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Game 20: Angels at Nats

Apr 21, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

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. nats1924 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    go Nats

  2. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    I hear Trout and Harper are gonna play 1 on 1, half-diamond baseball for the next three days. PSYCHED!

    • NatsNut - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Good one!

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Harper on comparing himself to Trout: “Not at all. I know I’m a damn good player. And he is, too.””

    • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      I might have to turn off baseball for the next three days.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        LOL, I honestly thought it was going to be a bigger media circus. I heard they were already talking at BP. Could it be about Bryce’s new Gatorade commercials and Trout’s Subway commercials.

    • NatsLady - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      WIsh he would have just said, He’s good player, they’re a good team. Looking forward to the games.

      Never mind calling YOURSELF a good player. Demonstrate and leave it to other people. Boras needs to have a chat with him. Too much controversy.

      • NatsNut - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Like

      • snerdblurter - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Not sure I quite see Boras as a champion of humility, but hey, if he is, give him RG3’s number too… both he and Harper seem to be having very similar issues…

    • NatsLady - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      No, Boras is not the champion of humility. But he should be the champion of teaching his clients good PR!

      • snerdblurter - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Agreed! The old boring art of saying nothing and doing all of your talking on the field seems to be lost a bit on both of these guys. Judging by the way they talk in interviews, on twitter and in their commericals, you’d think both had already won multiple championships.

        (Man, I’m starting to sound awfully curmudgeonly for a 30 year old…)

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        snerd

        To be fair to Harper, he did a pretty good job of talking platitudes and saying nothing after getting benched Sat.

      • snerdblurter - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Fair point HH – I’ll take these thoughts back to extremeskins.com where they really belong.

  4. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    So ready to kick this series off… Good to see the 2 young phenoms mentioned… Soon enough, I think you will be able (maybe the time has come) to say Anthony Rendon too…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Shhhh, Rendon is our secret.

      • Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        [Frank and his gang are standing in front of Timmy McBain, after killing the other family members]

        Gang member: What are we going to do with this one, Frank?
        Frank: Now that you’ve called me by name?

        [Frank shoots Timmy dead.]

        From Once Upon a Time in the West

      • NatsNut - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Yes, exactly. Our quiet, calm little secret.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Rendon is to Harper as JZim is to Stras.

        It worked well last year for JZim.

  5. Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    When I was a kid, back when the world was young, the argument was always about who was better, Mantle or Mays.

    Being a Yankees fan, I always thought the answer was obvious.

    Here’s hoping that five years from now, we can be having the same kind of argument about Harper and Trout.

    • Section 222 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      I’m a big Bryce fan, but that seems really doubtful right now. I know Bryce is a year younger, but they aren’t really in the same league at this point. That’s not because Bryce is only an average player. For his age, he’s outstanding. But Trout is a superstar, compared to players of any age. And he was a superstar at age 20 and is only getting better.

      • Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        I didn’t say they were comparable NOW. And yes, Trout is improving, but there’s a ceiling to every player – Joe Hardy and Roy Hobbes are fictional characters – and we don’t know what these two kids’ ceilings are yet.

        Mantle got sent down to AAA in 1951, his rookie year. Willie was NL Rookie of the Year that year.

      • snerdblurter - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Well said 222. Not to overstate it, but if Harper is a once-in-a-generation talent, Trout might be a once-in-a-millenium one.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      “…the argument was always about who was better, Mantle or Mays…”
      **********************************
      Correct answer: Roberto Clemente.

      • veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Oh yeah baby!

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Mark, you have Garrett Richards at a 2.76 ERA and MLB has him at 2 84. Time to raise that even higher!

    • Doc - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      The Mick was very good for a few years. Willie was even better for a lot more years.

      I think that both Harper and Trout will be good for some time.

      Had he been healthy, Bryce would have passed Trout in a lot of power areas last year.

      • Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Bill James did an excellent analysis of this timeless argument in his Historical Abstract. He makes the very reasonable point that when you ask who is/was the greater player, you have to specify whether you’re talking about at his peak, most productive years, or over his career. At his peak, Sandy Koufax may have been the greatest lefty ever. But Warren Spahn had a much longer productive career.

        James made a compelling case that at his peak Mantle was the greater player, and that it wasn’t even close.

        But because Willie had a significantly longer career at comparable levels of excellence – 22 seasons vs. Mantle’s 18 – he was the greater player over the course of their two careers.

        Let’s talk about Harper and Trout again in 15 years…

    • Steady Eddie - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Note that two of Richards’ three starts this year were against Seattle and Houston, with team BAs of .225 and .192 (!) respectively.

      In his last start vs Oakland, the As roughed him up pretty good — 8 hits and 5 ER in 7 innings. The As have the same team BA as we do, so hopefully we can continue to bring Mr. Richards down to earth.

  7. langleyclub - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Obviously, Trout is the superior player right now, but perspectives change fast. Until last week, Harper was still the youngest player in MLB (Texas brought up an infielder over the weekend that is now the youngest), and is still just scratching the surface of getting results from his ridiculous talent. Would not be surprised if in 3 years (the next time that there is an Angels/Nats match up) if the argument about who is the better player is a much closer call.

    • nats106 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      You talking about Springer from Houston? Hardly counts as Bo is reaching deep to make the Astros a competitive ball club.

      • nats106 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Roughned Odor. What a name. Hope he doesn’t smell the place up.

  8. nats106 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I actually think he’s 24. Must be someone else that I missed.

  9. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Harper…Trout…blah blah blah…just win this series.

  10. Section 222 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Longtime readers of this blog will recall my fondness for dividing the season into 9 equal sets of 18 games. Well, the first one ended after Saturday’s game and we were 10-8. As disappointing as that record seems, if we can match it in each of the next 8 sets, we’ll finish with 90 wins.

    On to the next 18, which includes, after the one game against the Cards yesterday, the following opponents Anaheim, (3), San Diego (4), Houston (2) Philly (3), L.A.(3), and Oakland (2). That’s a nice cross section of good (Dodgers, A’s), bad (Astros, Phillies), and average (Angels, Padres). If the Nats have trouble winning 10 games out of these 18 that will tell us something.

    • veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Quit making sense.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      I like Wood’s 54,54,54 approach.
      We played the 2/3 of first 18 games against braves and Miami. Why can’t they spread out the Nat-Braves series a little more. We don’t play them again for another 4 months.

      • NatsLady - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        We play them in June (19-22).

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      That’s a great way to look at the season and that’s how I do it also.

      The sample size isn’t projectible to annual numbers yet but we can see weaknesses and strengths and the pace the team is on.

  11. Doc - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Roughned Odor??

    How about our OF down in Harrisburg(?): Pickin’ Worms—now that’s a baseball name!

  12. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Please boys give us a break. Get on a little run. Build on yesterday.

  13. dcwx61 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Thanks NL

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    222,

    I very much like how you use the 18-game sets; nice and clean. In a somewhat different way, I tend to think in terms of taking ‘snapshots’ of the season at three holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th (or you can use the All-Star Game, if you prefer), and Labor Day. As I see it, Memorial Day is the first time you get a truly meaningful sample size. If I had better self control, that would be the first time I look at the standings; before then, it’s just noise. July 4th is the season’s halfway point, more or less. There’s still time for a good team to make a run — even if the first half has been disappointing — but you’d better get started quickly (which the Nats failed to do last year). And Labor Day is that final checkpoint; one month to hang on if you’re a division leader. Or the start of the stretch run for those team’s still within striking distance. Anyway, thanks for keeping us updated on the 18-game sets.

  15. davecydell - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Go, Tanner.

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    alright, alright, alright…. Lets do this…

    Go Nats!

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Good pitch, better frame on the K….

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    This blue calls it slow…. Nice pitch…

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Roark is getting ahead and tried to get Trout to chase an 0-2 and then follows that up with another chase pitch and then freezes Trout on the 2-2.

  20. RickH - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Nice job, Tanner!!!

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    That’s the way to start your game Tanner Roark!!!

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Blue missed that 1-2 pitch to Pujols… Note that down Ghost…

  23. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Anyone else remember the St. Louis – Nats game in the summer of 2010 when Albert Pujols volunteered to play 3B for the Cardinals (because of injuries and such)? He hit a home run, but also made two or three errors? And the Nats won in extra innings?

  24. Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Noticed on the replay of Roark’s 2 Ks, they didn’t show the pitch track, and both Angels were clearly unhappy about the strike 3 call.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Blue is giving the bottom of the K zone, it seems…

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Roark threw all 4-seamers to Trout and threw 1 curve and 1 slider and the rest were fastballs to Pujols.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Heck of a play by Aybar….

  27. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Both kids obviously overrated bums. ;-)

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Give Ianetta nothing close to hit Roark. Learn from Saturday’s mistake.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    SZ has changed… Come on blue… Can’t call it early and then stop calling it…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      He probably got chewed after the Angels 1st inning.

    • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Really annoying

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        I can’t remember the last time I saw a strike zone change so quickly. Oh yah, last time was yesterday between Miller and Strasburg.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Is that AOL’s Steve Case behind homeplate?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Thank you FP for answering my question!

  31. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Roark being too careful by half with the bottom of the order…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      I don’t think so. He was in the dugout on Saturday and saw what happened to JZim with the #8 batter.

      • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Yeah but it started with 2 outs and runner on first…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Yes, and Kendrick is a speedster then when it went 2 on with the #8 hitter he got smart and pitched him carefully to get to the pitcher.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      I don’t think he was nibbling…he was throwing strikes… But stopped getting the outside call…

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Blue is killing me with this outside pitch…

  33. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Ball 2 was strike 3. Home plate umps are by far the worst of the umps.

    It can’t be that hard. The laser has no problem being consistent. These are trained professionals. Seems they should ha no problems

  34. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    We feelin’ a little squeezed here, or is it just me?

  35. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Garrett Jones goes yard on Teheran. 1-0 Fish.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Nice hitting by LaRoche. That had double written all over it off the bat.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Look at Pitch #2 to Rendon. Below the knees and called a strike. Give me a >>>>>>>>>>

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      That’s twice we’ve noted this blue… I made a comment earlier about it…

      Maybe the Nats need to give this blue hell too…

  38. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Beeeee-zarrrrrre.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Safe

  40. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Roar was simply slow to cover

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Right call… But sliding into first… Not smart…

  42. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    The real problem was LaRoche going after the hit when Espinosa is in position.

  43. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Lots of pitches.

  44. Drew - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Danger, Will Robinson.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Did you see how Espinosa clutch the ball.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Nice… DP… Danny really plays 2nd base really well…

  47. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Man oh man…Despinosa!!! I’ll never tire of seeing those two turn two. Espi’s stick-to-itiveness is just amazing.

  48. Drew - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Atta boy, Tanner.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Way to work out of trouble Roark

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Good going Tanner… But a lot of pitches… MW and McCatty are going to have to work with him to stretch him out if he will be the 5th starter…

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Tanner is certainly capable of throwing down a couple of 6-8 pitch innings. I saw him do two relief innings in, IIRC, 11 pitches last year. Maybe 13.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        It’s possible… But I’ve yet to see him complete 6 in the bigs.. And we need the starters to go at least a full 6, if not longer…

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Oh Lobaton…

    • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Yeah…broke up the no-hitter though! ;)

  52. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Man…bummer Lobi

  53. texnat1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Lobo is not the quickest guy around.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      If the ball anywhere but on target it is a double. Worth the try.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Especially with the pitcher coming up….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        I disagree because you assume your pitcher will make an out so you take the Sac Bunt and you are at the same exact spot. Man on 2nd, 2 outs and Span coming to bat.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      It was an interesting send when you consider the pitcher was going to bunt him over.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        Was it 2 outs? Or was he the 2nd…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        It was 1 out and if he stays at 1st, Roark sac bunts him to 2nd. Not a good send.

      • Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Lobi was out #2

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

        That is correct Eric. He was out #2. If he stays at 1st, Roark sac bunts him to 2nd.

        Welcome to batting as a #8 man.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Slight hypocrisy. A dropped third strike and the batter walks to the dugout and not run toward first.

    Am I wrong?

  55. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Another night we almost go the the order without a hit. Turn it on boys.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    “Breaking up with a super model because she has spinach in her teeth” FP on a bizarre analogy to Trout.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Here’s that situation again… :-)

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    It’s the pitcher Tanner… Throw strikes…

  59. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Evening ladies and gents. 0-0 is better than being down like usual.

    • scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Amen

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

    Garrett Richard’s AOL account going to get hacked.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Garrett Richards has gone HenRod. Look out batters.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Don’t bail him out Harp…

  63. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Crikey…is he OK? I’ve had the volume off…

  64. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I’ll take that walk. Good job, Mr Harper.

  65. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Maybe an early lead for once?

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    This might be the time for a double-steal.

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

    Ohhhh emmmm geeeee

  68. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Wild thing! You make my heart sing!

  69. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    My oh my…

    Anyone else feel Werth is looking a little looser today at the plate and in the field?

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

    This is scarey. This guy has no command. That was close to a beanball.

  71. RickH - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Nice takeout, Jayson!

  72. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Whatever’s going on, you’ve got to take advantage of it.

  73. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Nice LaRoche. Nice slide Werth.

    If this pitcher hurts someone…

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Now… Let’s calm down…. Beat them on the score… The high ball wasn’t intentional…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      It wasn’t. It was dangerous. He had no command at that point.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Yeah… But I remember Richards being all over the place… But I’d rather beat the breaks off them… On the score board.. :-)

        But we are in agreement.

  75. texnat1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    This is getting interesting.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Come on blue. Don’t help this pitcher.

  77. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Rendon…excellent take for ball 1.

  78. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Got him on the back.

  79. Joe Seamhead - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Arggg!

  80. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    1 run off all that svcks.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    That was a wild inning.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Totally disappointed, we only scored 1 run…

  83. texnat1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Well I hope they dont end up regretting not getting more than 1 there.

  84. smatt1001 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Wild inning and the radio broadcast is playing Wild Thing

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    1 run from bases loaded and no outs is not a great outcome.

  86. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Pathetic inning, can’t get the ball out of the infield. If and when they lose this game that’s why.

  87. Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    RENDON!!!

  88. RickH - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Wow! What a play by Rendon!!!

  89. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    We haz us a third baseman, kids.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Oh yes, WEB GEM!

      • scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        How can we put Ryan there knowing he can’t make that play???

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Yah, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that flashed through my mind.

        By the way, love the Great Falls Tavern. Great beer and nachos in the bar!

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    BTW, one heck of a fielding play by Pujols. It should have backfired on Pujols as it was do or die and super aggressive. If he misses that play, it continues as 1st and 2nd and 1 out and a 2-0 lead.

  91. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Nice play Rwndon.

  92. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Desmond is clueless at the plate right now.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Nice play Rendon…

    More runs please!!!!

  94. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Heck of a play by Puljos??? It was hit right at him. He’s a pro.

  95. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 5m

    The Nats loaded the bases with no outs and the pitcher was two wild pitches from quitting baseball, so one run seems like a disappointment.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    1st ball swinging Danny?

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Please bunt at strikes Tanner.

  98. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Oh Danny boy

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Little things….

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Another pitcher does not do his job bunting.

  101. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I’m sorry folks, I’m a hard a. But if you can’t bunt a ball at the major league level that is pretty pathetic. Just put the bat on the shoulder.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      I understand what you’re saying, but against a guy who throws 97 and doesn’t seem to have a clue where it’s going, it’s gotta be uncommonly difficult. Still disappointing, of course.

      • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        After the way span hacked at the ball the bunt is a moot point,

  102. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Simmons ties it up for the Barves.

  103. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    1 hit is sad

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      I can care less about the hits…. More concerned with the runs…

      • veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Hits would have scored many runs tonight.

  104. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Wow the hitting or lack there of is quite concerning. Just not good. Guys given up 1 hit and 38 walks

  105. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Most people are clueless how to bunt. Been to enough clinics to know. You catch the ball with your bat. Never do you lunge your bat toward the ball.

    Seems most major leaguers were great hitters all their life and never were expected to bunt. Lousy hitters like me were taught how to bunt correctly, though we couldn’t hit a curve ball to save our lives.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      The Cardinals in the Minors teach you to set out your bat near the top of the strike zone and never go above that as you pop it up pr bunt at balls, and like you said you catch the ball with your bat.

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    This SZ… Ugh…

  107. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Roark looks real good

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Roark fielded his position well there!

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Good going Mr Roark… He got thru a full 6… Does he go 7??!?!!!??

  110. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    91 pitches. 1 more inning?

    • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      No more innings. But no Mr clippard either.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      I’d say yes, unless of course they get down to his spot in the batting order this inning. That would be my preference, of course. :-)

      • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        If we get to his spot we will have some runs

    • veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      I see no reason he should be pulled, and they’re at the top of the order, and for once, we have a lead.

  111. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Mrs B I owe you one

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Put it on the spreadsheet… Put it on the spreadsheet… :-)

  112. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Baby steps Bryce. Ball out of,the infield please. Never mind Bryce is A K machine.

  113. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I am sick and tired of Bryce Bryce Bryce. He just is not the star he thinks he is.

  114. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Angels begging us to take this game. Let’s take it

  115. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    This guy reminds me of Ryan Duran. Anyone else see it?

  116. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Bryce is not making solid contact at all. Not even making hard outs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Yep, back in a mini funk.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Dangit ghost… Lol… I owe ya 1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        I use the word “funk” and you use the word “funk”. You and I are on some crazy wavelength.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      In another funk… Not seeing anything well at all….

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    More runs… Please!!!!!

  118. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    C’mon guys throw Mrs b a bone

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      LaRoche had a 3-0 to a 3-1 and went after a pitch above the zone and didn’t take the walk Richards wanted to hand him.

  119. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    1 hit OMG, let’s go pitching staff.

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Frustrating… Richards isn’t pitching spectacularly and once again… Bailing him out….

  121. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Still pumping out 96-97

  122. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Ohh this is painful

  123. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Rendon is turning into a tough out.

  124. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Horrible call.

  125. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Blue that is a joke. No way. What a

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    ARe you kidding me right now….

    Matt… Please go off on this blue….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      He needs to. You have to let this guy know that he blew that big time.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Somebody will need to wake him up.

      Okay, I’ll stop.

  127. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    C’mon ump that is awful just awful

  128. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Holy carp. He’s walked four and hit a guy and he gets that call?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Exactly. That carried the catcher’s mitt further off the plate. Read sad.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        It might have hit the corner but you don’t give him that call.

  129. Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Are you kidding me, ump?

    Are you ckuffing kidding me?

    • masterfishkeeper - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Absolutely terrible call. And it wasn’t like the pitch was well framed or something. Wow.

  130. knoxvillenat - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Another bad call by blue on that third strike to Rendon. I admire Anthony’s restraint in not saying anything to the ump but I sure hope someone in the dugout let him have it.

  131. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    See I’m about to start cussing in a minute… Richard has no control and the blue is helping him…

    I need to take a break….

  132. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I’ve always taken to heart the Emerson quote that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” But I don’t think umpires should embrace that notion.

    • Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      +1 for making me laugh.

  133. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Screw this ump.

  134. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Cost Roark an extra pitch on Ianetta. He should have been K’d.

  135. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    When in the flying bricks was that pitch!?!?!?

    See.. My blood pressure is going up…

  136. smatt1001 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Only able to listen to Charlie and Dave tonight just how awful is this ump?

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I pull Roark here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Good. The real save is potentially right here against Trout as this takes you into the 8th to face Pujols and the 4th and 5th batters. In the 9th would leave #6 to #8.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Write it down… Our first ‘disagreement’ lol

      I would have let him finish…

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

        I bring in a new look. Trout got him last time for a single. Of course we had no idea that anyone was even warming up except Cedeno last inning. FP and Bob are too busy talking about spinach. Once Shuck got that hit I’m thinking there’s nobody up but MW should pull him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        What say you now Mrs B?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Most definitely the right decision to pull him… I just would have let him finish as his curve was still nice and Trout hasn’t been having really good at bats this game… Blue helped him…. But that’s why I’m not the manager… :-)

  138. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Just got online after watching at a tavern in great falls. Did it look like Bryce was loafing a tad or just hurt a tad? On replay, the glimpse I saw didn’t look like he was going 100%

    Nice effort by Roark

  139. Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Okay, bullpen, hold the fort.

  140. Eric - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Love the reaction for Roark!!!

  141. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Storen vs Trout. Ding ding ding.

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Well done Mr Roark….. I would have let him finish though…

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

    Slider sliding

  144. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Pitch in the dirt Storen…

  145. Candide - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    DRUUUUUUU!

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Good pitch Storen…. Didnt even sweat it…

  147. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    If this keeps up we will have bring back Eck

  148. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Please please please don’t let Clippard face Pujols, please? Please?

    • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      I go Storen again. Desi Bryce and WERTh just clueless lately

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

    Desi swings too hard. Try hitting not slugging.

  150. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Unh… Desi isn’t seeing it well either….

  151. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Oh, noes.

  152. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    If Clipp gives up a HR Im gonna lose my shlt.

    • secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Get the toilet paper ready. MW is a fool.

  153. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Why in the hell would you put 2 pitch Tyler Clippard in there…. Hell no…l

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I can’t figure out any meaningful differences between MW and DJ. But I don’t want to fight anyone about it right this minute.

  154. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Congrats to Danny first ball out of the infield in a loonnnnnng time. Clip coming in A walk and a jack. I’m turning on lifetime

  155. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Lobaton with another solid AB. Not trying to do too much.

  156. Drew - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Hit one, Zach. I can’t watch Clippard.

  157. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Walters can easily make this Clippard thing a moot point.

  158. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Hack, Zach.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Ack.

  159. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    If Walters doesn’t hit who gets pulled in the double switch?

  160. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    A little over zealous on that AB. He’s learning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Lets just say he didn’t guess right on pitch #2 or #3.

  161. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    If Clippard throws anything close for Pujols to drive I will ***************

    • veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      I cant believe you’d kick a puppy.

  162. paul brandt - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    our offense is atrocious!!!!!!!!

    and why bring in Clip?!!!!

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Matt Williams is Zombie Davey Johnson.

  163. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Barves threatening to break it open against Fish.

  164. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Even after Clipp blows this save I’m blaming the bats1 hit????? Is Stevie Wonder available to pinch hit?

  165. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    E6

    Wow.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      That’s a hit. That’s not a E6. It hit off the mound and had spin. If he makes it, that’s a nice play.

      • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        It’s a tough error, but if he fields it cleanly he can throw out Pujols. It’s the sort of error that sometimes gets overturned if he doesn’t score eventually.

        Wow. Giving up a stolen base to Pujols is a unique sort of accomplishment.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Didn’t even pay attention.

  166. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    The first defensive bungle of the night.

  167. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    And just when you thought another error free game kight occur….

  168. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Come on Ian! Pack a lip or something…8 errors???

  169. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Throw strikes… You hack… Ugh, I’ve never been a fan on Tyler Clippard….

  170. Danny - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Play the carnival music.

  171. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Get Barrett ready!

    Oh, wait…

  172. 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?

  173. Danny - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Rickey Henderson on base?

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      No, that’s a different poo-hole.

  174. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Clip didn’t even look at pujols

  175. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Bring in Clipp…..give up runs……bring in Clipp…..give up runs.

  176. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I wanna who these people are that are picking the Nats to win the division? I mean really. Janna the hut just stole second base

  177. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    You know you have 2 leftys coming up and he leaves Kendrick in there. Pujols not stealing off of Detwiler.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Even Cedeno, who was up earlier.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Yah, I don’t trust Cedeno there because I know Detwiler gets the lefty, righty and lefty and Pujols is cemented at 1st.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        And back to another lefty in Aybar!

  178. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    The fielding went south in the 8th

  179. secretwasianman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Didn’t know this was rec league were everybody has to play. Clippard is a loss every time. And Matt Williams stinks. Good night Irene

  180. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    How can Puljos ever steal a base

  181. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    BIG OUT

  182. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Huge out.

  183. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Stupid pitch

  184. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    No one could have predicted!

  185. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    You suck Clipp.

  186. paul brandt - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Clippard makes me vomit…so predictable, has only 2 pitches and has been awful in 2014…swear they know what’s coming, he must be tipping his pitches…every team is on to him.

    • stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Matt Williams will mumble some stuff after the game about how everything is okay, he really isn’t pitching that bad, yadda yadda. Just a damn bureaucrat, he is.

  187. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Right down the piddle fb first pitch.

  188. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Don’t blow up, Clippard. Just get ‘em back in the dugout.

  189. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    I hope Barrett is back on the first plane back tonight and ready to be activated tomorrow.

  190. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Between Clip and Desi another wasted start

    Eybars stinks and has 3 hits.

    We gave them 5 outs

  191. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    The book is officially out on Clipp. Time to move him.

  192. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Until Clip shows he can fool someone he shouldn’t get the 8th. I know it was unearned but the singles followed and he let Pujols walk to second. He needs to earn his spot and he was given it and isn’t doing the job.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Sorry, this is on Matty. Detwiler should have been in there if Pujols got on as I wrote above about 10 minutes ago!

  193. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Clip just throws ineffectively. Not sure if it is head or arm.

  194. scmargenau - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Get him out now!!!!!!!

  195. manassasnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Why is McCatty coming out not Williams?

  196. paul brandt - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    …and MW should have left Storen in for more than 1 out.

    and why no LHP warming up?!!! MW is failing coaching 101

  197. veejh - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    You know, unfortunately, this is exactly how Davey would have handled this. Ugh.

  198. stoatva - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    This is absolutely consistent with every appearance Clippard has made this season. Let’s hear Williams explain his decision.

  199. scnatsfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Not like we deserve to be winning with one hit and he got thrown out

  200. breakbad1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Why did Clippard not hold Pujols on first? Because he never looked over that’s why.

    After all our problems with failing to hold runners in the past, we ignore Pujols on first base.

    Sad.

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