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Game 39: Nats at Diamondbacks

May 13, 2014, 6:03 PM EST

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The Nationals certainly are capable of coming from behind to win games; they’ve already done it 11 times this season. Which means they’ve only taken a lead and held it through an entire game nine times.

In order to add to the total of the second category, they need to start scoring early runs and stop giving up early runs. So, it’s up to Stephen Strasburg tonight to take care of half of that equation. It’s been a recurring issue for Strasburg this year; he owns a 7.31 ERA in innings 1-2, a 1.44 ERA after that.

As for the scoring early runs part, it would certainly help if Denard Span enjoys another strong night at the plate like he did in the series opener in Arizona, when he went 3-for-4 and led the game off with a triple. And it would certainly help if Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Tyler Moore and Kevin Frandsen can deliver more clutch hits as they did during last night’s dramatic victory.

Enjoy the final late-night game of this road trip, and be sure to check back for analysis in the morning…

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, 85 degrees, Wind 16 mph in from RF

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

DIAMONDBACKS
RF Gerardo Parra
3B Martin Prado
1B Paul Goldschmidt
C Miguel Montero
2B Aaron Hill
LF Cody Ross
CF A.J. Pollock
SS Chris Owings
RHP Bronson Arroyo

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

181 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Waddueyeno - May 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    How about a 123 short first-inning from Strasburg

  2. knoxvillenat - May 13, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    I know Frandsen hit a clutch HR last night but still find it telling that he is starting over McCloud in LF despite the fact that a right hander is going for the D-Backs tonight. Going with a hot hand rather than giving Nate several AB’s tonight or does his hand still hurt?

    • David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Frandsen is 2-4 off Arroyo. Not exactly a meaningful sample. What may be more meaningful is that McLouth is only 3-19 against Arroyo. But 2 of the 3 hits were home runs. So…

      • letswin3 - May 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Also, McLouth was shaking his right hand after a swing and miss strike the other night. and he took about 45 seconds to get back in the box. I think that hand is still barking. I know his numbers are terrible so far, but this guy hasn’t just lost his ability to hit over night ….. he will be productive, if given enough time to heal and get his timing back. If not, maybe Walters gets a few more bites out of the apple.

  3. Eugene in Oregon - May 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Some food for thought on TJ injuries (and more):

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140513/jose-fernandez-miami-marlins-injury/

    • Candide - May 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Good article – especially the note about the 40 pounds of force a human ligament can stand before it goes pop.

      Note they test cadavers for the amount of force a ligament can stand. I conclude from that that 40 pounds is the limit for pretty much any UCL – that all the exercising and strength conditioning in the world isn’t going to strengthen that ligament.

      So you get these kids who are bigger and bigger every year, who have strength coaches who optimize every muscle in their body and video to analyze every millimeter of their throwing motion to maximize their pitch speed. But they can’t do a thing to strengthen that UCL.

      Is it any wonder we’re seeing more and more pitchers breaking down?

      I’m curious; do they deliberately use a stronger, bigger UCL when they do the Tommy John surgery? Otherwise, you’d expect the same thing to happen over and over. But repeat TJ is a relatively rare occurence.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Swapping out the old, broken UCL with something stronger would make sense. I know they normally use a tendon, often transplanting it from the leg, to replace the UCL. Are tendons stronger than ligaments? Is there a doctor in the house who can answer that?

    • dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Thanks Eugene from Eugene…
      Amazing stat from the article.
      Let’s use the National League as an example. From the seventh through ninth innings, nearly one out of every four at-bats ends in a strikeout (24.1%). In those innings, batters are hitting .232.

      Now here’s the context you need to know about that batting average. The worst hitting in the league’s history occurred in 1908, when batters hit .239 for the season. So what is happening in today’s game is that the late innings have turned into a brand of offensive baseball that is worse than the deadest of the Deadball Era years.

      The overall MLB average in innings 7-9 is .240; only three full seasons ever have been worse: 1888, 1908 and 1968 — the year hitting was so bad it prompted MLB to lower the mound. Scoring immediately shot up 19 percent.

      Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140513/jose-fernandez-miami-marlins-injury/#ixzz31e5BHF2t

      And that .240 is with the DH in the AL!

    • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Also on the issue of pitchers and arms, from Dave Cameron at Fangraphs, who is less certain that Tom Verducci that we have it all figured out:

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jose-fernandez-preventable-or-inevitable/

      Of course, Tom V was sure he had it figured out a long time ago, and every new case of TJ is just another nail in the coffin of his certainty.

      • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        PS – It seems to me the 2014 Nats are more than enough proof that the late innings of games have not become an uneventful snoozefest.

  4. Doc - May 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Let’s see if last night’s heros can repeat their feats.

  5. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Here is the key a nice come back, can it be followed up by another good effort

  6. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    My fondest hope is that the Nats play well from the get go. Because I want them to win, yes. But also so MNF’s stream of comments is at least a little bit positive, every now and then. :-)

  7. JamesFan - May 13, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Great to see Moore getting time at first. I’m OK with platooning Frandsen and Zack in left. McLouth should be used as a defensive replacement and a pinch runner and Hairston only as a pinch hitter. We need offense right now not ABs for a guy hitting .050. Let’s see what we’ve got and who can step up.

    • stoatva - May 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      +1

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Slow healer it looks like.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Nats said Zimmerman would miss 4-6 weeks. Saturday’s 5-week mark. If he can’t start strengthening for another week, not a great outcome.”

    • David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Sounds more like 7 weeks-ish then. That would be around June 1.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        LaRoche could be back right before RZim.

      • dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        Opening day of Hurricane Season and another opening for the Nats. Nice birthday present for those born on 6161
        Be sure to Watch Key Largo on opening day (Bogart, Becall, Robinson, L. Barrymore, wow)

  9. stoatva - May 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Had my afternoon nap and now enjoying pot of Sidamo Ardi. Bring on gametime.

    Off yesterday and today and don’t have to be in til noon tomorrow. Also bachelor for a few days.

    • davecydell - May 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      What a coincidence: I am enjoying some pot and Sidamo Ardi’s sister right now.

      • stoatva - May 13, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        I’ll convey your regards.

  10. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Was thinking when showering, Ryan Zimmerman is probably missing playing as he owns Chase Field

    • davecydell - May 13, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      What a coincidence, while showering………… never mind, you guys are giving me too many straight lines.

      • dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        TMI dudes….
        next a boy dance party will break out (gotta see SNL for that one)

  11. dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I notice we are now using a 23 man roster since we never use Detwiller or Leon. Would the Nats be better served with esp. Det in Syracuse which is always a day away.
    He wasn’t even used in Sunday’s blowout ???

    • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Need to think as well, tho – whom would they call up who could do more for the team?

      • dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Someone who MW would play occasionally ???
        Det seems to be getting a real cold shoulder.

      • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        I agree that the way they’re handling Det right now doesn’t seem good for either him or the team.

        But you didn’t answer the question, and it was a serious question – look over the MiLB rosters and suggest some names.

      • dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Ok, since we aren’t using Det, his southpaw may not matter. Any promising reliever would do
        We can bring in an outfielder rather than trying to use Frandsen out there so often as an alternative to McLouth (eg: Souza) and give Werth a spell once in a while in late innings.
        Relief pitchers I really don’t know the milbs well but there must be someone more valuable than Det….
        Matheus, Rivero, What happened to Christian Garcia ???? Again, I don’t think it critical that he be lefty/righty since we aren’t using Det’s left arm as it is.

      • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        None of those guys look to contribute much, or inspire much confidence either, tho. Souza and Mattheus were already up at least briefly and maybe thus the most likely, but there was a reason they got sent down. It’s pretty clear they don’t trust Mattheus, and I do think there’s value to having a 2d lefty in the BP, esp given how much Blevins has been used. And they have other OF options in McLouth, Frandsen and even Walters.

        I think this is one answer to the question of why Leon is still around – not because carrying a 3d catcher is such a great idea in itself, but because there aren’t that many clearly better choices.

      • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        And I forgot to say before – Det has no options.

    • adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      What a coincidence . . . I had 23 . . . . never mind ;-)

      • dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        I really want to get this joke….Am I too old, probably….It was about 3 months ago when I became old….a sad day.

      • dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I think I got it….looking at the old posts
        Good one, Wonk
        There is still time left for me.

  12. dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    A.J. Cole ?

    Hey F.P. bobblehead would be great with those glasses

  13. dcwx61 - May 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Oh Henry….has 5 walks in 1 2/3 inning

  14. adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Righties are hitting .294 against Strasburg this year (?!!) (and lefties .229) What the heck?!

  15. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Miguel Cabrera just fooked on Hunter and the Os.

    • adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Holy moley — am I reading the game notes right?

      Orioles up 1-0 going into the ninth.

      Tigers’ Avila leads off with a single, but he was called out stealing 2nd in the 9th, and a replay got it overturned. This was followed by two outs.

      Then, with two outs in the ninth — just one more out to go for the game — a walk followed by a 3 run HR, then followed by a solo HR.

  16. adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    On the good side, Strasburg just lowered his ERA from 9.00 to 8.00 for first innings this year!! ;-)

    Only the second time this season he’s had a 1-2-3 first inning. I’ll take it!

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I blinked and the 1st inning was over… Good job SS…

    Aight Desi… I see you… And look at Ramos running…

  18. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Quick 0-2 on Espy here it comes.

    • Danny - May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Right on cue. He Ks with 2 strikes EVERY time.

  19. adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Ian with the triple, scores Ramos, and infield is back. All we need is a ground ball to score a second run. Yes, Espi, I’m looking at you.

    Then strike two, and the infield comes in.

    All we need is a productive out . . . .

    And he strikes out on three pitches.

    TyMo — we just need a productive out!

    • Danny - May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Nah let’s just swing for the fences and whiff twice.

  20. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    What a tease. Come on…

  21. adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I was just thinking (before the frustrating DP) . . . why not try a squeeze? Frandsen’s a good bunter, isn’t he?

  22. Eugene in Oregon - May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    I had mentally added a second run, now I’ve got to delete it.

  23. secretwasianman - May 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Yeah that hurts. Once again we can’t make contact.

  24. David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    See, I’m okay with those errors by Desmond. It’s the ones on the routine ball I gripe at.

    • davecydell - May 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      stupid play

      • David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        There’s no need to concede the hit there. If he holds onto that, people say he’s scared to throw. And he’s pretty good at that play. But it’s a tough play and sometimes you’re going to misfire. That’s fine.

        Those errors are the least of my worries. I worry when he airmails or spikes the ball on a routine play or when he has a ball clank off his glove.

        FP may be an idiot most of the time, but he’s 100% right here. That’s an okay error.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      I agree DP…

  25. TimDz - May 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Well….SS got through the two TOUGH innings…..
    Shut ‘em down Stephen…

  26. TimDz - May 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Well….SS got through the two TOUGH innings…..
    Shut ‘em down Stephen…

  27. secretwasianman - May 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    OMG with the errors. Make it stop

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I wonder if our pitcher lose focus when they face pitchers as we seem to give more hits up to pitchers than we collect.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Flipping between our game and the Dodger game as love Vain Scull.

    Tonight’s nugget when Joe Robbie stadium opened they forgot to have a bullpen. It was there the second game

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Vain Scully

      • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Damn auto correct. Vin

  30. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    What is with us and letting the pitcher on :(.

    • adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      It was a good pitch. Arroyo just showed how to “shorten up” a swing!

      • Danny - May 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Credit to him, annoying is all.

      • scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Teach DE

  31. adcwonk - May 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Man — Stras has a pretty determined looking game face today.

    Just 35 pitches through three . . .

    • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Wonk

      To carry forward a question from the earlier thread, about GIDP – the Mets, Phillies, and Nats are are basically 1-2-3 in GIDP rate in the NL, within a few tenths of a pt of each other — Nats and Phillies tied at 6.7% each, Mets at 6.5%.

      League average is 10%, Padres are worst at 16%.

      • adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        So, is that the _best_ rate in the NL? Cool.

        Thanks for following up.

  32. scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Holy swing Werth

  33. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Making it way too easy. Should have out another across in the 2nd.

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Well no lead is ever safe. Let’s shape up.

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Goldsmith was the announcer’s fault bragging about no hits on 0-2 count.

  36. David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    You can tell Ramos hasn’t been around. He and JZimm had all kinds of issues yesterday and there was some miscommunication just now. You almost never see that with Ramos

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      That will resolve over the next few weeks. Last night was not stellar

  37. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Wow we got a call on Cody Ross

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    That one might have broke over. Good to see marginal pitches going our way for a change

  39. scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    That first hot looked foul

  40. scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Hit

  41. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Again man on third. Let’s go

  42. scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Good hit opp way. Desi needs to do more of that. Great bunt – I heart Frandsen

  43. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Why did bunt it that direction?

    • scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Bad bunter

  44. scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Come on span!

  45. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Ugh

  46. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Span swung at 2 balls.

    It is attention to details MW needs to work.

    FP spent 2 minutes where Strasbourg should bunt. With a bunt it is the easiest hit to control direction. Don’t always control speed but should control direction.

    • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Don’t forget, there’s a major league pitcher on the mound. You seem to think that executing a play perfectly is easy. It’s not. Especially when someone is trying to prevent you from doing it.

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    If the ball starts low it will end out of the zone. When its low let it go.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Silver Slugger pitcher straight sacrifices with man on 3rd to move runner from 1st. Why. Thats 3 outs if Span can’t get a hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Bunt would be fine had he bunted to third.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      I thought the same thing, Steve. Did not understand that bunt at all.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Another hit by a pitcher. As I said I am not sure we focus as hard against pitcher.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Arggggg straw we are not winning you must pitch better than this.

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Quit falling behind

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    He was waiting for curve ball.

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Just a horrible pitch…

  54. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I would be more annoyed if I didn’t see it coming.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      I knew if he tried a curve he hang. A good curve and it was easy out.

      For our guys suppose to great they do hang more pitches than you would expect.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Second game in a row the starter is given a lead and cannot hold it.

    Let’s hope same result.

    Aroyo was on my fantasy to start the season. I dump him after 4:starts as he kept giving up 6 runs. Our hitters can’t hit like these other teams did

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    OK let’s get those runs back immediately.

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Arroyo is nit any good as always against junk pitchers we are not nearly as strong as we should be

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Buffalo due

  59. texnat1 - May 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Strasburg gives up a lot of hits for a guy with otherwordly stuff. I don’t know if it is the pitch to contact thing or what, but he doesn’t look like an ace. He looks like a good pitcher, but not a great one and not really close to a great one. At least not yet.

    • Danny - May 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Well he is only throwing 92-93 the past few innings. He only trusts the curve as an out pitch.

      • texnat1 - May 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        Yeah, I don’t know what it is. Maybe he just doesn’t have that fastball he came up with anymore.

        But he just isn’t a guy that can just intimidate you out of your shoes as a hitter. At least not right now.

  60. coop202 - May 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Well… Fingers crossed for some luck again because we can’t hit, pitch or field at the moment. Get healthy soon boys.

  61. texnat1 - May 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Letting Arroyo off the hook with a very low pitch count.

    Can’t beat the bullpen if you never see it.

  62. Danny - May 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Gotta love the 3 minute half inning special.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    How come professional batters insist on pulling outside pitches? The result rarely good, where hitting the other often is good.

    Within 15 seconds I saw 2 double plays because people pulling outside pitches.

    Sabermetrics tells you not to pull it.

    • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      It’s just amazing they don’t do what you say they should do MNF. The game would be so easy if they would just do what’s obvious to you that they should do. Bunt the ball to the obvious spot. Don’t hang curves. Don’t try to pull outside pitches. Hit ball into gaps instead of right at people. Simple. Why can’t they do it?

      Maybe because it’s actually hard to play baseball. That’s why they are pros and we’re watching on TV.

  64. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Rendon really has a cannon at third. It’s going to be an adjustment watching Zim play that position.

  65. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    If he pitches better not from the stretch, don’t give up cheap hits.

  66. texnat1 - May 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Well, quality start for Stras tonight, if not a dominant one. If Nats hitters had taken care of business he should be tied right now at least.

  67. David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    I’m wondering if Strasburg has put so much effort into holding runners that the quality of his stuff diminished from the stretch. He was throwing 91-93 from the stretch in the 5th, but 94-96 from the windup in the 6th.

    Davey never cared much about holding runners because he feared slidestepping and things like that would take away from their stuff. Maybe he was right.

    • texnat1 - May 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      Interesting thought. It seems that something is up with Stras. Not that he was bad by any means.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        He could pitch from stretch that inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      My theory is if you get the batter out, the runner more than likely won’t score

  68. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    If it low let it go

  69. texnat1 - May 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Random observation: how sad is it that the mascot race for the Diamondbacks is comprised of Randy Johnson, Matt Williams, and Mark Grace mascots. So you are essentially just pointing out that your former players are better than your current ones. And not only that but all of those players made their names with other teams.

    Just weird.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Let’s get a Goldschmidt.

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    When its high let it fly. Espi forgot that.

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    At least TyMo hit one outside to the right.

    That is simple hitting according to Charlie Lau.

  72. Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Nice catch for Frandsen!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Very nice.

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    FP is wrong. When we get no hits with RISP you can’t hand a curve to Goldchmidth an expect to win?

    If we have our full personal then you can make a mistake in a game. Less than full staff no room for mistake.

  74. scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Ugh. Stras irks me. Our hitting vs avg pitchers irk me. I’ll let it go at that….

    • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Strasburg wasn’t great, but he pitched a quality start. We should win this game.

  75. David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    What bothers me about this game is that it didn’t have to be this way. If Strasburg gives up 3 runs and we’re down 3-1, that happens. But one, we had a runner on third with no out and couldn’t get him in. So it should be 3-2. And then the pitcher Arroyo scored a run, so it should be 2-2.

    If you take care of those two things, it’s a tie game and I like our chances. Again, it feels like we’re beating ourselves and we can’t afford to make those mistakes with half our lineup out.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      MW promised to clean up the details and then we don’t.

      Also Straw bunted to pitch to add to the score up 3-2

      • David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        I understand that move though. You don’t want Strasburg to hit into the double play. Span hasn’t been great, but I trust him more than I do Strasburg.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        I liked the bunt. But who he bunted at was not executed. Bunt to third the run scores.

    • scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      That’s all true DP – but it seems to happen too often

      • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        That part is true.

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Time to pull up your cleats and get some run.

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Looked gone.

    Wind sure didn’t cut down Goldschmidth second double.

  78. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Why didn’t Frandsen hit that ball a little farther? It would have been a home run.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Just a little pull would have worked well

    • scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Lol – stop. Point made

      • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Sorry, I can’t help it. :)

    • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      HA! Deuces, you are killing me!

  79. secretwasianman - May 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    This team just can’t hit. Another loss,to a crappy team. Another boring season. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Boring it is not.

    • David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Nobody is forcing you to watch, if it’s boring you to tears.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        It is not successful, but no way near boring.

    • scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Nite then.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Span drive right down the third base line

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Span you hit fine last night. Why crappy swings tonight.

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Come on blue. Don’t help this guy.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Yeah, Span looks bad enough at the plate all by himself.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Changes the entire at-bat when you get behind like that.

  83. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    RISP

  84. Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Why do they hit it to LF when the wind would help the ball get out if they just hit it to RF?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      The pitch was inside going to left makes sense. But had to be hut on a kine, not elevated.

  85. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    They are crazy. That ball went straight up, not projected toward the fence at all.

    • David Proctor - May 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      Yeah, I’m not sure what Bob is thinking. The wind had no impact on that play, Werth got under the ball and popped it up.

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Right now 0 for 4 to 2 for 7 RISP

    • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      They failed 5 times and we only failed 4. I conclude from that stat that we just need to get men in scoring position more often.

  87. scmargenau - May 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Wth??? I thought that was gone

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Yep, off the bat it sure looked like it.

    • Section 222 - May 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      You were engaging in wishful thinking just like Carp. He’s having a hard time tonight.

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Frandsen didn’t squeeze it but he ran a long way for that one.

  89. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    As Elvis says It’s now or Never

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Desmond waited and watched the ball. Probably wouldn’t make, but that is poor execution.

  91. Section 222 - May 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I guess tomorrow we’ll get a sense whether we should have signed Arroyo instead of Fister….

    • Danny - May 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Arroyo sucks, though we have never hit him.

    • David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      lol

      • Danny - May 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Well the man’s ERA was almost 5 coming in :).

  92. Joe Seamhead - May 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Ugly game. Again SS gets no support.

    Meanwhile, Braves up 4-0 after six. Minor has a one hitter going. Damn.

  93. David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Get ‘em tomorrow and win the series. Just win series.

  94. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    That was unlike last night. We went out with a whimper.

    0 for 4 RISP

  95. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    That’s 4 out of 5 losses and a banner banner 20 19 record. And I’m the bad guy here? Awful baseball team. Thank goodness for the Wiz.

    • Danny - May 14, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      I mean complaining about it repeatedly doesn’t help. Almost half of our studs are out of the lineup. These games are going to happen.

      • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 3:59 AM

        Either does making excuses help.

  96. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Winnable game, just didn’t score.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Yep. Nats had plenty of chances.

      • Section 222 - May 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        Actually, they didn’t have that many. Enough to win, though.

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    You give up 3 runs and you have to like your chances. Look no further than that 2nd inning. Bleh.

  98. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Hanging curve ball difference in the game. Cannot leave hangers when we don’t hit.

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Ray is right we cannot amp down for crappy pitches.

    Says don’t pull him and we dont

    • Danny - May 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Referring to opposing pitchers getting hits against us?

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