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Game 36: Nats at Athletics

May 10, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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Last night was an ugly one for the Nationals who got blasted 8-0 by the Athletics. Tonight they’ll try and bounce back against one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

A’s ace Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91) will take the mound for his eighth start of the season. He is in just his second year in the majors, but is a rising star after pitching brilliantly in the 2013 playoffs. Gray is making just the second interleague start of his career.

Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17) is making his seventh start of the season and the third interleague start of his career. He’s hoping to rebound from a forgettable outing last time out. On May 3 he got knocked around for seven earned runs in just four innings against the Phillies.

We are not in Oakland today, but look out for analysis in the morning. Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Where:
 O.co Coliseum
Gametime: 9:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 20 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
1B Kevin Frandsen
3B Anthony Rendon
DH Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
RF Nate McLouth
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Zach Walters
(RHP Tanner Roark)

ATHLETICS
C John Jaso
SS Jed Lowrie
3B Josh Donaldson
1B Brandon Moss
LF Yoenis Cespedes
RF Josh Reddick
DH Alberto Callaspo
2B Eric Sogard
CF Craig Gentry
(LHP Sonny Gray)

UMPIRES
TBA

276 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. secretwasianman - May 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Not expecting much tonight. We couldn’t hit Milone. Don’t see Nats hitting this guy

    • Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      your yard’s a mess. You should go work on it.

      • ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        +1 Joe

        SWM – Game hasn’t even started. With that thinking, isn’t every season already over? Think of the time I just saved you!

  2. Doc - May 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Oh, no, no TyMo!

    I guess we’ll have to put up with ‘can of corn’ TyMo is LF again!

    • ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      TyMo is in ‘cuse, right?

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Zach Walters in LF. I’m not crazy.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      I will start accepting apologies from the 2 of you who told me that woukdnt happen.

      Now to hope he does well.

      • laddieblahblah - May 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Great call, Ghost. Let’s hope he works out in LF, starting tonight.

        “I’m not crazy.”

        Well, that’s a different issue…;o)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        Good point. My psychiatrist says I’m borderline.

      • nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        I will ask it again “Are you communicating with Rizzo or Matty W”

        I don’t believe in coincidences when they happen over and over and over again. You’d think the NI crowd would stop disagreeing with you.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    LaRoche is not in the lineup.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Little surprised Hairston isn’t DH’ing…. Very interesting line up… We will see what happens… Hopefully TR will be lights out and keep everything down…

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        I believe they’re saving Scott Hairston as a late-inning defensive substitute.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Thanks Eugene…. That just upset my stomach… :-)

      • NatsLady - May 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Sloppy play in the LAD/SF game. Morse missed a very catchable ball. Puig dogged to first base…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        “Sloppy play in the LAD/SF game. Morse missed a very catchable ball. Puig dogged to first base…”

        Interesting NatsLady. I’m watching the game and Puig took a big swing and cracked his bat and hit it off the end of his bat and both Morse and Kemp thought the ball was hit well. Where was Kemp on the ball? He did the same. That ball landed in shallow Left-center. Morse came a long way for that ball and wasn’t close. Where was Brandon Crawford as he didn’t get close.

        I wouldn’t say at all Morse missed a very catchable ball. It fell in the Bermuda Triangle. It happens and look what else happened in that inning. Catcher misses a tough foul popup. Leadoff walk. Walk to the 3rd batter.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      BTW, why was Adam LaRoche pulled from the DH spot halfway through last night’s game? Anyone see/hear a report on that?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Nothing yet and I hope nothing is wrong.

      • snerdblurter - May 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Probably just to get him some additional rest, right? No sense in having him up there hacking with his bum quad when we’re down 8 late.

  5. Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Two quotes on hitting approaches from this week’s Sports Illustrated:

    – Yadier Molina on a 9th inning AB with scored tied: “I was looking to not strike out.” He then hit a two-run single, all that was needed.

    – Mike Trout: “The biggest thing at the plate is that if I tell myself to hit a home run, I get out 100% of the time. All my home runs come from just telling myself, Base hit up the middle.”

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Fantastic quotes and thanks for posting those up.

    • Natsfool - May 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Can someone forward this to Ian Desmond?

  6. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    D. Span, CF
    K. Frandsen, 1B
    A. Rendon, 3B
    J. Werth, DH
    W. Ramos, C
    I. Desmond, SS
    N. McLouth, RF
    D. Espinosa, 2B
    Z. Walters, LF
    T. Roark, SP

    For the sake of avoiding controversy with my NI brothers and sisters I will refrain from offering any opinions as to what my gut feelings are regarding this lineup.

    GYFNG!!!

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Kind of difficult for an NL team to play by these radical American league rules. NL teams don’t carry expensive DH hitters…..But then we do have 3 catchers…

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      We need a little more controversy but a little less bullying and intimidation. The FNG (Fans of Nationals Groups) must speak out, less we all become industrialized clone bloggers.
      Remember your 1st ammendment rights and if you do criticize the Nats unfairly, you have the right to remain silent.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    I thought the was a sure fire he for Puig…. So glad he wasn’t hurt worst with that collision with the wall…

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Wow…. Brian Wilson loves drama….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Thought the same thing. Walks bases loaded and gets Hunter Pence and throws 95 gas by him.

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      espa when he was on the Beach Boys…Wouldn’t it be nice

  9. NatsLady - May 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    FYI, our game is the free game today on MLB.tv (if you are not local).

    • nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      If you do that you have to listen to the As broadcast I think.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        If you are not local, you can choose premium MLB TV option for only $5 more per month. Demand that your cusodians (parents or spouse) cough it up.

  10. NatsLady - May 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM
    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      oh now I get it….Guess who’s coming back to the show.
      The bench will have to step it up a notch to cover for 1B/RF/2B
      Please Danny…revert back to patient
      I for one would see a role for MM that Walters/Frandsen/Hairston/Moore could not fill these past year and 1/2.
      Jury’s our on McLouth.
      If the Dodgers can carry 4 starting OF, so can we.
      And we still have his song.

      Now let the crazyness begin….222 batter uppppppp

      P.S.: I have a sanity clause to protect me from anything I blog.
      You don’t fool me…There is no Sanity clause

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        Can you name the actor and movie that P.S. line was from….

        Don;t look
        ((((Chico and Groucho Marx in A Night at the Opera, If the game goes south, check it out or Horse Feathers)))

    • natsjackinfl - May 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Call the coroner.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        lol

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        the reports of demise of Moses are strongly exaggerated. But the leg making poor Adam a can’t catch, can’t run, but sure can hit kind of Natural.
        As many have said before me, he may be on the DL when Zimm comes back:
        When does Zimm come back ?

  11. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    In 1927, Washington came to the Bronx after winning 10 in a row. They then lost two games of a doubleheader in what turned out to be the most one sided doubleheader with the Yanks winning 12-1, 21-1.
    After the game on July 3, Nats players said the season was over.
    But there were a lot of doubleheaders that year. A frail Urban Shocker won the first and died the following year of a heart attack at 36.

  12. davecydell - May 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Looking at the lineup,
    I wonder what week in the grapefruit league is this?

  13. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Journey’s doing the National Anthem…..Crank it up

  14. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Nats Lady has the full story of Adam’s Quad

    http://www.sportsinjuryalert.com/2014/05/nationals-adam-laroche-quad-scratched.html#.U27McMe7m3s

  15. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    look at those shadows….could be a pitcher’s duel
    Who knows what lurks in the heart of men

  16. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    So FP thinks Adam lands on the DL tomorrow…makes sense

    • NatsLady - May 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Tyler Moore better make the best of his chance, if that happens.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Indeed

    • davecydell - May 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      and TMo is stuck in ‘cuse.
      Who made that brilliant whizzo move, going into a DH park?

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Let’s see how he does if he is called up.

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

        He can be called up even without the 10 days in case of an injury.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      If that’s the case you question the wisdom of pushing ALR out there most every day. Like I said a few days ago by DHing him he’s still using his quads.

      • NatsLady - May 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        LaRoche was pretty insistent. And until last night, he was delivering.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        He could hit. He just couldn’t run and his fielding was showing the wear also.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        yep….it can’t help

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

    Carpenter told a stat that is terrible. Nats have scored in 5 innings in last 46 innings.

    Wow the ultimate no RISP

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      The Brewers just left the bases loaded and 1 out against CC. Nats are not alone…

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        But the Brewers are winning.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        It’s tied now..the Yanks are gonna need some more pitching….I know a lefty who could be available.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Look at that K by Roark!!!

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      The Shadow knows

  19. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Change it later, but we have trouble fielding too often anyway

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Change it later, but we have trouble fielding too often anyway

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

    NO RUNS IN THE FIRST INNING. ALERT.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Now let’s celebrate by scoring

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    So does TyMo have to stay down for 10 days?

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

      Not if LaRoche goes on the DL

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

    0 in the first.

    Let’s get the line moving.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Lol.. I was trying to figure out which pitch that was too…

    Nasty.

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    What Carp drinking comparing McCatty to Catfish Hunter

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Sunshine is on some serious SSRIs…with adverse effects of a fear of colliseums..Maybe he’s Christian.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        I’m a failedl christian but I am not afraid of colliseums regardless of what they did to my patriarchs there

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Desmond needs some work, pulling the ball to much.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Listening to Kolko telling the story of Walters to the outfield and mentions he got a lot of “Early work in the outfield”. Why has there been no mention from anyone in the media on that? You would think that would be noticed at 2pm to 3pm which I guess would be considered early work times.

    • nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Are you suprized?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        Not surprised about much. I had fully expected a position change (attempt) like I said in Spring Training they needed to get him a defensive position like LF or 2nd or even 1st but 3rd and SS haven’t been spots he’s excelled in.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Fanner Roark looking good.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Nice pitch Tanner…

  30. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    The Roark of the crowd!

  31. NatsLady - May 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I think it’s time for Carp to retire (after this season). FP does most of the analysis, just get a play-by-play guy.

  32. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    looks like Danny stopped shaving between innings
    ESPI

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Alright Mr Espinosa….

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Call me a flip flopper.

    Espi didn’t over swing that, that is why he made good contact.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      He was a little long on it but not the exaggerated giant swing. He rattled Gray for sure. Good job Espi.

  35. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Zack Muddy Big Train Walters

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Walters slugging % dropped on that single. 1st LH hit for Walters.

    Also, a mistake Chase that you have (LHP Sonny Gray) as he’s a RHP.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Keep the line moving!!!

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Someone call 911 I believe I am going blind.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Whoop, whoop….

  40. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Kevin Connie Frandsen

    Williams a baseball genious

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

    Reddick looked like me there

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Another wild pitch would be nice

  43. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM


    Maybe Charlie Finley was right about those orange balls

  44. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Buffalo time

  45. nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Lets hope Gray makes a mistake to Ramos that he can drive.

  46. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Somebody should card Sonny Homestead Grey…He looks 15

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Buffalo chips instead.

  48. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    My Charonaaaaa at the Colliseum….so many great songs better than take on me.

    • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Get over it. :-)

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        lol…That’s what I’m asking the Nats to do.
        I do like the west coast sound here in Oakland…Maybe it’s the venue.
        More Marvin Gaye songs….DC Native

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Good pitch… Better frame by Ramos….

  50. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Jaso Jacks one in the caverns

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Jason 1 homer all season, now 2 in 2 night against sinker ball pitchers

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      That was a 4 seamer and didn’t miss by much.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Sometimes we have to give credit to the batters. I think they need to start pitching Jaso outside.

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Couldn’t expect Espi to hit with a man on.

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

    Roark fans Brandon Moss twice since blue blew the 2-2 pitch.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      I was surprised the blue didnt call it… Tanner had been pounding the Kzone all night…

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      You’re out Kevin

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Tanner is dealing…

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Love the 0-2 up and in purpose pitch to go with the curveball sweeper for the K.

    That’s what Ramos does so well in setting up these guys on both sides of the plate.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Guys did I make an OK move? Dropped Martin Perez and activated Robbie Ray who starts against Minnesota.

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Ray is young and unreliable
      Pick up Tanner…
      Darn we have a plethora of good pitchers even without Alex Meyer and Robby Ray

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        I have Tanner. Also zimmermann

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        oh you’re dealing MSN…no worries

  57. ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Nice thought by Frandsen. Let’s see the replay.

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

    Good read?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      When Harper does that everyone is all over him-

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        I was all over Frandsen last week when he did the same so what are you talking about + I was writing my comment below!

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I hate Frandsen running right there….. Ugh.

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

      The center fielder made the play. Anything less than perfect he is safe.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        That is the 2nd/3rd time Frnadsen has done that this year that I can remember… Either they didnt scout the cf’s arm well…. Frandsen is not a fast runner… Just awful….

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

    FP, please, stop sticking up for your buddy Frandsen on these running plays that have low percentage of making it. This isn’t High School. Bryce may figure out the same one day. If you make it 1 out of 5 times is it smart? NO

    Heart of the order coming up and you take the pressure off of the pitcher by giving up outs on the basepaths.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Correct.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      This is what I said on the other site…

      ‘That’s not a good read by Frandsen,… Heart of the order is coming up and you take the bat away from them… Frandsen has had some really bad snafus..’

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Mrsb, we have to start meeting this way ;)

    • ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Ghost, that bump to to pitcher from Werth was a DP if Frandsen was still on second. No net loss for the effort.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Nope, the whole sequence changes with men on 2nd and 1st and 1 out. Werth might work the count differently. You can never think situationally it would stay the same.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Whoa nelly… Lol…. I owe you a drink…. My comment at @10:26

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        LOL, don’t worry, MW will say he loved Frandsens aggressive baserunning.

      • paul brandt - May 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        and he should

      • ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Maybe the perfect throw isn’t made to 3b either, you never know. But the time to put pressure is when you can force the play. This year, the Nats force nothing at the plate.

      • nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        That throw wasnt perfect and it still got him.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Maybe Werth protects the player better… You never know… Just awful base running..

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Thank you TR….My dental hygenist hangs with him and his wife….Just a regular working class hero

  61. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    It’s a victory if Frandsen didn’t get hurt on that sequence of running misques

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Desmond looking clueless with all the injuries he needs to step up.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Come on blue… That was a strike….

  64. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Could the A’s really not afford a new scoreboard ???
    Never should have left KC or Philly for that matter.

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

      Why would they do that. They want to move from that c***hole.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Ohhhhhhh…..back to KC ;)

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

        or San Jose

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Did you see where Ramos and Roark went on Jaso. Not giving him pull fastballs again.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Tanner showing he can get thru 6…. This is good… They are stretching him out…

    • nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Um, he had a complete game shutout.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        And then came back and only completed like 4.2 innings or something like that… This was a big deal before for Tanner and Jordan…

  67. nats128 - May 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I dont think Santangelo has complemented Frandsen enough. Scrappy! Oh my.

  68. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Oh right,,,they want to move to San Jose…Do they know the way

  69. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Let’s swing a foot above the ball. He is a hit or miss hitter.

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Take advantage of the error

  71. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Donaldson trying to throw out Span from stealing first

    Nice play Josh

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Yeah, I’d have let that ball fall…. Sorry… Lol…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Bullpen needs to be ready.

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    At least Rendon hitting to right but no hits most of the week.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Ohhh Walters gave me a little heartburn right there… Lol… I think I’m just nervous no matter who our LF is…. Outside of Harper….

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

      +1 given all the adventures in LF recently.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        I cursed Hairston something serious when when he missed that ball last night… I turned the game off like 5 minutes after that….

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

        Add to that on Tuesday vs the Dodgers was the bad jump he got on a single that should’ve been tracked down. Probably the worst LF the Nats have had since Willingham.

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Oh for the days of Lombo or Moore in left ;)

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Not a chance Hairston makes that play Walters just did in LF. I’m only 1/2 joking.

  76. paul brandt - May 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    to everyone hating on Fandsen for getting caught going 1st to 3rd this is exactly what MW said he wanted to change this year – being aggressive on the base paths…so blame MW and not Frandsen.

    & without Frandsen tonight so far, this is a 1-1 game.

  77. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Wow…just wow….
    nice to have a number 5 guy who can pitch and good movement

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Marmol comes into a 2-2 tie for the Marlins in the 6th. Gives up 4 runs to the Padres. I didn’t think the Padres have scored 4 runs this week.

  79. NatsLady - May 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Hey, guys. Have you heard of “add-on” runs? How about some?

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Time to beat up theirs BP… Lets do it…

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Get some insurance

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Glad Span is directing traffic. Too close for comfort there.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Come on ZW…. Move out the way…

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    My God are fielding is terrible

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Yah, but the angle was bad. Had to throw to the right of runner instead of through him as FP pointed out.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Why did he get two bases…. I’d leave him in there… Especially not for Clippard….

  86. Drew - May 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Who’s got the air sickness bags?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Come on Clip had it the whole time. Easy.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Outstanding job by Fanner tonight…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      When he’s got his swingback fastball working against the lefties and the curveball on the righties and movement low in the zone on the fastball he’s unbeatable.

      Fanner was impressive tonight and you could see it in the 1st inning.

      • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        +1 Man we grow good arms

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Bo Porter just lost his lunch. Blown save extra innings after a nice comeback blown save by the Os in the top of 9th.

  89. Drew - May 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Roark’s career ERA is back to 2.48.

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      nice…Another great pick by Rizzo

  90. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    I really want Nate to succeed….what do you do to get him on track

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      He’s playing in a lot of games now to get his timing down. Just not seeing the ball well.

  91. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Thanks Blue

  92. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Darn…..I knew he was due

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    It was bound to happen…. Come on sori… Bring that stuff down… 2nd damn time…

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

    Oakland hasn’t hit crap all night. Soriano has pitched 24 games in a row. This would not be game for him to screw up.

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Sori…. You dumb ass… Another damn high pitch….

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      so true…his pitches hang sometimes

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

    Soriano blowing this up

  97. ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Why?

  98. davecydell - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    sorry-anus
    lmao

  99. paul brandt - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    his location is just awful

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Can’t believe this.

  101. ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Cutoff WHY?

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Roark’s great start ruined.

    Of course getting no tack runs a big negative too.

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    He just pissed me the hell off…. First he throws 3 belt high pitches… And then cuts off the damn ball, for what…

    We are lucky it’s cool.. It would a 4-3 game….

    Just dumb,

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Soriano had Josh Donaldson in a 2 strike count and had to K him. Missed the target.

    • 3on2out - May 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Soriano was due to blow a save, He’s been unconscious so far this year. But the brain fart cutoff…this is why I can’t stand to see him in the game. Any game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        He had the 1st batter Jaso and got his pitch and it found grass. Then Soriano lost his control and then regained it. The batter he had to get was Josh Donaldson. Went 0-2 to 1-2 and missed his target on that single.

  105. ehay2k - May 10, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    First blown save by Soriano. If only he’d been in a pitchers park, sheesh!

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Blue is blind tonight too.

  107. Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Bad play to cut the ball off, but let’s be serious. Look at that replay and tell me that he would have been out at home. No way.

    Time to win this one in extras against old friend Abad.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      No way he would be out.

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Hey MNF, we agree! :)

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      1-14 Abad….although blowing a 2 run lead in the night takes the wind out of your sails.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      We don’t and won’t know… Looked like a close play to me… But we will never know…

      Why did Sori cut it off in the first place…

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Ruined Tanner’s outting… Just a mess…

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    He pitched fine after the first 3 batters. Was that his audition for a starter.

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Impressive play by Zach Walters in LF. Now we have to see what this rag tag Nats lineup has.

  111. paul brandt - May 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Tanner should punch Soriano in the face!!!!!!

    wasted effort…

  112. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Just noticed the bat in front. With our fielding he would hit the bat.

  113. Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Sorry, but that throw wasn’t going to get there in time. Be fair. Not to excuse him from a bad play, but there was no chance. The ball was thrown high and it was losing velocity by the time it hit the ground.

    Sori was going to blow one sooner or later. At least we have a shot at winning in extras. Have to get some hits. This Doolittle is nasty.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Again… We won’t know either way becuz Sori cut the ball off…. To you it look like he would have gotten it… And to me it looked close enough where I don’t know…

      But either way… SORI HAD NO DAMN BUSINESS CUTTING IT OFF… HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE BEHIND THE CATCHER… not in front…

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        I hear you. You don’t have to yell. And I agree he had no business cutting the ball off. But the runner would have been safe. Look at the replay with an open mind. You can’t come to any other conclusion. Seriously.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        I’ve rewound it 4 times now… And I don’t know either way… Just like you don’t and won’t know…

        It’s a moot point becuz sori cut it off…

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      we’ll never know now, won’t we….
      Well, he probably saved Ramos another injury

      • Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        could be. that bat was an accident waiting to happen.

    • scmargenau - May 11, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      -1

  114. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    I begged for insurance runs and they refused to cooperate.

  115. paul brandt - May 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    so now our pitchers are the cut off from LF?

    more issues…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      No kidding. Of course he’s supposed to be backing up the catcher behind home plate. Like FP said a “head scratcher”

  116. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    We haven’t had a hit since Frandsen was thrown out at third Rendon’s single in the 5th.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    But I said it earlier… I would have left Tanner in the game… His pitch count was low enough…

    Sori was going to blow a save… That streak wasn’t going to last forever…

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      +1
      or give up enough runs not to blow it…put him in some 4 run leads….let him give up 3 to get it out of his system.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      If Espi makes that doubleplay throw maybe he does stay in. Who knows.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Correct was hoping when we up 9-7 not 3-1 where you screw a good effort

      Except for clippard the bullpen sucked tonight.

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Big Cat text me after Frandsen was thrown out, that we would lose because hitters would quit.

    I was hoping he was wrong.

  119. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Let the bunt drop. Throw to first for that out get the runner in a run down

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      You only do that if the batter stops running which wasn’t the case and it’s still dangerous.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        You throw to first get that out and then get easy out at second. Never understood people won’t do that. Don’t go for out at second first. Get the one at first first.

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    All I know is someone from the Nats has to step up. The offense closed up and someone needs to lead the way for the Nats.

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Unh unh unh

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Sad ending to this game. Handed it to them on a silver platter after a gem.

    McLouth isn’t hitting and he needs to make some defensive plays.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      What got us ahead MW took away.

  123. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    My complaint of Frandsen not going for the double play on the bunt does hurt the team.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      I disagree. Don’t be a hero. Get the sure out.

  124. Section 222 - May 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Fudge.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Just a damn mess… Sori serving the belt highs will do it every time…

    • dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      a hot mess

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Look where Storen threw that ball. He was lucky that wasn’t a 2 run HR.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Shouldn’t even have gotten there… Ugh… I’m so livid right now…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      The ball was pitched in the middle of the zone.

      Their bullpen dominated us. our’s was pathetic.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        That was the difference. Tables turned on the Nats.

  127. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Store so concerned with the runner he didn’t bother to pitch the ball anywhere but the middle of the plate.

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Preach it Ray…. Good Lord… Pitchers go behind… When the hell have you seen a pitcher cut off anything….

    Ugh… I can’t…

    Later…

  129. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Damn.
    Great game by Tanner.
    Very bad outing by Soriano. I like the guy, but there’s no defending him for tonight.
    Nice play by Walters in left..
    Bad outing by Drew.
    It looked like McLouth misjudged his jump on that final hit by Jaso.

  130. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Another Saturday night and I aint got no wins in Oakland\
    They didn’t lose until it got too late

    Well there goes the theory that you don’t see homers at night in the Davis bowl.

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Interesting watching the double to CF in the 9th to score the 1st run. Nats went with normal outfield depth. If they were in no doubles he catches that ball.

    It just never seems to work out. You play back and they seem to bloop in on you.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      True, but the no doubles seems to work better for most teams.

  132. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Roark was dealing… MW needs to leave him in.

  133. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    I said it earlier… And I will say it again…. Roark shouldn’t have come out… His pitch count was low and was in no stress all night…

    Ugh, I can’t…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      Had he been at 110 pitches OK, but at a 87 or so what was that all about.

      MW as the season goes is not correcting the things he said would be corrected.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      I will stick up for MW there. If Danny doesn’t make the error, then yes he trots him out for the 9th.

      Soriano didn’t do his job and that’s on Soriano not on MW.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        Soriano didn’t do his. Roark they were not touching yet. Seemed like a quick hook.

  134. dcwx61 - May 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Takin Mothers day off…Go Nats

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      I makes 5 of the 8 starters on opening day been there. Medical staff not strong enough for this.

  135. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Officially LaRoche to the DL with quad strain.

    • stoatva - May 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Can they bring back T-Mo before 10 days because of the injury?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        In this case yes because of an injury to a player in the same position.

  136. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Biggest 2 problems RISP and fielding. Tonight 1 for 5. A’s 1 for 2

  137. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    McOut needs to sell out says MW

  138. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    5 of 8 starters been on DL.

  139. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    We have now scored in only 6 of the last 55 innings.

    That is pitiful.

  140. Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Soriano, in the post game interview says he f’ed it up twice tonight. The guy is pretty bummed. He just didn’t seem to have it from his first pitch tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      That’s when you have to fight the hardest.

      His last 3 batters he was like he had been all season.

      Came in not quite ready it seemed.

      Auditioning for a start giving up 2 before recording an out.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Glad he is bummed, I am too.

      I could never be an athlete mentally, much less physically.

      When I go to work I expect the say to go perfectly. Anything less and I am bummed. Would be a terrible athlete with thought process.

      However games like this I can’t sleep for several hours.

  141. Natsfool - May 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    I feel a slide building. We just don’t have any more bullets with LaRoche down now, and no production at bottom of order. We will be below .500 by the end of next week. And Desmond will be below .200. The season started off promisingly. The question is whether we are where we’re supposed to be with our talent level or are we underperforming. I tend to think the former, but it will be a couple of years before we know for sure.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Basically our hitters can’t stay healthy.

  142. veejh - May 11, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    I dont know if going to the first game was worse or the 2nd. Both complete bummers. Soriano was due for a blown save, and you guys know how much I love him. Of course I had to be present for this day.

    Eugene and I had a good time. Nice guy.

  143. philipd763 - May 11, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Soriano sucks, McClouth sucks. Many of these Rizzo acquisitions are blowing up in his face!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Soriano had gone 25 innings in a row without giving up a run before last night. He failed last night. One thing that’s undisputed about baseball is that it is a game of failure, and no matter how good you are you will fail sometimes. When you “suck” you fail a lot of the time.

  144. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Watching Desmond trying to hit is just painful. Soriano stinks. He is middle reliever quality. McCout is embarrassing at 5 mil. There is nothing special about this team. Even with the injured guys coming back they are,mediocre at best.

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