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Game 26: Padres at Nats

Apr 27, 2014, 11:46 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Today the Nationals and Padres close out their four-game series with the Nats looking to win their third in a row. Taylor Jordan (0-3, 6.23) and Ian Kennedy (1-3, 3.60) are your starting pitchers.

The Nationals will be without Bryce Harper once again, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a left thumb sprain. Nate McLouth is starting in his place for now, and will likely platoon with Kevin Frandsen while Harper is out.

Updates to come…

 Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184,
Weather: Sunny, 62 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to CF

CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Taylor Jordan

SS Everth Cabrera
LF Chris Denorfia
C Yasmani Grandal
2B Jedd Gyorko
1B Yonder Alonso
RF Wil Venable
CF Cameron Maybin
3B Alexi Amarista
RHP Ian Kennedy

HP Marvin Hudson
1B Cory Blaser
2B Ben May
3B Doug Eddings (cc)

1:42 p.m. — Though Taylor Jordan has found trouble in the first innings of games this season, he had no problems this time around. Jordan allowed a one-out single to Denorfia, but that was it. On to the bottom of the first with Jordan at 12 pitches.

1:57 p.m. — Once again the Nationals find themselves with an early lead thanks to back-to-back doubles by Rendon and Werth with one. Rendon’s nearly cleared the fence in right-center field and Werth’s was to the left-center field gap. Kennedy threw 24 pitches.

2:03 p.m. — Three groundballs got Jordan out of the second inning rather quickly. He is at 21 pitches after two.

2:22 p.m. — The bottom of the second saw no runs come across for the Nats, but Espinosa did reach base after getting hit in what looked like his right knee with a pitch. Espinosa was down on the ground for about a minute as the Nats’ training staff took a look at him. He appears fine now, however.

2:27 p.m. — Maybin led off with a double, but the Padres are still without a run after two innings. Jordan has thrown 38 pitches.

2:35 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth. Kennedy is at 60 pitches in this 1-0 game. Fourth inning is up next.

2:52 p.m. — The Padres tied the game in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Gyorko. He brought home Denorfia who led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Grandal. Ross Detwiler was actually warming up with Jordan’s velocity appearing to be down. His fastball has been sitting in the high-80s in recent starts, but today was topping out in the mid-80s. Stay tuned on that.

2:59 p.m. — 1-2-3 for the Nats who saw LaRoche fly out, and Desmond and Espinosa each strike out. As we start the fifth, Detwiler has replaced Jordan and Zach Walters has come in for Espinosa. Espinosa was hit by a pitch earlier, if you remember.

3:14 p.m. — The Padres scored another run in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Cabrera singled with two outs and stole second base. He then reached third on a wild pitch by Detwiler. Denorfia was able to single him home in the next at-bat.

3:22 p.m. — Another inning of nothing for the Nats. Ian Kennedy has now retired 12 straight batters. He’s thrown 86 pitches.

3:53 p.m. — Kennedy sets the top of the Nats’ order down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth and that’s now 15 straight batters he has retired. Nats have gone ice cold. It’s a 4-1 game with the seventh inning up next.

4:13 p.m. — The Nationals got a man on as Desmond doubled with two outs, but that was it. Desmond never advanced as Kennedy continues to deal. He has thrown 117 pitches through seven innings of one-run ball.

4:21 p.m. — Drew Storen took over for Blevins in the top of the eighth and tossed a perfect inning. Bottom of the eighth is up next.

4:31 p.m. — Nate McLouth led off with his first home run as a Nationals player, a solo shot to cut the lead to 4-2. Tyler Clippard will now take over for the ninth inning.

4:42 p.m. — No runs for the Padres in the top of the ninth. That leaves Werth, LaRoche and Desmond up to try and come back to win this thing.

4:50 p.m. — Nats lose 4-2, here is the instant analysis:

  1. stoatva - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Time for Nate to step up!

  2. Doc - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    How about McLouth platooning with TyMo?

    Souza’s on his way. He was doing well at AAA.

  3. dcsportsfan2277 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    McLouth, who has been terrible so far, will get his opportunity to show himself worth $10m! Time to start earning your keep Nate. I would like to see what Souza can do as well!

    Big game guys so go get em!

    Go Nats!

  4. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Souza will find himself in limbo like Moore. For the time being Fransden is the RH fourth outfielder — not saying I agree but that’s the way it appears. So long as Walters is up, Fransden isn’t needed in the IF. This is typical of the Nats — they bray that some kid is ready for the majors but when the rubber hits the road they act as if he’s not ready at all. Sometimes I think they’re afraid of success. I remember a guy named Purnell Goldy who came up mid-season w/ the Tigers somewhere in the early ’60s. He lasted about a month-and-a half before the league caught up with him — permanently. But the first 30 days were glorious. Hit 10 or so HRs, including three in one game. Obviously successful only because he was a novelty to opposing pitchers. Every team could use a shot-in-the arm like that. We’re left to wonder whether Souza could provide it.

    • 6ID20 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Funny. I can’t recall a single instance where Rizzo or Williams – who are the decision makers – have ever brayed about any minor leaguer being ready for the majors. FP is the only one who brays, and he’s even further from the decision process than Ray Knight.

  5. Section 222 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Frandsen has been more than adequate in LF. And he’s hitting better than Ty-Mo. On the other hand, he’s an effective PH, and Ty-Mo is not. Tough call there. Souza chould be a late inning defensive replacement but I wouldn’t start him over either of the other RHs.

  6. unkyd59 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    All these hand injuries…. Maybe we should look into fielding a soccer team…?


  7. Drew - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    It’s no surprise that McLouth has struggled thus far. He’s a regular — sporadic at bats have proved a difficult adjustment.

    I’m confident that with regular playing time his timing will return.

    This is precisely why Rizzo brought him in. The strengthened bench of McLouth, Frandsen, Eapinosa, Lobaton sure has come in handy.

  8. janebeard - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I will say that Anthony is making a stellar case for Zimm to break in that first base glove. Though ALR, in another contract year, is looking pretty great as HE makes the case for one-year deals from now on.
    And yes, GYFNGOGOGO!

  9. veejh - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Splitting this series after choking out that 1st game would really svck.

  10. unkyd59 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I’m ready for Jordan to get three quick ground outs….. Keep it down, TJ!!!!

    • unkyd59 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM


      • unkyd59 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        OH!! There we go!!

        Haven’t heard much about this, but it sure seems like he shows everybody everything about how he’s gripping the ball, all though the windup…. Isn’t that a bad thing…?

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    How can Nick Markakis start at 1st base. Before yesterday he’d never player there before. That can’t happen. [Insert sarcasm]

  12. veejh - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM


  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Rendon wants that to be a HR. Smashed.

    • veejh - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      So much oppo power.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        It’s the comparison to Miggy Cabrera 😉

      • veejh - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        You mean Jesus, right?

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Ramos says he’s feeling good. Got to like that.

  15. veejh - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Turrible pitch to K on, Adam.

  16. veejh - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Bryce to the 15 day DL has to be an overly cautious move. I think they played Harper too soon after the wall incidentmlast year and don’t want make the same mistake.

  17. veejh - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Espinosa to the DL. Make it stop.

  18. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    I can’t see how Jordan is going to be successful of the long haul w/ 86-87 mph FBs. Livo he ain’t. F.P. remarked on how much his velocity has slipped since ST.

  19. stoatva - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I’ve seen enough, Taylor. Thanks for playing. Here’s a home version to take with you to Syracuse.

  20. stoatva - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Eek. Espinosa’s out?

    This is like freakin’ Antietam.

    • ehay2k - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Except for the thousands of dead. And the armies, gunfire, and severed limbs. And the location in the woods. Otherwise, very much like Antietam.

      • stoatva - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        No one expects the metaphor police!

      • ehay2k - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I am the simile police, hyperbole division.

  21. Drew - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Come on, Ross.

    Stop getting behind! Lazy efforts like this are why you’re in bullpen exile.

    • stoatva - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Ross is pitching like someone who doesn’t want to be in the bullpen. I always said Michael Morse played the outfield like someone who’d rather be playing first.

  22. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Paging Doug Fister. Paging Mr. Fister. Doug Fister, please report to Nats Park as soon as possible.

  23. ehay2k - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    After Espi got hit on the knee, he stole 2nd and slid right leg down, tagging the knee again. He stood up very slowly. Better to take him out and ice it to keep the swelling down.

    • Eric - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Sure hope that’s all it is…sheesh.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        It was also the appropriate move in the double-switch.

  24. Drew - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Awful. Come on, kid.

  25. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Did they do the D/S to get Espinosa out, or to take Jordan out? Or a rare confluence of positives?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I thought it was to take Taylor Jordan out.

  26. stoatva - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Mr Barrett seems a mite amped here.

  27. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    This is getting tedious.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    And people got upset with the Ian Krol to Aaron Barrett analogy.

    He has closer stuff but it means nothing if you can’t be consistent.

  29. stoatva - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Let’s get one back, right here. Two, even.

  30. philipd763 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    How can the Nationals end up splitting a series with a team that has absolutely no offense?

  31. David Proctor - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the opposition pitcher. This guy is hitting every corner perfectly.

  32. texnat1 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Nats are unlucky that the Padres are willing to throw this guy for 117 pitches. Probably his next opponent will benefit from that.

  33. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I thought for sure Clippard was going to get an appearance today. Apparently not if there is a shadow of doubt about the outcome.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Just got home from the wizards game… Can you tell me who gave up the 4 runs?

    • David Proctor - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Jordan gave up 1, then Detwiler 3 (but Barrett allowed 2 of Detwiler’s runs to score).

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        That’s a shame…

        First Harp, then Espi… I know a lot of talk people were lamenting the head first slide, Espi got hurt on a feet first slide…

      • David Proctor - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Wait what? Espi got hurt by a HBP.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        My bad… I saw read Espi got hurt in a slide… My bad..l thanks.

  35. secretwasianman - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Congrats to the wiz. They are over achieving were the Nats are under achieving. Injuries happen its part of baseball. The weakness is our bench again. Just like last year. McOut is just pathetic out there

  36. secretwasianman - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Clippard in I guess we are conceding this one. Mediocrity at its finest.

  37. secretwasianman - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Are we really behind the Mets?

  38. secretwasianman - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    So the braves just won again. 4.5 back now

    • David Proctor - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      I’m sure their entire starting rotation will continue to have an ERA of under 2. Totally sustainable.

  39. natsfan1a - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Okay, so nobody’s reading at this point, but I simply loved the comment exchange from 3:00-3:51. That is all.





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