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Mets blast Haren, Nats in 11-3 blowout

Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

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Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper.

Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved an insurmountable deficit. He gave up seven earned before getting the hook in the third inning, and has now allowed more runs (11) in his last two starts than he did in his eight previous games combined.

Haren’s seven runs came on nine hits, eight of them singles. It was that fact he and Davey Johnson pointed to after the 11-3 loss. The Mets didn’t do major damage with any lone swing, their hits just kept falling.

“Just wasn’t my night really,” Haren said. “It seemed like everything they put in play was a hit. Literally, almost everything they put in play was a hit. Can’t go out there striking out everybody. That’s baseball. I’ve had a good stretch. Maybe I’ve had a little bit of luck. Today was just one of those days.”

“It was just one of those days with 1000 little singles,” Johnson said. “He must have given up seven in a row or something. That’s baseball. Strange things can happen.”

Ian Desmond was more frank in his assessment.

“To be honest. They won, we lost,” he said. “They beat us in every aspect of the game.”

“I’m not taking anything away from the way Dan pitched, because he made good pitches. But that’s part of hitting: being able to be in position long enough and good enough to be able to produce a hit like that.”

However the Mets did it, their blowout of the Nats came at an unfortunate time for the home team. Washington has now lost two straight and enters September down 7 ½ games to the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card race. The Reds took care of the Rockies 8-3 on Saturday night after losing four of their previous five.

“Obviously we know that we’re running out of time,” Denard Span said. “Tonight, just a terrible game. A type of loss like this came at the wrong time.”

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  1. habs3 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I could comment on Haren’s pitching, Harper’s attempt at a triple, Zim’s failure to field balls hit past him or the Mets beating Rendon’s throw to first after Rendon finished posing with the ball. The fact of the matter this team lacks focus and has an inflated opinion of itself. This team does not deserve to win the way it plays. I know the previous editions of the Nats were bad but at least they tried. The worst thing that happened to this team was winning 98 games last year.

    I hope the next manager instills a sense pride, focus and discipline in this team.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      They were fine until Friday night when run #3 scored. How many times will we watch the Face of the Franchise be involved in a big negative play?

    • rogieshan - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      True dat.

      • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Agree. That Royals game on Sunday was a hard loss.

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I am so depressed right now.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Failures to make plays and execute has been the storyline of 2013.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        I guess it is time we wake up from that dream of contention.

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Faraz: Concur. Just when the Nats were beginning to make me think they had an outside chance of getting into the play-in game, two quick losses to a decimated team.

    222 (if you’re out there): Thanks for those links yesterday morning (which I didn’t see until much later). I’ve explored Baseball-Reference.com but never came across that breakdown before. Big differences from last year and (I assume, don’t have time to check now) from seriously winning teams.

  4. Drew - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    If only the Nats could play the Mets without Wright, Harvey, Byrd, Buck and Valdespin. Wait, never mind.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Don’t forget Ike Davis. Spring training roster last night after Davis was pulled.

  5. natsguy - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    RZIm is pretty much what you are going to see for the future. As I have written ad infinitum, you can fix shoulders for the everyday but not for hitting and throwing at this level. The pain in his shoulder will only cause slower bat speed and less power with each day. Putting him at 1B next year won’t fix that or his bad throwing. .

    My biggest concern on a personal basis is Adam LaRoche. He looks like he is very sick. Screw the game of baseball, he needs to take care of himself.

    Back to RZim. He is a definite liability to this team right now. If I was an opposing team I would be trying to hit everything I could down his way. He is playing in so much he doesn’t have any angle on the ball. It is really hard to watch the physical denegration of his ability this year. It must be driving the pitchers crazy.

    Also, Faraz the fork has been in this team since the Baltimore series and the Espinosa debacle.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      The turning point was Game #10. Nats vs Atlanta. Lead going into the 9th and Zimmerman throws the ball away and Braves win and go to 9-1 and Nats go to 7-3

      • Candide - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        I can see a post-season post-mortem post* with the title, “When Did The Nats’ Season Go Off The rails?”

        * I think I may be the first person ever to put the word “post” into a sentence three times.

  6. veejh - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I hope this game completely squashed any thoughts of resigning Haren.

  7. natsguy - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I tthink there needs to be a post from Mark on what they need to do to fix this for next year.

    Problems:

    Manager: Who is it going to be.
    1b: What is wrong with ALR. Is he sick or what?
    2b: Should Rendon be at 3b? If so who plays 2b.
    SS: All is OK.
    3b: Shuld Rendon be here. WTF do you do with RZim.
    LF: Harper OK but will his knee put him behind.
    CF: Can Span return to hit a little like expected. Great fielder.
    RF: Can Werth keep it up despite advancing age.
    C: Who will back up Ramos and will his hamstrings let him play a full season.
    SP1: Will Strasburg have a little more luck.
    SP2: Will Gio finally get some consistency and stop wigging out for one inning a game.
    SP3: Which JZIM will show up. 1st half or 2nd half. He has been hit hard 2nd half.
    SP4: Who? Detwiler has to learn you can’t survive on fastballs alone.
    SP5: Who? Jordan, Karns?????
    Closer: Do you really need Soriano if you probably won’t contend again till 2015.
    Bullpen: Other than Clippard and sometimes Stammen who do you have? Is Storen Ok? Is Reaork the real deal.
    Bench: Other than Lombardozzi nothing.

    • nats128 - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Thats a good list. Im also with the group that thinks the Nats have there 2nd baseman in Rendon.

      Do you bring in Michael Morse as a FA and insurance if Laroche is bad again and as a 4th outfielder.

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