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Game 142: Nats at Marlins

Sep 8, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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As they await word from D.C. on Bryce Harper’s hip — which is being examined by team medical director Wiemi Douoguih — the Nationals wrap up their series in Miami, trying to take two of three and improve to four games over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 23-19 way back on May 17.

Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, facing the Marlins for the second time in two weeks and hoping to last more than two innings this time. It certainly helps that Marlins Park has a retractable roof, so a lengthy rain delay should be out of the question. It should also help that Giancarlo Stanton is out today with a sore right foot.

The Harper-less Nationals lineup will take on Jacob Turner, an impressive young right-hander who has posted a 3.13 ERA in 17 starts and today faces the Nats for the first time.

Enjoy the game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (72-69)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
LF Tyler Moore
2B Anthony Rendon
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS (53-87)
RF Chris Coghlan
2B Donovan Solano
LF Christian Yelich
CF Justin Ruggiano
1B Logan Morrison
3B Placido Polanco
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Rob Brantly
RHP Jacob Turner

UMPIRES
HP Gary Cederstrom (cc)
1B Angel Hernandez
2B Kerwin Danley
3B Lance Barksdale

  1. Sonny G 10 - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Man I hope we win this game. I’d love to see us four games above .500. The post season may be lost, but I want to see a strong finish.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Ramos moonshot!

    • Sonny G 10 - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Well, alright. We win. Maybe I’ll forgive the baseball gods for costing us a sweep……nah!!!

  2. Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Pretty quiet here. Not even any mention of Stras’s run-scoring BALK!, followed by an RBI bunt. Nats down 2-1.

    I agree with folks on the last thread. Shut down Bryce. Season ends at the end of September. No need to take risks.

    Whoops. Another run-scoring balk.

    Yep. Season’s done.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I’ll admit…. Me and the Directv Sunday ticket are best friends now…

  3. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Just pull SS now.. He loses focus way too quickly….

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      I wrote about the balks but never showed.

      • Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Sounds like WordPress committed a balk. Wow. Two run-scoring balks in one inning.

    • adcwonk - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Now that SS has retired 10 straight since the last balk — perhaps Davey was correct by not pulling him?

  4. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Original statement.

    Strasburg will never live up to expectation if he cant focus 100% of the time.

    You never see Kershaw have brain farts.

    • adcwonk - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      SS has the best ERA on the Nats, by far. Best WHIP, too. Best BAA (for starters).

      He’s not superman.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        But there no excuse for a balk.

        Pure non thinking.

      • adcwonk - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        No excuse? What about being human? You think Kershaw has zero balks this year?

  5. Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Wrong, Carp. Nats AAA team in 2005 was New Orleans, not Columbus.

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Thanks Ryan… SS get your head of your asz and throw Ks…

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Way to go Werth, Adam and Desi….. Tie game…

  8. Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Imagine if Stras had concentrated on the mound. Nats would have a 2-run lead.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Twice he reached in the glove and came out without stepping off.

      You learn that by middle school.

      Focus 100% of the time.

    • Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Actually, it might’ve been 3-0. First balk advanced the runner who was driven in by the bunt.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Should be 3-1. The little hit that scored run 2 would have scored run 1 with no balk.

      • Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Nope, Stras balked in 2 of those runs. The hit-ball play only scored one.

      • Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Sorry, never mind. Just read your sentence more carefully. My bad.

  9. Dave - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Wow. Strasburg starts this inning with 18 strikes and 17 balls. Not his finest hour.

  10. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I dont know what is wrong is the site. Half what is type never appears.

    ALR k again on a ball not near a strike on a 3-2 count. He is not bad as Espi, but way to undisciplined.

    • adcwonk - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      ALR leads the team in walks.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    LaRoche gets a 3-2 fastball at his ankles and swings at it. Balls don’t rise from overland throwers. Not sure what he’s seeing.

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

      I under stand regular people doing that. But a professional knows fast balls near the knees never rises.

      • nats128 - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Im with you guys. I can understand expecting a high pitch to drop in the zone however that came out of the pitchers hand low and doubt it ever looked like a strike.

        Thats a pitch you spit on and take your walk and let Desmond do some damage. Back to the April problem of batting Laroche in the middle of the order and dealing with this mess.

  12. nats128 - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Ramos 2-2 with RISP today plus the HR.

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

      Ramos back over .280 and over .300 with RISP

  13. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Is it to much to ask to swing with 2 strikes on a pitch in the strike zone?

    All 3 outs in top of the 9th were called 3rd strikes.

    Opposite of ALR who has had way too many swings at a ball to strike out.

    • adcwonk - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      25% of all MLB K’s this year were by pitches taken for a called strike three.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        That means 25% of the time on strikeout batters are being spectaters on 2 strike pitches .

        Of the 75% that swing and strike out I wonder how many % of those are one that the batter swung at a ball.

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

    HBP scores.

    Focus 100% of the time.

  15. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Tyler Moore swung at 2 above the strike zone.

    Place hands at the top of the zone and dont swing if above the hands.

  16. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Hairston swings at one higher than Moore.

    Let them go when they are above the strike zone.

    • nats128 - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      How long will we be subjected to a player who is worse than the player he replaced? Batting .182 and consistently given favorable matchups.

      Poor choice Rizzo.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Next year’s goons could be Moore Brown Walters lombo and Solano

  17. nats128 - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Wipeout slider by Stoeren.

  18. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I give Desi permission to swing for the homer on the first 2 strikes.

  19. nats128 - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Everyone loves Soriano again. Funny how the love/hate/dislike/like goes.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Yay!!! Nats win… Great 1-2-3 by Sori…. Another series win!

    • nats128 - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Yeah!

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Good we win! at this point, as Sonny suggested, just finish strong.

    I went to O’s game with friends who had club seats. Reed almost blew another save, but thanks to Dickerson’s boneheaded baserunning. I almost saw Morse hit as PH but got taken out for a lefty bat.

  22. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    by the way do stadium designs need approval from city or MLB? Marlins Park is horrible looking. If Marlins were moved, what would they do with that stadium?

    • NatsLady - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      From what I’ve read, it’s a very nice stadium in person, and suited to the locale. Boy, it sure looks terrible on TV, though.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      I don’t know about the stadium, but they could sell that home-run sea-creatures merry-go-round gadget to any number of putt-putt golf courses in Florida.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        I doubt anyone would buy that.

  23. Section 222 - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Sounds like a nice win. I have it in DVR. Any nominations for plays or sequences I should check out? I definitely want to see Stras’s balks and Desi’s baserunning.

  24. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    LaRoche stole a base. It’s in the box score, so it much have happened.

  25. Section 222 - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I don’t think the stadium looks awful on TV, except for the the sculpture and the empty seats. I have no idea why they made the dimensions of the field so gigantic though. What were they thinking? Maybe that they wanted no one to be able to hit home runs except for Stanton. That hasn’t quite worked out…

    • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      418 ft to CF and that gap where Desi hit the ball, it looks dangerous for CFs, does it not?

  26. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Anyone watching Kershaw? He is in trouble. Walks the pitcher, balk, single, hit batter. Drenched with sweat. Bases loaded one out. And he gets Votto and Phillips. Talk about reaching back.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      And that’s the ballgame. Which ties the Reds with the Pirates?

  27. scmargenau - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Reds aren’t going to slip…but the Pirates may :-)

    • David Proctor - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      The Pirates are in a bit of a legitimate tailspin right now. I doubt it’s pertinent to us–too late–but it’s definitely interesting to watch. They were so good for so long and now they’re losing almost every night.

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