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Game 41: Mets at Nats

May 16, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals are back home at last, refreshed after a West Coast swing and ready to enjoy a week-long homestand against the Mets and Reds.

It begins tonight with Tanner Roark on the mound against left-hander Jonathan Niese. Roark is coming off a fantastic start in Oakland — it ended in no-decision after Rafael Soriano blew the save in the ninth — and he’ll be facing a Mets lineup he’s had success against before. This is Roark’s fourth career appearance against New York; he’s 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA, including a gutsy win at Citi Field during the season’s first week after Jordan Zimmermann was scratched with the flu.

The Nationals have a new face on their bench — veteran Greg Dobbs, who was officially added to the big-league roster today in place of third catcher Sandy Leon — but against the left-handed Niese, Matt Willams is going with a bunch of right-handed hitters tonight. That includes Scott Hairston in left field and Tyler Moore at first base.

After all that torrential rain last night and this morning, it has turned into a beautiful day here in D.C. If you’re not going to be here in the park, be sure to check back here for updates along the way…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (21-19)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
LF Scott Hairston
1B Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark

METS (19-21)
LF Eric Young Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
RF Bobby Abreu
1B Lucas Duda
C Anthony Recker
SS Ruben Tejada
LHP Jonathan Niese

UMPIRES
HP Dana DeMuth (cc)
1B Ed Hickox
2B Jon Byrne
3B Lance Barksdale

7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway on what has turned into a perfect night for baseball. Tanner Roark fires strike one to Eric Young Jr. A cool little note to share: Second base umpire Jon Byrne is making his major-league debut tonight. He’s the first Australian-born umpire in MLB history.

7:15 p.m. — Roark was all set for a nice, 1-2-3 top of the first, but then Tyler Moore dropped David Wright’s foul-pop and was charged with an error that prolonged the inning. Sure enough, Wright wound up singling to right. Props to Roark, though, because he struck out Curtis Granderson to end the inning and quash any possibility of things spiraling out of control. I’m pretty sure he also managed not to go after Moore in the dugout at the end of the inning. Tanner just doesn’t seem like the type to do that.

7:35 p.m. — Let’s see, the Nats entered tonight being outscored 39-18 in the first inning this season. So, of course, they lead 3-0 after one. And they could’ve scored even more if not for some shaky baserunning to end the inning. Denard Span Span, Jayson Werth and Scott Hairston all singled. Anthony Rendon reached on Wright’s error. Ian Desmond drew a walk. Add a sac fly by Wilson Ramos and an RBI fielder’s choice by Moore, and you’ve got yourselves a 3-0 lead after one inning. Quite the script flip there.

7:46 p.m. — Two scoreless innings so far for Roark, which is good. The only negative: He has already thrown 43 pitches. Not exactly a recipe for a deep outing tonight.

8:00 p.m. — An 8-pitch inning for Roark in the third. That’s exactly what he needed and leaves him at a more manageable 51 through three innings. Nats still lead 3-0.

8:12 p.m. — And the onslaught continues. Ramos singles, then scores all the way from first on Hairston’s RBI double. (Hairston is now a cool 7-for-13 vs. lefties this season.) Moore’s run-scoring single made it 5-0. The Nats are now hitting a collective .285 against left-handers this year, the second-best mark in the majors.

8:29 p.m. — Speaking of guys killing left-handed pitching … how about Werth? He’s now 2-for-3 tonight and is hitting .457 against southpaws this season (tops in the NL). Still 5-0 Nats after four.

8:48 p.m. — Uh-oh, trouble for Roark in the fifth. He gave up a pair of runs on three hits, then walked Murphy to bring Wright to the plate representing the tying run. Steve McCatty stalled while Ross Detwiler started warming in a hurry. Roark got out of the jam, inducing a popout from Wright, but he’s at 87 pitches through five innings, and that may be it for him tonight. Detwiler is still warming in the pen as we move to the bottom of the fifth. It’s 5-2 Nats.

8:56 p.m. — Detwiler indeed is taking over for Roark in the top of the sixth, protecting a 5-2 lead. It’s only the third time this season he’s pitched with a lead, and the first time he’s pitched with a lead of fewer than five runs! Nate McLouth also takes over for Hairston in left as part of a double-switch.

9:05 p.m. — And Detwiler gets the job done, inducing a nifty 4-3-6 double play to end the top of the sixth. Looks like it’ll be Drew Storen in the seventh, with Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano waiting in the wings.

9:25 p.m. — And a scoreless seventh for Storen, who protects the 5-2 lead. Things have set up well for the Nats bullpen so far tonight. Stretch time.

9:38 p.m. — Greg Dobbs just made his Nats debut as a pinch-hitter (what else?) in the bottom of the seventh and immediately lined the first pitch he saw to center for a base hit. Obviously, he brought his veteran bat to D.C. with him. He did not, however, bring legs with him, as evidenced by him getting thrown out trying to score from second on Moore’s single to left. That would’ve been a nice insurance run. Instead it remains 5-2 as Clippard enters for the eighth.

9:54 p.m. — Clippard put himself in a jam, with Duda stepping to the plate representing the tying run. And Duda tagged Clippard’s 2-2 changeup on the nose … but right at Span in center field. Crisis averted. 5-2 lead intact as Soriano begins to warm for the ninth.

10:01 p.m. — Here we go. It’s Soriano vs. the bottom of the Mets lineup in the ninth.

10:15 p.m. — Sweet. Fancy. Moses. Soriano issued back-to-back walks with two outs in the ninth, then Murphy launched a ball to deep right field … with Werth robbing a potential game-tying homer at the fence. So the Nats win 5-2 to notch their ninth consecutive victory over the Mets, a streak that dates back to last September. They’re 22-19 for the season and 1 game back in the NL East for the moment (pending the outcome of the Braves’ game in St. Louis).

315 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Scott Hairston in LF…. Why???

    He better go 3/4 tonight or something respectable. I’d much rather see Z Walters or McLouth over there…

    Anyways, go Nats!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Read notes on last thread. Maybe tonight is the night Hairston goes 3-4 with a homer and shows his value because his fielding has essentially wiped out any value of his limited offense.

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        and the best

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Making Matty look smart.

    • Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      As I noted in the previous thread, Hairston has 6 hits and only 3 Ks in 15 PAs so far this year. It’s a little early to dump all over him. Tonight against a lefty is a perfect time to let him play.

      • Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        The perfect time for him to hit, yes (we were of a like mind on the earlier thread).

        But the only perfect time for him to field is during the Q&A session on career day at his kids’ school.

      • Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Even that could be embarrassing. Kids can spot a fielder with hands of stone. “Daddy, can you just say you’re a pinch hitter?”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Read my notes. Frandsen hits Niese at a .400 clip while Hairston is .250 Both have faced him about 10 times. Yes, small sample size.

        I don’t get it given the difference in defense.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        I disagree about dumping on him. His outfielding demoralizes pitchers.

      • Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        MNF would say “why can’t the pitchers just make the batters hit to right field instead of left.”

        But seriously, everyone knows what they are getting in Hairston. He was signed to hit left handed pitching. If you say, he’s only going to pinch hit, and he’s only going to pinch hit against lefties, that makes him less useful than Matt Stairs.

      • Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        “less useful than Matt Stairs”

        Ouch!

    • adcwonk - May 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      He’s 6-for-15 so far (.400). It’s OK if he doesn’t go 3-for-4. I don’t expect anyone on the Nats to be hitting near .500 after 19 AB’s.

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      contender for tonight’s worst prognosticator award

  2. langleyclub - May 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Would rather see Fransden in LF.

    Mets have not scored in their last 18 innings. Roark is 4-0 with a 0.26 ERA at home (1 ER in 35 innings) in his career.

  3. nats106 - May 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Maybe this is the night that Hairston hits a HR to Nats106

  4. Sonny G 10 - May 16, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I see MW isn’t hitting Desi and Espy back -to-back tonight. That’s a good thing.

    • Doc - May 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Correctomundo!

      The way the both of them are hitting, neither one could be said to protect the other in the lineup.

  5. Eric - May 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    BASEBALL!

    Psyched for the game! Wish I could be there in person, but after the night off it’s a minor complaint ;).

  6. NatsLady - May 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I know some people like their stats. I’m off to the game and hopefully, a bobblehead. Mets Preview

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Justin Maxwell is DFA by the Royals. Where does he go next?

    • nats106 - May 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      The Nationals reclamation scrap heap. I always liked Maxwell. Class act. Before you know it, Nats will have more retreads than Bandag.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Nats haven’t claimed Maxwell. BTW, my sources have said Maxwell isn’t a good clubhouse guy, but hey just ask Werth what he thinks of him.

      • therealjohnc - May 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        What would Werth know about Maxwell? The two did not overlap in DC. Werth came to Nats Town in 2011, and Maxwell last played for the Nationals in 2010. I question your sources, Ghost.

  8. langleyclub - May 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I would rather have Maxwell than Hairston. He is a 1000x better fielder, he can pinch run, and he has some pop from the right side.

    • therealjohnc - May 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Maxwell is 1 for 17 with 9 K’s against LHP this season, and has K’d in over half of his at bats overall. Not for nothing did I refer to J-Max’s career as “the Quest for Contact.”

      Again SSS, but Hairston is 5 for 11 (.455) with an OPS of 1.000 against LHP. To the extent that is meaningful at all, it suggests that Hairston is more useful against LHP now than Maxwell is since both have been good against LHP for their careers.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Espinosa in a reasonable sample size and McLouth and Frandsen in a small sample size hit Niese well.

    Go figure, give the start to Hairston who has to step up tonight.

  10. chazzmichaelmichaelzz - May 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    There are going to be a lot of doubles to centerfield with Granderson and Abreu both playing RF. Should be fun.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 16, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Defensive shifts have really gone too far, haven’t they?

      • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Not when they work.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Actually, even with Granderson playing center, there may be lots of doubles or triples. That’s one weak defensive outfield. Not that I’m complaining.

  11. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 17s
    No timetable yet on Ryan Zimmerman, Williams says. Taking it slow to avoid re-fracture. Can’t start strengthening at least until next week.

    Looking like mid-June may be more realistic than June 1…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Seems like a slow healer. The guy can’t catch a break. Bad pun, I know.

      • NatsNut - May 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        groan

  12. NatsNut - May 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Hooray! Games that don’t start in the middle of the night! Welcome home, boys!

    Win games!

  13. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Hopefully we can get an early lead and not have to wait to “get to their pen”.

  14. Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Niese is having a very good year. Tonight may be the night we have to wait for their pen.

    • Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Another contender for bad prognosticator of the day. :-)

  15. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Sammy Solis made his debut today for Harrisburg. 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 7 Ks.

    • jd - May 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      It was actually Hagerstown.he needs to move to a more appropriate level soon.

  16. jd - May 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Food for thought.

    The draft is in 3 weeks. There are 4 top notch pitchers available.The Nat’s don’t draft until no. 18.Jeff Hoffman one of the big 4 is injured (I believe TJ) and will drop. Another Giolito heist?

  17. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Matt Williams says T Jordan’s velocity was 92-94 back in Syracuse. Bad timing Taylor.

  18. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Looks like blue is calling low strikes

  19. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Man Hairston has to get to that.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Good Luck Mr Roark and Nats…

  21. Eugene in Oregon - May 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Two extra pitches.

  22. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Tough error.

    • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Though I think T-Mo made the play look more difficult than it was, so maybe not tough.

  23. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    And T Moore drops a pop up. Our D is lulz.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Come on guys… Stop costing your pitcher extra pitches…

  25. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Already 2 poor defensive plays. I think Hairston gave up on that fly foul ball. He could have gotten it.

  26. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Good piece of hitting there.

  27. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Made Roark throw too many there. No first inning runs is always a good thing though.

  28. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    At least the error (s) didnt cost us.

  29. Eugene in Oregon - May 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    I count nine extra pitches total. Shouldn’t matter, but …

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      That is significant.

  30. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Take advantage of that E!

  31. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Nice offensive start to this game.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Aight Mr Werth…. I see you….

  33. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Mr RBI. Nice sac.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Smart by Werth to distract the cut off man….

  35. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Please don’t strike out Tyler Moore.

  36. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Make this one a laugher now please.

  37. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Thank you Daniel Murphy.

  38. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Moore got lucky there. Bobble bobble

  39. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I’m sorry. A professional hitter does not miss that 3-1 pitch to Moore.

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Yea if he Kd there after 3-0 I would have thrown something.

  40. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Well he hit it hard at least.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Considering it’s Tyler Moore.. I’m content…

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Keep the line a movin…. Way to go…

    • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      1 hit for Hairston on his way to a 3-4 night.

  42. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    What the heck was that runner screwup?

  43. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    What was that Moore? I doubt it mattered, Espi was going to K anyway, but come the f on.

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Uhm….

  45. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Wonder if that was intentional. I sniffed an espy K anyway.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      It could have been. That was practiced in Spring Training. Espi had 2 strikes and probably was going to K.

  46. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 22s
    I think Moore tried to get in that rundown, and the Nats wanted Desmond to take a chance running home. 2 strikes on Espinosa, Roark on deck.

    Interesting theory, if true.

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Shows what they think of Danny with 2 strikes.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      I think it was given the situation but Tyler Moore was supposed to get run back to 1st where the 2nd baseman was out of position to throw the ball.

  47. Eugene in Oregon - May 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Five strikes to Mr. Abreu.

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Damn lead off walks.

      • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Damn leadoff walks +1

    • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      +1 Eugene

  48. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Roark squeezed during that AB.

  49. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    You really have to wonder about the overall baseball intelligence of som of these guys. (Meaning Tyler Moore and Ian Desmond).

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      I think it was a designed play and poorly executed by TyMo. I think Desi did the best he could do and headed home and hoped for a Mets mistake.

    • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Desmond makes some of the headier plays I’ve seen, so I have no reason to question his intelligence.

  50. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Roark’s pitch count already at 40. Those 9 pitches after the error loom large.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Very true and look what it did to Niese’s 1st inning as he endured 1 error, 1 mental error, and 1 bobble that cost him a doubleplay.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    That swingback fastball by Roark is beautiful and that is how you do it.

  52. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I dig shutdown innings

  53. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Moore could have out this game beyond doubt on those 3-0 3-1 pitches.

    • natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Yep. Pretty sure Derrick Norris would have.

  54. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Clearly out.

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Espi looked out to me…

  56. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    He’s out.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    That’s when you slide at 1st.

    • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Don’t think he had time to slide there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        He might not have. His 1st base coach needed to be yelling to him also as he sees that throw coming in high.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Span is on twice 1-1 with a walk. There you go!

  59. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    This ump has a very low zone (which is good for us) but seems to give nothing on the sides.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      How many pitches did Fanner throw at the top of the 3rd… I missed it.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Have a quick inning Fanner!!!

  61. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Great AB by Niese there, lmao.

  62. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Much needed quick inning for Roark

  63. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    51 pitches for Roark.

  64. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    That single by Ramos would have been gobbled up by Aaron Hill.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Ugh…. So glad to leave them behind…. Him esp..

      • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Most impresive 2nd base defense Ive seen in a single series. Robbed at least 4 singles in the series.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Thanks DP…

  66. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Hairston is delivering.

  67. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    2-2 for Hairston on his way to a 3-4. Frandsen who?

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Lol… Hairston, I see you….

  69. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Ramos takes big strides. Thats some hustle. I would say Ramos beats LaRoche in a race.

  70. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    “Mary” Tyler Moore!

    • dcnatz - May 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      LOL…..how many of us are old enough to remember Mary? Loved her in Change of Habit.

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        You’re gonna make it after all.

  71. ehay2k - May 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    I am liking this. And I will check the USGS site later to see if any tremors registered when Ramos rounded 3rd. Pretty sure I heard the bade cry.

    • ehay2k - May 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      …base cry

  72. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Good…..we dont have to wait for their pen tonight.

  73. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Tyler Moore with another 2 out steak.

    Check out this chart for top Nats hitters with 2 outs and RISP. Michael Morse #1 at .307

    “http://Internet URL goes here.”>Title the visitor sees.

    2 OUTS RISP CHART

    • dcnatz - May 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Very proud of what the Beast has done this season. Shows that last season was an anomaly.

      • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        He injured his wrist in Mid-April. Beast was injured and should have gone to DL until he recovered. Cost him tons of cash. Not smart.

        If you recall his 1st 15 days of April he was leading the Majors in HRs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Nice chart. Morse really was clutch and I guess still is. He hit that HR last night with 2 outs to beat the Marlins.

  74. dcnatz - May 16, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Young Mr. Roark must be loving the support he is getting tonight!

  75. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    This ump gives nothing even remotely up.

  76. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I see a post by Kilgore on Ryan Zimmerman doing leftfield work. Zimmerman played it down as fun however I think he got caught. Not a bad idea until Bryce comes back.

    • dcnatz - May 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Those concerned about him throwing across the diamond, what would throwing from the OF do to his shoulder? I still don’t think it is as critical as some make it out to be either way. But that is just my opinion.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Yankees did that with Knoblauch in 2001 when they made him an outfielder full-time.

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Did the Nats start the Soriano experiment in the OF ?

  77. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Roark has got to be the best #5 in baseball.

    • dcnatz - May 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Definitely looking good…..other than the couple of bad outings hes had, but haven’t each of the starters had a couple of bad outings now?

      • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Yes, they all have gotten shelled at some point.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Fister is the best #4 and JZim is the best #3 according to MLB Network.

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        We’ve got the starting pitching peaking this year. the Mets should have that in 2 years (Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, Syndergaard…)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        Don’t remind me. They are stacked for the future and don’t forget deGrom

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        They don’t squander their picks or trades

      • knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        Personally I think of Zimm as our # 2. He just strikes me more and more as a better pitcher than Gio.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        I’m in agreement with you.

  78. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Even though Span struck out, that’s a good AB. He worked the count full, fouled off some pitches. Walked and singled earlier. We need more of that from him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Ask Span what he thought of that AB. If he moves up the runner, guess what, he scores on Werth’s single.

      • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        I think being upset Span didn’t advance Roark from first base is a bit much.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        I’m not upset. Span fought hard but a K usually isn’t a good outcome. If he did that to Cueto and knocked him out of the game earlier, I’d like it.

      • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Ghost, you didnt look upset to me. I would hardly consider that “a good AB”.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Hey FP what about a Water Buffalo hat like Fred and Barney used to wear.

    • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Someone has to make one now. Good idea.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        I grew up with the Flintstones. Kids today have Spongebob, I don’t get it.

  80. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    5 run lead and none of the D&G crew to be seen. Typical.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Don’t tempt them. Any sign of trouble and they will appear like cockroaches when the lights are turned on.

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Roark gave up a run send him down.

  81. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Maybe could have made the play at home?

  82. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I kinda miss the comical unreal comments from those 2 that usually dominate the discussion when the Nats are losing.

    • knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      I don’t.

  83. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Hairston giveth and Hairston taketh.

  84. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Hairston svcks

  85. dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Yikes…time to bring in the defensive outfield…

    • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Truth.

  86. coop202 - May 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    I love coming home to the mets… Seeing five runs early for us just feels fantastic.

  87. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Theres Hairston costing the team with his defense. Late break on that ball.

  88. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Hairston obviously misplayed that ball, but Roark gave up a sharp liner, too. They share responsibility for that.

  89. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Tons of lefties in their lineup. Maybe time for some Detwiler soon.

  90. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Ugh.. Trying to drink with no worries.

  91. knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Roark was running the bases just the last half inning wasn’t he? I often wonder how much that takes out of a pitcher. I know they are athletes but still, they don’t do it very often and are more accustomed to sitting in the dugout between innings.

  92. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Alright, good job Roark.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Glad Tanner was able to settle down….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      +1 I have steam coming from my ears. He is the worst LF the Nats have trotted out there and that is saying something when Dunn and Willingham and Morse have played that position.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        It’s a reason why I’m not commenting on Hairston and his dumb a** play in LF…. See… It’s a reason….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Mrsb you are a calming influence for me.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        I mean, you saw my 1st comment of the night… Just never fails… I had to walk away from the TV…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        Cost Tanner pitching the 6th inning.

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    If Hairston starts another game I’m going to blow a cork. Sure, credit to Young for getting that ball but hit was hit right to Hairston. That costs the Nats 1 run and lots of extra pitches Roark had to throw.

    • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Hairston also scored one of those runs and is 2/2.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Who cares. Frandsen was batting .400 against Niese. You act like he’s the only RH batter who can hit Lefties.

        That blunder just cost Roark dearly and probably shaved an inning off of his outing.

      • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Who cares? He has a run scored and an RBI. Without him in the game, maybe we don’t even score 5 runs to begin with. Hairston misplayed that, yes, but Roark gave up a very sharply hit liner. Roark cost Roark dearly.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        That’s my mantra. Save it. You ride me all the time.

      • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Only on Hairston, because I think the hate for him goes too far.

      • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Theres that hate word again. Nobody hates anybody.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Really. You always have to argue with me. No matter what I say. You say Spans K was a good AB. I disagreed then you got to get in my grill about Hairston.

      • natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        I’m not going to ride you but riding Hairston on that particular play is a bit much. It would have been an outstanding catch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Sure if he got it because he got a poor jump on it. His defense is like Gullivers travel.

        Ghost wasnt wrong about that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Ghost, save it. David just loves to ride you. Just because it isnt scored an error doesnt mean it wasnt.

        By the way, Hairston is 2-3 now.

  95. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Definitely need to add on some runs NOW!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      +1 get those 2 back.

    • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      We’re in the pen. Its all but guaranteed.

  96. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Desmond just got a pitch to hit on that 2-1 pitch. Yikes

  97. knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Hairston flies out in the bottom of the 5th, time for Nate in left field?

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Hairston out of the game.

  99. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Alright Det. You’ve been misused. This is where we need you to come through.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    What a doubleplay!

  101. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Ross in a situation that matters. And apparently on a very short leash.

  102. ehay2k - May 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Espi shows his baseball smarts there.

  103. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    This sets up Storen, Clippard, Soriano now.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Espinosa hits like a pitcher but at least he provides good defense.

  105. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Nice ab Espy -_- Nice play though.

  106. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Need some addon runs here.

  107. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    That 3-1 pitch was a meatball.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Yes it was. Rendon plants that in the Red Porch 2 weeks ago.

    • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      I’ve noticed Rendon struggles a bit with cutters. I’ll look it up later to see if my perception is reality or not, but it seems that way to me.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        He hits cutters for more line drives then he does with sliders and changeups.

      • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Interesting. I guess I was wrong.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        He’s just not seeing the ball well right now. That’s a ball he kills and he swung right through it.

        In small sample size, he can’t hit fork balls and splitters. I discounted those since he’s only seen 17 in his career.

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Tony just wanted 2 strikes to get him going ;)

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Come on JW… Hit it right over the Wright’s head…

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Hairston gets me so upset I get delirious. I think thats a song. Ghost needs a few more beers.

    • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      3rd person, huh? Drink up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Thats what I do to calm down when I get picked on. I talk about the Ghost as the beaten up man.

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      It happens to all of us….Espi at the plate is driving me crazy lately. I don’t get him. 4 for his last 43

      I was a left fielder (HS) and do admire an outfielder who can play the position…graceful

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I could never make it as an outfielder due to poor reads off the bat. In my mens softball beer league I play 1st base.

  111. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Between the Moore error and the Hairston misplay you figure that cost Roark at least an extra inning, may be 2.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      It also cost him an earned run. When you look at his boxscore you go “eh” 2 runs over 5 innings.

    • knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Moore’s error cost Roark some extra pitches but no runs allowed. IIRC Moore now has 5 or 6 RBI’s this week since entering the starting lineup on Sunday in Oakland. I’d say he has filled in nicely for ALR so far.

  112. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    It’s all about throwing strikes as a reliever.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Add “quality” in there before that strike word.

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Drew is pounding the K zone… I love it…

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    That was a good at bat by Campbell…

  115. Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Jerry Hairston would have got that one…

    • Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      As a younger brother who always got called his older brother’s name, I should be more careful about this….

  116. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Pretty good stuff, Drew.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Good job Drew…. Man, the Mets are probably going to be a quality team in 2 years…

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      They need to develop some bats.

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Hey we agree…from my earlier post.
      Must enjoy the present since it is so fleeting.
      and a pitching staff of this caliber is so rare.

  118. dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Nats fans are spoiled with such a deep good bullpen for several years now.
    It is one of most desired components of a ball team nowadays. The Braves have also been blessed…probably other teams…Dodgers ??

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Well said dcwx61.

      Ghost loves a shutdown bullpen. Think how stocked it will be in September if the Nats bring up Treinen, Purke and Solis.

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        wow!!

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    One of my favorite songs… ‘gotta thang for you…. And I can’t let go…’

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Inner city blues for me….make me wanna holler

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Love it Mrsb

      I am drinking Red Rocket Ale which is brewed in Northern California. A friend bought it for me because he thought it was very Nationals.

      • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Bear Republic……about 25 minutes from me.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Thats amazing you know it. Thats the brewery!

      • knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Started with Woodford Reserve, last drink was Blanton’s.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        We are all drinking! Im actually a Tequila guy by the shot. As the worm turns.

  120. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Part of me is glad Storen gave up that hit, because it means Wright comes up second in the 8th and can’t beat us. He has good numbers against Clip.

  121. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I would bring in Blevins for the 8th with all those lefties.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I agree. Get Murphy out to start the inning.

  122. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    With Clippard next, I can’t express enough the importance of throwing strikes and throwing strikes early.

    And Dobbs does exactly what I expect him to do.

  123. waddueyeno - May 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    welcome to DC mr D.

  124. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Welcome to the Nats club Mr Dobbs….

  125. Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Already contributed more than Sandy Leon did as the 3d catcher!

  126. waddueyeno - May 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    and welcome home!

  127. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    That’s a good send with 2 out, Espinosa up next and Eric Young’s arm in LF.

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      how long can the nats live with Espinosa’s bat….

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    I don’t agree with that being a good send….

    • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Young has one of the worst arms in baseball. You run on him almost any time you can. You especially do it with 2 out and ESPECIALLY with Espinosa on deck. If that’s not a good send, nothing is.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        He was playing very shallow and Dobbs isn’t fast. I don’t agree with it.

      • David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        I just have no faith in Espi to drive that run in.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Completely understand that point… Espi definitely has to work on hitting wit RISP….

      • Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        DP, based on what do you say that Young has one of the worst arms in baseball? Based on the two throws he made to the plate tonight that is almost certainly an exaggeration. I can think of several that are worse, much worse, off the top of my head, just on our team — Hairston, Moore, maybe even Span. And ex-Nat Nyjer.

        Disagree that it was a good send. Dobbs is not fast and he was barely around 3rd when the throw was uncorked.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Mrsb, I like the send. Young doesnt have a good arm.

  129. knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Natsjack,

    Another base hit for Moore. Too bad Dobbs got thrown out at the plate.

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Moore auditioning for full time next year

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Good send by Henley by the way. A shame that run couldnt score.

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    This is where I dont like MWs bullpen management. Where is Blevins?

    • knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      But Clippard is so tough on left handed batters. (Said with a painful look on my face.)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        LOL. I saw this too often with Davey last year but Davey didnt have a lefty to start the season.

        Blevins is here just for those matchups.

  132. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Play of the year by Desi. Wow!

  133. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Desmond actually played that like the game had slowed down for him.

  134. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Throw strikes!

  135. dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Instead of that tired Mikey Morse song that has nothin to do with DC…how about Got to Give it up by DC Native Marvin Gaye
    We need more groove (Chuck Brown’s bustin loose helps)

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        whoops…sorry, I tried to copy the link not the whole thing

  136. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I guess Clippard was DETERMINED to bring the tying run to the plate.

  137. Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Clip is laboring here.

  138. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Time for some high-lev Blev. NO? What?

  139. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    “nats128 – May 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM
    I would bring in Blevins for the 8th with all those lefties.

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    Ghost of Steve M. – May 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM
    I agree. Get Murphy out to start the inning.”

    Just not happy with this move with the heart of their order up. Blevins could have LOOGY’d it then brought in Clip to face Wright and Granderson.

    FP talking junk. Clippard is over 20 pitches. Even if it works out you burned Clip for tomorrow with this pitch count.

    • Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Yes, Clip was making me worried, but FP was just making me mad.

      All good now, tho….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        FP just being a homer. If Clip was pulled he would have applauded it as a great move to save him for tomorrow.

  140. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Clippard must think he gets bonuses for pitch count.

  141. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Just becuz it works in our favor doesn’t always mean it’s the right thing to do…

  142. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Sketchy 8th. Not very fun. Glad he didnt blow that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      +1 and in a way he did blow it as he cant be used tomorrow

  143. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    How does he do it?

  144. Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Glad Clip got thru that but it took a lot of pitches and help from his D.

  145. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Cardinals tie it with the Barves.

  146. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Note to self. Never post in third person. No matter how much beer has been consumed.

    • Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Does referring to yourself as “self” count?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      LMAO, Ghost apologizes for himself.

    • natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      So the Nats apparently can either score early or they can score late. Why can’t they score both early and late? Then once they do that, maybe they can score early, middle and late.

      Wouldn’t that be sweet?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      http://www.bearrepublic.com is the website to order some Red Rocket. Veejh may bring some to you for Spring Training.

      • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Racer 5 is their flagship. Solid brewery.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        Ive had that too.

  147. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    For some reason, I can’t reply to comments…. Weird….

    Ghost – this is what I said on the other site… So I would not bring Clippard in for the 8th…. I would bring Blevins in for the match ups…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Mrsb, we are on that wavelength thing. I would quote Dr. Seuess in this situation. I dont like green eggs and ham.

  148. dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    4-44 Espi

  149. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Come on blue. That 2-1 pitch was a strike.

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Look how Span makes that play at the wall. Thats how he does it at home.

  151. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Routine fly ball for out#1.

    • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Warning track powah had me worried.

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Someone beat that idiot running on the field. Way to slow down Soriano. Clown.

  153. Hiram Hover - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Wow, Ghost really did have a lot to drink. And they won’t even show us what he looks like.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Im so ugly you wouldnt want to see me. I have a face for radio.

  154. dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    jeez….Periculum at the game

  155. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Soriano’s face watching this idiot on the field is amusing.

  156. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Hoping for a 1-2-3 was wishfull thinking.

  157. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Soriano has to hit his base runner per inning quota.

  158. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Come on Sori….

  159. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Just throw it down the middle and let Young try to hit it out.

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      That’s too much to ask.

  160. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Are people booing or exhaling.

  161. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Oh…my…

  162. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    No double defense just saved the Nats.

    • letswin3 - May 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Exactly my thoughts last night.

  163. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Holy sweet Jesus! Thank you Werth!

  164. dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Never pitch Soriano when Tanner starts….unbelievable

  165. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Omfg thought that was a HR off the bat… I can drink in peace.

  166. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Wow….. I mean wow….

  167. rmoore446 - May 16, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Thank goodness for Werth. Just another routine Nats bullpen performance.

  168. chazzmichaelmichaelzz - May 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    As a kid, you always dream of a catch like that. Incredible…

  169. knoxvillenat - May 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Oh my!

  170. slidell2 - May 16, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Cards up 5-2 on the Braves, coming up to bat in the 6th

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ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
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y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 6.5 --
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