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Game 37: Nats at Athletics

May 11, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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Saturday night was a tough loss for the Nationals who saw Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen combine to lose a late lead in Oakland. Now the Nationals have lost five of their last seven and will look to salvage the series with Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) on the mound.

Gonzalez will face his former team for the first time since joining the Nats in a 2011 trade. Gio is making his eighth start of the year and is coming off a solid outing (ER, 7.1 IP) his last time out in Philly.

Pitching for the Athletics is fellow lefty Scott Kazmir (4-1, 2.64), a one time has-been who has revived his career over the last two seasons. Kazmir was a two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay before falling on hard times and making just one appearance across the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Kazmir has one career start against the Nats, and it actually came last season when he was with the Indians. Kazmir gave up five earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings on June 15, 2013.

Tyler Moore is in the lineup for the Nationals starting at first base. He was recalled before the game to take Adam LaRoche’s roster spot.

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: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees, Wind 16 mph out to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
LF Kevin Frandsen
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
DH Scott Hairston
1B Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
2B Danny Espinosa
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)

ATHLETICS
CF Craig Gentry
SS Jed Lowrie
3B Josh Donaldson
LF Yoenis Cespedes
C Derek Norris
DH Alberto Callaspo
1B Brandon Moss
2B Nick Punto
RF Josh Reddick
(LHP Scott Kazmir)

UMPIRES
TBA

275 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    All I can do is look at the Nats lineup and shake my head.

  2. npb99 - May 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Why isn’t Ramos the DH? I know Hairston isn’t suited for any other position, but I’d rather see Ramos get more ABs.
    But as natsjack suggests, this lineup won’t intimidate anybody.

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I would like to see the buffalo’s bat too. But Ramos just csme back Wednesday and may still be getting into game shape. MW may be concerned that his legs may not be at full strength. Given the issues over the last two years with Ramos’ legs, it not an unreasonable precaution.

    • davecydell - May 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      damn good point.
      in my book: one more bad managerial move.

  3. natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Robbie Ray has 5 more shut out innings to start his career in Detroit. 2-0 Tigers over Twins in the bottom of the 5th.

    • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Make that 3-0 after a Kinsler home run.

    • NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Make that 6 shutout innings.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        I played him today in fantasy baseball needing a win to pull another point. He pitches 6 innings 4 hits no runs. The bullpen and Brad Ausmis cost me the point as they are now losing 4-3.

        3 bullpens in 3 days cost me big time. I had Roark yesterday and Soriano gave the game away. Then Tommy Hunter gave away Zach Britton’s win.

        Still winning 17-4 this week, but as you know anything less than 25-0 (a perfect week is disappointing).

        In 3rd place of 20 teams

      • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        You mean the guys on your fantasy team don’t always come through either? The nerve of these players.

  4. Candide - May 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Okay, happy Mother’s Day.

    But I ckufing hate those pink bats.

    There, I said it.

  5. letswin3 - May 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    If I had 5 or 10 thousand guesses, I might have gotten close to this lineup. If “everything evens out over time” is a fact, maybe things aren’t quite as bleak as they seem right now? As an aside, Walters didn’t look all that bad in left field last night.

    • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      In their current state, I’d have a hard time deciding whether Desmond or Espinosa bats 9th with the other batting 8th.

      • letswin3 - May 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Yeah, Lobo should probably be in front of both of them.

  6. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Hear comes Chapman. Finally I have a second closer. Reds up 4-1 to start the 9th.

    • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      And Tulo yanks a 100 mph fast ball foul.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Chapman gets squeezed more than Nat pitchers. His 102 is to fast for the umps to judge. The ump missed 3 out of 15 according to pitch track.

  7. karlkolchak - May 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    The big test now is for the pitchers. Unlike the lineup, they’re all healthy and their duty now is to keep the Nats’ heads up and floating around the .500 mark until the big bats return. Lets see if they have it in them.

  8. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Blake Treinen a winner at Syracuse. 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 5 k’s, 0 bb.

    • NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Keep him ready. There’ll be a double header or something one of these days.

  9. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Great pitching. Give a .184 hitter a base. Cubs

  10. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Chapman looked “tanned, rested and ready,” flipping 101 mph fastballs like he’s never been away.

  11. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Hamels 133 pitches (career high). Gotta figure he didn’t want to give it over to the bullpen to hold a 3-1 lead.

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Seeing Diekman in the bullpen is a good motivator.

  12. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Cubs are so bad. When’s it our turn?

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      June/July. 6 games in 11 days.

  13. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Hell must be needing victories by the Cubs and Astros for your club to make the playoffs. You can almost see the little cartoon balloons over their heads saying: “So how in the world are we going to lose this one?” And then they do.

  14. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Josh Reddick sans beard it appears.

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    6 2/3 innings since a base hit. Schu I gave him a slide because of injuries, but the slide time is about over.

  16. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Nice play Gio

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      To bad Trainan couldn’t field that good

  17. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Who knew Gio could make that play?

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Tip begging for one that far off. Please don’t

  19. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Desmond total non focus there.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Charge the ball throw to first. A routine play

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Thanks Desmond and thanks Gio.

    Are we just totally unfocused

  21. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Dammit, Desi. Now Gio gives up the three-run dinger. What else?

  22. texnat1 - May 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Gio and Desmond combine for a disastrous first inning. Pathetic effort.

    Will Gio ever learn to throw strikes consistently and stop screwing around with people?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      For some reason he refuses to throw more than 60% strikes.

      • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        That was the case even when he was with Oakland.

    • BurnedOnce - May 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      One word – NO

  23. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    All right, then. Anybody wanna do some hitting today?

  24. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Now Desmond shows effort. Why not before.

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    All this starts with a walk.

    Span a terrible jump.

  26. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    I don’t know that there’s anything Matt Williams could do about all this, but personally I’d feel a lot better if there were evidence that he has blood circulating in his veins, propelled by a pulse.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Desmond needs a few days off, that is the first thing he could do. That he has 100% control of that.

      Desmond took a routine play that allowed Gio to throw gas on this.

      If he can’t make a routine play, he needs a rest.

  27. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    All of this could have been prevented had Desmond made a simple throw to first.

    Thanks Desmond, your not hitting, now you aren’t bothering to do a routine play at short, and your pitchers is throwing gas on the fire.

  28. rmoore446 - May 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    The TV cheerleaders were bragging on the team taking infield practice saying it was unusual for a visiting team. Not that it seemed to help Desi. I thought our new manager was going to emphasize defense. So far, not much to show for it.

    I hate all these first inning holes our boys dig.

  29. natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Yep. Officially sick of Bob Carpenter again.

    • NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      TIme for him to retire. Said that yesterday. Keep FP, get a play-by-play guy that just does play-by-play.

      • npb99 - May 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        +1

  30. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Nice hit, Jayson. Really smooth swing.

  31. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    This team is a mess. Stras and GIO are a bunch of big baby’s. If there is an error or a bad call these guys just start pouting and blow up. Another first inning deficit. Game over. Stupid baseball.

    • NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      It’s a very nice day out. (hint hint)

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      That I agree with. Not sure why they can’t just go with the flow.

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Hit the top of the strike zone.

    FP is right you clobber high hanging pitches you don’t take them.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      That wasn’t a strike. It was above the strike zone. Catcher had to go up and get it. But becuz Desi is 214 batter or so, he doesn’t get the call.

      • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        No, you are absolutely supposed to crush that pitch.

      • texnat1 - May 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        It was a strike. They showed the side view on the Oakland feed and it was right at the letters.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        And we will disagree that he was supposed to hit that high ball….

      • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        If it weren’t for the fact that PitchTrack showed it was a strike, I might agree with you.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    We need to match their 3 run homer.

  34. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    If T-Mo keeps making contact like that he’ll be okay.

  35. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    OK, Gio. Keep it at four. We can hit this guy, he ain’t got much.

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    RISP us 0 for 2 them 2 for 3.

    I need to look up our RISP

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    This line up hurts my feelings… With the 5 – 9 batters doing … Basically nothing…. Oh boy…

    I hope everyone enjoys Mother’s Day…

  38. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Wow. More than half the homers Nats pitchers have given up have been on the first inning. Unbelievable.

  39. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Nice pick, Tyler.

  40. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    In more than half a century of watching baseball I’ve never seen that one before.

  41. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    NO WAY JOSE. Lol.

  42. davecydell - May 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    interference on runner, no reason to have not scored before ball came down

  43. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Phillies bullpen blew away Hamels’ win. It was 4-1 going into the 9th.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Was following that game and the Reds game earlier for Chapman’s return… I still can’t see that line drive that hit him in the face…

      And I couldn’t believe Hamels was at 133 pitches…

  44. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    2010 is back

  45. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Let the excuses for Gio begin. Too much rest? He sure can’t rely on not being familiar with the opponent or the ballpark.

  46. davecydell - May 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Where was mush mouth williams on that crap play ????

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Weekend at Matty’s. They have a corpse propped up in the dugout.

  47. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Oh. My. Dog.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Oh boy…. There’s nothing left to say after that…

  49. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    GIO is so unprofessional. Acting like a 12 year old boy out there. Hahahahahahaha. What a joke. Just put it on a tee for him.

  50. davecydell - May 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    and another idiot pitch

  51. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Gio’s gotta be smarter than than. It’s not his first circus.

    • NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      than *THAT*. I got some laundry. Back in a few. If the Nats make it 8-7, I’ll hear it on the radio.

  52. natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Gio really does act like a mental midget when something ticks him off.

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      I notice our “fiery” manager stayed away from him while he was having his tantrum.

  53. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    This team has trouble even being competitive.

  54. texnat1 - May 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    This team is making the same mental errors with the same inability to recover from them we saw last year.

    It’s going to be very important to shake off this series and go on a run. The Nats have a bunch of weak opponents coming up, and they are going to have to pile up some wins—injuries or not. The June schedule is brutal.

    They can’t just tread water over the next few weeks.

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

      Totally agree but I just don’t think we have the talent to do it.

  55. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Oh my. Gio’s job now is to just eat innings. With this lineup, no sense in wearing out the bullpen.

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      I think his job is to take a shower and get his bad juju off the premises.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Two pathetic efforts on defense and Gio follows each with 3-0 hanger.

    Desmond gets a hanger and cries about a strike instead banging it for a home.

    A hanger needs to be banged for a homer.

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Make him pitch 100 pitches

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Exactly my thought. I don’t care if we lose 18-0. That clown can do something for the team by eating these innings.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    How can Gio be upset with anyone else but himself… Good lord, he is grooving pitches…. He’s got to let it go and pick up him team and pound the SZ…

  59. texnat1 - May 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Gio yelling at people in the dugout?

    They are making some bad plays to support him, but he has been a disaster himself. He needs to shut up.

    Why does Williams allow this kind of thing? He should bench Gio and fine him.

    Why are people like Gio and Desmond beyond reproach while Bryce is singled out for public humiliation?

    • secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Well spoken. MW sucks. Maybe GIO is missing the roids

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

      Same reason Williams did nothing to Soriano after that pure dumb play last nite.

  60. veejh - May 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Wow. Another great day at the park in Oakland. The nightmare continues.

  61. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Watching this dugout action by GIO shows a lot of big problems with this team. That action is more damning then the terrible play on the field. My deepest apologies Davey Johnson.

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

      Harper isn’t around to scapegoat, so Matt’s got nuthin.

      • scmargenau - May 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Bryce is biggest baby on the team

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Here is our numbers. Overall average .252 4th. RISP .215 12th. No one on .264 2nd.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Espi totally swinging way too hard. I blame Schu for riding his ass or Desmond’s for that matter.

    What is the point of a coach if players are not going to be coached.

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Now we know whose fault Gio’s meltdown is. It is ALR’s.

    Save the bullpen have him go to 100 pitches.

  65. philipd763 - May 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Gio, Fister, North, Milone…….Rizzo ain’t looking too good this weekend.

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

      You left out Robbie Ray.

    • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Who the heck is North?

      • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Norris.

        “Moron” is my second language.

    • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Who the heck is North?

      • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        I believe he was talking about Norris. In the minds of these “whatever happens today is more important than anything else” posters, this weekend proves that the Gio and Fister trades were a mistake.

  66. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Moore bails out Desi.

  67. natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    On the other hand, we get to read the imbecilic comments by the LOD. Those are always hilarious.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      I’ve recently come to the realization that not everyone is meant to be baseball fans…

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

      LOL! Yeah. It’s not like Atlanta didn’t just get swept by the Giants and Fish. So they fed off the Cubbies. That’s what we gotta do, stomp on the Snakes. (Well, and win this one first, of course.)

    • secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Your hilarious. the LOD??? Are you watching the same crappy team everyone else is? I think you need to come in from the FL sun.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Before each game I assume we will win.

        As I said I am glad I am not an elite athlete as I don’t have the temperament to lose often.

  68. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Maybe Gio was pissed off at the official scorer.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      I was trying to figure out if he was upset with Desmond…. Or Rendon… Or Lobo… But either way, unacceptable.. Can you imagine the vitriol if that was SS?????

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Which of those three hung 2 pitches to be clobbered.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Hey MnF… I agree with you man… Gio was just off today… He should eat the innings.. Save the BP…

  69. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    NOW Gio decides to pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Why did he wait?

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Why wait til 7 runs down to pitch?

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Uhm… Good inning Gio?!!!!

    Little too late, maybe….

  72. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I hate FP excuse making

    • secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      That’s all he does. When will somebody have the cahoonas to call this team out???

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

    Same spot to Desi…. And it’s a ball this time…. Hmmmm

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

      Clobber that for a homer too.

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Desmond headed for the Mendoza line. Is he out of options?

    When needed the most he has gone into the witness protection program. Hasn’t been seen in weeks

  75. secretwasianman - May 11, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    To all the Moms out there happy mothers day . I’m outta here. To nice of a day for this.

  76. philipd763 - May 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Desi needs to start chewing again. That’s his problem.

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I think you’re right. In the middle of business isn’t necessarily a good time to address a bad habit, no matter how noxious it is.

  77. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    “You could make the argument that he’s been pretty good all day.” Huh? Lowrie immediately lines his pitch into the corner.

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

      Carp’s been in the sauce with that kind of comment.

      • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        It was FP, but yeah, they’re both pretty bad today. Much prefer listening to Charlie and Dave when the Nats are getting crushed.

    • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      You guys beat me. I was going to say “FP, open mouth, insert foot”.

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    11 for 79 this series .135. Amazing we were in position to win 1 in the series with that lack of execution.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    No FP… Lol… Gio hasn’t been good today…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      I thought Carp said. Both probably on the sauce.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      FP said his stuff isn’t 7-0 bad…. I like FP and I know he walks a fine line with working on the network but nah, my friend… Just like you called Sori out last night… Time to call Gio out for the terrible play too…..

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Doesn’t have to say anything, the hitters and pitchers actions are louder than words.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Have we thrown in the towel? Lets see

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I look for a five run eighth.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Need 5 in 6th and 8th

  81. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Keep hitting it hard, T-Mo.

  82. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Hitting a bullet is fine. Hitting a bullet where they are not covering is better.

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Your opinions intrigue me. Do you have a newsletter I could subscribe to?

  83. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Well, at least FP thinks analytics make sense when they are consistent with what he’s thinking. Next step, adjusting what you are thinking when it is contradicted by the numbers.

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    11 for 82 now .134.

    Hitters kept their hitting bats in DC

  85. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    I am almost sure no one has more than 2 huts this series

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Hairston had 2 on Friday, Frandsen had 2 yesterday. You can look it up.

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Gio wimps out.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Last time McCarty visited he gave up a hit.

    Nothing wrong with his shoulder. FP just loves to make excuses. I prefer honesty.

  88. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Gio had a sore shoulder a few weeks ago. That’s what it is!

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

      That was then this is now. If it is sore then don’t play.

  89. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    They must get vertigo in those acres of foul territory.

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Gio didn’t make 100 pitches why is he leaving.

    Carp can’t count 4 1/3 not 5 1/3

  91. BurnedOnce - May 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Gosh what bad luck we have. We always draw the Cy Young candidates and performances from the opposing team. Such a fine hitting team and such a bad luck of the draw.

    Fortunately this team clearly is mentally resilient and mature and playing tight cohesive team play otherwise we’d really be in trouble.

  92. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Never to late in baseball no clock to stop just keep getting hits.

    Oh I forgot we are 11 for 82

    • veejh - May 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Can someone reset the broken record?

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Hits this series

    Hairston 3
    Frandsen 2
    Werth 1
    Span 1
    Rendon 1
    Espinosa 1
    Walters 1
    Ramos 1

    Now 11 for 85.

    Desmond terrible fielding started the down slide. In contrast look at Lowrie’s effort.

  94. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Our pitching staff is suppose to be our meal ticket but too often they aren’t

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

    Desmond did you see Span’s effort? That we expect from you, and you didn’t bother on the routine grounder in the first.

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Pitch Norris strikes early.

  97. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Nyjer Morgan hitting .341

    I just don’t know what to say about that.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Desmond less than 2/3 that is all I can say

  98. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Carp the Frozen Tundra is green bay

  99. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Fish being filleted by the Padres.

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I better not win the meet and greet with Gio. My question of course I want to know why he refuses to pound the strike zone like Zimmermann does.

    Nibbling does make it.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Desi desperately needed that….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Needs a lot of those for me to be happy.

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    RISP update Nats 0 for 3. A’s 3 for 13 including 2 three run homers. We have 2 three un opportunity and can’t get the ball out of the infield.

  103. scmargenau - May 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Ok. Get rid of Hairston NOW. I’d rather see Walters in OF – desi needs a couple days off and some Copenhagen. Espi is below avg hitter and above def, we need a better option there? Kobe? Moor what’s made good contact all day. I say Zim to first when he’s back…he can’t make 90% of the throws Rendon makes.

    End rant. For now

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      Hairston is the DH today. What are you ranting about?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Answer is simple out pitch them . As for Hairston he is typical no one in RISP he gets gits. Many on RISP a double play.

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

    No real shot at moss.

  105. scmargenau - May 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Embarrassing:

  106. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    What’s with these Oakland moles?

  107. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I know MNF and I are the only ones still watching. But can anyone explain why MASN has #MASNFANPHOTOS thing where they ask people to send them photos from the ballpark, and then they can’t bother to tell FP who sent the photos? It’s embarrassing.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      I have major league extra innings. All teams are having this promo. All others know who and where they are from. Mason both this an Os never have it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Naw… I’m still watching too…

      Lol… I was thinking how do people not put their names on the photo…

      I’m still holding out hope we can come back… It’s getting late… :-(

    • natsfan1a - May 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      I was still watching, too, but I’m generally not online during the games and thus don’t comment in real time. Now it’s back to non-real-time games for me, at least until Wednesday. (The West Coast night games are too late for me. Yawn.)

  108. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Blevins not making pitches in a blow out.

  109. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Word Press going haywire again. Guess I’m done.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      2 innings we need 9 runs. I don’t give up. I assume we can win or why bother playing.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Vin Scull is the best. In a 9-0 game he can throw more nuggets

  111. npb99 - May 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Just returned from a hike, saw the score and skimmed through the comments. Beautiful day, ugly baseball. My teenager asked me, Dad, are you still excited about the Nats (my state of mind in late March). No, now I’m worried, not excited.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      As I said I assume they will win every game or why bother cheering. Even when they won 59 I was assuming 162.

      • npb99 - May 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        I hope they will win every game. Not enough of an optimist to assume it! Cheers.

  112. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Desmond you see you get the ball and throw to first.

    When lose 9-0 hard to point at one thing, but the tone of the game was set with that play.

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Why do new comments end up in the middle not at the end.

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Desmond.

    • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      +1
      Because we accept incompetance.

  114. dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    shut up Carp

  115. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    This wouldn’t be happening if Matt Williams were still alive.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Has he lost the clubhouse?

      • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        I don’t know, but to me he projects a passivity that seems reflected in the team’s performance. But I don’t have any inside knowledge.

  116. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I retract my prediction of a 5 run 8th.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      10 in the 9th

  117. dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Bad defense gotta stop esp. against reall good teams
    …playing the best AL game with a heavy pitching oriented NL team is not fair and not an indication of the competance of the NL team….These interleague BS with different rules is the 800 lb gorilla in the room that MLB ignores. And then increasing the number of interleague games, for the almighty dollar at the expense of the game is stooopid.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Answer is simple out pitch them

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        you can’t out pitch a team if you don’t score runs.
        Your RISP summaries makes that clear.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        If you give up 0 runs the worse you do is tie. I know the hitting stinks now, but pitchers are nit doing enough.

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Answer is even simpler….out hit them

  118. dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    ANd This word press crap sucks too BTW…. who the F knows where the post will be…..
    Typical Washington, good enuf for Government team

  119. Doc - May 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Started watching just after Norris’s 1st homer; stopped watching just after his 2nd homer!

    As to our starting pitchers being our meal ticket; somebody else stole our ticket and is eating them!!!!

  120. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Kershaw leaves the Giants game losing 3-2

  121. dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    It’s a competition the LOD vs LOM (legion of accepting underperformance or mediocrity)….Reality somewhere in between

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I just expect 100% effort does that make me LOD I hope not. I assume 162 wins every year.

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        No, LODers think the season is over after a bad game or series or week…more catastrophizing philosphy and they could be as right as the
        LOMs (and I fall into that) try to defend underachievement and minimize concern.
        You are a MOP….Man of Perfection….an honorable position too,
        There are no wrong answers, just opinions and perspectives.

      • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        One thing I’ve heard FP say, and I think he’s right, is that baseball isn’t a “try harder” game. When things are going badly, bearing down and pushing yourself is likelier to make things worse than better.

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Yes, many of us have experience….You ease off and focus when things aren’t going well.
        You allow yourself to make mistakes….What the Crap am I trying to say.

        You lose enuf of your stars where the rest of the lineup tries to make it up with the 5 run homer resulting in more pressure…a vicious cycle.
        Everyone has to know their role…with all the shuffling nobody knows what’s goin on.

    • npb99 - May 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      There’s also those who say, why worry because X player was good last year, and Y player is projected to be good in the future, so we should all stop whining. In the meantime the team is dysfunctional…

  122. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Just need 9 to tie.

  123. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Jim Johnson could be good for a few consolation runs.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      We get the one run.

  124. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    I think if this team can get into July above .500 they’ll be all right. Get the big guns back, the pitching staff in sync.

  125. natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    As bad as Carpenter has been, it’s impossible to listen to Johnny Holiday in either the pre or post game shows.

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Or Ray Knight, for that matter. Although he is unintentionally hilarious when he gets upset.

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        I think Ray usually has something to say and is more in touch with reality than any of the other 3

      • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        I just can’t always tell what language he’s speaking.

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        It’s south american

  126. natsjackinfl - May 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    As bad as Carpenter has been, it’s impossible to listen to Johnny Holiday in either the pre or post game shows.

    • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Recommend they just acknowledge reality that the Nats had a bad series and stop insulting the fans intelligence.

  127. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    FP: “I just can’t wait for Nate McLouth to get locked in.”
    Natstown: “Yeah, us too.”

  128. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    He is wrong it is 6 innings in 64 innings

  129. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Make that 7 in 64 innings.

    Keep the line moving

  130. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Whoa. Walters with a LH hit, with a RISP. A good omen?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      That was one of 5 hilights on the Nats side and the other 4 are kind of me to refer to as a highlight.

  131. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Glad that’s over… And we can get the hell out of Oakland…

    Now let’s go to Arizona and whoop the snakes… Make this series an after thought….

    • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      +1

    • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      ++1

  132. dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Damn right Ray….
    They probably would like to see a little more leadership from MW to call people out.
    FP says we gotta hide how they feel esp after last night.

  133. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Fortunately, Matt has it all sussed out:

    @Nationals: #Nats Manager Matt Williams: “We’ve got three more tough games on this road trip. Got to regroup and play better tomorrow.”

  134. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Every team in the division is flawed, so calm down.

    (1) Atalanta has NO offense, and that will tell against good teams, teams that have good pitching and good bullpens (unlike the Cubs). They are going to wear down their rotation and bullpen with close, low scoring games.
    (2) Nats are injury-ridden, and prone to costly errors.
    (3) Fish can’t play on the road. They have been lucky on the injury front, for now.
    (4) Phillies have no bullpen (other than Papelbon) and chancy offense. They have 2/5 of a rotation (Lee and Hamels).
    (5) Mets are still the Mets.

    Look at that list. Which team do you see that has the most room for improvement? The Nats–get heathly and stop with the errors. Get Desi focused and get the pitchers toughened up. There is nothing wrong with our bullpen, rotation or offense in the long run.

    The FIsh will put up a fight and end up .500. The Phillies are a last-place team. The Mets will show glimmerings because they have maybe 4-5 good players on the roster, but in the end they will slip below.500. I think Atlanta will win maybe 85 games and miss the playoffs. That leaves–

    • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      In the words of U.S. Grant…..”I don’t give a dam… what the other guys are doing. I want to know what we are going to do to win”

      • NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Well, I do care what the other guys are doing, because we have to win our Division, and THEY have to lose it. None of the teams in our Division look like the Giants or the A’s. So, our team doesn’t have to be PERFECT, they just have to be good. Have to use its strengths and win games, namely pitching, pitching and offense (’cause we ain’t that good at defense, and we ain’t that good at baserunning and what else is there?) IOW, our strengths have to be stronger than our weaknesses.

        If the Nats, as a team, make errors, then sobeit, an error is no worse than a walk or a single that the pitchers give up. And pitchers give up walks and singles ALL the time. If Gio gave up a three-run dinger every time he walked two guys—! The inning isn’t over until the third out, so PLAY UNTIL THE THIRD OUT.

        The other day LaRoche missed a ball he should have gotten. Later he hit a two-run RBI double. That was a NET GAIN. So why give up a three-run dinger because a fielder messed up? Toughen up and strike out the next guy.

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        Yes, I agree it would be great to get into the playoffs, all teams/all humans in fact are flawed.
        The winners just go out and do their best to do what they can to win as many games as you can.
        Personally, I really don’t care what another team is doing unless I am playing them that day. The team has advanced scout to prepare when the time comes to play them.
        Your argument is too rational/logical for an often mental game. Emotions can interfere because all teams are flawed.

    • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      I really do agree with your Nats assessment except for the offense which should be ok folks get/stay healthy.

  135. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    @Will_Bunch: The #Phillies are all tweeting adorable pics w/ their mothers…can any of the moms pitch the 7th or 8th inning?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Ryan Howard’s mom can.

  136. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Need fundamentally like major leaguers in the field I bet other things will fall in line.

    Let’s just sweep the snakes and go from there.

  137. natsguy - May 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    4 words

    They aren’t very good.

    Last years team good but under achieving, this team just not very good. At least they have the decency to get killed early so we don’t have to watch the whole bloody debacle. Maybe they can comeback but right now they are basically a bad AAA team until they can get some legitimate ML’ers back at full strength. Like last year this is hard to watch.

    • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      How does a AAA team be above 500 in the MLB

      • natsguy - May 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Since game 9 they have been playing at 4 games below .500. That 75% of the season to date. Can’t keep that up.

      • dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        but the first 9 game count for something….of course, we had a healthier club back then.

  138. natsguy - May 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Since game 9 they have been playing at 4 games below .500. That 75% of the season to date. Can’t keep that up.

  139. stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Marlins made up four runs out of five in the eighth. Left the tying runner on third. They’re not out of it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Usually we don’t quit, but today we loss momentum way too fast.

      • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        They definitely found their QUIT this weekend. Hope they lose it, quick.

    • NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Pads have a good bullpen and a great closer. Hopefully they’ll hold it.

      • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Benoit was wobbly.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      One thing to lose another to quit.

  140. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Team business

  141. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    We have lost the most man games of hitters in the majors easily. Number based on the opening day line up.

    Injuries to thumbs back luck. The ha mate bone nit sure. Concussion wrong place wrong time. Quad the only one that trainers could help. Quads usually occur because not enough pregame stretching.

  142. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Kershaw off the hook with a 2 out 2 run homer by Nat killer Hanley Ramerez

  143. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    ooooops! Romo just blew a 2-run save! Giants aren’t perfect either. Game tied.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Giants score 3 in 10th. Morse in a Nats flashback. K with men on second and third with 2 outs. A check swing at that.

  144. dcwx61 - May 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    And Happy Mothers day to you or your spouses, girlfriends, significant others.
    We’ll do good in Arizona back in the NL

  145. Theophilus T.S. - May 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Didn’t watch any of the game, except the “highlights” on MLB Network. It’s approaching the point last year where they were painful to watch and I’m trying to limit my exposure. What I saw on the “highlights” was Gonzalez yapping at someone — possibly Desmond? — in the clubhouse; a flashback to a face-to-face meeting between Gonzalez and Werth two years ago, and a suggestion by DeRosa, who was on the team in 2012, that there is a “history” between Gonzalez and Werth. (Wonder who threw the first spear . . . Werth, you think?) Anyway, I’m thinking of a comment attributed to Desmond earlier this year that Harper and Gonzalez were divas. Bunch of guys on this team who aren’t going to be invited to join any foxholes. Williams has problems above and beyond Harper, and more serious.

    Anyway, Gonzalez has now elevated his ERA to the level of mediocrity and isn’t doing his reputation any good either.

  146. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Best part about baseball, I can be over with it within 24 hours if the team cooperates.

  147. Candide - May 11, 2014 at 7:56 PM

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

    Wow. That should be interesting…

  148. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Was thinking did Yanks win the series after Billy Martin and Reggie caught?

    If so who is going to fight MW?

  149. Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Well, not much to add to the above comments or criticisms. It was as ugly in person as it must have been on TV. At least my friends (even the kids) didn’t gloat too much and — with one exception – the A’s fans around us were kind and understood this wasn’t the Nats’ A-team. Just hoping they regroup on the flight to Arizona.

  150. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Well, lookee there. Pirates made an error & pitcher gives up 4 runs in the firsrt inning. Anyone ready for some schadenfreude?

    • stoatva - May 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      They need to turn off the Pens game.

  151. rmoore446 - May 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I’ve spent many years (decades) rooting for losing teams who were frankly and openly not very good. It has not prepared me for dealing with talented but underperforming teams as I did in 2013 and am doing again this year.

    I’m sorry but telling me the Pirates had a bad game is not going to cheer me up. There is no hiding the fact that the last few Nats games have been dreadful. I don’t give a damn what the Pirates are doing.

    I understand and exempt all the fellows who are on the DL but the Nats replacing them are well paid professionals and need to start acting like it. And the manager needs to give some sign that he is not painting by the numbers.

    • scmargenau - May 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      +1

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      I doubt NL is trying to make you feel better. She’s just correctly pointing out that we are not the only team, even today, that gave up a bunch of runs in the first inning. Of course, unlike the Nats, the Pirates didn’t fold. The battled back and have a chance to tie or even win it in the bottom of the 9th. As a fan, you can’t ask for much more than that.

  152. Sonny G 10 - May 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    A very discouraging series with the A’s with today’s meltdown the worst of all three games. The most disturbing factor is the finger pointing done by Gio. The one thing we have to do is stick together or the team will be lost. As bad as this is for us, the same thing may happen to the other teams in the NL east and we can make up this ground. The boys have to just keep grinding it out and be ready to take advantage of this when it happens. There are lots of ups and downs in a 162 game schedule. We will come out of the funk when we get our A lineup back.

  153. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Wow. Ground rule double for Walker when ball lodges under the wall. Fully visible, ump just went over and pulled it out. Sound familiar. But it’s a double. That’s the rule. No argument from the Pirates.

  154. sjm308 - May 12, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Headed home and I had really hoped to find our lads in first place.
    Did not read too many comments during these 3 weeks but loved mlb at bat + Mark & Chase, and none on this article for sure because I don’t do that at home when we are losing.
    I am assuming David and others are battling the naysayers

    When we land I am calling Rizzo/Williams to see if they will sit Desmond for a game or two, playing Fransdon at 2nd. After a game or two I then bench Espinosa if Fransdon is doing ok. I also will ask them to think about moving Span down to 8th in the order for awhile, just to see what happens with that. I lead Rendon off. I leave the pitching staff alone and hope it rights itself. Just too much talent for this to continue

    I doubt if either gentleman will take my call but I now have a sexy Italian accent so I might get through.

    Home in 13 hours!!

    Go Nats!

  155. dcwx61 - May 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    We’ll do fine in Arizona….I wouldn’t make too may changes based on this series.
    We are at a disadvantage in an AL park.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 +0.5
SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 4.5
x-Clinched division title
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