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Game 59: Nats at Padres

Jun 6, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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The Nationals just completed their best week of the season, winning 5 of 6 from the Rangers and Phillies. Now they face a more significant test: a 10-game road trip through San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis, beginning tonight against the Padres.

Can the Nats’ suddenly healthy and productive lineup remain potent in the cool, vast confines of Petco Park? Can a dominant rotation keep things going, with Tanner Roark on the mound for tonight’s series opener?

I’m not on this trip, but I’ll be trying my best to stay awake through the finish and will have an analysis piece up in the morning. Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where:
Petco Park
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly clear, 67 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (30-28)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Nate McLouth
RHP Tanner Roark

PADRES (27-33)
SS Everth Cabrera
RF Seth Smith
LF Carlos Quentin
3B Chase Headley
1B Yonder Alonso
CF Will Venable
C Rene Rivera
2B Jace Peterson
RHP Tyson Ross

UMPIRES
HP Jerry Meals (cc)
1B Paul Emmel
2B Jordan Baker
3B Angel Campos

249 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Agreed with giving Werth a breather. Get some Mchits!

  2. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I much prefer this way of giving days off to the Riggleman way where everyone got a day at the same time and we were forced to watch a B-team game. Staggering it gives us the best chance to win every night, I think.

    • veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Makes sense. This is how I imagined McLouth being filtered in, and it gives him a chance to stay fresh by rotating the guys in the outfield.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Bryce rehab on Sony PlayStation. I can envision his next commercial!

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/06/bryce-harper-plans-to-use-playstation-as-part-of-his-thumb-rehab/

  4. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I expect to win this game. Maybe some of you don’t, but I do.

    • janebeard - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      I’m with you.

    • Danny - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      We damn well better ;)

  5. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Gio just gave up a Grand Slam in Potomac. Some shoddy defense behind him, but obviously nobody but himself responsible for the homer.

    • David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Of course, just as in Spring Training, don’t read too much into results. I remember people who wanted Storen and Soriano off the team 2 months ago. Question is solely how he feels.

  6. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Tyson Ross will be a bit of a shock compared to the 3 philly arms they saw back east.
    Predicting a low scoring endeavor where the bunt play may have to be relied upon.

    And these west coast night games favor the home team over an East coast opponent. From 6-9 pm local ,bio-rhythms are strongest while 10-1 am local are weakest.

  7. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    And in 5 games at home in the pitcher friendly San Diego, he’s given up no more than 1 run except for his first on April 2.

  8. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    His slider should play right into Danny’s K routine. I’m predicting a typical 3 K game for him, but the Nats winning 2-1 on a ph single by Werth in the 8th driving in McLouth

  9. NatsLady - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    CUBS win!

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Free Lou Malnadi’s for everyone

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        I grew up thinking it was “Illuminati’s” restaurant.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        ;)
        They deliver to DC, frozen but pretty good stuff

  10. letswin3 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Rizzo just hit a 2 run homer for the Cubs

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      And Gino’s East

  11. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Who from the East coast crew will be with us tonight?

  12. scnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Love reading about the players we draft, gets me excited. To temper my feelings I went back and looked at that last 6 drafts; amazing that after 1 it looks like a crapshoot!

    • David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Don’t go look at our 2006 draft.

      • scnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        Didn’t go back that far just 2008 but now I must

      • scnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Ugg at least Moore in about the 25th

  13. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Did you see that the Astros acquired one of the Phillies top prospects in the Hunter Pence deal via clerical error? Domingo Santana was not supposed to be on the list of PTBNL that the Astros could choose from. However, the Phillies accidentally put him on the list and the Astros chose him. He is now a top prospect for the Astros. And of course the main prospect in that deal was Jon Singleton, who just debuted.

    That’s just plain gross incompetence. But I ain’t complainin’

    • Doc - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      “I still think that the Phillies are the team to beat.”—–Prof. James Rollins, Philadelphia Academy of Bu## Sh##!

      • ArVAFan - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Well, they’ re A team to beat . . . as frequently as possible.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I’m sure the Phillies phans received this news with a tempered, philosophical attitude.

    • Eric - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      That’s…unbelievable. You’d think a list like that would have more than a few pair of eyes on it!

  14. NatsLady - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Here is the Injury Daze and Series Preview.

    Almost didn’t make it, got really busy today.

    Did you see the Cards made a triple play against the Blue Jays?

  15. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Zim says he doesn’t know if he’ll ever play 3B again, thinks Rendon is a better 3B than him at this point, and says it’s refreshing to not have to be worried about the throws at 3B. Says it wasn’t fun for him playing over there anymore and that he thinks it affected his offense. Says he’s had to accept that the shoulder will never be better and he’s ready to move on.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/06/06/ryan-zimmerman-i-dont-know-if-the-future-really-has-me-playing-third/

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Hey, maybe he and LaRoche can trade places…LaRoche sure can pick em ;)

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      This should be his last year at third. Come July, he may have to or Span and Werth get lots of days off.
      I don’t think he is ready for first….It’s an incredibly complicated position…Ask Ron? Washington

    • scmargenau - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Wow. He’s such a team guy

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Like I said, maybe RZim asked for the move. Again, I’m just thinking it’s a possibility.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Ryan Zimmerman opens up about leaving his position behind. “I don’t know if the future really has me playing third.” http://t.co/CILWy1kebd

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      That’s absolutely right. If he plays 3B, it will be Matt Williams who has him do it–not the future.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        beware the future…it’s an unpredictable advisary

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Yes, agreed. I just have had a feeling that LF is RZim’s unless he plays 1B.

  17. scmargenau - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Let’s go boys!!!

  18. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Patience works weill against the sinker baller

  19. scmargenau - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Rendiculous

  20. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Thankfully, all my pregrame predictions were wrong.
    Starting 2b in the ASG….Vote early and often

  21. Drew - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Rendon! GYFNG.

  22. unkyd59 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    DINGDINGDING!!!!!

    • scmargenau - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Upper deck n huge park. Wowza

  23. Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Oh my, Rendon. That was impressive.

  24. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Speedy Buffalo

  25. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Vote Anthony for the ASG!!!

  26. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Tanner…He’s got some snap tonight

  27. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    K #1 I had my money on 3 for tonights game

  28. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Why do people live in DC, when places like SD exist….
    Better baseball of course.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Hey, I like DC.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        I suspect you like me could live anywhere with a decent couch.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        No, I really like it here.

    • scmargenau - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      It’s not that great. Always 67-70 in summer. Water is always cold. Water color is ugly, marine barrier makes it always cloudy. I have an office there.

      That said mex food there is insanely good and craft beers even better.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Yeah…The grass is always greener on the other field

  29. Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Roark looks sharp. Jerry Meals has found out he can hit the corners.

    Very interesting article about Zim and 3B. In a way it’s disappointing because he’s going to have to play there at some point. I just don’t see Span being relegated to the bench when Harper returns. I hope he can get back some confidence and desire to play the position well.

    With A.J. Pollack out for a while, would the D-Backs trade Hill for Span straight up? Would you do that?

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      no…outfield needs Span with Zimm in LF and Werth in RF. Good news, our players will have the luxury of rest during the long DC summer grind.

      • Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        So where does Harper play? Catcher?

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        The great conundrum….if all stay healthy, all outfielders (and catchers) a day off once every 4 or 5 games.
        Unless Zimm can fill in at third once in a while.

      • Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Not working out so well for the Dodgers. I think Zim has to get back to the infield for the rest of this season when Harper returns. Especially if Span continues to hit well, he’s very valuable to the Nats this year.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      The DBacks would do that. I think it’s a Nats overpay straight up. Big salary overpay on Hill. Rizzo would want more. Williams likes Hill.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Also, don’t recommend messing up the good mojo on the team…esp if its working so well.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Something has to give. When Harper comes back someone or someones will have to move.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      REndon hurt….make the trade

  30. Drew - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Good to see Jeff Kobernus on the mend. He scored a couple of runs tonight while rehabbing at Hagerstown.

    With all of the focus on Giolito, Cole, Treinen, Jordan, etc., it’s easy to overlook the great year Taylor Hill is having at Syracuse. He’s 8-1 with a 1.76 ERA. Nice depth.

    Speaking of great starts, Souza is hitting .371 through 40 games, with a .477 on base percentage. Wow.

  31. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    We have the lead…….as expected. LOL

  32. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Zimm/Span/Werth
    Harp/Span/Werth
    Zimm/Span/Harp
    Harp/Span/Werth .Zimm at 3b or the rare game in an AL park
    Zimm/Harp/Werth
    Harp/Span/Werth Zimm at 1b

    but mmore likely someone gets hurt.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      kinda like the idea of the more fragile boys getting a day off once per week. Nice luxury to have.

  33. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Fisteresque

  34. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Holy……..
    TR and JZ for golden glove

  35. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Phils pounded Cueto. Huh.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Did LaRoche whiff on that throw from Rendon.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Yes, he was making the tag before he made the catch. Uncharacteristic of him.

    • David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Was offline anyway and the batter didn’t advance so it didn’t matter.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        David, I only had a question about the whiff not what happened after that but ok.

        Sec3, thank you for confirming what I thought I saw.

  37. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I give Rendon a pass, he got hit in the hand.

  38. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Roark is a silly good #5.

  39. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Tanner…Domination

  40. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Can we score some more runs? We can’t expect Roark to be perfect every damn time out.

  41. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Danny…..Didn’t think you had a chance against Ross. Wow
    I win the SWM award tonight

  42. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Espi starting to hit further muddies the Zim waters.

  43. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    So do you safety squeeze with Tanner ?

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      i would…Dont fear the bunt, MW!!!!!!!!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

        MW is obviously not a bunt fan. Too bad we leave a lot of runs stranded, so an occasionally bunts would be nice.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    McLouth, really? Pathetic.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Swing hard screw up is one thing, what McHit did just like you said was pathetic.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        What has happened to this guy. Very disappointing.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    McHit either swing or don’t, but don’t just stick your bat out like that. No way you drive in run without them misplaying it.

  46. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    HORRIBLE AB from McLouth with an easy RBI sitting out there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      All he needed was a grounder to second. A check swing is just not what is called for.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Well, we did it with better hitters and the bases loaded….Team effort not getting the run in.

  47. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    What is it with MW….Annoying…No way TR hits Ross

    • scmargenau - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Agree. I wish he’d squeeze more

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      I don’t have a problem with it. He had the contact play on. What I have a problem with is the continued pathetic at-bats from McLouth with men on base. 1-16 with RISP and 0-4 with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs. Most players dream of that situation as it’s easy pick-ins for a RBI.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Yeah…like the nats did last week with the bases loaded twice in the same game and no runs scored.
        I think the percentage play is to bunt with the way ross is pitching. Roark didn’t stand a chance.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        The element of surprise is gone in that situation with the infield playing in for it. That makes it tough.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Could be…but it beats the element of the obvious.
        Doesn’t matter now…esp if we can get another run in with the bases loaded

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        I’m as disappointed as you. Roark needed to make contact and did nothing but we have position players who’ve done that plenty.

  48. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Dumb inning in so many ways

  49. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Wasted leadoff triple. So pathetic.

  50. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    You have to get that run in. It was unfortunate that Roark was the second batter, but that’s no excuse. McLouth ruined the inning.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Jeez…it happens…it happened a week ago with the bases loaded twice in the same game.
      I blame MW more for not giving the bunt a chance. This is a small ball game now with the stable marine layer
      settled over the stadium

  51. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Gobble gobble

  52. David Proctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I gave Rendon a pass for the first error because the ball hit his throwing hand. No pass for that one.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      His only pass is the two run homer

  53. scmargenau - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Damn Roark! U go boy

  54. Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Seems like MW doesn’t think Roark can bunt.

  55. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Wow, what do those pitches look like, that the Padres keep taking them?

    • Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Hmm. Probably like balls. :-) Remember, Roark is particularly skilled at getting called strikes. Fascinating.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Well, yeah. But from the box, what are they seeing? I’d love to see that.

      • Section 222 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        Somebody posted a link to a Fangraphs article about Roark on this topic. Late movement and pinpoint command are the keys if I remember correctly. But as to what they are seeing, who knows. i know what I’d be seeing: nothing more than a blur.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I was hoping Peterson would return the favor and boot Rendon’s chopper.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    RISP time

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Come on buffalo

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Nice Buffalo. Now 1 for 4 RISP

  60. ArVAFan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    WIILLL-SONNN!

  61. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Vamos Ramos!!!

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Keep the line moving Ian

  63. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    nice carry…ball must have been hit real hard.
    One thing about Ross…he loses gas after 5 or 6 in many of his iprev starts. He was a reliever

  64. Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Way to go Buffalo. No way ALR scores on that even if it didn’t bounce over the fence. He was only halfway, waiting to see if the ball would be caught.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Absolutely agree no score

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Espi another triple would be nice.

  66. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    This is where we shut the door…at least should

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    That was the pitch

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Ouch but an RBI

  69. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Danny the HBP magnet. Damn.

  70. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Good vision recommending the Hill trade 222

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Knee and possibly toe

  72. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    He might be out for a few games after that. He’ll be feeling that in a minute. I bet he gets pulled before the game ends.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Would not be surprising

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Walking wounded

  74. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    McRBI!!!!

  75. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    It evens out….nice hit Nate

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    OK, McLouth atones. Desi with a beautiful feet first slide. That is how you do it. If he started the slide early, he’s out.

  77. TimDz - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Mc Demtion….

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Finally now McHit 2 for 17

  79. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    3 guys hit hard by the ball in some way or another….Rendon, Danny, McLouth

  80. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    You all realize that BABIP worked for McLouth but a split second later on the swing on that grounder and that’s a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Now hope Roark’s long wait doesn’t cause oroblem

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Bunt

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      nice one too

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Great facial hair for a name like Quackenbush

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Quackenberry was clean shaven

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Roark can bunt.

    • Section 222 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      MW, please take note.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Frandsen in ummmm….

    • dcwx61 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Somebody hurtin…lucky it’s 6 zip

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Keep it up Tanner.

  87. dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Just curious where Matt Williams went to college. Always impressed with Davey’s MS in Math.
    Sometimes, I think great ball players don’t make great managers ‘caus the game comes easy for them a
    I can’t think of one AS caliber player who made a great manager in the past 40 years….but I could be wrong.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      besides Davey but he was a sharp dude esp in his prime

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      How about Joe Torre

      • dcwx61 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Good point…he was a savvy dude too…Great leader
        didn’t take steroids neither

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Matty went to UNLV before being drafted third overall. But he struggled to stick in the bigs for years. Didn’t come easy for him.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Thanks….3rd overall, he was obviously talented….no need for the steriods in my opinion

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Dusty Baker had a good career on both ends.

  88. veejh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Roark dealing. Saweet.

  89. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Not bad so far!!!

  90. veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Safe to say our 4 5 punch is the best in the majors.

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Our 4-5 is better than our 2-3

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      I told the doom and gloom with our pitchers we would be competitive.

  91. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Cy Roark

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    If Bud Black was picking all star team, Roark a shoe in.

  93. veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Braves up 3-2, bottom 8th. Come on DBacks!

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Wow! What a great running play by RZim!

  95. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    wait I thought danny got hit, not rendon. what happened to him?

    • dcwx61 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      hit by a hard grounder at third

      • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        thanks. hope he will be alright.

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Took grounder to hand

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Rendon took a grounder off of his hand and was shaking his thumb.

      • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        Beat ya!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        You certainly did! Bartender, a drink for my friend Scott.

      • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        Scmargenau….you got 2nd place

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      His first error ball hit bare hand. Will sting a day. Espi got it on the knee. Both will be sore tomorrow.

  96. dcwx61 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    nice jump and play mr zimm

  97. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Nice zimm

  98. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Nice professional left field play.

    Roark 10 K

  99. veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Holy f’ing Roark!

  100. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    10 SOs

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Roark missed the target there on strike 3 but I love the high heat there. Ramos wanted outside and high and that came inside and high. Worked fine.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Ramos taking it to right on outside pitches is a good sign. Desi trying pull the same pitch.

  103. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Thanks y’all!

    Is Roark the best kept secret in baseball or what? Hope FG does not write an article anytime soon. I actually enjoy this whole under the radar thing he is doing.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Then he did the inside out swing which is even harder.

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Roark if he gets a complete game could set the highest Game Score in Nats history. I could see him coming out for the 8th but doubtful a complete game.

    Doesn’t John Patterson hold the highest GS for a Nats pitcher?

  106. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I was thinking Rendon could pitch.

    Jim Kaar best fielding pitcher in my life time.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    McRBI time.

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    East double play

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      East is correct.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Easy.

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Espi with a tailor-made doubleplay…………NOT

    • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Must have been the knee

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        Definitely tailor made. Tried to go to second before he had it. Might end costing complete shut out because of the extra pitches

  110. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    0-2 pitch cracks bat and bad luck.

  111. veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Let Roark pitch the 9th. He’s fine. He’ll get out of this.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      No reason too. If his fielder’s made the plays he’d be in the dugout already and probably would start the 9th.

      • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        He’s cruising still. I hate when pitchers get pulled for no reason. Let him have the chance to CGSO the Pads 2 times in a row.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        No reason? His pitches were flattening out because he was over-throwing. Smart move to pull him. This is about the team first and foremost not individual players.

      • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        I never saw flattening. Whatever. In fact, he struck out Cabrera on a high fastball w plenty of movement.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      It’s not about the player, it’s about the team, and the next start. Shouldn’t have finished the inning, even.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        1 to Ghost.

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Roark espinosa’d Everth Cabrera. Smart set-up Ramos!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      I thought the same.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Actually reminded me more like Rick Ankiel

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Excellent game by Roark.

    Ross Detwilker will get an inning.

    • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      Boring. Bring back Tanner!!!

  114. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Need a run for nats50

  115. veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    OK. FP has a point.

  116. veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Damn…looks like Braves will win…up 5-2.

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Scott Hairston fell below the TedWilliams line. Only batting .391

  118. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    OK, Ross, don’t mess up the bullpen’s ERA.

  119. Section 222 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Brilliant Bob: “If a starter gets a decision, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a win or a loss, he’s going deep in a game and the bullpen is rested.” Hmm, like when he gets knocked out after 2 innings and takes the loss?

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Way to go Ross Detwiler.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Hope it stays on course.

  121. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Let’s make I it 5 tomorrow boys. The starters have been great for well over a weak now.

  122. ArVAFan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    WOO-HOO! (In case Michelle S didn’t stay up for the end of the game).

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Want to see Blake Treinan do well tomorrow.

  123. veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    You guys crack me up with the b.s. sometimes. Roark was flattening out? LOL. Watch the inning again. His pitches had plenty of movement all the way through the inning. Even FP said multiple times during the entire inning that Roark had plenty left in the tank and still had great movement.

    • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      …..and for the record, I’m ok with him getting pulled based onthe fact that Roark got shelled the next start afterthe CGSO last time vs the Pads, not because his pitches were flattening.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Did you see the balls hit on the screws? That’s usually the sign of the pitches missing movement. He gave up 2 singles and the one hit hard at Danny.

      Once the movement figures are available I will compare 2nd inning vs 8th inning for you and then we can talk about BS.

      • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        1st hit was a meatball. Then threw a DP ball that Espi booted. The 0-2 pitch to Medica was silly, tons of movement. Medica then hit real tough pitch down and away. Kudos to him. The rest of the inning, sweet. Watch it yourself.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        The doubleplay ball was smashed and luckily it was right at Espi. If it wasn’t, who knows what happens because its men on 3rd and 1st.

  124. Danny - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Missed the game, is Rendon hurt?

    • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Took a grounder off his left hand. Hope he’s ok.

      • Danny - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        Did he leave immediately after the play or a couple innings later..? Thx

    • Danny - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      X-ray’s negative just sore phew!

  125. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Veejh – Horizontal movement in the 8th inning 1.47 -0.61 vs. the 2nd inning 2.45 -0.74. Big difference in horizontal movement.

    Call the official pitching stats BS if you want. That’s a flattening out of movement. Yes, he still had movement but the proof is usually in the change of how the competition is hitting him.

    I can’t help you if you don’t know the finer points of the game. Calling names makes you look small.

    • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Lordie…..watch the inning. He was fine. Flattening is just plain wrong, sorry.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        OK, so the official stats are wrong. Movement was less. I’m done with arguing with your stupidity.

      • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:44 AM

        Look, the whole premise of your argument was that Roark was overthrowing, which he was not. Of course there will be less movement as the game progresses because a pitcher tires, but in this case, Roark looked quite strong to me. Neat, you live on Fangraphs and Baseballrefernce, or whatever other website you get all your statistical data from, and it showed there was less movement compared with the 2nd inning. Wow. You are still wrong. His pitches weren’t flat at all, and he wasn’t overthrowing, and I don’t need some website to tell me otherwise.

      • natinalsgo - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        veejh, I don’t know you but I know Ghost and I know exactly what he is talking about. Pitchers arms fatigue and in order to keep up their velocity they throw harder which takes off movement. Classic case was Ross Detwiler late in games.

        First sign of it is when you don’t see the MPH decreasing and the other team is hitting the ball well. That theory is backed up by F/X and is the case.

        The only BS I see is you and its a shame that when you have people like Ghost trying to help and you “crap on them”. He isn’t paid to come on here.

    • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      We disagree on this. That is ok. He was not overthrowing, nor flattening, imo.

    • veejh - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      ….and I never called you any name, I just said your comment was b.s.

      • natinalsgo - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        veejh, I don’t know you but I know Ghost and I know exactly what he is talking about. Pitchers arms fatigue and in order to keep up their velocity they throw harder which takes off movement. Classic case was Ross Detwiler late in games.

        First sign of it is when you don’t see the MPH decreasing and the other team is hitting the ball well. That theory is backed up by F/X and is the case.

        The only BS I see is you and its a shame that when you have people like Ghost trying to help and you “crap on them”. He isn’t paid to come on here.

  126. dgourds - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Roark MASTERPIECE! Love that guy. My favorite Nat.

  127. dgourds - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:46 AM

    You know, I just re watched the last few innings. Roark threw a lot more 4 seamers up and away. Different look to the hitter. That may explain less movement late in the game. And with a 6 run lead why wouldn’t you challenge hitters? No matter, great pitching gem. Tomorrow (today) is a huge test vs. Cashner. Go Nats!

  128. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Look, Roark pitched a great game. He probably could have finished the complete game with a shutout, but he had thrown 107 pitches, the nats have a great bullpen, and Matt wisely went to it, in my opinion. That said, is it really neccasary to make the digs at each other, and/or insinuate that someone else is ignorant of baseball because they disagree with you?

    • dcwx61 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      +1

      • nats128 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        +2, if he had a no hitter than you bring him back out.

  129. natinalsgo - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Very enjoyable game.

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