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Game 38: Nats at Diamondbacks

May 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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After a brutal weekend in Oakland, the Nationals limp into Phoenix to face a Diamondbacks club that surprisingly has been among the majors’ worst so far this season (though Arizona has won seven of its last 10 to right the ship somewhat). Matt Williams, who played and coached for the D’backs and who lives in the area, returns home for the first time as a big-league manager, hoping to get his team back on track.

Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound for the Nationals, carrying a 10 1/3-inning scoreless streak with him into this start. He sports a 2.70 ERA in four career starts against the Diamondbacks, all four of them quality starts.

Right-hander Josh Collmenter gets the ball for Arizona, having given up nine runs (five earned) on 15 hits over his last 12 2/3 innings.

I’m not on this trip, but I’ll have an analysis piece in the morning. In the meantime, enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Where:
Chase Field
Gametime: 9:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Clear, 83 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

DIAMONDBACKS
RF Gerardo Parra
3B Martin Prado
1B Paul Goldschmidt
C Miguel Montero
2B Aaron Hill
SS Chris Owings
CF A.J. Pollack
LF Ender Inciarte
RHP Josh Collmenter

UMPIRES
HP Adam Hamari
1B Jim Reynolds
2B Bill Miller (cc)
3B Vic Carrapazza

393 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Not Prado oh noes.

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Here we go… I got faith sori… Let’s win it!

  3. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    All’s right in the world Nats win, Marlins and Braves losing by 3

  4. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    We’re into page 2 of WordPress. Anything can happen.

  5. veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Awesome comeback win. Curly dub!!!!!

  6. NatsLady - May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Can we stop being so negative? Please?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      I said the same thing in the middle of the game. D&G

  7. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    UNTUCK BABY!!

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Yessssss!!!!!!! Way to frickin go Nats…… Way to frickin go!!!!!!!

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Sorry, I pull Soriano there. Glad he got it done and what a huge WIN!!!!

  10. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Awesome, big win there. Keep treading water men.

  11. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Headed for bed someone report clubhouse info.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      It’s smelly and needs paint. Desmond’s locker is too messy and the hot water tank is too small.

      • veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        LOL

  12. NatsLady - May 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I LOVE these late games. I got to watch the WHOLE game!!!!

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Just a great game… Good to see the BP hold Jordan up on a night he clearly struggled… And good to see the Nats bats not give up…

    What a game!!!!

  14. NatsLady - May 13, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    This one’s going to take a while to write up! Had some bad luck but it didn’t last forever.

  15. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Frandsen making it clear he isn’t there to hit homers.

  16. veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    This is the type of game that can wake up/kickstart some players. Hope it is.

  17. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Good point on the bullpen by Frandsen. Blevins, Barrett, Clip and Sori didn’t give up a run. They could easily have let the game slip away. What a win!

    Span had a heckuva game too. If only he had caught that ground rule double…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      You talking about in the 3rd(?) inning???

      Yeah, I was totally surprised he didnt get to it.. But what a night he had at the plate to atone… :-)

      Just a great win.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Next time I b-tch about Epi’s non-clutch remind me about that HR. That made up for a lot of those swing & miss.

  19. Doc - May 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Soriano is like the Orioles’ long ago relief pitcher Don “Full Pack” Stanhouse.

    Every time Stanhouse came in to pitch the 9th, Earl Weaver would smoke a full pack of cigs.

    Don’t look now but Danny E. is leading the team in HRs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Man that DP by Espi and Desi—–WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    That was a great pitch by Soriano to get the last out. His slider was really breaking tonight.

    • veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      It was, especially on that last batter. The first pitch strike was perfect, and I think the final pitch was almost a duplicate pitch.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    “Section 222 – May 13, 2014 at 12:39 AM
    Span had a heckuva game too. If only he had caught that ground rule double…”

    Span needs to play 5 steps deeper. I’d rather give up a single that falls in front of him then a double or triple over his head.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Tha

    • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      Maybe. On the other hand, the outfield in that park is huge. To reach that ball he’d probably have to give up a lot of singles in front of him.

      I hate to say this, but an outfielder willing to dive might have had that ball. Did you see McLouth go after that double into the corner in the 9th? That guy is going to give up his body every time if he has to.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        Yep, McLouth is that guy. Good point there.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Steve, you are usually right, but I can’t disagree more with you more on this. Span plays exactly where he should play., The guy has been sensational in CF playing the depth he plays. He plays deeper and a lot of balls that he catches now will fall in for base hits. His “weakest” part of his style of outfielding is coming in on balls. The guy gets to almost everything right where he plays. When he doesn’t get to one everybody thinks that he should have.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        He was too shallow in Oakland and here. 5 steps is smart in these cavernous outfields.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        It’s easy to say after a hit that an outfielder should have been playing where he wasn’t. If he’s playing in 5 steps and a ball goes over his head then he should’ve been playing a no doubles defense. If he plays a no doubles “d” and a ball drops in then he should’ve been playing in 5 steps. You want to gripe about the outfielding in the Oakland game? Start, and end, with McLouth’s timing on his jump at the wall on the game winning hit. Even MW took him to task after the game and said that he had to catch that ball.

    • ehay2k - May 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Or, if he were 6 inches taller, fewer balls would go over his head!

  22. Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Terrific game! Lots of guys came through that were overdue to do something good.

    How about the Rafael Soriano? He now has a streak of one game in a row of not giving up any runs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      Terrific game? I’d say terrific beginning and ending. The middle part stunk.

      • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        Well, except for Desi’s homer. :-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        True.

      • veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        Our BP was terrific in the middle.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        The bullpen was good. Clip throws free and easy in lower lev situations.

        The D’Backs fielding were robbers. I still can’t believe some of those plays. Nats should have won by 5 runs.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        Sure it was terrific, all parts considered!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Given the magnitude of possibly going 0-4,.that was a huge win.

    • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      :-) Your efforts at balancing things out for Sori are appreciated Joe.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        The guy, shall I say, keeps my blood pressure from dropping too low!

  23. rmoore446 - May 13, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I hate West Coast swings but this was a wonderful game. Just the medicine the team needed and a jolt for Espi and Desi that hopefully will get them back on track. This was a nice one!!

    • veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      Span, too.

  24. veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Freeman hits one into McCovey Cove. 4-2.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Drink for veejh

    • veejh - May 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Dont quite get the drink thingy….cause I beat you?

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Bochy goes situational save in the 9th with Lopez facing the lefty Freeman and gives up a HR. 4-2 and Romo coming in.

  26. veejh - May 13, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    LOLBJ. Giants win.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Pitch 1 was a ball. The K pitch was nasty!

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Nats pick up a full game on the Barves!

    • veejh - May 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      It appears the Giants own the Braves this year. Good.

  28. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Just wanted to call your attention to the fact that even though Mark wasn’t doing updates, he did treat us to a Sweet Fancy Moses on Twitter. Well deserved. And yes, it will get a mention on the NIDO spreadsheet.

  29. NatsLady - May 13, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Wow, the Fish’s orange is BRIGHT.

  30. veejh - May 13, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Shouldnt all you East coasters be in bed? Sweet dreams after that win.

    • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      Yes we should. But hey, this was fun.

  31. texnat1 - May 13, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Big win to start the stretch of very winnable games. Hopefully something they can build on.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Reed Johnson just lit up Brian Wilson. Dodgers now clinging to a 6-5 lead.

  33. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    H-Rod walked 4 in 2/3 of an inning, giving up 2 runs. How does that guy still have a job on a major league team?

    • veejh - May 13, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      That 100mph stuff is hard to pass on. Everyone has learned the hard way.

      • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Seriously. I’m glad we’ve moved on, and happy to see any other team, particularly in our division get stung by the same temptation.

  34. Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    I loved that Atlanta lost and how they lost.. BJ had 2 of their 3 hits, a HR and a double, but with the score tied 1-1 in the 7th he doubled but then got caught stealing third. Then in the 9th he struck out looking to end the game.

  35. secretwasianman - May 13, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    Just woke up and saw highlights. Wow awesome. Some late inning magic.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
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ATLANTA 55 46 1.0
NEW YORK 48 53 8.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 12.5
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SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
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