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Game 156: Marlins at Nats

Sep 22, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

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Tonight the Nationals and Marlins make up Saturday’s game that was postponed because of rain. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) returns to the mound after missing his last two starts with forearm tightness. It will be the final home game of the Nationals’ season, basically unless a miracle happens. Their 4-2 loss to the Marlins put their playoff chances at 0.2 percent according to CoolStandings.com.

Davey Johnson said before the game he is still concerned about Strasburg, enough that he purposely saved Ross Ohlendorf and Craig Stammen in the day’s first game in case he needs to make an early call to the bullpen. Strasburg will face the Marlins for the fifth time this season. Through 17 total innings he holds an ugly 5.82 ERA against Miami.

The Nats face a lefty in Brian Flynn (0-2, 9.64) so Davey has Tyler Moore in at first. Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon are also playing after sitting out the first game.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

MIAMI MARLINS 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: Sunny, 73 degrees, Wind 13 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (83-72)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
3B Anthony Rendon
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS (57-98)
2B Donovan Solano
1B Ed Lucas
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
CF Justin Ruggiano
3B Chris Coghlan
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Koyie Hill
LHP Brian Flynn

UMPIRES
HP Adrian Johnson
1B Bill Welke
2B Brian O’Nora
3B Dave Rackley

7:16 p.m. — For the second time today the Nationals find themselves trailing to the Marlins after the top of the first inning. This time it was just one run for Miami and it came on a slow groundball by Yelich down the first base line. Solano, who doubled and moved to third on a Lucas groundout, came home to score. 1-0 Marlins, Strasburg threw 20 pitches.

7:24 p.m. – Three quick outs for the Nats who were retired on just 11 pitches by Flynn. Zim grounded out while both Span and Werth struck out.

7:33 p.m. – Put another one on the board for the Marlins. Ruggiano clubbed a solo shot into the visitors bullpen in left field and it’s now a 2-0 game. Strasburg has tossed 34 pitches so far.

7:41 p.m. – No runs for the Nats in the bottom of the second. Ramos reached on a two-out walk, but that was it as Moore struck out to end the inning. Harper flew out for the first out and missed a homer by about five feet. Ruggiano collided with the wall on his way down from leaping to make the catch. Flynn is at 33 pitches.

7:46 p.m. – Strasburg allowed a single to the pitcher, Flynn, but that was it. Solano promptly grounded into a double play and Lucas hit a weak groundball to Zimmerman at third for an out. Strasburg has thrown 41 pitches.

7:57 p.m. – Two runs came across in the bottom of the third and this game is tied. Rendon led off with a single and was moved to second on a Strasburg sac bunt. Span then singled up the middle to bring him home. A wild pitch moved Span to second and he was then driven in by a Zimmerman single. 2-2 game. Flynn is at 50 pitches.

8:13 p.m. – The Marlins regained the lead in the top of the fourth on a Hechavarria RBI single that scored Stanton. Stanton got it started with a one-out single and Coghlan joined him with a walk before Hechavarria’s hit. Strasburg is at 71 pitches.

8:29 p.m. – The bottom of the fourth saw the Nats load the bases with no outs, and then come away with absolutely nothing. Rendon and Strasburg struck out swinging before Span grounded into a forceout at second. Flynn has thrown 79 pitches through four and just escaped what could have been a disastrous inning.

8:37 p.m. – Strasburg allowed a single to Ed Lucas with two outs, but that was it. He struck out Yelich to end the frame and record the 500th K of his career. He’s the third fastest player in MLB history to reach that mark (426.1 IP), only behind Kerry Wood (404.2) and Mark Prior (421.2).

8:48 p.m. – The bottom of the fifth saw more missed chances for the Nats, this time with runners on second and third. Zimmerman reached on an E5 and was joined on base after Werth singled. They were moved over with one out on a Desmond groundball down the first base line, but were left stranded by a Ramos groundout to the pitcher. The Nats are now 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in just the last two innings alone.

9:01 p.m. – Nothing going for the Marlins in the top of the sixth. The first out came on a Stanton groundball to Zimmerman at third. Zim dove to make a backhand stab and quickly fired a bullet to first. It was a bang-bang play that featured maybe Zimmerman’s best throw of the 2013 season.

9:24 p.m. – The Nationals took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on two RBI single by Span off relief pitcher Ryan Webb. Moore was hit by a pitch to lead off and was replaced on base by Jeff Kobernus. One out later Steve Lombardozzi doubled to left-center as a pinch hitter for Strasburg. Both were then driven in by Span’s single to right field. Craig Stammen will pitch the seventh for the Nats.

9:30 p.m. — Hey everyone, Mark Z. back in the saddle to finish out the game thread (and the Instant Analysis, and the postgame wrap) as Chase heads home following a long day (after a long night) at the park. Stammen just tossed a scoreless top of the seventh, getting a double-play grounder out of Solano and preserving the Nats’ 4-3 lead. That should set things up for Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano, who are each fresh after not appearing in today’s earlier game.

9:39 p.m. — Total attendance for the season was just announced: 2,652,422. That’s an average of 32,746 per game, most in the 6-year history of Nationals Park. It is, however, slightly lower than the 33,728 they averaged in the inaugural 2005 season at RFK Stadium.

9:47 p.m. — Another milestone just now: Ian Desmond swiped second base, notching his second straight 20-20 season. The only other player in Nats history to record even one 20-20 season: Alfonso Soriano, who of course went 40-40 in 2006. To the eighth, Nats still leading 4-3 and Clippard in to pitch.

10:02 p.m. — Uh-oh, Clippard gives up the lead in the top of the eighth, allowing back-to-back doubles to Yelich and Stanton. Yelich’s hit should have only been a single, but Span was slow to get to the ball and made a poor throw to second base, allowing a hustle double. So it’s now 4-4 as we go to the bottom of the eighth.

10:10 p.m. — To the ninth we go, still 4-4. Rafael Soriano enters for a non-save situation.

10:16 p.m. — Soriano retires the side, so we go to the bottom of the ninth. It’ll be Werth, Harper and Desmond for the Nats.

10:28 p.m. — Nats win. Werth leads off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Eury Perez pinch-ran for him and was part of a double-steal to put the winning run on third. Ramos then hit a sharp grounder to third, where Coghlan booted the ball and brought the winning run home. So the Nats hit the road for the final week of the season trailing both the Reds and Pirates by 5 games with 6 to play.

  1. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Even if it doesn’t get us in the post-season, I want every win we can squeeze out of this season. Get as far above .500 as you can, boys. GYFNG!!!!

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    For the sake of the fans at the park and in anticipation of next season, let’s hope Mr. Strasburg can pitch well — and well into the game — and the bats can provide him some run support. GYFNG!

  3. Baseballswami - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Everyone seems sad and deflated. I hope the guys can muster up one more week for the sake of their pride and get the best record possible. I think they will be motivated at St. Louis. The DBags are just whiny and unpleasant. Wish the games were not late this week.

  4. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Rats, MLB.TV has the game blacked out, even here in Olympia, Washington. Oh well, at least I’ll get to listen to Charlie and Dave.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Sonny G10 – Welcome to the Pacific Northwest — it’s been this way all year — blackouts that make no sense whatsoever.

      • Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        You have my sympathy, Eugene. I just couldn’t believe they would black it out. What do they think, I might not attend in person if they televise it.

  5. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Come on Stras, bring it.

  6. secretwasianman - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Stras getting ready to give his Dan Haren impersonation and lose this one early. It’s over folks . Over for the Nats and the skins

  7. secretwasianman - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Strasburg has been really mediocre this year. Plus he’s a head case. Needs to wake up next season.

  8. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    OK, boys, lets get that run back. Give Stras a lot of support tonight.

  9. Baseballswami - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Whenever they describe a guy like this- 4 starts, high era, struggling– you just know he will completely and totally befuddle our line up.

    • David Proctor - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      He’s not befuddling anybody. Harper and Desi just tattooed two balls that were caught.

  10. Baseballswami - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Really, Nats?

  11. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Good defense, boys!

  12. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Way to go Anthony… and Stras with the bunt. Lets get to this guy.

  13. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Way to go Span. Lets keep the line moving boys.

  14. Sonny G 10 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    That’s a start, offense. Stras needs a lot more support though. Let’s pour it on.

  15. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    btw maxwell hit another GS. walk-off type.

  16. wendellbelew - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Can’t seem to find the game on FIOS

  17. David Proctor - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Strasburg has thrown several pitches at 86. He’s never thrown a pitch regularly at 86 before. His changeup is typically 88-90. His curveball in the 70s. Fastball obviously 90s. I wonder if this 86mph pitch is him trying that new grip or whatever.

  18. paul brandt - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    wonder if there is anything is wrong with SS with those MPH #’s? note to Stephen, suck it up, these are the Marlins!

  19. thecynicin408 - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    After swinging the bats so well during the stretch run, it does not feel good to see the guys revert to their struggling form. Down 1, we have the bases loaded with no outs and can’t get even one run home. Although I do think the first strike called on Span was really ball 4.

  20. Baseballswami - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    This game so far is a microcosm of our season.

  21. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    What a play by the 3rd baseman! Who was that guy!

  22. David Proctor - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Holy sh** Ryan Zimmerman.

  23. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I hope that 500K is the only association SS ever has with those two. I really hope the game moves away a bit from the fascination with Ks.

  24. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Make Stephen Strasburg a winner tonight!

  25. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Last Take On Me this year.
    I thought I was getting tired of that, but now I’ll miss it.

  26. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Don’t know what it’s like on TV or at the park, but the MLB GameDay app suggests the strike zone is all over the place.

    • David Proctor - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      It has been. But Stras benefited greatly from it. Lots of called strike 3’s on balls that were, well, balls.

  27. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    The third strike to Harper looked good on pitch track.

  28. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    But I’m only half watching as I work

  29. Candide - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Apropos of nothing, a few days ago, I suggested putting Ohlendorf in the bullpen as long relief. Someone – it might have been MrsB – asked me if I didn’t think we’d have too many righties there.

    After seeing Mattheus torch the place again today, I can think of one righty we can happily unload. And Xavier Cedeno has been looking pretty good from the left side.

    Nice to finally see Tyler Moore in the lineup now that we’ve been eliminated. First game today, Davey had practically the entire bench in there at one time or another – Solano, Sandy Leon, Tracy, Lombo, Brown. But not Moore. I figure Davey must have walked in on Moore in the clubhouse pissing in his coffee. Because, seriously, has LaRoche been a holy terror at the plate this season?

  30. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Welcome back, Mark!

    Welcome to 20, Desi Daddy!

  31. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Congrats Desi! Joining that elite 20/20 back to back Shortstop club!

  32. Candide - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Got this picture of Drew at this afternoon’s game:

  33. Candide - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    And RZimm’s homer in the 6th:

    From section 219. Nikon Coolpix P500. Not the monster Nikon that MicheleS works with, but good enough for me.

  34. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    It is, however, slightly lower than the 33,728 they averaged in the inaugural 2005 season at RFK Stadium.

    Take On Me is just no replacement for the ballpark bouncing a foot off the ground. I really miss that.

  35. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Talking about the attendance at 2,652,422 will be interesting as who got some good predictions from the media and commentors here!

    http://natsinsider.com/2013/04/01/2013-media-predictions/

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Well, that’s unfortunate. The “more” link is broken on that predictions post.

      • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Mark needs to may be fix that one. Looks like you had 2.5 million. Close but not the closest it would appear.

  36. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    FP said it. Why is Zimmerman playing on the cut of the grass. Cant understand it. Would also think he would be closer to the line.

  37. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Why do the Nats pitch to Mr. Stanton in Nats Park? Why?

    • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      I would have been fine holding up 4 fingers and walk him with 1st base open.

      Clip didnt get that call on that changeup low in the zone. Most umps call that a strike for him. Great pitch. It didnt work.

    • paul brandt - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Eugene, good question…he absolutely kills us and we continue to pitch to him…its just awful, the only guy in their line-up that can beat you and we just keep pitching to him…some things never change.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      The only park in which he has a higher OPS is Coors Field. At Nationals Park his slash line (going into today) is .333/.343/.790 (that .790, not a typo). And that was before today’s performance.

  38. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    FP said it. Why is Zimmerman playing on the cut of the grass against Giancarlo Stanton. Cant understand it. Would also think he would be closer to the line.

    • paul brandt - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Zim should have been playing the line but he wasn’t, go figure…man on 2nd, one out 4-3 game and Stanton up…normal playing Zim makes the play.

      • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Lets say RZ plays the line and Stanton hits in the expanded 5.5 hole. You then have Harpers gun in LF ready to throw out any runner. You arent throwing out a man from 2nd on the double down the line. That play has cost the Nats many times including Uribe in the Dodgers series and Justin Upton in the 1st Braves game and now again.

  39. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Now the Nats will have to pull off the walk-off to win this one tonight. Who will tonights hero be?
    Im picking Wilson Ramos.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Just so long as there is one…

    • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Werthquake walk-off to close out the last home game for 2013?

  40. David Proctor - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Damn Soriano, why can’t all your innings be that dominant?

  41. David Proctor - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I know Zimmerman was playing in before because of his arm issues. However, he’s been throwing rockets (and overhand). He should be moving back now.

    • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Especially against hitters like Stanton who arent bunting. RZ goes from a Web Gem earlier to that bad play.

  42. Baseballswami - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    End it here- please.

  43. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Werthquake DOUBLE!

  44. Candide - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Runner on 2nd, no outs… we got this. ;-)

  45. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    First AB, last AB? Don’t walk him, please.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Alas, the symmetry wasn’t to be.

  46. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Smart getting Eury in there!

  47. thecynicin408 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Werth gets the 9th off to the kind of start that can cause me to shut up in my critique of various decisions/non-decisions by the manager we honored today.

  48. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Not good Bryce. Do you steal Eury here?

    • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Summoner!

  49. Candide - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Okay, I didn’t see THAT coming!

  50. nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    nats128 – Sep 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM
    Now the Nats will have to pull off the walk-off to win this one tonight. Who will tonights hero be?
    Im picking Wilson Ramos

    • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      I was the double summoner tonite!

    • Candide - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Nicely played!

  51. Candide - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Woo-HOOO!!!!

  52. David Proctor - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Nats 128 called it. Ramos is the game winner.

    • nats128 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Thats exactly how I envisioned it! Eury with the steal and Ramos knocking him in!

  53. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Take it.

  54. thecynicin408 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    What a finish!

  55. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Nice way to end the last home game!

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 18.5
x-Clinched NL East title

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.0 +2.0
PITTSBURGH 82 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 74 9.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title

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FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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