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Game 20: Angels at Nats

Apr 21, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

As you may have heard, there are a couple of high-profile young stars here in town tonight meeting for the first time as big leaguers. But there are some storylines beyond Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper as the Nationals host the Angels in the opener of a three-game series.

There is, for example, a guy named Albert Pujols, who is two homers shy of joining the exclusive 500 Club, one that to date includes only 25 members. Tanner Roark will face the challenge tonight of staring down Pujols, Trout and the rest of the Angels lineup.

Harper is back in the 2-spot in Matt Williams’ lineup, with the same alignment from yesterday’s 3-2 win over the Cardinals. They’ll be taking their hacks against right-hander Garrett Richards, already 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in three starts.

Updates to come, so please check back…

LOS ANGELES ANGELS VS. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

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

ANGELS
LF J.B. Shuck
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
3B Ian Stewart
2B Howie Kendrick
RF Brennan Boesch
SS Erick Aybar
C Chris Iannetta
RHP Garrett Richards

UMPIRES
HP Jordan Baker
1B Jerry Meals (cc)
2B Paul Emmel
3B Toby Basner

7:06 p.m. — We are underway on a gorgeous Monday night in April. Tanner Roark starts off J.B. Shuck with a fastball for strike one.

7:12 p.m. — Can’t ask for much more out of Roark than what he just did in the top of the first. He struck out Shuck looking at a fastball. He struck out Mike Trout looking at a 93 mph sinker on the outside corner. He froze Albert Pujols with a beautful curveball, then got him to ground out weakly to third to cap a 1-2-3 inning. Impressive start to the evening for Tanner.

7:20 p.m. — And a 1-2-3 bottom of the first from Garrett Richards, who struck out Bryce Harper on a 97 mph on the inside corner. Good stuff from both starters to get this one going.

7:34 p.m. — Little bit of a hiccup from Roark in the top of the second, but he battled through it. With two on and two out, he walked No. 8 hitter Chris Iannetta, then fell behind in the count to Richards. But he wound up striking out the Angels pitcher, giving him four K’s through two scoreless innings. The downside: Roark has already thrown 40 total pitches.

7:43 p.m. — Six up, six down for Richards, who has looked really sharp so far. To the third, still scoreless.

8:00 p.m. — We’ve got an overturned challenge. Mike Scioscia gets Shuck’s grounder to second changed to an infield single, which upon replay was clearly the right call. Trout followed with a base hit to right, putting Roark in a jam again. But the right-hander came up big, breaking Pujols’ bat on a 6-4-3 double play. Richards, meanwhile, continues to cruise. He surrendered a base hit to the left-center gap to Jose Lobaton, who unfortunately decided to try to stretch it into a double and was thrown out. Still 0-0 after three.

8:29 p.m. — Wow, crazy bottom of the fourth just now, with Richards losing all semblance of command for a stretch there. Seriously, he threw three really wild pitches over a span of four pitches, two of them hitting the backstop, the other hitting Werth, who didn’t seem to appreciate it. Jayson wound up breaking up a double play with a hard slide into second, helping bring the night’s first run home. Looks like there’s a little bad blood brewing here. We’ll see if anything else transpires. Nats up 1-0 after four.

8:41 p.m. — Still 1-0 Nats after five. The top of the fifth featured a dazzling play from Rendon, who made a really nice scoop of Pujols’ laser beam down the line, then hopped to his feet and fired to first for the out. Rendon really has impressed over there since Ryan Zimmerman went down, much better defensively at third base than I had seen from him in the past.

8:56 p.m. — (Chase taking over while Mark writes Instant Analysis) The top of the sixth was another clean frame for Roark who set Stewart, Kendrick and Boesch down 1-2-3, all on balls put in play. Roark is now through six scoreless with six hits and two walks allowed. He’s thrown 92 pitches, but no one is up in the bullpen.

9:05 p.m. — The Nationals got a runner on base with a one-out walk by Werth, but no more runs came across. LaRoche popped one up with a full count, and Rendon struck out looking. Rendon took a high and inside fastball for strike three, a close one that had him initially flip his bat as if it were a walk. It’s still 1-0 Nats.

9:20 p.m. — Roark got Iannetta to ground out and a pinch-hitting David Freese to strike out looking before allowing a single to Shuck. With Trout up next, the Nats decided to pull Roark for Drew Storen. Storen, a fellow first round pick in 2009, got Trout to fly out to deep right-center field to end the top half of the inning.

9:33 p.m. — No runs off one baserunner for the Nationals as Lobaton walked with two outs. Zach Walters pinch-hit for Storen, but struck out for the third out. On to the eighth.

9:52 p.m. — Tyler Clippard’s unfortunate start to the 2014 season continued in the top of the eighth, and it wasn’t helped by the continued struggles of Ian Desmond on defense. Pujols reached first to lead off the inning on a fielding error by Desmond, then stole second on a Stewart strikeout. Kendrick then joined Pujols on base with an infield single, a ball that sent Pujols to third. After a Boesch flyout, Aybar singled to right field to score Pujols and tie the game at one. But then Iannetta walked to load the bases for a pinch-hitting Raul Ibanez. As Mark noted on Twitter, Ibanez was 3-for-9 with two homers and six RBI against Clippard before the at-bat. Of course, Ibanez promptly doubled to left-center field to clear the bases. Cedeno came in to get the third out, but it’s now 4-1 L.A.

10:03 p.m. — The Nationals had their chances in the bottom of the eighth as both Werth and LaRoche got on with two outs. Werth walked and LaRoche poked a single to left field to beat a heavy infield shift. Rendon, however, then grounded out to first to end the inning. On to the ninth, still 4-1.

10:12 p.m. — No runs for the Angels in the top of the ninth despite two baserunners. Trout led off with a single off Cedeno, but was out at second on a Pujols groundball to Rendon. Stewart then joined Pujols on base with a single before Kendrick grounded into a double play. Up next is Ernesto Frieri to face Desmond, Espinosa and Lobaton in a 4-1 game.

10:25 p.m. — Desmond hit a solo home run to lead off, but the Nationals lost 4-2 after Span struck out to end the game.

438 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Hand a mirror to Matt Williams because he has nobody to blame but himself.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      He’s going to make my head explode after the game, I just know it. I really think he ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Read this post:

        Ghost of Steve M. – Apr 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM
        Why didn’t Matty bring in Detwiler to face Ianetta who is a lefty batter?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      If you noticed I ask why McCatty not Williams went out.

      Very poor decision.

      • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Name a good one he’s made since taking the job.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Williams puts Clippard in there like he’s an 8th inning setup man. He has been a disaster except in large leads and 1 outing he threw that splitter.

        He’s fooling almost nobody anymore.

  2. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    That’s but managing, pitching, fielding and throwing. Horrible.

  3. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! What a waste. This is on MW. Stupid.

  4. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    MW pulled a DJ. WHY WAS clippard pitching To Ibaniez.

    What an idiot.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Game’s moving too fast for The Big Jarhead.

  5. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    I am ready for Matt Williams to walk the plank. MUTINY!!!

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Oy vey.

  7. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Our fans are to nice. I booeed like crazy.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Stunned, I think.

  8. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Oy very…Clip’s threatening to push me outta his corner without a holdover at neutral.

  9. breakbad1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Where was Desi’s throw to the plate? Welcome to meltdown, gentlemen.

    • paul brandt - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      welcome to the Caps of MLB…and thanks to Clip for being who you are this year and MW for being clueless!!!

      should have left Storen in since Clip is just awful and no way Clip should have been left in to face Ibanez…poor, poor decisions that will cost us a game.

  10. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Typical Nats. Is anyone surprised? Anyone?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Why did Walters not stay in for defense after he pitch hit?

      8 E6 is getting out of hand

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    And this loss is on Matt Williams…

  12. Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Don’t know what’s wrong with Clippard, but maybe he needs to spend some time in Syracuse to figure it out. It’s not like we don’t have anyone there named Barrett who could come up for a spell. Does Clippard have options?

    • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Maybe this is Clip’s last shot before Barrett can be called back up (I believe tomorrow)?

  13. rmoore446 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I was screaming at the TV to bring in a left-hander! Did anyone else feel the impending doom?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      There was no doubt. Ibaneaz kills us. Might have happened if lefty came in but it was the right move.

  14. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Such a waste of Roarks start. This game has me steamed.

  15. coop202 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    dezi needs a day or three off… in his own head right now. but this loss really is on him, not MW or Clip

    • veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Nah…this is ALL MW

    • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Agreed…damage came with two outs, his error blew the hold.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Clip blew up too. He is also a problem , Desi didn’t pitch crappy.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Baloney. I’ll bet they take that E6 down tonight or tomorrow. Clippard deserves to eat every one of those runs on his ERA.

      Williams is another one who could use some time in Syracuse. Or Potomac.

      • coop202 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        I can’t watch but I thought they called two errors on him tonight?

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        On the other hand Design was totally responsible for pathetic fielding.

        If we end up with 1 hit it would be twice in 5 games. However this game was winnable until Desi and Clip decided to give it away.

    • scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Disagree. Clip has to be stronger then this. Letting Pujols walk to second is worse then Harper not running out a groundball he has no chance of beating. He is a late inning reliever and it is inexcusable to give a base away that late in a game.

    • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Ridiculous comment. After he puts two on get him out of there. I am finished with MW. He’s awful.

      • coop202 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Bummer of a game to lose if we do, but if you go back through this board MW goes from genius to moron on a daily basis… It’s not exactly like our bats have been lighting it up tonight. We are off and it shows (I miss Michael Morse for relaxing the clubhouse on a day like today).

  16. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    MW is a complete fool. Everybody in the world knew Clipp couldn’t get it done. Game was still winnable at 1. 1. But the jarhead is too selfish to lift him. OH but let’s bench a guy cause he didn’t hustle.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Why lift him the other night and not tonight?

  17. philipd763 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    A team can’t expect to win a game with just one hit!

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      That’s absolutely true, but a one run lead in the eighth is the same whether it’s 1-0 or 9-8. And Clippard has forfeited the right to be in those high leverage situations with his performances thus far.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Score was 1-0 and we were in control… Clippard had no business going out there…period…

      Hello, we got more lefties in the pen for the favorable lefty/lefty matchup… Why in the hell would you put 2 pitch Tyler Clippard in the game when he hasn’t shown jack squat all damn year…

      Just poor management by Mw and of course dumb ass pitching by Clippard, as usual…

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      The game was being won at 1 hit until Clip and Desi gave it away.

  18. Drew - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Inexplicable. Indefensible. Inexcusable.

    Why in God’s name did they send Barrett, of all people, to Syracuse?

    Why did Williams take Storen out?

    What was Matt Williams thinking?

    Where was he going?

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Watch him say NOTHING after the game except how things aren’t really that bad and they’ll work themselves out eventually. He has no answers to anything except to scapegoat Harper.

  19. Section 222 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Hey DP, Is it ok to be concerned about Clip yet?

  20. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Bob Carpenter emphasizing that the Angels’ runs were unearned. Doesn’t matter whether earned or unearned, those are runs allowed. And those are the ones they count.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Do not be surprised if that official scoring is changed to “hit.” It was a tough error, even though it was a makable play.

    • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Carp and MW can go bowling together. Really sick of these announcers sugar coating everything and kissing these guys 1$&87(

  21. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Stop whining Bryce. Getting old

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Yeah, this umpire has been awful start to finish, but you gotta handle it the way Rendon did.

  22. pchuck69 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Hey Matt Williams, how about spending less time worrying about who’s hustling and more time on how awful Tyler Clippard is.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Wrote this on another site:

    But this is what happens when you hand pitchers inning… Clipp hasn’tshown that he deserves the 8th inning this year… Why in the hell was he out there in the first place… Teams salivate when he comes in… It hard to figure out why…

    You have favorable match ups with lefty/lefty but MW decides to put Clipp in there with his predictable self…

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    You have 3 leftys in the bullpen and you can see forward on your lineup card that there are 3 lefties coming up and Matty sticks to Clippard like its closer with a 3 run lead.

    Sorry Matt, team before individuals. Clippard hasn’t done anything to keep that 8th inning slot and you left him in knowing Ianetta was on-deck with Pujols batting and you had nobody warming up.

    Smart ball, Matt. This is on you.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      “Mrsb loves the Nats – Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM
      Clipp hasn’tshown that he deserves the 8th inning this year…”

      This is getting freaky!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        I’m so pissed right now…

      • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Get a room, you two.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Does anyone have a rational reason why noone was warming up during the Clippard debacle ???

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Matty just answered Kilgore who asked that. He had faith in Clippard who is good against leftys.

    • Sonny G 10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      +1

  25. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Playoffs? Playoffs? Lol. Go Wizards. Bryce is a cry baby really sick of this kid.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Kimbrel on to try and close out the Fish.

      • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        Appreciate the updates. But by Memorial Day the Braves will be so far ahead of the Nats it won’t matter. This team stinks.

    • scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      He’s reminding me of rg3

  26. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Ibaniez now 6 for 9 against Clippard. Who is the advance scout?

    We all knew the history.

    That is why most of us are pissed. It was a no brainer and totally ignored history.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      My mistake 3 for 9 but enough for mr to know nothing good was going to happen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      He ignored it the second Pujols got a hit with a whole bunch of lefties coming up. Just poor Managing from a guy who promised to be different. Davey would have done the same thing when the book says Clippard only pitches to Pujols then the lefty comes in. I go Detwiler for sure in that spot.

      Now he leaves Cedeno in for mop-up and the Nats only behind by 3.

  27. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Tomorrow sit The baby, WERTh. And the error machine. Send Clipp down.

  28. philipd763 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Clip hasn’t been lights out since 2012. He’s been overused for 4 or five seasons and it shows…..not much tread left on the tires.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      +1

      If you watch Nats ball regularly, even a casual fan can predict fairly accurately what pitch is coming.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      However led the majors in holds in 2013

  29. philipd763 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Give me Trout, you can have Harper.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Kimbrel walks the leadoff hitter, Salty.

      • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Didn’t mean for that to be a ‘reply.’

  30. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Maybe if Clip stays he takes Stammen’s spot, stammen 7th inning Storen the 8th

  31. acsportsfn - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I thought it was last year we didn’t have leftys….oh, we have 3! And none warming up? No way should Clip have been pitching to Ibanez. DEFINITELY on Williams.

  32. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Trout shifts wait much better than harp. Harp ‘s weight shifts before his hands. Anyone notice that?

  33. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Man…all it took was an article from Boz and the hate pours down on Harp. Interesting.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Just the usual suspects, who are mad at whoever let them down most recently.

      I get disappointed with players just like anyone else. I’m saving my rage for Williams. I get a real bad vibe from that guy.

    • scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      I’ve never been a fan. And rebuked for it…but most fan boards are sick of his bratty immaturity and inability to hit timely…or as of recent at all. He’s just not that good. Rg3 and him r both big dc busts. Sucks for us.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      He threw Harper under the bus, but E6 and Clip deserve more bus tossing than Harper.

  34. coop202 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    For some reason I feel like this club needs a goofball like Michael Morse in the clubhouse to relax and win.

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

      +1

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      +1

  35. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    First two runners on against Kimbrel.

  36. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Wow. Kimbrel puts first to guys on goes full on third.

    Yay, Desi.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Dietrich laces one off the wall and ties it up. Runners on second and third, none out and top of the lineup coming to bat.

      Whassup wit’ Kimbrel?

  37. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    With men on base he can’t hit no one homer. Go figure

  38. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Desi still knows fastballs!

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      To bad he can’t field grounders

      • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Stop whining, man. It’s sad.

  39. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    450

  40. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    That pitch high in today’s game

  41. BurnedOnce - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Serious head problems with this team. Too much fielding practice. They play too tight.

  42. BurnedOnce - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Now they’ll all try for a homer run and whiff out. Game over

  43. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Professionals wavering over an error inning. Seems like lack of focus

    • NatsLady - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      I’m assuming Clip goes on the DL and Barrett comes back?

      • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        +1

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        +2

  44. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I hope they ask Matt what he’s was thinking not bringing in a leftie in 8th

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      mumble mumble mumble things are never as bad or as good as mumble mumble mumble.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      If they are responsible they will. Obvious turning point of the game.

      Manager loses the game.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Fast ball down the middle 2 is and a homer.

  46. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Williams throwing in Nate McLouth, the human towel.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      More expensive Matt Stairs

  47. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Lol Kyrie is his walk up song (Mclouth)

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      He’s a bible thumper.

      Kimbrel fans Yelich.

  48. philipd763 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    No hate on Harper; Trout s just better.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Who would dispute that based on their careers thus far? Doesn’t mean one has to hate on Harper. Trout has never played in a pennant race, either.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Poor Kimbrel… Well, not really…

  50. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Is Mclouth Alex p Keaton?

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I don’t even understand why Harper is even being discussed right now… We are losing his game becuz of our managers screw up and our reliever Tyler SC’s dumb a SS pitching…

    • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      It’s very odd.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Come on Span

  53. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Walk is good.

  54. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Why keep three lefties but not use them? Bring back Barrett, let Cedeno go back. Let Clip show he can retire guys in the 6th inning.

  55. BurnedOnce - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    6 more walks and we can tie

    • scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Marlins tie!

      +1

  56. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Kimbrel blows the save but doesn’t relinquish the lead. Bottom of ninth, 2-2

  57. coop202 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    leave that down span… I want to see harper up tonight actually

  58. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Arg hooked foul.

  59. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    *le sigh*

  60. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Everyone hitting Kimbrel but us

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Yeah, but with runners on second and third, the tying run in and no one out he struck out Baker, Yelich, and Ozuna. He’s still Kimbrel.

  61. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Bleep.

  62. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    We’ll, it’s early. We will get better.

  63. coop202 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    One thing I don’t get about our team is why we let pitchers who just walked batters off the hook so easily? we did it three times tonight in scoring chances (Spans second pitch was a ball, next two could’ve gone both ways). Either way, they put up 12 hits and error free ball (including a Pujols defensive gem????). Outplayed us, simply put.

  64. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Leadoff double for the Barves which Yelich gloved on an incredible dive, but it fell out of his glove as he slid into foul territory.

  65. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Damn Ibanez is 41!

  66. dcwx61 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    MW says Clipp has been our 8th inning man for a long time and he wants to stay with him.

    The times they are not a changin

  67. cowboyhater - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Sorry folks, but this team is overrated. We were duped because they won the East a couple of years ago making fans to think that this team had talent from top to bottom, but reality is beginning to set in, and now we are realizing that the team is not as talented as all prognosticators proclaimed the past two years. When we need hits, we can’t get them, when we need our pitchers to shut them down, they just can’t do it. Just not the team everyone thought them to be. Rizzo needs to really look in the mirror and look at the entire organization, and realize the moves he continues to make just have not worked out. Very frustrating as a Nats to fan to watch this team day in and day out to see errors, pitchers put balls over the plate, and a bullpen not being able to shut batters down.

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NEW YORK 60 68 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 56 71 17.0
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: Diamondbacks at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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