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Game 148: Phillies at Nats

Sep 14, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

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The Nationals enter Saturday’s game winners of seven straight, but it will be quite the challenge to make it eight. Pitching for the Phillies is Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last two months. In his last nine starts dating back to July 26 Hamels has a 2.01 ERA with 60 strikeouts and nine walks.

Hamels faced Washington just two starts ago, in Philly, and allowed just one run through seven innings. It was one of the few losses the Nats have suffered lately as since they’ve won eight of their last nine games.

Pitching for Washington is another stellar lefty in Gio Gonzalez (10-6, 3.31). Gonzalez hasn’t been too shabby lately either, he’s allowed just one run over his last 21 2/3 innings.

Gio also faced the Phillies just two starts ago and took the win after giving up one run through 5 2/3. He has earned the victory in each of his last three outings.

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 183
Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (78-69)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
2B Anthony Rendon
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES (68-79)
CF Cesar Hernandez
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
1B Darin Ruf
3B Cody Asche
LF Freddy Galvis
RF John Mayberry
LHP Cole Hamels

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

7:01 p.m. – D.C. Washington just rocked the house with his rendition of the national anthem and we are minutes away from first pitch.  

7:13 p.m. – It was a quick start for Gio who set down the Phillies in order in the top of the first. He got Hernandez to fly out to right field, Rollins to strike out swinging and Utley to pop up in foul territory to Zimmerman. Gio threw 15 pitches.

7:24 p.m. – The Nats jumped out to an early lead once again, striking for a run on Hamels in the first. Span led off with a single, taking the second pitch he saw to center field. That extends his hitting streak to 25 games. He stole second for his 14th theft of the year and took third on a wild pitch. Werth then hit a sac fly to center to bring him home. 1-0 Nats as Hamels threw 14 pitches.

7:33 p.m. – The top of the second saw the Phillies get a man on third, but no runs across. Asche got on with a two-out walk and got in scoring position on a Galvis single. Mayberry then grounded out to Zimmerman at third to end the frame. Gio has 34 pitches so far.

7:42 p.m. – No runs for the Nats in the bottom of the second, even with Rendon reaching second base. He walked and was moved over on a sac bunt by Gonzalez. The bunt made it two outs, however, and a Span groundout to Utley at second ended the inning. Hamels has tossed 29 pitches.

7:48 p.m. – Another scoreless fram for Gio in the top of the third as Rollins grounded into a double play for the second and third outs. Hernandez reached on a bunt single before Rollins made the GIDP. Gio threw just seven pitches in the inning.

8:00 p.m. – The Nats got two men in scoring position against Hamels in the bottom of the third, but couldn’t cash in. Werth got them started with a one-out walk and Desmond promptly singled to join him on base. A wild pitch moved both runners over with one out. Harper hit a groundball to Rollins at short that induced a tag on Desmond and Ramos then struck out to end the inning. It may be looked back as a lost opportunity as Hamels likely won’t give them many more chances. Still 1-0 Nats as the fourth inning is up next.

8:09 p.m. – Gio is now through four scoreless after the Phillies only got one man on in the top of the fourth. Ruiz doubled with one out but never advanced past seond as Ruf flew out to left field and Asche struck out swinging. Gio has thrown 56 pitches.

8:14 p.m. – Three up, three down as Hamels puts in his quickest inning of the night. He got Moore to ground out and Rendon to pop up, then Gio to strike out swinging on a 78 mph curveball. Hamels has thrown 58 pitches after needing only eight in the bottom of the fourth.

8:28 p.m. – After four strong innings from Gonzalez, the Nats lefty gave up four runs in the fifth. Mayberry hit a solo home run with one out to left field to tie it. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, Ruiz doubled over Werth’s head in right field to clear the bases. It’s now 4-1 Phillies with Span set to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

8:45 p.m. – Span led off with a single, his second hit of the game, and stole twice to reach third. This Hamels guy though, he’s pretty good. The Phillies lefty got Zimmerman to ground out then struck out both Werth and Desmond swinging. Desmond ended the inning chasing a high fastball. Still 4-1 Phillies.

8:54 p.m. – Gio got through the sixth with no runs allowed, but the Phillies did make it interesting. Galvis and Mayberry both singled and were moved into scoring position on a Hamels bunt. Hernandez, however, went down swinging to end the inning. It’s 4-1 Phils as Gio has thrown 98 pitches. Ian Krol is warming in the bullpen, Harper up next.

9:06 p.m. – A quick inning for the Nats at the plate, despite Ramos reaching on a single to right field. Krol will now take over with Rollins due up.

9:21 p.m. – The Phillies put another one on the board in the seventh on a RBI single by Utley that scored Rollins. Rollins led off with a double off Krol and reached third on a wild pitch. Then came the Utley hit. Erik Davis took over and got three outs, but it’s now 5-1 Phillies.

9:48 p.m. – Finally some life from the Nats’ offense. It’s now a 5-4 game as the Nats struck for three in the bottom of the seventh. They got to Hamels with three singles to start the inning from Hairston, Span and Zim. Desmond then hit a run home on a sac fly to center off Justin De Fratus to make the second out. A Harper bloop single to brought home two more runs and cut the lead to one. Ramos then struck out looking on a curveball from Cesar Jimenez, a pitch that may have been inside. It was a close call by home plate umpire Jim Joyce.

10:00 p.m. – Tyler Clippard gave the Nats a perfect inning in the top of the eighth and Chad Tracy will now bat for Tyler Moore. Still 5-4 Phillies.

10:10 p.m. – No runs for the Nats in the bottom of the eighth. They did see a man get on and into scoring position, though. Tracy walked and was replaced by Jeff Kobernus as a pinch-runner. Kobernus then moved to second on a sac bunt by Rendon. Steve Lombardozzi flew out to left field and Span grounded out to end the inning. 5-4 Phillies still as Xavier Cedeno will pitch the top of the  ninth.

10:20 p.m. – Cedeno allowed a hit, but was bailed out by Ryan Mattheus who induced a double play after replacing him. The Nats will now face Jonathan Papelbon down a run with Zimmerman, Werth and Desmond due up.

10:34 p.m. – The comeback falls short as Ramos grounds out to end the game. Here is my instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2013/09/14/instant-analysis-phillies-5-nats-4-2/

125 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Still 6-3, Reds, 7 complete.

  2. nats128 - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Bases loaded and Lucroy Ks. 7-3 Brewers losing

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    ugh, puts pressure on us to win.

  4. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Chapman in for the 9th, just walked Aoki and Segura, after 1 out.

  5. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    And they both move up on Defensive Indifference.

  6. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Pinch-hitter Halton strikes out on 3 pitches. 2 out.

  7. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Final, Reds win. Won’t be gaining a game on them today.

  8. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    That makes me wonder. Has anybody ever scored on Defensive Indifference?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Always useful to go back to First Sources in these cases, I say:

      Rule 10.07 (g) The official scorer shall not score a stolen base when a runner advances solely because of the defensive team’s indifference to the runner’s advance. The official scorer shall score such a play as a fielder’s choice.
      Rule 10.07(g) Comment: The scorer shall consider, in judging whether the defensive team has been indifferent to a runner’s advance, the totality of the circumstances, including the inning and score of the game, whether the defensive team had held the runner on base, whether the pitcher had made any pickoff attempts on that runner before the runner’s advance, whether the fielder ordinarily expected to cover the base to which the runner advanced made a move to cover such base, whether the defensive team had a legitimate strategic motive to not contest the runner’s advance or whether the defensive team might be trying impermissibly to deny the runner credit for a stolen base. For example, with runners on first and third bases, the official scorer should ordinarily credit a stolen base when the runner on first advances to second, if, in the scorer’s judgment, the defensive team had a legitimate strategic motive—namely, preventing the runner on third base from scoring on the throw to second base—not to contest the runner’s advance to second base. The official scorer may conclude that the defensive team is impermissibly trying to deny a runner credit for a stolen base if, for example, the defensive team fails to defend the advance of a runner approaching a league or career record or a league statistical title.

      So it might not be possible, by definition, but it is a little ambiguous.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Dusty Baker is nervous. He puts in Chapman for the last out in the 8th and to pitch the 9th in a non save situation and he throws almost 30 pitches.

    That will cost the Reds tomorrow.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      I’m sorry, I think it was a save situation that he came into for the 8th.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Cincy was up 7-3 at the time, bases loaded, so yes, that’s a save (his 36th).

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      I think it will cost Sam LeCure. Dusty doesn’t like it when you walk 2 guys around a hit with a four run lead.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      So if LeCure gets out of the 8th on his own, do you think Dusty uses Chapman anyway for the 9th? I was only watching gameday, so I don’t have anything else to go on here. Well, besides the fact that this is Dusty Baker we’re talking about.

  10. Theo - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Feels like more of a must win than had the Reds lost. Dropping games is killer with 15 (soon to be 14) left.

  11. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    They’ve been on Must Win status for a while now. I think they must be past addition.

  12. Doc - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Correctomundo Ghost!

    Gooooooooooooo Brew Crew!

    Chapman will still be icing his shoulder tomorrow!

  13. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I mean, we’re not going to win the rest of our 15 games. That would be a 23 game win streak. Having said that, we can only afford maybe like 3 losses. Wasting a loss on the Phillies would be bad. Not a death sentence, but bad.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Write this down: “You’ve got to play them one game at a time.”

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        Except in Spring Training, when playing a split-squad game. Then you really can play them two at a time.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Sorry; I couldn’t resist.

  14. Candide - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    FWIW, Chase posted a little while back that the Reds’ win today officially eliminates the Phillies from the playoffs.

    In case anyone had any doubts.

    • David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Oh, shame. I thought the Phillies were going to make a run.

  15. Candide - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    tweeted, not posted

  16. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    anyone watched college football? are the scores always this ridiculous?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      The local college football team (sic) tends to play a more up-tempo game than the local basketball team. And outscore them.

  17. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Great inning, Gio!

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

    25!

  19. NatsLady - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Span!!!!! Not wasting any time!

  20. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Well done, Mr. Span.

  21. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Keep it going; don’t let up.

  22. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Ryan made an overhand throw on time when he had time.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Sup party people… Checking in from Las Vegas… Hope for a win since the Brew Crew couldn’t keep their luck going!

    Beat Hamels (?) …. Massacre the Philthys!

    Lets do this! Go Nats…

    Will check in later on today/tonight!

  24. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Come on Gio dont walk lefties on 4 pitches.

    You are suppose to have the advantage. Keep it dont give it away.

  25. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Zim when he takes no time throws well.

    Lesson. No crow hops. Get it and wing it.

  26. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Big Cat told me he cant get on.

    Why can some not get on?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Did you give you any hints, MNF?
      He’s been signed on before, right?

      He should confirm he’s using the right login name and password. Is he on a computer, or a phone?

  27. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Aww I thought that ball had CF written all over it. Was just a little too close to Utley.

  28. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    That was bad baserunning. Confusion there. Ramos needs to get Werth in.

  29. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Dang. Somebody messed up, either Desmond or Werth. I’m thinking Desmond, with the play right in front of him, but FP pointed out that if Desmond thought it was supposed to be a contact play, then somebody–Desmond or Werth–missed a sign.

    • David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Yeah. It didn’t end up mattering because Ramos struck out anyway, but still an odd sequence.

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        Missing the clutch hitting we have had recently.

  30. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Once Desmond was half way to third Wert should have run. Rollins would have to stop and square possibly make a mistake.

    Even with no mistake Desmond would be at third instead.

    Worth the chance at that point.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      There’s a chance of getting Harper to second that way, too, which would leave them with second and third, and the out would have been made anyway. I think you’re right, MNF.

  31. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    If you’re reading this later: Desmond on second, Werth on third, one out, Harper hit a hard ground ball to Rollins at short. Desmond broke for third, but Werth never left. Chances are he would have been out in this particular case, but if the play was “go on contact,” that’s a chance you know you’re taking. It would be interesting to hear what happened. That’s the kind of mistake they made earlier in the year.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      If he had gone on contact he might have been safe and the worse that would happen is runners on first and third, which happened anyway.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        The worst-worst would have been a pickle that evolved into a double-play, but you’re right, chances are it’s first and third, unless the Phils make an error, in which case he scores. If Werth had gone, I’m pretty sure Rollins’ throw beats him to the plate, in which case, absent an error, he’s either tagged out, or Ruiz walks him back to third and tags Desmond out, daring Harper to try for second the whole time.

  32. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    BTW, I think bringing dogs to a baseball game is only slightly worse than 10¢ beer night, as a promo. I just don’t get it.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      I dont get it either. I wish a pup would jump the fence to ri the promo people from the nonsense.

  33. knoxvillenat - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Eugene,

    Your local college football team was not very hospitable to my local college football team today.
    Shame on them and boy did my local team look bad!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      knovillenat,

      They did the same thing to my alma mater last Saturday. And in Charlottesville. Think of the Ducks less as a college team and more as a Nike AAAA franchise.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Not nice guest last week at my local team.

  34. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Speaking of pets, did Big Cat figure out what was wrong?

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      He cant get on for some reason. Lots of people cant.

      What did they do to lock people out.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        I don’t know; I’ve never had a problem. I assume they aren’t blocking from this site’s end, but I don’t know that for sure. Who else can’t get on? They can’t all have forgotten their password.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        If these are all people who already have logins and have signed on before from the computer they’re using this time, I’m wondering if this past week’s SNAFU’d Microsoft updates are causing issues.

        Assuming they are on PCs, and assuming they are sure they have their login and password correct, try a different browser.

  35. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Keep the ball down, Gio.

  36. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Gio quit throwing fast balls down the middle.

  37. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    FOCUS, GIO.

    Pitches are getting fat.

  38. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Don’t lose focus. Time for a coaching visit to the mound?

  39. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Keep the damn pitch down.

    Five solid hit balls in a row

  40. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    What is going on?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Gio is throwing BP fastballs.

  41. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Dammit

  42. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Mc Catty what took you so long. Quit sitting on your butt. Coach.

    Damn you Gio. Another fast ball the middle.

    • adam.shipley@facebook.com - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Davey asleep at the switch again…..

  43. paul brandt - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    that hurt…bad.

  44. knoxvillenat - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Eugene,

    I actually think the Ducks are better than one or two NFL teams, and probably paid better.

  45. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    All those runners left on base early are looming large now.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      They alway do . This is more like a May game not September.

      Gio lost of focus is totally unacceptable.

  46. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    We need to get Hamels out of the game. Their bullpen is awful.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Indeed

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

    Eugene, I hope you kept the receipt for those Kool-Aid packets.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Not mixing it up yet, that’s for sure.

  48. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    First game in a long time that the hitters are not doing their job.

    0 for 7.

    Gio also not doing the job.

    Cant afford this after Reds win today.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Gio whatis your problem? Get serious.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    So… Is this another DJ letting his pitcher stay in the game too long scenario????

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      No I blame the pitcher not Davey.

      The pitcher lost focus. He should be able to focus through a mistake.

      100% pitcher there.

  50. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Well if we lose this game, that makes tomorrow’s game an absolute must-win and the Braves series very difficult.

    Still some time to go though.

  51. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I don’t mean to be overly dramatic, but when you recall the Cardinals’ run of 2011 or the Rockies’ late-season surge a few years before that, these are the sorts of games where they came back and won against all hope. If you don’t, you end up a mere footnote. GYFNG!

  52. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    It would appear the scouting reports have caught up to Ian Krol. He still has good stuff though. Just needs to develop more.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Nats will need to play some inspired come from behind baseball tonight. Let’s see what they have! Chip away!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      I can’t say LIttle Specs is any more thrilling so far tonight…

    • nats128 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      GoSM what a great call! Rally summoner!

  54. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Krol pitched totally uninspiring.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      OK, that was supposed to go after MNF’s post…

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        He gave up 0 runs so a little better.

  55. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Werth get it

  56. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    This is what I meant at 9:05 p.m. You gotta do it here, when you have the chance.

  57. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    ugh

  58. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    UGH. I thought Desi had it. It had the sound off the bat.

  59. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Werth no hits since first at bay Wednesday.

    Hot streak done.

    Desi hit it hard but the wrong way. Either right or left it would be fine.

    Harper needs to get a run in.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      My comnents take a long time to load. Good job Harper

  60. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    What the f*** was that call? WOW.

  61. nats128 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Jim Joyce blows the K call on Ramos. Wake up and open your eyes. NOT EVEN CLOSE!

  62. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Now I am really pissed at Krol.

    What the hell was Jim Joyce looking at. That ball was way inside. I hate when umps cant call balls and strikes right. It just isnt rocket science.

  63. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    That’s a start. Don’t let up. Don’t let the bad call shift the momentum. Get three outs and get the hitters back up there.

  64. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Jim joyce should appoligize to Ramos like he did To Galarraga on the perfect game blown call.

  65. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I believe in my life time we will see electronic strikes and balls.

    We have technology why not use it.

    Why allow a terrible call stand?

  66. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    My goodness Chase beinfg way too kind. On report above he says Ramos was called on a pitch that May have been inside.

    May?

    Not even close. FP still trying to figure it out. Nothing to figure. Jim joyce choked on the call. Wss at least 6 inches inside

  67. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    OK, one to tie, two to win. Let’s go get ‘em.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      I was hoping Rendon would take tge fast ball on the shirt.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Yeah, me too. What, you can’t turn into one there for the team? He’s young. It won’t even hurt until tomorrow.

  68. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Speaking of Clippard throwing a forkball, what pitch do you suppose Strasburg was working on, to get hurt? From where they describe the injury, it sounds like something with a screwball-type rotation, no?

    That camel commercial still kills me. Funniest thing every time.

    • David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      I read on Yahoo that it was a cutter.

  69. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Well, no tuck tonight.

  70. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    When Mattheus is on grounders follow.

    Damn Krol the difference now.

    Some one bail Krol out.

  71. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Here it goes. This guy can be had. One to tie, two to win. Stage set.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Nats need a hero tonight!

  73. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Crap. I was downstairs for the seventh.

    BBL.

  74. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Get Zim in.

    So far 2 for 12 RISP and one of those didnt score a run.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Damn you needed to have a productive out

      • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        What the hell bot first pitch outs. What terrible hitting.

        Werth needed to hit to right, then Ian could knock him. Neither did what was needed.

        Now walking Harper.

        Ramos get a hit.

  75. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I thought Werth got him. Sigh.

  76. nats128 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Off the bat I thought Jayson had it.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Pitch was way inside.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Ramos needs this!

  78. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Sigh. Kool-aid stays unmixed for another day or two, at least.

  79. David Proctor - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Thanks a lot, Joyce.

    • Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      I blame Gio and Krol more than Joyce.

  80. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    We had plenty of chances.

    2 for 16 RISP.

    Where did all the clutch hitting go.

    Batters 3 and 4 just need a single and tgey go for the damn fences.

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ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (3) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.0
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 5.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
MON: OFF
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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