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Game 8: Marlins at Nats

Apr 9, 2014, 3:27 PM EST

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Ryan Zimmerman, as promised, is back in the Nationals’ lineup. And he’s back at third base, hoping to battle his way through a bad shoulder by altering his throwing motion, dipping down to go sidearm all the time after committing two painful errors throwing overhand last week. Whether this experiment works remains to be seen. Certainly everyone in the ballpark will be holding their breath the first time a ball is hit in Zim’s direction tonight.

Zimmermann is hitting fifth tonight, which seems to be where Matt Williams prefers his slugger. Bryce Harper, on the other hand, has been bumped all the way down to seventh. That’s a reflection both of Harper’s continued struggles (he’s now 4-for-25 on the season) and the fact left-hander Brad Hand is the Marlins’ surprise starter.

Right-hander Jacob Turner was supposed to get the ball tonight for Miami, but he injured himself taking batting practice yesterday. So in steps Hand, who has started in the past but was working out of the bullpen to open the season.

Updates to come…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 85, MLB.com
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

MARLINS
LF Christian Yelich
2B Derek Dietrich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Garrett Jones
3B Casey McGehee
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
LHP Brad Hand

UMPIRES
HP Dan Bellino
1B D.J. Reyburn
2B Toby Basner
3B Jeff Kellogg (cc)

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway as Jordan Zimmermann fires strike one to Christian Yelich.

7:24 p.m. — That wasn’t particularly pretty for Zimmermann, who got ambushed by the top of the Marlins’ lineup. Yelich singled to left. Derek Dietrich drew a walk. Giancarlo Stanton crushed the first pitch he saw up the middle for an RBI single. And Garrett Jones sent the very next pitch deep enough to center to score Dietrich. So just like that, the Nats are in a 2-0 hole and Zimmermann is facing an uphill battle, having already thrown 34 pitches.

7:56 p.m. — And things only got worse for Zimmermann in the second. He served up a leadoff triple to Adeiny Hechavarria, then a homer to Dietrich that initially was ruled a triple but was overturned on replay, with the ball clearly striking the metal railing above the fence in right-center. Add two more singles, and Matt Williams incredibly came out to take the ball from Zimmermann after only 1 2/3 innings. That makes this the shortest start of his career. His velocity appeared to be fine. His command, though, was all over the place. It’s 5-0 Marlins, and now the Nats need seven more innings from their bullpen, starting with Craig Stammen.

8:06 p.m. — The Nats lineup, meanwhile, hasn’t done anything so far against Brad Hand. Anthony Rendon’s swinging bunt single in the bottom of the first is all they have to show for their efforts through two innings. Bryce Harper struck out in his first at-bat of the night, and is now 4-for-26 on the season.

8:13 p.m. — Hey, it’s Ryan Zimmerman’s first throwing assist of the night! Sort of. He dove and deflected a ball to Ian Desmond, who then fired to first base for the out. Moments later, Zim did legitimately notch his first real assist of the night, ranging to his left and then uncorking a pinpoint sidearm throw for the out. Still 5-0 Marlins in the bottom of the third.

8:35 p.m. — Nice job, as is so often the case, by Stammen in long relief. He had to pitch out of a jam in the fourth, striking out both Stanton and Jones with a man on the third. The guy just goes out there and gets the job done, no matter his role, no matter how much is asked from him on a given night. Still 5-0 Marlins, heading to the bottom of the fourth.

8:55 p.m. — Sweet Fancy Moses! Bryce Harper just snapped out of his slump in a huge way, destroying a pitch way up into the third deck down the right-field line. It landed five rows up, much farther than Adam LaRoche’s similar shot the other night. The umps convened and used replay to determine for sure if it was fair or foul (the review was inconclusive, so the call stood). What an at-bat for Harper, though. He fouled off five pitches in a row at one point, six total, during a 10-pich at-bat against a lefty. That’s the one that could get Bryce going. It’s 5-3 Marlins now after four.

9:10 p.m. — Lots of action for Zimmerman in the top of the fifth. He made an awkward throw to just barely get Casey McGehee at first base, then made a fantastic throw that just narrowly missed getting Adeiny Hechavarria. After all that, it’s still 5-3 Miami, with Stammen having tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

9:16 p.m. — The Nats keep chipping away. Rendon tripled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, raising his season average to a cool .433. He then scored on Werth’s groundball to third. So it’s 5-4 now heading to the sixth, with Ross Detwiler in from the Nats pen.

9:52 p.m. — And now the Nats have come all the way back to take the lead. Zimmerman doubled, took third when Stanton bobbled the ball in the right-field corner and scored on Desmond’s little roller to third. Harper delivered another hit off a left-hander, this one an opposite-field single. And the go-ahead run scored when Jose Lobaton’s comebacker bounced off reliever Dan Jennings. I’m going to guess that never happened last year. It’s 6-5 Nats and Drew Storen is in for the seventh.

10:02 p.m. — That didn’t last long. Storen immediately served up a homer to Saltalamacchia. So it’s 6-6 now at the stretch. Long way to go still.

10:32 p.m. — And now Tyler Clippard gives up the go-ahead run. A pair of walks, as they always do, came back to bite him, with Jones’ double off first base bringing home the run that puts the Marlins up 7-6 as we now head to the bottom of the eighth.

10:47 p.m. — Jayson Werth. Carlos Marmol. Bases loaded. Do I need to tell what happened next? It’s 10-7 Nats and Rafael Soriano is entering for the save.

11:02 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win a wild one, 10-7, after Soriano brings the tying run to the plate in the ninth.

200 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    can’t wait to see Zimn warming up. go nats…

    • Sonny G 10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      can’t wait to see him make some throws during the game. Really hope this turns out to be a workable solution.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        First ball to Ryan and he runs to the bag for a forceout. That was easy!

  2. tcostant - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Does Williams read Boswell, Zimm needs to be at 1B vs. a LHer.

    • thenatom - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I certainly hope our manager does not read a meaningless blog to make his decisions.

      • tcostant - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Really – we have some great suggestions here :)

    • therealjohnc - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      As I noted in an earlier thread:

      Adam LaRoche vs. LHP in 2014: 2-5, one BB, one K.
      Danny Espinosa vs. LHP in 2014: 0-7, no BB, two K’s, generally looked awful.

      And more particularly: ALR career versus Brad Hand: 2-3 with a HR and a BB.

      Sure, it’s SSS – but more importantly is how Espinosa has looked from the right side (miserably, awfully terrible – vintage Danny, and not in a good way) versus hwo comfortable ALR has looked. So no, Zim is NOT going to play 1b tonight. The best alignment is still ALR, Rendon, Desmond and Zim in the infield if Zim can throw at all. THAT is the real issue – does the sidearm approach save him enough pain, wear and tear to make him good enough at third to keep both ALR and Rendon in the lineup?

      • adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Well put.

        Shorter summary: ALR is hitting way too well to start platooning him.

        Not quite as short: he leads or is second on the Nats in almost all offensive categories — ranging from SLG to walks to runs scored to RBI’s.

      • tcostant - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        As long as the Marlins don’t hit the ball to 3B, it’s the best. Interestingly I think the Marlins might try to bunt to 3B tonight, but I think Zimm will play those fine, as he had no issue with that throw at all, during last year’s injury issue.

      • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        He’s even been OK on it once or twice this year, if memory serves. I think there was at least one in NYC.

    • kirbs3256 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Not when your hottest hitter is the 1st baseman. It comes down to, do you want Espi or ALR in the lineup?

    • naterialguy - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Boswell said the Nats shouldn’t take Strasburg with the first pick.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Boz did one good thing and that was guilting the Nats into a big splash and out came Gio. Since then Boz has been doing a lot of swing and miss.

      • NatsLady - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Little late with that recommendation, isn’t he?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        NatsLady, a day late and $1 short.

  3. lplipty - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    dont know why it took him this long to revert back to his old throwing style

    • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      My understanding is that his old style led or may have led to his abdominal injury…

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        true

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Didn’t know that. Interesting.

      • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Best I can find at a moment’s notice.

        Ryan Zimmerman struggling with new throwing mechanics
        Aaron Gleeman Jun 30, 2011
        Zimmerman was an elite, Gold Glove-caliber third baseman with his old throwing mechanics, so in that sense he’s fixing something that definitely wasn’t broken, but avoiding more time on the disabled list is the priority for now and the determination was made that his old throwing mechanics put him at further risk to aggravate the abdominal injury.

        I’ve read about it in a few places over the last year or so.

      • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Oh, but I suppose it’s an open question regarding whether what he’s trying now is the same as his original throwing motion…?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Good pull. I’m sure we discussed it years ago. I had blasted in my brain that it was about velo.

  4. adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Wonk’s Wednesday’s Tidbits

    Nats have the highest SRS in MLB (according to B-R). (Yeah, I know, small sample size, but it’s fun to write). Nats are third in NL in pitching (6th in batting) and 1st with 10.8 K/9 IP. Nats have hit into only 2 DP’s. The only teams better: Atlanta 1, and Miami 0! Nats are tied for first with fewest errors in NL (4), and sit alone turning the fewest DP’s (2). (In part b/c they have the third lowest WHIP?)

    Baltimore gave up a run in the 1st inning, the first time all season that happened. But, hey, the Orioles started by scoring 3 in the top of the 1st, and pounded out 20 hits to beat the Yanks 14-5. At Yankee stadium. (Have I mentioned how much I like writing that?) Soriano hit his 407th home run (!!)

    Rendon has hit in all 7 games the Nats have played (A 9-game hitting streak if you include the last two of last year).

    Barrett and Storen have each appeared in four games, and have each allowed only one baserunner (both coming last night)

    A match made in heaven: Gio Gonzalez led all qualified left-handed pitchers in percentage of curveballs thrown last season (21 percent). Marlins hitters hit .187 in at-bats ending in a curveball from a lefty, fourth worst in the majors.

    The Indians scored three runs in the third without a hit (and only one error), en route to an 8-6 win: walk, walk, passed ball, grounder/error, grounder, sac fly.

    Marlins RHP Jacob Turner is not pitching today due to a strained pitching shoulder — I knew that. What I didn’t realize is that the injury occurred during batting practice

    Ryan Braun made (ignoble?) history — he is the 1st player to hit 3 HR in a game after serving a suspension for violating MLBs PED policy

    Tim Hudson is the first pitcher in the modern era to throw 7+ innings while allowing no walks in each of his first two games

    Melky Cabrera hit 3 HR in 82 games last year. Last night, he hit his 4th HR, one each in his last four consecutive games.

    Reds leadoff guys have combined for three hits in 37 PA, an amazing slash line of .094/.194/.125. And 12 K’s.

    I noticed this last night on the scoreboard: ALR’s twitter handle is: @E3LaRoche

  5. veejh - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Interesting stuff. Reds miss Choo!

    • adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      I’m sure they do! Choo is hitting .345 right now.

      But, in the future, I’m not so sure. Choo got a *huge* contract. He made $7m last year — he’s set to get $14m for ’14 and ’15, then $20m-$21m for the five years after that. $21m/year for a 37/38 year old? I dunno about that . . .

      • tcostant - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Nelson has been an OF liability in Baltimore, so the Rangers must be loving Choo’s defense too.

  6. letswin3 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I know it’s only 7 games into the new season, but since I whined all winter about LaRoche’s poor 2013, I’ve decided to deliver props for his ’14 numbers. The guy looks (both in weight gain and at the plate) different in a positive way …… of course, it just might be that facial overgrowth contributing to a testosteronal explosion. I bring this up only to protest any abdication of first base to R Zim …. LaRoche should never sit down against left-handers, right-handers or ambidextrous pitchers in the middle of seeing the ball like he is right now. I don’t have any idea how long he can keep this up, but, at least for now, I want him in the lineup … every game.

    • adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Oh, sure, fine . . . the day after a post comes along and critizes those who are patting themselves on the back, pointing out how we were right — along you come to post about how you were wrong. Well, I was wrong first!

      (as my 19-year old Wonkling would say: “j-kizzles” ;-) )

      • letswin3 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Now THATS funny, Wonk.

      • adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Thanks!

        (I had two ways to go with that — the other way ended with a punchline of something like “who does that bigshot think he is, proclaiming so publicly that he was wrong?!”)
        ;-)

      • sjm308 - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        No way I am replying to that
        Just keep up with wonkette stories!

        Sorry I upset people

      • adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        You didn’t upset anybody (well, not me at least).

        But her name is “Wonkling”! (Wonkette was already taken ;-) )

    • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      +1

    • veejh - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      We’re just going to have to deal with RZs toss all season. There’s no better way around it. I had more faith in Espi, until yesterday.

      • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        If nothing else, he certainly looks better batting lefty…

      • jd - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        What egregious thing did Espi do yesterday to lose your faith?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        jd, did that look like a MLB swing to you on Espi from the right side? I’ve seen worse but where did that momentary hitch and drop of the hands come from?

        Bunt hit helped his stats but he needs work with Schu. I think he’s been so preoccupied with his lefty swing the righty swing needs a serious tuneup.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Actually I think his bunt was lefty.

      • jd - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        He looked terrible. I am just not in the practice of changing my opinion on every at bat or even every game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        jd, I’m content with Espi as a bench guy. If he has to play more often I’m concerned. I bet a novice to swingology could see the issues with Espi’s RH swing. That was his stronger side and he needs to take the same approach as Schu has got him doing from the left side.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      LaRoche is improved at not only offense but defense. His movement and range to left side has looked better all Spring. Still lacks range to his right side which isn’t as crucial as those are singles.

      I was not in favor of Davey’s yearning to get ALR back as I saw other options that included RZim’s future. If ALR can stay hot this is all bonus as I wasn’t expecting this.

      The future Nats is a good situation with RZim moving to 1st next year as the Nats can put Rendon at 3rd or 2nd which gives them flexibility to look within at Espi or Free Agents or how’s about getting serious about Zach Walters and get him serious reps at 2nd. No time like the present in my opinion.

      Biggest and most important Nats acquisition is extending Desi so you know 3/4 of your infield for the future and can concentrate on 3B or 2B. If the Nats had money to burn is say Chase Headley as a FA. LaRoche and Soriano and Hairston all come off the books but serious raises due for 12 other Nats will eat up most of that :(

      • letswin3 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Yeah, I was going to comment about Walters being given a shot too. If they are convinced that Zim is the ’15 first baseman, then Walters needs to get more exposure to second base this year in the minors. There is still an outside chance of him being called up this season ….. his bat is very attractive if he can just be a little more selective at the plate … 29 homers last season, with a batting average of something like 318 gets noticed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        RZim has put everything into high gear. They screwed up not moving Rendon sooner in ST 2013 and with Kobe getting OF work the priority needs to be Walters at 2nd today.

      • jd - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        ALR has a habit of having his best seasons when his contract is about to expire. I had a sneaky suspicion that he would do better this year than last. It’s a good thing we didn’t give him a 3 or 4 year deal.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        jd, that’s true but last year I think it was his health hindering him. He looks faster, stronger and more nimble and theres not a chance he returns next year IMHO and he will get a nice $8 to $10 million deal from some team with a need.

  7. ArVAFan - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Completely off topic, but I had to laugh. In addition to losing their home opener to the Mets (I admit I enjoyed writing that), the Braves also managed to set the American flag on fire.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/09/atlanta-braves-flag-fire_n_5120242.html

    I am thinking that is not a good omen to open the season.

    • ptindc - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      I’m waiting for someone to Photoshop that image to read “Barves.”

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Classic. The symbolism of that is frightening. How didn’t that show up on Sportscenter.

  8. philipd763 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Michael Morse currently batting .391 with the Giants. Good to see!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      His power stroke isn’t back but his oppo swing looks great. I have a special place for MM. I still think he hasn’t learned to protect his wrist. I saw a compression wrap but no EvoShield armour like players should wear that have been plunked multiple times in that area. If he makes it through this season healthy he could finally get a big multi year deal.

    • stoatva - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Nyjer Morgan hitting .389 for the Tribe!

      Bless his heart.

    • stoatva - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      And, of course, Lombo .333 for the O’s, hon.

      • NatsLady - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Hasn’t taken a walk yet, has Lombo, and he got picked off 2B with two out yesterday. And bear in mind Detroit couldn’t get rid of him fast enough once they saw his noodle arm couldn’t play SS–and all they got was the corpse of Alex Gonzalez in return.

  9. secretwasianman - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Unknown pitchers gave us lots of problems last season. Hope tonight is different. Too many lefties in lineup tonight.

  10. secretwasianman - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Lombo or Danny. Would have kept the local kid.

    • stoatva - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Honestly, I would have too. Flame away, folx.

      • snerdblurter - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        No flaming, just would be interested to hear that rationale…. seems pretty clear to me that Espi’s defense and offensive potential (particularly if he can cut down on the K’s) far outweigh Lombo’s defensive flexibility and sub-par bat. What am I missing?

  11. NatsLady - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    You do realize that if it weren’t for those BUMS Blevins and Clip, our bullpen would have giving up ZERO runs in seven games.

    Teams’ bullpens by ERA

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      NatsLady, any intel on Clip’s new splitter?

      What happened to the old days when we could submit questions to Mark Z to ask the players.

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Ouch… JZimm’s command is off this inning.. Hope he turns it on now…

  13. unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    We’ll…. That was different…

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Lagares with serious robbery on the Barves against the wall.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Phillies game on umpire review. That didn’t take long.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    That’s when things are going right Anthony!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Get the 8 game hitting streak going quickly!

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Come on Bryce. Why did you take your sweet time getting to Hechevarrias double….now a triple.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Come on Jordan,…. Bounce back!

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    This officially just got ugly.

  20. Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Oy vey

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Pull Jordan… Not his night… Det come on up…

  22. unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Gracious.. Have we ever seen a JZ start like this?

  23. Joe Seamhead - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    At the game. Ugly. Old Bob is up in 311 letting us know of the pitching change. Never seen JZ get racked like that before.

  24. secretwasianman - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Nothing like eating 1 dollar hot dogs and watching batting practice.

  25. secretwasianman - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Flipping over to the Wizards. Whoops, they are getting crushed also. Ugh. I’ll be there tomorrow. Hopefully better things. Sec 207

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Nats need to score some quick runs here and get back into this.

  27. NatsLady - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    What the—? I was teaching and just looked at the score???? JZ, five runs and out of the game? Is he OK?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Ditto. Ugly score to come home to.

    • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Sure hope so, NL. Seems conceivable that he’s still weak from that stomach bug…

      I take heart that he was missing spots, but didn’t seem to lack velocity.

  28. David Proctor - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    JZimm looked fine health-wise to me. I think it’s just one of those games. He wasn’t hitting his spots.

    • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      +1

    • JW - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      His face was red and flushed, and he was sweating profusely. Maybe not so healthy.

      • David Proctor - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        I didn’t notice either of those two things.

      • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        To clarify, imo any ill health is microbe related, not musculoskeletal.

  29. sunshinebobby - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Let’s not bail on the boys quite yet. There is nothing in Hand;’s makeup that would indicate he can go two times through the lineup. It’ll be a long night, but I’m not giving up.

    • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Me either

    • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Doesn’t look like the home 9 are either…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Who’s bailing? Its the 3rd inning. Let’s see what these boys are made of.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Definitely not giving up… It’s gonna be a Zimmwalk off in the 9th…

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    That’s how Ryan Zimmerman gets into grounders.

  31. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    In my crystal ball I see Zimmermann in the three-spot in the Brewers 2016 rotation.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Hoping Hand makes a mistake here.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Nothing going right tonight… Sigh

  34. secretwasianman - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    It’s bad that JZ got rocked. But even worse that we can’t hit Mr Hand

  35. adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    … and MW thought Gio should have thrown fewer pitches whilst shutting out the Marlins last night?

  36. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Bryce!!!

  37. unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Timing looked ok for that one……

  38. Danny - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    We got a ballgame!

  39. secretwasianman - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Nice bryce

  40. Steady Eddie - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Almost as promising as the mammoth dinger itself was Bryce fouling off six pitches — including a high curve that he had to fight off to protect the plate — and laying off three breaking balls. Werthian plate discipline.

    • adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      … and that he did all that against a lefty.

      Let’s hope this gets him on track.

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Yes indeedy. Very good point. And a lefty who had allowed us 3 singles in 14 prior ABs.

  41. JW - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Bryce talks to the Hand.

    • adcwonk - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      +1

  42. Drew - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    712 from Henry Aaron.

    335 from Matt Williams.

  43. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Ow. Zimmerman’s throw hurt just to watch it.

  44. sunshinebobby - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Zim…a 12 on the awkward meter on that throw. Scale goes from 1 to 10.

  45. Danny - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Damn Steven Souza 4-5 HR 5 RBIs

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      That sounds good! I know there’s a Souza Jr. Fan Club here!

  46. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Dang, I love Rendon more every day.

    • NatsNut - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Me too! I love his whole demeanor. The poster child for chilled out, head down, just play with no fanfare. To me, he’s the polar opposite of Bryce and I’m loving him more and more for it.

  47. Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Rendon! Beautifully done!

  48. Steady Eddie - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    The Line Drive Machine strikes yet again!

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    2 strike count on Rendon and another hit.

  50. unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Desi will forever be my fave Nat, but I’m really gonna enjoy this Rendon fella…

    • unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      He SEES it so well! And the bat is quick enough that he can wait on it… A pleasure!

    • janebeard - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      I feel the same way!

  51. nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Detwiler with the leadoff walk. Thats a joke.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    RFK used to play like a canyon in CF.

  53. NatsNut - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Just joining the party so maybe some other adolescent-minded person brought this up, but ya’ll remember when we had the game vs. Hand and our pitcher was Wang? Snicker.

  54. janebeard - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I love when our guys earn a “sweet fancy moses.” And I’m relieved that Det got out of that jam!

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I’m glad RZim didn’t walk now.

  56. Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    ZIM!

    Desi, just focus on tying it up…

    • Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      YEEEEEES!!!

  57. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    This is the difference between this year’s Nats and t he 2013 edition. No way last year’s team comes back from an early 5-0 deficit. Hell, you were happy if they came back from 2-0.

  58. NatsNut - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Desi and Zimmy are sympatico today!

  59. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    And JZimm is off the hook for the loss.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Sweet fancy Moses… This is pfb!!!!

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Have to like that nobody trolled while the Nats were behind by 5 runs in the 2nd inning. Proud of you all. We have now seen what these guys are made of.

    • Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      + 16

      • nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Just had a different feeling and even SecretWasian was calm. Mick is alive. Its all good!

    • NatsNut - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Like.

      • nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        +17 The Legion of Boom is back!!!!

    • unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      I like this team.

  62. NatsNut - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Hoping Z’nn just has dead arm.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      That’s what it looked like. No movement on his anything.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    HOLY HAND!

  64. Eric - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Harper crushing lefties tonight. Excellente!

    • unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      *1

    • nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Hitting lefties better than righties this year ;)

  65. unkyd59 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    OBoy!!! Tony Time….!! I’m all a twitter….

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Got hold by Henley. He’s learned with 1 out. Bryce would have been a dead duck.

  67. Danny - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Let’s get Rendonculous!

  68. Danny - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Well that’s too bad.

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Jayson Werth stings 2 balls and both go right to the CF.

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    As we compliment Drew Storen all day it just is the cold reality of what happens when you fall behind.

    • nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Drew got himself back together and finished up the inning with no more damage. The old Drew would have fallen apart.

  71. Danny - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Not getting those runs hurt!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Sure they do and its good to be the home team in these situations.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Ervin Santana of the Braves went 8 scoreless innings. The bullpen almost blew it including Kimbrel. Barves win 4-3

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Leadoff walk… Ugh

  74. sunshinebobby - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Feed him the DP pill, Clipp!

  75. Danny - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Clippard is giving me heartburn

    • smargenau - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Here we go!

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Smdh

  77. nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Leadoff walks.

  78. sunshinebobby - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    You called it, MrsB

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      I’m not a Clippard fan… Never have been… So this doesn’t surprise me at all…

  79. David Proctor - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Marmol is warming, this is far from over.

  80. sunshinebobby - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I’ve been late in calling for this, and I would hope many of you have jump-started me on this, but…

    “Barkeep…bourbon and Maalox all around for my friends.”

    Including Matty in the dugout. His heartburn must be burning up.

    • smargenau - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Let’s go nats!!!

    • janebeard - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Seriously.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Marmol gave the Nats a walkoff wild pitch once.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Aww stuffing… Lets do this!!!

  83. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Here we come again!

  84. janebeard - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    OK JASON. MAKE THEM PAY.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Make them pay Werth… MAKE THEM PAY!!!

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Are you kidding me. I don’t believe what I just saw!!!!

  87. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    SWEET FANCY MOSES!!!!

  88. NatsNut - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    You wanna walk the guy in front of ME, MF?

  89. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    And Clippard is in line for a vulture win.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I have Charlie and Dave on the radio and the MASN and Marlins feed on the split TV. Strangely my radio is a few seconds in front of my TV. That was cool! I knew it was hit good before he swung.

    • nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      I guess you are on MLB Radio or Sirius. I have just the opposite. That must have been fun.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Its the MLB At-Bat Ap on my phone with the radio then the MLB Ticket

  91. janebeard - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I LOVE THIS GAME

  92. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I called the Gs on the WaPo board…

    Whoop, whoop…

  93. nats128 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Werthquake!

  94. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I’m tucked.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Thank you for the reminder. What was I thinking. I wasn’t.

  95. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    ¡Ponche Soriano!

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    That wasn’t a good pitch…

  97. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    ¡Ponche Soriano! 2!

  98. thecynicin408 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    One more out needed for a stirring never-say-die, come-from-behind win. Let’s get it done!

    • thecynicin408 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Have I jinxed it? I’ll kick myself.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Soriano always interesting.

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    So much excitement….

  101. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Just pretend it’s The Chief out there, and you’ll be fine.

    • thecynicin408 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      But I liked the Chief; Soriano, not so much. But if he converts saves consistently, I’ll learn to love him.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      I really miss Cordero’s theme song on the radio.

  102. sunshinebobby - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    “WOO-HOO!!!!”
    (Copyright, MicheleS, 2011, All Rights Reserved)

  103. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    I am no longer tucked.

    Woooooo Hooooo!
    tm Michele

  104. NatsNut - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    LOL FP: “If Matt Williams had a hair, it would be gray.”

  105. Candide - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Woo-HOOO!!!

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    I need maalox. Soriano you are tugging at my gut.

  107. rmoore446 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I am not going to make it through this season if our closer always skates this close to disaster. This is crazy.

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