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Game 15: Nats at Marlins

Apr 16, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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On the heels of a blowout loss last night, which came on the heels of a sweep in Atlanta last weekend, the Nationals wrap up their road trip tonight facing quite a stiff challenge: Jose Fernandez. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is on the mound for the Marlins, having thoroughly dominated the Nats in two starts last season (allowing one run and five hits over 13 total innings).

Tanner Roark starts for the Nationals, and obviously he’ll need to be better than he was Friday against the Braves in the first game of this eventful and disappointing trip. A win tonight would bring the Nats home with a 2-4 record on the trip; a loss would leave them 1-5 and 8-7 overall.

As you know by now, I haven’t been in Miami for this series, but I’ll have some analysis after the game, and I’ll be back at the park tomorrow when the Nats open a long homestand against the Cardinals. Enjoy tonight’s game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where:
 Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Bryce Harper CF Nate McLouth
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Nate McLouth LF Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Tanner Roark

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

UMPIRES
HP Clint Fagan
1B Rob Drake
2B Joe West (cc)
3B Marty Foster

6:25 p.m. — Lineup change for the Nats: Bryce Harper was scratched with tightness in his left quad muscle. Harper had been dealing with that injury on Monday but returned to play last night. It wasn’t considered serious, but obviously it flared up enough to keep him out of the lineup tonight. Tyler Moore now starts in left field and bats seventh. Nate McLouth moves up to Harper’s No. 2 spot in the lineup.

248 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    i expect a close fought game, 3-2…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Nats win… Yeah, me too! :)

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        +1!

  2. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    “a loss would leave them 1-5 and 8-6 overall.”

    8 – 7

    • Doc - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Correctomundo, Eric.

      Mark just wanted us to feel better, if in fact the Nats lose tonight!

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Ha!

  3. Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    So last night they faced our ace and lit him up. Tonight, we face theirs….

    • Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      And hopefully the team can take heart — and an example — from the way the Phillies lit up Fernandez in his last outing.

      4 IP, 8H (1 2b, 1 3b), 6ER, 4BB, 8 K, 87 pitches.

      Bunching up the walks and hits, almost all of them consecutive over three separate innings (1st, 3rd, 5th).

      So unless he’s throwing lots of early pitch strikes, be patient at the plate, don’t get yourself out if he’s not forcing it early in the count. Immediately after Fernandez gave up the third run, he struck out six consecutive Phillies’ batters swinging.

  4. nats106 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Hopefully tonight’s performance by the Nationals will be worthy of a post game wrap up.

    • snerdblurter - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Ha! (I was wondering where the one was for last night… further testament to the sadomasochistic nature of DC sports fans, I guess)

  5. philipd763 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Except right now Fernandez is better than Strasburg. He’s not far from being the best pitcher in the majors.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Hrm. Interesting. Who’s last outing does this describe?

      4 IP, 8H (1 2b, 1 3b), 6ER, 4BB, 8 K, 87 pitches.

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        D’oh! “Whose” not “Who’s”

        Pitching line lifted from a Steady Eddie post.

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        Actually, let me correct myself it was six Ks not eight. Half of the Phillies hits came immediately after the six consecutive swinging strikeouts. Top of the 5th was triple, single, single, single.

        All depends on whether or not Fernandez has ball movement AND command. If only one of the two, then he’s wild or throwing meatballs. Apparently last week, he had both, but not consistently enough at the same time. Let’s hope it’s the same tonight.

      • stoatva - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        If only we could face Fernandez in Citizen’s Bank Sandbox!

  6. philipd763 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Except right now Fernandez is better than Strasburg. He’s not far from being the best pitcher in the majors.

  7. philipd763 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Lannan optioned to Las Vegas as his career continues to crumble.

    • chiefwj - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Pretty sure he’s out of options, so it was probably an outright assignment. Lannan would have ability to refuse assignment and become a free agent.

      Don’t think that pitching in relief is best use of his talents, so I’m not sure his performance so far this year is dispositive of whether he could help someone as a starter. I could see him signing minor league deal with some team in need of a 6th starter at some point. IMO, that team isn’t the Mets, who are committed to younger players and have some minor league pitching talent.

  8. naterialguy - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I do not like Anthony Rendon in the lead off position. I think it really neutralizes his effectiveness. I’ll be happy when D span is back

    • Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      The Os pretty consistently and effectively used McLouth at leadoff last year.

      But maybe Matt felt that with both Rendon and Harper hot now, it could be a good way to put a run or two on the board right at the start.

      • lplipty - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        as long as Harper doesnt mess up the momentum and try to bunt

      • lplipty - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        that first inning bunt attempt on a for sure ball was HUGE yesterday….a truly momentum killer that no one mentioned yesterday or this am

    • jd - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      How does it neutralize his effectiveness exactly?

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Looks like the baseball gods tool notice of your preference, naterialguy ;)

  9. David Proctor - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Harper scratched.

  10. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Why Harper scratched quad?

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Quad strain, per Nats twitter

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Scratch that (wakka wakka wakka!):

        Quad tightness.

  11. Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    And McLouth at leadoff, which makes sense as a fast lefty-hitting.

    Would rather see a seasoned pro like Frandsen trying to hit Fernandez rather than TMo (I can see the Ks), but maybe Matty is hoping TMo will keep seeing and streak-hitting the ball as well as he did Monday. A good hitting TMo is worth more to the team as trade bait than a good hitting Frandsen.

    • scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Dude. We have no idea what a full time tymo would like. All past indications show he’s a plus plus hitter full time.

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Dude. Past indications, not so much. Last year he got more PAs as a starter than in 2012, results not so hot. We’re all hoping he improves this year, but it’s not as if he’s never gotten a decent number of starts.

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Look at 222’s stats on that in the last thread or so.

  12. NatsLady - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    http://imgur.com/9vgcK9A

  13. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Wonder if Bryce will ph

  14. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    3 hard it’s.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    What a great inning by Roark! That’s encouraging. That 2 seamer looks good.

  16. Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Spare us the excuses for Tanner FP. He didn’t have it last time. Hopefully, tonight will be different.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      What was he saying? I’m on radio until the kids are in bed…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        He said the extra rest last time amp’d him up.

      • Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Oh, just how Roark hadn’t pitched in 7 days, so his sinker wasn’t sinking the way it should. Added that since he hadn’t pitched in so long he was “amped up,” whatever that mean. These are all predictable excuses. If they were true, you would think teams would do something about them. Have him throw another side session or something.

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Gotcha.

  17. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Atta way, Roark!

  18. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    What a much better first inning.

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    1. Roark’s stuff is down… That’s good for him and us…
    2. The opposition didnt score in the first inning… #awesome

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      The way to beat any Ace is pitch zeros along with them and play like its extra innings.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        Yes.. But our pitchers lately… Uhm, well we’ve seen what they’ve done in the first inning…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        I agree with you. Have to start off well and continue it.

  20. unkyd59 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    7 pitches, 3 outs, 0 runs. Hope the others are taking notes…. :)

  21. sunshinebobby - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Weird analogy of the night: Tanner Roark is like my 1994 Chrysler New Yorker. He/it doesn’t look like much, a little bent up around the edges, but he/it gets the job done perfectly.

    Without all the upkeep of Mr. High Maintenance (we won’t mention his name by You Know Whom)

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Someone is going to make a mistake in that belt high fastball of Fernandez…

    He’s lucky he is in a huge park…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Edit- someone is going to kill that mistake on that belt high fast ball by Fernandez…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        I thought TyMo got him but it was on the end of his bat. Look at all the contact so far. Hard liners. Unlucky BABIP. I like the Nats chances.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Yeah.. I thought TYMo’s may have gone to the gap… But so far a lot of hard hit… It’s bound to drop…

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Me, too, Ghost. Decent at bat for TyMo.

  23. sunshinebobby - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Espi of 2014 is going a long way to make me forget the Espi of 2013.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      I can forget 2013, hard to forget what happened in mid-September 2012 and into the post-season.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    2 outs, absolutely go for 2nd. Great job Espi!

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Whoa… Where did that miss?

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Bunk-a** ball 4 call.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Come on blue. That’s a strike. That Fernandez frontdoor curveball that goes around the plate is not a strike.

  27. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Horrible call!!! Grrrr

  28. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Pitch track showed strike

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Ump better not call that front door cure by JF if that last pitch wasn’t a K by Roark….

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    “Jayson Werth – Nothing but winning” Doesn’t that sum him up well.

  31. minatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Roark looks good and we’ve been getting good contact off Fernandez. Encouraging. FP keeps talking about how Fernandez’s batting average against on first pitches is around .400 wheras the overall BAA is around .180. But that was on first pitch put in play.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that have very little to do with Fernandez? Isn’t BABIP always going to be higher than a pitcher’s overall BAA because it doesn’t factor in strike outs?

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    That inning was much too easy on Fernandez. Make him work!

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Uhm… Why not make JF throw Ks… Don’t make it so easy for him guys….

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    A lot of broken bats… Maybe they will run out???

    *snickers*

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Slider further out now TRoark!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Come on guys. You have him 0-2. You didn’t even need to throw a strike. You throw a purpose pitch and get him to expand his strike zone. THINK!

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Unfortunate miss to Ozuna that didnt matter… Roark’s control is there tonight…

    Wish he would get the outside corner like JF is getting though….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      True on his control which is why he can throw a ball that looks like a strike for 55 feet and leaves the zone for a chase pitch.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Was thinking high heat or ball in ground.. Ozuna was swinging the entire time…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Ozuna likes high heat. Slider in the dirt would work. It didn’t cost TRoark but he has to shake his catcher off and get on the same page. Pitching isn’t always about pitching in the zone if that is done intentionally. You saw what the Barves pitchers were doing to the Nats in working to their aggression and throwing all those chase pitches.

        Look what JF threw 0-2 to strikeout LaRoche.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        *snickers*

        See my post at 7:57

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        You and me still on that wavelength Mrs. B

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Woooooooooo, no damage but this is the difference with Ramos and these other guys. Ramos would’ve called for a 2 seam swingback or slider further outside or slider in the dirt to Ozuna. 0-2 counts you want him to expand his zone and chase. Lucky that wasn’t smashed out.

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    I don’t like that JF is getting the curve…

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Called srike 2 to Werth was in *exactly* the same spot as ball 4 on Roark’s walk.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        That’s what I was thinking…. That corner isn’t there for Roark…

        Not sure I like this blue giving both the inside and out like he is….

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Fernandez has a full arsenal of good pitches. Have to sit on a particular pitch and smash it.

  40. davecydell - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Tonite,
    we have a ballgame.

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Last pitch to Adam looked like a purpose pitch..

    Pitching duel… Who’ll be the first to make a mistake…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Exactly, if he swings he can’t reach it and if he doesn’t, big deal, the count goes to 1-2.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      There’s your answer…

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Just not a good pitch… But seems like Roark isn’t getting anything else….

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Roark needs a doubleplay big time here.

  44. davecydell - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Roark, 2 on ,no outs, we get to see what he is made of

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Pitch was up… Missed the spot big time

  46. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Finally got the dang corner. Sheesh.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    My pitch track has the HR pitch as a 4 seamer at 92mph. Have to ask, why not a 2 seamer? Why not a changeup after you already threw him a 4 seam on pitch 1. Just another example of poor pitch selection. The location was off but if you miss with a 2 seam he may top it.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Tanner was wheeling… Wondering if he’s getting tired already.. inning before last, he started laboring and missed his spot and last inning he missed it a few times..

  49. paul brandt - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    brutal…and wainwright tomorrow…i swear i feel like i am watching the caps more and more…what will go wrong, does and frequently…we need to win this game.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Fernandez is lucky… Huge park…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Livo was so good in RFK because he pitched to the dimensions. Home field advantage. Fernandez is doing the same which is why he is so good in Miami.

  51. David Proctor - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    This ballpark sucks.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    I hate to say it. Roark looks nothing special to me in 2014. I voiced my concern in the past that his small sample size could be very deceiving. Sure, he would be any teams #5 but this team is stacked and a #5 for the Nats has to look like someone elses #3.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      The problem is… Taylor doesn’t look all that special either… Both start tom fade and can’t last past the 6th…

      And I absolutely so not want Det getting that 5th spot.. He can’t last after 1 time through the order….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Taylor Jordan has that sinker and there are sinker pitchers that last long in the Majors with just a good sinker. His secondary pitches need work but he has #3 potential. I really like what I saw in him and with better Defense behind him he will look much better than what we saw last year. Just my 2 cents.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Roark no longer getting the ball down. A big problem 16 homers given up by the team.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Horrible at bat Tyler Moore….

  55. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Still looks good. Too bad for the one mistake.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Another unforced error. How can you do that?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Every mistake has been hit hard.

      Fernandez’s mistakes we foul off.

  56. paul brandt - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    at least we are #1 in something this year!!

    too bad it’d errors…comical!

  57. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Good play Tyler Moore.

    Keep the ball down Roark, both to home and second.

    16 errors now most in Majors. Seems MW’s goal of improving fielding was only lip service so far.

  58. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Nice pitch and sequence

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Did you see that Mrs B on that slider further out on Stanton! That’s what I’m talking about! Purpose pitch setting it up! Where has that been all night.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      I WS screaming, in the dirt in the dirt… Yeah that was on…

      As for Taylor vs Tanner… It’s a toss up for me.. Don’t think we will go wrong with either one…

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    The error doesn’t hurt….

    We’ve got to clean it up…

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Perfect bunt Mr Roark…

    Thanks Salty… That wasn’t smart at all…

  62. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Let’s go nats!!!!

  63. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    McLauth don’t swing at one over the plate and swing at one just outside.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Don’t leave him stranded…

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Home run baby!!!!

  66. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Woot!

  67. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Werth should ran hard in case reversed

    • scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Didn’t have to. They didn’t even go after it

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        I trust no one

    • Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Not necessary. He’s entitled to rely on the umps call. If reversed, it won’t matter how hard he ran. Umps simply make a judgment call of how far he would have gone (2B probably).

  68. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Anyone having Jeffery Mayer flashbacks?

  69. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Looked like a homer but hate walls like that

  70. paul brandt - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    new life…i like it.

  71. Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    That is so sweet. Amazing to tie this game up the way JF is pitching. Jayson Werth — nothing but winning.

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Pitch to Werth was belt high… I said it earlier… Someone was going to make him pay for those mistakes… A shame Tanner missed his spots and it’s a tie game….

  73. davecydell - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Back to a ballgame.
    [But what is Mclouth doing #1 ?, he is popping them at 105 this year??]

  74. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    A hanging slider a home run hitter’s dream. Design takes it for strike 3. That is one made for clobbering.

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Come on double play… That pitch was up.. Lucky salty didnt get under it…

  76. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    3 innings to get this done. Beating Fernandez would be a nice lift.

  77. davecydell - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Roark looking as good as Fernandez.

  78. Danny - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    That last strikeout pitch may have been a strike in little league.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Ugh, corner pitch/strike is ticking me off…

    • texnat1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      awful call

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Totally surprised Tanner is out there for the 7th…

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      YES!

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Oh, haha, that was about the 6-4-3 to get Yelich, Ozuna with Storen pitching. Heh.

  81. Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    That was a nice play by Moore, but I think Carp might be a little over the top saying that he’s done nothing to embarrass himself in two years in LF. I seem to remember some pretty lame throws, but I could be wrong.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      I started laughing as soon as he said that…

      • Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Carp has a very short memory when it comes to Nats players not doing well. Next he’ll be saying that Zim has never made a bad throw, or Espi has never struck out.

    • veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      He does have a noodle arm.

  82. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Time for this team to take a step forward and win this. Come on Nats.

  83. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Superb DP

  84. texnat1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    WhooHoo!

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    WHAT A DOUBLEPLAY! Holy natS!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Plus Yelich was taking off in the 3-2 pitch!!!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        I am surprised… Why not start the runner… He would have been safe…

      • knoxvillenat - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Zach Walter!

      • Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        He was not running on the pitch, but he did make a hard slide into Espi. Great play!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        You are correct. I just replayed it. I thought the cutaway was him stealing.

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Nice double play… Good on Espi…

  87. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Espinosa D cannot be denied. I sure hope his bat stays hot and he’s our 2nd baseman next season.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Absolutely gorgeous play. Despinosa up the middle really can be amazing to behold.

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    So Has only 1 pitcher on our staff pitched the entire 7th inning?

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Walters!

  90. Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    ZWalters goes yard in a huge way!

  91. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Walters is a straight animal!!!!

  92. Danny - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Wow

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    What was Carp looking at. He’s talking as the ball is leaving the world. Only doubt was staying fair. AMBUSH! I will say it Again, why do the Nats need Hairston?

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Darn good question.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Can Walters play OF? Not sure about him in the If… Unless it’s a blow out…

      • Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Please, no more experiments in the outfield! When Zim comes back, he can go hit some more homers in Syracuse and get better in the field. Then come back for the pennant race in September.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        I agree with you triple 2… I’m just saying… If Walters can play Of, maybe S Hairston is gone…

      • Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Well, in 425 game in the minors over the past 3 years, he played one game, yes, that’s right, one game, in RF. That was in 2011 in high A ball. So it would be another “project”. In my opinion, they are crazy if they just put him out there. Kobernus got a fair amount of time in the OF in 2013 in the minors before they let him play major league game there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        I have been discussing this offline with people who think he can play 2nd and learn to play 1st and I believe like Frandsen or any good athlete he can play LF but I don’t believe he has ever played out there.

        Have to find a fit for him in the field.

  94. Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    OMG Walters.

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Oh my word… Nice hit Mr Walters… That was KILLED!!!

  96. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    460 ft?

  97. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Man…WALTERS! Knocked the PISS outta that ball. Sheesh.

    • ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      So, the Fish are throwing the ole Urine Ball again are they? Time to call in the commish…

  98. Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Whatever distance it was, the most impressive thing about that tater is how fast it left the park. It was like a freaking model rocket. The amount of power that Zach got on that swing was downright frightening.

  99. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Ghost….maybe Walters needs to stay fresh by getting regular ABs in the minors. He is pizzed he got sent down after ST and is making a statement.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      He needs a position and if he could play LF, I guarantee you Hairston will never play for this team again.

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Nats did well against Fernandez tonight, all in all…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      You think? If Salty doesn’t get greedy and throws to 1st on Roark’s sac bunt, the Nats don’t score any. Credit to JDub for making them pay for a mental gaffe. You realize the home cooking from the official scorer called the play at 3rd an error (how?) and that made all the runs unearned. It was NOT a force at 3rd. I don’t get it. Charlie and Dave were having fun with the official scorer’s decisions when he put up 2 earned and 1 unearned. The foulball error on Salty never factored in as Rendon eventually popped out anyway.

  101. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Danny knows that’s his replacement ….

  102. Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Perhaps Ramos comes to the plate too quickly, but if not, this might be a good time to send McLouth with his base stealing speed.

  103. Steady Eddie - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Ah, too late in the count now.

  104. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Time to bust this open. Come on Dez!!!!

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Come on Desi…. Get on it….

  106. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Forget last week, Desi. Nice and easy.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      PERFECT!

  107. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Love it. Love it.

  108. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Design was due. Good job

  109. NatsLady - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Good. A little breathing room for Clip and Soriano. Thank you, Desi!!!

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Good job Desi”.. GOOD job….

  111. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Desi …..

  112. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Rinse and repeat, Espi.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I turn off the auto correct and it comes back on every night.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Yeah CLIP! Nice and clean.

  114. Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    That was a pretty crappy AB Danny.

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Espi… Just swung at all garbage…

  116. ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    These Nats don’t make it easy on us. But they aren’t exactly easy on themselves either!

  117. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Moar runs Moore

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Good job Desi but that’s a doubleplay ball if he’s a fraction later. BABIP worked for him. Then Espi K’s and fails again with RISP. Just not doing it in High Lev situations. He is doing it in Low Lev shich is why he needs to bat 7th.

  119. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    That was foul? Damn.

    • ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      If that pole were further in, like most ballparks…

  120. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Foul by about yard. That close to a 6 run lead.

    OK Clippard no runs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Truth. That was close. That’s baseball.

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

    Nats had their foot on the neck and let off. 3 runs is great but that had the looks of a 5 run inning.

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Would of looked better if Moore’s foul ball manages to stay fair. Give Ty a little love as he did hit that ball hard.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        I have a problem with Danny jumping off the carousel. 1 out and men on 2nd and 1st and he K’s in a RISP situation.

        TyMo did fine.

  122. scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    5 busted bats. Record is 6

  123. ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Eek, Fernandez would do well to take hair advice from Bryce, and that’s saying something!

  124. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    OK Clippard, that is how every inning should go.

  125. NatsLady - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    OK, Clip, lookin’ good. No stress. 😍

  126. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Yeah CLIP! Nice and clean.

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Notice how relaxed Clip is with a big lead. If he could just channel that to what he used to be.

  128. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    So, we lost the game we all thought we would win, and it appears we will win the game we all wrote off. The sky isn’t falling. 2-1 is what we all expected.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      “We all”?

      No.

  129. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    I hope Laddie posts his in-depth analysis of Stephen Strasburg pitching in Miami.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Completely agree….

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Likewise

  130. NatsLady - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Teheran CG shutout. Beat the Phils 1-0. No Kimbrel.

  131. Danny - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    The braves just find ways and ways to win. Offense puts up 1, no worries starter throws a CG shutout. Their starters have been insane.

    • veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      The Phils svck.

    • David Proctor - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Not sustainable. It’ll catch up with them unless their offense learns to score some runs against non-Nats teams.

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      And we thought the Nats had the advantage when comparing our starting pitching to that of ATL.

      • veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Our starting pitching can ONLY improve. LOL

  132. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    OK Sori…

  133. ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Bizarro world tonite: we hit Fernandez and Marmol has a 1-2-3 inning.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Ha!

  134. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Tucken it up here boss.

  135. sunshinebobby - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    “WOOOO-HOOOO!!!”
    (Copyright, MicheleS, 2011, All Rights Reserved).

    Great comeback win against the other team’s ace. Character win.

  136. Section 222 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    UNTUCK baby!

  137. veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Good stuff from Soriano. Very unusual.

    • David Proctor - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      He has 10 strikeouts to no walks in 6 innings so far this year.

      • veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        His BA against is horrible. .364 against righties? .311 vs lefties. Straight garbage. Lay off the kool aid.

      • David Proctor - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        It’s 6 innings. He’s given up 6 hits. 2 of them were infield hits. Take away the infield hits and his BAA goes from .285 to .166.

        It’s comical the lengths you’ll go to to bash the guy.

      • veejh - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        I think the same way about you always defending him. Hes not that good.

  138. texnat1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Great win! Should help with confidence going forward.

  139. ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Cue MicheleS! Way to bounce back boys!

  140. Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Sori!!

    Amazing save. He looked like he was just playing catch. Fantastic.

  141. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Formerly tucked.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      I forgot. How smooth was that 8th and 9th.

  142. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Zach Walters. Is he even shaving daily yet?

  143. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Souza could be the player that elevates to top 4 in the Nats farm system. He is close and needs reps playing every day. The Nats clearly do a great job of developing pitchers but have yet to take a raw hitting talent and develop him. Guys like RZim,Ramos, Bryce and Rendon were all developed before they were drafted. Desi was developed by Davey Johnson O-J-T. Derrek Norris was developed but never hit for average and Tyler Moore is close but look at all the failures in Marrero, Maxwell, and dozens of others who couldn’t be developed.

    Souza, Walters, and Goodwin are all close. Can these guys be truly developed by this system?

  144. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Interesting Dunn and Walters went to the same high school.

  145. manassasnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I don’t bash Soriano as he is on my fantasy team too. Has to carry weight as Chapman still on DL.

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