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Game 45: Reds at Nats

May 20, 2014, 3:23 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals’ lineup — in its current, injury-plagued form — is not particularly effective against right-handed pitching. Their .236 team batting average against righties ranks 23rd in the majors this season. (As opposed to their .284 batting average against left-handers, third-best in baseball.)

So tonight’s matchup against Johnny Cueto does not particularly favor the Nats. Cueto has merely been the best pitcher in baseball so far this season, with a 4-2 record and 1.25 ERA in nine starts. How good has the Reds right-hander been? Historically good. He’s the first pitcher in MODERN BASEBALL HISTORY to pitch at least seven innings and allow fewer than two earned runs in each of his first nine starts of a season. That’s remarkable.

The Nationals, who are forced to go with the likes of Tyler Moore and Kevin Frandsen tonight, will need to somehow scratch out a few runs off Cueto (or at least get to the Cincinnati bullpen). But they’ll also need a big-time start out of Doug Fister, who was excellent last week in Arizona (one run in seven innings) and tonight makes his Nationals Park debut.

Updates to come, please check back…

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 89, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (23-21)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
LF Kevin Frandsen
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister

REDS (20-23)
CF Billy Hamilton
RF Skip Schumaker
2B Brandon Phillips
1B Todd Frazier
C Brayan Pena
LF Chris Heisey
SS Zack Cozart
3B Ramon Santiago
RHP Johnny Cueto

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

7:05 p.m. — We are underway with a strike from Doug Fister to Billy Hamilton.

7:12 p.m. — Fister’s evening got off to a great start, a 3-pitch strikeout of Hamilton. But that didn’t last long. Skip Schumaker ripped a double to deep left, then scored on Todd Frazier’s 2-out single up the middle. Things could’ve really gotten out of hand after Danny Espinosa made a stunningly awful throw that hit the camera well by the front edge of the dugout. But Fister was able to strike out Chris Heisey on a big curveball to end the inning and keep the deficit at 1-0.

7:22 p.m. — The exact opposite scenario for the Nats in the bottom of the first. Denard Span, not typically the type to go up there and hack at the very first pitch he sees, did just that and lined a base hit to left to get the Nats going. But Anthony Rendon sent a flyball to right, Jayson Werth just got under a pitch and flied out to deep center and Ian Desmond struck out on a 3-2 pitch. So it remains 1-0 after one.

7:34 p.m. — Two scoreless innings in the book and Cueto has thrown only 22 pitches. That’s not exactly what the Nats are looking for against a guy who has already thrown three complete games this season.

7:56 p.m. — They may be unearned runs, but the Nats will happily take a pair of them in the bottom of the third against Cueto, who just gave up as many runs in this inning as he allowed in any of his nine previous starts. We also got a chance to see Fister show off his athletic skills; he scored all the way from first on Span’s bunt single that was followed by a wild throw from third baseman Ramon Santiago. Span (now 2-for-2) wound up on third base and scored on Rendon’s sac fly. So it’s 2-1 Nats after three.

8:01 p.m. — Eight in a row retired by Fister, who since that shaky first inning has looked sharp. We go to the bottom of the fourth.

8:14 p.m. — Make it 11 in a row retired by Fister, who is working fast and getting quick outs. Still 2-1 Nats in the middle of fifth.

8:33 p.m. — Fister got into a jam in the sixth, with two on and one out, but he got Pena to ground out to first. Then Rendon saved the day with another great diving stop, followed by a strong throw to first (with a nice stretch by Moore, as well) to just get Heisey and keep the Reds from scoring. The 2-1 lead remains intact through the top of the sixth.

9:04 p.m. — So, that whole thing about Johnny Cueto being the best pitcher in baseball and being unbeatable? Yeah, not so much tonight. The Nats just blasted him in the bottom of the sixth, scoring seven runs to make it 9-1, becoming the first team to score more than two runs in a game off him this season. They also became the first team to knock him out in fewer than seven innings. Span had two hits in the inning and is now 4-for-4 tonight while picking up four extra bases with his legs. Werth gave himself a birthday present with an RBI single. Moore and Espinosa added RBI singles of their own to finish off the previously unstoppable Cueto. And the hits kept on coming against reliever Sean Marshall, with eight runs (six earned) ultimately charged to Cueto. A standing ovation from the crowd here at the end of the Nationals’ best offensive inning of the season. They lead 9-1 after six.

9:15 p.m. – The Reds get one back in the top of the seventh, thanks in part to a double by old pal Roger Bernadina. But Tyler Moore made another nice play at first base to end the inning and preserve a 9-2 lead for Fister and the Nats at the stretch.

9:35 p.m. — That’ll do it for Fister, who was outstanding again. Over his last two starts, he has thrown 14 innings and allowed only three runs. I think this is what we can expect over the long haul from the big right-hander. Ross Detwiler enters for the eighth, the Nats up 9-2.

9:53 p.m. — Denard Span: 5-for-5. What a night.

10:07 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 9-4. An impressive all-around performance.

214 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. secretwasianman - May 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I take slight accept ion to Marks last paragraph. We got to there bullpen last night and couldn’t score.

    • micksback1 - May 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      totally agree with you, I like the fight the guys have to tcome back and extend the game, but damn it, the offense was unacceptable the last few innings. one run is all they needed and they could not come up with it. Reds are a sub 500 team now witha shaky bullpen, that is why last night’s loss is so g-damn frustrating!!

      • Eric - May 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        “one run is all they needed and they could not come up with it.”

        Sure they could! It just took 8 innings against their bullpen and happened after the Reds had scored 2 ;).

      • bowdenball - May 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Frustrating, yes. But unacceptable? You act like they had bad at-bats and struck out in key spots over and over again. They got men into scoring position more often than not. Did you see the plays that Phillips and Hamilton made on what looked like sure game-winning base hits? Those were both lined shots that fall for base hits 9 times out of 10 at least. What more do you want the offense to do?

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Hamilton and Phillips were both already smiling as they hit the ground. Great plays. But let’s not forget the Flying Buffalo early in the game.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        I never understood this part: When the oppostion’s bullpen suceeds, it’s because our hitters are bums, not b/c their guys did a job they get paid well to do. But when their hitters succeed, it’s b/c our pitchers are bums.

        This makes no sense to me.

      • therealjohnc - May 20, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Sec 3, it’s simple: the opposing team are extras in our movie. Only the Nats are main characters :-)

    • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Well, not in extra innings, but they only got there because they scored against Chapman, which is an accomplishment in itself.

      And I’m sure the Nats hitters would rather face that BP any day over Cueto. There’s a reason he’s having a historic start to his season and his record is still only 4-2 with 3 NDs (inc. 2 games the team went on to lose).

  2. Doc - May 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    So wad happened to leftiy McClouth or lefty/switchy Walters in tonights lineup????

    Or does it matter, against Cueto??

    • bowdenball - May 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      I’m with you, I don’t see why McLouth is out of the lineup. He’s had a bad start to the season but he’s also had impossibly bad luck, with a .154 BABIP. He need chances and his numbers will regress to where they should be, for sure. If he’s not in the lineup against a tough right-hander on the mound and Bryce Harper on the DL, he shouldn’t be on the team.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Interestingly, Cueto has a reverse split this year. For his career, he’s been only slightly tougher on right handed hitters. Maybe that explains Frandsen and Moore being in the lineup.

      • bowdenball - May 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Hmm. Interesting note, masterfishkeeper. Thanks for the insight.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Another data point: McLouth has a good record vs. Cueto, but it mostly consists of at bats in 2008-2009, so I wouldn’t put much weight on it. Also, Cueto shuts off the running game better than anyone, so McLouth’s speed wouldn’t be as helpful as usual.

      • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Good discussion.

        One thing I’d add–his BABIP is way down, but I don’t think it’s all bad luck.

        When ALR was in the booth the other day, he said something about McL having good ABs, but that’s not what I remember seeing. I remember a lot of weak GBs for easy outs–the kind of thing you would expect to yield a low BABIP.

        I thought maybe that was just confirmation bias, but this season the stats show he is hitting a lot more grounders (53% this year, vs 39% career) and a lot fewer LDs (7.5% this year, vs 19% career).

        Small sample size, and all, but it’s enough to make me wonder if it’s not just bad luck.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Interesting stat I read Roark has been successful in 5 of his last 7 bunt attempts. I like those odds and even better when it’s against a tired team and no force play.

    Every situation is unique and read a great quote that “great managers stack the odds in their favor above the average success rates”. I think that’s how you make the playoffs.

    • jd - May 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Historically, if you get a runner to 3rd with 1 out you will score 69.7% of the time. These are odds I’ll take to the bank every time.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Yes, and better the odds with a fast runner and a good batter. Span had a walkoff Sac Fly to his credit.

      • Section 222 - May 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        I agree on the strategy. I just wouldn’t go as far as saying that Span is a good batter in that situation. He hits alot of roll over grounders and short fly balls. But I’d rather have him up with one out and a man on 3rd than Lobo followed by him with a man on 2nd.

  4. micksback1 - May 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Hey Ghost, good point. It seems to me that the nats should roll when healthy. we are hanginga round with injuries and that fact alone should mean good things when Zi, Bryce and gang heal up. i would be stunned if this team does not make post season

    • jd - May 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Mick,

      That’s provided we don’t fall too far behind in the interim. It’s only looking good because Atlanta hasn’t been hot. If they were to go 8-2 or 9-1 they would open up a pretty significant lead I’m afraid.

      • micksback1 - May 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        JD

        agreed, I posted last week that I felt the Braves really have to be up on us in the loss column by more than 5 games when the nats are healthy. This is why last night’sgame was one that tgh Nats really should have won after they extended the game verse a bad BP. Even if the Braves get hot, nats should win enough to be a wild card.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Thanks Mick. Another excellent point by JD which is the Nats are only close because the Braves have been stumbling.

        LaRoche will be back Sunday. RZim will back in the next 2 weeks. Gio back in 2 weeks. Harp back in 45 days.

      • natsguy - May 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        But will they be at full strength.

  5. micksback1 - May 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    but, losses like last night, even with the injuries, verse a not very good BP is just not a good thing.

  6. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    The problem with losing last night is that it makes the series very hard to win. Cueto is the best pitcher in baseball right now. When the offense fails to produce, that won’t necessarily because the offense sucks but because Cueto is damn good. We had a chance to steal a win last night and couldn’t do it.

  7. Eric - May 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    From Mark’s twitter:
    “Latest X-ray on Zimmerman’s thumb doesn’t show fracture completely healed yet. Getting a splint to let him throw but can’t hit yet.”

    Oy.

    • 6ID20 - May 20, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      If they’re splinting it and letting him throw, that means he’s close to healed.

  8. npb99 - May 20, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Surprising to see people expect that it’s just a matter of time before Nats are at full strength and finally start mowing down their opponents. Injuries happen throughout the season, folks. It’s quite likely that when the players currently on DL get better, that others might get injured instead. The 2012 team had lots of injuries, but the difference was that other players kept performing at a high level.

    • bowdenball - May 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      That is true, but you expect it to more towards a more normal level of loss due to injury. There’s no question that the Nats have lost more to injury than any team in the league to date when you consider days lost + the quality of the players lost. Of course it’s unlikely that they’ll ever be 100% healthy, but it’s a lot less likely that they will continue to be the club most damaged by injuries for the entire season.

      • npb99 - May 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        I agree. I’d add that sometimes when a team sees injuries, replacement players, whether vets or rookies, provide an unexpectedly high level of play. We’ve seen pleasant surprises on the pitching side for the Nats with Roark and Barrett over the last year. Not as much success with the hitters.

      • NatsLady - May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Maybe more injuries than any other NL team. Not even CLOSE to the Rangers.

      • bowdenball - May 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        NatsLady-

        The Rangers have lost more days to the DL, but not more wins over replacement. Here’s their injury updates for the season:

        http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/injuries/#team140

        Fielder’s only missed a day so far. Profar is a significant loss but hardly as big as losing Harper or Zimmerman considering his age and his performance last year. Other than that it’s all middling starters, relievers and bench players. Not remotely close to the level of Harper, Zimmerman, Ramos, LaRoche and Gonzalez.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        I’m not reassured by “likely” in this context; I think it’s irrelevant. Whatever happens, happens, and you really only have one data point: how (un) lucky are the 2014 Nats? And there is no way to know where that will fall. Sure, the odds are it won’t be extreme, b/c they always are.

        So I’m just going to watch and find out what happens. YMMV.

  9. adcwonk - May 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Hey all — I’m going to be in Sec 308D with Mrs Wonk. Just entered in at the NIDO spreadsheet! Wish me a good game outcome! ;-)

    • ArVAFan - May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I’m going, too, but down in Sec. 129. I figure I will see some great pitching . . . from someone. Of course, the very expectation of a great outing by Cueto and Fister might be some kind of reverse lock and it could be a hit-fest. Seems unlikely after the looong game last night, but that’s what reverse locks are about. If it is, I hope it’s not one-sided.

      • adcwonk - May 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        I hear ya’! Have a great game!

  10. Section 222 - May 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    It’s a sad commentary that our mainstay lefty outfielder is not in the lineup because he is hitting so poorly. But Frandsen has shown the ability to come through and I’m sure MW likes what he’s seen from him, more than he likes the odds that McLouth will hit or the Walters experiment will yield dividends.

    Dobbs is a lefty and played decently last night, so it seems pretty clear that MW is not looking to platoon Moore until ALR gets back, just give him occasional rest and give Dobbs some ABs.

  11. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I’d rather Frandsen play over McLouth. At least there’s a chance Frandsen will hit Cueto, while I give McLouth virtually zero chance.

  12. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    A follow up to last night.

    I think the Reds MVP was the advance scouts who had provided the info to have Phillip near second so could dive and catch that ball. He also had Hamilton right of due center so he could make that dive. If the defense was more straight up the plays aren’t made.

    In contrast Espi just could get single before Frazier’s homer.

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Agree, but those defensive plays the players made were silly good. Advance scouts put the players in the right spots, but the players still had to make incredible plays to save those runs. I still give MVP to their D.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Agree great plays, but had they been even 5 feet further away no way they make the play.

  13. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    I’m going with the trend that we lose when we’re suppose to win, and win when we’re suppose to lose tonight. Therefore, we win. Cueto is due to give up some runs.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      +1

  14. Eugene in Oregon - May 20, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Will be watching the first two hours of the Nats game, then heading over to watch Oregon State (the #1 team in college baseball this week) play the U. of O. From what I’ve read, the Oregon State team has some superb pitching, including the fellow who was narc’ed out by the Phillies at the start of the college season (and who also had a minor run-in with the law a week or so ago). Has anyone seen Virginia play this year? I know they were #1 for a while.

  15. davecydell - May 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    nats -105 reds -105
    Vegas pick ‘em

    • adcwonk - May 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      I’m surprised. Pleasantly surprised, but surprised nonetheless.

  16. adcwonk - May 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Hey, anyone close to the field should yell out happy birthday wishes to Werth!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      I just yelled it. Don’t think he heard me.

  17. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Cue to has pitched the way I wish our pitchers have pitched this season.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Cueto

    • adcwonk - May 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      29 other teams are saying that, too.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Yep, but I actually expected top 3 to out pitch him, and they are not close. Anyone of them.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    FP is right an instant classic if this was a playoff game.

  19. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Good start Fister.

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    That was not particularly good read by Frandsen. Not sure he makes catch with a good read, but really slow effort

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Got to love Phillips.

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

    I said so far this series only good thing is Frazier is my third baseman

  23. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Turn on the game to a 1 run deficit and Espi throwing an error. Please, not tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      FP blamed Moore

  24. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Wow FP blames Moore for Espi’s error?

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Extra pitch because Rob Blake sees no called 3rd strike that was in zone.

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Reds 1 for 3 RISP

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Are we getting another inconsistent blue tonight… Struck out the last batter twice..

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      I hope not

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

    Cueto is off. Pounce this inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      We need to Rendon had 3-1 count but couldn’t take advantage

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Good start Span

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

    Werth not enough. Don’t let this slip away guys. Might be your best chance.

  31. coop202 - May 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Take the walk anthony…

    • coop202 - May 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      And werth

      • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        If you don’t take walk then get a hit.

      • coop202 - May 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Sigh… 1 called strike, I can’t watch but it looks like cueto was wild and we let him off the hook?

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Interesting SZ…

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      A bunch of favorable counts, and zero. Not good.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Well let chance 1 let him off the hook.

  34. tmac777 - May 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    What happen to being aggressive on the bases? Span gets on with no outs and doesn’t try to steal against a guy with a weird delivery.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Not many have success stealing on Ceuto… Span was stealing when Desi K’d… Gotta got the timing right etc….

      • tmac777 - May 20, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Creativity will be needed to win tonight. The Davey Johnson plan of waited for the 3-run homer will result in a shutout.

    • David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Cueto is one of the best in baseball at holding runners. Success rate is very poor against him.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Was wondering the same.

  35. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Werth swinging 3-0 was smart. That was the best pitch he was going to see and he’s shown he can be trusted to swing 3-0. He juuuust missed it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      I, personally, don’t care for swinging on 3-0… But that didnt even sound like it had anything…

      • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Me too. Take 3-0 all day.

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Frandsen is reminding me of Morse. That ball needs to be caught.

    Also I thought Fister was a sinker ball pitcher. Not many balls on the ground yet.

  37. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    If Cueto can do it, Lobo could have done it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Don’t get me started….

      • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Why I am still angry, it is now the second time MW pulled this crap.

        Thing none of us second guessed. We all said it before Lobo came in instead of Roark.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Roark 5 for 7 bunting. He could of done it.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Note to MW bunt when you can.

    • tmac777 - May 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Amen. I am still pissed about that decision. He was still defending the decision during the pregame. Starting to wonder if Williams will be a good manager.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        If that his mindset, I don’t think he will be.

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    The Reds broadcaster were scared of the bubnt

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Bunt

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Three of the worse efforts in an inning that I have seen in a while.

  41. Eugene in Oregon - May 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Six pitches? That’s the way to get to their bullpen.

    • texnat1 - May 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Selfish and stupid of Espi to be swinging on the first pitch under the circumstances.

  42. coop202 - May 20, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    So that was just bad….

  43. tmac777 - May 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Is it the Boras connection or some picture he has of Rizzo cheating on his wife that allows Espinosa to keep starting?

  44. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Wouldn’t that be some shlt…a pitcher that was ambidextrous and switched arms based on every matchup. The ultimate weapon.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 20, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Ridiculous. How about pitching him righty one day and pitching him lefty like a day later? Crazy.

      • scmargenau - May 21, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        Wow

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Nice inning Fister.

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Frazier battled. A lot of pitches, though.

  46. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Woooooooooo!!!!!

  47. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Fister jogged that up. LOL

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Fun, fun, fun…. Nice job Nats,… Gooooooooooooooooo Span!!!!

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    I bet MW didn’t call that bunt.

  50. texnat1 - May 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    10 pitch at bat from Werth. That’s how you get to the pen.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Positive at bat. Sort of lije Frazier to end too 3

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      +1

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Fister stay tight now.

    Wow we took advantage of 2 errors

  52. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Fister doesnt b.s. on the mound. He works quick. Like the way he looks tonight. Good location and mixing it up wrll.

  53. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Remember when people were comparing Fister to Haren after his first start?

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Bunch of dummies.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Man… I was just sitting here thinking about that… Hahahaha

  54. davecydell - May 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    really likin’ fister

  55. texnat1 - May 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I have a feeling I’m really going to like Fister.

  56. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    TMo flashin that glove again

    • janebeard - May 20, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      I (mostly) love ALR, but TMo isn;t a bad replacement, is he?

      • David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Have you seen the quality of his ABs?

      • scmargenau - May 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        What do u mean DP? U do know is BA at first??

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    TyMo at first isn’t a bad thing… He needs to play every day…

    This game is moving by nicely… So glad after the long night last night…

  58. janebeard - May 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I’m late to this but: Welcome Mr. Fister. I’m glad you’re here.

  59. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Danny Espinosa strikes out.

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      If only we could combine Espi’s D with Zim’s bat. Problem solved.

      • David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        I think we had that. His name was Ryan Zimmerman circa: 2009.

  60. tmac777 - May 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Espinosa struck out? That’s surprising.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Where the hell was that blue?

  62. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    That needs to be a double play.

  63. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Rendon….my boy!

  64. knoxvillenat - May 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Nice stop by Rendon, good save by TyMo.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    What a stop by Rendon… But that throw gave me heart palpitations….

  66. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Reds fans are probably griping about our D just like we were. Touché.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Please don’t leave Span on 3rd…. Seriously…

  68. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Did FP say he just fell behind on purpose? LMAO

  69. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Werth it! Helluva AB.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Way to go birthday boy!!!!

  71. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Gotta out the ball in play there…

  72. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Way to go Tyler.

  73. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I love beating up these aces.

  74. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Yeah, there’s no chance they’ll score off Cueto. Lucky thing they aren’t such geniuses on the field as we have in here.

  75. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Hit Espinosa here too.

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      LOL

  76. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Frandsen did lean into that.

  77. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Damn, we rocked Cueto!!!!!! Love it!!!!

  78. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Espy shocks the world.

  79. texnat1 - May 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    That’s how you knock around a good pitcher! Great inning.

  80. tmac777 - May 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    It has been a long time since Espinosa had a hit with RISP.

  81. rmoore446 - May 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Espy really came through. So proud of him!!

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Keep the line moving… Yeah I’m being greedy…

  83. waddueyeno - May 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    so what was that cueto quote that they showed about being the best? “my numbers say so” or something like that.

    IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Cueto 5.1 6 6 4 0 6 0 1.63
    Pitches-strikes: Cueto 94-55

    anything can happen. glad this is happening here.

    gyfng

  84. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Hell, Fister coulda bunted that last night. LOL

  85. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Span the Man! Nice bounce back tonight from the team after that disappointing loss last night.

  86. knoxvillenat - May 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Where is Ghost tonight?

    Espinosa comes up to bat in a high leverage position and shocks us all by coming through with a big hit. And this after getting a lead off double in the ninth last night against Chapman when the Nats were down a run.

    Could Danny be resurrecting his April performance and putting May’s ugliness behind him? I sure hope so.

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    And this is why they play the games. 6 earned tagged on Cueto.

  88. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Fister is tired. Why not Blev?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Because … Tyler Moore!

      Gracious, is he playing out of his mind out there lately.

      • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        I mean, 8 run lead, already did your thing, and back to back lefties. Whatever now, I guess.

  89. David Proctor - May 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Great outing for Fister!

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Standing ovation for Fiater tonight…. Just a great night…..

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Detwiler in next?

  92. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I think we rubbed off on the Reds.

  93. Joe Seamhead - May 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Some guys really can ‘t play the outfield. Ask the Reds.

  94. knoxvillenat - May 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I realize it has been a small sample size with ALR being on the DL, but I am becoming quite comfortable seeing TyMo in at first base. He has been solid if not spectacular on defense and he seems to get a hit or an RBI almost every other game anyway.

    Keep him out of the outfield ( that will make Seamhead happy) and let Hairston be the primary RH bat off the bench. Give Tyler some starts at first base to spell LaRoche and I think the Nationals will be be quite happy with the results.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      TyMo can play some D

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Clearly, Moore plays much better starting. He’s almost worthless off the bench, at least this season. His current
      play makes you wonder if he actually can be our starting 1st baseman after this season.

  95. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Fear the Espy.

  96. philipd763 - May 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Det has morphed into the mop up guy!

  97. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Det officially sucks.

  98. Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Carp – “Zach Walters, right on target”

    Really? The target was in the dirt 3-4 feet off the bag?

    (Making fun of Carp there, not Walters, btw).

  99. coop202 - May 20, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Too bad Milwaukee returned to being Milwaukee this weekend

  100. philipd763 - May 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    The problem for TyMo is he probably goes back to the bench or to Syracuse on Sunday when ALR comes off the DL. He needs to play every day to have a chance to succeed. I fear he will never get it because Zim will take over first base next year. Too bad!

    • knoxvillenat - May 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I’m thinking that next season Moore just might be in another major league uniform.

  101. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Speaking if suck, the Pirates.. Tough going.

  102. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    D-Span has a pair!

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I love Denard Span…

  104. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Rendon almost down to 260.. Did the same thing last year, started out scorching then had a massive cool down.

    • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Don’t forget to tell the whole story – he cooled down in July, and rebounded in Aug and Sept – if not to his torrid early pace, to something well above an average hitter, esp for a rookie.

      • Danny - May 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        I also think he has been falling victim to BABIP. Hope he heats up.

      • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Me too!

      • letswin3 - May 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Zackly, he has scorched some that were right at someone …..or, like that slicing drive he hit last night, are run down by guys that can outrun the wind ….. that would have been a walk-off too.

  105. NatsLady - May 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    So Span is 5 for 5. Here is what he tweeted before the game.

    • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Yes, Mr. Span. Yes, you will!

  106. dcwx61 - May 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Tonight’s BP (Best Prognostication) award goes to Veejh

    ” I’m going with the trend that we lose when we’re suppose to win, and win when we’re suppose to lose tonight. Therefore, we win. Cueto is due to give up some runs.”

    Congratulations Veejh and everyone keep blogging to win your chance at the elusive Sunshine Bobby Carpenter award.

    • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Thank you. Thank you very much.

      • knoxvillenat - May 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Does that constitute an Elvis sighting?

      • veejh - May 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Ding ding ding!

  107. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Chris Davis 3 HR game.

  108. tmac777 - May 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    among the other Nats with 5-hit games: Jesus Flores.

    • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      What weird drawer are you pulling that out of, and why?

  109. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    And Ross proceeds to let 2 scrubs on base.

  110. NatsLady - May 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Ross Detwiler starting to really irritate me. I foresee shoulder fatugue… and if not a trade then a DL stint. It’s ridiculous that he can’t even save the rest of the bullpen.

    • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      That’s what’s making me mad. I don’t care about the run in a 9-2. I do care about saving the BP after a 15 inning game last night.

      And as I type that, he gives up another run. Jeez.

  111. veejh - May 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Ross gets the hook with a 5 run lead. LOL

    • knoxvillenat - May 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      More and more I question Bowden’s judgement of Det as a first round draft choice. I mean other than game 4 against the Cards in 2012 I just don’t see what made him look worthy of the sixth overall pick in the draft.

      • dcwx61 - May 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        He had an amazing hook back then.
        Hindset is of course 20/20.

  112. Danny - May 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Single handedly killing out BP ErA. Some guys just can’t relieve.

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Damn Det…. Damn.

  114. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    6th inning review. span single inside pulled, Werth single outside hit to right. Desi pitch outside he tried to pull k, Moore pitch outside went to right, Espi inside pulled singled to right, Logo inside pulled singled to right. span pitch in middle right-t center double, Rendon middle pulled hard to SS.

    As good an inning as they had all season, hitting the correct direction.

  115. scmargenau - May 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    U Moore hAters still thinks he’s just “ok” on D? More web gems then laroche in 1/10 the games.

    Tomoore for president!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Solid play for sure

    • knoxvillenat - May 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Moore has been solid defensively at first base but I wouldn’t go that far.

      • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        You mean the web gems part? Or the presidency?

        Irrational exuberance knows no bounds!

      • scmargenau - May 21, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        Heh

  116. BurnedOnce - May 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Please send detwiller directly to Potomac. No need to stop at the showers. Get on the bus all the way to low a. He’s a buzz kill

  117. manassasnatsfan - May 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Low pressure and Det still has problems.

  118. scmargenau - May 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Walters can’t field

    #really?

  119. dcwx61 - May 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Span 5 for 5….can we keep him in the lineup a little longer Peric ?

  120. soonernat - May 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Thank goodness Walters has no glove ;-)

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