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Game 22: Angels at Nats

Apr 23, 2014, 3:25 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

If the Nationals want to avoid getting swept tonight by the Angels, they might want to at least give themselves a fighting chance and not dig themselves into an early hole yet again. Nine times this season they have given up at least two runs in the first inning; five times they’ve given up at least three runs, as was the case last night.

So it’s up to Gio Gonzalez to not only give the Nationals a quality start tonight, but get his start off to a quality start early on. The lefty was great last time out against the Cardinals, allowing one run over seven innings.

The Nats also wouldn’t mind scoring an early run or two to put everyone’s mind at ease. For that to happen, they’ll need Denard Span to get himself going: he’s just 3-for-17 with two walks since returning from the concussion DL. They could also use some better at-bats from slumping Jayson Werth (2 for his last 20), Bryce Harper (2 for his last 22) and Ian Desmond (hitting .196 over his last 12 games).

Updates to come, 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: Cold and windy, 58 degrees, Wind 18 mph LF to RF

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

ANGELS
R
F Collin Cowgill
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
C Chris Iannetta
3B David Freese
LF J.B. Shuck
RHP Jered Weaver

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

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway on a chilly, windy night here in the District. Gio Gonzalez throws ball one low to Collin Cowgill.

7:17 p.m. — Well, here we go yet again. Gio loaded the bases with one out on a Mike Trout double, Albert Pujols single and Howie Kendrick walk. So the Nats once again were about to dig themselves into an early hole … until Erick Aybar lined into a double play, with Ian Desmond catching the ball just about the ground and flipping to second for an easy twin-killing. The Nats might actually have been able to turn a triple play had there been zero outs at the time. They’ll happily take this, though, escaping the top of the first without allowing a run.

7:27 p.m. — The Nats had something going in the bottom of the first, thanks to Anthony Rendon’s bunt single and Adam LaRoche’s base hit to right. Bryce Harper then smoked a line drive to shallow center field, what looked like an RBI single. But Trout (who else?) came charging in and made the diving catch just before the ball hit the ground. Great play from one young star robbing another young star. Scoreless after one.

7:45 p.m. — Help me out here: Am I watching the 2014 Washington Nationals or the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals? Whoever these guys are, they’re bunting straight out of the Astroturf era. Two of their first three hits tonight were on bunts, including Danny Espinosa’s to get a second-inning rally going. The clutch hit of the inning, though, came from none other than Gio Gonzalez. Yes, Gio. He roped a 2-out RBI single to left, scoring Espinosa and putting the Nats up 1-0 after two.

8:03 p.m. — Middle of the fourth now. Gio is cruising, having retired eight in a row. Still 1-0 Nats.

8:22 p.m. — Make it 11 in a row retired by Gio, who has just been locked in since that first-inning double play. He’s at 71 pitches through five, the Nats still up 1-0.

8:49 p.m. — (Chase taking over) The top of the sixth inning saw the Angels take the lead, and Matt Williams make a decision that could end up being the story of the game. First, the runs. Trout led off with a walk and then scored all the way from first on a Pujols double to left field. The ball ricocheted off the sidewall in left and Harper was a split second late on the throw to home. Then, after throwing just 83 pitches and allowing one run, Gonzalez was replaced by Aaron Barrett. Barrett allowed an RBI single to Aybar two batters later to give the Angels a 2-1 lead. Why was Gio taken out? We’ll have to find out after the game. He did not look pleased in the dugout when shown on TV just a minute ago.

8:58 p.m. — The Nationals got two men on in the bottom of the sixth, but left with nothing to show for it. The frame also saw Harper curiously bunt foul with two strikes, and the Nats’ bullpen get up to do synchronized stretches together in a line. This game is getting weird.

9:12 p.m. — Barrett came back out for the top of the seventh and finally allowed his first MLB run to give the Angels a 3-1 lead. Freese led off with a double and moved to third on a Shuck groundout. Two batters later, against Cowgill, Barrett threw a wild pitch to score the third run.

9:25 p.m. — Michael Kohn – who went to my alma mater, the College of Charleston – took over as the Angels pitcher in the bottom of the seventh and left with another scoreless inning for the Halos. He got Nate McLouth (pinch-hitting for Barrett) to fly out before walking Span. Span moved to second on a wild pitch, but Rendon and Werth flew out to end the inning.

9:32 p.m. — Ross Detwiler took over to start the eighth and allowed two baserunners, but no runs. Kendrick walked and Aybar singled to LF with one out before Iannetta grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

9:41 p.m. — No runs once again for the Nats, despite Harper getting on with one out. Harper hit a grounder to first base that Pujols booted into foul territory, and then made a bad throw to first. Harper was jogging out of the box and then sprinted once he saw the misplay. It was very close to being a bad look for Harper who was benched just a few days ago for not hustling to first on a ‘routine’ grounder.

10:08 p.m. — Trout added an insurance run for the Angels with an RBI single that scored Raul Ibanez (41 years old) from second. It was a single and Harper’s throw home wasn’t in time. How did Ibanez get there in time? Kind of amazing. Anyways, it’s 4-1 now with Lobaton, a pinch-hitter and Span up next for final chance.

10:27 p.m. — The Nationals are walk-off winners. Lobaton led off with a solo home run to right field. Werth hit a 2 RBI double to tie it. And LaRoche singled home Werth to win the game. 12-10 is their record now after this series.

264 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. tcostant - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Funny I heard Matt Williams on the Soprts Junkies this morning and he said that Harper would hit 2nd, 3rd or 4th the rest of the way. I assume Williams just can’t help himself when filling out a lineup card…

  2. Doc - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    They need to give Desmond a chance sit, and Walters a chance to play.

    At this point nothing lost at the plate, or in the field by either being in the lineup.

  3. coop202 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    well we made two bad pitchers look good.. .maybe we can make a good one look bad

    • bowdenball - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Tyler Skaggs was the #10 overall prospect as ranked by MLB.com before the 2013 season and was tabbed by Keith Law as one of his “breakout picks” for 2014, a list that also included Anthony Rendon. He is by no means a “bad pitcher.”

      • coop202 - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        It’d be a convenient game for him to figure it out. He pitched poorly last night and got away with one, end of story.

  4. secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Small steps guys. Let’s take our first at bats not behind

  5. sunshinebobby - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Has the Big Marine ever used the same lineup twice in a row?

    • secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      No that’s what a good manager would do.

  6. secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Mark seems a bit frustrated. I don’t blame him.

  7. breakbad1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    WIZARDS TAKE TIME OFF FROM PLAYOFFS TO ADVISE NATIONALS

    PRESS RELEASE—OFFICE OF THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS

    WASHINGTON DC APR 23 2014 The Washington Wizards announced today they were taking a day off from their playoff schedule to provide some advice to their sagging cross-town colleagues on the Washington Nationals.

    Fresh from winning their second consecutive playoff game at packed United Center in Chicago, the Wiz recommended the Nats show a little heart. “I watched them crawling before the Cardinals and Angels and man, they looked like they were just waiting to lose,” said the Wizards Trevor Ariza, fresh off a bruising defensive battle in Game 2. He added, “If you’re going to win, you’ve got to attack—no more moping!”

    All-Star guard John Wall took the Nats’ talented left fielder Bryce Harper off to the side, where Wall could be heard providing guidance to the once-glittering, now-sullen Harper. “I played the sulking game,” said Wall, “and I want you to drop it. You can see the old films of me getting mad at coach, glaring, sitting on the bench, going through the motions—it was all over TV. But it’s like putting down an anchor—as long as your anchor is down, you’re not going anywhere!”

    Bradley Beal chipped in a bit of advice for Harper as well. “If you say hustle is your trademark, then hustle every play. Never hang your head; never jog to first like you did in the 4th inning against the Angels last night. You think you’re young and under pressure? Hey man I’m 20 and I just silenced 21,000 screaming lunatics in Chicago. Don’t tell me about pressure! Grow up!”

    Nene, the Wizards’ inspiring center/power forward, spoke to the entire Nationals ballclub. He said, “I’m from Brazil; Gortat’s from Poland. The Nats have players from all over the place too. But right now we all represent the people of Washington, and right now the Nats are not doing a good job of it. You look tentative, you blame cold weather when the weather’s the same for both teams, and man, you OVERTHINK everything! If we contemplated our mistakes as much as the Nats, we’d have never even made the playoffs. From now on, you must attack in every phase of baseball and you must TAKE GAMES AWAY from your opponents—just like we did in Chicago.”

    As the Wizards departed the counseling session, Nationals veteran Jayson Werth called a players-only meeting so that his team could fully understand what the Wizards meant.

    • chaz11963 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Hahahaha…good one!

    • sunshinebobby - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      +1

    • micksback1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      This made my day! In fact, would it not be another great irony if after all the years of stupidity, bad drafts, signing knuckleheads like Gil “guns” Arenas to ridiculous contracts if the Wizards are the DC team to win a championship before the Caps, DC football and our Caps of MLB, the Nats ever do? life is indeed one big irony afterall

      • adcwonk - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Please — give the Nats some credit for how far they’ve come in such a short time, and dealing with stuff that the Wiz or the Caps never had to deal with: starting with MLB owning the team and letting the farm system die on the vine.

        The Nats, after two miserable 100+ loss seasons, then a season of 93 losses, went from last to first in just two years.

    • Section 222 - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Well played Sir.

      • micksback1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Of course I give Nats, Lerners and Rizzo a lot of credit. I also remember when David Poile and Bryan Murray came aboard the Caps in 1981, they became a periniel playoff team by 1983 and that was 33 years ago. So, if the Nats can contend for post season that long, that would be fine. what is frustrating is that there is so much talent with this franchise, even more than the Caps ever had and it appears that these players are not getting better. Exception is Rendon who is simpy a terrific player. The mark of good coaching is a player becoming better than he/she was at the end of the season. I am not seeing this and I hope MW can do this.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Mick, when the MLB has 16 out of their 30 teams in the playoffs like the NHL then the Nats would of course be a perrenial playoff team. I want a team that can make the Stanley Cup Finals, not just the Stanley Cup playoffs!

    • 6ID20 - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Not funny. Didn’t even have to read it to know.

  8. micksback1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    actually calling the Nats the Caps of MLB may not be such a bad thing as the Caps, with the exception of this season, do at least make post season, lol

  9. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon all apparently volunteered to do extra infield practice today.

    • NatsLady - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      “volunteered.” FIxed it for you.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      With hitting it’s see it hit it and fielding it’s see it glove it. While there’s a fair share of throwing errors, there’s also a fair share of balls clanking off of gloves.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Ibanez travels with staff including a pitcher who mimics the competition he could face. He rented a public batting cage in Rockville Maryland on Monday to Wednesday early in the morning going incognito. On Monday his pitcher threw with his best imitations of Clippard, Storen and Soriano. He knew he wouldn’t be facing any of the 3 lefties. On Tuesday he prepared for Taylor Jordan and today for Barrett, Clip, Storen and Soriano.

    I always admired players who employed their own staff of nutritionist, massuesse, and baseball helpers vs guys employed an entourage.

    • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Werth uses his own people, I’m pretty sure.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Yes he does and he has shared his people with teammates which included Morse who was a regular at Chez Werth.

      • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Zim and Werth are neighbors year-round, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        They both live in “McLean” but that’s the first I heard they are neighbors.

    • Eric - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Fascinating

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Hey everyone… Hope you all had a great day!!!

    *sigh*. Here’s to a salvage… Here’s to good baseball discussions and to good baseball!

    Go Nats!!!!

    PS – going to the wiz kids playoff game on Friday.. Totally pumped! :-)

    • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      That Wizards game last night was fun to watch. Have fun!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Yes, it was… Bailed out in the Nats game to watch it.. And stayed up until 130 this morning… I’m so tired, I hope I see this game all the way through…. :-)

        Thanks

  12. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Evening ladies and gents. How about a salaged win tonight?

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Let’s get the double play…

  14. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Here we go again……

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Come on Gio,,,

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Nice going…. Wow, bad base running by Pujols…

  17. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Yay! Its a miracle!

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Nice going Anthony….

  19. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    So you can’t go to your mouth on the mound, but it’s ok to go to your nose? Any old port in a storm, eh Gio?

  20. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Bats need to wake up.

  21. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    You know that chaps Harper

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Hated that at bat by Bryce.. Cwcid to trout but I hated that by Bryce…

  23. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    1000 words from Boz tomorrow telling Bryce that he should make that catch.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Nice play Harp…

  25. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Excuses for errors. I dont buy that b.s.

  26. davecydell - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Looked like a glove palm trap in slow mo,
    but Davey Johnson didn’t challenge,
    so……

  27. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Boy FP has a very large bag of excuses for everything

    • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      I can think of maybe 3 errors TOPS where the shift could conceivably have had any impact on the play. And even then, you should have that practiced in Spring Training.

      • scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        It’s not like these guys haven’t been playing baseball all of their lives

      • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        +1. Silly excuse from the broadcasting booth.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Go in and out of trouble twice. Weaver in and out once.

  29. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Hustle baby

    • veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      More hustle…nice

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Wow Espi… Wow

  31. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Giiiiiiiiiiiiooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  32. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Should be like Willie Hayes Mays every fly ball he should drop and give you 20. That lazy swing drives me nuts.

    • scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Sorry Span should be like

  33. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I can see it now…Gio throws 7 scoreless and MW brings in Clipp for the 8th. You know the rest.

  34. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Poor Bo, and that Astros bullpen. Arsonists.

  35. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Bryce has hit the ball well twice today. One hit, one not, but both could easily have been hits

  36. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    So what does MW do when Zimm is back the way Espi is playing
    Can’t bench him

    • nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      No, but he sure can give Rendon and RZ and ALR some days off.

      LHP Rendon 3rd Desi SS Espi 2B RZ 1B
      RHP Rendon 3rd Desi SS Espi 2B ALR 1B
      RHP RZ 3rd Desi SS Espi 2B ALR 1B
      RHP RZ 3rd Desi SS Rendon 2B ALR 1B

  37. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Come on robotron put the ball in play

  38. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Lobaton K’s again with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs. He is 0-5 in those situations with 2 K’s. That is really bad.

    • scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      He said he doesn’t use pine tar it’s sticky dirt

  39. Danny - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    We are bad.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Speak for yourself!

  40. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    How can you just lose control that fast?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Maybe because you’re pitching against two of the best players in baseball?

      • adcwonk - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        +1

  41. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Just like that the lead is gone. Nibble nibble nibble nibbble against both Trout and Pujols.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I’ve no problem with the quick hook….

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Wasn’t fast enough

  43. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Harper might be fast, Trout is faster.

    • scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Way faster. 3.82 to first. Bryce is over. 4 and that was 30lb lighter

      Can’t compare the two. Trout is elite.

  44. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Is Gio okay? That’s a very quick hook.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Fair question. But could also be a new manager who’s feeling the heat from leaving a starter in too long last night.

  45. philipd763 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Bad time for Pujols to break out of a two year slump!

  46. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    If Lobaton could have made contact like Kendrick, Nats lead 2-1

    • scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      If robotron could make reliable contact there he still would be a Ray

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      We miss the buffalo badly.

      • nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        +1

  47. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Hind sight 20-20. Gio needed to be batted for if he was going to pitch like crap in the 6th. Can’t figure 11 in a row. Then crap.

    Burnett didn’t do his job.

    Eybar stunk coming into this series and we had no scouting report on him.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Jeebus, Gio had to knock in his own run, then make it hold up the whole night? Tough job!

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        His job is simple. Give up less than we score. Regardless of score.

      • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Sounds easy.

  48. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    That’s ok, Nats don’t feel comfortable with leads

    It’s on picture in picture I’m sure FP and Carp are saying the Nats are looking good we have them right where we want them

  49. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Gio looking pissed in the dugout. Why not care of business. Wouldn’t have to be pissed.

    • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      He gave up 1 run. He did his job.

      • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        2 runs, sorry. Still.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        I thought he gave up 2.

        He did job until that inning. That inning he decided to nibble. MW told him not to nibble probably.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        It goes in the book as two runs, but that was a weird pull of him.

  50. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Lobaton’s arm was supposed to be awful, but he’s looked just fine to me. I bet it was the pitchers in TB not giving him a chance.

    • scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Yeah because he has arrived at the Mecca of holding runners on lol

      • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        The numbers on that are very good this year for us. Clippard last time out was the exception to the rule.

    • scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I agree. He’s been impressive throwing.

  51. Joe Seamhead - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Nice play by Lobaton.
    Gio was still looking pretty good. What was up with pulling him? If he was hurt he would not be sitting on the bench. Gio has always had a high walk rate. Very iffy call to pull him this early.

  52. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    WTF

  53. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Idiot

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    It Tyler Clippard comes in tonight… I will quit the season…

    • scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Would you rather he arrive ahead or behind by a run?

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Seriously Bryce? Seriously? A bunt with 2 strikes?

  56. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Dude. What were you thinking?

  57. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    WTF was that by Harper?

    • dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Bryce showed MW that time…I’ll do whatever I want when I want

  58. Joe Seamhead - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Dumb and dumber….

  59. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Harper is lost right now. Lost. When is the at bat he turns it around, we know he will.

  60. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Wasted out.

  61. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    For the love of God, someone step up and do something.

    • scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Been posting that for 2 years. Breaking my heart virtually every week.

  62. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Wind blowing in, its cold, yet Dez swings for the fences. I just dont get it.

    • nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      When does Desi not swing for the fences

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      It called poor preparation. Rick schu needs to get on these guys

  63. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Chalk up another mental error for Harper.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      That was total vapor lock, right there.

  64. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Lobaton now has to do something after the pitch around.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Shorten the swing Lobo…. Drive in Adam…

    • dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      When’s the last time Trout or Puljous bunted on 2 strikes…that’s what your slugger does after all

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        No one or than a pitcher should ever bunt with 2 Strikes

  66. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    They should play videotapes of Cardinals games around the clock in the Nats clubhouse.

  67. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    I’m not saying we will lose tonight and I’m not saying the day has arrived but you wonder when you blow this team up. They just don’t know how to win like good teams do. The mantra is we have too much talent to be this bad, one we heard all last year.

  68. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Barrett no longer looks special. Just like someone said: IAN KROL

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Velocity is way down tonight. Cold?

    • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Because he gave up a hit? Lmao.

      • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Tough room.

    • veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Disagree. He has yet to give up an earned run.

      • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        And when he does give up a run, people will say it again. Because you know relievers should NEVER give up a run, EVER.

      • nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        As quick as you say that. Is he good? Yes. Is he what we saw in Spring Training?

      • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        He gave up 1 hit and no runs in Spring Training. Of course he’s not that. Craig Kimbrel isn’t freaking that. That’s an unfair expectation.

      • nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Its clear you have a problem with my opinion as if I said something to defame Barrett. He went from lights out to just good. Cant help you if you want to call him great, go ahead.

  69. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I guess getting the speedy LaRoche into scoring position seemed crucial at that point.

  70. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Why is Barrett out for a second inning?

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Too early for Cippard, I guess.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Because of the criticism two days ago for NOT leaving Drew Storen in for another inning?

      • David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        And that would explain why Gio was pulled early, too. Matt was criticized for leaving Jordan in too long last time.

        If Matt is reacting to fan and media criticism that way, that’s a problem.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Come on, there’s a big difference between Gonzalez and Taylor Jordan.

  71. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    When’s the last time Trout or Puljous bunted on 2 strikes…that’s what your slugger does after all
    I’m still in awe

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Nasty slider…

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Oops.

  73. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    They should be bunting.

  74. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    This is a joke. Is MW. that concerned with public opinion?

  75. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    That’s the danger with throwing so many sliders. Especially with a reliever not used to going two innings.

  76. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    When do we play Miami again

  77. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    perfect bunt opportunity for Trout…

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Okay, that made me snort.

  78. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I’m not sure I let Barrett face T&P.

    But no one is ready, amirite?

  79. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Let’s just take take next 30 games to learn and grow. I think in 30 days or so they will gel. If not we have issues.

  80. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Let’s just take take next 30 games to learn and grow. I think in 30 days or so they will gel. If not we have issues.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      As Tom Friedman always says: “The next thirty days will be crucial.”

      • dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        stop playing Micheal Morse’s song….he aint comin back

      • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Yeah, Take On Me is bad mojo. It needs to go.

  81. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    FP: “We won’t know what he was thinking until after the game.”

    Neither will Harper. That’s part of his problem. Did he ever take a Wunderlick test?

  82. secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Swept out at home, have to sweep Padres to have a winning record for this home stand. 3.5 behind Braves and counting. Harper is immature. Trout is much better. Hitting is terrible and ME is clueless. But other then that all is well. OH I almost forgot. The weather stinks too.

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

      On the other hand, it IS only the seventh inning, down by two.

      • secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        I luv your optimism.

    • veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      8 outs remaining Mr Doom and Gloom.

      • secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Your right I mean the nats have shown so much promise in this series the Nats got this in the bag? Lol

  83. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    yeah..offense

  84. dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    yes, set the table for another bryce sneak bunt

    • secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      What? I figured MW would bench him

  85. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    If I see any more popups, I lose my shlt.

  86. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Omg….really? Another popup. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

    • scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Lol. I’m pouring a bourbon

  87. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Our RISP this home stand has been pathetic.

    When the wind is blowing like it is tonight. The secret is not to hit the ball up. So far 13 fly outs. Talk about playing the with elements. Notice when the Angels score the hits are low.

  88. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Maybe we should watch Pnats

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Giolito gave up a couple of runs the other day. He’s a bum, too. (Yeah, that’s Hagerstown.)

      Sweet DP.

  89. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Mets 3-1 over cards so far

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Cards are bums, too. Not doing their jobs.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Wacha walked in 2 runs

  90. secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Be in 4 th place after tonight. lol

  91. BurnedOnce - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I have to agree. Supposedly lots of talent, but they don’t know how to win as a team. It looks like they never will. MW does not know how to jell a team. It’s not even clear that these guys like playing together. They look all sulky. Playing with the heart and confidence of the old 2007 2008 teams. They may never win as a team and need to be blown up.

    The media comments that Washington fans don’t know how to cheer. The fact is no body trusts them so they hold back.

    Love the wiz visit post. Too bad it’s not a true story.

  92. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    1 for 8 RISP so far. Seems the batters are totally not prepared when they come up.

  93. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Fire Rick Schu. This hitting is a joke. LOL

  94. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Good thing he hustled

  95. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    That is why you run hard always

  96. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    wtf,,, Bryce u suck! Did u see him jog then sprint when he bobbled it??? That’s awful. Bratty punk. Watch the replay

  97. texnat1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    What on earth is going on with Harper? He would have been out had they made the throw because he was loafing.

    At this point you have to wonder if he is injured or in some sort of full on rebellion against MW or something.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Classic rebellion of the youngster…He never wanted to be a marine

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      I’m thinking the latter. The two strike bunt and the lazy trot just then seem to indicate some sort of weird commotion is going on in his head. I am not a sports psychologist, however.

  98. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    That Harper jog was much, much worse, IMO, than the one he got benched for.

    • scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      I agree. He should be benched again. Rule is a rule. Hard 90. He loafed.

  99. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Uh oh, Espi broke his lucky bat. Back to the old Espi.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    McLaugh a $5 mil Matt Stairs?

    • veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      That’s McOut.

      • secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Head north on 95 Mc out. Go back to bawl more Hun.

  101. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Broken comment?

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Someone set it on Shuffle.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        +1

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Seemingly.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    1 for 9 RISP this is just pathetic hitting.

    Eybar comes into .175 and has 7 hits in the series. Hats have 13

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      RISP is unspeakable. But Aybar is a career .276 hitter who’s making about 9 million bucks this year.

  103. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Harper really didn’t learn anything from his early trip to the pine. Between that and the bunt I smell a day off tomorrow. Maybe Friday, too.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Anyone having problem with MASN coming and going. It has been as bad as our hitting.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    We walk way to many first batters

  106. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Matt get thrown

  107. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Act like you have a pulse, Matt. Ya weenie.

  108. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Umps are right…but rule stinks

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      They will change it back to the way it has been 125 years. Why did they change the interpretation. As an ump I would have told the league it is stupid.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    MLB says this transfer rule will be looked at. I don’t get why it has taken this long. Baseball 125 years the rule was great. This year the rule sucks. A catch and a throw two different things. Why mix the 2?

  110. secretwasianman - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Only run tonight driven in by pitcher. Just a terrible team.

    • BurnedOnce - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Last night too or at least pitcher had one of the 3 hits 33.33%

  111. Natsfool - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    It’s time to blow up this team. They can’t win as constructed. Choose a 1 and 2 pitcher plus Fister, keep Harper and Rendon, and the Bp. Everyone else that can be dealt should. Fire Rizzo and poach someone from the Cards staff to replace and rebuild. We can either do it now and create a new atmosphere or linger in mediocrity.

    • veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Absurd.

  112. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Lobo has been throwing out lots o guys. Im fine w his defense.

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    MW has made some very interesting pitching changes…

    Idk why Friese ran right there…

  114. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Why didnt you just pull Detwiler for Storen to face Cowgill? They already used there best lefty PH in Ibanez.

  115. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I think its cute that Harper and Trout are wearing the same Nike undershirt. Are they sharing clothes now?

  116. nats128 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Im blown away that Ibanez can score on that against Harpers arm. Bryce didnt look like there was urgency on charging that.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      No, he did not.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        +2 A stroll in the park. The throw was great but a 41 year old beat it home because he let the ball come to him instead of going to get it.

        Someone better get Harper’s head straight.

      • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        That would have to be Pop Harper, if anyone still can.

  117. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Angels have runners in scoring position, what do they do? Nats have runners in scoring position, what do they do? This sucks.

  118. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pWX5G8oTO08

    If u forgot all his immature tantrums and knuckled head moves

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pWX5G8oTO08

  119. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    So far 2 inherited runners have scored tonight. One more possible.

    Tire about hearing the term unearned runs.

  120. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    These games are depressing.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Honestly, Williams looks depressed. That won’t cut it for a big league manager.

  121. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    I’m worried for MW pressed. He looked ridiculous last time.

  122. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Something happened!

  123. manassasnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Loboton homers when no one on base. Men in RISP forget it.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      You are something else.

  124. Another Tyler - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Ice cream for Lobaton!

  125. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    El Lobo! Too bad about those last two cheesy runs we gave them.

  126. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Span below the Mendoza line. Pathetic.

  127. stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Nice AB, dspan.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Ditto, aRen.

  128. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Here’s your chances Nats!

  129. Natsfool - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I’m sick of FP. We don’t need a carnival barker excuse maker for this pathetic team. 2012 seems a mirage. Should never have shut down Stras. Banners fly forever.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Guillotine! Guillotine!

    • scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      FP cracks me up. But I wish he called harp out for loafing to first again.

      • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        I like FP a lot, but Carpenter has no chemistry with him at all. If you have a partner who’s no good for you, you’re gonna sound foolish sometimes.

  130. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    A runner in scoring position….this is way too predictable

  131. texnat1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Eat Face Werth!

  132. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Gutcheck hit by Werth!!!!!!!

  133. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Finally!! The big hit

  134. NatsLady - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Jayson, I LOVE YOU!!!!! (Now, get one more!!)

  135. Drew - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    How sweet is that?

  136. Danny - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    WUT?

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Ghost of Steve M. – Apr 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM
    Here’s your chances Nats!

    If Bryce goes after the hit with Ibanez running, thats a walkoff.

  138. scnatsfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Didn’t see that coming!

  139. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    I gave up on this game in the 7th. Glad I now look foolish.

  140. Another Tyler - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    WOOOOO

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Look at that Doom and Gloomers!

  142. texnat1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Big win!

    • veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Thats an understatement

  143. veejh - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I take back everything I said. LOL

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      So drop and give us 20.

  144. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I never doubted it.

    Smirk

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      When they gave up the fourth run, I was not hopeful.

  145. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Okay, now’s the time to blow up this team.

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Sell high!

  146. Drew - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Fear the beards, indeed.

    Had it all the way.

  147. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Nobody wants to high 5 Harper

    • stoatva - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      I finally spotted him in the scrum. I was worried til I did.

  148. Danny - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Clippard should stick to pouring the showers :p

  149. scmargenau - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I love Werth

  150. breakbad1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    John Wall has sent a note to the Nats saying, “You got the message! Now BUILD on it!”

  151. David Proctor - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Gio with shoulder tightness. MW says not serious, mostly because it was cold, just precautionary. Let’s hope that’s the case.

  152. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    +1

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