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Game 32: Dodgers at Nats

May 5, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

After a bit of a frustrating weekend in Philadelphia, the Nationals are back home ever so briefly this week for a three-game series with the Dodgers, who are sending their best to the mound each day.

It begins tonight with Zack Greinke, who has opened the season 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA. The right-hander has never been beaten by the Nationals, going 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four career head-to-head starts. He’ll face a club that has a familiar face back on the bench tonight: Scott Hairston, as expected, was activated off the 15-day DL, with Steven Souza Jr. optioned to Class AAA Syracuse.

The Nats send their own dominant right-hander to the mound in Jordan Zimmermann, though he has less of a track record of success against L.A. (2-1, 6.65 ERA in four career starts). He’ll face a Dodgers lineup without one of its biggest stars: Yasiel Puig, who crashed into the fence in Miami yesterday and apparently is still banged-up.

Updates to come, so please check back…

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at 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: Cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind 5 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

DODGERS
2B Dee Gordon
LF Carl Crawford
SS Hanley Ramirez
1B Adrian Gonzalez
CF Matt Kemp
RF Andre Ethier
3B Juan Uribe
C Miguel Olivo
RHP Zack Greinke

UMPIRES
HP John Tumpane
1B Paul Nauert
2B James Hoye
3B Mark Wegner (cc)

7:05 p.m. — We are underway, just as a light rain begins to fall. The sky looks pretty menacing, but it doesn’t appear the rain will be heavy enough to force a delay. We’ll see.

7:11 p.m. — Twelve of Jordan Zimmermann’s 13 pitches were strikes in the top of the first. Tough to be better than that. He did allow a two-out double to Hanley Ramirez, who lofted a ball just over Jayson Werth’s reach in deep right field. Otherwise, Zimmermann was completely in control during an all-important scoreless inning to get this one started.

7:26 p.m. — Wow, what a bottom of the first for the Nats. The first five batters they sent to the plate against Zack Greinke all hit the ball hard. Really hard. None harder than Anthony Rendon, who launched a 1-2 breaking ball into the Red Porch for his fifth homer, this one a two-run shot. Even the outs were well-struck, including Werth’s flyball to left and Ian Desmond’s liner to left. The Nats lead 2-0 after one, and there’s something we haven’t said too often this season.

7:36 p.m. — A little bit of trouble for Zimmermann in the top of the second, with a pair of one-out singles. But he avoided any real problem, striking out Miguel Olivo and getting Greinke to ground out to end the inning. The rain has intensified a little, but they’re still playing. You know the Nats REALLY don’t want a rain delay tonight, not on a night when they desperately don’t want to use Ross Detwiler (because they need him to start tomorrow).

7:58 p.m. — Still 2-0 Nats in the middle of the third. Zimmermann has scattered four hits so far while also dealing with a wet pitchers’ mound. The grounds crew is trying to stay ahead of the rain, pouring sawdust on the mound and the batters’ box, but they’re having a tough time of it. For now, it looks like they’ll keep playing through this.

8:08 p.m. — Here’s when you know things aren’t going your way: Desmond couldn’t have hit the ball any harder in either of his two at-bats so far tonight, yet he has nothing to show for it. He’s got a smoked lineout to left and a rocket of a comebacker that turned into a 1-4-3 double play to end the third with the Nats still leading 2-0. Been that kind of season so far for Ian.

8:17 p.m. — They’re now spreading sawdust over the infield after each half-inning. I don’t think anyone expected the rain to last this long, but it hasn’t gotten to the point where the umpires believe it’s impeding play. Still 2-0, middle of the fourth.

8:27 p.m. — And now we’re in an actual rain delay.

10:20 p.m. — OK, so here’s the update: It’s still raining. They’ve shown the entire second half of the Wizards game and several innings of the Braves-Cardinals game on the scoreboard. The grounds crew just came out and squeegeed the tarp, but it’s still raining and it doesn’t look it’s going to stop anytime soon. But for now, they’re still trying to wait this out. Obviously, Jordan Zimermann isn’t coming back to pitch. The question is whether Ross Detwiler will take over, or whether they’ll just try to cobble together the rest of the game with other relievers.

10:30 p.m. — Breaking news: The Braves just lost their seventh straight. Which means for this moment, the Nats are tied for first place.

10:56 p.m. — The tarp is being removed. I repeat: The tarp is being removed. We will have baseball sometime in the near future, news which will thrill the 27 people still here.

11:10 p.m. — This game will resume at 11:40 p.m., at which point we’ll just be starting the bottom of the fourth. Anybody got any coffee they can bring up to the press box?

11:43 p.m. — And we’re back after an ever-so-brief, 3-hour, 17-minute rain delay. It’s right-hander Brandon League on the mound for the Dodgers. Aaron Barrett is warming in the Nats’ pen, presumably to take over in the top of the fifth. Oh, and it’s raining again.

11:48 p.m. — And the Nats go down in order in the bottom of the fourth, which was quite pleasing to the 50 fans behind the Dodgers dugout. The 100 fans behind the Nats dugout weren’t nearly as happy about that. So here’s Barrett to pitch the top of the fifth after Zimmermann goes four scoreless.

12:05 a.m. — A 1-2-3 top of the fifth from Barrett. Then I missed seeing my first-ever triple play in person by about a step-and-a-half in the bottom of the inning. Rendon barely beat out a 5-4-3 attempt by the Dodgers. We go to the sixth, still 2-0 Nats.

12:33 a.m. — (Chase taking over) Both the Dodgers and Nats got one man on base in the sixth inning, but so no runs come across. It’s still 2-0 with the seventh inning up next.

12:54 a.m. — Both the Dodgers and Nats saw leadoff hits in the seventh. Kemp doubled before Drew Storen retired the next three batters. For the Nats it was Leon who singled to lead off. They actually got the bases loaded after Span doubled and Werth walked. No runs for either side, however, as Tyler Clippard will take over in the top of the eighth.

1:05 a.m. — Clippard allowed a two-out double to Crawford, but that was it. McLouth, however, did leave the game after making a spectacular catch for the second out. Gordon hit a line drive into foul territory in left field and McLouth snagged it at full speed just inches before slamming into the wall at full speed. It looked like he hurt his right hand, possibly suffering a cut around his thumb area. We’ll find out more afterwards.

1:18 a.m. — The Nats added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a homer by Espinosa. That’s his fourth of the season in this his 30th game.

1:23 p.m. — 4-0 is your final score. 2:59 time of game, 3:17 time of rain delay.

221 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - May 5, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Prayer is important at a time like this!

    With our big boys back, at our home park we could beat these guys.

    Then again the Fish beat them recently.

  2. Section 222 - May 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Stephen Souza, we hardly knew ya.

  3. therealjohnc - May 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Another day off for Jose Lobaton? I hope he’s OK.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      I read Lobo was .125/.300/.250 in the past 7 days… That may have something to do with it…but yeah, I’d rather Lobo be out there than Leon…

    • mwsmith13 - May 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      He is listed as day to day (shin) on a couple different sites.

    • knoxvillenat - May 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      MZ reporting that Lobaton still dealing with a sore shin from Saturday night game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Wasn’t that from the HBP?

      • knoxvillenat - May 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Yes, I think it was.

  4. 3on2out - May 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Wondering the same thing johnc .

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

    Need production from our 4-8 guys.

    • veejh - May 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      5-8, that is. Dez needs to check that approach.

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

    Grienke vs Zimmermann.. Just seems to be a sexy match up… I can’t wait to see this pitcher’s dual…

    Lets go Nats!

  7. adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Break the streak!

    Greinke has gone 18 consecutive starts of pitching 5 or more innings with 2 runs or less allowed. (A good argument could be made that during that time he’s been the best pitcher in MLB)

    Time to stop that tonight!

  8. nats106 - May 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Need production from our 1-8 guys and our starting pitching to not take off the first inning.

    Can’t make tonight’s game, but get to see Kershaw tomorrow.

    This series is where the rubber hits the road (until the next big series)

    • ArVAFan - May 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      How about #9? Zimmermann isn’t a total loss at the plate.

  9. adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    The other night Dee Gordon got five hits and three stolen bases. (Earlier this year he stole 4 in a game)

    He’s batting .353.

    Yikes!

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    JZim has to throw a gem and get stellar defense and an opportunistic offense. Greinke will give up runs as he tires. Must take advantage by seeing lots of pitches and working that pitch count.

    It’s still amazing to me how the Nats could’ve turned the 1st inning yesterday into a big inning but ran themselves out of it by being “aggressive” at the wrong situation.

    The Nats got their gem yesterday in terms of only 1 run given up and got their stellar defense and couldn’t score a run on offense even though they had chances.

    • therealjohnc - May 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      I have no problem with Frandsen going for third yesterday. Even with a barehand grab-and a good-throw, it was a bang/bang play at third. The tag was down barely a couple of inches before the hand hit the bag (we’ll lecture about headfirst/handfirst slides later).

      The adage is that you don’t make the first or last out at third base. This was the second out, and with Werth moving up as the trail runner the Nats still had a chance to score on a hit. Since they’d have needed a hit to score even with runners on first and second and one out, that element doesn’t shift. The advantages of making it are obvious and significant – if Frandsen makes it the Nats can score without getting that elusive hit with RISP (as well as having two runners in RISP.

      I had no problem at all with Frandsen going there. I don’t like that he got thrown out, but that happens. Just because he made an out doesn’t mean it was a bad play. The Nats have had too many TOOTBLANS this year, but IMHO that wasn’t one of them.

      • adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Well put, therealjohnc. And thanks for bringing that adage. And, yes (in case others didn’t see it on slow-mo-replay on TV) he was out by about three inches.

      • nats106 - May 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Agreed. Also you had Mayberry in LF who won’t make the play flawlessly the next 99 times it happens.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Wilson Ramos catching nine innings tonight at Harrisburg. No precise timetable for return, but Friday sounds most likely.”

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      As my 4 year old niece would say: ‘ohh, that’s excitable news!’

    • veejh - May 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Fister and Ramos on Friday. What a treat for my 1st game of the season. Can’t wait.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Are you going to Oakland California?

      • veejh - May 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Live in North Bay. 1 HR drive.

      • veejh - May 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        From other posts on this site, I think 4 of us will be reppin the Nats in Oakland.

      • kaizenakira - May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Awesome, I just moved from DC to oakland a few months ago and I’m planning on going to the game on Sunday.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Not as funny as the video Knoxville Nat sent me of the Tonight Show prank with Robinson Cano. I’ve watched it a few times and it’s classic. There’s a similar one with Chucky of Friday the 13th at a bus stop that is creative.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Ohhh…you can’t talk about it and not post it…. I’m still laughing at Harper as puppy….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Please email me real quick. I’m out and need to do it on my phone where I don’t have email addresses stored.

  12. chaz11963 - May 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Sheeesh… bottom 4 batters could be a big hole today.

  13. David Proctor - May 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Dan Kolko @masnKolko · 58m
    Williams with a great line on Ramos: “We’d love him to run the bases more, but unfortunately, he’s been hitting the ball over the fence.”

  14. Eugene in Oregon - May 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Yuck. Weather looks like Oregon.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    And Jayson continues to not look to well in RF….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Not an easy play in the rain, but one he has made many times in his career.

  16. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Wow a 0.

  17. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I’ve been pretty critical of JW in right, but honestly that would have been one helluva catch.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      In the rain it would be an excellent catch.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    First at bat with RISP

  19. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Nice rip, Denard! I really would like him to concentrate on going to left.

  20. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Ha!

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    1 for 1 RISP

  22. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Hitting ball well.

  23. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Serves Zack Greinke right for that high and tight crap on the pitch before.

  24. TimDz - May 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I got your up and in right here, Greinke…

    • Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      That didn’t get away from him Greinke. That is his style.

  25. RickH - May 5, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Way to go Anthony! Let’s keep it going.

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Still hitting hard. We must take advantage of this.

  27. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Why is Espi swinging so hard.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      When is swinging hard a problem? It’s that length of that swing that was the problem.

  28. Eugene in Oregon - May 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    For your between-innings reading pleasure, a great story about Tom Seaver:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/05/sports/baseball/seavers-double-duty-for-the-white-sox.html

    I was living in the DR when this happened and — unfortunately — don’t remember it.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Lots of good swings and Werth and Desi were unlucky.

    Espi exhibiting a longer swing and missed a few there. Uh Danny, come on man!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Espi’s last 10 games swing looks like the 2013 swing.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Ethier should’ve K’d. Ump goes postage stamp to him.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    They swing soft and get 2 hits

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Was worried more about Grenke than Olivo.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    As I asked yesterday can Walters play left. McOut just makes me seek.

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Me seek another LF

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Nice recovery there.

  35. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Great toss by Espinosa!

  36. TimDz - May 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Okay….lets say it all together….

    “Four and a half innngs….”

    • Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      +1 on the four and a half!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        I think you have to go middle of the 5th if the home team is ahead. Needs to go 1 more inning.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    JZim threw all 4-seamers I believe to Hanley. I know he didn’t want to hang a slider. I was waiting for a changeup for a K but the doubleplay was even better.

  38. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    I wonder how Desi is comparing league wide in GIDP’s? His approach right now is the worst it’s ever been

  39. secretwasianman - May 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Desk is completely lost. Swings at ball 3 then hit into DP. In fact only spots 1 thru 4 seem to have a clue. Everyone else just awful

  40. Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I just looked it up. Desmond leads the National a League in GIDP’s. It’s not my imagination.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Does Albert Pujols lead the AL. Matt Holiday will eventually lead the NL.

    • David Proctor - May 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      GIDP is not a bad a stat as it sounds, really. It just means you hit the ball hard on the ground a lot. Most power hitters hit into a lot of double plays.

      Of course, Desmond isn’t really hitting, so it’s dubious right now. But as a rule, you live with it.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 5, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        I’m well aware of what you’re saying. My point is that his approach and choice of which pitches that he is taking and which ones he is swinging at is awful He is in a deep funk.He will come out of it, but it can’t come soon enough.

  41. Eugene in Oregon - May 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Oh well. So much for Mr. Zimmermann’s nice start.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Couldn’t wait til he qualified for a win.

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    The front is terrible.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Nats need Treinen in DC tonight and send them back Mattheus.

  44. TimDz - May 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Ghost…..middle of the fifth would be four and a half innings….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Yes, just making sure we are talking the same.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        The home pitchers have to pitch 5 full.

      • TimDz - May 5, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        We ate……

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Anyone have any weather intel?

  46. Steady Eddie - May 5, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Weather map shows a long narrow front going steadily over the stadium until at least 10 or 1030. And the forecast shows increasing chance of rain until about three or four in the morning so knows if they’re even likely to resume tonight rather than continue it tomorrow afternoon. I suspect the main reason most people who are still here are around is to watch the wizards game. Speaking for myself anyway.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Thanks for the update. You guys have lots of rain the past 2 weeks.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        The band on the radar is about 12 miles wide 150 miles long. Going directly southwest from Cumberland through DC

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Unreal. JZim was going strong.

  47. Danny - May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Congrats to the Wizards!!

  48. Eric - May 5, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Dang it! That was my favorite kind of baseball game. Pitchers duel, we had the upper hand, we were hitting, and I was at the yard. C’est la vie. Maybe I’ll leave work early to see em finish it up.

  49. jd - May 5, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    They will have to start from the beginning if its called, they don’t suspend rainouts,

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      That would be awful. These guys worked for their stats.

      I thought they changed that rule I guess not. In that case I say wait it out.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Marlins walkoff.

  51. David Proctor - May 5, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Charlie said a few minutes ago that he heard they’re going to keep waiting because they want to get this game in tonight, even if it’s late. That’s because the Nats don’t want to do a doubleheader tomorrow (we don’t have one starter, much less two) and the Dodgers don’t want to on Wednesday because they have a game on Thursday on the West Coast.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    How sweet is that! JUpton caught looking to end the game with 2 men on!

    • adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Holy Moley?!?

      The Braves come back from being down 4-0, to 4-3, get two guys on in the ninth, and a called strike three to end the game? Yowza! Those fans must be going nuts! Imagine reading their comment threads!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        They are. Matheny pitched around Heyward to face JUp who was batting 2nd and he looked at strike 3 down the middle of the plate and on the outer half of the plate in a 1-2 count.

      • adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        And JUp is the guy who’s been hitting.

        But I just saw the boxscore: he struck out four times tonight!

        Think there might be some Upton-hate goin’ on down south tonight?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Oh yes!

  53. dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Just got back from the park..very soaked but rain ending here in Takoma Parklandia
    The line looks to be moving ever so slightly north which is a good thing.
    What an aweful forecast. The grounds crew kept coming and going until they finally rollled out the tarp

  54. letswin3 - May 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Just now getting the first sprinkles here in Montgomery County. So the front is likely moving North as it moves Eastward. We might still get this game in.

    • dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      yes…let’s playball before midnight

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    No rain at all the whole time here in Manassas

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Just looked at the radar weather almost gone.

  57. dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    For short term forecasts, the next generation High Res Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model can provide good guidance.
    and of course, your favorite radar site.

    http://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/HRRR/Welcome.cgi

    Specifically, the 1 km agl simulated radar reflectivity can give some guidance on precipitating clouds

    http://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/HRRR/jsloopLocalDiskDateDomainZip.cgi?dsKeys=hrrr_jet:&runTime=2014050600&plotName=1ref_t3sfc&fcstInc=60&numFcsts=16&model=hrrr&ptitle=HRRR%20Model%20Fields%20-%20Experimental&maxFcstLen=15&fcstStrLen=-1&resizePlot=1&domain=t3

  58. David Proctor - May 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Tarp is off the field

    • dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      All right….we will have to use some more relievers but hopefully will be worth it.

    • scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Awesome!!

      Cinco de. Mayo, wiz win, no let’s go nats!!

  59. scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Still n delay??

  60. adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Bob Carpenter just said that he just got word that game will resume around 11:40.

    • Section 222 - May 5, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Heading over to NIDO buy you a drink wonk.

      • adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        ;-) !!

  61. Section 222 - May 5, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Re-start at approximately 11:40. Hmm. Couldn’t go tonight, but I’m home now. Just might head over for a bit. :-)

    • dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      metro curtailed my night at the park

    • dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      10:56 p.m. — The tarp is being removed. I repeat: The tarp is being removed. We will have baseball sometime in the near future, news which will thrill the 27 people still here

      Make that 28 Mark ;)

      • scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        I’m tempted to cab it there. I have a good feeling bout this game!

      • dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Yes, maybe extra innings ;)
        I’m too old and tired to get off the couch now

  62. scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    23 min to kill. Anyone got a knock knock joke?

    • adcwonk - May 5, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Knock knock
      Who’s there?
      Justin
      Justin who?
      Justin time to hear: :Strike Three!!

      • Eric - May 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Beautiful! Brings a tear to my eye

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 5, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Well… Good thing is my black car won’t be tinted yellow tomorrow… Come on Nats… Let’s win this!!!

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - May 5, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Like I said earlier, Treinen for Mattheus.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Ross Detwiler up in the bullpen. Hello, Blake Treinen.”

  65. scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Play ball!

  66. scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Crap. Raining

  67. scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Send him down! I know that swing!

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Compact Danny…. Compact…

  69. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Why is Espinosa reverting back to 2013 form?

  70. dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Espi perfecting the strike out swing.
    looks like a rumble gonna go down.
    Man that has got to be the loudest 100 fans in the history of the game

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    I thought he was solving his problem, but I was wrong.

    • scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Leopard. Spots. Etc

  72. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    McOut does his usual thing

    • dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      i thought he hit it well and the opposite way.
      Thanks FP for reminding me about work…blah

      • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        When your average is off the interstate hitting well is not efficient.

      • dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Is he north or south of I 95 now ?

  73. scmargenau - May 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Just get out. One more inning to make it official

  74. dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Looks like most of the crowd is toasted. Could be a repeat of 10 cent beer or Disco night in Chicago

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Leon looked like ESOI

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      ESPI

  76. Danny - May 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Thrilling half there by the home team.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Waited 3 hours for those three?

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Official game now.

    It can pour.

  78. dcwx61 - May 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Jeez…Barrett looking more like Kimbrel

    It’s a real game now

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Looked good

  79. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Official game now.

    It can pour.

    Thunder just hit here

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    League is a eighty why Hairsgon batting?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      It is the new Scott Hairston.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      ‘Cuz he was batting .500 before the at bat? ;-)

      (And .667 afterwards?) ;-)

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 5, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Welcome back Hairston…. Interesting, thought Barrett was gonna go 1/2 more…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      They have Crawford and Gordon so Blevins is for them

  82. whitennerdy898 - May 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    And welcome back Scott Hairston!

  83. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    My goodness in the worse place possible

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Wow — I thought I was just about to witness my first TP.

      If 2d-baseman had positioned himself better, it might have been . . .

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    By the way 1 for 3 RISP

  85. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    A kid does not become the first NBA player in more than a decade to finish with 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a playoff game, which Beal did in the Wizards’ 102-96 victory. A kid doesn’t become the first person in league annals to have three playoff games with at least 25 points before their 21st birthday.

    Impressive

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Way to go.

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    That rally died fast after a great start.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Fantastic Inning Blevins…. Fantastic….

    That 3rd K pitch to Hanley was a thing of beauty….

  88. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Oi

    Espi

    • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Yeah. Pull back Espi…

  89. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Is Espi crying to go back to Syracuse?

    It took 2 month for Rizzo to pull the trigger last year.

    This is just like 2013 since 2 weeks ago. Obviously what he did right early, he has dumped and gone back to over swinging.

    As for McOut he hasn’t impressed me at all. Seems like a waste of money.

    • scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      Yea, what’s his deal??

  90. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    When Zim is healthy he’s gone unless he changes

  91. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Great hit by kemp. Up n in pitch

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Espi is in a slump in all Lev situations. Just not seeing the ball well and his swing is not the nice compact swing he had when he was getting base hits.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      He’s pressing.. He needs to sit for a few days….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Yes he does. Tough to have Espi and McLouth slumping at the same time.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Nice Drew. Works back from a leadoff double.

  94. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Amid all this, great night for Leon.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Time for Zach to get his 1st lefthanded hit!

  96. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Buddy Wilson. Lol carp

  97. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Nice opp way!

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    My man, Span…. Lets goNats!!!!!

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Thought that was a terrible at bat by Anthony….

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Comes back from 3-0.. Gotta execute.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        Had 2 fat ones… That could have been elevated.. And he just watches them go by…

    • scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      Should have swung at 3-1 pitch

  100. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Let’s go Adam!!!

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Ump gives Wilson strike 1 against ALR> Don’t help this guy!

  102. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Mentally exhausting..

  103. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Our Risp is just horrible

  104. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Odds on a lead off walk? :)

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Big gash in McLouths hand. Web Gem.

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    What.
    A.
    Spectacular.
    Catch.

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Did you see what Crawford did. Just stuck his bat out and found grass. Nothing good is going to happen on a strikeout.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      +1

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    I honestly couldn’t watch that Hanley at-bat. Clippard just ruins my inner workings. Good job Tyler and huge assist to Nate McLouth.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      I still don’t think he has done anything to warrant ‘owning’ the 8th inning…

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      I’m tucked already.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        I want the Nats to score 2 or 3 here so no untuck.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        See? THAT’S how you jinx it.

  109. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Props to the pen, would love insurance, but would be shocked.

  110. Section 222 - May 6, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Greetings from Nats Park. There are probably 300 or so fans here, all having a great time. Just one more inning to go and we’ll all go home happy.

    Every foul ball into the stands sets off a mad rush It’s hilarious.

    I’m ready to UNTUCK!

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      I was fixing to go when they came back but got voted down.

  111. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Send him down!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      Told you he wasn’t getting sent down. LOL Let’s be real, this kid Baez is just called up. Espi did a great job of taking advantage of him.

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Ghost of Steve M. – May 6, 2014 at 1:08 AM
    I want the Nats to score 2 or 3 here so no untuck.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      +1

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Wow Danny…. Wow… See what happens when the swing is compact…. Good going Danny!!!!!

  114. Section 222 - May 6, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    OMG

  115. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Who da thunk it!

  116. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    It was a shorter swing….good for Danny.

    Still, do u really trust him?

  117. sjm308 - May 6, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Had to post!
    It’s 7:10 in the morning and I am listening to baseball in Florence!!!
    Leaving for Chianti at 8, hope we have a curly W by then
    Go Nats!

    Eric: total of two craft beers up North but the wine is pretty damn good here in Tuscany

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Bring me back some black truffle paste.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 1:20 AM

        There’s a place in the back of the Mercato Centrale.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        BEAT
        L
        A
        !

    • scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      That’s freaking awesome.

      IPAs?

    • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      Right on man, great to see you! Craft beers any good? Don’t need to ask about the wine… :)

      Go Nats!!

  118. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Tymo- expect offspeed.

  119. ArVAFan - May 6, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    OK, since I’m still up watching the game (I’m in another time zone, where my device thinks that I wouldn’t care about this game, so I can watch it) at least give a little credit to Danny for the 2 insurance runs.

  120. scmargenau - May 6, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Is this tuck able?

    • ArVAFan - May 6, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      apparently not. But a Curly W nonetheless. Woo-Hoo (c) MichelleS. Just in case she’s not still up!

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Alright, alright, alright….

    Well done Nats…. Well done!!!!

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