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Game 60: Nats at Padres

Jun 7, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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The last time Blake Treinen started a game, the Nationals rotation was still trying to get itself on track. But in 12 games since then, Nats starters have been nothing short of fantastic, posting an MLB-best 2.38 ERA since May 23.

Treinen has been out of the rotation since then, due to a rainout and off-days, but tonight he returns to a starting role, hoping to keep the Nationals’ red-hot streak alive in San Diego. The right-hander has looked quite impressive in his limited action to date. Tonight, we’ll see if he can take things a step farther and complete six innings for the first time.

One change for the Nationals’ lineup against Padres ace Andrew Cashner, just activated off the DL after missing three weeks with an elbow injury. Anthony Rendon, who took a groundball off his right hand in the fourth inning last night and was pulled from the game two innings later, is out of the lineup. X-rays on the hand were negative, but Rendon figured to need a day or two to heal.

Enjoy the game, and be sure to check back in the morning for some analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where:
Petco Park
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Clear, 66 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (31-28)
CF Denard Span
3B Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Blake Treinen

PADRES (27-34)
SS Everth Cabrera
RF Will Venable
LF Seth Smith
3B Chase Headley
1B Yonder Alonso
CF Cameron Maybin
2B Jace Peterson
C Rene Rivera
RHP Andrew Cashner

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

375 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. thelatencn - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Let’s hope Cashner, like Fister, takes a game to get his mojo back. (And, five days later, that Gio doesn’t.)
    Go Nats!

  2. knoxvillenat - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Heal quickly and completely Anthony! Hoping Blake can give us six or more solid innings but our bullpen is pretty fresh so I’ll be happy with a good five inning performance.

    GYFNG!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      I was hoping Anthony was playing. Hoping it’s just bruised.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        My guess it will be fine, the baseball hit it, a few days. Of course that is my optimistic look.

  3. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Matt said before yesterday’s game he wanted to give Rendon a day off soon, so with the hand injury, it made today a no brainer. With the lefty going tomorrow, we should know the severity. If he doesn’t play tomorrow against the lefty, I’ll be concerend.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      My hope at least.

  4. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Cubs doing us a favor. After sweeping the Mets, they win the first two against the Fish.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Like I said before: go, Cubs, go! Watched a bit of the game. Best part was the booth stint of 97-year-old Lenny Merullo, of the 1944 Cubs. I haven’t LOL’d like that in ages. He was awesome.

    Hope Anthony’s okay and that rest is all he needs. Go, Nats, go!

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Uh, make that the 1945 Cubs. Eh, what do I know? I wasn’t born yet.

  7. natsfan1a - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Oh, and it’s “Lennie.” Other than that, capital job, 1a, just capital.

    • Eric - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      LMAO, nice

  8. natsfan1a - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Waitaminnit. I think I got that spelling from a graphic on the broadcast. Thanks a lot, Cubbies. But you did beat and Fish and all so nevermind…

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Put down the blue pen and back away, 1a…

  9. scnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Let’s hope we score some runs for Blake tonight

  10. masterfishkeeper - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    I don’t understand batting Frandsen second. I’d move Zimmerman to #2, and move up Ramos and Desmond. Why have Frandsen get more ABs than Zimmerman, Ramos, and Desmond?

    • davecydell - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      i would move Desy to 2.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      MW has been dialing it up lately. Maybe he knows something because I don’t get that also.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      I like that Matt is maintaining what I believe is his idea of an everyday line up. Keep everyone in the same spot till Bryce gets back.

      • nats128 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        I guess Matty does know something! Single!

  11. davecydell - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Cubbies take the Fish again

    • slidell2 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      The Marlins seem to be getting back to their “can’t win on the road” ways. Let’s hope they keep it up.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Agree,

  12. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Kolko says day to day still. Ice and heat treatment. Better than last night. Still sore. Might be in tomorrow.

    Espi says he is fine. Been hitting better.

    Pitches next Thursday at Potomac.

  13. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Go Snakes

  14. therealjohnc - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Even before the Marlins lost to the Cubs today the Nats were ahead of them by percentage points; the standings in the right hand column are wrong. At 31-28 the Nats winning percentage is .5254237; the Marlins at 32-29 were at .5245901.

    For the record :-)

  15. nats128 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Looking at the lineup when Bryce returns will give opposing pitchers nightmares.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    That can’t happen Frandsen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      His aggressive baserunning has killed a few innings this year.

  17. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    What is Frandsen doing????

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      He probably watched Nelson Cruz baserunning last night and thought he could steal home. (totally sarcastic) I don’t get this guy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Ihis job is to take a secondary lead. I actually would like to know what the the coach was doing. He needs to have the runners back.

      • David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Frandsen was way too far down the line though. A normal secondary lead doesn’t get you picked off. Like FP said, with the infield in, it makes some sense because you want to score on contact. With the infield back as it was, he had no business being where he was.

  18. scnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    How do you just take yourself out of an inning like that

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Napping. Wasted his good hit.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Frandsen caught napping.

    Talk about a rally killer.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Frandsen? Really? That really sucked.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    More I think about it, what was coach saying. If he didn’t warn him that the 3b snuck over than he is part if the problem.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Come on Treinan do the job

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Great fielding there by Treinen!

  24. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Looked like Fister

  25. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Not able to watch just now. I take it Frandsen got POOTBLANed?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      With a LH batter up he was close to half way down the line, Pad’s catcher nailed him. I’m with MNF, what was our esteemed 3rd base coach doing?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        The third baseman was 30 feet from the bag before the pitch and went over so 3b coach was watching his hitter not the Pad’s 3B

  26. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Is it just me, or has Doug Fister had an influence on the pitching staff regarding playing their position better?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      It sure seems like. They all have stepped up their game.

  27. nats128 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    That would have ****ed if the Padres scored there. Perfect positioning by Espinosa.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I hate that AT&T commercial. Don’t take the baby shopping, if it can’t be around noise.

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Have you had a kid?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        2. Never expected a sales person to be quiet.

        First learned that kids sleep through a lot in Jan 1983. Hosted a super bowl party. Only one couple had a child, baby girl less than a month old.

        She was in a little crib we had for jut son who would be born in April that year.

        When John Riggins broke the 4th down play for the TD to out Skins up by 10. All 20 adults were screaming and dancing, Then all of suddenly we remembered the baby, she slept through the 4th quarter. So yes I am have been around babies.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        What was your point about kids? Trying to figure it out.

      • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        Sometimes you don’t have a babysitter, so you take the baby. Sometimes the baby falls asleep unexpectedly, and so you try to let him/her sleep. It’s not as simple as: “don’t take a baby shopping”

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        But don’t expect everyone to be quiet. I took kids shopping at times to. Its the whispering part I am commenting about. It looks kike the older kids could have babysit. Or the wife or husband shop alone.

        Its a little thing, but most commercials do little things kike that.

      • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        I suspect most parents have been in such a situation, sometimes unexpectedly. Parenting is, at times, no so easy, and so I try to cut parents slack whenever I can.

        That was my only point.

      • Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        I can’t believe you guys actually had a debate about how realistic a commercial is. That’s funny.

        If you’re going to watch Nats baseball this year, you’re going to see that commercial dozens upon dozens of times. Might be a good idea to not let it upset you. Life is too short.

  29. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    We had our chance against Cashner early. Now he’s settling in.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Espi must have had a bad angle, that didn’t look realm difficult.

  31. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Treinan falling behind everyone.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      That is what Mike Wallace was saying today pitching from behind is the kiss of death.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Come on Teeinan balls up usually are not good things.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Ground balls by both teams tonight.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Nice 6-4-3 try so why not a 6-3 doubleplay. Infielders have been well positioned. Sinker doing the job.

  35. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Snakes up by a run over Barves on a throwing error on Uggla.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    I remember when Cameron Maybin was a 1st round pick by the Tigers in that deep 2005 Draft with Ryan Zimmerman and all the future All Stars and some thought Maybin was the best player in that Draft. He never met his hype.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Span 1st pitch golfing. Sure making it easy on Cashner. Swing at ball in the dirt. Bright.

  38. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Cashner has a 75 pitch limit and he’s still going to throw a complete game if we don’t start making him work some.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Just not professional at-bats the last 2 innings.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      We are afraid to rake many pitches, probably because we swing and miss too much in general.

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      ;-)

      FWIW, at this moment (middle of the 4th) Cashner has thrown 48 pitches (av 12 per inning), and Treinan has thrown only 31 (10.3 per inning).

      Keep it going, Blake!

  39. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Interesting bragging about Span’s 9.2% strike out rate. 284 players have lower than that for their career. Ted Williams career is 9.2.

    The game sure has changed.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      I think when you are only striking out less than 1 every 10 AB’s, it’s pretty impressive.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        But it has changed as many mores k now than when growing up.

        No power hitter like Ted Williams would be 9.2 for a career now.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    The Padres with some similar ineptitude in the bottom of the 3rd.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      For the month they are barely over .100

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Peric pushing for Souza to take Span’s place in leadoff. Who plays CF? RZim?

    Look, I really like Souza but lets get real.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Kashner 48 pitches 4 innings

  43. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Werth and Rendon are the only guys on the team who have consistently great ABs, even if the results aren’t there.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Uggla with 2 errors already for the Barves

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Maybe work Seth Smith on the outside?

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I thought Esoi was going to be there, but no shift so no get,

  47. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Padres can’t hit unless you throw it down the middle, last two swings were on putchi
    Es down the middle. Fast balls need more movement

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    That fastvall had movement, a better result.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Just hang a breaking ball.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I guess we are getting spoiled as we haven’t had a bad start in a while.

  51. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Treinen is still very, very raw. You can’t throw 92% fastballs and then have the rare breaking ball hang. The arm is there, but he needs work.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      He needs a changeup to keep them off-balance.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      He needs time at Syracuse

  52. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Good play by ALR, and by Blake getting over to cover.
    Cashier with a 2-0 might be even tougher than he has been thus far.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Cashier. That’s funny.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Auto correct got me…Cashner

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        I can’t turn off auto correct. I hate it.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    We are not hitting the ball well at all.

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      That happens against good pitchers. Cashner’s ERA is near 2. He’s allowed 2 or fewer runs in 8 of his nine starts this year, the only exception coming way back in the middle of April.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      You are being much too kind.

  54. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    57 pitches through 5 for Cashner. Embarrassing.

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      51 through 5 for Treinan.

      • David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        Well the Padres are the worst offensive team in baseball. But kudos to him.

  55. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Frandsen’s screw up in the first set a bad tone for night so far.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Very true and disturbing. You get a chance to play and you are coming down the line like you are playing High School ball and that’s what I have criticized Frandsen for several times this season. While the rest of the team has improved their own personal baserunning, Frandsen plays like the game like he’s over his head. Poor fielding, poor baserunning, and poor situational hitting.

      • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        I’m a Frandsen fan, but u r 100% right….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        I want to know what the coach was doing too.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Espinosa could use some Red Williams advise. Swing at balls in your personal strike zone. Read that in his book.

    Said too many players swung at the pitcher’s zone nit the hitter’s zone.

    Two Ted Williams mentions tonight.

    Career 9.2% strike out rate.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Hard as he pitches not many k.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Another good fielding play.

  59. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    5 innings of two run ball. Treinan did his job. Go to the bullpen. It’s well rested. Don’t ask too much of Treinan.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    First pitch swinging Frandsen. There is no hope for this guy. Baseball IQ near zero.

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      In the 6th inning, I don’t think it matters. Cashner is throwing strikes, and taking a strike one hasn’t been helping the Nats. If you get a good pitch to hit — hit it. If Cashner is coming out after 75 pitches, then swinging at a first pitch which happens to be pitch #70 from him doesn’t matter.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        I was probably too mean and you’re probably too kind. That wasn’t a meatball.

      • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        I’m listening on radio, so I can’t tell where the pitches are ;-)

        Swinging at a not-so-good pitch is a valid criticism, of course. But first pitch swinging at that point didn’t matter.

      • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        And Cashner came out of the game anyway — so, indeed, it didn’t matter if he took pitches or not.

  61. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Span got trashed on two called strikes that were out of the zone.

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    We had our chance in the first and Frandsen took the wind out if our sails, an no one has started the winds since.

  63. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Span finally had a good AB at least. Of course Frandsen follows by swinging at the first pitch.

  64. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Trenien is going to be great. Raw…but stupid crazy stuff

  65. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    BP

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    New pitcher new start.

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Well — it sure has been! First hits since the first inning!

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    LaRoche smashes a double off the wall! Only that was knee’d to the wall.

  68. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Go deep Zim

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Be a great time for a RZim HR.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      I will take it. RBI Double w/ RISP!

      • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        Man we say the same thing at same time a lot! Lol

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        Just saw your 11:37 comment. That’s great!

  70. unkyd59 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Lets chow on some bullpen…shall we?

    • unkyd59 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      BOOM!

  71. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Wooohooo! (Ms)

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    New pitcher new start. Werth even hit it hard

  73. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    “Wheels” LaRoche scores! Good baserunning by Zim, too!

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Be a nice time for Ramos to find a gap!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      That ball was crushed by Ramos. A shame Venable tracked that down.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        His job is to do that. Not phases at him doing his job

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Arggh . . . he came so close!

  75. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Damn it!! That was crushed

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Damn it. The bloops are hits the hard ones caught. Needed a little mire on it or a lit less on it.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Can Desi hit a HR

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Duh. And u copied me again,

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      OMG! You talk about top spin. That ball was absolutely crushed!

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Who took his helmet???

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        I liked that after RZim got in the dugout he made a point to pat Ramos on the shoulder as that ball was hammered.

        Good leadership.

  78. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Yea!!! Biatches!!!!

  79. adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Ian — hitting terribly in 2-out-RISP — slams this one!

    Wow — did the game change when Cashner left or what?!?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      We let him pitch one too many innings

      • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        “We let him”? Cashner’s been pitching great this year, and he pitched great tonight. Cashner threw a tone of strikes, and a lot of Nats took first pitch strikes — it didn’t help.

        (Really, I’m not trying to be argumentative!)

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Told you once Cashner out we had a chance.

  81. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    He ain’t overdue anymore! Great shot by Ian!

  82. ArVAFan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Apparently he can. Frequently.

  83. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Bring in the backend of the bullpen now. Don’t tempt fate with Treinen.

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      I agree. But I doubt we will see BP

      • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Whew! Awesome.

  84. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    We got this now. Our BP will stu em down

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    I wish someone would sit down go pitch by pitch with Espi and decide when and how he should swing.

    When he makes contact, but he misses way more than average. There must be some reason he over swings so much.

    But so far he hasn’t been corcted by Antone.

    I am sure he is not real interested,

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    MW better have short rope with a rested bullpen. Desi just demoralized them. Now finish them off

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Treinan ends up with a quality start. 8 in a row (seems they counted Strasbyrg though I don’t think it should count)

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Good play by RZim but I’d have McLouth in there in LF but that’s just me. I think you have to plan on the bullpen and defense putting them away.

  89. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Hmmm. Too late for a beer? Suddenly I feel much better

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      +1

    • ArVAFan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      It isn’t too late, based on the location the game is being played. That presumes, of course, that there is such a time as “too late for a beer.”

  90. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Damn Snakes now losing 2-1

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    See I don’t get using Blevins as a 7th inning set-up man when you have Storen, Clip and Soriano

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Thank you Matt. As soon as I hit “reply” out comes MW. I applaud you Matt. As I said at 11:48, “you have a rested bullpen” use them.

    • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      Because the first two guys up that inning were lefties.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        1st was and 2nd was a right-handed.

      • adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        Good point ;-)

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Was the second right, then I stand corrected.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        It worked out anyway.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      He pitched 2 lefties. Seemed OK to me.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        Manassas, 1st batter was lefty, 2nd was a righty (Maybin)

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Blevins did his job. Way to go .

  93. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    MW – is def learning from errors…which is a great sign.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      He did the right moves, and the right moves worked.

      Sometimes you do the right move, but HTC backfires.

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Like I’ve said repeatedly about Desi, throw away the baseline stats and dig deeper. Those RBIs and Hi Lev hits don’t happen by osmosis.

    The guy is a gamer.

  95. scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Attn @FightinHydrant: 6 of Desmond’s 12 HRs have put Nats ahead, 2 have tied game.

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      That’s from Mark

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Nats Bullpen doing a job.

    Let’s tack a few more runs on.

  97. adcwonk - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    So — Storen throws five pitches. Would you bring him back for the 8th? (I don’t think MW will, but I’m soliciting other opinions ;-) )

    • scmargenau - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      I’d like to see it

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Whooops — I take it back. I would have considered bringing Storen back — but not (as is the case) if his spot is leading off the next inning.

    • Section 222 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Clip and Sori are rested. It’s their job to bring it home. I wish they’d let more relievers who are pitching well stay in the game, but it’s not going to happen unless we’re in a blowout.

  98. Section 222 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Storen playing the ROOGY role to perfection.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Now the Nats need some add-on runs here!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      We wish

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Frandsen unless something happens different basically checked out after the pick off

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Oh Clip. Hold them down.

  102. scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    He looked high in pen warming up..,

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      Smart call on Pitch 1 to Everth to pitch it up in the zone if he was going to suicide squeeze.

  103. scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Still up

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      I think that was the plan in case he was bunting then to get some swing through. You take the pop-up.

      • scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        I guess his zone is weak up high. FP commented on that

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        It could be. I don’t have his scouting report but it’s the hardest pitch to handle on a bunt. With one out, just smart.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Watch for squeeze

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Did you see Ramos look into the dugout before the 1st pitch. They purposely pitched it up at the top of the zone just in case he was doing a suicide squeeze. Very smart.

  105. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Glad Span wasn’t playing any deeper on that play.

  106. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Nice play Denard!

  107. scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Wow. Just wow

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Clip really came back in that inning. Great job and great coaching there.

  109. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Clip gave up the lead-off double with a center cut fastball.

    But against Carlos Quentin — who’s 3-for-4 as a PH this year (with 2 HR’s) — he started him off with a change, and Quentin swung way ahead. Then Clip got strike 3 on the change, too.

    Great job, Clip!

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      (I meant to write: Clip gave up the lead-off double with a first pitch center cut fastball.)

  110. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Great pitch Clippard.

    Thank you Bud Black. With Cabrerra one of the better bunts in the NK and my team hitting like crap, no way I don’t at least if not suicide squeeze.

  111. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Nice to see the other team choke with RISP

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      1 out and runner on 3rd which is even worse.

  112. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Sure would like to get at least one insurance run here.

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Now MW looks smart leaving RZim in the game. A HR here would be nice!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      He can bring in McGlove for the bottom of the 9th

  114. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    “Wheels” getting the throw overs at 1st.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Good thing they held him, he was barely out at second.

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Torres threw RZim a meatball on 2-0. That was the pitch!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      Didn’t bother swinging at that one.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Have to put McLouth in as a pinch-runner.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Actually good call if you are bringing him in any way

  117. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Why pitch to Ian? Espi on deck

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Good point

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        You would think Bud Black the former pitcher would have thought of that.

  118. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    3 feet right or left another run.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Not complaining, he went to right and drove it.

  119. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    good hack, all you can ask for

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Desi robbed. The Nats have hit many on the screws and not rewarded but 2 sawed off balls to LaRoche and RZim each turned into doubles. Baseball is a cruel and funny game.

    • conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      +1

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      He wasn’t robbed. Alonso never moved. But he it great, as I said 3 feet either way we have another run.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        He wasn’t robbed like it was a Web Gem but that ball was tatoo’d.

  121. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Tucking it up here boss

  122. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Wow — nice start by Soriano!

  123. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    That was a k

  124. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Come on Soriano 1 more

  125. scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    One more n we steal a win.

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Ryan Zimmerman still out there in LF. I don’t get it. That shouldn’t happen. You go with your bench as that is why you have them.

  127. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Sir I showing off his inner Fister.

  128. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Damn…

  129. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    ughh . . . . a .209 hitter . . . .

  130. scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Damn it!!!!!

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Yah, I shouldn’t drink Maalox.

  132. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Right over the middle of the plate. Ever
    Y other pitch was great

  133. Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Ack!

    Glad Zim is still in the lineup.

  134. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    You don’t pitch inside up 1 in the 9th. They all try to pull homers.

    Relief pitching 101

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      I don’t think he did it on purpose

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      That’s how Chad Tracey beat the Padres last year. Same pitch, same result.

  135. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    every pitch prior to that point had been down . . . drats . . .

    Only the second time this entire season that Soriano has allowed a run

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Pitch over the middle they crush. Aim had the same kind of pitch in the top of the 8th and didn’t even swing, could have crushed a homer too.

  136. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Sorry Blake..Great Effort.

    Hopefully a vulture win for Soriano..

  137. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Let’s take the lead again.

    Alobso double did us. Fielded Ian’s hit and saved a run.

  138. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Only the 2nd time Soriano has been scored upon in his last 36 appearances, but I’m sure the haters will be out.

  139. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    MW better get this 2nd extra innings win here.

  140. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Nats have lost five extra inning games in a row. Let’s break that streak now!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      That stat makes no sense, as we have the number 1 bullpen in the majors

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        I know, pretty surprising. Nats are 1-5 in Xtras, the one win coming on opening day.

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    KIMBREL JUST BLEW THE SAVE.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Epidimic

    • scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Score?

  142. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Soriano must hate the west coast, his only other blown save was in Cali too.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Oakland, I couldn’t remember who

  143. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Danny with a “thing” !!

  144. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    In good company — Kimbrel just blew a save for the Braves in the bottom of the 9th

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      You owe me one.

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        indeed I do!

  145. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    MW with another tactical mistake there. Does not advance the runner.

  146. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Wild pitch man on third

  147. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Our guys hit the ball to hard except for homers. The drinks have been great.

  148. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Come on, Frandsen!

  149. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    EMcSteal

    10 in snakeland

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Extras in the desert.

  151. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN now
    Meanwhile, Kimbrel just blew a save in AZ. Has been scored upon in 8 of his last 36 appearances. Soriano: twice in last 36 games.

  152. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Frandsen is really getting on my crap list.

    Let McSteal steal the base don’t swing and tap one to the pitcher

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Ramos stuck his mitt out down and away. Soriano’s two-seamer was letter-high and down the middle.”

  154. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Why with best bullpen in the majors are we 1-5 in OT?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      I thought this was the 8th extra innings game?

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      My guess: we have a great bullpen that gets used a lot for innings 7, 8, and 9. So, e.g., right now, our best relievers have already been used.

  155. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Addison Reed in for snakes

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Does anyone get why McLouth wasn’t bunting Espi over with no outs? I just think you have to give yourself 2 shots to score him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      Anyone?

    • David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Because your run expectancy goes down if you do that

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        I think you have a 1 in 8 chance of McLouth getting a hit. I treat him like a pitcher in that situation.

  157. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Kudos to you Nats Insiders for you dedication with a west coast extra inning affair.
    Only 10:50 here in CO.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      ;-) thanks

      At the rate the game was going, it was starting to look like it’ was going be over in 2 hours . . . ;-)

  158. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    No

    First real hard test for Zim. No guarentee McGlive would catch it.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Tough play for an inexperienced outfielder..heck, it was a tough play for a good experienced outfielder. No damage done though.

  159. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Glad Stammen is in there!!

  160. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Hayward a 2 out homer.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      I owe you.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      ditto . . .

  161. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Addison Reed gives it up to Heyward.

  162. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Uggh . . HR by Hayward, Braves up 3-2

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Pitch just like one to Alinso

  163. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Snakes batting bottom 10 down 3-2

  164. scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Whew. Need a Xanax

  165. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Now let’s score some runs

  166. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    ok, now we have heart of the order coming up . . . GYFNG!

  167. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    OK Let’s get Stammen the win.

  168. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    3-2 count and Snake almost hit by it and swings for a K

  169. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Tied in the desert

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      !!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        To bad they swung at 3-2 pitch that just about hit the batter

  170. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Benoit has allowed runs in only 3 of his 26 appearances this year . . . (gulp)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      And Soriano only gave up in one.

  171. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Snakes tie it

  172. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Montano Homers!! Snakes tie it

  173. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Montero the opposite way.

    I see Werth missed one he should have clibbered

  174. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Heart of the order rolling grounders

  175. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Good grief. It has to all these extra innings on a late west coast game, right?

  176. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    I don’t mean to get negative but if there was ever a time to dump something toward third somehow, Adam, that was it.

  177. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Fast ball up fouled off

  178. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    That pitch never was in the zone. Take the walk.

    Heart of the order was over matched that round.

  179. scmargenau - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    I don’t like stamen coming out. He was lucky last inning.

  180. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    On to the top of 11 in the desert.

  181. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Nice to see Benoit getting pinch hit for (he _has_ pitched 2 innings before)

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      … and Padres out of position players

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      Bud Black depleting them.

  182. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Crap cheap single.

  183. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Freeman walks to start top of 11

  184. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Alonso does swing a pitch that was much better than the one to Zim,

  185. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Walking the winning run to scoring position argggggg

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Yep. Just awful.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        He was up 1-2 and just pitched awful after that.

  186. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    You have to be kidding me. Extremely disappointed. The extra inning losses pile up. 1-8 now in extra innings. Hard to believe.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Sorry, 1-6 in extra inning games. Winning 1 of 7 is awful.

  187. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Ughh . . . after two outs and nobody one . . .

    G’night all :-(

  188. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Bleep.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      +1

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        Took 3 people to produce that, I dint know how Stammen could possibly give up 3 in a row. He goofed off after 1-2 count.

        Of course our heart of the line up totally overnatched by Benoit

  189. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Damn you walk the winning run to second.

    That is just poor pitching. Just strike Alinso out . Instead you go from 1-2 count to a walk.

    That pisses me off more than the homer, because that took 3 hitters in a row to manufacture. With that ream that should never happen.

  190. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Sigh. Just win the series tomorrow. This one hurts. Padres have beat us twice in extra innings this year, both times off Stammen.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      I can’t figure out why our bullpen is excellent in regulation is poor in extra inning.

  191. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Good night. We should have won this game.

  192. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    He was up 1-2 and just pitched awful after that.

  193. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    How are we 1-6 in extra innings with the best bullpen in baseball? It really makes no sense.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      It statiscalky makes absolutely no sence.

      They are superior before the 19th, why the problems after that?

  194. tmac777 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Matt Williams decision-making is really bad. Why is McLouth not bunting? Why use Storen for one batter in a one-run game which may come down to a battle of bullpens? I was beginning to get hope but we have 11 games coming up against Braves, Cards and Giants. They’re going to be close games and our record in extra-innings is a strong indication we are being out managed.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      We also don’t execute even with the poor strategy.

  195. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Got Zimmermann tomorrow. This one hurts, but all we need is to win the series. we got this.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Win the series true, but walks setting up winning run piss me off much more than the homer. The homer they to hut. The walk they didn’t do anything, it was a gift from Stammen, then a cheap hit can win it.

  196. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    I still trying to figure out walking a guy after a 1-2 count to out the winning run on second.

    Make them earn, don’t give them gifts. I hate walks in extra innings.

  197. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    I am a Soriano fan, but I thought that he got lucky the other night against Ryan Howard when Howard flat out missed two pitches in the same place as the meatball was that got crushed tonight.
    Frandsen was as much to blame, along with Coach Henly.

  198. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Ray blaming coach for the pick off

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      Henley has to take heat for that pick off.

      Gotta get some sleep.

  199. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Men on first and second 1 out snakes

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Carpenter relieving for braves pulled a stannen, single then wakk

  200. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Can’t believe we choked that game away. Sigh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      We can’t pitch in extra innings

  201. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Snakes win sane way

  202. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Single walk, then bloop single.

    Why the pitchers give games away with walk.

  203. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    The Braves just lost the same exact way we did. Bottom 11. Single. Walk the tying run to scoring position. Little bloop falls in for a hit and the D’backs win. Wow.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Yep.

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      Good.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      That is what I said. Both walk the winning run to second.

      Relief 101 don’t pitch inside late, don’t walk batters. Two main rules.

  204. conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Snakes wins!! Para singles in winning run. Let’s win the series tomorrow!

  205. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Not sure why Werth was playing so deep against that wimpy hitter. If he beats us on a solid hit over his head, good for him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      Same reason BJ Upton was so deep.

  206. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    On this date last year, were under .500 and 8 games back. We’re 2 games over .500 and 1 game back this year. Just win tomorrow.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Our extra inning performance makes no sense.

    • conatsguy - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      + 1
      Lot of MW critics out there. I love DJ, but he did not have the answers for the 2012 postseason hangover.

      MW will keep this team in the hunt. If the season ended today, Nats would be in as # 1 NL wildcard. Not bad so far for the rookie skipper.

  207. rmoore446 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Rats! So close but not to be. Get ’em tomorrow!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      Win the series and I will be find. But as bad as they have been. To have no one on and 2 outs and the next 3 get on it is a poor effort.

  208. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Ray is blaming Danny for not catching the bloop, not Werth

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      That is crap.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:53 AM

        He said with 2 outs infielder needs to be deeper than he was. I didn’t notice where he was standing.

  209. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    I am glad I had nit much baseball talent. I wouldn’t have the temoerment. I hate losing too much.

    Soriano ready for tomorrow.

    Said he wanted pitch low and outside, wasn’t low wasn’t outside.

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      He’s right, you can’t be perfect all the time. He has outperformed, imo.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        As I said I had no problem with the honer. One guy infamy swung. It happens.

        The 11th was the type inning that was unexcusabeke, took 3 bad sequences in a row to cause that, one sequence was totally poor)

  210. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Lots of what ifs in that loss. Move on and get em tomorrow.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      Most our losses seem to have the what ifs involved, that is why we lose extra innings. To many what ifs,

  211. tmac777 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Bad loss to a team that cannot hit. Only consolation is Braves did the same thing. I just dont think we are going to have success with a manger who refuses to bunt. 1-8 in extra innings because you are not smart enough to do the little things that win close games. Storen facing one batter is stupid too.

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Not sure why McLouth didnt bunt over Espi. Stupid, esp w Span on deck. Dumb.

    • David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      Bunting has been proven to reduce your chances of scoring a run. The only time a bunt increases your run expectancy is with no out and a runner at second. Bunting someone from first to second is counterproductive, despite the conventional wisdom. I am glad Matt doesn’t sacrifice more.

      • tmac777 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:45 AM

        OK, but Williams lost us a game when he didnt bunt over Frandsen after an opening double with Roark on deck. Instead, he pinch hit Lobaton who SO. Espinosa singles and Werth, Zimm or Desmond on deck, dont bunt. McLouth on deck, bunt.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        To win you must do what’s best given the situation….not the average for all games and all times.
        Be careful, there is more to baseball then your statistics, Horatio

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THE BASEBALL SHOW

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to recap everything happening with the Nats and across baseball.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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