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Game 52 (Take 2): Marlins at Nats

May 28, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

And we’re back at Nationals Park, hoping the weather cooperates tonight and allows the Nationals and Marlins to wrap up their abbreviated, rain-shortened series and at least get two games in. The forecast once again doesn’t look great, with storms expected to roll through here at some point this afternoon/evening. After postponing last night’s game at 7:15 p.m., I would imagine they’ll wait much longer tonight before making a call.

Matt Williams decided to change his starting pitcher for this game. Jordan Zimmermann, who was supposed to start tonight’s series finale, will remain on regular rest and face the Marlins. Blake Treinen, whose start got washed out last night, will be available out of the bullpen for a couple of days and then return to the rotation next week. Miami manager Mike Redmond took the opposite approach, pushing everyone back. So Henderson Alvarez, who would’ve started last night, will start tonight.

Both managers are, however, sticking with their starting lineups. So for the Nats, that means Kevin Frandsen at second base instead of Danny Espinosa.

Updates to come, so please check back…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms, 77 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (25-26)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Kevin Frandsen
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

MARLINS (27-25)
LF Christian Yelich
2B Derek Dietrich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
3B Casey McGehee
1B Garret Jones
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Henderson Alvarez

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

7:06 p.m. — Hey, we’ve got real, live baseball being played in the District! The rain has held off (so far) and Jordan Zimmermann has thrown strike one to Christian Yelich to get this one started.

7:13 p.m. — Zimmermann wasn’t exactly in top form there in the top of the first, allowing a leadoff double to Yelich and a sharp single up the middle to (who else?) Giancarlo Stanton. But he got two groundballs to short, and Ian Desmond took care of the rest. Desmond made a heads-up play to get Yelich trying to advance to third on Derek Dietrich’s grounder. He then started a nice-looking, 6-4-3 double play off Casey McGehee’s bat to end a scoreless inning.

7:25 p.m. — The Nats hit three balls well right back up the middle in the bottom of the first. Unfortunately, only two of them (by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche) went through for singles. Anthony Rendon, who hit the ball harder than anybody in the inning, wound up smoking the ball off Henderson Alvarez and right to Dietrich at second base. So the Nats come away with nothing in the first inning, though the fact they squared up several balls against Alvarez should bode well.

7:41 p.m. — Another couple of well-struck balls in the bottom of the second, and still nothing to show for it. That’s in part because Desmond ventured too far off first base on Kevin Frandsen’s sinking liner to right-center. Stanton wound up catching the ball and then doubled up Desmond to kill a potential rally. Making matters even worse: Nate McLouth immediately followed with a single to center that would’ve advanced Desmond. So despite three hits, a walk and some other hard-hit balls, the Nats have yet to even advance a runner to third base so far. Scoreless through two.

7:46 p.m. — Seven in a row retired by Zimmermann, who has looked great since getting that double play to end the top of the first. He needed only eight pitches to retire the side in the third, not letting a ball leave the infield.

8:06 p.m. — So much for that. Zimmermann just experienced an UGLY top of the fourth. It included five singles, a walk, an error by Jayson Werth that allowed a run to score and a whole lotta hittable pitches thrown by Zimmermann. The damage could’ve been even worse if not for a baserunning blunder by the Marlins, with Stanton getting in a rundown between second and third and McGehee failing to advance behind him. It’s 4-0 Marlins. Not good.

8:28 p.m. — Wow, after a 1-out single by McLouth in the bottom of the fifth, Zimmermann was pulled back from the on-deck circle in favor of Tyler Moore. So Jordan’s night is done. His line: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 80 pitches. Four starts ago, he sported a 2.97 ERA. He has since given up 16 runs and 33 hits in 22 2/3 innings, seeing his season ERA skyrocket to 4.07.

8:38 p.m. — It’s Chase here taking over as Mark gets started on his game story. Ross Detwiler just replaced Zimmermann to pitch the top of the sixth inning and left with no runs allowed despite giving up a leadoff single to McGehee. The Nats remain down 4-0 with the bottom of the inning up next. Werth, LaRoche and Ramos are due up.

9:06 p.m. — The Nationals got three runs in the sixth, two thanks to one an unlikely source, and another thanks to an error on the Marlins. The rally got started with a one-out single by LaRoche, a dribbler down the third base line that behaved like a perfectly placed bunt. Ramos then singled to right field and Desmond walked to load the bases. One batter later, with two outs, McLouth doubled to right field to score the first two runs. The RBI were his second and third of the season in 44 games. Danny Espinosa then pinch-hit for Detwiler and walked to reload the bases. The next batter, Span, hit a groundball to first base that took Jones off the bag. He turned and made a terrible throw to the pitcher, Dan Jennings, allowing Span to reach safely and Desmond to score. It’s now a 4-3 game.

9:12 p.m. — Drew Storen came in and pitched a perfect top of the seventh. It’s still 4-3 with Werth set to leadoff.

9:26 p.m. — The Nationals got another one in the seventh, this a Ramos solo shot into the visitors bullpen. The homer was the catcher’s first of the season and tied the game at 4-4. Tyler Clippard will now come in to pitch the eighth.

9:40 p.m. — The top of the seventh sure took a while, but Clippard was able to get out of a mini-jam to keep the game tied at four. Stanton walked with one out and McGehee quickly joined him with a single to right field. One out later, with Saltalamacchia batting, Ramos picked McGehee off at first to end the inning. Ramos threw a laser that was low and perfectly placed for LaRoche to make the tag. McLouth – who is 3-for-3 – is up next.

10:05 p.m. — The Nationals left the bottom of the eighth with a huge waste of an opportunity. McLouth and Hairston led off with walks, and Span safely bunted to load the bases with zero outs. Despite that fortune, however, they would come away with no runs. Rendon struck out swinging, Werth popped up in the infield and LaRoche grounded out to first. Three baserunners and 35 pitches thrown by Mike Dunn, yet no runs for the home team. Still 4-4.

10:11 p.m. — Rafael Soriano came in and pitched a perfect ninth to keep the game at 4-4 and give the Nats a chance for a walkoff win. Ramos, Desmond and Frandsen will look to be the heroes.

10:22 p.m. — Another inning, more missed opportunities for the Nats. The Nats had runners on the corners with two outs – Frandsen and McLouth who singled – before a pinch-hitting Greg Dobbs promptly popped out to first base. Jerry Blevins will now take over.

10:43 p.m. — Well, this one got out of hand. Blevins loaded the bases with one out – Lucas singled, Yelich walked and Stanton was intentionally walked – before Aaron Barrett came in to take his place. Barrett promptly served up a RBI single to McGehee and then a two RBI double to Reed Johnson. Donovan Solano then knocked in another run to make it an 8-4 game. The Nationals will now come up looking to overcome a four-run deficit with three outs to go against Steve Cishek.

10:56 p.m. — Nats got a run on a sac fly, but fall 8-5 in 10 innings. 25-27 is their record now.

384 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I like Headley idea suggested by GoSM. Believe he is a switch hitter and a free agent at the end of season.

    • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Yes a switch hitter, previously won both a gold glove and a silver slugger award IIRC. BTW, played his college ball here in Knoxville for the Tennessee Volunteers! Not sure about the FA status.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Fangraphs says he’s a free agent at the end of the year, so you shouldn’t pay too much for him. At the same time, SD, if they don’t trade him, can make a qualifying offer to him and at least get a first round draft pick.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Master, they won’t offer him QO as that is an overpay based on his production.

        He’s a perfect fit right now.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        I know he’s off to a slow start, but he was 3.5 fWAR in 2013 and 7.2 in 2014. I’d make him a qualifying offer.

        He’s 30, so I wouldn’t want him on a long deal, but a year or two, or even three would be fine.

  2. richardp6 - May 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Now we just got to get Mr. McLousy hitter out of the lineup and we might be able to score more than 2 runs. I know he’s a good fielder and can save runs with his glove but we need runs tonight!

  3. richardp6 - May 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Would you switch Desmond and Rendon, who’s gotten a few walks lately to replace his hitting woes and you do want the #2 on base(obp .315) or do you move Desmond’s pop up in the order to get into scoring position(obp .292) for Werth, Roachy, and Ramos?

  4. bowdenball - May 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    For what it’s worth, McLouth has been more unlucky than bad. He’s striking out a bit more than normal, but he’s also walking at a very good rate and his strikeout rate isn’t excessive like Espinosa or Walters. His line drive rate has plummeted, but even that can’t account for his .177 batting average on balls in play. If he had enough ABS to qualify he’s be tied with the ultra-slow Carlos Santana for the lowest BABIP among the 169 qualified players. So while he hasn’t been great, it does look like his struggles at the plate have been as much about luck as about performance.

    • bowdenball - May 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      This comment should have been a reply to richardp6, my bad.

    • cayucosbaseballconservancy - May 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Besides unfortunately McLouth is getting paid to do this job for 2 seasons. As Riggleman used to say about Willie Harris, “We’ve got to get him going!” And that’s a fact. Same deal with Espinosa if they plan on Zim in left-field and Harper in center.

  5. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Move McClouth out of the 8 hole. Try him somewhere else. MW is a fool. He has brought absolutely ZERO to this organization. Maybe MClouth is struggling because he has the pitcher behind him.

    • adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      What are you still doing here? You declared the season over on April 25!

      • Faraz Shaikh - May 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Haha! That cracked me up.

  6. bowdenball - May 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Looks like Darvish is OK and scheduled to start Sunday here in DC. Bad news for Nats fans, but good news for DC baseball fans generally. I hope we get to see Espinosa face him, just for the sake of comedy.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Darvish was supposed to pitch yesterday. Are they holding out until Sunday?

      • bowdenball - May 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        He had some sort of neck issue yesterday, I guess they’re just having him skip that start and putting him back in the rotation for his next start.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Thanks. I knew about the neck and thought they’d try to pitch him tonight or Thursday instead of skipping 1 full start.

    • jd - May 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Unfortunately Espinosa has been more tragedy than comedy.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    I guess Kilgore missed Jon Heyman’s earlier Tweeter.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Matt Williams says “there’s options there to put (Zimmerman) in any of” first base, third base and left field.”

  8. sjm308 - May 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Off to the game

    No Rain!

    Go Nats!

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I’m hearing Kemp to Boston.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Assume Carl Crawford’s injury isn’t serious, then?

      • natsjackinfl - May 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Not just that. They have a

      • natsjackinfl - May 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Stupid WordPress. What I was about to say is the Dodgers also have another guy in AAA that is their future center fielder.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        They aren’t doing it today. Dodgers need to eat mucho dinero.

  10. deftndumb - May 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Kilgore reporting TJ for Purke. That’s been percolating for a few days, but I had hoped for better news. Very little left-handed organizational depth at pitcher right now.

    • natsjackinfl - May 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      That’ll clear a spot on the 40 man for somebody.

      • deftndumb - May 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Good point: silver lining.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        This kid in College had it all until that shoulder injury. Finally put together some good starts in AA. What a shame.

    • jd - May 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Ghost,

      In fairness Purke really wasn’t doing well in AA. He had one solid start but several mediocre to poor after that. I think that what happened to him was no accident, he played for a coach at TCU who is famous for abusing his pitchers. Matt’s 1st mistake was selecting the wrong college to play ball at.

      On the bright side he is a lefty so he probably still has several more lives before baseball gives up on him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Yes, and Rizzo thought his medicals was fine. It was worth the risk. Rizzo has done well in these types of picks.

        He had 2 plus pitches in his Freshman year and is a lefty. I kept saying they needed to convert him to a reliever as his MiLB options were almost done.

  11. natsjackinfl - May 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Lincecum with a nono through 6 against the Cubs.

    • jd - May 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      They took him out after 5 innings still pitching a no no with 96 pitches thrown. Wow, that never would have happened in the old days.

      • janebeard - May 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Thanks JD…I asked and you answered simultaneously!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Bochy is a smart manager. Pitch count was high and they value a NL West crown more than going for a no hitter that would need 150+ pitches so he would never get there anyway.

      • jd - May 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Ghost,

        You are right. Still 96 pitches is kinda of low. Back in the day they would never even consider the pitch count if a pitcher is throwing a no hitter. Not saying they were right, just making an observation.

    • janebeard - May 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Swapped out for someone else, though. If he was pitching that great, why’d they yank Tim?

    • natsjackinfl - May 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Uhhh. Lincecum out after 5 left for a pinch hitter. So Kintos is in and the Giants havea no no going.

      • natsjackinfl - May 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Giants give up a hit in the 7th.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    “@Nationals: Did you know #Nats catchers (w help from pitchers) rank 2nd in MLB in catching base stealers? That & more in notes: http://t.co/FpGQOEUBtC

  13. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    At the sons graduation. With highest honors I might add. Bring it home boys.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Sean Burnett will need another TJ surgery.

    • David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      You beat me again. That makes 4 elbow surgeries and 1 shoulder surgery.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Here we were concerned about his back and now this.

      • David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        I remember he started having elbow issues again at the end of 2012 and Davey began using him much less (and he wasn’t as effective when he was used). You have to think that Rizzo knew he was done.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        I would agree David. Rizzo was criticized for letting him walk, looks like Rizzo was the smart one on that.

      • adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        … looks like Rizzo was the smart one on that.

        Again.

        He “grew up” as a scout. If there’s one thing he can do better than most GM’s, it’s evaluate talent — at a higher percentage of “hits” to “misses” than others. He’s not perfect (nobody is), but I can’t help but think his “hit” rate is higher than most.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        good to let him walk…bad to not have a replacement at the start of 2013

  15. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Sean Burnett needs his second Tommy John surgery. That will be his fourth elbow surgery. Such a shame.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Rendon once again not assuming anything. Right there to receive that throw from Desi. I bring that up for a reason on that exact play that the former 3B lost a game for the Nats by not doing that.

  17. RickH - May 28, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Nice DP to end the inning for the Fish.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Rendon’s unlucky BABIP continues.

    • coop202 - May 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      I’ll take that bad luck if it meant the goodluck baserunning out in the top of the 1st

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        That was a rookie mistake by Yelich and Desi and Rendon played it perfectly.

  19. adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Charlie and Dave made an interesting comment just now: Jayson Werth was the only Nat to get a hit yesterday.

    For those of you not listening, I’ll leave it to you (for now) to figure that out.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Actually reported in some blog I thought here, this morning. Can’t remember the hit.

      • adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        possible — I’ve missed a few lately . . .

      • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Removed an error on Ruben Tajada I think May 19

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Rendon still snake bitten.

    2 solids followed,

    Both teams 0 for 1 RISP

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Jordan need to cut the number of pitches per inning. Glad still 0 though.

    • adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Only 8 pitches for the third inning!

  22. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Let’s steal Desi

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      First pitch way high way inside my call for a steal great. No we stray off the bag on a fly to right.

      Not a caught stealing but terrible read of the hit. That is what I do with my old eyes.

  23. Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Lots of HBPs recently (both giving and receiving).

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Yep

  24. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Watching game on game cast at kids graduation

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      We are hitting better, but still not materializing into runs.

  25. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    zimmmmmmm flyin down the line

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      He would destroy Alverez in a race.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        no comparison

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Wilson nice catch. Now please start hitting.

  27. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    9 pitch inning. Better.

    The slider just missing the plate, but are low. Sure better than hanging.

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Saturday May 17 last time a multi run homer.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Rendon’s average really gone south. Get back to driving it.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    One decent hit ball that inning.

    Come on guys, start executing.

  31. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    so alverez pitched 2 shutouts already this year…

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Target in is fine, but make it where he wants to swing

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    The big problem is not getting the guy out in front of him

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Now a k please

  35. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    DCA 83
    Baltimore 71 East winds
    Back door coldfront on radar

    http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=lwx&loop=yes

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    What is the problem Zim. We need a double play or a k, and you are throwing a ball letter high not knee high 18 inch mistake.

    Our hitting is not good enough for you take an inning off.

  37. knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Carp makes a comment about the opposition hitting Zmann well this season and the Marlins promptly get an RBI single. Thanks to Stanton for running himself into an out or it would have been a two run ribbie.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Not having Espi there shows it face.

    Zim is simply not hitting where he needs too.

  39. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    pray for rain

  40. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Wow, that’s pathetic. We just gifted them a run.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      And Marlins gifted Nats two (in a didn’t score sense). Could easily be 6-0.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Should really be gifted one and easily 5-0, but the basic point’s the same.

      • Theophilus T.S. - May 28, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        “gifted” is not a verb.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        From Merriam-Wesbter:

        ‘gift’ (verb): to present (someone) with a gift

        transitive verb
        1: to endow with some power, quality, or attribute
        2: present

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Sorry, the M-W example didn’t print: ‘he gifted her with flowers’

  41. knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Keystone Kops out there?

  42. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Another insurmountable lead. Game over.

  43. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Espinosa makes the play Frandsen booted, by the way.

    • natszee - May 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      So what, btw

  44. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Lord what is going on.

    Our pitchers as good as we think they are, are not good enough for the little hitting we do.

    Seems to often there are melt downs. Zim was great in the third, and retired 1 batter in the 4th. That is not good enough.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Frandsen doesn’t make plays. Should be 1-0 if Frandsen gets his glove down on that smash at him. Horrible.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      We are stuck with 2 bad choices. One cannot hit, one cannot field.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      That is quite a stretch….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        You have to get in front of it. I watch High School kids that don’t want to get in front of hot smashes like that but I expect Frandsen to put in a better effort.

        That’s the problem here is the Nats don’t make more than the routine plays. Web Gems in the entire month of May were Rendon at 3rd on a dive, McLouth on that foul ball sliding on the wall, TyMo on the dive for a foul ball and Ramos on the five for a foult ball.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        yes, laroche and Zimm will be good for a few.
        We are averaging less runs than the Astros (well an AL team but..)
        With Alverez out, maybe we will show some signs

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        and I agree Frandsen like Espinosa are both likely not suitable backup utility infielders. Lombo was,but we got a lot for him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        Frandsen can make himself look real good here if he can get a hit.

      • Theophilus T.S. - May 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        Remember Guzman ran around behind every ground ball so he could backhand it — because he learned to play SS on TuffTurf or something such in Minnesota — one reason the Nats were so anxious to get rid of him.

  46. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Frandsen really screwed up Werth’s cutoff. Two screwups, 2 runs because of him. Is he really doing enough offensively to warrant playing over Espi? It’s not like he has some great bat. Who cares if he makes contact if they’re groundouts?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      They need to merge the two. Espi is pointless at the plate, and Frandsen pointless in the field

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      WTF…He’s OBP is about 100 points over the Grand Espinoutsa….
      his avg bat wouln’t mean much if DE hits worse than most of our starters this month ???
      The real question is why has it taken over two years to find an adequate utility infielder beside Despinsoutsa

      • David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        He hasn’t had as many ABs as Espinosa. It’s been falling. Their career OBPs are similar except Danny can hit for power, run and play defense.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Huh….have you checked Danny’s stats lately.
        You can’t be defending his hitting prowess ???
        And he has enuf ABs to matter, junior.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        In any case, i don’t want to be in the position to defend either Danny or Frandsen…There must be better utility players than either out there.

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    That error was Frandsen not Werth. Though the throw was not good, the catch was pathetic.

    When Ryan Zim coming back, we need him back right now, not 3 weeks from now.

  48. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Rest of team not particularly shining either.

    When are the hitters going to star executing again. I believe they are 15th in hitting this month.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Rendon stay there put zim at second when he comes back. Played SS AT UVA

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    The pitches are right in the middle with no movement.

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    The game execution is poor. Let’s keep letting Stanton bat with men on base.

  52. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    While the game is difficult, the weather is interesting. Appears the back door cold front (East winds, cooler temps) has hit Takoma Park and maybe Nats Park.

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Hit the ball by the pitcher. This is pathetic execution.

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Why do we have so many inning where our pitchers appear clueless.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Two hits for McHit. Not enough support.

    JZim could have flown out to center.

  56. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    This is a terrible team. Let’s leave it at that. Goodnight. See ya next year.

    • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Promise?

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      You’ll be back, I’ll be back…Knoxville Nat, TexNat, Another Sam, David Proctor, Nats Jack, Ghost, Candide, Wonk, Manassas, 222, Seamhead, Tcosat, Sym, Sonny, Sofa, Michelle, Sunshine, Nats Lady, Mrs B, Peric will all be back…Because we’ve got no place to go.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        I got a place to go. Heading to Harrisburg In the AM to watch the Senators. Want to see this Taylor kid.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Same team, different league…bring a jacket…Not the love of the NI board….NJ scouted from little league, TJ !

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        I was there from 2005… 2006… 2007…. 2008…2009…2010….2011…..2012….2013…. And now… I will NEVER LEAVE….

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Yes…I thought you might leave when Bernie left you…but the game has been know to break up families over team loyalties

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        And SJM, Herbert Hoover, Veejh, SC and even Mick will all be back

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Ha. I love when u bless us with negativity – always brings luck

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    RISP

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    There is the difference. We are 0 for 2 RISP.

    THEY are 4 for 7.

    Remember early in the season we would get 10+ at bats RISP. Now lucky to get 4 or 5.

    MW said if we keep get opportunities we will cash in. Well guess what we quit getting the opportunities.

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Remember Big Cats he can’t get in with this new service, he has nicknamed White Flag.

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Wh-y Alverez gone?

  61. scnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Wow this team can’t seem to do much right. Has to be tough on the new manager. Somewhere Johnson pops a beer and realizes it wasn’t his decisions that screwed up the team last year.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Our talent is better than our results for sure.

      Pitcher’s seem have at least 3 or 4 melt downs a week.

      Hitters as a group are on vacation.

      On a positive relievers have been great.

      I have asked for those hits all season.

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    New pitcher now hit.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Hitting the other way. My style

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Keep the line moving.

  65. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    don’t mind me…’i’m pissed i got home to late to go to the game….I have the Teddy plan, sect. 312

    Yup,,,back door cold front has crossed the banks of the Anacostia

  66. Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    You don’t have to get all four runs at once.

  67. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    ok…the phillies did let him go

  68. wmlsays - May 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    At some point, the person who put this team together will be put to task. The top picks have not performed anywhere near expectations. Team chemistry seems to be non existent. Aside from Fister, who despite giving up home runs just wins, the starting rotation is nowhere near top notch. At some point, the Lerners need to ask themselves. Why this investment in money is resulting in easily hurt players or a bunch of underperformers. One year can be an aberration. But since the implosion of 2012, this team has been merely decent. The casual fan will start wondering what the buzz was all about. In other words, like a balloon that has burst, or a tire that caught a nail, this team looks flat and lifeless.

    • scnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      No matte what you cannot fault Rizzo on Strasburg, Harper or Rendon and book is out on Giolito. Everyone would have taken them.

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Frandsen K’s on 3 pitches. Pathetic. Swung for a 400 footer each time. Just pathetic. Hope McLouth picks him up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Thank you Nate McLouth.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Frandsen awful this game. Hitting terrible but fielding far worse.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      And how many zillion times have we seen the Great and wonderous Wizard of Ks do that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        dcwx61, you are exactly right but that’s why you go to the better glove and more importantly you have to unfortunately trade for a replacement as I wrote this morning.

        Get Chase Headley for 3rd or Aaron Hill for 2nd since Rendon can obviously play 3rd or 2nd.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Yes….Totally agree. I’ll look for your morning comments. I feel the Nats have ridden the Espinosa first as starter and now as backup util guy too long. When you have Zimm in your infield, you have to have decent backup Headley would be awesome.

        That ball would have been gone before the backdoor cold front came thru.

        Our bullpen beats theirs

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    If Frandsen is going to swing like Espi, you might as well have Espi I.

    McHit becomes McRBI

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Exactly. Sub-par fielding and brain dead approach at the plate.

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Lol. Love it

  71. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    McHit..a big plus….sometimes you just need one hit from either 6,7,8… Thanks Nat

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Now Espi needs a single not a homer, but I bet he wales away.

  72. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    And McLouth? 3-3 ? About time, but unlike Espy, Nate really has been a victim of bad luck.He is making contributions that aren’t on the stat sheet. Espy in to PH?

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      It hurt it….marine boundary layer is dense….remember Oakland FP.
      balls travel further in hot humid less dense hand, regardless of the wind.
      Take a weather class.

    • adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      That reminds me:

      Move McClouth out of the 8 hole. Try him somewhere else. MW is a fool….

      See above at 4:26, by the same author of this LoD comment:

      Another insurmountable lead. Game over…..

      and then

      Goodnight. See ya next year…..

      Phew. Now, if he could only keep that promise . . .

  73. natszee - May 28, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Danny is the pinch hitter and draws a walk. Well, what do you know..

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      We know his position.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      I think their approach was to have Espi chase since the lefty Span was on deck and luckily Espi looked like a pro and the fish wasn’t biting.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      The key is to stand there like a stone wall.

      • scnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        +1

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Pitch two a hanging slider. That is a homer in hyena making. But a last no swing.

    5 pitches no swing.

    After a walk Span swings at a low one first pitch.

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Hanging slide Span fiuls

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    How come when we throw hanging sliders they are clobbered, when opponents toss we take or foul most of them?

  77. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Take it!

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Wow only 1 ron great play by Jered

  79. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Why is Alverez pulled?

    Pulled a hammy running hard to first.

    Why Rendon duck. Take the HBP

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Hit the damn ball on a line not a fly.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Rendon gets robbed once again.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Robbed?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        That was one heck of a play by Stanton!

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        I thought that it was a fairly routine play. Anthony made nice contact, but it was a ball that you expect a properly positioned outfielder to catch. Just my opinion.

      • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Yes. ROBBED. Wind just turned or that’s gonzo

      • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        I agree with Joe. Well struck, but certainly not robbed. Solid play by Stanton, but no more.

  82. Eric - May 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Oh MAN that was close.

  83. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    And Eric’s quote will be the laslt of the night as wordpress randomly buries all further comments.

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    That 6th inning rally started on a LaRoche swinging bunt. You just never know how and when they start.

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Buffalo Wil delivers!

  86. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Catch that one!

  87. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    oh my…that’s not easy to do with the wind and weather

    • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Plus one!

  88. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    OK, zero to zero!

  89. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Wind turned an hour ago or Rendon was a HR or off wall. Seriously he gets robbed more that anyone!

    Buffaloe!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Watch out and don’t say he got robbed as the NI Sherrif says “NO”.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I only gave my opinion. Excuse me for disagreeing with yours.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        You have a habit of being overly critical of even my smallest “homer” remarks.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        What the wind was like an hour ago had nothing to do with Stanton’s catch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Wrong, it was swirling and Stanton had a long way to go.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        You’re right, as always, Steve.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        No you’re right. I give a Nats player credit that he was robbed. Then another poster says the same thing and I’m sure a few more thought the same thing.

        You on the other hand once again have to make a snarky comment.

  90. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Nice spelling doh

    Rally cap on

  91. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    How does this team do it…It does it when only one or two of your stars are on the IR….not 3 or 4.
    Laroche/Ramos are a quantum leap over Moore/Lobaton

  92. wmlsays - May 28, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I may be eating my words.

  93. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Ramos is quick. (Pitcher)

  94. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    So Nate the Nat starts hitting…where do you put Zimm if this continues….the best laid plans

    • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      If Nate keeps hitting……..a problem Rizzo, Williams and I will gladly accept.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        +1

      • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        No doubt. Right field till Bryce

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Yep, bench looks a whole lot stronger in that case.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Where indeed? On third, on first, at second, in left? Let’s just play pin the tail on the donkey.

      • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Meant left

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        BTW. let us know how things are looking down on the farm tomorrow. Never been to that ballpark.

  95. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Come on DP ball!

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Dave and Charlie though McGhee K what you all think?

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Was on edge of black

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      It wasn’t a strike but could’ve been called one as we saw on Monday to Rendon!

      • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Long as the ref is consistent, not sure enough about this new ump yet.

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Ramos. Are you kidding me!

  98. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Great play, Wilson!!!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Hey, look, we agree!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Nice swipe tag too.

  99. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Why does the strike zone widen on 3-0 ?

  100. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Nate reminds me of a bigger Alex p Keaton

  101. knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Hairston on deck to ph against Dunn. Remember he was 0 for 7 against Dunn……time for a reverse lock.

  102. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Lead off? The guy is great at getting walks and pitches

  103. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Damn he’s fast

  104. knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Have a ball game Nate McLoud!

    • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      One of these days I’ll spell his last name correctly. Tonight I’ll blame it on the bourbon.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Wasn’t that Dennis Weaver as McLoud

      • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        WTH did you find this? LMAO!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        I know! I can’t remember the name of the Sunday night show where they had McMillan and Wife, McLoud, and Columbo.

  105. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Glad McOut took the night off

  106. knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Got to bunt here.

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    You better be bunting here MW

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Double steal! Go for it

  108. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Noooo bunt!!!

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    If McHit and McSteal showed up earlier we wouldn’t have complained as much.

    Now but Span

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Lol- u r cracking me up

  110. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Spans too hot. Single wins it

  111. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    But the ball fair.

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I’ve been hesitant on posting but I forget this board doesn’t boast the silliness, well besides 1 or 2, that the WaPo usually has…

    Jordan Zimmerman just needs to get his sh it together… He hasn’t been the work horse that we need…

    • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Agreed. I said in Jordan’s last start, a not very impressive effort against Pittsburgh, that his starts were getting to be Gio worthy. By that I mean too many pitches up in the zone and giving up way too many hits. Could there be something wrong with him as well?

  113. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Holt carp

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Yep, MW learned from his previous mistake. BUNT and the Marlins make a huge mistake like teams sometimes do in bunt plays.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      +1

    • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Again, we agree.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Joe, thanks for making me smile!

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Steve, we usually agree, but not always in the heat of the battle.

  115. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    unbelievable…..finally hitting and he gets hit

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Bad luck

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Ouch…… Whoa…

  117. texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Man Rendon is cursed with the BABIP. Now he is hitting his teammates!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Just foul.

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    I was listening to Burt Blyleven last night on Twins Radio. He said bunting is easiest thing to do in baseball. Says lower your head, bend knees to lower bat not move your hands to lower bat.

    Says almost everyone lowers hand, and that is not the way too.

    Interesting.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      In the Cardinals organization you better know how to bunt proficiently if you are a pitcher. They teach it to perfection in the Minors and very differently then the square around bunt as the have them in this sprinters type of stance.

      I wonder if there is stats to prove out which pitchers are the best at bunting.

  119. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    I love McTough

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      McScore would be nice.

      • coop202 - May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Im getting sucked into the negativity

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        +1

  120. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Rendon great at bat, till pitch 9 not near a strike and swings. Up til then great.

  121. texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Ugh I wanted that for Rendon.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Did fine for 8 pitches. Then 9th pitch was misseen-

  122. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Oy! Come on ALR!!!

  123. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    RISP come on guys. ALR bail out Rendon and Werth.

  124. knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Rendon with a good AB, not so JW.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    That was just awful… Mr Werth…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      When you load the bases and 2,3,4 come up, there is no reason not to score.

      RISP 2 for 10. They are 4 for 8.

      Sad execution, by the people are suppose to be the best hitters.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        that’s what makes this game so difficult at times…when you count your runs before they cross the plate

  126. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Wild pitch! Jobu!

  127. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    That just sux

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    This rally was killed by Jayson Werth… Sorry..

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      owe you one,

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Werth added to it, but seem air left when Rendon caught hard then struck out on ball 3. Werth then just added to it.

      Growl Ramos out easy at second of course comes into play

      Wild pitch time

  129. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Bases loaded and no out….your big guns 2-3-4 coming up…how do you not score
    This one’s on you, JW

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Yep, Rendon with a good at-bat and Werth with a piece of s*** AB. I know his job was to elevate but not popup. The perfect matchup wasted.

  130. knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    That has been our season yer to date.

    • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      “Year”

      • texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        I think that was the right decision all day long. Get that runner to second and you have a much better chance of scoring.

        That was an amazing throw. If the accuracy was even a little off he was safe.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Ramos, and LaRoche… No… You hold them unless you know that ball is dead in the corner…

      • texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        The closeness of the play proves you’re wrong. Amazing throw and still that close?

        And a runner on second with no outs is significantly better than one of first.

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

        You are trippin’ if you thought that throw was anywhere near close… Cuz it wasn’t.

      • texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Just rewatched it. It was close. You are being dramatic.

        Would have won the game if he was safe.

      • adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        I with you texnat. Stanton was going to his leftt, which means he has turn completely around and then make a perfect throw. It _was_ a perfect throw, and he was out by one step at most.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Lol.. 1 step… Stop it… As soon as Ramos started sliding, the ball was there… Y’all are killin me… But I guess I should expect it…

        It was the wrong send… When the hell has Ramos ever beaten anything by 1 of the best arms in baseball.. Hahahahahahahah

      • adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        But I guess I should expect it…

        What does that mean?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        Which is 2 to many. You have to be 100% sure with 0 outs

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Me? You talkin’ to me?

      • texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Oops no. I was talking to Mrs. B. I agree with you.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        almost as good as the bases loaded and no out ;(

      • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        At the risk of getting roasted, I thought it was an overall great play by Stanton, first with the way he played the bounce, then with a very good throw. I only wish that Ramos was a little faster…just my opinion.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        And if he isn’t that fast then why text one of the best arms…. Nah, that makes too much sense…

        But whatevs… Nats had their opportunities, including that one and haven’t capitalized yet….

      • texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        Why don’t you try addressing the specifics of the situation rather than just repeating over and over that Ramos is slow and Stanton has a good arm. Are you saying that Ramos could never have a double on a ball hit to right field against the Marlins? Because if you are saying anything other than that, you aren’t making sense.

        And here is a little tip, typing “hahahahaha” doesn’t really improve your argument.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Laughing At your silliness is my right, no????

        And I’ve made the point numerous times… Can’t comprehend??? Let me break it down for it…. Some more..

        The specifics of the situation was that Ramos is a slow runner and sending him on that throw was a horrible idea becuz Stanton has a good arm.. That ball was hit in front/to the side of Stanton where he could get to it.. And he did… Had it been hit behind Stanton, it’s a sure send… Why anyone with Ramos speed test Stanton, well, we see the results…

        And now, I’m done with you and this simple discussion… I think I’ve made my point as plain as day.. And if you still didnt get it… Well that’s on you…

      • texnat1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        The idea that you can’t ever send a slow runner against a strong arm no matter the specifics is flat out idiotic.

        Both wonk and I have pointed out, as did FP, that it was going to take a near perfect throw. He had to spin around with no momentum and make a strong throw with a high degree of accuracy. And it was still close no matter how revisionist you want to be.

        You can’t respond to that other than by saying Ramos is slow and Stanton has a strong arm.

        This team has stranded 14 runners and is wildly inconsistent. You can get a runner home from second with no outs without getting another hit. The same isn’t true from first.

        You are acting a like a whiny little baby. Grow up.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Chances are better, but that wasn’t even close enough to be worth the gamble.

  131. TimDz - May 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    THAT was sad…..

  132. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Terrific play by our first baseman.

  133. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    How is that even possible?

  134. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I would love to know how many times we’ve loaded bases with no outs and haven’t scored this year… Seems a lot…

  135. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Hey Manassas…hearing any thunder yet

  136. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    That’s what bad teams do. Remind why JW gets 20 mil? Pathetic.

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Damn it

    • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      You said you were gone until next year!

      • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        My reply was to Secretwasianmn not scmargenau.

  137. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Nada here in sterling

  138. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    So…. I would have had Storen pitch the 8th too… And I would have had Rendon bunt…. I mean we need to try something since runs seem to be at a premium…

  139. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    That last inning was brutal offensively. 2,3, and 4 batters didn’t deliver. Ouch…

  140. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    The year of the Buffalo

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      bummer…so many opportunities…so many infield popups

  141. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Nice play by Stanton!

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Uhm… Really Ramos…. Hell no FP… Hell no…

  143. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    WHY WOULD YOU TEST STANTON?

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Stanton is so darn good.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      It will be interesting about this Fish team next year…. Think most of their good players go to arbitration next year… Gonna be interesting to see if their owner comes out the pocket…

  145. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    No it didn’t take a perfect throw… Ramos is slow as hell… Ugh…..

  146. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Comment mod screwed again

  147. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    And now you would have had a man on 1st and 2nd… Ugh…. Don’t run into outs….

  148. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Ok. Storms are here in sterling now

  149. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    McGreat!

  150. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Wow, Mr. McLouth….. Good on you…

  151. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I am so livid right now….

  152. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    We need a hero NOW

  153. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Twice in 2 innings a batter swings and just a lazy pop up.

    2 for 11 RISP.

    McOut 4 for 4. Wish batters 8,1.2 and 3 would do their job and score him.

  154. ehay2k - May 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    At the game. Really really really bad idea to send Ramos to 2nd. Game would be over. I am near home dugout and yelled at Tarasco.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Tarasco’s a pretty tough dude….watch your back

      • ehay2k - May 29, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        Oh, he looked back in our direction. But he blew it. He should have called off Ramos and he knew it

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Why anyone sends Adam and Wilson… I will never know… Unless it’s a sure fire thing… And that ball wasn’t..

  155. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Malox n bourbon plz

  156. adcwonk - May 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Off topic, sort of:

    Does anyone else think that Christian Yelich looks like he’s just barely 15 years old?

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      A little older than McLouth

      • knoxvillenat - May 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        Isn’t Nate about 30 or 31 years of age?

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        yeah…i always thought he had a youthful face.
        He hasn’t watched too many Nats games yet…It ages you.
        Pretty clear Blevins is self destructing before our very eyes

  157. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Riddle me this.

    We have best bullpen in the majors.

    Why are we 1-4 in extra inning? It defies all logic.

  158. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Blevins, really? Walk the lefty?

  159. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    What is Blevins doing?

  160. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    This game will be lost in this inning. This team does not know how to win. How many chances have they blown? Jason WERTh makes me sick. He is average at best. I think it’s time to unload this stiff.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      an effort in futility as i watch in quiet desperation
      Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

  161. scnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    God does this team need a clutch hit

  162. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    If Nats execute in the 8th offensively the game is already over. Just pathetic once again the lack of execution.

  163. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Barrett has struggled with inherited runners. I don’t like this.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      best prediction of the night

  164. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Blevins what was all this about. Even Detwiler pitched good today.

  165. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Damn word press doing its crappy thing. It is even worse than our hitting with RISP

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Lol. It is worse!

  166. Ghost of Steve M. - May 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    There’s execution. So sad to watch other teams do it at crunch time.

    • ehay2k - May 29, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      I’m all for a few executions at this point!

  167. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Horrible pitch…. But Nats had bases loaded and no outs.. And nothing to show from it…

  168. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Omg – I want punch something.

  169. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    For crying out loud why Is Barrett in this game. Blevins made the mess let him clean it up.

    Redmond out managed us again. Dunn made his mess he made him clean it up.

  170. David Proctor - May 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    This game is on Rendon, Werth and LaRoche. Especially Rendon and Werth. This game should never have got to this point. And Barrett has mostly been great, but his inherited runner numbers are not great. It was putting him in a position to fail, though in extras with a righty up, you really don’t have many options. Maybe Stammen would have been the better choice, but you want to save him in case you need him to go long.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      I thought it was a good at bat by Rendon and LaRoche… But idk what Werth was doing… We needed a base hit, I guess he was trying to pop it up…

      But yeah, bases loaded and no outs and no runs… That’s a disaster….

  171. scnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    We deserve this

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Noone deserves this

  172. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    I must be dead and in Hades..It’s not so bad watching the Nats lose as much as it is watching the Nats lose while using this f…in word press

    Bases loaded and nobody out…what a joke

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Lol. Agree

  173. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Miami now 6 for 10 RISP, thanks Rendon, Werth and LaRoche. You see what the Marlins are doing? That is all we asked of you. Nothing more.

    Thanks a lot.

    All we need was a fly ball an you couldn’t do it.

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      maybe we need to pay them more

      • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        What pays has to do with it. You just have to execute. Our hitters simply don’t. Two relievers were not worth anything either.

        First 4 relievers pitched great the last 2 were pathetic.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        i’m being sarcastic…
        They had the Bases loaded with no one out…..the game was lost then.

      • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Maybe we need an ocean, hot babes and 80 degrees daily.

      • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Beats my couch, my dirty old dog and no AC daily

  174. Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Mrs B, I agree with you in retrospect that Ramos should not have gone, but, come on, Stanton made a good play.

    Folks, say what you want, we didn’t play winning ball when it mattered most.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      If you can’t score at least one run with the bases loaded and no outs, you don’t deserve to win.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      There are certain people and times you don’t send… Nate McLouth at the top of the 9th with that hit, yes you send him… Not Wilson Ramos…

      But the bigger issue is not scoring when we had the opportunity back in the 8th…. So yeah, we are in agreement…

  175. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Now he gets a damn k after he gives up 4 runs. Come on Barrett. McHit deserved to win tonight.

  176. dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    it’s Washington….good enough for government fans
    I’m bummed. Not even a chic-filet peach milkshake will help

  177. micksback1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    another over hyped DC sports team in the nats, MW is a stooge and this team who was picked to win the WS, could not get a single run with the bases loaded and the 2, 3 and 4 hitters batting with zero outs , verse a pitcher who had already thrown 25 pitches and a southpaw, they deserve to be booed and questioned, 2 under 500 my ass!!!.

    • secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Spot on Mick. Screw you Rizzo.

  178. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    FP is absolutely right, the first batter that screws up sets to much pressure on the next ones.

  179. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Hahahahahahaha. Anybody want to continue defending this bunch? Absolutely a pathetic team. I suspect the Nats will finish in last place this year. Losers losers losers.

    PS get a haircut and a shave WERTh. You look stupid.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      I see them winning the east.

      • secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Who? Marlins

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      I wouldn’t bother to watch them if I thought they would lose. To many games to watch out there.

    • micksback1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      AGREED!!!!

      to not score with zero outs with bases loaded with 2, 3 and 4 hitters… only LOSERS do that, nats will not win 80 games,

    • dcwx61 - May 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      bonsaiiiiiii

    • Joe Seamhead - May 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Too bad that you missed the tea party, SWM. It’s all over now.

  180. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    If they score 4 let’s see if we want it as much as they did. Let’s score 4.

  181. micksback1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    even if this group was healthy they would be about 500, too many had cases, oo many soft losers o this team, typical DC sports team

    • scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Rg3 brought us bad luck – he’s satan. Bryce is the white rg3. Dc is def cursed. And I keep thinking I can will things to change

      • micksback1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Bryce is a buts, i really hate to say it, but he is, ths team is far away from beinga 90 win club, very over rated, and heartless

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      The Caps the ultimate

      • micksback1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Nats are the Caps of MLB

  182. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Now low stress and Rendon gets hut. What is the deal.

  183. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Low stress Werth gets a hit.

  184. micksback1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    why would ramos, who has a history of pulling his hamstrings, try to stretch that into a double??? that play is stupid baseball and that personifies our manager and sub 500 half ass team

  185. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    RISP time

  186. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    We need hits not outs.

  187. wmlsays - May 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    At least I don’t have to eat my words. They really do stink.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Their playing stinks, but really could be better with proper execution.

  188. secretwasianman - May 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Oh sure now we score. Hahahahahahaha. Awful.

  189. manassasnatsfan - May 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Ramos swings at two balls a foot outside. After 3 hits. What causes that?

  190. scmargenau - May 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I’m glad I’m going fishing Friday. Will take the sting away. Gonna go get them right by the park. Then draw a red curly W on their belly and see if that helps our luck

  191. wmlsays - May 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    The Marlins have passed the Nats by. We can’t beat good teams. What does that mean? Rizzo, you stink! You got lucky for three years and now you’re McPhee! Yeah, Mr. Proctor, I said it.

    Hopefully, the Lerners don’t wait as long as the blogger did in getting rid of their failed architect.

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