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Game 53: Rangers at Nats

May 30, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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It’s not their first-ever visit to D.C. — they were here in 2008 — but it’s always notable when the Texas Rangers come to town, given that franchise’s history. For 11 seasons from 1961-71, they were the expansion Washington Senators, the team of Frank Howard and Ted Williams and the original curly W logo. How great would it be if they wore throwback uniforms this weekend? Both teams could wear the same cap!

Anyways, this game is important to the Nationals for non-nostalgic reasons. They need a win. Bad. They’ll have Stephen Strasburg on the mound, and he has been very good at Nationals Park this season (3-1, 2.35 ERA in six starts). On the mound for Texas is Colby Lewis, who you may or may not remember posting a 16.62 ERA in two spring training appearances for the Nats in 2007. His career path improved significantly after that.

Matt Williams has one lineup change: surging Nate McLouth is batting seventh, with Danny Espinosa dropped to eighth.

Updates to come, so please check back…

TEXAS RANGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (25-27)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
LF Nate McLouth
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Stephen Strasburg

RANGERS (28-26)
LF Shin-Soo Choo
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Mitch Moreland
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Alex Rios
C Chris Gimenez
CF Leonys Martin
2B Rougned Odor
RHP Colby Lewis

UMPIRES
HP Scott Barry
1B Laz Diaz
2B Clint Fagan
3B Jeff Nelson (cc)

7:07 p.m. — We are underway on a beautiful Friday night in the District. Stephen Strasburg starts off Shin-Soo Choo with a fastball, and Choo grounds out to first base right on the first pitch.

7:11 p.m. — And that’s a 10-pitch top of the first for Strasburg, who retired the side and struck out both Elvis Andrus (curveball) and Mitch Moreland (changeup) to cruise through the frame. There are only three players on the Rangers roster who have ever faced Strasburg before (Choo, Donnie Murphy, Alex Rios) so you’ve got to think he’s got the advantage against guys who have never had the pleasure of digging in against him.

7:20 p.m. — The bottom of the first started off well, with Denard Span blooping an opposite-field single off Colby Lewis. But he was quickly wiped out by Anthony Rendon, who grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and is now 10 for his last 69. Not good. Jayson Werth struck out looking to end the inning. No score here after one.

7:34 p.m. — Just when it looked like Strasburg was in absolute top form — he struck out four of the first six batters he faced tonight — things fell apart in the top of the second. It began when Strasburg couldn’t handle a comebacker by Leonys Martin, a two-out error that proved costly. Rougned Odor followed with an RBI single to right, after which trainer Lee Kuntz, manager Matt Williams and pitching coach Steve McCatty all came to the mound to look at the pitcher. Whatever concerned them, Strasburg was able to convince them he was fine in less than 10 seconds. But then Colby Lewis (?!) smoked another RBI single to left, putting the Nats in a 2-0 hole. Both runs are unearned, giving Strasburg 8 unearned runs allowed in 12 starts this season. But he can only blame himself for these two, since they came as a result of his own error.

7:50 p.m. — Things appear to be back to normal. Strasburg did issue a leadoff walk to Andrus in the top of the third, but he retired three straight after that and so through three innings has looked quite good … aside from that bizarre, three-batter sequence in the second. Still 2-0 Rangers.

7:56 p.m. — Lewis, meanwhile, has completed three scoreless innings on 36 pitches. His only mistakes: Span’s first-inning single and Wilson Ramos’ second-inning single off the right-field wall.

8:22 p.m. — Oh my god, was that really just a 3-run homer by a member of the Nats’ lineup? Indeed it was. Desmond took Lewis deep to center field and then exchanged some emphatic high-fives with teammates after circling the bases. For good reason. That was, incredibly, the Nats’ first 3-run homer since Werth took Jose Fernandez deep on April 16! 27 of their last 36 homers have been solo shots. Wow. Nats now lead 3-2 after four.

8:30 p.m. — Given the lead back, Strasburg responded exactly how you’d want him to: He mowed down the top of the Rangers order in the top of the fifth, striking out Choo and Moreland. He now has seven strikeouts in five innings, sitting on 70 pitches. Nats still lead 3-2.

8:40 p.m. — Wow, a brilliant display of hustle in the bottom of the fifth by Span. After singling up the middle to start the inning, he then went first-to-third on Rendon’s groundout to third. And by doing that, he forced Moreland to make a bad throw across the diamond. The ball scooted to the warning track and Span waltzed home with a completely self-made run. It’s 4-2 Nats after five.

8:53 p.m. — Strasburg got himself into a jam in the top of the sixth, putting two on with one out, and that prompted Aaron Barrett and Ross Detwiler to spring into action in the Nationals bullpen. But Strasburg pitched himself out of the situation, striking out Martin and getting Odor to pop-up. So he’s through six innings having allowed the two unearned runs, striking out nine with only one walk. He’s at 88 pitches. Nats still lead 4-2.

9:07 p.m. — With two on and two out in the bottom of the sixth, Matt Williams decided to pull Strasburg and try to get some insurance. And it worked. Tyler Moore stroked a pinch-hit double into the left-field corner, scoring two. So Strasburg’s final line is: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 88 pitches. He’s in line for the win, if the Nats bullpen can protect a 6-2 lead heading to the seventh.

9:17 p.m. — A 1-2-3 top of the seventh from Drew Storen, who just lowered his ERA to 0.95. He joins Barrett (0.95) and Rafael Soriano (0.86) as members of the Nats bullpen with sub-1.00 ERAs. Impressive. Really impressive.

9:25 p.m. — If ever there was a shot at a Wilson Ramos inside-the-park homer, that was it just now in the bottom of the seventh: a line drive hit to right that scooted past Rios and rolled to the wall. Sadly, the Buffalo couldn’t chug out more than three bases. Still, it’s an 8-2 lead for the Nats now as Blake Treinen enters for the top of the eighth.

9:32 p.m. — Blake Treinen, in need of some work after having his turn in the rotation skipped thanks to this week’s rainout, just tossed a scoreless eighth. So it remains 8-2 Nats heading to the bottom of the eighth.

9:46 p.m. — The hits keep on coming. Span has three tonight. Rendon has two. Werth has three, including a bloop RBI single in the eighth, making this a 9-2 game as Treinen comes back out for the ninth to finish this one off.

9:52 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 9-2, a cathartic victory if ever there was one.

253 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - May 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    7th is a good position for Nate.

    • tcostant - May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      The hitter I have the most trust in in the bottom third of the lineup tonight is Stras!

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        McLouth has been good lately. Come on.

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      I actually would like Nate at the 2 spot currently. Rendon has fallen off a cliff in May and is hurting is there.

      • therealjohnc - May 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Putting aside how much you want to juggle your lineup by timing hot streaks (which is generally about as useful as trying to time the stock market), McLouth at #2 is stacking three LH batters in your first four spots. That’s just asking to get LOOGY’d.

      • adcwonk - May 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        I will remember this!

        The first time I’ve ever seen LOOGY as a verb.

        Nice! ;-)

  2. tcostant - May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I love the “throwback” idea. If I remember correctly from when the Expos moved here, the Rangers stilled owned the “Senators” name even though they basicly told MLB the Expos could have it if they wanted. I wanted the team name the Senators, but very much like the Nationals name now.

    I’m looking forward to Yu pitching Sunday, I was posting on these boards how good this guy was, as I was so imoressed when I saw in live in 2009 in the WBC. Opportunity missed…

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Almost all of the starters we face turn into Darvish quality, facing him should be no problem.

    • natsfan1a - May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Speaking of throwbacks, I thought this was funny:

      Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP · 27m

      Screw Bob Short lineup: Span CF, Rendon 3B, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Ramos C, Desmond SS, McLouth LF, Espinosa 2B, Strasburg P

    • tcostant - May 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      He might finally close out one of those no hitters…

  3. David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Bryce got engaged to his girlfriend, for people who care about such things. I fully expect if he returns and does well for people to say it’s because of the engagement and if he struggles, that will also be because of the engagement.

    http://molliejanephotographyblog.com/2014/05/bryce_and_kayla_engaged_washington_dc_wedding_photographer.html

    • Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      She’s getting cheated . . ..

    • masterfishkeeper - May 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      And of course they’ll be right, being the way message boards work!

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      That’s what you call hitting the jackpot ladies.

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Cha-ching!

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      What other explanation could there be?

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Waaaaay too young to get married. I guess he doesn’t realize how much variety he’s giving up.

  4. natsfan1a - May 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I’ll be there on Sunday. On the one hand, will be cool to see him pitch in person. On the other hand, I hope he loses on Sunday. :-)

  5. natsfan1a - May 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Er, “him” being Darvish, of course.

  6. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    I have hated Bob Short for over 40 years now. He’s been dead at least 30 years,

  7. jd - May 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    - Amazing; Mc.Louth has had exactly 1 good game in a row and people want him at the top of the order.

    – Zimmerman’s imminent return is just great news. Even if it takes him a couple of weeks to hit full stride and even at 80% I’d take Zim over Espinosa and/or Frandsen every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    – The team is still in a great position finally getting healthier and only 2.5 games out before June 1st despite playing crappy baseball for a month.

    – Brian Goodwin has a .362 OBP despite hitting only .209. The kid gets a walk or 2 every night, he may want to consider getting a few hits here and there also.

    - Michael Taylor is having a nice year at AA but he strikes out too much.

    • knoxvillenat - May 30, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      McLouth has actually had a pretty good run over the last two weeks, it just reached a new level in the last game. Here’s hoping he continues the positive trend.

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        ^this

      • jd - May 30, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        Really?

        from 5/18 to 5/26 Mc.Louth went 4 for 19 +3 walks with no home runs and no RBI’s. Where’s the ‘good run’?

      • knoxvillenat - May 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Well JD according to MASN Dan, Nate is 12 for 37 (.324) and an OBP of .419 in his last 15 games.

        I’d call that a pretty good run.

  8. 6ID20 - May 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Here’s something to ponder today, the day of MLB’s annual civil rights game. Are the Nats the whitest team in MLB? They have one black guy on the 25 man roster (Span) and only three international players (Soriano, Ramos, Lobaton). And no, Desmond is not black and Gio is not Latino. They’re both Florida guys. Everyone has a tan there.

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Gonzalez isn’t Latino? Lmao

      • 6ID20 - May 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Racially yes, culturally no. He’s about as Latino as Kurt Suzuki is Asian.

      • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Um…how is Span any less culturally assimilated or any more definitively “ethnic” than Gio? Because he’s darker? I wonder who is temporally closer to their “ethnic homeland”.

        This is a highly dubious distinction, imo.

      • NatsLady - May 30, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Gio THINKS of himself as Latino. He’s always talking about his Latin heritage. So, I go with Latin if he says so.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      This is a good and interesting point from several different perspectives. I’ll only mention one here, because it’s been on my mind, too — the Nats failure to sign and develop players from the Dominican Republic. Since the 2009 scandal that cost Jim Bowden his job, there have been a few mentions of ‘reinvigorating’ the Nats’ presence in the DR, but the only Dominican on the team is a free agent acquisition. And none of the AA or AAA players in the ‘most likely to be major leaguers’ category (at least that I’m aware of) come from the DR. I recognize the Nats’ player development system in the Caribbean was traumatized by the Jose Rigo/Esmailyn Gonzalez affair, but it’s as if the Nats haven’t been able to recover from it, even after five years. And, by ignoring the talent that comes from the Dominican Republic, it’s as if the Nats are putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage. I’d love it if someone can show me that I’m wrong.

      • David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        This has changed recently. A lot of the guys on the PCL team, some of whom are in Hagerstown now, are from Latin America. One big name to keep in mind: Jefry Rodriguez. He was just promoted to Hagerstown. Throws 97mph. He’s still raw but he’s only 20 years old. One of the best arms in our system that nobody talks about.

        Another prospect to keep in mind is Pedro Severino. He’s our top catching prospect and James Wagner did a story on him just today. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/05/30/how-pedro-severino-became-the-nationals-top-catching-prospect/

        Another name to keep in mind is Rafael Bautista.

        The thing about scouting internationally is that apart from the big dollar deals (Puig, Chapman, etc) it often takes a long time to see the fruits of your labor. You sign these kids at 16, 17 and they may not be up until they’re 24. The Nats have definitely started investing in Latin America (including the Dominican) again, it’ll just be a while before we see it.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        DP – Glad to hear that; thanks.

  9. chaz11963 - May 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I imagine there will be games where Zim would play LF and Harper in CF. Now that would be a lineup with some pop.

  10. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Just read Laz Diaz is in town. Only good part is he is not the plate umpire with Darvish pitching. That could be 20 strike outs.

  11. NatsLady - May 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    We went through this “race” thing before. Desi and Hairston are mixed race. When we were in Kansas City last year, Span, Desi and Hairston visited the Negro Museum.

  12. micksback1 - May 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    had a chance to read the Post article on nats not as good as in 2012. I think their stats are as useless as fangraphs. the truth on this team is probably that it is a barely over 500 club when healthy. i have had enough of a sample size to know that there are still several key pieces missing including a manager and maybe a GM. the only good news is that a few smart moves is all that is needed to make this club a 90 win team consistently. right now, they do not have those players. that 8th inning with bases loaded, zero outs and 2, 3, 4 batters failnig pathetically to drive in 1 run verse a shaky reliever who had already thrown almost 30 pitches in the innning is the face of the Nats.

  13. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Solid 1st for Stras. No runs!

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Hey all…. Nays took a day off, so I did too…. I think we all needed it..

    Colby is a junkball pitcher, right?

  15. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Can we get señor Rendon out of the 2 hole please.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Who goes in the 2 if you move him?

      • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Nate the great :p. Ideally someone hitting over 150 in May.

      • coop202 - May 30, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Werth, still think werth should be in the top two and since he said no to leading off…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        You put NM up there, that’s 2 back to back lefties… Not sure that’s an ideal situation….

        Nate the great… Funny…. :-)

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Ryan Zimmerman, please.

  16. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    K machine tonight

  17. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Wow, the Rangers look clueless on Stras’ off speed.

  18. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Boink! Right off his head.

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Damn damn damn damn

  19. David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    I wonder who Strasburg is going to be pissed at after that error by himself.

  20. Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    So, does Stephen Strasburg now glare at himself?

  21. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Double damn damn damn damn

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Errors always seem to kill Stras

      • wmlsays - May 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        Lack of concentration will do that to you. This is supposedly the ace. What kind of “ace” can’t be trusted to actually work through errors and such?

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    We can’t deal with another injury.. PLEASE, LET HIM BE AIGHT….

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Errors, that’s getting old. Another 2 freebies.

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      He was cruising, too. Ugh.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Yep, basically pitched around a leadoff double.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      See it’s not just Zimmerman’s errors that tick Stras off, his own are just as bad.

  24. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Ughhhhhh

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Come on SA…. Buckle down…

  26. Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Why? Just why?

    • Zona - May 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Death, taxes and Strausburg falling apart after an error…

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Both runs unearned?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Doesn’t matter. They both count as runs.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Irrelevant response as that doesn’t answer my question. No need to be a jerk becuz the Nats are down 2 runs.

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Testy, testy

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Absolutely. The error would have ended the inning.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Not trying to be a jerk; sorry. As a rule, I don’t believe the difference between Earned Runs and Runs Allowed is particularly significant or important. Again, that was my point, not rudeness.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        It’s cool… My dad also hates the earned vs unearned vs runs as he says what doe they got d*** score board say….

        But I was questioning the runs becuz of era and the wondering how many unearned SS has given up….

        But we’re good..

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      I answered

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Strasbourg can’t handle a tapper for error, and like he loves to do after an error
    He cannot execute.

    MW though who I am really mad at. He allowed another RBI to a number 8 batter. In this case the pitcher followed with a hit.

    Is MW just not a student of the game? This mistake keeps happening. Happens once shame on you, happens twice shame on me. MW just refuses to learn.

    • David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      You don’t intentionally walk someone in the second inning. You saw exactly why. You trust the pitcher to pitch them carefully. Strasburg didn’t.

      • wmlsays - May 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Strasburg isn’t a pressure pitcher, or so it would seem.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Since we have had problem so often you need to change something.

        I never said intentional walk, but no pitch anywhere but the edges. No pitches.

      • David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Well that’s on Strasburg, not MW.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        He seems less interested if the runner shouldn’t be there. That is when we really need him to pitch better.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    I see Ramos stopped right there…

  30. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    “I should have just gone to bed” might end up being tonight’s theme.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Well, I’m leaving momentarily for the Prefontaine Classic track meet — preplanned, not out of frustration — so that’s kinda the equivalent.

    • secretwasianman - May 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Down 2 nothing you should. That lead is insurmountable

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    cant figure out what is part of Strasburg’s pitching style, that allows him to give up so many unearned runs.

    • Zona - May 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      It’s in his head. Loses focus. It’s really stunning that it happens as much as does.

  32. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Im not really a look up stat guy, but do they have RA? Run average, basically including unearned runs? Just wondering what Stras’ RA would be.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Think I owe you a beer… Cuz I was wondering what’s SS unearned era is…

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        ….and just a thought, since that error was by Stras, shouldnt those runs be earned?

  33. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Good thing Rios didn’t hustle out of the box there.

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    My goodness let’s start hitting like we want to score more runs than the other team has.

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Has SS gotten ahead of a batter since the error, yet???

  36. secretwasianman - May 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    This season just gets worse and worse with each passing game. Can’t hit. Mediocre pitching. Terrible fielding. They just totally suck. What a shame we can’t even get to June with any hope. Strasburg is complete bum. GIO is a steroid bum. WERTh is an overpaid baby. Zimm and Harp will never be healthy. And the manager is clueless. Blow it up and start over. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. 3 games under .500. What a pile of S&$)(/)t

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Thanks for your tirade. Now we will win this.

  37. secretwasianman - May 30, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Please trade Stras he is a Big baby who is nothing more than an average pitcher. He just never can quite get it done.

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Way to work around the Leadoff double, SS…. Come on Nats bats….it’s time to get going!

  39. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Have a 5 ERA, come to Nats Park for a quick checkup.

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Tough luck Anthony…. Tough luck…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Its unreal. Thats probably 7 hits he’s been robbed on in the last 2 weeks.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Forget that, I got razzed for saying he was robbed on the wind blowing in a couple nights ago.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      At least hit hard

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Ohhhhhh…… Come on guys…. Aight Mr Weth and Mr LaRoche…

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Three straight hard hits. So hard Werth couldn’t score

  43. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    2 hits off the wall for singles….strange.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      LaRoche too hard. Didnr see Ramos as I was eating dinner and listeing.

      RISP now 0 for 1

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Ohhhh, that was a mistake….

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Wow…. That’s a K?????

  46. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Good golly gee this team is unclutch

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Slaps himself in shock.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Really? I guess you don’t know anything about Ian Desmond’s history with a man on 3rd and 2 outs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      BTW, that called strike 3 on Ramos was off the plate, clearly a bad call.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Thank you Ian Desmond. Take that G&D

  48. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Thanks secretwasianman!

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Finally another 3 run dinger

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Alright, alright, alright….. Nice going Desi!!!

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    OK McHit your turn

  52. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Let the carnage begin!

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Aight Mr McLouth…. I see you…

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    OK Espi knock in McHit

  55. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Hey Danny….Nate the Great!

  56. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Strasburg has to be pinching himself.

  57. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Espy getting IBBd I’ve seen everything.

    • davecydell - May 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      incredible

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

    So can SS make them pay for walking Espi…. Idk why they even walked Espi.. He is a K machine…

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    RW not MW won’t pitch to 8. Even if 8 is weak.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Espi pumps up his OBP with that IBB. Lucky guy with all the HBPs and pitch arounds as a #8 hitter in front of the pitcher.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    If I was a Rangers fan, I would be livid for walking the 8th man, who is a K machine, to get to the pitcher… Why not have the pitcher start the inning, for an easy out….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Still the right move even as bad as Espi has been. Remember Tony Cruz?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Sigh…..

        Ya know, why this is a bad month for the NAts… Becuz we’ve disagreed a lot this month… :-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Its the other way around. They are losing and we haven’t been on the same page as much because you are making frustration posts ;)

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      I dunno…a man in scoring position? Why risk it. Oh well, Stras doesn’t leadoff next inning. Their plan worked.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        With any other Nats batter, sure.. But not Espi…

        I would have gone after Espi, threw him nothing but junk (since he liked to swing away)…

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Yeah, I get it. How well did they have Espi scouted?

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Anyone who hit the ball that inning hit it hard.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Anyone who hit the ball that inning hit it hard.

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Bench Andress

  65. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    I wish Stras trusted his fastball more with 2 strikes. Now that he doesn’t throw it as hard as he used to he needs to start locating it better to get hose Ks.

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      And be proceeds to prove me wrong, nice.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I’m waiting to see more top of the zone fastballs for swing throughs. There’s probably 10 players in the Majors who can catch up to high heat and none of them are playing in this game.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    See FP reads NatsInsider!

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

    Nice inning SS….

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    So veejh, about the convo earlier about runs allowed, etc by SS… MZ tweeted that 8 out of 34 runs by SS have been unearned….

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Roughly 25%. I’d like to stats for other pitchers. Maybe gauging mental toughness could be derived from this. Hmmmm.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Nice at bat….

  70. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    The at bat Span just had, I expected a lot more of that since his arrival in DC.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I’m trying to remember the last time that Rendon had a hit that was oppo boppo….

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Maybe the triple.

  72. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    How come we don’t hit and run more with Span on first and Rendon at the plate…

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Yes, yes, yes….. Way to go Span!!!!!!

  74. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Aggressive base running starting to pay off!

    • davecydell - May 30, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      yeah, if MW does it again before September

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Span on the run. Isn’t that by Paul McCartney and Wings

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Love Wings

      • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        Ok Quagmire

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Werth another hit straight up.

  77. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Nitpicking, but that’s the best Rendon does with a 3-1 hanger. He is struggling.

    • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Got the run in though.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      His BABIP is very unlucky so I disagree.

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Why not swing at a straight fast ball near the middle with 2 strikes?

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    I didn’t like that play when Harper when 1st to 3rd on a groundout but for some reason that seemed like a good play by Span.

    Why do I feel that way? Harper was barely safe when he did it and Span was safe by a larger margin.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      I wonder if Moreland is scouted as a poor throwing 1st baseman. That was a poor throw.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Mark said “Brilliant hustle by Span”

        “@ZuckermanCSN: Brilliant hustle by Span. Goes 1st-to-3rd on groundout to third, then scores after throw back got away. Scores from 1B on a groundout.”

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Span was stealing, dont remember if Harper was.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        I didn’t realize he was stealing. A friend texted me that Beltre was out of position after coming in on that ball and had to get back to the bag.

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Span had a huge lead and got a good jump, too.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Span looked like he hesitated as he was stealing 2nd too…

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        Mrsb..you mean rounding 2nd? He was probably just making sure until the throw to 1st was made.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        It looked like he hesitated some going from 1st to 2nd… May have been his head moving to see where he was going…. But I saw a jerk….

  80. davecydell - May 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    gb to 5,
    span scores from 1st,

    RUN, RUN, RUN

  81. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Way too good of a pitch there on 0-2..

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Whew…..

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Strasburg needs to dial up that 2 seam doubleplay here.

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Way to get out of it SS…

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I’d be more comfortable with about 3 more runs….. :-)

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    OH-DOOR spelled ODOR. I’m sure he’s heard all the jokes.

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Nate McLouth with a .324 OBP. That’s incredible for a guy hitting under Mendoza.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Now batting .198 with a .333 OBP.

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Almost there. Maybe one or two more hits.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        One more gets him to .205

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        It’s great that his ba is going up… Gonna need him until Harp returns….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Yah, RZim might be back at 3rd and Rendon to 2nd.

  88. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    That was a strike

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      It sure has been all night. This ump has missed quite a few.

  89. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    How’s the Ranger’s pen? We should be there soon.

  90. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    I take it all back, Nate (the Great).

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    That AB by Espinosa was the perfect spot for an ambush bunt. I don’t get the guy.

  92. David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Did Ramos just take a 5 ball walk or am I missing something?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      It sure was and it went right over FPs and Bob’s head.

      • ArVAFan - May 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Charlie & Dave caught that “5-ball walk”.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Good, so we aren’t crazy. I’m just wondering if Bob & FP are sleep walking. FP just made that cool comment on the Xmas tree and it blew over his head seconds later.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Now I didn’t do a rewind but the pitch map FP referred to as a Xmas tree before that pitch had 3 green ball marks and 2 red ones.

      Was there a timeout called? That was bizarre.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Good job Mr Moore… Good job!!!

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Big hit!!! Woohoo!

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    OK, what did Matt Williams know to send in Tyler Moore against the righty Colby Lewis?

    I will tell you because its smart. If it was Dobbs inserted as the PH they would have countered with their lefty and neutralized Dobbs so MW was thinking that TyMo would yank one out against Lewis who was tiring.

    • natinalsgo - May 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      I was cursing MW when Tyler walked to the batters box. Your right. That was a smart move and it worked out. I think if it didn’t work out MW gets chewed out by the complainers.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Generally you go with Dobbs and pull him if they bring in a lefty for Hairston or TyMo. I liked it because the Nats were hitting Colby Lewis hard.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    That groundout stroked by Sardinas that Espi made look very routine does not get made by Frandsen.

  96. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Storen killing it.

  97. natinalsgo - May 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Great D there. 1-2-3 and looked all easy on the score card.

  98. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Shutdown Storen

  99. secretwasianman - May 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Just came back in. Looks like we finally got some hits. Yes I am still frustrated at this bunch. Let’s get this boys. Nice comeback

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      I thougnt we needed to blow up the team?

      • Danny - May 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Everyone must go!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        I’m honest and sincere as I say this… But I think SWM just wants to see if his posts are being read… The day that people stop responding to the outbursts, his tune will change…

      • knoxvillenat - May 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        I thought he promised(a couple of days ago) to leave and not come back until next spring.

  100. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Rendon needed that big time.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      No kidding. As I wrote its all about BABIP. He’s been super unlucky and his luck will change when you hit them hard. You don’t get lucky when your K’ing like Danny.

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Poor running play by Rendon. He needed to be tagging there.

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Semi snow cone

  103. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Hellz yeah!!!!!!!

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Triple

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I like your official scoring. LOL

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Had he bobbled it an error, just not getting it, I call it a triple.

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Buffalo Wil with another RISP hit!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Tonight’s RISP is 3 for 10. That is more to my liking.

      I expect more games like this.

      Any report on Zim at Potomac?

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    As slow as Ramos is, he’s still a click faster than LaRoche.

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Miss played but I would not call it an error

  108. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Don’t look now, but it appears some crucial pieces are getting out of their slumps.

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

      We can only hope. Need to put games together.

      Damn Marlins gave up 2-0 lead.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      I’m telling you, it’s the unluckiest BABIP I’ve seen in a stretch. Only 1 batter is in a slump and his initials are DE.

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Well, I will be danged…. I missed Storen’s whole inning watching the basketball game… And look at the Nats getting more runs…

    Okay, let’s stop and save some for tomorrow…

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Buffalo Wil now batting .308 with RISP to lead the Nats.

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    So who pitches tomorrow?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Fister

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Thanks… Cuz I’m all confused… I was thinking that Trienan was pitching tomorrow…

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Going 7 tomorrow

  112. David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    That fastball by Treinan that was hit was 99…I haven’t seen him throw 99.

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Why isn’t Ramos getting the rest of the night off?

  114. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Blake Treinan not off to a good start.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Seeing eye singly by the leadoff and you’re complaining?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Not complaining commenting. There is a difference, that apparently I didn’t make clear. The double play ball snuffed out any negative mojo.

  115. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Way to go 5 4 3

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      A pitchers best friend….

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Since I played short I always thought the best friend was 6-4-3

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    What a play by Rendon! Bad hop and he stays with it! Sweet doubleplay!

  117. Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Treinen has a very easy motion — hope it saves him from injury issues.

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    So…. Det or Barrett for the 9th…

    Barrett really needs to work on pitching with inherited runners…

    • David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Treinan can go two innings, can’t he?

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      I think we see Treinen again.

      • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        Even w him coming up to bat. Huh.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Blake for 2

  119. David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    So the Red Sox have had 3 managers get ejected in this game. Farrell got tossed, then his replacement got tossed, then his replacement’s replacement got tossed. They’re on their fourth manager of the game.

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Nice play by Rios…. Ugh

  121. veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Lots o grounders getting thru tonight.

  122. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Hopefully, Rendon is getting on track now????

    • veejh - May 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      2 more games of this, then, yes.

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Wow…. It’s the Nats night…

  124. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    What a night…. Nice win Nats… Nice win!!!!!

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