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Game 67: Nats at Cardinals

Jun 14, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

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There was a point back in April when Stephen Strasburg looked out of whack. He sported a 6.00 ERA, was surrendering more hits than he had at any previous time in his career and seemed to have trouble deciding when and how to use all four of his pitches. Then Strasburg faced the Cardinals on April 20, and he’s been a completely different pitcher since. The right-hander went back to basics, ditching his new slider, held St. Louis to two runs in six innings and began a stretch of 10 starts in which he’s gone 5-2 with a 2.04 ERA, 75 strikeouts and only 10 walks.

Tonight, Strasburg faces the Cardinals again, this time at Busch Stadium. He now owns a 2.99 ERA, not to mention a league-leading 108 strikeouts. He’ll be going up against the same man he faced April 20 in D.C.: Shelby Miller, who didn’t allow a run in 5 1/3 innings that day but issued five walks.

A reminder that tonight’s game is on Fox. Kenny Albert and Tom Verducci have the call. Here’s the coverage map, in case you don’t live in the immediate area. Enjoy the game and check back for analysis in the morning…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox (coverage map), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly clear, 79 degrees, Wind 11 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (35-31)
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 Stephen Strasburg

CARDINALS (35-32)
3B Matt Carpenter
2B Mark Ellis
LF Matt Holliday
RF Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
CF Peter Bourjos
RHP Shelby Miller

UMPIRES
HP Rob Drake
1B Alan Porter
2B Joe West
3B Marty Foster

186 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Never sure whether I’ll get these kind of Fox games on MLB.tv or not, but — regardless — GYFNG!

  2. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    GYFNG!

  3. NatsLady - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      What does “DM” stand for?

      • waddueyeno - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        doesn’t matter

    • 6ID20 - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Span only 8 GFP? This numbnuts wouldn’t know a good fielding play if it kicked him there.

  4. knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Great, another Fox game where I get the darn Barves! Think I’ll watch reruns of Lucy or HGTV.

    • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      There’s always the World Cup. :-)

      • Candide - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Must…not…hit…”report”…button…

    • NatsLady - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      You can watch on MLB.tv I believe they lifted the blackout.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Well I tried it but it I get a message that my account doesn’t include video. Not a problem as I can listen to Charlie and Dave as I putter about the house.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Will see some of the game in real time (yay) and record the rest for later viewing. (Husband getting back into town tonight (yay)).

  6. ArVAFan - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Nice day out at Ft. Hunt Park (crawfish boil with the Louisiana Colleges).

    T-shirt ratio:
    1. School loyalty t-shirts: 80%
    2. Saints shirts 5%
    3. Nationals shirts 5%
    4. Other 10%
    5. Local football team 0%. Really.

    And the beer, the music, the weather, the company, and the crawfish were all good.

    Now, for home, and Charlie & Dave on the radio. GYFNG!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Dixie Beer or Jax? Do they even still make either of those?

      • ArVAFan - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Eight varieties of Abita on tap. I had Purple Haze. And yes, they “make” Dixie and Jax, but only as what I’ll call souvenir beers. Not the real thing anymore. But Abita more than makes up for it.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        You always knew those beers — made with Mississippi River water — were good because four or five people had enjoyed that very same water before it reached New Orleans.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    EJax smacked around again for 6 and pulled early against the Phools.

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Like I said a couple weeks ago, when did he go from being mediocre to just plain awful? It’s been hard to watch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        It’s been building little by little to now you have to wonder his future.

      • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        He still has 3 years and $33M due to him after this year. Cubs way overpaid.

  8. davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Tell me again about the great pitcher the Nat’s faced last night. ignore the pitcher the Nat’s rolled out.
    Tell me again.
    But after a romp through San Diego and San Francisco, the clutch in the Nat’s pickup truck is gone out again.
    Span/Rendon/Werth/Laro/Zim/Desy……and ????
    The one thing an outstanding pitcher fears is an outstanding clutch hitter.
    If the Nat’s expect to go deep this year, someone or more better become clutch.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Serious question: How do you define clutch?

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        It exists only in the minds of less than knowledgeable baseball fans and can’t be defined.

    • davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      carpenter…..that was clutch in my mindless mind…..

  9. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Span is now in an 0-15. He better got hot again with Harper returning in a few weeks. Matt said Harper’s going to start swinging a bat on Monday.

  10. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    That pitch to LaRoche was way outside. Wow. Not even close.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Sergio Romo just blew his 2nd save in 2 straight days for the Giants. Lost on a 2 run Inside The Park HR.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      A good thing he isn’t our closer as he be burned at the stake for two blown saves….

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Angel Pagan could’ve easily been charged with an error on the inside the park homer. Even though he wasn’t, it was an awful play on his part.

  12. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Denard Span needs to try a few bunts to help get back on track (and, at the same time, advance a runner or two).

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      0-16 now with 2 double plays in there. Swinging at the first pitch after they walk the pitcher is just…hard to fathom.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        +1

  13. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    The pitcher scores a run.

  14. lplipty - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I swear I’ve seen far too many times Stras gets complacent vs a pitcher only to end up leading to runs

  15. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    free swinging

  16. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Desi is overswinging again.

  17. natsjackinfl - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I am getting sick and tired of the inability to make solid contact, swinging and missing at pitches, and looking at called strike 3’s. These pitchers they are facing aren’t that great.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Nats could get into a few more hitters counts wit a little more discernment
      However, Shelby can throw it..coming off a complete game shutout against mighty Toronto.
      Could be their arms are just starting to get hot.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      With the number of strikeouts seeming to increase each year in recent times, I would suggest that the swing and miss is an epidemic of major league proportions.

  18. davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    carpenter…..that was clutch in my mindless mind…..

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      So, that’s an example, not a definition. Third inning, down by one, runner in scoring position = always clutch situation?

      • davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Two outs,
        fluke double by pitcher,
        run is out there on 2nd
        Carpenter gets it
        CLUTCH

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Really trying to understand here: In defining ‘clutch’ It matters who’s on base and how they got there? If it had been the CF (Peter Bourjos) with a solid double it wouldn’t have been clutch?

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Come on Eugene don’t ask them to be logical, it’s beyond their capability.

  19. davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Loba….just another forgetful base hit

  20. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Lose 2 games in a row and the LOD is back. It’s just comical at this point.

  21. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    oh my…..prime time play….Remember that name, fans around the league

  22. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I wish that Fox would just let us watch a baseball game.

    Nice play by Anthony!

  23. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    if your starters keep you in the game, the nats have a better chance to win as our bullpen is better than most others.

  24. davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Pitches .259 vs Stras per ESPN,
    B/c Stras isnt attacking them,
    did it here,
    s/b be batting zip.
    Stop Fng around, Stras.

  25. davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    5 pitch inning.
    not smart

  26. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    of course, if we can’t go deep into the count, the other guy’s bullpen disadvantage is irrelavent.

  27. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    I wonder what the Cardinal LOD bloggers are saying now

  28. philipd763 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    5 hits and one run in 15 innings against the Cardinals. Nobody in the entire lineup is hitting!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Yeah, vs 2 runs in 15 innings by the Cards.

  29. natfan33 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Clutch?? How about just a hit to begin an inning or at any point in this game?

    • davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      thanks,
      now some common baseball sense here.

  30. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Way to hang tough, Stras.

  31. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Danny Espinosa can not be a number 7 hitter on this team any longer….Stop the Madness….It’s been too long

  32. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Why the hell is Strasburg batting here?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      +1

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      +2

      • davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        maybe MW has more faith in Stras on the mound.
        than,
        let me say it,
        ,,,,,,,,
        clutch hitting

  33. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Span vs. Choate isn’t a favorable matchup, but if there were ever a time to break out of the 0-for-17 this is it.

  34. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Strasburg just had the best AB of the night so far.

  35. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Span swings at the first pitch for a routine 4-3. You’ve gotta be kidding me.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      +1 What was he thinking. What was he doing. Work him. Maybe he throws a wild pitch. Sheesh.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      The bases were loaded. All the pressure on the pitcher….let mhim give you a ball or two
      Fudge

      Goal, St Louis

  36. davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    now we know why stras hit

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    That was the dumbest at bat by Span… Bases are loaded and you swing at a new pitcher… Damn man… See what this guy has instead of bailing him out…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      I’m thinking wild pitch. Work the count. What a waste. Unprofessional AB. Swings at the 1st one.

      Hindsight should have inserted a pinch hitter.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        +++

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        My feelings are quiet known about first pitch swinging — I frickin hate it…

  38. knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Span swings at the first pitch once again. Different pitcher I know but why not get a good look at one or two pitches before committing like that?

  39. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Wow, Denard Span, where is your head right now? His at bats are those of a guy who is really pressing. This is his worst streak since last May/June.

  40. knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I owe all of you a drink.

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Never fails….

  42. knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Maybe Matt sits Denard tomorrow against the lefty and let’s McLouth play CF.

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      McLouth is awful against LHP.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        And Span isn’t?

      • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        Actually, no. No platoon split in his career and this year is hitting a respectable .250 against them.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Okay, let’s give Denard a “mental health” day off so he can clear his head

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      He needs a day off.

      Some good news? Trout and Pujols both went long off Gavin Floyd in the 6th. Angels 3-0 over the Braves.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Randy f…in Choate with a 6.75 ERA…and you swing at the first pitch with the bases loaded.
      Sit Span even if Stevie Wonder has to play center.
      Span has a lot to think about.

  43. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I knew that was going to happen.

  44. philipd763 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Matt Adams….a new Nats killer!

  45. section309 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Span sucks. Bench him when Bryce come back. His struggles the last two years in the lead off spot directly correlate with the teams struggles. Move him to 8th or dump him. Accept your mistake Rizzi and move on.

  46. knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Williams bringing in Blevins a couple of batters too late.

  47. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Second guessing time on leaving Strasburg in to hit?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Of course. It’s burned MW before like Treinen on Thursday.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        I was just about to say, I thought he may have learned his lesson when he pulled Fister after leaving SS in too long again…

        And what does he do, leave SS in again, when it was clear that we needed offense…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        MrsB, yep. A head shaker.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I said he should have come out…we needed a PH, I don’t see how anyone can’t see that…

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Is it second guessing if you said it prior?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Nope, I thought after Thursday not pulling Treinen with no outs and 2 on that MW would’ve gone to the PH for sure here.

        It’s as if he’s trying to get W for the pitcher is more important than a team W.

      • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        But wouldn’t a hit give Strasburg the best chance for a win? That’s what I don’t get.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Good point David.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      yeah…close games can be won or lost by the decisions you don’t make

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Kinda don’t understand why Blevins didnt face Adams….

  49. philipd763 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    The way things are going, all the teams in the NL East may have losing records in another week or so.

  50. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Nats take note…reasons why you take a pitch with bases loaded

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Just like I said. So many possibilities in your favor.

  51. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Really Drew?

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Cue another reliever meltdown. Come on Blevins and Storen.

  53. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Unreal. A little infield hit. Nothing you can do about that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      It was the two batters before that, that Store had control. A liitle hit makes no difference if he hadn’t hit the guy, then walk the next guy, or Blevins hadn’t walk a guy. It all relative.

      Free passes we avoided for most of the last two weeks.

  54. Nats fool - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    This team is mental. Think Storen is over 2012? Tough situation for Nats fans. The team makeup ensures this team will choke, but they’re too talented to blow up. Honestly, this sucks. I would probably play out the year and get rid of our strikeout kings.

  55. section309 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Note to Mark and the rest of the beat writers. It’s time to start grilling Rizzo and MW on why Span is leading off and whether he gets benched when Bryce returns.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I remember you.You’re the guy that said they should DFA Adam LaRoche. You called him LaFail.

  56. secretwasianman - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Crappy stadium. Crappy fans and a crappy Nationals team. Sorry I wasted my business trip coming to see these bums. Card Fans laughing at us. As they should. MW sucks. Trade Span.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Great stadium, have a great time there the 3 times I went.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    At PNats. Following on AtBat.

    Second game in a row where the bullpen had a melt down.

    PH for Strasburg wasn’t needed he got on base. It was Span who didn’t do the job.

    Another quality start. The hitters and the bullpen was today’s problem.

  58. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    At least the Barves are losing. This division being awful has really been a nice help.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      The Division isn’t all awful IMO. The Marlins are playing much better than they should without Fernandez and if you look at the Nats pythogorean, they should be closer to 38-28 by the formula which tells you that those extra inning losses and 1 run losses haven’t been in a porportion they should be.

      Today is another day that MW made a decision that proves costly and goes against what most would consider reasonable. After you lucked out with a Stras walk, don’t you think you bring in Frandsen or Hairston to pinch hit against the lefty in place of Span?

      The Braves are bad and I’m still waiting for them to fade totally away.

  59. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    You’d never know that the Nats are in first place with some of the comments on here tonight. Assuming they lose this game, they are still 5-4 on this road trip. Get a grip. Geeeezus

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      We’re on the verge of being 2 for our last 16 in St. Louis. That’s a problem. Yes, some of those were very bad teams. But it’s been good teams the last three years too.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Comments like this make no sense to me… So what the Nats are tied for first place… Tonight, a questionable managerial decision has them possibly losing again…

      SS pitched a gem but he should not have come out in the 7th… We needed offense and the best way to get that would have been pitch hitting a bat instead of having SS come in. Please explain to me what the Nats being tied In first place in a so far lousy division has to do with any of that.l

      Just cuz they are in first place doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be trying to improve and be better..,

  60. Nats fool - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Have lifelong Cards fans in my family. They know good baseball. Always very politic, but they do hint that this team doesn’t have a professional batting approach. I sometimes get snickers at Desi’s strikeouts. A 235 hitter. That average is not going to increase. Trade him now.

    • natsfan24 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Totally agree. These last two games shed light on just how BAD Desmond and Espinosa are against GOOD pitching (not just STL). Remember NLDS 2012? Remember Desmond and Espinosa’s choke jobs?

      And don’t get me started on Span.
      The three of them CAN’T hit quality pitching.

      There needs to be a SABR metrics stat online somewhere that shows batting average against quality pitchers. Span, Des, and Espi would be completely exposed.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Desmond leads the team in RBI’s and home runs and you want to trade him? He is not hitting for a high average, but I’ll take his overall production.

      • natsfan24 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        Right. But look at who those RBIs came against. I would trade Tulowizki or Cano for Span, Desmond, and Espi.

  61. davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    All the ESPN talk about leaving Stras in,
    if MW had not then taken him out,
    maybe we would of missed the 2 run horror,
    then only need one here.

  62. philipd763 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Desmond has the Espi disease, swinging for the fences and striking out more and more.

    • natsfan24 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      *like comment.
      Agree.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      With Desi its trying to do too much and least we forget who was carrying the offense most of the last week. With Espi he works a 3-2 count and goes down to get a grounder. Why? It was ball 4. Take the darn walk.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Games like this piss me off….

  64. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Espi fouls off Ball 4 and then hits into a double play. Nats have won 2 of their last 16 in St. Louis. That has to change.

  65. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    We have to win tomorrow. No it won’t be the end of the season if we don’t, but we haven’t won a game in St. Louis since 2012. We’ve won 2 of our last 16 in St. Louis. Winning tomorrow still makes it a 6-4 road trip which is successful. .500 road trip after how it started would be very disappointing.

  66. dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Danny Stinkenosa….If I were on this team, I’d be the sh… out of him since that’s only way you get him out of the lineup. The nats shouldn’t be in this situation year after year where DE is your backup.
    Get that loser mentality out of here…It;s contagous and shows the rest that this team accepts consistent stinkiness.

    • davecydell - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      yep

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Look at the ball Espi swung on which was an obvious Ball 4 and instead turns it into a doubleplay.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      I’m smarting over the fact that we had bases loaded and Span swings at the first pitch… But before that, idk why you don’t pinch hit…. We need offense…. Ugh….

      I swear, we haven’t won on Fox yet… I hope we never play on Foz again….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        True, Nats don’t do well on national TV.

        Rizzo is going to rip Matt Williams. He’s too smart a baseball man to sit back and watch these moves. These were the moves that Davey did in 2013 to do if I paraphrase “I kept him in to give him a chance to win”.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      One thing about those charts: they show where the ball finished, but not where it was for the first 50 feet, i.e., what it looked like. Makes some difference. Just saying.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Of course and Rosenthal has nasty stuff but the fact that I saw Espi start a golf swing and make contact at his angles is that he anticipated it down there.

        He is a professional hitter with 3 years MLB full-time experience and he’s no youngster.

        I expect much more out of him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        …….Just saying.

  68. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Let’s not scapegoat Danny please. Yes, he deserves criticism. But, again, this was an entire team failure. If anyone deserves to be criticized right now it’s Denard Span. But it’s not just on his shoulders either. Desi is overswinging again. Zim hasn’t looked great since he returned. There’s enough blame to go around.

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Including Matt Williams, who deserves more than his fair share too.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Yeah, I don’t get the Espi hate.. I mean, granted over all we’ve been playing well but this game was just so damn frustrating…. Espi wasn’t the sole reason why we lost… He played as much a part as everyone else…

    • dcwx61 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Danny is the most consistent weak link for the longest period of time where nothing has been done.
      He has been given way too many chances to show he doesn’t want to be here

  69. natsfan24 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    This pitching staff is a bunch of professionals.

    Some hitters are legit:
    1. Rendon
    2. Zim
    3. Werth
    4. Ramos
    5. Harper
    6. LaRoche

    Some hitters are counterfeit:
    1. Span
    2. Espinosa
    3. Desmond

  70. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Oh god, Ernesto Frieri is on for the Angels. He sucks.

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      And he puts two men on.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Right now I go back to my thinking 3 weeks ago that you move Harp to CF and Span to the bench and look for a 2nd baseman or 3rd baseman to push Espi to the bench.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      I do not like an OF with Zimmerman, Harp and Werth….

      But I do wonder if Rizzo is packing a trade to in life Tyler Moore and Ross D….

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Trade to include*

        Dang iPad….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        I don’t like it either but you want RZim’s bat and Span with that .290’s OBP just doesn’t cut it.

        Harp had very good CF metrics and he wants it.

        If you move RZim to 3rd you greatly weaken the left side defense.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        I agree about not liking that outfield, especially if I’m a pitcher.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Span has been slumping the past 4 games and his OBP has dropped to .305, bite leads the team, along with Rendon in XBHs and is one run behind Rendon in runs scored. He was the catalyst of the team’s winning since the fateful game that they lost to the Fish. As was mentioned by someone else, he isn’t the only one that hasn’t produced the past four games.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Excellent thoughts as usual

  72. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Frieri can’t get anyone out. Tying run to the plate.

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Frieri is giving the game away….

  74. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    What a HORRIBLE PLAY by Cowgill. Wow. He dives for a ball, let’s it get past him. 2 runs score and Upton goes all the way to third with nobody out.

  75. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Braves tie it. Dear God Frieri is awful.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    At any rate… I’m glad to see the Nats rotation has gotten solid… And we’ve cleaned up the defense… Overall this has been a successful road trip (given the record) but today’s game was just not good… Good to see SS pitch so fiercely, I do hope that he gets a trip to the AS…

    And now you replace Frieri…. Comical

  77. NatsLady - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Well, the Pirates did that yesterday and still won the game. Come on, you stupid Halos. Didn’t we give you Pujols’ 500th???

  78. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    And Kimbrel gives up the go ahead run without getting an out.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Has Kimbrel lost it, some?

  80. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    And the Angels balk the tying run into scoring position. Are you kidding me?

  81. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    And the balk comes back to bite, Braves tie. Again.

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

    Wow….. Drama….

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Cole Calhoun lays out in a full dive for a game saving Web Gem with the outfield playing back.

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Uggla comes in as a pinch runner for Gattis and quickly gets doubled off of 2nd on a line drive.

    • NatsLady - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Glad you told me that. They cut to an ad and I never hear what happened.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        The play was right in front of him. Unreal. Uggla just kept running.

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Is he really that much faster than Gattis anyway? And now if the game goes longer, Gattis is out of the game. Bizarre decision.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Very bizarre decision and it backfired horribly on the Barves.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Angels have bases loaded and no outs. How they got bases loaded is bizarre. Walks the pinch hitter pitcher trying to bunt! Then a HBP on the next batter as he squares to bunt as the ball hits him square in the chest. Angels take the lead!

  85. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Braves in the 13th: bunt hit, walks a starting pitcher up their to sacrifice, HBP.

    • David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Angels actually. Braves are on the wrong end of that

  86. David Proctor - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    And Trout opens it up with a double

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I’m enjoying the Barves bullpen meltdown.

    • David Proctor - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      This has to be a punch in the gut to them. They come back from 4 down in the 9th to tie and then come back and tie again in the 10th. I’d rather be blown out than lose the way they’re going to lose. Yikes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        They are ripping Freddy for pinch running Uggla who promptly got doubled up on a line drive. They are crying all over themselves after celebrating that comeback in the 9th.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      7 runs given up by the Barves bullpen tonight.

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

    Nats stay tied for 1st.

  89. David Proctor - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Freddie Freeman is all the way down to .272. Remember when he said nobody could get him out?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Yah we were discussing this a few days ago when he was at .275 which was his low point since Opening Day.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Ian Krol with a Save for the Tigers.

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