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Instant analysis: Nats 5, Mets 2

May 16, 2014, 10:17 PM EST

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a rough stretch that included 11-of-14 games on the road, the Nationals finally got a chance to open a nice run of games at home — 15 of 19 — and clearly appeared to enjoy the familiar surroundings and enthusiastic crowd.

The Nats pounced on Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese, scoring three times in the bottom of the first and twice more in the bottom of the third. Handed a rare early lead. Tanner Roark then went to work. The right-hander cruised through four scoreless innings but then hit a bump in the fifth, allowing two runs and drawing an earlier-than-expected hook by manager Matt Williams.

No worries, because the Nationals bullpen took over from there and shut out New York over the game’s final four innings. Well, maybe there was slight reson to worry. Ross Detwiler, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard ach tossed a scoreless frame, but then Rafael Soriano issued back-to-back, two-out walks, then a deep drive to right by Daniel Murphy that came within inches of tying the game. To the rescue came Jayson Werth, who jumped at the fence and robbed the homer, ensuring this homestand would commence on a positive note and securing the Nats’ ninth consecutive win over the Mets.

HITTING HIGHLIGHT: The Nationals have been eating up left-handed pitching all season, nobody more so than Jayson Werth and Scott Hairston. Werth went 2-for-3 against Niese, raising his batting average against lefties to a stout .457 (16-for-35). That’s tops in the NL. Hairston, in a smaller sample size, has been even better. With two hits of his own off Niese, he is now hitting .538 (7-for-13) against southpaws this season. Both veterans’ contributions proved key tonight, helping stake the Nationals to a quick 5-0 lead against the Mets.

PITCHING HIGHLIGHT: The usage of Detwiler this season has drawn plenty of discussion (and a fair bit of criticism), but tonight we saw an example of what he can do for this team. With Roark suddenly fading in the top of the fifth, Detwiler sprang to life in the bullpen and starting getting ready in a hurry. He wound up entering for the sixth, entrusted with a 5-2 lead and three straight left-handed hitters on deck. It was only the third time this season Detwiler has entered with the Nationals leading, the first time he’s entered with them leading by fewer than five runs. The way he pitched, we might start seeing him more in these situations. Detwiler got Curtis Granderson to ground out, then after a single by Bobby Abreu got Lucas Duda to ground into a double play.

KEY STAT: In 10 career starts at Nationals Park, Roark is now 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA.

UP NEXT: The series continues Saturday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. start at Nationals Park. Gio Gonzalez looks to bounce back from a terrible outing in Oakland, with veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon on the mound for New York.

  1. davecydell - May 16, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Werth tells KoKo: put on a little skirt if you are gonna ask me those dumb questions.

    • Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Rude and unnecessary. But whatever. If you make $20 million a year I guess you can be a jerk if you want to.

      • llf0701 - May 17, 2014 at 4:36 AM

        Love what he did (the catch) but not what he said. Sometimes I wonder why some of the players agree to be interviewed.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        You guys are the ones that are out of line on this. Werth was funny, not rude, and I’ll bet Kolko would agree.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        Kolko covered it well, but I seriously doubt he would agree. “Well, I guess that’s all we’re going to get from Jayson tonight. Haha.” He’s done nice, concise, informative 3 or even 4 question interviews after the games this year. Sorry, but Werth showed incredible disrespect for him in that “interview.”

    • natsfan1a - May 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      Was the skirt comment during the mental telepathy portion of the interview? Because I didn’t hear that. I did hear a play on this, though:

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        There was no skirt comment. That was just davec’s snarky surmise about why he was so rude. I didn’t catch the Mean Girls reference, and I suppose it is “kinda funny.” But it doesn’t excuse Werth’s behavior toward someone who’s just trying to do his job, and actually does it pretty well for the most part. If you don’t want to be interviewed, don’t be interviewed. Don’t agree to be interviewed, then make fun of the interviewer’s name, refuse to answer the question, and walk away. That’s inexcusable, no matter how clever you are or how much more $$$ than the interviewer you make.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Oh, but thanks for the clarifying the reference.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Oh, but thanks for the clarifying the reference.

      • natsfan1a - May 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Guess we’ll just agree to disagree on this.

      • natsfan1a - May 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Oh, but thanks for conceding that it was “kinda funny.” 😉

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    The no doubles defense paid dividends there. What is up with Soriano.

    • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Reverting to his former stressful self. It was only a matter of time.

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      he’s got a thing against Roark

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        I’m just shaking my head.

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Although to be fair he wasn’t too spectacular on Tuesday either.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Seems as if his last 2/3 appearances, He has been living up in the SZ…

  3. Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    I just wanted a call Friday night drinking. Nats almost made me choke on my alcohol..

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM


      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Im pounding down some more and chilling the blood pressure. Ghost time!

  4. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Soriano needed to throw it down the middle to Young. If he hits it out, you still have the lead. But he’s probably not going to hit it out because he’s a slap hitter. Give your defense a freaking chance.

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Well that’s the idea… Soriano couldn’t oblige there though 😦

  5. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Clipp and Sori tried hard to ruin our Friday night. Jerks.

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM


    • Section 222 - May 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Yeah. What jerks. How dare they not be perfect for us fans?

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Cardinals up 5-2. Thanks St Louis!

    • Danny - May 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM


    • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM


  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Ervin Santana with 5 earned in 5 innings.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Teheran got hit hard yesterday… Or day before.. Seems as if their starting pitching is reverting back to the means… But Freeman seems to be heating up, BJ too…

    • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Where are the trolls wishing the Nats had the Barves starters.

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Jayson Werth’s face was priceless as he caught that ball….

    • nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      I was just thinking that the Nats hadnt lost it. It would just be 5-5 and the Nats had to win it in the bottom of the 9th.

      Thats where the Nats needed those add on runs and didnt get it.

    • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Lookie what I caught!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        He looked pissed that it was even that close.. But did you hear FP… He was a little hot… Lol… Bob had to calm him down….

  9. dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    On the positive side….good to see our bench stepping up to cover the injuries (Moore, Hairston-O,Dobbs)
    and Span showing some good consistency at leadoff…but wish RZ was coming back sooner to give Espi some time off

    • dgourds - May 16, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Looks like RZ will be playing OF from the clip earlier in the game. Great move imo. All he has to do is get it close to a cut off man. What is up with Werths’ comment to Kolco? Not the best question I admit, but that was obnoxious. Disappointing.

      • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        looks like he needed to decompress after just going thru a pretty stressful ending

      • npb99 - May 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Can you throw sidearm from the outfield? Those long throws are always overhead. Unless he’ll always just throw it to the cut-off guy.

  10. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    So, who gets the game MVP? Im not sure. Span?

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:33 PM


      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Yes Werth. What he did at the plate and the catch.

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    That was a meatball to Murphy… I mean an inner half meatball…. Thank goodness for no doubles defense and J Werth….

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Did you know Baskin Robbins brought back Baseball Nut ice cream! I got a quart in the freezer! Red Rocket beer and Baseball Nut and watching the Cardinals smoke the Barves bullpen.

    • dcwx61 - May 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      gotta try it….I’m addicted to Chik-Filet Peach Milkshakes but they don’t come out till July

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Johnny Rocket’s milkshakes are to die for…. Their Oreo one… Unh, I may go get 1 tomorrow….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        When in Rome do as the Romans. When Im in Rome Georgia Im doing Waffle House and Chik fil A. I love the shakes and the chicken. Big waffle guy with the pecans at Waffle House.

        Ghost loves the greasy spoon southern dives.

      • veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Owning that 3rd person tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        We have a local joint that makes an apple pie milkshake. Its incredible.

  13. nats128 - May 16, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Nice. We know Ramos has a camoflauge green cup.

  14. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Yes…leadoff double for theCards. Moar runs!

  15. David Proctor - May 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 33s
    “I probably should’ve untucked my shirt.” — Jayson Werth

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Jayson Werth “I probably should’ve untucked my shirt”.

    That is funny as Jayson says that with a straight face.

  17. npb99 - May 16, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Not on point here, but Werth’s first at bat was the ugliest at bat I’ve ever seen that ended up with a hit. Lunge, lunge ending on a knee, and lunge ending with a single.
    Of course, I’ll take it anyway…

  18. Candide - May 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Just back from the game, so I assume you didn’t see the ninth inning game delay because of the asshat who decided to run out onto the field.

    Jerk literally ran a circuit of the bases. All the security guys just stood there and watched him, like it was something you see every game, until he got home. He crossed the plate and turned around towards third base, at which point, the nearest security guy ran at him and clotheslines him as pretty as you’ll see on Wrestlemania. Then the rest of the security guys piled on.

    Give the fans credit – at least the ones in earshot from where we were in 209 – nobody was cheering him, and everyone was booing him, as he ran the bases. The cheering began when he got the elbow across the throat.

    And FWIW, it looked like he was wearing Mets colors – mostly that light blue with some orange around his throat.

    Hope he enjoys his stay in the DC jail.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Asshat. I love that word. Perfect description.

  19. Candide - May 16, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Dobbs – are you kidding? Coming around third trying to score, he looked like he was running through a swamp. I swear, ALR could run faster than that with a mule tied to his back.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Did you see him advance to 2nd on that ball that skipped away from the catcher? Dobbs was winded. He hasnt run that much in a while.

    • npb99 - May 16, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Maybe it’s the right play with two outs, but I had the same impression as you, there was no way he’d score if the throw was anywhere near the plate. I thought he looked like he was running with a backpack. Swamp captures it even better.

      • npb99 - May 16, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        And isn’t that a MW error? Why not put in Walters to pinch run?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        You got it npb99 and possibly MW had no clue on the speed of Dobbs. He saw him take 2nd base on that ball that squirted away from the catcher and probably thought “this guy has speed”. I really think he was winded.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Nats just picked up a game on the Barves. Just a .5 back in the standings.

  21. veejh - May 16, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    1/2 game back. Need a solid bounceback from Gio tomortow. Leggo!

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Good going Cards…

  23. Doc - May 16, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    I agree with FP.

    Soriano is an idiot!

    I didn’t get to hear the Q & A with Werth and Kolko. always kicks me off exactly when the game is directly over—-S.O.Bs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      That “idiot” has one blown save in 10 attempts. He has faced the minimum number of batters in 9 of 17 outings. And only 4 batters in 2 others. He has given up 2 runs in 16 innings. That’s a 1.13 ERA. FP’s an idiot for acting like he threw that pitch on purpose in a spot that it could be crushed like that.

      Why not enjoy a great win and a great ending rather than spew that kind of venom? It’s embarrassing.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 17, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        I didn’t get to see where Ramos was set up, but I’m doubting it was out over the inner half, waist-high. He’d just walked two guys, so clearly, he wasn’t throwing the ball where he meant to.

        That said, when you know your command is off, you don’t risk that particular unfavorable deviation. Which is what Werth was thinking when he caught it, I’m sure. Well, not in those words. But you could see it in his face. “I’ma whup somebody’s ass for that.”

  24. TimDz - May 16, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Was driving the Jersey Turnpike tonight listening to the Mets Broadcast…

    They were talking about the view from their booth….

    “You can see the Capitol from here…”
    “You can also see Delaware from here.”

  25. 6ID20 - May 16, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    That was a shutdown closer at work for the Nats in the top of the 9th tonight. Yes, I’m talking about the security guard who body-slammed that onfield intruder to the ground.

  26. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    We had a blast at the game tonight.
    Soriano sure does give us our money’s worth!
    Hairston had good AB’s against the LHer, not so good against the righty.
    Hairston did not get a bad jump on that line drive. No, he got no jump. He looked like his shoes were stuck in the mud before he finally went in the direction of the ball.
    Desi’s play to get that lead runner was incredible. From our seats it seemed like it had to be hard to tell on TV how great his catch, spin move, and throw really were.
    Werth’s catch was even greater than Desi’s. At first, even though we have a great view, it was impossible to tell if he had caught the ball, or not.
    The Mets approach against Soriano was pretty bad.
    I missed all of the post game stuff. What did Koko do to bring down Jayson’s wrath?
    Seemed like when reading the game log that we had new drunks tonight.

    • natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      I resemble that last remark,

    • natsfan1a - May 17, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Unless I missed something, there was a play on Kolko’s name, with an allusion to the movie “Mean Girls.” I didn’t see any wrath, or hear any skirt references, and I think it’s kinda funny. But that’s just me.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        Me, neither. People dropped the ball on that one with their criticism.I can’t believe that folks don’t understand that Werth has a very dry, but astute, sense of humor.

  27. natsfan1a - May 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM






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