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Game 42: Mets at Nats

May 17, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals have had their way with the Mets so far this season, sweeping the opening series at Citi Field and then hanging on to win last night on South Capitol Street. But the dominance extends beyond that. Indeed, today the Nats will be seeking their 10th consecutive win over New York, a streak that dates all the way back to last August 31, when Dan Haren was rocked during an 11-3 loss at Nationals Park.

Gio Gonzalez will be the man on the mound today trying to extend the streak and trying to continue his winning ways against this club. In nine career starts against the Mets, he’s 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA (not to mention a 1-hitter at Citi Field late last season).

Matt Willams is going with nearly the same lineup as last night, the only change Nate McLouth taking over left field for Scott Hairston, with right-hander Bartolo Colon on the mound for New York. We’ve seen how good the Nats have been against lefties. It remains to be seen whether this right-handed-heavy lineup can be as successful against a right-handed pitcher.

It’s a beautiful afternoon at the ballpark. Updates to come…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (22-19)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
LF Nate McLouth
LHP Gio Gonzalez

METS (19-22)
LF Eric Young Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Chris Young
1B Eric Campbell
CF Juan Lagares
C Anthony Recker
SS Wilmer Flores
RHP Bartolo Colon

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

4:06 p.m. — We are underway with a ball outside from Gio Gonzalez to Eric Young Jr. The Nats are wearing their blue stars and stripes jerseys today for the first time this season, in honor of Military Appreciation Weekend.

4:25 p.m. — And the top of the first just ended, the Mets having scored three runs and Gio Gonzalez having thrown a whopping 37 pitches. So make it 10 times in 42 games now that the Nats have given up at least three runs in the first inning, the second straight time Gio has done it. He opened the week in Oakland with a 2.97 ERA. Five innings later, that number has skyrocketed to 4.50. U-G-L-Y. Nats trail 3-0.

4:40 p.m. — Hey, it’s a scoreless top of the second from Gio Gonzalez! He did allow a one-out single to Daniel Murphy but quickly erased him with a 6-4-3 double play from David Wright. As this was all going on, I did some research. The Nats, as stated above, have given up three or more runs in the first inning 10 times this season. MLB’s 29 other clubs combined have done it only 58 times. That’s an average of twice per team. No team has done it more than four times. Except for the Nats. Who are supposed to have the sport’s best rotation. Bizarre.

4:49 p.m. — The Nats gave themselves a chance to do something in the bottom of the second, getting one-out singles from Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa. But Tyler Moore grounded into a tailor-made, 6-4-3 double play to kill the rally, the club’s first at-bat with a man in scoring position today. It remains 3-0 after two.

5:03 p.m. — And it continues. Juan Lagares crushed a 92-mph fastball from Gio into the Red Porch in the top of the third, making this a 5-0 game. That’s now 12 total runs allowed by Gonzalez in his last two starts, matching a career high.

5:11 p.m. — Between innings, they played that “Happy” video on the scoreboard with lots of movie clips of dancing people. It includes Gio Gonzalez singing and dancing to the song. Probably not the best day to show that, huh? Making matters worse, Gio got a chance to hit for himself in the bottom of the inning, with a man on second and nobody out. And he popped up the bunt. He definitely wasn’t “Happy” as he walked back to the dugout after that. And now, Craig Stammen is in from the bullpen to pitch the fourth. Weird stuff here. It’s still 5-0, Mets.

5:29 p.m. — Desmond breathes some life into this otherwise silent crowd. He crushed a 2-run homer to left in the bottom of the fourth, his sixth of the season. It’s 5-2 now as we move to the fifth.

5:36 p.m. — Six up and six down for Stammen so far. He’s doing exactly what the entire Nats bullpen has done so well this season: Giving their teammates a chance to mount a comeback. We’ll see if actually happens today, but this game remains within reach, still 5-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth.

5:44 p.m. — And now Stammen hits for himself in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Williams is going to have a ton of pinch-hitters to choose from later in this game. Then again, I’m not sure anybody off the bench would have doubled to deep right field the way Stammen just did. Craig actually is a good hitter, a career .200 hitter with seven doubles and 10 RBI in 99 plate appearances. Not bad. What is bad, though, is the rest of the Nats lineup today: They’re now 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. So it remains a 5-2 deficit heading to the sixth.

5:54 p.m. — A comparison of Nats pitchers today for you … Gio Gonzalez: 5 runs allowed in 3 innings on 84 pitches. Craig Stammen: 0 runs allowed in 3 innings on 35 pitches. Slight difference.

6:00 p.m. — Wow, Juan Lagares just Jayson Werth’d Jayson Werth, robbing a home run with a spectacular catch at the 402-foot sign in center field. What a play. Still 5-2 Mets after six.

6:11 p.m. — Another scoreless inning of relief for Stammen, giving him four on the afternoon. What a job he’s done. Now, if only his teammates could get something going against Colon. It’s still 5-2 at the stretch.

6:29 p.m. — The Nats are running out of time, down to their last six outs. And Colon is back to the mound for the bottom of the eighth. Truth be told, they’d probably rather see the Mets bullpen at this point.

6:36 p.m. — Make it three outs to go. Colon has retired 11 in a row, and he might just take the mound for the ninth in search of the complete game.

6:44 p.m. — Nope, it’s Jenrry Mejia on the mound in the ninth. Werth, Ramos and Desmond due up for the Nats, who need three runs to tie, four to win.

6:54 p.m. — No comeback today. Nats lose 5-2 and miss a chance to take over first place in the NL East.

257 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsguy - May 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Where is the story about RZIM having arthritis in the shoulder.

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      A month ago.

  2. Doc - May 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    C’mon Nate, have a day!

    We’re ready to cheer for ya!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Yep, hes the guy who hasto to get going.

      • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        More than just Nate…Espi, Dez, Ramos

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        The other 3 all have big RBIs in the last few games.

      • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        “Get going”, to me, has a feeling of sustainment.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Sure, get started and keep it going.

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      I guess we saw some signs of life (albiet small) with 3 game hitting streak (M,T,W)…Woohoo.
      I wonder if the Hairston in the outfield experiment is officially over.

      • Doc - May 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Hope so!

        Hairston did not get a good jump on that double over his head, that led to TRoark’s leaving the game.

        Seriously, all of our other active OFers could have grabbed that ball. Hell, Livo could have grabbed that ball.

  3. Theophilus T.S. - May 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Williams used four relievers last night. Because of the Thursday off day I assume all four are available today, but I’m certain Williams doesn’t want to have to go that deep in the bullpen again. Hope that Jekyll not Hyde is wearing No. 47 today.

    I was composing the following while Mark was changing topics and posted it under the last thread. In the interests of vanity I repost it here:

    Soriano gave up about 775 feet of fly balls in the 9th inning, a reminder of the thin ledge on which the Nationals walk every time he comes in to close. The problem with focusing on that is that Soriano is the Wallenda of closers. Every closer, to some degree, lives on the edge. Perkins nearly blew one last night; Balfour, if I remember correctly, actually did. Perkins is nearly always “clean,” and Balfour is never clean. So far this season, Soriano is ahead of most everyone else. The perils with which closers live shows that “talent,” or “stuff,” or “dominance” are not qualities that necessarily define success. What really defines success — and it may be the only plus factor Soriano possesses — is the ability to pitch tactically, to be able to decide where in the opposing lineup he’s going to get three outs and not only the pitches he has to throw to get outs but also the pitches he needs to throw to not get hurt.

    I’m not clear that Soriano can keep this up w/ his declining repertoire but for the rest of the season I’m prepared to live with the “excitement.”

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Excitement? Wrong word. How about stress.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Clippard threw about 25 pitches last night but expect everyone else to be ready.

      FP’s excuses for him were getting very imaginative. When you have Blevins, why aren’t you using him? Also, if you think back to the situation in the 8th inning, with the leadoff man (lefty) Murphy on and Wright hitting that knuckler to Desmond in a 3-2 count, Murphy actually froze and Desi had enough time turn to do a 360 and get him at 2nd base by a wide margin. That inning had disaster written all over it. Clippard got out of it but Matt Williams didn’t play the #’s there with L-R-L-L in the order.

      • 6ID20 - May 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        He had Blevins warming while Clippard was pitching. If Clipp hadn’t gotten that FC on Granderson Blevins would probably have been in to face Abreu and Duda. But even though Clippard walked Abreu, by the time Duda stepped in it was Barrett warming, not Blevins. With a 3 run lead, clearly Williams was giving Clipp just enough rope to hang himself. With a 1 run lead it might have been different.

  4. Whynat - May 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Regarding Sori:

    Of the current 30 MLB designated primary closers:
    He is 12th out of 30 in save percent (90%)
    16 of 30 in WHIP
    21 of 30 in K/9
    3 of 30 in ERA.

    Compared to his peer group he is a middle of the pack closer who doesn’t strike out that many guys (for a closer), but this year hasn’t let many runs score. That is what I see. I don’t hate him, I don’t love him, I just hope he gets the save when the phone rings.

  5. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Note to Matt Williams. We’ve had this discussion before. Never, never, never, ever bat Desmond and Espinosa back to back. Fix this!!!!

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      +1 He had to do it on a game I’m going to…Although the last game I went to on the 5th, Espi hit a 2 run hr….Can lightning strike twice…not in my profession.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        So you pitch around Desmond and let him go fishing and pitch strikes to Espi and have him do t he same.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Espi’s problem really is way to many swings and misses. I am sure it is tracked somewhere. I bet you his is easily among the top 10% in the majors

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      If MW writes it in enough the law of averages says that eventually it will pay off. Based on the current Espi it could take 10 games but every game is mutually exclusive so today could be the magic day!

  6. NatsLady - May 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Got new-posted. Here is what I said about Sori in the previous thread. I’ve liked him since he came on board, and I thought it was the right move, so that’s where I’m coming from on this.

    Soriano is a very smart pitcher, but he admits that he sometimes doesn’t throw a “good” pitch. Now, that could mean either (1) he didn’t decide on the correct pitch or (2) he had the right idea but wasn’t able to execute.

    He said last night his concentration was disturbed by the fan on the field. I can believe that (though not excusing it, stuff happens).

    Also, when asked who got the save, him or Werth, he said, “That guy” meaning Werth.

    Clip’s also a strikeout/flyball pitcher. You take your chances that it will stay in the park, or if it doesn’t that he hasn’t walked someone in front of the HR. You are rarely going to get out of an inning with a doubleplay with that type of pitcher, just have the outfielders be on their toes. I’m sure they see Clip coming in and know the ball will be coming their way.

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Encouraging report, NL.
      It seems like sometimes he comes in and can’t the ball down…fortunately, not too often this season

    • 6ID20 - May 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      What he should have said was “Last night I untuck. But that was just to cover the stain in the seat of my pants.”

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    @masnKolko: LaRoche said Fri. was a positive step in his rehab. Tested the quad and felt no soreness. Will run today. Hopes to return after the 15 days

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Only a week away

      • nats128 - May 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Think back to 8 days ago that he last played. As was suggested by many before that game that Laroche could use a few days off in a row to avoid a DL stint. May be it was inevitable and may be it was not.

      • nats128 - May 17, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        I think Matty Williams was pressing on Laroche and some times you press to hard and you get a DL stint. He has to rest these guys. The other mistake is that they sent TyMo back and then had Frandsen as there main option. Not a good idea. TyMo has done a really good job filling in.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Yes, Tyler can’t pinch hit, but he can hit

  8. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Regarding Soriano. Since he is in a results oriented business, until the results end in failures I am fine with him.

  9. Doc - May 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    RE: Soriano, and with particular reference to Whynat’s stats.

    Soriano is an accident waiting to happen. But so far, so good, the accident has not happened!

    Come hot stove league this winter, we’ll probably be talking about Drew Storen doing the 9th.

  10. Danny - May 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    First game of the year. Chalk up a W.

  11. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    @AdamKilgoreWP: No decisions have been made. But the Nats are giving real thought to Zimmerman in left field.

    • Candide - May 17, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Even if Espinosa continues to dig down for the Mendoza line?

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      The first posts I saw about this, I figured it was a joke. They can’t be serious.

    • letswin3 - May 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Intriguing! I’m starting to think it could be ingenious. Just thinking out loud here about 2015 …… If Zim shows that he can play out there, we keep his bat in the lineup, Harper goes over to right a year or two earlier than projected and Werth moves to first (and preserves his health for several more years). That would leave 3rd. base for Rendon. Only second base would still be a question mark, but that would be a spot to fill, regardless, if Rendon moves full-time to third. This may not be complete idiocy.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Any possibility Zim to second? He played SS at UVa

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Not a joke and like I said last year the Yankees did it with Knoblauch. Only temporary as RZim moves to 1st base next year but the question is what happens when Harper returns this year.

  12. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Was sitting in row j 321 last night. The Murphy hit looked gone, but Werth playing no doubles was there in no time.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Cards 3 to 1 over Barves so far.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      You beat me.

      Did you see the Card’s 1st run. Sac fly 40 feet into the outfield with Colton Wong scoring.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Yep, Amazing what speed does. Look at all the Braves blunders and errors.

  14. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Cards score 2 in the bottom of the 6th leads the Braves 3-1

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Gio no nibbling today.

  16. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    27 Batters like that would be OK with me.

  17. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    My goodness Matt Adams a lead off triple.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Gio I said no nibbling.

  19. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Bases loaded, 1 out? Must be the first inning.

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    That is even more alarming. Chris Young only walk 4 times before. He doesn’t walk and walks him.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Come on Gio….

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

    If I was coaching Gio I would say get your f******g head in the game.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      It’s like he’s nibbling…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      He not throwing where Ramos is calling it.

      Totally not focused.

  23. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Gio did you see the target? Low and in. Pitched where up and away.

    What is the problem?

  24. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    It’s not the first inning unless we’re down 3-0.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Up 3-0 last night

  25. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Who’s Gio going after once he gets out of this inning? Bum.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Hopefully a mirror.

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Totally needs to focus 100% of the time. He seems to wander more than the other 4 starters.

  27. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Colon better not be on too.

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Why basket catch this.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Sigh…

  30. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Let it be said, no one will ever accuse

    • natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      No one will ever accuse Gio Gonzalez of being a strike thrower.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    e4?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Tough chance but he has to make more than the routine play. After watching Aaron Hill for 3 days I appreciate a guy who makes the occasional tough play.

  32. davecydell - May 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Sorry Carp, Espi did not have best angle.
    He interferes w/ Werth again

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Why walk people?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Oh, I’m sure Gio just says to himself, ” Self, I am going to walk a couple of guys.” Come on, MNF, why do you post things like that?

  34. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Snap out of it Gio. This is f’ing pathetic.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Very disappointing. Last year I gave him a pass for Biogenisis, what’s the excuse this year?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Not sure but focus seems to nit be there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        What size cleat does Matt Williams wear? He needs to shove it up….

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        no biogenisis

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    The entire line up in the first inning…. Goodness…

    Craig, gonna need ya soon buddy…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Craig will be in soon if this doesn’t change.

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    I think way too often our starters were not ready to play specifically Strasbourg and Gio.

  37. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    When things go wrong for Gio, it seems like he just wings it and hopes to get outs.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      That is a poor game plan.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Rendon 10 for last 53 under the Mendoza line

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Positive stats, bro, please.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        My point was we ride for a lousy for Espi where Rendon’s May is not much better.

        Positive stat Greg Dobbs batting 1000 as a Nat

  39. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    At least the Cards are up 4-1 on the Braves.

  40. unkyd59 - May 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I’m just a simple minded clown… But we have great pitchers, not good, but great. Gio and JZ were Cy Young candidates, the last two years, Fister is a reliable vet, in his prime, and Stras has stuff as good as anyone in the game. And, Roark has shown is that he certainly belongs “up here”. My simple mind will not accept that they can’t pitch in the first inning! Damned if I know how, but this nonsense will get worked out, before too long…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      I have said this all season, whatever the pregame ritual is, it needs tweaking for Gio and Strasburg

  41. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    4-1 going to the bottom of 8th

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Quit nibbling.

  43. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Forget the 1st. Offense is gonna have to pick up Gio today. Colon ain’t all that. We can do it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Colon is quite hit table. Gio falls behind again. Is this who is going to be now?

  44. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Gio can still get a quality start. Go do it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      I like that optimism but given his pitch count it will be tough.

  45. snerdblurter - May 17, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I think this team is allergic to momentum. Anytime they have a dramatic or important win like the one last night, they come out flatter than a pancake the following day. Drives me crazy.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      That seems so true.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Imma be livid if we don’t hit up Colon… Seriously…

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Now why not get Wright into a double play in the first and we all would have been a lot happier.

    • David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      I’m sure the thought never crossed his mind.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The good news is Cardinals head to finish off the Barves in the 9th.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I think Gio needs a haircut. He pitches better with a fresh haircut.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Design gets a bloop soon he will get a blast

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Desi damn auto correct.,

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Come on TyMo

  53. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Whoever said don’t bat Dez and Espi back to back was wrong.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      So far today.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Don’t pick on NatsJack. There’s plenty of stats to back up his reasoning.

      • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        I get it. I just had to bring it up….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Read my comments earlier on how out of 10 times the law of averages can work out.

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Tied for first.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Tied for first.

  56. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Cards win.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Nats officially tied for 1st place.

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    The old pulling outer half pitch. Results in a grounders to short 90% of the time. Yet some batters just can’t help but to try to pull it. Makes for easy double play.

    Why make the other guy’s job easy?

    Outside pitches go the other way, inside pull middle, hit it up middle.

    It works but too many batters are not interested or have not enough ability.

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Schu get to the teaching these guys.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    This should be Gio’s last inning….

  61. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    That hurts. 3-0 is one thing, 5-0 is another.

  62. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Meatball. Ugh.

  63. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I’m wondering if Gio’s shoulder is barking and if that’s what limiting him from finishing his pitches (which is what FP has been talking about).

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Gio is really just is not prepared to play today nor was he last Sunday. Who is going to fuss at? Ramos is my guess.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      I’m beginning to think that shoulder is a problem….

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Then do something about it. Don’t go and lose us games because you don’t if it really a problem.

  65. rabbit433 - May 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    No way are they EVER going to come back from 5-0. Especially since we will try to keep Gonzo in for 5 innings.

    Ugh. We’re blowing another one………..and the Braves lost.

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Never, huh? Isn’t there 7 innings to bat w Colon on the bump?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Why waste any innings.

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Way too many balls has set up most of the problem.

    Unlike FP I do not feel for him. He is paid more than 99% of any of us will ever see. He gets paid it whether he pitches good or not. I feel more sorry for who paid to see him pitch than I do him.

  67. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Gio has these starts sometimes and you just brush them aside, but I don’t recall him ever having back-to-back outings like this.

  68. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    It’s obvious Gio is definitely off the steroids.

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      I was waiting for someone to post this.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Ouch NJ…. Ouch….

    • David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      That’s a little uncalled for.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Then pitch like you did in 2012 and no one would think it.

      • David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        He pitched just fine in 2013 and it was in line with his career numbers.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Why in the hell is Gio being sent out…. Why…

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      He looked good his last batter. LOL

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Not really it was another 3 ball count.

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Gio totally not into the game. Bunting the ball straight in air.

    If he is mentally out of the game why is he still in it. Makes no sense to me.

  71. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    If Colon was next to Mr Potato Head, I might mix them up.

  72. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Well, on a bright note, it was good to see Nate McLouth get a nice hit.

  73. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Leadoff double doesn’t even move from second base.

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I see the old 0 for 4 RISP . Gio is only 0 for 1 of it.

  75. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Why did Gio hit for himself with a RISP if Stammen was coming in???

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Now that is a f***tarded move. Holy.

      • David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        It’s one thing if he wanted Gio to try and eat some innings (though his pitch count wouldn’t have allowed him to go too much farther). This is just baffling

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        No doubt a stupid move

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I don’t understand that at all…. You put Craig in now… Why not send a PH for Gio earlier…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      I thought the same thing.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Matt Williams is weird sometimes.

      That was the way two outfielders are supposed to communicate on the play to end the inning with Span and McLouth. Veteran outfielders.

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Gio has quickly dropped to the number 5 starter. The other 4 are pitching much better. He is the weak link as of now.

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Crap this system putting notes all over the place.

    Why did we switch to the crappy system.

  79. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    MW better catch hell for that non – Gio pinch hit w RISP.

  80. rabbit433 - May 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I’ve got the sound off but the game on. I see Gio’s out. Hope it’s for a couple of months.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      If he is going to pitch like the last 2 games he can take 2 months off.

      If he going to pitch like than 2012 then stay.

  81. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    We’ve won 9 in a row against the Mets, they were probably going to win one eventually. Just win the series tomorrow.

    I’m just hoping Gio is healthy. That’s my biggest concern.

    • Eric - May 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      +1

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Treinen!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Are you throwing in the towel in the 4th inning. That’s rather uncalled for.

      • David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        I’m not, I’m just saying if the score holds.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Give up already? I assume we win still.

  82. Eric - May 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Definitely weird about not PHing for Gio. Only thing I can think is MW doesn’t want to start using the bench so early.

  83. Doc - May 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    It is pretty obvious that Gio is hurt.

    His curve has no action on it.

    Why did they not pinch hit for him? He’s a pitcher, not a bunter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nobody on the bench that can bunt better than Gio????? Goooooooofy stuff~

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Livo can bunt

  84. unkyd59 - May 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    It’s time to work this fat load over…

  85. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Ramos has hit into horrible luck so far this year. I remember he was robbed in Arizona, he lined out hard to center last night, lined out hard to right just now.

  86. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say we got this. The good BP arms for the Mets got used yesterday. Just need to chip, chip away.

  87. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Wooooo!!! Told you we got this!

  88. texnat1 - May 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Desi!

    This game ain’t over . . .

  89. rabbit433 - May 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    2 runs!! The good news is Gio isn’t pitching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO NATS!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    2 of those pitches to Danny weren’t Ks…

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      No doubt. One was so inside it was crazy.

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Any remember what I typed an hour ago after Ian’s bloop , I said next will be a blast.

    Nice blast

  92. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I was joking on the Gio/Roids thing but I am fed up with his inability to throw strike one. He is my new poster boy for spoiled prima donna.

  93. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Stammen is so good at his role. Has to be the best long man in baseball.

  94. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    How dare you play Stammen shallow like that. LOL

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Look at Stay-men….

  96. coop202 - May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I ❤️ Craig

  97. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Oh no RISP time. Let’s do this.

  98. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Span swung at 2 balls. I was telling Phil wood today the RISP problem is we swing a lot of balls.

  99. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Twice we’ve stranded runners on second with less than two out.

  100. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Rendon has been missing tons of meatballs. He’s got to snap out of it soon. A month ago, he would have murdered 2 or 3 of those.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      He is 10 for last 55. That is basically not much better than Espi

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Are we just not capable of hitting well with RISP a k and a 1-3. Two pathetic efforts. At least hit the ball hard.

    0 for 6 RISP

  102. rabbit433 - May 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    So, the pitcher doubles, then……can I say these guys blow….su#$? Well………….

  103. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Mets 2 for 4 RISPS

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Craig is dealin….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      He does the job most of the time.

  105. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    So pitching to the Mets isn’t that hard, we just didn’t have the right person pitching.

  106. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Stammen doing a helluva job keeping us in this. WAKE UP NATS AND GET THIS DONE!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Ditto

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Let’s chip away this inning.

  108. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Andrew Simon ‏@AndrewSimonMLB 15s
    Craig Stammen has thrown three innings of relief and still hasn’t used as many pitches as Gio Gonzalez did in the 1st. #Nats

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      He doesn’t nibble. Gio his whole career has nibbled. Not sure his game for nibbling is.

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Jayson hit it well.

  110. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Lagarde says” Touche, werth, touche”

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      You know who I meant

  111. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Of course hit the worse direction.

  112. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Ram first ball swing . Why?

  113. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Desmond and Werth crushed those.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Just to much elevation, both well struck. Ramos didn’t join that party.

  114. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Guys hitting the ball too high there. Line drives generally have better results

  115. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I think Stammen is tired now. Not sure why he’s still out there. 3 innings is enough.

  116. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    MASN needs to fix TV’s AT&T photos.

    I watch 15-20 games a week and they are the only ones that can’t do the promotion correctly with proper identification.

    Do it right or not at all.

  117. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Tyler Moore has to make that play.

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    How the hell that happen.

    E3

  119. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Laroche missed on that play

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Maybe, easier for lefty.

  120. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    TyMo wants a full time gig he can’t afford an error every night (though it is only the last 2)

  121. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Mets now 2 for 6 RISP

  122. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    *standing o for Stammen*

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Well deserved.

  123. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    41,222 attendance, Gio didn’t perform for them. Stammen on the other hand did a great job.

  124. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Great job Mr Stammen…. Great job…

  125. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Last 18 games Espi .125, 25 K 0 BB.

    THAT IS FIXIBLE, NIT SURE WHY HE WONT FIX IT.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Sorry wasn’t shouting.

  126. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    However still shouting about how pathetic Gio was.

  127. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Espi is a k machine. High and outside and espi swings like it inside. Way too much guessing going on.

  128. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Damn it, swung too earlier by a millisecond

  129. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Colon stinks and our hitters refuse to take advantage of him.

  130. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Why Greg Dobbs wearing Frank Howard’s number. I was not pleased last night when I saw it.

  131. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Generous strike. Colon doesn’t need the help, blue. McLouth does.

  132. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Triple Crown possible. California Chrome wins the Preakness.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      He is no Secretariat. Where athletes have gotten better the last 40 years. Horses are slower it seems.

  133. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Colon gives up 7 in 2/3 of an inning last game. Today he is Cy Colon.

  134. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Ball 1 by Barrett much better pitch than Colon strike 3

  135. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Oh that’s embarrassing, Barrett.

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Steerike 2! Lol

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Really was strike 3. First pitch which was in the zone was called a ball and he didn’t notice.

  136. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    He lost track because strike 1 was called a ball and he didn’t realize it.

  137. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Guys can’t get healthy fast enough. Done with Tyler. Done with McClouth as a starter. Don’t need Espinosa in the lineup unless it’s as a replacement for Desmond.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Espi as a late inning replacement at best.

  138. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Lagares is impressive.

  139. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Werth wrong direction, moire wrong directions, Walters wrong direction.

    At least they hit the ball.

  140. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Lines drives please.

  141. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Again things are out of order.

  142. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Rendon needs a day off 10 for 58 now. Needs the other guys back badly

  143. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    MNF, do you think guys can steer the ball? You always talk about hitting it where it’s pitched, well if it’s pitched to hit the ball to center, what do you want them to do?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      I just commenting the reason it was well hit they went with the pitch. Just hung them up too much.

      However for stearing, Tony Gwynn says you can to a degree. Most cant

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Also I prefer that hitting over this trying to pull outside pitches which is totally pointless.

  144. rabbit433 - May 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    THANKS GIO FOR GIVING UP THOSE FIVE RUNS. No matter what happens from here out.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Bullpen was great.

      Let’s pull this out.

  145. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Werth Ramos Dez. Time to win this.

  146. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Bullpen pitched great. Thanks Gio for letting them get their work in.

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Score 4 here and go crazy

    • veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Let’s do this.

  148. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Mejia can be wild. Make him throw strikes.

  149. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    This guy is hittable

  150. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Rid 3B is back bunt for a single

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Or single up the middle

      Ramos due

  151. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Not even close, Ramos.

  152. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Ramos? Ball 4. Dammit.

  153. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    fthat was easy ball 4. Never was a strike

  154. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Now Design swinging at the same terrible pitch.

  155. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Espi with 2 outs. No bring in Dobbs

  156. David Proctor - May 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    If Espi could get on at least give T-Mo a chance…

  157. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Espi quit swinging at crap

  158. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    This guy has thrown no sliders for strikes why swing at any thing is low

  159. veejh - May 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Wasn’t meant to be. Lots of bad ABs today.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      You got that right, but until the last out I still assume they can win.

      Espi though just drives me crazy. It like when I have talented student who refuses to prepare for class.

  160. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    If Espi can’t make contact on a fast ball over the middle of the plate why is he at the major league level. I have not figured this for 5 years

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