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Game 33: Dodgers at Nats

May 6, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

And we’re all back at Nationals Park, a mere 14 hours after the conclusion of last night’s rain-delay-o-rama, which saw the Nats pull off a 4-0 victory over Zack Greinke and the Dodgers and move into first place in the NL East. So, forgive everybody here for being a bit tired and cranky right now. (At least, forgive your trusty beat reporter.)

The Nationals came out of last night’s game in pretty good shape pitching-wise. Five relievers each went one inning and should be available to return tonight. Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen didn’t pitch at all, so they’re good to go multiple innings in relief if needed. Everything, of course, will depend on young Blake Treinen, called up from Class AAA Syracuse to make his first career start. The right-hander, part of the three-way Michael Morse trade from two winters ago, has a golden arm with a fastball that consistently hits 96-97 mph. We’ll see how he handles the pressure of facing a premier lineup tonight.

Speaking of premier, the Dodgers send a pretty good left-hander to the mound themselves tonight. Guy by the name of Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw makes his return from a strained upper back muscle that knocked him out following his Opening Day start in Australia in late-March. We’ll see how much the reigning Cy Young Award winner has in the tank for his first start back.

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: Mostly clear, 68 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Scott Hairston
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Blake Treinen

DODGERS
2B Dee Gordon
LF Carl Crawford
SS Hanley Ramirez
CF Matt Kemp
RF Andre Ethier
3B Juan Uribe
1B Scott Van Slyke
C Drew Butera
LHP Clayton Kershaw

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

7:06 p.m. — We are underway on a gorgeous night at the ballpark. A nice crowd was just treated to a 97 mph fastball from Blake Treinen to Dee Gordon to get this one started.

7:14 p.m. — And a scoreless top of the first for Treinen, who fired six fastballs that registered 97 or 98 mph on the official radar gun. That’ll work. He did allow a bloop, opposite-field single to Carl Crawford but then got Hanley Ramirez to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Scoreless as Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers.

7:20 p.m. — And a scoreless bottom of the first for Kershaw, who looked perfectly healthy and comfortable out there. His fastball was in he 93-94 mph range, and his slider was sharp (he struck out Anthony Rendon on one). Jayson Werth managed a 2-out single to left, but that was it for the Nats.

7:32 p.m. — Another scoreless frame for Treinen, who has impressed so far. He’s thrown 17-of-27 pitches for strikes. The only potential problem: He is throwing almost exclusively fastballs. It’s worked so far, but will that still work the second time through the lineup? Treinen’s repertoire isn’t deep, and that’s why some believe he’s best-suited to pitch out of the bullpen. But we’ll see. Scoreless as we go to the bottom of the second.

7:46 p.m. — Well, there you go. Treinen struck out Drew Butera on a slider in the top of the third. So he’s got that in him. Three scoreless in the books now for the right-hander, who has thrown 39 pitches (28 strikes).

8:01 p.m. — Make it four scoreless for Treinen, who is at 51 pitches having scattered four singles without walking anybody. The Nats pitching staff has now tossed 20 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to the first-inning run Gio Gonzalez allowed Sunday in Philly. Their staff ERA is all the way down to 2.99. Impressive. Still 0-0 here in the middle of the fourth.

8:12 p.m. — You aren’t going to get many chances better than that against Kershaw. Singles Rendon and Werth gave the Nats two on with nobody out in the bottom of the first, but they weren’t able to advance either runner. LaRoche popped out to third, and Hairston and Desmond each struck out. To the fifth we go, still scoreless.

8:25 p.m. — Wow, Treinen can even swing the bat! He just recorded his first career hit, off Kershaw nonetheless. That’ll be one to remember. He’s taking the mound now for the top of the sixth. So far this season, he hasn’t pitched more than five innings. His pitch count stands at 61. Before the game, Matt Williams said he would probably be restricted to 70-80 total. No action in the bullpen yet, so we’ll see how far they push the kid.

8:46 p.m. — Well, lady luck finally caught up with Treinen and the Nats in the top of the sixth. In the inning, there was one error (on a Treinen bobble), another error changed to a hit (on a LaRoche bobble), an infield single, a soft single to right, a fielder’s choice and a soft liner to left that Hairston broke back on before coming in on and missing by a step. Put it all together, and the Nats suddenly trail 3-0. All the runs were unearned, but they now face a 3-run deficit to Kershaw in the sixth. Tough break for Treinen and everyone else.

9:00 p.m. — This just in: Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. Even when he got into a jam in the bottom of the sixth, giving up three straight singles to open the inning, he escaped without anybody crossing the plate. How? By picking off Rendon, then striking out both Hairston and Desmond. The Nats are now 0-for-5 with RISP tonight, with four strikeouts. They still trail 3-0 heading to the seventh.

9:15 p.m. — Hairston offers a lot with his bat, but in the field … well, not so much. He got a late jump on a sinking liner in the sixth that led to one run scoring and just flat-out dropped a routine flyball in the seventh that brought another run home. The Nats have now surrendered 26 unearned runs this season, tops in the majors. That’s not good. It’s 4-0 at the stretch.

9:36 p.m. — And this one has turned into a goat rodeo. Ross Detwiler, who hadn’t pitched in six days, entered for the top of the eighth with the Nats trailing 4-0 and promptly turned it into an 8-0 deficit. Hanley Ramirez homered. Drew Butera homered. Detwiler didn’t bother to go after a swinging bunt between the mound and first base. Ugly, just ugly.

10:02 p.m. — The Nats tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the eighth. They even managed to score three runs. But they stranded the bases loaded when Span tapped a comebacker to reliever Jamey Wright. So they still trail 8-3 heading to the ninth.

10:15 p.m. — Last chance for the Nats. It’s still 8-3 in the bottom of the ninth.

10:21 p.m. — And that’s the ballgame. Nats lose 8-3. Coupled with wins by the Braves and Marlins, they’re now back in second place, tied with Miami, 1/2-game behind Atlanta.

252 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. nats2005 - May 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I’ll be at the game tonight.

    Looking forward to seeing Blake. He should be our 5th starter next year, no offense Tanner.

    • unterp - May 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      I love tanner, but yeah, Blake has some ya ya ma in his giddyup…

      • tcostant - May 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        If they both look good, don’t discount Rizzo offering JZimm a $100M extention and if he says no then he gets traded. They pushed Zimmermann’s salary to $16.5M in 2015 at the expense of a lower salary this year. Do not discount this (as much as I hate it).

    • Doc - May 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      You’re overcome with the over-rating of velo, as are most baseball fans/

      However, that’s not the way pitching coaches/managers see the variables of pitching to batters.

      Maybe you could enlighten them? LOL

      Like to see Treinen have a Big League career, and let’s hope that he does. Right now , however, Roark is ahead of him because of all the other pitching variables.

  2. mwsmith13 - May 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Seems like there is a difference between “Welcome back Scott!” and “Here, have the 5 spot Scott.”

    Good luck Blake.

    • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Hrm…maybe Hairston is to Kershaw as Moore is to Lee?

      • David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Hairston is 8/22 against Kershaw. Not quite Moore-Lee territory, but .364 against Kershaw is impressive.

      • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Wow…indeed it is!

      • smatt1001 - May 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Well starting off with a solid single doesn’t hurt

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    “@Nationals: Back in the #Nats clubhouse today, @WRamosC3 said he’s feeling strong during his rehab assignment. “Still working.””

  4. Steady Eddie - May 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    @ZuckermanCSN: Wilson Ramos is here, will workout this afternoon. Said he expects to be in Nats lineup tomorrow.

    Wasn’t there some speculation yesterday that he’d come back to catch Stras if he could? So there you have it.

    • TimDz - May 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Will be there in section 141 with my office mates…it’s our Christmas outing (we’re a bit slow, or a bit early, depending on your perspective).

      Looking forward to seeing Wilson play….I think this may be a break out month for the Nats….

    • bowdenball - May 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Great news on Ramos. If this team manages a split and a series win from the Dodgers and heads west with Fister and Ramos back in the fold it could be the start of something big.

      Apparently no Puig or Gonzalez tonight for the Dodgers. I won’t shed a tear for them on the difficult schedule in DC. MLB replaced two of their road games with neutral site games and gave them the Sunday night opener and a pile of days off in the first two weeks, basically allowing them to go with a 3 or 4 man rotation until mid-April. They have no cause for complaint about any scheduling issues.

      • Candide - May 6, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Apparently no Puig or Gonzalez tonight for the Dodgers. I won’t shed a tear for them…

        Nobody feels sorry for you in baseball. No one has shed a tear for us these past 5 weeks.

    • Section 222 - May 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Let’s take this opportunity to thank Sandy Leon for his service.

  5. masterfishkeeper - May 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Thought they might give Laroche the day off and play Frandsen at first.

    • peewilly - May 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      I was thinking the same, maybe give LaRoche a day off to rest his quad against probably the toughest lefty there is. T Moore had a good day against Lee, see what he can do agains Kershaw.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Ok, tomorrow. “@JamesWagnerWP: Wilson Ramos (hamate bone surgery) is here today, will take regular BP with the Nats and hopes to be activated tomorrow. “I’m ready to go.””

    • Eric - May 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Muy bien.

  7. jd - May 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Tonight’s game is a bonus game. The odds say we have very little chance of winning based on the pitching match up. But hey, they still have to play the game.

    • thelatencn - May 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Hey, Philly had very little chance of beating Gio with Fausto Carmona, either.

      • jd - May 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        True. But Gio ain’t Kershaw and so far Treinen ain’t Carmona either but like I said they still have to play the game and Treinen could be lights out and Kershaw could be rusty.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      and Kershaw is just coming back….I’m betting on rust

    • Hiram Hover - May 6, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      “Bonus game” – is that like a powerball, where it counts more if you win?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      The odds are always 50-50; either you win or you lose (except sometimes, it rains.)

  8. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 49s
    While Wilson Ramos wants to play tomorrow, Williams says #Nats will remain cautious. They might wait until Friday to activate him.

    • tcostant - May 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      I kind of like the idea of starting tomorrow and then he can DH on Friday in Oakland.

  9. Candide - May 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    A banged-up Nats team throwing a kid out there for his first major league start against the best pitcher in baseball.

    We have no chance. No chance, you hear me?

    /reverse_lock_routine

    • Section 222 - May 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Kershaw and Treinen have the same ERA going into tonight’s game. 1.35. Why would you say we need a reverse lock? :-)

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Agreed; no chance at all.

      • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Get your tix yet for this weekend?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        See below.

  10. Section 222 - May 6, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    A little contest of wills between Ramos and MW played out through dueling media tweets. Fascinating.

  11. Drew - May 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    May 14, 2007: Jason Bergmann outduels John Smoltz.

    June 9, 2007: Levale Speigner takes down Johan Santana.

    Reverse lock, baybee.

  12. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I feel like things are starting to come together. Lots of good baseball on the horizon.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      So it seems four Nats-Insider-posters will be in Oakland. I’m going with friends on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, but was planning to be at Saturday’s game on my own. Any of you interested in meeting for a beer before the game? I don’t know the ballpark, so someone else will have to offer a suggestion for a meeting place. If so, send me an e-mail. Take my moniker and remove the spaces, then tack on the at sign and g mail.

      • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        I’ll send you an email later. Get your tix for Saturday yet?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        Not yet. But checked StubHub and don’t see any problems.

      • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Waiting to hear from a friend about the games, if he bails, maybe we can get seats together for Sat? Just spinning my wheels.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        That would be great; let me know.

  13. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Play Ball

  14. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Nice first batter. Butterflies out.

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Now the test. Working after a hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Passes the first nightly test. Good start Blake.

  16. natsjackinfl - May 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Robbie Ray gives up a leadoff double to Altuve to start his career.

    • natsjackinfl - May 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Re: Ray. The double was a bloop down the right field line that fell fair by inches. Followed that covering first too slow allowing an infield single. Strikes out the next 2 and finishes with a ground out to short.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        And Tigers have gotten him an early run.

  17. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Kershaw is not invincible. Get him.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      The key is to hit it where pitches. Too many try pulling him too much.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Toughen up here Blake.

  19. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Sinkers lead to double plays

  20. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Big DP there. Like how Treinen didnt take a stab at theball.

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Nice recovery and solid play by Rendon.

  22. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Welcome back, Scott. Nice.

  23. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Hairston nice job.

  24. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Get the pitch count up.

    • smatt1001 - May 6, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Exactly. How tight a leash do you think Kershaw is going to be on tonight?

      • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Just went 80 in his tune up…..probably 100, max

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Agree 100 max.

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Must of jinxed the count as only a few pitches for last 3 outs

  26. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Treinen got some serious movement on that fastball. Wow.

  27. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Ruh roh….Kershaw not feeling well?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Maybe it is Mulholm’s bullpen day and they waited til after he batted in case he was needed to pitch 2 or 3 in case Kershaw wasn’t ready.

      Now he knows he is OK so bullpen can start.

      • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Makes sense

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    38 pitches in 3 innings for Blake.

  29. Faraz Shaikh - May 6, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Blake vs Clayton??? Why even play the game? :P

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      On Dodgers inside bitching about Cy Treinan.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Kershaw 34 pit hen. Span has seen 10 in 2 AB, THE OTHER 8 AB only 24 pitches.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Span makes it more exciting

  32. ehay2k - May 6, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    At the park. Span looked like he tweaked his right leg as his spike caught making that sliding catch. Was working his leg for a while.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Arggggggg. First 12 batter 14 balls. Kemp 3 balls in a row.

    But recovered well

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    RISP time

  35. Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    With regard to Anthony Rendon batting second, did folks see this — from Nate Silver’s new (or, rather, resurrected) website?

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-spot-in-mlb-lineups-where-managers-are-still-ignoring-sabermetrics/

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    No one on Hairston gets a hit RISP time he looks clueless as did ALR

    • David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      It’s against the best pitcher in the game. Give Kershaw some credit. He could make Miguel Cabrera look clueless.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        He’s good but don’t help by swinging at balls. If it is high let it fly. If it is low let it go.

  37. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Come on fastball in the middle of the plate at the lower in don’t swing. Curve not in the zone let’s swing.

  38. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Probably the last chance we’ll get. Desmond is completely anti clutch atm

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Actually he is over .300 RISP

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Rendon

  40. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Zimm to second

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Word on the street

  41. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    61 pitches through 5

  42. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Gotta work CK out of this game….bring the pitch count up

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Easier said than done. Great to see a first-MLB-start pitcher going to head-to-head with a double Cy Young winner.

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        yep I figured he catn go to long with this being his first game back. I was wrong

  43. scnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Kid is looking good. Can never have too many arms.

  44. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Wow. he’s here to stay

  45. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I think the guys have been trying to get Kershaw’s pitch count up, the problem is he’s getting 0-2 on everyone. His command is just ridiculous

  46. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    think Det will be traded in a month or two

  47. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Errors errors gonna ruin Treinens start

  48. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Errors and here come the runs. Unfortunate for Treinan, though partially of his own doing.

  49. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    That’s gonna hurt

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    My wife has the TV now. What kind of E1 was it?

    • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Dropped the ball on an easy play

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Unforced error

  51. philipd763 - May 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    What a pathetic way to blow a pitching gem.

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    My goodness now an E3 what is wrong suddenly. Giving away 2 outs.

  53. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Well that’s a shame.

  54. smatt1001 - May 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Good Lord – that went south real quick with the errors.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      I am away from TV for 30 minutes, what happened on the errors?

      • smatt1001 - May 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Treinen missed a ball to throw out Kershaw at the start of the inning and then LaRoche couldn’t get the ball to Treinen covering first resulting in two on nobody out.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Now I see a hit. I turn my back and the game switches immediately.

  56. Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    I’ve seen a lot of baseball, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen three consecutive plays of that sort.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      I am stuck watching the voice with my wife. I have no details.

  57. Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Stop the bleeding; score some runs.

  58. masterfishkeeper - May 6, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Really wonder why MW didn’t take Treinen out for a pinch hitter. Really can’t be expected to give more than 5 innings in his first MLB start.

    • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      He looked good and his pitch count was low and 5 BP guys were used yesterday.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 6, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Yes, but Stammen and Detwiler were fresh.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      I see on pitch track Stammen in and k kemp

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      He got the first two guys, scoring change notwithstanding. Make those plays and it’s a different inning. Ramirez is still the only hit that wasn’t dumb luck.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        We have only 1 lost I think maybe 2 in games with no errors.

        Fielding had moved to 14th headed back to 15th

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Crap he gives up a second run

  60. philipd763 - May 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    I think Rizzo has held onto Detwiler too long. His trade value is very much diminished.

  61. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    3 runs on only one well hit ball

  62. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    So lucky for the Dodgers. Broken bat bloop

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Stammen is worthless tonight.

    They say the first 2 runs 1 is earned. Since the both got on with errors so why either earned?

    • David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Stammen did his job. He stuck out Kemp. He got a groundball by Ethier, it was hit too weakly to turn two. Then he shattered Uribe’s bat and it fell in for a bloop. Stammen did absolutely nothing wrong in that inning, at all. Sometimes you’re just unlucky.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Four innings still to bat. Go get ‘em.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        All I can see right now is pitch track. I just see hits not how they hit.

      • knoxvillenat - May 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        +1

        I don’t know what MNF was watching but Stammen pitched well. Didn’t get any luck at all on a weak grounder, too weak to turn two, and a broken bat blooper.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Unsure how that was a worthless effort all things considered.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        I look at did the runs score or not. When you are watching you get the whole picture. I see runners keep getting on base.

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        that’s a fair point re: listening vs seeing

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Huh? Strikes out Matt Kemp, induces a ground ball that might have been a double play if hit a little harder, gives up a broken bat bloop single, and strikes out the final batter. How is that worthless?

    • dgourds - May 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      What are you talking about? He struck out Kemp and broke Uribe’s bat. He pitched well!

  64. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Just one of those innings….blah.

  65. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    The third run scored after 4 outs should have been recorded.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      yes, all we need was 3 Ks. Is that too much to ask for

  66. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Rendon owns Kershaw. Take that.

    • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Doh!

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Ummm…

  67. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Damn pretty pointless there to even be leaning towards second base there.

  68. scnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Stupidity.

  69. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    yup that hurt ant’ny

  70. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Pickoff notwithstanding good games going for Rendon/Werth.

  71. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Anyone think MW should have challenged that Rendon pick off? I think FP was right…no tag.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Nothing really to lose by challenging. I’m listening to Charlie and Dave, so I can’t see.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      No… He tagged the back of his jersey…

  72. unkyd59 - May 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Some nights you’re just not lucky. Good job by both our pitchers, so far… Weak hits drop, sometimes…

  73. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    The pickoff hurts right now

  74. secretwasianman - May 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    What a sad sad division the NL east must be for this team to be in first place.

    • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Wtf?

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Yea, losing Ramos, Fister, Zimmerman, Harper and treading water is first is really bad.

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Flip to the at bat. 3 singles and no run again

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Reading not listeing

    • dgourds - May 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Then why comment on Stammen when you have no real idea of how he pitched?

  77. coop202 - May 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    weirdly i’d rather have espi up than desi…

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Struggle mode for sure.

  78. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    the K bros.

  79. secretwasianman - May 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    OMG is there anybody we can put in for Desi. It’s just getting emabarassing

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Too bad that he isn’t stepping up with our key cogs out.

  80. scnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Unless Desmond gets going this is an ordinary team. Too many big outs in the middle of the lineup from a guy who was on the rise. Couple that will his return to stone hands and he is killing this team right now.

    • coop202 - May 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      eh I’m looking forward to Ramos stepping in to that spot in the order

    • secretwasianman - May 6, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Well spoken. I miss Lombardozi. Desi is killing this team.

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    LA 3 for 8 RISP. Nats 0 for 5 with a lot of K

  82. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Ouch. That looked nasty. Hope he’s ok.

  83. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Just saw the 2 plays. Unbelievable casual defense. When playing kershaw why would you ever be that casual? Much less 2 consecutive plays.

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    First batter I see stammen pitch too he plunks oh well….

    Great fielding there, much harder than the 2 plays in inning 6

  85. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Being shutout by Kershaw isn’t something to be to ashamed of, but if Homer Haren dominates us tomorrow that will be annoying (aware he is having a good year).

    • scnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      That would make me sick after watching him throw beach balls for us

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        he never pitched well here

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    By the way the official scorer finally wised up 0 runs earned.

    We by far have given up most unearned runs.

    The fielding coach who ever that is needs to practice more.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Add one more unearned run.

  87. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Come on Hairston. That was terrible.

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Terrible

  89. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Can’t defend Hairston for that.

    • knoxvillenat - May 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Makes me long for TyMo or Lombo in the outfield.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Can Zach play left

  90. smatt1001 - May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    What the heck was that!?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      That is what’s known around here as a Ponce de Leon error. He was probably thinking about his next AB already.

      • dgourds - May 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Do you play Ponce?

      • dgourds - May 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        That error was so bad it’s an insult to Ponce baseball!

  91. scnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Hairston has an excuse. He is not very good. He was years ago.

  92. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Throwing out base stealers at a much higher rate this year. Espy took a good hit there.

  93. smatt1001 - May 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Come on Danny. Hope he’s ok.

  94. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    I’m adding Hairston to my imaginary Det trade for prospects

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Why you trading Det?

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        We are wasting him. He is too good to be our mop up guy

  95. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Kershaw 78 pitches 61 strikes!

  96. secretwasianman - May 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    So Mark says nats lead the league in unearned runs. Didn’t MW promise us this would not happen? Very mediocre team is a very mediocre division.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Unsure how this game of all games is making you jump off the bridge.

      • secretwasianman - May 6, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Not jumping just not overly impressed is all. Like to see us rip off about 5 or 6 in a row. Not seeing much that resembles 2012

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        I didn’t expect to win this, but I hate losing by bad fielding and a pathetic bullpen performance.

        But all in all Train an hurt himself but pitched well for five innings.

  97. secretwasianman - May 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    The fish in first place

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Nope we have the tiebreaker over them on the case of a likely Nats loss.

    • coop202 - May 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Easy there Leland

  98. NatsLady - May 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Now you know why Detwiler is the last man used in the bullpen.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      +1

  99. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    lol Ross

  100. NatsLady - May 6, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    First HR, first walk.

    Great, and he doesn’t bother fielding, either.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      he’ll do better somewhere else.
      :Hard to be jacked around the way the nats are using him.

      • NatsLady - May 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        Agree. Too bad Rizzo will have to sell low.

      • scnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        I agree. Hard from going to #5 to an afterthought. I have always been a fan but his time here needs to end.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        But he got moved to the BP on his own doing…

        Check his ERA between the 1st time up vs the 2nd… You can not just get away with throwing 90 percent fastball…

        He should have worked on that this off-season….

        Personally, I don’t feel bad for him….

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Well…we can find better mop up guys while getting some value. I really think he’ll do ok somewhere else esp in July when the Yankees will trade away anything for a guy who can throw I’m looking for a win win opportunity for the Nats and him.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Yeah… I get it… But I think MW is still learning on how to manage the BP… He keeps throwing Clippard out there… Gotta use Det more…

        He’s a killer lefty… And can flourish on the BP…

        But yeah. I get it…

  101. David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    We start a AAA pitcher against Clayton Kershaw, lose, and the LOD is out. It’s just funny at this point.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Panic!!! Wonder what it is like being a DBack or Pirates fan now.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      don’t have to agree or even try to convince anyone if they think the sky is falling.
      IMHO, I am amazed we are in first place with Ramos/Zimm/Harper/Fister injuries and Desi and Espi slumping.

    • secretwasianman - May 6, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      2 0 to Kershaw is ok. Errors, Ks getting picked off and giving up 8 runs and your laughing at the LOD??? I’m laughing at you David for being so naive

      • David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        These games happen sometimes in baseball. A loss is a loss and a win is a win.

    • snerdblurter - May 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      They’re just trolling, right? No one with any brain could say the things they’re saying and be serious… can we get an LOD filter feature whenever we get around to adding that “edit” function?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Because approach is so pathetic.

  102. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Eugene….sent you an email

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      we better hear some loud Nats cheers in the city across the bay this weekend

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Boy, step away to cook dinner and all hell breaks loose.

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Dinner, you eat late out in portlandia

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Got it; replied.

      • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Same here. Live baseball!! Finally.

  103. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    lolRoss

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Rossboss’d

      Giving up a homer to Butera is pretty humiliating ha.

  104. texnat1 - May 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Det needs to just stay in and take this so the bullpen can rest.

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Need SS to have an ace like performance tomorrow… And hopefully Haren’s cutter won’t be cutting and we hit up like the Reds did in 2013…

    Yeah, I went there…

  106. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Nice job Anthony.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Can’t wait till Dessy starts hitting and walking wounded are back in the lineup.

  107. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Take out Kershaw, we score. Sounds about right.

    • Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Swish.

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Take away those 4 unearned runs…. And it’s a different story…

    2 hrs, Det… Really…

  109. dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    in 1927, the yankees played a double header vs the browns. The first game took 72 minutes, the second game 55 minutes. and then tonights game feels like the longest 3 hours in some time.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I can already can hear MW at the ptresser. Det needs to get more opportunities.

    My statement to that is the last time I looked MW is the manager and decides who is pitching. So if Set isn’t getting enough MW is 100% responsible.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      I think Espi needs more opportunities too. so tired of seeing his strik out streaks

  111. texnat1 - May 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    So are we back to 2013 Espi?

    • David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      No we’re back to 2012 Espi. He strikes a ton, but he’s still a good player.

  112. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Once Espinosa gets to 2 strikes pretty much a guaranteed K

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Because approach is so pathetic.

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Why does Espi swing at so many balls. Occasionally he hits one, but his approach the last 2 weeks has been like the 2013 approach. Swing at everything.

    I thought we fixed this. Go back to Syracuse to remind him this is a bad approach.

  114. veejh - May 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Dammit Ross. This could have been close.

  115. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Way to go Lobo.

  116. texnat1 - May 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Too bad Det couldn’t do his job or we would have a close one right here.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Do you think Mattingly would bring his mop up guy if the score was closer ?

      • David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Depends on how close.

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        when it’s close you bring in your closer.
        when it’s not you bring in the mop.

      • David Proctor - May 6, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Sure, but what if it’s 4-0? What about 5-0? Do we see Perez then? And if so, this game is a whole lot more interesting.

      • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        4-0 we may see perez but not for as long as we saw him tonight.
        A whole different ball games. If games only work in The Matrix.

        hmmm…umps trying to speed up the game a bit.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    So many ifs, right now..

    If we hadn’t given up the 4 unearned runs….
    If only Det had served up the 2 hrs..

    Ugh

  118. NatsLady - May 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Has Denard ever hit a grand slam?

    • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Doubtful, but a triple wouldnt hurt right now.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Instead a wimpy chopper.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      not yet

  119. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Perez matching Det pitch for pitch.

    • texnat1 - May 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      i laughed.

  120. Danny - May 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Man Span with the 0fer. Had a good game yesterday, but he has had trouble putting them together.

    • veejh - May 6, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      I’ll give him a pass against the best lefty in baseball.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Bases loaded appearance was not against Kershaw.

  121. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Was just about to say what FP said.

    He said before each game whichever lead off hitter hit best that team would win. Spanny with a triple would made it possible.

  122. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Best part about tonight’s action was Henderson Alverez pitching a shutout. My opponent had Kershaw pitching, and Alverez out pitched Kershaw.

    • dcwx61 - May 6, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      very fishy

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Indeed

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