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Game 139: Nats at Phillies

Sep 4, 2013, 3:32 PM EST

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PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals, at minimum, need to win every series they play over the season’s final month. So they’ve put themselves in position to do that tonight at Citizens Bank Park, if they can take the series finale from the Phillies and take two of three here. Obviously, they’ll need to win more than 66 percent of their games the rest of the way to really have a shot — that would only get them to 86 wins, almost certainly not enough to capture the final Wild Card berth — but first things first.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball tonight, seeking his NL-leading 16th win. It’s been an up-and-down summer for the right-hander, but the overall numbers (15-8, 3.33 ERA) remain solid.

Roy Halladay, on the other hand, has suffered through a disastrous, injury-plagued 2013. The former Cy Young Award winner is making only his third start since returning from the DL, only his 10th start in a season in which he has gone 3-4 with a 7.94 ERA.

Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals lineup, given the night off to rest his sore left hip. Corey Brown, who homered last night, gets the start in left field.

Updates to come, so please check back…

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 186
Weather: Clear, 78 degrees, Wind 10 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (70-68)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
LF Corey Brown
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

PHILLIES (63-76)
CF Cesar Hernandez
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
1B Darin Ruf
3B Cody Asche
LF John Mayberry Jr.
RF Roger Bernadina
RHP Roy Halladay

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

7:07 p.m. — We are underway on a gorgeous Wednesday night in Philly, and Denard Span wastes no time extending his career-high hitting streak to 17 games with a solid base hit to left.

7:21 p.m. — Boy, the name on the back of the jersey on the guy on the mound may say “Halladay,” but that ain’t Roy Halladay. At least not the pitcher we’ve known for the last decade. He had nothing in the to of the first, allowing Span’s leadoff single and then three walks. Yet the Nationals only plated one run out of that whole mess, on Adam LaRoche’s sac fly to left. The killer was Wilson Ramos’ 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. It’s 1-0, but it sure feels like the lead should be much greater than that.

7:35 p.m. — A laborious bottom of the first for Jordan Zimmermann, who needed 25 pitches to face five batters. He opened things with a walk and later allowed a base hit to Chase Utley. But he emerged unscathed, if a bit overtaxed. 1-0 Nats after one.

7:45 p.m. — Halladay has either walked or plunked five of the first 11 batters he’s faced tonight. And the Nats still only have one run. That’s not quite what I’d call offensive efficiency.

7:59 p.m. — Zimmermann continues to labor in the bottom of the second. He allowed a couple of hard-hit singles to Cody Asche and John Mayberry Jr., then served up a 2-out, 2-run double to Cesar Hernandez. Just like that, the Nats trail 2-1 and Zimmermann is already up to 49 pitches through only two innings.

8:10 p.m. — Much better stuff from Zimmermann in the third. He retired the side on 10 pitches. But he needs his mates to do a bit more at the plate. They’ve let Halladay off the mat so far, managing just the one run despite six baserunners through three innings.

8:24 p.m. — Things have completely settled down now for both pitchers, who after their shaky starts have found their grooves. Seven in a row retired by Zimmermann. Halladay hasn’t allowed a hit since the first batter of the game. Still 2-1 Phillies after four.

8:37 p.m. — Nice job by Jordan to right the ship. After throwing 49 pitches through his first two innings, he’s needed only 28 to get through the next three frames. Props also to Wilson Ramos for a fine throw to second base to nail Hernandez trying to steal. Still 2-1 after five.

8:47 p.m. — The good news: The Nats got it going offensively again in the top of the sixth, with a two-out single by Ramos, a double by Corey Brown (now 2-for-3 with a double, homer and walk since his promotion) and an intentional walk to Steve Lombardozzi. The bad news: Zimmermann tapped out to the pitcher to end the inning. Was there any thought there to pinch-hitting for Zimmermann? The Nats have a 10-man bench and 10-man bullpen. Davey Johnson decided against it, leaving his starter in. So it remains 2-1 heading to the middle of the sixth.

8:58 p.m. — At least the Nats have reached the Phillies bullpen. Halladay is out after six innings of 1-run, 3-hit, 5-walk, 2-hit-by-pitch ball.

9:10 p.m. — Ryan Zimmerman to the rescue. He homers off Zach Miner in the top of the seventh, his 17th homer of the season. This game is tied 2-2.

9:22 p.m. — Wow, some major defense by the Nats infield in the  bottom of the seventh to keep the Phillies from scoring the go-ahead run. They had men on second and third with one out when Zimmerman made a nice, backhand scoop and then on-target throw to get Cody Asche at the plate. But that play paled in comparison to what happened next. Hernandez sent a soft grounder past a lunging LaRoche and seemingly into right field. Except Lombardozzi ranged waaaay to his left to make the grab and then fired an off-balance throw to first. That throw, though, skipped, so Zimmermann had to make a really nifty, short-hop snag on the run to get Hernandez by a half-step. Just a phenomenal play on both ends, keeping this a 2-2 game heading to the eighth.

9:35 p.m. — OK, listen to how the Nats just scored the go-ahead run: With a walk, a sac bunt from a pinch-hitter, a steal of third base and then a fielder’s choice. Yes, this is still a Davey Johnson-managed team, despite evidence to the contrary. Wow. Props to Scott Hairston, who laid down his first sacrifice bunt in four years. Props to Jeff Kobernus, who was pinch-running for Ramos and stole third base without a throw. And props to Lombardozzi, whose chopper over the pitcher’s mound was good enough to score Kobernus. It’s 3-2 Nats as Ian Krol enters for the bottom of the eighth.

9:50 p.m. — Wow, more phenomenal defense from the Nats to prevent the tying run from scoring in the bottom of the eighth. With runners on the corners and one out, Craig Stammen got Darin Ruf to strikeout on a pitch in the dirt. As the ball scooted away, Chase Utley bolted from third base. Jhonatan Solano, though, retrieved the ball and then dove back to the plate, tagging Utley just barely in time. What a play. Still 3-2 Nats as we go to the ninth.

10:01 p.m. — Here we go. Bottom of the 9th, 3-2 lead. Rafael Soriano enters to face Asche, Mayberry and Bernadina.

10:10 p.m. — That’s it. Nats win 3-2. Zimmermann gets his league-leading 16th win. Soriano gets the save. The Nats get a series victory.

248 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    To the last minute …
    To the last bullet …
    To the last man …
    To at least the second out …

    • natsfan1a - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I am so there. Well, in spirit anyway. ‘Cause I’m not in Philly. Work and all that. Although I’m guessing that there are probably plenty of good seats still available there. Anyhoo. Go, Nats!

      • Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        A friend of mine went up for Monday night’s game and was able to get two seats behind the Nats dugout for $29 each on StubHub. Bargains to be had in Philly.

      • natsfan1a - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        That is sa-weet, 222.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        +222

    • NatsNut - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      cracking up

  2. NatsLady - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Brown instead of Harper. Don’t mind Harper resting, hope it’s nothing more serious than bruises and aches.

  3. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Harper out, Corey Brown in. I guess a monstrous home run will get you into the lineup.

    • Hiram Hover - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Or in Ramos’s case, keep you in.

  4. letswin3 - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Last night at 9:56 PM acdwonk asked why it is that many of us find fault with Davey only in “hindsight”. I’ve given that some thought, and have concluded that to be critical of Davey before he screws up would be unfair. Therefore, I will continue to bring attention to those things that he does that have harmed the outcome of a game or the season only after he has actually done them. But I’m pleased that we are both concerned with fairness.

    In other news; I hope I’m not being premature, but Storen is starting to look more and more like a guy who’s getting it. Throwing strikes, pitching at a reasonable pace, remembering that a guy on first can score more easily from second, ostensibly not thinking about what inning it is, or his rank in the pen and a few etceteras. It’s easy to forget how young he still is, and how much he achieved at an even younger age……but the trip to the minors may just have been what he needed to rededicate himself to becomming a real asset for this club. I think most of us would agree that he has the tools, and now it looks like he may be developing the disposition to compliment those tools. I sure hope so, cause he has more than just a little talent and a fine new haircut.

    • braveheart1 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Something I have thought about regarding Storen. Game 5 last year (I know, I know), the home plate ump stunk on ice. He was bad for both sides, so no argument there. But on two occasions it looked like Storen threw a strike that would have ended the game and sent the Nat to the next level. Both, obviously, were called balls. I keep thinking if one of those went our way how things might be different this year. Rizzo probably would not have signed Soriano. Drew may have been the closer with nothing hanging over his head. It could be that things would be no different, but it makes me wonder.

  5. Hiram Hover - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Carrying forward from the last thread –

    There were a couple about a rant from Olberman, about what he called the “Nats swing at anything approach at the plate.

    As bowdenball pointed out, the Nats are 6th in the NL in walk rate, at 7.7% (which is a hair better than league average of 7.6%). If you look at swing rate, the Nats are 2d lowest in the NL, at 46% overall.

    Problem is not how much they’re swinging, but what they’re swinging at. Too many of the hitters lack an approach and a plan and swing at the wrong pitches (see, “swinging on 3-0, bad idea of always”).

    Rendon is not by any means the worst, and he has plenty of time to learn, but it’s become a pet peeve of mine to see how often he takes called first strikes. Seeing pitches and being patient isn’t a bad strategy, but he takes called first strikes so regularly that it’s an invitation to opposing pitchers to groove their first pitch. I wish someone talk to him about the need to mix up his approach, to keep pitchers on their toes.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Mabye Ian Desmond?

      • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        I think Desi is too extreme the opposite way. I’m all for first pitch swinging, but he has a tendency to swing at the first pitch even if it’s not a strikke.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Somebody made this point last night, I think, but it’s not so much swinging at pitches that wind up being strikes, as swinging at pitches that, halfway to the plate, can reasonably look like hittable strikes. At 0-0, there are some strikes you don’t want to swing at. There are some unhittable balls that look exactly like strikes for 40 or 50 feet. They throw ungodly breaking balls in The Show.

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    DP @ 5:42: That was essentially my point (Mr. Desmond suggested in jest).

  7. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Did anyone read the article in the Washington Post on LaRoche? Interesting stuff, kind of makes me feel bad for him. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/09/04/adam-laroche-frustrated-with-season-skipping-batting-practice-to-keep-weight-on/

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Thanks for the link; I agree. As best I can tell from afar, none of these guys — the under-performers, if you will — is suffering from a character flaw. None of them is purposefully under-performing. All would prefer to be playing to their potential, All would rather be winning. Some of them may well have become too complacent after last year — and after reading this Spring’s press clippings — but who wouldn’t be susceptible to complacency after hearing your own manager deliver the ‘World Series or bust’ line? Is it fair to critique and criticize their performance? Yes, of course. But I don’t get some of the personal scorn I sometimes see applied.

  8. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I’m a Span fan.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Me, too. Big time. He was really vilified on here for a while.

  9. Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I know Halladay’s been injured and all, but I will still really enjoy it if we can knock him out of this game early.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Exactly. I will like him after he retires.

  10. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Man, it’s sad seeing Roy Halladay look like this. He should retire.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Smart Werth. Glad you didn’t hep Halladay on 3-0.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      That’s why I don’t even say anything else about the 3-1/3-0 swing…

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Come on ump. Didn’t throw a strike yet to Desi.

    • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      The 3-0 to Werth wasn’t a strike either. Didn’t end up mattering, but still.

  13. MicheleS - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    DP.. saw the article on Adam. Anytime you change medications, it’s bound to mess with you. It explains a lot. I hope he can get it straightened out and get the weight back on him

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Man… What great at bats I’m ‘seeing’ via MLB.com…

    But why didnt Ryan and Jayson not take up either on Adam’s sac fly?

  15. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    We needed more than one run out of that inning.

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Ramos with the DP huh…

  17. MicheleS - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    MrsB..

    Wasn’t deep enough in left to tag up and I think Mayberry has a better than average arm out there

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Thanks… Cuz mlb.com doesn’t give as good as a description as my friends here! :)

  18. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Dont you just hate the missed opportunities.

  19. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Give him the changeup JZim

  20. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Oh god, we have another walk-fest on our hand tonight.

  21. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    JZim threw 8 fastballs and 1 slider to the leadoff hitter. Not smart.

  22. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Come on Corey. Need to help your pitcher.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      You knew it would turn into a hit. Has to catch that ball.

      • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        I was scared it would turn into a home run.

      • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Inning should be over at 18 pitches. Instead it continues. Defense really has not been good except in CF and shortstop according to Fangraphs.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        What happened on the play?

  23. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Way to fight back JZ!

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    So is Zimm missing his location that bad???

  25. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Corey Brown with a 1.000 OBP and 1.000 BA

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Good Lord Halladay…. Good Lord….

  27. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    The ump is giving Halladay anything close. Come on blue. You cant help a legend who cant find the strike zone.

  28. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Lombo got screwed as he shouldve been 3-0 and taking the 3-0 pitch.

  29. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Brown showing his tools. Boy has wheels.

  30. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    This ump is giving Doc anything remotely close. Come on.

  31. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Zimmerman just got a mistake pitch and fouled it off. Then watches a hook to K. Thats another awful inning.

  32. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Oh come the f*** on. He’s TRYING to let you blow this game open.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Pitch 3 looked like the one to Zimm…

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Halladay isn’t getting any strike call near the plate.

  35. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Halladay would have got that call.

  36. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Come on Laroche. Easy play at 2nd.

  37. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Past a diving Zimmerman.

    • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      I think that’s more on LaRoche than Zimmerman. LaRoche has to make a better decision, he had a play a double play. Whatever though. Everyone is responsible at this point.

    • Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Did you notice how far in he was playing? And he took a hop toward the plate as the pitch was delivered. Yup, that’s our former Gold Glove 3B for you.

  38. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Unbelievable.

  39. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Inning could have ended on a doubleplay if Laroche throws down to 2nd. At least it saves a run. Rediculous defense by a veteran.

    • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Agreed. The defense at third and first is just inexcusable. I give Rendon a break because he’s playing a new position. And Desi has mostly been good.

      • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        The pitchers have to be fried with all of this bush league play by Gold Glove veterans.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Runners had to hold momentarily on the bunt. What was LaRoche thinking. Giving away runs.

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Jordan doesn’t have it tonight…. Wonder how long he will go for????

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      True. He may not have it however his fielders havent helped him. With the pitcher bunting thats a doubleplay. 1st inning Corey Brown drops a ball.

  41. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Great, now Halladay is going to transform into the Halladay of old. This is ridiculous.

  42. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Davey better start throwing Gatorade jugs. This is sad, pathetic and F$#(d up.

  43. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    4 walks, 1 hit batter and we are losing. Zimm pitching lazy. that pitch down the line was stupid. sacks filled 1 out Ramos grounds into a DP. Brown drops a foul fly. ALR makes the wrong play and then for an encore strikes out for the 46003th time this year. AND its only the third inning. WHAT A PATHETIC, DYSFUNCTIONAL BASEBALL TEAM. RG3 RG3…..

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      Keep in mind the ump gave him at least 3 strikes he didnt deserve. That changed the whole approach.

      • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        That call to Lombardozzi earlier changed the whole inning. 2-0 pitch, not a strike, ump calls it a strike and makes it 2-1. On 2-1, you usually want to swing because you don’t want to risk it going to 2-2. Changed the entire inning.

      • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        I said that at 7:42

    • Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      You did essentially the same rant last night, including the RG3 crap. We came back to win then, so maybe we can do the same tonight.

  44. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    OH< I almost forgot. R Zimm strikes out looking for the 358th time this year. GUTLESSSSSSSSS

  45. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Halladay has more hit batters than the Nats do hits LOL

  46. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I agree many of the strikes Halladay has got are pity strikes by the ump. terrible.

  47. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    If someone asked me to give them one reason why the Nats have stunk this year I would say go look at the top of the 1st inning of this game. That pretty much somes up the whole season.

    • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Hey at least we scored a run. Normally when we load the bases, we don’t score at all. We’re making progress!

  48. Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Oh great. FP will take our coaches in a brawl, “any day.” That’s reassuring.

  49. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Zimmerman not seeing the ball well. He had an inside fastball he had to pull for a HR. Swings at 2 balls out of the zone.

  50. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Sigh. I knew when we didn’t get to him in the first he would settle down. It always happens.

  51. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I sort of dont care how Halladay is pitching. If Laroche takes that bunt and throws to 2nd its an inning over doubleplay and the score continues at 1-0. Just another in a long line of mental errors.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Great point. Nats not backing up their pitchers.

      • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Tyler Moore makes that play.

  52. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Way to go Ramos!

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Thats how you pick up your pitcher!

  53. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Ramos has been throwing a lot of people out lately.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Plus he had one last week he threw out and the ump blew the call. Much better.

  54. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    If I never saw Ryan Zimm and ALR in a Nats uniform again I would be happy. These guys get all this money and are just nothing. They never deliver in the clutch. Zimm is mediocre at the plate. He has zero power. He is poor in the field. And since last year ALR stinks all around. I sure hope the Reds win and put us out of our misery.

  55. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I wish Bob would stop scoreboard watching. Right not we’re being beat by the cadaver of Roy Halladay.

  56. depotmaster - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Is there a way to look at pitch-track even though several of them were swung at?

    I would imagine looking back at this loss (almost guaranteed at this point with the approach at the plate) that if all of the Nats hitters had just gone up, stood at the plate, and read their text messages, they would have scored more runs on walks, and Halladay would have been out of the game than they managed with their “aggressive” game plan.

    Any thoughts?

  57. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    This is all Eckstein’s fault. When are they going to fire that guy?

    What?

    Oh. Nevermind.

  58. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Its the 6th inning. I would pull Ramos for a pinch hitter.

  59. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Darn. Figures. Brown doubles.

  60. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Davey should pull JZ right now for a pinch hitter. Have to score runs.

  61. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    FP: “[Zimmermann] hits tons of home runs in batting practice.”

    Yeah, that’s why he pops up bunts.

    • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      He did it once, tonight. I can’t remember JZimm popping up any other bunts. He’s the best bunter on the staff.

      The guys practice bunts. I’ve seen them do it. They also like to have fun and practice hitting home runs sometimes. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

  62. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    No thinking outside of the box for Davey.

  63. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Aw, c’mon, Davey. You have to hit for him there.

    Aaaaaaand … 1-3.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      You hit the comment button after the inning was over.

  64. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    So far Corey Brown has homered, walked, smashed one down the line that the 1st baseman snagged and double off the wall.

    Good start Corey!

  65. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Have you guys forgotten how bad our bullpen is? Just because we have more bodies down there doesn’t mean they’re good.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Who besides Matheus and Abad are bad???? Please… RISP and you let your SP who is laboring go back out there… Yeah, another mistake by DJ…

      I would take our collective BP over their’s though…

      • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Krol has been bleeding runs lately. Davis? Cedeno? I’ll pass. You can’t use Stammen since he’s our only long man (Roark starting, Ohlendorf not recovered from his last start). You need Storen/Clip/Soriano later in the game.

  66. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Mattheus is on the wrong team. I’m OK with Storen, Clippard, Stammen, Roark, and Soriano, not necessarily in that order.

  67. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I will say, on a more positive note, that for some reason, I LOVE that “Hump Day” commercial. Just kills me every time.

    Nice 5-4-3.

  68. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Playoff mode. I have no problem using Stammen or Roark for an inning here.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Roark is starting on Saturday so that isnt happening

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Saturday is three days away. Plans change.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Where the hell was that????

  70. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Way to move the ball around JZ

  71. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Wow, The Magical Moving Strike Zone.

    I’ll take it.

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Gotta tax the Phil’s BP’s arse… Simple….

  73. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Span swings at ball 4

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Really wish that Span had taken that ball….. But damn what a hit by Ryan!

  74. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Secret Wasian can eat that HR

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      “secretwasianman – Sep 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM
      If I never saw Ryan Zimm and ALR in a Nats uniform again I would be happy. These guys get all this money and are just nothing. They never deliver in the clutch. Zimm is mediocre at the plate. He has zero power. He is poor in the field. And since last year ALR stinks all around.”

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Yessss……

  76. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Ryan’s power in the second half has been much better than in the first half. Which isn’t surprising given the shoulder.

  77. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    sorry, I am late to the party and tuned in late but what I have witnessed is an extremely inconsistent strike-zone from the knuckle-head behind the plate so I did some looking around and found this:

    Chris Conroy was officially promoted to the full time staff of Major League Baseball umpires on June 14, 2013, replacing Brian Runge.

    his inconsistency needs to be fixed…am I wrong, missed the first 3-4 innings but what I have seen has been poor.

    ZIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    HAHAHA so im in the middle of post that the FOF strikes out for the third time. man am I dumb. too bad Span swung at ball 4

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Yep, at Spans shoe tops

  79. Joe Seamhead - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    At the risk of catching crap…Way to go Ryan Zimmerman!

  80. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    What a bum that Zimmerman is. I can’t believe he’s …

    Yeah, RYAN!!! My Hero!

  81. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    I will say AMEN the UMP is awful strike zone walks around more than Lebron James.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      He helped Halladay who didnt need nor deserve the help. Nats are fighting for there playoff lives and this DB** is helping Halladay with anything a few inches off the plate.

  82. secretwasianman - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Desmond hitting like Stevie wonder. Ump makes calls like Ray charles

    • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      OK, that was funny. LOL

  83. NatsLady - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 1m
    Ryan Zimmerman has quietly gotten hot of late. In last 17 games he’s hitting .342. Power is slowly emerging. 4 HR in that stretch.

    • David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      I’ve noticed that his power has been better as of late. His defense will be a question mark, but I fully expect his offense to be back to normal next year.

      • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Strange thing is that his last 7 HRs have been solos.

  84. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    These Asche kid doesnt try to do to much. Just goes with the pitch.

  85. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Well, if you’re gonna hit ‘em, hit ‘em good.

  86. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    “Strange thing is that his last 7 HRs have been solos.”

    A product of being in the 2 hole maybe, Nats 128?

  87. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Oh so, Bernadina decides to execute when he’s with the Phils?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      That’s how he wound up on the Phils. He isn’t looking forward to KC or Houston.

  88. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Krol warming

    The power of Krol!”

  89. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    load em up and pray for the DP.

  90. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    ok, don’t mind me, good point by FP, guy behind him is a LH and can run!!!

  91. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Have to try a pitchout and hope he is trying to suicide.

  92. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    That Zimmerman, what a bum! He’s way too far in to …

    ZIMM! My Hero~!

    • Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      On that play, the infield was in because of the man on 3rd. Not so on the play that drew my earlier comment. That was a nice play by Zim. He also appears to still have some power.

  93. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Davey isnt pulling JZ here?

  94. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    WHAT A PLAY!!!

  95. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Wow.

    Just wow.

  96. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    JZ fields his position. I think Nats got a break.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Whoa, he was out!

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    What a helluva play…. Jordan with his best Houdini act….

  98. NatsLady - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    The Zimmermen(n) came to play!!!!!

  99. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    what a play by Lombo and Zimnn

    think we got away with one there tho…on replay looks like he did get him…WOW!!!!

  100. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    ESPN top plays tomorrow…maybe #2 or #3???

    now rock the bull-pen!!!!!!

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    You can tell JZim was an all-state Wide Receiver. What a play!!!

  102. TimDz - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    THAT was AWESOME!

  103. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    For the love of God pinch run for Ramos.

  104. Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Helluva play. Gio, do take note on how you cover first on a ball hit to the right side. That was very impressive. I hope the Capital One and Web Gem folks have the good sense to pick that play tonight.

    • paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      222, good point, Stammen too!!!

      that should be the first thing they show the pitchers in video sessions in spring training 2014…too often, we are looking around, everyone has a job to do on every play…it ain’t that hard!!

  105. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    and it looked like either Lombo called off ALR or ALR knew the only chance for an out was Lombo so some kudos to ALR…

    oh, come on, I’m trying to boost his confidence (and weight!!)

    that was a sick play…yes, please PR!!!

  106. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Why pull Corey Brown just to bunt? That makes no sense.

  107. Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Couldn’t Corey Brown have sac bunted off a lefty?

  108. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Should steal Kobernus right now with the rightie batting

  109. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    yea, why PH Hairston to bunt????

    may need him later…odd.

  110. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Guy behind the plate did the Danny Thomas spit-take with his beer on the foul straight back to Lombo. Woman sitting next to him really gave him a ration.

  111. scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I doubt Espi makes that play. Lombo is sick with glove

  112. Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I think I owe you a drink 128.

  113. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I don’t like the sac bunt there. I’d prefer Kobernus rip second and then get three chances to drive him in instead of 2.

  114. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    And there’s your steal! 128, you are the Summoner tonight.

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I thought we had a discussion about the 3-0 and 3-1 pitch…

  116. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    squeeze!

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      That wasnt a squeeze.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Indeed, it was not.

  117. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Nice AB. Chop it and run like hell

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Well DJ, let me give you a solid applause for PR for Ramos…. Way to go Kobernus… Way to go Lombo….

    Good baseball….

  119. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Nice slide by Kobernus to make sure Chooch doesn’t throw to first for a possible out.

  120. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    wow! what speed will do for a team!

    yes! get Zimn the win!

  121. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Nats128 is managing the game well from his armchair!

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Thanks

  122. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    So where’d Suasion Man go?

  123. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Tyler has to learn to hit offspeed. And it’s not just his timing, that was the knock on him at the end of last year too. Lots and lots of offspeed.

  124. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    It was strike 3 called, people.

  125. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Is it me, or was it about the fourth inning this time last night?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      It was the end of six this time last night, bottom of eight here. So no, it’s not me.

  126. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Putting in Hairston to bunt when we know Brown can bunt for a hit was rediculous.

  127. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Why would Hairston stay in to play defense?

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Bcuz Davey is the manager. What else can you say.

  128. scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    That’s baseball!!

  129. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Now Davey has weakened the defense. At least put Eury in LF. Come on Davey. Screw your old head on.

  130. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Krol was not in fielding position. Poor. He catches that if he is set.

  131. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Nats badly need a doubleplay here. Come on Staymen.

  132. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Yeah, those 110-MPH line drives are a piece of cake if you’re in the stands.

  133. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    How unlucky. Sheesh.

  134. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    This is why you don’t pinch hit for Jordan Zimmermann. The bullpen is awful.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Yet the score stayed the same…

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      2 singles that found holes. Come on. Staymen made a great pitch to Ruiz.

  135. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    OMG!!!!!!!!!! SOLANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  136. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    What in the world is going on?

  137. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    ONION!!!!!!!!!!

  138. scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Sweet fancy Moses!

  139. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    BP was tested but held firm…. What a play by Solano…

  140. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    can you say safe?

    wow!

    we got lucky there…that ump just flat out stinks!

    yet another reason why replay is needed.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Replay showed he was out… Blue got it right…

    • scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      He was out dude.. Replay showed it

  141. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    GLAD THERE ISNT INSTANT REPLAY

  142. Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Great effort, but, um…. I guess we’ll see a bunch of angles to see if he looks out on any of them.

  143. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Wow he actually got him.

  144. TimDz - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    SUCK IT, UTLEY!!!!!!

  145. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I mean that was a great effort by Solano… I frickin loved his reaction… Lol..

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Put that with Span’s catch in the outfield for plays of the year.

  146. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    So on really close plays tonight, it’s Umpires 2, everybody else 0.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Guilty as charged.

  147. scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    What a game. Sheah, I feel like in watching playoff baseball

  148. paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    even with the replay, its hard to tell but IF there was replay and it was challenged, they would say inconclusive.

    love that it was Utley…

    this is one of the better games I have seen in a long time.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      I agree. Inconclusive and you go with the call on the field.

    • Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      That’s one aspect of the proposed replay system that hasn’t been noted yet I don’t think. What’s the “standard of review”? Will it be that you have to have conclusive evidence to overturn the call on the field as in the NFL?

  149. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    It was NOT inconclusive on the one freeze-frame they showed. Every other angle looked like Utley was safe, but in fact, he was tagged and out. Good call.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Theres 100s of Phoolie fans on Twitter saying safe. You show the same picture to 100 people and people will see what they want to see. Still cant tell if Solano for sure had his glove on Utley.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        There would be thousands if they still followed their team, but they bailed two years ago. Thousands of Phans being deluded and irrational is nothing new.

        Only one angle looked like he was out, but in the box score, he is unambiguously out.

      • paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        of course, but what a great play that will be talked about for a long time…

    • paul brandt - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      sofa, my only point was if it was challenged & if we had replay they would have not over-turned it…it was a very close call even with that freeze frame…

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        I understood that, pb.

    • Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      I don’t know sofa. You have better eyes or a better TV than I do if could really tell that Solano had his glove on Utley in that freeze frame.

  150. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    As FP has said many times, if you have to look at six slow-mo hi-def replay angles and still aren’t sure, it was a good call.

    • nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Im with you. He was OUT!

  151. scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Papel is one odd looking dude

  152. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Tucking it up here, boss…

  153. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Here we go. 9th inning.

  154. scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Ok. Tuck it up

  155. scmargenau - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    3-3 in 10th reds/cards

  156. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    I’m actually nervous… *sigh*

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      : )

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      PONCHE Soriano!

      Untucked.

      Happy New Year, peoples.

  157. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    No doubles defense works!

  158. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Whew….. *breathe In, breathe out*

    Out 1….

  159. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Is Hairston still in LF while you have Eury on the bench.

  160. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Adam bailed Lombo out right there..

  161. David Proctor - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Oh Bernadina…looking right down the middle.

  162. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Done deal… Sickening to see Roger in a Phillies jersey….

  163. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    PONCHE Soriano

    Untucked.

    Happy New Year, peoples.

  164. nats128 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Untuck!

  165. NatsLady - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Shana tova, Sofa!

  166. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Tell me again, how many Phillies batted in the ninth there? 3?

  167. Section 222 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    The secretwasianguy RG3 jinx strikes again. Untuck baby.

  168. natsfan1a - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Hey, Chase. Would you like a little Onion on that plate? Oh, yeahhhh.

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