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Game 64: Nats at Giants

Jun 11, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT

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In their quest to win their third straight in San Francisco and their 10th in 12 games overall, the Nationals will be short-handed tonight. Wilson Ramos, who tweaked his right hamstring stretching a base hit into a double in the ninth inning last night, is out of the lineup tonight. Whether Ramos, who has dealt with so many leg issues in the past, needs to miss even more time remains to be seen. (UPDATE AT 7:25 P.M. — Ramos told reporters in San Francisco he expects to go on the 15-day DL.)

The rest of the Nationals’ lineup is intact, with Denard Span and Anthony Rendon again hoping to set the table and stay as red-hot as each has been. They’ll be going up against a formidable foe in Giants right-hander Matt Cain.

Tanner Roark gets the start for the Nationals, trying to keep this rotation’s remarkable streak of quality starts going. It currently stands at 11.

Enjoy one final late-night game, and be sure to check back tomorrow morning for analysis from Chase…

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, 55 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (34-29)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Tanner Roark

GIANTS (42-23)
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
1B Michael Morse
SS Brandon Crawford
2B Brandon Hicks
LF Gergor Blanco
3B Joaquin Arias
RHP Matt Cain

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

461 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. letswin3 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    letswin3 ….. and if that works out, I might have to change my handle to letssweep !!

  2. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 54s
    Wilson Ramos says he’s going on the DL. #Nats need two healthy catchers, so even though Ramos’ injury isn’t serious, move needed to be made

    Excuse me while I go curse the baseball gods.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      I thought he was just starting to get his swing back too. He had been struggling for a while after he came off the DL, but he’d been getting hot. So frustrating.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Man that’s tough.

  3. NatsLady - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Frandsen is the Nats’ emergency catcher, per Kilgore. He caught JZ’s bullpen… A good sign is that (apparently) Solano and Leon are staying put.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Leon is on his way to SF. Ramos to DL

      • Eric - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        :(

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        Time for a Charley Brown “aughhh”!

        Well, there’s a possibility for when Bryce returns. HE CAN GO BACK BEHIND THE PLATE! (It’s a little like CF, right?)

        I wish I was 100% kidding, but at this point, with the way this team is playing finally….

        The baseball gods can go suck eggs.

  4. Eric - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Wainwright to undergo tests on elbow

    Sheesh

  5. NatsLady - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Ha! So much for Kilgore’s optimism.

  6. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I know Ramos had been feeling good with his legs, but he should just stop running. It’s not worth it. He should only take doubles if he can coast in easily. He played so many games in a row at the end of last year because he didn’t push it.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Not possible…instincts come in and good aggressive baserunning rules the limbic portion of the brain.
      Problem is some bodies are not as durable as others. Gehrig/Ripkin/Desmond durability vs Mantle/Texiera….All great ball players…just the price you pay for greatness sometimes….he’ll be back…
      Fortunately, Rizzo was prepared with deep catching depth

  7. Doc - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Ugh…..I see a ….bi-monthly problem here with the Buffalo!

    Don’t think that he was meant to run bases, maybe just hit.

    Don’t they have him work on daily exercises with the hammy??? Even after the last occurrence has been rehabbed?????

    Damn….Damn…..Double Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Incredible…! This is just incredible.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Ramos to the DL???? Ugh, we can’t catch a damn break… Ugh, just UFB!!!!!!!

  10. texnat1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    We need to get Ramos a live in yoga instructor.

  11. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Trying to read between the lines (optimistically), if Wilson Ramos played any other position (INF, OF) he might well just sit out four or five games and the Nats would work around it (much like they just did with Anthony Rendon for three games). But you can’t do that with a catcher, hence the need to bring someone up from AAA and put Mr. Ramos on the DL. Could it be worse than that? Sure. But that’s the way I’m going to read it until I hear otherwise.

    • unkyd59 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      I like it…. I gonna go with that too, Eugene…… Yep, that works for me!

    • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      and if that doesn’t work, he can join Zimmerman, Werth, Moore in line for available 1b spots.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      I agree with you and I believe that’s the case. Problem is, we’re missing him for 15 games either way and that’s unfortunate.

    • zmunchkin - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Excellent insight/point Eugene. Hope you are right.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Why not DFA Dobbs and call up Leon? Oh well . . .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        or DL Dobbs with a blister and call up Leon. I don’t think they were creative enough.

  12. davecydell - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Ramos out, not that big a loss, Loba has been pretty good.

    Win this one Tanner, and the Nat’s will be looking for that broom to fly out of San Fran on.

  13. Sonny G 10 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    We need to get Wilson some bionic hamstrings. Maybe TJ surgery for hamstrings and call it WR surgery.

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

      WR surgury. Like the though of stronger hamstrings

  14. natsfan1a - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Crud on Ramos. Feel better, Buffalo.

    In other news, they have a ballgame to play tonight. Go, NATS!!

  15. letswin3 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I’m out of my element in asking this, but is the Astros Jose Altuve even touchable? I’m again out of my element by wondering what it would take to get a second baseman with his numbers and potential. I expect that one of you will tell me he’s a building block that’s part of the Astros foundation for the future, but do they need a second very good outfielder (Span, although he’s only wrapped up for the short term) and some pitching? He could solve several emerging quandaries, if Span were to be part of a deal for him.

    Sure sorry to hear about Ramos.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      The Astros have no need for a short-term rental and they already traded for a CF in the offseason (Dexter Fowler). Altuve is under a very team-friendly contract so there’s no need to move him either.

      • letswin3 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        That’s somewhat what I expected to hear. But I guess my thought wasn’t so much that they “need” to move him, but that they might instead be convinced to move him for “the right price”. I was alluding to Fowler when I mentioned a “second good outfielder”, because Span compares favorably with their corner outfielders, and I thought that maybe he and Fowler might look kind of special in the same outfield.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I knew as soon as they said tweak that meaner 15 day DL.

    HAD they said pulled ha sting that would be 6-8 weeks.

    Our training staff under plays everything, no one should be surprised.

    He walked off the field not that bad, but got worse fast.

  17. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    The worst part is that this means we’ll be less than 100% when we face the Braves…again.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Well of course we were going to be less than 100% anyway, but you know what I mean

      • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        But Justin Upton has the same injury as of last night

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Justin has same injury according to their beat reporter. Bet no DL for him.

  18. Nats fool - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    No doubt Ramos is a physical specimen. But he may be too bulky to play catcher in the Majors. He hasn’t been healthy for two years. About time to cut bait when we can develop or trade for a better alternative. It’s too bad because he has scary power potential for that position. His body is just not built for the rigors of MLB. Too bad.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      There have been catchers far more bulky than he is. There are catchers now more bulky than he is. I don’t think that’s his issue.

  19. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Darvish pitching tonight against the Fish. If we can win tonight again, likely to gain a little distance on the Fish.

  20. tcostant - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Losing Ramos is a huge loss, the lineup was rolling with him and now the bottom third is weak…

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I am so pissed

  22. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Pouring rain here in Shaw, tornado alerts in NoVa. Good night for a ballgame in The City. Popping a steam beer and remembering the buffalo stew at Tommy’s Joynt on Geary.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      up here in the people’s republic as well.
      Good show about the folk scene on pbs…:Does that make us all feel closer to City Lights and Keroac
      I’ve only been to the city by three times so don’t know it well
      This neighborhood looking good
      http://www.jdland.com/dc/index.cfm

  23. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Man I am so depressed now. It is always Ramos. Why?

  24. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    But while we’re on the subject of the Buffalo legging out two close doubles and then pulling his already-dicey hamstring, and in San Francisco…

    • natsfan1a - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      I dunno, maybe he felt lucky? Heh.

  25. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Drew Silva ‏@drewsilv now
    Tyson Ross just fanned seven batters over seven shutout innings against the Phillies. Now has a 2.97 ERA, 84 strikeouts in 88 IP this year.

    For those who act like that game didn’t count.

    • chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      If only the Padres could hit they would be a very good team.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      It was against the Phillies. :-)

  26. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Braves and Marlins getting killed. Need some of that Roark magic tonight. Sole first place tomorrow.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      4-0 in Colorado is like 1-0 anywhere else.

  27. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Braves and Fish both losing. Braves down 4-0 in Colorado, so that’s practically nothing. Fish down 5-0 to Darvish. That’s practically over.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      I divide all scores at Coors by 2 to translate to mean sea level.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        The fact that Colorado’s pic ting is bad at any elevation, I recommendation is to divide by 3 , so the score is 1.33 – 0

      • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        ;)

  28. stoatva - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I’m gonna have to adjust my internal clock back again when the Nats come home, aren’t I?

    • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      flying back East is always harder..try some melatonin

  29. chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    No Panda tonight.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Flu

      • chaz11963 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        Yah, I know MLB teams always say that… but really? Who gets the flu in June? I suspect it’s kind of a catch-all generic reason to be out for a day or 2. He could just have a bad hangover, but they will call iit the flu.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        I don’t disagree at all as that’s quite possible.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        There’s been a cold-type whatever going around my crew. Some of them are also hungover, too, so I can tell it isn’t just that. But yeah, they have to call it something. “Flu-like symptoms.”

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

        That’s the good weather Spring “flew” as in “flew the coop” for a day off of golf.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        I got the flu in June one time… Awful, awful thing to have… I was off work for 5 days becuz of it…

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Remember, it’s cold and windy S.F. Besides, what possible reason do they have to come up with a phony reason for giving the guy a night off? This reminds me of when JZnn had flu like symptoms and a whole lot of folks here were convinced it was a ruse for some sneaky rotation re-ordering. Ridiculous.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Fish are losing 6-0 and Barves are losing 5-0

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Teheran was leading the Majors in ERA before their game. Now he has given up 5 earned and he looks very lost on the mound. Welcome to Rockie Mountain High where breaking pitches don’t always break.

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Can’t wait for these guys to get back home… My sleep is all over the place..

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

      It’s not the staying up, it’s the going to the office the next day that’s the problem.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        You ain’t lying… At least staying up to see wins helps… :-)

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    RISP time

  33. dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Cain is not Able to find the plate

  34. dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Dave Righetti should be the pitching coach for Don Mattingly

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

    Love those easy takes.

    How many guys do you think he’d have to walk in a row to get pulled here?

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Let’s cash it in… Go Nats!!!

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Wow pitching terrible and gives him a strike

  38. unkyd59 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Looks like a short night, for Cain….?

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I hope the blue helps Tanner tonight, too….

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    How do you give Cain a strike on that 1-0 pitch. Come on blue. Don’t gift wrap one for him.

  41. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Mercy strike 1 to LaRoche. Or the Lefty Strike. Take your pick.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Nice job ALR

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Good job ALR.

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Whoop, whoop!!!! Way to go Adam…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      You mean Crawford was playing a shift. They did okay him straight up

  45. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Wow. That’s a GIDP if they’re playing him straight up.

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

    Productive out

  47. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Don’t let him get up. Step on it now.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Wow… The one time Ian doesn’t first pitch swing it’s a dead red meatball….

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

    Danny don’t over swing

  50. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Cain is uncomfortable coming off the mound. Now is a good time for Danny’s bunt-of-the-game.

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    If you don’t swing at fast ball in the middle bit will swing at balls. Maybe he needs to show that same discipline every at bat

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      wouldn’t be the worst thing

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Hit it in the gap Lobo!!!

  53. dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    missin Ramos already

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Oh Lobo…. Unh, I wanted more….

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Loboton, he isn’t throwing balls over so why would you do any kind of swing on a slider no where near the plate.

    Being a catcher he should be able to identify sliders better than all the others.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      his career batting is at odds with expectations

  56. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I know I’m being extremely greedy, but I feel like we sort of let him off the hook with only 3 runs. He had nothing. Desi missed a hanging slider. But hey, I’ll take it.

    • natszee - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Agree

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

      worth a try…Why wouldn’t you at least try it. losing Span in the outfield would hurt the defense considerably while not gaining significant offense advantage. Sorry for Espinosa…He’s paid his dues to be a starter somewhere.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Raise your hand if you predicted adding Bryce Harper would hurt the Nats defense.

        Nah, me neither.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Absolutely hurts compared to taking Span out…
        Where u been son

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        I believe DE will be a starter next year when the Nats don’t pick up Adam’s contract…. Move Werth to 1b, Ryan in LF and Bryce in RF with Span in C….

      • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        could be if they don’t trade up for a more consistent hitting second basemen

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        Easy to say after the fact. That’s the point.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        huh…too late to figure that one out.
        Time to lie down on my sectional sofa anyway.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        took me 3 hrs lying on my sofa but I get it sofa
        Sorry about my slowness

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

      Thanks … If Danny could actually hit with any consistency and make productive outs (not K’s) the decision would be very tough.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        But he can’t, so the decision is easy. :)

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

      I hadn’t seen it. Thanks for posting. Score one for the NatsJack camp.

  57. natszee - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Feel very bad for Wilson. We need to pounce …. Fish & Braves both loosing.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Nasty pitch….

  59. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Was somebody saying something about improved PFP? Nice inning, Tanner. Got all 3 hisself.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Roark nice inning pitching and fielding.

    Now another long half inning.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    So, after a first inning where Cain couldn’t find the SZ, we decide to come out and swing… Ok.

    • coop202 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      At least roark made him work..? Hot bats like to stay hot I guess

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Best at bat that inning was Roark. 5 pitches. The other 2 out in 3 pitches. That is running the pitch count up.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Barves losing 8-0. Book closed on Teheran, 7 earned runs allowed.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      A final in Texas, Fish lose 6-0

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Darvish was the Pitcher, right?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Yes he was.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        Braves facing a callup, Tyler Matzek who you may remember was a highly touted prospect. He just got lifted in the 8th.

      • coop202 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Well it doesn’t seem like we’ll be losing ground tonight. Fingers crossed we can get this one too and gain some

  64. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Bizarre approach that inning. Cain was all over the place in the first inning and didn’t look all that sharp against Roark either. Yet Span swung at the second pitch and Rendon the first.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Go figure except he did throw a fat one to Rendon.

  65. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Braves rallying now. 8-1 with 2 on and no out in the 8th. It’s Coors Field, so no game is ever over.

  66. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Nice catch, but I like that LaRoche is going there.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    That’s a strike???? I mean, either of them….

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Ya, that first low and away, especially.

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

      strike 3 was a perfect slide to golf right out of there. was on the low end, but a lefty would be golfing righties rarely swing at those. They look like ones that can be driven.

      But again a wasted opportunity.

      Both hits for the Giants were on pitches low and the middle like Ian didn’t swing at.

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

    That was low. Too close to take, but not sure why Cain is getting the benefit when he’s been all over the place.

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

      not low enough with 2 strikes and 2 outs to lay off.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Uhm… Pagan, I don’t think you needed to toss that bat like that….

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Danny why swing at first pitch?

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

      Why?

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

        I guess he thought he could pound it.

  71. conatsguy - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Braves loose at Coors 2.67 to .67 ( 8 to 2 if you don’t live in Manassas :-)

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

      dud play a complete 3 inning game?

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    First place

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    RISP time wasted again

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

    We should be up by way more than we are. Might regret it against this team.

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

      No doubt

  75. conatsguy - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Braves lost to rookie pitcher making his major league debut. How sweet it is. Now, LGYFN!

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Can’t keep putting the Leadoff batter on base each inning….

    • adcwonk - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      He’s not “putting them on” — some of these guys are good hitters (Posey and Morse, e.g.)

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Here we go… Critique a player and it’s unacceptable…

        On Morse and Arias, Tanner fell behind… Posey, the pitch was up…

        So yeah, he is putting them on.

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

        Critique a player and it’s unacceptable…

        If you had said “he’s leaving the pitches up” — I’d have agreed.

        Putting them on is a term often used for walks.

  77. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Roark making this harder on himself, three consecutive lead off hit.

  78. adcwonk - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Cain at 83 pitches after 4, fwiw . . .

  79. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Great pitching by Roark! That guy can really locate his fastball.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      He can most of the time.

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    What was Span doing. Allowed thextra base.

    The pirptch was way high easy to drive. Need a k here no grounders or deep flues

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Disappointing defense. Span doesn’t head first dive for Posey’s single and now he scores on triple that Denard actually kicked with his cleat.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Certainly not his inning.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        He also grounded out with RISP. Not his inning

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

        Espinosa just picked Span up. Nice defensive play there.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Didnt think that was a good relay by Desi either… But yeah, defense wasn’t as crisp….

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      i think that would have been an amazing play had he dived. He made a great play keeping the ball in front of him.
      Danny can pick him up if he can get a freakin hit from the left side.
      His bench time cannot come soon enuf….get better Harp

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Nice paint job

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Anyway… Roark with the nastiness to the next batters…

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Great play Danny…. That was fast…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      That is his soecialty

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Espi saves a run

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Let’s get the run back.

  87. TimDz - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Ladies and Gentleman….
    THERE is your Espinosa Value Pick of the day…..
    THAT is why he has value and the Nats are smart to stick with him….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      I agree I hate his bat left handed but love his glove.

      Quit switch hitting.

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

      He still has to stay over Mendoza.

    • Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      And there’s your Espi K with a RISP of the day. Just make contact, please.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      good utility player…Can’t afford his bat esp when two or more starters out.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Our hitters need to cone off vacation.

    Rendon k on a pitch that looked more than enough inside.

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Why swing at garbage….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Apparently bad pitch pick up.

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Alright then…..

  91. conatsguy - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Excellent!

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

    Nice shot JDub howling to the moon!!!!

  93. davecydell - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    did werth set up cain?
    a couple screwy swing, then bang

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Could be.

      I totally called that home run, BTW. FP was going on about how odd those first two swings were, and I just got done saying “Watch, he’ll go deep now.”

  94. Drew - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    His hair was perfect.

    AAOOOOOOOO…

    (Draw blood …)

  95. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    We got the run back on hanging slider

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

    That was Werth’s first homer since May 14. Almost two full months. Great job getting the run right back.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      Your fingers pulled a me. 1 month.

      • ehay2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        Lol MNF, I was trying to figure out what you really meant to type, then I realized that was what you meant to type, and it made perfect sense.

    • David Proctor - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Err, one.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Then he hangs a slider and Zim just walks to the dugout. Hanging slider never ignore them.

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

    Nice inning by Roark.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Good job Roark. By the way I wore my Roark jersey to the Sunday game in Pittsburgh. F.P, knew I was going to wear and made sure he said hi to me. My Fister jersey is in the mail.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Carp: George Kontos is tomorrow and he turns 30

    Me: It’s past midnight in Washington DC so for Nats fans its a Happy Birthday welcome from Ian Desmond!

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Now Espi has to move Desi to 3rd.

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

      Come on Danny. Shorten that swing. These swing & miss K’s are piling up. You have to move the runner to 3rd.

      • Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        You’re a major league baseball player. Just make contact and move the runner over. Please. This is not a Cy Young pitcher we’re facing here.

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

        In April, Espi was laying down bunts for hits. Why not do it there, worse case you get a Sac, best case a hit.

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

        His approach is so wrong, I can’t figure out why it can’t be corrected.

        Something just a little wrong is hard to fix, but something is terribly wrong is easy to fix. Just do it. Espi fights it instead.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I wish someone could correct Danny’s desire to swing at high pitches left handed.

    Right handed he swings at many less high pitches.

    Is his left eye more dominent?

  103. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    What an unproductive out. Just ground it to second, don’t aim for McCovey Cove.

    It seems the approach is so wrong, it would be easy to fix

  104. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    HORRIBLE call on Lobaton. And not too close to take, it was well outside.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Looked like a make up since he didnt get the inside pitch….

      But this blue has been bad for both teams, I think….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      That one was bad.

  105. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Huge inning for Roark right here.

  106. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Cespides (spelling butchered). Miss played ball and cut down Pujols. Is he doing it on purpose

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Nice play by the fielders

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    That is the kind of play Zim cannot make.

  109. Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Ok, let’s be honest. That was a single if Harper or McLouth is playing left. Sorry Carp, but Zim isn’t going to fool anyone on that play.

    • Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Harper throws Morse out easily. Actually, no, Morse doesn’t even try it if Harper is there.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Yes, I tend to agree with this…

  110. conatsguy - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Not to shabby!

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

    See I knew he could play LF…. *looks at Sec222* lol. Hahahahahahahah

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      He can play with the glove but that arm could be weaker than Juan Pierre.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        +++1

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      NOBODY thought he had that.

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

    That’s how you lay out! RZim! If Span did that on Posey it would be a shutout. Just sayin’

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

      Span had no play on Posey’s ball. Just saying.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Not when you try to catch it feet first with your can on the grass. You dive forward on your belly and you catch it.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        +++1

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        You’re demanding diving plays nows GOSM. Have you ever played outfield….diving towards home is incredibly difficult. Span made the right play

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

      Except Span’s was right at him or almost straight, much harder play.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Of course there’s a high degree of difficulty.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Maybe Span was nervous about hitting his head and possibly getting a concussion…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Possibly. I know he says he doesn’t leave his feet for balls.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Nice hustle by Zimmerman!.Span had no shot to catch Posey’s ball, IMHO.Just sayin’

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        +++2

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Zim might not be able rpthrow but still has a glove.

    Fielders saved 2 runs now.

  114. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    OK, NOW he’s a left fielder.

  115. Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    And Harper probably makes that catch too, but not necessarily. That’s a web gem for Zim.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      Harper probably gets that cruising, chest high. The point is, he did catch it. For HIM, that was a good play, and he did make it.

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

      Yanno, maybe this re-ignites Zim’s inner little kid love for the game. Not that he was getting jaded, but he can’t have been enjoying the past year or so, entirely. He had FUN there.

      And this is a game. It’s supposed to be fun, dammit.

  116. Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Pretty soon Carp will be saying he’s one of the best LFs in the league!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      He isn’t yet?

  117. veejh - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Out of town on business, can’t watch. Nice to see another lead. Wow. How’s Roark looking?

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

      Pretty well not over powering like last time, but still effective. Good movement on his fasrball.

      • veejh - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        Thanks.

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        After six innings: 5 hits, no walks, 4 K’s. Pretty darn good for against the Giants. But piching our of trouble a lot because of lead off singles. . . . and a leadoff bunt single in the 7th. He’s night is close to over. A fine job.

  118. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Let’s get a couple more runs.

    BTW I had a grilled chicken and bacon pizza in Tuesday after the 9 runs.

    Also got nuggets for my granddaughter

  119. chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    How can anyone not LOVE Zim? The Face. The Man. Our guy.

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      RZ reminds us: he’s a real all-around athlete (even if his arm might be gone)

  120. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    They are correct the fielding has improved this 4th 18 game segment

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

    I don’t like Roark staying in the game.

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Hicks does what I had hoped Espi would do.

  123. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Good throw he is out.

  124. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Roark back out…. Kinda surprised….

    Espi, take note.

  125. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Get the batter out.

  126. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    MW don’t let him implode

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

    Time for Storen. He’s certainly well rested.

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

      As soon as the first hit was done it was time. Not sure what he waited for. The pitches were suddenly up in the zone.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Makes me a little nervous given the extra rest… But screw nerves…. GO Drew!!!!!

  128. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    What were waiting for.

  129. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Well, he got a ground ball to second. There just wasn’t anybody playing there. Time for Drew.

  130. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Roark never should have started this inning.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Maybe. But he had a 3-run lead, wasn’t near his limit, and had given up lead-off singles pretty much every inning since, what, the 4th? so that’s not dispositive. The next guy hit a DP ball that they weren’t positioned to play, which is not his fault.

      Maybe the bullpen needs work anyway.

      And Panda goes and gets the slider. Not that bad a pitch.

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

    Pablo Sandoval’s flu got better. Imagine that.

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

    I guess the Panda’s flu wasn’t too severe.

  133. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Store 1 more

  134. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    That’s funny…

  135. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Who is going to save this run?

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

    Do you pitch around Sandoval and go at Pagan?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      He pitched him fine until he didn’t elevate strike 3

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    You have Sandoval in a 1-2. Why don’t you elevate the fastball or bounce the slider? Come on guys.

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

      Elevated fast ball was my call, but the other call was fine too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        Sandoval is a chase guy and can’t hit Storen’s 95 at the top of the K zone. They thought they’d be cute with the slider there. Cost you a run.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        I said high heat on the other site, too….

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      I think he probably meant that to be lower, maybe bounce; just didn’t get it there.

  138. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Damn you Storen he hits breaking balls better than fast balls.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      Maybe Wilson Ramos calls a high fastball, where The Lobaton is known to prefer breaking pitches. Just a thought.

  139. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Carp is crazy. Roark is nit responsible for Panda

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      But that does bring to mind the scorekeeping question from the other day. I’ll have to research that one–maybe if Roark put two guys on, if one one them is erased on a force, he’s still responsible for two guys? Just a WAG, but it would explain two mysteries.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        I don’t think so. the new runner should be the responsibility of the new pitcher.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:25 AM

        I would think so, but what’s the rule? Doesn’t matter what I think.

  140. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Oh yes RZim! I love how he called off Desi!

  141. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Zim a real left fielder.

    OK now let’s get that run right back. In fact a couple would be nice.

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    It’s official… Ryan is the best LF in the league…. * looks at Sec222* *snickers*

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      If you don’t count Scott Hairston

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

    That’s a great job by Drew. Up by 3 with 2 on and no out, you’ll give up one run to get out of the inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      True at the beginning, but not after the double play. Circumstances changed

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

      When you come into that situation, I would agree. Once you get the doubleplay and have man on 3rd with 2 outs you have to get greedy and get out with no runs.

      • David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        Well he was trying, but Sandoval hit a good pitch. Hard to be upset about that.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        I think that’s called “Zero-Sum Accounting.”

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

    Ryan has to like it being a part of making good defensive plays again.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      I do believe that would strongly reinforce your own hypothesis that Zim has no yearning to return to third.

  145. Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Defense has been very good. As has been said, Ryan has always had a good glove. He’s getting some good work out there tonight. All we need now is to see him make a home run stealing leap at the wall.

  146. Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Storen did pretty well. Panda’s hit was cheap. But it would have been nice to strike him out there.

  147. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Save is in the 8th again tonight. Pence, Posey, Morse. This inning could be the ballgame.

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

    Clip gets Pency, Posey, Morse. Lucky Tyler Clippard.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      And get them he did!

      • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        +1!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        He sure did. That was an amazing combination of power pitching and finesse.

        Very happy with that. One of the best relief appearances for any Nat this year.

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

      Put him in the NatsJack camp at least for now.

      • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        +1 re: for now

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        I’m with NJ and MW FWIW…And I know Zimm will do what is asked to keep the strongest team on the field.

      • Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Agreed. We’re not as vocal or as certain as the Ghost camp, but I think we’re probably right.

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

    WTF Clip!

  150. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    And Tyler hits the mascot. Again.

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Lol

  151. TimDz - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Tyler….hit the bull….

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Man, Posey’s backswing caught Lobaton in the mask and no comment from Carp or FP.

  153. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Ball 2 to Mirse was the same as the K on Loboton

  154. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    That was a good sequence to Posey…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      That sure was. Now the batter has think, fastball, change, splitter, curveball. Last year it was fastball and changeup.

  155. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    No walks please

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      I will be surprised if he doesn’t…

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        Surprise!!!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        Pleasantly surprised.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        Yep….

  156. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Nice job Style. Batters 2-3-4.

    I plan to take the Maloox now so it will kick in by the bottle of the 9th

  157. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    That was as tough of an 8th inning hold as you will get with those 3 batters and Clippard looked as good as ever. He didn’t back down at all. That K of Posey was brilliant.

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      Yeah, strike 3 to Posey was a thing of beauty.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      Agreed.

  158. Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Great inning for Clip. Morse made him work, but he never gave in. Impressive.

  159. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Game not over until Soriano untucks or Werth catches last out at the wall

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      : )
      Works for me.

  160. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Danniy had to bail due to seagull inteference

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      Maybe if they put up a picture of Randy Johnson, or Dave Winfield, on the scoreboard, the birds would back off?

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        LOL…try to hit the monster seagull Tyler

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        Those two would take care of the birds.

  161. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    The Morse-Clippard ABs have been the most fun to watch this entire season. Great drama

  162. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Yikes….reminds me of a Hitchcock film….The Ks

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      I’d have run like a girl if those birds were around me…. I’m scared of birds… Ugh.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        but you are a girl, right ?
        How else could you run ?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        *snickers* yes, I’m of the female gender… But I pride myself on being kinda tough…. Lol, not with birds around…

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

    Espi needs some serious work left.

    Honestly they would be better off just hitting right. Can’t be worse

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Yes it can. How many long-time switch hitters do you know that stopped hitting from one side?

      There’s a reason you can’t think of them . . . .

  164. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Sorry Bob, Cueto threw a shutout against the Dodgers and now leads MLB in ERA and Hudson #2. Yes, Teheran got tagged for 7 earned tonight.

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      And — I think — threw enough K’s to drop Strasburg to second i the NL.

  165. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Wow, that “seagull” mascot is like the Crazy Crab version of Screech.

  166. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Nice hit ice cream man.

  167. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Dobbs is due. Hit the first night.

  168. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Dobbs must be slow as heck.

  169. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Carp is crazy.

    If Blevins pitches to 1 guy then Soriano would be in save situation because a 2 run lead. The on deck circle is immaterial

  170. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    What in the hell is Carp talking about…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      He is lacking sleep. Totally off base about the save

  171. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Span get a hit

  172. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    So tough to strike Span out.

  173. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Hanging slider

  174. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Swing at one of those ;(

  175. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Rendon looks tired. Just one swing, man.

  176. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Oh goodness… I just realized it’s 1:21 in the morning…. 530 am is going to come way to fast…

  177. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Another hanger not hit

  178. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    What an at bat by Rendon…. Just great….

  179. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Or just an easy take. That’ll play.

  180. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Great walk from Rendon coming back from 0-2.

  181. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    ayson a single is 2. Homer is nice, but single will do

  182. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Come on blue….

  183. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    terrible call

  184. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Ump expands his zone for no random reason there.

  185. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    That was not a strike.

    The hanging slider

  186. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    What? Srsly? One a ball outside, one a ball up, and it’s 0-2??

  187. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Phil Cuzzi is all over the place.

  188. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    That’s what they get… YES!!!!!!!!

  189. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    I love you Jayson Werth!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Look at that swing. Just goes with it like he is using his short iron.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        +3

  190. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Jason Clutch!!!

  191. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Single is nice. Now blevis will start 9th

  192. Section 222 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Sweet. You go Jayson Werth!

  193. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Werth it send the rest to their cars!

  194. Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    What can you say about Jayson Werth?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim.

      • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        I’d like to meet his tailor!

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        Would that be before or after eating face?

  195. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    And that wasn’t a strike either.
    Ah-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!

  196. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    ALR I want a pizza please.

    Git the nuggets.

    Still looking for the diughnuts

  197. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    how do i get up for 9 am meeting…can i get a blog up call

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      My bus comes at 6:58…. I am gonna be a mess…..

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        you’re giving me inspiration…it could be worse..some of the best baseball of the season played in the middle of the night.

  198. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    The SF Giants ERA jumped up BTW

  199. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Hunh! Draw walks.

  200. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    OK Zim, your due an RBI hit

  201. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Thought that was ticketed for RF

  202. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    The Giants won’t go down easily. Game isn’t over yet. Blevins needs to get Crawford out.

  203. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Lined the right direction, just not high enough.

    BTW I doubt Zim or Lopez are alum of UVA both alum to the baseball program. Zim has helped build a bigger faculty.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      Zim did not graduate from UVa, so “alum” is puffing up his resume, technically, you’re right. Don’t know about Lopez.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Read above I had both, but Zim a good contributor

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        I’m pretty sure alumnus means ‘former student’ and doesn’t require that you be a graduate.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:36 AM

        Depends on the context.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Zimm should get an honory degree

  204. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    This was two good teams, but so far, the Giants have blinked in all three games.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      This really has been playoff baseball atmosphere….

  205. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Is this a Loogy situation or is he in for the entire inning, I wonder….

  206. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Blevins pitching to contact.

  207. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    one more out and the seagull game can start

  208. conatsguy - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Ah, first place feels nice. Good job Boys. Let’s sweep tomorrow!

  209. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Yaaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!

  210. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    I don’t have to untuck for this, but I might.

    WTH. I do.

  211. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    The Nats have shocked the Giants. 1st Place all by themselves.

  212. adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    An 8-pitch 9th inning save.

    And . . .

    Alone in first place by a game!

  213. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    They went down pretty easy after all.

  214. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Good work from the BP 3 innings 1 hit.

  215. adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Did anyone predict winning the first three of this series?

    Did anyone predict taking 5 of the first 6 of this road trip?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      I predicted

      2-1 Vs the pads
      3-1 vs the Giants
      3-0 vs the Cards

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        I think I remember that now . . . I thought it was so outlandishly optimistic that I didn’t pay it much mind . . .

        Lesson learned ;-)

        I did _not_ see that coming.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:46 AM

        I had us losing Trienan’s match up becuz of Huddy and for some reason, we can’t seem to give him run support…

        But now, screw 3-1… I’m getting the broom out tomorrow!!!!

  216. Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    I’m… I’m speechless. What an amazing stretch this has been.

  217. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Bravo!

  218. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Reunited with sole possession of 1st place… And it feels so good… Foot on throat, no let up..

    My bus comes in like 5 hours, that’s a problem….

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      Mrs. B, if you tell them you got the “flu” from Panda, I’ll swear to it.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        Something told me to take off tomorrow…. I gotta go to the eye dr at 9… I’m hoping I can open my eyes for my dr to see….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      That’s it, Game 1 and this game and they didn’t let up with the foot on their necks.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        This was another great game…. Yesterday and today…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        Clippard’s 8th was my favourite part if the game. Just nails.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:52 AM

        Mine was Ryan’s play in LF… He really does look to be enjoying himself this year….

  219. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    The Barves had to be thinking, they were going into Colorado, not an intimidating prospect for them, while the Nats get the best team in the NL.

    Good times.

  220. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Look how happy Ryan is. That is as happy as I have seen him in a long long time.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Indeed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        I’m talking a year or so where I haven’t seen him smile like that. He takes so much pride in his defense.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        I’m telling you … he’s having FUN. Don’t under-rate that.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      You wouldn’t think so after that face first catch.
      I remember when Soriano started to play left for the nats…not as pretty.

  221. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    AH….OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (thanks for the link sect 3)

    It’s time for the monster seagull and his minions to reek havoc in birdland.

  222. adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Best comment from before the series started:

    I noted that, oy, we were going to have to face Vogelsong, Bumgarner, and Cain

    And someone here replied: yeah, but they will have to face Strasburg, Fister, and Roark.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      I recall I noted the same and the reply was Yikes, which I agreed with at the tme.

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:51 AM

        “yikes” sounds like something from me (along with “yowza” and “holy moley” ;-) )

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        it may have been you.
        How am I gonna get up for the 3:45 PM game ;(
        I am so wired right now…Anyone up for a game of wiffle ball ?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      +2

  223. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    I’m going to open up a new front on the “What To Do When Bryce Comes Back” discussion. I think this is new turf.

    Let Bryce take McClouth’s “4th Outfielder” spot. Probably have to lose Dobbs, but I’ll take McClouth over Dobbs, and Harper over McClouth.

    Yes, I know that’s not what they’re going to do. Still.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      I think most think Dobbs will go.
      We win the series, YAY

    • NatsLady - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      I said that before, that RZ would not see the infield again (at least not this year), and Harper would platoon in the corners (esp RF at home & against RH pitchers). Then a WaPo story came out that said Matty said RZ would be back at 3B. I’ll believe it when I see it. That is one happy left-fielder. Also, who is to say Bryce will be 100% when he comes back?

      • nats128 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        http://www.masnsports.com/media.php?show_id=2219320&p=

        Ladson asks Matty the question on what to do when Harper comes back. Matty gets real uncomfortable.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        I saw that too. But….

        1. Just cause MW said it don’t mean it’s true. Remember things he said about roster construction back in ST, about Zim shagging balls in LF in the first place, etc.

        2. In this case, the way he said it is telling: “The perfect world is, Zim would go back to third…..” Ahem.

  224. adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Giants loss tonight is the first time all year they’ve lost three straight at home.

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      NICE

  225. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    “@Nationals: Matt Williams on Zim: “He looks like he’s been doing it a long time… He’s just a good athlete. He does all things well on the diamond.””

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      The man’s a baseball player.

  226. rmoore446 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Great victory. Worth staying up for (although I will pay tomorrow). Go Nats!!!

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Werth staying up for . . .

  227. Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    OK

    Won the series against the top team in the NL.
    Took sole possession of first
    Can’t do worse than .500 on this road trip.

    All in all a productive night.

    Go Nats!!!

  228. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    I suspect some guys will get tomorrow off, as they should. Sit Werth and Desi, keep them fresh. 5-1 so far on this roadtrip and the only thing stopping it from being 6-0 is one bad pitch with 2 outs in the 9th. That hurts. But being in first place heals all wounds.

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Makes sense, but . . . alas poor Blake, he gets bad enough run support as it is!

  229. BurnedOnce - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Ok if I’m gonna be doom and gloom when the play like little leaguers, I just need to check in when they’re playing well. Glad to see them pull it together. Go Nats

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      +

  230. adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    OK, guys, I gots to get up at 6:45 . . . this is crazy . . . g’nite!

  231. Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Great win again! No walks again!

    BTW-Reports of Justin Upton being out with his hamstring were premature. He played the whole game tonight in the Braves loss to the Rox.

    Also, Yu Darvish pitched a great game against the Fish, but the injury plaqued Rangers played with Brad Snyder at first base, a 32 year old journeyman minor league outfielder. He never even played a game at first in the minors until a couple of weeks ago.

  232. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    it’s 2 freakin AM..What are you all doing up!

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      It’s the middle of the night, why are you all going to bed??

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:07 AM

        Heck, after a week of this I’m on California time.

  233. NatsLady - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Marlins: Released RHP Henry Rodriguez. (MLB.com)

  234. Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Matt Williams on Zimm going back to 3B: I don’t see where we have any choice. When Harper comes back Ryan will go back to third.”

  235. natsfan24 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    I wonder what the Nats could get for Harper…

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      Giancarlo Stanton?

      Harper even up for Stanton? Interesting….

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:01 AM

        Harper for Paul Goldschmidt? I don’t think so, but it’s better than Rizzo. Probably.

  236. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    I wanted Cano two years ago. All the good second basemen are old.

  237. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    I didn’t see this coming, taking first 3 from giants. Great job guys!!!

  238. Candide - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Best quote – from Werth, of course – regarding Soriano: “The best part about that” (getting the two insurance runs), we could put the big scary guy in his cage and save him for tomorrow. ”

    “Big scary guy.” I like that.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      That’s funny stuff, Candide.

      • Candide - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        Someone needs to do a bit of research and put together a list of memorable Werth-isms. He could end up being as quotable as Yogi Berra.

        You’ve got to show up tomorrow ready to eat somebody’s face.

  239. veejh - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Who doesn’t love this team right now. When was the last time SWM showed face?

    • nats128 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Im to lazy to go find who said it and the memorable line if I can quote after that loss against the Marlins
      “Im done with this team. They stink”

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

        Or, the comment I’m going to keep quoting for a while, on April 25, when he said the season was already over for the Nats.

      • nats128 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        On April 25th?

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Yep:

        secretwasianman – Apr 25, 2014 at 4:00 AM

        Season is gone already.

  240. natsfan1a - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Werth is a quote machine.

    Might as well post this here as well, seeing as how this thread is still active:

    OMG, another happy game results email? Awesome. Will watch the game, which I recorded, later. I do feel a little bit guilty, as I told my old friend in SFO that the Giants might a bit of an advantage going into last night’s game (no offense, Tanner – heh). Eh, what the heck. SFO can go back to winning after the Nats leave town. :-)

  241. nats128 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Wheres a new post.

  242. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Here’s some news while you were sleeping. Freddie Freeman went 0-4 yesterday with 2 K’s to fall to his season low since Opening Day at .279. He was batting .321 on May 9th and looked like he would carry his team on offense.

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