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Game 46: Reds at Nats

May 21, 2014, 12:02 PM EST

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After beating Johnny Cueto and the Reds on Tuesday night, the Nationals enter Wednesday having won four of their last six games. They now have a chance to take the series against Cincinnati before heading on the road for a four-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.65) will start for Washington as he makes his first career appearance against the Reds. He won his last outing, on May 16 vs. the Mets, after allowing two runs over five innings.

Veteran Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2.45) will look to continue his excellent start to the 2014 season for Cincinnati. He has allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts this year. He has 10 career appearances vs. the Nationals, but no starts. Through 14 innings he holds a 2.57 ERA against the franchise.

Updates to come, please check back…

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Cloudy with chance of T-storms, 78 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (24-21)
CF Denard Span
3B Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Tanner Roark

REDS (20-24)
CF Billy Hamilton
SS Zack Cozart
2B Brandon Phillips
C Devin Mesoraco
3B Todd Frazier
LF Ryan Ludwick
1B Brayan Pena
RF Roger Bernadina
RHP Alfredo Simon

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

4:12 p.m. — It was a quick first inning for Roark who set Hamilton, Cozart and Phillips down on just 12 pitches.

4:21 p.m. — The Nationals have an early lead thanks to Span, who of course was the hero last night as well. He hit a solo home run off Simon  to put the Nats up 1-0. He now has a hit in six consecutive plate appearances.

4:31 p.m. — Frazier walked and made it to third on a stolen base and fielder’s choice, but couldn’t score. It’s still 1-0 Nats, Roark has thrown 29 pitches.

4:46 p.m. — The Nationals missed a big opportunity in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with one out. Desmond and Moore led off with singles, and McLouth walked with out. But Roark grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame. Third inning is up next.

4:52 p.m. — Roark continued to cruise in the third inning. He got Bernadina, Simon and Hamilton all to ground out. He’s at 36 pitches through three.

4:57 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the third. Span and Frandsen grounded out, while Werth struck out for the second time already today.

5:10 p.m. — The Nationals lost the lead in the top of the fourth thanks to some shaky pitch placement by Roark and an error by Frandsen at third. The frame began with a double by Frazier down the left field line. He was then scored by Phillips who singled up the middle. Phillips was moved to second on Frandsen’s error, which also allowed Mesoraco to reach safely. A sac fly and a single by Pena then scored Phillips. 2-1 Reds.

5:19 p.m. — Not much going for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth. Moore got hit by a pitch with two outs, but Espinosa whiffed to end the frame. Pena has thrown 60 pitches through four.

5:30 p.m. — The Reds saw two men get on, but no runs in the top of the fifth. Simon doubled off the scoreboard in right-center to begin the inning and Phillips later singled with two outs. Roark is at 65 pitches after five.

5:40 p.m. — Not much to report from the Nats in the bottom of the fifth besides an infield single from Roark. It is now raining, though, and the grounds crew is getting the tarp ready.

5:50 p.m. — We are officially in a rain delay now as it is pouring at Nats Park. Stay tuned for a restart time.

6:48 p.m. — And we are back. Roark is staying in after an hour-long rain delay.

6:53 p.m. — Roark allowed a single to Heisey and a walk to Bernadina before getting Simon to ground out to end the frame. I guess Simon is staying in the game, as well.

7:00 p.m. — Quick inning for the Nats who went down in order. Simon needed only five pitches to get three outs. Craig Stammen will now take over for Roark, who apparently waited an hour just to get one out?

7:12 p.m. — Stammen pitched a strong inning with just one baserunner allowed. Moore will now lead off the bottom of the seventh.

7:21 p.m — Looks like Simon was not affected by the delay at all. He allowed a single to McLouth with two outs, but that was it for the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Clippard will now take over for the Nats.

7:43 p.m. — Clippard allowed a walk, but no runs. Jonathan Broxton then came in and allowed a single to Span, but no runs. The game is still 2-1 with the ninth up next. Jerry Blevins will pitch for the Nats while it looks like Aroldis Chapman is getting loose for the Reds.

7:52 p.m. — Blevins pitched a scoreless inning, leaving it up to Desmond, Moore and Espinosa to try and rally for the win against Chapman.

8:00 p.m. – Game over, Nats lose 2-1. Instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/05/21/instant-analysis-reds-2-nats-1/

266 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. langleyclub - May 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Agree that Rendon needs a day off, particularly after getting pegged by 95 mph heater last night. Would like to see Walters get the start at 3rd. He certainly has the arm to play 3rd.

    • dcsportsfan2277 - May 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Agree…if they are not going to play him then send him down for more reps. My guess is that he will go down when ALR returns.

    • bowdenball - May 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Something I’ve wondered more than once: does every fan base fall in love with sub- .290 OBP “prospects” who are actually in their mid-20s, strike out a third of the time, and run into awe-inspiring HRs every couple weeks? Or is that just a Nats fan only thing? We sure do seem to love ‘em.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Bowdenball, you are correct but there are people who love HRs and anyone who can provide them and they don’t look at OBP or fielding % or baseball fundamentals.

        I don’t mind him off the bench or the occasional start in LF, but 3rd base, I’d have nightmares. First throw from SS last night with plenty of time ended with TyMo’s glove flat on the ground. He did turn in a fine play to end the game which is proof he can play, just not consistently.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        It’s the backup QB syndrome. Guy on the bench must have potential, right? If only the coaches could see it.

      • bowdenball - May 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        I didn’t really mean it as a judgment one way or another, just a funny pattern I’d noticed. TMo, Walters, Corey Brown … our fans sure do seem to have a type. Matt Skole may be next in line if his OBP dropoff continues.

        I guess Lombo-mania was the exception to the general rule.

      • 6ID20 - May 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        It helps if they have a cutesy nickname with a corresponding participatory gesture, like “Shark.”

      • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        In the case of Nats fans, I also wonder if it’s not influenced by the example of Michael Morse’s late blooming.

        Folks seem to think that if he did it when given the chance, others will too–and so it must by the manager’s fault for not giving them the chance.

      • natsguy - May 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Call it the 4A syndrome. Ask Peric he was the first proponent of that syndrome with Jorge Padilla and a few others (Seth Bynum).

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Don’t forget Matt Antonelli!

      • bowdenball - May 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        I like the Michael Morse theory, that one makes a lot of sense.

      • langleyclub - May 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Wow, suggesting a player get a single start over a .243 hitter playing out of position who was released in spring training, means you are “in love” with that player. No one suggested or implied that Walters should play everyday or that he is deserving of more playing time over a Nat regular. If Rendon is going to take a day off, the suggestion was that Walters as a lefty with some pop, might make more sense than Fransden who is weak at third and struggling at the plate right now.

        I don’t see anyone claiming that Walters is the second-coming of Chipper Jones, just that today might be a good time to get him his 2nd start in 6 weeks.

      • natsguy - May 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        I had forgotten Matt Antonelli. Peric has drifted over to MASN these days. Look at postings by PieroB.

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        He drops by here occasionally too. His handle is cayucosbaseballconservancy.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I don’t see Walters getting any infield starts. You must not have seen his error rate at 3rd, it’s higher than at SS.

      • langleyclub - May 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Kevin Fransden is hitting .241 with .646 OPS. In May, he is .194/.570, and he is a significantly below average defensive third baseman for his career. Maybe, Zach Walters is so-awful defensively that is not worth giving him a single start in the field, but if Rendon is going to sit a game, let’s not make it sound like it would be an abomination to give Walters a single start at third over Fransden.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Frandsen isn’t great either and I never said he was but I would rather have him then Walters? YES. Am I nervous about Frandsen? YES

      • tcostant - May 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        MW said that Desi will get a day off soon, I expect to see Walters start at SS that day (I noticed Walters got some time at SS late yesterday).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        I would think Espi at SS and Frandsen at 2nd but what do I know.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        I’d guess that Danny would play short, Rendon second, and Walters third, if Ian gets a day off.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Didn’t see your post Masterfishkeeper. Giving Desi a day off isn’t a reason to find a spot for Walters to start.

  2. dcsportsfan2277 - May 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    We welcome you with arms open Doug. Welcome to Nats Nation!

  3. Danny - May 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Frandsen has played all over the field for us. What a nice last minute pickup.

  4. Theophilus T.S. - May 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    If Bud Selig is still interested in outing PED users he should ambush Alfred Simon in the men’s room. The guy’s been a cypher for six years and now he’s pitching like a Cy Young candidate in (another) band box ballpark? I don’t believe it for a minute. I expect the Nats to light him up like Cueto, or worse, and if they don’t my level of suspicion will just keep on going up.

    • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      While I admit I’m amused by that visual – Bud Selig jumping someone in a bathroom – this really doesn’t seem fair.

      What exactly in his record, beyond unexpected success over a very short period, screams PED use? His K rate and velo are actually down a bit from 2013.

      His peripherals don’t so much scream PEDs as good luck–look at his BABIP and LOB, which are career bests. His FIP is nearly 2x his ERA.

      Whether it comes today I don’t know, but he like Cueto is due for some regression.

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        There you go again. Answering blather with facts.

      • 6ID20 - May 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        There you go again. Confusing SABR “stats” with facts.

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Wow, we may disagree on what conclusions can be drawn from facts but do you really contest that average velocity and K/9 stats are not facts? Not sure I know what to say to that except to shake my head in wonder.

      • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        That had me scratching my head too….

      • dcwx61 - May 21, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        +1

  5. scnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Someone smarter them me educate me on how using PEDs would make a drastic improvement for a pitcher. Outside of things like prednisone decreasing swelling in an elbow or shoulder I don’t see how using testosterone or bulding bulk makes you a better pitcher.

    • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Steriods allow the body to heal at a much accelerated rate and increase vascularity allowing a pitcher to work out for extended periods.

      • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Basically, pitchers can pitch longer and harder and heal up waaaaaay faster.

      • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        …..and when you heal up, you’ll be a little stronger than before. Even a slight amount of muscle mass increase can give you a slight edge.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Steroids also make you more aggressive (apparently also in the long-term), e.g, Miguel Olivo (who also seems to have worked up quite an interesting appetite).

    • masterfishkeeper - May 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      You should ask Mr. Clemens.

      • scnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        He won’t return my calls

  6. natsfan1a - May 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Hoping to watch this one on tv in real time, if the weather, remodeling, and baseball gods cooperate.

    • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      A lot of coordinating there among some notoriously cranky gods – good luck!

      • natsfan1a - May 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Thanks. Remodeling came through. We’ll see how the others do. :-)

  7. Danny - May 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Max Scherzer losing a lot of millions today. 6 earned through 2.

    • Danny - May 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Make that 7 earned through 2.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        The risk of waiting but plenty of season left. Verlander got lit up yesterday also.

  8. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    More Moore today. Keep it rollin, Tyler. I wanna see some more of that flashy glove.

    • DaveB - May 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      After his diving catch Monday, and the Flying Buffalo yesterday, I think it’s Kevin Frandsen’s turn for an amazing diving catch on the first batter of the game.

  9. Doc - May 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I was wonderin’ when our guy Tony R. was going to get his own day off.

    Still think he’d be hittin’ better if he was surrounded by the big boys that are on the DL.

    His fielding is still outstanding, even as the hitting has taken a little slump.

    By the end of the season, he should be hitting in the .300 range.

    • adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Agreed. His fundamentals are too good. And he’s been showing signs of picking up. He had a pretty key sac fly yesterday (key at the time) too.

  10. snerdblurter - May 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    A win today takes the series, which would be our 3rd straight series win (and 4th out of the last 5). It would also put our series record at 8-5-2 (4-3-2 in April & 4-2-0 so far in May).

    Keep the mojo rolling boys.

  11. scnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    This would be a quality series win. Get it for us Tanner.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    The Nats have another split-squad looking lineup with only 4 position starters from Opening Day: Ramos, Desmond, Span and Werth which was the same amount in yesterday’s starting lineup.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      In the series, the Reds actually field their most starters in this game that started Opening Day with 6 as both Ludwick and Pena started Opening Day albeit Pena wasn’t the OD 1st baseman.

  13. jd - May 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    With all the new excitement about Tyler Moore’s improved defense he will have to do a lot better than .211 .286 to get in the conversation as a full time 1st baseman.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Unfortunately for TyMo his starting for the Nats this time around ends on Saturday.

      • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Put Tyler in left and leave McCout on the bench.

    • adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      FWIW, for this year he’s under .100 as a PH or sub, but as a starter he’s .239/.300/.457

      His BABIP is .250 this year — lifetime it’s over .290, so I think he’s due for some better days

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    In response to that in-team fight at the Dodgers AAA:

    “@TBrownYahoo: Boys will be boys, but, as Scott Boras says, “Shooting, stabbing or cannibalizing a player is not a part of bb or being a proper teammate.””

    • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      So glad he added “cannibalizing.” That’s the one most young players forget.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Some people clearly are making a joke of a player biting off another player’s ear. Good luck to Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson on this one.

      • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Just to be clear, Ghost – I was making light of Boras’ comment, not the incident.

      • natsfan1a - May 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        I does seem like an odd choice of words (I’d not heard about the incident), but given what happened …

        http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80261501/

        Also odd that the Dodgers are evidently being coy about whether there will be any disciplinary action. Really?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        RE Dodgers being coy about disciplinary measures: When you cause that sort of damage, I think we’re talking more about law enforcement and criminal justice than team or MLB disciplinary measures.

      • natsfan1a - May 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Good point, Eugene.

    • scnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      In baseball this gets you 4-6 weeks off. If it was hockey he wouldn’t even miss a shift.

    • adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      The biter: Olivo, a 35-year-old journeyman catcher who has played 13 major league seasons
      The victim: Guerrero, a Cuban infielder who is in the first year of a four-year, $28-million contract (batting .376 with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in)

      I suspect Olivo won’t be playing anymore.

      • natsfan1a - May 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        I was thinking the same thing, Wonk.

  15. NatsLady - May 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Ump show in Cleveland. Ump tossed Miggie in the middle of an AB in a 7-7 game. Also ejected Ausmus.

    • adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      What for?

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Miggie must’ve called him a [blah-blahblah].

      • natsfan1a - May 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        How romantic!

        “Miggie must’ve called him a [blah-blahblah].”

    • knoxvillenat - May 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Who was the ump?

      • natsjackinfl - May 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        It was Tim Timmons. He wrung up Miggy on a check swing strike 3 and Miggy immediately pointed to first. Timmons said no and Miggy went off. Only took 3 seconds and Timmons tossed him. Ausmus joined in and was gone about 5 seconds later.

        Miggy clearly went but it should have been the first base umps call.

      • knoxvillenat - May 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Natsjack,

        Thanks for the info. I’m not as familiar with Timmons as I am with other suspect umps such as Angel Hernandez, Joe West and others. Any thoughts about him other than his ejection of Miggie and Ausmus today?

  16. tcostant - May 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I hope Alfredo Simon gets rocked here, like when he use to pitch in this area (35 miles North of D.C.)

  17. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Mingus had briefly been a member of Ellington’s band, before getting into a racially charged onstage brawl with trombonist Juan Tizol at the Apollo Theater. Mingus’s account of what happens next may not be journalistically accurate, but even so stands as probably the most credible account of what Ellington was actually like that I’ve ever read.

    “Now, Charles,” he says, looking amused, putting Cartier links into the cuffs of his beautiful handmade shirt, “you could have forewarned me—you left me out of the act entirely! At least you could have let me cue in a few chords as you ran through that Nijinsky routine. I congratulate you on your performance, but why didn’t you and Juan inform me about the adagio you planned so that we could score it? I must say I never saw a large man so agile—I never saw anybody make such tremendous leaps! The gambado over the piano carrying your bass was colossal. When you exited after that I thought, ‘That man’s really afraid of Juan’s knife and at the speed he’s going he’s probably home in bed by now.’ But no, back you came through the same door with your bass still intact. For a moment I was hopeful you’d decided to sit down and play but instead you slashed Juan’s chair in two with a fire axe! Really, Charles, that’s destructive. Everybody knows Juan has a knife but nobody ever took it seriously—he likes to pull it out and show it to people, you understand. So I’m afraid, Charles—I’ve never fired anybody—you’ll have to quit my band. I don’t need any new problems. Juan’s an old problem, I can cope with that, but you seem to have a whole bag of new tricks. I must ask you to be kind enough to give me your notice, Mingus.”

  18. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Now, before you ask, I will say there us actually some baseball relevancy to that quoted passage. Check out the headline:

    http://theclassical.org/theclog/dickey-price-win-cy-young-awards

  19. senators5 - May 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I truly loved Doug Fister’s comments last night and again today on 980. He basically said that he must keep his pitches down and often slightly out of the zone to be effective. “When I get the ball up, I get tattooed.” If there was someway he could get that message into Soriano’s head, I think everyone would be a bit happier.

    • knoxvillenat - May 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      And to Gio as well.

      • natsjackinfl - May 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        With Gio, I’ll just take strikes, low, high, in or out. Just strikes.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Who is that #2?

    • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      You mean #2 batting #1. Visions of Alfsono Soriano with that HR!

  21. adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Span?!

    Be still, my heart . . .

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

    Yeah… Span is feeling it…

  23. RPrecupjr - May 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Apparently Denard appreciated the vote of confidence from Matty :)

  24. adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    When’s the last time any Nat got a hit in six consecutive at bats? (No, I don’t know the answer)

  25. unkyd59 - May 21, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Wow

  26. adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Yes, I would have Espi bunt . . .

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Yep, I don’t get that. He can bunt for a hit! Bonus!

      • adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        OK, so now bases loaded. Roark is a great bunter.

        Ever see a squeeze with bases loaded? (Just wondering/wandering out of the box here . . . )

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Sorry, just saw this. You usually don’t bunt bases loaded as you leave a force at home which is risky.

      • jd - May 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        I think a bunt there would have been a bad play because you are at the bottom of the order and you can manage your way out. No, I think trying for a hit there was the right call.

    • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Someone posted about 1st and 2nd with no outs the best strategy is always to bunt… Wonder if it was a lack if confidence in mclouth?

      • jd - May 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        I totally disagree with that statement. In the bottom of the 9th or extra innings yes. 6th inning forward in a tie game or a 1 run lead, maybe. Early in the game if you are trying to score as many runs as possible a bunt is often not a good play.

      • adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Early in the game if you are trying to score as many runs as possible a bunt is often not a good play.

        I hear that. I was just musing that since the #8 and #9 batters were to follow, that putting a guy on third might be better — since, then, even an out might score a run.

      • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Sabermetrically speaking if you have a replacement to level hitter behind a batter with first and second, the highest probability of runs comes from bunting. That’s not opinion

      • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        *highest expected run total

      • bowdenball - May 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        “highest probability of runs” is not the same thing is “highest number of runs scored on average”

      • bowdenball - May 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        You’d need to show your work on that one … and remember that a bunt attempt does not guarantee a successful bunt.

  27. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Roark would have been better served leaving the bat on his shoulder.

  28. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Should’ve been a double play.

  29. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    So MLB has replay for home runs, Plays at the bases…
    Everything is done to get things correct.Yet the strike zone changes every game from umpire to umpire. It changes depending on how tired ump is, how late it is, how much the ump dislikes the batter….. When in the heck will MLB do something to make these clowns responsible for a consistent strike zone?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Never because they don’t care. I agree it is number 1 problem.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I need to back to work. I get home and immediately Roark gives up 3 straight base runners 2 his fault one Frandsen. Before I got here just a walk. I guess the first 3 inning pitches weren’t just in the middle of the plate like Yves 3 have been.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    4 batters in a row Roark had problems. 5 in a row if you count his double play he hit into.

  32. nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Frandsen error costly and people want Walters at 3rd?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      What Rendon not playing? Just rest or injury?

      • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Just rest they are saying.

  33. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    And Roark has hit the wall..

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      In 49 pitches? The wall. That seems so unlikely. Would think 85 minimum for that.

      • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        2 feet from it being 5 to1

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    He had to pitch better the first 3 innings had to be better then this. It is 5 hard hit balls in a row.

    • David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      He was missing his spots in the first 3 innings and getting away with it.

  35. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    You already have a 5 th starter at best pitching. Then you throw on a minor league lineup and you get what you get. Oh well keep trying.

    • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Alright debby

    • David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Where were you yesterday?

      • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        AT the game!!!!

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    What kind of shape are you in if you hit the wall at 48 pitches.

    • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      I don’t understand this comment. He pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 hits and 1 earned run. What wall are you talking about? That’s ridiculous.

  37. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I guess Ramos will be benched tommor for not running to first.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    So much for Emergency use only

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: A Nats official on Zimmerman’s outfield work: “The more we see him out there, the more we think it could be likely.” http://t.co/ZEBL8F2UO8

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Now we need him to start hitting

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Come on no pulling outside pitches.

  40. nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    HR time Danny.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Agree

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    That was some lousy at-bats.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      More got hit as Ramos could have ben.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Simon likes to pitch inside so there will be hit batters if they don’t jump back. Danny was trying to lean into Strike 3 and it came back over the plate.

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Espi swings at most pitches near the perimeter of the strike zone.

    Why would you not swing at one right down the middle?

    • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Yeah he is just brutal up there.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    What a play by McLouth!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      MHit fields excellently wish he hit as well.

  44. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Simon’s third career hit. Why do our pitchers not bear down on opposing pitchers.

    Had Roark doubled off the wall like Simon the game would be completely different.

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I wish McHit would hit as well as he fields

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    If I didn’t read tweets like this I would think Kilgore was hacked.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Nate McLouth has been horrendous at the plate, but he can really play the hell out of left field.”

    • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      “manassasnatsfan – May 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM
      MHit fields excellently wish he hit as well.”

      MNF was even kinder. Kilgore sometimes tweets like a drunk college kid. Suprized the Nats havent come down on him.

  47. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    The young guys are doing very well filling in out there. It’s the Vets minus Span who are killing Us. . McClouth is a good fielder .

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Let’s get some hits

  48. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Philips has our number this series. I’m still hats off for him and that play in extras Monday

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Does he have only 3 hits? That is all I remember.

      • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Plus one game ending run saved

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Espi saves run at least temorarily

    • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Not sure if Aaron Hill motivated Espi but may be Brandon Phillips did. Espi has really been playing aggressively and its about time. That’s the difference between being good and Gold Glove and Web Gems.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Espi does save a run.

    Now let’s score.

  51. natsjackinfl - May 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    See if Tanner Roark wasn’t so gassed he would normally catch that line drive that went right by him. Definitely cost him 5 more pitches that must put him close to needing an IV.

    • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Look at Marks remarks above from 5 :19. Lol. I think he’s getting a bit frustrated.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      He is good for 2 more inning.

    • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Got any new Tatts ? I’m gone.

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Come on McHit please start hitting better soon.

    • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      At least a few more pitches off Pena…

      • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        *simon sorry

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Less pressure situation Tanner gets a hit, lot better than a bases load double play.

  54. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Nice job Tanner. Pleny of gas I guess. Now I’m gone

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    OK Frandsen make up for your error.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Arggggg hit under it didn’t barrell up.

  57. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Oye just missed two bombs…

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Tanner Roark has to pay more attention to these runners.

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Amazing throw by Ramos. Huge jump on Roark.

    • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Think he was safe but very happy for the call and the delay. Let’s go pen.

      • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        GoSM, Im sure someone will complain that the throw wasn’t closer to the ground. Great play and he was probaly safe.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Umps finally call one right for the Nats. No evidence to overrule that.

  61. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    This delay is good for us, I think.

    • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      A delay is good. A postponement means they win.

      • David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        It won’t be postponed, it doesn’t appear it will rain more than an hour or so.

      • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Good to hear.

  62. Eugene in Oregon - May 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    There should be two (2) separate time limits on reviews:

    – Manager should have 30 seconds after completion of a play to request a review; if no request in that time, you lose the option; and

    – Reviews should have one minute to decide. If they can’t overturn within a minute, play stands.

    • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Why? Do you really want managers to have to decide to challenge without someone looking at the video? And what if the guys in NYC are busy with a bunch of chalenges at the same time? Why would you put arbitrary time limits on them? Just because the fans are getting restless?

      I want them to get the calls right. Let the players decide the games, not the umps.

      • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        I agree. Get it right, but this whole manager walking out to delay b.s. gets old.

      • natsjackinfl - May 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        The review needs to come from New York for now. Eventually, it needs to be a 5th umpire in the stadium booth and he needs to have the power to determine if it’s reviewable AND the determination. If a manager wants to complain, he’s got 30 seconds and that’s it. Any longer than that, he’s gone.

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Again I ask. Why? We sit through three and a half hour games on a regular basis, with delays of all kinds. Why are you, and others, so impatient with this real improvement in the game? I just don’t get it.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Yes, I do want the managers to make the decision quickly. The notion of sending the manager out to stall is absurd, IMO. I guess I see replay as more about overturning the obvious mistakes — the ones that the manager can see from the dugout or where the player involved says ‘you’ve got to appeal that one’ — than about trying to get all calls perfectly. If the manager has to have someone review the video more than once, don’t challenge it.

        And yes, I want the challenges decided quickly. I see these three and four minute delays disrupted the flow of the game. I appreciate that baseball is not a hurry-up sport, I appreciate being able to spend a few moments chatting with your neighbor about a play that’s just happened or who’s about to bat, but there’s enough down-time in baseball already. Again, if it takes more than a minute to make the call, then that means the call on the field was sufficient.

      • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        I think you could have some sort of limit on the # of times the manager can walk onto the field and/or the length of time he can stay.

        I remember–and maybe misremember, because it made me so mad–a game vs the Braves, where Fredi wandered onto the field I think 3 times without actually making a challenge.

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        The only reason they wander out on the field is to stop the game from proceeding until they get word from the dugout whether to challenge. If you’re going to have a limit to the number of challenges, then you have to give everyone the same chance to see the replay before challenging. Now one change I could see them adopting is to say you get unlimited challenges as long as you get them right but only two wrong calls. Then a time limit might make sense because managers would rely on their players involved in the play or the first or third base coaches on plays at those bases to decide whether to challenge. That’s a different system, but it would be fair.

      • Hiram Hover - May 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Deuces

        Right–I know why they wander out on the field. My point is that they currently have an incentive to do it on any close play, and waste everyone’s time while they wait for the thumbs up-thumbs down.

        As with challenges themselves, I don’t see the harm in some sort of limit, because you’re trying to strike a balance between getting it right and not impeding the flow of the game. And in this case, we’re talking about calls that actually were right, but they end up wasting time anyway.

        Having said all that, I realize that this is more of a pet peeve of mine with some managers, rather than a fatal flaw in the system.

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        HH, I understand the frustration believe me. But they are just using the system the way it was designed. If they figure out a system that doesn’t allow pre-review of the videos, the stalling tactics will go away. The question is whether such a system would be fair and accomplish the goals of replay — getting the calls right. So far I haven’t heard an alternative from any of the complainers that would do anything other than speed up the game. And that shouldn’t be the goal in my view.

        As time goes on, I think you’ll see fewer challenges. Managers will get a sense of the kinds of calls that NYC is letting stand because of inconclusive evidence. But I love the fact that a bad call — like Span’s hit — can be reversed. And certainly an arbitrary time limit on the review would have taken that hit away from him.

  63. jd - May 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Why the further delay?

  64. jd - May 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Rain delay. Got it.

  65. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Whad I miss? Anything of note?

    • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Yah, check this out. A Nats Official thinks its likely Ryan Z could be playing in leftfield. Ryan wouldnt lie to us, would he?

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/05/21/ryan-zimmerman-impressing-in-outfield-drills/

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        You all read past my post of Kilgore’s tweet above. So much for Emergency. Thom Loverro with a prediction that RZim won’t ever start at 3rd base again.

        Sounds like this is happening.

      • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        This is getting interesting. We need to wait and see him throw, obviously

      • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        veejh, a little thing like that? Hah!

      • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Right. Cool, he’s making good reads, but can he throw. LOL!

      • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Exactly. If he has a Noodles & Things arm like Hairston it wont be pretty.

      • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Seriously, is anyone expecting Zim to all of a sudden have an accurate cannon arm? This is a pipe dream.

      • natsjackinfl - May 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Ghost. Thom Loverro. Really?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        NatsJack, I didn’t hit that SARCASM button. Thom Loverro is like Bill Ladson, rarely correct. I think there’s real traction with this but veejh brings up a great point, can he throw the ball with any zip on it from the outfield.

  66. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I guess we’ll be into their pen once the game resumes. Advantage us.

  67. letswin3 - May 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    So a “Nat’s Official” is now providing a Washington non-denial denial about Zim playing left field? To those of us who experienced the rhetoric of Watergate, that means that he just got Wally Pipped.

    • nats128 - May 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      I just posted the link from Kilgore.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      So does that make the ‘Nats official’ Miller Huggins or Deep Throat?

  68. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Roark done now?

  69. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Well Simon is staying in so maybe the delay wasn’t so good

    • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Was surprised to see Roark. I guess it was too short.

  70. adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Can anyone ever remember a game with a one hour rain delay and both starting pictures keep pitching?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      If they ever did, Livo was probably one of them.

      • adcwonk - May 22, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        ;-)

  71. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Ramos 0 for his last 11 since his big game Sunday.

  72. Sec 3 My Sofa - May 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    SO, just arguendo, and in a delay, if Zim goes to left, what happens when Harper comes back?

    • David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      He plays center and Span hits the bench.

      • texnat1 - May 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        @DP. Maybe, but that is a lot to go through to allow Espi to keep playing. I’d say you only go that route if RZim simply cannot play 3rd anymore.

      • adcwonk - May 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Ehh. I don’t like that. Span covers too much ground in CF.

        Span in CF batting lower in the order?

    • texnat1 - May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      I’d say for now it just gives you options. A long term showing that he could play the position might let you experiment in the off season by moving Werth to first.

  73. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    5 pitch inning, to ensure that Simon stays in the game as long as possible.

  74. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    what a great inning. What was that, 6 pitches?

    • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Pathetic

  75. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    2 plays at 3rd Frandsen dogged, that Rendon gets so far.

  76. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Frandsen has been lousy at 3B today, other than the good play on Hamilton. Yes, they were hit well and not easy plays, but plays a 3B should make. Rendon and Zim both make that play (whether the latter throws accurately across is another story). It’s cost us at least a run today.

    • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      You, sir, are correct.

      • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Still wish we had bunted with two on and no out.

  77. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    How does Espi go from 3-0 to K so often? The odds are stacked so heavily against that, but he’s perfected the art.

  78. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    LOLESPI

  79. tmac777 - May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Batting McLouth and Espinosa back to back is not smart. Once Moore strikes out, the inning is over.

  80. scnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Moore and Espi show why they are bench players with those at bats

  81. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    There goes a flying pig.

  82. texnat1 - May 21, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Dobbs over Rendon here. I guess you play the matchup.

  83. texnat1 - May 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Pathetic number of first pitch outs after the rain delay.

    Nats playing like they have a plane to catch and just want to make sure the pitcher can ease back into the game.

  84. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    The board is fixed up. Annoying

  85. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I thought that bounced…

    • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      hell of a play though

  86. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Clearly, a hit.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    That is an easy overturn

  88. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Brew crew up 4 in 1st. FU billy that’s a hit that bal was trapped. Shame on the umps once again

  89. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    That’s a hit. C’mon umps. Yes it’s an easy call. C’mon FP

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Reds got lucky it didn’t get by Hamilton

    We have to waste a challenge of an easy call

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 21, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Waste?

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    MASN actually got a good video shot on a critical replay.

  92. Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    That took more than 30 seconds to reverse. Do all you guys who don’t like the current system think the call should stand?

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I was hoping Span was going to keep running on that for a double.

  94. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Don’t like the bunt there.

  95. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Stupid bunt. Let Span steal. You just wasted an out.

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Now he bunts with man on first, why not when they are on second.

  97. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    we bunt then!!!! damnit MW

  98. Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    What a mess WordPress is.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      WordPress sucks

  99. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    20 million a year. Let’s deliver here.

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Buffalo long time no hits

    • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      And it continues. The guns just not getting it done. Terrible decision once again by MW to bunt. But buff gotta deliver.

  101. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Why you don’t waste an out there on the bunt.

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - May 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Wilson Ramos needs to dial up some Sunday heroics.

  103. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Ramos looks like he is jerking his head more than normal.

  104. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    …… buffalo really….

  105. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    That’s why you don’t bunt. The numbers show clear as day that your odds of scoring a run go down.

    • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      I dunno. Werth and Ramos to get it done? I like those odds.

  106. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Don’t have the feeling we can come back v. chapman 2x…

    • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      No we are done. A 3 and 3 home stand. Not good.

      • veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        You never think we can get it done. Time to start believing.

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Buffalo just looks uncomfortable with inside pitches presently.

    Still trying to figure how Roark just fell asleep in the 4th. Pitched fine the other 5 innings.

    • secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      2 runs by Roark. You gotta win that game. The high priced guys not getting it done.

  108. secretwasianman - May 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Wow just ridiculous for MW to bunt. Let Span work the pitcher. Work from the stretch. Try to steal….. Just a bad in game manager. He sucks

  109. Danny - May 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Come on Nats.

  110. David Proctor - May 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Another play Frandsen fails to make. Again, not easy. Again, a play that should be made. It was redirected RIGHT at him.

  111. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Lightning is about to strike twice in 3 days.

  112. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    still pissed we bunted in the 8th and not in the 2nd with 2 on and now out… could’ve taken the game a whole different direction. MW is still dropping the ball with small ball

  113. Danny - May 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Good work by the BP again. Let’s dial up Espy round 2.

  114. Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Will MW let Espi K to end the game, or will he do the right thing and pinch hit Rendon?

    • Danny - May 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Espy for a double off him Monday.

      • Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Good point. But after 2 Ks tonight, I’d rather have Rendon, wouldn’t you?

    • Danny - May 21, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Usually, but Danny has actually been solid in this situation this year.

  115. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    wanted to see desi hack at the first pitch. feels like its been a while since i’ve said that

    • coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      and tmo… you know the slider is coming. c’mon man

  116. Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Prove me wrong Espi. Please.

    • Danny - May 21, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      2 strikes we are screwed ha.

  117. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    FB outside… go oppo espi

  118. veejh - May 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Looked low. Blah.

  119. Danny - May 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Knock him out Nosa.. Bad call but w/e only 1 off Simpn is the story. We can’t get any momentum ughhhh

  120. coop202 - May 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    coop202 – May 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM
    Someone posted about 1st and 2nd with no outs the best strategy is always to bunt… Wonder if it was a lack if confidence in mclouth?

    reply report comment
    jd – May 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM
    I totally disagree with that statement. In the bottom of the 9th or extra innings yes. 6th inning forward in a tie game or a 1 run lead, maybe. Early in the game if you are trying to score as many runs as possible a bunt is often not a good play.

    wish you proved me wrong JD…

  121. Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Can’t blame Espi for not swinging at that last pitch. Meh.

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