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Game 147: Phillies at Nats

Sep 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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The Nationals return home having won six consecutive games and eight of their last nine. Tonight they try and keep it going with the first of a three-game series against the Phillies.

The Nats will open their homestand without Stephen Strasburg who was a late scratch due to forearm tightness. Ross Ohlendorf is starting in his place. I’ll have more details on that soon in another story.

Pitching for the Phillies is right-hander Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) who is making his fifth start against the Nats this season. He has a 4.13 ERA against Washington in 2013 through 24 innings.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 14 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (77-69)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Ross Ohlendorf

PHILLIES (68-78)
CF Cesar Hernandez
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
RF Darin Ruf
3B Cody Asche
1B Kevin Frandsen
LF Freddy Galvis
RHP Kyle Kendrick

UMPIRES
HP Ed Hickox
1B Jim Joyce
2B Jeff Nelson
3B Jim Wolf

7:24 p.m. – Ross Ohlendorf didn’t get off to an ideal start in the first inning, but did limit what could have been much worse. He gave up one run on a Utley single that brought home Hernandez, and faced runners on the corners with one out. But Ohlendorf then got Ruf and Asche to strike out swinging to end the inning. It took 31 pitches for Ohlendorf, 1-0 Phillies after one.

7:37 p.m. – The Nats wasted no time tying this game up in the bottom of the first, striking for a run of their own on an infield single by Desmond. Zimmerman got them started with a one-out single and was followed by a Werth walk. Zim then reached third on a sac fly by Harper. Desmond hit a slow grounder to Asche at third who couldn’t make the throw in time with two outs. Kendrick has thrown 20 pitches.

7:42 p.m. – It was a much better inning for Ohlendorf in the second who need just eight pitches to set down the backend of the Phillies’ lineup. He got Frandesn and Kendrick to ground out, and Galvis to fly out to deep center. Ohlendorf has tossed 39 tonight through two.

7:51 p.m. – And now the Nats have the lead after Ramos led off the inning with a solo home run. He blasted a 1-0 pitch off the scoreboard in the visitors bullpen to make it 2-1 Nats. It was Ramos’ 14th home run of the season and his fourth in the last six games.

7:59 p.m. – A 1-2-3 inning for Ohlendorf who has cruised through two innings after his rocky start. He has thrown 51 pitches (35 strikes) so far.

8:11 p.m. – Another inning, another run off Kendrick. This time it was Zimmerman who hit a solo home run into the visitors bullpen. It was his 24th of the season and his fifth in his last six games. Zim now has nine in the month of September after hitting 15 in the previous five months. Kendrick is at 56 pitches.

8:22 p.m. – Things got interesting for Ohlendorf in the fourth, despite him putting in another scoreless inning. He hit Ruf with a fastball to the thigh and then moved him all the way to third on passed balls. He also walked Asche. But Frandsen grounded into a double play to end the inning and preserve the 3-1 lead. Through four innings Ohlendorf has tossed 65 pitches.

8:26 p.m. – Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth as Ohlendorf grounded into a double play to end the inning. Kendrick has thrown 63 pitches.

8:41 p.m. – Ohlendorf put in another eventful scoreless inning in the top of the fifth after allowing a double to Kendrick and a single to Hernandez. Steve McCatty came out to talk to him as Kendrick stood on third with one out, and Fernando Abad began warming in the bullpen, but Ohlendorf escaped after getting Rollins and Utley to fly out. Ohlendorf is likely done after throwing 88 pitches. If he is, it will be five innings of one-run ball for the veteran.

9:10 p.m. – The Nats brought three more runners home in the bottom of the fifth, all three on infield singles. Desmond hit a high bouncing groundball with the bases loaded to score Zimmerman from third. And then Ramos, with two outs, hit a hard grounder that bounced off the mound about 20 feet into the air. It scored two runs and now it’s a 6-1 game. Craig Stammen will take over for Ohlendorf.

9:20 p.m. – Stammen gave up two singles, but no runs in the top of the sixth. The first hit was smacked off the left field wall by Ruiz, but he was gunned out at second by Harper on a beautiful throw. Still 6-1 Nats as we move to the bottom of the sixth.

9:30 p.m. – The Nats didn’t score in the bottom of the sixth, but they did see Span extend his hitting streak to 24 games. The center fielder poked a single over Rollins’ head into left field in his fourth at-bat of the game. Fernando Abad will take over to start the seventh.

9:37 p.m. – Abad set the Phillies down in order and off to the bottom of the seventh we go.

9:46 p.m. – Harper led off with a walk, but never got past second. Desmond lined out to center, LaRoche grounded out (advancing Harper) and Ramos grounded out to end the inning. Top of the eighth up next. Oh, and the Reds are losing.

9:50 p.m. – A quick 1-2-3 inning for Abad to send us to the bottom of the eighth. One more at-bat for the Nats and three more outs by the Phillies and this one’s over. Still 6-1.

10:00 p.m. – Lombardozzi led off with a single, but that’s all the Nats would get in the eighth. Drew Storen will now take over to try and seal this one.

148 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Baseballswami - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I know this is off the subject but– I was just catching up on the end of yesterday’s game and postgame on my DVR. Listening to Davey Johnson pronounce names is wildly entertaining. Seriously, I hear he has math degrees so we know he is no dummy.But he butchers names like no one else. He tried Teheran– hilarious.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I almost think he does it for comic relief. Stayman is one of his good ones and Raymos kind of rhyme.

      • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        My favorite is when the Tigers were in town and he tried to do Tuiasososopo.

  2. Baseballswami - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    What do you think is up with Stras being scratched?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      No idea, so I’ll resist speculating. But I’m confident our intrepid beat writers will let us know soon and accurately.

  3. tcostant - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from tonight’s start against the Phillies. No word yet on the reason, but Ross Ohlendorf is starting his his place.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/13/stephen-strasburg-scratched-from-tonights-start/

  4. swang30 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Forearm tightness per Chase. There’s also speculation that it conveniently sets him up to play the WC play-in game.

  5. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Friday the 13th story:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9664251/trifle-superstitions-which-mlb-players-believe

  6. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Apparently it’s forearm tightness. Davey made it VERY clear that it wasn’t in the Tommy John area and not expected to be serious.

    But that still scares me. Anything with the arm scares me.

    • Hiram Hover - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Ageed–and it’s even scarier when the news comes via Davey.

      • swang30 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        at least we didn’t get the “Nationals team doctors have looked at him and determined that it’s a day-to-day injury.”

  7. Baseballswami - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    But he is working on a new pitch ( what !!!!!!!!?????) and it might be related. They won’t say what pitch. Intriguing.

    • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      I don’t understand why he’s working on a new pitch in mid-September. Isn’t that something typically done in the offseason and in Spring Training?

    • Jw - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      WTF? Haven’t they been running commercials all season with Strasburg saying “it’s not about working on stuff”?

      • NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        LOL. Good one!

        Wonder if Davey had an idea this might happen… He’s stayed away for Ohlendorf for days. (Last pitched one inning on Sept 7th.) Didn’t use him when JZ went only five on Tuesday.

    • Jw - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      I’m okay with this, as long as the new pitch he’s working on is the non-balk.

  8. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Well the good news is that apparently a medical staff in New York examined Stras and determined it wasn’t serious before Dr. Weimi came to the same conclusion. So if something worse becomes of it, it’s two medical staffs and not one.

  9. Section 222 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Those radio commercials for the Nats are like an archaeological dig of Pompeii. All recorded when all the players thought they were a shoo-in for the playoffs. They need to destroy all digital copies of those things. At least we no longer hear the one where Espi talked about how “you’re young, so nobody thinks you can succeed.” That made me want to barf.

    I know it’s not true, but I had to laugh at the idea of delaying Stras’s start to line him up for the play-in game. Talk about putting the cart before the horse!

  10. Dave - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    In non-game news, Nats COO Andy Feffer is leaving after this year. Good riddance. He made the ticket experience an utter misery. From the raincheck screwup to the game-swap screwups, nothing has worked well this year. Glad to see him go. Maybe they’ll now get someone who knows how baseball works.

    • NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Boy, I have to agree. I never have used my RCR points because it’s too complicated. Still waiting for an email on a ticket exchange. Whoever designed the screens is an idiot. The telephone people used to be polite, but this season they brush you off. I did get a bunch of lanyards and pins from the “Season Ticket Holder Lounge” — which isn’t a lounge at all, just a counter with sales people who can’t actually SELL you anything, they just say they will pass your question along and someone will call you, and no one calls.

    • Section 222 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      I used both RCR points and unused and future ticket exchange to great benefit for my group this year. It wasn’t always smooth, and it took a little effort, but it worked in the end. The key thing is a good working relationship with your ticket rep. If you have that, you can get past almost any technological screwup. All in all, my view is that Ultimate Baseball Access was not an unqualified success, but on balance it saved much more effort than it caused. And it shows great promise for the future.

      The raincheck thing was a disaster, but at least they reversed the decision quickly. All our rainchecks have been used to great effect. It will be interesting to see if they really keep the $20 fee on post season tickets.

      If I remember correctly, Feffer was responsible for Take Back the Park, so you have to give him credit for that. Though it’s true that a resurgent Nats team and an aging Phillies lineup helped a lot.

      • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Yep, Take Back The Park and the Natitude campaign and the best FanFest we have had since the Nats came to town.

        Shouldnt be tough to replace him. I will take the job for only $250,000 a year.

      • NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        Take back the Park was great, and it’s amazing how a simple slogan like “Natitude” has taken off and is imitated by other teams. “Gattitude, Atlantitude…”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Natitude took a while to sink in and it’s now a keeper. Simple yet now part of Nats history. If I remember correctly it was the Nats marketing firm that came up with it but Feffer ran with it so he gets the credit for it. He should have a very good résumé on account of the overall team success leading to the largest increase in attendance.

        I still can’t understand why these changes can’t wait for the off-season which is a month and a half away.

      • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        “the off-season which is a month and a half away.”

        I like that optimism! Sounds like Natitude to me!

      • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        ;)

  11. letswin3 - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I’m pretty sure it’s mathmatically possible for Denard to overtake DiMaggio in this year’s 7th game of the World Series, if we take it to game seven.. Otherwise he will have to get number 57 next April………..his agent must have planned it all out to provide for maximum drama and exposure. Kudos to Span’s mom for explaining to him that takin 5,6,7 piches wasn’t aggressive enough. She probably said that Davey just doesn’t understand aggressiveness. I understand that she is in the mix for the 2014 hitting coach position…….no clipboards, just chicken soup and constant lectures on the importance of clean underwear.

    Hey, can I get a little more Kool-Aid over here!

    • natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      I’m also a Span’s Mom Fan. ;-)

      Now let me just pour you a little more…

  12. natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Not a STH so can’t speak to ticket snafus, but Take Back the Park was my first thought. Agreed on giving him credit for that one.

  13. natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Oh, and on topic – go, SS, er, Big Windup! Go, NATS!!

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Wondering if ‘working on a new pitch’ isn’t a polite euphemism for ‘fooling around in the outfield with the other pitchers trying to make the ball do wicked things’?

    • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I saw speculation on Yahoo that Strasburg was trying to develop a cutter. I’m not sure what evidence they have of that, but it’s out there.

  15. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Patriotic blue jerseys tonight?

    • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      They’re honoring 9/11 tonight

      • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        Thanks for the update.

  16. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Carp says we will be doing some scoreboard watching later.

  17. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I miss Strasburg.

  18. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    The leadoff walk and failure by Span to throw out Hernandez at 1st leads to a early run.

  19. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Well at least he got out of it without killing us.

  20. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Lots of pitches.

  21. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Minimized the damage with the 1 run. Threw over 30 pitches tho.

  22. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Leadoff walks tick me off. Especially in the first inning.

  23. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Five good innings out of Ohlendorf would be fine. Span looks tired.

  24. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Nice. I give Desi a hit.

  25. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Pocket it, whether hit or (seemed to me) error.

  26. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    This strike zone is the size of a postage stamp.

    • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Except for that pitch to LaRoche well outside. I guess it’s going to be one of those nights with the floating strike zone.

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      and Laroche swings at ball 3 at his shoe top.

  27. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Boy, that’s a tight strike zone. Then a make-up.

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Thats what he did. A makeup. Laroche has a book on him now on 2 strike pitches to get him to bite on the low pitch that he cant reach.

  28. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Bryce shouldn’t feel too bad. He gets an assist on that RBI for getting RZ to 3rd base.

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Yep productive out.

  29. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    8 pitch 2nd inning by Ohlie!

  30. thecynicin408 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    A fairly sparse crowd. Bryce has a substantial cheering section throughout the upper deck.

    That quick inning puts Ross O back on track (possibly) to go at least 5 innings.

    Now, let’s get some more runs.

    • thecynicin408 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Wilson does it!

  31. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Here is a fantasy oriented article about Ryan Zimmerman. Interesting stats, especially his tendency to improve markedly in the second half.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/keeping-ryan-zimmerman/

  32. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    21 games? The Buffalo LAUGHS at your 21 games!

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      I was about to say how he has thinned out.

  33. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Ramos! FP the summoner via Carp!

  34. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Ramos!!! Again. Not only does he want to catch 23 games straight, he wants to hit a HR in at least half of them.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I think if there was an All Star he based on 2nd half stats, Werth and Ramos would be on the roster.

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Since Sept 1st Ryan Z could be on your All Star list. Does 15 days count.

  36. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    My goodness Ryan!

  37. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Is Zimm human?

  38. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Kyle Kendrick, chewing, and looking like he’s never seen a home run before.

  39. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Werth nearly had a homer of his own. Just out in front a bit.

  40. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    What a play, Desi

  41. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Whoaa Ian Desmond!

  42. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Ramos is having a bad inning. Maybe this is the effect of the 21 games. Effects his defense more than offense?

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Ramos batting average has dropped 40 points from where it was at the All Star break. Davey really started riding him hard after the All Star break.

      • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        That doesn’t mean much. He had hardly played before that. Small sample size. He’s around his career AVG right now.

  43. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    What a terrible inning for the bsttery.

    Hot a runner 2 pass balls.

    A non called 3rd strike leads to a walk.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Desi great play, then solid double play.

  44. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Got out of it. That was big.

  45. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    How big was Desis defensive gem after all that! Ohlie comes back with the tailor made doubleplay!

  46. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Ohlendorf needs to learn how to bunt.

  47. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I don’t understand that at all, just let Ohlendorf bunt.

  48. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Did I miss the meeting? why was Ross O not bunting?

  49. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Smart play Lombo and all started by Bryces great throw

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Did Lombo lift Galvis hand off the base?

  50. paul brandt - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Harp & Lombo = sweet play!!

  51. paul brandt - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    get em up Davey…

  52. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Ross O get back on track. Need 2 more outs

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Why do you wait so long McCatty.

      3 straight hits.

  53. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    A doubleplay ball would be nice right about now.

  54. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    This matchup is scary.

  55. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Davey wants Ohlie to go the full 5. Thought for sure Davey would pull him for the lefty.

    • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Thank God.

      • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        If that happened in June then Utley hits a 3 run HR. It happens in September and its a harmless flyout. The tale of 2 halfs of a season.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Ross O did the job, but he now can sit.

      More add on runs please.

  56. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Ohlie gets out of it and more importantly Davey got out of it. I think Davey made a mistake leaving him in as he had nothing left.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      I am with you why warm up Abad if you dont plan to use him.

      Got away with it.

  57. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Five innings, as predicted. Davey doesn’t trust Abad with runners on base. Would you?

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Good point!

      • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        I think his names was Slaten. He was a LOOGY and they brought him in versus I think Utley and he took the outside curveball and just served it into leftfield.

  58. paul brandt - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    StaYmen’s arm may fall off next inning if he brings him in…need more runs.

    Zim is on fire!

  59. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Ohlie gives up 1 run in five innings, very commendable. Good performance but I think it is time to turn this game over to the bullpen.

  60. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman back above .280 for the first time since July 30th

  61. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    No doubleplay or strikeout please Desi.

  62. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Bryce not guessing right on the changeups. If he did he would have just hit a 3 run HR. Still nice to get a hit with RISP.

  63. natsjackinfl - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Nice there by Bryce but you can really see that he’s really trying to force the issue.

    • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      You can just tell he’s not in a rhythm. He hasn’t been since he hit the wall. I thought he was just starting to get there and then the hip started acting up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        In April smart Bryce thinks hands back for the changeup and sends it over the fence. He’s just pressing. Glad he earned a hit but he’s smarter than he is showing.

  64. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Desi with 2 line drive singles HAH!

  65. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Perfect time to insert that righty pinch hitter Tyler Moore or Scott Hairston.

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Oh Laroche. You have to make contact. Sheesh.

      • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        Maybe we should be glad he didn’t. I’d prefer he strikeout and give Ramos a shot with the bases loaded over hitting into a double play.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Expanded roster and Hairston to face the lefty with bases loaded. Have to do it.

  66. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Come on let ‘s make this a Buffalo moment.

  67. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    What an inning.

  68. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Yes Ramos and Harper for the hustle!

  69. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Called it!

  70. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Sort of.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Bryce Harper channeling Clemente. Don’t run on him!

  72. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Stammen not pitching good. I dont get it with a 5 run lead. Give Staymen some rest and use these other guys. Bryce bailed him out.

  73. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    24

  74. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Spanning the globe!

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Jim McKay: Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports… the thrill of victory

  75. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    24!

  76. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    DP, you owe NatsLady.

  77. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Brew Crew now up 3-1 over the Reds.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Got a rally going in the 4th

  78. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    The Legions of Doom have disappeared.

  79. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Nice inning for Abad with a little help from the D. Good. Good.

  80. natsjackinfl - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I don’t care what anyone else says. I am all in on Ryan Zimmerman and I’m an original on it was all in his head going back to 2009.

    • knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Jack,

      You referring to his throwing or what? Not sure I follow you.

      • natsjackinfl - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Yes.

      • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        I dont get what you are trying to say.

  81. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Abad might get a shot for a three inning save. Why not? He’s been very efficient.

    • nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Who was that guy? AGOOD

    • David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Nevermind, looks like Davey’s gonna pinch hit for him. Davis for the 9th?

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        I wouls reward Abad for a fine performance and saving the bullpen with a chance for a save.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      I would if I was Davey.

  82. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I’m not sure why you’d burn Storen tonight. But Davey seemingly can’t do any wrong lately, so okay. I guess that’s him saying he doesn’t want to take any chances.

  83. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Why get Storen up?

    Use Davis.

  84. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Say what you want about his arm, or lack thereof, but Lombo has to be the best utility infielder the Nats have had since Jamey Carroll. Like Seamhead, I really don’t want to see him in the outfield but as a backup infielder I think he has done a fine job.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      He is valuable there.

  85. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Seems odd to me. Storen must have said he wanted to pitch so he stays sharp.

  86. Steady Eddie - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Chase Headley tater in the top of the eighth ties it for the Padres, 3-3.

    Against those arrogant Braves.

    • NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Chase Headley hasn’t had a good year, but I’ve always been a fan.

      Nice DOUBLEPLAY!!!!! Sound the horn!!!

  87. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Come on Drew. Make quick work.

  88. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Dusty Baker just swallowed his toothpick!

  89. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Good inning by Drew and the Brewers are still up 3-1 over the Reds.

  90. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Did Julie just call Bryce “very even-keeled”? Does she know Bryce?

  91. Steady Eddie - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Do you believe in Natitude???!!!!

  92. knoxvillenat - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Lohse has now retired 18 in a row. Go Brewers!

  93. Steady Eddie - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Logan Forsyth, a .213 PH, singles with 2 outs to put Padres ahead, 4-3.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 77 57 --
ATLANTA 71 65 7.0
MIAMI 68 68 11.0
NEW YORK 63 73 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 62 73 15.5
Through Saturday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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