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

    Please swing at strikes only.

  2. 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.

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

    Come on Drew….

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

    Buckle up Drew

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

    Dobbs? Doh!

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

    Oh Dobbs….

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

    Big mistake by Dobbs.

  8. 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

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

    Are you kidding me? Arrrggghhh!

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

    Got to punch out the next two too.

  11. 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 .

  12. 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

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

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

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

    Almost

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

    Ohhhh close play….

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

    Got heeeem!

  17. 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.

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

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

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

    Foot on bag

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

    Really messes up the flow of the game.

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

    Poor Storen!

  22. 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.

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

    What a travesty.

  24. 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

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

    Come on guys

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

    Come on Drew…. Throw strikes!!!!

  27. 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!!!!!!!

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

    Good take… Grrrrr….

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

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

  30. 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.

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

    Attaboy

  32. 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

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

    OK…….NOW time to win this.

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

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

  35. 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?)

  36. 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.

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

    Dammit….

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

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

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

    Don’t over swing

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

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

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

    Another lineout.

  42. 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.

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

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

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

    Almost a homer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hoping Heisey was going to pull a Hairston out there.

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

    Come on Clip

  50. 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

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

    Keep Hamilton off base

  52. 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!!!

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

    TyMo batting? HR time for him.

  54. 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?

  55. 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.

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

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

  57. 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.

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

    Moore got a pitch right there, yikes.

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

    Merry! Tyler! Moore!

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

      Nice AB

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

    Good AB by Tyler Moore.

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

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

  62. 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

  63. 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.

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

    Werth walkoff coming up

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

    Vamos Ramos!

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

    Come on Wilson… End this…

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

    Stop it…. Stop it…. Stop it…..

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

    Robbery.

  69. 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.

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

    Phillips amazing.

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

    Are you flippin serious…..

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

    Just a helluva play by Phillips….. Ugh…

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

    Geeze…

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

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

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

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

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

    Wow, what a great play.

    Dang it all.

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

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

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

    I have a bad feeling about this game now.

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

    Barrett got squeezed….

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

    Come on Barrett those pitches were awful.

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

    oboy…

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

    Barrett in a pressure situation. Blah.

  83. 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.

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

    Come on a strike with at least a little movement

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

    Another lousy bunt. This time by them.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

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

    Anyone wanna win this? Sheesh.

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

    Way to come back Barrett.

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

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

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

    Desi loves hitting off of Hoover.

  93. 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.

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

    Come on boys

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

    Mrs B still looking for Espi homer I bet

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

    Dobbs ends it right here. Walkoff HR.

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

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

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

    Espi .230

  99. 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.

  100. 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

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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?

  104. 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

  105. 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.

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

    FP likes the walk I dont

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

    Great.

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

    Good job, kid!

  109. 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!

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

    Yep. That’s sum bullpen, there….

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

      +1.

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

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

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

    Oh Frandsen you are going to give FP a B4F.

  113. 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.

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

    No bunt?

  115. 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.

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

    What are you doing?

    You have to bunt here.

  117. 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

  118. 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.

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

    Span now has to pick up his manager.

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

    Too bad Loboton was worthless

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

    Robbery again.

  122. 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.

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

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

  124. 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

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

    This is one great ball game!

  126. 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……

  127. 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.

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

    Another terrific, game-saving play.

    Goodness.

  129. 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!

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

    Longest game in Nationals history?

  131. 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.

  132. 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

  133. 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.

  134. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Dial up a 2 seam doubleplay Det.

  135. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    We’ve seen first hand why the Reds are one of the best defensive teams.

  136. David Proctor - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    And that’s why Detwiler is mopup.

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Ross Detwiler. Why Ross. Why.

  138. natszee - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Son of a b……… C!

  139. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    We all saw this coming.

  140. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    And we see why Det isn’t used…

  141. veejh - May 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I may have hexed this game. Sorry guys.

  142. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Detwiler needs to go soon. He pisses me off more than any of our pitchers.

  143. 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.

  144. 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!

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Think with Frandsen’s double if MW bunts him over.

  149. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Buffalo homer now

  150. 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?

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Hopefully Ondrusek tees one up here for Desmond.

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Jayson Werth Born: May 20, 1979 (Age 35.000)

  153. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Desi off the end of the battle. Barrelled up would be a homer

  154. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Wowowowowwowow

  155. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    And that should have been our walk off… Thanks Ross.

  156. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Why couldn’t we get a bloop earlier? Instead we scorch the ball and nothing.

  157. 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.

  158. naterialguy - May 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    “Not dead yet”

  159. natszee - May 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Dobbs comes through and now

  160. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Danny just missed that.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      And Frazier didnt

  161. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Thanks Det for nothing.

    As I said the play Espi didn’t make scored.

  162. 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

  163. 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”

  164. 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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