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Game 48: Nats at Pirates

May 23, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PITTSBURGH — Hello from beautiful PNC Park, which looks spectacular as always. After staying back in D.C. last night to appear on CSN’s Baseball Show, I made the easy drive up here this morning and will be on-site the rest of the weekend.

The Nationals are trying to bounce back from a tough 3-1 loss last night, needing a win to avoid dropping to the .500 mark. They’ll need a strong start for Jordan Zimmermann, of course, but more than that they’ll need to drive in some runs off an opposing right-hander (Charlie Morton) and that has been easier said than done over the last few weeks.

Matt Williams is trying out a couple of different things tonight. Danny Espinosa takes a seat on the bench, with Anthony Rendon sliding over to second base. That opens up third base for Zach Walters to make his first start in the infield this season (and his first career start at third base). Greg Dobbs also gets the call at first base.

Lots of updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where:
PNC Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 879, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind 13 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (24-23)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Greg Dobbs
3B Zach Walters
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

PIRATES (20-26)
RF Josh Harrison
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
1B Ike Davis
C Russell Martin
3B Pedro Alvarez
LF Starling Marte
SS Clint Barmes
RHP Charlie Morton

UMPIRES
HP Todd Tichenor
1B Gabe Morales
2B Tim Timmons
3B Tim Welke (cc)

205 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Walters starting at 3rd. I was wrong.

  2. masterfishkeeper - May 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Guess Williams is tired of not scoring. Of course, it’s not at all clear that Walters and Dobbs will hit more than those they are replacing.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      I’m more worried about Walters defense

  3. Hiram Hover - May 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Nats determined to get their money’s worth out of Dobbs.

    70 hours and counting til ALR is back at 1B on Monday.

  4. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    We’re been struggling against righties, which makes sense with LaRoche and Harper out. So Williams is trying to stack the lineup with as many lefties as he can. We’ll see if it works.

  5. Baseballswami - May 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Why not let some guys have a try? Scoring one a game is just not going to work.

  6. philipd763 - May 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I’m beginning to wonder if we aren’t looking at a .500 season. It’s Charlie Morton’s turn to look like Cy Young tonight. This is getting very old.

    • David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Well. We’re one game over .500 now and that’s without half our lineup. Do you think we won’t improve at all?

      • secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Well I think we will. But we gotta keep this thing within 3 to 4 games out. No worse. But it is looking pretty feeble right now.

  7. Eugene in Oregon - May 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I listened to chunks of last night’s game on the Pirates’ radio network and the announcers were pretty much ready to send Josh Harrison to Cooperstown (not just for his play yesterday, but for his performance since his recent shift to the OF).

  8. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Today is JZimm’s birthday.

  9. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Happy Birthday, Jordan Z. Pitch good.

    • dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      and provide some run support
      like more than 1

  10. Doc - May 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Forced to watch the Pirate announcers on my MLB.tv deal, they made observations about how Danny The K swinging at pitches that were way outside the strike zone.

    Looking at the replay, they weren’t just borderline pitches either.

    They were like Little League swings! No wonder he’s sitting tonight!

    Maybe he needs glasses.

    • Eric - May 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Funny, Bob and FP were commenting on how Starling Marte ALWAYS swings, sure as the sun will rise tomorrow.

      Go figure, as they’re talking about it he swings at all four of Barrett’s sliders, and all four were low and outside. One backed up just a smidge, allowing him to foul it off. Had he never swung, it would’ve been a four-pitch walk.

      As far as Espi, he’s definitely regressed in a bad way, but I do think he’s showing sings of getting back on track. He got a hit against Chapman, and he hit a would be double+ that got robbed last night in his first AB. IIRC, he took some tough pitches before hitting that line out.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Eric, man, I always like your optimism that you put forth, but I’m not real sure about your take that you see signs of Espinosa getting back on track.In the last ten games his season BA has plunged from .243 down to .218, and he has 16 K’s in 39 AB’s.with only 2 BB’s. He has hit .128 over those 10 days. I’m bleeding for him, but man, those numbers are just bad to the bone.

      • letswin3 - May 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Yeah Eric, that track might be leading back to Syracuse when Zim returns. And if Walters takes his opportunity tonight, Danny might even be back on the bench in the meantime. Walters may still have a plate discipline question mark beside his name, but his recent AB’s have looked decent, and his defense has included a couple of compliments too. I know I’m a bit of a Walters fan, but he’s starting to look more like a ballplayer.

    • knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      I was forced to watch and listen to the Reds announcers earlier in the week and they made the same observation about Espinosa’s swinging at balls out of the k zone.

  11. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Jason Grilli activated for tonight’s game. Interesting history.

    http://www.sportsinjuryalert.com/2014/05/pirates-injury-update-jason-grilli.html

  12. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Nyjer Morgan on the 60-day DL. You wonder if the Indians got tired of his act also…

    http://www.sportsinjuryalert.com/2014/05/indians-injury-updates-zach-mcallister.html#.U3-22fldXng

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      His act gets old quick. A charmer at first then the real Nyjer emerges.

  13. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    McLouth (or McOut, or McHit, or whatever he’s being called now) is quietly hitting .296 over his last 10. He was so bad in April that his numbers will never look good, but he’s been serviceable lately.

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

      McLouth is doing now what Espinosa should have continued to do. Bunt some and shorten the swing. At least he is trying to adapt and adjust.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Since I started calling him McHit, he has started hitting. Predicted 2 hits last night.

      Tonight 1 hit and the arrival of evil alias McSteal making an appearance.

  14. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Don’t like Ramos in the 4 hole. Although what else is there? Rendon maybe?

    • Danny - May 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Jordan Zimmermann.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Switch with Desi which I suggested yesterday

  15. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Hopefully we will have a good game tonight. Lately it’s been like most of Woody Harrelsons movies. UNWATCHABLE

  16. davecydell - May 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Here we go, another ride in the Nat’s pickup truck without a clutch.

  17. scnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Tonight lets string some hits together

  18. Danny - May 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Rendon chops it to short as infit lately.

  19. dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I’m glkad to see some creativity in the lineup. CAn’t continue to watch Danny continue to slide from .290 to .219 from May 1. This is becoming all too familiar.

  20. dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    I like the patience….Span learn from this.

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    0 for 1 RISP already.

  22. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    LOL, T-Mo trying to deal with Rendon’s 100mph fastball, this time from only 90 feet.

    • NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Oh, I guess that was Dobbs.

  23. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    McCutcheon finally controlled for once.

    Time for the hitters to wake up. The Pirate starters have been terrible. Last night we didn’t do the job. Can’t do that again.

  24. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    McSteal

  25. dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Morton is very unhittable…no pitches close enuf

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Then no swings and 9 walks

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Morton is stinking up the joint. Come on guys take advantage.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    And theres the difference in high degree of difficulty on a play the Nats don’t turn by Rendon that the competition is making.

    • David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      You’re not wrong, but it’s hard on Rendon to be expected to make great plays at two positions. He hasn’t played regularly at second in a month and a half.

      • dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        And Driving in runs is the problem….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        I understand but neither has the Pirates rightfielder.

  28. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    JZimm gets squeezed, then gives up a double

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Strike 3 was not called, but then again the next pitch right in the middle

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Pitch 4 and 5 same damn place. Either both are ball, or strike. According to pitch track strikes.

    When calls goes against us, the other team takes advantage. Wish our hitters would do the same.

  30. dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Big K….

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Alverez can’t be complaining too much, they are getting more calls then us

  32. Section 222 - May 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      What section? We are 315 tomorrow 318 Saturday.

      • Section 222 - May 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        316 with the NATS NATS NATS group. 209 in the Pgh Club tomorrow.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Pitch no strikes, why did he pitch that. He swings at enough balls.

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    The non strike as too often kills us.

    Our hitting is good enough to win when pitchers are not doing their job.

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Walking an 8 guy with no one.

    Are we just not focused again.

  36. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Insurmountable lead. Game over. Welcome to .500 baseball. What a terrible mess this team truly is.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Down 2 after 2 and not being able to win is nit .500 ball. It would be .250 ball

      We will the game.

    • Adam - May 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      It really is a disaster of a team. It’s slowly but surely becoming the norm for this team

  37. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    I said in April team would be under .500 by Memorial Day. Should have played the lotto.

    • David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Do I really need to list all of your “predictions” that you’ve gotten wrong? Something about a blind squirrel and a nut.

  38. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    This guy may pitch a no no

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    They get guys on and they move them up, so far in this series we have not bothered.

    Time to bother.

  40. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    See it worked. Nice job Span. The one guy who is hitting.

  41. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    So NOW Matty remembers how to bunt a guy to third base?

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Bunt? Now Werth and Ramos need to pro deuce or that is useless.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      No problem

  43. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    That better have been a bunt base hit that turned into a sacrifice. If he was trying to sacrifice, that’s a horrible play.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Let’s hope. It was a really bad thing to do, down 2 early.

  44. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Why bunt? Once again terrible decision. You got a chance for a big inning and you play for one run? MW is a complete,idiot. That’s just a waste of an out. Just like the other day. Ahhhhhhhhhhh

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      We have one big inning in a month. I want a run now

    • knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Better to stay off your keyboard and let people think you are stupid than to type away and remove all doubt.

      • Section 222 - May 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        [snicker]

  45. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Put the lineup in MW and sit down and shut up. Talk about over managing. Sheeesh

  46. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Four walks and a double, no score.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Hitters are not being productive at all.

  47. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Just putrid. Put in Lobaton.

  48. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    As I said only works if Werth and Ramos do their job. Werth did his.

    Ramos turned over a pitch the outer half. An automatic grounder to short. So he completely failed.

    We have had way too many failures . I guess start my Schu rant now.

    • secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Well spoken. We have had chances and the So called stars of,the team have not delivered. It doesn’t help that MW,is giving away outs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      No way on Schu. Horrible approaches lately.

  49. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    OK, at the risk of getting somebody’s wrath! That AB by Ramos wasn’t very good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Horrible. Played right into Morton’s hand. Of course it couldn’t find a hole.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      It was nit bad. Ramos’ at bat was bad one. Blame him. Rendon did what he was asked. Ramos didn’t come close.

    • Hiram Hover - May 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Maybe he was worried about colliding with Werth?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Absolutely true. And thanks for not being apocalyptic about it.

    • secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      You too kind. It STUNK

  50. Hiram Hover - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Anybody else having problems with MASN?

    Morton froze, disappeared in a cloud of pixels, and next thing I saw was ball in catchers mitt.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      I have the problem two or three times a week.

      • Hiram Hover - May 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        Happening all the time to me last night and tonight. Driving me crazy.

        Commercials coming through fine. I blame Angelos.

  51. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Who says that you should swing at the first pitch after the last guy got a walk?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      N-o body I know. Ramos failed in every measure.

      Ball was on the far side of center on pitch track.

      So swinging at pitch 1 after a walk mistake 1, then pulling a pitch on the outer half is an automatic grounder to shirt a guarantee double play.

      Had he gone to right like he should have been taught possible hit to right. Don’t know.

    • David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      There are two schools of thought on that. One is: he’s wild, don’t help him out. The other is: he’s desperate to throw a strike, he’s going to groove one and I’m going to do damage. Neither are wrong. The key is to swing SMARTLY if you adhere to #2. I almost consider it like swinging 3-0. That’s fine, but make sure it’s your pitch. Don’t swing as bad pitches. Ramos swung at a sinker down and away. Poor AB.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - May 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Nice inning JZim.

  53. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    0 for 20 with RISP? OMG!!! X men is on AMC. Enjoy the cricket match everybody.

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    RISP time again

  55. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Ok Walters sucks. Put in espi

  56. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Good pitch, bad call, borderline take by Alters.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Walters.

  57. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    O for 21 and counting

    • Hiram Hover - May 23, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Didn’t I here a prediction you were going off to watch a movie?

      Guess that’s another one that didn’t pan out….

  58. Adam - May 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Offense has managed to be extra terrible lately. Used up all their runs against cueto

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Walters might as well go back to minors if you are giing to k looking.

    I prefer Espi as he swings and at least a chance for an RBI. Walters is not giving us a chance.

    0 for 4 RISP.

    We have to be close to the bottom now RISP

    • David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Pitch to Walters was clearly inside on Pitch Trak.

    • senators5 - May 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      He swings because he knows he will be sent to North Korea or worst if he starts taking third strikes again, which he led the world last year. So, he’s swinging at everything and occasionally and I do mean occasionally hits the ball if it’s down the middle.

      • senators5 - May 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        This was obviously Espinosa I was talking about. The comment got skipped to the wrong person.

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Looked it up Nats .214 RISP

  61. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    This sucks

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 23, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      +1

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    What is Zim’s problem tonight? To much birthday party?

  63. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    OK, this is not looking good. 4-0? Damn.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      4-0 is both poor hitting and poor pitching.

  64. Eugene in Oregon - May 23, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    What Jordan Zimmermann is saying to Steve McCatty: “Yeah, right, got it.”

    What Jordan Zimmermann is thinking: “Hmmm. Maybe I should have taken that extension that Mike Rizzo was offering in the off-season.”

    • knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      My friend in Virginia sent me a text after the fourth inning said JZIMM was having a start worthy of Gio. Ouch!

      • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Not enough balls

  65. Eugene in Oregon - May 23, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Nice play, Mr. Zimmermann.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      One of the best that I saw all week. Well, by our team, at least.

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Our hitters with RISP

    40 Werth 11 for 36 .306
    45 Moore 5 for 17 .294
    56 Desmond 13 for 47 .277
    61 Ramos 2 for 8 .250
    93 Anthony Rendon 11 for 51 .216
    99 Zimmerman 2 for 10 .200
    129 Hairston 1 for 7 .143
    129 Frandsen 3 for 21 .143

    Espn’s stat are so bad neither Span or Espi is listed. Nor is ALR

  67. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    RISP zim no hit. No one on Zim hits.

    That is our problem low leverage we hut, high leverage we hit liw

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Huh?

  68. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Why are our line drives not getting the over .50600 they say line drives do.

  69. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Rendon’s average falling like a rock.

  70. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    The only luck we have is bad luck.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      They say it evens out, but when?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Over the course of a decade.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        I was thinking life time.

        We have hit a lot of hard balls that have been outs.

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    The Bud starters have been crappy all season except Cole, and we can’t hit them worth a crap

  72. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    What is Zim’s problem tonight?

    • secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      He knows he has to be perfect.

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    The following 3 things are keys this tear. At least from what I read.

    When we score 4 loss 1

    When we have 0 errors we have loss 0

    When Rendon and Span both hit loss 0.

    Seems like we know some formulas that work. Take advantage of them.

  74. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Michael Taylor with yet another homer tonight for Harrisburg. His 12th.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      What his RISP?

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Just a reminder Morton zero wins, and is not very good, so we will come back and win.

  76. Nats fool - May 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Whoa, this team is painful to watch. These are not major league hitters, with the exception of the top 3 in the order. Too much attention to pitching. Very poor player development, and poor scouting. Blow this thing up and build like the Cards.

    • secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Walters can’t play at this level. Better with Espi. And that ain’t much

    • secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Nats fool you are no fool. That’s the most intelligent and correct thing I’ve heard in here. They suck. 2012 was an abiration. This is the real team

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Keep the line moving.

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    That is OK 2 strike HBP

  79. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Dobbs earn your money.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Not real great. We score a run, but we need to keep the line moving.

    Down too much.

    • David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      That’s a good AB in a close game. Down by 4, you need a hit. But it’s better than a double play.

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    My God Walters finally swung

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Looks over matches easily. His swing look timid.

      At least Espi is nit timid, but misses way too much.

      Still no hits with RISP

  82. Section 222 - May 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Finally a run!! Did anyone hear us?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Sorry, I was listening, but can’t say that I did.

  83. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Espi might as well be playing. Walters is worthless tonight.

  84. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Walters can’t play at this level. What a joke.

  85. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Lefty coming in, pinch hit TyMo.

  86. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    So, on the throw to the plate? A good aggressive team, the runner on 2nd goes to third on the throw to the plate, Ramos, or not. Or am I wrong?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Bases loaded, nobody out, we get one run in.Not good.

    • knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      In this case I will disagree. If the LF sees Ramos tagging maybe he hits the cutoff and the Bucs get a double play which they would gladly take and give up the run. I think holding Ramos this time was the correct play.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I understand your logic, but If your going to be an aggressive team there are times where you’ve got to make them show that they can make the play. I thought that this was a good time to make aggression work for you.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      I was shock to not see him on third. The ball was nit cut off worthy.

  87. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Enough already with McCout.

  88. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    No offense, but it’s hard to build a big inning with the backups (Walters, Dobbs, McLouth). I know they’re trying.

    • secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Then quit changing the lineup. Keep it the same.

  89. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    McHit must have got stuck in the box. Ball bobbled and still out by 2 steps.

    Mac Hit needs to earn his homely

  90. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I’m going to Mondays game. I expect to pay minor league prices

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Well, I guess/ hope that you’ll be in Syracuse on Monday. Wear your flip flops.

  91. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Run expectancy with bases loaded, 0 outs is 2.390. We got 1. We always manage to defy the odds.

  92. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Sounds like FP is starting to sense the season slipping away. I think he’s right.

    • ehay2k - May 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      We must not be listening to the same game.

  93. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Span and WERTh. Everybody else give your checks back

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Store and Clip can keep their check too.

  94. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    So we use Detwiler in a 1 run game, we use Storen down by 3. This is beyond explanation.

    • knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Bring back Manny Acta!

  95. Nats fool - May 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    My real problem with this team is plate approach. The team needs players whose goal is to barrel the ball, regardless of any individual outcome. Desi is the poster boy for this. Not only is he poor defensively, he strikes out way too much, even when he is hot. There is too much emphasis on slugging. A real change on approach starts with moving Desi and Espi.

    • David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      There are so many people to criticize on this team, yet you continue to single out the wrong guy (Desmond).

      • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Desmond has problems but not nearly the worse.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      ESPN doesn’t show singles that ties games

  96. Danny - May 23, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    A clutch home run would be awesome.. We gave been due for weeks.

  97. knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Way to hustle Kevin Frandsen!

  98. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Doesn’t look close enough to challenge.

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Espi make me liver. Get a hit.

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Span 2 for 3 bases empty 0 for 1 RISP

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Span now 2 for 3 NO ONE ON 0 for 2 RISP.

    it is the mighty low RISP that causes our biggest problems. Worse part it is nit changing. Same problem last year solved in August. This tear not solved yet.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Well, another way to talk about it is that Span got to 2nd twice, once with no outs, once with one out, and nobody drove him in..

      • NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Exactly. He did his job.

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I need new glasses. I thought I saw Hairston catch 2 balls, this after hitting an SF against a righty.

  103. Nats fool - May 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Actually, Starling Marte would make me even more frustrated. Both have free-swinging approaches. Strikeouts matter. Your goal as a batter is to make the best contact possible as often as possible, especially when teams are taking away the gaps. The goal should not be to run into one every 20 at bats, even if that would get you more than 20 home runs over the course of the season.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Bingo. There too many in baseball are like this.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Let’s get this started

  105. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Move the line boys. Don’t let this die

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Werth just misses that. Too often this is happening.

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Damn it don’t swing at crap Werth

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Stays a live on low pitches then swings at one a foot or so high.

  108. Danny - May 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    FML

  109. knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    JW swings and misses at a ball that is eye level. Not good JW.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Grill I way high and we want to swing

  111. Danny - May 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Murphy’s law.

  112. manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Hit far enough but wrong way

  113. Danny - May 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Wilson bat was expletive ball 4

  114. knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Another swing at a high pitch out of the K zone.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      It is part of the totally undiscpline style that Davey endorsed.

      Why can’t we hit it away from the fielders. It un real this can happen so much.

      No ream can be this snake bit.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Statistically unbelievable

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

    Ball if he had not swung.

  116. Danny - May 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Fuck this.. DC is cursed.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Why do you feel it is okay to be disrespectful to this blog and the host?

      • knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        +1

      • Danny - May 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Sorry.. Youngster who is drinking no excuse. Just frustrated for not having a winner in DC in 20 years.

  117. Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Ugly. Coyote ugly…

  118. David Proctor - May 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    You have got to be kidding me

  119. knoxvillenat - May 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Good drive by Desmond but once again a Nat swings at a pitch out of the strike zone. Way too much of this up and down the line up.

    Hurry back ALR!

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