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Game 10: Nats at Braves

Apr 11, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where tonight the Nationals (owners of a best-in-baseball 7-2 record) open a big, three-game series with the Braves (who after losing two of three to the Mets sit at 5-4 overall). As has been noted, the Nats found themselves with the exact same record one year ago, facing the Braves in D.C., where they promptly were swept and never fully recovered.

Matt Williams could have saved Stephen Strasburg for tonight’s series opener but decided to keep his ace on normal rest and pitch yesterday against the Marlins. Obviously, that worked out just fine, but it means the less-experienced Tanner Roark gets the ball tonight against Atlanta ace Julio Teheran.

It appears Williams has begun to settle on something of a regular starting lineup, at least against right-handers. It includes Anthony Rendon batting second, Bryce Harper batting sixth and Ian Desmond batting seventh. We’ll see how that alignment performs tonight against the tough Teheran.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where:
Turner Field
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 188, MLB.com
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to CF

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

BRAVES
RF Jason Heyward
CF B.J. Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
3B Chris Johnson
LF Justin Upton
2B Dan Uggla
C Evan Gattis
SS Ramiro Pena
RHP Julio Teheran

UMPIRES
HP Adrian Johnson
1B Larry Vanover (cc)
2B Angel Hernandez
3B Paul Nauert

6:45 p.m. — Couple of pregame notes before this gets started. First up, Doug Fister threw 35 pitches off a bullpen mound and reported no problems with his elbow or lat. Here’s my full update on him. Meanwhile, I asked Matt Williams about his decision to double-switch Ryan Zimmerman out of yesterday’s game, with the Nats holding a slim lead late, and whether that’s something he’s going to have to consider doing on a regular basis. Williams insisted it was entirely based on the fact his bullpen was taxed and he might have needed Jerry Blevins to pitch multiple innings. It wasn’t about improving his infield defense with a late lead. Nor will it be if it happens again. “I wouldn’t want to ever take him out of a game,” Williams said. “He’s too powerful and too good a player to do that. But yesterday we had no choice. Because we just didn’t have anybody else to go out for the following inning. I mean, we could’ve, but we didn’t want to. And the matchups that were coming up were good for Blev, so we thought that would be the spot to do it. But to be perfectly clear, I don’t want to take him out of a game.”

7:38 p.m. — And we’re underway on a gorgeous Friday night in Atlanta. Julio Teheran delivers strike one to Denard Span.

7:42 p.m. — And Teheran is through the top of the first on a mere seven pitches (six strikes). Span, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth all flied out. You wonder if they were just overaggressive there, or if the gameplan was to try and ambush Teheran early in the count. Either way, it didn’t work.

7:51 p.m. — A tough error called on Ian Desmond in the bottom of the first. Desmond had to go to his left to try and snatch up B.J. Upton’s hot smash, then would’ve had to make a great throw from deep in the hole at short. Fortunately, that E6 didn’t prove costly, because Jose Lobaton threw out Upton trying to steal second, with Desmond applying the high tag just before Upton slid in. Tanner Roark plunked Freddie Freeman with a 3-2 pitch but got out of the inning unscathed, having thrown 13 pitches. Scoreless after one.

7:58 p.m. — It appears the Nats absolutely came in with the plan of going right after first-pitch fastballs from Teheran. Their first five hitters tonight saw a total of nine pitches, with Rendon, LaRoche and Zimmerman all putting the first pitch they saw into play. They did have a potential rally going, with two on and one out, but Desmond tapped a comebacker, which turned into an easy 1-4-3 double play when Desmond didn’t run out of the box immediately. He came back to argue with Adrian Johnson, perhaps thinking there was catcher’s interference? Replays showed it wasn’t even close, though, so not sure what Ian was thinking. Regardless, it’s still a scoreless game here in the second.

8:15 p.m. — Yikes. Terrible bottom of the second for Roark. He gave up a couple of singles, plunked his second batter of the night, then grooved a 91-mph fastball to Ramiro Pena, who sent it flying into the right field bleachers for a 3-run homer. The Nats trail 4-0 all of a sudden and Roark is having all kinds of trouble keeping the ball down in the zone (or off opponents’ hips) and has seen his pitch count skyrocket to 43.

8:33 p.m. — Man, oh, man, Roark’s command is waaaayyy off tonight. He plunked three of the first 14 batters he faced, including Justin Upton in the bottom of the third. That came moments after Chris Johnson roped a double off the wall in left, and preceded Roark falling behind 3-0 to Dan Uggla. Somehow he got out of the mess when Zimmerman made a nifty backhand scoop of Uggla’s grounder down the line, stepped on third and then threw sidearm to first (with LaRoche making a nice scoop) to complete an inning-ending double play. Still 4-0 Braves after three, but honestly it could be much worse.

8:50 p.m. — The good news: The Nats have been hitting Teheran hard all night, and those hits started falling in during the top of the fourth. LaRoche drew yet another walk and now sports a .500 OBP (20-for-40) on the season. The downside to LaRoche getting on base so much, though, is that he then has to run the bases so much. His station-to-station jaunts aren’t helping much. He did score on Desmond’s RBI single to left, but a Lobaton strikeout with the bases loaded really killed a potential rally. Roark grounded out to end the inning and stand three teammates on base. So it’s 4-1 Braves as we go to the bottom of the fourth.

9:12 p.m. — Best way to avoid those station-to-station situations? Just hit the ball out of the park. And get some help from Uggla, whose horrible throw on LaRoche’s routine grounder to second allowed the top of the fifth to continue and brought Zimmerman to the plate with two on and two out. He got ahead 3-0, took a strike, then swung through a fastball, setting up a 3-2 showdown. Which he won, big-time. Zim crushed Teheran’s full-count fastball deep to left, a three-run homer that tied this game 4-4. Yes, they benefited from Uggla’s ghastly error. But they took advantage of the situation, which is what good teams do. Whole new ballgame now.

9:42 p.m. — Well, the Legend of Aaron Barrett has finally hit its first bump in the road. Brought in to face Johnson with two outs and the go-ahead runner on second, Barrett battled through a 10-pitch at-bat before surrendering an RBI single. That’s the first hit he has allowed to 14 big-league batters faced in his career. The inning ended on another close play at second base, with Fredi Gonzalez jogging out there to talk with Angel Hernandez while waiting for the challenge/no-challenge signal from the Braves dugout. Actually, Fredi wasn’t even talking to Angel. They just both stood there waiting for the signal. And after a minute delay, there was no challenge anyway. This is my problem with the new replay system. It encourages wasting time without ever actually challenging the call. Anyways, Braves back on top 5-4.

9:50 p.m. — And the Nats storm right back to tie the game again. Lobaton doubles into the left field corner, then Kevin Frandsen delivers his first pinch-hit RBI with the Nationals, emphatically clapping his hands together after singling in Lobaton to make this a 5-5 game.

10:10 p.m. — Good lord, we’ve seen it all in this game. Including LaRoche trying to score — FROM SECOND BASE — on a wild pitch. He was called out on a close play at the plate, and Matt Williams decided to challenge the call. Replays were clear: He was indeed out. Wasted challenge by the Nats, and so it remains 5-5 at the stretch.

10:18 p.m. — Nice job by Ross Detwiler to calm things down here. Two scoreless innings of relief, keeping this a tie game heading tot he eighth.

10:32 p.m. — It just keeps getting weirder. Harper bunts for a single. He’s prevented from going first-to-third when Nate McLouth’s rocket up the middle strikes Angel Hernandez. Harper then scores on Span’s two-out single to center, but Span then runs into Uggla and goes down in a heap. After all that, it’s 6-5 Nats. Real boring game tonight, huh?

10:43 p.m. — And this game is tied again. Justin Upton takes Tyler Clippard (who has had a rough two weeks to start the season) deep to center. It’s 6-6, heading to the ninth.

10:53 p.m. — Craig Kimbrel. Mercy. He strikes out Werth, LaRoche and Zimmerman in the top of the ninth. Now it’s Drew Storen in the bottom of the ninth.

11:02 p.m. — And now Storen does his best Kimbrel impersonation. Struck out the side himself. Anybody up for extra innings?

11:15 p.m. — The Nats had a chance in the top of the 10th against Luis Avilan, with Danny Espinosa pinch-hitting and Desmond on second base. That’s a good matchup for Espinosa, batting right-handed, and the Braves realized it, intentionally walking him and going after Span instead. Denard battled impressively, fouling three two-strike pitches off, but he grounded out to end the inning. So it’s now Jerry Blevins for the bottom of the 10th in a 6-6 game.

11:28 p.m. — Nats lose. Jordan Schafer attempted to steal second, and in doing so moved Anthon Rendon out of position, leaving him unable to get to Justin Upton’s bloop single. Tough way for this to end. 7-6 final in 10.

235 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    No pitcher in the posted lineup?

    That’s OK, our Nats don’t need one!

    Just have ARen and ALR take turns tossing the ball into the Braves’ batters from 2B and 1B respectively

  2. nats106 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Maybe BJ Upton would be able to get a good bunt down then.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I like this lineup. Until further notice, of course.How about an over/under for how many K’s the Uptons will have between them? I say 5 between them.Not impressed that they beat up on the Mets pitchers.

  4. Danny - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Justin Upton is a very streaky hitter. Hit 2 bombs last night, tread lightly.

  5. natsfan1a - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    It will be replay for me what with an evening appointment and the later start time. On the plus side, I can fast-forward through any of those #&@*$ chants that might occur.

    • Candide - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      It will be replay for me what with an evening appointment and the later start time.

      Ditto for us; Cunegonde and I will be at the opera. I’ll be checking in at intermissions.

  6. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Teheran has good outings against us for last five times, right? this will be a tough match-up. I hope we come out ahead.

    • jd - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Teheran is a very good pitcher. Not just against us.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Barrett was mentioned in an FG article as surprising rookie relief performer.

  8. NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    A little pre-game reading material. None of our guys are on this list, despite a lot of discussion a while back about Stras’ delivery.

    http://outsidepitchmlb.com/2014/04/11/three-pitchers-whose-deliveries-put-them-at-risk-for-serious-injury/

    • Danny - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Another Brave at 1, oh boy.

  9. jstodalk - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I dunno….I understand the concept of having Span bat lead-off, does it make really make any sense for a light hitting fellow like him to get more at bats every game than Bryce Harper.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Check out how good Span is against Teheran. Tonight it makes sense for sure but was also the perfect night to put Harp back in the 2.

  10. jd - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Ghost,

    I don’t think MW wants to go LL at the top of the order and then RRR from 5 to 7. Atlanta especially likes to use LOOGY ROOGY tactics.

    Generally speaking I agree with jstodalk that someone with a better OBP should hit leadoff (Rendon?) moving Span to 7 or 8 when Ramos returns.

    I think everyone thought that Span was in the old fashioned base stealing mold like Lou Brock etc, he’s not. He’s not a base thief and he’s not really all that fast. I am not taking anything away from him, I think he’s in the top 3 defensive center fielders in baseball and he’s a decent enough hitter. Just not who we thought he was.

    • David Proctor - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Span is fast, but he’s not a good base stealer. They’re really not the same thing. You see Span’s speed better in the outfield and he led the NL in triples last year for a reason. I think he just has trouble reading pitchers.

      Oh well.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        what kind of year he has to have for you to recommend nats picking up his option next year?

      • jd - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        I think it depends on the developments of Goodwin and Taylor. So far it looks like neither will be ready for next year and I think Span’s option is fairly reasonable so in conclusion unless something changes dramatically I think they will exercise his option.

      • jd - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        David,

        I don’t know. I saw Span running the bases on other player’s hits and I don’t buy that he has top speed. I am not sure he is faster than Desmond, Espi or Harper. I think he looks fast in the outfield because he gets such great reads and jumps.

      • NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Denard’s option is for $9M with a $500K buyout. Given that the Mets signed Chris Young for $7.5M, Span would have to be PRETTY bad in 2014 for Rizzo not to pick up that option.

      • lplipty - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Span has good topend speed, but he is not quick or does not accelerate fast

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      jd, I thought he did Span then Harp in 1 of the Braves games last weekend.

  11. NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Our Chris Young is getting the start on Sunday. Meanwhile,

    Chris Young is getting the nod for Sunday’s game, this will be his first start of the season after making an appearance in relief in Oakland last week. He was good for the two innings he pitched and can hopefully keep that ball rolling.

    Randy Wolf is looking at a minor-league deal….You wonder if that 45-day waiver was really all that bad.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10767999/arizona-diamondbacks-give-veteran-pitcher-randy-wolf-minor-league-deal

    I pretty much thought the M’s were doing a bait and switch on Wolf, but maybe they knew he’s just not that good.

  12. ehay2k - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Watching them play, I beleive that the Nats winning this series would do more to hurt the Barves than it will to help the Nats – they are already playing with swagger.

    Still, these Nats are wearing me out – the last two games have been great, but taxing. I needed them to go on a road trip!

    Last night, was sitting with fellow NI-er DHamm, and we were laughing that Archimedes would give us a Eureka moment if he threw fastballs to Desi. After the first fastball, on the first pitch
    (!!! does no one read the scouting reports?) we both said he got lucky and would pay dearly if he tried it again. Two pitches later, Eureka!

    GYFNG!!!

    Side note – if you like kielbasa, the Drewno at the new G Sandwich at Nats Park is worth a try, IMO.

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Aight… Lets do this…. Go Nats!!!!

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Good job Lobaton…

  15. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Lobaton nice throw picks up Desi.

  16. NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I don’t know why they are booing. Roark didn’t hit him on purpose.

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      They are Barves fans, they haven’t a clue as to how to watch a game much less how the game should be played.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Stanton throws out a Phoolie at home. José Fenrnadez already has given up 2 runs.

  18. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Caught stealing of BJ? Better then a K! The Lobaton !

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Come in Desi… Hit a double and bring som runners home…

  20. exposedindc - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Even little leaguers know….run til they tag you

  21. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    6 batters 2 hit. I carpenter acting like he didn’t hear it. I thought I heard it.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Come on Roar straighten up.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Well I’ll be damned…

  24. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    He pitches better with no warning I guess. Has to save the bullpen now.

  25. unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    C’mon, Kid… Get some outs, here…

    • unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      That’s better

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Wonder if the changing of the rotation has something to do with Roark’s performance…

  27. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Just getting a chance to read the posts and skim through the comments from earlier today. I’m a little disappointed that MW won’t be switching out Zim for defense late in the game. That’s really too bad. Zim’s throwing errors are bad whenever they occur, but when they happen in the late innings of a one run game they are crushing. And we know they will happen.

    Not to be a total downer, and I’m as pleased as anyone about Barrett’s emergence in the bullpen, but some of the comments this morning sounded strangely familiar. I felt like we’d been through this before with another reliever coming out of nowhere, seeming dominant in his first appearances, and being touted as possibly our future closer. Who was I thinking of? Oh yeah, the guy who in his first 9 appearances (9.2 IP), gave up 3 hits, no runs, 1 BB, 12 Ks, an ERA of .000 and a WHIP of .043. That guy was really good. Who was that?

    If you guessed Ian Krol, you’d be right.

    I guess Roark is human too. Ouch.

    • David Proctor - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I hear the Krol comparison’s and I think the Barrett hype train should probably slow down, but I don’t think they’re necessarily the same. Krol was always fastball and had no command of his offspeed stuff. I thought Krol had a good future (and he very well may), but I think Barrett is better setup for long-term success because he throws mid-90s AND has the wipeout slider.

      But, like you said, we should probably relax some about Barrett.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Guys quit hitting fly balls. Line drives are what needed.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Oh boy…

  30. NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Nice DP, Ryan.

  31. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Come on! There is a lot of ball still to be played. Luck just crossed over to our side of the field..

  32. unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Hey… He’s gone deeper than JZ did, the other night….. Start it off here, JW!!!

  33. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Well would ya look at that. Zim single-handedly gets us out of a jam against the Braves… And just as I was having visions of Haren’s first start.

    That’s new…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Haren was 15-0, Reds?

      • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Yeah… I know, I’m being ridiculous. ;)

  34. knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Way to go Desi!

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Nice and easy after that home run hack… Nicely done!

  35. unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    (….the lobaton…)

  36. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Station to station works until someone quits hitting.

  37. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    To quote Confucius:

    “To move a mountain, you begin by carrying away small stones.”

  38. Danny - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Boom..The Z man!

  39. NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    TIE GAME. O, ye of little hope.

  40. unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    FACE!!!

  41. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Told you luck had crossed over to our side of the field. The Uggla/Freeman screw up was HUGE!

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      After Zim’s solo, inning-saving, DP*

      *now with sidearm!

  42. Drew - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    You’ve gotta have heart.
    Lots and lots and lots of heart.

  43. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I love how Turner Field still cheers when Harper gets out immediately after losing a three run lead.

    Dbags.

    • paul brandt - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      think it was directed at Uggla

      • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        Oh! Bronx cheer, good call

  44. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I detest lead off walks.

  45. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Ok, what was that about knowing how to lose FP? I hope that concept is banished from the Nats lexicon. MW knows this team has the wherewithal to come back. And so do we.

  46. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Play of the year!

  47. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I fear Rendon was pulled off the bag. No neighborhood play there.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    That was AMAZING!!!!!

  49. unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Some fine defense, didn’t on the hot corner….. Just saying….

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      ?

  50. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Fantastic plays by Zim and Rendon.

  51. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    OMG. I’m all ferklempt. That was outrageous!!!!!!!!!

    Zim is right in the soup tonight!!!

  52. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    This is why the Nats have got to keep Ryan Zimmerman in the line-up.

  53. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    ferklempt?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      I think it’s a Seinfeld reference.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Sorry, just checked: SNL.

      • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        No, just a Yiddish word

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Yeah, also spelled verklempt.

      “Verklempt is a Yiddish word that means “overcome with emotion.” Pronounced “fer-klempt,” people use it when they are so emotional that they’re on the verge of tears or at a loss for words due to their emotional state.”

      • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Right. But popularized — if that’s the right word — by repeated uses in an SNL skit.

  54. unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Roark has Grit…. But we already knew that…

  55. Danny - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Freddie Freeman ughhhh

  56. smargenau - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Zim sidearm may change his future at 3rd – if he controls throws he may be ok

  57. smargenau - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Test

  58. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Good throw gets him. Darn!

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Agree Deuces

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Good at bat by Johnson….

  60. realdealnats - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Wow epic battle between Barrett and Johnson.

  61. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    They appear to be seeing the slider…

  62. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Krol, I mean Barrett , might be human after all…damn.

  63. knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Hate that freaking chop!

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Uuuuuuugh

  64. realdealnats - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    That broken bat DP is the most striking DP I’ve ever seen. Really scary. I might be imagining things but the look in Zim’s eyes as they reviewed the play told the story of a man whose life just passed before his eyes.

  65. realdealnats - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Yeah we’ll see what Barrett is made of. I think he’s tough and will get us and himself out of this inning w/o another run.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Barrett just couldn’t put Johnson away.

    But then Werth pulled a Harper and allowed the batter to make it to second on a throw home that had no chance of getting Freeman. However Barrett follow up walk made that moot point.

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      The way I saw it, if Werth’s throw had been on target, it beats the runner. Have to try to throw the guy out there, in a tie game.

      • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Agreed

  67. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Why doesn’t MASN show us the replays while we wait. Quit complaining about instant replay and just let us see whether the call was right. Sheesh.

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Agreed

    • Steady Eddie - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      I assume the Nats have to use the Atlanta video feed and they obviously weren’t giving it.

      • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Oh good point. That could be. But let me take the opportunity to complain that they aren’t showing the replays at Nats Park like they’re supposed to. What’s up with that?

  68. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    This replay system needs tweaking.

    How would take care of it? You come out you have to appeal. Come out an not appeal eject the manager.

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Why do you say that? Just to save a minute of waiting? Come on. I want them to get the calls right. That’s the whole point of the replay system. Why make it a matter of what the manager can see from the dugout?

      • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        I’m willing to give them a minute (i.e., one minute from the end of the play to make an appeal, otherwise original call stands).

      • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Why is everyone so impatient. This is baseball. There’s all kinds of delays. Let them work out the kinks in the system for at least a season. And again, would you want MW to have to make that decision in a minute if the video in the visiting clubhouse isn’t coming through quickly enough? Chill out people. This is a huge improvement. How many times have we bitched and moaned about a bad call that went against the Nats? I’m thrilled that we won’t lose a game because of a BS call by Angel or Marvin or Adrian or Joe.

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      And by the way, would you and FP/Bob make the same complaint about the delay if MW was out there stalling for time?

      Didn’t think so.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        I would. If they would do it quicker, I have no problem. 35 seconds is enough time.

        They make many more mistakes on balls and strikes .

        Also over calling the Upton lack of hustle was rediculous.

        I prefer the way NCAA football does it. That is efficient.

      • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        I look forward to reading your comment when MW waits until he gets a thumbs up and gets a call overturned. I doubt you’ll get much support. If you’re going to have a replay system, there’s no point in reducing it’s effectiveness with arbitrary time deadlines.

        What’s your point about Upton lack of hustle?

  69. unkyd59 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Getting a lot of calls, for a visiting team….

  70. NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    José Fernández gave up 6 earned in four innings.

  71. realdealnats - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Looking for Upton to pick himself up off the ground and raise his arms in the air.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Lobiton? 2 at bats with no one on hits. Bases loaded he has a k. Arggggg.

    Braves should appealed. Looked safe to me last inning.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Fransen a hell of lot better than Stairs , Tracy, Hairston.

  74. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Well done, Mr. Frandsen, well done.

  75. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Fransen and the Lobaton come through!

    Span is in a funk.

  76. Steady Eddie - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Amazing statistic they gave that Frandzen was two for three against Teheran coming into this at-bat. And he did a great job of lowball hitting – that was nowhere near the strike zone.

  77. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Nice play by ALR.

  78. David Proctor - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    ALR deserves a raise after his work at 1B today. A number of crazy hops he picked and just saved Zim from a wild throw right there.

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Several excellent digs. He’s saving our bacon tonight.

  79. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Is it legal to take your foot off the rubber before you throw the pitch? What a bizarre delivery.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      No, but for some reason he is allowed to get away with it because it’s his “natural motion” according to FP

      • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Nothing natural about that motion!

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Look at Mr April…

  81. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    The third base coach is killing us.

  82. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Start the timer MNF.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Took him about 35 seconds.

      But again tag was late. So what is the point of the replay? Get the play right. If isn’t going to correct the play then it is pointless.

      It is my problem with the NFL. IT doesn’t correct enough plays. It let’s bad calls stand.

      • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Oh baloney. I seriously doubt you could see that well enough to make that call with absolute certainty. I sure couldn’t with all the dust kicked up. I’m going to trust the MLB guys on this way more than fans with an axe to grind. Sure, they’ll get them wrong now and then, but they’ll get alot of them right. And the game will be better for it. Remember that play in the game against the Yankees two seasons ago when Tyler Moore was obviously safe at home? That just shouldn’t happen. Now it won’t.

  83. David Proctor - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    That’s not a bad gamble to take, imo. The chances of Gattis making that play are so small. I’m much more okay with that then the boneheaded send home of LaRoche in the first game.

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      That’s a very low bar!

      • David Proctor - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        To me, if it takes an absolutely incredible play to get you, it’s a good gamble to take. 9/10 times, Gattis (or any catcher) is going to throw that ball away. And like FP and Bob alluded, if he throws it away, Zimmerman probably scores too. Bad luck that Gattis made the play, but that’s a good gamble. In my opinion, at least.

      • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        I got your point the first time, and it’s a good one. Like I said, I wasn’t sure it was a good send, but you’ve convinced me.

        Remember the way Christian Guzman used to slide into home? He went way to the right and swiped the plate with his left hand. ALR needs to learn that. And it’s a good away to avoid the swipe tag in general since catchers have to set up in fair territory under the new rules.

  84. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    With Bryce at the plate, not sure that send was a good idea. Oh well. The way things are going, we’ll get to Carpenter or Kimbrel. No problem. :-)

  85. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    I don’t think the standard is “beyond a shadow of a doubt,” but we take your point FP.

  86. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Still tied, Harp starts fresh next inning.

    I think it was with the effort… So close, and required a *perfect* throw to get him in time.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      It was a good call because he was safe.

  87. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Det? No excuse for that walk.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    He tagged on the leg the leg was across the plate. How could be seen any way but safe

    Back to the point why was he going. He is slow.

  89. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Zimmerman….MAN! Go f’ing figure.

  90. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Anybody ready to take back anything that they have said about Ryan Zimmerman?

  91. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    It very well could be that when Henley had to decide what to do, Gattis hadn’t even found the ball yet. So on reflection I don’t have a huge problem with the send. This is a winnable game, and if the baseball gods are paying attention, Zim’s amazing night warrants our coming out on top.

    • Steady Eddie - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      For what it’s worth, Bryce was waving LaRoche in, too.

  92. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Exciting season though. Much better than last year so far.

    Just for the record I actually like replay. I watch many games a week not just Hats. I find that replay official are terrible.

    They simply don’t correct enough errors. If the mistakes were correct the replay would be great.

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Sometimes the plays are going to be too close to overturn. That’s ok. The real value of replay is overturning obvious errors. Those are the plays that drive me nuts. Totally worth the delay. You’ll get used to it.

  93. secretwasianman - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    A great comeback and I admire the effort. Just seems like we can’t get over the hump against these guys. Stupid send of laroche. He was out

  94. secretwasianman - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Very nervous can’t watch. Going to watch Due Date. Bring it home boys.

  95. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Come on Ian just tap it foul don’t look at it for an out.

  96. Steady Eddie - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    That third strike called to Desi was obnoxious. Was on the exact same part of the plate just a little lower down than a couple of balls from Roark were located..

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Yet pitchtrack saw it on the black. So it goes.

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        Yes, it was absolutely on the black. Just like Roark’s two strikes that were called balls. Exact same location on the black. Just call them consistently, that’s all I’m saying.

      • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        Amazing K pitch. I’m cool wit it.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Angel Hernandez move your ass

  98. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Finally Span gets a hit.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Interference on Uggla

  100. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Come on Brendon extend streak

  101. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Oh man…soooooooo glad Span is OK.

    Weirdest game ever.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Don Kelly just hit Dodger wall as hard as Harper

      • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Yikes

  102. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Damn this tablet. Rendon comes up Brendon everytime’
    . Turned it off, but it turns itself on

  103. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Nice play Rendon

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    These Nats/Braves games are never boring….

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Got to agree there. Clip has not pitched to hi standards. Blown save officially. Though he would only get a hold.

  105. knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Damn it Clippard!

  106. scnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    The braves OWN clippard

  107. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Clippard has really not pitched well yet. 4 runs in 6 inning.

    People been giving Soriano hell, but he has not pitched as poorly as Clip this season.

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Actually, Soriano hasn’t given up a run yet.

  108. Joe Seamhead - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    That was a meatball from Clip. I can’t believe it.

  109. Danny - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Never fails.

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Why the hell clip was out in there in the first place…

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Because we had a lead in the 8th inning. That’s his classic role. For now.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Against Atlanta who OWNS him… Not good enough…

      • sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Dueces – do you think that might change?

      • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        I doubt it will change, but if Storen and Barrett keep pitching as well as they have, maybe it should. Clipp has not been effective this year. He’s given up runs in 4 of his 7 appearances. Not good.

  111. NatsLady - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    At least he didn’t walk someone first. Come on, Clip…!

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      I was thinking at least no walk too.

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    I’ve never been a clip fan… So this doesn’t surprise me… He does it every single time against Atlanta… Every time…

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      The last game he pitched against them, last Sunday afternoon, he didn’t give up a run. But he appeared in six games against the Braves last year and gave up at least a run every single time. 3 HRs. Scary.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        Which is exactly why I wouldn’t out Clipp out there in high leverage situation… And then we won’t talk about his appearances this year… Ugh… I’m so pissed…

  113. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    The key on Kimbrel don’t swing at the sliders. Then you might bat .200 instead of .100

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    That was not a strike…

  115. knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Braves announcers say 3rd strike call on ALR was a break.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      6 inches outside

      Why are they swinging at the sliders. They are rarely strikes. Not a fast ball just let it go. Sooner or later the league will learn his sliders are almost never strikes.

      St least we didn’t quit this game like we did last year.

      • knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        LaRoche didn’t swing he was called out on strikes.

  116. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Kimbrel is getting calls be they balls are strikes.

  117. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Been watching the entire game – obviously late to the comments

    Wonder how many people wrote about Zimm before the game?
    He has had a game for the ages – that double play is one of the more amazing plays I have seen. Not sure he really saw the ball into his glove because he was trying to make sure he wasn’t going to be beheaded. Rendon completed the play with a super scoop.

    How many more times will Clippard pitch the 8th inning before MW makes a change?

    This Kimbrell guy is pretty good.

    Come on Washington, hand in there and bring this home?

    Does Soriano pitch the 9th. Hope not

    Go Nats!!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      It’s a reason why braves fans salivate when he comes in… Cuz they know what will happen… And we saw it happen… Yet again…

      But it’s been a really good and fun game…

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Zim had a great game.

      • sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        absolutey!!

        common Drew!!

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      I would guess Soriano won’t pitch until at least the 11th. Blevins gets the next inning or two, then Soriano. They’ll have to save Stammen for the “pitch till you drop” role. That’s a tough assignment for him since he just did 3+ innings on Wednesday. If we get the lead, Soriano comes in.

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Kimbrel is a nasty pitcher… But he got a few favorable calls tonight…

  119. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    “Hang” not hand damn it

  120. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    I don’t really follow the Braves – can Kimbrell go two innings? or should I say, has he normally done that?

    Hope Storen will allow an answer to that question.

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      FP says no.

      Hang tough Drew!

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Normally no.

  121. knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Come on Drew, shut them down.

  122. ehay2k - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    What is on the bill of Kimbrel’s cap? Looks dark, like pine tar. File that one away for later MW. 😈

    • Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      He definitely uses pine tar on the cap.

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Nasty pitch by Storen….

  124. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Man, the Braves really have a bunch of big heavy (overweight?) guys. But Doumit won’t get much cardio today!!

  125. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Heyward scares me almost as much as Freeman.
    This is a really good game!!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Really? Why? (About Heyward)

      Freeman is the only one for me… Then a distant 2nd is Gattis…

      • sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        I think he is just so big and you don’t usually see a leadoff hitter his size. I realize he is struggling this year and wasn’t all that great last year but I believe he had 25 homers a couple years ago. He is hopefully not going to bat again this game and I don’t want to see Freeman but there is nothing we can do about that.

    • Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Incredible. Just incredible. No matter what happens, its clear this is not a club that just rolls over.

  126. ehay2k - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Drewwww!!!!

  127. secretwasianman - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Clippard stinks. You work so hard to come back and take lead only for this guy to give up a ding ding. Again

  128. knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Great job by Storen.

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Nasty stuff by Drew all around… wish he had gone out in the 8th….

    Come on Nats bats…. Win this!!

  130. Eric - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Dayum! Drew!!!

  131. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Remember when I wrote back in 2001 about Storen being our closer for 2015????
    (ooops. I think I just committed a faux paux)

    But seriously, I really really like Drew!

    • David Proctor - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      If you wrote that before DC even had a team, then that’s really impressive!

      • sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Just trying to make fun of my little rant a few days ago and let people know I probably went too far.

  132. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Storen looked filthy.

    This has been a playoff like game in the 10th game of the season.

  133. knoxvillenat - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Avian pitching, isn’t he the guy who hit Harper last year after Harper had already been hit by Teheran?

  134. IsawTeddywin - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Storen letting everyone who had annointed Barrett as next closer that maybe they’ve forgotten somebody.

    • ehay2k - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      +1

    • Attitude of nati rude - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Ugh called for span to be bumped down in the order back in early march but was shouted down. Anybody reconsidering yet? Not the guy I want getting five or six ABs a game. That said, what a game! What a team! Even if we lose, this kind of loss I am okay with.

  135. ehay2k - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Those were revenge swings by Harper.

  136. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    “The Lobaton” with a productive out. Runner now in scoring position.

  137. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    I think we have Leon left on the bench and that is it.

  138. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Would they try and steal here with two outs??

    What a game!

  139. Danny - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    That is ridiculous. That’s baseball. Our relief core can never get J Upton out.

  140. Section 222 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I feel for Mark having to get the Instant Analysis up on this one. Wow.

  141. David Proctor - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Tyler Moore not catching that ball in LF ended up costing us the game. Anybody else catches that.

    • sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      I didn’t see it as that bad a read but you might be right.
      I thought it came off his bat kinda funny.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Still not convinced LaRoche was out. The tag was late.

        The replay is there to get the calls right. So far in all the games I have seen, they are still missing the corrections.

  142. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Damn!

    Not sure Bryce would have had him anyway but I would have loved to see that.throw. I think the runner beats his throw even if he makes a clean pick. He was rounding 3rd before Harper got to the ball and Schaefer is quick.
    Not sure Werth would have done any better.
    Just a rough game to lose and I hope Jason is OK

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      I think he had him, he just rounded third. I don’t think it is close.

      • sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Gotta go with the expert – Ray says Harper had the time to make the play but I still think it would have taken a terrific play to get him

  143. paul brandt - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    thanks Clip

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Ray Knight thinks Harper had time.

  144. manassasnatsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Exciting game, but terrible pitching by Blevins. Throwing to first three times set that all up. F.P. was all over that, but obviously Blevins or whoever call the throw overs doesn’t believe the same thing.

    Unlike F.P. Harper fields cleanly it is an out at home.

  145. secretwasianman - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Had accepted the loss at 4 0. Than to battle back only to lose is upsetting. Tyler more has no business on the team. His fielding is terrible. Clippard

  146. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    So, is this “no doubles” defense the same thing as the “prevent defense” in football where the other team just moves right down the field and scores.

    I am guessing there is all kinds of stats to prove this sort of alignment works but it sure didn’t tonight.

  147. sjm308 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Goodnight All!!

    New hat tomorrow – got a nice long run on the blue hat with red brim and white curly W – it goes to the bottom of the hat pile and a new streak will start tomorrow.

  148. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Thanks a bunch Clip/…your contributions this year has been awesome…

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