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Game 12: Nats at Braves

Apr 13, 2014, 11:46 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — The Nationals are a beaten-up bunch right now. Both in the physical sense, given the mounting injuries that culminated last night with Ryan Zimmerman fracturing his right thumb. And in the pure baseball sense, too, given two straight losses to the Braves to begin this weekend and four losses in five head-to-head games so far this season.

So the challenge today is to overcome all of that and leave town with at least one victory against their division rivals before heading to Miami for the rest of this road trip. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, hoping to reverse some not-so-great history against Atlanta (2-6, 4.88 ERA in nine career starts).

The Nats have another new face on the bench, with infielder Zach Walters recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to take Zimmerman’s roster spot. Zim was in the clubhouse this morning with a splint on his thumb, in good spirits. So, too, was Denard Span, who says he’s feeling OK and hopes to return as soon as he’s eligible to come off the 7-day concussion DL. Check the homepage for a full story on those guys in a little while.

And check back here for game updates throughout…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where:
Turner Field
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to LF

NATIONALS
3B Anthony Rendon
CF Nate McLouth CF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper LF Kevin Frandsen
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

BRAVES
RF Jason Heyward
CF B.J. Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Justin Upton
SS Andrelton Simmons
C Gerald Laird
3B Ramiro Pena
2B Tyler Pastornicky
RHP Aaron Harang

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

1:00 p.m. — Lineup change for the Nats. Nate McLouth has been scratched, no reason given yet by the Nationals. So Bryce Harper moves to center field and up to the 2-spot in the lineup, with Kevin Frandsen now in left field batting sixth.

1:36 p.m. — We are underway with a ball outside from Aaron Harang to Anthony Rendon.

1:46 p.m. — Nothing much for the Nats in the top of the first, but two encouraging signs: 1) Bryce Harper drew another walk, meaning he has reached base in 11 of his last 22 plate appearances since Wednesday night’s towering home run in D.C. Appears to be seeing the ball much better. 2) Jayson Werth smoked a ball to deep left-center. It was caught by Jason Heyward, but still it’s good to see Werth hit the ball like that and show no ill effects of the groin tweak that kept him out of last night’s lineup.

2:00 p.m. — Well, here we go again. The Braves pounced on Gio Gonzalez for three runs in the bottom of the first. A leadoff walk to Heyward and then a botched throw/catch on B.J. Upton’s sacrifice bunt attempt didn’t help, but Justin Upton’s towering homer to center field was the biggest blow. It’s 3-0 after one, but really this is nothing new. The Nats have now been outscored 11-1 in the first two innings of this series. They’ve had to play from behind the entire weekend. Not an easy way to go about things.

2:21 p.m. — Make it 14-1, 6-0 today after Gio gave up a triple to Tyler Pastornicky, a double to Heyward and a moonshot homer to Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the second. This is beyond unreal.

2:30 p.m. — Harper has reached base in both plate appearances today, but he just ran himself into an out to end the top of the third. Seemed like a classic case of Bryce trying to make up for everything else that’s gone wrong in one fell swoop. And that usually doesn’t work. Still 6-0 heading to the bottom of the third.

2:48 p.m. — Things have settled down here somewhat, with Gonzalez tossing two scoreless innings to keep this a 6-0 deficit after four. He did give up a hit to B.J. Upton in the fourth, with Harper misplaying the ball in center for an error. And then he drilled Freeman in the right hand with a fastball, bringing trainers out to look at the Braves first baseman. But he stayed in the game and appears to be OK.

2:56 p.m. — One bright spot on an otherwise bleak afternoon: Kevin Frandsen has a pair of hits and is now 7-for-13 with two walks as a National. Frandsen wound up scoring on Jose Lobaton’s groundout, so the Nats trim the lead to 6-1 in the fifth.

3:12 p.m. — He’s been all over the place, but Gio has managed to get through the fifth without surrendering any more runs. The fact he’s made it this far, I suppose, is encouraging. Still 6-1 heading to the sixth.

3:25 p.m. — Jayson Werth had some words for Angel Hernandez after getting called out on an inside pitch in the top of the sixth. The pitch was legitimately inside, but Hernandez has consistently been calling that one all day. Check out his strikezone map, courtesy the great folks at BrooksBaseball.net.

3:48 p.m. — Props to Gio for slogging his way through six innings today and not burning up the bullpen. It won’t show up in the final score today, but it will help this team the rest of the week. Ross Detwiler now on the mound and Steven Souza Jr. now making his big-league debut in left field. He’s a big, strong, toolsy outfielder who really impressed this spring. Still 6-1 Braves at the stretch.

4:00 p.m. — First major-league at-bat for Souza, who struck out. Harper did draw another walk, meaning he has reached base four times today and in 14 of his last 25 plate appearances since Wednesday night’s towering home run. But Werth struck out looking again, so the Nats are down to their last three outs, still trailing 6-1.

4:23 p.m. — Brutal weekend at shortstop for Desmond, who now has been charged with five errors in 12 games this season. This latest one led to four unearned runs, with Simmons taking Detwiler deep to center for a 3-run bomb to add insult to injury. To the ninth we go, the Nats now down 10-1.

4:31 p.m. — That’s it. Nats lose 10-2 after LaRoche homered in the ninth. They get swept this weekend. They’re 1-5 vs. Braves this season, 6-0 against everyone else. On to Miami…

229 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. scmargenau - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    A.LR at clean up?

    I don’t think we loose much with Mclouth instead of Span….dropped flies aside. We need this win! go nats!

  2. scmargenau - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    A.LR at clean up?

    I don’t think we loose much with Mclouth instead of Span….dropped flies aside. We need this win! go nats!

    • Jeff G - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Righty then lefty straight through to Gio. How would you change the lineup facing a RHSP?

  3. kirbs3256 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    There is no reason this line up can’t score 4 runs. Its up to Gio.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Need some Nats great pitching. That’s all I have to say.

  5. Sonny G 10 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Alright wounded warriors, lets salvage one game out of this series. Go get’em boys!

  6. Doc - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Whatever else this lineup can do, it should be able to knock Aaron Harang around.

    Let’s roll guys!!!!

  7. David Proctor - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Gio has been very hit or miss against the Braves. He’s been shelled a couple times, but he’s also pitched some gems and got hard luck losses or no decisions. I remember he pitched 7 or 8 innings of 1 run ball last year and we lost thanks to Henry Rodriguez. He also had a game late in the year where he gave up 2 runs over 7 and lost.

  8. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Werth is back…a big plus to the lineup.
    LaRoche never more than a number 6 hitter. Losing consistent hitting at 1st base is a big minus. His glove is a big plus even when the umps get it wrong.

    • David Proctor - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      LaRoche is hitting .317 and has the team lead in RBI. I’m with you that LaRoche shouldn’t hit cleanup normally, but for now I’m okay with it. He’s been one of our hottest hitters

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        That’s fair as long as he doesn’t against any woods anymore. (Wilbur, Ed or…)

  9. chaz11963 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Actually not a bad lineup, especially considering all the injuries. Much better bench from 2013!

  10. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Yeah, McLouth a big plus over Moore/Lombo/Kobernus in the outfield

  11. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Still…it is important that the bottom of the lineup (7,8 ,9) execute…I’m confident with Gio…awaiting judgement on Espo and the Lobaton

  12. NatsNut - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    After all the crap that happened yesterday, I’m moving beyond stunned or dejected and now I’m pissed. And I want the team to feel the same way. This is where they need to get fired up and really fight to make this a serious turning point when we make the Braves the beaten and battered ones.

    • Doc - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Agreed!

      It’s time to show some fire—and stop making stupid mistakes on the basepaths.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      need a strategy to run into them on the basepaths and step on their thumbs ?

      • Eric - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Stop, I’m already paranoid enough ;)

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Ty Cobb school of baseball…The Georgia Peach

  13. Joe Seamhead - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    ALR had a rough night at the plate last night, but before yesterday’s game he was leading, or second in almost every offensive category. Of course this early in the year you go 0-5 your BA drops about 40 points. Adam is 3rd in hits, behind Rendon and Werth,2nd in homers, tied for 1st in RBIs,1st in BBs, 4th in OPS amongst batters with more then 12 ABs.
    In other words, MW’s hitting him at cleanup is viable.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Today with the injuries, absolutely.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        He’s already left 5 men on base in 2 of 4 games against Atlanta.
        Stats can convince one of anything if used properly ;)

  14. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    That’s 5 men on base, twice, in two of 4 games

  15. edshelton2013 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    1-for16 with RISP yesterday. We need some clutch hits from anybody.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Swinging at garbage each time RISP. Nats are over aggressive and Barves play to that.

  16. David Proctor - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP 40s
    Nate McLouth scratched from lineup. No reason provided. Bryce Harper in center now, hitting second; Kevin Frandsen in left, hitting sixth.

    Really?

    • Eric - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Just…wow…

  17. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Big goal is not to get anymore injuries this weekend….my definition of success today

  18. masterfishkeeper - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    I’d prefer to see Souza in left, because he’s likely a better outfielder than Frandsen and has the potential to be a better hitter.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Now would be the day.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Can he bat lefty ?
        At least Frandsen is batting better than .227 against MLB pitching.
        Maybe, save him for the fish.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        He can’t bat lefty. The element of surprise is worth something.

  19. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    In any case, a big key to the next month will be Espinosa’s ability to keep his average above the Mendoza line.
    Can’t have too many more holes in the lineup with Ramos, Zimm, Span out.

  20. natsfan1a - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Once more unto the breach…

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      so far, so good.
      Liked his walk friday night

  21. TimDz - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Two thoughts….probably not original, but I’m not part of the virtual drink club….
    1….The thing about both Roark and Jordan is that both may have had TOO MUCH rest. I remember this was the case with J. Marquis…
    Both Friday and Saturday, they were up in the zone with EVERYTHING…..unless you throw 97 or 98, you’ll get creamed.

    2….yes it was a small sample size, but Treinen looked awesome….97 with a bunch of movement…..How does Rizzo find these arms?

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Hoping that the pitching is ON today….

    Go Nats!

  23. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Let’s not have a replay today.

    System is flawed, and I don’t trust New York umps at all.

    No close plays please. More importantly; let’s win.

    • natsfan1a - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      I’m with you on all counts, MNF!

      • natsfan1a - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        And, if you could find it in yourselves to not make any baserunning or fielding gaffes, that would be awesome. Oh, and hit with runners on. Oh, and also pitch “good.” Okay, I think that’s all. Thanks ever so! Gotta go now – buh-bye! :-)

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        and no running into braves players, bases with fingers or faces into walls….The cost of Harpertude.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Managers may be realizing that the cost of alienating the ump crew, further, not worth the 50/50 chance of a possible call reversal.

    • natsfan1a - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Oh, yeah. Good point, dcw. It occurs to me that maybe I was asking just a teensy bit too much, so I’ll also say that I would even accept an ugly win, just for today. Okay, bye now.

      • natsfan1a - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Dang, that was supposed to go with the “Harpertude” comment. Anyhoo. Later.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        bye, hon….oh we’re not in bmore anymore

  24. NatsLady - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Took me SO long to write up all the injuries last night that I didn’t do the game recap. Then I had to work this morning. So, I’m a little tired. Actually, a lot tired. Did put up a game post. Discipline, y’know.

    Really hoping Gio has his good stuff today!

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      I need some of that….couch potato after a walk into town this AM with slim (the dog dude, he doesn’t bowl on Shabaz)

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Thanks NL, esp about McLouth…Didn’t know groin injuries were contagious…need better protection

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Awesome!!!! Thanks nf1a..I was in nyc in march but missed it…

        I do mind, the Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Harper good thing it didn’t hit the chalk and ruled foul as we of course lose the challenge.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Don’t challenge the Man, man!

  26. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Still trying to figure why Uggla was standing in the middle of the path.

    Werth hit it hard just hung too much.

    Now steal second please.

  27. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    thanks for jinxing ALR. FP (or was it me ?) 5ks in 6 abs

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      How do you just quit seeing the ball?

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        mirrors

  28. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I found a web site with all challenges on them.

    Last 2 days 10 challenges. 4 overturned. If I was the judge 9 would have been overturned.

    Dave and Charlie were saying announcers talking among themselves agree New York is doing terribly. As bad as Nate call was last night, the one in the Yanks game , they had a freeze frame they totally ignored.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    FP and Bob all over Angel already.

    Bio did you not get the message?

  30. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    What the hell?

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Stupid, stupid, stupid play…

  32. NatsLady - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Aaaaaaannnnd, the error costs. Aaaaaaaaaaaand, Gio hangs one.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Laughable… Just laughable…

  34. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    DP is a profit.

    Thought that was a popup

  35. David Proctor - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    This is the exact opposite of what we needed. This is just unbelievable.

  36. Danny - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Unbelievable. Uncle.

  37. Eric - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Oy vey

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Look at Fredie Freeman’s approach with men on base… Doesn’t swing for stars… Look at how compact his swing is..

  39. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Geez. MW promised better fielding this year. He lied

    Do warm up before games. The pitchers have not been prepared. I called for deck”
    ‘S head when the batters were not prepared. Guess I have to call for Cat’s head. 4 games in a row the starter comes and lays an egg. Stras showed the way 5 games in a row.

  40. Barved - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    The nats refuse to ever pitch around people. No reason to give Freeman or Upton anything near the plate. Just bad strategy

    • David Proctor - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      If you put Upton there, it’s 4-0 instead of 3-0 right now. You can’t put baserunners on for free that early in the game.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Stupid ball has replaced smart ball. Walk the leadoff man, then an error then a meatball to Upton and another to Simmons.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Well…the meatballs are flying today (esp. hangin ones)
      Maybe they’ll fly for us too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Harang is doing the same strategy of getting Nats to chase garbage

  42. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Official scorer is nuts. Double and an error.

  43. Cam - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Same exact story last year. Hopefully they keep sweeping the bad teams they play because they are proving to be no match for the braves once again.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Four games in a row the starter is not prepared to play. Why?

  45. natsjackinfl - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Good job Gio.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    We are the medicine to the braves issues… Mets took 2 of 3 but we decide to come in and just let them feel better about themselves…

    This is a shame… Stupid play all damn weekend…

  47. Joe Seamhead - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Frandsen has to stay out of the CEr’s way. Neither of them could catch it, but Bryce was who should’ve been the one to throw it in. No harm, as it turns out, but that is how outfielders get hurt.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Our guys need to hit them away from their fielders this inning.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    We need to dump the sideline reporter, as they suppose to be eye candy.

    • dhamm6500 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Not to mention that there really isn’t any reporting being done.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Quit hitting pop ups. Hit liners.

  51. Joe Seamhead - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    (I inadvertently hit the stupid report comment button just now)

  52. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Go Fransen

  53. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    throw ball under danny’s hands stategary

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Apparently can’t adjust to that. I call it smart pitching. Umps calling them strikes.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Wow… Okay, as long as Angel calls it both ways….

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      I haven’t had a problem with Angel yet.

  55. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Espi he called it a strike on strike 2 what made you believe he wouldn’t call strike 3.

  56. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    you know they want to pitch to Lobo with Gio on deck

  57. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Just realized 4 out 5 bad starts. Zim was before Straw.

    Lebiton didn’t listen to me liners not pop ups.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Bio what is wrong with you?

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Pitching is off again today…

    Great

  60. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Go is not focused from batter 1. Ha rang swung at 3 balls

  61. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Go is clueless today. Got to take it for the team

  62. Joe Seamhead - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Werth is not throwing the ball very well. I’m thinking the groin tweak is affecting both his accuracy and his zip.

  63. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    They are doing what I want line drives

  64. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    I’m not sure the last time I’ve seen a pitcher give up so many meatballs.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Take it for the team.

      Remember they were 14th of 15 in scoring coming into the series.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    And this ones over…. Terrible

  66. NatsLady - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Throw batting practice, willya, Gio?

  67. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Go take it for the team. Stay in all 8 innings.

    Don’t think about pitching around Freeman

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      3*9=

  68. Joe Seamhead - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    This just plain sucks.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      We are totally psyched out when playing Braves.

  69. Danny - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    This is insanity.

  70. David Proctor - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Gio just has to eat innings at this point.

  71. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I’m feelin a comeback

  72. Eric - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    And these visions / of [Dan Haren] / have now taaaaaaken [Gio’s] place…

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Leave Gio in until the 9th… It’s over… Save the pen…

  74. secretwasianman - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    We are not psyched out by the Braves. They are a better team. It’s going to be another long season. Once again they look good on paper but not on the field. Just plain pathetic. Nats won’t beat Giants, dodgers, reds, cards pirates, brewers and cards. They re not good enough.

  75. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Harper waking up. Need all to wake up.

    • NatsLady - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      If you call being thrown out at 2B down six runs “waking up”.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        I’m calling this “stupid ball”. Only way to describe it.

  76. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    With Werth up ????
    Give him a day off

  77. Danny - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    You can’t make up this futility.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Stupid ball continues.

  79. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    My problem with 2 strikes he should be stealing not waiting for a wild pitch.

    Base running practice and drills needed for the whole team.

  80. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    “I do mind, the Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.”
    The Big Lebowski

  81. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Not in the dirt enough to go. Should have been stealing to me, they were focused on Werth

  82. scnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Right now just a pathetic effort by a team, once again, that the media overrated.

    I know it’s a long season but game 10 counts just as much as game 162.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      I’m not sure…It looks like we filled a lot of holes from last year (deeper bench, starting pitching and bullpen, Rendon/Harper maturing, Span’s 2nd half) but then the perfect storm of injuries in Atlanta sets in.
      This is a much better team for the long hall, esp with the plethora of pitching….just a mental thing against ATL.

  83. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Angel now missed 1

  84. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Harper so far is one of the greatest dumbest players I’ve seen since the guy who ran thru the fence in the Natural

  85. secretwasianman - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Don’t forget Gus Frerotte banging the head

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      lol

  86. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Why wait til your down 6-0 to pitch? Do it from batter 1

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Down 6… And picked off… Lol… You can’t make this up..

    I hope mW digs in their stuff and tells them about themselves after this…

  88. secretwasianman - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    My deepest apologies to Davey Johnson. Sorry I blamed you for last season.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Let’s score 7 this inning.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    I need to yell NO POP UPs

  91. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Hit liners

  92. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Looks like Ange’s gotta leave early

  93. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I’m going to climb a small mountain now. Fortunately it has no real cliffs off of which I might throw myself.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    FP is wrong. ALR scores in game 1 we would be ahead

  95. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Darn…I always recommend taking the first 3 strikes when you’re having a bad day

  96. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    So far this is the first game the team looks like they quit. Never thought of MW as a quitter. We will see if they wake up.

  97. Another_Sam - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    What channel is that Baltimore club on? Or a good Gilligan’s Island rerun? [just kidding.]

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      I’ve been catching up on Mad Men for tonight’s premier.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Fielding sucks

  99. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Good hit him

  100. NatsLady - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Concede now? Pray for rain?

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    And the stupidity continues…

  102. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    You stand and watch a homer you get hit. Unwritten rule

  103. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I feel like Custer at the Little Big Horn.
    Was that in Atlanta too ?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      We can still win this.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        With a good hp ump, I agree. Angel always gotta put a wrench into our best intentions.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    We need 6 runs to tie it. What we waiting on?

    Everyone just get hits.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      not with Angel’s strike zone…it’s gonna be tough when Harang can throw balls for strikes..

      • Eric - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        Some *ridiculous* calls, if GameDay is accurate.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    We blew a 9-0 lead they can blow a 6-0 lead.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Problem is… We are playing stupid baseball… They ain’t…

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        We were not playing stupid when we were up 9-0 either

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Yeah…the game aint over until the fat guy gets off the couch.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Masters after this. Fat man not moving.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        not much of a golfer, unfortunately

  106. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Here we go,

  107. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Come on Lobiton

  108. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    The Baseball Gods are just (even though replay is not)

  109. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Get Espi in

  110. dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    good execution…wish it were only 3-1

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    KF was such a good signing… This bench is respectable…

    • dcwx61 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      +1

  112. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    The first two batters got the message then the others didn’t bother.

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Uhm… Did everyone leave?

    • NatsLady - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      No still here. Just about to get my tax stuff out… Procrastinating…. procrastinating…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        DC lost my electronic copy… How the hell they lose the e-copy, idk…

        So I have to mail mine in…

  114. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    OK . More hits now

  115. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I got state back in 4 days, fed took a week.

  116. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Hanging slider I am all bout clobbering a low one never swing.

    As we said in high school. “When its high, let it fly; when its low let it go.”

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Harper’s plate discipline is improved…

  118. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Keep the line moving

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Really Angel…. Wow….

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    That is terrible….

  121. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Angel back to being blind. That ball was inside.

    This is why I am for laser plate umps.

  122. Eric - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    OMG…ball FIVE to Werth for called strike three. Strike 2 was the same pitch as ball two. I have checked in pretty infrequently and have seen gratuitously bad calls each time.

    Really aggravating.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      If strike 2 was same as ball 2 then he should have struck out earlier as strike 2 was a strike. Perfect pitch.

  123. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    The ball on the outside a perfect strike. The one inside not close. First pitch to ALR same place called a ball.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      And i thought the opposite…thought the outside was a ball…

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        The little box had it on the corner at the bottom. So laser would call it a strike

  124. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    1 for 6 RISP now. Do we not understand the goal here. Man on second no outs. Score.

  125. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    That was slightly more in than Werth’s k. Neither a strike

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    So how was that not a K for Gio but it was for Haraung…. See this is what makes me mad…

    Call it both way,

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      According to the laser. Both ere balls. One to Upton was 1 inch further in.

      My problem today is addressed to McCatty. Why are his people not prepared to play in inning 1

      Not to late to start in case we want to win.

      Ian Thomas went to Kellen high . Same as RZim

  127. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I’m with you Kevin… That wasn’t a K..

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Hit it away from there. Hitting it hard, but right at them are outs

  128. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Please don’t hit right at them. Make them look a kittle

  129. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Angel stinks and everyone who follows baseball knows that. My question is how does the MLB not have the ability to find men and women who can’t be better?

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Angel is terrible… Lol… I don’t understand how he keeps a job….

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Most people in most jobs would be fired. This is probably MLB’s weakness as they do not take bad umping seriously.

  131. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    The stadium in Atlanta less than 20 years old, talk about poor stewardship, why a new stadium already?

    • bavesfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Because it’s in a really crappy part of town, where no one feels safe and there is nothing at all to do before or after games… except get to and from your car in the relative safety of the crowd.
      They’re moving to a part of town where there will be plenty of shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

  132. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Steven Souza Jr. Hope he gets a hit.

  133. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Angel at work. He is terrible, braves just got Angeled-

  134. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Stache wants go be a starter again.

  135. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Good job Stache.

  136. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Det can go thru the line up, we know, 1 time… Good job Det…

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      That is why I believe he is a good 2 inning guy.

  137. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Harper is one hitter who took the series seriously. On base 9 times.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      K Fransden might say what about me???

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        I retracted and added Frandsen. RZim too before hurt.

  138. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Basically our hitters are showing little spunk today take away Harper and Dresden.

  139. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Man oh man… Come on Desi…. How many errors does the team have this series – 6 or 7?

    Wow, up 5 and Jayson steals….

  140. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Second unwritten rule broken today. Gio took care of the first. Looks like Stache will let this one slide.

  141. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Look at Freddie’s approach when men are on base…. Just a smart approach….

  142. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Why is Blevins up?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      I agree save the pen… Don’t use both LHP now…..

      • davecydell - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        why yank Det now, 10-1, 15 to one wont make a diff ??

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        I don’t get this at all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Yep, bad move.

  143. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    McCatty said the wrong thing apparently.

  144. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    4 unearned runs. When is MW going to live up to the promise of better fielding.

    They scored 10 we can too.

  145. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Might as well put Walters inn too.

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Sorry Mw, don’t agree with you taking Det out there….

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      MW now not thinking.

      • davecydell - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        may as well of used TMo.

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    The embarrassment continues.

  148. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Just need 9 to tie. Seen it once in my kfe. Let’s see it again.

  149. Joe Seamhead - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    This team looks worse in this series than they did last April against the Braves. This might be the worse three game series since Atca was managing. As a team they have looked like crap in virtually every phase of the game. Except for maybe the pinch hitters.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Acta. Where’s the edit button?

  150. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Lefties hitting 333 eighties 400 against this guy. Get 9

  151. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Haha a John Rocker reference

  152. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    8 to go

  153. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Still 1 for 6 RISP

  154. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Desmond totally not focused today.

  155. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    We were 7-2 last year going into 4th series swept and we faded into the night. Better not happen again.

  156. manassasnatsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    We have showed little desire this fame. First time this year we showed no focus.

    Why did Walters bother to go up? Wasn’t interested in hitting.

  157. natsfan1a - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:13 PM

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