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Game 29: Nats at Phillies

May 2, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where tonight the Nationals open a three-game weekend series against the Phillies, with a star-studded pitching matchup on tap: Stephen Strasburg vs. Cliff Lee.

Strasburg returns to the scene of his worst moment in baseball: The mound where his elbow blew out in 2010, requiring Tommy John surgery. He hasn’t pitched much here (two career starts, including that fateful one four years ago) but he has pitched quite well here (one earned run in 10 1/3 innings).

Lee, meanwhile, poses a real challenge for a Nationals lineup missing Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos. Lee has had success against the franchise that drafted him way back in 2000 (2.87 ERA in 11 career starts) but the Nats have beaten him four times in the last three seasons.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where:
Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 65 degrees, Wind 11 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Stephen Strasburg

PHILLIES
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Marlon Byrd
LF Domonic Brown
C Carlos Ruiz
3B Cody Asche
LHP Cliff Lee

UMPIRES
HP Jim Reynolds
1B Manny Gonzalez
2B Sean Barber
3B Fieldin Culbreth (cc)

7:07 p.m. — And we’re underway on a very nice Friday night in Philadelphia. Cliff Lee greets Denard Span with a fastball for strike one.

7:11 p.m. — A 1-2-3 top of the first for Lee, but both Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth hit the ball hard. Rendon smoked a sharp grounder down the third base line, only to be denied by Cody Asche. Werth, meanwhile, crushed a ball to the warning track in right-center, just getting under it a touch. So it’s a scoreless top of the first as Stephen Strasburg now takes the mound.

7:26 p.m. — There’s a strong wind blowing left-to-right tonight, and we just saw the effect it could have on this game. With two out and two on, Werth had to run a long way to make a play on Marlon Byrd’s long foul ball to right. The ball bounced off Werth’s glove, and that error proved costly because Byrd then crushed Strasburg’s 2-2 fastball into the jet stream and over the right field wall to put the Phillies up 3-0. Get this: 27 percent of the runs Strasburg has allowed this season (6 of 22) now have been unearned.

7:39 p.m. — Strasburg got back on track in the bottom of the second, needing only five pitches to retire the bottom of the Phillies’ lineup. But with Lee cruising along so far (he has retired all six batters faced), there’s really no more margin for error for Strasburg and the Nats the rest of the night. Still 3-0 after two.

7:47 p.m. — If you were wondering why Tyler Moore was starting tonight instead of Kevin Frandsen, it’s because he was 4-for-9 with three doubles and a homer in his career against Cliff Lee. Er, make that 5-for-10 with three doubles and TWO homers after Moore crushed one to left field in the top of the third. So the Nats trim the lead to 3-1.

8:08 p.m. — Lee entered tonight with only four walks in 41 innings, but he wound up giving free passes to two of the first 12 batters he faced tonight. Including Strasburg on four pitches! His latest walk was to Werth leading off the fourth, but the Nats couldn’t take advantage of it. LaRoche has struck out twice tonight and he does not appear pleased with Jim Reynolds’ strike zone. Still 3-1, middle of the fourth.

8:17 p.m. — He hasn’t been completely sharp, but Strasburg hasn’t given up a run since the Byrd homer in the first. He’s at 56 pitches (39 strikes) through four, keeping this a 3-1 deficit.

8:30 p.m. — Well, things just got really interesting in the top of the fifth. With one out and two on, Span was looking down and trying to call time when Lee fired a high-and-tight fastball right past him. Span paused and looked at the mound, eventually shrugging his shoulders and saying to Lee: “Come on,  man.” Span wound up driving in a run with a groundball to second, then as he trotted back toward the dugout, Lee said something to him. Span stopped, turned around and started saying something back, at which point both benches and bullpens emptied. Nothing really happened, but everyone exchanged pleasantries for a minute or so until bullpen coach Matt LeCroy finally reached the infield, at which point he turned around and headed back with everyone else. So after all that, the Nats trail 3-2 in the middle of the fifth.

8:51 p.m. — Strasburg hasn’t given up anything since that first inning homer. He’s through six innings at 83 pitches, having kept this a 3-2 game. Now he needs his teammates to scratch out another run or two off Lee.

9:02 p.m. — With two outs and the tying runner on second base in the top of the seventh, Matt Williams had no choice but to pinch-hit for Strasburg. Up stepped former Phillie Kevin Frandsen, who flied out to right to end the inning and leave Strasburg in line for the loss. His final line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 83 pitches, 57 strikes. It’s still 3-2 Phillies at the stretch.

9:14 p.m. — John Mayberry Jr., son of a big leaguer with the same name, just pinch-hit for Tony Gwynn Jr., son of a big leaguer with the same name. Somebody call the Elias Sports Bureau and find out if this has ever happened before!

9:45 p.m. — And the Nats have rallied against another team’s bullpen yet again. They scored twice off Mike Adams and Jake Diekman in the top of the eighth, taking a 5-3 lead. Span got it started with a double, then stole third. That set up Rendon’s latest clutch hit (giving him 21 RBI for the season). After Werth singled, LaRoche delivered his latest clutch hit, off a lefty. The Nats entered this game with a collective .828 OPS against relievers, which is really good. And that number only went up tonight. Impressive.

9:58 p.m. — With a 2-run lead and a bunch of feared left-handed hitters up, Tyler Clippard got the ball for the bottom of the eighth. I think it’s fair to question that. At some point, hasn’t Drew Storen earned the eighth inning job? Or, with the lefties up, how about Ross Detwiler? Isn’t his job supposed to be to get tough left-handed hitters out? Well, Clippard put himself in a jam, with a leadoff walk followed by a single. But props to him, because he got himself out of it. He got Howard to pop up, struck out Byrd on a high changeup and then struck out Brown on a fastball. It remains a 5-3 Nats lead heading to the ninth.

10:08 p.m. — To the bottom of the ninth we go. Here’s Rafael Soriano, who as you know enters tonight with 22 consecutive scoreless innings.

10:18 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 5-3, their ninth come-from-behind win this season. Blevins gets the win. Soriano gets the save and extends his scoreless streak to 23 innings.

239 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhh…the Philthies. Always a good time. Leggo!

  2. knoxvillenat - May 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Tyler Moore in left field…..Seamhead, get your BP meds ready!!!

    • masterfishkeeper - May 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      And Frandsen is out of the lineup. Maybe Williams thinks that Moore is more likely to jack one out in Philly, and that his outfield deficiencies will not be as important in a small park?

      • Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        I hope that Tyler hits 3, or 4 homers and makes a game saving catch and throws Chase Utley out at the plate.

  3. Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    The Orioles sent Lombo down to the minors today.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Actually yesterday he was demoted instead of Jemile Weeks and it doesn’t make much sense since Lombo was doing well for them. I think it’s so he can play everyday.

      • 6ID20 - May 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        They demoted Lombo to make room for this kid called Manny Machado. Perhaps you’ve heard of him?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Actually it was yesterday that they sent Lombo down.
      As to Tyler in LF my biggest wish, other then the ones I posted earlier, is that he doesn’t collide with Span as he almost did on 2 occasions last year. In fairness, it’s hard to establish communication out there when the guy plays so infrequently.
      I do wonder if something is wrong with Frandson. It would seem that he would be the more logical choice to play LF.

  4. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Moore is 4/9 with 3 doubles and a homer against Lee. The sample is small, but I’m guessing that’s why he’s out there. If you can’t start him with those numbers, when can you ever?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      +1 go TyMo

      • masterfishkeeper - May 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Espinosa has very good numbers against Lee, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Like.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      I had no idea. Thanks for that info, DP.

    • dgourds - May 3, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      Profetic!

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Wilson Ramos hit two homers with a double in Viera today. Probably won’t be back Monday, but likely during homestand.”

    • David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Great news. Public enemy #1 on this site Scott Hairston is due back soon, too. He had a good day at Syracuse.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        He can’t be much worse than the other PH production. Nobody has claimed his job and that’s how it works. Did you see what Walters has done the last 2 weeks? Souza hit into bad luck and TyMo is TyMo. Maybe one of these guys does some Carpe Diem

      • David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        We went into the season with a strong bench, but now those bench players are being forced to play everyday so our bench is a bunch of guys from AAA…again.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        David. true but same happened in 2012. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Leon stay for a while for 3 catchers.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Wait. I thought public enemy number one on this site was Peter Angelos. What am I missing?

    • ArVAFan - May 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Wow. Maybe those “his power won’t be back for a year” rumors are incorrect after all. But let’s not tell the Dodgers, okay?

      • DaveB - May 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Yes … results vary widely … some players (e.g., Ken Griffey, Jr) had power back almost immediately, while others saw effects for months. This sounds like a good sign for Wilson.

    • Eric - May 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      EXCELLENT! I’d be bummed to miss him Monday (I’ll be there), but all good things in all good time.

  6. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Cardinals lose to the Cubs. They’re really scuffling

    • NatsLady - May 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Yeah, they beat Wainwright who gave up 6 runs in 5 innings. They must be stealing signs. :)

      • David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Cardinals are 15-15 and 4.5 out of first place.

    • Eric - May 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Just hope they get it together in time for Braves starting Monday…

  7. NatsLady - May 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    • David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      So Kershaw against Detwiler or Treinan. We were probably going to lose against Kershaw anyway so oh well.

  8. My PFB handle. - May 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Mark,

    Please, please, please ask this question to Matt Williams, “what justification do you have for batting someone with a terrible OBP lead off?”

    • Hiram Hover - May 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      I’m curious – what do you think Williams will say?

      • My PFB handle. - May 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        That is a fascinating question. Could he come up with a bunch of blather that sounded good and made you respect him for the high degree of BS. Or would it just be some nonsense about Speedy McLeafoff. I am guessing the latter.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I’m not sure what Matt Williams would say, but here’s what he could say:

        “So far in 2014, the average lead-off hitter is generating a .268/.325/.377 split; in 2013, for the entire season, that slit was .267/.333./.388.

        Denard Span, in 86 ABS — remember, he missed a week — has a .233/.295/.314 split. He’s scuffling a bit, but last season he ended up at just about leave average (.279/.327/.380) and I have no reason to believe he won’t repeat that this year. And as for this year’s .295 OBP vs. the league average .325, that means that in 100 ABs he’s getting on base three times (that’s 3) fewer than the league average lead-off hitter. In a small sample size.

        I can be patient.”

      • Hiram Hover - May 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Eugene – great answer, and no BS.

        PFB – the reason I asked is because I was curious if you think any answer but “Span sucks!” would be BS. I happen to think Span doesn’t suck (Eugene does a great job of laying out the reasons why). But even if MW thinks Span does suck, he wouldn’t say so.

      • Eric - May 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        +10 Eugene. I don’t think Span’s second half last year was a fluke.

      • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        And thank you, again Eugene. Some of these people act like it’s a 16 game season.

      • My PFB handle. - May 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Honestly, I have the same problem. Span’s career OBP is quite decent. I also am always in favor of being patient. The argument that league average lead off OBP is also terrible doesn’t fly with me, though.

  9. Doc - May 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Keep our fingers crossed, but power can remit quickly with hamate bone surgery. Jr. was one who had immediate power success, and so did Tulo.

    So yeah, great news from Viera on the Buffalo. Still I like how Lobaton and Leon have filled in.

  10. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    So tired…. Such a weary week, at work. No game last night… I hobble my butt in the house after my long drive home… And there’s a package on the kitchen counter, with TWO STEAL YOUR NATS STICKERS in it!!!! WooHoooo!!! Thanks Eric!! The back window of my Xb will be properly adorned, before I head out on errands, in the morning, and the other one will go on the top of the case of my #1 electric guitar (next gig is in June in Clearbrook, WV)…

    Ready for the weekend, and a sweep of the PhillyAces!! GYFNGOGOGO!!!!!

    • letswin3 - May 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      You can’t get to Clearbrook WV from here.

      • unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Two busses and a short helicopter ride, and there you are!!! ;-)

      • unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Actually, it’s in VA… About 10 feet over the line (or one toke… I forget which is longer…)

    • Eric - May 2, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Enjoy the stickers! You ever play around DC? Most of my gigs are around Hagerstown these days…

      • unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Clearbrook will be the only chance to catch me locally, this summer. It’s the Saturday June 28, at my high school friend’s house. I’ll email you the directions…right off I-81. Anybody else who wants to come, email me at my yahoo.com address:
        championjclark@
        Bring your guitar! My band usually treks down from NJ, but some have other commitments this year, so it’ll be a pickup jam situation this year. Good time!

      • Eric - May 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Right on. I’m at sleepy creek camp ground in berkeely springs tonight…acoustic GD!

  11. MicheleS - May 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Eugene…. LIKE!!!! it won’t let me to reply to your posts.

    Anywho.. I would like a well played game by the Nats and the Phillies just show how done/cooked/old they really are. GYFNG!!!!

  12. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Knew that was coming as soon as Werth booted the ball. Cue the discussion about his mental toughness.

  13. Danny - May 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Game over. Fielding error leads to Strasburg trouble what else is new.

    • ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      OK Danny. See ya. Enjoy the night off!

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      You’re right, of course, because no baseball team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit.

      • secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        What makes you think Stars won’t give up any more runs? Game over.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        You’re right, of course, because it was negligent of me not to assume the worst.

  14. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Werth’s error was bad, as was The Lobaton’s pitch call (Stras hit his spot). But the most important thing was Strasburg’s response – he just calmly mowed down Brown.

  15. secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Another implosion by this team and Mr Strasburg in the first inning. Pathetic. Anybody remember when we used to get excited when Stras pitched. Time to get his head shrunk.

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Comment=truly pathetic.

  16. BurnedOnce - May 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Un-flipping believable !!!! One way to shorten games is to just sport the opposing team 3 runs and start with the second inning.

  17. philipd763 - May 2, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    3 runs is more than enough for Cliff Lee.

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      But not enough for their bullpen. We’ll get to them.

      I see our regular dark cloud has already given up, as usual.

  18. davecydell - May 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    said this b/f:
    stras s/thrw sim inng b/f each start

  19. Eric - May 2, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    TyMo! Ha! He really does see Lee, it would seem.

  20. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I love the posters who don’t visit the site all offseason, never during the day of a game and never in a game where we’re ahead or win. They show up at only one time: when we’re losing. I seriously doubt whether they’re even Nats fans.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    “@HbgSenators: Sens are leading 1-0, bottom 3, in Reading. Doug Fister with 4 K in 2.0 IP”

  22. Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Lee threw a cut fastball lower center of the plate to Tyler Moore, and Moore made him pay.

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      What a ball hawk that Tyler Moore is, huh Joe? (snicker, snicker).

      • Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Hey, he caught it. I’m happy!

      • Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        If that’s how Cliff Lee continues to pitch to Tyler he might get 3 homers against him. Moore crushes fastballs, always has.

  23. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Evening ladies and gents. Nice to turn on the game to see a T Moore HR. Lots o game left. Leggo.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Sup party people… At my 2nd job.. Sneaking in here and there,..

    1. Oh no Jayson… Just oh no…
    2. Hated the pitch/call from Lobo on that hr for the Philthies…
    3. Way to go TyMo….

    Okay, come on and buckle down Nats… Let’s chip away and win this… Get to Lee!!!

    Go Nats!!!

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Also noticed the bull is giving Lee the bottom of the SZ (see Rendon’s last at bat)… Is he giving it to SS?

  26. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Grr – had the game paused, sat down to start watching after dinner, and Emergency Alert System kicks in. Wiped out paused game. Missed TyMo’s homer.

  27. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Nice K Stras!

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      And another one.

      • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        The change is on tonight

  28. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Gotta love LaDig

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Thank you Cliff Lee for 1st pitch swinging.

  30. natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Giants 1 Braves 0 after 2.

  31. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Good to see Stras keeping his head screwed on straight. Nice hold there.

  32. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Strasburg has pitched well. The pitch Byrd hit out was a fastball on the black. It was exactly where Lobaton wanted it, away. Unfortunate that the error prolonged the inning.

  33. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Moore owns Cliff Lee

  34. natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    The fact that Lee is over 16 pitches an inning and only given up 2 hits is encouraging.

  35. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Utley and Uggla work out together in the off season?

  36. knoxvillenat - May 2, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    TyMo now 2 for 2. As to his outfield defense, well like I use to tell my wife and daughter when traveling the back roads, “Sometimes the scenic routes are more fun”. :)

  37. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Philthies living up to their reputation

  38. natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Cliff Lee is better than that. That was pretty bush.

    • secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      No he’s not or he wouldn’t have done that. Punk.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Rendon with a liner…..right at Utley.

  40. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Chippin away….chippin away

  41. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Chip…Chip…Chip…..

    • unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      That was almost musical, veejh… ;-)

      • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Great minds think alike

  42. secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    The only thing good ever come out of Philly was an empty bus. No class.

  43. natsempire - May 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    It was clear in the replay that Cliff Lee saw that Spann wasn’t ready and pitched anyway.
    That ball was high and way inside and just missed Spann. Cheap shot by C. Lee.

  44. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Evening just got home from a school field trip.

    See 3 more unearned runs for Strasbourg. Wish he would buckle tight after an error. Too often he throws gas on the fire.

    • ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Mnf – Stras has been pretty calm. No meltdown for sure.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        No meltdown is good, but could not get the third out after the error, which unfortunately is not usually a good thing.

      • ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        It was the next pitch. Bad call by Lobaton, Stras hit the spot.

      • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Sometimes you just have tocredit the batter for a good swing. I dont like blaming the catcher for making a bad call.

    • David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      The pitch that was a HR after the error was a good pitch. It was a fastball away, on the black. Exactly where Lobaton wanted it. Unfortunate, but it happens.

  45. davecydell - May 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Ahhh, the Luna Girl,
    a commercial werth watching over&over

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Speaking of commercials, I can’t stand the one where the sales person has to whisper because of the baby. Babies rarely are effected by normal speaking voices.

      • Section 222 - May 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        We’ll, any commercial can be annoying of you see it 7 zillion times. But that actress is adorable, and very funny. Check out some of her YouTube clips. She has appeared in a bunch of shows as a dead girl.

  46. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    WTF Jayson

    • unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Tough place, for Jayson…nowhere to go…

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Go to second and force a throw. Did Desi spin his wheels in the battery’s box

  47. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Dez needs to get going. Maybe he should to get a few tips from Espi.

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      You’re right. Desmond is killing the Nats at the plate.

  48. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Cant wait to see some live Nats. Going to a few of the A’s series.

  49. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Danny boy! Love this.

  50. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Really, Lobo? 3-0 and take 3 pitches? Come on.

  51. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Pitch to Byrd was in his power zone. Down and in with changeup, which was on to night, was better option. 20-20 hindsight and all that.

  52. NatsLady - May 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    In the end, it doesn’t matter whether Stras gave up 3 runs in the first inning or the fifth. He pitched well and gave a quality start. The offense just needs to score more than four runs.

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Correct NL. Stras was terrific.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I would’ve let Strasburg hit and come out to pitch for at least another inning.

    • knoxvillenat - May 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      If the Nats only give up the 3 runs shouldn’t 4 be enough?

      • NatsLady - May 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        Yes, that’s the way it works.

    • ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      +1

    • NatsLady - May 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      OK, four or MORE runs… ;)

      • knoxvillenat - May 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        MORE is good!

  53. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Another good hold. Need runs here. I feel like we got this.

  54. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Unfortunately the top of our order is up this inning. That sounds good, but I’d almost rather them face Papelbon.

    • knoxvillenat - May 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      I’d rather the Phil’s face Soriano, in the bottom of the 9th.

  55. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Span the man. Crucial leadoff dub.

    • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Wow. Thats what Im talkin bout!

  56. Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Spannin’!

  57. NatsLady - May 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Well, it took a while, but the NATS ARE BACK. Nice steal Span, nice hit Anthony.

  58. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Rendon…..soon to be feared by all pitchers.

  59. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Manufacturing runs is huge. That is MW-style ball.

  60. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Now… I think THAT’S how the top of the order is supposed to operate, no?

  61. Drew - May 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Yessir!

  62. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    21 RBIs for Rendon. Just silly.

  63. natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Excuse me, but I recall somebody mentioning something about bullpens earlier in this threa.

    • ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Hopefully just one pen!

  64. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    These boys just LOVE them some bullpen cookin’!

  65. Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Previous poster (after 1st inning): “Game over.”

    ***************************

    Prescient. Do you offer stock market advice?

    • secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Ok Eugene you win. Go Blazers.

  66. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    LaClutch

  67. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Keep that conga line movin’ boys!!

    • unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      WOOOOHOOOOO!!!

  68. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Bout time Dez. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

  69. Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Meanwhile, Beast went yard to put the Giants up 2-1 over the Barves.

    • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Hellz yeah.

  70. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I told y’all I feel like we got this.

  71. Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    That was headhunting by Diekman.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Pitcher should have been ejected given earlier quasi-warnings.

  72. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Espi…. Sure gets throwed at a lot…

  73. secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Nice comeback. Let’s get em. More more more. Please no Clippard.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Morse homers on the Barves.

  75. Danny - May 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Guess my proclamation of game over after the 1st was shot down! Glad to be mistaken. This team has fight we didn’t show in 2013 for damn sure.

    • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Welcome back. Betting against this Nats team, down mid-game, seems to be the wrong move this season.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        T,hey have hit well against relievers.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      I thought you took the rest of the night off.

  76. natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Ahhh, I know somebody said the Nats could get to their bullpen. Who was that?

    And where is that Secretwasian whiner or whatever his name is?

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Oh. There he or she is.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Good to see you NatsJack. Strasburg vs Cliff Lee. Both pitched excellent given the Earned Runs. Phillies have a bullpen with a near 5.00 ERA. Dodgers are the same way.

  77. David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Very poor AB by Espi and Moore. Espi swung at multiple balls. But that’s who he is, even now. As long as he’s productive on the whole, you live with it.

    • secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Too many Ks though when ball needs to be put in play.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        +1

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    So far a great inning, but that was vintage 2013 Espinosa. Striking out on a pitch not even within afoot of the strike zone. Would have been a walk.

    Then TyMo who hits Lee the excellent pitcher well looks clueless against this chump.

  79. Drew - May 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Make him come to you, Zach.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Nice are bat Lobaton. Wish Espi had been willing to take the walk.

  81. secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Need a hit or a walk.

  82. janebeard - May 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I know this isn’t erudite or incisive but I just want to say how much I love these guys.

  83. dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    The comeback kids

    Get healthy Adam
    How long does it take to recover from a quad ??

    • janebeard - May 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      15 days or longer

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        bummer man….if Zimm was feeling, it would be a perfect opp.

  84. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    DAMMIT!!

  85. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    F’ing Clipp leadoff walk again? Sheesh.

  86. dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Jeez, my friend at work, a braves fan, wanted to go to Monday’s game so he bought tix and now I know why after reading DP’s post earlier.
    I just got home after a bit too much pizza and diet coke with the gents and ladies otherwise, I would have read DPs post. before agreeing.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Clippard still hasn’t earned the 8th inning role… Don’t agree with him being out there…

  88. janebeard - May 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Bourbon. Maalox. Stat.

  89. davecydell - May 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    watching clip pitch is painful

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Storen should have been out there,.. Not Clippard… It never fails

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    The pitch was on its way then time out.

    Can someone remind me why Clippard is in there not store?

  92. natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    How many times do we have to watch this CRAP????

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Tell me when the inning is over. I flipped the channel.

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      we got an out, it’s safe to come back

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        two outs……….Big KKKKKKKKKKKK

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Thanks

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        inning over MNF……Strike 3!!!!

  94. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Marlins bring in Mike Dunn left handed Clippard

  95. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    There was that high ball from Clip!

  96. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I’ll take it

  97. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Phew. Pins and needles.

  98. Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    A little luck much? Jeesh…

  99. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Well done Clip. But I will be sending you a bill for my nitro tablets!!

    • secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Did he get out of it? I can’t look.

  100. secretwasianman - May 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Ugh this guy is a wreck

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Got back in time for the K on Browne.

    Clip keeping the maalox stock high.

  102. janebeard - May 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Thank you Tyler. Thank you.

  103. Drew - May 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    My favorite words:

    Clippard is done and the Nats still lead.

  104. nats128 - May 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    I didnt want to say a word before, during, or at the point of no return on Clippard. Glad he got it done. That inning, was the Good, the Bad and The Ugly.

  105. knoxvillenat - May 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    NatsJack,

    Good call about getting into the Phillies bullpen! Now if only Soriano makes me look as good when he comes in for the ninth.

    • natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      And I’m hoping he does.

  106. dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    If these guys can win with 4 position players out….watch out come summer time.

    Rendon and Espi…the big difference from a year ago.

    • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Cant wait. Just having Fister, rather than Jordan will be huge.

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Update on Mike Dunn. He was relieving Carlos Marmol, so it actually was an upgrade.

    Carlos Marmol makes Clippard seem line Mariano Rivera

  108. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Giants still lead Braves 2-1, top 8

    • nats128 - May 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Thanks to the Beast. Go ahead Home Run!

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        +1…I left my beast in San Francisco..(Tony Blevins)

  109. nats128 - May 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Ghost, you hit it this morning. Work the Aces and go run by run and then get into the bullpen. The Phoolies have a bad bullpen. Very nice results except with no outs and men on 3rd and 2nd Espinosa couldnt get bat on ball and neither could TyMo.

    • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Those 2 extra runs would have been the nail in the coffin. Blah.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Man on third no outs you should get in.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Espi’s now .074 with RISP. He’s excellent when the Nats are ahead or nobody on base and horrible with runners on. That’s what Schu and Danny need to work on.

        You can’t have your foot on the neck and step off. Just make contact. K’s are about the worst case scenario with runners on 3rd and 2nd and no outs.

      • veejh - May 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Good stuff, Ghost.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Flipped over to the Giants game, the Braves 1 for 8 RISP after 7

  111. dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    That’s gotta be Johnny Holiday’s son behind home plate

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Nope Johnny is a wee person compared to Ray Knight the Giant

  112. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Tuckin it up here, boss.

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      My heart is beating faster….
      what’s with the all red ball girls

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Untucked. Oh ye of little faith.

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Soriano has had success this year, but man does he cause me to take some more maalox.

  114. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Soriano to take the record from Hershiser? Ha!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      We could only wish.

  115. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Ball high just like the other night.

  116. janebeard - May 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Ok. I’ve had enough bourbon that I actually MIXED it with Maalox. My advice: take separate gulps. Mixed tastes nastier than it looks.

    Wil who?

  117. dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    C’mon dude…..keep the ball down….it’s not Tee time

  118. unkyd59 - May 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    …(geeze)

  119. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Desi gets lucky.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      why is that lucky? He was interfered with.

  120. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Karma is a beatch!

  121. dcwx61 - May 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I love it!!!!
    Bout time the phillies were held accountable for their typical dirty play
    What a joke

  122. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I take that back, the slide was like a roll block.

  123. janebeard - May 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Sometimes I like umpires. Like now.

  124. Joe Seamhead - May 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    That was just a filthy dirty play by Ruiz.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Dirty play by Ruiz…. Big break for the Nats.

  126. knoxvillenat - May 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Untuck!

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Ruiz goes into Desmond’s manhood. Not cool. Between that and Cliff Lee pitching on Denard while he was setting up is not cool.

    Good win boys!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Love it we can still hate the Philthies

  128. veejh - May 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Curly dub. Solid comeback win. Woooooooo!!!!

  129. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Soriano after DP looked great.

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Great call by the ump to call the doubleplay on Ruiz’s unsportsmanlike slide.

  131. ehay2k - May 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    WOOOHOOOO! tm MicheleS

  132. natsjackinfl - May 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    2-1 Giants top of the 9th.

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