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Game 40: Nats at Diamondbacks

May 14, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

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A frustrating road trip for the Nationals ends today in Phoenix with a matinee against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Nats got swept in Oakland and have split the first two games of this series, so even a win today would send them home only 2-4 on the trip. A loss would leave them 1-5, not to mention with a .500 record 40 games into the season.

All eyes will be on Doug Fister, who makes his second start of the season, hoping for significant improvement from his debut on Friday night. The key: Fister must keep the ball down in the zone, something he couldn’t do against the Athletics. This is especially true at Chase Field, a hitter’s park that only surrenders even more home runs when the roof is closed as it will be today.

The Nationals’ already-depleted lineup will be without Wilson Ramos, given the day game after the night game off. That leaves Ian Desmond hitting cleanup, with Danny Espinosa fifth and Tyler Moore sixth against Arizona right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Enjoy the game, and be sure to check back as soon as it ends for some Instant Analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Where:
Chase Field
Gametime: 3:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, 1580 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Roof closed

NATIONALS (20-19)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Doug Fister

DIAMONDBACKS (16-26)
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 Brandon McCarthy

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

208 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eugene in Oregon - May 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Best wishes to Mr. Fister and hoping he proves that last Friday in Oakland was only an aberration. GYFNG!

  2. masterfishkeeper - May 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Wow. One injury away from Danny Espinosa batting cleanup. Raise your hand if you thought he’d bat fifth in a major league game this year.

  3. kirbs3256 - May 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I am one who takes the season into 40 game segments. So with the first real review coming after this game…..it’s still to early to tell with all the injuries….

    But we have seen it a million times with sinker ball pitchers in the past. If they are hyped or have to much rest, that ball wont sink and just hangs up. Hopefully now that he is in the grove Fister is back to his old self.

  4. natsfan1a - May 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    All right – a not-late-night game that I can watch in real-time, more or less. Here’s hoping it’s a good one.

  5. Doc - May 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Brandon McCarthy is very hitable, with 8 homers in 47 innings pitched and a large ERA.

    But then again, on paper, ol’ Bronson was supposed to be hitable.

    Let’s hope that Rick Eckstein’s replacement is giving the boys some real adjustment stuff to work with???

  6. adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Off topic ;-)

    Wonk’s Wednesday Widbits

    - Yankees Rookie Yangervis Solarte leads the AL in batting. I never heard of him, but mostly I’m bringing him up so I can point out: Yankees 19-19, Mets 19-19. Just sayin’. (Yes, I’m an old Mets fan with a chip on my shoulder about the Evil Empire). Oh, and the Mets, after hitting only 13 HR’s in their first 19 games at home, have hit 6 in Yankee stadium over the last two nights.

    - Cliff Lee: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 unearned runs due to 2 errors from 3b Cody Asche in the 6th inning. (Asche went on to make a third error in the 7th).

    - Tigers, down to their last strike, got a 3 run HR from Cabrera to overtake the O’s — the first time in 13 tries that they’ve won a game after trailing after 8 innings.

    - James Sheilds struck out Troy Tulowitzki (batting .394) for his (Sheild’s) 1500th K.

    - The A’s aren’t killing only the Nats. Last night, another recently typical game: 11 runs on 17 hits, while shutting out the White Sox on 4 hits. In 25 wins (tied for most in MLB), a full 7 of them are by margins of 8 or more runs.

    - H-Rod still teasing folks his incredible potential: his first appearance back this year: 1 IP, 1K, 1BB, 0 runs. His second was last night: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, and then DFA.

    - David Ortiz hit two HR’s last night, moving him into a tie for 3rd place with Jim Rice for most HR in Red Sox history. Trivia Q: who are the two ahead of him? (I rate this as pretty darn easy)

    - Cardinals wanted to rest reliever Seth Maness, as he had pitched 3 days in a row. But when they got to the 12th, they were out of relief pitchers. So, in Maness goes, and escapes the inning allowing a hit and a walk but no runs. Then the Cards win in the bottom of the 12th on a bases loaded walk off HPB.

    • Doc - May 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      A couple of guys named Ted and Carl??

      • adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Yeppers!!

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Wasn’t Henry Rodriguez DFA’ed this morning by the Marlins?

      • adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Indeed. I wrote: His second was last night: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, and then DFA.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Sorry; missed that. I wish him well.

  7. adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Wow. We have two guys batting under .240 batting fourth and fifth.

    I don’t blame MW. I’m just pointing out that those who are disappointed in the Nats performance need only look at . . . the DL list.

    Duh.

  8. Doc - May 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I watched HRod’s second performance. For all those guys who think that velo is the most important pitching variable, reviewing his performance is a must learn.

    Still can’t believe how HRod’s compact delivery leads to such inherent problems with control. Nor obviously can any pitching coach figure it out either!

    Very sad.

    • adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      As they say: velocity, movement, accuracy — you just need two of them. Unfortunately, HRod usually only has one of them. I agree — it is sad.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        adcwonk, you always need location that is close enough to the plate as nobody is swinging at a pitch over the umpires head.

        HenRod was a big mistake on Rizzo’s record. He was worth a try but 2011, 2012, and 2013 makes Rizzo look bad.

        The Cubs quickly figured out after 5 appearances what it took the Marlins to figure out in 2 appearances. Rizzo gave him 116 chances. It’s never about 16 shining moments when the other 100 weren’t.

        I swam that river against many of you who backed up Henry as a future closer and kept telling me I was wrong. There was never a question in my mind from the first time I saw him that it had disaster written all over it.

      • veejh - May 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Ghost, what if the Nats had taken the same approach with Dez? Sometimes, hanging on is good.

    • veejh - May 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      I remember not too long ago, HRod was closing for us here and there. Wowsers!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        veejh, plenty of players are given up on and disapear but the difference was Desi was brought up while the Nats stink and showed improvement at the end of 2011 and was an All Star in 2012. HenRod was kept while the Nats were a playoff team and never showed improvement.

        The situations just aren’t analagous in my opinion. Yes, there are similarities but HenRod was just a train wreck.

    • letswin3 - May 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      It might just have been a dream, but I’m pretty sure I remember Henry missing the backstop while a Nat. Hitters who dug-in at the plate when he pitched were a heartbeat away from the DL. The guy has been given more chances than anyone in memory.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Although there were a few times when he was pitching that the safest play to be was probably as close to home plate as you could get.

  9. veejh - May 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Glad I was unable to watch the game last night. It is strange that some posters only show up when we lose.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Sad huh. They’re the same people gawking at car accidents. Think about that.

  10. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    I see McClouth is playing today. Odds on him getting a hit?

    • veejh - May 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      He has a 107/1000 chance. That was easy.

      • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        That good huh?

    • NatsLady - May 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      FWIW, he’s gotten six hits this season. He’s gotten one in each of his previous two games. Gettin’ hot?

      BTW, this is what .500 ball is like, very frustrating. Nats are exactly 0.0 on the baseballreference.com SRS scale, exactly “average.”

  11. veejh - May 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Probably old news, but Fernandez has been advised TJ is the move. They just keep falling.

    • NatsLady - May 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Stefania Bell, when asked why they are waiting to make it official, said basically they are just giving Fernandez time to explore the alternative and accept the surgery.

  12. knoxvillenat - May 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Maybe we should try some of these guys from LSU in our lineup:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24562115/lsu-throws-six-inning-no-hitter-wins-27-0-for-largest-win-in-school-history

  13. NatsLady - May 14, 2014 at 3:07 PM
    • veejh - May 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      I guess we won’t Gee, the Nat killer, this weekend.

      • veejh - May 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        *see

  14. NatsLady - May 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    The official scorer took a hit away from Werth. The hit was on April 26. Gyorko now has an error and for Andrew Cashner, two earned runs become unearned. Nats still won the game, though, they can’t change that…. (that was the Roark complete game).

    • David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      That should have been an error all the way.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Here’s to Fister having a much better game (hopefully his sinker pitch will sink) …

    Lets win the series today..

    Go Nats!

  16. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    1-2-3 not an inspiring start.

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    So is the blue calling the low strike? Ive seen 2 ‘balls’ that were strikes… according to pitch track…

  18. davecydell - May 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    First hitter: Espi, you have to dive for some
    Second hitter: Espi, why were you out there?

  19. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Danny is now trying to kill his teammates while striking out ha.

  20. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    The man is incapable of putting the ball in play with 2 strikes :O

  21. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Fister real close to getting rocked yet again. If he gives up more than 1 run it’s over.

    • David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      What are you even talking about? Nothing has been hit hard.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Fister gets his groundout for a 6-4 and gets “nada”. Come on guys. You have to start helping out your pitchers.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Smart play Rendon. Keep that runner off 3rd.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Whew, that error cost Fister only 5 extra pitches but it did turn over the batting order as the Leadoff is now the first batter of the 3rd inning instead of the pitcher.

  25. davecydell - May 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Why is Espinoza even played?
    Rendon to 2nd, Walters to 3rd.

    Everyone forgets Rendon was shoved down the Nats throat last year.

    Wiki:
    “Rendon started the 2013 season with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. He was recalled by the Washington Nationals on April 20 when Ryan Zimmermanwas placed on the disabled list.[8][9] Rendon was optioned back to the Harrisburg Senators when Zimmerman came off the disabled list on May 3.[10]
    Rendon was again recalled by the Nationals on June 4, and replaced second baseman Danny Espinosa.”

    • David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Rendon was a top prospect with good predigree and a good approach. Walters is none of those.

      • davecydell - May 14, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Tell me that again when Walters breaks out.
        Meanwhile, I guess Espinoza is a ” top prospect with good predigree and a good approach.”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        My thoughts I wrote here in Spring Training. Walters can’t play the left-side of the infield but could play the right-side with some work in the Minors and can possibly play leftfield.

        Well, he showed now he can play leftfield at the Major League level.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/mlb-rules-david-ortiz-broke-up-yu-darvishs-no-hitter-in-seventh?ymd=20140514&content_id=75453686&vkey=news_mlb

    Talking about Gyorko charged an error on Werth’s non-hit, Darvish threw a 2-hitter after a scoring change. Doubt they would have changed it if Ortiz didn’t get that hit in the 9th to spoil the no-hitter.

  27. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Ya know, the Nationals just inhale.

  28. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    First to 1 ladies and gents?

  29. Eric - May 14, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    WTF is up with this ump’s strike zone!? The two pitches to Werth that were called strikes were called balls when Fister was pitching. Unbelievable.

  30. philipd763 - May 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    The Nationals offense if totally nonexistent!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Split squad type of lineup and now you can nibble on Werth if Rendon isn’t on base. Desi and Espi have to step up.

  31. davecydell - May 14, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    There goes another 3-0 pitch.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    And there’s the stinker pitch to Hill.

  33. David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    We were going to have to score at least 1 run anyway so…

  34. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I fell asleep for an inning, woke up and what to my wondering eyes should appear? But a 1 run deficit and another crappy year.

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Just got to the car. What is this lineup.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Espi batting 5th?

      2 k again today already.

    • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Not good.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Since Espi’s HR on Monday he has put together some awful looking at-bats. These strikeouts like yesterday’s 2nd inning and here in the 5th with Desi on 1st is not helping a depleted offense.

    • nats128 - May 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Back to his all or nothing approach. Swing for the fences and be the hero. After all Espinosa leads the team in Home Runs and once again thinks hes Adam Dunn.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Espi has a boss. I guess if his boss is fine with this new Espi then I question the wisdom.

        Now 2 for 35 with RISP which is a .057 Batting Average and 7 for 56 with men on base is a .125 Batting Average.

        Now with NOBODY on base .323/.343/.641/.984

  37. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    A record of 20 and 20. In hindsight that really sucks.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Our batters swing in general is way to hard.

  39. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This ump is terrible.

  40. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    And once again according to FP Mcarthy is the next Cy Young.

  41. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    These guys not only inhale, they stink….and I’m not saying this for lack of a better word!

    • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Yeah just another &$)(;@&/; Season. Can’t believe it. Just wanna put my foot thru the TV.

  42. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Having to watch Danny swing right now is brutal.

  43. langleyclub - May 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    In May, Espinosa is 5 for 41 (.122) with 21 Ks.

    That is worse than the batting stats for the Nats pitchers on the season 9 for 61 (.147) 26Ks. Danny needs to sit.

  44. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    This whole freeking team needs to sit!

  45. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I like Fister. He works fast. Wish he could hit. God this lineup is atrocious.

  46. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Good work Doug E. Fresh

  47. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    In the words of Bob Uker in Major League, ” one hit? That’s all we got is one /:@&-): hit? McCout on base. I’m happy now. And he steels???? Hussa hussa.

  48. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Nope Fister can’t hit

  49. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Good work Doug E Fresh

  50. snerdblurter - May 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Whoa! Stolen base! I didnt think MW knew you could do that.

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Just got home. Fister got a good bunt down the second time. Exactly where Straw bunt last night

  52. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Span fail..

  53. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Just futile

  54. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Span another crap,sighting by Rizzo. Why didn’t we just keep the same lineup from 2012

  55. snerdblurter - May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Is there anywhere you could look up stats on how different teams fare with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs? Would be interested to see if the Nats are in 29th or 30th place.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Why do you swing at a first pitch that you could not elevate when you need a sac fly?

    That was not thought out at all.

    I believe that is my complaint to many batters have a plan when they go in the box.

  57. langleyclub - May 14, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Denard Span’s OBP in over 800 PAs as a Nat is .316. Worse than awful for a leadoff hitter. Span also has less than negligible power. I liked the move to get him, but he has under-performed, and is a major contributor to the Nats consistent lack of offense.

  58. David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    If Span’s not going to hit, he has to at least elevate that ball. Horrible AB.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      I don’t go in with a plan. He couldn’t elevate the ball so why did he swing.

  59. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Facepalm

  60. David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    I hate Aaron Hill

  61. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Rendon’s lack of speed twice cost us a run this series.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      You’re pathetic and that comment proves it.

    • scmargenau - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Rendon is not slow at al

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Do you believe the defensive plays this Arizona team has made with men on base. Robbery.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      We are always a step slow at the same time.

      Span was the real villain. He needed to fly the ball out not just a wimpy ground ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Well yes but worse than that it was right at the 2nd baseman. Too easy.

  63. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Well at least it was exciting

  64. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    PIT-E-FULL. These guys realllly stink! Even though it was a great play on Rendon.

  65. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Best hit all day

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I don’t what are RISP this road trip but it is unacceptably low.

    I would like MW show some urgancy about it. I see none.

  67. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Let’s see if Werth can start something.

  68. David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I wonder how many times Fister lost 1-0 in Detroit…

    • langleyclub - May 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Amazingly, Fister pitched in 3 games (2 as a starter) for the Tigers last year, when Detroit lost 1-0:

      - May 30 at Pit
      - September 14 against KC
      - September 29 at Miami (the Henderson Alvarez no-hitter)

      • David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        That’s some incredibly horrible luck, especially with that lineup.

  69. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    With this lineup this is a ninety loss team. Just pitiful. Does anybody in here honestly think this team has any shot at scoring 2 runs today?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      This team know. The starting 8 from game 1 I have no doubt could win 90

      • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        I typed no not know

    • adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Why do you keep doing that?

      For that matter — you declared the season over on Apr 25. So what’s the point of your negative comments now?

    • soonernat - May 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Yes…I predict they will score 5!! By the way how do you ignore commenter on this site?

      • Section 222 - May 14, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        If you figure out how to do that, let me know.

  70. snerdblurter - May 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    There you go, J-Dubs.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Thank you Jayson Werth. Fister deserved that.

  72. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Indeed he starts it. Again a smooth not heavy swing.

    Why doesn’t Schu teach not to over swing.

  73. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Great job WERTh. Too bad Mr Span couldn’t hit it out of,the infield

  74. Eugene in Oregon - May 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Don’t stop. Pile on.

    • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Hahahahahahaha. Nice thought

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Let’s swing a foot above the ball Ian.

  76. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    A-FREELIN-MEN……Go Werth! No Strikeout!!!

  77. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    And then Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles walk to the plate and smothers the rally with water. Pfffft

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Both swing similarly at least presently.

      Danny was hitting well until forced to bat every day.

      I am clueless to Ian’s problem.

  78. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I’m so excited I can’t even say Freekin’ right! Yeah!!!

  79. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Come home SteveLombardozzi

  80. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Everybody trying to go yard.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I know not sure why. Let’s all bat .300 and we would be great.

  81. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    We might have just shot our whole load again.

  82. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I don’t feel good about this.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Thanks Mr Werth… Man, this AZ club has straight robbed up with some plays… Twice that a ball Rendon hit that was placed well and they got to it…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Unfortunately Rendon has no speed because he ran quickly both would be hits.

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I am so glad to be wrong.

    Good game Fister. Why did you not do this last Friday.

    • adcwonk - May 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Because he was rushed back into service? Because it was his first start of the year for him and perhaps he wasn’t 100% ready?

  85. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Doug Doug nice job today. Let’s hit now

  86. David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Excellent outing for Doug Fister

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Agreed. It was what we expected.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Swing at pitches out of the zone boys

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Do we have any speed at all?

    • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Roger Bernadina. Oh wait he’s gone and we have McCout instead

  89. David Proctor - May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Um…wow.

  90. Eugene in Oregon - May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Did the Nats trade for Nick Punto?

    • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      I used to drive a Pinto

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    First base should be run through the dive cost him time.

  92. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Good job Mr Fister… Good job

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      It sure was. He made about 5 lousy pitches and only 1 hurt him. Very nice to see.

      By the way, Fister and Gio have both been burned on 3-0 pitches. Maybe McCatty can make it a point of emphasis. smh

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        I followed the game on MLB at bat.. Seemed like the blue was squeezing him with the low strike…. Glad to see him bounce back…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        He did early in the game.

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    MLB tonight showed that unless you are avoiding a tag there reason ever to slide into first.

    That was just a poor running decision

  94. knoxvillenat - May 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Hey got to listen to Charlie & Dave while in the office ( thank you Gameday Audio) and then while driving home the D-Backs radio guys. I did not get their names but they were pretty good, especially given some of the bad guys I have heard from other teams.

    In any event two points by the D-Backs analyst that were interesting to me. On Hill’s home run, he said it wasn’t a bad pitch by Fister. What say you guys who were watching the game? On Espinosa with an 0-2 count and Desi on first with no outs, “he will widen the strike zone here” and right after that swing and miss, “that third strike was a good bit off the plate”.

    Why oh why is MW batting him in the five hole today?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      That was a 2-seamer up to Hill and he was looking for something to drive.

      Espi batting 5th, yes, who else do you have with Ramos on an off-day and not in the middle of the lineup. I expect Espi to have another key spot today.

  95. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    If the BP loses this who cares. The hitting on this team is just anemic

    • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      I care. I have losing any game.

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Headed out to eat dinner after Clip’s good job.

    You guys pull it out while I am gone.

    • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Beef fish or chicken?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Pig

    • Section 222 - May 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      The Nats came through. I’ll bet you were surprised when you found out. Will it prevent you from stream of consciousness criticism in the next game. Probably not. But it should.

  97. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Let it hit ya Span. Take,one for,the team.

  98. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Ball 6 he’s swinging

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      The end result was a walk so no complaints for me.

      • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Amen

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        By the way, you’re correct but he didn’t want to leave his fate to the umpire.

  99. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Damn. How could he not score? Did he think he would catch it? C’mon sac fly

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      No outs. No way you send him but he sure didn’t go full-speed.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Rendon! That’s how you do it.

  101. snerdblurter - May 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Will be shocked if they dont walk Werth here

  102. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Hey were does Rizzomgo to get that tan?

  103. texnat1 - May 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Desi needs to use that controlled swing that he hit the homer on the other day here.

  104. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Desi and Espi. Going to get the mail.

  105. coop202 - May 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Pinch hit for desi please

    • coop202 - May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Well, 2/2 on desi and espi complaining

    • Section 222 - May 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Care to revisit that request?

  106. snerdblurter - May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Attaboy Desi!!!!

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    To the Desi haters HELLO!!!!

  108. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Hahahahahahaha. Whoo hoo. OMG. Welcome home Ian Desmond.

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Way to make them pay Desi… Whoop, whoop….

    Keep the line moving!!!!

  110. texnat1 - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Good job Desi!

  111. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Sweet!

  112. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    That’s a tanning salon tan. I’m sure of it. Take a knee Espi

  113. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Should bunt here

    • texnat1 - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      About to say the same.

  114. scmargenau - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    secretwasianman – May 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM
    With this lineup this is a ninety loss team. Just pitiful. Does anybody in here honestly think this team has any shot at scoring 2 runs today?

    I’ll be your huckleberry

    • secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Too shay my man too shay. I deserve that. Go Nats

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    “coop202 – May 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM
    Pinch hit for desi please”

    I see you Desi hater.

    • coop202 - May 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Reverse jinx master more like it :). I love desi, he’s mostly looked lost at the moment. I said the same thing in the 9th Monday with espi though.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        I know the Desi haters and the Desi lovers. The guy has more heart than any player on that Nats team. it’s not saying he’s the best player but more heart goes a long way with me.

      • coop202 - May 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Not quite sure of your definition of heart but with all due respect, I could think of a few players who’d take issue with that statement. Sometimes heart just needs a few days off to clear his head anyways – he’s been awful this season in pressure situations.

  116. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Come back Lombardozzi

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    I swear I don’t understand some people…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      Mrs B, I just wish Mark would start banning some of these clowns.

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Look at Espi. A productive out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      That was the emphasis in Spring Training. I’ve been waiting to see that. Almost snuck it through for a hit.

      And look at that, TyMo breaks the game open!

  119. texnat1 - May 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    productive out

  120. texnat1 - May 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    TMo!

  121. secretwasianman - May 14, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I told you this lineup,could crank out some runs. Hahaha. Bring it in everybody. My dinn dinn is ready.

  122. Danny - May 14, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    That’s pretty neat.

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Hill and Pollack have been hilight reel guys this series.

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    You put Hairston here instead of Ramos? If you are going to do that Matty, just send Leon back to AAA.

    • nats128 - May 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      That makes no sense even if Hairston was to get a hit in that situation.

      Seems to make it clear who is going back to AAA when the first guy is off the DL being either ALR or RZ come back.

  125. davecydell - May 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    will the shirt tail come out for the team player ?

    • nats128 - May 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Not a save situation.

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Good job Sori…. Good job…

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Morse just homered. 9th of the year.

    • coop202 - May 14, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Man I miss him. Still keep a picture of his helmet box in my phone from before they replaced it last season.

  128. rabbit433 - May 14, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Well, that’s significant to me, Soriano coming in with a big lead instead of Storen. Tells me something.

  129. Eugene in Oregon - May 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Well done. Denard Span and Anthony Rendon deserve huge credit for those first two ABs in the top of the 9th, especially Mr. Span’s 10-pitch BB.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 14, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      +1 and every player that batted that inning, even the ones with outs were well done. They abused Zeigler and I love it after he abused the Nats on Monday.

  130. npb99 - May 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I checked my phone, 1-1. I checked my phone an hour later, 5-1. Love it! Way to end this road trip.

  131. manassasnatsfan - May 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Good job guys listened to top of the 9th in the car.

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