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Game 137: Nats at Phillies

Sep 2, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where it was raining a short while ago (hence the tarp covering the infield in the accompanying photo) but has since cleared up. There is a slight chance of more rain later tonight, which at this point should come as no surprise because Stephen Strasburg is on the mound for the Nationals.

It seems like every one of Strasburg’s starts this year has involved bad weather or other unforeseen hurdles. If nothing else, he’s probably learning well how to deal with all this stuff. Assuming no major delays tonight, Strasburg is poised to establish a new career high in innings pitched. He enters at 158, just 1 1/3 innings behind his much-discussed total from one year ago.

Strasburg goes up against Cole Hamels, who like many here in Philly has been battling through a difficult season. Check out the rest of the Phillies’ lineup tonight, which includes a pair of ex-Nats in Pete Orr (batting sixth!) and Roger Bernadina (6-for-43 with two homers since his acquisition a couple weeks ago).

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Chance of rain, 81 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (69-67)
CF Bryce Harper
LF Scott Hairston
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Anthony Rendon
RHP Stephen Strasburg

PHILLIES (62-75)
CF Cesar Hernandez
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
1B Kevin Frandsen
3B Pete Orr
LF John Mayberry
RF Roger Bernadina
LHP Cole Hamels

UMPIRES
HP Jerry Meals
1B Paul Emmel
2B Chris Conroy
3B Gary Darling (cc)

6:30 p.m. — Because I know many of you have been asking about it, here’s Davey Johnson’s explanation for Adam LaRoche starting tonight at first base instead of Tyler Moore, even though Cole Hamels (a lefty) is starting for Philly: “I didn’t want him to feel like I didn’t like him, not letting him play two days in a row. And he’s swung the bat pretty good. Hamels is pretty even against right and left. … As much as I want to get Tyler Moore some experience against left-handed pitching, we need to win this ballgame.” FYI: LaRoche is 10-for-31 with four homers in his career vs. Hamels.

7:08 p.m. — We are underway as Bryce Harper fouls off Cole Hamels’ first pitch. This has got to be as empty as I’ve seen this ballpark in a looooong time.

7:14 p.m. — Hamels was one pitch away from striking out the side in the top of the first, but then Ryan Zimmerman destroyed an 0-2 fastball. The ball sailed over the high fence in deep left-center, a true bomb of a homer for Zim, his 16th of the season. Nats take a quick 1-0 lead for Stephen Strasburg.

7:25 p.m. — A very good bottom of the first for Strasburg, whose curveball was electric. He struck out Cesar Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz, all on the No. 2. Chase Utley did work hard to draw a full-count walk with two outs. Otherwise, Strasburg looked very sharp in his first inning of the night.

7:42 p.m. — A 1-2-3 bottom of the second for Strasburg, who recorded his fourth K of the night when he got Pete Orr flailing at a changeup. Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche also teamed up on a nice play on Kevin Frandsen’s grounder to the hole at short. Still 1-0 Nats after two.

7:53 p.m. — Something to keep an eye on: Harper wasn’t running real well down the first base line on his grounder to end the top of the third. Werth actually withheld his glove and hat until Bryce convinced him he was OK to take the field for the bottom of the inning. Davey did mention this afternoon Harper has been coming in early for treatment, though he never specified on which part of the body. Like I said, something to keep an eye on.

7:59 p.m. — Strasburg’s line through 3 innings: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. He hasn’t let a ball out of the infield yet. And he has now officially established a new career-high in innings pitched with 161. I asked Davey this afternoon about Strasburg and the manager responded: “He looks real fresh to me.” Still 1-0 Nats through three.

8:15 p.m. — There goes Strasburg’s no-hitter. Plus his shutout. It wasn’t a conventional rally by the Phillies, but it got the job done. Rollins drew a leadoff walk, then advanced to second when Ramos’ attempt to throw behind him at first base struck Utley’s bat and fell straight to the ground. Rollins then got a huge jump on Strasburg’s pitch to Ruiz, who fisted a broken-bat single up the middle and brought home the run. It’s 1-1 after four.

8:23 p.m. — Hamels, meanwhile, has cruised since Zimmerman’s first-inning homer. The only other National to reach base since was Ramos, who got on via a tough error on Orr with two outs in the fifth. Otherwise, nothing happening at the plate for the Nats. Still 1-1 in the middle of the fifth.

8:32 p.m. — The Phillies have two hits in five innings off Strasburg, and both of them are broken-bat singles. Old pal Roger Bernadina did the honors in the bottom of the fifth. Strasburg, though, has nine strikeouts, eight of them on the curveball, which remains his best pitch tonight. He is at 86 pitches, though, not his most efficient effort.

8:41 p.m. — Harper is definitely not 100 percent out there. He looked really uncomfortable on a couple of swings in the top of the sixth, though he still managed to line a base hit to center. Scott Hairston, meanwhile, entered tonight hitting .412 (14-for-34) with five homers in his career against Hamels … but is now 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. It remains a 1-1 game here.

8:48 p.m. — Make it 10 strikeouts for Strasburg through six innings, his pitch count now at 99 despite the fact only one run has crossed the plate and only four Phillies have reached base.

9:07 p.m. — Strasburg and Hamels put up dueling 1-run, 2-hit pitching lines, but neither will figure into the decision tonight. Each starter is done, Strasburg at 100 pitches, Hamels at 87 pitches. Drew Storen tossed a scoreless bottom of the seventh. Now Justin DeFratus is in for the Phillies in the eighth inning of what remains a 1-1 game.

9:28 p.m. — And the Nats push across the go-ahead run with some solid at-bats off the Philly bullpen. Rendon singled and Chad Tracy drew a walk against right-hander Justin DeFratus. That brought Harper to the plate with two on and one out against lefty Cesar Jimenez. Unlike last night, Harper didn’t try to bunt. But he did draw a walk, loading the bases for Hairston. You figured Ryne Sandberg was going to bring in righty B.J. Rosenberg there, which probably would have prompted Davey Johnson to send up Denard Span. But Sandberg stuck with the lefty, so Hairston stayed in to hit. And he delivered, lofting a flyball to medium left-center, scoring Rendon. Cesar Hernandez’s throw wasn’t exactly powerful, but the Nats will take it. They lead 2-1 as Tyler Clippard enters for the bottom of the eighth.

9:53 p.m. — Uh-oh, Clippard gives up the tying run, and then the go-ahead run. He walked Hernandez with two outs, a big no-no that brought Rollins to the plate. Clippard battled him, but Rollins fouled off five pitches before hammering a 2-2 fastball off the wall in right-center, scoring Hernandez with the tying run. Ruiz then sent a base hit to left, and Harper’s throw to the plate was just slightly off-line, with Rollins making a nice slide to avoid Ramos’ tag. Just like that, the Nats trail 3-2 and are down to their last three outs.

10:11 p.m. — That’ll do it. Papelbon closes out a 3-2 victory for Philly, even though the Nats got the tying runner to third. That’s a crushing loss for the Nats, who needed to win to keep pace with the Reds. They now trail in the Wild Card race by 7 1/2 games with only 25 to play.

282 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sonny G 10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Let’s begin a sweep of the Phooies tonight, boys. No letting up. GYFNG!!!

  2. Sonny G 10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Come on, Davey. Give Ty Mo another start.

  3. Sonny G 10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Dang it, Davey. What’s ALR doing in this lineup. Ty Mo has all the hits for first base. I’m watching this game under protest!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Scratching head. ALR better get it going!

  4. janebeard - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    BOY do I hope that Werth can keep bringing it, so we crush these Phillies. Even with the Shark in the outfield for them. GYFNG!

  5. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    No T-Mo in the lineup, but before everyone burns Davey at the stake, look at the matchup numbers. LaRoche is 10-for-31 (.323) against him with 4 home runs.

    • Hiram Hover - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Such a small sample size, it’s hard to give it much weight, especially given his poor performance of late.

  6. Doc - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Ditto Sonny G 10.

    WTF, unless there are some hidden stats on ALR against Hammels, TyMo needs to be in there! This isn’t advanced Sabermetrics here Davey!!!!!

    Didn’t he drive in a run last night??

  7. pchuck69 - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Is Tyler Moore injured or something? This makes absolutely no sense.

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      See my comment above:

      No T-Mo in the lineup, but before everyone burns Davey at the stake, look at the matchup numbers. LaRoche is 10-for-31 (.323) against him with 4 home runs.

      • pchuck69 - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        That LaRoche has nothing to do with the LaRoche we’ve been watching recently. All the LaRoche we’ve seen recently does is hit into the shift.

  8. Candide - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Shark batting .140 since going to Philadelphia.

    I wish him well, starting, oh, let’s say Friday.

    • Sonny G 10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Yea, Shark can play well in a losing cause.

  9. mrnat7 - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Why should we be surprised with LaRoche in the line-up. He is one of Davey’s boys! Davey probably wants a discount on the beef he’ll be buying from Adam this winter. Question: How do young players build confidence when Davey plays with their minds??

    • Sonny G 10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      I think Davey’s short term memory is gone. He remembers what LaRoche did in his hot streak last year, but can’t remember what Tyler did last night. :(

  10. letswin3 - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Just a couple of quick thoughts: 1) that was “character” last night, 2) Lefty on the mound against us tonight, and Davey starts ALR?? What, Moore didn’t get the job done last night? Play Moore till he fails or begs for a night off, and 3) find a quicker hook for Davey…even if it’s Strass. We cant be waiting for pitchers to “find their stuff” anymore when we’re 3 or 4 down after three (and the guy is throwin batting practice for the other team), if we want to be playing after 162 games.

  11. natsfan1a - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Ahhh, just got back from a nice, relaxing swim and am now getting ready to grill something. What more could you ask from a summer’s day? Oh, I know. How about another win? Yeah, that’d be real nice. How about it, boys?

  12. Sonny G 10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Tomorrow, I load up my fifth-wheel and head out to Oregon with my wife and dog. I will check in as much as I can but I’m depending on all you Nats Insiders to keep the boys’ noses to the grindstone for the rest of the season. I won’t be back until the first of November, so it’ll be all over one way or the other by then. I do plan to check in here as much as I can, if I get a good connection.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Safe travels and have a great trip!

      • Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Have a great time Sonny. We’ll hold down the fort.

    • Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Sorry 1a, meant to address good wishes to Sonny. Have a great trip.

      • natsfan1a - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        No worries, 222. We’re all rookies with this comment system, and the reply function seems to go rogue at times as well.

  13. Theo - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Come on Davey, why is ALR in the lineup again? Also, I don’t see any mention of Spans omission on here…thought his day off was yesterday, why are you benching him again?

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Hairston against Hamels is hitting almost .400 with 5 home runs over a pretty big sample size. Hairston had to be in the lineup. Who do you sit? Harper, Span or Werth?

  14. Mark Zuckerman - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Because I know many of you have been asking about it, here’s Davey Johnson’s explanation for Adam LaRoche starting tonight at first base instead of Tyler Moore, even though Cole Hamels (a lefty) is starting for Philly: “I didn’t want him to feel like I didn’t like him, not letting him play two days in a row. And he’s swung the bat pretty good. Hamels is pretty even against right and left. … As much as I want to get Tyler Moore some experience against left-handed pitching, we need to win this ballgame.” FYI: LaRoche is 10-for-31 with four homers in his career vs. Hamels.

    • Hiram Hover - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Thanks, Mark. But “I don’t want him to feel like I didn’t like him”!?

      Is he coaching MLB or little league?

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        The folksy stuff (“I don’t want him to feel like I don’t like him”) works much better when your team is winning at a clip well above .500.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Don’t want to be a wet blanket but I’m not feeling this line up…

    Go Nats… Lets do this!

  16. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I don’t think Davey was being serious when he said that about LaRoche liking him. Sounded tongue-in-cheek to me.

    • Hiram Hover - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Yes, but as Eugene pointed out, Davey isn’t in a good position to be making jokes about bad lineups.

      On a more positive note – yeah Zim!

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Way to go, Ryan!

  18. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Werth just got robbed.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    RZim blast and then Werth is robbed! 1-0

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Zimm blasted that ball…. Maybe Hamels is hitable judging by Ryan and Jayson..

      • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        Yes, Hamels threw a hanging changeup to Hairston which he swung thru.

  20. scmargenau - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    From masn board

    NatsHats • 2 hours ago −
    Like I said two days ago, Moore will get two knocks and be sent back to the bench. I don’t know if Emperor Rizzo is calling these shots or its Meat Locker Davey. But there is no rationale to bench a young stud hitting over .500 since his call-up in favor a geezer, especially with a lefty on the mound. Exasperating.
    1 •Reply•Share ›
    Agree

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Hard to disagree and I dont care what Laroche is hitting. I just hope it isnt April all over again. Tyler Mo earned the right to start.

      • adcwonk - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        “Earned the right” to start?

        Would that be because he had six good games in August and got his average above the Mendoza line?

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    When Stras was called up it was the table dropping curveball that was devastating. His curveball is back!

  22. naterialguy - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    why is ALR starting

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      “Mark Zuckerman – Sep 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM
      Because I know many of you have been asking about it, here’s Davey Johnson’s explanation for Adam LaRoche starting tonight at first base instead of Tyler Moore, even though Cole Hamels (a lefty) is starting for Philly: “I didn’t want him to feel like I didn’t like him, not letting him play two days in a row. And he’s swung the bat pretty good. Hamels is pretty even against right and left. … As much as I want to get Tyler Moore some experience against left-handed pitching, we need to win this ballgame.” FYI: LaRoche is 10-for-31 with four homers in his career vs. Hamels”

      10-for-31 career numbers is very good but when you are in a deep slump I dont think you rely on those numbers for guidance. Tyler Mo is HOT===play him!

  23. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    They’re really making Strasburg work tonight.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      It’s a good thing rosters have been expanded…

  24. MicheleS - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Strasy is looking good….

  25. MicheleS - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I know we are talking about ALR vs TMO, but I think that Bryce needs some time off. Do we know what is hurting on him? Besides everything? Anything specific?

    • dcwx61 - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Agreed…if anyone needs two days off, it is not Span or ALR but Harper and Davey
      Jeffwx

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      We can’t afford to take him out. If he’s legitimately hurt, then that’s one thing. But if he’s just got aches and pains, we need him for the stretch.

      • MicheleS - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        he hasn’t been effective. so that makes me wonder.

  26. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 27s
    Harper wasn’t running well down the 1B line on grounder to end top 3rd. Werth withheld his glove and hat until Bryce convinced him he’s OK.

  27. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    MicheleS, Harper has been effective though. He’s hitting like well over .300 in his last 20 games or so. He just struggles against lefties, which has been his entire season.

    • dcwx61 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      need more bunts
      and then get to the phils ballpen
      but there’s a hard rain gonna fall
      but you don’t need a wx man to know which way the wind blow
      but the answer my friend is blowin in the wind

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I actually think Bryce should come out and Span should go in… He doesn’t look well and God forbid a well hit ball goes to CF… If he is gimpy running to first, how will he get it if it is him near him…

    • dcwx61 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Agree Mrs. B
      hubby still not lookin good though

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        It’s no secret I loved Roger B… But I would rather have his D than Hairston’s… And I really don’t think there was a reason to DFA him…. But oh well..

  29. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Alright guys, you can lay off the changeup now.

  30. dcwx61 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    killer kurve…the swerve

  31. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Oh come on Wilson.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    D’oh….

  33. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    After the first 2 strikes to Rollins it looked like Atlanta again pitches all over the place 6 terrible balls.

  34. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    What the hell was Ramos doing? Rollins was right at the bag.

  35. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Of course the error comes back to hurt. Of course.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Stephen walked him, remember…

      • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Yeah I know, but he doesn’t score without the error. It’s both Stephen and Wilson’s fault.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        Walk after an 0-2 start on 4 pitches none within a foot of the zone.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Walks hurt…. Errors do too…

  37. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Chattered bat with base runner running. With our poor hitting place ment it would be a double play.

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Come on guys… Get to Hamels…

  39. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Walks really hurt when the cout is 0-2 and the next 4 pitches were pathetic.

    I havent figured how that happens so much for Strasburg. Seems like at least once a game it happens.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      SS is having trouble locating his FB… Can’t keep throwing the breaking ball…

  40. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I sawed off bat for a RBI single. Thats unlucky.

  41. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    all of a sudden it seems like Strasburg is pitching worse than Hamels in this game, 74 pitches for 4 innings while Hamels has thrown 50 some for same number of outs.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Why would you swing at that Desi!?! Ball was in the dirt…

  43. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Laroche is going long here! Watch it!

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Maybe next time.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Yep, 95 feet long on the ground……..

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      2-1 way to go

      Watching beginning of Florida State game.

      Thankd for update.

  44. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    STOP SWINGING AT THE CHANGEUP IN THE DIRT.

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    This is Ramos 12th straight game, right? And what is 3/15 or something…

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      and still better than Laroche. Had that clutch RBI last night. Davey refuses to rest him. Look at all the weight Wilson has lost.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        I’m not disagreeing about LaRoche but Wilson needs a rest, too…

  46. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Lineout. At least we made contact that inning. Progress.

  47. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    “Why would you swing at that Desi!?! Ball was in the dirt…”

    That’s a good question, actually. What must that have looked like coming out of Colbert’s hand? Because you don’t swing at the ball as it’s at the plate, you swing (or not) when it’s maybe 1/3 of the way home.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      I thought ALR homered. Flip back from FSU and it says 1-1

  48. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    One of the best things about baseball is, you can watch this game for 100 years, and tonight you might see something you’ve never seen before.

    I love that.

    In my case, I have never seen a catcher hit a bat while trying to throw to first. Not ever. First time. But then I’ve only been watching baseball for fifty + years.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Didnt Zook do the same thing earlier this season???

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Something similar, but it was to third, and not nearly so obvious.

      • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Someone did it throwing to 2nd. Never seen it throwing to 1st.

  49. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    wish they would shut down old town Julie like they did SS last year…

    hasn’t she reached her 160 innings limit?

  50. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    That is 2 chattered bats and both are the only 2 hits. Quit chattering bats

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Hairston got 2 hits on broken bats yesterday.

  51. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    If those are the only hits they get, I’ll take our chances whatever they can manage. Gotta get more off Colbert.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Hairston is purposeless…

  53. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hairston is supposed to be a Hamels killer. Not tonight.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hairston is a waste of a roster spot…..

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      After that one HR a bunch of peoples here got all excited.

      Lousy defense. Lousy clutch hitting. They give him the lefty pitchers who he is supposed to dominate and its not happening. Yes, he got 2 broken bat hits yesterday. Thats luck. He has now K’d in 17 of his 47 ABs so far. Thats a 36% K rate which is horrific.

  55. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Harper needs our favorite codizone shot to the knee similar to Zim’s shoulder last year.

    I though Hairston could hit lefties.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Cortizone for all my friends…

  56. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Harper is not helping his team playing hurt…yes, he got a hit, but he could injure himself much worse…sorry but get him out of there especially now that he got a hit…not a chance he runs.

    Hairston, our specialty hitter vs. left handers looking awful silly.

  57. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Dan Kolko‏@masnKolko28s
    Scott Hairston came into today 14-for-34 (.412) with 5 homers off Hamels in his career. Tonight: 0-for-3 with 3 Ks.

  58. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Hamels needs to make a mistake pitch that the Nats need to smash!

  59. dcwx61 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Harper looks like Roy Hobbs swinging tonight.
    Maybe he’ll hit the lights.

  60. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Strasburg’s fastball command has been off all day. But his curveball is so good, he can get away with it.

  61. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Who will get a hit first tonight, Laroche or Hairston?

    • dcwx61 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Strasburg

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Span

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Tanner RoArk

  62. ben291 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I think that Harper is still hurting after that foul ball he drilled off his foot.

  63. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I wonder who on this board would think he or she could read Strasburg’s mind when he had a 1-0 lead.

    I could read his mind. He was saying to himself, “My team has burned me repeatedly this year. If I hold a team to three runs, my team scores two. If I hold the opposition to 2 runs, my team scores 1. And now I have a 1-0 lead over Philadelphia. Thus my only chance of winning is to throw a complete-game shutout.”

    Who here could also read his mind?

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      I read a variation. Something screwy will happen. We will win later on and i will still be stuck at 6 wins.

  64. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Most troubling about Hairston is that he is striking out at a .500 clip when men are on base. 11-for-22 now in his time with the Nats. That means he isnt moving up runners and his BA with men on base is now .091

    Its Chad Tracy all over again.

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    It’s 7th inning which is time for the Nats to do something.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Did Desi really swing at the first damn pitch… I mean what the world…

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Desi is always going to be aggressive and swing at the first pitch. You’re just gonna have to accept that. That’s his game.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        There is a time and a place for it… And that wasnt it…

    • adcwonk - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Why wasn’t it “the place for it.” If it’s hittable, then Ian swings. Hamel’s throwing strikes — why fall behind right away?

      You may not like it, but he’s been doing it all season. That’s how he bats, and he’s pretty good at it.

  67. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    0-18 for Laroche and Davey is playing riverboat gambler like he did in April when that riverboat sunk.

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I haven’t seen any smart at bats, tonight….

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      I give Hamels alot of credit. Have to take advantage of the mistakes which he has made and the Nats havent taken advantage.

  69. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I mean come on Davey, sit ALR’s skinny ass down now!!!

    he is just awful, let TyMo play consistently for like 2 weeks if not the remainder of the year…this is crazy, why the loyalty when you are a lame duck?!!

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Davey gives this rediculous quote “I didn’t want him to feel like I didn’t like him, not letting him play two days in a row. And he’s swung the bat pretty good.”

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Think he was playing the numbers game…. Just like his reason for wanting to play Hairston and sit Span..

  70. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Oh Drew.

  71. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Come on Storen. You cant do that!

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Did Drew just throw 4 straight balls?

  73. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    That’s the second or third time that Rendon has done that. Growing pains.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      He rushed when not necessary.

    • paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      that is not growing pains, that is a simple double-play that any professional baseball player should make 99.9% of the time, glad it did not hurt us but you have to make that play…should not matter that he is a new second baseman, blah, blah…

      routine 5-4-3 double play that high school kids are turning every day of the week.

  74. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Rendon, that is pathetic!!!!!!!

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Come on Anthony… Drew got the hit he wanted….

  76. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Strasburg with 10 k has had 0 on 3 pitches that is why he has so many pitches.

    Then Storen pitched the same crappy way. Up 0-2 and screws around.

    Another fielding mistake, hope not tge same result.

  77. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Ryans slight double clutch just threw off Rendons timing however Rendon still has to turn that doubleplay.

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Come on, you can’t blame Ryan for that.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      You’re f’n killing me! Give it a break.

      • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Sheeze, Im just making an observation. It doesnt matter. He still has to turn that doubleplay however Rendon is young and he was across the bag already. Dont shoot the messenger. Chill.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Rendon had time to throw it to first… He flubbed the exchange…

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Storen screwed around with Ruiz, but a mighty find reaction to Mayberry’s hit.

  78. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Don’t any one of you blame Ryan for that. Rendon is tired from playing more games then he ever has in his life.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Okay…. This made me laugh..

    • paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      yea, that is not on RZim, come on people…simple play.

  79. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Come on Storen. Got to get this batter.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      An you did! Nice reflex catch!

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        RISP update. Phillies 1 for 2. Nats 0 for 1

  80. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I wish Mark had a way to do an instant poll of NI readers. I would ask in such a poll: who thinks the Nats will win this game?

    The game has all the characteristics of the 2013 Nats: pathetic offensive output, odd defensive plays and errors, and a gravitational pull toward losing. With Ramos and Rendon, plus the lack of offense, we have a classic Nats Trifecta for 2013.

    I would be surprised if, given a truth serum for the entire NI population, 90 percent of us didn’t expect the Nats to lose this game. I know I do.

    Note that I said “expect” and not “want.”

    • adcwonk - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Put me in the win column. I think the Nats will win this game. Better/deeper relievers, better hitters.

      OK, so are there nine others here who think otherwise to balance it out?

  81. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Nats got Hamels out. Time to get it done right now.

  82. NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Colbert didn’t look tired. Oh, well, I’ll take it. C’mon, boys.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      NL, I’ll bet you if Cholly was still the Phill’s skipper then Cole would still be in. One of the big reason’s why Cholly is gone.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Did I really just see Wilson humbly jog to first???

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      He’s been ordered to not run.

  84. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    That stadium is empty.

  85. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    This is where you wish Davey had a fuller bench with pinch runners and more players to burn. Only has the 1 extra catcher. No speedsters were called up like Eury Perez.

  86. dcwx61 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    yes get more of them high number relievers in here

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Chad Tracy huh….

  88. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Lousy call by the ump. 1-1 instead of 2-0 to Tracy. Dont help these guys.

  89. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Come on blue, Tracy has a hard enough time as it is with a fair strike zone. Giving the pitch that call is just unfair.

  90. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Defratus hasnt thrown a strike to Tracy. 3-1 instead of the walk.

  91. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Take it gracefully!

  92. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Have to pinch run here. Put in Bernadina for him. Oh yah, thats right, hes a phillie now.

  93. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Interesting situation now. Bryce vs a lefty. I fear a double play ball.

  94. NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Put Span in to pinch run.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Exactly! Or Solano.

      • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        Need a wild pitch!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      They should put in Bernadina…. Or Eury… Oh wait…

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Well, Rendon is ahead of him on the bases. I say keep Span available to PH.

  95. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Bryce never gets that call.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Jerry Meals calls it as a ball twice! Bryce is usually K’d by these umpires who never give that pitch to Bryce!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      That was a K for Tracy…

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Huh?

  96. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Hairstons biggest at bat as a Nat.

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      He had a pretty big one vs the Cubs. But this is big too.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      LOL. That shouldnt have worked but it did!! Lousy throw.

  97. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Why not squeeze bunt Hairston now and win the game?

  98. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Oh, my. Way to go Scott!

  99. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Good job Hairston. Not very deep, but it got the job done.

  100. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Because a sac fly serves the same purpose.

  101. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Trent for president!!

    had to send him there.

  102. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Have to pinch run with Span now as he has to come in defensively any way. PLEASE DAVEY, WAKE UP~!

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Goodness that was an awful throw by their CFer… I will take the sac fly…

    Good going…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Nats needed that. I thought that was Nyjer there for a minute but the ball cleared the pitchers mound on the throw.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Hahahahahahahah…. Don’t talk about my man Nyjer… He was one of my favy Nats… Terrible…

      • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        OMG, LMAO! Nyjer the noodle arm!

  104. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I didn’t think that was a swing. Show a replay MASN.

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Bases loaded and we only score 1 run…

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      I want to see the check swing call. It didn’t look like a swing to me, but I could be wrong.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        It looked like he swung the ball, to me at least… Bat looked like it crossed the plate.

  106. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Span would have made no difference as it turned out.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Cant walk a batter to bring up the winning run. Ahead 1-2 then screwing atound again

      Bad habits.

  107. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I guess MASN won’t show the swing again. Okay then.

    • paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      yea, DP, kinda wanted to see that one again…

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Good move DJ to put Span in…

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      He needed him to pinch run. How dumb is that? He leaves the slow Tracy in to run. If Ryan Zimmerman gets a single Tracy may not score.

      Small details has cost the Nats many times this year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        If Span pinch runs he goes to 3rd on the Sac Fly which keeps the pitcher from throwing low breakers to Ryan Zimmerman.

        Cause and effect. Bad by Davey.

  109. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Oh my that swing by Ruf

  110. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I just hate when our relievers walk batters, it should not happen!!

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Yep, just cost the Nats.

  111. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Clippard didnt just do that.

  112. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    when you walk a batter, that’s what happens, awful!

  113. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Very fortunate that was not a home run.

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Thought the pitches called by Ramos were just bad… I was waiting for ball in the dirt and I don’t remember seeing it…

    And then of course, walks hurt…

  115. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I repeat my post from 908 pm:

    I wish Mark had a way to do an instant poll of NI readers. I would ask in such a poll: who thinks the Nats will win this game?

    The game has all the characteristics of the 2013 Nats: pathetic offensive output, odd defensive plays and errors, and a gravitational pull toward losing. With Ramos and Rendon, plus the lack of offense, we have a classic Nats Trifecta for 2013.

    I would be surprised if, given a truth serum for the entire NI population, 90 percent of us didn’t expect the Nats to lose this game. I know I do.

    Note that I said “expect” and not “want.”

  116. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Rollins= Nats killer again.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      If Clip hit his spot thats a popup.

  117. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Damn it. Why he walk a guy who k all night after being ahead 1-2.

    Clippard has rarely screwed up all year, but at this point you got to not screw around.

    Had Rollins 1-2 also then refused to blow one by him.

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      He was trying. He was throwing fastballs higher and higher and Rollins was fouling them off. Then he tried a changeup in the dirt and Rollins laid off. Eventually he made a mistake and Rollins got to it. It’s going to happen sometimes.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      He didnt hit his spots and Rollins was just waiting for a mistake and got it. Lucky it wasnt a HR.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      I was trying to figure out what Ramos was calling.. Didnt like the selection at all… But walks hurt.. That is the issue.

  118. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Come on Clippard concentrate. This is not the time to be screwing around

  119. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Clippard is all over the place…sorry but get him out!!

  120. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Nats have there best pitcher in there and he just blew it.

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      It’s going to happen sometimes. Nobody is going to be perfect. It just sucks that it had to happen now.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      He gets the first 2 guys out. Then screws around with a hitter has done nothing. For whatever stupid reason.

      Then gets ahead of Rollins and cant put him away either.

      Then the dreaded intentional walk.

      Then a fast ball down the middle

      After 2 outs ever decision Clippard made was pathetic.

      At this in the season you absolutely cannot do that.

      Lost total focus .

  121. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Tyler is struggling on his release point.

  122. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    HE WAS OUT

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      No, he was clearly safe, DP.

      • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Yeah I see that on replay. I was convinced on first look that he was out.

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Okay… A here is my gripe… Why was Clip given so much leverage… Why wasnt he pulled… I mean we have a deep BP now right?

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Because he’s our best pitcher and he’s been incredibly good at working himself out of jams. I want Clippard over Stammen, Davis, Krol, Abad, etc. every single time. Every time. This time he just got beat.

      • paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        yea but he did not have it tonight and was upwards of 30 pitches, should have got him out of there, had no location but doesn’t really matter now.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        He lost total focus after the second out.look clueless after 2 outs.

  124. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Wow, nice throw by Harp. I thought he had him.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Slightly up the line. That was close. I thought he had him.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Too little too late… DJ should have pulled Clip before… A frickin shame…

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      No he shouldn’t have. Hindsight is 20/20. You want Clippard in that spot every time.

      • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Agreed. The Nats best pitcher.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        Stop making excuses… You have a deeper BP and you play the match up game… Clip didnt have it tonight PERIOD… He should have been pulled after the big hit to Rollins… And then he leaves a meatball over…

        No, use your rested BP and get this win…

        Terrible management by DJ…

        Use the matches to your advantage… It it okay to go away from Storen, Clip and Soriano once in a while…

        Clip didnt have it… He shouldn’t have been given that much leverage….

      • paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        sorry DP you are wrong, look what Stammen just did.

      • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        A hundred times Clip has gotten out of these jams. This time he didn’t.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Nats lady remember you are only as good as your last appearance. That is how the game is played.

  126. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    This game goes back to bases loaded and 1 out. Have to take advantage of that with more then 1 run.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      That I agree with, 128.

  127. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    It seems like this board can react to things as the happen, minute to minute, but the board has trouble seeing long, loooong range trends on this year’s totally-mental team.

    At 849pm tonight I posted this:

    I wonder who on this board would think he or she could read Strasburg’s mind when he had a 1-0 lead.

    I could read his mind. He was saying to himself, “My team has burned me repeatedly this year. If I hold a team to three runs, my team scores two. If I hold the opposition to 2 runs, my team scores 1. And now I have a 1-0 lead over Philadelphia. Thus my only chance of winning is to throw a complete-game shutout.”

    Who here could also read his mind?

    (End of 849pm post. It was pretty easy for me to see where this game was going. But the next hour of posts were about this pitch and that throw and that swing, completely missing the arc of the game–and the arc of the 2013 season.)

    Okay. So now it’s 958PM. Who can see, in retrospect, the utter predictability of tonight’s game? Who can see the difference between an injured, but proud and fighting team, and a group of mental players who tighten up and lose over and over throughout the year?

  128. paul brandt - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    MrsB, totally agree with you, Clip didn’t have it and was given way too much rope…that’s all on Davey, our brilliant manager who keeps running out ALR as our 1B night after night…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Davey likes to keep trotting Storen, Clip and Soriano no matter the situation…

  129. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Lineout.

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I don’t care what Clip has done in the past.. We are talking about tonight, in this situation… He didnt have it… Got ahead of batters then just lost it… Should have been pulled…

    Again, you have a deeper BP, use them…

    Just pathetic…

  131. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Bad luck there. Werth smokes that ball. Thats unlucky BABIP.

  132. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    You have to run Desmond here right? If he gets caught, he gets caught, but you have to try and manufacture something.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Yes

      • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Plus it keeps LaRoche out of the double play.

  133. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Here is Laroches chance to make a really bad season a good one. Biggest at bat of the year.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Wow! I would pinch hit with Lombardozzi here.

  134. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    LaRoche just got a pitch. 92 right down the middle, elevated. Fouled it off.

  135. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Come on Wilson. No double play.

  136. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Well, now! Nice job, Adam,

  137. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Buffalo nothing on the ground.

  138. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Biggest at bat of the season right here for Ramos.

  139. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    No DP… No DP.. Wait, no double play… Not David Proctor….

  140. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Nothing like swinging at ball 3 and not swinging at the fast ball

  141. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Why not bunt Ramos and tie the game? Is Davey waiting for the 3 run homer?

  142. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Come on ump.

    • nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Papelbon needs no help.

  143. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Ramos! Trashed by the Blue. Awful!

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      He trashed himself. He swung one a foot further out. Ump figure if he willing to swing at that he shouldcswing at one closer.

      Had he not swung ball 3 that one probably called a ball.

      Real simple

  144. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Wow… Ramos got screwed…

  145. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Awful call. What else is effing new.

  146. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Better to wait for the 3 run HR, Davey, and lose, than bunt and tie the game. Thanks.

    • David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      You’re going to bunt with Ramos? I mean, I know it would be a sacrifice, but I don’t think Ramos has ever laid down a bunt in his career.

  147. scnatsfan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I’ve never seen a team that takes so many close pitches in clutch situations with two strikes.

    • Steady Eddie - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Those were not close pitches. You’d be extremely lucky to foul off either of them. Just got screwed, plain and simple, no excuse for it.

  148. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Ump called it strike 3 because he swung at one even further oit.

    Umps do that a lot.

  149. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Meals is just opening up the box for Papelbon. Rediculous.

  150. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Brutal.

  151. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Balls on a goose. Damn!

  152. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Clippard and DJ lost this game…. Simple.

    • adcwonk - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Nats left bases loaded in the 8th, and two on in the 9th. Davey’s fault?

      Phils scored an un-earned run on Ramos’s throw — Davey’s fault?

      Nats get only three hits first 7 innings — Davey’s fault?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Yes, DJ’s fault…. Span should have PR for Tracy…

        The other 2 no but lets go to where it matters… The game was lost when he left clueless looking Clip still in the game… I see you conveniently left that one out…

        DJ is not above reproach and once again a mismanagement by him plays in a lost…

  153. nats128 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Thats where Davey should have become unglued. Instead it just gave Papelbon the idea to nibble and get the calls. That stinks.

  154. David Proctor - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    This just isn’t our year. I’ll keep hoping until we’re mathematically eliminated, but nothing goes right for us in 2013. Nothing.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Our pitch recognition is awful.

      Clippard gave this one away walking a no body. What was he thinking?

      • adcwonk - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Why do you blame it on his thinking? It looked like he ran out of gas to me.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        So DCwonk – if Clip looked like he ran out of gas…. Then why the hell wasnt he taken out before, it was too late..

        Oh wait, that’s on DJ and I forget some of you believe that he shouldn’t be criticized….

  155. NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Eh, Sandberg could have left Hamels in and we would have lost anyway. Need to get the next two. Period.

  156. breakbad1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    A pathetic, ineffectual, lame, lousy team, from top to bottom, from the GM to the manager to the players. This is a team most comfortable with losing.

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Fine. Don’t watch.

      I didn’t get that impression at all. I got the feeling they were fighting to the last strike. YMMV–it obviously does.

    • adcwonk - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Yep — Werth is lame. Strasburg sucks. Top to bottom, right?

      Why do you bother?

  157. Joe Seamhead - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I don’t agree with the “Davey lost this one” mentality. Guys swinging the bats and throwing the pitches lost it.

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Agree/ Once Hamels was out we should have won this game. My man Clip didn’t do his job. There were chances right up to the end.

  158. Sonny G 10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    ¿Well I say its all Davey’s fault for not starting TyMo in the place of ALR. I told Davey before the game started that all the first base hits were in TyMo’s bat¿

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