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Game 9: Marlins at Nats

Apr 10, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Checking in here at Nationals Park where it is absolutely perfect in terms of weather. The temperature is at about 65 degrees and it should warm up to about 70 before game time.

Today Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.10) will make his third start of the 2014 season. It’s been a mixed bag for the right-hander so far. He hasn’t recorded an out in the seventh inning yet, and has allowed at least three earned runs in each start. Perhaps a matchup with the Marlins can help, though he has just a 3.91 ERA against them in 14 career starts.

Pitching for Miami is right-hander Tom Koehler (1-0, 3.00) who will be tasked with avoiding the sweep. Koehler has allowed eight earned runs in two starts (11.0 IP) in his career against the Nats.

The Nationals will travel to Atlanta to play the Braves tomorrow, so a series-closing win today would be nice. They enter the day 6-2 on the year.

Updates to come…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees, Wind 15 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
CF Nate McLouth
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Sandy Leon
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS
LF Christian Yelich
2B Derek Dietrich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Garrett Jones
3B Casey McGehee
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechevarria
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Tom Koehler

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

**Minutes before first pitch it was announced Basner and Reyburn would switch spots for today’s game**

4:14 p.m. — No runs for the Marlins in the first, though they did make it a little interesting. Yelich led off with a single to center field, picking up right where he left off last night. He then reached third after stealing second and moving over another base on an error by McLouth in center. McLouth couldn’t corral the ball thrown by Leon that reached the outfield. Strasburg got Yelich out on a Dietrich grounder, struck out Stanton, and then got Jones to fly out to deep center. Strasburg is at 10 pitches (8 strikes)

4:28 p.m. — The Nationals saw McLouth and Rendon get out quickly for the first two outs before both Werth and LaRoche reached on a walk and a single. Then, with Zimmerman up, he nearly loaded the bases on an infield grounder. The ball dribbled to the left of first base and Jones threw Zim out by just a foot or so. On to the second we go with Koehler at 24 pitches.

4:33 p.m. — The second inning was 1-2-3 for Strasburg, though McGehee was retired after smoking a line drive off what looked like Strasburg’s thigh. The training staff came out to check on him, but he waved them off. Strasburg is at an efficient 16 pitches after two.

4:40 p.m. — The Nats left another runner on base in the second after Desmond reached on an infield single with one out. Leon then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Koehler has thrown 34 pitches.

4:46 p.m. — The third inning was another good one for Strasburg who struck out both Mathis and Koehler before getting Yelich to ground out to Rendon. Strasburg is at 29 pitches.

4:59 p.m. — The Nationals broke through in the bottom of the third with a two-run bomb by Werth. Rendon walked with two outs and Werth then took a 3-0 pitch into the seats in front of the Red Porch in left-center field. That’s two homers in as many days for Werth and the ninth game in a row in which Rendon has reached safely. 2-0 Nats.

5:06 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Marlins against Strasburg in the top of the fourth. Stanton grounded out for the second out on perhaps the hardest hit grounder to a shortstop I’ve ever seen, but that was it. Strasburg is cruising, he’s through four at 41 pitches, and has retired 12 straight Marlins batters.

5:17 p.m. – The Nationals had a very good chance to add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth, but came away with nothing. Harper led off with a single to left field and moved to third on a hit-and-run groundball by Desmond. Leon and Strasburg then struck out looking to end the frame. Koehler is through four, but has thrown 77 pitches.

5:28 p.m. – Strasburg continued to baffle the Marlins’ lineup in the top of the fifth, as the only baserunner reached on a fielding error by Desmond. Strasburg got McGehee to groudn out, Ozuna to strike out swinging and Mathis to go down looking on a 95 mph fastball on the black. Hechevarria got on with two outs after Desmond booted his groundball into center field. Strasburg has thrown 60 pitches.

5:34 p.m. — Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the fifth, as McLouth, Rendon and Werth all went down quickly. McLouth flew out to left field, Rendon struck out looking and Werth grounded out to Hechevarria. Koehler is at 88 pitches after needing only 11 in that frame.

5:45 p.m. — Strasburg finally ran into minor trouble in the top of the sixth as Koehler reached on an infield single and Dietrich joined him after getting hit on the elbow with a pitch. That brought Stanton up who struck out looking on an inside fastball. Jones then whiffed to end the frame. Strasburg is at 78 pitches through six.

5:51 p.m. — The Nats’ lineup didn’t give Strasburg too much time to rest in the bottom of the sixth, as Koehler got three quick outs to end the inning. LaRoche struck out swinging, and Zimmerman and Harper grounded out.

6:05 p.m. — The Marlins finally struck Strasburg for a run on an Ozuna solo shot to left field. Mathis then walked, which prompted Williams to bring Jerry Blevins in for Strasburg. Blevins then got two quick outs to get out of the top of the seventh.

6:20 p.m. — The bottom of the inning saw a little bit of action for the Nats, but no runs. Danny Espinosa – who entered as part of a double switch involving Blevins, and the removal of Zimmerman – bunted safely down the third base line with two outs. He also stole second, but the frame ended on a Tyler Moore strikeout.

6:31 p.m. — After two strikeouts by Blevins, Williams brought Aaron Barrett in to face Stanton. Barrett struck him out swinging and the Nats will now send Rendon, Werth and LaRoche up in the bottom of the eighth.

7:01 p.m. — The Nats added five more runs in the bottom of the eighth in large part due to a Desmond grand slam. Rafael Soriano closed out the ninth to make it a 7-1 Nats win. Here is the instant analysis:

http://natsinsider.com/2014/04/10/instant-analysis-nats-7-marlins-1/

 

238 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Reposting from last thread re: Cedeño being here today:

    I just had a TERRIBLE thought.

    JZim is hurt, Det back to rotation, Cedeño to the pen.

    Please let that be very very wrong.

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Sorry for the panic attack…I do realize JZimm said he’s a-OK…it just flashed in my head…

      I’ll get back to sweeping now….hoping the job will be done by around 7 p.m.. tonight ;).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        I’m betting it’s TyMo back to AAA unless there’s something wrong with Blevins or Det.

        Tanner Roark becomes emergency bullpen arm if Stras doesn’t go deep.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      we need fresh arms considering that we got 7 innings from our starters for past two games.

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Look at you and Ghost making sense and talking me off the ledge. Phew!

  2. TimDz - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Bellino had the plate last night, didn’t he?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      That’s what Mark’s post for the game says. I thought I remembered it being Reyburn, but you don’t want to go believing anything I remember.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      just checked. you are right.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        I’m right that it was Reyburn, or I’m right that Mark posted Bellino?

      • Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        neither! :P
        that post was intended for TimDz who is right that Bellino was HP umpire yesterday. I checked box score.

  3. Hiram Hover - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    “Mixed bag” is charitable for Stras in these first 2 starts–not much good to go along with the bad, so far.

    I’m not one of those who thinks he’s a fragile head-case (just imagine what the game thread would have looked like last night if Stras had turned in that performance rather than JZim), but he needs to step up with a solid outing today.

    • bowdenball - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      You’ve pinpointed the problem- fans buying into the narrative instead of just looking at each player fairly. Zimmermann is a “bulldog” so when he has a disastrous outing it’s just a hiccup, the kind of thing that happens to everyone. Strasburg on the other hand is “fragile” despite numbers virtually identical to Zimm’s last year so when he as a bad outing he’s not being tough and he’s letting things get to him.

      Strasburg has generally looked fine in his first two outings. He’s had some truly awful luck, though- a .429 BABIP and a 48% strand rate (meaning all the hits and walks have been clustered and the bullpen has done him no favors). He’s also struggled with control a bit more than usual, but if he were to pitch the next 30 starts as he pitched the last two, the luck on balls in play and strand rates will even out and he’ll be just fine. his FIP and xFIP are both under 3.00.

  4. NatsLady - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    I was just reading up on Coco Crisp for my other job. Crisp did have a cortisone shot (wrist) and the article on it mentions that it usually takes a player three days to get back to action after a shot. So, if RZ had one, it must have been, maybe, Sunday or earlier. I know he lies ;) but that would be pretty poor if he said he “wasn’t going to have one” when he already did. So I conclude he didn’t.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      I believe very little of what he says and at this point just hoping Ryan is just honest with his Manager. Kind of surprised he’s not resting today.

      Gut feeling and based on Ray Knight’s comment he took more than Motrin.

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        He did have an odd little…smile?…on his face after the backhanded stop and long toss for the bang bang out…

        Coulda been a grimace, but really looked more like a suppressed smile.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Looked like a pained grimace to me, at the time. FWIW.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        What did Ray say, besides that Zim took anti-inflammatories (which I took to be something like Motrin, or Aleve, or whatever OTC he likes)? You certainly don’t take cortizone orally. Even injected, they have to hit the spot pretty accurately.

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        During or after? The shot I saw was a replay during the post game wrap up, and it was a few seconds after the throw as he walked back into position.

        In any case, it is what it is…I just hope he can keep himself productive and participate in what will hopefully be another very successful season without ruining himself.

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Sec 3, Ray specifically said cortisone…can’t recall for sure if he said “injected” or “shot of” or something more vague, but I think he suggested it was an injection.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        @Eric, that’s probably the same one I saw, the replay during the postgame.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        I take it back–apparently cortizone can be taken orally in some applications.

        The Sofa regrets the error.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        How is Cortisone Given?

        Cortisone can be taken by mouth or it can be injected. For many types of tendonitis and joint inflammation, an injection is much more effective and works more quickly. In addition, smaller doses are given with injection than are taken orally. This is because it puts the medicine directly where it is needed as opposed to diluting it in the bloodstream before it arrives at the source of the problem.
        What Conditions are Treated with Cortisone?

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        I actually knew that but left it alone ;).

        I *think* it’s mostly used orally for auto-immune disorders? Not sure.

      • NatsLady - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        I thought it was a smile.

        Ryan Zimmerman smiles after doubleplay

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    “@masnKolko: Tanner Roark – tomorrow’s scheduled starter – says he’s been told he might be needed in relief today. #Nats’ bullpen is stretched thin.”

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Well, Stammen is out, Detwiler is probably out, so there’s your basic long guys, if they need one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        I’d say Clip and Storen get the day off also.

      • jd - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Which leaves Blevins (who probably won’t go more than an inning) and Barrett and maybe Soriano. Hence Hernandez is here. I really hope we don’t need to change the pitching plans for the weekend. It’s much too early to have this crunch.

        JZIM threw 57 pitches yesterday so I’m guessing he won’t come back ahead of schedule.

      • Section 222 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Det only pitched an inning last night. Why wouldn’t he be available?

  6. nats106 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Well that’s not good. We’re only into game 3 of some 20 straight days of baseball. Maybe MLB should allow for call-ups to support that many games in a row like they do for double headers.

  7. adcwonk - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Wonk’s Thursday’s Thidbits

    Nats — still highest SRS (according to B-R) in all of MLB. For NL, 5th in team batting, 3rd in ERA, only team in NL without a WP. (Tied for 4th lowest batting K’s! — despite Harper tied for the NL lead in K’s). Tied for fewest errors.

    Rendon leads the team in assists — RZ is second. Espinosa, in 30 innings in the field, has more putouts than Harper (64 innings in the field). ?!?

    Slash line for McLouth: .000/.375/.000

    Royals hit their first HR of the year.

    Ervin Santana made his first MLB start of the season, and opened with throwing 20 straight strikes (gulp). His first pitch out of the strike zone didn’t come until the third inning. (In other scary news: might Heyward be breaking out of his slump? Similar to Harper last night, he had an 11-pitch at bat culminating in a HR (his fourth career leadoff HR), and added two singles — doubling his hit total for the year). (Andrelton Simmons — amazing throw: http://t.co/VT3iQlm9CV. SS goes to his right, throws from deep in the hole to get the runner. Yeah, we’ve all seen that before — but he threw it while still sitting down!)

    Tanaka’s 18 strikeouts are most by a player in his first two appearances with the Yankees. Uggh. But, hey, the O’s beat the Yanks again (have I mentioned how much I love writing that? But not as much as I like writing this: Yanks in last place in AL East (ok, only one game out of first, but, still . . . :-) )

    Twins come back from 4-1 deficit and score 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th. The A’s win, however, on (former Nats minor leaguer) Derek Noris’ 3 run HR in the 11th. The Twins catcher (who went 0-4 but is still batting .318) was our old friend Kurt Suzuki. (In other former Nats news — Mike Morse, he of the .215 BA last year, went 1-for-3 with his 2d HR of the season, which dropped his BA to .385)

    Billy Hamilton. He entered last night’s game at .091 with two hits and seven strikeouts in 22 at-bats. They say you can’t steal first base. Last night he opened up with a triple (it’s hard to steal home, too), then walked and had two singles. He stole two bases. He also scored by tagging up from third on a pop fly that cleared the infield by about 20-25 feet. This guy’s speed is *for real*. (There is a video of that at http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=340409124, but I can’t access it at work, and it doesn’t work on my iPhone. Is it any good?)

    Boston was down 2-1 in the 8th. Ortiz was facing Cotts, against whom he was 0-5 with 5 K’s. Good match up. Result? 3 run HR.

    Emelio Bonifacio went 2-5. Which caused his BA to drop to .500. He also leads the league with 5 SB’s.

    Paul Goldschmidt owns Tim Lincecum. Last night he hit a 3 run HR, and is now batting .542 (13-for-24) with seven homers and 17 RBIs all-time against Lincecum, including a two-run homer last week at Chase Field.

  8. David Proctor - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Hopefully Strasburg goes deep and the bullpen issues are moot.

  9. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Would love to see Stras find his groove the night after Harper may have found his.

    • adcwonk - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Hopefully Strasburg goes deep …

      Stras find his groove the night after Harper may have found …

      Sounds like y’all are hoping Strasburg can hit one out of here! ;-)

  10. jd - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    If Roark has to pitch today we’ll need a tarter on Saturday unless of course we go right back to JZimm.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Is that tartar sauce or starter sauce

      • adcwonk - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        I think you might have misread it. He didn’t say tartar, he said tarter. You know, like more tart than usual ;-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        That’s it!

  11. Section 222 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Catching up on this morning’s and yesterday’s threads and wanted to make two points. The bizarre thing about walking Rendon to load the bases for Werth was not loading the bases for WERTH, but LOADING THE BASES for Werth. They had Carlos Marmol on the mound, he of what seems like the most uncertain command in the majors. To put him in the position where a walk would mean a tie seemed crazy, no matter who was up or on deck.

    Did anyone notice any commentary on the stop signs that Rendon and Zim ran through? Both were told to hold up and both were safe at third. I wonder how MW felt about that.

    • jd - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Sec222,

      It wasn’t a crazy move. Marmol was in the ‘soup’ already and really the only way he gets out of it is if Werth hits a shot to someone and they turn 2 or at the very least they have a force at every base. Redmond was really caught between a rock and a hard place.

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      I didn’t hear anything about the missed/ignored stop signs…didn’t notice it at the time, either. I *did* notice on Zim’s double + third on the error that Zim was watching Stanton, not the third base coach, as he rounded second. He made the determination to go as soon as the ball popped out of Stanton’s hand. Seems possible he missed the sign.

      Not sure what happened with Rendon, but man was he flying!

    • David Proctor - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Holding Zim was the correct call and he did not run through it. He slowed up at second and then when Stanton booted the ball in RF, Zim took the extra base.

      • Section 222 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        DP were you at the game?

      • David Proctor - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        I was not. I believe whoever said Hensley put the stop sign up, but my point is that Zim stopped as he was told until Stanton booted the ball.

      • Section 222 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I don’t think you would be so categorical about what happened if you had been there and been able to see the stop sign. His arms were still up as Zim was running to third.

  12. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Saw much of the game last night but extended the DVR timing and went to bed in the top of the 8th (yawn – these replay games are going to wreak havoc on my sleep time). Read the “game results” email this a.m. before having coffee and saw 10-7. I was all – dang. Then I realized that the 10 was the Nats and was all – woooo! Watched the rest of the game this a.m. except for gap in the bracketed recordings that left out Span’s AB in the bottom of the 8th. Did, however, get to see the Werth GS AB. Well done, boys. Well done.

  13. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    fwiw, I’m *not* caught up on posts or comments.

  14. letswin3 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    The Joe Namath in me has surfaced to provide a guarantee that Strass will indeed go 7 1/3 innings this afternoon to save a taxed pen. He’s sick of all this prima donna chatter, and he’s gonna show us the real inner Strass. Or maybe not, but I can dream, can’t I?

    By the way, I propose a Standing Lobaton for a guy that seems to be calling good games and fielding those throws to tag out runners like a champ. Nice going, now get your bat in gear.

    • adcwonk - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      I like your dreams, lets!

  15. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Not sure where all the second-guessing of Miami’s decision to load the bases last night is coming from. There were runners on second and third, with one out. Miami was trying to protect a one-run lead. With anyone except a pitcher batting, there were multiple — I could at least five — ways that one run was going to score UNLESS you get an inning-ending double play. And the only way to get a double play was to load the bases. Isn’t that pretty much standard procedure in that situation?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      “I count at least five” (not ‘I could…’).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        I could see the pros and cons on it and have had the exact debate when it’s a tie game in a walkoff situation. This was not a tie game or a walkoff situation.

        Keep debating but prior to this game Marmol had 4 scoreless appearances.

    • adcwonk - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      I hear ya’. I’m with you. As Ghost pointed out (below) Marmol had pitched well this year. Further, Rendon is clearly the hottest hitter on the team, and had already gone 2-for-4.

      But I think you’re right: more than who was batting was that the only way to get out of the inning unscathed was a Rendon K (unlikely) or pop up, followed by getting Werth out. Or, a Rendon IBB and Werth HIDP.

    • David Proctor - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      My issue isn’t so much the idea of walking the bases loaded in theory. It’s that your pitcher is CARLOS MARMOL.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Again, Marmol had 4 scoreless appearances for the year prior to this game and was a groundball away from a Hold. Redmond didn’t consider the Nats own Marmol ;)

      • David Proctor - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        If Marmol had 4 scoreless appearances, that just tells me he’s due for a meltdown. I would never trust Marmol in a close game. Never.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        I call him Carlos HenRod Marmol but I keep hearing Marmol is great against other teams. Redmond’s first mistake was not yanking him at the first sign of wildness. I was feeling great with Rendon and even better with Werth.

        Marmol had zero idea where his pitch location would be. The Nats rattle his cage. Ownership!

    • NatsLady - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      You have to consider who is hitting and who is pitching. Werth has only hit into a doubleplay 61 times in his ENTIRE career. He knows how to take a walk. Marmol is wild.

      You need a slow runner on third (for a play at the plate) or a guy who pops up, or is VERY slow, is an impatient hitter, etc. etc. Bad move. KLaw thought so, FWIW, I put his tweets in my post.

      • tcostant - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Also Marmol like to throw the ball sear the dirt to get swing and misses. By loading the bases, he took that pitch away.

      • jd - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        NL,

        You make good points but I don’t think it was a horrible move. I don’t think he gets out of it with Rendon either.

        TCostant,

        How does he take away the pitch in the dirt by walking Rendon exactly? He already had the tying run on 3rd. I don’t understand your argument.

      • NatsLady - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Agree, he’s unlikely to get out of it with Rendon. Best chance is to play for a tie game. And hope Soriano gives it up, because Cishek is good.

        If you are going to walk Rendon, walk Werth and take your chances with Desi and LaRoche. You are more likely to get out of it with a tie game then. Unorthodox I know, but that may be the time you walk in the tying run.

      • tcostant - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Answer – because it’s a ball, not a strike and he knows Werth has a good eye.

      • NatsLady - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Hope that was semi-clear. Play for the tie, hope that Soriano gives it up in the top of the 9th (assuming MW follows the “conventional” wisdom of using your closer in a tie game at home.) Then let Cishek close the bottom of the 9th after Sori gives up the lead. Of course, MW could use Barrett, and then you are into extra innings…

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Marmol is a career 1-3 vs Nats with a 7.48 ERA in 22 games which is his highest ERA vs any team he has faced more than 3 times and the same for his WHIP of 2.077 vs Nats.

  17. David Proctor - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Jeez, the Marlins media is harsh on them. From the Miami newspaper:

    “WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital was most inhospitable for the Marlins a season ago. They went 1-9 at Nationals Park, were outscored 44-15, and were shut out on four occasions.

    The Marlins are in the Nationals’ division.

    But, in reality, they weren’t in their league.

    And maybe they’re still not.”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/10/4050417/washington-nationals-rally-beat.html#storylink=cpy

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Ouch.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      no sympathy here. it used to be around not so long ago.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        I meant to say ‘other way around’.

    • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Well, the first step is to admit you have a problem…

    • tcostant - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Now that was a great read – thx

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Marmol by the way didn’t create the Span bunt error as you hope you can lay it down for a hit and worst case a sacrifice and the bonus is when you boot the ball completely like Dietrick did.

    That opened up 1st base. Much credit to McLouth with the pressure he added as havoc man at 1st and to Span who might have known Dietrick isn’t a gold glove 3rd baseman.

    Much credit to Rick Schu as the Nats approach at the plate has been encouraging. A few hiccups and also stacking Rendon and Werth in the lineup is paying dividends. I think MW has discovered something there.

  19. davecydell - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    5-0 vs mets, marlins
    1-2 vs braves
    this weekend will tell a lot.
    pitching has been very good for the most part,
    but the nats have been winning with the long ball,
    very little sign of the running game.

    • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      very little sign of the running game.

      The running game isn’t just stolen bases. This team is noticeably more aggressive on the basepaths than last year. They make things happen, try to pressure the other team into making mistakes. Working pretty well against the Marlins.

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Can you show that in stats any where. Harper was super aggressive before Matty came to town.

        Span was not a good baserunner last year. McLouth is a good baserunner becuz he does his homework. Desmond is the teams most consistent baserunner.

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Yeah, I’m with Candide. The Nats have manufactured a number of runs, including three last night that would’ve been enough to win the game if you ignore JZim’s first two innings.

      They’ve come by way of effective situational hitting, aggression on balls in play, and some long ball.

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Er, the manufactured runs have NOT come by way of the long ball…got my crignals sossed there! ;).

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Nice job by Stras fielding his position!

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Stras coming inside on Stanton with his swingback fastball for strike 2 and the changeup in the dirt for K. That was nice.

  22. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Way to not get rattled, Stras!!!

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      PS – I don’t feel his problems getting rattled persisted beyond that Cubs game last year…that was just some evidence that he is indeed able to move beyond such things.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    McLouth made me nervous on that F8. That’s a can of corn for Span.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      I have no problem with giving DSpan a day off, but I thought that this was a questionable game to do it only because Span has been in a little bit of a slump but got 2 hits last night. I don’t ever like to cool a guy off that shows signs of heating up. I am sure Matt has his reasons though.
      And I agree with you regarding McLouth made that deep fly look “different” than Span would have.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        I would suggest McLouth plays back 15 feet. Easier to move in on balls than go back in CF here.

      • adcwonk - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        It’s the ole’ rest on a day game following a night game (which is right before the Atlanta series).

    • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      That could be less a rap on McLouth than an indication of how used we’ve gotten to seeing Span effortlessly get to everything. McLouth, you recall, was signed in part because he’s a good defensive outfielder.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Candice, you’re on point but I remember when Span 1st got here he played a little shallow and as it gets warmer the ball carried further then he was set for. Warm day today.

      • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Candice, you’re on point …

        Who’s she??? ;-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Whoops and told you the ball was carrying on a warm day!

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Yelich actually was in Low A ball at the same time Bryce was playing for Hagerstown and Yelich was the Marlin’s top prospect back then in A ball. The Nats don’t have any plan it appears right now on pitching Yelich. I suggest they come up with a plan as he has been a major pain so far.

  25. swang30 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    all that, and only 10 pitches

    • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Yelich ran into that out running on contact and not making sure it cleared the pitcher.

  26. nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    If Ryan in fact got some cortizone then give me a shot of that!

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      ???

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Bartender, give me a cortizone shot was a big deal way back in 2012. Just some nostalgia.

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Oh! My bad. I thought maybe he had a hard overhand throw in the Yelich run down or something.

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Was that dribbler smashed just past the mound? ;)

  27. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Stras needs to start all these guys off with change ups until they cool their jets a bit.

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Or not…! 16 pitches through two?! Awesome.

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Swing often is playing into Strasburgs strategy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Its “swing early, swing often”

  28. adcwonk - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    swing early and often — because he’s throwing only strikes. 20 strikes and 5 balls and 4 K’s as I write this

  29. Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Twenty-nine pitches through three innings. Methinks SS has a good shot at going 7+ today. Just give him a couple of runs, okay?

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      9.6666666666666666666666666666 pitches per inning through three. Fantastic. That pace will take him through 9!

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Strasburg goes in on Yelich there and jams him. That could be the strategy.

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Kohler going deep into counts and pitch count mounting.

  32. TimDz - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Didn’t SS hit a homerun off of Kohler last year or in 2012?

  33. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    YES!!!

    Werth’s wide awake baby!

  34. Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    There we go.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Werth gets a called ball on a pitch that was called a strike on RZim. Works the count to 3-0 and then goes ambush HR!

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      In the same exact spot as ball 3, no less.

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        At least I think it was ball 3…in any case, it was in the exact same spot as one of the three called balls, and actually was just barely in the zone.

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        You all are good!

      • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        I see see the ball big…when “watching” on GameDay ;)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Inconsistent strike zone on the edges.

  36. Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    LaRoche apparently has forgotten it’s April and he’s supposed to stink this month.

    • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Check Adam’s April stats. He has put together 5 good Aprils in his career and probably a few he would like to forget in his first few seasons and of course his 1st year in DC and of course last year were awful.

  37. jd - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Candide,

    In a contract year ALR seems to know when the season starts pretty well.

    • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      There seems to be something to Dollars and common cents of contract years.

  38. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    He’s the hairy, hairy gent, who ran amok in Kent
    Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair
    You better stay away from him
    He’ll rip your lungs out Jim
    Huh, I’d like to meet his tailor

    Aaahoo! Werewolves of London
    Aaahoo!
    Aaahoo! Werewolves of London
    Aaahoo!
    ———————————————-
    So last night a guy took a walk
    Then the Werewolf of Natstown ate some face

    Aaahoo! Werewolf of Natstown
    Aaahoo!
    Aaahoo! Werewolf of Natstown
    Aaahoo!
    ———————————————-
    Way to go Jayson Werth! Nothing like another helping!

  39. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    What happened to all of the Jayson Werth haters anyway?

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      ::: looks down in the basement at Philly :::

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      I wonder the same. Those people who called him Werth-less. My buddy decided to get a custom Werth jersey in 2011 and an usher with a straight face asked him why in the world would he rep Werth. I wonder if that usher thinks differently!

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Nice Bryce!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Bryce is lucky he was safe by a fingernail. If he wasn’t, watch out!

  41. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Wow…Harp!

  42. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    That’s the Bryce we all came to know and love!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Joe, would you be saying the same if he was tagged out? That was a high school move that rarely works.

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Of course not because its a low percentage play however if you do that you do it with 1 out only which Bryce did. Leon didnt do his job.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        I agree with that. Only time you get super aggressive going to 3rd is on 1 out.

  43. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Sandy has to put the ball in play there.

    • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      See my 5:19 comment. Exactly.

  44. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    He did hs plays his whole rookie season and got away with a bunch of them.( and as for today if he’d been tagged out? Of course not! I would’ve said whadda a dumb ass!).

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Exactly and exactly. I’m just checking. If he was safe by a step I would have liked it. He was in there by a fingernail.

      • jd - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Ghost,

        I think it’s a reasonable gamble at the bottom of our order which doesn’t look likely to get any hits but you figure they would be able to get a runner in from 3rd with 1 out (you would be wrong of course).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        I don’t want my pitcher leading off the next inning which is what you would have had if Bryce was out.

  45. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Uh oh IF error for Stras, here comes a HR

    • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Do we really need that every time theres a botched play behind Strasburg.

      • Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Lighten up :). Nice pitch on strike 3

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Or, K! Solid!

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Bullfeathers

  46. manassasnatsfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Strasburg must bring put the errors in our fielders. Seems we make more when he pitches than anyone else.

    • natsjackinfl - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Naaa…The Nats play their worst defense fo Taylor Jordan. He just doesn’t make a big deal out of it.

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Absolutely true. Our infield was like swiss cheese for TaylorJ last year. Errors are one thing, our infielders didn’t have the range needed to get to balls they should have handled in some of his starts. There were games our 1st baseman looked like his legs were encased in concrete.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        Nats128, are you copy and pasting my prior remarks. I remember sure doubleplays that were botched and those aren’t scored as errors because you can’t assume a doubleplay.

        There’s a reason the Nats corner infield had the worst UZR in the Majors last year. As I have noted, LaRoche has been playing much better to his leftside this season.

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Ghost, I hope you feel flattered. Yes, its part of learning and watching and learning.

  47. nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Not what you want here with 2 on in front of Stanton.

  48. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Talk about leaning over the plate to get hit..

  49. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Way to go Stras!

  50. nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Biggest pitches of the game on the K of Stanton.

  51. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Poor weak,helpless, terrible Strasburg.

    • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      You better put a *sarcasm* next to that

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Didn’t think it necessary. (I have always supported Strasburg.)

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        I know that. Other people might not.

  52. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    78 pitches through 6? Awesome!!

  53. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Well that was brief

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Great job Stras!

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Personally I would have left Stras in there and give Blevins a clean inning for the 8th.

    • Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Likewise

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        You start the 8th with Blevins for the 1st 2 batters and then Barrett just for Stanton.

      • nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        The good news is Redmond just wasted his best pinch hitter. Bonus!

  56. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Worked out so far. I think Jerry will start the 8thAlso.

  57. exposedindc - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    No way Davey makes that double switch ….. No way

  58. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Leon is turrible

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      He’s a backup catcher. Most are horrible hitters and you count on them for good defense. I’m just disappointed that with Bryce on 3rd with 1 out he needed just contact and couldn’t do that. That run was greatly needed.

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Espinosa with an ambush bunt! That was a thing of beauty!

  60. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Oops, I didn’t realize that Blevins was due up.Had to PH for him

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      No, he’s still in. He was double switched for RZim.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Thanks

  61. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Ok Tyler, do your thing!

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Not THAT thing, Tyler.

  62. davecydell - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    espi in the way of werth again

  63. nats128 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Apr 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM
    You start the 8th with Blevins for the 1st 2 batters and then Barrett just for Stanton.”

    Are you psychic or just have a phone line to Matt Williams.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Nibble. I wouldn’t care if he walks him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      And BTW, thanks. Just how I would have played it.

  64. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Werth looked shook up. He had a chance on making that catch.

    Barrett vs. Stanton. Wowsa,! YOWSA! Should be interesting!

    • davecydell - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      just time before werth punches espi out.

  65. veejh - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Just get Stras the win.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Bounce a pitch Barrett. Get him to chase! Discretion is the better part of valor.

  67. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    You see Aaron Barrett shaking Leon off?

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    I don’t think Barrett knows what he just did. I like the result but that was playing with fire. Good job Rook!

  69. veejh - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Round 1 goes to Barrett. Love it.

  70. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    The killer B’s with 3 Ks!!!

  71. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    YOWSA!

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Harper just told Barrett who he K’d. The most feared hitter in the NL.

  73. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    9 game hit streak!

  74. veejh - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Rendon is an animal at the plate.

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Rendonculous!

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Play this for 1 run here.Get Rendon over.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Henley getting real conservative.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        I would have sent him and that would have probably been the wrong move… Given no outs…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Ozuna has a cannon. Smart move with no outs.

      • letswin3 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        I’m inclined to disagree, guys. Rendon was around third when the ball was still in his glove, and Henley held him ….very low risk in my mind. Henley is going to have to make up his mind why he’s gonna be conservative with a guy that can run (Rendon) and a fool with a guy that can’t (LaRoche). Besides, that would have been a huge run at the time.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        letswin3, why don’t you tell Matt Williams that his 3rd base coach screwed up. Marcell Ozuna had 8 outfield assists last year in just 157 chances and led the NL in outfield doubleplays. That’s right, he played in only 69 games and led all outfielders in doubleplays.

        Ozuna has a gun. #1 rated CF arm in the NL.

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Gosh… Mr Blevins and Mr Barret did their things… And that guy Anthony is kinda good… :-)

  78. paul brandt - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    don’t think i can handle Soriano in the 9th…please leave in Barrett.

    • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      If ALR hits a dinger, you won’t have to handle Soriano…

    • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Feeling better now? :-D

  79. Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Anyone care to bet that Rendon someday flirts with a 56-game hitting streak?

  80. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Don’t know about anyone else, but I’m pleased the Nats drafted Anthony Rendon.

  81. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Aargh! Rendon should’ve scored on that play.

    • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      With no outs?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        I agree with you Candide. Ozuna has a cannon.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        That’ ball ball was plenty deep enough, Rendon got a good jump. That wasn’t ALR running.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Why would you force it with LaRoche, a pinch hitter and then Bryce Harper as the next 3. If it doesn’t work its on poor execution.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Joe probably already forgot about the Bryce Harper lazer to BJ Upton whose arm isn’t equivalent to Ozuna. Maybe Desi will hit a Grand Slam ;)_

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I agree FP. Time to send Werth.

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Here’s the ballgame right here with Bryce.

  84. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Well, I was wrong as Rendon scores anyway.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      I think we got this.

      • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        So I can relax now?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Joe, mistakes made Friday. Not to be repeated. No outs with a runner on 3rd with the heart of the lineup up is what you want.

      Different situation and a different approach. Good job by Henley.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Ok, I said that I was wrong (below), and I am wrong from proper strategy perspective and you all are right. I saw the difference from last week as Anthony looked like he was already around third while the ball was just being picked up in CF and Rendon has the wheels. I didn’t see it the same as last week, but the proper call was made.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        That was an earlier post. I wasn’t beating the dead horse. If Rendon was the #5 or #6 batter in that situation I think you send him.

  85. Danny - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    That’ll do pig.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Laddie Blah Blah predicted this from Desmond today! Good job LBB!

    I think Barrett can stay in to finish this one up.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      He was pinch-hit for, no?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        yes they did.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        My Barrett comment was for LBB thinking Barrett will be a star and not sent down to AAA.

  87. Eric - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!!

    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO;!!!!!

  88. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Well that was nice.

  89. veejh - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Grand slam central!

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Wow…. Just awesome… 2nd time Redmond left a pitcher in too long… Thanks…

  91. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Ghost has been on the money today.

    • Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      +1

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Thanks. It’s easy with Matt Williams. He has done every move exactly right and you can see it as nobody can criticize a move yet except the crazy lineup and there is a method to his jiggling. He knew Henley screwed up Friday but had his back to the Press. You won’t see that mistake again.

      Davey would never have double switched out Ryan Zimmerman except extreme circumstances. Matty sees a dual opportunity to do it and strengthen his defense.

  92. RPrecupjr - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I think this Desmond kid just might be alright ;)

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      His agent thinks so, too.

  93. Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Has anyone said LEGION OF BOOM!!! yet?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      I only say it when we come back but feel free to say it!

  94. Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Remember the bad old days of 2013 when the Nats would get a 2-1 lead in the third inning and sit on it?

    And we were all sitting here screaming (okay, typing angrily), “You guys need to add runs!!!! Add-on runs!!! You got your foot on their throats!!! Bury them!!!”

    Seems like a distant memory…

  95. Candide - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Woo-HOOOOO!!! (copyright 2014 MicheleS, all rights reserved, void where prohibited)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      +1 what a pitching performance from top to bottom.

  96. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Now Soriano goes 3 up and 3 down.

  97. veejh - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    SSSSsaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppp

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NL EAST STANDINGS

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x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
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x-Clinched NL East title
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x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
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