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Game 54: Rangers at Nats

May 31, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals’s offense broke out last night in a 9-2 blowout win over the Texas Rangers, matching their highest run total in a game this month. Today they will look to keep it going and secure a series win in a 12:05 p.m. game.

Doug Fister (2-1, 3.42) will make his fifth start of the season against a team he has faced nine times in his career. Fister’s track record against Texas, however, has not been good. In those games he holds a 5.67 ERA and 1.463 WHIP in 54 total innings. Most of his troubles have come at Texas, though, as 18 of his 34 earned runs were on the road.

Starting for the Rangers is right-hander Nick Tepesch (2-0, 2.95). A 14th round pick in the 2010 draft, Tepesch is in his second major league season.

Updates to come, so please check back…

TEXAS RANGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees, Wind 12 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (26-27)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Nate McLouth
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister

RANGERS (28-27)
LF Shin-Soo Choo
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Mitch Moreland
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Alex Rios
C Robinson Chirinos
CF Leonys Martin
2B Rougned Odor
RHP Nick Tepesch

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

12:13 p.m. — The first inning was a quick one for Fister who set the Rangers down in order on 17 pitches with three groundouts.

12:29 p.m. — The Nationals got a run in the first inning on a solo homer by Rendon, but probably walked away wishing they had more. Span led off with a walk and was caught trying to steal second, thus preventing Rendon from hitting a two-run shot. Oh well, Nats are up 1-0 with the second up next.

12:35 p.m. — Three up, three down again for Fister. This time he got two looking strikeouts for the second and third outs. Fister has thrown 30 pitches.

12:57 p.m. — The Nationals came out again with some good swings, putting four more runs on the board in the second. Espinosa got them started with a double off the wall with one out. Lobaton then brought him home on a two-run homer over the scoreboard in right field. One out later, Span and Rendon singled to get on. Werth then hit a RBI double that was booted by Choo in left field, scoring a total of two more runs. The lead is now 5-0 after two as Tepesch has thrown 62 pitches.

1:06 p.m. — Another clean frame for Fister, he’s thrown 45 pitches.

1:14 p.m. — Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the third. Three up, three down.

1:24 p.m. — The Rangers finally got their first baserunner of the afternoon with one out in the fourth inning, as Andrus hit a line drive double to left field. That was it for Texas, though, as the Nats are still up 5-0. Fister has thrown 65 pitches.

1:38 p.m. — Like runs? The Nationals got three more of them in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 8-0 lead now over the Rangers. All three came on LaRoche’s seventh home run of the season, a bomb to right field.

1:50 p.m. — The Rangers finally got a run in the fifth inning on a bloop RBI double by Odor. Rios walked to lead off – only the second walk Fister has allowed this season so far – and made it to second on a Martin groundout. Odor then lofted a high flyball to shallow right that bounced in between Espinosa and Werth. It’s 8-1 as Fister has thrown 88 pitches.

2:00 p.m. — 1-2-3 for the Nats in the bottom of the fifth. Choo will lead off the sixth.

2:06 p.m. — The Rangers brought another run home in the sixth to make it a 8-2 game. Choo led off with a double and scored one batter later on a Moreland single to right field. Fister is through six on 104 pitches. I’d imagine we see a relief pitcher begin the next inning.

2:34 p.m. — No runs for either team in the seventh. Stammen took over and allowed a double, but that was it. The Nats then went down quickly on a groundout and a pair of Ks to end the frame. Stammen will come back out for the eighth, it appears.

2:56 p.m. — Game over, Nats win 10-2. Instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/05/31/instant-analysis-nats-10-rangers-2/

193 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. originalnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    beautiful day for a ball game
    go, Nats

  2. Faraz Shaikh - May 31, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Why such early start? I missed any explanation that was given.

  3. TimDz - May 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I fear another “Cy Young DoJour” scenario today, where the bats just have trouble figuring him out…..

    • TimDz - May 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Or….Dujour…..

      I have enough trouble with English….

  4. Eric - May 31, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    When’s the last time we played the third game in a series that wasn’t a rubber match or a salvage? Would really like us going for the sweep tomorrow.

    Go Nats!!!

  5. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    My new mantra:

    “There will be nothing left behind but carnage for the carrion fowl.to pick over”

    GYFNG!!!

  6. sjm308 - May 31, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Love it Seam!

    Nothing like being able to bike to the park!

    I am 0 for 2 since coming back. Just have to think this will be the game to break that. Using a new scorebook today as well.

    Nice quotes from Espinosa in the post (computer, not real paper). I always knew he had a good work ethic and am still hoping for a turnaround.

    Go Nats!!

    • Eric - May 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      They’re currently working in extending the anacostia river trail to connect the portion a block from my house to the portion down by Nats Park. Will be so awesome to bike to and from games!!!

  7. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    On last night’s Red Sox-Rays game: I’ve never heard of three managers getting tossed in one game. Also, I know Ortiz is a big guy that takes up a lot of space at the plate, but I don’t believe for one second that Price hit him by accident.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Couldn’t — and still can’t — figure out why David Price wasn’t tossed after hitting the second batter. Not a Red Sox fan, but Boston had a legitimate gripe about the one-sidedness of last night’s umpiriing decisions.

  8. micksback1 - May 31, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Nats need to win this series and they must start winning 4 of every five series if they are contenders and not what i think they may be, pretenders

    • secretwasianman - May 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Mick I think unfortunately they are pre not con. Expect a 4 1 loss today.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        I expect a 5-2 win.

        I refuse to ever go into a game losing. Even if the real Cy Young is pitching.

        I always assume victory until it is completely snuffed out.

        I couldn’t enjoy the game if I expected to lose.

        Does losing happen? Yes. Do I expect it? Never.

      • unkyd59 - May 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        “expect a 4-1 loss”

        You suck

      • natsjackinfl - May 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Thank you, Unkyd.

  9. Eugene in Oregon - May 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    After breaking away from last night’s game early to attend Prefontaine Classic (great 10k win by Galen Rupp, btw), delighted to see that Nats came alive and scored some runs. GYFNG!

  10. Faraz Shaikh - May 31, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    So RZ in LF is for harper to play center? That seems like a weak of.

  11. Faraz Shaikh - May 31, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Defensively

    • natsjackinfl - May 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      How about RZ in left field until Harper comes back after the all star break? Nothing wrong with that.

      • Danny - May 31, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        It keeps Espy in the lineup XD

      • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        I think Zim needs to workout at second. Played SS at UVaa, so I think he could work on playing second.

  12. Doc - May 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    In other news, Mikey Mo is leading the amazin’ Giants with 11 big ones, 15 2Bs, and 38 RBIs5.

    Kinda having the year he was supposed to have last year with the Mariners.

  13. Nats Amore - May 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Saw this article by David Schoenfield on ESPN comparing the Nats, Braves and Marlins. Not much of a stretch to guess folks on here will strongly disagree with much of what is said (not sure why it comes up under ESPN New York, the Mets are not mentioned).

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=sweetspot&id=47910&city=newyork

  14. dcsportsfan2277 - May 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Last night it was great to see a starter get a win after a quality start. I can’t remember the last time we actually crushed the other teams starter.

    Let’s hope today that we support Fister who is really looking good since his first start and the beginning of a run!

    Go Nats!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      I can remember Johnny Cueto. Can’t remember pass that though.

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Was wondering.

    Nats were off Thursday and the Buffalo is off again today. He didn’t do something on his non triple did he?

    • NatsLady - May 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      No. But it’s a very short turnaround, and I think Fister works well with Lobaton.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        As long as no injury.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      If he caught a complete game today that would give him 18 innings behind the plate in approximately 20 hours. Plus, you do need to get Jose some PT and AB’s.

  16. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Denard Span is hitting .367 (18-for-49) in his last 10 games, during which he has registered seven multi-hit games. Span also leads the Nationals with 11 extra-base hits (nine doubles, triple, home run) in the month of May.

    Just sayin’

    • Faraz Shaikh - May 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      And don’t forget the defense. :)

  17. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Imagine the turnaround of facing Strasburg then Fister.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Nice top 1 Fister

  19. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Way to go Anthony! Span’s aggression has been good most of the year, but cost ‘em that time.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      They had thrown over so much he figured he wouldn’t do it again.

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Nice shot Rendon. To bad Span was in the dugout.

    Twice in this series Werth popped a first pitch. That is nit his normal M.O.

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Desmond hits strikes well, but would be nice to swing at less balls.

    Unlike Danny who swings at a lot of balls too but makes less on contact on strikes.

  22. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    What a play!!!

  23. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Zim can you play second?

  24. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Rendon makes a play that no other man on this team makes at third base!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      That is why I want Zim to work out at second. His arm can handle that distance.

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Fister 30 pitches through 2. A little high, but results are good.

  26. unkyd59 - May 31, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Brooks Rendon

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Sick play by Rendon…. Seriously sick.

  28. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Morning ladies and gents.

    Go Nats!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      9 am baseball has to be a little weird…

      • veejh - May 31, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Nah…..my day won’t be wasted.

  29. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I almost got the impression in MW’s post game last night that he is making Danny Espinosa a personal reclamation project.

  30. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Wow, Lobo. Didnt see that coming. Woooooo!!!!

  31. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    No way.

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    A junior buffalo siting.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Oh my word…. Nice job…

    So the group yelling Nats, Nats, Nats… That deuces and other NI’ers, right?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      I was leading it over in sec. 311, Mrsb.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Aight, Imma see if I can start it in my section the next game I’m going too… :-)

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    I am hoping MW is right that Schu and Espi made an adjustment. I would love to Espi batting .250

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Both Rendon and Span hits now

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Teeing off on this dude….. I love it!!!!

  37. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    BTW, the N-A-T-S, cheer was really expanding into new sections last night. It was the best that I’ve heard it yet.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      We did in Pittsburgh too

  38. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Nice to see some carry over from last night.

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Werth

    • veejh - May 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      It

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Yesssssssssssss

  41. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Oh yeah baby!!! Love this.

  42. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    We aren’t missing the mistake pitches today for sure.

  43. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Lazy calls one our way for once.

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    And I was against the Shoo signing and I’m so glad that Rizzo didnt try for him…

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      The Shoo is on the other foot now!

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Lazy = Laz

  46. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    secretwasianman must be beside himself.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Carnage for carrion fowl, I tell you!

    • veejh - May 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Blow up the team!!!

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    I would take 8 consecutive innings where Desi made the third out. Would you?

  48. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Gotta love Fister’s pace.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Laz is looking for strikes and since Fister has established the call, he is getting the benefit…

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Espi’s open stance looks like he has a chance to see the ball better. So I like the atrempt

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Still have to swing at only strikes.

  52. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    The Nosa waves at the outside change up every time.

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    With Baker pitching that all but assures Darvish for tomorrow.

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    In first 10 batters Fister has had a full count 5 times. Great results though

  55. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    It’s a pleasure watching this man pitch.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The ball was a strike

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Wow Laz…. Really…

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    The umpires this series are pretty unsure of counts

  59. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    A play Rendon could have made.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      It was not easy but if it was a 1-2 not 2-1 count I bet he would be 3 steps back so his chance of making the play was possible.

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I knew with Laz behind the plate something interesting would happen. The old call it a strike, hear bitch in from the Rangers and change it to a ball then when shown on replay indeed it was a striketrick.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    That pitch was up there….

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Sun monster

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I didn’t think Rios had a chance. Nice play

  64. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Rendon getting ready for a hot June

  65. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    The hits are now starting to even out for Anthony!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      It will end up at 285

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    That is why you run hard out of the box

  67. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Yessssssssss viva LaRoche

  68. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    This. Is. So. Sweet.

  69. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Why can’t I ever attend these kind of games.

  70. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Straight up buzz saw

  71. Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Who’s your Buck Commander?

  72. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    So about LaRoches option…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Zim learn second base please

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    BTW ordered my Pap john pizza to pick up at 5 using the code Nats50. Will order another tomorrow

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    McHut’s due no hits today.

    • Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Nate the Great!

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Need to get him north of Mendoza.

  75. scnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Read a good article on how the Nats and Rangers, two disappointing teams with injuries, meet and have a chance to turn things around. Glad me are the ones turning it.

  76. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Wow.

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 12s

    #Nats have now scored 17 runs in their last 9 offensive innings. Had scored 17 total runs in their previous 54 innings.

  77. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Royals starter today left the first inning with a 43.88 ERA!!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      It was 27.00 entering the game.

      • Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Assumed it was his first start.

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Blue jays game is crazy.

    First 8 batters reach base. Then a double play. Next two reach base.

    Finally take the starter out, and Bautista swings at the first pitch of new pitcher and fouls out.

  79. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    The hardest was getting there, that he did,

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      We’ve all seen him make that play, but it can’t be an error.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Was a tough play, but he was in position to make it.

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Danny should caught that…. Yeah, thought play but it hit his glove…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Tough*

    • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I thought that he should have gotten out of Werth’s way, but it wasn’t from lack of effort by either of them.

      Fister again showed how much of an all around player he is that inning on the play at first.

      A pretty nice play by Span at the wall last inning, too.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        I think Jayson will get about 3/4 games off when Zimmerman comes back… Move Nm over to RF while Zimm is in LF….

        Love the effort and but the batter gets the credit…

      • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Nate’s arm is not ideal for right field, but Jayson has struggled out there at times. I sure don’t want to see them go very many games without his bat though.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      That was not easy.

  81. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Unlucky run there Doug.

  82. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    No no-hitter, no shutout on the line, big lead… I’d be willing to let Fister call it a day after six (or even now if he comes to bat in bottom of the fifth) and give the deep bullpen and the bench some work.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Let him pitch 100 putches

    • natsjackinfl - May 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Totally agree. Get through 6 and let Treinen get some work.

      • veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Treinen just pitched 2 yesterday.

      • natsjackinfl - May 31, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Totally missed that last night for some reason. The beer was going down pretty good about the 7th inning or so.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    It’s only the 5th inning… Idk why but I was thinking it was the 8th inning.

  84. Faraz Shaikh - May 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Ron should have pinch hit for baker, no?

  85. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I was trying to get some Fister gear before the season started but couldn’t find any. They’ve got to be making some at this point.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Go to the create your own in the shop on nationals.com you drop down the menu pick his name. Got my Roark jersey already Fister is in trascent

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    We are at about the 100 pitch count, time to start bullpen.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Score on fister.. Get a DP and get out of this inning…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Uhm….. Come on Fister*

      Idk why autocorrect does this….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Done

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Wow that was a hanging slider

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Nice job Fister…. Nice job….

  90. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    .318 OBP for Span. Starting to become respectable.

  91. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Loved, loved, loved the way Espinosa’s throw low-bridged the runner coming into second. That’s my definition of Old School.

    Six hits in a row for A-Ren!

  92. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    There’s that oppo…good to see that again.

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Rendon up to 269

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      As I said several times to you all Rendon is hitting the ball and getting robbed and BABIP will turn in his favor.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 31, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Well, I’ll be danged….

    • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Unbelievable.

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

    When Hairston homers off the righty, you know things are going well.

  96. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I was just about to say “what the heck is Hairston doing up here?”

    I guess I won’t, now.

  97. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Wowowowowow…..teeing off today!!!!! Bats have awoken!

  98. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Holy cow. Hairs tons hits a eighty deep.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Scott Hairston on a righty? Wow!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Wow! Flying pigs!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        What does Scotty do in his next AB? He’s now batting .450

  100. Eugene in Oregon - May 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I recognize it’s way too early to draw any conclusions, but I’ve got to believe there are some Braves fans out there going ‘uh oh’ (or some variation thereof) on their blogs.

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      I dunno… I think they’re still thinking: “Ah, those guys can’t beat the good teams.”

      And to tell the truth we still have that to prove.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Agree completely on the ‘still to prove’ point. But the Braves blogs tend to attract a lot of ‘doom and gloom’ posters who are always ready to jump quickly to worst-case conclusions (sound familiar?)

    • veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      No way our bats were gonna stay that cold all season.

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    For the person who jumped my a** on resting players like Werth, Desi and Ramos in a blowout, look what MW just did: Werth and Desi gets to leave work early.

    • veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Good thing MW read the blog from yesterday.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        I’m sure Rizzo asked why he didn’t take the opportunity to rest the veterans and his catcher. Good reason that Ramos wasn’t rested since Lobatron was penciled in for today but a nice opportunity to get Werth and Desi in early for 2 games.

        The season is a marathon and when you get the opportunity you take the opportunity.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Who jumped on you on that? That just makes sense.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        I asked about Ramos day off, but didn’t jump on anyone, so I am innocent on this one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I will let you read my top of 8th inning comments from last night.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Maybe they still have to rent their tuxes for tonight’s fancy gig?

    • veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Someone made the valid point that pulling Ramos was pointless since he was resting today, which I agree with.

      • natinalsgo - May 31, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Yes, if the plan was to play Lobo regardless than not pulling Ramos made sense but he certainly could’ve brought in Werth, Desi, and even LaRoche.

    • natinalsgo - May 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Ghost, you beat me to it.

      I came on to post to David Proctor that MW did exactly what you suggested last night in a blowout. You are in front of all the moves. Even with a day off on Monday he still took the opportunity to rest the vets.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Nothing like vindication proven by the manager with a second straight blowout. David will have some other excuse for his other excuse.

      • David Proctor - May 31, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Lol. I wasn’t even talking about that game. I was talking about a day off for Ramos TODAY. I wasn’t jumping on anyone’s a*s.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Like I said, just another excuse.

      • David Proctor - May 31, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        So you completely misrepresent my point and when I clarify it, it’s an excuse? That’s awfully convenient.

      • Section 222 - May 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        I decided I’d take a look at the exchange last night. No one was jumping on anyone’s a*s, thank goodness. Ghost, you said you thought that MW should have pulled Ramos. A number of people, including DP, responded that since he probably wouldn’t play today, that wasn’t necessary. DP also noted that with an off day coming up Monday, there wasn’t a huge reason to rest other position players, but I doubt he had a problem with giving them a rest in another blowout today. He was just pointing out there wasn’t a huge need to do it and that it wasn’t a boneheaded move to have them finish the game. I don’t see anything wrong with that, or any attack on you for having a different opinion, unless every expression of a different opinion is an attack in your view. If that’s the case, lighten up!

        By the way, MNF Index was only 13% last night, but back up to 25.4% today. Don’t his fingers ever get tired?

      • Chazz - May 31, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Deuces, you’re missing the point. Watching baseball is a race, and it’s very important who wins.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        +1 Deuces.

        I had a long post written that said much the same things, but deleted it.

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    No way Zim can go back to third.

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      I agree. If he does, it won’t reflect well on the current regime’s decision making processes.

  103. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Base hit here gets Nate to .200 exactly. Come on.

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Dang. Now he has to go 2 for 4.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    With the new stance he is making more contact.

    I wonder if right handed stance is also more open now.

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      I don’t know about that. Still flailing at the outside pitch.

    • natsjackinfl - May 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      How is 3 strike outs making more contact?

      • natinalsgo - May 31, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        I think when RZ comes back its Espi who needs to visit Syracuse to get back on track. He just needs to slow it back down and get confidence back.

  105. manassasnatsfan - May 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    MASN pitch counter has been off 3 innings now. Wonder why.

  106. Faraz Shaikh - May 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    What a boring game! :P

  107. Danny - May 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I love our bullpen!

  108. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Come on, Ant’ny. Put a cherry on the sundae.

    • stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      uff.

  109. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Jeez, watching the replays of Rendon’s second inning play it just gets more amazing every time.

  110. veejh - May 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Whooped em today (and yesterday). Would love to see a sweep vs Darvish.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      +1

  111. stoatva - May 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    “There’s 110 games left. Step back from The Ledge.”
    /f.p.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      +1

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Friday's games

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