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Game 63: Nats at Giants

Jun 10, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

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We’ve said plenty about this remarkable run the Nationals are currently on, citing all the stats that have accompanied it, but the real question all along has been how long this run can continue. Especially against a tough opponent like the Giants and an opposing pitcher like Madison Bumgarner.

The 24-year-old lefty has been among the NL’s best pitchers so far this season, entering tonight’s game with an 8-3 record, a 2.68 ERA and a lights-out, 90-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. (Of course, the Nationals’ rotation knows a thing or two about dominant strikeout-to-walk ratios, having recorded 47 K’s since their last base on balls seven games ago.)

Two bits of good news from the Nationals’ perspective entering this game: Anthony Rendon is back in the lineup after missing three days with a bruised right hand, and the Nats have feasted on left-handed pitching this season. They enter the game with a .287 batting average and .346 on-base percentage against southpaws (both second-best in the majors to the Rockies).

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

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where:
AT&T Park
Gametime: 10:15 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 60 degrees, Wind 13 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (33-29)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Doug Fister

GIANTS (42-22)
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Michael Morse
LF Gregor Blanco
SS Brandon Crawford
2B Brandon Hicks
LHP Madison Bumgarner

UMPIRES
HP Alfonso Marquez
1B Phil Cuzzi
2B Gerry Davis (cc)
3B Quinn Wolcott

356 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Not high hopes. Will be happy with a win in any form.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Esp. the form where we score more runs than they do.

      Although a forfeit would be a real change of pace.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        So do the nine runs in a forfeit count in your runs/game average?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Mark will have to include an asterisk in his nightly tweet of the pitching line.

        And then tweet out a footnote to explain the asterisk–if footnotes are accepted in the twit-o-sphere.

  2. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Welcome back Mr. Anthony Rendon.

  3. natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Good news that Anthony is back. Won’t be watching this one in real time (yawn), but will be recording it.

    Also, I might have said this before but, as my grandpa-in-law often stated, “it’s worth saying again.” Quinn Wolcott sounds like someone you’d have drinks with at the Algonquin rather than one of the men in blue. I suppose he gets that all the time, from baserunners and such. Yeah, he probably does. What?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Men in blue can’t have drinks at the Algonquin?

      • natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        Maybe not at the round table.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Didn’t Dorothy Parker work on the ‘Pride of the Yankees’ screenplay? And Ernest Hemingway certainly appreciated baseball. They would have welcomed Quinn Wolcott with open arms. Maybe.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      1a

      Sometimes reading your comments is like overhearing one side of a telephone conversation.

      And I mean that in a good way.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        Thanks, I think. :-)

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        You’re welcome. 😉

  4. letswin3 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Several comments in the previous post worried about where the Nats position everyone when Harper returns. If all other things remain relatively unchanged (no injuries, no trades) there is only one answer …… Zim has to get another shot at 3rd. base to see if he can get through this season. The “odd man out” has to be Danny. All of the other players in this drama deserve to be in the batting order (and OH!!! what an order than is gonna be). Now, if Zim airmails a few to ALR, all bets are off, and all here at NI just throw up out hands and repeat “In Rizzo/Williams We Trust”. But we all know how important Zim’s bat is … we gotta find a way to get it in the lineup nearly every single day. The subtraction from the 25 will be generally academic.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      What some people refuse to consider is that RZim may have moved on, and has no intention on playing 3B ever again. That has to be considered as a possibility.

      When I saw him in the outfield shagging I just get this feeling he’s moved on and I didn’t believe in the sincerity of the comments that it was conditioning.

      I think Bryce’s comments about CF are the precursor to what will happen when he comes off the DL.

      Just my take.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        You may be right, but I think they will be a worse team with that outfield, not better. As Jayson Werth said when talking about Harper in the outfield, “Bryce still has a lot to learn.” Werth has been a liability in RF, Zimm is still a question mark in LF. Span makes them both look better. Hell, Span even made Willingham look better in the Twin Cities.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        I don’t disagree Joe. I think they will honor whatever RZim wants.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      I think folks are over-reading Zim’s comments. He was talking about his long term future as a Nat, which pretty clearly doesn’t have him at 3B. But as I read the comments, he wasn’t saying that he would never, ever play 3B again, and playing it at least part time this season–trying it anyway–makes sense for a number of reasons.

      I am sure Rizzo and MW have thought about various options. I am also sure they are too smart to have anything set in stone with Bryce’s return weeks away. We will see.

      • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        +1

      • dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        yeah….We are asking him to be open to playing the infield now and then for 2 1/2 months when Harper comes back. Next year, when he becomes player-manager, he can put himself at 1b/lf or whereever he wants.

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        I think folks are over-reading Zim’s comments. He was talking about his long term future as a Nat,

        Bingo. Harper is almost a full decade younger than Span — if Harper is to be our long term CF, there’s no rush.

        You certainly wouldn’t want to sit down Span while Danny’s still in the lineup.

        But the original poster does bring up a question that will be relevant in 3 weeks or so: if RZ can’t hack 3b, then what?

      • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        My read from Zim’s comments is he is ready to move on 3B, but he will always be willing to do whatever the team needs from him. I think we will need him to make another try at 3B for the best lineup, and to put Danny back in the role that was envisioned for him when the season started- defensive replacement and PH power bat from left or right side.

        Not so academic on the 25 man roster though. Someone will need to say goodbye. I suspect it would be Dobbs, but who knows? Hairston?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        if RZ can’t hack 3b, then what?

        Then oh [crap], is what.

      • Sonny G 10 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        +2

      • Interest - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        What about Bryce at Third Base?

    • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Actually it was reported Zim would be a super utility this year, LF, first vs lefties, maybe some 3rd. Next year he will be our first baseman. He’s ok in LF but his arm will always make him a liability…so I don’t see him as a long term solution there

  5. Whynat - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Eric – A book I think you would like is “The Baseball Codes – Beanballs, sign stealing, & bench clearing bralls: The unwritten rules of America’s pastime.” Jason Turbow.

    It’s got lots of anecdotes along the lines of rookies being told by veteran players to drill an opponent for reasons they don’t even understand, for various infractions of the Code.

    • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      That does sound interesting, I’ll check it out.

      For those of you sweating my interest in the Morse plunking (better, Sofa? 😉 ) I was a Sociology major. Subcultures fascinate me, especially the aspects that operate below board.

    • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      PS, thanks for the suggestion!

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

      I second that recommendation. There are a number of anecdotes that include current managers from their playing days. Kind of gives you an insight into the system they grew up in (assuming they grew up . . . some of the stories kind of imply that they didn’t). But it’s a fun book.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        I’ll third the book recommendation (as I toddle off to bed).

    • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Here’s the article I read yesterday on the same subject, focusing on how warnings and ejections have forced a lot of the self policing under the radar.

    • NatsLady - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      I read that. Enjoyed it. An easy read for the beach or whatever.

  6. Zona - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Nats RBI leader in the 7 hole…..

  7. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    BTW, Cat’s old rotation mate, Bob Welch, died.
    http://sports.ca.msn.com/top-stories/former-pitcher-bob-welch-dies-at-57-2

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Sofa@ 7:36: I will never forget the Welch/Jackson epic confrontations in the World Series.

    By the way, if Word Press goes bananas tonight I am going to note my responses with the time and name of what I am responding to.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      WordPress going bananas is just a technological demonstration of BABIP.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Wow… Desi battling 7th….

    Interesting….

  10. David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    The Cardinals broadcasters keep talking about how disappointing we are. Do they realize the Nats have a better record than them? If we’re disappointing, what are they? They are just obnoxious.

    • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      +1

    • NatsLady - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Are they drunk yet?

  11. NatsNut - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Oooh, I’m excited. This is going to be a good game!

    • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      I need to find a different drink than vodka-tonics for the late West coast games….

  12. scnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Have to excited about the pitching match ups this series

  13. Another Tyler - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Atlanta/Colorado game is absurd already.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Let’s hope it turns into one of those 17-14 football scores (already 7-3 in the 1st quarter).

    • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      How the heck did Atlanta score 7 runs???!!1

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Not sure, but Justin Upton hit in the top of the first, but did not go to the field in the bottom of the inning.

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        It’s not seven runs, this is Coors Field — just a touchdown and extra point. The Rocks then answered with a field goal, and we’re near the end of the first quarter. What’s everyone so perturbed about?

      • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        Simmons GS was 4 of the 7.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        I was thinking Atlanta should have gone for the 2-point conversion.

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Unfortunately, unless the Rocks pick it up a couple of notches, it looks like the Barves’ night. After the almost get out of a first and second with no outs by a DP that left Gattis on third, with two outs they walked Simmons (who had hit a granny in the first inning to cap off the scoring) to get to Minor — who proceeds to hit an RBI single. So it’s now 8-3 Barves.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        good grief

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        So it’s already 8-5, bottom of the 3rd.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        10?! The Braves scored 10 runs! Really?!

  14. knoxvillenat - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Koehler pitching well so far tonight for the Marlins. May not get any help from the Rangers this evening.

  15. Interest - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Why couldn’t Bryce handle the hot corner?

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Well, for starters, I don’t think he’s every played any IF position in his life.

      • David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Well he caught obviously. But I agree that playing him at 3B is ridiculous.

  16. chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    looks like NL East is on fire tonight- Phillies and Mets both won. Marlins and Braves still winning.

  17. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Ok…I am pumped!!! Let’s go nats!

    And I hope the heat loose too…looking good so far.

  18. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    So a great swing. Rendon makes it look easy.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Let’s go

  20. Section 222 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Sounds like the Nats totally dismissed the idea that Barrett plunked Morse intentionally. Unfortunately, Carp and FP seem totally unaware of the reason it may have been done.

    • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      What’s the reason?

    • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Why would Barrett hit Morse in that situation? No reason.

    • David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      I’m unaware of this reason…? What is it?

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    We haven’t scored in last TWO innings. WOW!

  22. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Ryan seems to be having fun out there

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Ryan still learning, but his glove has never been a problem.

    OK boys second time around let’s score.

    48 k now

  24. Steady Eddie - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Marquez’s SZ stinks. Seems regularly to refuse strikes entirely within the zone on the inside corner and the bottom of the zone. Just as he did twice to Druuuu in the infamous ninth inning of game five.

    • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      I keep forgetting about that. druuuuu did strike him out twice.

  25. Section 222 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Oh goodness you guys. Did none of you read the numerous posts today about it? Eric is convinced that the Nats wanted to plunk Morse because of the Strasburg shutdown. I don’t buy it for a second, but FP was like, “Morse is the last guy they would want to hit.” Totally ignoring the controversy.

    • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Huh? That makes no sense

    • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      That’s a big reach. No way.

    • NatsLady - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      My opinion is that Barrett was told to plunk Morse. I have no idea why.

    • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Wait, back up. I never said I was convinced of anything but the possibility. And, I really don’t think the suggestion is *that* much of a stretch. Also, his comments were about more than just the shutdown.

      Beyond that, even if I *were* convinced, that would hardly mean anything 😉

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Rockies scored again trailing 10-8

  27. NatsLady - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    The Barves scored 10 runs but Justin Upton left in the 4th with a hamstring injury. The Rox have now scored 8, so it is 10-8 after 5.

    Man, I like the way Fister works. Get this man his six runs, boys.

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      See — the Rox _do_ know how to go for the extra point

  28. adcwonk - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Is anybody concerned that Fister doesn’t seem to be keeping the ball down very much thus far? (3 fly outs already)

    • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Hrm…he kinda is, but his pitches seem to be moving like crazy…

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    I doubt t,hat is overturned

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      As I thought, I didn’t see that as a good challenge

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        I looked at it on stop motion, he was out by about 1 inch. Didn’t think they’d overturn it but he was out. Bad play by Danny, tho. Too casual.

  30. Steady Eddie - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Sorry, I’m more concerned that Marquez is calling balls on multiple Fister pitches that are entirely within the zone. “Ball” one to Pagan was per GameDay several inches inside the zone. I know GameDay can be off on the margins but that wasn’t even close.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      This ump’s zone is poor

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Pitch track had 1 and 3 were strikes

  32. Steady Eddie - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    “Ball” one to Prnce was entirely in the zone by PitchTrack as well.

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

      That knock to Marquez chest rattled his brain.

  33. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Whew

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    This ump has a strange zone

  35. Steady Eddie - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Doesn’t seem to faze Fister in the least, though. I love this guy.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Rockies pitching not to good tonight. Now 12-8

  37. chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    horrible ump… Fister is pitching well, not getting calls

  38. davecydell - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Maybe Fister will learn something from all that:
    when you have the pitcher 0-2
    don’t screw around

  39. chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Nats battling.. Go Rochy

    • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      well… that was quick

  40. naterialguy - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Gotta love speed on the bases

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    A ball hit that slowly should never be a double play unless a catcher is running.

  42. David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Bumgarner is as good as advertised

  43. naterialguy - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Pretty even game

    • dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      yeah and their bullpen is almost as good as ours

  44. dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    my mid season pick for cy young

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      I would go with Adam Weinwright

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Way Doug Fister is going maybe he can catch up

      • dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        when we hit against him, he will be my mid season pick…
        small ball game with the strong wind blowing from the cold pacific

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Someone mentioned before and it is noticible. Fister’s pitches are up.

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Yes, I noted that. Actually, I noticed on the very first batter of the game (but didn’t mention it till the 3rd)

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        He gets in trouble up, and back down less up, but still up.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    The pitch is up again. McCatty go fix his arm slot to bring the ball down.

  47. naterialguy - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I gotta tell you Zimmerman does not look like he has only been an outfielder for one week.

    • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      +1

  48. adcwonk - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Nice Houdini act by Fister.

    Two hits to start the inning, a productive out and . . . no runs.

  49. David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Fister doesn’t have his best command today by any stretch, but he’s still putting up zeroes against a really good offensive team.

    • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Umps not helping.

      Great base running by Ian

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      He has no choice, he’s getting the bottom quarter of the zone and the inside portion of the zone taken away from him, even on what should be indisputable strikes. Where else in the zone is he supposed to get strikes?

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        If I recall correctly, the first two pitches of the game were high for balls, and (vaguely remembering) that the third pitch was in the strike zone, but also high, that Pagan made an out on.

  50. naterialguy - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Some chinks are showing in both pitchers armour

  51. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Safety squeeze plz!

  52. David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Squeeze is the play right here.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Has anyone thought maybe Danny should just bat right handed.

  54. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Horrible bunt

  55. chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    that hurt

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    What a waste bunt on top of the ball. Can’t hit the top pull the bat back, because it is a ball.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Almost over the head. Good job Span

  58. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Nice job span

  59. naterialguy - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Nice battling by Span

  60. dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    the amazing anthony rendon

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Anthony Rendon thought he was helping Danny I am assuming.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      yes…i think i’m getting tired. so the gmen think the nats are the best team they’ve seen even w/o harper’

  62. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Almost a disastrous mistake by Anthony. Great hustle by Espinosa!

  63. David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Not a TOOTBLAN to get caught there, it’s a smart play but Rendon screwed up by not getting in a rundown. The run almost didn’t count because Rendon was tagged out quickly.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      With the arm the left fielder had, probably wasn’t needed

  64. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    TOOTBLAN?

    • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Lol, I felt dumb asking, but also wondered.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Thanks, Eric! Learn something new every day.

      • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        YW! I learned about it last year hereabouts. Candide used it, iirc.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      http://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=Tootblan

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        Well, that’s not exactly a word – it’s an acronym that stands for Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop,

  65. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    2-0. Is it enough?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      I don’t think so.

  66. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Hunter pence freaks me out

    • Eric - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Ha!

    • chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      yah..he looks a bit crazy…those eyes..

      • scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        Him, clowns and garden gnomes. I’m turning on my night light.

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Got to shut them down after we scored

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Was hoping….

    We hit a slow roller it was a double play unexpectedly, pence I knew should not be caught but washooing

  69. veejh - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Rolin, rollin, rollin!!

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Pitch track said ball 1 was a strike. This ump doesn’t like low strikes. Seems he judges at the mitt not the plate.

  71. chaz11963 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    FIST(ER) PUMP !!!

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Wish NASN would let us see where the 3b is playing when ALR is up

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    RISP time

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Unproductive out

  75. David Proctor - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Poor AB by Zim.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Damn if Zim had hut it like Ramos……

  77. scmargenau - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Go long Ian

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Walk Ian?

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Review?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Looks the same as the last one, way way close

  80. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Safe?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Way out

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Dang….

  82. veejh - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Out by a mile

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2014 WASHINGTON NATIONALS!

  83. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Damn it!!! Freaking replay :/

  84. NatsLady - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oh, I would have liked that run! Fister has been walking a tightrope.

  85. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Zim’s AB may have cost us a run. Have to hit it to the right side there. Nobody is perfect, but you’ve gotta be close against the Giants. Every run is important.

  86. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I didn’t think he was safe. Desi made it close. The replay givith and the replay takeith away.

    ( boy did autocorrect fight me on that!)

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Our RISP 1 for 7. Giants 0 for 4

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    That ball was way up….

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Both teams double to start 6th.

    Why is Fister trying to throw high pitches? That is not a good call.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Why do you assume he’s trying to throw it high?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Because Ramos’ mitt was up

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        The rest of the high pitches were meant to be low

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      So you know for a fact that he shouldn’t throw a high pitc? You have a better game plan than Ramos/Fister for pitching to these hitters? Come on.

  90. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Where was that extra slo-mo zoom on the play in the 1st where there wasn’t conclusive evidence?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      MIA

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    oroductive out. Just like us

  92. adcwonk - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    At this point: 4 ground outs, 8 fly outs. This is not the A-game Fister, but he’s gutting it out so far . . .

  93. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Still no walks, huh? Silly.

  94. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Out!!!!

  95. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Fat boy aint scoring on that line drive.

  96. NatsLady - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    NICE THROW, JAYSON!!!!

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Drama….

  98. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Wow, Werth!

  99. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Werth nice throw. Blend someone out that much, third base coach misread the play.

  100. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    50 SO now with no walk?

  101. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    LOL… JW gunned him fat boy down

  102. Eric - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2014 WASHINGTON NATIONALS!

  103. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Honestly, not the greatest toss by JDub. Horrible send by Giants 3rd base coach.

    • scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      What???

    • chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      C’mon Man!

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      3 feet to the right of the plate?

  104. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    DAMN they look good. Looks like October baseball

  105. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    I repeat dump the left handed. His swing so much smoother right handed.

    • scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      He has no idea how to see righties from the right. It would be like little league. His whole life he’s seen rhp from the left

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      This discussion has been going on for years. You don’t think you’re the first to suggest it do you?

  106. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Where is our buddy who says we are terrible he has been missing a week and half.

    • chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      lol

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        LOL

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Seeing Bumgarnner makes me frustrated thinking about Det….

    • scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      Trade det for second basemen

  108. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    SWM ? Ha. I guarantee he’s reading this

  109. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    I hope Storen is up behind Fister this inning just in case. Fister has been up for a while now and getting away with it.

  110. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Streak
    Over

  111. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Ball 1 according to pitch track was a strike. But so many high pitches. Late in game walks mire sickening then early in game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      More

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    I’m with MW here… I’d have left Fister in too…

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Keep the ball down please

  114. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Nice job Rendon

  115. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Rendon gem!!!

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Nice job Fister…. Nice job!!!

    Whoop, whoop Rendon!

  117. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    What a throw by Rendon. Dude has a cannon!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      The cannon of Rendon is why I want Zim working at second

  118. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Can you say “WOW”

  119. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Bringing Clippard for 8th?

  120. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Knocked Bumgardner out

  121. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    No way Zim can play 3rd again, especially after seeing a play like that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      The pitch track couldn’t find the first pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Keep the ball down

  122. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Clippard’s going to have a really tough 8th. Pence, Posey, Sandoval. Save might be then.

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: In the last eight games, Nats starters have a 1.09 ERA. That’s good, right?”

  124. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    I’m worried to see soriano

  125. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    This inning right here could be the ballgame.

  126. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    The pitch track couldn’t find the first pitch.

  127. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Oh my Clip.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Tad bit high…. By *pinches fingers* this much… :-)

  128. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    HotRodesque

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    And my nerves are on overload…

  130. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Shades of Matt Chico and who was that lefty that launched one into the first base seats?

  131. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Clip seems to have no command tonight. Scary.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      True

  132. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Clip! Dang it

  133. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I asked for it low but low in the zone not just low.

  134. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Lord have mercy….

  135. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Not good. Come on Clipp. Dont blow this.

  136. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Beast payback ?

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      Stop it

  137. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Come on Clippard

  138. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    I hate pitchers owning innings… Would have preferred Drew this inning…

  139. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    For having number 1 bullpen they sure don’t do anything easy do they?

  140. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Sit Beast! Loomed lime he sat on the change. Way behind.

  141. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    *checks blood pressure*

  142. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Look where that pitch #1 was to Morse from Clippard. Dead red center.

  143. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Now elevate fb

  144. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Whew.

  145. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Clippard scares us but succeeds

  146. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Talk about makin us stress.

  147. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Let’s get a couple of runs here.

  148. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Feel like I’m fixin to tuck.

  149. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Buffalo!!!

  150. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I hope the defense is properly aligned for Soriano’s liking this year in this park. Put them where his nephew would be.

  151. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Crap. Buff stop running so hard

  152. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Uh-oh

  153. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Hopefully, Ramos is ok….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      +1 and all of NatsTown

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Hard to believe anything could be serious from that, but never know.

  154. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    What was that? Looked normal to me.

  155. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    And a good recovery by FP. Hah!

  156. Danny - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Ramos jeez…

  157. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Great time for McLouth to steal here.

  158. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Ramos going in tne tunnel. Not good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      They took him out of the game because he hurt his hand. Where did you think he was going?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        Putting ice or heat which ever.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Or taking an x-ray then applying ice or heat or which ever.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        So, usually when playersare substituted, they go down the tunnel? I thougnt tbe went to thebench?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        He was substituted clearly because something was wrong hence the trainer and manager came out to 2nd base, and that’s why he didn’t go stay on the bench.

  159. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    At least make contact Espi. That would be progress.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Progress.

  160. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Soriano time…. It’s gonna be a clean inning… :-).

  161. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Tucking it up here boss.

  162. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Matt Williams talks about aggressive baserunning and he finally has his match-up with McLouth on 2nd and a righty at the plate with 1 out. Why not steal with a 2-0 count?

    Perfect spot to put the pressure on the Giants.

  163. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Throw strikes low

  164. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    I hate the wat sori pitches. He’s been very lucky all year. Bring in Drew

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      The good graces he earned earlier he is starting to give it away.

  165. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    That pitch anywhere near where Loboton targeted.

  166. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Crawford doesn’t matter. Just get three more outs. If he scores, who cares.

  167. hitmeimopen - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    You’re watching it in action, folks…the full Soriano meltdown! Untuck now, Raffy. May not get a chance when you get lit up.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Do you feel foolish now? You should.

  168. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    MW better ger Store up, we cannot give this away.

  169. Danny - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Pitching from behind to 7-8.. Come on now.

  170. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Can’t keep falling behind… But huge 1 out….

  171. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Sure wish we had got that insurance run, but our batters couldn’t do the job.

    Need 2 outs

  172. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    All these guys have great numbers vs Sorryano

  173. hitmeimopen - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    He won’t stop here. Watch him walk the dude.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      MW are you warming up Store?

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      How about now? Hmm.

  174. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Throw outer part strikes

  175. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Soriano, some advice, get ahead in the count by throwing a quality strike 1.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      He did. And he got the job done.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        No he did not. Only to the last batter did he throw a 1st pitch strike, and got got behind 2-0 to Crawford, 3-1 to Hicks and 3-2 to Sanchez and threw none of them strike 1’s.

        I don’t make this stuff up. If you want to change the facts, play baseball on Playstation.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        That comment is beneath you Ghost. He did get the first strike on the last batter. And he did get the job done — the Nats won and he got the save. I was on pins and needles just like you, believe me. But in the end, he and we got to untuck, and that’s all that matters. You can’t ask for more than 13 of 15. Except on Playstation.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        I acknowledged he got the 1st strike on the last batter. He also had 2 runs to work with and got the save and I’m thrilled that the end result was positive. With all the blowouts it’s been tough to get these relievers work. 😉

    • Sonny G 10 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      +1, Ghost @ 1:09 AM. He was damn lucky he didn’t blow another save. Giants helped him out by swinging at pitches out of the strike zone.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        +2 relievers rusty

  176. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    We have been here it seems last Saturday.

  177. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    I will never trust Sori. Not sure why.

    • Sonny G 10 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:39 AM

      Maybe it has something to do with those meatballs he throws right down the middle of the plate.

  178. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Woop woop. Stressful ending,

  179. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Thank Goodness!!!

  180. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Maloox needed but we survived

  181. Danny - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    First pitch strike!?! 😀

  182. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    UNTUCK! And to all a good night. :-)

  183. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Nice win and pray Wilson Ramos is fine. Good outing by Fister.

  184. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    He started throwing strikes…. Nice…

    Just a great game! And Nats win!!!!!

  185. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Nothing but carnage for the carrion fowl!
    Honestly? Raffy had me cussing him!

    • Sonny G 10 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      Me also, Joe.

  186. Drew - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Outstanding. How about the starting pitching?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Starters been great. Relievers scary but successful.

  187. stoatva - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    I whimpered all the way through the bottom of the eighth, and was ready to lose it completely in the ninth.

    I hope something will be done to get Drew Storen out of the seventh and into these crucial situations, for which he seems better suited than Clippard or Soriano.

    On the other hand… Go u natz! Take the series tomorrow!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      Be careful what you wish for.

  188. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    How long is Fister signed through 2015?

  189. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Ray calling Bumgarner the best pitcher on the Giants staff. I think Hudson has pitched better but can be debated.

  190. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Playing with house money the rest of the series as far as I’m concerned. That doesn’t mean don’t try to win or anything like that, just that I won’t be terribly upset if we lose. We’ve done our job. A win tomorrow would make me ecstatic.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      So, I will admit that I will be disappointed if we don’t take this series… Especially since I bet money at my job that we would win this series 3-1…. :-)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      A split in the next two would be a great series. Worst case a good series.

  191. NatsLady - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    So, you wanted to win a one-run game. There you are.

  192. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Love a good game with pitching and defense…. Just a great game…. And even better outcome… :-)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Well said. It was a clean game and to be honest some lucky BABIP. Pagan smashes one that Rendon snares and turns into a doubleplay.

      That’s living right. 3 weeks ago that’s a RBI double down the line.

  193. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Hamstring tightness for Ramos. He should never, ever run.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      They were looking at the hand not leg

  194. stoatva - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    @Nationals: #Nats Manager Matt Williams said catcher Wilson Ramos left tonight’s game with right hamstring tightness. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow.

  195. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Hamstring tightness for Ramos? Better than his hand I guess but sheesh, here we go again.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      I bet you Fister was having flashbacks of his outting against the Giants before… When he gave up no runs only for the BP to come in and lose it…

      I’ll admit, I was having those same thoughts….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        The Giants have been scoring runs this year and that 2 run lead certainly could evaporate quickly as you could see in the 9th. Luckily it held up.

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Not good no matter which way u cut it

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        I think I’d rather have a hamstring TBH. Hopefully it was just cramping.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        I dunno. Ramos + hamstring issue = no bueno

  196. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    My hope is that Ramos just felt a little tight and they said “we need a fast runner here anyway, let’s just take you out in case.”

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      I’m hoping the same thing. He didn’t pull up lame. Hoping its just tight.

  197. scmargenau - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Eat some face!

  198. stoatva - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Holy carp! Yoenis Cespedes.
    http://atmlb.com/1mFPtCn

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      The Angels tweeted out a snarky message to Cespedes that I think read “We know you have an arm”.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      That’s just sick right there…

  199. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Get your bananas here…

  200. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Welp, at a minimum, we split w the Giants. We can hang with big boys. Now the rest of baseball can shut up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      The only team the Nats haven’t hung with was the Barves and the A’s. Look how short-handed the Nats were in that series.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Braves next. I feel a whooping coming their way..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        Speaking of hamstrings, Justin Upton pulled his and is listed day to day.

  201. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Nighty night fellow Natties. Feeling good about the rest of this series.

  202. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Glad to be proven wrong! Nice win!

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:02 AM

      Author needs to do more research on our starters.

  203. Pete "Hit 'n Run" Wood - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    I’m losing too much sleep with the nats in SF, but this streak is too good to miss!

  204. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Just woke up and first thing I did was check in here and inadvertently hit the “report comment” again. Man, is that thing in a bad spot for me when I’m using my IPad. I do it a lot, and have never done it on purpose. Sorry, Mark and Chase, but not only is it in a bad spot, but it is really sensitive. And it doesn’t take a double click, either.
    Anyway thanks for the link, NL.

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