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Nats vs. Braves — 3/6/14

Mar 6, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

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It’s been a stormy day across the state of Florida, and several of this afternoon’s Grapefruit League games were canceled as a result. The Nationals, though, are scheduled to play this evening at Disney World, and for now the game remains on schedule.

Assuming they’re able to get this one in, Jordan Zimmermann and Julio Teheran will square off for the second time in five days. Zimmermann cruised through his 2-inning spring debut against the Braves on Saturday; tonight he’ll extend himself another inning and again try to keep this potent Atlanta lineup in check.

Matt Williams left most of his regulars behind in Viera, but he’ll want to get a good look at several of the guys starting tonight, especially Danny Espinosa. Espinosa enters this game 0-for-10 on the spring, but he has hit the ball hard on several occasions, has struck out just once and has impressed Williams and the coaching staff with his willingness to hit to the opposite field more.

Enjoy the game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Disney’s Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Radio: MLB.com (Braves’ feed)
Weather: Thunderstorms, 70 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Danny Espinosa
CF Nate McLouth
1B Tyler Moore
3B Will Rhymes
LF Scott Hairston
C Jose Lobaton
DH Brock Peterson
RF Steven Souza Jr.
(RHP Jordan Zimmermann)

BRAVES
RF Jason Heyward
DH Justin Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
C Evan Gattis
3B Chris Johnson
2B Dan Uggla
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Todd Cunningham
CF Matt Lipka
(RHP Julio Teheran)

  1. tcostant - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Danny Espinosa should nothit any where but 8th until he proves otherwise…

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Where he hits in ST is irrelevant to the regular season batting order.

      Players at the top of the order can get an extra AB before a mid-game switch, and I think they’d rather that go to Danny than Steven Souza (no offense, Steven).

      The most question to answer with Danny right now is not whether he hits 2d or 8th, but whether he hits in DC or Syracuse.

      • jd - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        HH,

        Exactly. I can’t quite figure out the personal level of animosity towards Danny. You’d think he kicked someone’s dog or something

      • therealjohnc - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        It’s doubly silly because he’s hitting second in a lineup that isn’t just a Spring Training lineup, it’s a road game early during Spring Training lineup. Including not just Souza, but other immortals like Tyler Moore, Brock Peterson, Wil Rhymes and Scott Hairston (vs. a RHP). There is one (1) player in this lineup that is likely to be a starter on Opening Day: Anthony Rendon. That’s it, that’s the list. Batting Espinosa second in this lineup doesn’t make a hill of beans of difference.

  2. masterfishkeeper - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Boy, no kidding. As a Nats fan, I’d love it if Danny could rediscover his form from the first half of 2011. I don’t understand why so many folks dump on Danny.

    • David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Heck, I’d be happy if he could hit .230.

      • dcsportsfan2277 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        We are terrible :) setting the bar that low…LOL. Who else but Danny can prompt happiness for the commenters for hitting .230! Every day I try to find something humorous and Danny takes the cake today! Go Nats!

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    It seems clear to me that Danny Espinosa is being given lots of opportunities and exposure — both in the field (especially at SS) and in the batting order — to either (a) prove that he should go north to DC as the utility IF, or (b) in hopes that someone will make an offer that the Nats consider reasonable (i.e., that values Mr. Espinosa closer to his 2011-2012 level of play than his 2013 performance). I doubt that (b) happens, but I think it makes a lot of sense to put him out there in hopes that he generates some interest and a solid return. Also, to be clear, I hope that (a) happens and that Mr. Espinosa becomes the all-around player (and offensive threat) many of us expected.

    • David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Espinosa has drawn plenty of interest, that’s not the issue. The return is the issue.

      • jd - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Right,

        And since Rizzo has him under team control for a while he doesn’t have to rush into a stupid move.

  4. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Espi got a hit!

    • ArVAFan - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      I owe you a beer. Virtual. Light beer because it’s Spring Training?

  5. ArVAFan - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Hey, Espi got a hit! Yeah!

  6. ehay2k - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Can we get Bob and FP to do the game via Skype? The Braves announcers make me cringe.

  7. nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Was listening in my car as the Braves announcers flashbacked to the April head to head series between Braves and Nats and said how in the 1st series 2 games could have gone either way but that series “set the tone” for the 2013 season.

    Interesting comments and Ive read here where people thought even tho it was early in April that it gave the Braves momentum and they never looked back.

  8. nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Espinosa finds a new creative way to screw up “hitters interference” baserunner out at 2nd.

    • ArVAFan - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Well, without seeing the video, can’t say whether it was really his fault or not.

  9. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Espinosa HBP and limps to first. He’s a HBP magnet.

    • David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      But he gets to second base very quickly so I guess it’s not an issue.

  10. Danny - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Tyler Moore has not impressed me at all this Spring.

  11. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Lobaton makes a snap throw to pick off Lipka at first (good throw) but Moore wasn’t anticipating it so it goes down the line.

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      ST only matters so much, but I think Moore is on the bubble – not guaranteed a spot on the OD roster. He really can’t afford to miss many opportunities to impress.

  12. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Rendon gets his second hit of the night, this one off of Kimbrel

    • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Is anyone worried about Rendon? Theres no tryout for 2nd base. The tryout is between Espinosa and Jamey Carroll and to a lesser extent Zach Walters. Jamey Carroll can spot start at SS and 2nd and 3rd.

      If Espinosa was playing great he would be traded. Since he isnt lighting it up, hes fighting for the backup job.

      • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Honestly, I never believed there was an open try out at 2B. That just struck me as BS.

      • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        HH, I agree. Always thought it was to prop up Espi and get him traded or act like it was a fair tryout and put him on the bench or back in AAA.

        Rendon is a future star.

  13. nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    “The only Espinosa was hitting last year was the snooze button” says the Braves radio crew.

    That is cold!

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      But when he reached for it, he found Dan Uggla’s hand was already there.

      • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        LOL, I also didnt type it right as I left off a word “The only thing Espinosa was hitting last year was the snooze button”

  14. nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    After Martinson (wearing jersey #11) overthrows 1st base the Braves announcers “Are you sure that isnt Ryan Zimmerman with a throw like that”

    Again, just cold and viscious POS

    • natinalsgo - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      They are Barves and have no class. If I didn’t hear it I wouodnt believe it and after they said it they laughed.

    • realdealnats - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Good teams should make announcers pay for comments like these. That’s what I’m hoping for.

      • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        I hope Ryan gets that tape. I still cant believe they would say things like that. You may think it in your head or say it off the air but who says that on an open mic. Its just mean spirited.

        It would be like Charlie and Dave saying all you have to do is throw BJ Upton a ball in the dirt and he will swing and miss so much he will dig his own grave—-hardy har har. Of course Charlie and Dave have to much class.

  15. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    2 scoreless innings from Blake Treinen. Was throwing 97.

    • natinalsgo - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      The Twitter world was very complimentary of Treinen’s outing. Buzzzzz

      • natinalsgo - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        @DanKolko: Impressive showing by Blake Treinen tonight. The sinkerballer works two scoreless against a tough Braves lineup, Ks two. Fastball sat at 96

  16. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Ohlendorf’s velocity is 87-91 and the gun seems accurate at this Park…

  17. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Ohlendorf hurt and coming out of the game. Holding his side.

    • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      I hope hes not seriously hurt but it looks like he wasnt going to make this team anyway unless Rizzo had a trade going.

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Sorry for him. If he really is injured (or I guess I should say, if the Nats medical staff is willing to say so), it could free up a spot on the 40 man roster.

  18. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Aaron Barrett comes in with the bases loaded and no outs. Gets a double play and a flyout. That’ll open some eyes.

    • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      My eyes are open and again, its Spring Training. He faced 2 Minor League guys in Cunningham and Lipka. Lets see Aaron do some nice pitching for more innings.

      The greatest Houdini act in Nats history was Game 1 in 2012 by Ryan Mattheus. Comes in with bases loaded and no outs and throws 2 pitches and gets 3 outs with no runs scored. He doesnt get enough credit for that.

      • David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        I give Mattheus lots of credit for that. I think Mattheus gets too much hate.

      • Joe Seamhead - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        +1 on both points,nats128. But the fact is, Mattheus had a great record vs. LH hitters and was a huge part of why Rizzo thought the Nats could get by without a loogy, Though I’ll always remember his Game 1 performance, I’ll also always remember him for the problems that he created for Davey in 2013 by his knuckle headed move. The damage he caused last year has been very much under estimated by many fans.

      • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        He didnt help his own cause self inflicting a broken hand. Also I think his “Gee shucks” demeanor turns off alot of people.

        I like the guy if he can put it all together again.

  19. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Yunesky Maya warming for the Braves…

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      You mean the Nats will finally get something out of him?!

      • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        But nothing out of Cutter D. The more things change…

      • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Lousy……Maya is a star. LOL

  20. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Michael Taylor ties the game with an RBI single in the top of the 9th.

    • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      and Skole swings at ball 4 then Ks.

  21. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Rosenbaum promptly walks the first batter.

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Wow – from the MLB game day feed, looks like a little league game breaking out.

      • NatsLady - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Sounded the same on the radio. The subs for the replacements for the minor-leaguers didn’t play well.

  22. David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Braves win. Rosenbaum was awful.

    • nats128 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Cant walk leadoff batter. Not sure if he was awful. Nothing hit hard and the error didnt help.

      • David Proctor - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Threw a wild pitch, too.

  23. NatsLady - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Nats lose and the NWS issues a Winter Weather Advisory. Booooooooo!

    • Joe Seamhead - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      -1

  24. Eugene in Oregon - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Dr. Frank Jobe, RIP.

  25. sjm308 - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Trying not to take too much from the in-game comments but the hate for Danny seems to be increasing. Hard to understand but I guess if you need a punching bag, he seems to fill that bill. Not sure he has ever loafed to 1st like Felipe Lopez, thrown his glove like Nyjer Morgan, or abused women like Mr. Dukes but go ahead & knock yourself out if you want. I am hoping he improves enough to fill that utility role or bring us prospects in a trade, no I’ll will from this old fan. Also betting that the commentator who said he would switch his allegiance to the Mariners (how silly) if Espinosa makes the team never had two teams ripped away from him.

    GO Nats!

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ATLANTA 72 66 7.0
MIAMI 67 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 74 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 63 74 15.5
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