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Game 51: Marlins at Nats

May 26, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Coming off a series loss against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Nationals return home to play the second place Miami Marlins at Nats Park on Memorial Day. The Marlins are a half-game ahead of Washington in the NL East after dropping two of three vs. the Brewers.

The Marlins are a much better team than they were at this point last year, but are one of the worst teams in the majors on the road. They enter the series with a 6-17 mark away from Marlins Park.

Tanner Roark (3-2, 3.42) will go up against Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 3.41) this afternoon. Eovaldi has yet to face the Nats this season, but has three starts (6.00 ERA) against the franchise in his career. Roark pitched in Miami on April 16 and allowed three earned runs through 6 1/3 innings in a Nationals’ 6-3 win.

Updates to come, so please check back…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 83 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (25-25)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Tanner Roark

MARLINS (26-25)
LF Christian Yelich
2B Derek Dietrich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
3B Casey McGehee
1B Garrett Jones
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechevarria
RHP Nathan Eovaldi

UMPIRES
HP Fieldin Culbreth (cc)
1B Seth Buckminster
2B Jim Reynolds
3B Brian Knight

1:47 p.m. — The Marlins struck early for a run in the first inning thanks to a double by Stanton and a single in the next at-bat by McGehee. Stanton’s double probably would have been a single if Werth didn’t fall down trying to block the ball as it bounced. Roark threw 18 pitches.

1:55 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Nationals against Eovaldi. He threw 16 pitches.

2:04 p.m. — Roark allowed a leadoff walk to Saltalamacchia, but no runs. Ozuna struck out and Ramos got the double play by throwing Salty out at second on a steal attempt. Hechevarria then ground out to Desmond to end the frame. Roark is at 20 pitches.

2:11 p.m. — It’s still a 1-0 game, though the Nats did finally see some solid contact off Eovaldi. Ramos had the big hit with an opposite field double to right field with one out. Espinosa also got a hold of one, but it went straight to the second baseman for a groundout. Eovaldi has thrown 27 pitches.

2:20 p.m. — Welp, it’s now 3-0 after Stanton’s second at-bat. Dietrich was hit by a pitch with two outs, and Stanton promptly brought him home on a monster home run to center field. The ball bounced off the green wall in center, in a crevice of the stadium the groundskeepers use to store their lawnmowers and equipment. Ball traveled at least 440 feet, I’d surmise.

2:25 p.m. — Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the third as Eovaldi continues to look good today. He got Span to ground out for the third out on a 98 mile per hour fastball. Kid is legit.

2:34 p.m. — Ozuna got on with an infield single with two outs, but that was it. Roark has thrown 61 pitches through four. Still 3-1 Marlins. Rendon will lead off next.

2:49 p.m. — The Nationals are still without a run despite getting two men on in the bottom of the fourth. Rendon led off with a walk and two outs later reached third as Ramos’ groundball went through the legs of Dietrich at second. Desmond, though, struck out swinging with runners on the corners to end the frame. Eovaldi has thrown 69 pitches through four.

3:07 p.m. — Eovaldi hit Espinosa to begin the bottom of the fifth and saw him go to second on a sac bunt by Roark, but again, no runs. Eovaldi, in fact, has allowed just one hit through five. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that Eovaldi is at 82 pitches through. At some point they’ll have to reach into their bullpen.

3:26 p.m. — After Roark tossed a scoreless inning in the sixth, the Nationals came back to notch two runs in the bottom half of the frame. Werth singled with one out for the team’s second hit of the game before LaRoche hit a two-run shot to the second deck in right field. The Nats have cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2. Eovaldi has thrown 97 pitches.

3:30 p.m. — After only needing seven pitches in the top of the sixth, Roark tossed another quick inning in the seventh. This one lasted six pitches and left him with 95 through seven. It looks like Tyler Clippard is warming up in the bullpen, but this one could go either way.

3:45 p.m. — The Nationals were held without a run in the bottom of the seventh despite seeing McLouth get into scoring position. McLouth was hit by a pitch with one out and stole second with two outs. Span, however, then flew out to left field to end the inning. Eovaldi was knocked out as Mike Dunn replaced him with one out, and Clippard will now take over for Roark who had Tyler Moore pinch-hit for him.

4:04 p.m. — Clippard got out of the eighth despite allowing two baserunners, but the Nats went down 1-2-3 in their half of the inning. Jerry Blevins will now enter the game to start the ninth.

4:16 p.m. — Blevins pitched a clean inning and we’re on to the bottom of the ninth. Ramos will lead off.

4:24 p.m. — That’s it, Nats lose 3-2. Here’s the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/05/26/instant-analysis-marlins-3-nats-2/

229 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Start this nine-game homestand well – GYNFG!

    • unkyd59 - May 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      +1

  2. NatsLady - May 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Here are Nats Stas for Week 8 Best/Worst Players

    (still working on Series Preview, hope to finish before I leave for the game…)

    • NatsLady - May 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Make that “Nats STATS”

  3. scnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Let’s start this homestand well and get some momentum

  4. sjm308 - May 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Love that we have two day games in a row. Sort of takes me back to Griffith Stadium days when there were just as many day games as night – don’t really have a stat for that but its how I remember things.

    Nothing better than putting the game on TV (mute), going out in the yard to plant/weed and listen to Charlie & Dave and then head in to see the good plays with the dvr feature.

    Will be at two games this week as well which is also a good thing.

    Not to dump on Espinosa who I always thought would be the backup infielder at best but I am hoping he spends at least another day on the bench. In fact, as long as they are winning, I would keep him there.

    Go Nats!!!

    • Eric - May 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Espi’s starting today:
      Span, Rendon, Werth, LaRoche, Ramos, Desi, Espi, McLouth, Roark

  5. Doc - May 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Nice to see that the #4 hitter is batting around .300, instead of sub-Mendoza grade stats as with the Moose.

  6. unkyd59 - May 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I’m looking for one decent win streak, to hold us until we get back to full strength…. Let’s do it now!!!
    GYFNGOGOGO!!!!!

    • Nats Amore - May 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Speaking of full strength, does anyone know the expected return dates of Zim and Harp, or are they still up in the air? I can’t seem to find a definitive answer.

      FWIW, even without those two, I think this team can be more than competitive in this division, and I’m guessing the players feel that way too. Any successful professional in his or her line of work would believe in their abilities. But enough philosophizing, go get ‘em!

      • NatsLady - May 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Harper probably after the All-Star Break. Zim, MAYBE mid-June. He hadn’t been cleared for hitting, last I read, though he is throwing.

  7. Doc - May 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I must have missed it somewhere, although I’ve looked several places, but I presume reviewing the 25 man roster that Zach Walters was sent down to Syracuse.

    Hope he does well, and works on his hitting and fielding stuff.

    • NatsLady - May 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Yes, he was. When LaRoche was activated.

  8. unkyd59 - May 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    It’d be nice to bank a bunch of wins, this week, with 7 vs. The Giants and Cards coming next week….

    • Eric - May 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      +1

  9. Candide - May 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Time for a little yard work before coming back in to watch the Nats restore some order to the NL East.

    GYFNG!

  10. NatsLady - May 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Here is the Injury Daze and Marlins Series Preview

    The formatting isn’t perfect, that always seems to be the hardest part, but I hope I didn’t make too many mistakes in the numbers.

    Off to see a ballgame, and also honor the military heroes.

    • Doc - May 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Thanks, NL!

  11. richardp6 - May 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    bottom third of the order today is going to be death valley- there I’ve said it, now they are sure to be productive :)

    • RickH - May 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Love the reverse lock.

  12. natsfan1a - May 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Dealing with some kind of crud that took away my voice this a.m. Luckily, I won’t be obligated to cheer loudly, as I’ll be watching this one from the basement baseball viewing lair. Go, NATS!

  13. habs3 - May 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    7th and 8th hitters – 1 for 8 with McLouth going 0 for 4

  14. Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    For what it’s worth, the Marlins are second (yes, second*) in the NL in scoring, at 4.6 runs/game, but they’re scoring 5.6 runs/game at home and 3.4 on the road. The Nats are only averaging 3.9 runs/game, but are pretty much even (3.88 vs. 3.96) in the their home/away splits.

    * Which translates to 1st if you exclude a certain team that gets to play half its games at altitude.

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      April pumped up this stat. May, not so much.

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Let’s score 4 and take our chances

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      21-1 when we score 4 or more. Should be simple.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Tough defensive chance by Werth leads to a run.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      You either catch it or play it as a single. Don’t dive and not catch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Yep, costly.

        Nats make the routine plays and the Web Gems in the last 2 weeks have been foul catches by McLouth, TyMo and Ramos. Make more tough plays inside the lines and help your pitchers.

      • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        He caught it, the ground popped it out. Shlt happens.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        As I said our fielding isn’t just more eroors, but many less outstanding plays than opponents

  17. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Fist inning the Marlins RISP is far superior to ours shows up. Werth needed to catch the damn ball or play it on a hop for a single.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Here we go well hit balls fielded.

    Marlins two well hit balls and we just missed both a result a run.

    MW promise of better fielding is just not producing as we iutfielded easily by our opponents, it can’t just be bad luck.

  19. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Roark be more pitch efficient.

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Team can’t help if you are just going to throw balls

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Chill

  21. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Saawweeeet DP

  22. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Strike’m out throw them out

  23. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Dumb decision by Redmond to start the slow as hell Salty.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Especially with Ozuna batting.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      That’s being aggressively unsound with a slow runner unless it’s with a hit and run with a good hit and run guy.

  24. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Now let’s start hitting.

  25. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Boston up 1-0 on Braves

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Good start, but worthless if we can’t do our business

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Line drives guy.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      On queue Buffalo

  27. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Ramos desperately needs to get on track.

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Woo!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Seems to be swinging it well the last few games.

      • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        He’s coming around, I hope.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Charlie Slowes reports RZim has been cleared to swing the bat.

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      I guess the xray was good

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        He didn’t report that but I guess good enough. He is a slow healer.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Need him back Toronto. Then we can option Espi

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Damn I hate auto correct that won’t turn off Toronto=pronto

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Hanging slider missed by Desmond

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      0 for 1 RISP

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    0 for 2 RISP. Why Espi back in. We wipon without him yesterday. Did MW forget that?

  31. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Desmond fouled back a hanging slider that should have been in the seats then strikeouts. Espi surprisingly made contact, but weak.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Hanging sliders are kike gimme putts.

  32. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Sit pitcher! LOL

  33. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Well, that right there is why Espinosa is in the lineup. We pay the price when he bats, but the guy can play 2B with the best.

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Espi only here for defense.

    He is uncoachable on offense. I am totally amazed he refuses to learn proper hitting. A total waste of talent. He could be great if was willing take to the coaching he is being given.

  35. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I like that analysis by FP…nice

  36. dcwx61 - May 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Nats killer

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Roark. Sheesh. Why didn’t you nibble to Stanton.

  38. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Hit batter immediately scores because it brings Stanton to the plate. Dietrich obviously leaned into the pitch to get hit, but they never call that.

  39. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Cement mixer bye, bye.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Desmond had the sane type pitch, and what does he do? Just fouls it the strikes out.

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Stanton homer nit the problem, but why the hell do you give the batter in front a free base with 2 outs? Talk about not thinking when your pitching. If you are giing to hit someone hit Stanton, not the guy in front of him.

  41. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    That ball Stanton hit would have been of the upper deck, painted seat variety in RFK, I believe.

  42. dcwx61 - May 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM

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    Those in town, my pizza meetup meets at 7 PM tonight for post-game analysis at DaMarco’s in Bethesda.
    Mention Nats Insider and get a free beer by jeffwx
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  43. philipd763 - May 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Pitching to Stanton a huge mistake,

  44. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    I think Eovaldi is hittable today. Better get started, though.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      He is, but we are under cutting all of them

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Stanton does what you do with hanging slider. Desmind can’t do it.

    • stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      He didn’t this time, but he can and has and does. As you know.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        This time is the one that counts now

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Dez’s was a little more up in the zone, but he still shoulda clobbered it.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Absolutely in the clobber zone.

        Our hitters miss mire mistakes than our opponents.

        Our pitchers really don’t make many mistakes, but the few they make are clobbered.

        Our opponents make more mistakes and we do much less with them.

  46. dcwx61 - May 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    ball’s carrying

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Hit liners not flies please

  47. coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    3-0… Just where we want them

  48. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Werth seems to be having a hard time with the sun monster in RF.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Why go 0-2 and threw 3 balls.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Batters time to start playing. I am not please the lackluster effort so far.

  51. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Good eye, Tony

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Rendon 10 walls in games. How many Espi walks 4 all season?

  53. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    When was the last time we hit a HR with men on base? Seems like a while.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      I will look it up.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Saturday may 17 Desmond 2 run homer off Carlin. We lost 5-2

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Swing at balls over the plate not 6 inches outside

    • coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Hmmm werth seems to be getting under the ball a ton… Decent at bat Til that though

      • coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Also I hate fly balls more than I hate dp plays…

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        We are under cutting this guy a lot.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Batting average on line drives much higher.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    9 game since mire than a solo homer. So we need to start using running game

  56. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Come on Dez!

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Swing only at strikes

  58. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    FO has made a believer of me when he says that this continual overshifting confuses fielders on even relatively routine plays.

  59. philipd763 - May 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    This is painful.

    • coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      He looks like bad desi today…

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Turrible AB

  60. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    They gave us a gift, we said we didn’t want it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Desmod swung at a ball, He then tried to pull an outside slider, just drive them to right and we score a run.

      We need a hitting coach who teaches small ball.

  61. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Things swings like he wants to pull a slider on the outside. A slider on the outside you drive to right. Had he actually hit that the way he swung it would be groubder to short.

    Is Schu even talking to these guys. Their approach is to try to do what they want. It should do what the pitch allows. We need a coach that stresses this.

  62. secretwasianman - May 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Another big crowd witnessing another bad performance. Soon it will just be bad performances.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      This is so fixible but no one is focusing on hitting it where its pitched. Almost all over swing.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      It’s a nice day. Why don’t you take a hike?

  63. secretwasianman - May 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Braves winning. 4.5 back and falling. Just trying to help

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Way to BoSox holding your lead.

  65. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    RISP Update threw 4 them 1 for 1. Us 0 for 3

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Espi bunt toward 2b not foul.

  67. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Danny with a hit!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Best strategy

  68. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    They took advantage of HBP . Can we?

  69. dcwx61 - May 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Naaaaaahhhhhhh

  70. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    McLouth, you suck.

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    McHit strikes out swinging one both high and outside.

  72. dcwx61 - May 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Espi and McLouth bunt at all times.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      MW is partial at fault for not benching their ass.

      • dcwx61 - May 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        I would love to see Frandsen the everyday 2b until Zimm is back

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        Frabdsen not Rendon?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Loops missed until. I agree. .

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Why did Rizzo waste money on McHit?

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Span you hit with RISP?

  75. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Nothing dropping…..ugh

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Pop ups usually don’t drop in. Kine drives do.

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    0 for 4 RISP. This getting rediculous we are near .200 with RISP Marlins close to 280. Is is a
    Approach difference.

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Not sure he is out

  78. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Caught a break

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I guess inconclusive. We need to take advantage.

  79. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Is it time to get serious hutters

    • stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I’d like to think that if Eovaldi loses a couple of ticks of velocity some of those pop-ups will start finding barrel.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Let’s hope.

  80. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Wake up, Carp. That wasn’t a Nats’ challenge.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Told my wife the same

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    David Ortiz with a 3 run HR to tie the game. Nats need that too.

  82. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    With his pitches go the other way. Why we pulling so much.

  83. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Carp wong lne drives are not over rated

  84. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    C U L8R

  85. dcwx61 - May 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Hope Springs!!!!

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Was that a fast ball?

  87. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Gonna bench Ramos for not running that one out?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      I thought the same thing. Good grief, if that had been Bryce…

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Buffalo we wanted back to back. No power on that cheap swing.

  89. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Gah!

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Desmond good try but needed mire line and less elevation.

    Starting to barrel up this guy.

  91. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Desmond so close to tying it

  92. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I missed a LaBoom! Damn.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Veejh a nice 4th row upper Decker. Desi caught at the fence. He went to right like he should have last time.

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Now let’s put them away in the bottom of the 7th

  94. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    That was a classic Roark inning. 6 pitches. Pretty gritty performance after the Stanton bomb.

  95. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Roark really only made one mistake the whole game. The pitch to Stanton. He hit the batter before that, but the guy clearly leaned into it. He should have been out of the first inning, but Werth dropped the ball. Still pitched a solid game, 7 innings of 3 run ball. I’ll take that from our #4 starter every day.

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      He has been very consistent. Get a couple of runs and get him this win. Leggo!

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      +1

  96. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Stop the presses. Espinosa fans.

  97. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Espi, right down the middle. Come on.

  98. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    ….and McLouth with a hit (by pitch)!

  99. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    One thing you know for sure… when you hit Espinosa and McLouth your command is somewhat lacking.

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Damn you Espi 2-0 count and you can’t hit in a hitters count. Zim can’t come back soon enough. He just not a major league hitter with his swing and miss to often ability.

    McHit gets hit. Now needs to be McSreal.

    • coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Saw the double switch coming, dobbs was an interesting choice… Let’s go tmo

  101. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Why are we using Moore instead of Hairston here? Moore has reverse splits.

    • coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Sigh…

  102. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    If we’re not going to use Hairston in this spot, why is he on the team? That is a situation tailor made for him. Moore doesn’t hit lefties. So frustrating.

    • stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Gotta agree with you there. Sometimes I wonder about Mr Williams.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Thinking the same. What are you saving him for?

  103. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Try to steal McLouth here so if he fails, we leadoff w Span next inning.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    TyMo strikes out because he is trying to pull outside pitching.

    I am assuming Schu is simpling nit coaching opposite field approach.

    Please pay me to coach and at least that problem would be solved. Might have lots of others though.

  105. Danny - May 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Unclutch

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Mcsteal did his job. Span hits the correct w::ay but huts with top of the bat which will be a fly instead of the barrel which a line drive. Line drive batting averages I read were far higher then flies, which are much higher then ground balls.

    Now 0 for 5 RISP.

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Maybe clippard can vulture a victory.

  108. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I’m totally okay with walking Stanton here.

    • coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Agrred

    • stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Would’ve saved us a base.

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    The way you hit ESPI you are worthless if you can’t make great plays like that.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Single better than homer, but still angry at Espi. I see no reason for him to be on this team. Can’t hit and makes very good plays but no great plays. As bad as he hit Espi must make a majority of great play opportunities

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      You crazy. Dudes a stud on D.

  111. coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Interesting stat- Atl is 3rd with risp, Miami 12th, we’re23rd

  112. Danny - May 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    How does tony take both of those..

  113. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    B.S. inside

  114. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    That was inside

    Umpire is terrible

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Thanks for nothing blue. He must be in a hurry to get to a barbecue.

  115. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Oof. That was a truly dubious called third strike.

  116. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Ball clearly inside to Rendon.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      When team is hitting poorly the umps love to screw you more

      All 4 to LaRocge outside.

      Fifth pitch outside and LaRoche pulled instead of going to left. You got exactly what you usually get a grounder to second. . I don’t understand the hitting philosophy.

  117. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Weth on sliders outside are you swinging like a pull.

  118. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Can someone please get a hit?!?!?!?

  119. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    This ump is really, really bad.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      And getting worse

  120. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Laroche had no choice but to swing at that last p.o.s. after the previous pitches outside the zone got called strikes.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Swinging not the problem. Pulling a ball like that is an automatic ground out to second.

      However just drive it to right. It a line drive. Chance of hit is over 60% according what I have read.

      He had the choice to go to left and choise not to. Not good hitting approach at all. Pull inside pitches only.

      • stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Sounds easy.

  121. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Not a single pitch in that sequence was a strike to LaRoche, or really even close, and because they were being called strikes he had to swing at another ball and grounded out. Awful, awful zone by whoever the scrub behind the plate is.

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      He doesnt want to be late for the BBQ

  122. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Ghost…I just saw your postabove…LOL

  123. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    If Williams pinch hits for Espinosa in the ninth I’ll take back a lot of nasty things I’ve said about him, regardless of outcome.

    HAHAHAHAHA!

    I crack myself up sometimes.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      I don’t think he is smart enough to pinch hit for him. Hope we make him think as Espi bats 4th

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      We are 27th in RISP. THAT IS WHEN WE NEED TO BE NUMBER 1

  124. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    JER-RY JER-RY JER-RY!!!

    • veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Where’s the women pulling hair over him?

  125. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I had no expectation that Blevins would perform as well as he has this year. He reminds me of Sean Burnett at his best.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      He was good in Oakland.

  126. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Ramos or Dez must come through w a HR. I just dont see Danny or McOut driving in anything. Im chugging a good luck PBR.

  127. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Ramos 0 homers this tear. Time to get that changed.

  128. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Love the Phish cheer for Wilson. Love it.

  129. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    That was the right idea, Wilson.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Close but no cigar

  130. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Come on guys we need a run, quit goofing off.

  131. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    That’s right Ramos bats 5th nit 4th

  132. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    OMG… Frandsen on deck for Espinosa!

  133. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Any one know how to hit a hanging slider besides Stanton, and LaRicge.

    We have missed 3 now

  134. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Nothing wrong with that K call, unfortunately.

  135. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Dont cry, Dez. That was perfect.

    • coop202 - May 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      0-4 with three k’s against mostly mediocre pitching (I’ll give cishek his due)… And I thought he was coming around dangit

  136. David Proctor - May 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    That one was a strike, Desi.

  137. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Desi needs his eyes check. Can’t take that with 2 strikes

  138. veejh - May 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Another 1 run loss. I cant take too many more of these.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      As bad as our hitting, it tells you the pitchers can’t afford a single mistakes.

      Pitching is excellent

  139. manassasnatsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Piss me off again. This team needs to stay and take some batting lessons.

    The approach is terrible.

  140. stoatva - May 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Well, pooh.

    Pardon my language.

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