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Game 138: Nats at Phillies

Sep 3, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — Despite all the hubbub last night and this morning over Bryce Harper and whether he’s fit to play or not, Davey Johnson was pretty clear all along he planned to keep Harper in his lineup. And sure enough, Bryce is batting third and starting in left field tonight against the Phillies. Obviously, there will be plenty of eyes on the 20-year-old, who it’s now known is dealing with a hip injury in addition to his other nagging ailments.

Johnson has the entire regular lineup out there, and that includes Wilson Ramos. This will be Ramos’ 12th consecutive start behind the plate, every game since the Nationals traded Kurt Suzuki to the A’s. For what it’s worth, Ramos was hitting .299 at the time of the trade. Since then, he’s hitting .171 (7-for-41).

Gio Gonzalez gets the ball for the Nats, facing a Phillies lineup that boasts Kevin Frandsen hitting third. Yep.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 77 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (69-68)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Anthony Rendon
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES (63-75)
2B Cesar Hernandez
SS Freddy Galvis
1B Kevin Frandsen
C Carlos Ruiz
LF Darin Ruf
3B Cody Asche
RF John Mayberry Jr.
CF Michael Martinez
RHP Ethan Martin

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

7:06 p.m. — We are underway on a gorgeous night here in Philly. 79 degrees and blue skies as Ethan Martin delivers his first pitch to Denard Span.

7:12 p.m. — And a 1-2-3 top of the first for Martin, who struck out both Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper. For those wondering, here’s the latest injury update on Harper: Davey Johnson and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz did confirm Bryce is dealing with a sore left hip, though Kuntz insisted it’s nothing more than that and doesn’t require any additional tests. It doesn’t prevent Harper from playing, and there’s no fear of it getting worse, so he’s cleared to play.

7:25 p.m. — If you were one of the seven guys playing behind Gio Gonzalez in the bottom of the first, there wasn’t much for you to do. None of the first four batters Gio faced so much as put the ball in play. He struck out Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis, then walked both Kevin Frandsen and Carlos Ruiz. Darin Ruf finally made contact, lining out to center to end the inning, but Gonzalez needed 28 pitches to get through the frame, and only 12 of those were strikes. A rocky start to the night for the lefty. Scoreless after one.

7:38 p.m. — Wow, I guess Wilson Ramos isn’t too beat up in his 12th straight start behind the plate. He just crushed a three-run, opposite-field homer to one of the deepest points in the park, above the 398-foot sign in deep right-center. That’s quite a poke for Ramos, his 10th homer of the season. The Nats take a 3-0 lead in the second.

7:55 p.m. — Denard Span extends his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a line-drive single to center to lead off the third. Span has really come on strong the last few weeks. He bottomed out on July 26, his batting average down to .258. But in 34 games since, he’s hitting .333 (42-for-126) and has raised his season average to .276.

8:08 p.m. — Speaking of heating up … Adam LaRoche just smoked a double inside the first-base line. After a wretched, 0-for-18 slump, he has now reached base in his last three plate appearances, singling last night, walking and now doubling tonight. Still 3-0 Nats in the middle of the fourth.

8:22 p.m. — A bit of a ragged bottom of the fourth for Gio, though it wasn’t entirely his fault. He got into a jam when Ryan Zimmerman got eaten up by Carlos Ruiz’s hard chopper to his right. Zim was charged with his 20th error of the season, this a rare fielding gaffe, not a throwing one. Gonzalez followed that up with a wild pitch, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. He did strike out Darin Ruf on a nice 3-2 changeup, but then Cody Asche lined a 2-run single up the middle. So the Nats’ lead has been trimmed to 3-2 after four.

8:42 p.m. — And the Nats get two runs back in the top of the fifth, though they didn’t really need to do much to make it happen, other than stand at the plate and not take the bat off their shoulders. Phillies pitchers walked four batters in the inning, including three straight, two of them with the bases loaded, both on four pitches. Yikes. It’s 5-2 Nats now, even though they only have four hits.

8:53 p.m. — Wow, what a play by Ian Desmond in the bottom of the fifth. With a man on first and one out, he ranged way to his right to make a backhanded stab of Freddy Galvis’ grounder. He then fired a bounce-pass to Anthony Rendon, getting Pete Orr by a step. The debate here in the press box is whether Desmond was doing that on purpose. I say yes. I think his momentum was taking him so hard the opposite direction that he knew he couldn’t get enough on the throw to get it there on the fly, so he went for the skip-pass. Whatever the case, it worked. Still 5-2 Nats after five.

9:15 p.m. — Make it 7-2 as the Nats add two more in the top of the sixth. RBI singles by Werth and Desmond, giving Gio a nice cushion as he takes the mound for the bottom of the inning, his pitch count piling up, though.

9:37 p.m. — Oy, that was an ugly inning just now. The Phillies have clawed right back into the game and now trail 7-5. The Nats’ defense didn’t help matters, with Desmond and Harper charged with errors. But Gio didn’t do his part, either, letting things get out of control. Davey Johnson wound up turning to Ryan Mattheus, who couldn’t stop the bleeding. He immediately served up an RBI single to Chase Utley. So now we’ve got ourselves a ballgame heading to the seventh. Not a well-played, pretty ballgame, mind you. But a close ballgame. Stay tuned.

9:46 p.m. — Welcome back to the big leagues, Corey Brown. In his first MLB at-bat of the season, the just-recalled outfielder crushed a homer into the second deck in right field. That makes it an 8-5 lead for the Nats as Drew Storen enters for the bottom of the seventh.

9:54 p.m. — And Storen gets things back under control with a 1-2-3 inning. Meanwhile, the Reds just beat the Cardinals 1-0 in Cincy, so the Nats have to win tonight to remain 7 1/2 games back.

10:06 p.m. — Sheesh, Phillies pitchers have issued seven walks to the last 22 batters they’ve faced. Gotta love September baseball, huh?

10:15 p.m. — Uh-oh, Tyler Clippard gives up a homer in the eighth, the second straight night he’s given up a run. That’s a rarity. Then Harper lost track of how many outs there were, jogging in after catching a flyball that was only the second out of the inning. The Philly fans really let him have it for that, but Harper responded by taking a bow and then laughing the rest of the inning. When it did finally end, Desmond gave Harper an emphatic, 2-out signal, then a high-five. It’s 8-6 heading to the ninth.

10:33 p.m. — And the Nats just scored a run on a Bryce Harper strikeouts. Yeah, that about sums tonight’s game up. It’s 9-6 as Rafael Soriano enters to wrap this one up.

10:44 p.m. — That’ll do it. Nats win 9-6. They remain 7 1/2 games back of the Reds with only 24 to play.

200 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Ramos looks tired, and obviously for good reason.

    Did better when he was spelled occasionally. .299 vs .171

    Maybe Davey will spell him if and when the Nats get ahead by a significant amount, whatever that is!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Keep riding Ramos hard Davey! (Insert sarcastic tone) As I said a week ago Sunday he needed a day off. Davey had the same issue last year with riding some players hard. Ramos has lost weight and chances are some muscle. He just doesn’t have the pop on his bat right now. It really ticks me off. He shouldn’t play more than 5 days a week. To go from an offensive weapon to a dud has further weakened the team.

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Wow. I think he as looked pretty good tonight with 4 RBI’s.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      How many ways can you spell Ramos? Only one I can think of . . ..

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I generally don’t comment on daily line-up choices, but yesterday’s decision to start Adam LaRoche over Tyler Moore (given the LHP, Mr. LaRoche’s slump, and Mr. Moore’s recent success) and having Wilson Ramos start 12 consecutive games at catcher (particularly given that he still seems less than 100% when running) leaves me scratching my head more than usual. I know you can’t — and shouldn’t — give up until you’re numerically eliminated, but giving Mr. Ramos a day off doesn’t strike me as throwing in the proverbial towel. But maybe Davey Johnson is afraid that that Mr. Ramos won’t like him anymore if he gives him a much-needed day off?

  3. naterialguy - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Hard to get excited when I see LaRoche’s name on the line up card. Plus I am in agreement that Ramos is much more effective when not overused.

  4. langleyclub - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    So tired of LaRoche getting start after start. Also, agree with giving Ramos a break. The lineup has been stagnate over the last 4 games. Yet, Davey keeps rolling the same guys out there.

  5. langleyclub - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    BTW, no Brown, no Utley and no Rollins for the Phillies tonight. The Phillies top 3 of Hernandez, Galvis and Fransden is as bad a MLB lineup as any team has started all year. That would be a disappointing Spring Training line up. Really embarrassing how the Nats have played against the AAA lineups for the Mets and Phils.

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Ramos again huh….

    I’m still ticked off about last night’s game…

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Mark – Not sure if you read the blog but Ramos starting isn’t lost.. A few of us keep talking about why the Nats bringing up players up just to sit them… Ramos’ health doesn’t really inspire for him to play every day.. The platooning of the C worked much better…

    Ramos has had some bad luck, yes, but mainly he has looked worn out…

    Also, T Moore has been hot (as was Kobernus when he was brought up)… And they keep sitting when there are veterans struggling and may can use the extra time off…

    Now, I don’t think T Moore is the ultimate answer at 1st base but, why we don’t ride the hot hand, I just don’t know…

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    The curious callup of Zach Zaney Walters. He finished the AAA season with a league leading 38 errors in a 5 month season. The MLB game moves much quicker which never bodes well for a butterfingers infielder. I’m surprised Rizzo brought him up unless his comedic forte is needed.

    Good luck to all the callups and enjoy it.

    • Section 222 - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Might be a better PH than Chad Tracy, right? Even against RH pitchers. Actually, now that I look it up, Tracy has better splits this year against lefties than righties. Amazing, eh?

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Exactly. If Mr. Walters can hit MLB pitching, show him off. Then include him in a trade to an AL team.

      • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Eugens, Thats a good point. Walters is a AL type of player.

  9. letswin3 - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Davey is notoriously hard-headed. With Ramos, with ALR, with Danny, with starters left in for one or two too many hitters, with Henry, with Drew in the St Louis game 5 last year, etc…….even with Bryce (is he compromising Harpers health by chasing rainbows?) I never thought I’d say this, but Davey has earned a long retirement….at least a retirement from managing in Washington. He’s lost his fire, he’s lost his discretion and he’s probably lost some of the knowledge that got him here. He’s just not the same guy that managed in Baltimore or New York, and he’s probably not even the same guy that took over the Nats in mid-season 2011. I’m embarassed for him. Let him finish out the season, thank him profusely for what he’s provided and then start opening those envelopes with solid resumes inside. I have this sinking feeling that Davey may give the Lerners and Mike the pitch that there is unfinished work to be done here, and that we have the horses to get it done, but they should hold tight to their understading before the season began that this is to be his “swan song”.

    • naterialguy - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Well at 56 I am not the same guy I was at 36. He deserves cudos for what he has done in his time managing here but I think he is ready for his next phase.

  10. dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Manager pig headedness continue to lose games. Need a guy who can be flexible enough to think different when guys you don’t expect get hot, and guys you want to hit are not.

  11. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    If we lose this game, with the Phillies putting out that lineup and that pitcher, the Nationals should be contracted and Nationals Park bulldozed.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      DP – Please make sure you don’t have any sharp objects around during or immediately after the game.

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Unh… I thought Span was safe…

  13. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I’ll give the guys a pass the first time around the lineup since they’ve never seen this guy. But if we don’t beat him up eventually, so help me God…

  14. Hiram Hover - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I thought we were playing the Phillies tonight.

    Who are the guys?

  15. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Where did that 3-0 pitch miss?

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    So the blue looks like he is calling the outside pitch for Martin.. And not Gio…

    • dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      don’t get tangled up with blue

  17. dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    look at kid, what if he did
    you don’t need an umpire to know which the curve goes

  18. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    uh oh, I think DP is cracking, where is the optimism??

    kidding, happens to the best of us, kind of cool to see you get pis^ed off!!!!

    you are like old mick!

  19. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Alright Gio, settle down now.

  20. dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    meet the new mick, same as the old mick

    • paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      is this really mick????

      • dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        no the old jeffwx man

  21. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    well, at least werth got in the forearm and not the bad wrist…silver lining.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I’m getting ticked now… Martin is getting the outside pitch…

    • paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      martin is all over the place…

      ok pinch run for ALR!!!

  23. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    BUFFALO!!!

  24. dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Ramos…no more days off for you

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Lol…. I just said to my brother… I was itchin about Ramos playing.. Again… Watch he have a good night…

    Good for Ramos…

  26. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    jeffwx, why the name change? can’t keep up when people change up…where is mick?

    buffalo!,

    would have preferred that last night but that’s ok, he blasted that ball!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Oh Paul… Can we please not talk about last night… I went to bed at 3 this morning I was so pissed….

      • paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        yea, last night was tough…need to get these next two…really hope we don’t do the 2013 thing which is score some runs early (if we score at all) & then no mas the rest of the game…

        need to pile it on early and often.

      • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        Mrs B, you and alot of Nats fans!

    • dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      yeah i signed up for this wordpress thing so i could comment and used the default name it gave me.
      DC
      WX man
      born on 61 in 61

      • David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        If you look at the top right, where it has your name, you can click that and edit your profile. Then you can change your display name to JeffWx or whatever you would like.

      • paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        you can change that, you know that right?

        222 was nice enough to explain…I may screw it up but in the upper R hand corner of your screen right now should be your user name, click on it and then change your publicly display name to “jeffwx” or “mick” or whatever the heck you want and save it…should fix the prob…

        222, let me know if I screwed it up the directions.

  27. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    What do you all kno about rest for Ramos!

  28. dcwx61 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    well,,not sure who beats hamels last night

  29. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    DP, funny…you are too quick for me re. username change instructions!

  30. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    5-4-3

  31. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Nothing like a Span line drive hit. Nice to keep complimenting him!

  32. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    2 out rally time

  33. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    nice clean hard slide by Span, can’t argue with his play as of late.

  34. adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    ” He just doesn’t have the pop on his bat right now. It really ticks me off. ”

    Can we stop calling Davey pig-headed and the like yet?

    Also, does anyone remember that ALR got more hits than Werth did last night?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      So Ramos hitting a HR tonight doesn’t erase the fact that he is now 8 for 43 in his last 12 games…

      And so what of Adam had more hits than Werth last night… Small sample size…

      We shouipd all hope that Adam is finally heating up….

      DJ deserves criticism as he does make terrible mgmt mistakes sometimes….he is not above reproach….

  35. adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I’m just thinking that Davey just might have a better sense of how tired he his (since he’s, you know, in the same clubhouse) than we, sitting 100 miles away.

    But, just guessing.

  36. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    LaRoche looked like Ramos running the bases.

  37. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Haha Anthony. Did anyone else see that?

  38. adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Did anybody see Gio act like he tweaked something during that last at bat during his swing and miss?

    • David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Yes. Looked like his back again, which he initially injured swinging. He should stop.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Hahahaha…. I was trying to figure that out…. Anthony just stood there… Lol..

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Zimm learned from his last goof….

  41. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    That’s a tough error. A play he should make? Yes. Routine? I don’t think so.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Sigh…. Come on guys…..

  43. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Changeup is becoming a good pitch for Gio.

  44. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    What on earrth is happening. Gio pitching weaker, and Zim misses and easy enough grounder.

  45. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Dumb pitch selection. Had him 0-2 and went fastball right down the middle.

    • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Thats not pitch selection. Its pitch location. Missed by 6 inches.

      • David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        I wouldn’t have thrown him a fastball at all. 0-2, go to your best pitch which is the curveball. Maybe he was afraid to throw it since he had thrown a wild pitch with it before.

  46. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Poor pitch. There goes that 3 run lead.

  47. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Gio then stinks up on a lefty lefty match up.

  48. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Sorry DP: Boz: “@ThomasBoswellWP: FanGraphs has Ryan Zimmerman (20th error) as the worst defensive player in MLB. Worth -17.7 runs. Includes range. Used to be near top.”

    • David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I saw it. I know how bad his defense has been. I still think that’s a tough error, but it would be bad for his UZR either way because that’s a play he should make. I just don’t think it was routine.

      • Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        For an MLB 3B it should be routine. He was too busy making the throw to second to secure the ball.

  49. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Stay hot Span.

  50. natsguy - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    DP,

    The reason it was a tough play was because he wasn’t playing where he should have. Otherwise that would have been a much easier play. If he can’t throw he shouldn’t be playing.

    I honestly don’t know what they are going to do with him.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Terrible at bat Werth….

  52. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Werth cold in Philly after being hot for 2 months.

  53. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    This is the last guy I want up with the bases loaded right now

  54. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Laroche has to make him pay here.

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Come on. Adam….

  56. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Laroche wouldnt swing 3-0 would he?

  57. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Good job Adam. I was scared he was going to swing.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      You already know how I feel about the 3-0 and 3-1 swing… Lol….

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Great at bat Adam…. Great at bat….

  59. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Ramos has already hit a 3 run homer. Can he hit a 4 run homer.

    • adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      of course not — didn’t you read the comments at the beginning — Davey’s an idiot for not realizing that Ramos is too tired to play tonight.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Pitcher could not find the SZ… He would have been cray to swingf at anything esp seeing the 2 batters in front of him walk….

  60. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Nice Ramos. 4 RBIs.

  61. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Zach Walters thinking he could have walked this inning.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Good at bat Wilson… Lol….

  63. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    That’s a great play by Desmond. Yet again.

  64. NatsLady - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Desi==> WHAT A PLAY!!!

  65. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Ian Desmond with 2 stellar plays today on defense. The barehanded and a bounce pass forceout.

  66. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    As Carp said, lots of baseball IQ, not only great motor skills.

  67. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Thats what you hoped for the Nats infield this year with great defense. Very nice.

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    What great D by the IF….. That bounce throw was sick…

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    That was an obvious balk…

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Good jump Span..

  71. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    That was a SMASH by Werth! HAHAHA

  72. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Very lucky, but we’ll take it. 3-0 again from Werth works out ok.

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Jayson seems as if he is the only one who can swing and hit more times than often on the 3-0, 3-1 pitch…

    Thanks Jay!

    Way to go Desi…

  74. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Aww Desi :(

  75. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    All Phillies run are unearned.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I thought this was the bottom of the 7th…unh… No desi…

  77. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Oh my goodness. This has been sloppy as hell.

  78. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Come on. A .156 hitter.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I saw enough after the Mayberry at bat….

  80. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    The whole left side of the infield has had a very bad year defensively. That said? I still like both of them, but seriously, who thought that this infield, from catcher to all the around the infield would be this crappy?

    • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Ian Desmond may have errors however he made 2 defensive gems tonight and yes a poor throw.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      I hate not being able to edit. I meant to say from catcher to all the way around the infield,

      Why is the knucklehead in again?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Ian Desmond is 7th in all MLB in UZR. He’s not the problem.

  81. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Again Davey waits a a few batters to long. Shocked Gio lasted as long as he did. He didnt have great stuff tonight. It helps he was facing a AAA team.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      No, no, no….. Can’t fault DJ… He can’t be criticized… And you can’t fault him for putting in bum ass Mattjeus either…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        LOL

      • adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        He can be criticized — but it’s ridiculous to criticize him only in hindsight, or for things not in his control (I’m not saying you are doing it, but many do). E.g., asserting that Davey lost last night’s game.

  82. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Utley vs Mattheus. Not the matchup I would prefer.

  83. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Can they call the game and award both teams an L?

  84. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Nats128 — if he’s gonna bring Mattheus in,at as well just let Gio do it. Can’t do much worse.

  85. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I think it’s unfair to blame this on Gio. Gio wasn’t that good, but you can only survive so many errors. How many outs do you expect the guy to get in the inning? He shouldn’t have walked Ruf and he shares in the blame, but his share of the blame is a small portion, in my opinion.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      What does Mattheus have to do to get the rest of the season off?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      I don’t see where anyone blamed Gio…. Once again, Gio was left in too long…. But to be replaced by Mattheus….

      Oh, wait, there I go again pointing out where DJ screwed up…

    • Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      I’m not sure anyone’s disagreeing with you about Gio. It’s just that letting him throw 118 pitches on a night when his control was so erratic (45 balls) is asking for trouble. I love Gio but he was clearly pissed at those errors (who could blame him?) and tired.

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Yeah, DJ, good going on putting Mattheus in…

  87. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Oh my god, the wild pitches.

    • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      Something is wrong with Matthews.

  88. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I’m sorry but we very rarely had these types of games last year. We had games where we got blown out and we had games where we blew leads. And we probably had a couple of games this sloppy, but they were RARE. They are way too common this year.

  89. secretwasianman - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Send the women and children to bed. They shouldn’t witness this mess. LOL how in the world are we .500 hahahaha just awful.

  90. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Oh look at that, another walk.

  91. secretwasianman - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Yeah 3 errors in 6 innings is just PUTRID. Plus 117 wild pitches.

  92. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Gio didn’t have it tonight…. But he did enough… He was laboring after Mayberry and should have been pulled… For anyone but Mattjeus.

  93. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Nice Davey! Kobernus in for Ramos!

  94. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Why didn’t Kobernus run? That was the entire reason that Davey put him in.

  95. secretwasianman - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Why not Lombo. Rendon cant hit. Phils 8–7. its over folks. what a gross disgusting pathetic season. RG3 RG3 RG3

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Am i missing something?

      Nats cannot lose 8-7 at least from recollection of score keeping?

  96. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Why did we wait so long to bring Corey Brown up?

    • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Remember, they gave his spot to Chad Tracy.

  97. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Corey Brown power!

  98. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Thanks Corey

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Didn’t think to send Kobernus huh…. Never mind…

    Way to go C Brown….

  100. secretwasianman - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Wow can this kid play first base? to all you peeps screaming for this guy. WELL SAID. they still stink though

  101. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    NatsJack? Can we talk about Corey Brown?

  102. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Can one of you stat guys see how.many inherited runners that Mattheus has had, and how many scored.

  103. scmargenau - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Nice!!!

    If I see Matheus out in public I may Benny Hill slap him

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Corey Brown is out of options. It’s either 25 man active roster or he can become a FA.

    • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      He certainly can become the Bernadina/DeJesus role and with his power maybe even the Tracy role.

    • David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      You could do worse than Brown in the Roger Bernadina 4th OF / bench guy role.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Wonder if he is C Tracy’s replacement….

  105. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I do like the new Drew. No nibbling, just attack.

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Was that the first 1-2-3 inning tonight?

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Gio had a 1-2-3 in the third.

  107. NatsLady - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Ghost–so, can Brown be Bernadina next year?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      The scouts ranked him higher this year but he still projects as a bench player in the MLB because they say he doesn’t adjust well to the better pitchers.

      The other knock on him is his health. He is certainly a hot and cold guy and you can ride his hot streak.

      Possibly the reason Rizzo did DFA Bernadina.

      • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        After the bench disaster this year Rizzo may go for a real 4th outfielder. I think Corey can be the Tracy guy off the bench.

  108. scmargenau - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Trolls…

  109. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    That sucks to strikeout against a Minor Leaguer who was just called up.

  110. scmargenau - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I know a lot of people don’t like Desi’s batting approach, but I love it. He just attacks…it’s who he is. And if u can bat like that, hit 290 ish with 20+ homers….I’m all in.

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Adam swung at ball 4….

  112. scmargenau - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Cards can’t score 1 freaking run???!!

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Kinda not surprised DJ went with Store, Clip and Soriano (I’m assuming)….

  114. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Denard Span is just so fundamentally right in CF,

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    You knew that was gonna happen….

  116. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    How big is Corey Browns HR right now.

  117. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I hope Davey has someone warming up. Clip is not himself.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      You not serious…. You already know the answer to that….

  118. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Is Clip giving up his MVP for the year? Stinking in September.

    Werth has taken the lead

  119. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Well Clippard does tend to have a stretch every season where he struggles a lot. Just bad time for that stretch right now.

    • adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Almost every relief pitcher does. It sucks when it does happen, but, you just gotta grit your teeth and hope it doesn’t cost a ball game (e.g., tonight, getting through the inning with only one run allowed, when you’re up by more than one).

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        unless you are saying that length of bad stretch varies for every relief pitcher, I do not agree with including ‘almost every relief pitcher’ in that statement because Clippard is not just one of ‘almost every relief pitcher’ group. Based on what he has done since 2009, he is an elite relief pitcher with lots of innings which is why we should trade him in the off-season. He is making $4 million this season. I am sure some team would love to make him the closer.

  120. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Oh Bryce making the hilight blooper reel.

  121. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    At least there wasnt a man on third when Harper lost track of outs.

    He should tip his hat after the third out.

  122. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    ok, that is funny, its a long year so anyone who is going to come on & say harper has lost focus, etc…get lost!!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      I don’t know about Mr. Harper, but I’ve certainly lost focus. What an interminable game.

  123. Theophilus T.S. - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I would have been happier this year w/ Brown instead of Bernadina. However, I doubt Rizzo sees him as more than Plan B. If I were Rizzo — and I certainly hope he’s thinking like me — he’s gotta be thinking he needs an upgrade over Bernadina, not a replacement. That means someone who’s an established major league LH hitter, not a guy who’s been tantalizing at times but overall inconsistent in the minor leagues. Brown could be a guy like Justin Maxwell, a tools guy who has enuf to keep a roster spot on a second-division team — Phillies could use another Brown — but has run out of time in the Nationals’ system. Remember something Rizzo said about DeJesus — he was a guy who could fill in for a long stretch in the event of an injury. Other than DeJesus, someone like Jordan Schafer or Nate McClouth.

    • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      That was kind of my thought above in less words. This years bench was a failure. I think Rizzo needs a true 4th outfielder with MLB pedigree.

  124. Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Span looks good again against the LHP after Tyler Moore’s ugly K against the LHP, who he should’ve been able to excel against. Oh,well.

    Span was lucky to get back.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Good at bat Ryan..

  126. Chazz - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Man, our 48+ wreck-league games are cleaner than this.

    And FP, yes, Bryce does get an RBI for that.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      10.04 Runs Batted In
      A run batted in is a statistic credited to a batter whose action at bat causes one or more runs to score, as set forth in this Rule 10.04.
      (a) The official scorer shall credit the batter with a run batted in for every run that scores
      (1) unaided by an error and as part of a play begun by the batter’s safe hit (including the batter’s home run), sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, infield out or fielder’s choice, unless Rule 10.04(b) applies;
      (2) by reason of the batter becoming a runner with the bases full (because of a base on balls, an award of first base for being touched by a pitched ball or for interference or obstruction); or
      (3) when, before two are out, an error is made on a play on which a runner from third base ordinarily would score.
      (b) The official scorer shall not credit a run batted in
      (1) when the batter grounds into a force double play or a reverse-force double play; or
      (2) when a fielder is charged with an error because the fielder muffs a throw at first base that would have completed a force double play.
      (c) The official scorer’s judgment must determine whether a run batted in shall be credited for a run that scores when a fielder holds the ball or throws to a wrong base. Ordinarily, if the runner keeps going, the official scorer should credit a run batted in; if the runner stops and takes off again when the runner notices the misplay, the official scorer should credit the run as scored on a fielder’s choice.

  127. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Rafael Soriano for a save? This game doesn’t deserve to be saved — it should be put to sleep.

  128. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I’m tucked, but honestly, I’m not enthusiastic about it. This was playing-out-the-string baseball.

  129. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Oh God. Here we go.

  130. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Soriano, what is up?

  131. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Where in the heck was that pitch??????

  132. nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Come on Soriano. 3 run lead and you walk a guy after a single. Close this game out.

    • nats128 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Oh, he was just messing with us. Nice Doubleplay.

  133. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    McCatty should punch him in the face!

    WTF?

  134. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Untucked.

    Shana Tova, y’all.

    • adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      MOT, too? ;-)

      K’siva v’chasima tova! ;-)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Now there’s and expression I haven’t heard since Joey Bishop had a show.

        But no, I’m just showing off.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        *an expression

  135. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Thank goodness this game is over and we won….

  136. David Proctor - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    LaRoche bailed out Rendon.

    • adcwonk - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      but, but, but, we shoulda had TyMo there! ;-)

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Laughing hard here!

  137. paul brandt - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    3 hours 41 mins!

    MLB needs to do something about that.

  138. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Come on Sori, I had bet $5000 on 3-run HR by Kevin F right there. How could you do that to me?

  139. Theophilus T.S. - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Maybe they can trade Gonzalez and Soriano to a very rich team as a package.

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