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Game 55: Rangers at Nats

Jun 1, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals’ offense has enjoyed their best consecutive games of the 2014 season this weekend, combining to score 19 runs in two wins over the Rangers. For the third and final game of this interleague series, they’ll get quite the challenge as they look to keep it up.

Rangers ace Yu Darvish (4-2, 2.35) is one of the best pitchers in baseball and will be facing a lineup who mostly has never seen him before. Denard Span, amazing enough, is 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against him. Nate McLouth and Jose Lobaton are a combined 0-for-7 vs. the right-hander.

Pitching for the Nats will be former Rangers prospect Tanner Roark (3-3, 3.47). Roark was traded to the Nationals along with pitcher Ryan Tatusko for Cristian Guzman in 2010.

Updates to come, so please check back…

TEXAS RANGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (27-27)
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 Tanner Roark

RANGERS (28-28)
LF Michael Choice LF Daniel Roberston
SS Elvis Andrus
RF Alex Rios
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Donnie Murphy
CF Leonys Martin
C Chris Gimenez
2B Luis Sardinas
RHP Yu Darvish

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

1:34 p.m. — First pitch is just moments away here at Nationals Park. The Rangers made a late lineup change, scratching Michael Choice due to a left leg injury. Daniel Robertson will now start in his place.

1:49 p.m. — The top of the first inning ended with a bizarre sequence that first scored a run for the Rangers, then saw it taken away on a Nats’ challenge call. With runners on the corners, Ramos attempted to throw Rios out on an attempt to steal second. Rios was safe, but then slid past the base and was tagged out by Espinosa. While that was going on, Andrus ran home from third and was originally declared safe. Both teams challenged the play – the Rangers that Rios was out, the Nats that the runners scored – and both came out in the Nationals’ favor. It’s still 0-0 with Darvish set to take the mound.

2:04 p.m. — I noted before the game how Span had found success against Darvish in the past, and today he wasted no time carrying that over. He smoked a double over the head of Rios in right field to lead off the game. He got to third on a Rendon groundout, but could not score. It’s still 0-0 as Darvish through 16 pitches in the first.

2:18 p.m. — Things got a little interesting for Roark in the second, but the Rangers did not score a run. Murphy singled, and Sardinas walked with two outs, before Darvish took two balls to begin his count. Steve McCatty went out to talk with Roark and settle him down, and Roark responded by getting Darvish to ground out to Desmond. Desmond will now bat to begin the bottom of the second.

2:29 p.m. — Desmond, McLouth and Espinosa all struck out. That’s four straight strikeouts for Darvish. He’s thrown 29 pitches.

2:34 p.m. — We are still scoreless after the third inning as both Roark and Darvish allowed a baserunner apiece, but no runs. Darvish recorded two more strikeouts in the third, he has six so far with two hits allowed. Both hits were to Span who is now 5-for-6 off the right-hander in his career.

3:01 p.m. — The game remains knotted at 0-0 after four in what is becoming quite the entertaining pitchers duel between Roark and Darvish. Roark set the Rangers down 1-2-3 before Darvish allowed only a single in his turn on the mound. His first out, by the way, was a strikeout of LaRoche that ended with the Nats’ first baseman watching a 59 mile per hour curveball drop in the strike zone. Ridiculous. Darvish has thrown 57 pitches through four.

3:14 p.m. — Neither team even came close to scoring in the fifth inning as both Roark and Darvish tossed perfect frames. Darvish also added two strikeouts, giving him a total of 10 through five innings today.

3:34 p.m. — Will somebody score some runs? Like, please? The Nationals actually got close against Darvish in the bottom of the sixth, but came away with nothing. Werth got on with a single to left field and then moved to third on a bloop single by LaRoche. Ramos, however, then struck out for the second out and Desmond flew out to deep right field. Still 0-0 with the seventh inning up next.

3:55 p.m. — The game is no longer scoreless as Martin hit a solo home run to right field with one out in the top of the seventh. The Rangers now lead 1-0 after seven as Darvish tossed another inning without allowing a run. Darvish has thrown 92 pitches through seven.

4:14 p.m. — Drew Storen came in to take over for Roark and gave up an insurance run to the Rangers. Murphy singled to center field to score Robertson from second base. It’s a 2-0 game now with Darvish heading back out there.

4:37 p.m. — The Rangers got two runners on base, but no more runs. It’s still 2-0 with Joakim Soria set to pitch the ninth for Texas. Darvish was replaced by a pinch-hitter after throwing 100 pitches in eight scoreless innings. Ramos will lead off.

4:43 p.m. — Nats lose 2-0, here’s the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/06/01/instant-analysis-rangers-2-nats-0/

163 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Reflecting on past comments by Rizzo on Tatusko, both he and Tanner could be pitching for for the Rangers now.

    Keep those trades acomin’, Mike!

    • sjm308 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      All GM’s make good and bad moves but this trade is really one of the more lopsided deals in favor of the Nationals I can remember. I remember how people talked about us getting just a couple of bags of balls for Guzman but man, how that has changed. I don’t believe Guzman ever played in the majors again after that year but it really doesn’t matter, we have two solid pitchers thanks to Rizzo.

      Trying to think of his worst trade and of course there are going to be several that just didn’t work. Can’t say it was Morse because we got more than decent return. I am guessing Willingham since all we got for that was heartburn from HRod and countless posts from Peric about how great Corey Brown was. I am sure people with more knowledge and better memory than I will list a few more.

      Go Nats!! Sweep

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        sjm308, true words on that bag of balls and the credit to Roark himself and the Nats pitcher development group. They really turned “warm bodies” into a hot product as Roark really looks like a legit big league pitcher.

        Roark was not even on the Prospect list with the Rangers as we was in Independent ball in 2008 and was traded as a AA pitcher to the Nats with a 4+ ERA in 2009. Through 2012 with the Nats, Roark wasn’t even on the prospect list. Then in 2013, he turned into a prospect. Sometimes something clicks and it did with Roark and the Nats have done the same with now several pitchers in recent years including Lannan, Peacock, Milone, Karns, Taylor Jordan, Roark, Ray, and Treinen.

        These are more than coincidences. The Nats pitching development group is turning struggling pitchers into MLB pitchers.

      • Doc - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Correctomundo, sjm!

        Wonder were poor old Corey is now??

        Last I heard, HRod was DFA’d by the Fish. Maybe pitching for their AAA affiliate??

        HRod never met a pitching coach that existed that could help him. Always found it strange how such a compact delivery had such erratic command. Sad really.

      • sjm308 - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        I want to make it clear that I actually liked the Willingham trade, not for the players we received but because it opened up a spot for Morse to actually play and shine. Willingham was a great teammate and good guy but everything worked out well for us even if neither player we received did much.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Yes the Willingham trade did open up a spot for Morse but you don’t evaluate a trade based on that. Now that Corey Brown is out of the system you can evaluate the trade for what it was: Awful.

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Don’t forget to add a little discount for Willingham’s full season last year — where he batted .208. ;-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        adcwonk, doesn’t matter what Willingham is today rather his value 4 years ago.

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Please note — I said “a little discount”, and also I put a smiley there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Yes

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

        The good news for Rizzo is that his trade record is looking better. Some don’t work out like Komatsu for Jerry Hairston and they’re the crap shoot that some trades are.

  2. Doc - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Now that Danny The K has opened his stance, maybe he’ll be seeing the outside pitching bait better?

    A fan can only hope.

    Noticed that he fouled off a whole bunch of pitches in his last AB, yesterday–before he K’d.That’s a good sign.

    Seems to be the first time, for me anyway, that Danny never was one foul off a bunch of pitches.

  3. Doc - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Now that Danny The K has opened his stance, maybe he’ll be seeing the outside pitching bait better?

    A fan can only hope.

    Noticed that he fouled off a whole bunch of pitches in his last AB, yesterday–before he K’d.That’s a good sign.

    Seems to be the first time, for me anyway, that Danny never was one foul off a bunch of pitches.

    • dcsportsfan2277 - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Espi will never give up that all or none loopy swing and is at best a late inning defensive replacement. His bat is a huge hole in the line-up and unfortunately always will be.

  4. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    no hitter or perfect game? :P

    looking forward to rendon vs yu.

  5. Doc - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Ghost, I agree.

    A lot of those pitchers that you listed were more suspects than prospects when initially signed.

    I think that #1 you can’t tell a lot about where a given pitcher is going to end up before you sign him.

    My theory is sign as many pitchers as you can, and then give them all the development opportunities you can muster. Quantity first, then quality.

    I think that we have to say that the Nats’ organization does a pretty good job on the development side of pitching.

    Peacock provided such commentary after he was traded to the A’s.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      I can’t see my post Doc but I doubt people will question Rizzo on these low level pitchers he picks going forward.

      His track record of turning nones into ones is going good. Ok, ones was a good rhyme and is a stretch but he’s making fours and fives.

  6. dcsportsfan2277 - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Yu Darvish! Yippee…go get him fellas and go Nats!

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: A mind-bending what-if: Adrian Beltre says he was “close” to becoming a Nat the same winter they signed Jayson Werth. http://t.co/cch87HW59X

  8. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Span’s first error since July 2012. That’s an amazing streak.

  9. natsjackinfl - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Anybody else outside the DC area blacked out on MASN with Directv?

    • veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Nope

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Got verification from djinfl and he’s blacked out too. Directv doesn’t know why and MASN says they are chasing it down. Somehow Florida must now be considered Middle Atlantic.

  10. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    That’s the second time Ramos has allowed a run to score on that play.

    • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I was thinking that, too.

      I was also thinking: how come the Nats never do that play?

  11. masterfishkeeper - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I don’t thin the runner crossed home before the tag .

  12. stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Elvis has left the building.

  13. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Werth has been awful with runners on third, less than 2 outs lately. A LOT of weak flyballs. Most on the infield.

    • veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Absolutely. He forgot how to hit a sac fly.

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    222 – if you’re out there — I think you and I (and a few others) have had a bit of a back-and-forth on whether replays should have a time limit (both for seeking them and for deciding them). That 1st inning double-challenge was a case where your view certainly prevails, particularly since they ultimately got it right.

    • Section 222 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Absolutely Eugene. It’s annoying to have delays, but I’m glad that when correct call prevails, whatever it takes. And especially when it benefits the Nats. I invite any and all of those who have complained about the time that replay takes to step up and say they’d rather the Nats be down 1-0 now.

  15. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    First ever double challenge in MLB history?

  16. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Afternoon ladies and gents. Sweeeeeeeeeeep!

  17. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    And it happens again . . . for what seems like the hundredth time

    Pitcher throws six straight balls, McCatty goes out, then the pitcher throws three straight strikes.

  18. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    We crush aces. We got this.

  19. Section 222 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Here’s my 18-game stretch post that I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for.

    The Nats have now completed 54 games, that’s 1/3 of the season and three of the nine 18-game sets they will have this year. Last year, their record in the first three sets was 10-8, 10-8, and 7-11. This year we’ve gone 10-8, 9-9, and 8-10, so they sit right at .500 for the season, just like last year. Last year, they managed to improve a bit and ended up with 86 wins, just out of the playoffs. So are there reasons for hope this year?

    Well, yes. This time last year, we wouldn’t be getting Ramos back for another month. We’d been without Zim for just 13 games in May. ALR had been playing the whole season. And Harper had had a monster April and just finally went on the DL after playing for nine games after his close encounter with the right field wall in LA. So though the team wasn’t without significant injuries early in the season (Ramos and Werth, particularly), our walking wounded situation wasn’t nearly as bad as this year.

    In addition, our team ERA at this point last year was .362, as opposed to .321 this year. Our bullpen was in shambles. H-Rod still hadn’t pitched his last game as a Nat, though he was about to, and we didn’t have even one reliable lefty.

    The rotation was kind of a mess too. Haren was stinking the joint up, and Detwiler was unreliable, and soon to be gone for the year. Karns and Duke had already made starts, and Ohlendorf was set to make several soon.
    So yes, with Zim coming back, followed by Harper, the Espi and McLouth as starters era can finally come to a close. The lineup can again have the feared 1-8 that we saw on Opening Day. And maybe, just maybe, Gio returns from the DL fixed and the starting rotation can pitch to its potential. Fister’s emergence is a big plus.

    But the fact is, it’s no longer early. The Nats need to start making up some ground, or they are headed for another mid-80s wins season, or worse. I hate to say now or never, but it’s pretty much the case. If we’re still at .500 after the next 18-games, which ends on June 20, midway through a key four game series at Nationals Park with the Braves, I’ll have a hard time believing that this season can end any better than last.

    • David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      One other thing different than last year: we were 6.5 back after June 1 last year. Worst case scenario (we lose, Braves win) is 3.5 back today. By June 8, we were 8 back and never seriously contended again.

      • Section 222 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Good point. The Braves were better last year than they are this year. That should help us catch them.

  20. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Desmond looked overmatched in that AB.

  21. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    This ump is giving Darvish everything.

  22. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Espi K’s…go figure

    • David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      In fairness, he will be far from the only one against Darvish.

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Indeed — at this moment, Darvish has 5 K’s in a row.

  23. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    I think Espi would have a better chance of getting on by NEVER swinging.

  24. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Saweeet 5 4 3

  25. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    That was an INCREDIBLE turn by Espinosa with Andrus going in hard. Wow.

    • veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      If he could only hit.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I want Roark to get this same SZ that Darvish is getting…

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Darvish made Ian and Ramos look silly…. And we are only talking bout Espi??? I mean Darvish is a good pitcher… Over matched a few of our guys..,

  28. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Span: 2 hits
    Everybody else on the Nats so far: 0 hits

    Span is, what, lifetime, 5-6 against Darvish? A mere .833?

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Wow… Span was stealing 3rd…. Wow….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Werth with 2 good opportunities with Span on 3rd and 1 out in the 1st and there with Span on 2nd with 2 outs.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        He seems, to me, to be struggling in that 3 spot right now… Yeah he got the hit last night but overall, it’s been a lot of Ks and weak pop ups…

  30. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Roark’s curve is working

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      I’m wondering when they are going to bunt toward the first baseman… It’s his first game at 1b, right?

      • veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Not sure. I hardly follow AL ball.

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Yes, first game at 1b in his career.

  31. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    59mph curveball. Wow.

  32. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    That was Livoesque

  33. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    59 MPH?!?! Slower than Livo, and yet throws 95+ for fastballs? Yowza!!

  34. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Vamos Ramos!!!!

  35. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Oh man, Desi got a hanger there. Fouled it back. Won’t get many of those.

  36. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Darvish lost four 1-0 games last year.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      So this will be the first one he loses, this year??? :-)

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Now yer’ talkin’ !!

  37. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Roark is cruising. Similar style to Fister.

  38. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    second straight 1-2-3 inning — this one was was nine pitches — for Roark.

  39. texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    It’s critical that they make Yu throw some pitches this inning. Need to get him out of the game.

    Make him throw 15. Would be a terrible time for a quick 3 outs. Might open up the possibility of him going the distance.

    • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Except he keeps throwing strikes (10K’s in the first 5 innings).

      So, do you want to fall behind 0-1, 0-2, to a guy like Darvish?

  40. texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Not a good time to swing at the first pitch Dennard.

  41. texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Great play by Espi.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Frandsen doesn’t make that play…..

  43. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I repeat, if only Danny could hit, so many problems would be solved.

  44. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Zim doesn’t make that play….

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    And Ryan Z doesn’t make that play…

    That saddens me…

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    That pitch is a K for Darvish…..

  47. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Props for Roark! When was the last time a starter pitched the first six with zero runs?

  48. texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Another first pitch out. They are doing what they can to make sure Darvish gets all 9 innings today.

    • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      If a guy has 11 K’s, and he throws the first pitch over the plate, and you think you can get a hit — I don’t blame a good batter for swinging at it.

      • texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        I generally agree, but when a guy has this kind of stuff, and he has a reasonably high pitch count going, I think you have to do what you can to get him out of the game.

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Well, that’s the balancing act. Fall behind in the count to run up the pitch count, or swing at it if you think it’s hittable, so you can get the first run of the game.

      • texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        True. I just think with a guy throwing like Darvish is today, that balancing act tilts toward prioritizing getting him off the mound.

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        He’s thrown 128 pitches in a game before this year.

        And so we disagree.

      • texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        So because he has done that once all thoughts of trying to get to the bullpen should go out the window? He is coming off neck pain, I think it pretty unlikely he is going to throw 130 pitches today.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Okay…. 3 and 4 coming up big right there… Come on Wilson, hit it deep…

  50. texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Good base running by Werth there.

  51. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    HUGE RBI here. This might be the game.

    • veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Dammit

  52. texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Bad swing. But hard to be too critical given how filthy Darvish’s stuff is.

  53. Drew - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    What a lousy at bat by Wilson. He misses the hittable pitch, then chases junk.

  54. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    I almost would have put the squeeze on with Ramos, but I don’t know that he would get the bunt down.

  55. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    So effing close.

  56. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    They are doing what they can to make sure Darvish gets all 9 innings today.

    And you know . . . At the end of six: Darvish has only thrown four fewer pitches than Roark.

    • texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      I know, that is the only reason I even brought it up. At that point you have to take advantage of a real opportunity to get him out of the game. If he was cruising with a low pitch count, I’d be all in favor of swinging aggressively early in the count.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Best part of this game as outstanding as Darvish has been, Roark is right at his heals.

    Worst part RISP we have had twice as many chances. They are 0 for 3. Nats 0 for 6.

  58. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Hit-and-run turns into a swinging-strike-and-out!

    • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      uggh . . . followed by the next-pitch HR.

  59. scnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Buffalo has to put the bat on the ball there. Has to.

    • texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Yep, but no easy feat against a dealing Darvish.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        He hit one to right before)

      • scnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        No doubt but have to find a way to beat good pitchers

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        They beat Cueto and Grienke…. But I mean many teams don’t beat Darvish and the other elite pitchers… That’s why they are so good….

  60. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Now that’s a big toss out. Vamos!

  61. texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Man it has really been night and day between this year and last throwing runners out. I almost expect them to be out now on every throw.

    Big play as it turned out. Saved a run.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    That hurt….

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Donnie Murphy comes into the game .214. Booooooo this guy pisses me off. He’s the one who broke up Strasbourg shutout in Chicago.

    Martin homers. Mixed blessing. Bad for everyone here, but puts me ahead in homers for the week in fantasy as Martin is in on my team. (But then again is Roark)

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I’m actually surprised Roark went out for the 7th… But still, he’s had a fantastic day….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      He did great as usual the pitchers do not cause our problems the hitters do

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Darvish ain’t chopper liver… He’s been great today and has gotten assistance from the blue…

    • texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Yep, and he looked stronger in the sixth and fifth than in the earlier innings, so it is hard to be critical of the decision to give him one more.

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Walking 8 when no one on not as good as walking 8 with man in scoring position.

  66. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    *standing o for Roark*

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Yeah Darvish is nasty but Wilson has to have a better at bat…. That slider was a ball leaving Darvish hands…

    Just not a good at bat…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      WordPress, I posted that like 20 minutes ago….

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    FP reads Natsinsider….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Glad he does it talked to a few of us at the games last weekend.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    We need to see Span who is 6 for 8 vs, Darvish career hit.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    What weak efforts 3 lefties popping to third. Going left is not thr problem. Popping is the problem.

    McHit was 1 hit from .200 now down to .176. Espinosa way down to .202

    When Zim burst cones up okay left. Work on 2B and when Harper gets back, move to second.

    • stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      When Zim burst cones up okay left.

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

  71. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP now
    The velocities of Yu Darvishs’s 11 strike threes: 82, 95, 77, 82, 94, 91, 59, 81, 80, 74, 90

    How do you hit this?

    • stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Just watched a .gif of that 59 mph curve to Laroche. Looked like my fastball.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      How do you hit it. Swing at the right time, right location, just like every other hit.

      • stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        D’oh!

        /smacks forehead

      • David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Oh, it’s that simple…

      • Section 222 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Hahahahaha! Of course!

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    That’s unfortunate…..

  73. David Proctor - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Murphy is a Nats killer.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      His whole career. He is the one I actually feared this series.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Let’s see I complained we don’t know how to get Donnie Murphy out.

    We then intentionally walked to get to him. I start complaining my wife says it creates a force out. I reply only if he keeps it in the infield which we won’t. I guess MW doesn’t study batters history as much as I do.

    Totally not surprised they scored.. Murphy has our number.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I also don’t understand walking Beltre to get to Murphy…l

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        On the surface it seems logical, but looking the history Murphy is a Nays killer.

  75. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    MW doesn’t study batters history as much as I do.

    Had Murphy batted against Roark before? Otherwise, the fact that he broke up Strasburg’s shutout isn’t really relevant.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Jim Palmer doesn’t agree. He says some players just have a team’s number.

      His historry was 1 for 1 previously against Roark.

      However it was Store batting don’t know the history there.

      He is now 3 for 4 against Roark.

      • adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        He says some players just have a team’s number.

        I respect Palmer — but how can that make sense? Storen’s a completely different pitcher than whoever else Murphy was hitting against.

        I think it’s random statistical noise.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Time for us to get 3 runs.

  77. stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Yeah, it’s obvious the long top of the inning got to Darvish.
    /eye roll

  78. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Texnat — Rendon’s at bat was what I was talking about. Rendon took the first pitch — strike one. Put him in a hole — and then he eventually strikes out on three pitches (which is pretty rare for Rendon).

    • texnat1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Yes, but I’m talking specifically about facing an ace level pitcher who has nasty stuff on the day, but happens to have a reasonably high pitch count. At that point I think you flip the script and start trying to make him work.

      That’s the spot the Nats were in today. He has unbelieveable stuff, but was averaging about 15 per inning through four. I think at that point you start to think about making him work.

      Lets face it, Rendon was highly unlikely to get a hit swinging at that first pitch or watching it. At least taking it he made him throw three rather than one.

  79. adcwonk - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Why did manager go out to visit Darvish instead of pitching coach?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      To get his input. Was going to pull him the wrong thing was said

  80. stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    F.P. doesn’t think Darvish would be pitching if it were still 1-0?

    I’m slow, I’ll have to have that explained to me.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Bring the lefty to face ALR

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      ALR can’t tie so Darvish stayed

      • stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Thanks for the explanation, but I’m skeptical.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Skeptical of explanation or the thought process?

      • stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        I think Darvish is their best available pitcher against any Nats hitter at the moment.

        I think your explanation of what F.P. meant is correct… I wasn’t paying close enough attention.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        I agree bullpen cannot be better than Davish

  81. stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Soriano and those non-save situations… same as it ever was.

  82. veejh - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Nice meatball, Sori

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Our bullpen weaker today than a mass majority of the season.

    Since hitters didn’t do anything any way timing is OK

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Meh… We’ve scored 0 runs…. And Darvish was sick… We do face professionals and Darvish was on….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Coming off neck pain. Looked great. So I expect Gio to be the same when he pitches next

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Ball 2 and 3 could easily be strikes if Darvish threw them

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Soriano throw in the zone

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Ph.illies and Mets Friday 14 innings, Saturday 14 innings, today on the 19th. Wear out the Phillies bullpen

  87. stoatva - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Why do we have to be reminded that Soriano just isn’t that into non-save situations?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      At least it is nit a blown save situation.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Andreas swung at ball 4 twice. Soriano no runs no complaints.

    The Store run making this real hard. Was hard enough already.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    soria is very good but he is not Darvish

    We have a chance

  90. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Don’t swing at the first pitch from any pitcher unless a hanging slider

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Does anyone know how to hit a slow pitch?

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Makes you wonder how much of it was Darvish and how much was hitters as we were just as pathetic in the 9th.

    We outscored them 19-6

  93. manassasnatsfan - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Win every series we will be OK.

    Our hitters really must hate Roark. He pitches great 3 straight games, and we hit pathetic in all 3.

    I guess he has to learn to pitch even better 0 mistakes a game not 1 a game.

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