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Game 11: Nats at Braves

Apr 12, 2014, 3:36 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — So, what do the Nationals and Braves have in store for us tonight? If I were a betting man — and I’m not — I would take the odds on this being another close ballgame, likely requiring more than nine innings to be decided. Why? Because of the last seven games played between these teams at Turner Field, six were decided by 1 run, and four of those went to extra innings. And that doesn’t even take into account whatever bizarre occurrences typically highlight these games.

Tonight it’ll be a rematch of Sunday’s game in D.C.: Taylor Jordan vs. Alex Wood. Which, by the way, was another 1-run game, a 2-1 Nats victory. Jordan faces the full Atlanta lineup, with Andrelton Simmons back after sitting out last night’s game.

The Nationals don’t have their regular lineup, not even close. Jayson Werth, who left last night’s game with a sore groin, isn’t starting tonight. Neither is Denard Span, who before a clutch hit late last night was mired in a 2-for-22 slump. So Matt Williams is going with an unusual Kevin Frandsen-Bryce Harper-Nate McLouth outfield alignment for this one.

Updates to come, please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where:
Turner Field
Gametime: 7:10 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
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Nate McLouth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
CF Bryce Harper
LF Kevin Frandsen
C Sandy Leon
RHP Taylor Jordan

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

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

7:00 p.m. — OK, if you missed all the news, here’s the condensed version: Denard Span has been placed on the 7-day concussion DL and replaced on the roster by Steven Souza Jr. Aaron Barrett has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse and been replaced by fellow right-hander Blake Treinen, who was scheduled to start for the Chiefs tonight and thus is very much available to help an overworked bullpen. Jeff Kobernus (who broke his hand earlier in the week) was placed on the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Treinen. And Jayson Werth’s groin isn’t serious, but the Nats didn’t want to take a chance playing him today. He is available off the bench. Read the full story on all of that here.

7:15 p.m. — We are underway, with a bang. Anthony Rendon crushes a leadoff homer to straightaway center to get things started and give the Nats a quick 1-0 lead.

7:35 p.m. — Wow, this one got ugly in a hurry. Taylor Jordan simply couldn’t miss any bats in the bottom of the first, and the Braves made him pay dearly for it. B.J. Upton homered to center. Freddie Freeman singled to right. Justin Upton doubled to deep left. Dan Uggla hammered a single to left. Evan Gattis crushed another double to left. When it was finally over, the Nats found themselves in a 4-1 hole, with Jordan having thrown 31 pitches. The Nats desperately need innings from him tonight, but this is the reason they wanted Blake Treinen in the bullpen tonight. He’s very much available to give them multiple innings if needed. And at the moment, it looks like they’ll need them.

7:49 p.m. — For the second time in his last three at-bats, Bryce Harper bunted his way on, dragging one past the pitcher’s mound and then beating Uggla’s throw to first. When done at the right time, it’s a nice little weapon for Harper. Kevin Frandsen, meanwhile, delivered another base hit, giving the Nats a chance to get something back in the top of the second. But Sandy Leon, despite battling through a long at-bat, lined out to right and Jordan struck out to end the inning. Still 4-1.

8:20 p.m. — Another lost challenge for Matt Williams, who I believe is now 0-for-5 on the season. He tried to argue that McLouth was safe on a bang-bang play at first base. The umps back in New York took a VERY long look at it and ultimately concluded there wasn’t indisputable evidence to overturn the call. So that cost the Nats, who wound up stranding two men on base in the top of the third when LaRoche and Desmond each struck out. Still 4-1 heading to the bottom of the third.

8:28 p.m. — Even though he’s been hit much harder, Jordan actually has thrown eight fewer pitches than Wood through three innings (69 to 61). He has managed to stop the bleeding; now the Nationals need to take advantage of their opportunities against a potentially fading Wood in the top of the fourth.

8:38 p.m. — Terrible sequence there from the Nats in the fourth. With two on and one out, Jordan couldn’t get a bunt down. He completely missed the ball on an attempt with two strikes, and because of that, Harper got caught in no-man’s land off second base for a crushing double play. That’s not on Bryce, who has to get a good jump if Jordan bunts the ball. That’s all on Jordan for failing to even make contact. Still 4-1, middle of the fourth.

8:50 p.m. — And we just saw another example why this replay system is flawed. LaRoche clearly caught a line drive before it hit the ground, but the umps called it a grounder on the field. Williams can’t out to question the call, but he couldn’t challenge it because he already burned his earlier. Seriously, there is no need for strategy to be involved in replay. Have a fifth umpire in the stadium with access to monitors. If there’s a close call, he can watch it and make a ruling. It’s too simple.

9:04 p.m. — And the bad breaks keep on coming. Zimmerman was picked off second base, and immediately grabbed and looked at his right thumb. He’s out of the game, with Rendon moving to third base and Danny Espinosa taking over at second base. Last thing the Nats needed right now. Meanwhile, they’re 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position tonight and thus still trail 4-1 in the middle of the fifth.

9:18 p.m. — Just when you think nothing else weird could happen to the Nationals in Atlanta … McLouth just flat-out dropped the ball after catch a flyball and attempting to throw it back to the infield. In the past, that would be a clear-cut out, with the ball lost on the transfer. But umpires have been told to enforce that rule more. So it’s a really bad E9 on McLouth. Somehow, Jordan pitched out of the jam allowing only one run to score. It’s 5-1 Braves, and that’s got to be it for Jordan tonight.

9:37 p.m. — The good news: The Nats scored a run, via a wild pitch. The bad news: They still can’t drive in a run with a clutch hit. They’re 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position tonight, six of those coming via Sandy Leon and Taylor Jordan. Not the guys you want up in big spots. That’s it for Jordan, too, as Blake Treinen enters to make his major-league debut in the bottom of the sixth of what is now a 5-2 game.

10:00 p.m. — Brutal night for LaRoche, who is now wearing a golden sombrero after striking out for the fourth time. The Nats are now 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

10:08 p.m. — Two scoreless innings from Treinen in his big-league debut. Nice job by the right-hander. It remains 5-2 heading to the eighth, with the Nats running out of time. They’ll face David Carpenter in the eighth, with Craig Kimbrel looming for the ninth.

10:22 p.m. — The RISP fail streak reached 0-for-13 until Sandy Leon finally came to the rescue with two outs in the top of the eighth. Leon’s base hit to center scored Desmond and made this a 5-3 game. Jayson Werth then stepped in to pinch-hit and had his injured groin put to the test when he had to hustle down the line on a sharp grounder off Freeman. The Nats had the go-ahead run at the plate, but Rendon flied out to center. So they’re now 1-for-15 with RISP tonight and trail 5-3 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

10:29 p.m. — Freddie Freeman is a beast. Solo homer off Craig Stammen in the bottom of the eighth makes it 6-3 and makes the challenge for the Nats every greater.

10:42 p.m. — That’s your ballgame. Nats lose 6-3. They’ll need to win tomorrow to avoid the sweep.

395 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I am baffled why MW sits Span against lefties in favor of McLouth. Span has had reverse splits throughout his career whereas McLouth has been horrible against lefties. If you’re going to put McLouth in, it needs to be against right-handed pitching. Perhaps this has to do with Span’s collision yesterday, though. Without Hairston and with Frandsen already in for Werth, McLouth is the only option.

    Good thing Jordan is a groundball pitcher, because this OF defense should be something to behold.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Span to the DL I believe from that collision with Uggla

  2. Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Oh Boy. With this lineup, I don’t feel too confident. We need some run scorers. Hope Jordan Taylor is lights out tonight along with the rest of our bull pen.

  3. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Souza and Treinan called up. Span isn’t on the lineup card, Werth is. I’m guessing he got concussed during that collision last night, which is a bad sign because he dealt with that a lot in Minnesota.

    I also figure Barrett is hurt. They wouldn’t demote him for giving up one hit. He was messing around with his finger a lot a couple games ago…

    • emdash01 - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Since Treinen isn’t on the 40-man, they’ll need to do a roster move too. Kobernus to the 60-day DL while he recovers from hand surgery, maybe?

    • JW - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Perhaps they decided to put Span on the 7-day concussion DL as a precaution. He didn’t hit his head in that collision last night.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        You don’t necessarily need to hit your head. He was running full speed and got leveled. The whiplash from that could cause a concussion. I hope it’s just precautionary, because Span has really struggled with concussions in the past.

      • Eric - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        +1 re: hoping it’s precautionary. I know he’s super skittish about it (based on a few articles I read last year) so it wouldn’t surprise me.

        Fingers crossed…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Barrett has options and goes to AAA to get a fresh arm up. Corresponding 40 man move coming.

    • cayucosbaseballconservancy - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      According to Ladson the finger injury is part of the rationale for sending him down. To give him time to heal while they replenish with fresh arms. He could be back with Fister depending on how he performs.

  4. NatsLady - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Dan Kolko just tweeted that Werth IS in the lineup, only Span is out. Can you find out what is going on, Mark?

    • JW - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Werth probably talked his way back on after Williams sent out the lineup. He’s been known to do that.

    • emdash01 - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      I think he meant lineup card, so he’s available and not on the DL but not in the starting lineup.

    • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      No. Werth is on the lineup card, not in the lineup. Meaning, he’s listed as a bench piece and available. Span isn’t, meaning a roster move has been made.

      • Eric - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Roster move for Span? Sheesh. Hope he’s OK.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        I think JW is correct and that Span’s on the 7 day concussion DL. Just a guess.

  5. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 27s
    Barrett says he was sent to AAA strictly because Nats needed fresh bullpen arm. Was told he could be back in 10 days or so.

    • websterj2014 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      With all the shuffling between the big club and AAA, it would save money to have the AAA franchise in Richmond or Harrisburg..

  6. micksback1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    This is where picking up McClouth and Fraqndsen are very good moves. Resting Span and Werth makes sense, especially due to Jayson’s groin. I feel Rizzo made great moves this off season and I feel more confidant in both of them than i did the Shark. I am assumimg we will see Hairston again?

    Yes, I agree with so many that the chop is nauseating as are Braves fans in general. I heard one of the junkies on 106.7 make an interesting comment ths morning and I agree with him, Braves are starting to become as hated as the NFL Cowboys are in DC. Great rivarly brewing and Braves and fans are arrogant like the Tex Shram/Jerry Jones bunch as well. Also, showing my age here but every time I hear the name Kolko (Dan Kolko Nats sideline reporter and doing a great job) I’m waiting to hear Claire mentioned before Kolko as in Claire and Co Co, an old DC children’s show. They both visited my old elementary school back in 1965. I know, I’m old.

    also, I am so glad General Sherman kicked your ass Atlanta as he will always be your Daddy, LOL

    • Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      You da man, mick! :)

    • Attitude of nati rude - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Generally (as it were ) a fan of good matures barbed bashing, but invoking Sherman seems excessive. As I recall many civilians killed and homes destroyed. Pretty dark stuff to invoke on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Also, go nats! They refuse to give up on a single game this year. True grit. All I ask is good hard fought games and they are delivering with an extra side of face eating. Love it.

      • Attitude of nati rude - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Ugh. Should read good natured Barves bashing.

      • Attitude of Natitude - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Also should read natitude not nati rude!

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        invoking Sherman seems excessive

        That’s because it is.

  7. Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Did the “Bear” kick MW’s dog or something? Being sent down for a fresh arm… Is that strange or what?

    • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      I don’t think it’s so much anything against Barrett, as it is MW’s inexperience in managing a bullpen having caught up to us some.

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        That makes sense.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        If MW had anything against Barrett, he wouldn’t have made the team and he definitely wouldn’t be used in the high pressure spots he’s been put in.

      • chaz11963 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        I hope you are right. Barrett has really shown a lot of talent and heart. I would hate to see him demoted at this point.

      • chaz11963 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Barrett’s pitch count was 23 yesterday. “Fresh bullpen arm”? “Back in 10 days or so”? That doesn’t make sense.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Barrett also pitched the day before to Stanton and pitched a pretty long inning 2 days before that. And it’s not just Barrett. Stammen is probably still unavailable. Blevins has worked a lot. Storen and Clippard got an off day two days ago, but both have been worked a lot early in the season. You can’t just keep putting out the same guys day after day or your bullpen won’t make it through May.

        10 days is the minimum time before you can call someone back up if you send them down. That’s why they said 10 days.

  8. micksback1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    TY Sonny

    good to see you!

  9. micksback1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I do not quite understand the Barrett move? I wonder if MW should think about letting Cat call the shots with the piching staff and BP? just a thought. I think MW has done well with pitching staff, my only real beef was last night with the 10th inning, that was very dumb baseball. My only other crtique is that it is clear Clip should not be the 8th inning pitcher.

  10. Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Man I can’t wait to hear a deeper explanation of whats going on with our players. Trying to stay optimistic that our team doesn’t crumble to the injury bug. We have one hell-of-a team if we can just get to use them.

    • deftndumb - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      We’ve had to do a lot of reading between the lines this year, that’s for sure. But hey: baseball.

  11. Attitude of Natitude - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Saw a good article the other day, but lost the link, suggesting no doubles defense does not lower XBH% by much at all, but raises BABIP by something like .37, which is substantial. We certainly saw anecdotal evidence last night. Wonder if no doubles defense will turn out to be another example of wrongheaded baseball wisdom.

  12. unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Mark Z, last night:
    “Treinen got the call at 11:30 last night. Went to hotel lobby in Scranton to call parents, saw Souza there doing the same thing.”

    Is Souza coming up, too?!

    • unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Actually, that’s Ladson, retweeting Mark, about 20 minutes ago…

  13. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Span on the 7 day DL with a concussion, per the Nats official twitter account.

    • Eric - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Ugh…poor guy. Here’s to a speedy recovery!

    • Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      David, what is the Nats offical twitter account? I’d like to follow it.

      • Eric - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        @Nationals

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Thanks Eric.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        @Nationals

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Thanks, David. Turns out I was already following them. I’m just not very Twitter savy, nor Facebook savy.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Rizzo and MW keep making the best of unfortunate situations. It’s how you handle the unforseen that sets you apart.

    Souza for Span and Treinen for Barrett are both good moves. Souza gives bench depth and Treinen sure was close to making the team out of ST.

    This year just feels right to me that even with adversity they aren’t stuck. If Souza steps up it’s a huge opportunity for him.

    Kobernus to the 60day which frees up the spot for Treinen.

    • unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      I didn’t realize Souza was on the 40 man… Must’ve had to save him from rule 5?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Yep, quite the opportunity for him. I like calling up the hot hand. He doesn’t get the start today but could get a big PH opp

      • Melissa - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        It was actually to protect him from minor league free agency. He’d been rule 5 eligible for a couple years already but had never reached double-A until last year.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Remember the bad concussion Span had in Minnesota. I hope he will be fine. Good thing there was foresight this year getting McLouth.

    • unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      TruDat….although I’d prefer not to have ALL of Rizzo’s foresight proven so wise…..in the first two weeks, for cryin’ out loud…(sheesh!)

  16. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    If Souza plays his cards right, we could have a Souza/Harper/Werth outfield next year. We take a hit defensively from Span for sure, but Souza is a .280/25HR/20SB bat. I really believe that. Baseball America believes in him, too. They think he’s a legitimate prospect that’s being overlooked.

    • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Interestingly, Souza’s top comp is…Jayson Werth.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Souza is as good of an athlete as the Nats have in their system. That is what Rizzo likes but I don’t think they go back to Harper in CF, I just don’t.

        I am extremely concerned about Span. This is very serious that he had another head jolt injury.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        GoSM, how ready would you say Souza is. Also good call earlier I see on Span. You had the skinny long before everyone else.

        I thought Souza was taking Werths spot.

      • Melissa - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Ideally, Brian Goodwin will be in centerfield by next year, and Souza will be on the bench. Goodwin has the defensive tools for center, and Harper should be a corner outfielder. Goodwin needs some time to adjust to AAA pitching before we start writing him off, and he is two for two so far today. He probably won’t need more than a season in Syracuse.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I believe in Souza more than I do Goodwin.

      • Melissa - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Goodwin, playing centerfield, has more of an opportunity to start, whereas Souza is blocked except in the case of injury.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Though Goodwin is a CFer, there are many who believe that Goodwin is better suited as a corner outfielder defensively. Michael Taylor is the best defensive CF in our system and it’s not close.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        David, and Rizzo agrees with us. Look who is on the team today – Souza.

        Goodwin needs a lot more work on pitch recognition and cutting down on those Ks. He wants to be a power hitter and that’s a problem as he needs to be a hitter with power.

      • Melissa - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        I agree that Goodwin has a lot of work to do, but I don’t agree that Souza will be a starting outfielder for the Nats unless there is an injury. Harper and Werth are entrenched in the corners, and Souza isn’t a centerfielder, which limits his opportunity.

    • letswin3 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      I was impressed with Souza all Spring. It would be nice to see him in 5 or 6 straight big league games.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        I had Souza, Treinen, and Barrett as my 3 most impressive in ST and Walters in the next tier due to his poor defense.

        I was hoping Souza got more work in AA and always like the fact that the newbie has a slight advantage as the Barves have no scouting on him.

  17. letswin3 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I haven’t read all the posts today, has there been any word on Labaton’s wrist? He looked to have taken a pretty wicked hit on it, and he was still shaking it at least 2 innings later.

    • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Nada

    • unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      I think, being a catcher, if The Lobaton’s wrist were a serious issue, we’d be hearing of an Onion sighting, so I’m cautiously optimistic…

  18. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Whoa. Appears I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. GYFNG!

  19. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Ray Knight is so full of crap. Now says he had 10 to 11 concussions. The other day he had 12 cortizone shots in a season. He loses credibility with me as he always has to 1 up everyone as a tough guy.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Oh Ray! I missed that. 11 concussions explains a lot.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Melissa, I agree on Souza being a corner CF is blocked as a starter and that seems clear with Bryce and Werth. I’m not convinced Goodwin is near ready. I gave you the intel I had on him. Denard Span will be the starting CF in 2015 if healthy. Michael Taylor could leap frog Goodwin if he really can hit. They both have a lot to prove this year and mostly on the offensive side.

    • Melissa - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Thanks for the clarification. I guess I’m just a Goodwin fan because he signed something for me at a game last year.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        corner CF or corner OF ;)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        Yes corner OF.

  21. natsfan1a - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Still behind on posts and comments but just “speed-watched” last night’s game, which was certainly a doozy. Hoping to watch tonight’s game in real-time, if I don’t fall asleep. These clubhouse consultation call/challenge/replay (or not) games could wreak havoc on my sleep time.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    And here we go…

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

    Okay Nathony….. I thought that was a pop out for sure….

    Kick some Barve butt!!!!

  24. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Looks like Rendon’s bat is no longer tired.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      The reverse always works. ;)

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        LOL

  25. RickH - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    RENDON!!!

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    2 strike count HR by Rendon.

  27. paul brandt - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    that a boy Smiley!

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Wow… Interesting SZ, as long as TJ gets the calls too…

  29. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Getting Wood throwing many pitches. I like.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Yes, their BP is taxed too… So getting him out and continuing to go thru them will help us….

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Not good that TaylorJ is up with everything so far.

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

    Sigh

  31. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Not good that TaylorJ is up with everything so far.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Why do we have so much problems with the Up tons. The rest of the league has less.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Gotta keep the ball down TJ….

  34. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    What an awful throw by Desmond.

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Here we go with the stupid play…. TJ, you gotta keep the ball down…

    • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Lack of execution is not stupidity.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Interesting…. You say lack of executing.. Cuz what I see is stupid mistakes each and every time we play the braves… Like we saw tonight..

        You say lack of executing and I say stupid play.l..

  36. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I see that some think that Barrett being sent down was a result of MW “mismanaging the bullpen.” I’d love to hear what they think should have been done. Seems to me there was nothing wrong with using him two days ago or last night. He had pitched an inning or less on March 31, April 4, 5, and 8 before that. What’s the issue? Same with Stammen. We needed him to go long the other day. That’s not mismanagement, that’s his role.

    These kinds of moves are why you have a farm system. They wanted to give Barrett a day or two off. Treinen hasn’t pitched since Monday. He can go two days in a row if necessary, or do a long relief outing today or tomorrow. Barrett will be back I’m sure.

  37. Danny - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    J Upton and Freeman just wear is out. Deflating.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Keep the ball down.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Serving tee balls, that is what’s going to happen…

  40. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Looks like having Treinen available tonight might be a very good thing.

  41. Danny - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    This is unbearable. I hate Atlanta.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Wow….

  43. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Third time in 4 games are starters are not prepared to start a game.

  44. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I hope Treinen showed up warm already.

  45. paul brandt - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    feels like a little league game so far

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Can’t believe another night of a starter wtih no control.

  47. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    We miss Doug Fister more than we ever could have thought.

    • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Not all of us thought it was no big deal that Roark and Jordan both had to be in the rotation.

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        It’s not that I thought it was no big deal, but I thought we could survive. And we probably can, despite their last 2 starts. That’s dependent on Fister returning in the next few weeks, obviously. Long-term, it’s not something we can do.

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        I thought we could survive too, but in no way did I think we wouldn’t miss Fister. He’s a No. 2 or 3 in many rotations. Roark and Jordan are both No. 5′s at this point in their careers. There’s a difference.

        At the same time, I really don’t want them to rush Fister so I don’t think it’s the end of the world if he’s not back in the next few weeks. Not because I’m sure Roark and Jordan will pitch as well as he would but because we need him fully healthy and able to pitch every 5 days for the rest of the season.

  48. unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Treinan might get a few innings, tonight…..

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Now not sure who our 5th pitcher will be when Fiater comes back…

  50. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    McCatty whatever he said was not received by Jordan

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      When you don’t have control it probably doesn’t matter what the pitching coach is saying. Maybe dead arm. He’s finishing short with most of the pitches as he is opening up too much. Let’s see if he can fix that up with his warmups in the next inning.

  51. NatsLady - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    That has got to be one of the loneliest feelings in the world, out there in front of the hostile crowd, knowing you don’t have it, knowing you have to stay there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Then do something about it.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      That’s one way to respond to it. Some people get ticked off. Some people just concentrate better. There’s as many ways to do it as there are pitchers, probably.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Come on Nats bats… Chip away.. Get to Wood…

    Hopefully TJ will take this break and settle down/in…

  53. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    So they’re only down 3, with plenty of time to get back into it. I mean, you’d rather be up 3, but it’s hardly insurmountable if they keep their wits about them.

  54. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    What’s the point? We can’t beat these guys with our best. Then we send two minor league pitchers out two nights in a row?? Yuck. I am beyond pissed. This is not a rivalry. You have to win now and then. Blahhhhhhhhh

  55. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Come on folks, lighten up. In 2 of the last 3 games we’ve come back from 4-0 and 5-0 deficits. Give the guys just a little time before unloading on them.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      No is unloading but it’s amazing the Nats seem to lose their heads/wits when they play the braves…

      It’s disconcerting… No one is giving up…

      Always coming back won’t work every night… Let’s play good efficient ball so we don’t have to work back and fight and claw…

  56. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Could hit the ball in the gaps like they did please.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Nice going Harp…

  58. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    So, just got home to watch the bottom of the first. Anybody want to talk/discuss about the importance of Span and the importance of having ML outfielders playing their positions ?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      I’d rather TJ stop serving tee ball pitches and bring the ball down.. He’s a ground ball pitcher but didnt get 1 ground ball at all…

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, and The Flash wouldn’t have caught any of those.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Sofa, talk to me later. This is going to be a rough week.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    We can tie it with a bomb.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Bryce goes lefty on lefty bunt. I smell a double steal.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      I knew I smelled something. Darn, they gave that away.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        Why would you double steal there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        You have a pitcher 2 spots down. Double steal gets Bryce over to 3rd and hope for a Sac Fly. If Bryce is caught stealing then the trail runner is standing at 2nd.

        Its a good gamble and they had a play on and not sure what happened.

        Gattis is not a great catcher.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Makes sense. Didnt think of the pitcher.

  61. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    They still have 23 outs left. Just relax and concentrate. They already know they can hit this guy. Don’t try to hit six-run home runs, and they can get back fine.

  62. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    We get a guy to second and stop hitting. They got them to second and hit even better.

    My concern this third straight game the starter was totally not ready to pitch. I hope this habit is over.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Did you think Leon and Taylor Jordan can hit? Wrong part of the order to think they will keep hitting which is why you put a play on.

    • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Not ready to pitch? How do you figure?

      Stras was just fine, thank you. But I assume you’re thinking of JZnn. It’s concerning that in three out of our last four starters have given up a bunch of runs early, but do you really think that’s as a result of “not being ready”? I just don’t think you can say that, at least about JZnn.

    • unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Not the third straight, but 3 of the last 4…..

  63. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    What happened to pitch track?

  64. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    3rd out of 4 games starters are bad. Stras was brilliant Thursday.

  65. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Had they double creaked Harper would have scored if Leon hits that fly.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    BJ is 2/2… Kinda funny…

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Frandsen looking like a LF. Impressive with his arm and instincts so far.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Whatever. I disagree, but we’ll talk later.

  68. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    May those be the last two his BJ gets in this series.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    These Upton were clueless but have no problem this weekend

  70. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Good for Nijer Morgan

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I’ve always like N Morgan….

  72. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Can’t wait to see the video of the Nyjer refusal to leave the base.

  73. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    OT, do Native Americans take issue with the banging drums and playing the Native American music to raz up that drunk crowd.

    Seems offensive to me however Im not Native American.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Rendon hitting it around the park.

  75. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Hes safe from that back view. Lets see if they reverse this to the right call.

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

      Thanks for posting… Will check it out later…

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Braves have gotten every call for 5 games so far. No surprise there.

  77. paul brandt - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    they won’t – its a coin toss almost every time…don’t like it!!

    makes an already long game much longer…absurd.

    way to go MW – no more challenges!!

  78. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    MW is pissed. Looks like we need a new video reviewer in the clubhouse.

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

      I thought there was conclusive evidence there. The ball was clearly not in the glove yet because you could see it. And you could also see McLouth’s foot on the bag. I’m not sure what else is needed

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        I’m not sure. It’s hard to tell when his foot actually hits the base from that angle. I can see how they might decide the evidence is not conclusive. Once again, I think managers will learn that they should probably not challenge unless the call is pretty clearly wrong. What constitutes conclusive evidence may not be entirely clear at this point, but over time the NY crew will get more consistent about that. I’m bummed that we didn’t get that call, or the call last night, but I don’t think the final outcome was obviously wrong.

  79. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    This replay system is broken. I support replay, but not the implementation. This is a joke.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Agreed. It is now truly a joke for the reasons Bob & FP stated. The guys in NY will side with their own. Of course they overturned the Desi inside-the-park-HR.

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Oh please. They overturned the Nyjer call. So I guess they didn’t mind showing the ump there up? That’s the most absurd argument against replay I’ve ever heard.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        The Nyjer play was more clear IMO. These close ones are staying with the call on the field.

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        As they probably should. Nothing wrong with that. i really think you are overstating how clear that play was. The stop action that MASN did may very well have caught McLouth’s foot over the base. It pretty clearly kept going down when the tape restarted.

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

    I thought he was safe… And I also thought that the tie went it the runner…

    Id of been ejected right there…

  81. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Can we just please bring back baseball? The replay thing is not baseball.

  82. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    They don’t even get it right all of the time.Give me a break.

  83. Drew - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Rick Schu has to tell them to lay off the breaking balls. They’re nearly all out of the zone.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      In order to do that you have to recognize the spin and lay off. Wood is beating them on aggressive swings and throwing them out of the zone hoping they swing and miss.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Hoping they swing and doing just that.

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Wood approaching 70 pitches in the 3rd.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    The replay system is not working because those reviewing are umps. Put a group now umps who love baseball and fairness and could care less about the umps feeling the system could be fixed.

    But not as long as umps are reviewing.

    There was no doubt ball not in glove foot on bag.

    I am not saying pumps watching TV are cheating for the Braves, they are intentionally not calling the obvious.

    Unless they get a change of attitude in New York, there is no point in the replay.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    2 k with men on base on pitches not close to a strike.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Gotta stop bailing Wood out… That breaking ball isn’t doing anything…

    • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      It’s doing something — fooling our hitters. :-)

  88. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Partial fans are not the best evaluators of replay. Just wait until we win some challenges. You all will change your tune real fast.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      I won’t change my mind. I watch 15 games a week. I would love the system if it would do what is supposed to, but more often then not in the games I have seen the review was clear, but no call corrected until Nijer today

      Actually would be for the replay if they would call it right, but they aren’t

    • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Even the Braves broadcast was saying he was safe.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        The crowd knew it too.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Can someone remind why we have replay? Is it to get the calls right? I know it isn’t doing that. So what is the real reason?

  90. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    You want digital umpiring? Go the whole way. Do a virtual strike zone. This system that they are using sucks. It’s either right, or it’s wrong, but this system is even wrong when they’re wrong.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Strike zone digital would be better than human

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        I don’t want that in baseball but technology now works in tennis.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      I don’t want digital either, but the humans are getting worse

  91. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Ball in glove foot not on base yet. That is an out.

  92. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Nice pay by Zimmerman. BTW, ZIMM’s game last night? It was Brooks Robinsonesq.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Ball 4 to Harp. That is new. Harp rarely gets borderline calls.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I would hear what the reviewing umps see that apparently don’t see as McClauth was safe. Sitting in the review guy and tell me how when his foot was on the bag and the ball not in the glove yet equals an out. These guys are hidden even more these umps are.

    Had no problem with Hernandez it was bang bang. I have major problem with reviewers

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Frandsen doing what he was brought here to do against LHPs.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Leon’s job was to hit Right Side and move those runners over. All that work on projective outs in ST and nothing doing.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Come on Leon the 2 guys in front of you on twice and you didn’t do anything.

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Stupid play…

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Harper needed to keep running. But you expect the batter to make contact.

    • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I’m with you on that. TJ’s failure to lay down a bunt was lack of execution (and pathetic). Harper’s getting caught was stupid.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Jordan has to bunt the ball

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Rendon coming up and this? What the heck is Harper doing?

    • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      New name is stupid aggressiveness. Been alot of that. Obviously not on the coaches. Thats on Bryce.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      My problem was with the hunter. You just need to put the bat on the ball.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        Bunter screwed up doesnt excuse Bryce as a baserunner.

    • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      He wasn’t even running, he just got lost out there. Can’t happen.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        Look at that replay. Bryce was 30 feet off the base. Gattis had an easy choice to throw behind him. Just dumb.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Do they practice bunting in ST?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      No

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Of course the did. Matty did the bucket drill with them. Matt can’t bunt, hit, field or pitch for them.

  102. Barved - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Jordan just got himself demoted to AAA with that missed signal

  103. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Wood would have thrown a bunch more pitches also. Let him off the hook.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      The ball was right there it jabbed at it. You play catch with it.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Im talking about Bryce getting picked off. Rendon comes up and sees a bunch more pitches and runs up that pitch count more.

        Sure, Taylor screwed up also. 2 screwups.

  104. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Wow, Rendon is 7/9 with a homer off Wood, too. That was a great matchup with runners on base.

    • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Yes, 2 runners on base if Bryce holds firm.

  105. scnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I’m am getting so tired tuning in and seeing us down multiple runs early

  106. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    East double play call.

  107. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    This is looking hauntingly like last season. Get out of here 7 and 5 and go beat up the Fish.

  108. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Umps are spineless again.

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    We get screwed…. Wow….

  110. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    scnatsfan I couldn’t agree more.

  111. David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    This system is a joke. It’s a joke. If the goal is to get the calls right, you don’t do these stupid reviews and limit them.

  112. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Show them the ball. That would have a big ole dirt splotch on it if it hit the dirt.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Yes, I’ve seen catchers do that. The infield dirt has a distinctive brown color that would be on that ball if it hit the ground. Surprised ALR didn’t show him the ball.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Why would they go to replay on Upton last week not because of Gonzalez and not that one.

    Of course mw would have his challenge reviewers had not screwed up the first one.

    The umps here are bad and in New York worse.

  114. dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Get rid of the replay.
    Get rid of Angels in the umpiring staff

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Web Gem Nate McLouth!

  116. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Nice catch Nate.

  117. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    FP said what I said. Umps in NY mess up caused a second mess

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Nice going McLouth..

    I’m trying to reserve judgement on the replay system…

  119. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    When this team plays the Braves I just put it in the loss column. It’s a shame. Hopefully the nats can excel against the rest of the league and win the division

  120. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Presently umps owe us 2 from tonight 1 from last night

  121. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I’m a fan of replay, but not of the challenge system. That was a case in point.

    That having been said, it’s also a case in point on why you don’t waste your challenge on a questionable play. Of course, that’s not MW’s fault. He can’t see well enough to know. It’s up to our video guy in the clubhouse to give good advice.

    The umps should be willing to review a questionable call if a team is out of challenges. They have some ‘splainin’ to do.

  122. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Replay sucks

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    7 pitches in that AB by Rendon. Nice walk.

  124. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Mark suggested above the method I want the NCAA football method.

    McClauth another k on a ball.

  125. dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    and who makes up the schedule… you have 29 teams to play and we see Atl and Miami two weeks in a row.

    Why can’t the folk in charge of MLB do anything right. When they do take action, they put in a flawed replay system without much thought, while going decades without making decisions on different rules in the two leagues, not having a commissioner, and then there’s the fleecing of the Nats with the good ole boy cable deal.

  126. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    I’m pretty sure that Hulk Hogan will come in soon. Huh? What’s that you say? What do you mean this isn’t the WWF?
    The replay system is a farce

  127. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Now ALR you need to knock these guys in.

  128. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    What a great job of hitting by Ryan Zimmerman.

  129. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    And another thing — when a respected veteran like ALR says he caught the ball, what’s the harm in checking the replay? He’s not going to BS you, since the replay will show whether it was right. Bad decision by the umps.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      +1

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    The line of the season by FP “One pitch he looks like Tom Glavine and the next Henry Rodriguez”

  131. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    This guy must be hard to pick up as we swing a lot of non strikes

  132. dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Can we go back to the Davey Johnson school of non-aggression on the basepaths

    • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      That had nothing to do with aggression.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        How do you know ?
        What was the Harper out ?

      • David Proctor - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Both were guys falling asleep on the bases. Had they been running, that’s one thing. What they were doing is the opposite of aggression.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Correct David.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        THis game is painful enuf. I really don’t need two egotistical blogiacs making facts out of uncertainties.
        I’m sure I’ll regret this after Ghost who will still be on the blog in 2059 tell those who remain, “I called it first back in 93′”

  133. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Zim getting picked off even more stupid then than Harper. I

  134. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comical at this point…

  135. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    This is High School. Baserunning blundes by Harper and now Zimmerman. How can you let that happen. This is why that play that worked earlier in the week by Harper where he rounded 2nd on an infield grounder and kept running was a fortunate result of a careless play. This is not High School. This can’t happen at this level.

  136. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Great ALR swings at one in the dirt, doesn’t bother on one one over the middle.

    I think the conclusion we really have a focus problem against the Braves. Just win the 143 games.

  137. paul brandt - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    feel like i am watching the caps…comedy of errors!!

  138. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    He might have been safe

  139. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Actually I was thinking about the Caps. Unexplained mistakes. Totally weird

  140. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    The Nats appear to be missing the steadying influence of Jayson Werth tonight.

  141. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Chase Hughes take note: Rendon throws lasers.

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I hope Zimmerman hasn’t broken his thumb…

    Pitching has really hurt us this series…

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Pitcher and base running, and fielding

  143. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Feel like I’m watching the Washington Generals vs the Harlem Globtrotters.

  144. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I have to look up the RISP for tonight I know we are losing big there.

  145. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    This game is over…

    And I’m not 1 to think but we just play stupid ball against the braves… Which is terrible…

  146. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    So glad that our team is a better prepared team than last year Zim was out, BTW. Matt Williams has his work cut out for him.
    Ghost two bounces from a throw from medium LF to the plate?

  147. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Ball just all up by Jordan… Hurry back soon Fister please… Damn this aggravating…

  148. dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Stop the stupid chop…If you can question the Washington football team name, why is the chop just fine

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

    Bad pitching is one thing. Brain dead plays is another. Taylor Jordan is doing his best like Roark yesterday and JZim a few days ago but these brain dead plays at the plate and base paths has got to change.

  150. dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Blasting that dopey chop music on top of the chop….pyschological bs

  151. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Did the rule change. It wasn’t that way for 100 years. Why now change?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      I don’t know what FP is talking about. That play has happened 3 times this year. Happened in the Cubs game and they challenged it and still lost the appeal. That outfielder had it in his glove even longer.

  152. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    So keep telling me about how un important outfielders are. FP is wrong anyway. That wasn’t on the transfer. Nate dropped the ball.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      It didn’t looked dropped to me. Looked like dropped as he picked it out of the glove.

  153. davecydell - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Go Laro, someone has to get mad.
    It sure aint gonna be Williams
    .

  154. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    This transfer play is absolutely absurd. This is something that MLB must correct. There have been some much more extreme calls on that this year. Crazy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      It was never called before this year. I hope goes away quickly.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I agree with that. I don’t ever remember it. This is the 3rd time I’ve seen it. FP must not watch MLB Network. They have analyzed it and said the rule is specific on the transfer of the ball.

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        me too. crazy rule, or crazy interpretation of the rule. one or the other.

  155. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    McCatty out there. Hope better results

  156. dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Other teams should start using their PA systems to their advantage like Atlanta. Maybe then someone will put a stop to it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      It has to hurt their viewership of the fan that is not a fan of the Braves and just wants to see baseball. It’s just embarrassing to the sport watching these idiots acting like bigger idiots.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        +1

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        A big +2

        I’ve noticed on the FOX national broadcast they cut out the crowd noise effectively. Its like chalkboard nails.

  157. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Just pathetic to constantly lose to this team. If you don’t like the chop, if you don’t like the fans….. Then how about you beat these guys occasionally. They own the nats. They are laughing at us, As they should.

    DISGUSTED

  158. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Has TJ got a DP tonight?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Technically no. ALR did have a double play

  159. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Just pathetic to constantly lose to this team. If you don’t like the chop, if you don’t like the fans….. Then how about you beat these guys occasionally. They own the nats. They are laughing at them

  160. dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    They got out of that with 1 run…I’ve found gratitude

  161. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    They pulled 1 of our moves… Didnt score with RISP….

  162. stoatva - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Just a quick look in to say young Mr Jordan showed me a lot right there.

  163. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Good on Jordan for getting out of it though….

  164. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I only feel sorry forTaylor Jordan and his Mom and Dad.
    Just watched the McLouth non-catch.Sorry folks, that was always an E-9 for the last 100 years. That was an error on any level of baseball. I disagree with FP.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Why do you feel sorry for TJ and his parents?

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Because I’ve been a parent of a young kid pitching.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Makes sense…

  165. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Now FP remembers the Elliott Johnson play. I thought he said this is the 1st time he’s seen it called. Did I hear him right the 1st time?

  166. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    The rule is stupid. Catching and taking ball of the glove are 2 distinctly different plays

  167. unkyd59 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Love that TJ and TR both had to hang in for more innings, after their first innings fiascos! Building character, around here…

  168. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    This is no joke on Ryan Zimmerman if you saw the Josh Hamilton thumb injury. Rizzo I’m sure is calling Jamey Carroll right now.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      I’m really hoping it’s not broken….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        There’s a ligament in the thumb so being broken or tearing that ligament is all bad. Lets hope its just a jam. Stupid play by RZim turns into an injury.

    • stoatva - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Dog forbid.

  169. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Time for Leon to earn his money.

  170. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Prayers for Ryan.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      and all of those who watched the last 2 innings.

  171. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Brian Kenny and his panel on MLB Now the other day came up with some great examples of what enforcement of the rule could lead to. What if a guy catches the ball one handed in right field, starts running in to the dugout, and drops the ball as he transfers it to his throwing hand to toss it into the crowd? It’s ridiculous.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      That play in Cleveland cost them a run also. I saw the game. Trevor Bauer was pitching and gave up that unearned and 1 other and I think took the L. In that play, the outfielder had the ball longer than McLouth. It was ridiculous and cost the Indians a replay in the 1st inning.

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        He had it way longer, you’re right. Terry Francona had a classic line. Said the umps should have called him for traveling.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Truth. I felt bad for Bauer and he didn’t let it bother him. He pitched a great game.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Deuces, he didn’t have the ball long enough even by last year’s rules.or the year before’s Now, I still don’t get the ALR ruling.

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Sorry,I just disagree. But I understand your position.

        I think we both agree that ALR made that catch. I think it should have been reviewed. I guess all of you who hate replay think the call should stand no matter how wrong it was.

      • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        As far as I understand, it doesn’t matter how long you have it. See the Cleveland “traveling” play. You have to control the ball with your throwing hand to complete the catch. That’s nuts.

  172. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Nat vs. Brave game’s replacing BoSox vs. Yanks for the longest games

  173. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Sandy my darling you hurt me real bad.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      At least that time he moved up the runners.

  174. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Dcwx61. Lol

  175. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Sandy did his job this time…. And it paid off… Worked in the Nats favor…

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Did half a job, but it helped. It is getting to the point, you can’t just advance runner you need hits.He has been up with 2 on multiple times, and is not really taking advantage.

  176. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    We swing at more bad pitches vs. braves then any other team. Pressing I am assuming.

  177. Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    He did more than doing his job. That ball was hit sharply. Could easily have been a hit. Nice play by Freeman.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Was hit well just not the right place.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Seriously Manassas? He hit it right side and Freeman made a nifty play.

  178. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    97 on the 1st pitch. Holy cheese!

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Not fast enough to get by Freeman

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Did you see what a compact swing he has. Barrel on ball and level swing. A thing of beauty.

  179. secretwasianman - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    What looked so promising Thursday night is now very bleak. Lots of injuries. I’m worried moving forward.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      I am not worried, we just need to play ball effectively.

  180. davecydell - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Harder they throw, the more often they run into Freddy Freeman.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Freddy Freeman is great

  181. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Nasty slider…..

  182. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    His hit was hard, but at this point of game we need more than just a move out, but was better than previous at bats

  183. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Click up another error.

  184. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    More stupid ball…

    • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Fielders responsibility on a wide throw is getting a glove on it. Espi didn’t knock it down. That could have been a disaster.

  185. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Fielding is always weak it seems against Braves. It was one thin MW said had to improve.

  186. Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    OK beating a dead horse, but Mrs. Seamhead , who kept score for high school and college teams says after watching the replay, that even if it was her son on that play it would be E-9 on the McLouth play.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I have also kept score at the high school level, I didn’t see it as E9

      Depends on what you see.

      Moot point at this time, but lack of hitting with RISP far from moot.

  187. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    That inning worked.

    F.P. and his sly point. The umps signaled out before McLauth removed it from his glove.

  188. stoatva - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Freeman and Kimbrel are, I believe, the only Braves I’d want on my team. Simmons, too.

    • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      I would take Teheran also.

      • stoatva - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        I seriously didn’t like when he threw at Harper last year. Punk.

      • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Sure and true. Guy is still a good #5 for the Nats ;)

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Freeman is about it, for me…

    • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Simmons is a great fielder, but I’d rather have Desi as my SS. Agree on Freeman and Kimbel, obviously. Maybe Tehran. Maybe Carpenter. Wouldn’t mind having Gattis as backup catcher. :-)

  189. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    It’s game 11 and I feel like I’m in mid season form already….

  190. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    In Baltimore the closer just gave up a HR and its a 1-1 game.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Who was their closer? Jim Johnson? I don’t follow or watch the O’s… Never was a fan.. So I really don’t know…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Bud Norris gives up no runs and his win disappears. That’s demoralizing. It’s happening all over baseball.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Another case of a team traded the wrong guy, IMHO. When Norris is long forgotten, LJ Hoes will still be in the league.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Houston is hoping you are right. Norris pitched the best game he’s had in 2 years.

  191. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Even our best batter swings at crap with a 3-2 count.

  192. stoatva - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Get ready for Zach.

  193. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Nice hit Nate! Was trying to push it out for you…

  194. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Zach Walters and not Jamey Carroll. Sorry people, I had a bad feeling. I guess Rizzo wants a guy on his 40 man.

  195. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Too bad rendon didn’t walk.

  196. manassasnatsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Is that 0 for 10 now?

  197. nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Another out for Espi with runners in scoring position.

  198. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Really hoping Ryan’s injury isn’t too bad… Still have my fingers crossed… Rather have Carroll than Walters…

    Span, Werth, Ramos and now, maybe Zimm, oi vey…

    • nats128 - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      +1 Walters is a warm body.

  199. stoatva - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I always try to remind myself that in order to be The Worst Player in Major League Baseball you pretty much had to have been a God at your school.

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