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Game 134: Mets at Nats

Aug 30, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

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Fresh of a sweep of the Marlins, their fifth series win in their last six overall, the Nationals pick up again on Friday night against the lowly New York Mets. It presents yet another opportunity for the Nats to take advantage of a reeling opponent as they try to chip away at a 6.5 game deficit between them and the final NL Wild Card spot.

Jordan Zimmermann (15-7, 3.32) has a chance to take the National League lead in wins against a team he’s yet to beat this season. Zimmermann has faced New York three times in 2013 and holds a 3.20 ERA across 19 2/3 innings, but stands 0-2 against the club. He last faced them on July 26 at Nats Park and allowed five runs through 6 2/3, taking the loss in a 11-0 blowout.

Dillon Gee (9-9, 3.69) will face Washington for the fifth time this season. He’s had great success against the Nats this year, going 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

NEW YORK METS 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: Sunny, 84 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (68-65)
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 Jordan Zimmermann

METS (60-72)
LF Eric Young Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Andrew Brown
1B Ike Davis
CF Juan Lagares
3B Wilmer Flores 3B
C Travis d’Arnaud
SS Omar Quintanilla
RHP Dillon Gee

UMPIRES
HP Brian Knight
1B Mark Carlson
2B Gerry Davis (cc)
3B Dan Iassogna

7:12 p.m. — Hey everyone, it’s Mark. After going to Bethesda for our 5 p.m. episode of The Baseball Show, I hoofed it down here as fast as I could and arrived in the press box just as Jordan Zimmermann was delivering the first pitch of the night. Zimmermann got into some trouble, issuing a leadoff walk to Eric Young Jr., letting him steal second and then take third on a deep flyball. But Jordan battled back and got out of the inning, so it’s scoreless as the Nats come up to bat.

7:25 p.m. — Nothing happening for the Nats in the bottom of the first, with three straight groundballs against Dillon Gee. But Zimmermann responded with his own 1-2-3 top of the second.

7:33 p.m. — And another 1-2-3 inning for Gee, who has had his way with the Nats all season and is off to a dominant start so far tonight. None of the six Nats who have stepped to the plate have hit the ball out of the infield so far. Scoreless after two.

7:48 p.m. — There’s the first hit of the night by either team. It came off Wilson Ramos’ bat, and it sailed over the left-field fence for a home run. That’s Ramos’ ninth homer in limited playing time this season, a nice total. And it gives the Nationals a 1-0 lead after three.

7:57 p.m. — That lead was short-lived. Ike Davis sends a 2-run homer to left-center off Zimmermann, putting the Mets up 2-1 in the fourth.

8:11 p.m. — Other than the Davis homer, which came on a first-pitch changeup, Zimmermann has been fantastic. He’s through five innings on only 59 pitches, displaying his usual efficiency. But the Nats have to get something going against Gee, who has recorded 10 of his 12 outs so far on grounders. Really keeping the ball down in the zone. It’s still 2-1 Mets as we move to the bottom of the fifth.

8:20 p.m. — Make it 13 of 15 outs recorded by Gee on groundballs, including a 6-4-3 off Rendon’s bat to end the fifth. Somehow, some way, the Nationals are going to need to figure out how to get under some of those pitches and get them into the air.

8:31 p.m. — The good news: The Nats did get a couple of balls into the air off Gee in the sixth. The bad news: They still didn’t score. Zimmerman’s two-out single was all they got. Onto the seventh inning already in what remains a 2-1 Mets lead.

8:39 p.m. — Zimmermann just cruising along. He’s through seven innings on 78 pitches, 61 of them strikes. Just a clinic he’s putting on tonight. Of course, he’s currently in line to take the loss because Gee is outperforming him. We’ve reached the seventh-inning stretch, still 2-1 New York.

8:46 p.m. — Man, LaRoche must feel right now like he can’t do anything right. He finally squared up a ball in the bottom of the seventh … and lined it directly into the Mets infield shift. It’s been that kind of summer for LaRoche, and that kind of night for the Nats, who still trail 2-1 and are down to their final six outs.

9:00 p.m. — Uh-oh. The Mets get a big insurance run in the top of the eighth when Zimmerman tries to make an impossible throw from foul territory all the way to first base, LaRoche can’t scoop it and Murphy scores all the way from second base. That makes it 3-1 New York and sends Zimmermann to the showers. But here’s another not-so-good sign: Randy Knorr made the pitching change. He’s at the top step of the dugout with the lineup card, next to Steve McCatty. There’s no sign of Davey Johnson in there.

9:18 p.m. — Whoa, Steve Lombardozzi with a pinch-hit home run with two outs in the eighth. That came out of nowhere. The Nats had a chance to tie the game, too, when Span and Zimmerman each singled, bringing Harper to the plate in a huge spot. Terry Collins countered with lefty Scott Rice, who fired three straight balls to Harper. But then Bryce swung at the 3-0 pitch and fouled it off, then grounded the 3-1 pitch to second base. Murphy bobbled the ball for a second, but Harper wasn’t running hard out of the box, and so he had no chance to beat it out. It’s 3-2 Mets going to the ninth.

9:23 p.m. — Last shot. It’s Werth, Desmond and LaRoche against LaTroy Hawkins.

9:30 p.m. — That’s it. Nats lose a tough one, 3-2. Awaiting word on Davey.

  1. MicheleS - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    GYFNG!!!! I am exhausted from last night’s concert so I will not be at tonight’s game. GO JORDAN!!!! GO BATS!! Crush the Mets!!!

  2. Sonny G 10 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Time we put Mr. Gee in his place and get Jordan Z his 16th win. GYFNG!!!

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Man, this one really hurt.

  3. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Carry on winning, boys.

  4. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Given the pitching matchups, I think 2/3 in this series is acceptable. That would be another 5/6 homestand which is good and on pace for what we need.

    Dillon Gee is a Nats killer. Hope we can get to him tonight.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Not such a killer the last time we faced him — taters from Desi, Harp, and Span, and lately (not just last night) we’ve been getting more guys on before we hit them (fewer solos). What Gee did against us much earlier in the season when no one was doing much hitting is less indicative.

      (He said hopefully.)

  5. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Off to the game! GO NATS!!! Jordan, pitch good. Hitters, hit lots. That should do it.

  6. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Almost forgot–no errors.

  7. Baseballswami - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    That was then, this is now!!

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Duquette gets Morse and Rizzo gets Hairston. I wonder who gave up more.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Duquette has the DH which is where Morse is going. He’s certainly not going to replace or even spell Davis at 1B, or Markakis in RF, maybe very occasionally McLouth in LF against a LH pitcher. I love Morse but with injuries further reducing his mobility, at this point he’s become an AL luxury. Unfortunate for him in his walk year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Morse makes a good 4th outfielder. Certainly better than Hairston. That’s the point. Where did I say a starting outfielder? Hairston is the Nats 4th outfielder now that Bernadina got banished!

      • sjberke - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        Agreed, I would much rather have Hairston in the outfield than Morse.

    • Feel Wood - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Gotta play the hand you’re dealt. Morse didn’t go on waivers until the Nats had Hairston already – by several weeks.

  9. veejh - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Keep it rollin, Nats. I sure hope my renewed sense of hope doesnt come up short.

  10. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Looks like Walters is getting the callup instead of Danny Espinosa.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      As he should. Davey said it well, a call up should be a reward and Walters is more deserving than Espinosa.

  11. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Why don’t we like their shortstop? One ball each to 1B, 2B, and 3B, but no love for SS.

  12. natsjackinfl - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    At the risk of ruining a good thing, I have to say that Jordan is showing some special stuff tonight.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      He *is* looking focused, isn’t he?

      BUFFALO DRILL!

  13. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I hate Dillon Gee

  14. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Remember when Adam LaRoche was good? I miss that.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Past a diving Ryan Zimmerman

  16. natsjackinfl - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    And there you go. As stated, with the risk of ruining a good thing, I did.

    I promise to never put my internal thoughts concerning the Nats out for public viewing ever again.

  17. natsjackinfl - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Now Dillion Gee is suddenly a ground ball pitcher.

  18. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    LaRoche is painful to watch right now. He went through a period where he was lining out all the time, but now he’s not even making solid contact.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Time for a Nats 2 out rally!

    • David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Bryce overthought it. He has to hit that fastball right down the middle.

  20. knoxvillenat - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Slightly off topic but is it me or is the number of posts here going down over the past few days? Seems like the number of posts and posters has declined in the past 7-10 days.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Isn’t is because of the transfer?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        That, and a lot of the folks who stopped posting in game threads are not back yet, and of the folks who didn’t stop, quite a few are missing here.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        I am sure everyone will join in again.

    • paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      knox, totally agree…for me its the site…i am a creature of habit so at least for me, just not comfortable with it yet but i will get over it.

      on a more important note, we have 3 hits!!!!! come on nats!!!

      we are making this guy look like tom seaver…nonsense.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        On that point, I do NOT understand why LaRoche is not bunting down the third base line for singles until they stop shifting on him. He’s hitting .236 so it’s not as if he’s getting hits no matter where they play him.He did it a couple of times last year, but at this point, both he and the Nats need men on base no matter how they get them.

        At this rate, Gee is going to pitch a complete game and we won’t even have a chance to get into the Mets’ bullpen, which has given us several wins this year (including when Harvey started) when we couldn’t get to their starter.

        This is the kind of pitcher to work the count on. But they haven’t done it.

  21. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    DP — agree. Once Gee gets that first pitch strike, he’s working the corners. He’s getting good movement AND a generous low outside corner that’s several inches outside. Not just to Bryce — strike one to Span on his last AB was way outside.

  22. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    On the other hand, the Nats should really want to get into the Mets’ bullpen.

  23. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Werth just missed that.

  24. paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    this is pathetic.

  25. paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    why isn’t he playing no doubles D or is he just that slow now??!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Exactly. Shades of that 1st Braves game.

  26. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Zimmerman SHOULD NOT have attempted that throw.

  27. paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    yet another brain dead play by the FOF!

    put it in your pocket!!!

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      What’s more, if Zim had really played it smart, he would have deked a throw to first and had a chance at catching Murphy either trying to come back to third or going home.

      Yeah, that’s hindsight, but isn’t that what you pay an established vet the very big bucks for? To have those kinds of baseball smarts?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Yes and yes. Frustrating watching him hurt this team defensively. He used to be elite. LaRoche missed the short hop and the corner infielders playing to their UZR ratings.

      • paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        eddie, spot on, thought the same, this is getting old…will be two games in a week where his brain farts have contributed to 2 huge losses!!!!

        there is still hope tonight but we better get Gee out of the game since we can’t him worth a sh*&!!!

  28. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Another bad fielding misjudgment by Zim may have lost us the game.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    The veteran Zimmerman loses his brain again. This is getting old.

  30. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Lefties hit Abad better than righties. Why bring in Abad to face the lefty? Randy Knorr is managing for some reason.

  31. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    There was a time when Zim made that throw for the out.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Maybe. But in this situation — down a run in the late innings to a pitcher who’s shutting us down and with a relatively low pitch count — it’s a pretty iffy play to try. Smarter play is try to nab Murphy going too far off third.

    • paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      no there wasn’t!

  32. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 38s
    Davey isn’t at his normal spot in the dugout. Just Randy Knorr and Steve McCatty up by the top step. No sign of the skipper.

    Hmm. I hope he’s okay.

  33. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Yeah, he should have hung on to that one. Yeah, he knew there was a quality runner on second.
    He wasn’t playing scared, and he wasn’t phoning it in. He made a mistake of being overly aggressive. Mistake, to be sure, but one of aggressiveness, not laziness. If we’re going to roast Zim, let’s at least be consistent about what we’re roasting him for.

    • paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      sorry Eddie, meant to say “no there wasn’t” to sofa…and still say so…put it in your pocket or fake the throw and you easily get him in a run down.

      it was a bad error period…could care less how its characterized…he should know better NOT to throw it, period…and he didn’t…lets hope we can overcome it…i have faith!!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Well, sure, that’s obvious from here, and in hindsight.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    BABIP also not a friend of the Nats tonight. Time to change the luck.

  35. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Lombo!

  36. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Rally napkins?

    Ghost, you are still The Summoner!

  37. RickH - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    LOMBO!!!

  38. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    OK, swing the bats! Let’s go get ‘em.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Lombo looked like he swung the bat with no effort… Good on him… That extra run really hurts now..

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Lombo shows you how costly the RZim mistake was.

  41. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Hope Zim’s play doesn’t be what comes back to bite us.

    Great hustle by Span. Every AB is crucial now.

  42. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Zim has a shot to make up for his mistake right now.

  43. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Zim with a huge chance to atone.

    Just don’t put Mattheus in in the 9th.

  44. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Nah, we got this. I have a good feeling about this one.

  45. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Don’t need a six-run home run here, just keep the line moving.

  46. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    THAT’s what I’m talkin about.

  47. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    The problem now is you get a very unfavorable matchup. Rice vs Harper. Rice kills lefties and Harper struggles against lefties. Harper needs to try to do whatever he can to get on base and get the line to Werth.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      +1

  48. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Huge moment in the season for Bryce. Like you said (about Zim I guess), not the 6-run tater. We’re into their bullpen, just drive in the tying run and have faith that Werth and Desi can take it from there.

  49. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Time for a blooper down the LF line.

  50. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    35,000+ in the park? Here you go, Bryce. You asked for it. Your turn now.

  51. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Interesting that Rice is keeping it inside on the first three pitches.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Bryce bailed him out….

  53. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Oh great, Mattheus to blow this game open.

  54. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I hope whoever is managing is ready to pull Mattheus at the first sign of wildness or trouble.

  55. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Why did this platform just repost my comment from a half hour ago?

    Bizarre.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Eddie, I think somebody is messing with the settings again. The comments got scrambled.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Yeah, it’s now lost two of mine.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        By the way, I think your point is a good one. A little small ball to get that tying run.

  56. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Davey not in the dugout. Maybe he’s been traded to a contender for the stretch run?

  57. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    OK, boys, buckle it up.

  58. RickH - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Nice job by Mattheus. Now LET’S GO NATS!

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Here we go. Nats desperately need the walkoff!

  60. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    C’mon, this guy was a Cub, for crying out loud. Gotta come back here.

  61. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Not even close to a strike.

  62. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Totally bogus strike zone. what BS.

  63. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Ouch. No way that was anywhere near the plate.

  64. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Ok. Go get ‘em tomorrow.

  65. paul brandt - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    bad loss, thanks Zim, once again you make a bone-headed play in the field that costs us and why ALR is even in the line-up is mind-boggling…

  66. Sonny G 10 - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    This loss is hard for me to take. I really wanted that 16th win for jZimm.

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