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Game 44: Reds at Nats

May 19, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Today the Nationals and Reds begin their three-game series in Washington with two top 10 picks from the 2009 MLB Draft on the mound. Stephen Strasburg (3-3, 3.48), the first overall pick, will face off with Mike Leake (2-3, 3.09), picked eighth overall.

Strasburg will pitch against the Reds for the third time in his career. So far he’s had trouble against Cincinnati’s lineup, holding a 7.36 ERA (9 ER, 11 IP) across those outings. He last faced them on April 9 at the Great American Ballpark where he allowed six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Leake has faced the Nationals eight times already in his five-year career (kind of amazing, right?). He holds a 5.53 ERA across 42 1/3 innings against the Nats.

As you’ll see in the starting lineup below, Greg Dobbs is making his first start of the season at first base. Dobbs – as Mark pointed out to me before the game – has 14 at-bats this season, but has yet to play in the field. Keep that in mind, I guess, as you watch him at first today.

Speaking of first base, the Reds will be without Joey Votto today. Brayan Pena is starting at first base while Votto rests an injured left knee. Votto, in fact, is not even in Washington, despite not being on the disabled list. Kind of strange, but oh well.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

CINCINNATI REDS 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: Mostly sunny, 68 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (23-20)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Greg Dobbs
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Stephen Strasburg

REDS (19-23)
CF Billy Hamilton
RF Skip Schumaker
2B Brandon Phillips
C Devin Mesoraco
3B Todd Frazier
1B Brayan Pena
LF Chris Heisey
SS Zack Cozart
RHP Mike Leake

UMPIRES
HP Marty Foster
1B Rob Drake
2B Alan Porter
3B Joe West (cc)

7:15 p.m. — Strasburg allowed a double with one out to Schumaker, but no runs in the first inning. He got Hamilton out on a bunt that Ramos caught while diving in foul territory. He then struck out Phillips for the second out, and got Mesoraco to ground out to first base for the third. Strasburg threw 15 pitches.

7:25 p.m. — Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the first. Werth walked with two outs, but that was it. Leake threw 19 pitches.

7:35 p.m. — The Reds again got a man in scoring position in the top of the second, but the game remains scoreless. Frazier reached second with no outs on an error by Werth in right field. The ball just popped out of Werth’s glove. Strasburg is at 33 pitches.

7:48 p.m. — The bottom of the second saw some missed opportunities for the Nats. Desmond led off with a double and then moved to third on a Dobbs sac fly to right field. Espinosa then joined Desmond on base after getting hit in the thigh with a pitch from Leake. But even with two men on and one out, the Nationals could not bring any runs home. McLouth struck out looking and Strasburg grounded out to short. Leake is at 34 pitches through two.

7:57 p.m. — Strasburg is now through three scoreless after only allowing a Hamilton walk in the third. He’s thrown 47 pitches.

8:03 p.m. — The bottom of the third was a quick one for the Nationals who saw all three batters get out on balls put in play. Rendon’s actually began with a single before Schumaker threw him out at second trying to stretch a double. Leake is at 45 pitches.

8:16 p.m. — The Reds brought a run home in the fourth on a strange sequence with one out. Frazier reached on a hit-by-pitch with one out and moved to third on a Pena single. Frazier then scored on a throw attempt by Ramos to get Pena out at second. Strasburg landed a curveball in the dirt and Ramos threw to second as Pena started running to second. It was an unfortunate way to break a scoreless game. Strasburg has thrown 61 pitches.

8:35 p.m. — Strasburg allowed another run in the fifth in another rally that started with a hit batter. This time it was Cozart who reached on a HBP. He moved to second on a Leake sac bunt, and then to third on a Hamilton infield single. A Schumaker single up the middle then scored the shortstop to make it a 2-0 game. Strasburg is at 77 pitches through five.

8:44 p.m. — The Nationals couldn’t score once again in the fifth inning, despite getting two runners on with one out. After McLouth grounded out, Strasburg and Span each singled before lineouts by Rendon and Werth ended the frame. Leake is through five scoreless innings having thrown 77 pitches.

8:59 p.m. — Still a 2-0 game after the sixth inning. Strasburg will come out for the seventh having thrown 86 pitches.

9:07 p.m. — The Reds saw Hamilton go all the way to third in the top of the seventh before making the third out on a attempt to steal home. He singled to reach base with one out and then stole second. He got to third on a Schumaker groundout before trying to head home. Once he got the jump from third, Strasburg quick-pitched it to home to get Hamilton in a rundown. It worked and the Nats prevented the run. It’s still 2-0 with Espinosa up next.

9:25 p.m. — The Nationals finally scored a run, and it came after a single by McLouth. McLouth singled to left field with one out and was moved to second on a wild pitch. He then came all the way around on a single by Span to right field with two outs. It’s 2-1 now with Ryan Mattheus in to pitch the top of the eighth.

9:35 p.m. — It was 1-2-3 for Mattheus as the Nats will now have six outs to tie or win this thing. Werth will lead off the top of the eighth.

9:42 p.m. — The Nats saw Desmond get to second with a two-out single and E5 throwing error, but no runs come across. Mattheus will now go back out there to pitch the ninth.

9:51 p.m. — No runs for the Reds in the ninth, though Heisey did reach on a one-out double. The Nats will now send Espinosa, McLouth and a pinch-hitter up for their final chance. Aroldis Chapman will pitch.

10:03 p.m. — This game is going to extras. The Nats got to Chapman thanks to some solid at-bats by Espinosa, Kevin Frandsen and Scott Hairston. Espinosa led off with a double to left field, a line drive absolutely smoked off a 99 mile per hour fastball. Frandsen then flew out into the left-center field gap to move Espinosa to third. Hairston was able to fly out to deep left in the next at-bat to bring Espinosa home on the sacrifice. 2-2 game with the 10th inning up next. Rafael Soriano will take over now.

10:14 p.m. — Soriano pitched a scoreless 10th despite seeing Schumaker reach second base. Schumaker walked on four pitches with one out and stole second in the next at-bat. That was as far as he’d get, though. On to the bottom of the 10th where Chapman will remain in the game to face Rendon, Werth and Ramos.

10:22 p.m. — Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the 10th as Chapman got both Rendon and Ramos to strike out swinging, and Werth to line out to SS. Drew Storen will now pitch the 11th.

10:40 p.m. — Storen got out of the 11th with no runs allowed, but man was it not easy. Frazier led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Heisey then walked one batter later. Cozart then lined out to third, but Rendon tried to make the double play on a throw to first. He was a split second late – a call upheld by a 3:39 challenge by the Nats – and both runners were safe in scoring position. Ryan Ludwick then struck out looking to end the frame. Desmond will lead off the bottom of the 11th.

10:53 p.m. — On to the 12th we go as only Espinosa reached on a two-out infield single. Tyler Clippard will take over to face Hamilton.

10:59 p.m. — Three up, three down for Clippard. Bottom of the 12th up next with Tyler Moore set to lead off in Clippard’s spot.

11;11 p.m. — The Nationals had a really good chance in the 12th before a spectacular defensive play by Phillips saved the Reds. Span got to second on a throwing error by Cozart on a sac bunt attempt, and was joined on base by Rendon who walked. Werth then hit a sac fly to right field to move Span to third with two outs. Ramos almost squeaked a single through up the middle on a low line drive, but Phillips snagged it on a dive up the middle. Still 2-2 with the 13th inning up next.

11:19 p.m. — Aaron Barrett came in to pitch and escaped with no runs despite allowing two men to reach with zero outs. Mesoraco walked and Frazier singled, before Neftali Soto bunted into a forceout at third and Heisey grounded into a double play. Bottom of the 13th up next with Desmond set to hit.

11:36 p.m. — Still 2-2 after the top of the 14th despite a leadoff single by Cozart. On to the bottom of the 14th. By the way, this is the 15th time the Nats have played at least 14 innings since the team moved to D.C. Only twice have they played 15 innings. This is the longest game since Dan Haren earned the save in Atlanta on Aug. 17 of last year.

11:46 p.m. — Just unbelievable. Once again the Nats have what looks like a walk-off single get robbed by a sensational defensive play by a Reds player. This time it was Hamilton diving to catch a Rendon line drive to center field. Unreal. On to the 15th.

11:56 p.m. — After seven scoreless innings tossed by the Nationals’ bullpen tonight, the Reds finally broke through on Ross Detwiler in the 15th. Phillips led off with a single and two batters later Frazier smacked a two-run homer into the red seats in left-center field. The Reds now lead 4-2 with the bottom of the 15th up next. Werth, Ramos and Desmond are due to hit.

12:07 a.m. — The Nats got a run on a bloop single by Dobbs, but lose 4-3. They are now 23-21 on the year.

583 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. nats106 - May 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    woo hoo $1 dog night!

  2. NatsNut - May 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    I think this is the first time Strasburg faces Leake since Leake called Strasburg a baby. I’m fairly certain that’s not something Strasburg will forget.

    • markinarlington - May 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Didn’t Leake and Strasburg play on the same Little League travel squad when they were kids back in San Diego? IIR what I read, Leake was the #1 pitcher on that squad. The 2 pitchers have history long before the name -calling.
      Mark in Arlington

  3. hitmeimopen - May 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Stras’ makeup is one that might drag him the opposite way…especially since he kind of IS a baby.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    2’s, there you go Espi back in after his day off work. I think Stras also operates better with the #1 defense in front and behind him. He still needs runs so lets see how Dobbs and guys do for him.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Dobbs gets a start vs. Leake: Span CF, Rendon3B, Werth RF, Ramos C, Desmond SS, Dobbs1B, Espinosa2B, McLouth LF, Strasburg P”

    • cayucosbaseballconservancy - May 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Looks like Span may be the one, for the lack of OBP at the top of the order not Espy. Kilgore perfectly reflected what I was thinking: if you move Zim to left field for defense, then, when Harper returns you give him his favorite position outside of catcher CF. Now you have what projects to be a potent offense even with Espinosa batting eighth.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        That could happen and move Rendon to leadoff and Harp 2nd and playing CF might be where they are heading with this. Both Braun and Alex Gordon made that same transition and it worked out great.

        If Ryan wasn’t such a potent bat, this would be a moot point. Glad they are thinking out of the box

      • jd - May 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Not gonna happen. They wouldn’t have acquired Spann in the first place if they wanted Harper in CF. It would have been much easier to find a corner outfielder or maybe even to keep Morse.

        I am not a big fan of Spann’s offense and he certainly shouldn’t be hitting leadoff but at least for this year he will patrol CF. BTW Brian Goodwin has a cool .375 OBP in AAA with 31 walks in 144 plate appearances. People couldn’t look over Derek Norris’s BA when he was coming up in the minors but when a prospect has such a good understanding of the strike zone the BA will come. Don’t dismiss Goodwin as a solid prospect just yet.

      • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Not gonna happen peric and Ghost. See Mark’s tweets to the right, or reproduced below.

      • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        But it’s cute to see you two agreeing on a crazy idea. :-)

    • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Just for the record Ghost, I never “predicted” Espi would be “benched.” Not until Zim returns.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        You didn’t but I predicted yesterday that it was a 1 game thing. I also think Frandsen should play at 2nd against LHPs and Walters should get LF against LHPs.

      • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        The only thing that suggested that Espi would sit more than a game was Mark’s (or was it Chase’s) statement that he had been “benched” in favor of Frandsen. That may have been wishful thinking or a bad choice of words, but it meant nothing in terms of MW’s plans.

        I predict that the sun will rise tomorrow morning.

  5. knoxvillenat - May 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    No Joey Votto in the lineup, no Jay Bruce in the lineup………keep Billy Hamilton off the bases (NO WALKS!!!) and I like our chances of winning tonight.

    If Hamilton gets on a couple of times he could be very disruptive to our defense, especially to SS.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Why isn’t Bruce in the lineup?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        DL after knee surgery.

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Wow. I totally forgot that.

    • NatsLady - May 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Of course, THEY are syaing, No LaRoche, no Harper, No Ryan Zimmerman…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Keeping Hamilton off the bases keeps Strasbourg focused, other base runners would be like gnats, where Hamilton is more like an albatross.

  6. whatsanattau - May 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Yikes, has there been a weaker 6-7-8 lineup since 2009? Who’s writing out the lineup card? Manny Acta?

    Team, Get Well Soon!!

    • chaz11963 - May 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Yeah, that’s a potential black hole at the bottom of the lineup. I think Stras might be the best hitter!

  7. Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    For all those speculating that Zim will play LF when he returns, there’s this:

    • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      And this:

    • Hiram Hover - May 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Does “we’re paying him a lot of $$$ and don’t have anywhere better to play him” qualify as an emergency?

      • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Haha. Probably. But that kind of assumes that they really want to keep a guy who has struck out 42.9% of the time in the last 11 games in the lineup. I just don’t see that happening.

      • Hiram Hover - May 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Agreed.

        If Danny had been able to keep up his April pace, there’s a small chance they pause and ask the question. With the way he’s been going lately, no chance at all.

    • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      That would be one heck of an emergency — McLouth, Hairston, TyMo, Frandsen, and Walters all unavailable to fill in. Whoa!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        As bad as that quintet has been at times I’m sounding the alarm EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS.

        I really know nothing on this and I am digging deep and got some good laughs. One guy who laughed at me also laughed at my hair-brained idea of Walters playing LF.

        You find a spot for the guy with the bat. Ryan just is not a good 3rd baseman any more. At his expense the panel on MLB Network were just laughing about him. Sean Casey said his throws are like tossing hand grenades.

      • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        The spot with the guy with a bat is 3B with Rendon moving to 2B. The spot with the guy without a bat is the bench, which is where Espi will likely go. Just because Sean Casey and the MLB guys are laughing doesn’t mean that Zim won’t go back to his normal position. He was doing ok — not great, but ok — with the pure sidearm style throwing before he got hurt. Of course, who knows how the thumb injury might complicate this throwing. Maybe it will fix it!

  8. secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Dobbs,Espi Mclouth and the pitcher????? Gonna need a no hitter by Stars tonight. I have to say I can not believe how absolutely putrid Nate Mclouth is at the plate. He makes Matty Stairs looks good.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Thanks for the reverse lock! McLouth is getting a hit tonight, fellas!

  9. secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I’d rather see Ted, George, Abe and Tom hitting 6 thru 9.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Your oil needs changing. Go tend to that, will you.
      [In fairness, that was a mildly humorous line].

      • secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        I hope they all get two hits.

  10. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    As best I can tell, this will be Brayan Pean’s second start and only his 7th MLB game at 1B. In the minors he had 22 games at 1B in 2007 at AAA and one game in 2005 (also AAA). I’m no expert on hitting, but a few bunts dragged up the 1B line by LF hitters otherwise having trouble getting on base might make sense.

    • NatsLady - May 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Glad we grabbed Dobbs before they did.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      That should read ‘Pena’ above.

  11. Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    With our 6-8, you might say it’s a reverse lock tonight. Except we have Stephen Strasburg on the mound.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN: Williams says Zim taking balls in LF and few grounders at 1B to protect broken thumb til cleared. If he plays OF, would be in emergency.

    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN:Zim says work in LF has strictly been conditioning. Not allowed to field grounders yet. Hasn’t been receiving any instruction from coaches.

    __________________________________

    Within 8 minutes that story changed. It went from “NOT ALLOWED TO FIELD GROUNDERS YET” to “FEW GROUNDERS AT 1B”

    How can we believe the guy who laughed on a radio interview this year that: “I lie to you guys every day”

    Mouth moving and no credibility. Now it’s that “If he plays OF, would be in emergency”. Emergency? Have you seen the state of LF and CF lately?

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Carlos Marmol DFA’d by the Marlins.

    • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      That’s a shame. i was looking forward to seeing him pitch in our next homestand.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        LOL. The Nats do love hitting against him!

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        I believe the Nats hit him as a team better than any other reliever. We hit Wheeler as a starter as well as any.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      From closer to DfA’d in about a season and a half. I seem to remember him blowing around 636537735 saves last season.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        This is the Marlins message to their fanbase that they are going for it. They’ve DFA’d Dobbs, HenRod and Marmol and bringing up more young arms.

        They believe they’d be in 1st Place now if they had a better bullpen on Opening Day. Yes but losing Fernandez to Tommy John could be a net loss of 10 games.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Maybe more. Fernandez is the truth.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        It could be more when you go from a 18 win guy to a #6 pitcher who might only win 7 games.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Yes, he blew a lot of saves. But he did with such style and gusto. I’ll miss him.

  14. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Me thinks McOut is going to snap out of it today and moving forward. No way this guy just keeps failing.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      LaRoche was giving him praise in the booth yesterday, saying he has good ABs. I don’t remember that many.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      I am going to kick start McOut, will start calling him McHit

    • secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Can you fall from rock bottom? Dont answer that.

  15. dcwx61 - May 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    OK, boys lets get a couple hits

    Span .236/288

    Espi .221/259 ( from .286 at the beginning of May)

    McLouth .116/247

    Dobbs 1.000

  16. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Go Strasbourg. Keep poised.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    When Buffalos fly!

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Love it!!!!

  19. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Wow flying buffalo

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Ball 2 sure looked kike strike 3

  21. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Double to Schumaker that missed its spot by several inches.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      About 4 or 5

  22. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I looked at bat pitch zone looked like ball 2 was strike 3. Other teams take advantage of that more the Nats do.

  23. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Why did Strasburg give up the slider. That was an effective pitch to lefties. He needs that put away pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      No confidence I guess.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      You mean a put away pitch to lefties. I think he has it if he hits his spots.

    • David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      It was getting crushed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Hanging sliders are not an effective pitch ;)

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Good scoop by Dobbs at 1st. Woooo, that made me nervous.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Considering he rarely plays the field that was an excellent play

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        That was a real short hop.

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Straw is a k pitcher screw the pitch to contact with him.

    0 in the first.

    Now let’s get the party started.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    No runs in The 1st…

    *golf clap*

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      +1 That was comforting.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      No runs in the first on a Strasburg start.

      -double golf clap-
      ;-)

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Walked in on 2 outs w man on 2nd. Thought that run was gonna score for sure. Turning point!

  27. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    What was Span looking at?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Strike 3

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Span don’t be afraid to swing at strikes.

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Hes supposed to be the tablesetter and that .182 Batting Average to leadoff in a game with only 2 walks in 35 games is worst in the Majors.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I get first assist of the week as Frazier is my third baseman.

    Already have 2 putouts as Ramos my catcher.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Good job Werth

  31. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Evening ladies and gents. Leggo Nats!

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    First inning and we are not behind.

  33. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Werth is contracting Hairston disease.

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Yes that was. Cannot do this to your pitcher.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Werth, come on. I don’t believe this.

  35. dcwx61 - May 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    now i see w hy zimm is practicing in the of

  36. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    It better be real windy in DC.

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Nope.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Uhm….

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Straw 3 is now. This is pathetic.

    Much easier catch than last Friday’s catch.

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Must k this batter. No chance for a run then.

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Bringing infield in is not what I would do.

  41. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    One more.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Nice pitch….

  43. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Saaaweet hook!

  44. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    FP doesnt sound that brilliant any more. “Strasburg needs a strikeout here”.

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Number 8 hitter.

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      In fairness to posting after it was over I would have walked Cozart.

  46. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    That is how you pitch after an error.

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Nice job SS…. Way to pick up your teammate…..

  48. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    That was a very long throw for Rendon. Good play. Cost Strasburg pitches, but his pitch count isn’t in bad shape.

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      It looked as if Rendon was playing no doubles there and I hate to say it but Ryan Zimmerman does not get Cozart out there and that probaly is down the line for a double.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Disagree. I dont think getting to balls has been an issue for Zim.

      • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        We can disagree about a 3rd baseman with limited range.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Braves score on a pass ball. 1-0 after 1

  50. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Stras with a slight mental fortitude uptick with that pickupnof Werth.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Way to go Desi…. He’s hitting….

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Desi hitting well not over swinging.

  53. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    The problem with the productive out for Dobbs is now you’re relying on Espinosa to drive the run in.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Espi made a base

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Nothing on the grass causing drop ball as that catch in the same area.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Bean ball on the hip.

  56. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Pitchers love hitting Espi. Poor guy.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      I guess they figure he swings at everything

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Come on Inc Hit

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    McHit

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Swing the damn bat

  60. dcwx61 - May 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    McLouth….keep the streak alive!!

  61. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    McLouth is great at working a good AB but then ending it with a strikeout.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I am not it was good did you see pitch track? 4 green dots out of the strike zone. Meaning he foul 4 pitches that were balls.

      In my opinion that is a bad at bat.

      • David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        I think it’s okay to expand the zone with Strasburg behind you. What you can’t do is strike out looking.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      I was hoping for a suicide squeeze.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        I thought we would have seen one by now.

  62. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Meh…..at least he worked a count

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      But 4 fouls would have been balls

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Unh Nate….

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    McHit swung at 4 balls but strikes out looking. What is that about.

  65. karlkolchak - May 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    $10 million down the drain…at least Matt Stairs was on an MLB minimum contract.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    You have an inexperienced 1st baseman. Why not suicide squeeze to 1st.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Because managers are don’t think that way anymore.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        You have position players batting worse than pitchers, you better start thinking that way.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Strasburg? That’s on you. Wrong guy to walk.

  68. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Of all that people to walk…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      None of the balls were close. What was that all about?

  69. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Strasburg’s first stupid play of the game. Walking Hamilton is poor.

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Dobbs could have pushed Hamilton with the tag.

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Too bad he was jammed a line drive would have been better.

  72. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Dobbs doin his thing. Nice.

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Good job SS and Dobbs

  74. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Very nice job by Dobbs so far, eh? Hamilton is fun to watch, but not against us. I was impressed by Stras after he got on.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      SS let him on in the first place so he had to bail himself out.

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Damn it is The Voice so I will flip in on commercials.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I like all the compliments FP is giving Strasburg on holding on Hamilton but if you don’t walk him then you don’t have to worry about it.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      It was a bad guy to walk, but Stras did a fine job of minimizing the damage.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I like that aggressive play by Rendon. With 1 out, get him into scoring position.

    • David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Plus, it’s a second baseman playing RF.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Helluva toss. I like the aggressiveness, too.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Hated it… He’s not that fast… And then to slow up and try to dig it… No…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Well to that Mrsb by slowing up for that split second was the difference but I bet you the scouting report says run on Schumaker.

        You don’t do it with no outs. I like that aggressivenss. It gives Werth and Ramos a chance to knock you in.

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Hated that decision by Anthony…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      No outs you don’t go. 1 or 2 outs you go.

  79. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I think Rendon avoided the tag.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Replay or MW go out. Watching the voice.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        If you’re watching the Voice, then quit posting.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Thanks for helping a bro out.

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Well, the good news… Last inning they got a couple of hard hit balls… Let’s get to Leake.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Espinosa doesn’t get to that ball and neither would have Frandsen.

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Was that retaliation?

  82. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Was the hit by pitch solid or glancing blow?

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Unh….

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    That’s how you run the 3rd and 1st steal of home. Note to Nats baserunners. No hestiation, you go.

  85. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    We were going to have to score a run to win anyway. Ramos shouldn’t have thrown through, though.

  86. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    What is it with our defense when Strasburg pitches? That was a little league run scored. And I love Ramos, but that was a stupid play on the catcher. No excuse for a MLB catcher.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      To top it off, the batter had two strikes.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Come on Nats bats…

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Giving free base runners is an invitation to give up a run.

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Alright Mr Dobbs…

  90. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Im diggin this Dobbs pickup.

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Another called 3rd strike. I hate them. Nothing positive can possibly happen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Yah, that pitch to Desi was outside the zone with the laces possibly on the black. That was a gift to the pitcher.

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    We need this hit with RISP here Danny.

  93. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    One day Espinosa will get a hit that’s not a home run with RISP. It has to happen.

    • David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      We will have to wait for that day, apparently.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Not necessarily

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    WordPress is not my friend right now….

  95. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Espinosa is straight lost up there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Just not seeing it. Oh, this is bad. You got him and McLouth and the pitcher back-to-back-to-back.

  96. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    “Tying run on second for Danny Espinosa,” said the announcer. Eugene in Oregon doesn’t look away from the work he’s doing. Why bother?

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      More 3rd person tonight. You’re stealing Ghost’s shtick.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Didnt think that was a swing….

    Danny’s inability to hit with men on is hurting him… And us..

    • natszee - May 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Men on or not.

  98. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    How come the Espi lovers had no comments about that 4th inning single by Brayan that Danny did not try to dive for to knock it down. That allowed Frazier to get to 3rd.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Espi lovers? This is impossible.

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Some you great stat guys out there find out what Espi’s swing and miss rate is? I know it was higher than most. He swings way too hard on third strikes.

    I know Victor Martinez is 7% on swine and misses. 8 k 9 homers so far.

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    When I try to reply to comments, the page freezes… But when I make new comments, it’s all good…

    Sigh.

  101. secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    It’s time for Frandsen at 2nd until Zimm is back.

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    My God didn’t he learn not to hit a batter?

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    0 runs ain’t gonna cut it… Nats bats need to get on…

    I’m trying not to laugh at Ghost… I really am… :-)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Laugh at me? I don’t leave games early.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Straw act like your the ace.

    • natszee - May 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      He is not. The ace pitched yesterday.

  105. secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    I’d rather see Roark pitch then Stras. This guy is nothing special. He just isn’t. Number one pick and the better pitcher is on the other team.

  106. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Just minimize the damage. 1 run again aint so bad.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Exactly. Need to get the offense going.

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    And the Negativity and D&G is taking over quickly.

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Minimal damage….come on offense…

  109. secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    You can pretend all you want. But everyone here know Stras is not what we all hoped for.

    • dcwx61 - May 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Watch it or we’ll send you back to Camden yards

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      I’d rather watch him pitch than to read your posts.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    2 hit by pitches. Both score. Can’t blame the fielders.

  111. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    I can’t wait til we’re finally healthy. The bottom of our lineup is garbage.

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    That’s why you run out grounders Bryce.

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Lousy 1st baseman.

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Keep the line moving….

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Laugh at your cockroach comment Ghost… Lol…

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Did comments just disappear?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      With any luck Mark and Chase found a way to banish secretwasianman.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Si.

  117. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Unreal. Two lineouts.

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Rendon and Werth hit baseballs right to the outfielders.

  119. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Line drive just hit too high.

    Keep hitting the ball hard.

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    We just are on the wrong side of luck….

  121. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    The server we are using worse than Espi batting with RISP

  122. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Sigh, I miss Roger….

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Way to go blue. You called Desi out on a ball out of the zone and didn’t give Dobbs his walk. Not even close.

  124. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    93 pitches. We should see a couple pen innings. Chapman, though, in the 9th. That dude is serious.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    We need uniform umpiring…

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Ugh, I got an exam in 30 seconds… But I know Leake has pounded the SZ for the most part tonight…come on blue, don’t help him…

  127. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Broken bat bloop for Hamilton. Strasburg can’t catch a break.

  128. knoxvillenat - May 19, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Hamilton on base again……wait for it, I’m sure he will be running.

    • knoxvillenat - May 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      What did I say?

  129. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Hamilton on base as the leadoff 3 times out of 4.

  130. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Got that b***ard. Love it.

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Nats get away with a balk there. One small break for mankind.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      LOL

    • secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Experts on MLB network said Not A Balk. But hey I’m sure you know more than they do. I mean your a legend in your own mind.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Did he come set? If they say he did then I was wrong. It wouldn’t be the 1st time. Unfortunately for you, you’re just a miserable troll who gets his jollies being negative.

        You’ve driven many posters away and I’m sure that makes you happy.

      • secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Not happy. Your still here.

  132. davecydell - May 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    only 2 run game and reds bullpen in future

  133. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Big hit with Walters up here.

  134. TimDz - May 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    They need to get Leake’s pitch count up here and go for broke in the 8th….
    Keep Chapman off the mound…..

  135. knoxvillenat - May 19, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    May have told this story before so please bear with me. Two years ago I went to see Billy Hamilton in a minor league game in Chattanooga in AA ball. Every time he came up to bat, the Lookouts infield, all four of them, played in on the grass no matter how many base runners were on or even if there were no base runners. Didn’t make any difference how many outs there were either, all four infielders in on the grass each at bat.

    Hamilton ended up the night going 2 for 4 plus a walk and 4 stolen bases. One of his hits was an infield hit fielded cleanly by the SS but unable to get him out. Quite a performance that had the entire section I was sitting in talking about all night.

  136. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    That was off the plate…. Come on blue.

  137. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Come on Span. This RBI is huge.

  138. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Hellz yeah!!!!!!

  139. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    See how Denard stayed at 1st…. Way to go Denard…

  140. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Span, Span Span!

  141. davecydell - May 19, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    my bookie has nats fav now

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    All I see is veejh 3comments at the bottom… Didnt look at the time stamp and saw ‘pathetic’…. I was like huh… What’s pathetic…

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      That was fro Ghosts deleted cockroach comment. I wish the mod would delete my posts, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        I rarely get such positive feedback on my comments. I don’t think I was the 1st one to call him a cockroach but it’s fitting.

        Ghost is enjoying this game much more.

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

    You put enough bats on balls and eventually they find grass.

  144. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    McHit scored. The positive vibes got to him.

  145. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Come on….the wave in a tight game down by a run?

  146. dcwx61 - May 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    When I was growing up, i listened to Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer and Bill White on an AM station from my clock radio. Sunday games were usually televised but not much else. The three announcers would rotate from TV and radio every 3 innings. Why do I bring this up, when I can watch not only all the Nats games but all of any team’s games…Well, there was hope back then, before I got stuck on this couch patiently awaiting another bloggers comment.

    What if there was a place where you could go where there was no TV and you could break bread with your family
    Well, I said it my way.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Hopefully you enjoy the positive chatter and the critical analysis.

      • dcwx61 - May 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        I am grateful

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I will take that out #1 but Mattheus needed to climb the ladder there on Phillips for a swing thru strike #3.

  148. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Way to go Danny. I’ve been waiting for that! WEB GEM!

  149. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Espi’s glove is gold, his bat, fool’s gold.

  150. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Nice nice nice play Danny….

  151. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Jayson wants that one back…

  152. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Wow! Flying Pigs! McLouth gets on and scores, Espy does his Aaron Hill best impersonation, the Knucklehead looked pretty good!

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    If Nats tie it up here I like their chances going into extras.

  154. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    HUGE

  155. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Oh yes Desi!

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    This feels like the ballgame right here, right now. If Dobbs gets a hit here, Rizzo looks like a genius.

  157. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Nuts.

  158. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Dammit. Now have to deal w Chapman. Odds just went down big time.

  159. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    They have been horribly unlucky tonight. Rendon and Werth both lined out with RISP. Dobbs hit that reasonably hard.

    Now we get Espinosa vs. Chapman. I’m sure that will go well.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Maybe we’ll enter the twilight zone. It could happen.

  160. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Off the bat it looked good by Dobbs. If only he could’ve elevated that some.

  161. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Pull Mattheus. We need to keep this at 1 run, or forget it.

  162. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Can’t give up anything here. Just have to hope someone runs into one against Chapman. Baffled why Mattheus is still in.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Me too.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Yah, I go to the Blevins here against Bernadina.

  163. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Phew. Was worried there. Definitely shoulda used Blev in that situation.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      All I can say is glad it worked out for MW. You would hate to have to answer why you didn’t make a change there if Bernadina gets a hit.

  164. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    You have now entered the twilight zone!

  165. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Espinosa! Look at that! Not only green grass but I really nice hit.

  166. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Need a wild pitcher here.

  167. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Sweet Fancy Moses! Espy with a double!

  168. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    That is a productive out there for Frandsen!

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Almost a walkoff HR by Frandsen. Didnt miss it by much!

  169. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Franman w a productive out. Nice.

  170. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Time for Hairston to be a hero!!!!

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      That’s how you do it Hairston. I’m impressed!

  171. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Woooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats what Im talkin about!!!!!!

  172. Drew - May 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Tremendous job.

  173. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Where’s that secretwasian clown? I thought we lost in the 5th?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Funny how that works. These guys are gamers.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Gutsy stuff off Chappy. Love it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        You know what, Espinosa with the super quick bat. Nice double and Frandsen and Hairston with really nice ABs.

  174. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Do we get to face some of their lousy middle relief now?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Yes sir.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      This is where we win it.

  175. secretwasianman - May 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Is chapman done?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      No he is still on spring training mode

  176. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    I am back. Miss anything?

    I followed on my at bat app.

  177. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Wait… I was doing school work… How did we score?

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Leadoff Espi double and 2 back to back sacs……off Chapman.

  178. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Way to go on Hamilton. I’ve been waiting for that high cheese!!!

  179. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Nice start, Rafael !

  180. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Soriano squeezed badly.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Squeezed on one for sure. Others not pitched as well.

  181. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    This ump blows.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Yep, just missing badly all over. No question that should have been 2-1 count instead of 3-0. Nats dugout has to chirp louder.

  182. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Need a doubleplay here.

  183. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Who pitched the top of the 9th?

    Wow, way to go Espi… And Frandsen and Hamilton….

    Chapman has been 1 of my favy closers… Him and the Rays closer…

  184. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    The old not bothering to hold someone on trick.

  185. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Rendon….you animal!!!!!!! Ridiculous.

  186. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Rendon, are you kidding me! Saves a double!

  187. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Wow Rendon then wow Dobbs

  188. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Is that a sweet fancy Moses moment… :-)

  189. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    YOWSA!

  190. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Now let’s win it.

  191. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I’m sensing walkoff.

  192. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Does Soriano memorize the exact dimensions of the ballpark so he can be sure to use every inch of it?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      +1

  193. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Mesaroco missed that by a couple of milimeters. Frandsen made my heart jump there.

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

    I love this team….

  195. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Aroldis Chapman out for the 10th. I guess they think they won’t need him tomorrow.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      With Cueto…. I can understand why…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        That’s what I’m sure they are thinking. I think it’s poor strategy.

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

        My screen didnt freeze….. Yes!!!!!!!

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Seems like we’ve been winning games we’re suppose to lose. So, I say we win tomorrow.

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

        The Greinke game comes to mind….

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        We beat Gray, but Sori blew that. I count that. There’s been others.

  196. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Chapman won’t pitch games 2 and 3 now

  197. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I want a Werthquake

  198. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Buffalo Wil time!

  199. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    No Werhquake. How about a buffalo chip

  200. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Werth has just had no luck at the plate tonight…

  201. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Please swing at strikes only.

  202. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Alright. Well, hold it where it is Drew. We should be done with Chapman now.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Pretty big gamble by the Reds rolling out Chapman for the 10th. We win this, advantage us big time for the rest of the series.

  203. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Come on Drew….

  204. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Buckle up Drew

  205. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Dobbs? Doh!

  206. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Oh Dobbs….

  207. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Big mistake by Dobbs.

  208. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Dobbs inexperience shows there

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Bench should have yelled 2

  209. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Are you kidding me? Arrrggghhh!

  210. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Got to punch out the next two too.

  211. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Come on Drew…. Throw strikes…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Come on .

  212. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Had Ramos throw to 1st been more on line, Dobbs may have seen Frazier in his peripheral vision. Who knows?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Bench should yell 2

  213. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Not a horrible walk. Sets up doubleplay. Heisey had a good night

  214. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Almost

  215. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Ohhhh close play….

  216. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Got heeeem!

  217. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    You have to challenge right here…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Where is the angle from fist base camera well.

  218. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    The camera angle we need is from fist base well. Where is that camera

  219. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Foot on bag

  220. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Really messes up the flow of the game.

  221. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Poor Storen!

  222. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    The first base camera was the right camera. Where was it MASN

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Good ole MASN

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Producer didn’t show us anything. Was cameraman on break.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        They sent have the staff home to save money.

  223. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    What a travesty.

  224. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Couldn’t tell…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Correct you couldn’t tell as only hyena cameras on the left side were watching. What happened to the MASN cameras on the right,
      ? Those are the ones we needed to know for sure, and they were AWOL

  225. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Come on guys

  226. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Come on Drew…. Throw strikes!!!!

  227. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Storen got a whole bunch of accolades lately. Time to look like a closer.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      And he did!!!

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      You know this!!!!!!!

  228. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Good take… Grrrrr….

  229. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Nasty pitch…. Way to frickin go Drew!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  230. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Moot point

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Yep, Nats need to win it here and now. Don’t want to go deeper into this game. Time for Desi to plant one in Section 105.

  231. unkyd59 - May 19, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Attaboy

  232. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Espi walk off Hr…. I’m calling it now…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      If that’s the case, Ryan Zimmerman to LF.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      From your mouth to Espi’s bat

  233. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    OK…….NOW time to win this.

  234. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Storen was a bit wild. He snuck out of that inning.

  235. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I wonder what people behind the plate do for a living to get afford $350 tickets (some with kids so multiple tickets). Not that I am envious, but for most part I just don’t believe most who sit there, are bigger baseball fans than all of us.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Season ticket holders can use their red carpet reward points for those seats, too.

    • coop202 - May 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      I’ve sat there – either but them one off too celebrate or corporate seats. I got a bad look actually from werth for being too excited (they like quite from there apparently?)

  236. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Desi hasn’t hit one over the out-of-town scoreboard in a while. It would be a good time now.

  237. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Dammit….

  238. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Parra has a 6.14 ERA. Time to pound this guy.

  239. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Don’t over swing

  240. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Here’s Espi’s shot to be the hero.

  241. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Another lineout.

  242. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Just a bunch of balls hit right at people…. Grrr….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Hitting hard while swinging soft is what we ask for.

  243. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Swung softer hit harder. It is one of the secrets.

  244. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Almost a homer.

  245. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Well, it wasn’t the hr but it was a hit….

  246. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Our pen vs their pen. I still like our odds here.

  247. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Kevin swinging for the fences. That was your pitch Frandsen.

  248. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Hoping Heisey was going to pull a Hairston out there.

  249. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Come on Clip

  250. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Do not let this cheetah get on base

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Changeup’d

  251. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Keep Hamilton off base

  252. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Good start

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Yah, a gift strike on Strike #2 for Clippard

      • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Nats deserve a few of those for the botched ones earlier.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        Nats deserve a lot more of those!!!

  253. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    TyMo batting? HR time for him.

  254. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Instead of the Nats going for a HR here just piece together 3 straight hits to walkoff.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      How’s about a walk and a sacrifice to get him to 2nd?

  255. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    F’n A. Our pen has been stellar. Hindsight, but allowing Mattheus to pitch 2 innings saved an arm.

    • David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Matt looks like a genius now, when I was cursing at the time.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        I was too.

  256. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Tyler Moore available to pinch hit and win this game, right?

  257. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Espinosa stat line looking good. 2-4 with a HBP gives him a .600 OBP for the game.

  258. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Moore got a pitch right there, yikes.

  259. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Merry! Tyler! Moore!

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Nice AB

  260. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Good AB by Tyler Moore.

  261. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Thank you, we get Span at second instead of T-Mo.

  262. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Lousy bunt. How is Span so poor at bunting. You must bunt to the 1st baseman. Works out well as now you have real speed on 2nd.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Agreed

  263. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Good trade. Span on 2nd betté than Moore.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      I hope that is French for scores winning run here.

  264. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Werth walkoff coming up

  265. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Vamos Ramos!

  266. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Come on Wilson… End this…

  267. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Stop it…. Stop it…. Stop it…..

  268. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Robbery.

  269. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    ARE YOU KIDDING??????

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Why was Phillips even playing there?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Scouting?!?!?!!!!

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Because scouting report said that

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        He does hit them up the middle.

  270. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Phillips amazing.

  271. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Are you flippin serious…..

  272. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Just a helluva play by Phillips….. Ugh…

  273. unkyd59 - May 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Geeze…

  274. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Conclusion the advance scouts have Phillips in the right spot. I foot left we win.

  275. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Great at-bats by TyMo and Rendon and the Buffalo gets robbed.

  276. Drew - May 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Wow, what a great play.

    Dang it all.

  277. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Welp, we definitely need a solid 8 from Fister tomorrow.

  278. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I have a bad feeling about this game now.

  279. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Barrett got squeezed….

  280. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Come on Barrett those pitches were awful.

  281. unkyd59 - May 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    oboy…

  282. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Barrett in a pressure situation. Blah.

  283. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Nats scouting on Frasier. Not so much.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      I’m trying to figure out what the hell the defensive specialist is supposed to do.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Looked like a doubleplay off the bat. Desi playing in the hole instead of closer to the bag for a doubleplay.

  284. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Come on a strike with at least a little movement

  285. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Another lousy bunt. This time by them.

  286. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Ramos has not had a very good game. Great play by Rendon!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Really? Seen nothing wrong with it. Great play calling great circus catch in the 1st on Hamilton.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        The throw to 3rd was lucky it didn’t go into LF. Great save by Rendon. The play they scored on the steal was an awful judgement call. Also a passed ball.Also 0-6 at the plate. No, he has not had a good game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        I disagree. The throw was right there. A good 1st basemans stretch by Rendon. He threw it to beat the runner. Hard luck batting. It is what it is but if you want to criticize, I’m not going to let you trash a heart and soul player.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        I love the guy. I think this wasn’t one of his better games. Not exactly trashing him, Steve .Good grief you get high and mighty sometimes,

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        Read your comment. You’re wrong. The guy almost hit the walkoff single but was robbed by Phillips.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        And it didn’t go through. I thought Rendon made a great play on the throw. I thought Wilson made a bad decision on the steal at home play. He had a passed ball. Yes, he has had tough luck at the plate, but it comes down to an 0-6 game. Yes, he a great play in the first. When I said that he hasn’t had a very good game , my statement encompasses all of the results that he has had. Unlucky, or not, 0-6 doesn’t add up to a good game, Steve.It’s not trashing the guy. Ramos is one of my favorite players. I wasn’t trashing him. That said, I hope that he gets the game winner.

  287. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Frazier’s hit same line as Ramos. Since he is on my fantasy team he hits a lit there. I guess our scouts don’t think so.

  288. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Anyone wanna win this? Sheesh.

  289. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Way to come back Barrett.

    Going back to Friday that makes 19 straight for the bullpen.

  290. unkyd59 - May 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Nice. Can we please end this here… I’m tired.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Im hungry. Yes, please end this.

  291. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Barrett pulls the horseshoe out of his backside.

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Gets Hamilton. That was nice. 2 shutout innings for him.

  292. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Desi loves hitting off of Hoover.

  293. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    After Brandon Phillips’ play on Wilson Ramos, I had a bad feeling going into that half-inning, Nice to end it.

  294. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Come on boys

  295. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Mrs B still looking for Espi homer I bet

  296. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Dobbs ends it right here. Walkoff HR.

  297. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    A fan should have sacrificed himself and interfered with that play.

  298. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Espi .230

  299. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    With 2 outs. You are looking to hit a HR here. I give you permission Danny.

  300. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    More Lindy an RBI with no one on than RISP

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Likely

  301. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    No shame in a K there Danny.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Except he swings to hard. Can’t control bats swing spot as well.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        If you do swing out of your cleats do it there.

  302. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Did anyone find his swing and miss rate yet?

    He just swings way too hard. How come Schu can’t stop that I don’t understand.

  303. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    So it’s Frandsen, pitcher, Span in the bottom of the 14th? Or am I wrong?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      You are correct.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      JZ pinch hitter?

  304. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    0-2 pitch and leaves it up there.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Well place slider is great. One hanging high is not well pitchhed

  305. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    He can’t catch up with a fast ball, so speed his bat up with a slider.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      They were trying to fool him and it did not.

  306. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    FP likes the walk I dont

  307. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Great.

  308. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Good job, kid!

  309. adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Wow. Aaron Barret throws a 3-1 slider, and then a 3-2 slider to get the K. Nerves of steel!

  310. unkyd59 - May 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Yep. That’s sum bullpen, there….

    • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      +1.

  311. nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Can the Nats make Logan Ondrusek 0-3 on his W/L record?

  312. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Oh Frandsen you are going to give FP a B4F.

  313. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Bad move MW, I would be bunting with a pitcher here.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Agreed

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        How do you not bring in JZim to Sac Bunt. MW loses his brain once again.

  314. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    No bunt?

  315. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Odd that we’re not bunting here. For once, the bunt is actually a good play.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Lobaton had this situation early in the year.

  316. Drew - May 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    What are you doing?

    You have to bunt here.

  317. texnat1 - May 19, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    It’s not ok to not be bunting here. It’s an unacceptable mistake.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Agreed

  318. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Ain’t that special. Why no bunt?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      MW brain farted once again. JZim or Roark could have bunted.

  319. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Span now has to pick up his manager.

  320. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Too bad Loboton was worthless

  321. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Robbery again.

  322. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Unreal. The Gods clearly don’t want us to win this game.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      They don’t want anyone to win. Like the Iowa Baseball Confederacy game. Check back in August.

  323. texnat1 - May 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Matt WIlliams has not proven to me he deserves to be coaching in the major leagues.

  324. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Leadoff double wasted and Matt Williams brain farted. Nice stroke by Ramos. That was a crazy catch in CF.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Sorry, nice stroke by Rendon.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      You mean Rendon this time

  325. natszee - May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    This is one great ball game!

  326. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Detwiler for the 15th.

    • unkyd59 - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      And the 16th. And the 17th……

  327. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Again we hit it great and the fielder is positioned correctly.

    Great scouting placing them in the correct position.

    Whoever Reds advance scout is earned his money.

    Fielders in position enough to dive for it.

  328. Drew - May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Another terrific, game-saving play.

    Goodness.

  329. adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Rendon’s asking: “what’s the baseball term for something that is the opposite of a seeing-eye single? Buffalo’s asking the same question.”

    Sheesh!

  330. adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Longest game in Nationals history?

  331. snopes1 - May 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    I guess the five second delay guy was past his bedtime at 11:45 p.m. FP clearly just said, “Are you sh**ting me?” when Hamilton made that unbelievable game-saving catch.

  332. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Don’t blow this, Ross.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Finally broke down and got the maloox

  333. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Tgat was easier to field then those two hits we had and hit a lot less hard

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Yah, no kidding. Not sure about that.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        You think their two plays were easier than that?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        It could be our scouting has Esoi 2 feet left of what we needed. They were always positioned in the right spot

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        Big play in that inning.

  334. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Dial up a 2 seam doubleplay Det.

  335. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    We’ve seen first hand why the Reds are one of the best defensive teams.

  336. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    And that’s why Detwiler is mopup.

  337. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Ross Detwiler. Why Ross. Why.

  338. natszee - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Son of a b……… C!

  339. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    We all saw this coming.

  340. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    And we see why Det isn’t used…

  341. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I may have hexed this game. Sorry guys.

  342. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Detwiler needs to go soon. He pisses me off more than any of our pitchers.

  343. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Well, hopefully we hit up Cueto…. It’s a shame Ross, it’s a shame.

  344. natszee - May 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Easy to blame Det but failure to play small ball last inning is why we saw what we just saw. This game should have been over!

  345. naterialguy - May 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    We need to trade Ross or pay him. This inbetween is messed his head up so bad they are wasting him.

  346. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Ross and his poor attitude needs to be traded.. He hasn’t shown that he worked on anything. He really thinks he’s an every 5 day starter and that’s not the case.

    He’s got the stuff to be good…

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      …..If he learns another pitch or 2

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      If you got the stuff then show it.

    • naterialguy - May 19, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      You can’t take someone that’s been a starter and then put him in a situation where he never knows what his role is our when he’s going to be used and expect it to go smoothly.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      We can’t put it all on Det. The Nats had plenty of chances before that. As we go to the bottom of the inning, Nats are 1-for15 RISP. Ramos & Werth 0-for-11. And, further, Ramos and Rendon both had almost-walk-offs.

  347. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    They scored 2 we can do the same too. Just need to do it like they did.

  348. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Think with Frandsen’s double if MW bunts him over.

  349. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Buffalo homer now

  350. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    MW is not doing what I expected. The non bunt is just pissing me more and more. Why?

  351. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Hopefully Ondrusek tees one up here for Desmond.

  352. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Jayson Werth Born: May 20, 1979 (Age 35.000)

  353. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Desi off the end of the battle. Barrelled up would be a homer

  354. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Wowowowowwowow

  355. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    And that should have been our walk off… Thanks Ross.

  356. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Why couldn’t we get a bloop earlier? Instead we scorch the ball and nothing.

  357. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Reds 2 for 24 RISP WE ARE NOW 2 for 17.

    Espi’s non play is the extra run.

  358. naterialguy - May 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    “Not dead yet”

  359. natszee - May 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Dobbs comes through and now

  360. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Danny just missed that.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      And Frazier didnt

  361. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Thanks Det for nothing.

    As I said the play Espi didn’t make scored.

  362. naterialguy - May 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Amazing game

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Great game indeed terrible pitching by Det ruins a great game

  363. texnat1 - May 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Brutal loss. With Cueto to come, its likely the series, and that is disappointing.

    I just can’t stand not bunting in that situation. Just absolutely hate it.

    • adcwonk - May 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      With Cueto to come, its likely the series

      C’mon. He’s not undefeated. That’s why they play the games, etc.

      • texnat1 - May 20, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        “likely”

  364. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Danny gave that a charge. That was close.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Needed to hit solid like Frazier did

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