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Game 35: Nats at Athletics

May 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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Doug Fister’s long wait is finally over. The Nationals’ biggest offseason acquisition makes his debut at last tonight, taking the mound for their series opener against the Athletics. We’ve talked plenty already about what to expect from the 30-year-old right-hander, so we’ll focus on some other key points about tonight’s game in Oakland.

Such as the Nats’ lineup. It includes Adam LaRoche as designated hitter, an obvious concession to his ailing quad muscle. With Tyler Moore now back at Class AAA Syracuse, that leaves Kevin Frandsen as the starting first baseman tonight. We’ve already seen Frandsen contribute at third base and left field; now we’ll see how he handles first base.

The Athletics’ lineup features a couple of familiar faces to Nats fans: two guys who were part of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez to D.C. Tommy Milone is on the mound, still seeking his first win of the season (not to mention trying to lower his 5.86 ERA). And his batterymate is Derek Norris, who is on fire at the plate, carrying a .377 batting average and .999 OPS into this game. And don’t forget Fernando Abad, currently a member of the A’s bullpen.

I’m not on this West Coast trip, but I’ll be watching with the rest of you and I’ll have some analysis in the morning. Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Where:
O.co Coliseum
Gametime: 10:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees, Wind 15 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
DH Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
LF Scott Hairston
2B Danny Espinosa
1B Kevin Frandsen
(RHP Doug Fister)

ATHLETICS
SS Jed Lowrie
DH John Jaso
3B Josh Donaldson
1B Brandon Moss
LF Yoenis Cespedes
RF Josh Reddick
C Derek Norris
2B Eric Sogard
CF Craig Gentry
(LHP Tommy Milone)

UMPIRES
TBA

217 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. masterfishkeeper - May 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Our long Nationals nightmare is over! Fister joins the rotation. Personally, I’d be happy with Lobaton or Ramos DHing, and giving LaRoche another full day off.

    • paigemwhipple - May 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Me too. ALR might do well but why not rest him especially to give him 2 days together and get the day off against the LHP.

      • paigemwhipple - May 9, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        By the way I would have given Walters the DH duties against the LH.

      • therealjohnc - May 9, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Well, possibly, because the medical staff have advised him (and both the team and ALR have said) that the quad injury is not an injury that a day or two of rest will help. That would explain why they’re not resting him.

        And ALR has tattooed LHP this season, hitting .320/.433/.400 against them. Why would you want to take that bat out of the lineup if sitting him out won’t heal the injury?

      • therealjohnc - May 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Here it’s quite likely that Williams is on more solid ground than you are; Frandsen was brought in essentially because he’s effective against LHP (.311/.409/.459 last year; .290/.343/.429 career). And that’s a lot more of a meaningful sample than Zach’s six at bats. Although 3-6 with 3 HRs is a lot of fun :-)

    • cayucosbaseballconservancy - May 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Good observation: MW has been picking the veterans like Frandsen over Walters, Moore, and Souza.

      Seems highly unlikely to see Walters in this series without an injury since PH is not needed.

      • paigemwhipple - May 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Thanks ❤ ♡ ❤ ღ

      • dcwx61 - May 9, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        the well known law of Periculum

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Welcome (back) Fister!!?!!!!

    I guess you have to put the ‘lefty killer’ Hairston in the line up…. But man, he plays an awful OF… Hopefully this game won’t come to depend on him and his defense…

    Go Nats!!!

    • Sonny G 10 - May 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Oh, gosh, I hope the A’s don’t hit any balls to left field. Maybe Fister will get all ground ball outs.

  3. coop202 - May 9, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    would’ve been a fan of laroche with the day off too and DHing Hairston with Mcclouth if he can throw in left.

  4. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    GYFNG

    Let’s hit well with RISP.

  5. Sonny G 10 - May 9, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Two for One night. We get to see what Fister looks like and we get to see how Frandsen handles first base.

  6. veejh - May 9, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    On my way to the game. Woohoo!

    • secretwasianman - May 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Wiz or Nats?

      • veejh - May 9, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Nats website, yes?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Veejh is going to the Nats game with Eugene.

      • veejh - May 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Tomorrow, but I met him briefly outside the stadium to hand off his ticket.

    • dcwx61 - May 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      You should have left earlier…Oakland is not around the corner

  7. Brookstoor - May 9, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Like Carthage, Hairston delenda est.

  8. NatsLady - May 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Dan Duquette was on the Baseball Tonight podcast (Buster Olney). He said they had attempted to sign Matt Wieters and Chris Davis to extensions but had not been able to come to an agreement with either player.

  9. dcwx61 - May 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    MLB trade rumors..an old friend

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports (via Twitter) that the Nationals have released outfielder Erik Komatsu. The 26-year-old was selected by the Cardinals in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft and then claimed off waivers by the Twins when St. Louis cut him loose. Komatsu made 58 total plate appearances that season, hitting .216/.293/.216 before being returned to the Nats. The former eighth-round pick, who was once traded from Milwaukee to Washington in exchange for Jerry Hairston, batted .188/.365/.271 at Triple-A this season and owns a career .232/.344/.328 batting line at that level.

    • cayucosbaseballconservancy - May 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Note the .365 OBP. Something good is cooking up in the ‘Cuse with Mr. Gardner in charge.

      • Hiram Hover - May 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        .188 BA. Something good indeed….

      • Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Note the .271 slugging average and the .328 career slugging average IN AAA. If he were a slick fielding shortstop maybe he’s kept around as minor league filler, but an outfielder? No thanks.

      • natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Minor league comment.

  10. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Heard a great interview with Joe Madden today.

    His premise was simple. Teams will quit shifting once hitters are smart enough to avoid the shift. He said most batters are to proud to change to the obvious. Even his Rays hitter ignore his advise.

  11. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Foster fits right in, throws the ball 12 feet above Frandsen’s head.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Spell check yuck

  12. NatsLady - May 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Well, Fister’s going to fit right in.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Beat you to it.

  13. David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Fister officially a Nat with that error.

    • Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      And with giving up a run in the first. Oh well.

    • scmargenau - May 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      That’s sad that that’s our identity

  14. NatsLady - May 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    And, as usual, the error results in a first inning run.

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Fits in giving in a run in the first.

  16. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Another unearned run

  17. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Why should Fister be any different? Gives up his first unearned run and it’s all on him.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    MW number 1 thing was to fix the fielding. That is one thing that is worse.

  19. NatsLady - May 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t, but it really is LOL funny.

    • davecydell - May 9, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      really stupid play

  20. TimDz - May 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Was kind of hoping Doug would break this annoying trend of giving up runs in the first inning…..

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Not seeing it as a priority problem to solve. Or at least no one is taking care of it.

  21. Hiram Hover - May 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    On the plus side, he got that out of the way. And it was only a 1 run first inning.

  22. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Design taking way to many strike 3s the last 2 weeks.

  23. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Is Desmond ever going to protect the plate?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Hasn’t done that much this season yet. Not sure what he is waiting for.

      • Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        You act like he’s doing this intentionally. That’s just dumb. He’s not waiting for something, he’s trying just like every single Nat. Read Kilgore’s piece about how torn up he is when he doesn’t come through or makes an error.

  24. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Hairston hits another lefty. RISP time.

  25. davecydell - May 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    nice sf, espi

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Espi now 6 for 39 the last 2 week.

    All the good hitting the first 3 weeks he is giving back.

    I ready for him to head to Syracuse as soon as Zim is back.

    If you want to win his hitting is not doing the job.

  27. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    OK Bob Carpenter is still making me want some one else as my play by play guy. I watch games from the Coliseum all the time and see home runs all the time.

    Yes, its big but nowhere near how he makes it sound.

    • Steady Eddie - May 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Not sure if it was Carp or FP but one of them did talk about the coolness at night making it much harder to hit taters then than during the day. Not unlike Petco Park in San Diego.

  28. Steady Eddie - May 9, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    “Ball” 2 to Norris was clearly strike 3.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    RISP updates after 2 Nats 0 for 1, A’s 1 for 1

  30. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Who else hates “severe jammage”?

    • Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Everyone (including FP) who isn’t playing a drinking game.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      I hate backward is more

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Spell check pisses me off. I keep turning it off and turns automatically on.

        I hate backward ks more.

    • secretwasianman - May 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Me

  31. TimDz - May 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Did Kolko just say “Athletic Supporters?”

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Yes

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    FYI kimrel blew another save

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    So far we have really weak against the soft tosses.

    As usually way over swinging.

  34. NatsLady - May 9, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    • Danny - May 9, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Yea not really going to be surprised when Milone shuts is out through 6-7.

  35. davecydell - May 9, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    cannot be done, jaso

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    No homers remember.

  37. David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Fister is doing about how I expected his first time out. Not extremely sharp, but really only one bad mistake to Jaso. The error was a mistake too obviously, but not a pitching one.

  38. Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    5 innings, 3 runs. That’s all I want from him. It’s not all on Fister in his first outing back. We have to score to win.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Milone fooled no one all season, why can’t we hit his junk.

      • secretwasianman - May 9, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Approach stinks

  39. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I feel a Roberto Fausto Carmona Hernandez thing going on here.

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Another take of strike 3. I absolutely hate letting strike 3 go by unswung.

    • Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      They are getting fooled MNF, not doing it on purpose. Trust me. If you swing on a pitch that fools you, the result is the same — you wave at it as it goes by.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        He has fooled no one all season. What is different tonight. We are no squaring up on the pitches.

  41. secretwasianman - May 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Once again ,mediocrity at its finest.

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Fister is suppose to be a sinker ball pitcher. Not many ground balls yet for a sinkerball pitcher

    • David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Because the sinker is up and he’s almost throwing only sinkers and nothing else.

  43. David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Fister throwing way more fastballs than normal. To be expected with a guy just off the DL. Doesn’t have the good feel for his changeup and curveball yet.

  44. scmargenau - May 9, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Cy milone

    We make bad pitchers look good

    • BurnedOnce - May 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      +1

  45. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Love all these ground balls that Fister’s getting.

    Well, except for the ones he throws to his catcher.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Robbie Ray’s first game this tear I think was a bit better.

  46. Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Wow, big time play by Rendon.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Are we going to let this keep going?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Indeed was, wish his bat was as good tonight.

  47. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Is there a 5 run inning in the Nats offense?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Not the way the contact has been so far.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Lets hope

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Everything is up by Fister…. malone is living off the black….

    Ugh… Come on fister…. Pound the SZ…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Mil one is finally hitting black hadn’t all season.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    FP and I don’t agree.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    RISP update A’s 2 for 3

  51. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    The Nats have 1 stinking hit against a

  52. davecydell - May 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    remember taylor jordan, whizzo?

  53. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I give up. WordPress sucks.

  54. secretwasianman - May 9, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Another crap effort out of,this team. 1 hit?? It’s 2013 alllllllllllllll over again. Just nothing on this team to get excited about

    • David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      You are ridiculous sometimes. Really.

      • secretwasianman - May 9, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Your correct David. And sometimes this team is ridiculous. In fact all too often

      • David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        What if I told you they were 19-15 despite missing several key players? What if I told you they just took 2/3 from the juggernaut Dodgers? You overreact ridiculously.

    • natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      And lately, so does Ian Desmond.

    • natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      And lately, so does Ian Desmond.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Pop up. Pop up pop up.

  56. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    And lately, so does Ian Desmond.

  57. Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    This is just the second time in their last 8 games the A's have scored 4 runs. They're 14-6 when scoring 4 or more.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 10, 2014

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    86 is too fast for them? Really?

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Pop up pop up pop up

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    We can’t even bunt for a hit.

  61. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    I would love to be positive about the Nats but letting people like Roberto Hernandez and Tommy Milhone shut them down is embarrassing.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 9, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Dammit Ryan….. Oh wait…

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Maybe his injury came from wearing out his muscle remodelling his bathroom.

    Frandsen can’t stop it. Who knows if ALR would.

    Another unearned run. Fister not fooling people.

  64. Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Wow. Too bad it’s so hard to hit homers in Oakland.

  65. David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Not exactly the debut that Fister envisioned.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 9, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    I don’t think this was the debut Fister had in mine…. Keep serving them belt highs, Doug….

  67. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Bring in Det to get work.

  68. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Yep, Carp, can’t hit the ball out of this park.

  69. David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Matt, take Fister out. There’s no need to make him wear this in his debut.

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Can anyone say Dan Haren?

  71. davecydell - May 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    1. ani’t a hr ball park
    2. taylor we miss ya
    3. going to an al park with dh and send tmo to aaa the day before

    as kd says, ‘the stupid burns’

  72. Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I’m disappointed in Fister’s debut too. But are you seriously going to compare him to Haren after one start?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Haren’s first start last year was worse. He gave up 4 homers.

      I am not encouraged when a sinkerball pitchers gives up 3 homers and only gets 13 outs and only 3 ground outs.

      I expected much better than this. So next game he better shape up. It took Harden a half season to shape up. I really will be non pleased if it takes him more than 1 game.

  73. David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    So how long before narratives and judgements about the trade begin, approximately 4 innings into Fister’s season?

    • David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Oh, it looks like it’s already happened. Shocking.

    • Section 222 - May 9, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      I’m surprised they aren’t reassessing the Gio trade in light of Milone’s performance tonight.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        I have no problem with Gio trade.

        I have a problem with all this upper cutting. He has been tattooed all season.

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        There you go again. Gio has a 2.91 ERA this year in 7 starts. He had one terrible start (vs. Atlanta 4/13); the rest were fine. What are you talking about?

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Our starters in general bad in the first. Very good the rest of the time. Fister didn’t follow the pattern at all.

    F.P. quit making excuses.

  75. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Think I’ll switch over and watch the division leading Marlins.

    Or I could watch Detwiler throw kerosene on this fire. He stinks.

  76. BurnedOnce - May 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Can’t even get the notice from MLB about the Moss home run before he coughs up another. 3 HRs in the park you can’t hit out of. PATHETIC. All on Fister.

    Good night not worth watching any more of this feasting.

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Previous 2 games Milone 10.2 innings 10 earned runs

    • David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Which means he was probably due for a good outing, because he’s not a bad pitcher. He’s also the type of guy we struggle against. It happens.

  78. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    This is pathetic.

  79. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    This is pathetic.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    At least it will only count as one lost.

    But basically no one playing has played well.

  81. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Now I know how Minnesota fans felt when Levalle Speinger beat Johannesburg Santana.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    See my first post of the night regarding Hairston….

    Imbecile….

    • Eric - May 10, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      C’mon now. That was a super lame error but he’s still a person. Has a family. Y’know, the whole bit. I doubt he dropped that due to lack of intelligence.

  83. David Proctor - May 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    At least Hairston is only dropping the ball in blowouts?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      Lol

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Hairston has a double, but what is his function?

  85. davecydell - May 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    hey, whizzo: love ya lf

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    First game all season where not one player has played well enough to win.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    What was that a catch?

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    I hate those Honda commercials. Remind me not to buy one.

  89. Natsfool - May 9, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Wow, bad night for DC sports. I don’t think trading for a number 4 is viable. I have to say Fister is giving me Haren PTSD. Lots of similarities. Bad feeling about this.

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Our solid hits are not like theirs

  91. Eric - May 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    I’m chalking this one up to jet lag… Sheesh.

  92. AlexandriaNatFan - May 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Two things:

    1) I’ll agree this game was ridiculous and I have no idea how we find ways to make errors again and again. That is something that should not be happening this much.

    2) Yea, Fister had issues tonight. But give it time. Baseball mandates you have patience…at the plate or in the stands.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      I assume Fister will pitch better next time, but assumed he would do better this time.

      Really not happy with the hitters. Milone has been awful this year and is oithing excellently tonight.

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Take Ramos out now too

  94. davecydell - May 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    desy: the no hit killer

  95. David Proctor - May 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Jose Fernandez gave up 5ER to the worst hitting team in baseball tonight. It happens.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Happens but you don’t have to like it.

      • David Proctor - May 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Don’t expect anyone to like it. I don’t like it. I just don’t like overreactions to it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      I prefer over react win or lose.

      • davecydell - May 10, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        ++++

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    RISP time

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      His hitting approach the first 3 weeks was fine last 3 weeks just like last year.

  97. natsjackinfl - May 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Rizzo’s teeth have to be grinding. And Billy Beane is sipping his wine and grinning from ear to ear.

  98. natsjackinfl - May 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Rizzo’s teeth have to be grinding. And Billy Beane is sipping his wine and grinning from ear to ear.

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Espi and the Nats 0 for 2 RISP.

    I can’t wait until he is Syracuse. Took them 2.5 months last year. I doubt they learned a lesson.

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    E4

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      Espi’s hitting now effecting his fielding. Please MW about him. He was Davey’s boy. Is he yours too?

    • David Proctor - May 10, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      That’s not an error, nor should it be. Very tough play.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        I know that, but I can’t stand Espi’s hitting and if he isn’t going to make great plays on defense why is here?

        We got better last year shortly after he went to Syracuse and I suspect the same will happen this year once Rizzo wakes up.

      • David Proctor - May 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        Who do you think should replace Espi? Zach Walters? He’s Danny Espinosa offensively, except much worse defensively. We don’t have another Rendon who can come up and play every day.

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Why are we wasting Barrett?

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Walters has to better offensively espi is terrible. Everyone told me how Rendon was terrible second too.

    • nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Heres my take on Espi, overrated on defense. Gets to all the balls that Rendon would get to but when there is a degree of difficulty above routine he doesnt make it. This is the 2nd time this week hes dropped a popup that hes had to go back on. It wasnt ruled an error however thats a ball he has to catch when you are in there for defense as he sure isnt hitting any more.

      2-32 with RISP. Thats a .063 batting average

  103. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    How about Frendsen at third Rendon at second and Espi back to the bench.

    • nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Frandsen is actually better at 2nd then 3rd according to Fangraphs

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        Put him there then.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Pop up city

  105. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    First mini slump for Rendon back to back 0 for 4

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Since Frandsen started the controversy. I’m sure it’s raised the stress level.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        Someone saying you are good is stressful?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        It shouldn’t have been a controversy but certainly became one when the media got hold of it. Who needs to be compared to Bryce Harper.

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        So Rendon’s 0-fer tonight can be blamed on the Frandsen controversy? Really? Come on. That’s even sillier than FP blaming this disastrous game, after an off day, on jet lag and the change in time zone.

        Bad game tonight for everyone. It happens. Tomorrow’s another day and there’ll be another game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        The game is so “mental” that anything is possible.

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        Sure it’s possible I guess. But much more likely is that Milone had his number with that fastball over the inside corner. Rendon kept seeing it as inside, raising his hands as if to avoid getting hit.

        The arm chair psychologizing gets old.

    • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Do you even think to check the facts before you say stuff like this? Rendon entered the game batting .295/.331/.518. Pretty good, right?

      He went 0-4 on May 2 and May 3. Less than a week ago. In the four games from April 21 to April 24, he went 1 for 16 (.063/.158 /.063). Then, guess what, the next night he went 4-5 with a HR and and a double.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=rendoan01&t=b&year=

      One game, or one at bat, doesn’t make a season. You say you watch a lot of baseball, so you should know that.

      There’s no secret to finding out what actually happened in a baseball game. Baseball-Reference and other sites are free and available to everyone. Or is it more fun to spout nonsense?

  106. veejh - May 10, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Harsh night. Nothing went right. Left the game early. A’s fans were cool. Whatever. Not my live baseball debut I was looking for. Tough game tomorrow w Gray on the mound.

  107. Natsfool - May 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    In looking how the A’s are constructed, I admit that I’m jealous they have Billy Beane and we’re stuck with Rizzo. The second question is whether it is the system or the man. Theoretically, you could choose above-replacement level players at all positions like Beane does, but you still have to scout them.

    • David Proctor - May 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      Living up to the name yet again.

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    There is no “can of corn” with Hairston out in LF.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Looks more like a young me, who could misplay many balls

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        Were you getting paid $2.5 mill a year?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        I am a teacher. I work for peanuts.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        manassasnatsfan, exactly. The man is getting paid millions and performs like a hack.

    • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      Do you know why they call a lazy high flyball a can of corn? Pretty cool story.

      • veejh - May 10, 2014 at 2:04 AM

        Pretty funny, because I kept saying can o corn over and over and even asked the 2 ladies A’s fans sitting behind me if they knew what a can o corn was. They didn’t, and didn’t even believe me, and even looked it up on their smartphones. Sheesh.

      • veejh - May 10, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        They caught on and started joking me every time we hit another popfly. Can o corn! Ahahahahahha! Harsh.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        I think there are a few theories which include canned corn on the shelf closest to the ground in the old General Store vs other less popular canned vegetables on the higher shelves making the grab and catch of the can easy for corn vs other canned vegetables. The other theory goes back to the days as depicted in Field Of Dreams where you would play baseball in fields once inhabited by corn or with the limit of the field would end at the corn crops and they would relate an easy fly to the outfield as easy as reaching out to grab corn.

        Not sure if there are any other stories. I like them both.

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        I always have heard it was the former — in the old stores, the big cans of veggies were in very high shelves. The storeowner had a long pole that he’d use to pull the can off the shelf, and when it finally fell it fell straight down to the storeowners waiting arms below. Just like a high pop fly does. I grew up listening to Bob Prince, the Pirate broadcaster. He used that expression a lot.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Yep, the old sayings in baseball are as timeless as the game itself. There is an artist who painted a Field of Dreams depiction that I own and love even though I grew up in suburbia the visions of sandlots, stick ball, and farm fields are all a part of baseball.

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Another thumb injury in the majors. Brandon Belt broke thumb on a hit by pitch.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    We can still win the series, and I expect too.

    • veejh - May 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Gray tomorrow. 1.91 ERA vs Roark. Think he’s around a 1.1 WHIP. Tough match up.

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        Very tough. This was a game we should have won. Very tough to win the series now.

  111. Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Yeah, Walters is awesome. Especially left handed. Replace Rendon with him pronto.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      My comment below says the switch hitting can go. What is the point.

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        The point is that you were saying Walters has to be better than Espi. He just struck out. He’s done nothing against lefties. And his fielding is lousy. No, he’s not replacing Espi or Rendon, I guarantee it. In fact, he’s headed back to AAA when Zim returns.

  112. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Espi and Walter look over matched left handed.

    Why bother switch hitting?

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Keep the line moving.

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Scott Hairston batting .500 now on May 9th. Of course that means nothing since he hasn’t had many at-bats.

  115. Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Well, for what it’s worth, it didn’t look any better at the ballpark.

    • veejh - May 10, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Not a fun game in any way, shape, or form. Hopefully, we win the game tomorrow I had penciled in as the loss of the series. I think we beat Kazmir on Sunday w Gio. Kazmir has had a couple rough outings back to back, and we’ve been smacking lefties around this year (besides tonight or course). Roark needs to step up tomorrow.

  116. Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Sorry you had to witness that Eugene. Hope the other games you see this weekend are better.

    • veejh - May 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      What about me?

  117. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    What the hell was with the Wiz?

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Wiz laid a major agg.

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