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Game 65: Nats at Giants

Jun 12, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

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After three impressive wins against the Giants, the Nationals enter Thursday looking for the rare four-game sweep. In order to do so, however, they’ll have to overcome their unfortunate history against Giants starter Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.97).

As a member of the Braves for nine years, Hudson dominated the Nationals. He has faced them 29 times in his career and is 16-5 overall with a 2.45 ERA.

Hudson is also enjoying one of the best seasons of his career in 2014. After missing much of last year with a broken ankle, Hudson is second among starting pitchers with a 1.97 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .222 off of him, and his WHIP is a low 0.960.

Blake Treinen (0-2, 1.78) will pitch for Washington as he looks for his first major league win. He has made three total starts, allowing only four earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.

Enjoy the game and look out for analysis from Mark tomorrow morning…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where:
 AT&T Park
Gametime: 3:45 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 60 degrees, Wind 18 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (35-29)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Kevin Frandsen
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Blake Treinen

GIANTS (42-24)
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Michael Morse
LF Tyler Colvin
SS Brandon Crawford
2B Ehire Adiainza
RHP Tim Hudson

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

225 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsLady - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Good luck, Blake. (Also to Gio in his rehab start at Potomac, hope it’s not rained out).

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      +1 (+1)

  2. Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    I Believe I’ll Dust my Broom

    Yeah, yeah, totally different kind of “sweeping,” but whatever ;)

    • Another Tyler - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Great tune!

  3. natsfan1a - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Go get ‘em, Blake! (I typed “Blank” by mistake the first time. :-))

    Go, NATS!!

    • Another Tyler - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Blank Treinen, I like it!

  4. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    I am going to see Gio. Saw him last week too.

    Go Blake.

    • nats106 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Saw Gio last week as well. At least the first two innings were good until they started teeing off on 95% fastballs (or whatever the % was)

      Nats are due against Hudson, and he is due to come down to earth on his numbers. I expect more runs on the board today.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        He couldn’t get the curve over, and the fastball had no movement.

  5. 3on2out - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    The late great Robert Johnson. Nicely done Eric.

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

      +2!!

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Why thank ye kindly!

  6. masterfishkeeper - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Wonder why Frandsen is at second and not Rendon? I’d prefer Rendon.

    I assume as we get closer to Harper’s return, Rendon will get more time at second. (Unless Rizzo and Williams are reading this blog and have decided to follow the recommendations here to move Bryce behind the plate.)

    • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Haven’t looked up the stats, but from what I recall Danny is awful against Hudson.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        I wasn’t questioning Frandsen’s starting over Espinosa, just why not use Rendon at second, where he’s much better than Frandsen? Maybe MW wants to keep Frandsen fresh at as many positions as possible, now that he’s back to utility man status.

  7. scmargenau - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Let’s do this thing! I’m so sick of hearing about Hudson owning us! Gyfng!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Are you going again tonight? I will be in front row in box H

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Got misplaced. Thanks Word Press

  8. Doc - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    The Giants’ TV announcers were noting the loop in Espi’s lefty swing.

    Same loop that DeRosa talked to him about 2+ years ago.

    I think that at some point some things aren’t gonna change. Too bad, that guy is a total dynamo in the field.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Just fix the loop or just bat right handed no loop in the right handed swing

    • natsguy - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      In his scouting report before he got drafted it was mentioned. He has been told about it ad nauseum but refuses to do anything about it, That’s why he is a schmoe (my compromise word). Stubborn and stupid, what a waste.

  9. masterfishkeeper - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    There’s no way we can sweep the Giants in four at AT&T Park, sending a rookie against a Nats killer named Hudson, who is off to one of his best starters ever? Right?

    Or is this a reverse lock?

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Right. And right! ;-)

    • veejh - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      At this point, no one thought what the team has already done so far was possible, so it’s possible.

  10. sjm308 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Just finished reading the 90+ comments from the last post and there were some excellent points made by lots of folk.
    I guess its a little ego but I like when I read something I wrote earlier on being rehashed.

    After reading the Post this morning, it looks like my idea of keeping Rendon at 3rd has been scuttled by MW but I then read comments on here and maybe there is still a shot. I agree that Harper is not close to Span in CF, but my plan called for lots of veterans getting more rest and also had the injury factor built in. No matter what, this is surely a better situation then having to use players out of position like last year (see: Moore, Tyler).

    I hate to think about next year as baseball is enjoyable to me all the time but I think Ghost nailed it with Zimm at 1st, Harper in RF, Werth in LF and Rendon at 3rd.

    I made a bet with my son before this series started and it was for a 6 pack of the beer of my choice if we swept the Giants (he went with the LofD thought that we would be swept). I agree we are playing with house money on this game but my house money will only come through if we win.

    Go Nats!!

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      And we need a sweep for another reason — my 19-yr old Wonkling just returned from a year abroad (where she didn’t have much internet access), and is dying to see a Nats game. This afternoon will be her first of the season (first since last August!). She was going nuts when she landed this morning, watching video clips on her phone of last night’s game, seeing RZ lay out in the outfield (“what’s going on? when did that happen?”. I had a lot of explaining to do this morning. (She also had no idea who Fister or Treinan were.)

      So, here’s hoping, for the Wonkling’s first game of the season (and for getting you a sixpack, sjm), our boys can get her a win today!

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        “I’m gonna call over to China, see if my good girl is over there.
        If she ain’t over in China, she must be in Ethiopia somewhere.”

      • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        lol Sofa, nice.

  11. adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    After last night, Roark finds himself at #6 among all NL pitchers for WAR (according to B-R) !
    Also, 10th in Hits/IP, and 6th in WHIP (!!) — and, of the main 5 Nats starters, is 2d to Fister in ERA and WHIP.

    • veejh - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Ridiculous!!!

  12. natsfan1a - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Some funny stuff in this piece by Andrew Baggarly. Enjoyed his work for the SJ Mercury back in the day.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/instant-replay-giants-fizzle-again-drop-third-straight

    I think this was my fave passage:

    In field
    Fun fact. If you rearrange the letters in ‘range factor,’ you get ‘Zimmerman.’

    Or something like that.

    Attendance
    The Giants announced 41,404 paid, including 1,000 kids in the Junior Giants program who received gloves from Buster Posey prior to the game. Hopefully they were Zimmerman models.

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      This bit was nice, too:

      Tough right-hander Tanner Roark scattered seven hits and didn’t walk a batter while yielding one run in six-plus innings…

      People are starting to notice…

  13. natsfan1a - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Oh, this was pretty funny as well (found in a chat transcript on the same site). Okay, I’ll stop now. :-)

    Chatter’s question:
    Has anyone investigated why the Nats logo looks exactly like Walgreens?

    Andrew Baggarly’s answer:
    Because their pitchers are throwing aspirin tablets?

  14. Doc - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    All right, all right, all right!

    The Nats are gonna win to-day with might!

  15. letswin3 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Eric, just don’t forget who Robert Johnson had to negotiate with in order to make music like that. I’d make the same kinda deal, down at the crossroads, to win a pennant.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Mr. Applegate called and left his number. He wants you to text him right away.

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Ha!

  16. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    We’re pretty much playing with house money today, so I don’t know why we’re not giving some guys the day off (other than Espi).

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

      Because all the games count the same.

      • David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Of course, but you’re going to have to sit them sometime. Especially Werth who is 35. I feel like doing it day game after night game when you’ve won the first three makes sense.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Yeah, but look at that park, and that weather. They’re having fun, they’re going well, they want in.

        Espinosa is off, Desmond got the day off a few games back, IIRC. Lobaton is fresh. Zim is having the time of his life right now. And who would sit Werth during a full moon?!

      • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Oh man! Did you catch FP’s set up of Werth’s dinger last night? It was incredible.

    • Eric - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Day off tomorrow anyway? Although I suppose that’s as strong of an argument for as against.

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        There’s no day off tomorrow. It’s an early game today so they can fly to St.L to open the Fri/Sat/Sun series there. Next day off is Monday.

      • ArVAFan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Day off for the team isn’t until Monday. 3 games at the Cards Friday, Saturday, Sunday. At least the times are more civilized: 8:15, 7:15, 2:15.

    • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      It’s only house money if you look at it as “win the series”. But if you look at it as: we’re finally one game in 1st, it’s not house money.

      Plus, I’m thinking with Blake going against their #1, sitting some regulars down would be like throwing in the towel.

    • veejh - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      No DP. This game puts our stamp on this series. Start everyone.

  17. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Hudson one tough character.

  18. RPrecupjr - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    News flash – Braves down 2-0, bottom of the third in Colorado

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Falling behind batters, something we have avoided during the last couple weeks.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    PpNats game still on as of now.

    Go bug boys Nats hang tough.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Big boys

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Ian a single.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Treinen needs to locate better than he has so far.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Just needs to keep the ball down.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Really only up once as Morse hit one down.

    • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Unfortunately, Treinen seems mostly a one trick pony- sinking fastball over 80% of the time.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        He needs to work in the changeup and slider more.

  23. chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Treinen getting hit pretty hard.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Most of the hits right at the infielders so far. The 1 elevated pitch clibbered. You can elevate pitches. Real simple.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Posey almost clobbered another that was right over the plate.

  24. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    uh oh!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      It is all house money this game. I want this one to, but not the importance it had before the trip

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Must be scared of Pence. Terrible pitching to him both times. No reason for this approach.

  26. chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I suppose we’ve been spoiled by the recent stellar starting pitching, but Treinen looks awfully mediocre to bad.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Mediocre to fair seems right, they are hitting sinkers into the ground.

      Only a grew in the air so far.

      His pitching to Pence has beer less than mediocre.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Idk if it’s that he looks mediocre… I think it’s that since the Nats aren’t leading, we look at it a little different…

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        I think that’s a good point. When the Nats have three, a pitcher giving up 2 doesn’t seem so bad. But if you only have 1, then . . . . etc.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    His velocity has dropped quite a bit already from the 1st inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      But the sinker usually less velocity then rising fast ball.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Good play by Span.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Good field coverage

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Rockies increase lead to 3-0 after 6. Or 1-0 after 2 on the Rockies conversion scale.

  30. RPrecupjr - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Braves down 3-0 in the top of the 7th, so there’s that

    • RPrecupjr - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Off to the spreadsheet I go :)

  31. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    “>On May 12, the Nationals ranked last in the majors in FanGraphs.com’s defensive runs saved metric at -14. The Nationals have moved up to 12th overall, having now prevented eight runs with their defense overall, according to the formula. The Nationals are plus-22 this month; only four teams have saved more runs with their defense all season.”

    That’s a big key to this run we’re on.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Good play by Pegan

  33. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    We gotta do something unusual to best Hudson. I don’t know what but relying on usual strategies may not work.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      A pass ball by Pose is unusual.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Good right field hitting Ryan.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Ghost of Steve M. – Jun 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM
    If Harp doesn’t get injured and Ryan didn’t have his rehab time I doubt this LF thing ever happens.

    Crazy thing about his offense is how many times he’s been robbed. 9th inning last night he crushes one and Morse is playing 10 to 12 feet off the bag with bases loaded and snags it in his tracks.

    Wait for Ryan to go “En Fuego”

    Eric – Jun 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM
    “Wait for Ryan to go “En Fuego””

    Do I have to? I WANT IT NOW!!!

    Ghost of Steve M. – Jun 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM
    When he starts hitting to RF he’s getting locked in.

  36. RPrecupjr - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Braves now down 4-0, bottom of 7th, one out, runners 2nd and 3rd for Rox

  37. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Have we turned a triple play?

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Come on Treinan there is no reason to give the run right back. Fiddles around with Colvin for no reason.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    The whole series the trued to jam Morse. The 2 single were low in the middle where he could extend his arm.

    The walk are totally uncalled for though.

    • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Can’t find the plate. Nerves.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Stammen are you ready yet , if not why?

  41. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Braves down 7-0 bottom 7.

    • David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Make that 8-0

    • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      8 now

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    4-6-3 Nice turn Frandsen

  43. chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    wow….lucky on that one

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Lucky? Why, he got the K he needed and got the pitcher to bite hard on a sinker. That’s how its supposed to work with the bottom of the order if you execute.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        He couldn’t find the plate. Good for him he was able to bear down and get the outs he needed. But I think it’s lucky for a sinker-groundball pitcher to get out of that with no runs even under the best of circumstances. H’es not a strikeout pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        He couldn’t until McCatty came out then he got the job done.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Treinan gets a double play.

    Braves down 8-0

  45. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    See? Had it all the way.

    Now let’s go get some.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    That was priceless…

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Have you ever seen a pitcher toe the rubber against LH batters to extreme to the left side of the rubber.

    • RPrecupjr - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      I believe young Mr. Barrett does just that. Or it could’ve been someone else…..I’m so sleep deprived it coulda been old film of Whitey Ford, I have no idea.

      But I think it was Barrett, I remember Bob and/or FP pointing it out the other night/morning

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Now score boys

  49. ehay2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    That was a huge escape! And it’s the kind of situation, when your team is the one with bases loaded and no outs, that drives you crazy when you don’t score. (I know many people here can relate!)

    Is that a momentum changer for us?

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Keep the line moving.

  51. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I’m barely awake at work…but that’s gotta hurt the dejected GMAN and their followers

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    That Ervin Santana gave up 6 earned and that sub 1.00 ERA he was sporting in April has now ballooned to 4.09.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      All the braves pitchers blew up this week, didnt they?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Colorado can do that to anyone who isn’t properly prepared. If you rely on a breaking pitch they will kill you.

    • ehay2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Perhaps that’s why he was still available when the Barves desperately needed a pitcher?

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I bring in a pinch hitter right here.

  54. dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Lobo, Lobo maaaannnn

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      What’s happening?

      • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Matty boy f’d it up.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Horrible bunt attempt. Gives them a free out. If you had Stammen up, why didn’t you just pinch hit for him Matty? You got 4 innings out of him.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      WTF, we have the best bullpen but our stubborn leader doesn’t like to use them unless absolutely necessary.

      • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Yeah I pinch hit there and try to blow the game open. That may end of costing us.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Treinan inability to bunt cost them.

      Bunting is not hard if you approach it correctly. Treinan in none of three tries approached it correctly.

      • jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        That and the fact that Span grounded into a double play. no?

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Why is he stabbing at a bunt. At little league on we are taught catch the ball with the bat never stab at it.

  57. ehay2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Rookie pitchers. More bunt practice in the minors!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      They never practice in the minor.

      • ehay2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Clearly!

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Poor execution cost the Nats there. With runners at 2nd and 3rd that inning is still going.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Treinan needs to practice bunting a lit. It is a responibikiry as a NL pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Reminds me of John Lannan who would fail in those situations.

        It has to be taught in the Minors as the Cardinals do it.

  59. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Hindsight is 20/20, but how don’t you pinch hit there. We are really trusting Treinen to go through the top of their order again?

  60. jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    You guys are a tough crowd.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    He has thrown many balls than we have gotten used to. Good thing he is the 6th starter,

  62. chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Boy, that was awful bunting for a pro ball player, even if he is a pitcher.

  63. jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Treinen has given up 2 runs in 4 innings. Why are you taking him out for a pinch hitter?

    • Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      The nature of his laborious innings and the fact that our long man Stammen was warmed up. We had a chance to at the very least tie and very likely take the lead that inning against a very tough pitcher. We may not get that chance again.

      • jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        wait a minute. After the failed bunt attempt you still had 1st and 3rd and 1 out. You can’t hang that inning on the decision to keep Treinen in which I think was the appropriate decision.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        But the failed bunt made the DP possible… Had he bunted him over and Span hit the chopper, that a run….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      We’ve a rested BP… Use them… Had Huddy on the ropes… Gotta cash in… And now you have Stammen coming in… Wasted opportunity….

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      For me, it is the opposing pitcher. Hudson has been brutal against us. You take the chance whenever he gives you.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Why wouldn’t you

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Why hang any pitch on 0-2 count. Come on man

  65. secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Sorry everybody. The last time I watched the Nats they lost to Rangers. I just turned it on and Blake couldn’t bunt and Span bounces into DP. M y fUlt going away now.

    Braves getting killed

    • Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      See you later!!! :D

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        We are losing look who shows up. Why miss the wins?

      • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        I was sleeping. I’m not complaining. Lay off. You going to St Louis this weekend? Hope not cause I am.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Stop watching please.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Agreed says nothing in all the games we win.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Why did you stay away so long ???
      We need more of your insightful analysis.

      • adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        Because the Nats were winning.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    The glove flip not wise when Posey makes it 45 feet down the kine. A chance of an error way higher.

  67. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    5 innings, 2 runs. Take it and run. He kept us in the game. DON’T GET GREEDY BY PUTTING HIM OUT THERE FOR ANOTHER INNING

    • Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Good job on getting through the top of the order again though. Still would’ve liked the pinch hitter. Hindsight!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      He did OK, we have seen only greatness recently.

      Work on bunting before next time.

  68. secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    How about McClouth and Ross and GIO for Samardza?

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Haha!! Man, you got some jokes.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Why? Cubs wouldn’t want that.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    There is a reason Rendon could nit reach that pitch. It was outside.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Go with the slider to right when tails away.

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    OK ALR do your thing.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Piling on to that pitch count.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    OK Zim do your thing.

    Keep the line moving.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Zone shrinking

  75. adcwonk - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Treinin’s produced 10 outs on the ground, 1 fly out.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    1 foot over that is a run.

  77. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Maybe we need to start the runners to get them out of position.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Talk about some lucky pitcher BABIP. Unreal.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Ejections fly in Colorado…

  80. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Arg radio guys with the fakeout call :(

  81. ehay2k - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Terrible BABIP for the Nats. But they are print the wood to Timmy’s pitches.

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Now you pull Treinen? You got 1 extra inning out of him and that’s it. If you pinch hit for him with no outs, who knows.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      I don’t understand it either… Wasted opportunity…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      I have more problem with the bunt than the non pinch hut.

      Btw Stammen is not pitching as well as Treinan so far.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Let’s hope he learned his lesson.

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Zim’s hit mire in the hole than Panda’s how did it get through?

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Come on Stammen. Get your head out of your backside.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Balking is 100% total lack of focus.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Stammen has really been our worse pitcher this trip

    He was terrible in San Diegp

  86. secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Oh well . It was a great series. Still one game up after this one. We will get 2’in St loooooey

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      You give up so damn easy. Why don’t you comment in the wins. You always show up for loses.

      • jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Who said anything about a loss?

      • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        Why don’t you show up at an away game occasionally? Too cheap? Or your Mom won’t let you?

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Time to head out to the PNats.

    I expect a 5-4 win.

    • coop202 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      He’s back!

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Frandsen always trying to get fancy. Twist and throw the ball.

  89. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Frandsen is a disaster in the field.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Hudson is trying to give you an out Stammen.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Barves are up to their old stuff throwing at the opposing team. They lose like sore losers.

    • Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Some of their fans are giving up the season on message boards.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        We have that gave up on us too. I assume we will win every game until we lose.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        They must have a fanbase full of SWMs

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        We have some….

      • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        I’ll be giving up the season this weekend in St Louis cheering for my team. The rest of you can watch on your computers at the coffee shop with CNN playing in the background

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    On the radio Stammen doesn’t sound any better than on TV

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Barves lose

  94. David Proctor - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Braves lose, so no matter what we’ll still be in first place alone today. It’d be nice to go up by 2 games.

    • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Ghost,, your Mom needs you to set the dinner table.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        I wish she could. She passed away a while ago. She used to set a beautiful table.

      • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Ok no more. Let’s be upbeat and win the WS. I think the team is doing great. I’m very excited. 3 of 4 from SF is great.

  95. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    did Stammen pitch since last Saturday? If not that is 2 bad innings in a row.

  96. Danny - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Looking like beaten by Hudson again arg!

  97. philipd763 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    The missing bat of Wilson Ramos creates a huge hole in the Nationals lineup.

    • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      This a good team when all the starters are present. Like last year the backups have been kinda weak.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        That is why they are backups.

    • jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Kind of a strange post considering Lobaton got 2 hits today.

      • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        I’m thinking frand, Dobbs, McCout for a while

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    And it all started with a Rendon single…….

  99. secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    MLB network speculating how Span may be traded when Bryce comes back. Lots of DPs today

    • nats128 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Which teams do you think needs a CF

    • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      For what? What would the Nats trade for?

      • secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        He didn’t say

  100. secretwasianman - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Don’t know. It was Ken Rosenthal that said it. So I wouldn’t give it much care.

  101. chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I don’t know what happened to our elite pitching today.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Treinen did ok. The bullpen didn’t.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        I think Treinen was mediocre at best- 3.60 ERA and 4.08 FIP today. # BBs in 5 innings, got a couple of timely outs, his control was mediocre.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Yes, he was mediocre.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        sorry- 3 BBs. He really needs to develop secondary pitches. He’s all fastball-sinker almost all the time, occasional change.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        He’s got the slider too. His velo drops 3 to 4 MPH from the 1st inning to the 3rd on his 2 seam

      • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Bullpen was shockingly bad. The game was 1 run when Stammen came in.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Yep, Stammen and Barrett were bad.

  102. chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    13 hits, 4 BBs, 7 runs across 8 innings. I guess this is regression and variance for how incredible the pitching has been. Long hard fall from the top.

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Great series Nats. Hudson is pitching crazy and staying healthy for now.

    • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      It really was a great series. Gotta be happy with taking 3/4 from the Giants in SF. They’ve already won 5 games on a very tough West coast road trip. I was just hoping for 5 wins from the whole trip. Now off to St. Louis- ZNN up tomorrow.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Against the best team they only won 1 of 4 is how I’m looking at it ;)

      • chaz11963 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Totally agree.

        Now, gotta go after our nemesis (other than the Braves)

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
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y-Clinched playoff berth
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