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Game 31: Nats at Phillies

May 4, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — It’s a cool, windy, cloudy Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, which hosts a rare, 3:05 p.m. Sunday game today. The reason: There was a massive 10-mile race in the area this morning, the traffic from which is only just now starting to dissipate.

Once they get going today, it’ll be Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, trying to earn a series victory and potentially lift his team into first place in the NL East (pending the result of the Braves’ game against the Giants). Gonzalez has enjoyed considerable success in this hitter-friendly ballpark over the years, entering today with a 4-1 record and 2.39 ERA in six career starts at Citizens Bank Park.

Cole Hamels was originally scheduled to pitch for the Phillies, but he was scratched with flu-like symptoms. So it’s right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who you may remember from when he was known as Fausto Carmona, getting the start. He’ll face a Nats lineup that has Kevin Frandsen at third base, Anthony Rendon at second base and the slumping Danny Espinosa (4 for his last 25 with 10 strikeouts) on the bench.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where:
Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 3:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 22 mph out to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Ian Desmond
LF Nate McLouth
C Sandy Leon
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
RF Marlon Byrd
1B Ryan Howard
C Carlos Ruiz
LF John Mayberry Jr.
3B Jayson Nix
RHP Roberto Hernandez

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

3:08 p.m. — We are underway on a chilly, 58-degree afternoon. Roberto Hernandez fires strike one to Denard Span.

3:17 p.m. — The Nats managed to put three men on base in the top of the first on a pair of walks and a single, yet never even advanced anybody to third. That’s because Kevin Frandsen was thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a hard grounder that skipped past Jayson Nix and into left field. It was a gamble, but not a terrible one, with John Mayberry Jr. needing to make a perfect throw to get Frandsen at third. Still, a frustrating start to the afternoon for the Nats.

3:27 p.m. — Hey, guess what just happened? The Nats gave up a first-inning run! We haven’t seen that in, oh 18 hours or so. Though actually, by only giving up one run today, they lowered their season average of first-inning runs allowed from 1.033 to 1.032.

3:48 p.m. — Gio Gonalez settled down in the bottom of the second. He struck out a pair of batters, Carlos Ruiz on a changup and Nix on a curveball. Still 1-0 Phillies heading to the third.

4:01 p.m. — Hmm, really late slide from Span to break up a double play in the top of the third. It worked, but you wonder if that was payback for Carlos Ruiz’s similar play the other night. The Nats, though, still can’t take advantage. They’re now 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position through three innings.

4:09 p.m. — Gio got himself in a jam in the bottom of the third when Ben Revere tripled to the right-field corner. With one out and his team trailing 1-0, Matt Williams made the somewhat unconventional decision to bring his infield in. It didn’t matter where they were positioned, though, after Gio struck out Rollins on a high fastball and then got Utley to pop out. So we go to the fourth, still 1-0 Philly.

4:32 p.m. — Five scoreless innings later, the Nats are making this guy on the mound look an awful lot like the 2007 version of Fausto Carmona. Unfortunately,  he’s the 2014 version of Roberto Hernandez. Still 1-0.

4:41 p.m. — Gio Gonzalez is certainly doing his job today. Since that first-inning run, he has put up four straight zeroes. He’s at 79 pitches through five but needs some run support.

4:54 p.m. — The pitchers’ duel continues here, with Gonzalez and Hernandez trading blows. It’s still 1-0 after six. Meanwhile, the Braves just lost their sixth straight. The Nats would take over first place in the NL East with a win today, but they’ll need to score at least two runs to do that.

5:07 p.m. — One hit allowed by Gio since the top of the first. He just completed the seventh with his seventh strikeout of the day. He’s at 100 pitches on the nose. Still 1-0 heading to the eighth, with Hernandez still on the mound.

5:25 p.m. — Well, the Nats had a chance in the eighth. They got a leadoff single from Span, who then took second on Frandsen’s sac bunt. Ryne Sandberg decided to turn to his beleaguered bullpen, with Mike Adams entering and getting Werth to ground out to the right side of the infield, advancing Span to third with two outs. In came left-hander Antonio Bastardo to face LaRoche, who drew a walk. So that set up a seemingly favorable matchup with Rendon, but he took a 2-2 fastball on the low, outside corner for strike three and was not pleased with the cal by Sean Barber. So the Nats are now 0-for-7 with RISP today and they trail 1-0 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

5:41 p.m. — Last chance for the Nats. It’s Desmond, McLouth, Leon and possibly a pinch-hitter against Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th. They still trail 1-0.

5:53 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats lose a frustrating one, 1-0. They lose the series and another chance to take over first place in the NL East.

181 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - May 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Freeman 4 for 28 slump. Reason given is dry eye. I know he’s suffered from that before but the Marlins gave him the collar back in April and again this past week and he didn’t have dry eye in his first series with the Marlins.

    If the Nats don’t watch how the Marlins and Giants have been pitching and defensive positioning against Freeman then I question the Weidemaier acquisition.

    Pence played 5 large steps in with men on base against Freeman and that worked well. He can certainly adjust by swinging longer I guess. He swings very compact with RISP.

  2. Candide - May 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Musta missed something: why is Danny sitting?

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      4 for last 25 and horrible w RISP, probably….and why not give Frandsen a shot against his former team?

      • scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Yea espi Risp is disturbing.

  3. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Giants lead Braves 1-0 , bottom 3rd.

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Who cares!!! How about the Nats win a Damn series

  4. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Come on Bumgarnner.. You had plenty of time…

  5. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    2-1 giants 5th

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I thought that ball was going to fall in the gap for Span…

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Me too. Hung up there.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Giants had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs… And they didnt score… Mikey Mo over matched, 2nd batter went up first pitch swinging and hit a foul ball caught by Johnson and Panda-man popped out…

  8. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Looked safe

    • scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Nope – was out

    • NatsLady - May 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Nope. Got him on the wrist.

  9. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Why you slide head first?!?! No more of that, please.

  10. David Proctor - May 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    That’s an okay risk. Took a good play and being on third with one out is important. Werth got into scoring position anyway.

  11. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Let’s go Rendon

  12. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    A first inning lead would soooooo nice for once.

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    That wasn’t a K…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      That is a positive.

  14. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    We have a chance to have a reverse and take a quick lead, but fall short as we do too often with RISP

  15. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Nervous to watch the first inning

  16. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Crushed

  17. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    OMG….make it stop!!!!!

  18. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Oy. Dejavu

  19. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Im cracking a beer. Sheesh.

    • scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      None left. I drank them all last night

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    May berry makes an excellent play in left. Nate McOut does a terrible job.

    Phillies gets a shot to score and does. We get a shot and we don’t quite get why pitchers can’t buckle down and start strong.

  21. Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    “Not trying to do too much” = a notion to emulate.

  22. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Utley makes a rare error.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Horrible stupid base running by Utley… Thank you kindly…

  24. NatsLady - May 4, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Well, that’s our average. One run every first inning. ;) (31 games, 31 runs–not all “earned,” of course.)

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Actually 32 runs 31 games

  25. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Keep saying we don’t need to change anything MW and we continue to fall behind

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Im with you on this.

  26. NatsLady - May 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I am really tired of replay, no matter what the result.

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      The whole manwger walk out to delay for time is quite annoying.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Agree. There’s a place for it, but the process needs tweaking. I’d like to see a 15- or 20-second rule.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Nice hustle Desi….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Looks out on the one feed.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        I can’t tell if fleets were touching.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        I thought in the tie situation, play goes for the runner.. But we’ve been screwed before on the replay…

  28. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Gonna call him out.

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Good. Game on.

  29. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Sweet. Def not conclusive

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      I agree among the 5% that isn’t conclusive either way-

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    That is as close as I have seen. If fleets are touching safe. If in air out.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    4 base runners in 6 batters

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I wouldn’t have challenged that.. But whatevs…

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    0 for 2 RISP

  34. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Pitcher is wiLd and hittable. We need more to show

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    0 for 3 RISP

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    The Giants defense on Freeman is remarkable… He has a different approach with runners on vs when runners aren’t and it’s so noticeable…

    Good on the Giants…

  37. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Gio inconsistent, but I think he’ll catch a groove.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Through game 30 average overall .256 (5th), RISP .225 (11th), no one on .274 (second in league)

    Last year Deck hell as we hit under no situation till Schu showed up. You can see we can hit, just have trouble with RISP.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Come on Toby… That was at his feet.

  40. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Ahhhh…we catch a break. Time to capitalize.

  41. Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    So, anyone understand how the rotation is set up for the next week? I hope and expect to be in Oakland next week. Am I right that it’s Doug Fister on Friday? Will it then be Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez on Saturday and Sunday?

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Im going to a few of those games.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Excellent; I think I’ve got it organized so I can be at all three. Waiting to buy tickets until everything’s firm.

      • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Havent bought mine yet. Should be easy to score good tix for cheap.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        I should know more by Tuesday or Wednesday; will post section/row then. Do you know which games you’re going to make?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Seems like it’s importnt for Tanner to be on every 5 days… He is not one who can seemingly adjust…

      I’m thinking Det and then they call Tiernien (?).. Is Ross O still unavailable?

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Good Hard run Span….

  43. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    0 for 4 RISP

  44. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    RISP with 2 out is .173 12th in league

  45. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Nats get an extra out. So ump makes up,for,it with a strike at the shoe tops. Geeeesh

  46. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Boy Hernandez is really hitting his spots.

    Aren’t we supposed to say that every game we don’t mount an attack until the relievers show?

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Lol

  47. scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Damn it.

  48. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    More men left on base.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    0 for 5 RISP. Rendon felt he had to swing one way low since ump is calling low ones strike.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Phillies 1 for 1 RISP SO far

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Now 1 for 2

  52. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    BIG K. Nice.

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    If I paid big bucks to spend on tickets I would be pissed if the Phanatic blocked my view.

    Phil’s now 1 for 3 RISP

  54. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Too bad Hamels has the Flu. Instead we get CY Young.

  55. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Eugene….not yet. Im gonna try and make all 3, but will know soon.

  56. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Nate Mclouth. Take beltway to 95 North. Camden yards is on the left

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      A minimum wage outfielder would be no worse.

      • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Perhaps Roger Bernadina.

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Just stay within a run until the bullpen comes in.

    I go back to comment I have asked about 5 times now. Is the warm up procedure our starters are going through in need of an adjustment. What we are doing has not worked. Is McCatty’s assessment of when the pitcher is ready, just not accurate?

    • scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      No no, no need to change. Let’s keep the routine the same stats be damned.

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Sacrifice a goat. Problem solved.

  58. coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    A win today with the Braves down and Dodgers out would be swell…

    • coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      and, also, working the count too

  59. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Looks like 1st place is ours for the taking. Take it!

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Need to score a run first

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    The ump has changed our hitting style we are swinging at too many pitches not where we want it.

  61. Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Roberto Hernandez used to Fausto Carmona, right? Not Jim Palmer or Bob Gibson or Cy Young?

  62. NatsLady - May 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    So frustrating not to get to this guy when Gio is pitching a good game. But I try to bear in mind the lineup. Really missing RZimm, Ramos, Harper on a day like this with an “inferior” pitcher. Those guys would eat him alive, normally.

    • coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Out of curiosity (can’t watch), people keep complaining about the strike zone – is Gio missing that much? seems like he’s less effectively wild than usual.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      The batters playing should be able to crush him too.

  63. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Correct Nats lady. But isn’t that the reason we went out and signed bench guys like McClouth for 5 mil a year?

    • NatsLady - May 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Yes. But playing them for extended stretches is pushing it, especially all at the same time. If they were regulars, they’d be regulars.

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Talk about nit playing focus 0-2 count to number 8 batter then walking him. Allowing the sac bunt.

    Just when the pitching problem is solved it isnt

  65. coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    for the love of god…. work a count.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      To impatient. Desmond pops up on a pitch inside. I don’t get it.

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    This guy has nothing, and we are not getting deep in counts. This is the secret to beating the phillies get the pitch count up and Cerf to the bullpen.

  67. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    How about we string some hits together instead of trying to tie it on one swing

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      +1

  68. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    2 3 4 up. Big inning. Need a hold here.

  69. coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Kind of got ourselves in trouble with the quick innings – his pitch count was near being called in the 5th to start and since we’re letting him off the hook. I want that 5+ ERA pen, not that Hernandez is a gem.

  70. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    McLouth! Nice snag.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Nice play McLouth

  72. coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Last inning for Gio? or do they let him hit again. seems like our BP could use a rest with the Dodgers series coming up but we could use anything offensively.

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Hmmmmm….think Gio could hit better than our bench at this point.

      • coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        +1

  73. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Another 5 ERA guy making us look silly at the plate.

  74. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    WORK A COUNT DAMMIT

    • coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      sub 10 pitches the last three innings… crazy

      • coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        though new found love for Sandy

  75. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    How does a guy make 5 million and hit .090

    Come on guys you are better then this

  76. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Why hit for Gio he has a higher average then McLouth and
    Leon lol

  77. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Seven outs left and we let Gio hit? Am I missing something? This team cannot give outs away.

    • coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Bullpen is going to have to put together a full game Tuesday. I understand letting him hit and keep pitching.

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Meh..no one on w 2 outs

      • coop202 - May 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Though that is the Zach Walters Special

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    We need to get into the bullpen. Work the counts.

  79. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Everybody hurry up and check the standings. Nats tied for first.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Thanks looked good. Now let’s score some to get the win. Time to quit goofing off.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    How was the third pitch to Howard a ball. Cost us 3 pitches.

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Can Walters play left? Hits better than McOut

  82. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Thats why you let Gio bat last inning

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Gio is marvelous today… Nats need to stop swinging at garbage….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      When will the starters learn not to give up the first run?

  84. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Time to get this party started!

  85. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Finally….that pitcher made us look stupid.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Nats did that on their own… Swinging at garbage and trying to tie it with 1 swing….

      • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        You have to give him some credit. He did toss some great pitches.

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Bullpen time. No more excuses.

  87. exposedindc - May 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Really thought it was a good opportunity to be aggressive there… Either straight steal or hit and run

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Have we done ant hit and runs yet?

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    0 for RISP. Come on guys why waste these opportunities?

  89. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    0 for 7

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Hit it up the middle

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    0 for 7 RISP with 2 walks to LaRoche.

  92. NatsLady - May 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Puig hurt (not known how seriously) on the final play of the Marlins game.
    Eric Young Jr (Mets) got hit in the face/eye with a ball that ricocheted in batting practice.

  93. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Ugh.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    That was terrible… Foul it off… That was terrible.

  95. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Walks a guy and we swing at a high outside pitch barely in the zone, . Then a middle one easier to drive let’s go.

    4th pitch good take.

    Then takes the same pitch that was strike 2 was.

    He is now 0 for 3 RISP today. It must be a requirement of second basemen to hit pathetically with RISP

  96. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Good teams come up with big hits when needed. This is not a good team. Pathetic

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Oh, come on.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Excellent outting by Gio…

  98. philipd763 - May 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    At the current pace, not one Nats starting pitcher will win ten games this season. Not that they have pitched poorly, they are just being victimized by a team with pathetic offense.

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Well spoken.

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Stats say otherwise. Had some games where situational hitting has been real bad. Getting back Harp Zim and Ramos will help a ton

      • scmargenau - May 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        Harper? What has he done? He’s a Risp nightmare

    • scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Disagree. Pitchers need to step up. If Hernandez can shut us out then Gio had to match him. These guys need to be better then the journeymen that are beating them even if they have to make no mistakes. And before I hear how hard that is it certainly doesn’t seem that hard to do it to us.

      Good teams find a way to win, good pitchers find a way to win games. Losers make excuses.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Only problem with that logic. We are second in the league in runs scored.

  99. rabbit433 - May 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    This is a team of “reachers”. They are always reaching for “it” but can never grab “it”. If they need four runs, they get three. Need one run…..get shut out. The really just don’t have “IT”. Harper and SS and Ramos are better off hoping to get traded. Sorry team. Oh, and the Braves lost again as I’m sure you all know by now. Yeah, we just don’t have “it”.

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Well spoken and I couldn’t agree more. Tired of the false predictions. Tired of all the hype and Damn tired of being a Ho Hum team. There now everybody can take their frustrations out on me and Rabbitt

      • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Wow I just looked at the standings. Tied for first. What a lousy team.

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Rabbit just read your post again. Luv it you nailed it. Go Wizards.

  100. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Doom and gloom guys have showed up once again. I’d love to win this to shut these clowns up.

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Lol. Grab a bat. What could it hurt

  101. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    The league is a mess. San Fran Brewers and maybe the tigers are real. Everybody else is nothing special. The Nats and Os are a half game out and barely over .500. Not good

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      You do realize they play 162 games for a reason, right?

      • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        That’s what worries me.

  102. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Blevins coming through. We got this.

  103. scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Work that count Ian

    • secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Never

    • veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      LOL

  104. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Danny 1 for 8 with 5ks??

  105. secretwasianman - May 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Well everyone enjoy your week. Look forward to this next game. I always do

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Danny’s swing and miss rate the last 10 days seem more like what got him sent to the minors.

    First 3 weeks of the season was fine.

    • scnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      You wonder if, with his success, he reverts to his old ways thinking his troubles are over. Hope not.

  107. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Awwwwwww shlt. Walters!

  108. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Zach you homered last night when it didn’t matter. Do it today when it does.

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Keep it low and hook it in.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Argggg. Just what I called for, but too high.

  111. veejh - May 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Thought that 2as out of here. Ahhhhh

  112. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Then of course we swing at one not near the zone.

  113. Eugene in Oregon - May 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Bleep.

  114. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    First inning Phils score 7 Nats score 0. Rest of the game Nats score 7 give up 4.

    Note to starters. Never give up the first run.

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Just unfortunate… Dang wind hurt us in the end…

    Pitchers duel… But Hernandez was throwing a lot of garbage and the Nats were just swinging away…

  116. manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    !Rollins makes it to 3rd and Frandsen thrown out makes a gigantic difference as it turns out.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I still can’t get over Anthony looking at a called 3rd strike..

    Frustrating…

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