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Game 34: Dodgers at Nats

May 7, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

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It’s another cloudy day in D.C., and the grounds crew is standing at the ready with the tarp at Nationals Park, with a storm system approaching from the northwest. Looks like it’s going to hit the area before today’s scheduled 1:05 p.m. first pitch. The question is whether it will pass through before then. As we found out Monday night: Don’t ever assume anything with the weather.

There is sunny news for the Nationals today, though: Wilson Ramos has been activated off the 15-day DL and is in the lineup for the series finale against the Dodgers, batting fifth and catching. Blake Treinen was optioned back to Syracuse, so for today at least, the Nats are going with an extra man on the bench (a third catcher). They’ll have to decide before Friday night’s game in Oakland (when Doug Fister needs to be activated) whether to keep the extra catcher (Sandy Leon) or drop another position player.

We’ve got a compelling pitching matchup today, with Stephen Strasburg facing former teammate Dan Haren. Strasburg is faced a Dodgers lineup that has Yasiel Puig again after the young star missed the first two games of the series following a collision with the wall in Miami. Haren (who is 4-0 to begin his L.A. career) faces a Nats lineup that is without Nate McLouth, who tried to take BP this morning but apparently is still struggling to grip the bat with a nasty cut on his right hand from his circus catch on Monday night.

Lots of updates to come, so please check back…

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, 1580 AM, XM 185, MLB.com
Weather: Chance of rain, 66 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Kevin Frandsen
RHP Stephen Strasburg

DODGERS
2B Dee Gordon
LF Carl Crawford
SS Hanley Ramirez
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Yasiel Puig
CF Andre Ethier
3B Juan Uribe
C Miguel Olivo
RHP Dan Haren

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

11:35 a.m. — And the tarp is now covering the infield. We’ve got 90 minutes til first pitch. Hopefully this thing passes through before then, but we’ll see.

12:05 p.m. — The Nats just announced that the start of today’s game will be delayed.

1:50 p.m. — The tarp is being removed, so that’s a good sign. We haven’t seen the starting pitchers emerge yet, though. Once they do, it’s about 30 minutes to first pitch. So figure this won’t be starting before 2:30 p.m. at the earliest.

2:12 p.m. — First pitch will be at 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. — And we are finally underway after a delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes. Which means we’ve had a total of 4 hours, 57 minutes of rain delays in this series. Good times.

2:59 p.m. — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Strasburg gave up two runs in the top of the first. They came as a result of four consecutive singles. He now sports an 8.36 ERA in innings 1-2 this season, yet a 1.73 ERA from the third inning on. Nats trail 2-0.

3:23 p.m. — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Dan Haren is getting rocked at Nationals Park. The Nats got both runs back in the bottom of the first on four hits and a walk. Truth be told, they should’ve scored more, but the combination of Adam LaRoche’s strained quad and a couple of weak at-bats from Danny Espinosa and Kevin Frandsen at the end of the inning cost them a chance to put up a really big inning. Still, they’ll take a 2-2 tie game after one inning that took 39 minutes to play. Who’s up for 5-hour baseball today!

3:29 p.m. — A 1-2-3, 10-pitch top of the second for Strasburg. That’s a bit more like it.

3:44 p.m. — And now Strasburg has retired eight in a row since that string of four straight singles in the top of the first. He’s through three innings on 50 pitches. Still 2-2 here.

3:55 p.m. — Boy have things settled down here. Both Strasburg and Haren have found their groove. Collectively, they’ve retired 14 of the last 15 batters in this game. We’ve reached the middle of the fourth.

4:23 p.m. — The Nats take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to Ramos. He stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out after singles by Span and Werth and a walk by LaRoche (the fourth ball was intentional). With the crowd on its feet, Ramos worked the count full, then sent a screaming liner to right-center field. Puig made the catch and everyone held their breath as Puig fired to the plate. Turns out Span scored easily, giving the Nats the lead as we move to the sixth.

4:41 p.m. — (Chase taking over for Mark) The top of the sixth saw two Dodgers reach base: Crawford on a leadoff single and Puig on a two-out walk. Strasburg, however, got out of the inning on a Ethier groundout to second base, and the Nats still lead 3-2 with the bottom of the inning up next.

4:46 p.m. — Three quick outs for the Nationals in the bottom of the sixth. Espinosa struck out for the second time today, while both Frandsen and Strasburg grounded out. Stras will take the mound in the seventh having thrown 91 pitches.

4:55 p.m. — Strasburg continues to cruise with a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. He is at 106 pitches after seven, likely it for him today.

5:03 p.m. — Chris Withrow took over for Haren and pitched a perfect inning. Now it looks like Strasburg will pitch the eighth. He has retired 19 of the last 22 batters he’s faced.

5:25 p.m. — It took three pitchers for the Nats to record three outs, but they escaped the top of the eighth with their 3-2 lead intact. Gordon led off with a bunt single and stole second a batter later. Ramirez then walked to put two men on. Once that happened, Strasburg was replaced by Jerry Blevins who needed 10 pitches to get Gonzalez out on a pop fly. Tyler Clippard then replaced Blevins and got Puig to fly out to deep center on the first pitch. Bottom of the eighth is up next, Brian Wilson will pitch for L.A.

5:38 p.m. — It’s still 3-2 as we head to the ninth inning, despite the Nats getting two runners on. Ramos walked with one out and Espinosa singled with two outs. Frandsen, however, grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. The Dodgers will have Ethier, Uribe and Olivo up next. Matt Kemp is on the bench, so we could see him.

5:46 p.m. — Soriano closes it out and the Nats take the game 3-2 and the series against the Dodgers. They are now 19-15 on the year.

284 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Please put Span at the 8th spot

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      And put who as leadoff?

      • lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Werth

    • davecydell - May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Maybe when McLouth comes back to take the one spot.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Go ahead, tell me what available CF you would replace Span with that would be an overall plus move for this team. I anxiously await your answer.

  2. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    ….9mili for a good defensive and bad offensive CF is not worth 9milil

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      I won’t take too much issue about his offense, and whether he should be leadoff.

      But he’s worth a whole lot in CF. He’s turned so many doubles into outs in CF it’s ridiculous. It seems like at least one per night.

      And he hasn’t had an error since 2012!

      B-R lists his as seventh best in the NL for WPA! This seems very curious to me. Apparently his hits have come at extremly timely moments. Fangraphs, too, has Span has second best on the Nats in WPA.

    • bowdenball - May 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      It’s not your money, and in any event it’s already been spent and won’t impact future spending, so it’s basically irrelevant. And it certainly has nothing to do with where he belongs in the lineup.

    • secretwasianman - May 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      How about 5 milli for a bench outfielder hitting .090? McClouth

  3. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Jayson Werth
    Anthony Rendon
    Adam LaRoche
    Wilson Ramos
    Ian Desmond
    Danny Espinosa
    Kevin Frandsen
    Denard Span
    Stras

    • DaveB - May 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Jayson said very clearly that he no longer feels comfortable or wants to play leadoff ( he said he was great with anywhere 2-5). So … you want to take one of the 3 guys on the team hitting consistently and force them into a slot they said they don’t feel comfortable with?

  4. scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Kershaw did his job as an ace, he beat Treinen. SS must do the same and beat Haren at home. That’s what good teams do.

    • natszee - May 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Zimmerman is not pitching today.

      • natszee - May 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Zimmermann (autocorrect got me)

  5. scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    About the comments last night about leaving Rendon at 3B and having Zim play 2B; I would think learning to turn a double play and take throws for a pickoff at 2B at the major league level would be akin to a disaster movie

    • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Agree

  6. sjm308 - May 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Love these 1 pm starts. It will be 7 pm here in Florence. I will be the guy in the curly W hat eating pasta, drinking chianti Classico and wearing ear phones to listen to Charlie and Dave. Have found several really nice places that have wi-fi (some places here call it hi-fi which cracks me up). Anyway

    Go Nats

    PS – I am embellishing just a bit because the person I live with would probably not eat with me if I actually had the game on during the entire meal. Thinking she will let me peek in every 30 min or so.

    • scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      I am leaving for my honeymoon in Rome on Sunday, can’t wait. At least 2 Nats fans in Italy!

      • sjm308 - May 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        I have met three other couples during these 2+ weeks. (The hat is a nice ice breaker)
        Congratulations and enjoy the country,the history, the food and the people

      • scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        If I wear my Nats gear on my honeymoon I fear for a short marriage lol

    • masterfishkeeper - May 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      It’s raining here in downtown DC, so you might want to delay your dinner and chianti for a little while. Or not.

      • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        I just heard thunder, too. (I work about 10 blocks from the park)

      • sjm308 - May 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        All the better, I can get through dinner and then hole up with some Limoncello and catch more of the game

      • dcsportsfan2277 - May 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Might end up a late afternoon or evening game looking at the TWC weather map.

    • waddueyeno - May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      son geloso, ma tornero a costiera amalfitana in luglio.
      Firenze e la belissima.

      be sure to hit Gilli in piazza della Repubblica, for dolci, and a coffee at giubbe rossa across the piazza.

      and say hi to David. he narrowly escaped the DL;

      http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/06/michelangelo-david-ankle-fractures-florence

      ciao

  7. dcsportsfan2277 - May 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    The Buffalo is back! Welcome back Willie…we really missed you!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      There was Buffalo Bill and the Nats have Buffalo Willie.

      Yes, good to have him back. He sure was anxious to get back and play. A buddy of mine videotaped his BP session for me yesterday and the sound of his contact was loud. By the looks of it MW instructed the BP pitcher (looks like Ali Modami) to bring it. He was bringing some heat from behind the L screen.

      I counted 1 long HR in that round and quite a few groundballs.

      • dcsportsfan2277 - May 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        The cavalry is starting to come back!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        It’s about time. I hope Willie’s near 100%. I wonder who gets sent down on Friday. The early bet is Leon although you just never know if MW decides to like the idea of the 2 switch-hitting catchers can also be part of a pinch hitting strategy. I’m thinking TyMo and Walters are also walking a tightrope and both need to play daily.

  8. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Wonk’s Wednesday’s Widbits

    – Most games with 9K and no runs allowed since 2008: Kershaw 16, Felix H is the next with 13. Scary thought for opponents: Kershaw turned just 26 less than two months ago. (While he’s only making $4m this year, his contract calls for $30m-$33m for each of the seven following years).

    – Pirates beat Tim Hudson and the Giants on a walk-off instant reply overturn. (Bottom of the ninth triple by Starling Marte, he tried to score on a error on the relay, called out at home, overturned by replay)

    – Jay Bruce injured, The Shark gets brought back up by the Reds

    – Brewers, the team with NL’s best record, scored 5 in the first.
    — And lost 7-5.
    — To the Diamondbacks, the team with NL’s worst record.

    – The first four hitters in the Rockies lineup last night got 13 hits. PInch hitter Brandon Barnes got two hits in an inning. (Technically, the second hit doesn’t count as a pinch hit because “he was batting for himself”)

    99-year-old tidbit
    – 99 years ago yesterday Babe Ruth his the first of his 714 HR’s.
    — Against the Yankees
    — He also got two other hits to raise his BA to .417
    —- He also pitched 12-1/3 innings in a complete game 4-3 loss.

  9. davecydell - May 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    How often can a team play swaps with its major/minor clubs. If forever then the 25 man roster is a joke.
    MLB must have a rule.
    Anyone?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      You have a 10 day rule once you send a player down before you bring them back up. Nats did that with Aaron Barrett and have done it with others. Some refer to it as the yo-yo.

      It’s tough on the player and their families, but it’s part of the game while you have MiLB options.

      • davecydell - May 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        So options?
        Do they run out?

      • kirbs3256 - May 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        No, an option only applies once for a year. So if somebody is called up 7 different time, it only counts as using 1 option….and the ten day rule does not apply if their is a injury.

        But i think if there is a injury, you must call up a player that matches the injury (either position player or pitcher).

      • 6ID20 - May 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Orioles have been doing the yo yo for the past few years, especially with pitchers. The strategy has served them well.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        There was a list of how often they used it for 2nd baseman and DH’s also. Its a good way to get them playing everyday and bring them back as the “hot hand”. I kind of wish Rizzo did that more. Watching TyMo struggle and Zach Walters with a lefty collar this season isn’t helping the bench and pinch-hitting production.

        Of course the numbers look better with Walters RH power with 2 pinch-hit HRs.

      • tcostant - May 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Unless you have an injury. So if someone goes on the DL, you can call up anyone and the 10 rule does NOT apply!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        tcostant – Yes, as long as they are in the same position.

    • bowdenball - May 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      I find it useful to think of it as a 40 man roster from which 25 players may be active at the major league level at any time. From there you have the secondary rules about 3 option years (basically any season in which a 40 man guy spends time in the minors burns an option year), the ten day rule GOSM mentions, and the DL and other short-term adjustments. 25 guys are active every day but its the 40 man roster limit that places the more important limit on the team’s moves. You can’t shuttle guys on and off that list like you can with the 25 man roster.

      • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Good point. The 40-man a huge deal. The 25-man is more flexible.

        Also, davecydell, I think there’s also a rule that when you have a double-header you can bring up an extra guy for a day (essentially, having 26 players for a day) — used when you need an extra pitcher (Nats did that with Lannan a few times)

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        And then you’ve got a couple of other exceptions, including paternity leave (two or three days?) and the concussion DL (which is only seven days). I’m sure there are others.

      • bowdenball - May 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Right, Eugene. Those are the other “short term adjustments” I mentioned.

        It really does help to think of it as 25 of 40 as your starting point, at least for me. The other concepts fall into place more easily from that perspective.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Exactly…and then you’ve got the 60-day DL…

  10. Doc - May 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    MLB Network had our game sub-listed as Haren vs. Arroyo at 1:10 pm.

    When did that trade happen??? Go Bronson LOL

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Some weird things are going on. As of this writing, http://www.baseball-reference.com/ is still stuck on yesterday.

      • Doc - May 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Wonk, the rain must have shorted out some of the neural wiring on the production staffs!

      • David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Yesterday, Fangraphs said that Jayson Werth was pitching and Xavier Cedeno was playing LF.

      • knoxvillenat - May 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        I’ll blame the NSA……they are reading (and listening to) our comments. :)

  11. Drew - May 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    On getaway day, Matt Purke gives up two hits in six scoreless innings to beat Richmond for his first win of the year.

    Purke drops his ERA from 9.30 to 7.18.

    Hey, it’s a start. Three more of those …

    • scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Better good news then bad news

  12. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    2:45 start time. Finally.

  13. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I’m thinking Scott Hairston suffered welder’s flash to his retina when he lost those two balls in the moonlight last night and will go back on the DL. Maybe the 60 day.

  14. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Lordie…please no runs in the 1st inning. Please!

  15. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    1st inning curse continues.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Those are the balls to LaRoche’s right that he just doesn’t get and should. Score 1-0. He’s doing better with balls to his left.

  17. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Man . . . Adrian Gonzalez managed to foul off _six_ pitches, before getting that single . . .

    I hate when that happens

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Sorry but that was a potential doubleplay ball. Stras didn’t give in to him and got his groundball.

  18. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Incredible.

  19. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    So painful to watch. Ugh.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    BABIP just eating Strasburg up.

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I’m watching on Gameday. Are all these hits grounders through the infield?

      • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Yes

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        2 were legit 5.5 hole grounders not close to anyone.

      • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        This is reminding me, a bit, of Treinen’s inning yesterday. Bad contact resulting in hits and runs.

        When do _we_ start catching those breaks?

  21. bowdenball - May 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Three not particularly hard hit ground ball base hits, two of which end the inning if they’re hit 20 feet to the left or right. Guy can’t catch a break.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Exactly and the ball by AGon was hit within 2 feet of LaRoche’s right foot. Have to make that play and then no runs score.

      To hand them 2 runs stinks.

  22. Dave - May 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Just following it on Gameday (supervising a study hall in my classroom). But yeah, it looks like there’s just no way the Nats can get out of the top of the first without giving up some runs. Whew!

    • NatsLady - May 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Well, unless it was yesterday or Monday. ;)

      • Dave - May 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        True. But it’s distressing how much Monday and Tuesday were anomalies for this season. Today seems more typical.

        Glad to see the guys get on the board right away, though. Maybe there’s a win to be gotten today.

  23. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Cue my enternal question: what goes on when Knorr visits the mound (and immediately afterwards)?

    After his visit this time, Strasburg threw just two more pitches, and got two guys out.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Was it Jim Bouton who said that pitching coaches say one of two things?

      If you’ve just walked a batter or two it’s “Bleep, bleep, throw the bleeping ball over the bleeping plate!”

      If you’ve just given up a couple of hits it’s “Why the bleep are you throwing the bleeping ball right over the bleeping plate?”

  24. Burnedonce - May 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Incredible!

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our highly touted pitchers were not complete head cases.

    Of course if every position players didn’t have banged up legs they might make so plays. But this is ridiculous.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    I don’t blame Strasburg at all for that 1st inning. He got the groundbals and they found holes. Crawford’s ball at Strasburg’s feet, Hanley’s through the 5.5 hole and AGon hits it within a couple of feet of LaRoche’s feet., Puig in the 5.5 hole.

    Score 2-0

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Take Puig’s at bat for example… He went and reached across the plate to get that ball…. Adam has to get that ground ball….

    • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      I do.

  26. natsjackinfl - May 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Sure wish Spann was batting 9th. (eye roll)

  27. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Worth a replay — the first comment in this thread:

    lplipty – May 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Please put Span at the 8th spot

    Thanks for the reverse lock, guy! ;-)

  28. scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Ridiculous. Like I said above SS has to pitch like an ace on the day after a loss. Again – AGAIN – he fails and puts his team in a hole.

    • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Agree. Enough of the excuses. He’s suppose to be our #1.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Do you know baseball or just like to cut Strasburg down? Did you expect him to roll that ball into LaRoche’s glove?

        That’s what BABIP is all about. You put the ball in play and let some luck work for you.

      • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Right. Baseball is luck. Tell that to Kershaw. LOL

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        veejh, Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball. Strasburg is a very good pitcher and doesn’t have the arsenal that Kershaw has. Strasburg really needed the rear back and get something past AGon and he couldn’t.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Stras had some great pitches that they hit for seeing eye ground ball singles. ALR should’ve made that play to his right, but I guess the quad ding played a part in that. Regardless, SS was throwing tough pitches and they got a couple of good luck hits.

  29. masterfishkeeper - May 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Maybe the Nats should ask to have the games start in the second inning. Or have Barrett and someone else take turns pitching the first, then handing it off to the “starters”.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Crawford robs Rendon. I can’t believe that.

    • David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      If Haren is pitching for us, that is a home run

  31. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Where is our luck?

    • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I dunno, but according to some here, that 1st inning was LaRoche’s fault. Crazy.

      • David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Not his fault, but I thought he should have got the ball hit to him.

      • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Maybe…just sick of the excuses for Stras, and whomever, for that matter. Just make good pitches.

  32. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    ok, now . . . all we need is a *productive out* — c’mon guys!

    • Danny - May 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      That’s a lot to ask lately ;)

  33. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Restart this game. Phew.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Maybe restart the attitude. The negativity is just way uncalled for in this case. Plenty of time its called for. This time you and others pounced on Strasburg and its not justified.

      • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        I guess we’ll have to disagree on this one. I never hated either.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        You have to watch the game objectively is my point.

      • secretwasianman - May 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Oh please dude supposed to be our ace. He stinks and is a head case. 2 runs in the first, once again?..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Learn the real game of baseball, it would help.

  34. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Yeah, baby! Way to get it back rightaway!!

  35. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Haren having DC nightmares.

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Let’s give him more accurate nightmares . . . you, know . . HR’s

  36. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    And a “welcome back, big Buffalo!”, too!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      That was crushed! That rattled the fence.

  37. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    So, let me try again: all we need is a productive out! (last time I said that we didn’t get the out, but a 2-run single)

  38. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    ALR makes up for his play in the first!
    Too bad he can’t run.
    Welcome back, Ramos!.
    Come on, Desi!

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Ian Desmond with a professional walk. Impressive. Keep the line moving Espi!

  40. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I went from hating Haren to loving him in about 10 minutes.

    • nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Im thinking Haren is melting down becuz he misses his family. smh

  41. Eugene in Oregon - May 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    This is where you really to get at least two more runs in.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      But not like that.

  42. davecydell - May 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Haren is a bum.
    $10 million dollar bum.
    Glad he is someone else’s bum.

    • secretwasianman - May 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      He’s 4 and 0. We got anybody like that?

  43. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    We just re-named Espinosa in my living room: Damnit Danny.

  44. David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Horrid AB for Danny. He’s not 2013 Danny because he’s actually hitting for power when he makes contact. But…not some new and improved Danny either. He’s the same Danny he’s always been when healthy.

    • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      His approach from the left has been horrible. Much better from the right.

  45. nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Espinosa with 3 ducks on the pond and easy steaks and strikes out. Thats the problem. Cant get RBIs when you K.

    That RISP batting average just keep tumbling.

    • natszee - May 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Danny is now batting .111 for May. 18 AB/ 11k’s. He darn near falls down he swings so hard now (when he strikes out). His April contact swing was great. How long is this going to go on? New leadership, same Danny I am afraid and it’s a shame since he had such a magnificent start!

      • nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        He really did and we need RZim back now. Early on in his absence Danny was hitting and now he’s almost an auto-out.

  46. scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Haren is the cure for the Nats woes at the plate. Espinosa is the cure for Haren getting battered.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    You all want to complain now? Espinosa just let Haren off the hook. How the bleep can you swing at 2 balls out of the zone when everyone has hit him hard except the walk to Desi.

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      swinging at that high-and-outside pitch for strike three gave me nightmare/flashbacks . . .

    • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Fortunately for us, Espi isn’t our “ace”, but I get it. Let’s fry him!

    • stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      He can’t tell what’s a strike and what’s not. That’s the only explanation I’ve got.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        He tenses up in RISP situations is the only explanation I have.

  48. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    If Haren has forgotten everything else about his season in Washington, he still remembers that you don’t ever HAVE to throw Espinosa a strike.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Sadly you are correct. Danny has a huge problem and it’s called RISP. 2 for 30 with 10 strikeouts is hard to believe. That’s a .33 K/AB ratio and .067 BA in RISP.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      +1

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      I’m surprised Desi walked… He is another one you don’t have to throw strikes too…

  49. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Espinosa just unacceptable ab there for a “professional” hitter.

  50. David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I don’t think a sac fly gets LaRoche home anyway, so the strikeout isn’t really the issue. The issue is that he chased bad pitches.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      That’s a good point. It would have to be hit deep.

  51. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    In other news, Strasburg is back on track. That was a quick 1-2-3 inning.

  52. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Despite the quick inning — Haren up to 51 pitches after two

  53. Eric - May 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Re: Espi, it seemed to me that for the first few weeks of the season, Espi would often follow up a terrible at bat with an attempted bunt for a hit, often succeeding. Almost without fail, after doing so, his next at bat with swings featured his new, short swing.

    I think he should consider returning to that pattern.

    • natszee - May 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      +1

  54. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Is it me, or does Stras nibble too much as if he is nibbling on a cheezit?

  55. bowdenball - May 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I was wondering is maybe one of the posters trashing Strasburg could explain to us exactly what he’s doing differently now to guide the ground balls to the fielders instead of “letting” them go to the holes in the infield. Is it telekinesis?

    • veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      No man, it’s all luck. He’s got luck on his side now!

      ….and for the record, if you are refering myself, I never trashed Stras.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      exactly Bowdenball. They never look at the whole outing, just 1/7th of it.

  56. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Stras now hits his stride. Looks good.

  57. knoxvillenat - May 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I’m beginning to think that ALR is going to need some extended rest to heal that quad. I would hate to see his bat leave the lineup but if it is preventing him from getting to gb’s that he should handle and also potentially clogging up the base paths Matt Williams may have a problem on his hands.

    • David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      I suspect LaRoche will attempt to play through it until Zimmerman returns and they may swap places.

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      This is exactly why MW was saying that his first choice for DH at Oakland was ALR, not Ramos.

      • knoxvillenat - May 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I missed those comments from Williams. Thanks for filling me in on that.

        LaRoche being the DH however doesn’t solve the problem of potentially clogging up the base paths. Maybe Adam can just hit them all over the wall in Oakland for home runs.

  58. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Strasburg has retired all 8 batters he’s faced since the visit to the mound.

    Just sayin’ ;-)

    OTOH, if all those singles were grounders, then, perhaps nothing much has changed other than the evening out of BABIP

  59. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Knoxy, He will DH this weekend

  60. coop202 - May 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    No fun watching a defense worse than ours keep taking away hits

  61. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Damnit Danny…

  62. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Eric….Espi must have read your post.

  63. coop202 - May 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I was getting upset for a second that his pitch count was only 71 after being at 59 through 2 and then I realized I want haren in another inning.

  64. secretwasianman - May 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Danny giving up an out with a horrible bunt. Didn’t this guy just homer the other night? Hahahahaahaha. This team is a complete mess. Danny Haren is even thru four with Mr October. Dan Haren is even thru 4 with the predicted WS representatives. Dan Haren has more heart than 90 percent of anybody on the Nats. I am sick sick sick of this underachieving bunch of softies.

    • coop202 - May 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      You’re killing me Leland

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      You have some issues pal. Turn the mirror on yourself and repeat ” I am sick sick sick of this underachieving bunch of softies.”

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I see no extra benefit of ALR just DH’ing. Normal fielding shouldn’t be a big strain on his quad as the batting is what really pushes the legs and the running.

    I think he needs 3 days off in a row instead of the 2 he got last week.

    • ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      He is going to DH but only swing for the fences!

  66. secretwasianman - May 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Ok Stras does look good now. But some of these guys. Pleaaaaaaaaaaaeeeeeeeeeese

  67. secretwasianman - May 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    My earlier vent unnecessary. Just a vent. But the Nats should be better. Cmon

    • Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Don’t your gutters need cleaning, or something?

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Which, of your 100’s of “earlier vents” are you referring to?

      April 25 when you declared the season over?

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    NatsJack, what should they do with Span?

  69. ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    What is up with Span? No doubles anymore? Sheesh, send him down! ;-)

  70. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    OK, maybe we should get rid of the overpriced Span. Or move him down to the bottom of the order…Not!!!

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      After all, he’s had three plate appearances, but has only scored a lousy two times thus far.

  71. secretwasianman - May 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    C’mon. It’s cold and rainy and it’s the Dodge

  72. ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Werth can join Span in Syracuse!

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Buffalo Wil lurking on deck.

  74. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Lets GO Buffalo

  75. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Please convert here..

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Blue f’d up that call on Ramos. Should be 3-1 instead of 2-2.

  77. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    búfalo

  78. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Mr RBI!

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Buffalo Wil does what he needs to do! The ump really screwed him in that at-bat.

  80. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    The Buffalo shows the rest of the guys how to make a productive out.

    • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      And I should add: welcome back, big guy. We really needed you!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        I like the RBI but he got screwed by the ump and that’s really ticked me off given how important “count leverage” is.

      • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Yep — but he made the best of a bad situation. Pitch-track on Gameday showed that he swung on ball four, but I don’t blame him — at least he got the ribby.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        He did swing at Ball 4 but wasn’t going to leave his fate to an ump that already f’d him in that AB. Smart batting as he knew he had a ball to drive.

      • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Right. We agree.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Yes we do.

  81. ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Tatanka comes through!

  82. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Getting one there, par for the course I guess. Waiting for a big hit from Dessy someday.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Blue gifts Haren with a K on a ball off the plate… Changed the entire at bat… But still a productive out..

    Ohhh Deai, you are hurting this line up… I hope he catches on soon….

  84. ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Stras getting squeezed according to Gameday

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Gameday isn’t very accurate. Haren has been the recipient of some freebies by the ump.

  85. ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Stras has that killer hook he throws to RH batters, where it starts at their shoulder, then breaks back over the plate. Can he throw that to a LH batter? Or is there just something about the change in view from his vantage point that makes that hard to throw with no one in the RH batter’s box? If he could throw it, I’d think it would totally lock up a left hander.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Kind of the reverse of Gio. Most RH pitchers prefer the slider to lefties.

  86. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The short compact swing has gone bye, bye.

    • ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Yep.

  87. scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    2012 Espi has left the park and has been replaced with 2013 Espi

    • ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      agreed.

  88. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Damnit Danny.Again…sigh

  89. adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Sheesh. Haren has only 2 K’s. Regarding the “brilliant” (not) suggestion that Span bat 8th, I can think of someone else who’s play that role better right now . . .

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Espinosa is in a deep funk. While he’s done almost nothing with RISP, he was still getting some hits in Low and Med Lev situations. Now he is K’ing at an alarming rate.

    Hoping for the reverse lock as he got the HR the last time I said this.

    He’s just not seeing the ball well.

    • scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      He is K’ing at an espinosa like rate

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        I think its also the anatomy of the K and how he got to that. It’s mostly setting himself behind in counts as he is swinging through fat pitches and swinging at balls out of the zone.

        He should be batting 8th in most instances.

  91. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Regarding Danny, it’s not like the league made any real adjustments regarding how to pitch to him.

    • nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      I dont know. They are throwing him the chase pitches and hes swinging at garbage near his eyebrows. Thats typical 2012 Danny E.

  92. nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    If you cant hit Danny, at least field your position.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      In fairness, that was a tough play.

      • nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        It was and most good 2nd baseman make that play. Danny has been called a Gold Glove quality 2nd baseman. I see a guy make all the makeable plays and few that are at ESPN Baseball Tonight WebGem level. That one wouldnt make Top Plays is my point.

  93. David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    I don’t care when Strasburg gives up his runs, if he goes 7 allowing 2 every time out, I will gladly take that. That would be a 2.57 ERA.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      That was my earlier point. I’d rather it be in the 1st inning TBH.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Just a great perform today.. Babip got to him in the first inning… No golphers or anything… Just an efficient job….

      Kudos SS

      • adcwonk - May 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        How can that be? Just above some brilliant guy wrote: “He stinks and is a head case…”

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Lol… Sometimes wonk, ya know we have to consider the source… :-)

  94. coop202 - May 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Hmmm is clip still MW’s 8th inning guy…

    • coop202 - May 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Tbd…

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Thought to see Danny and Espi in their respective funks… Desi just hasn’t turned it on this year… Am wondering if him quitting chewing Tabacco and then starting it back up (reportedly) may have something to do with it…

    And Espi just looks like the streaky Espi of 2012… I don’t think this is 2013 Espi….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Though to see… Is supposed to be hate/tough to see…

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Once again ump-blue sets up a Nats batter. Withrow gets a K out of the zone and it put Rendon in a hole. I really dislike some of these calls.

  97. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Just got home and I gotta say that regardless of the outcome I think it’s great to give Strasburg the ball for the eighth.

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Perfect bunt…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      MrsB, I think it was a good bunt but I also think everyone knows there’s a great chance he is going to bunt and you defend it by playing in. You have to play in even for a slow bouncer. I though situational defense was supposed to be a cornerstone of this 2014 team with Weidamaier.

      • natsjackinfl - May 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        C’mon Ghost. Strasburg and those size 24 clown shoes he wears covered as much ground as he’ll ever cover. Just perfect execution by Gordon.

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

        True on Stras but Espi if in 2 more steps I think makes that play if Stras yielded to him.

        They have to practice that play.

        Luckily it didn’t factor into the inning.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Yes, I was thinking Espi would play in more… Was also surprised SS didnt try for it too…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Poor communication if you ask me as that is Weidamaiers job in the pre-game to plan that out. They defended that darn bunt all series.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Unreal. You have to take away any chance of a bunt around the entire infield. Stras has to know where Espi is on that for a drag type of bunt. Bad.

  100. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    JER-RY! JER-RY! JER-RY!

  101. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Time to sit, Stras. Great game.

    OK time for this bullpen to do what they are supposed to.

  102. Eugene in Oregon - May 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    This is where you need a couple of those potential runs that were left on-base early in the game.

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Espinosa’s AB with bases loaded looms so large here.

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I’d throw it right in the dirt here….

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

    So, Word Press goes bonkers again…

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    3-2 oh my……..

  107. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Seems like Blevins is throwing a lot of very good pitches.

    • stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      YAH!

    • coop202 - May 7, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Wow what an ab….

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Jerry Blevins!!! That’s the way to do it!

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Great job Blevins…

    Clippard??? Really…. Here we go…

  110. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Clippard struck out Puig last July, the only time they’ve faced each other. FWIW.

  111. lplipty - May 7, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    i would have brought in Storen, or kept Blevins in and liberally pitched around Puig to get to Either

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Matheney would’ve walked Puig and had Blevins pitch to the lefty Ethier. I hope Matt Williams is right here.

    • jd - May 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      That’s crazy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        He walks bases loaded all the time to get his matchup. Puig is a stone cold killer.

      • jd - May 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        The reason I say that is when you walk the bases loaded you are completely taking away any margin for error from the pitcher.

        Besides. When did Clippard become such a pariah where you don’t trust him at all?

      • jd - May 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        I know Puig is money but in that situation you have to take your poison. I thought the Dodgers would score for sure the minute Gordon got on. that’s quite an escape.

  113. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    No drama. That’s what I’m talkin’ about .

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Didn’t Puig think he got that? I thought off the bat it was a 3 run jack. Heart pounding. I have to see that again.

    • stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I bet Clippard wanted that a smidge higher.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      In July… That meatball is over the fence… I mean right down the middle… It worked in our favor this time,

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

        That was a RFK special. You get it to the center of the plate and high in the zone and it dies a slow death out there.

  115. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    My heart was in my throat as Charlie was saying like drive to CF back back back

    Span is there!

  116. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    The way Puig flipped the bat, I thought he caught that.

    • coop202 - May 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Seems like something is knocking the ball down today – thought both Rendon and ALR had a homer in the first

    • stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      So did he, but Yasiel always thinks that.

  117. Section 222 - May 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Nails I tell you. Our bullpen is nails. Bring on Rafi!

  118. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    If Gonzalez was a duck, Adam would have bagged his limit today.

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

    Buffalo Wil is such a great game caller. Strasburg was so free and easy today and didn’t allow Danny’s small miscue affect him.

    2 runs over 7 1/3 is very strong but the D&G crowd had him tarred and feathered in the 1st inning for some seeing eye singles.

  120. Eric - May 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    OMG! Ramos has adopted Phish’s Wilson for his walk up music! Awesome!!!

    • stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      I’ll be impressed when he uses Tom Hanks screaming: “WIL-SON! WIL-SON!” from… whatever that movie was.

  121. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Having Ramos back already paying off big time.

  122. snerdblurter - May 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    hey, did you guys hear that neither zimmerman nor zimmermann are pitching today?

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Buffalo Wil will now have an OBP higher than his BA.

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

    Just got home from school.

    Which should concern me more?

    Starters first inning or Espi’s to many Ks

    • stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Zach Walters’ walkup music.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        Is it still let it go? I don’t mind that.

    • Section 222 - May 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Maybe you shouldjust enjoy a well played game and a win and not be concerned for once.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        I will enjoy the replay. Didn’t see it the first time.

  125. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Come on, Kevin!

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Nice contact Espi. That’s what BABIP does for you when you make contact. You found a hole for a single.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Sure… But why would the dodgers shift right there… But yeah, good on Espi… He stands so far in the batters box, I’m surprised he doesn’t get hbp more…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Think Utley with that stance. He should get HBP’d more.

  127. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Nice play Danny.

  128. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    WOOT!

  129. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Good series win. Soriano has been nails.

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Series win! Untuck!

  131. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    That was a big-time Major League save, right there. Untuck away.

  132. jd - May 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    It was never in doubt !!!

  133. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Wilson Ramos GW RBI!

  134. veejh - May 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    31 innings until Soriano breaks Hershiser’s record!

  135. stoatva - May 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Good looking, tough-minded win for the Natties.

  136. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Never in doubt…. Great series win Nats!!!!

  137. ehay2k - May 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Another series win. Now, if only tonight the Cards can take care of starting the Barves’ next losing streak…

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