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Game 61: Nats at Padres

Jun 8, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

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The Nationals took a tough loss in extra innings on Saturday night after a rare meltdown for their bullpen. Today they pick back up with a quick turnaround to go for the series win out in San Diego.

Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.59) will look to build off his strong outing his last time out against the Phillies. It was Zimmermann’s best start of the season, as he pitched eight scoreless innings in a Nationals’ win.

Zimmermann will go up against the Padres for the second time this year. He took the loss on April 24 at Nats Park after allowing three runs through six innings of work.

Lefty Eric Stults (2-6, 5.03) will take the ball for San Diego in his second matchup against the Nats this season. He also pitched on April 24, and despite allowing 10 hits, he took the victory after giving up just two runs. Though the Nats are once again without Anthony Rendon in their lineup, we’ll see if they can have better luck this time around.

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: 4:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees, Wind 9 mph

NATIONALS (31-29)
CF Denard Span
3B Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

PADRES (28-34)
SS Everth Cabrera
RF Seth Smith
LF Carlos Quentin
3B Chase Headley
1B Yonder Alonso
C Yasmani Grandal
CF Cameron Maybin
2B Alexi Amarista
LHP Eric Stults

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

276 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. sunshinebobby - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Lot of close-to-automatic outs in this lineup. At least Danny is hitting right-handed.

    GYFNG!!

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Yeah, JZim should mow down that sad Padres lineup. Easy win today.

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        +1 with a smile

      • tcostant - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        U got that right

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Since it is San Diego, I feel confident that the Nats should reach at least 27 outs with this lineup, automatic or otherwise.

  2. natsfan1a - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Eh, I get to watch it in real time today, so it’s all good.

    • NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Not me. Someone planted a student recital right at 5 pm. Who does that?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Someone who didn’t have the Nat schedule in front of them

    • Sonny G 10 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Not me either. I’m traveling to Pennsylvania for four days, so I won’t get to see it at all. But I’m happy to come here and find out we won the game. Way to go Jordan, way to go Nats.

  3. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Good news. At least he won’t be out for too long.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Let’s hope not, but I’m knocking on wood as I say/type this.

  4. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Win every series we will be find.

  5. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    FWIW, and I meant to mention it last night — losing Rendon’s bat is not trivial.

    Over his last 11 games: .341 /.420/.659, with 4 HRs, and 13 runs scored. He leads the team in runs scored, and is only one RBI from leading team in that category, too. And second on the team in HR’s.

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Major bounce from that slump. He’s been raking. We need his defense, and bat back. Frandsen kinda sucks.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Speaking of Frandsen, knight still saying 3rd base coach needs to tell him back. Runner is headed ahead doesn’t have eyes in the back of his. It is why the coach is there. He is not a spectator.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Frandsen has been awful when he starts. He has been particularly bad this past week, and is historically bad against SD and Stults. Scratching my head as to why MW has him batting 2nd.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      yeah be back for the G Men

  6. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Anyone watching Nats pregame? They just showed the pitch sequence from Soriano last night. 6 out of 7 right down the middle. Yikes.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Only 1 was up. Needed to stay on the outer half there at night.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Location is only one part of a pitcher’s arsenal.

  7. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Hate to say that this is a must win, but it is. Rollingn into SF having lost the series to this scrambling Pads team would real bad.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      There’s 100+ games left, and we just need to win one more than the Braves during that time.

      We really ought to win this, but it’s hard to see it as “must” win.

  8. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Man on second 0 outs. RISP time.

  9. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    He left the game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Alverez has pitched excellently this year.

  10. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Now get the run in Frandsen

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Lead off guys need to do that.

  11. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    RBI

  12. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Span manufactured that run. Absoluted MANUFACTURED it.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      He sure did.

      Big picture:

      Batter #1: grounder through infield
      Batter #2: ground out, runner scores

      Nice.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      +1
      You should be at the recital, however

  13. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Span turns a grounder into … standing on third with no out . . . the scores on a ground out. Gotta love it.

    Give Frandsen credit here — we really need productive outs when there’s a guy on third.

    And give Span credit, too!

  14. Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Hey, check it out — a feet first slide into third. What a concept. And then a productive out. This game is starting well.

  15. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    And note what followed Frandsen’s productive out: two pop ups.

    Sadly, we’ve even been lacking ground balls when we get a guy on third this year.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      That was then, this is now. Every chance this game we have know ed in the man from third with a ground out this game.

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        That was then, this is now.

        Yep — I hope this starts a trend. I *hate* unproductive outs!

  16. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Cabrerra reminding me of Ankiel. Loves high pitches

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Indeed. Roark struck him out three times with a high hard one — and now JZ did the same.

  17. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    snakes 0 braves 0 after 1

  18. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Desmond again

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Yes, Desi….. Yes!!!!!!

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Danny swings less violently right handed.

  21. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Wow.

    In his last 32 at bats, Ian Desmond has only 5 hits, for a BA of .156

    Of those 5 hits, 4 have been HR’s.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Loboy
    Ton let the out slide sliders go.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Bunt zim

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Yikes Lobo…

  25. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Don’t look now, but…

    Over the last five games (plus this game), Espinosa has a 6-game hitting streak, and is hitting 8-for-19, a .421 clip.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      The quality is great. Wish could sub 4 or so outs with singles

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      I like this Danny…Would love to see him stay a while

    • David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Espinosa is a very streaky hitter. When he’s cold, he’s an automatic out and when he’s hot, he’s hard to get out. Most players are streaky to an extent, but Espi is an extreme case.

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    If you have to move out to bunt, the pitch is a ball

  27. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    That might be the worst bunt attempt of JZimm’s career.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    If you have to move the ball is outside. Loboton’s swings were just as bad.

    Until then no one was seeing the ball bad.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Yikes Jordan…. Yikes

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Good inning.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Braves 6 up 6 down for Braves

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Padres 6 up and 6 down ;-)

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Great frame by Lobo….. Blue looked like he had to think about that one…

  33. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    BTW, I meant to write the following before the game:

    Nats, as a team, batting .280/.341/.414 against LHP’s, and .286 against LH starters. Between that average, and JZ going against the worst-hitting team, I like our chances (even before the game I liked them!)

    Even our *lefties* have been batting .272 against LHP’s.

    Hey, is this the time for the Nats first .. . . (shhhh)

  34. Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Wow Znn. Just wow.

  35. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Nice…another leadoff guy on.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Go Jayson

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Keep the line moving

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Finished 2 in the desert 0-0

  39. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Get your hits out today…Volgrelsong, Bumgrarner and Cain to come…should be some great matchups.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      gulp

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        They have to face Strasbourg, Fister and Roark

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        +1 ;-)

  40. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    ok . . . let’s put this game away early, shall we?

  41. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    ALR….Clutch!

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    OK zim move the libe

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Jordan got that call that Stults didnt… Thought that was a K to LaRoche….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      I did too. For once we take advantage extra pitch.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Come on I want papa john tomirrow

  45. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    good job jason

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Hit well but right at them. Alonso was way off the line. Had he been holding that was a hut

    I will take a single

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Desi, first pitch swinging, tried to put that in the stands… Violent swing.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    OK Espi solid at bat and get the run in

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Espi swing the same speed from left side. You are under control better.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    They could have left Stults in…. He wasn’t bad…. :-)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Swung softer and bang we have a hit. Good work

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Here’s Danny’s chance to life that RISP number for him…. I remember MNF and Ghost listing ridiculously low number for him in this situation…

  52. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Nice approach, DE

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Great job Espi… Great job!!!!

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Espinosa likes San Diego

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Lobiton good thing he is framing the ball well because he is a negative today at the plate. Why was he swinging at a first pitch?

    • Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Because he thought he could hit it and he didn’t have the luxury of watching it on TV first to decide if it was hittable.

      • Eric - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Snarf!

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    0-0 in the desert after 3.

  57. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Manny Machado threw his bat at a pitcher and got ejected. Could you imagine if Harper did something like that?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      All over the news

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Did he really??? Like literally threw it or threw it from frustration and it was near the pitcher?

      But yeah, had Bryce done that, it would get a lot of air time…

      • David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        They’ve had a little beanball thing going on. Machado hit Norris with a backswing, Abad plunked him and next time up Machado faked a swing but threw the bat at Abad intentionally. Even the O’s announcers were outraged and calling Machado out for it.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Wow… Thanks for the answer…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      He also spiked his helmet after the 3rd baseman tagged him out in Friday.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        I remember when Bryce threw his helmet, in the dugout, before going in from frustration when he was in his terrible slump at the beginning of the year.. I remember all the ‘Bryce needs to grow up… Yada yada yada’ from people on this board and in the media… It was totally ridiculous….

        Will be interesting to see if anyone discusses Manny and his ridiculousness today or say it was just frustration and try to excuse it…

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      That;s ridiculous…you’d think they took a grand slam away from him

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    We are last in the league in fielding, but that play wouldn’t agree.

    Has zim had 1-1 count yet?

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    The first batter to give him trouble was a relief pitcher batting.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Damn. What a play by Desi and Adam….

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Papa john time

  62. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Nine up nine down. As I wrote above . . . could this be the game for the first ever Nats (shhhh . . . . )

    JZ’s got the stuff today for it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      In a mirror effurt Hurang has a … after 3 too

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        OK, 12 up and 12 down. Your turn Harang ;-)

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Slumping inning

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    That inning non productive. Do not ever take the foot off the excellarator.

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Hurang walks first 2. But a double play killed that rally. 0-0 after 4 in the desert.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Good goodness Jordan…. Just nasty….

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Carlos Quint in has looked pathetic in his 2 at bats

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    What do I sat outer part of the plate go the other way.

  69. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Answer me this….if every game counts the same, whether it’s June, April, or Sept, why is there no “must win” games in June? This game was a must win, I will reiterate.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      I am the opposite of most. The only must win game there is, is the one you are playing that day. Once you won or loss, the next game is a must win game.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Never enough for me.

        Stauffer stinks and he is looking great.

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      *are

    • David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Must win implies you’re doomed if you don’t win it. Every game is a want-to-win but a must win? We’ll still be in contention if we lose. It won’t be the end of the season.

      • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        We would be doomed, going into SF, had we lost this game today. So, we agree.

      • Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        DP, you’re making far too much sense today.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Must win is when your starting to run out of changes. When there are 100+ games, and Harper still on the DL — it’s not “must win” yet.

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        (err, I meant: “must win is when you’re starting to run out of chances“)

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      There are must win games (eg: the 7th game of the world series, tie breakers at the end of the season…). Are there others, Well IMHO, right now, you want to stay close enough to the wild card
      to have meaningful games for the last 1/4 of the season.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Meh…. I’m being greedy as I want more runs… :-)

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Ummmmm Jordan 59 oitches

  72. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I’m too nervous for a 6-0 lead….and it has nothing to do with if we win or lose today.

  73. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    He has the stuff today.

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      For what?

      • David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Think about it.

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        See my two “shhh” comments above.

      • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        I just want someone to say it. LOL

      • senators69 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Shhh – karma. I’m afraid by just writing this…Let’s just watch and enjoy.

      • senators69 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        See! It was my fault — just as I focused and wrote my post — BOOM! a hit!

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Snakes loaded bases and Parra hits into a 1-2-3 do. Why swing at first pitch with a guy who has walked 5

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Stauffer against most of the league stinks. Twice he has had our number

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Snakes on a 3-2 outside. We are the only team who has bad hitting approach.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      The ONLY team with a bad hitting approach? Come on man there are several teams with worse approaches and worse hitters than the Nationals.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      How do we end up with second largest run differential in NL with a the worst hitting approach? ;-)

      • Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        How could you have any idea what MNF meant to be able to reply? He’s speaking a different language.

  77. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Loboton’s at bat last time stopped our solid momentum.

  78. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Need to talk about something else..
    Giant’s have the best home winning percentage 21-9….only Miami has more wins at home.

    How good would they be without the beast…not that good.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      whew…feel better…can go to bathroom now

  79. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    I bring in McLouth in the 7th…

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Justin up ton 2 run homer with 2 outs top 6

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Who jinxed it…. Which one of you jinxed it…

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      FP

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      I did. :-(

      I texted what was going on to my kids.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        FP said it before the game started

      • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        I’m happy to shift the blame (and I even have an excuse: my Wonkling, who was somewhat new to baseball, knows what a no-hitter is, but never heard of a perfect game, so I was explaining it to her).

        But, as happy as I am to shift the blame, does the “jinx” count if you say it _before_ the game? ;-)

  82. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Bummer

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    That was a ball inside and high

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Now let’s get these outs.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Wow that was to close to take. What was wrong with that

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    The ball for the hit was not a strike and most batter who swung at it would miss it.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      really?

      wow — don’t you hate when that happens?

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Don’t start over throwing

  88. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Now I’ll have nightmares about Jack Antwerpen….

  89. dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Beats the bench we had last year…nice

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Obviously the bench guys aren’t as good as the regulars.

      That being said whole heartedly agree much better bench this year.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Stauffer gone now we can restart.

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Papa jihn me please.

  92. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    veejh – Jun 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    …Frandsen kinda sucks.

    chaz11963 – Jun 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Frandsen has been awful when he starts.

    Thanks for the reverse locks, guys! ;-)

    After making the only productive out in the first (which scored our first run) he has two hits!

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      He still kinda sucks.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        Another SWM award winner…wrong game for it.

      • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Oh, come on, people on here b**** left and right about his defense. It’s true.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        should have been here last year

  93. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Really, what is it with FP and his man-crush on Frandsen? It gets embarrassing to me as a guy that sticks up for FP sometimes.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Do you think he’s been over board with it ?

      Wait,,,neat trolley…is there one running on H st yet

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        Like I said, I like the guy, but, yeah, I do think he’s been overboard with it. BTW, I only troll while in my bass boat, and not often then!

      • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Cool.
        Lou Gehrig had a boat…the water wagon…His widow wouldn’t give it to his Dad and tried to have his dog euthenized but the Vet couldn’t do it.
        I met her and her whiskey sours at Cooperstown so long ago.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Frandsen plays just FP did. It is him replaying his playing days.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Werth usually doesn’t get mad at a good strike like that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Pitch track had it as a strike

  95. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    This guy is throwing strikes. It is OK to swing at strikes.

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Not sure that was a K to LaRoche…

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Come on Desmond Papa john it.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Things showing up all over again.

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Just really glad to see a productive Jordan….

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Just not good Jayson….

  101. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    With a perfect game going, that attempt OK, but with a hit already keep it to a single.

  102. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Fister would have waved everyone off. LOL

  103. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    David Paralta 2 run homer ties it in the desert.

    Peralta was called up last Sunday when Pollock broke his hand.

    Has hit in all 7 games.

  104. Section 222 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Hope everyone’s enjoying the game. The MNF Index is up to 38%. I’m sorry, but it’s just not enjoyable seeing so many rambling and stream of consciousness posts of a single commenter. It’s just too much.

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts after the game and tomorrow. On to San Fran!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Also updating the braves game don’t count those

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        If more people commented I wouldn’t have to,

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Good at bat Danny…. Glad to see him getting back on track…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Right handed he doesn’t swing as hard and is much better.

      As for Libotone I don’t get this stretching to swing. If you have to stretch it is not in the strike zone

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Yeah, lobo has done a great job behind the plate… Just not at the plate… But good thing his bat isn’t needed today….

  106. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Snakes men on second and third 1 out

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Swinging at a lot of bad pitches. Despite the terrible swinging lots of hits.

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Owing 2 run single snakes lead 4-2

  109. Danny - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    4-2 Snakes

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Arroyo pinch running scored the 4th run.

  110. knoxvillenat - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    AZ takes a 4-2 lead in the seventh.

  111. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Goldschmidth 2 run homer 6-2

  112. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    D’Backs up 6-2 on the Braves.

  113. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    JZim looks like it’s still the 1st inning. Wowoow.

  114. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    6 run 7th. 6-2 after 7 in the dessert.

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    So…. Barrett for the 9th?

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      CGSO! CGSO! CGSO!

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      I’d vote for Barrett, but MW is letting Jordan go for the CG. I’d save his arm for a more important inning.

  116. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Freeman 2 out homer 6-3 now

  117. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    That change up was Strasish

  118. natszee - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Congratulations to the ace of the Nationals Staff! A real masterpiece !!!

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Congratulations Jordan Z…. Complete game shut out….. Just filthy all day!!!

    Series win…

  120. MicheleS - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Miss you, MS!

  121. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Great starting the last 3 series.

    No less than 2 in San Fran

  122. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Gem of an outing.

  123. Joe Seamhead - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Great job, JZimm!

    Meanwhile, tying run at the plate in AZ.

  124. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    D’Backs trying desperately to choke.

  125. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Snakes get the first 2 put in the 8th last 4 on base . Opposite of Padres bullpen.

  126. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    So, we won the must win game that we were suppose to win. Excellent.

    • adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      And if we didn’t, the season would have been essentially over? ;-)

  127. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Gibson won’t get Evan Marshall out if there, he replaced Joe Thirton after Freeman homer.

    Since entering 2 huts 2 walks,

    Fans are booing Gibson for not taking him out.

  128. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Took Marshall 34 pitches to record one out.

    Snakes up 6-4 going to the bottom of 8

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Phew. Thanks for the update. In DC and don’t have my MLB package.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        I gave lots of updates and someone else criticized me as I have done over 30 comments from that game.

        I know I would appreciate someone updating so I am,

        On to the 9th Brad Ziegler not Addison Reed coming in.

      • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Just ignore it. I don’t mind.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      I was screaming, Pull him… Pull him… Thanks Laird!

  129. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    DBacks go the Little League triple with one out. 6-4.

    • NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Er, *got*

      They have a pinch hitter in now. (Nick Evans, a .143 htter). Let’s see if he can do what Frandsen did.

  130. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    And Evans strikes out. Looked inside to me (and to him).

  131. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Brad Ziegler coming in to close. IMO, he is better than Addison Reed anyway.

    • NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      And he starts ‘em right off with a homer. I’m taking it back about Ziegler.

  132. David Proctor - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Dear God the D’Backs suck.

  133. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Homer to start inning, zieglar then buckles down.

    3 way tie.

  134. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    The DBacks have a “nation”?

  135. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Dbacks hang on! Nats in 1st!

  136. TimDz - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Mitch Moreland out 3 months with ankle surgery…..
    Tyler Moore is blocked here….at least as I see it….

    What could Rizzo get for T-Mo?

    • NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      He’d be blocked there, too. By a guy named Paul Goldschmidt.

      • TimDz - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        moreland plays for the Rangers…..was playing first in place of Fielder….

      • Doc - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        Goldschmidt only plays for one team—the Arizona Snakes!

        Hard for him to block someone on the Rangers!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Tim, thinking the same. Odor is injured.

  137. scnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I was worried about Jordan. Looks like I will have to find something new to worry about.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Told you just a lot of bad luck. He’s only had 1 real bad start. A lot of worrying about nothing.

    • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Where does Zim go when Harper returns again?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        When the time comes it will work itself out.

  138. NatsLady - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Come on, Mets. Make yourselves useful, tie the game and play 18 innings. Doen’t care if you win or lose.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Agreed

  139. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Machado’s interview was terrible. If Harper did this he would be raked over the coals.

  140. natsfan24 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Nats back in first place. Atlanta doesn’t deserve to be in first place.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Same record, so why don’t they deserve it?

      • natsfan24 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Because the Nats’ run differential is 35 runs greater than ATL.

  141. veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Pretty amazing…..JZimm had ZERO 3 ball counts today. Crazy.

    • TimDz - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Could’ve sworn he went 3-2 to the long reliever for the Padre’s…..

      • veejh - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Im going by what Ray said after the game.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        He did. Very few 2 ball counts.

  142. MicheleS - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Brian Kenney and Mark DeRosa WERE RIPPING Machado a new one on MLB Network.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      ESPN Said little MKB Network was fair but tough.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      As they should.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Good but I’m not sure people realize this tantrum of Machado’s went on the entire weekend. He spiked his helmet after being tagged out at 3rd base and then got into the 3rd baseman’s face. That was on Friday.

      Yesterday he was jaw-ing with everyone.

      Today he took 2 long backswings on swing & miss and each time hit Derek Norris in the head. Norris had the leave the game. You ruin a career doing that. Was it intentional?

  143. Doc - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Just saw the team video on Jakson Reetz, the HS catcher that the Nats drafted.

    \WOW what a swing!!!!

    It’ll be Interesting to see him go through the minors.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Also keep in mind that catcher might not be his professional position.

      • Doc - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        A few years later, and on a university team and Reetz would probably go in the 1st round.

        He looks like a Posey in the batter’s box!

        Right now he has a better swing than anybody on the Nats, except my guy Rendon.

  144. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I would think JZ has a chance for player of the week. 17 IP 7 H 16 K 1 BB 0 runs.

  145. Candide - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Mark’s tweet:

    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN
    Also, if I calculated correctly, Jordan Zimmermann’s “Game Score” today was 95, which would be best in #Nats history.

    There’s a very simple game score calculator here, that confirms the 95. Don’t know if that’s the highest Nats game score ever.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      I thought Tanner’s performance was the greatest in Nats history….2 in 3 games

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Tanner’s GameScore was 87 on Friday and 88 back on April 26. The highest previous game score was John Patterson with a 13K and 4 hit shutout in August 4, 2005 with a GameScore of 92.

  146. adcwonk - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    If I figured this out right:

    Nats pitchers, in this series, got 30 K’s, and issued 1 BB.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Starters gave up 2 earned tuns in 24 innings

  147. natsfan1a - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Best. Postgame Interview. Ever. Loved the bullpen video bombs. The game was pretty awesome, too.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      It was funny.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        They’ve been doing that for a while. Blevins is hilarious and seems to be the ringleader.

  148. unkyd59 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Just whining like the baby that I am, here, but I hate it when there’s no wrap up post, three hours after the game….. Waah.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Yep, I agree. I kind of miss that myself.

  149. manassasnatsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Stats updated Nats take over ERA LEAD 3.00 to Braves 3.02 Giants 3.07

    With enough innings room qualify for ERA 3 in the top 20 Roark 14, Strasburg 17 Zimmermann 19.

    Fister 24 innings short of qualifying. His ERA same as Zimmermann

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      “Fister 24 innings short of qualifying. His ERA same as Zimmermann”

      I have JZim at 3.17 and DFist at 3.19.

      Treinen at 1.78, Roark at 2.91 and Stras at 3.10 and Gio at 4.62

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        I though Fister was 3.17. must have misread.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        No prob.

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Al Kaline was just on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and gave 2 great quotes:

    “they never anticipate what they are going to get” talking about batters thinking about the next pitch they are going to get

    “players swinging for the fences in 2 strike counts instead of putting the ball in play” that speaks for itself.

    • Doc - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      The 2nd quote Ghost: Think ARen vs Desi & Espi

      Don’t think that I’ve ever seen a guy like Rendon get so many 2-strike hits, where he’s just trying to put the ball in play.

    • Doc - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      The 2nd quote Ghost: Think ARen vs Desi & Espi

      Don’t think that I’ve ever seen a guy like Rendon get so many 2-strike hits, where he’s just trying to put the ball in play.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        You know what I’ve always thought of Tony. Sometimes I think he gets more comfortable in 2 strike counts to see what the pitcher has. He doesn’t panic in 2 strike counts.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        Doc, on Jakson Reetz, I’ve seen him also look bad on pitches. The hilight videos show the hilights and edit all the bad stuff out. He was ranked the 33rd best High School prospect and he could opt for college and re-enter the Draft.

        He has good eye-hand coordination and does a good job barreling up the ball but his mechanics will need tweeking. He leans into the plate and peppers outside pitches but is susceptible to inside fastballs that he can’t get around on.

        He has raw talent but hasn’t faced the best of the best. Concerned how he will look facing 95 heaters and pro sliders even in A ball.

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