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

    The SF Giants ERA jumped up BTW

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

    Hunh! Draw walks.

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

    OK Zim, your due an RBI hit

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

    Thought that was ticketed for RF

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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….

  8. 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….

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

    Blevins pitching to contact.

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

    one more out and the seagull game can start

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

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

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

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

  13. 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.

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

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

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

    An 8-pitch 9th inning save.

    And . . .

    Alone in first place by a game!

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

    They went down pretty easy after all.

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

    Good work from the BP 3 innings 1 hit.

  18. 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!!!!

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

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

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

    Bravo!

  21. 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….

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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 . . .

  30. 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!!!

  31. 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!

  32. 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

      +

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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

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

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

  37. 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.”

  38. 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.

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

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

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

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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. :-)

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

    Wheres a new post.

  45. 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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