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Game 69: Astros at Nats

Jun 17, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

It’s been some time since we last saw the Nationals on the friendly confines of South Capitol Street. They left town 12 days ago, starting to get hot, then they got really hot on the West Coast, then they got really cold over the weekend in St. Louis. What team should we expect tonight taking the field against the Astros in the opener of a two-game, interleague series before the Braves come to town for a huge, four-game set?

This much you should know: The Nats can’t take the Astros lightly. Despite their standing at the bottom of the AL West, Bo Porter’s up-and-coming club has won 15 of 22 and has some serious young talent, led by right fielder George Springer. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who takes the mound tonight, is 6-1 with a 1.33 ERA over his last seven starts.

Tanner Roark, who has been quite good himself, starts for the Nationals. He’ll have the regulars behind him in the field, including Ryan Zimmerman back in left field after a one-game stint at first base on Sunday.

Lots of updates to come from a sweltering Nationals Park, so please check back often…

HOUSTON ASTROS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 91 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (35-33)
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

ASTROS (32-39)
CF Dexter Fowler
2B Jose Altuve
RF George Springer
1B Jon Singleton
C Jason Castro
3B Matt Dominguez
SS Jonathan Villar
LF Robbie Grossman
LHP Dallas Keuchel

UMPIRES
HP Paul Nauert
1B Larry Vanover (cc)
2B Angel Hernandez
3B Adrian Johnson

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway on a steamy Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Tanner Roark’s first pitch was 90 mph. The gametime temperature was 92 degrees.

7:18 p.m. — It turned into a bit of a laborious top of the first for Roark, who needed 22 pitches to face only four batters. Two of them singled: Dexter Fowler and George Springer. But Roark was helped out by Jose Altuve’s bouncer to second base, with Danny Espinosa applying the tag on Fowler and then throwing to first to complete the double play. Roark also struck out the imposing Jon Singleton to end the inning and bring the Nats to the plate.

7:38 p.m. — So much for the Nats’ offensive woes coming home with them. They just pounced on Dallas Keuchel for two runs in the bottom of the first, with four of the evening’s first five batters reaching safely. That included Denard Span snapping an 0-for-18 slump with an infield single that traveled more distance up in the air than it down out away from the plate. It included an Anthony Rendon RBI double and a follow-up RBI double by Ryan Zimmerman (who had been 3 for his last 27). Truth be told, this actually felt like a missed opportunity for the Nats. They still had runners on second and third with one out and a chance to really pile on, but Ian Desmond struck out swinging and Danny Espinosa struck out looking at a borderline pitch on the outside corner. Nevertheless, they’ll happily take a 2-0 lead after one.

7:51 p.m. — Things have settled down since that first inning, with both pitchers retiring the side in the second. Roark has a pair of strikeouts already.

8:00 p.m. — A really nice double play by Desmond to end the top of the third. He went up the middle and made a tough, backhand stab on a tough hop, then reversed course to step on second and throw to first. Not a whole lot has been made of it, but Ian has been really good in the field for awhile now. He’s currently on a 17-game errorless streak. Still 2-0 Nats heading to the bottom of the third.

8:12 p.m. — And here come the Nats again in the bottom of the third. Zimmerman laced his second RBI double in as many at-bats, one to each gap, scoring Werth from first. Desmond then singled to left, with Zim racing around to barely beat the throw home. Bob Henley has been really aggressive sending runners around third tonight, and so far it’s paying off. The Nats lead 4-0 after three.

8:33 p.m. — Another laborious inning for Roark, and this time he got burned. But only a little bit. Despite loading the bases with nobody out, he limited the damage to just one run. Old pal Pat Listach might have helped out a bit with his overly conservative approach at third base. He had a couple opportunities to send runners — including a shallow fly ball to Zim in left field — and elected not to. So it’s 4-1 Nats, but Roark has been all over the place and has thrown a whopping 77 pitches through only four innings.

8:56 p.m. — Well, this won’t go down as Roark’s finest night. He threw 94 pitches over five innings, allowing seven hits and two walks. But somehow he allowed only one run. That’ll probably be it for him, with Craig Stammen warming in the pen as we speak. Still 4-1 Nats, middle of the fifth.

9:08 p.m. — That indeed is it for Roark. His final line: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 95 pitches, 55 strikes. Stammen enters for the sixth, the Nats still leading 4-1.

9:44 p.m. — Chase here taking over for Zuck as he puts together his game story. The sixth inning featured two insurance runs for the Nats on a Rendon double with one out. Scott Hairston walked and Span singled to put two men on before Rendon smacked a double to left field to put the Nats up 6-1. Drew Storen will now take over in the seventh.

9:46 p.m. — Not much to report in the seventh inning. Storen did allow a double to Altuve and Springer reached on a Rendon throwing error. It’s still 6-1, though, as they came away with no runs. The Nats then went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Clippard will pitch next.

10:40 p.m. — Okay, so now we have a game again. The Astros struck for four runs off Clippard in the top of the eighth to make it a 6-5 game. Villar and Fowler each had RBI singles and Altuve doubled to left field to score two more. It was Altuve’s fourth hit of the evening. Rafael Soriano will now pitch the ninth looking to preserve a 1-run lead and secure his 14th save of the season.

10:49 p.m. — Soriano gave up a walk to Castro, but no runs. Nats hold on to win 6-5 and move to 36-33 on the year.

142 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. scnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Need to get back on track tonight. Funny just as Ramos got hurt we started sliding…

    • tcostant - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Or not funny…

  2. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Seems the hitting has gone dorment again. Seems when we have almost all hitters in we are fine. Missing 2 seems to dry up t hits fast.

    Let’s get back on track.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      It’s especially XBHs they need, and they need to find a way to string those hits and other base runners together in such a way as to score runners.

      They never had more than 1 HR in a game during that west coast swing but a good # of doubles and a couple of triples in SD and SF. Only 1 XBH in 3 games in St L.

      The good news is that they’re back home, where they were hitting well before this road trip. Keuchel has looked good lately, but the Nats have beat better.

      GYFNG!

    • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I’m hoping they just needed a good night’s sleep in a home bed and a day off.

  3. bowdenball - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    This is a very tough matchup- seriously. Kuechel is pitching about as well as anyone in the game right now and Roark struggles against lefties, something the Astros have in spades. Nobody should be surprised at a loss tonight.

  4. NatsLady - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM
  5. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    From a previous thread: I do have a leftover ticket, if there are any mad dogs or Englishmen out there.

  6. letswin3 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Two thoughts: 1) you gotta take em one at a time, but I can’t keep myself from looking around the corner to the big 4 game series starting Thursday, and 2) I also can’t stop imagining the impact that a big multi-player trade for Altuve would have on our entire team (for both the rest of this season and beyond) …… he would be a much improved second baseman bat in the order, a viable leadoff guy to replace Span next season (maybe even this season), a legitimate threat to steal bases ….. what would the Nats have to give up to stimulate the Astros interest in a trade like that? T Moore, Span (the Nats would have to pick up a big part of his ’14 salary), pitching prospect/s? If Span were to be included, it would open up the permanent LF spot for Zim this year, with Harper moving over to Center, and it would move Danny back to the bench …. lots of very positive outcomes for the Nats.

    • bowdenball - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      You’re not even close on what it would take to get Altuve. He’s young and under club control for the next several seasons. He’s the kind of guy a contender trades to a rebuilding team to get a contributor, not the other way around.

      • letswin3 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Do we have enough pitching prospects to get in a discussion with them about him?

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Think of it like this: what would it take to get Rendon?

    • 6ID20 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Why would the Astros trade Altuve?

  7. adcwonk - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Hey, 308!

    Wonkling, wisdom teeth out yesterday, decides: “we’re goin’ tonight” — so, we’ll be there. (I can’t access NIDO spreadsheet from work, can someone put in for us — and also tell me who else is going?)

    We’ll be in Sec 309. I’ve got a serious beard, grayish (with navy blue Nats hat), and the lovely Mrs Wonk should have her awesome pink Nats hat.

    Mrs Wonk told me that she’s looking forward to the beer you owe me!

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      I believe the only ones listed there are 308, ArVaFan, and me. I’ll bring out my vintage “Deez Nats” tee shirt for this one. I’ll try to swing by 308/309 pre-game to settle up, Wonk.

      • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        Not sure I’ll be there pre-game so much. And I think Mrs Wonk will be a bite late. What Sec are you in? And what color is your shirt?

        Off to the game now!

        GYFNG!!!

      • ArVAFan - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        I am on the Plaza level in 313 wearing a white shirt and a beige spring training cap. I am already here.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        ArVa…looked, missed you just now.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Alta 2 and I found ArVaFan (yay!) But not The Wonks.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        He shoots … he scores! Great to meet Wonk and the Heroic Wonkette.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        hot as east jesus in sect 312…nice breeze as usual up by the concessions

    • natsfan1a - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Having had my own wisdom teeth out many years ago, I must say this: “respect.”

      Will watch some of the game in real time but not sure how much, as I’m not feeling all that well.

      ===

      Wonkling, wisdom teeth out yesterday, decides: “we’re goin’ tonight”

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    See if this link works…it’s a very cool piece on Jayson Werth’s unique baserunning style. I thought my kid to do the pop up slide at 2nd and 3rd, but not in between bases like Werth does.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2014/06/17/jayson-werths-stop-sliding-exploits-are-hypnotizing/

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Edit: I taught my kid

  9. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    3 ball to the first batter, not a good start. Let’s hope he straighten ups quickly, as getting ahead early is a key.

  10. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    22 pitches way too many, but at least a zero

  11. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Braves down 2-0

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Thanks for the update… Will follow them on MLB now.

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Okay now…. Let’s do this… Way to go Nats…

  13. Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Way to go, gents! Span and Rendon show!

  14. Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    That’s what I’m talking about with the XBH!

  15. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    So what are we? A good, hot weather, home offense?

  16. David Proctor - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    He worked it to 3-2, but that was a horrible AB for Desi. 3 wild swings. He’ll always swing and miss, but I get concerned when he swings like those. He swung wildly at three pitches in the dirt.

    • lplipty - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Terrible, AB Werth Desmond and of course Espinosa

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Don’t think that was a K to Espi…

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I agree, Mrs B. Danny K’s plenty all by him self. It doesn’t need help. That was a trashy call . It looked like itwas low and outside.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        If it is called a strike it is a strike

  18. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Not sure if any one of the 6 pitches to Ian was a strike. Surely the 6th was.

    K are useless at bats they move no one up. We need to eliminate them, Tony Gwynn never in his career ever struck out 40 times. That is what I like in a batter.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      With that K Span has 278 plate appearances and has 26K’s
      That’s about one strike out every 11 PAs

    • David Proctor - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Well if you want everyone to be Tony Gwynn, you’re gonna be disappointed.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Agree about the Ks, but let’s set some realistic goals.

      Tony Gwinn was a once in a generation–or more–talent. The Nats don’t have a Tony Gwinn. No one has a Tony Gwinn.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      So you’re not picky, you just want 9 Tony Gwynns.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        I think he wants a Ted Williams thrown in, too.

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    This is a horrible SZ….

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Denard’s called strike 2 was almost 8″ outside.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        I’m waiting to see some questionable calls go our way for Roark…

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    When Ryan goes to right, he’s normally locked in… Heads up Baserunning by Werth….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      That is true for all the right handed batters

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Good hustle Werth and Zim

  22. Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    XBH!

  23. secretwasianman - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Yah hoo. Hits keep em coming. Phills up 4. 0. On Barves and the BOO birds are out in force in the ATL

  24. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Springer 9 k in 11 at bats loves Roark 2 for 2

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Come on Roark, don’t give the runs back.

    On a better note UVA scores in the first.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Was Espi out of position there?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      No, had to cheat up the middle for the doubleplay.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Limited damage as bad as that could have been. Now buckle down Roark.

    A couple add on runs now would be nice.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Roark almost worked the Houdini in that inning. BABIP worked against him. Amazing how that happens. Only the hit over Rendon was hit real hard.

    RZim with a great read on that shallow popup.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Oh ohh running the bases

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Their fielders get to the ones we dont

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Really? Are you talking about the ball Fowler got?

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Lobaton’s “coming down” throw to 2nd sailed a foot over Espinosa. Eesh.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Roark has to get Springer here. Glad MW isn’t F’ing around. Team wins over pitcher wins.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Well, I guess not. He leaves Roark in. I know Singleton homered off of a lefty so……….here goes.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    How many times does FP have to remind us the general rule on “qualifying” for a win. I think twice in 3 minutes is plenty.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Very surprised Tanner stayed in….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Me too but it appears that Singleton feasts on lefty inside pitches. I think it was a mistake and lucky for MW it didn’t bite him in the a**

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        I agree… He would have come out if I was managing… But I’m glad Tanner was able to dig deep and get him out… He looked overheated…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Way overdone. Too many long counts. Location just wasn’t there tonight. 5 innings with 1 run ball and 90+ innings and will tax the bullpen.

        Walking an AL pitcher was awful.

        The good news is that he only gave up 1 run.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Yeah, I definitely give him credit… Just didnt have it tonight…. Looked like a #5 pitcher tonight…

        Hopefully he fares better when he pitches agains the Braves on Sunday (?)…

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Max Scherzer 10 Earned in 4 innings and pulled. Verlander gave up 7 last night and he has an ERA of almost 5.00

  36. Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Accurate.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Very interesting throw by Ryan….

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    I wouldn’t have put Stammen in…. Det would have been my choice…

    *ducka flying objects*

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Why Det over Stammen? Not saying your wrong I’m curious as to your reasons

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        I don’t want Stammen in just for 1 inning since he is supposed to be our long innings man.l.l can’t really count on Det to get thru 2 so maybe you put him in for an inning to try to build his confidence… And get him going (shout out to Davey on that phrase)…

        We’ve got to use Det for more than mop up duty…

      • NatsLady - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        Sorry, using Det with only a 3-run lead doesn’t work for me. Now, if you want to use him with a FIVE run lead, OK. I’m using him for mop-up duty until he makes at least two straight scoreless appearances, maybe three.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        There may be a time when he has to come in for a 3 run lead… We can’t continue to use him just during mop up… He needs regular work too…

    • NatsLady - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Det would NOT have been my choice. Didn’t you read my write up on him? He has an ERA of 9.00 since April 27 (15 runs in 15 innings).

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Span getting hits against lefties… Awesome…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Needs to stay consistent

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Insurance runs…. Nice…

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    OK Storen do your thing.

    More I read about Tony Gwynn the more I realize its players who think like him is why I love baseball. No hitter presently has his philosophy (or maybe the skill).

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Gwynn only two 3 k games in his career. Close to 200 3 hit games.

    Listened to an interview he said hitting is hard, so don’t make it harder by swinging at anything but a strike. Second rule never let strike 3 go without swinging at it.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      I have no idea how to research this but of all the pitches that Gwynn saw in his career, how many strikes do you think he took? Forget how many, how about what percentage were called strikes?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Check out this page – scroll down to: “pitch summary – batting”:

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gwynnto01-bat.shtml

        He took more looking strikes than MLB average, but when he swung, he didn’t miss. 5% swinging strike rate, almost 2/3 lower than MLB average.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        HH,

        Thanks for the information. More looking strikes than I would have guessed but still in my mind one of the best hitters I ever saw.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Oh oh an error

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Good job Storen

  45. Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    C’mon, Clip!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      No joke. He’s throwing BP out there.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Seems like 100% rusty

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Clip stopped fooling people a long time ago… People love to throw his era up… It’s warmer now, we’ll see what happens…

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Mrs B – not sure what you’re talking about – he’s been strong lately, but that was an ugly performance tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Some relievers need that adrenaline going and Clip came in a 5 run laugher and gave up a few chippies and then got serious and a great pitch to Fowler blooped in for a signle and the laugher turned into a game on the line situation.

        Altuve is “on” everything. I didn’t have a problem leaving Clip in to face him.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Ouch.

      • conatsguy - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Ooof.. That was a bad outing. Pick him up Barnett!

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Is MW going to let this go unchallenged?

  47. veejh - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Braves down, Nats up. Woo!

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    This game went from a laugher to a nail biter within a few batters.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      When I saw Clip stayed I knew that was a killer.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    As I said MW was not interested in stepping on the throat. Why was Clip pitching to Altube? He stunk the joint up already, to let him stay in was not wise.

    Who would guess Astro bullpen would out pitch ours.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Becu Clippard owns the 8th….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Not good ownership tonight.

        You got to be fkexible

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      I don’t know about that.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Both Stammen and Storen pitched well. Let’s not fault the whole bullpen on one member’s bad outing tonight.

  50. David Proctor - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Uh…

  51. rmoore446 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Braves lost. Let’s see if we squeeze this one out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Games like this make me wonder. Why with a bullpen that is suppose to be number 1 can this happen.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        It’s not the BP… It’s Tyler Clippard… Don’t blame them… Blame him.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I hope no one is surprised….

    • coop202 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      I am

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Why? Clippard has been getting by and I think I said before, some of those balls that were caught before would be hits when the weather got warmer… Clip normally gives up at least 1 walk per appearance…

      • coop202 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Same reason I didn’t think Storen was done. Plus four runs to Houston

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Clip normally gives up at least 1 walk per appearance

        If by “at least 1 walk,” you mean “less than half a walk,” yes.

        His walk rate is up this year, and that’s worrisome, but that was not the problem tonight.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        Basically, some how or the other, more times that I want to remember, a person reaches base via Tyler Clippard…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Right. He’s been nails the last month. He had a bad outing. It happens.

      • conatsguy - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        +1

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Agreed.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Where was Barrett 2 batters earlier when it was 6-2

  54. conatsguy - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Let’s get 2 back

  55. rmoore446 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    We need some insurance runs. I’d rather not sweat out a one run lead tonight. But, of course, I will if I have to.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      I am with you.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Clip’s ERA went from 1.23 to 2.40

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Frandsen in 2-0 swings at ball 3. Way to help him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      He at least got a hit

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        He did. Big deal. You still don’t help the pitcher. Sipp couldn’t find a strike until pitch #4

    • dcwx61 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      A little harsh on Frandsen again….Don/t worry, no one takes Danny out of the lineup…He’ll be striking out in the 7th hole long after we are all gone.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    The old bunt trick

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Whelp… Come on Sori…. Time to do your thang…. Please throw strikes…

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Good ole WordPress doing its thing to make scrambled eggs out of the comments. Sheesh this c*** gets frustrating.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Come on blue, 3-2 and you don’t give that to Soriano?

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    That was a K like 2 minutes ago….

  63. conatsguy - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Buckle up folks. I’m puckering..

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Great play by Desi to Espi.

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Man, good call FP. That’s ridiculous.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    If it is reviewable then review it. Again a walk by a reliever to extend an inning

  67. conatsguy - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Eh.. That was easy

  68. Hiram Hover - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Yellow flag – holding!

    Ok – doesn’t matter.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Angel H…. That’s all we need to hear…

    But glad it didnt cost us… Nats win… Yes…

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Back in first.

    Except for Clip’s inning, pitchers played magic man.

    Clip will bounce back, now that the rust is off.

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ATLANTA 55 46 1.0
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SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
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