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Game 136: Mets at Nats

Sep 1, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

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After losing the first two of this weekend series with the New York Mets, the Nationals will send Ross Ohlendorf to the mound looking to avoid the sweep. They sit 7 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card with 27 games remaining on their schedule, this the first of their final month of the regular season.

Ohlendorf is making his fifth start of the season for Washington and his second against New York. Having also faced the Mets in relief, Ohlendorf has allowed two earned runs through nine innings vs. the club this year. As a starter this season he is 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA through 22 1/3 innings pitched.

Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69) is facing the Nats for the first time this year. The 26-year-old, however, has a strong history against the franchise. Through six starts against Washington he sports a 3-0 record and a 2.37 ERA.

With the lefty on the mound, Davey Johnson has given Adam LaRoche and Denard Span the day off. In their place are Tyler Moore at first and Bryce Harper who is playing center and batting leadoff.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (68-67)
CF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
LF Scott Hairston
RHP Ross Ohlendorf

METS (62-72)
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Josh Satin
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
RF Juan Lagares
CF Matt den Dekker
SS Omar Quintanilla
LHP Jonathon Niese

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

 7:55 p.m. – Tonight’s game is on ESPN2 by the way, I had originally said it was on ESPN. Sorry for the confusion! Anyways, we’re about to get started here with a 8:06 p.m. first pitch.

8:17 p.m. – It was not a great start for Ohlendorf and the Nats in the top of the first. The Mets scored two runs in the frame, the first on back-to-back doubles by Young and Murphy. Duda later singled home Murphy to score the second run and make it 2-0 Mets. Ohlendorf threw 16 pitches.

8:24 p.m. – Harper led off with a single to center field, but a Rendon swinging strikeout and Zimmerman GIDP ended the inning. Niese threw 11 pitches. We’ll see if Ohlendorf can settle down after a rocky first inning.

8:32 p.m. – It doesn’t look like Ohlendorf is ready to settle down yet. He gave up another run in the second, this one on a upper deck blast by Matt den Dekker. It was the outfielder’s first major league home run, a day after he recorded his first hit. Ohlendorf has thrown 26 pitches through two, but nearly every time the Mets have made contact it’s been right on the barrel.

8:46 p.m. – The Nats again saw their leadoff batter get on, a double down the left field line by Jayson Werth, but this time they cashed in. Moore hit a grounder up the middle to score Werth from third with two outs and it’s a 3-1 game. Niese has 38 pitches through two after tossing 27 in that inning alone.

8:56 p.m. – Ohlendorf managed to toss a scoreless inning in the top of the third, but it wasn’t exactly a clean frame. He allowed a double off the wall to Satin who crushed a 89 mph fastball left up in the zone. It sailed over Harper’s head in center as he backpedaled and turned twice to get into position. Ohlendorf has thrown 42 pitches through three.

9:06 p.m. – No runs came across for the Nats in the bottom of the third despite three men getting on base. Harper walked, but was replaced by Rendon at first after he hit into a forceout at second. Zimmerman then singled to center to put Rendon at third, but a Werth groundout killed any hopes of a rally. Niese has tossed 54 pitches.

9:20 p.m. – The Mets are seeing Ohlendorf well tonight. They didn’t score in the top of the fourth, but again got a man in scoring position on a well-hit ball. Lagares doubled off the wall in right field and made it to third on a den Dekker infield grounder. Quintanilla then grounded out to end the inning. Ohlendorf has thrown 67 pitches.

9:27 p.m. – It’s now a 3-2 game after Hairston hit an RBI single up the middle to score Desmond. They could have scored more, however, as Harper batted with men at second and third with two outs. He grounded out to first base on the first pitch to end the inning. Niese is at 63 pitches through four.

9:39 p.m. – The Mets notched another run in the top of the fifth after Niese, the pitcher, led off with a double to right field. He was moved to third on a Young sac bunt and then brought home by a Murphy single. It’s now 4-2 Mets as Craig Stammen is up in the Nats’ bullpen.

9:49 p.m. – The Nationals came up short with no runs in the bottom of the fifth despite Rendon and Zimmerman leading off with singles. Werth popped up, Desmond struck out swinging and Ramos flew out to deep center field. Niese has 80 pitches through five. Stammen in to pitch for the Nats.

9:58 p.m. – Stammen is off to a good start tonight, he allowed a two-out single to den Dekker but that was it for the Mets. On to the bottom of the sixth we go with Moore set to lead off.

10:12 p.m. – The bottom of the sixth saw two Nats runners get on base and Niese leave the game with a leg injury, but no runs for the home team. Scott Atchison got Rendon to pop up to end the inning and it’s still 4-2 with Ian Krol on his way to the mound.

10:28 p.m. – Put another on the board for the Mets as they now lead 5-2. Krol gave up an RBI single to Duda with two outs that scored Young. Ryan Mattheus then came in to get the third out and take us to the bottom of the seventh.

10:41 p.m. – 5-3 now as the Nats chip away with another run. This one came on a Ramos RBI single to bring home Desmond. The shortstop singled and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches by Atchison before he was sent home. Erik Davis now in to pitch for Washington.

10:51 p.m. – Davis gave up a one-out single to Justin Turner, but that was it. Still 5-3 with the bottom of the eighth on deck. Lefty Scott Rice will take over for the Mets with Hairston leading off.

11:17 p.m. – The Nats scored three runs in the eighth to take the lead 6-5, capped by a Jayson Werth double to right-center field to score Zimmerman from first. Soriano is in looking for his 36th save of the season.

11:18 p.m. – That’s all folks, Nats come back and win to move to 69-67 on the year.

176 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Hmmmm…. No Span, even though he’s hitting. Ramos again… loading up with righties against Niese… Hope it works.

    Terry Collins keeping his foot on the pedal, said he won’t tolerate mental mistakes.

  2. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    This is a must-win game, that’s all there is to it. Niese is good. We’ll see.

    • natsguy - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Its no longer a must game. Those games were in July. This season ended in Baltimore.

      • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        That’s just silly.

      • natsguy - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Silly how? I called this season that weekend.

  3. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    BTW, I don’t think Rendon was “nonchalant” on that throw yesterday. I think he was scared–not that that’s better. He didn’t trust himself to make a good throw unless he set himself. He’s watched Zim make a couple dozen bad throws. He’s been playing a lot of second base. He’s still not totally accustomed to how fast the game moves at this level, and in particular, the runner. He just tried to be too careful.

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      My feeling is this: Rendon isn’t a utility player, he’s a core piece of the future. I don’t like moving him all over the place. He needs to be able to settle in and learn one position. If that’s 2B, fine. He’s been okay there. If it’s 3B fine. But he needs to stick in one place because I think it’s asking too much for him to learn all these new positions at the major league level. He’s used to being able to do that double clutch at 2B. He can’t do it at third.

      • NatsLady - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        I said that from the beginning, and everyone said back at me, “Oh, it’s possible to play 2nd and 3rd at the ML-level and make a career of it–look at Martin Prado.” Well, that’s ONE guy.

  4. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    It’s hard to imagine there weren’t 10 games this season that we lost that we could have won. I don’t mean one-run games, those are a toss-up, and a bullpen. I mean the mis-played games, the starter meltdowns, the “give-up” games where we didn’t come back from 3-4 runs down in the early innings, especially in the first half. We “should” be 78-57. Still could be 5 games back in the division (unless some of those games were ATL) but would have a great chance for the WC. There was no sense of urgency in the first half, just waiting for Harper, Ramos, Werth, etc. to get back, and then when they got back, there wasn’t an instantaneous turn around as everyone expected. TWO more wins per month for the first five months, that’s what we needed.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      NatsLady,

      I take your point — it does seem easy enough to imagine 10 games going the other way — but this is where you have to look at the season-long stats. So long as you’re giving up more runs (4.05/game) than you score (3.92) in an average game, you’re simply not going to be 8 or 9 or 10 games over .500. The Nats actually continue to be a bit lucky — hard to imagine, right? — in that their Pythagorean record is 65-70. Two additional wins per month seems doable, until you look at the overall production (really a lack thereof) from the offense. Whether you call it a lack of urgency or a failure to hit, the bottom line is that this team didn’t score runs in game after game after game after game. And you can’t get away from that season-long reality. [Pittsburgh has gotten away with it (low scoring) only because their pitching and defense has been so much better than the Nats this year, but they're an outlier.]

  5. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I meant, there had to be 10 “games we lost that we could have won.”

  6. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    There are a number of games you can look back on and think “what if.”

    What if Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t throw the ball away against the Braves?
    What if Chad Tracy doesn’t throw the ball into the stands against the Marlins?
    What if Strasburg doesn’t meltdown against the Cubs?
    What if Soriano doesn’t blow the save against the Giants with the 3 run homer?
    What if Yunesky Maya doesn’t pitch the 10th inning against the Giants and get walked off on?
    What if Werth doesn’t swing 3-0 against the Mets and ground into a double play, killing a rally?
    What if Jordan Zimmermann doesn’t throw the ball away when trying to pick off Everth Cabrera in SD (ended up scoring the winning run because of it)?
    What if Bryce Harper is positioned better to catch the ball in San Francisco?

    I can go on and on. So many what ifs. So many small fundamental things.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Not trying to be downer here, but in a 162-game season a team has opportunities to make up for such ‘what if…?’ moments.

    • Candide - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      What if the first player who said, “It’s still early yet” got to ride the bench the next day?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      While I agree they even out the Braves game error sent the season into a skid. What about adding the Royals game last Sunday with not covering 3rd base.

      • Sec 309 - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        Your Zimmerman hatred is a little too transparent and way too irrational. Did he kick your little dog or something?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Sec309, Still a much needed bat in the lineup but just can’t play 3rd base to his old standards. I’m for winning and not sure how you go forward. Nothing personal at all. His glove and his defensive decisions has cost the team games. Last in UZR for a reason

      • knoxvillenat - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        309,

        I don’t find Ghost’s comments towards Zim to be hateful at all. I think Ghost, like many of us, are upset with lackadaisical play in general and Zimmerman’s awful defensive play in particular. The pre 2010 Zimmerman played seller defense and ranked among the best 3rd basemen in all of baseball. Since that time not so much. As many coaches have said before, physical errors can often be forgiven, mental errors not so much. This team, including RZ has made too many mental errors this season.

      • Sec 309 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        Your Zimmerman “praise” is too little too late. You’ve been ragging on him more than WODL did on Span.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Thank you Knoxville!!!!

    • natsguy - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Were ifs and buts candies and nuts we’d all have a wonderful Christmas.

  7. Candide - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I note a couple of posts back, sjm308 remarks that he’s been back (from Europe, presumably) for “a couple of days.”

    And the Nats have stunk for a couple of days. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.

    I’m starting a collection to send sjm308 on an all-expenses-paid trip to any country of his choice for three months beginning next April 1. Maybe I’ll add a tab to the NIDO spreadsheet where people can enter their contribution pledges…

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      This explains everything.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Let’s see it TyMo! Good luck!

  9. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    One lineup quibble: I don’t like that Span is sitting. I know Niese is a lefty, but Span has been one of our hottest hitters lately. I’d rather have him in there tonight than Hairston. Moore over ALR is good.

    • paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      its called desperation and its warranted DP.

  10. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    The D’backs and Reds are both losing.

  11. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    ESPN has already mentioned the Strasburg shutdown. This is going to be a long game.

  12. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Gyfng

  13. knoxvillenat - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Hoping to see a lot of Tyler Moore down the stretch. This play one game sit five (or six) games stuff is getting old real fast.

  14. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Ohlendorf’s pitch selection is baffling.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I know I shouldn’t be disappointed so early in the game… Yet I am…

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    And here we go again…. I’m not sure what kind of game Ramos is calling…

  17. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    This is a disaster.

  18. natsguy - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    DP,

    Take off the RC glasses and carefully come out of the light. Say after me “the season is over”.

    Your optimism is admirable but very misplaced.

    • paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      good inning…we only gave up 2.

  19. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    The pitching this series is giving up too many runs early.

    I though cured that, then with the Mets it restarted.

  20. natsguy - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    DP,

    You should now focus on how the mess can get fixed in the off season. Put this mess behind you except for learning what went wrong.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Don’t like the fact that Span isn’t playing and that Ramos is yet again, starting…

  22. exposedindc - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Wow…. Harendorfer not looking too good the last 2 nights

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    First pitch swinging… Yeah, it hurts us more times than often…

  24. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Leadoff single, strikeout, double play. How many times have I seen this?

  25. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    talk about running into a double play?!

    come on harper…

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Zimm hits into more GIDP than often…. Was thinking they would send the runner…

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    This series is embarrassing….

  28. Candide - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I gave up on last night’s game after the third inning. Just saying…

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    RossO doesn’t have the location…. Just like Haren didnt have it last night…

  30. exposedindc - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Looks like BP for the Mets

  31. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    that ball was crushed!

    and his 1st HR…sigh!

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Wow… How do we let these under-achievers just look like damn good players???

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    BP to the Mets AAA plus Murphy.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I’m so sad this game is on ESPN… I’m supposed to be there but I had to take the dog to the vet….

    • paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      lucky you MrsB!!!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        Yeah Bryce had to get his rabies shot… But when I got home and started getting ready for the game, I noticed he wasn’t himself… So I stayed home to monitor him… And now I am glad I didnt go…

  35. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    so the Reds & D-bags both lost again today…just think if we won the last two games vs. these AAA players…we would really be in good shape…

    sorry, just dreaming, we had a chance to make up ground and just piss&# it away…sux.

  36. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    ok, dumb observation but the scoreboard head shots of the players when they come up to bat are shots they take in spring-training..i get that but why can’t they update them as the year goes on?

    Werth looks like a neanderthal

    and

    Desi looks like a porn star…how hard is it to update the photos?

  37. Candide - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Passed up a chance to buy tix for tonight’s game from a neighbor.

    I wish I was that smart all the time.

    • Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Care to reconsider that comment? :-)

      • Candide - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Heh. I gave up on them after the 5th, when they had two on with no outs and went 1-2-3 after that. Figured, “These are the same old Nats we’ve seen all season long.”

      • Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        If I’d been watching at home, I might have done the same thing. Very glad I was there to see the comeback. It’s been awhile.

  38. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    T-Mo has already outproduced LaRoche’s last week.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Good job TyMo! Glad to see the Nats answer!

  40. exposedindc - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    It maybe AAA position players….. But let’s be honest it’s not Cub or Marlin pitching….. Unfortunately

  41. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    MrsB, i would have hit reply to your comment but I CAN”T!!!!!!

    so annoying, this new blog, it limits the # of “replys” i guess…how cool, your dog is named Bryce…can’t imagine that is a coincidence…what kind of dog? we have a black lab, rescue dog, love her to death…

    • Candide - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      PB, have you ever seen a comment thread where the replies got nested so deep and the indentations so severe that you only get two or three words per line and you lose all sense of what the original comment was?

      • paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        candide, yes but not on this silly new format…

        i just don’t like it, not user friendly.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Yeah, I named him Bryce after Harper… Pit bull… My little love muffin… I wish I could post pictures…

      But I am going to get a black Lab next year and name him Midnight and then I want a girl German Shepard and I want to name her Sonny (yes after Sonny J)… My man-friend told me I couldn’t have 3 dogs… I told him to shut up… Lol…

      • paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        MrsB, our lab’s name is summer…really a cool dog, they found her in a field, abandoned with her brother, fall…kind of cool…she has been great…never real sure what you are getting with a rescue dog but no complaints here…she is now 8 and we got her at 5 months.

    • Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      paul, just FYI, there’s not a limit on the number of replies, just to the kinds of replies you can reply to. You can reply to comment, and to a reply to a reply, but not to a reply to a reply to a reply. If that makes sense. :-)

  42. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    That’s one of those plays that Harper makes that looks great, but if Span makes it, it looks routine.

  43. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    And that’s a play that Span makes every time.

    • paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      DP, agree…fortunately, no damage.

  44. Hiram Hover - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    That was not pretty.

  45. Joe Seamhead - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Routine catch for Span, but totally misplayed by Bryce.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Yes, and those are the tradeoffs.

    • knoxvillenat - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      So go back to NatsLady’s comments at 4:46 about Rendon learning multiple positions at the ML level and the same holds true for Harper who is younger and with less experience playing the outfield. This moving around from LF to CF to RF and back isn’t helping him at all. The time for learning is at the A or AA level not at the ML level.

      • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Agreed. I don’t like him playing all 3 positions unless he absolutely has to because of injury or something. If you want him in center, keep him there and do something with Span. If you want him in left, keep him there. If you want him in right, move him there and move Werth to right. But be consistent.

  46. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Olendorf slides he is safe torasco has to be signally that.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Nats catch a break. Let’s go Werth!

  48. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Ohlendorf is just begging to be pummeled. He’s lucky it’s 3-1.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Nifty play Werth. Ohlie is getting too much plate.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Might be a good time to go to Stammen at the top of the Mets order.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Can’t afford anymore damage.

      • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        Davey sleeping at the switch. He could have pinch hit for Olendorf.

        Thats not a good move by Davey.

  51. exposedindc - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Everything up, up, up

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I didn’t know Ohlie could throw 96mph.

  53. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Put in Stammen now please. Ohlendorf is giving me a headache.

  54. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    scotty!

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Keep the hit parade going….

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    And thenBryce with the first pitch swinging…. Why…

  57. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Harper vs. lefties is not working…i am venting but is it time to sit him or PH him in key situations? seems to be struggling vs. lefties big time…

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      The only way he’ll get better is through experience. Sitting him isn’t going to help him any.

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      When Chase Utley was young, he couldn’t hit lefties a lick. You only get better by facing them a lot.

  58. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    A double to the pitcher.

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Ross… Is lucky this game is only 3-2… Everything is up and it’s grating my damn nerves..

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Good play by Ryan….

  61. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    And the pitcher scores a run.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    And that is where you miss Adam LaRoche…

    • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Didnt the throw hit the runner?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        From what I saw, I thought it hit Moore’s glove ad bounced out..l. And I can’t rewind the TV becuz I am switching back and forth..l

  63. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Sep 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM
    Might be a good time to go to Stammen at the top of the Mets order”

    That would have been a good idea as Davey could have pinch hit for Olendorf last inning. I dont get it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Exactly. You have the expanded bullpen. Use them!

  64. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Time for the Nats to capitalize.

  65. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    This is still so painful.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Ahhhh…. Screw ESPN and their mentioning of that wretched game….

    Why the hell would Werth swing at that… See I frickin hate first pitch swinging…. Ugh.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Oh Werth.

  68. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Werth was ANGRY at himself.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      As he should be…. Just like Desi should mad at himself… Just dumb.

  69. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Desi just swung at a ball at his eyes. My god.

  70. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Desmond goes Espinosa on 0-2. Horrible swing.

  71. Candide - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Two on, no outs, no runs.

    Okay, I’m gone.

  72. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Just a little bit short. Comical at this point.

  73. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    So close by Ramos. Story of the Nats season.

    • paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      yep & yep…you & DP and recall the same comment when Zim just missed one last night when it may have mattered…its just not our year.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I’m drained… Emotionally drained…

    Idk what the hell Werth and Desi were thinking or doing…. Just pitiful.

  75. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Back to the bad RISP Nats 2 for 10 Mets 3 for 8.

    During the good win the RISP is faiely high in bad games the lack of hitting is the big problem.

    In this series the hitting has been poor, pitching poorer, and fielding mediocre.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Instead of trying for base hits… They are trying to win with 1 swing… Just keep getting hits… That will win this game.

  76. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    ESPN guys think Ryan’s throws are a lot better. Maybe soon he can start playing back again, if he’s not already.

  77. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Wow Desmond was all the way on the second base side of the bag when he got that ball. And pretty far across too.

  78. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Astros pitcher had a complete game shut-out, sky must be falling!

  79. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    ok, wrf???

    why didn’t hairston do that?

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Lombo was bunting for a base hit, not a sacrifice.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Davey, please keep Span in for defense.

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Puig, Trout, and Machado haven’t had injuries, right?

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Trout’s dealt with a hamstring issue. I don’t think the other two have yet.

  81. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Harper doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his high OBP, IMO.

    • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      yes

    • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      yes

  82. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    feeble

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    What the hell are these announcers talking about…

  84. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Is Hairstons arm that weak?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Yes , it really is… The throw wasnt even close.

  85. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    What a poor throw by Hairston, but not even Harper was going to get the speedy Young.

  86. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Ryan Mattheus coming in. That sure inspires a ton of confidence.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    But this is what happens when you think the offensive adjustment will help and you significantly weaken the D… Harper is not a CFer… Appointed got Hairston with that wack and weak ass arm…

    Just pathetic…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Appointed should be – and then you….

      Weird iPad autocorrect

  88. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Harper’s best position long-term is going to be RF. He’ll learn to play the corners and such and his arm needs to be in right.

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    We are about to get swept by the Mets… I’m done,

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Pitiful. Pathetic. At bat. By. Moore.

  91. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    What was Tyler Moore looking for there?

  92. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Erik Davis? Really?

    Ugh.

    • Scott - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Mini clip looked good

  93. Scott - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Gyfng

  94. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    D-Span getting it done.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Davey needs to keep him in for defense.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Davey needs to keep him in for defense.

  96. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Span finally playing at the plate like I hoped

  97. Chazz - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Anybody heard what the announced attendance is?

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Zman delivers! Span with great baserunning!

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Hit and run time

  100. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Plenty of both there, Ghost.

    Hey Desmond, next time you’re on deck with a man scoring, pick up the effing bat before somebody breaks a leg.

  101. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Bryce’s bunt against a tough lefty huge.

    Werth

  102. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Tucking it up here, boss…

  103. scmargenau - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Wow. I was at game sat for sons 7th bday. Sure wish we went tonight!!!

  104. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I guess Chase is busy re-writing his gamer….

  105. Joe Seamhead - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Defensive replacements in. Personally, I already saw enough of Tyler Moore to make my decision, but let him play a few more games to break the heart of all who have a love affair with him. He somehow reminds me of Steve Bye-Bye” Balboni.

    Let’s do it Raffy!

  106. scmargenau - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Untuck!!!

  107. scmargenau - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Seam 2/4 not good for u? Hitting well over 340 since recall?? Wtf

  108. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    UNTUCKED

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      I don’t like crappy defense that I doubt seriously will improve. I feel bad for the pitchers when he plays. That said, I still say play him. Let him show us once and for all. Just keep him out of the outfield.

  109. Joe Seamhead - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Yes!!!

  110. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I can hear the klaxon from here!

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Speechless….

  112. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I just picked myself up from the floor! Untuck!

  113. scmargenau - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    6.5

    Doable

  114. paul brandt - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    must win was just must-ed!!!

    is that a word?

    well it is now!

  115. Sonny G 10 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Yeaaaaaaaaaa! The Nats win! Theeeeeeeeeeeee Nats win!!!

  116. scmargenau - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    No post game show??

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