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Game 135: Mets at Nats

Aug 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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The Nationals didn’t exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper’s effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound.

Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst start in over a month after giving up four earned runs in Kansas City on Aug. 25. Tonight he faces the Mets for the third time this season, he holds a 4.91 ERA through 11 innings against the club. Haren last faced the Mets on July 27 and held them to one run through seven innings in a 4-1 win at Nats Park.

The Nats will get their second look at former sixth overall pick Zack Wheeler (6-3, 3.42) tonight. They faced him in his third career start back in June and handed him his shortest outing of the season. That day Wheeler was yanked after 4 2/3 innings with five earned runs off two homers surrendered.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (68-66)
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 Dan Haren

METS (61-72)
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Josh Satin
1B Ike Davis
C Travis d’Arnaud
RF Juan Lagares
CF Matt den Dekker
SS Omar Quintanilla
RHP Zack Wheeler

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

7:13 p.m. – Quick work for Haren in the first as he retired the Mets 1-2-3 hitters in order. He got Young to ground out to second, Murphy to fly out to deep center and Satin to go down swinging. 12 pitches for the veteran through one.

7:20 p.m. – It was three up, three down for the Nats as well in the first inning. Span, Zimmerman and Harper were all retired on groundouts. Wheeler also threw 12 pitches.

7:32 p.m. – The Mets took an early lead in the second inning after plating two runs on a Quintanilla double. The hit was a long fly ball to center field and Span got a glove on it on a dive attempt, but couldn’t reel it in. Nats down 2-0 as we move to the bottom of the second.

7:41 p.m. – Nothing going for the Nationals in the bottom half of the inning. Werth popped out to the catcher, Desmond grounded out to first and LaRoche struck out swinging. Wheeler has thrown 28 pitches.

8:09 p.m. – Well, that one got out of hand quickly. The Mets scored six more runs in the top of the third to make this an 8-0 game. Haren gave up five more on a battery of singles, and was then replaced by Tanner Roark. Roark then walked Quintanilla to load the bases and Wheeler to score the final run. Nats now down big in what has turned into a blowout.

8:18 p.m. – The Nats made matters interesting in the bottom of the third with a pair of two-out singles, but came away with nothing to show for it. Zimmerman ended the inning on a deep flyout to right field that was about three feet from clearing the fence. Score remains 8-0 with the fourth up next.

8:27 p.m. – Roark gave up a leadoff double to Satin, but that’s all the Mets would get. Two strikeouts and a Lagares groundout later and it’s still 8-0 with the bottom of the fourth on deck.

8:34 p.m. – Another quick inning for the Nats on offense who were set down in order. Harper struck out swinging before Werth grounded out and Desmond lined out to right field. Wheeler is grooving through four scoreless having thrown 60 pitches.

8:40 p.m. – Roark gets through the top of the fifth in short order, beginning the frame with two swinging strikeouts. The third out was a groundout by Wheeler as LaRoche, Ramos and Lombardozzi are up next in the bottom of the inning.

8:45 p.m. – This Wheeler kid is pretty good. Either that, or the Nats already have their sights set on tomorrow. Once again it was 1-2-3 for Washington, LaRoche and Lombo grounded out and Ramos flew out to deep right field. Wheeler is through five scoreless having thrown 65 pitches.

8: 56 p.m. – Roark allowed a single and a walk in the top of the sixth, but no runs for the Mets. Murphy was thrown out on his single, a leadoff hit, by Bryce Harper as he tried to stretch it to two. Still 8-0 with Roark leading off for the Nats.

9:12 p.m. – Finally some runs for the home team. Anthony Rendon pinch-hit for Roark and took first after he was hit with a pitch. Span then joined him on base with a single, and Harper later walked. Werth was able to bring Rendon home with a sac fly to left field. Desmond then hit a broken bat singled into left field to score Span from second. 8-2 is the score.

9:21 p.m. – Fernando Abad took over in the top of the seventh and walked den Dekker with two outs. That was it for the Mets, however, as it remains 8-2.

9:33 p.m. – Rendon and Span both singled in the bottom of the seventh, but once again no runs for the Nats. Span’s hit was actually his third of the day. That’s his 12th three-hit game of the year. He also pushed his career-high hitting streak tonight to 14 games.

9:47 p.m. – Three more runs for the Mets in the top of the eighth off Ryan Mattheus and this one is as good as over. 11-2 is the score as the Nats have six outs to go before Gavin DeGraw takes the stage.

10:00 p.m. – There were no runs for the Nats in the bottom of the eighth, despited a pair of doubles. Harper led off with a double but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it. Desmond doubled an out later, but never advanced past second. 11-2 with the top of the ninth up next.

10:15 p.m. — The Nats got another run in the bottom of the ninth as Span singled home Jhonatan Solano. That was it though as they fell 11-3 to the Mets.

185 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Alright, boys. Forget last night. Go out there and stomp on the Mets. Back to our winning ways.

    GYFNG!!!

  2. Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I think Ramos should bat ahead of LaRoche, at least until Adam starts hitting again.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      And as far as that goes, why not play Ty Mo at first. Davey is letting Tyler get rusty sitting on the bench again, just on the off-chance ALR might start hitting again.

      • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Maybe he will do that tomorrow against the lefty. I was hoping we would win last night, because tomorrow you figure Solano goes, with the “B” line-up.

  3. natsfan1a - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    What Sonny said. It’s a new day and a new game. Go get ‘em, boys!

  4. 3on2out - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Can anyone explain the rationale for using Matheus in the 9th last night? I know he escaped without giving up a run but how could Knorr trust him in that situation? He has been stone-cold horrible for awhile now…

    • TimDz - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      He needed to be used sooner or later…
      In hindsight, it may pay dividends in terms of his confidence…

      Other than that, I got nothing….

  5. veejh - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Wasted opportunity last night with the Reds losing. Its crunch time, these guys needs to step it up another notch. Harper 0fer really hurt.

    • natsguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      What really hurt was RZim. Needs to make sure he is OK next year or stay on DL til he is. He and Espinosa have really done a lot of damage this year.

      • Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        True, and I think Ryan will be alright next year, if he doesn’t reinjure himself again this year. He’s not yet at 100%, but I believe he’s getting close. Don’t like to see him sliding into home plate like he did the other night on that shoulder. Sounds like they’re trying to trade Espinosa, so we may never see him up with our team again. Such a shame.

  6. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    This is a puzzling paragraph about Rendon. From Kilgore,

    The arc of his season, though, has naturally made Espinosa’s future with the Nationals murkier. Rendon has entrenched himself as a piece of the infield. He has support within in the organization, but many believe he needs to be more upbeat, not so quick to sulk after a rough game.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Wow, I’ve never noticed him sulking after a game.

      • Feel Wood - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        You’re in the clubhouse?

  7. natsfan1a - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Kilgore could have worded that better, so that it was clear to whom the “sulking” applied, imo.

    • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      I agree. Had to read it through three times, and concluded the sulking refers to Rendon, Which, after the part about Harper “pouting” makes you wonder what is going on.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        There’s always more than meets the eye. These are young players. Like Harper, Rendon has always had success. He’s never really lost. He was by far the best college hitter during his years, he tore up the minors where he was there. He tore up the majors for a while and the league has adjusted. He’s probably frustrated.

      • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Reminds me of high school valedictorians who get to an Ivy League school and find that everyone was a valedictorian. Some kids love it and feed off the challenge, some are socked in the ego and frustrated.

    • pchuck69 - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      If Espinosa is the sulker then that is the worst structured paragraph I’ve seen in a while.

      I learned not to use “He'” in that situation in the 9th grade.

  8. nats106 - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Anybody notice the typo from the prior article about Morse:

    “Morse was a fan favorite and popular clubhouse presence during the Nationals’ historic 2013 season. Despite the two parting ways in the offseason, Johnson has nothing but nice things to say about him.”

    Maybe that’s wishful thinking for those who are still lamenting the loss of Morse. Maybe it would be a historic season with Morse on the team. Maybe he wouldn’t have been hurt so much if he wasn’t in Seattle. As they say, people don’t tan there, they rust. Lots of maybes in this world. Maybe I should quit posting.

  9. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    “I understood that if I came back up, I would be a defensive replacement, maybe come off the bench to sac bunt or pinch run,” Espinosa said. “I understood I didn’t hit well this year. I took responsibility for the reason why I was in AAA. At the end of the day, it’s not about me. I think defensively, I could be a huge help to the team to win a wild card.”

    I mean, yeah, Danny could be a help in that role. But Danny is also days away from super 2 status. It would make no sense to let him get that payday if all he could do is play defense or pinch run.

    • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Well, there you are. It’s about the money. I don’t think it was, to begin with. But it is now.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      With Perez and Kobernus we will have all the pinch runners we need.

      At the end of the day Danny it is about you; start hitting and there will be opportunities galore. Keep hitting .200 and you have a long career in the minors telling stories like Crash Davis. I’m rooting for you.

  10. janebeard - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Staying in Old Town tonight so we can take the baseball boat. Win this, guys! Keep hope alive!

  11. janebeard - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    PS. I hope Mikey kills it for the Orioles and they get a WC spot. Next best thing to him still being ours.

  12. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Kolko:

    On another note, Steve Lombardozzi is starting at second base tonight for the Nats, with Anthony Rendon taking a seat. Part of that is due to the matchup against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler (Rendon is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Wheeler), but part of it is also because of the heavy workload Rendon has had this season.

    Rendon played in just 43 games last season due to a major ankle injury that knocked him out for an extended period, and the collegiate baseball schedule obviously doesn’t compare to the grind of a professional season. Rendon has already appeared in 114 games this season, and Johnson will pick his spots to give his second baseman a day off down the stretch.

    “Some of us think that he should be on an innings limit, like some of the pitchers, because this is the first season he’s played over 50 games,” Johnson joked. “A lot of guys think (Rendon) might wear down because since we signed him, I think the most he played in a year was maybe 30, 40 games. But I occasionally hear from my coaches, ‘Give him a rest.’ “

  13. pchuck69 - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Question about the site before the game gets started.. Is there a place to login here, at NatsInsider.com? If there is, I haven’t found it. I have to go to wordpress to login and that logs me in here.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Pchuck, it depends, but if you are not on a mobile browser the login link is down by the comments.

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Was watching my college football team, Alabam, play…. And alsmost forgot the Nats game… Doh…. Thank goodness for DVR…

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Good discussion by FP and Carp…

  16. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Should Zim have got that?

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Zimm should have picked that…

  18. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    That was a really tough play to say Zim should have got it. If he makes that pick, it’s a highlight reel play.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      It’s the same old debate.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        There are balls that Zim legitimately doesn’t get to that he used to. That was not one of them. Maybe he makes that play sometimes, but to expect him to make that very difficult play every single time is silly. I can’t think of any 3B who makes that play all the time.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        I would have to.see it again but Mrs B is a good judge of plays.

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

    Should have pitched around the 8 hitter. Stupid bravado to go after him.

    • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      It worked last night.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Didn’t like it last night either. And Jzimm got lucky, Quintanilla hit it hard but right at Werth. Was a lineout.

  20. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Well, that was annoying. Keep getting beat by .200 hitters. Let’s not let that happen tonight!

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Pitch was up…. Haren, keep it down…

  22. paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    we are playing a AAA team/line-up and so far, we are down 2-0…not good.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      But why was I just thinking that… I started thinking earlier, how the hell does Jordan allow them 3 runs…

      • paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        correction, 3-0…get Haren out now before its too late.

  23. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    They’re teeing off on Haren.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Sigh

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    The Nats are playing like 2 months ago. Swinging for the fences. LaRoche in a slump. RZim ole’ing balls. Haren pitching sloppy. The air felt sucked out last night after the 3rd run scored. Hope I’m wrong.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Daveys refusal to play TyMo and working Ramos every day and still using Tracy tells me nothing has changed.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Hahaha… Where were you when I said Ramos playing every day isn’t good… Lol… He isn’t an every day player and they keep trotting him out there…

      The thing that happened with Zook and his production is now happening to Ramos… And don’t tell me nothing a out luck as he isn’t getting it done.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        He hit a home run yesterday and he hits almost .500 career against the Mets. It would be absurd for Davey not to play him. Ramos isn’t a .300 hitter, his numbers were going to go down. Has nothing to do with him being worn down.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        He hit a home run yesterday and he hits almost .500 career against the Mets. It would be absurd for Davey not to play him. Ramos isn’t a .300 hitter, his numbers were going to go down. Has nothing to do with him being worn down.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        David, it was playing him the day game against the Marlins.

  27. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Haren is up with everything. He’s lucky these are just singles, not home runs.

  28. section309 - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Welcome to the 2013 Nats. It’s LaFail and Zim’s team. At least that’s the way Davey treats them. Their lack of leadership and underperformance has set the time for this awful year. Bryce get thrown under the bus daily. Meanwhile Most high school 3b could outplay Zim and my daughter could throw better than him. LaRoche is hitting .235 and will soon be under .200 yet he plays every day even though Rizzo will unload him this offseason. Daveys favorite grandkids.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Werth still came to play.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Unh unh unh…

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Amazing what happens when you put bat on ball.

  32. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Pitching to the No. 8 hitter again.

  33. Manassas Nats Fan - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    There were a few hard hits and some seeing eye hits.the combination is terrible.

    Mets have more hits than Nats have had batters

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Unh unh unh…. Embarassing…

  35. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Roark, throw an effing strike.

  36. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    That was ball 4 that Wheeler just fouled. Not even close.

  37. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Wow Roark.

  38. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    This game will just rip your heart out. Baseball.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    My goodness….

  40. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    That’s why Davey doesn’t like intentional walks, especially when it loads the bases.

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    8 runs in 3 innings…. Yeah I feel myself getting pissed by the minute…

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      We don’t have a hit yet either.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    DP – so 1 HR by Ramos is supposed to erase the rest of this offensive funk that he is in… I’m sorry, I disagree…. He isn’t an every day player… And his production has gone down now that he is playing every day…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      What catcher is an every day player? Especially one with a bad hammy.

  43. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Roark with the first hit.

  44. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Wait, we have a baserunner. Too bad it’s the pitcher, I don’t like pitchers on the basepaths on a hot night.

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Does it really matter right now?

  45. paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    are there any takers for Haren now? maybe Rizzo should have moved him earlier???

    Roark with the 1st hit…this game will just rip your heart out.

    • karlkolchak - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Nobody is going to want Haren after this outing combined with the fact that players traded after 8/31 are not eligible to be on the postseason roster. We probably would not have gotten that much for him, but now we’ll get nothing.

  46. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Good to see Span going the other way. He’s really been quite good lately.

  47. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    That’s the story of our entire season right there. Just a little bit short.

  48. paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    nice line Haren:

    2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, O BB, 3 K, 57 pitches…yikes!

  49. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I think maybe Roark didn’t have enough time to warm up.

  50. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Pittsburgh stepping all over St. Louis. Lance Lynn doing a Dan Haren, 7 earned in 3 innings.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Soooo I guess Haren needs another trip to the DL huh…

  52. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    2 bad starts in a row, although he did settle in after the first inning in his last start.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I criticised Davey in using Roark for 2 innings on Thursday in a 9-0 game since the game was clearly in hand. Roark needed those innings in case Haren didn’t have his stuff.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Okay, this is kinda spooky…. I was just about to say, this is why Roark shouldn’t have pitched in the laugher against the Marlins…

  54. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Just tuning in after driving back from Portland with only NCAA football on the radio. Oh my, what an ugly number I’m seeing on the scoreboard. I think I may get back in the car and keep driving.

  55. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    5 pitch inning. Laughable.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      This LaRoche thing is bad. Inching closer to .225

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I’m honestly baffled with what’s going on with him. He’s not this bad. Yeah, he had a career year last year, but he’s always been a .270-ish hitter with 20+ home runs and 80+ RBI. I would die for that right now.

  56. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    LaRoche hasn’t had a hit since Tuesday. Are there any big 1B hitting the free agent market?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      We may have one… But we don’t know becuz he is wasting away on the bench…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Move RZim. It’s time. I think San Diego trade Headley as he is a FA after next year. You can’t go into 2014 hoping and praying RZim is ever going to be better than average at 3rd base defensively.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Headley’s been pretty bad this year. He’s hitting .240 with only 8 HR and 36 RBI. I don’t want him. Last year was an aberration.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        David, absolutely. Still a 2.8 WAR and excellent defense. You get him for a lower level prospect.

  57. umpiressuk - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    So after sweeping the lowly marlins, the nats can’t hit squat against the lowly mutts. What’s new? Playoffs…did somebody say…playoffs?

    BWAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAA…

    • karlkolchak - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      The fact that we swept that Marlins series obscured the fact that the offense wasn’t terribly good in the first two games against mediocre pitching. I was at Tuesday night’s 2-1 win, and while I was glad to go home having seen a victory that was a very boring game.

      • karlkolchak - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        Arrgh, I hate this new software. I’ve already accidentally “reported” two comments I was trying to reply to. Why is it that we can’t undo that action if we accidentally hit the wrong button?

      • Candide - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        That’s okay, I was going to report them anyway.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    David, you are right about LaRoche and it’s offensive and defensive. He’s done. He looks so tired and has been but Davey writes him in almost every day.

  59. scnatsfan - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Above is correct. This team just rmips your heart out.

  60. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I’m not throwing Span under any bus.

    Tanner Roark is a one man band.

  61. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Terrible at-bat by Zim. Three fastballs?

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Shouldn’t have taken the first 2.

      • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        No kidding. Shouldn’t have taken the first ONE.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    3 pitch K to RZim with RISP and no outs. His RISP BA in low .290s now.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Good AB by Bryce. That’s what he needs to do. Take what they give you.

  64. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Ok, Desi, time to shine.

  65. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Way to go, Desi! Nice to see Span score a run, too.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Bat on ball. Nice Desi!

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Should be stealing 3rd with the shift. Do it ALR!

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Pretty sure they take the shift off with men on base.

  68. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Well I can’t really fault LaRoche for that one. Lineouts suck.

    All his other pitiful ABs on the other hand…

    • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Zimmerman trying to hit the 9 run HR and K’s on 3 pitches is what kept that inning from being blown open. Nats needed baserunners not useless strikeouts.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I’m not even excited that we scored….

  70. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I have stuck up for ALR. I don’t quite get the love affair with Tyler Moore, mainly because I don’t care for his defense. All that said? Go ahead. Bench Adam, play Moore. It’s time. See what he looks like every day.

    • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      yah, I dont think Tyler Mo is the answer. Then again anyone is better than Laroche and Tracy right now.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        Nor do I believe him to be the answer.No, I believe that the way Adam is playing, he is killing us, but I don’t think that it matters that much any more. I wouldn’t even platoon them. Give Moore the rest of the year. Just keep him out of the outfield.

      • paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        exactly right, we will never know unless TyMo gets consistent play time, ALR is just awful at the plate right now, time to see if Moore can handle the job next year since that is what we are playing for…next year.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    2 out rally time.

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Did they say why Ryan was taken out?

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      The drive of the game is a single down the left field line…that’s embarrassing.

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Aight Span…

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

    Well Span has done his job and then some.

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Span now has the same Batting Average as RZim at 2.75

  76. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    That type of AB doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence in Tyler Moore…

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    That’s a typical at bat for T Moore.. Just swinging for the hell of it…

    • paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      MrsB, ok fine but when was his last AB? probably 3+-games ago?? that is the problem!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        I’m not disagreeing…. But that’s what got him sent down in the first place…

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    That’s what happens when TyMo doesn’t play. Timing way off. Davey has screwed him up once again

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I’m getting sick and tired of seeing Mattheus…

  80. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Best throw from 3rd base in a long time.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      I beg your pardon?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      You’re not playing 2nd now ARen.

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      And then he goes and does that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        I’ve said it for a while that Rendon is in the right spot at 2nd base. He makes too many mistakes every time he plays there.

  81. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    No, I’m not throwing Denard Span under any bus. And no, he’s not a fourth outfielder, nor is he a 7 hole hitter.

    Yeah, Tyler’s probably not the answer, but everybody seems to want to see what he can do.I again say, let’s see once and for all. Give him the chance. He can’t be the 35% strike out machine that he was earlier this year, right?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Wait – what did I miss? Who threw Span under the bus?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Not you, me, or NatsLady

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        Did I leave anybody out?

  82. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Mattheus is pitching himself right out of a job.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of Mattheus…

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Ryan Mattheus is the biggest goat of the year on this team, in my opinion.

  84. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Pitcher comes in for the Rox and balks a run home. Checked. Balkin’ Bob not on the crew there.

  85. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    No David Wright, no Valdespin, no Ike Davis, no Marlon Byrd, no Buck. The Nats are playing a split squad game tonight and stinking it up.

  86. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Thanks for NOTHING, Ryan Mattheus! I could see scoring 6 runs against the Mets lousy bullpen. I can’t see scoring 9.

  87. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Mike Rizzo better invest in the front end of the bullpen next year. Not that you should spend a lot on middle relief, but you can get good pitchers for low cost if you look. The Braves seemingly do it every year.

  88. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Seriously???? Down by 9 and you are going for 3rd?

    • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Im not there tonight. Did Trent wave him to 3rd?

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Bryce adjusting his helmet got him out… Where have we seen that before?

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      He was tossing his helmet off because it slows him down.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        Bingo. That helmet that doesn’t fit was bouncing around. That move to put his hand to his head slowed him down.

  90. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    That’s a dumb play but I’m almost positive that he went for three just because he was criticized for not hustling yesterday. He was trying to prove something when he shouldn’t have to prove anything.

    • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      None of this stuff (Harper’s lack of “hustle,” Rendon “pouting,” none of it should be public. Find a manager who knows the cliches.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        Absolutely agreed. I think Knorr might be talking himself out of the job. There’s a balance. I don’t like managers who speak in only cliches, but I also don’t like what Knorr has done. Every press conference, he’s lashed out at someone now. That’s inappropriate I think. Take care of it in house.

      • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Is rendon pouting. Hes seems happy this morning at the TMobile store.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I’m not even mad that the attempt or effort… I just wish someone would get him a helmet that fits…

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Exactly.

  91. paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    sorry to vent but this new software/blog needs improvement…MrsB responded to mine of 937 at 939 but there is no reply box underneath for me to reply to her????…

    why can’t i reply to her comment? do i have to make a new comment?

    dumb!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Yeah I noticed that too, like it’s a limit on the number of replies to a comment… Oh, well. Here is your chance… Have at it…

      • paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        MrsB, thanks for the invite but now i forgot what i wanted to say…haha.

        oh well…but if you look at the comments above, not all of them have a “reply” box??

        makes no sense & people are wondering why there seem to be less comments…hello, McFly???!!

  92. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Reds, Snakes both up. We were supposed to win this series.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Another reason why i don’t have an issue with Bryce being called it right there… The score would be 11-3… Not a big difference…

  94. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Where have we seen that before. Laroche leaves another runner at 2nd.

  95. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Laroche in a 0-15 at the worst time.

  96. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    One of the camera angles a few minutes back had 9:55 in large white lights in the background. Before I realized it was the time, I thought it might be Ryan Mattheus’ ERA for this season.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Uhm, why use Storen here..l trot Mattheus whack ass back out there.. He needs all the help he can get…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Mrs B, I had the same thought.

      • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        I think Mrs B is the female version of the Ghost.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        I mean this game was over in the 3rd inning… I don’t get DJ even using anymore of the BP that he has to… It’s decisions like this, I just don’t get…

        Just like Roark in the 9-0 thrashing…

  98. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Nats 128, a report came out that the organization prefers Rendon over Espinosa at 2B, but that they don’t like how he beats himself up and sulks if he has a bad game. It was rather shocking since I wouldn’t expect that from Rendon. But a lot goes on we don’t see.

    • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Wow just wow! Didnt kno that. Thanks for clueing me in.

  99. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Cool play Desi!

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    So… By my account, we need another LHP for the starting rotation… We are going to move Det to the BP (at least I hope we do)… We need another RHRP becuz Matheus shouldn’t even be allowed to take the damn bus to Nats Park… Abad is cut and Krol takes over… RossO, Stammen, Clip and Store come back… Sori too… So what to do a out Roark….

    We need another OF, 2 new people for the bench… Maybe a 1st baseman (I go back and forth)

    Am I missing anymore needs that Rizzo must do next year….

  101. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    This guy looks about 50…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Hahahahahahahah…. I was thinking the same thing…

  102. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Finally a Solano sighting that isnt Donovan Solano.

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Solano is the master of the little squibbler…

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I love FP’s enthusiasm… Seriously, I don’t see why folks can’t stand him,,,,

    • paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      love FP, nice to see Span give the 3b some work.

  105. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    This nightmare is over.

    • paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      yep DP and have to think the same for our post-season aspirations…hope I’m wrong…

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        They’re hanging by a thread. If we lose tomorrow, it’s over. That’s the nail in the coffin. Ohlendorf better pitch well.

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