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Game 21: Angels at Nats

Apr 22, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

For those who were wondering if Matt Williams might give the struggling Ian Desmond a mental night off, the answer is no. At least not on this night. Desmond, who last night committed his MLB-leading eighth and ninth errors of the young season, is right back in there at shortstop against Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs. (Desmond’s 462-foot homer in the bottom of the ninth last night, of course, shouldn’t be discounted either.)

There are some tweaks to the lineup, though. The reinvigorated Danny Espinosa gets bumped up to the No. 2 spot, not a bad place for him to be against a left-hander. Anthony Rendon, meanwhile, gets to his cleanup for the first time in his career, with Adam LaRoche getting a rare night off and Tyler Moore starting at first base instead.

Taylor Jordan gets the start, hoping to bounce back from a ragged outing Thursday night against the Cardinals. He’ll have to take down the Angels’ fearsome combo of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols as well as Tanner Roark did last night.

Updates to come…

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: Rain ending, 70 degrees, Wind 10 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Jayson Werth
3B Anthony Rendon
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
1B Tyler Moore
C Sandy Leon
RHP Taylor Jordan

ANGELS
RF J.B. Shuck
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
LF Raul Ibanez
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
3B David Freese
C Chris Iannetta
LHP Tyler Skaggs

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

7:07 p.m. — Despite a few passing showers, we are underway on time with a nice rainbow off behind the right-field stands. Taylor Jordan fires strike one to J.B. Shuck to get this one started.

7:22 p.m. — Well, here we go again. The Nats already find themselves in a 4-0 hole after a trainwreck of a top of the first. Anthony Rendon rushed a throw to first base and threw wide for the club’s 22nd error of the season. Albert Pujols destroyed a 1-1 sinker from Jordan deep to left for a 3-run homer, giving him 499 for his career. And it just kept getting worse, with the Angels sending all nine batters to the plate before Jordan finally recorded the third out on his 32nd pitch. Incredibly, this is the FIFTH time already the Nats have given up at least three runs in the first inning this season, the NINTH time they’ve given up at least two runs. That’s beyond ridiculous.

7:34 p.m. — A two-out double down the left-field line for Jayson Werth, who needed one of those. But Rendon’s subsequent line drive to deep right-center was caught at the warning track by Shuck. So nothing doing for the Nats in the bottom of the first.

7:40 p.m. — That’s a little more like it. Jordan just retired the side in the top of the second, getting Shuck to ground out and then striking out Trout and Pujols in succession. When Pujols stepped to the plate, umpires put a special, MLB authenticated ball into play in case it winds up being his 500th homer. But there was nothing historic about his at-bat after Jordan got the big guy to whiff at a breaking ball in the dirt. Still 4-0 heading to the bottom of the second.

8:13 p.m. — The good news: The Nats got two runs back in the bottom of the third. The bad news: They easily could’ve had more, having loaded the bases with nobody out against a collapsing Skaggs, who in the span of a few minutes misplayed a bunt, walked Span, plunked Espinosa and uncorked a wild pitch. But Werth’s double play grounder killed the momentum and leaves the Nats still trailing 4-2 after three.

8:25 p.m. — Another throwing error from Rendon, his second of the night. Credit to Jordan, though, for pitching around it. He actually has settled down nicely since that disastrous first inning, retiring 10 of the last 11 he’s faced (the lone exception the Rendon error). Still 4-2 Angels as we move to the fifth.

8:36 p.m. — And there it is: Albert Pujols becomes the 26th member of the 500 Homer Club. He launched another pitch from Jordan into the Red Porch area in deep left-center. The Angels all greeted Pujols at the plate, and the Nats Park crowd gave him a standing ovation, then a curtain call. Nice gesture from the fans. Meanwhile, it’s 6-2 Angels in the fifth.

8:59 p.m. — So anyways, we’re through six innings now, and it remains a 6-2 game. Craig Stammen replaced Jordan on the mound. The Nats haven’t been able to get anything going against Skaggs since that third-inning rally.

9:15 p.m. — To the eighth we go, still 6-2 as Jerry Blevins enters. Been pretty uneventful here since Pujols’ 500th.

9:24 p.m. — It looked like Matt Williams was about to get his first overturned call as a manager, but the umps in New York decided there wasn’t conclusive evidence that Erick Aybar was out trying to steal third base. So Williams falls to 0-for-4 in replay challenges. And it helps the Angels score another run, making it 7-2 in the eighth.

9:34 p.m. — The Nats have shut it down at the plate. They don’t have a hit since Jordan’s bunt single in the third. We just completed the eighth, still 7-2.

9:50 p.m. — That’s your ballgame. Angels win 7-2. Nats need to win tomorrow night to avoid getting swept.

172 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sonny G 10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Come on Taylor Jordan. You need to match Roark’s outing.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      I saw your comment about Clipp and the tipping of pitches.. I swear FP alludes to it when he is making commentary… Maybe if Clip works faster, that may help.. maybe? no?

  2. tcostant - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I know fantasy baseball owners who make less lineup changes than Matt Williams.

    • bowdenball - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Generally I don’t like the day to day shuffling, but against lefties I actually like to see a lot of moves. You’re shooting yourself in the foot if you leave a have LH hitters like Harper and LaRoche who have discouraging splits in the 2 and 4 spot.

  3. NatsLady - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Reposting from previous thread, remarking on Atlanta winning one-run games.

    Atlanta’s starters have been off the charts. The reason they even have one-run games to win is they have NO offense If the starters come back to earth (and if Kimbrel is hurt), they won’t be winning one-run games because they won’t be IN one-run games.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      I think you can safely say ‘when their starters’… Teheran can be hit (we hit him up).. Haraung, he wont boast that ERA all year… Braves better be careful with Kimbrel… I was surprised Freddi put him out there with the shoulder soreness…

  4. Section 222 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    The Braves have their problems, but they play fundamentally sound baseball. Even last night when Kimbrel blew a save, they held on in the 9th and went on to win in the 10th. No one should have any illusions. They will be tough to beat this year, especially since it seems we have to rely on other teams to beat them.

    • stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      The Braves have their problems, but they play fundamentally sound baseball.

      The infield, certainly. Hayward and the Uptons can get a little freaky in the outfield.

      • Section 222 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        You’re right about that. I was thinking more about laying down bunts, taking the extra base, doing the things you need to do to win games.

  5. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Good Luck tonight, Mr Jordan.. May your sinker be sinking, and you get many groundball outs…

    Go Nats!

  6. lplipty - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Y is Werth the only Nat who not moved out of the lineup spot? If anybody should be batting 3rd its our best hitter…Rendon!!!

  7. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I like Espinosa in #2. Matt threw me a bone!

    • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      +1!

  8. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Trout feasts on sinkerballers. Consider me scared.

    • unkyd59 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Yeah, well…. He’s never seen THIS sinkerballer!! (struts about, like Foggy’s Lil’ Chickenhawk…lol)

      GYFNGOGOGOGI!!!!!!

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I would have sat (correct English?) Werth today for Frandsen… Not sure if the groin is bothering him but he hasn’t looked all too well lately…

    • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      I actually thought he was finally looking like he was feeling a little better yesterday…quicker to the ball in the field, better throws, a touch more relaxed at the plate…

      Here’s hoping…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        He hasn’t appeared comfortable to me for a couple of games… But yeah, Im hoping right there with you… :)

      • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Just to clarify, I’m not saying he looked *comfortable* yesterday so much as he looked *less un*comfortable. ;)

    • texnat1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Probably doesn’t make sense to sit him against a lefty if you are just giving him a wear and tear night off.

  10. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Re: hamate bone recovery, is there any difference in the time to regain power on the basis of whether the bone is allowed to heal vs. having the bone removed?

    • ArVAFan - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      I believe standard operating procedure (pun intended) is to remove the bone.

  11. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Fister to have his first rehab game on Sunday, per MW. Expected to make 2 rehab starts and join the rotation on May 7, if no setbacks.

  12. langleyclub - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Obvious that Frandsen is hobbling. The last couple of times that he has punch hit, he really struggled to get down the line.

  13. breakbad1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    The Nats problems, as they stand 2-3 on the homestand so far, seem to be multiplying. Their status as a “mental team” is growing.

    They have clearly not instilled in Clippard the importance of holding runners (Pujols).

    Desi might have caught a mini-case of contagious yips from Zimmerman.

    I’ve heard NO explanation why Lobaton, one of the slowest men in baseball, tried to stretch a single into a double yesterday—only to be nailed by three steps. Talk about mental.

    FP noted that Cedeno failed to cover first on a ball to LaRoche yesterday. Oops. Mental lapse.
    Harper seems to be in a mood. A sulk. Watch the zip on his throw to Desi, then Desi’s zip on his errant throw home last night. Harper’s was a lob.

    Boswell mentioned something yesterday in his chat, regarding Sunday’s win. Here’s his comment:

    “But when he (Harper) doesn’t hustle it’s always because he’s in a mood because of a failure. In those situations he’s just being asked to run out a ball with a reasonable effort, not a fanatical effort.

    The win covered it over, but in the sixth inning Harper came up with the bases loaded and two outs. He hit a bouncer back over the mound. At first glance it looked like it might either be a force at second or, maybe, the ball might sneak through into CF. But the Cards SS didn’t have a play at second and had to throw to first. He got Harper by a stride. But Bryce wasn’t running full speed and looked like he’d bellied out as he approached the bag as if he thought it was a single to center. At any rate, he sure wasn’t hurting himself by running too hard to first base in a crucial situation. I wish I’d asked him afterwards but I’d forgotten it and nobody else asked either.”

    Back to breakbad1: Well, I went back and watched the play a number of times, and Bos was correct. For whatever reason (Harp thought it went into center, he thought it would be an easy force at second, whatever), Harper ABSOLUTELY did not hustle on this play. Had he sprinted, the Nats would’ve scored a run, and had the bases loaded with two outs, and Werth at bat. But because HE felt that HE had made an out, and that it is unfair for Bryce Harper to make an out, he made the minimum effort.

    So let us dispense with the utter nonsense that Harper’s jog on the come-backer (the one that got him yanked out of the game) was a huge aberration. It wasn’t even the first time he dogged it in that game.

    There’s no way this team wins anything big unless they straighten themselves out mentally.

    • David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Most of Desmond’s errors have been fielding, not throwing so I don’t think he “caught the yips.” And lest we forget, he had a scattershot arm well before Zim.

      I also think Lobaton going for two was absolutely the correct play. You have Roark up after that with 1 out. If he bunts Lobaton to second, it’s up to Span, but Lobaton may not even score from second on a single by Span. Plus, Roark failed to get a bunt down later in the game and probably would have there. On top of that, it took a great play to get him.

      We’ve had instances of very poor base running, but I was completely fine with that gamble.

      As for Harper, I think he has too many people in his head. I think he’s trying too hard to do too much. I think the “overrated” poll on the offseason is in his head. Complete speculation on my part, I could be way off.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        +1.

        I was half-listening to the game on the radio, and my first reaction when they described Lobaton going for 2 was WTF.

        Then I remembered Roark was up next (and by remember, I mean, they announced it), and I understood.

    • lplipty - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      +1,000,000,000

  14. Section 222 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I definitely agree that Harper seems like he’s in a funk. He sure didn’t play that shot to left center by Ibanez like it was the key hit in the game that it was. And his runs to first while not as egregious as the jog that he got benched for haven’t been the bat out of Hades sprints that he once show us.

    Remember this?

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v20997865/wshlad-harper-begins-his-major-league-career/?c_id=mlb

    • texnat1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Yeah, not sure what the issue is. Maybe its a combination of being upset about not hitting like he wants to plus nagging soreness?

      Maybe he resolved this off season to be a little more pragmatic in his approach and hasn’t figured out the right level of hustle yet?

      Worst case scenario: he doesn’t like playing for Matt Williams and is pouting about it.

      • David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        He came out to Matt Williams walk-up song yesterday. Not sure what to make of that.

        I also thought Harper and Williams would mesh well given their shared intensity. Perhaps the benching changed that. Maybe not. No way to know.

      • texnat1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Yeah, I don’t know if there is friction between them or not. If there is, it might even date back to MW going out of his way to move Harper down in the lineup to start the season. But that is just speculation.

  15. sunshinebobby - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    tcostant – Apr 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM sez:

    ” I know fantasy baseball owners who make less lineup changes than Matt Williams.”

    Post of the day. Close the entries.

  16. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    222 @ 3:46 p.m.: The Braves have their problems, but they play fundamentally sound baseball.

    =======================================

    FWIW:

    Braves have given up six (6) unearned runs; Nats have given up sixteen (16). League average is eight (8).

    Braves have made sixteen (16) errors; Nats have made twenty-two (22). League average is fifteen (15).

    Braves have twenty-three (23) ‘Defense Runs Saved above Average’ (per Baseball-Reference), Nats are at negative eight (-8).

    Braves are allowing 2.68 runs/game; Nats are allowing 4.25. League average is 4.05.

    On the positive side, Nats are scoring 4.25 runs/game, while the Braves are scoring 4.00.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      +1 for the numbers. Nats are lucky to be 11-9.

  17. edshelton2013 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Eugene:
    Thanks for the enlightening stats. Let’s not overlook the Barves last-minute pickups of Santana and Harang who have been “lights out” and made up for their struggling offense.

    • David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Harang will bust eventually. It’s all smoke and mirrors with him. Santana was a good pickup.

      • jd - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        DP

        yes but notice everyone of their starters is out performing their trajectory including Wood and Hale. This goes back also to last year with Maholm and Minor. I think Mc.Dowel knows a little something about how to coach pitching.

      • David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Maybe he should learn how to keep them healthy.

  18. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    A lot of it — with ‘it’ being both the Braves’ success and Nats’ struggles — remains a function of small sample size. As I wrote a day or two ago in a different context, we probably shouldn’t even look at the standings until Memorial Day. But we do, of course, because we’re fans, and because we want to detect trends. My expectation? That the Braves will regress (at least a bit) and the Nats — particularly once Doug Fister and Ryan Zimmerman return — will improve. But I do worry about the mistakes (not just the errors, per se) the Nats are making.

    • David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Errors have directly cost us 2 games so far, at least.

  19. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Glad to see this one has started well.

  20. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Hoo boy…

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

    You can’t make this stuff up…

  22. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    well.. this feels like last year all over again. Errors and long-balls

  23. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    We need Doug Fister back. 2 more Jordan starts after this. He has to be due for a good start eventually right?

    • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Theoretically he can still have a decent one today…

      • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        There goes that theory…

      • David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        4 runs in the first. Not really

      • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Yeah, when I posted that there were still three runs, 2 outs, and HBP still hadn’t happened.

        Hence the follow up post.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Going to be a long night…

  25. scnatsfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Just turned it on and already down three. I fear this is who the team is, a group great on paper that underachieves. And breaks hearts.

    Yeah, I know, it’s early. And it’s early in the season. The Nationals mantra, we will be better tomorrow.

  26. npb99 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Why oh why is Detwiler not starting instead of this guy?

    • unkyd59 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Maybe Det can go 5 innings, a couple of times, until Fister comes back….?

    • scnatsfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      And to think the complaint about him is the third time thru the lineup. He watches Jordan get pounded in the first.

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

    Unh unh unh

  28. NatsLady - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Jordan–overmatched. Roarke–NOT.

    • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      I’ve always felt Roark was by far the better choice. He’s grittier and has more strong pitches to turn to if the other team is seeing him well.

      If the other team picks up TJordan’s sinker, he’s got nowhere to turn.

  29. IsawTeddywin - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Stammen or Det are gonna have a long night tonight.

  30. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Makes me miss Haren

    • coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      actually just saw he has a 2.16?

  31. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    6 th time this year I turn on the game and nats are losing in the first. Lol. What a terrible baseball team. Just pathetic.

  32. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Are we watching 2013 all over again?

  33. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    I see shadows in the dugout. It might be Shairon Martis, or Mattt Chico, or Colin Balester — but I don’t think any of them was this bad.

  34. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    “A long way to go in this ballgame” doesn’t sound like a reason for optimism.

    • secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Really? We had one hit thru 8 last night. Optimism? Back up the truck!!!!!!

  35. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Wow I thought I was angry last night. Right now I want to just kick my freakin TV screen in. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  36. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Fister’s not going to get beat around like Jordan has. Fister will be back in 2 weeks.

  37. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Ross has to start next time for this guy.

    • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      I wouldn’t cry.

  38. scnatsfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I’m sure FP and Bobby see lots if good tonight and in the post game presser MW says Jordan battled and made good pitches

    • secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Lol

  39. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    OK Werth! Still looked pretty stiff during the at bat, but that’s a good sign.

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    And that’s why I’m not the manager… I would have sat Werth today…

  41. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I hate not swinging too danny

  42. philipd763 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    This is way too painful to watch so I’m switching over to MLB to watch Tanaka, Yankees and Red Sox. Hope the Nats can buy a cheap one way airfare to Syracuse or Harrisburg or Hagerstown for Jordan.

  43. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Too bad the Wizards aren’t on until 930

    • Theophilus T.S. - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Too bad the Wizards aren’t playing baseball.

  44. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Hmmm should be 2-0 without the error. Odds we lose this game 4-3? I’ll keep the faith for a bit

    • secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Wait, I tuned in at 4. 0. Who made the error?

      • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Rendon

    • scnatsfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      You will hurt yourself thinking that way

  45. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson and Johnny L were are you?

  46. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Where was that in the first inning Jordan?

  47. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I mean, really TJord? Great inning. Too bad about the last one.

  48. unkyd59 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I reckon that’s more like it….

  49. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Need a couple of runs. Werth and Rendon hit it hard. This is doable.

  50. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Feeble feeble feeble

  51. Danny - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Trending like by the time we are “healthy” we will be 6-7 back. Woo hoo!

  52. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Okay seriously, where the hell was this in the first?

    • secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      A lack of preparedness. Is that on the manager? This team needs a shrink.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      In Taylor Jordon’s three previous starts:

      — 1st time through the order: .440 BA against;
      — 2nd time through the order: .167 BA against; and
      — 3rd time through the order: .348 BA against.

      Second and third innings were 2nd time through the order.

  53. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I luv Marks comments from 7:22. He’s not sugar coating any thing. Good job Mark.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Please don’t waste the opportunities….

  55. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    DANNY DONT SWING

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Make him throw strikes… Don’t waste this opportunity…

  57. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Ok here we go. Let’s get it now. Pouring rain in Frederick MD

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Chip.
    Away.

  59. dcwx61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    It is natural to overemphasize and remember the bad while minimizing the good and possible. It’s how we survived so long with our limbic reptilian defensive brain.
    Let’s bring in a little reality….It’s not 2013, It’s 2014 last i checked and with 10% of the season gone, I see some good, some bad, not one or the other.

  60. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    It’s kind of like not swinging…

  61. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Rainy so hard I have no signal. That means a salamis coming.

  62. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    WERTh trying to make it 5. 4

  63. Danny - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Of course we hit into a DP there WTG!

  64. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Shooooooooooooooooooot

  65. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Rendon gets it… If only Werth did

  66. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I’m okay with Werth swinging out of his shoes on the first pitch, but has to do better after that

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      +1

  67. secretwasianman - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    No timely hitting lately

  68. Danny - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Coming away with 2 there isn’t very good..

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Average is 2.39.

  69. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    How do we consistently destroy potential big innings?

  70. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    where’s that angry HR Desi?

  71. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Two runs. Not the worst of all possible outcomes.

  72. davecydell - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Bases loaded,
    TWICE.
    Clutch?
    I had a clutch like that in my ’54 DeSota.

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I ain’t disappointed… That an improvement on what we have done…

    Only a 2 run deficit… Taylor has improved dramatically… Skaggs can be had…

    • Danny - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Had. He practically handed us 4-5 there.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Difference between practically and reality

    • stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      +1

  74. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    This is inexplicable. Our defense was not even this bad last year.

  75. ehay2k - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Can someone to please sacrifice a chicken at our 3b? That ground is clearly cursed.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Damn Zimm… Why did you lob that… Oh wait…

  77. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    haha wow. we are just bad right now…

  78. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Oh, Rendon, what ails thee so suddenly?

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Maybe whatever Desi has is contagious?

  79. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    @AdamKilgoreWP: The Nats have more errors from the left side of their infield than 15 teams have total.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      jeez and we are still over 500….how is that possible

  80. Danny - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Would really help out offense if Harper showed any life.

    • texnat1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      He didn’t runt that out very hard either . . .

      • dcwx61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        just touch first base…don’t make an automatic out by running to the dugout

  81. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Fernandez has K’d 10 Barves thru 5.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      we beat him….how is that possible

  82. dcwx61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    History

  83. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Reposting from above:

    In Taylor Jordon’s three earlier starts this season:

    – 1st time through the order: .440 BA against;
    – 2nd time through the order: .167 BA against; and
    – 3rd time through the order: .348 BA against.

    Not a big sample size going into today, but certainly seems to be repeating itself in this game.

  84. David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Knew that was happening

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Another dumb ass pitch…

    • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      On GameDay, it looked to be the third meatballs of the AB.

  86. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    HR 400 and 500 for Pujols in Nats park. Lovely!

    • dcwx61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      should have signed him

  87. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Giving up a home run to Albert Pujols is nothing to be ashamed of. Giving up two multi-run HRs…?

    • stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Cishek in.

  88. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    WOW! Now that’s a GREAT way to end a threat!

  89. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Let’s get a few.

    • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      How about 5…pitches? Sweet!

  90. Hiram Hover - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Did Werth really not have a play on that ball? Looked like he was playing it back the whole time.

    Maybe that’s the smart veteran thing to do when you’re 6 runs down. But jeez….

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Sorry , down 4 runs. Just felt like 6 after Pujols second bomb.

  91. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Another lost series… Which is why winning yesterday’s game was even more important… I figured we would lose the game with Taylor Jordan pitching….

  92. texnat1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Pathetic inning.

    When the pitcher has only thrown 4 pitches to get 2 outs, you owe it to your team to try and make him work a little. Terrible at bat by Espi.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Seems like being down 4 runs has everyone pressing… No faith in the pitcher…

  93. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Heart of the order. Score a run or two, please.

  94. coop202 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Remember when werth walked with bases loaded and no outs after Skaggs walked the based full?

  95. philipd763 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Jose Fernandez versus Braves tonight–three hit shut out over 8 innings with 14 strikeouts. Marlins lead Braves 1-0.

  96. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    No hits since Jordan’s bunt in the third. That is the name of that tune.

  97. philipd763 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Marlins beat Braves 1-0!

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Just an abysmal performance tonight… Started in the mound and extended everywhere else.. Seems once Taylor gave 500 to Pujols. That let the air out of the bag…

    Horrible job tonight mr Jordan,.. Horrible.

  99. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Show, after watching Albert Pujols admire his 500th home run, aren’t we all glad Brian McCann wasn’t the opposing catcher?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      So, not show.

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Why use Barrett here… Why? Perfect opportunity for Tyler Clippard…

  101. ehay2k - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    This is pretty good ugly. Seems like something wrong with the chemistry. Just a lack of energy. Bryce is starting to act 21. He is not playing hard. Poor running injury-related perhaps? Then don’t play.

    Desi will work out the defensive issues, but his AB’s have me more concerned. MW and crew need to help him out.

    Werth appears injured. Runs slowly, seems to lack his usual power.

    Pitching is meh. Our SPs are warmed up by the 4th inning. A bit late.

    So, this is what we have. Just tread water until the ship is righted.

  102. Natsfool - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Time to consider dealing some of the core for prospects at the all-star break. The chemistry is really off. I can’t see Desmond as a team leader and I’ve never liked his plate approach. He and Clip would be the first to trade. We need to build under a new general manager, though. No more Svengalis.

    • David Proctor - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Lol.

      • Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        +1

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought this was a joke… Becuz it was, right?

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Nice inning but I don’t agree with Barrett going out there…

  104. texnat1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Rendon is snakebit.

  105. stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Rendon scorched the ball three times tonite. Baseball, man.

  106. Eric - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Really frustrating that so much solid contact died on the track.

    Also, what’s up with Harp? Fire seems to be turned down way low.

    And, I’m bummed to see Rendon catching the error bug. I was just starting to think my concerns last year about his fielding were unfounded…still plenty of time for him to prove they were, but…it’s a lot in a short period.

    • stoatva - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Seems like Harper is in a pretty dark place.

  107. wmlsays - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Nats just keep failing to get it done. Talent has a way of rising to the situation (when it’s there). When it’s not, routine plays are botched and other teams outplay you in your own park.

  108. breakbad1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Alas, it seems our schedule was not quite weak enough.

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