing at the 3-0 count…

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        If it is a fast ball in hot zone I have no problem.

        If not in the hot zone like ALR’s was high don’t swing.

  102. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    2 balls

  103. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I’m sorry, but I prefer no alr next year.

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    3-0 count and he Ks…. Comedy.

  105. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Pitch 4 and 6 on my pitch track wereballs. So 5 of 6 balls.

    Showed no patience.

  106. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Really Adam?

    I like the 3-0 greenlight. But You have to take the walk in that situation. If he throws you a 3-0 fastball right down the middle, swing. That’s one thing. But Adam just swung at ball 4 on 3 separate occasions. Take the walk and let Ramos do his job.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      And you wonder why I don’t like the 3-0 swing.. Make the pitcher beat you… Don’t help him…

      • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        There’s a difference between swinging 3-0 and doing what LaRoche did. A 3-0 fastball right down the middle is a great pitch to hit. Adam just bailed the guy out though.

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    LaRoche couldn’t take the 3-0 walk and swings at a high ball. To then K killed the chance at a rally. Brain dead move once again by a Veteran on this team.

    • nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      You have to wonder what a batter with his years in baseball was thinking.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Well that’s just it, he wasn’t thinking!

  108. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Clip is da man!

  109. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    If Soriano ever needed a 1-2-3 inning, it’s in the 9th tonight. Stanton bats 4th.

  110. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Good. If my calculations are right, the Nats can go 1-2-3 in the Top of the 9th and leave Stanton standing in the on-deck circle.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      The negative of course is if Stanton comes up he is at least the go ahead run.

  111. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Clip having a great season.

  112. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Hmm that would have been an RBI if Adam shows any sense

    • nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Hows about 2 RBIs as bases would have been loaded!

    • David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      But Ramos would’ve been facing a different pitcher. You can’t make that assumption.

      • scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        True. Still irks me :-)

      • scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        True. Still irks me :-)

      • nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Thats true, could have been a Grand Slam!

  113. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Omg

  114. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Here you go Ryan. 2nd chance! Thanks LoMo!

    • scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Zim!!! Come on bro

  115. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Great 2nd chance. Watches strike 3.

  116. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I dont want to win the hitting lesson from Ryan Zimmerman because I HATE called 3rd strike on a fast ball.

  117. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I dont know if its just my imagination it just seems Ryan isnt get it done in late innings with RISP lately.

  118. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Great. Like I’m in the mood for Sori with one run lead. I better fix a bourbon.

  119. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Come on! Thats strike 3! Good job Soriano for making sure on the next pitch!

  120. David Proctor - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    1-2-3!

  121. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Whew.

  122. nats128 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Way to go Soriano! By the plan! You left Stanton in the on deck circle!

  123. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    My Goodness. Why not pitch that way every game Soriano.

  124. scmargenau - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Can u change fonts sizes? Very small on iPad – even zoomed in.

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