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Game 6: Braves at Nats

Apr 6, 2014, 12:45 PM EST

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Whew. Three stories about Nationals’ injuries later, and it’s time for the game thread. We’re just five games into the Nats’ 2014 season and what a ride it has been.

Today the Nationals have a game to play, and it’s about as important as an April game can be. They will look to avoid a sweep to the Atlanta Braves, who have come to Washington showing no effects from their disastrous spring training injuries.

Taylor Jordan will get the start in what will be his second career appearance against the franchise. He tossed six scoreless innings on Aug. 16 against the Braves, in a game the Nats eventually lost.

For the Braves it will be lefty Alex Wood who has tormented the Nationals in his brief MLB career. In two starts last season he allowed just one run across 11 innings. He’s got a funky delivery, if you remember, almost a Ubaldo Jimenez-type motion coming from the left side.

The Nationals will be without Ryan Zimmerman today, and it looks like both Bryce Harper and Denard Span are getting the day off. Besides Jose Lobaton, you’re looking at Tyler Moore who traveled from Syracuse this morning in terms of bench options. Span and Harper may end up having to play out of necessity.

Stay tuned for updates…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 185, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly sunny, 55 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from RF

NATIONALS
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Nate McLouth
C Sandy Leon
RHP Taylor Jordan

BRAVES
RF Jason Heyward
CF B.J. Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
3B Chris Johnson
LF Justin Upton
2B Dan Uggla
C Gerald Laird
SS Andrelton Simmons
LHP Alex Wood

UMPIRES
HP Doug Eddings
1B Marvin Hudson
2B Cory Blaser
3B Jim Joyce (cc)

1:41 p.m. — No runs for the Braves in the first after Heyward reached first on a fielding error by Espinosa. Heyward hit a hard ball to Espinosa who dropped it before throwing to first. Heyward was called safe on a close play that could have gone either way. Matt Williams came out to protest, but opted to not challenge the call. Upton grounded into a double play the very next at-bat, anyways. Jordan is at seven pitches (4 strikes) after one.

1:59 p.m. — The Nats took an early lead in the first inning on an infield groundball by Werth that scored Rendon. Rendon had led off with a bunt to reach first and was joined on base by Frandsen who singled to left. Desmond then grounded out on a barehanded play by Johnson at third. The play was challenged, but the call was upheld. It’s 1-0 Nats as Wood used 21 pitches (16 strikes) in the first.

2:05 p.m. — The Braves saw two players reach on singles with no outs, but no runs in the top of the second. Jordan is at 18 pitches (12 strikes) through two.

2:10 p.m. — The bottom of the second went quickly for the Nationals who went down 1-2-3 on eight pitches. Wood is now at 29 on the day through two, 22 of them strikes.

2:17 p.m. — Another scoreless inning for Jordan who is looking pretty good here through three. He got Wood to ground out before both Heyward and Upton hit infield popouts. Jordan has thrown 31 pitches (22 strikes).

2:26 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the third. Wood is at 41 pitches now.

2:38 p.m. — Still 1-0 Nats despite Jordan finding himself in a bases loaded jam with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan issued one-out walks to Johnson and Upton, as he threw 10 balls in his first 18 pitches of the inning. Uggla then grounded to Desmond and all three runners were safe after Espinosa dropped the throw at second. That’s his second error of the day already. Laird struck out and Simmons grounded into a forceout at second to end the inning. Jordan is at 56 pitches after throwing 25 in that frame.

2:43 p.m. — Three quick outs for the Nats as Wood is looking better and better as this game goes on. He’s now through four innings on 48 pitches. That’s after throwing 21 in the first alone.

2:47 p.m. — The top of the fifth was 1-2-3 for Jordan who is matching Wood for a nice little pitchers duel here. Jordan has tossed five scoreless on 65 pitches. McLouth, Leon and Jordan are up next.

3:03 p.m. — Finally, the Nats made Wood throw some pitches in the bottom of the fifth. McLouth made him throw 13 in the first at-bat, just to get him to line out to second. Leon then reached on a throwing error by Johnson. Jordan moved Leon to second on a groundout, and Rendon struck out looking to end the frame. Wood is now at 80 pitches.

3:15 p.m. — We are tied at 1-1 now after the Braves brought a run home in the top of the sixth. Freeman led off with a single and was joined on base by Johnson who doubled. Uggla then brought Freeman home on a sac fly with one out. Craig Stammen was warming up, so we’ll see if Jordan returns. He’s thrown 82 pitches through six.

3:23 p.m. — The bottom of the sixth was another quick one for the Nationals’ lineup. Frandsen, Werth and LaRoche all went down on balls put in play. Wood is through six with 93 pitches thrown.

3:34 p.m. — Jordan stayed in the game and allowed a leadoff single to Simmons. Jordan was then replaced by Jerry Blevins after Wood bunted Simmons to second. Blevins got Heyward to strike out swinging and Upton to line out to Desmond to end the inning.

3:45 p.m. — And we are tied no more. Desmond took the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh over the fence in left field for a solo home run. Nats up 2-1 as Denard Span has been subbed in to play center. McLouth shifts to left field as Frandsen is now out of the game.

3:56 p.m. — Blevins and Tyler Clippard combined to pitch a clean inning for the Nats in the top of the eighth. Blevins got Freeman to fly out to center before Clippard saw Johnson fly out and Upton go down swinging. On to the bottom of the eighth with Gus Schlosser in to pitch for the Braves.

4:08 p.m. — Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the eighth. Ryan Zimmerman did pinch-hit for Clippard, however, which was rather interesting. He said before the game that his shoulder does not hurt when he swings a bat, it is all about throwing. Anyways, Rafael Soriano is now in to try and close this one out.

4:22 p.m. — It involved two infield singles, but Soriano closed it out. 2-1 is your final score as the Nats avoid the sweep.

142 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. scmargenau - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Poor Zim. I hope he’s ok

  2. Doc - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    WOW!

    It looks like a ST lineup.

    Matty has the wrong sub in LF; it should be TyMo!

    Maybe we’ll get lucky???

    Gooooooooooo TJ! Goooooooooooooooooo Nats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • davecydell - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Some agreement here.
      Nats bring up TMo, and play Frandsen.
      All the Nats talk about TMo needing reg ABs and instead of giving him 4, he is placed in a pinch hit slot.

      • Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        With Zim possibly down, our plan for depth at 1B suffers… TyMo makes me think the Nats already have a good idea that Zim will have to go to the DL.

  3. herdonnats - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    I’m concerned that the Nats didn’t handle injuries coming out of Viera. Both Zimmerman and Ramos were probably hurt, and the Nats were almost left without a 6th starter when Zimmermann was sick. Seems like poor plannong to me.

  4. sjm308 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    These are the kind of lineups (and games) where we all think gloom and doom and what do you know but the exact opposite happens.

    Glad to see Harper getting a rest and I hope as soon as there is a righthanded pitcher in the game, its the first move Matt makes because Frandsen is not an outfielder.

    Hoping we hear good news on Zimm in the next few hours but I am not expecting that. What a way to start the season!!!

    Go Nats!!!

    New hat for the day is the Away Game – blue hat, red brim, white curly W
    would like to keep this on for a few days

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Strasburg gave a great interview this mroning. He said he didn’t let it rattle him.

    Look at that, Rendon leading off against a LHP. Imagine that!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      I got so disgusted with SS yesterday… I was screaming, Throw Strikes… It was just awful the way he melted down…. Thought he pitched well overall prior to the 5th but gosh I was so disgusted….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        This is who Strasburg is. He got off his game.

    • veejh - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      He’s lying.

      • Nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        LOL.

    • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      One wonders if the pitch to contact mantra has screwed with Strasburg’s development and left him in an identity crisis. I think he needs to rare back and go after people. I don’t think he knows who he is as a pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Texnat1 it’s a valid point. Hard to change pitchers.

      • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        More generally, from their previous handling of his arm issues to the pitch to contact to keep your pitch count down mantra, the Nats have (rightly or wrongly) treated SS like a china doll. Should we be surprised then we he acts like one on the mound?

        I’d be curious to hear how other teams handle power pitchers like Stras. Do the Tigers have Verlander pitching to contact? How was Halladay handled? Clemens, etc?

        I honestly don’t know the answer. But intuitively, it seems to me that Stras should be striking people out, not trying to induce contact.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    McCatty speaks to strikeouts again. I am with you Steve! “Pound the zone” Quick outs are good.

    • Nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I saw that in MASN. Good points on Ks with runners on 3rd.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Some good discussion about Ryan Z and his throwing etc… Feel bad for him but the first thing I thought was injury with the way he threw it. Think a lot of people will get their wish when he moves over to first base next year… But until then, hopefully he mends quickly and can get the throwing issue together….

    No Span, Harper, Ramos or Ryan Z today.. Oh boy…

    But come on team, let’s win this… Let’s salvage this and this one today…

    Go Nats!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Keep in mind that Harper hasn’t been hitting well so far. A tough lefty in today. Hopefully Ryan feels well enough to pinch-hit later.

      • Nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Good call again. Ryan did pinch hit and hopefully can continue to pinch hit.

        With no structural damage. What do they do with him going forward?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Certainly a mental rest break.

  8. chiefwj - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Frandsen has played one inning of OF since 2007 (in 2010), when he played a bit as a utility guy for the Giants.

    Span has virtually no career platoon split, so you wonder about whether this was the best day for this. On the other hand, he’s 0-6 lifetime against Wood with 3 Ks.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Unfortunately the Nats lack that fleet footed 4th outfielder that bats right-handed. Frandsen takes LF and McLouth who is a lefty gets CF.

      Just hope the groundball pitcher in Taylor Jordan does his part.

    • ehay2k - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Switching the lineup for better LHP/RHB matchups might also be an effort to get into Wood’s head. Can’t hurt, given the histories of the guys not playing.

  9. davecydell - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Losing a game is not the important thing here.
    I agree, 162 games, even the top teams will lose 60+.
    What is important is how the team plays.
    Friday the Nat’s ran themselves out of the game, made a bad choice to pitch to Freeman, had some “help” from the umps.
    Saturday they failed repeatedly with runners on in 7 of 9 innings. {Note: SS walked Freeman 3 times, smart.}

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Freeman is the only bat in their line up that truly scares me… Braves were smart to lock him up…

    • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Very mature approach. I agree. The season is not over if we are 3-3. Much more important that we avoid mistakes and get some key hits.

  10. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    And that’s how we are starting….

  11. Nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    TaylorJ picks up Espinosa with a quick doubleplay!

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Hey Ghost,

    Do you mind summarizing the SS interview? I was looking for it and missed…

    If you do, thanks.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      He was very calm and in street clothes. Basically said he didn’t let the error bother him.

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        He also said he felt bad for Ryan.

  13. natsguy1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Is the Gameday Audio working for anyone? I can’t seem to get either feed to work. Since I’m stuck at my office today, was looking forward to listening to get me through the afternoon!

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Bench Name by Frandsen “The Secret Service”. That’s good.

  15. nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Look at that! Rendon.

    Who suggested he leads off against left handed pitching! Hah!

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Nice… Just nice…

  17. nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    A shame Frandsen didn’t advance to 3rd.

    • Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Yeah, but also, never make the first out at third! I’m OK with erring on the side of caution here for once this season…

      • nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        I agree,. Not saying he should have tried for it because he slid and couldn’t turn and get up. It was the right play to stay at 2nd.

  18. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Interesting start! Ugly Uggla.

  19. wendellbelew - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Has anyone else lost sound?

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Same play with Heyward…. He was safe…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Hudson should never be allowed to ump in games with Atlanta…

  21. nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Hope they rule Desmond safe. Nats need this call.

  22. nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Desi needed the front of the bag.

    • nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      I still think he was safe if you believe tie goes to the runner but there wasn’t good video to overturn the call on the field.

  23. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Marvin Hudson can be a vindictive butthead. Now he can make a bad call without being challenged.BTW, I detest this replay thing. Bring back baseball.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      I don’t mind the replay…not sure I would have used the challenge on that play though…

    • smargenau - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Re:zim
      I long time ago, at 25, I hurt my shoulder. Felt like a rotater and after it “healed” it always felt tight. I could only throw sidearm after. The thought of throwing overhand terrified me. Docs said its mental, but a decade later the injury turned to arthritis – (there isn’t cartridge there, just fluid)

      I fear zim is suffering something similar. Shoulders are weird…easier to reconstruct a knees…

      Sad for Zim

  24. smargenau - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Challenge was not worth taking there

  25. nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    BABIP working all weekend for Atlanta. Upton with a gift single.

    • smargenau - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Test

      • nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Testing 1-2-3-4

  26. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Love the replay. Didn’t take long, and they got the calls right. Can’t complain about that, and it’s a fun new angle for the game.

    Wonder if heads will roll since they told Matt to challenge and he was wrong.

  27. Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Yeah Desi!!!

  28. smargenau - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Ugh. My comments are disappearing.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    My goodness. Is Desi lost his touch?

  30. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Runner beat the throw anyway. Espi shouldn’t be charged with an error there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      As for the replay, you should no 100% sure right before you use. So far our replay watching is no better than the third base coach.

      No reason to lose a challenge. Call it when needed

      • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        I’m not sure this is statistically correct. Very hard to be 100% correct. And there will be a lot of games where there is no chance to use the challenge. Saw something on MLB Network about this. The stat guy’s analysis was that you should use a challenge if you have a better than 50% chance of winning it. That seemed low to me, but I can understand that the percentage wouldn’t be 100 or even 90. Also depends on how important the play is.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Of course Jordan has started nibbling for some reason.

  32. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Gritty inning, for TJ… Well played, young fella…. Me likey!!

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Way to pitch out of a jam… I hope SS was paying attention…

  34. texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    7 pitch inning. That is the stuff that loses ball games and series.

    • Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      How about a 9 pitch inning? ;)

      • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Hopefully that is the stuff that will lose them the game. TJordan bringing it today.

      • Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Indeed!

  35. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Have to say, Frandson does not look lost, in LF…

  36. Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    I’m all about battling pitchers, but with every pitch we draw nearer their ‘pen.

    Eep.

  37. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Well… At least they worked some counts, that inning….

    We got him right where we want him!
    GYFNGOGOGO!!!

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Didnt think that last pitch was a strike…

    • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Looked outside to me. What happened to the pitch track? Lots of broadcasts show it for every pitch rather than only on replay. MASN stinks in many ways.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Pitch track showed it to be a K… But I still disagree…

        I’m seriously hoping the Nats move to CSN… And away from Angelos

  39. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Just as I said, Upton beat the throw and Espi’s error taken away. Good call.

  40. Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Wow… That circle change to drop JUp was ~~~ NASTY ~~~

  41. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Pretty sharp D, in the OF, today

  42. manassasnatsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    We have scored 1 run in last 20 games vs. Their bullpen.

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Good job TJ.. Come on Nats bats… Get TJ the win…

    Think Roark will be the 5th starter… TJ faded kinda quickly in the 6th.. Served a few meatballs but we got lucky…

    Don’t get me wrong, not saying I don’t like him or anything but he definitely battled for that last inning…

  44. exposedindc - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    It’s like watching a movie we’ve seen a lot of the last couple years

  45. lphboston - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I don’t get the comments on this board.

    Am I the only one who sees an absolutely dead team that looks like 2013′s twin brother?

    What’s with all the boosterism?

    • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Because people are Nats fans. YMMV.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I don’t understand why TJ is back out there…

    • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Not watching the game, but from a pitch count perspective, no reason to take him out.

      Also, it would be nice to get a pitcher past the sixth once in a while. Haven’t done so yet if I recall.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        He started fading in the 6th… Throwing some Meatballs that we were lucky didnt do more damage (weather helped too becuz Uggla crushed a ball that would have been a 3 run homer in warmer weather…)

        If he is going to be the 5th starter… They will have to work with him on his stamina..

  47. philipd763 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Except for beating up on the Mets pathetic relief pitchers, the Nationals haven’t hit squat so far this season. Shades of last year.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      We’ve only played the Mets… And the Braves… So I’m not understanding what you are trying to correlate here…

  48. manassasnatsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Arrg.

    MW set Jordan up by allowing him only to lose.

    He got out of the 6th. That was the time to pull him

  49. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    This is why we traded for Blevins. I hope he does it all year for us. Should’ve brought him in Friday to face Heyward .

  50. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Swept out at home to start the season. Just not a very good baseball team. I drank the kool aid too folks.

    • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Little early to quit on this game isn’t it?

      • stoatva - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Call the waaaahmbulance!

      • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Ahem.

    • scmargenau - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Wrong again

  51. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    No. Sorry I just don’t see us beating this team. Hope I’m wrong.

  52. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Braves batters are now 1-16, with 4BB’s collectively in their career against Jerry Blevins.

  53. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    OK, Desi!

  54. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Get up in there Desi…… Yes

  55. stoatva - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Ka-boom.

    • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      It would drive me crazy if I was managing against the Nats and my pitcher gave up a first pitch home run to Desmond.

  56. Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Wow! Desi! He was fire UP! on that swing!

  57. Nats128 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Taylor J can pitch! And Desi can hit!

  58. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    That’s the most excited the dugout has looked all weekend. That was a bomb!

  59. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Boom

  60. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Clipp probably coming in. Going to rake leaves. Hang on boys.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Desi’s homer lodged in the seat. Review it.

    Speaking of review KC won one. The out was about .1 second. But was clear, that is when you challenge.

  62. texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    So I guess you leave Blevins in to face Freeman and then come with Clip?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Agreed

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Sigh…. Braves have Clips number… Hopefully he can have a stress free inning….

  63. Eric - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Yeah Clip!

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Good job Clipp…. Good job…

  65. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Somebody tell SWM he can come back in from the leaves…

    Good on ya, Clipp!!

  66. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I get some real perverse satisfaction out of the Upton brothers striking out.

  67. stoatva - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I am doing my best to think positive thoughts about Soriano’s first save attempt.

  68. texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I wonder if we see TyMo here if the Braves bring a left out of the pen.

  69. exposedindc - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Guess we are gonna get our 1st look at Soriano in a save situation….Rolaids at the ready

  70. texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Interesting that they went with Zim against a righty with Harper available. Also interesting that they decided to start Laroche against a lefty with Zim apparently available.

  71. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Not likely that Matt subs anyone for ALR with the 9th inning of a 1 run game coming up.

    • texnat1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      I meant to start the game.

  72. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I might go help SWM with his leaves!

  73. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Jordan is leagues — two of them, to be precise — better than last year. Still don’t know how Wms. makes up his mind about the fifth starter. Looks like Roark’s turn will be skipped, which is not auspicious. And at the moment there is no place for him in the bullpen. Stammen has a vise-grip on the long/any time, any situation reliever job.

  74. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Alright! Time to cancel the bottom of the ninth!!!

  75. realdealnats - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Bourbon & Maalox, smoke & mirrors at the ready.

  76. exposedindc - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Goodness….everything is up

  77. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Wow. Simmons is fast!

  78. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Wow. Everyone’s too nervous to comment…

  79. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    In from leaves . Holding breath. Turning blue

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      That’s funny!

  80. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Those were two crappy little infield hits.

  81. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Sorry oh no. Should have done something with this guy In the off season. Sure as hell is no braves closer

  82. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Boy this guy is no closer.

    • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      He gave up just two infield hits and struck out a very dangerous hitter to end the game. You bet that’s a closer.

      • stoatva - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Absolutely. Probably the second hit goes straight to the second baseman if they’re not in a shift.

      • scmargenau - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        Yea…. But his pitches were up. Those get crushed normally.

      • Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Some guys crush pitches low in the zone. I think ALR is an example of that. Soriano knows what he’s doing. Desi said so. :-)

  83. realdealnats - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I have really come to hate the Braves these last few years.

  84. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    It’s been too long. UNTUCK!!

  85. Joe Seamhead - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I’ll un-tuck on that one.

  86. Section 222 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Every pitch to Heyward was up in the zone. I suspect that was not an accident.

  87. secretwasianman - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Whew weeeee. Heart still racing. Ok we finally beat these guys. Go enjoy the rest of your day everyone.

  88. unkyd59 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Nice gritty win… Good depth on this club, and I like That Matty uses everybody…. WooHoo, Michele!

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Whoop, whoop…. Nats win!!!

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