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Game 150: Braves at Nats

Sep 17, 2013, 10:33 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

After the tragedy at the Navy Yard on Monday caused a postponement of their game, the Nationals and Braves will play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday with the first starting at 1:05 p.m. The same pitchers who were set to go on Monday will take the ball today as lefty Mike Minor and Dan Haren are set to face off.

With a magic number of four in the NL East division, the stakes are quite high on Tuesday. If the Braves sweep the doubleheader, they clinch the division crown and will have the opportunity to celebrate at Nationals Park. The Nats are determined to avoid that, not that they need any more motivation. The Reds beat the Astros on Monday night and now hold a 5-game lead in the NL Wild Card race.

Washington will need a good start from Haren, who seemed to snap out of his recent funk his last time out. He pitched six scoreless innings with just a hit and a walk against the Mets on Wednesday after three straight disastrous outings. Today Haren faces the Braves, whom he’s had success against this season in two appearances. He threw eight innings of 1-run ball against Atlanta on May 2, then took the save with one perfect frame in the wild, 15-inning game on August 17.

The Nationals are wearing special Navy caps pregame today, handed to them personally by Admiral James A. Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A very nice touch, and I’m sure there will be other tributes throughout the day. Stay tuned for updates throughout the game from both Mark and Chase…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (79-70)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Anthony Rendon
RHP Dan Haren

BRAVES (89-60)
2B Elliot Johnson
RF Justin Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Evan Gattis
C Brian McCann
3B Chris Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
CF B.J. Upton
LHP Mike Minor

UMPIRES
HP Todd Tichenor
1B Dana DeMuth (cc)
2B CB Bucknor
3B Dale Scott

1:15 p.m. — The first inning was close to being a rocky start for Haren, although he managed to escape with a scoreless frame. After Johnson flew out to start the inning, Justin Upton blasted a ball off the wall in left-center field.  It missed being a solo home run by no more than four or five inches. Freeman then walked to put two men on before a Gattis’ grounder to Desmond started a double play. Haren threw 14 pitches.

1:38 p.m. — The Nats are off to a great start offensively as Minor’s first time out was a major struggle. He started by walking both Span and Zimmerman, then gave up a double off the wall to Werth to score the first run. Harper knocked home Zimmerman on a slow groundout to second base, and LaRoche then drove in Werth with a hard hit single to right field. It’s 3-0 Nats through one and there is already action in the Atlanta bullpen. Minor has thrown 39 pitches.

1:48 p.m. — The Braves saw two runners get on once again in the second, but Haren kept them scoreless with a pair of swinging strikeouts to end the frame. McCann singled and Simmons walked before B.J. Upton and Minor whiffed. Haren has thrown 37 through two.

1:58 p.m. — The streak lives. A line drive single to center for Denard Span in the bottom of the second, extending his hitting streak to 27 games, which ties Michael Cuddyer for the longest in the majors this season. The Nats threatened to tack on some more runs, too, but B.J. Upton made a phenomenal play on Bryce Harper’s line drive to left-center to end the inning, the Nats still leading 3-0.

2:15 p.m. — Four scoreless innings in the books for Haren, who has been sharp. He’s got three strikeouts, has allowed two hits and is at 63 pitches.

2:29 p.m. — Make it five scoreless innings for Haren, who has retired 11 in a row. He struck out B.J. Upton with a wicked curveball to highlight the top of the fifth. Still 3-0 Nats.

2:33 p.m. — Not to be outdone, Minor has now retired 10 in row, a streak that began with Upton’s catch to end the second. He’s keeping the Braves in this game, which easily could be more lopsided.

2:43 p.m. — The Braves finally got to Haren in the sixth, thanks to a leadoff double by Elliot Johnson. Johnson took third on a flyball to right and then scored on Freeman’s sac fly to left, though Harper tried his best to throw Johnson out from 325 feet away (and actually came kind of close to doing it). 3-1 as we go to the bottom of the sixth.

2:51 p.m. — Another 1-2-3 inning for Minor, who is just cruising along and has retired 13 in a row. Haren, meanwhile, is done after six innings of 1-run, 3-hit ball. Drew Storen enters for the top of the seventh, trying to protect a 3-1 lead.

3:04 p.m. — Trouble for Storen in the top of the seventh. He allowed three hits, including a two-out, RBI single to Dan Uggla that trimmed the lead to 3-2 and left the tying runner on third. Storen got out of it, inducing a flyball out of Elliot Johnson, but the Nats are hanging on for dear life at this point, desperate for an insurance run or two.

3:13 p.m. — No insurance in the bottom of the seventh. Old pal Luis Ayala retired the side. So that’s 16 Nats hitters in a row retired by Atlanta pitching. It remains a tenuous, 3-2 lead as Tyler Clippard enters for the eighth.

3:27 p.m. — The Nats had been hanging on by a thread all afternoon. And the thread just snapped. Clippard issued a one-out walk to Freeman, then served up a 2-run homer to Gattis. All of a sudden, it’s a 4-3 Braves lead. That’s why you can’t score three runs in the first inning and then go hitless after the second.

3:43 p.m. — David Carpenter took care of Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth, striking each out (with Zim having some strong words for plate umpire Todd Tichenor after his K). Fredi Gonzalez then summoned Luis Avilan to face Bryce Harper, and Harper battled his way to a walk. Bryce may not be recording many hits off lefties, but he’s drawn a bunch of walks off them in the last couple months and is showing much more patience. Problem is, Ian Desmond didn’t show any of that patience. After getting ahead 3-0 in the count to Avilan, he swung and missed three straight offerings, so that ends the eighth with the Nats still trailing 4-3.

3:55 p.m. — That was ugly. The Braves just scored a huge insurance run as a direct result of two ghastly errors by the Nats. Harper inexplicably tried to throw behind Elliot Johnson at first base. From left field. In a 1-run game in the 9th. The throw got away and allowed Johnson to take second base. A few minutes later, with Johnson on third base, Desmond booted a routine grounder, giving Atlanta a 5-3 lead as Craig Kimbrel enters.

4:12 p.m. — Whoa, Nats win! They scored three off Kimbrel in the bottom of the ninth, capped by Span’s two-run grounder up the middle that went through Simmons’ legs. Final: 6-5. They get back to 4 1/2 games of the Reds with 12 to play.

210 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Jw - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Ramos’s streak will definitely end today. But how about Span?

  2. Section 222 - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Good thing Ramos got the record, and his monster day, before the postponement. He’s definitely earned a day off.

    I’ve been trying to imagine how I would feel if the Nats had had this hot streak over an easy stretch (19 straight games with the Phillies, Marlins, and Mets, winning 14 of them) earlier in the season, and then cooled off to be down to 9 games over .500 with 13 to play. Probably not too good. The angst in here would have been off the charts.

    I’m glad to see them improve and hit their stride, even if it’s too little too late. It’s still been a fun ride, and the games still mean something throughout this last homestand. It’s not right to say you can’t ask for more than that because you can and we did. But it’s something to hang on to.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Day/Night doubleheader let’s see how Davey sets the lineup against the lefty.

  4. depotmaster - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I am very frustrated by MLB Advanced Media’s lack of sensibility to yesterday’s situation.

    If I were MLBAM, I’d have made the game available as the free game of the day and turned off blackout restrictions in the DC area so people could attend virtually.

    The Nationals have asked for people to wear blue and gold and from what I can tell on the broadcast, the team will be wearing Navy caps and the patriotic blue uniforms I wish they’d wear every day.

    Let’s hope the Nats sweep this thing. If you can’t get fired up after yesterday, and against the Braves…

  5. Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I’m about as fired up as I need to be, seeing as it’s the Braves, but I still have work to catch up on. One of the unavoidable side-effects of rescheduling–it’s tough to make a day game mid-week.

    I’ll be there Wednesday, though, so they had better win these two.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Nice doubleplay Haren.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Werth just missed it. He thought he had that HR.

  8. Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    It looks like the Nats, or Werth at least, have every intention of watching their dingers. Just make sure they get out, Jayson. Just saying.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Here’s hoping to beating the Braves twice in 1 day…. Wish I could see the game but will check in later!

    Go Nats!

  10. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Need to get at least one more run in here.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Two walks bite the Braves and LaRoche picks up Desi.

  12. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    And there it is. Keep the pressure on; don’t let up.

  13. NatsLady - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I am in favor of 3 runs (so far) in the first inning. Werth needs to remember that in the cool weather they don’t go out.

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I love it when MLB says….

    In play, runs

    For the Nationals!!!

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Making Minor work. That’s major! Getting close to 40 pitches with Ramos up!

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Minor has no control…. Don’t let up guys!!

  17. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Mike Minor = 39 pitches.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Did A Rendon really just swing on the first pitch after the batter before him walked and Minor has shown he no control….

  19. Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Kind of a loopy swing there from Rendon. Has he been doing that all along, or just lately?

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      I think he’s had somewhat of a loop, if I remember right — that’s why he has so many doubles — I think

    • Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I went back and looked in slo-mo. It was a strike, but he dumped his back shoulder, and it didn’t break as much as he swung for.

      Guy is wild, you’ve got their bullpen up already, the ball isn’t carrying anyway …

  20. adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    OK — this is a great start Granted, 2 guy LOB, but:

    Not only 3 runs, but making Minor throw 39 pitches — and that included a 3-pitch strike out, and a one-pitch out from Rendon. Let’s burn out their bullpen in the first game . . .

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      and, with a (hopefully to come) larger lead, we can use our B-string bullpen . . . save the A guys for the second game

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Knock on wood, please.

      • snerdblurter - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        long ways to go…. how many times has this offense put up 2-3 runs in the first and then not registered another hit until the 7th? #nowhammies

      • Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Indeed, Mr. inOregon and snerdblerter. Wonk, what are you thinking, man?

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Haren walks Simmons on 4. Go figure.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      He threw 6 straight balls… And none of them looked close to the SZ (according to MLB.com)

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Need a GIDP here Dan.

  23. adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    “long ways to go…. how many times has this offense put up 2-3 runs in the first and then not registered another hit until the 7th? #nowhammies”

    Right. But I’d rather be up 3 after one inning, with the other guy already throwing 40 pitches than not.

    • Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Well, sure. Just don’t read ahead.

      NICE COMEBACK Dan!

    • snerdblurter - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      agreed. just trying to manage expectations/knock on wood.

  24. Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Haren once through the lineup without giving up a dinger. Just need two more, along with a couple more crooked number innings from the good guys.

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Not liking that Minor made Haren work….

    Nonetheless, another goose egg….

  26. Section 222 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Span’s streak lives!

  27. Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    As I was just saying, you’ll run up his pitch count by getting hits.

    Like that, Denard!

  28. Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Keep it going, gentlemen.

  29. Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I’m smelling a double-steal coming.

    No, it’s not necessarily a good idea. Still.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    My man…. D Span!

  31. Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Keep hitting the ball hard. They’ll fall eventually.

  32. Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Liking Rendon’s arm. Not just strong, but accurate, too.

  33. Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    So how come they aren’t wearing the NAVY caps?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Pregame only. Unless MLB gives permission which they wouldn’t even do during 9-11

      • Jw - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        The Nats wore VA Tech caps during the game in 2007. The secret was do it first, ask MLB permission later.

    • Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      I know MLB has to approve that, but why would they not? What’s it going to do, prejudice the umpires?

      • Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Yeah… umps would make calls against the Braves every chance because the Braves hate America.. ;-)

    • Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Yeah, wish they’d done that. Maybe something in the players’ contract?

      Wish I had something gold and blue to wear tonight. Will have to settle for my blue RZimm jersey.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        New Era has the MLB cap contract. MLB gives uniform monopolies and it’s as simple as that.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    For sure. He looks like a natural 2B.

  35. Section 222 - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Rendon has a cannon. Remember when he almost took ALR’s hand off by firing the ball over to 1st. Former 3Bs and SSs make good 2Bs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Sounds familiar.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        I still like Danny’s defense better. Isn’t Chiefs’ season over? Why isn’t he up here?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Faraz, I can give you .199 reasons.

      • NatsLady - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Danny isn’t here because Davey has a vindictive streak. I don’t like it, but there it is. You take the bad with the good.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        vindictive streak? Why would Davey do that to another 2B?
        GoSM, he should have the surgery if he is not doing anything.

        get some more runs guys, please.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Well, he needs some kind of streak.

    • NatsLady - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      FS, because Davey tried his best to “fix” Danny. And, according to Davey, Danny didn’t take his advice.

  36. Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Looks like we get Good Dan today.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Shah shah shah…. Don’t jinx it!

      • Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I said it just LOOKS like we get Good Dan.

        I’m almost blind in one eye, FWIW…

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I want to read a few ‘In play, no out(s)’ and then a few ‘In play, run(s)’ next time guys….. Thanks!

    • snerdblurter - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      it hurts me to read this…. FYI – mlb.tv is $10 for the rest of the year… radio feed isnt subject to blackouts so you can follow along with charlie & dave.

  38. adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I said it just LOOKS like we get Good Dan.

    I’m almost blind in one eye, FWIW…

    +1

    • Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Haren’s retired 8 in a row. So he still looks like Good Dan.

      Out of my good eye, anyway.

      Seriously – he’s keeping the ball down, which is what he HAS to do.

  39. adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Looks like Minor has settled down. Still, the good news is that we had chances in the first inning and took advantage. That didn’t happen nearly enough in the beginning (and middle) of the season . . .

  40. adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    What’s the “over/under” estimate for first game attendance?

    • David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      12

    • Chazz - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      They don’t announce turnstiles, and I think they count tickets sold for last night whether they get used today or not, so a guestimate is all we will get. That said, I haven’t seen a good shot of the whole park, but it sounds like maybe … maybe … 20,000.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Big time sun monster

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    What a K of BJUpton!

  43. adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Bigger picture.

    Braves come into town — they have the best record in the league. There’s nothing better they’d like to do than to clinch during this series.

    We send up our worst starter, the one with an ERA over 5 . . . .

    And, after five innings he’s allowed 2 hits, 0 runs.

    Well done, Mr. Haren. Way to be clutch!

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I hate looking Ks on straight fastballs. 2 in a row but the K to Werth was inside.

  45. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Regarding attendance (above), did folks see that the Rays-Rangers game last night in Tampa Bay only drew about 10K?

  46. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Haren is getting the ball up. Better get Stammen up to go with it.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Don’t get greedy Davey. Quick hook ‘em.

  48. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    OK. I can be with that. 3-1 through 6.

    • knoxvillenat - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      I’m okay with giving up a run in that situation but the Nats need to put a couple more runs up on the board.

  49. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I’m getting sick of all these lineouts. Nothing you can do about it, but still.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Storen Ks McCann only the ump calls it a ball. Luckily gets a popup.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Haren pitched 6 innings of 1 run, 3 hit ball….

    Pretty damn good Haren!

  52. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Storen shakes off Ramos three times, gives up a base hit. Listen to Ramos. He knows what he’s doing.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      What he ^ said.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Darn Braves find grass here twice in 2 strike counts.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Okay… So why didnt Ramos have Storen bust Simmons on the inside when he called 2 strikes on the outside…

    Or did Drew miss his location…

    • David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Storen shook him off three times.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Thanks… I can’t see the game.. Following via MLB.com as I sit by the pool with a Mai tai in my hand…

        *snickers*

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Seriously Uggla. Come on Drew. Here we go again.

  56. NatsLady - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    D*** it, Drew. ONE INNING!!! Come ON!!!

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Wy does DJ have Storen face Uggle… He is 5-12 against him…

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Imma have to ask the bar tender for something stronger….

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Nats bats better act like this is the first inning… They had Minor on the ropes and let him off…. Should have scored more than 3 runs…

  60. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    The Nats have been getting good production out of former-Nat pitchers, so I have hopes for Ayala here.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Ump has been no friend to the Nats once again. A lot of one way calls on close pitches.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    According to MLB.com, pitch 3 to Lombo was a clear ball but called a K….. After that, Lombo had to reach…

    Changed the batting approach….

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Ball one was closer to being a strike, according to pitchtrack at least.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Definite ball. MrsB with excellent analysis.

  63. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    C’mon, where’s the old Gasoline Ayala when you need him?

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Need the money Klip to show up today….

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

      I like it!

  65. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Boy, they just don’t want any part of Freeman, do they? He’s the guy they won’t let beat them.

  66. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    That’s an absolute backbreaker.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Walks hurt….

  68. snerdblurter - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    owwwwwww

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    But you knew this was coming….

  70. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comments here seem to be running about a batter (or more) ahead of the feed I’m getting on MLB.tv.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    It was an 0-2 pitch…. Why the hell DID HE NOT THROW IT IN THE DAMN DIRT!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      It wasn’t anywhere near where Ramos was set up. Target was down and inside. Pitch was up and away, nowhere near a strike.

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      He was trying. He missed. It happens.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        You don’t miss a throw in the damn dirt…. You do it…

      • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        You expect the best relief pitcher on the team to be even better? You expect that he be perfect?

  72. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    this is crushing.

  73. adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    groan . . . .

  74. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Bleep.

  75. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I’d be interested in finding out how many of Clippard’s runs have come against the Braves. I’d venture a guess at least 75%.

    • David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Clippard has allowed at least one run in every single game he’s pitched against the Braves this year.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        So… If that is the case… And DJ is this smart math guy… Why the hell do you trot his ass out there…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Didn’t know that. The Braves seem to have his cadence down as they have attacked his pitches as if they knew what was coming.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        The alternative would be …?

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        last season he gave up 0 ERs. Looking at a relievers’s stats against a specific team for one season will yield many innings so results will likely be biased.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        change that to very few, from many innings.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    We need a BP…. Badly….

  77. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    OK, I think those NAVY caps will make good rally caps.

  78. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Dan Haren’s start deserved better than this.

  79. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Okay, Nats, you’ve got six outs to score one run. Two would be better.

  80. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    OK, 2-3-4. Let’s go get ‘em.

  81. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Zimmerman NEVER argues. You can tell they’re frustrated.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      I think that was two “Bull***t”s and a “Your momma!” on his way back to the dugout.

  82. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 36s
    This is the 3rd HR Clippard has allowed in 5 2/3 innings vs. the Braves this season. Has allowed 5 HRs in 62 2/3 innings vs. everyone else

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Again…. I ask… Since this is public knowledge and our manager is this math genuis…

      WHY TROT CLIPPARD OUT THERE….

      • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Why? Why trot Clip out there?

        Because in his last 13 appearances he’s allowed only four hits, and struck out 12.

        Because in his last 13 appearances he’s allowed a BA of only .095

        Because (for those pitching over 40 innings) he has the best ERA on the whole team

        Because he has the best WHIP on the whole team

        etc etc

        That’s why.

      • Jw - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        The Nats are 0-6 vs the Braves here this year. By your logic Davey should have trotted out a blank lineup card today.

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    What is Ryan Zimmerman complaining about. Those were strikes and Pitch Track backed it up and even Carp made a good point on where RZim sets up in the batters box.

    • David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      The SZ has been all over the place. It was on the black, a strike, but one inning it’s being called a strike and the next it’s not. Ryan was probably frustrated at that more than the specific pitch.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Exactly.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Yes, it’s been an inconsistent K zone but those were strikes.

  84. depotmaster - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Sigh. Season comes down to Harper vs. Avilan.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    One day Davey will learn how to switch his pitchers to maximize the advantages… Ie lefty vs lefty and righty vs righty….

    He keeps trying to force the combo of Storen, Clip and Sori on folks no matter the match ups….

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Storen, Clip, and Sori have been a pretty good tandem.

      Rather than blame Davey — perhaps notice that the Nats had only one hit after the first inning.

  86. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Desmond just swung at 3 straight balls from a 3-0 count on. Not a single strike.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Sickening. He’s giving you a pitch around and you refuse to take a walk.

      • David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Desmond is what he is. Just about any team would love to have him, but he’s not without his flaws. His plate discipline leaves much to be desired.

    • knoxvillenat - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      You beat me to it Dave. Why would you even swing 3-0 in that situation…..take the walk, or the strike if it is one. But don’t give in to a pitcher who seems like he can’t find the plate.

  87. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Swung at balls 4, 5, and 6.

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Way to swing at the 3-0 pitch Desi….

    And then Mattheus for the 9th…. DJ is mailing this one in….

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      You can’t pin this one on Davey. Hitters swinging at pitches they can’t hit with a broom, pitchers missing their spots by three feet, letting the starter get back up after a first inning knockdown … this is not Davey’s. They’re playing tight and scared again.

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      No he’s not. He’s aware that there is another game today. If the best pitcher on the tip throws a shutout inning in the 9th (oh, wait, the best pitcher is Clip) — the Nats can still lose. So, you need to save him for the second game.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        They’ve been over the “saving somebody for the next game” line for quite some time.

        And Ian makes a Ponce error. Of course he does.
        Did I say they’re tight? You couldn’t get a pin out of them with a tractor and KY Jelly.

      • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        So? We still have a night game to play, and Storen and Clip have already been used. And the Nats are behind.

        The result — an unearned run. You can’t blame that on Davey.

  89. tcostant - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

    I hate this lets score in the first inning and hope to hang on.

  90. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Bleep, again.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    It’s like the same story of the Nats season when you add a dumb error like that.

    • David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Trying to do too much. Story of the year.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Just dumb and brain dead.

  92. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Harper tried to deke Johnson after a hit and throw behind him, and just put it into the tarp to give up a base for no reason.

  93. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    And now a sac fly can add on a run. Brutal.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    It’s kinda laughable… Another game in which poor managing leads to a loss….

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      No. It was poor hitting.

      Look, we get that you hate Davey, but, really . . . .

      Taking a lead and handing it over to Storen and Clip is what we’ve been doing all season, and it’s worked pretty well. Clip is by far the best RP on the team.

      Newsflash: his ERA will never be 0.00

      OTOH, one ought to expect the Nats to get more than one hit between the 2d and 8th inning.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      How is Desmond swinging at balls 4, 5, and 6, and dropping a routine ground ball, poor managing? Rendon trying to hit six run home runs again, with a pitcher on the ropes in the first is not poor managing. Clippard missing his spot by four feet isn’t Davey’s fault. He’s made mistakes, but those aren’t among them. This is totally on the players. But maybe they’ll come back, here…

  95. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Unreal. hit, error, stolen base, error.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    There’s the icing on the cake. A Desmond error.

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      That’s Davey’s fault, too, right?

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Wow… Desi…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Heres the kicker, if Bryce doesn’t have his error the runner is on 2nd and not 3rd.

  98. jd - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Bottom line: their bullpen is better than ours; top to bottom. There’s Rizzo’s biggest task for the off season and it doesn’t mean signing a decent but not special closer to a $14 mil a year contract.

    • David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Agreed. The Braves haven’t been blowing us out (for the most part). They’ve been winning 1 and 2 run games. It’s usually come down to bullpen and bench–2 strengths last year–and 2 areas where the Braves are 100x better than us.

      The good news is that those are pretty fixable issues.

  99. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    This guy’s ERA isn’t 0.00 either. GYFNG.

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      And _that’s_ the sign of a real fan. Let’s not call this a loss until the game’s over.

  100. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    And THAT’s why you don’t show bunt too early, Anthony.

  101. secretwasianman - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    perfectly fitting that the season has come crashing down today the way it has all year. No bats after the first and an awful wretched terrible bullpen. The Braves own us. I fully expect a celebration on or field around 945 tonight. TERRIBLE LOSS. Cant happen.

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Hey — the game’s not over yet.

      Ye of little faith.

  102. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    This zone is absurd.

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    This ump can’t be this bad. Rendon should’ve walked on 4 pitches.

  104. secretwasianman - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    a total choke by a team who is completely intimidated by the Braves.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      YOU WERE SAYING?

  105. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Ugh, Tracy is not who I want up right now.

  106. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Man, I SO would like to see a walk-off here now.

    My cat disavows knowledge of dragging anything in here.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Yah, and mine disavows any knowledge of stealing my pillow.

  107. David Proctor - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    SPAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    EAT THAT!

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    what the hell just happened!?!?!?!

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Read above. Davey lost the game for us by saving Soriano for the second game.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Several somebodies gave up way too easy, is what happened.

      That’ll learn ya!

  110. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I am claiming the title of Summoner for this game.

  111. snerdblurter - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    HEARTBEAT!

  112. Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    OH MY GAWD!!!

    Cunegonde got home after the top of the ninth. Everything got better after that.

    We went batsnot crazy here.

    Everyone thank Cunegonde, the Reverse Jinx!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      (bowing low, three times)

      Thank you thank you thank you.

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    The ump tried to give it to the Braves. That K zone was absurd. Totally one sided.

  114. secretwasianman - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Holy crap Batman. ok ok im not watching anymore. WHOO HOOOOOOOO.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      I probably shouldn’t watch either. My husband might prefer that I didn’t anyway, given that we’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary tonight. :-)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        and you have a better way to celebrate??

        (shaking head)

  115. natsfan1a - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    OMG! Turned the game on after finishing work around 3. Got nervous watching the lead go away and then the Braves adding on. Had walked upstairs and heard the sub horn go off. OMG!

  116. Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    And we will see you from section 221 tonight!

    • Steady Eddie - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Please wave to my daughter if you get there in time, OK? she’ll be the oldest girl in the NatsCamp pregame parade.
      Wearing what Rendon called Clippard goggles.

      Boy is this Nats team going to be psyched for the nightcap! Just let Roark stay within himself and go with what got him here.

      • Candide - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        We’ll watch for her. Bringing my good camera along, will try to get a picture.

  117. natsfan1a - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Weird that my post appeared before the ones with an earlier time stamp. Anyhoo, great to hear the sub horn and I teared up a bit on hearing it. Atta way, NATS!

  118. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    “Sweet fancy Moses!” as someone might write.

  119. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    That RIPPING sound you hear is all the beat writers tearing up their gamers and starting again.

    • adcwonk - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      +1

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Did someone break the blog????

  121. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    “The man that once did sell the lion’s skin While the beast liv’d was killed with hunting him”

    GYFNG!

  122. dgourds - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe it. Woooooo hooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Whoa, whoa, whoa…. Lets make it clear… DJ did right by not putting Soriano in… That would have been the dumbest move.. We were down…

    But he does get blame for having Storen face Gattis and for having Clip come in against the Braves…

    DJ has his faults and for him to be a numbers guy, he sure isn’t using that degree to the fullest…

    But besides that, I’m glad we were able to beat Kimbrel….

    • Steady Eddie - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      You mean having Storen face Uggla.

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