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Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Mets 5

Sep 1, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

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Game in a nutshell: Ross Ohlendorf got the Nationals off to a poor start against the Mets with three runs allowed through the first three innings. It seemed everything he tossed found the barrel of a bat as even pitcher Jonathon Niese got in on the fun. One of the hits allowed included a solo home run to Matt den Dekker, the first of his MLB career. But despite Ohlendorf digging them a hole, the Nats rallied to tie the game and then take the lead in the eighth. The go-ahead hit was a double by Jayson Werth to the gap in right-center field, scoring Ryan Zimmerman all the way from first. Rafael Soriano then came into shut it down and record his 36th save of the year. With the Reds and Diamondbacks both losing earlier in the day, the Nats are now 6 1/2 games back from the final NL Wild Card spot and just a half game back from Arizona as the first team out. They lost two of three to the lowly (and injury hampered) Mets, but are still in this thing with 26 games left.

Hitting highlight: The Nats scored three runs in the eighth inning to complete the comeback and take the go-ahead lead. Scott Hairston led the inning off with a single and was joined on base by a pinch-hitting Denard Span. Bryce Harper bunted to put them both in scoring position and a Anthony Rendon infield grounder scored Hairston. Zimmerman also hit an infield grounder that saw an errant throw to first to bring home Span. Jayson Werth then belted a double to the gap and brought Zimmerman home for their sixth run.

Pitching lowlight: For the second night in a row, the Nationals saw the Mets jump all over their starting pitcher with hit after hit after hit. Ohlendorf matched Dan Haren with nine hits allowed, but managed to ‘hold’ them to four runs in five innings of work. He was lofting high-80′s fastballs over the middle of the plate and New York took advantage. They notched six extra-base hits off the veteran, including one from Niese to lead off the fifth inning.

Key stat: Everyone in the Nats’ starting lineup besides Ohlendorf recorded a hit, and all but Harper and Rendon had more than one.

Up next: The Nats will try build off the come from behind win as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.96) goes up against Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.58) in a bout of San Diego-natives. The game will also be the second in two nights the Nats play on ESPN2.

  1. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Jayson Werth’s OPS in the 7th inning or later: 3.000. It is impossible to be more clutch.

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I mean…. I’m speechless… I was hesitant to talk before I was so pissed off…

    • Sonny G 10 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      Me too, MrsB. I had a whole list of complaints I was pissed off about. Now, I forget about them. GYFNG!!!!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        I had a long post written… Lol.. With a lot of words that would make my grandmother want to wash my fingers and mouth out…

        But then Span got the hit… And I was like okay we can do it, we can do it, we can do it…

  3. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Erik Davis with the win!

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Erik had a good inning. I’m really pulling for him..

  4. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Baseball is funny. Zimmerman gets a RBI with Span on 2nd with a infield hit. Similar play as on Saturday when Zimmerman was the fielder.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Lol… Yeah I was thinking, idk why Quintilla even made the throw… But thanks…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Ironic. You’re lucky to see that once a season but 2 games in the same series, that was crazy.

  5. Sonny G 10 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Oh, no. ESPN2 again :( those announcers were horrible. They spent the whole top of the seventh inning talking about themselves. Didn’t deliver more than 2 sentences about the game that whole top of the 7th.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      They’re awful but still better than Fox.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        I wish FP and Carp could do all our games, no matter what… Those jerks were wretched….

    • pchuck69 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      It’s also on MASN. It’s blacked out in the MASN area, as a matter of fact.

  6. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    How about Span? Comes in as a pinch hitter and extends his hit streak to 15 games. No big deal.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Think he should have played the whole game?

      • Sonny G 10 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Me also, MrsB. That was one of the gripes on my list. With Span out, we weakened two outfield positions. That rainbow that Scott Hairston threw trying to get the runner out at home didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the runner. OTOH if Bryce had been in LF, the Mets probably don’t score that run.

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        I agree with Sonny 100% regarding the OF being weakened.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      And lefty/lefty!

  7. scmargenau - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Post game show?

  8. Sonny G 10 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Does anyone know whether Harper bunted on his own, or was given the bunt sign?

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      I think he did it on his own.

      • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        I agree.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      That was a helluva play… Most times you don’t want Harper bunting, but it worked…

  9. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    The pitching wasnt good tonight and Davey left Olendorf in to long however the defense was very good even considering the one missed play by Harper in centerfield.

    Nats had 3 broken bat hits tonight and they had many productive outs including that bunt by Harper.

  10. Joe Seamhead - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    It’s been mentioned that when you bench Span, move Harper to CF and play Hairston in LF that you weaken at least two positions, if not the entire outfield defensively. Tonight showed that to be true, in my opinion.

    • Sonny G 10 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      I agree 100%, Joe.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Absolutely…

    • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Yes, you are stating the obvious however you also need to give day offs.

      BTW, Hairston had 2 broken bat singles.

    • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      It’s true, but Harper wasn’t going to get Young anyway. Young is too fast. Hairston’s throw was atrocious, but a good throw doesn’t get him.

  11. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I just saw the Werth double that scored Zimmerman from 1st base. The rightfielder bounced a very weak throw to the cutoff man who also made a poor throw to the catcher.

    What a great ending!

  12. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Washington Nationals ‏@Nationals 5m
    “I was on the top step like I was about to tackle J-Dub and give him a hug,” @Bharper3407 after Werth’s go-ahead double

  13. nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Harper confirmed he bunted on his own. Didnt want to hit into a DP.

  14. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP 2m
    Bryce Harper chose to drop down the sacrifice bunt on his own. Says his knee isn’t hurting him. Other stuff is but declined to elaborate.

    What does that mean?

    • pchuck69 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      I’m sure his foot is probably still bothering him.

  15. rogieshan - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Dear Davey: Please keep Moore in the lineup and LaRoche on the bench.

  16. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Chase Hughes ‏@chasehughesCSN 16s
    Werth: ‘I know it can be done. I’ve been on teams that have done it. I believe. I got faith. We got a long hard road but I believe.’ #Nats

  17. Doc - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    One of the best games that Davey managed this year.

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Yeah, Davey was awake for this one–although bringing Mattheus in made me VERY nervous.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        I thought Ohlie should have been pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 4th. With the expanded rosters Davey had the extra bullpen help.

  18. NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Still catching my breath from the game. Too bad I–and 10,000 of my best friends–had to track the 8th and 9th innings on our phones in the Metro!!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    Why on the day before a holiday is Metro not running a Friday/Saturday schedule???

  19. Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Just back from the game. Fantastic comeback. Completely unexpected after our general pattern this year of folding if the other team has a big inning early on. We were awfully lucky that the deficit wasn’t even worse given how they were teeing off on Ohlie.

    In that 8th inning, I was bemoaning the fact that Davey had to bat Span against a lefty. Thought he ought to roll the dice with Solano. But it worked out. And how bizarre was it that the tying run scored on a play that was so similar to the one that beat us on Friday? And with Zim batting no less! Baseball is a funny, and great, game.

    I hear what people are saying about weakening the outfield. But it’s a good move to give Hairston a chance to bat against lefties. That’s what he’s here for. And you sure don’t want him to platoon with Harper, do you?

    Werth is just truly on fire. What a joy to watch.

    • Feel Wood - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Runners NEVER score from second on an infield single. So that HAS to be scored E-Quintanilla, right?

      • Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:39 AM

        Why am I not surprised you’d reply Feel? You never miss a chance to disagree with me, do you? So glad you enjoy reading my comments so much. It’s like I have a personal critic.

        You know very well that I never said runners NEVER score on infield singles, only that it was unusual, and I completely stand behind that statement. I challenge you to come up with any evidence that it is not true. Furthermore, I said that the Mets scored the other night not because Zim threw to first, but became he made a lousy throw. I stand by that statement as well.

        Now to answer your question, the play tonight should definitely have been called an error on Quintinilla, allowing the run to score. Were you there? Watch the replay. If the throw had been online, not only would it have beaten Zim by at least a step, Span would have been a dead duck at home.

        By the way, the ESPN commentators were saying that Quintinilla would have had a hard time getting Span at home if he had just thrown there. That’s hilarious. Span was barely rounding the bag when Quintinilla threw to first! (I love the pause button on the DVR.) If he had faked a throw to first and gone home he would have had him by 20 feet. But he was a lot farther from Span than Zim was from Murphy the other night, so it’s more understandable that he didn’t realize Span was going home. He also had a very good chance to get Zim at first with a good throw. Zim had no chance the other night to get the runner at first, especially with his weak arm.

        Any more questions? Thanks for playing.

  20. Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Oh, and I forgot to say – UN-FREAKING-TUCK!!

  21. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Rafael Soriano had the only 1-2-3 inning of the entire game. Baseball is a funny game.

  22. natsfan1a - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    lol, we had to do the same. Rather funny scene on the Metro as people were tracking the game on their phones. “They tied it up!” “Are you [kidding] me?” “No, I’m not. What the? Now they’ve gone ahead.” “#@$#%*& [Lerners, Metro, insert cursee of your choice here]!!” “Wait, maybe I’m bad luck. It happened after I left.” “OMG, maybe we’re *all* bad luck.” “Nah. #@$#%*& [Lerners, Metro, ____]!”

    Just finished watching the parts that I missed. I didn’t untuck, though. The time for that had kinda sorta passed.

    NatsLady – Sep 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Still catching my breath from the game. Too bad I–and 10,000 of my best friends–had to track the 8th and 9th innings on our phones in the Metro!!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    Why on the day before a holiday is Metro not running a Friday/Saturday schedule???

    • scmargenau - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Lol. I just spit up my mimosa a bit laughing at your post

  23. umpiressuk - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    natsfan1a…I just knew they would win the game for ya!

    GYFNG!!!

    • natsfan1a - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Thx, buddy! :-)

      umpiressuk – Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      natsfan1a…I just knew they would win the game for ya!

      GYFNG!!!

  24. Candide - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:07 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.”

    Found a huge dead crow on the front lawn this morning. He’s in the oven right now. Guess he’ll be lunch. Hope he isn’t carrying West Nile virus.

  25. scmargenau - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Come on St Luis!!!!!!

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