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Game 72: Braves at Nats

Jun 20, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

There’s really not much else to say about the Nationals and the Braves. You know the drill by now. All we can do at this point is wait and see what tonight’s game brings in this lopsided rivalry.

Stephen Strasburg has the ball, and he’s been very good lately (2.15 ERA over his last 10 starts). Having said that, he hasn’t beaten the Braves in his last six starts against them.

Mike Minor is on the mound for Atlanta, so the Nationals get to face another left-hander, which for the most part this season has made for good matchups. Having said that … well, you know.

Updates to come, please check back…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Rain late, 82 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (37-34)
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

BRAVES (37-35)
2B Tommy La Stella
CF B.J. Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
C Evan Gattis
RF Jason Heyward
3B Chris Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Jordan Schafer
LHP Mike Minor

UMPIRES
HP Todd Tichenor
1B Clint Fagan
2B Mark Carlson
3B Tim Welke (cc)

7:07 p.m. — And we’re underway on what has turned out to be a gorgeous Friday evening in the District. 82 degrees and clear skies as Stephen Strasburg fires ball one to Tommy La Stella.

7:17 p.m. — Well, that wasn’t particularly good. Strasburg retired the first two batters, then thought he had Freddie Freeman retired on a 1-2 fastball on the outside corner. He took three steps toward the dugout, but had to hop back on the mound when umpire Todd Tichenor wouldn’t give him the borderline call. Strasburg’s next pitch was a 91-mph changeup, and Freeman belted it to right-center for a solo homer. According to Fangrpahs, that’s only the fifth home run Strasburg has ever allowed on a changeup. Opponents have hit .146 against that pitch in his career. One problem: A 91-mph changeup is great when your fastball is 99-100 mph. But when it’s 95-96 mph, as has been the case for Strasburg this season, that’s really not enough difference. Anyways, it’s 1-0 Braves.

7:22 p.m. — Mike Minor, meanwhile, retired the side on nine pitches in the bottom of the first, striking out both Denard Span and Jayson Werth.

7:38 p.m. — He has allowed only the one run through two innings, but Strasburg’s pitch count already is at 47, a whopping total. He needed a few extra ones to get through the top of the second, preoccupied a bit too much with Jordan Schafer on first base instead of Minor at the plate. Schafer wound up stealing second anyway without a throw, and Minor nearly poked a 2-run base hit down the right-field line if not for a nice, running catch by Werth. Still 1-0 Braves, heading to the bottom of the second.

7:49 p.m. — That’s a bit more like it. The Nats started hitting the ball with some real authority in the bottom of the second. Adam LaRoche singled, though unfortunately he was wiped out on Ryan Zimmerman’s 6-4-3 double play. No problem, because Ian Desmond followed with a towering blast to the very back of the left-field bleachers. An absolute bomb for his 14th homer of the season, nine of which have either given the Nats the lead or tied the game. This one made it 1-1. Danny Espinosa also doubled to the gap in left-center, though he was stranded when Jose Lobaton struck out. All in all, a good offensive inning for the Nats, who are starting to get their timing down against Minor.

8:12 p.m. — A couple more baserunners for the Nats in the bottom of the third, thanks to Span’s double off the top of the wall in right-center (just a few feet shy of a homer) and Werth’s 2-out walk. But LaRoche struck out looking at a fastball on the outside corner, so the Nats stranded two men on base. It remains 1-1 heading to the fourth.

8:27 p.m. — The Braves are just killing Strasburg with 2-strike hits tonight. They had three in a row in the top of the fourth, including Simmons’ RBI single to center, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. Strasburg has now thrown 84 pitches through four innings. Incredibly, he hasn’t walked a batter. Atlanta’s hitters are just working the count really well.

8:50 p.m. — Yet another big, 2-strike hit by the Braves. Heyward laced a 2-2 pitch from Strasburg over Werth’s head in right field, bringing home two runs. It’s 4-1 Braves, and even though Strasburg is at 98 pitches, he will hit for himself to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Nobody is warming in the Nats pen yet.

9:00 p.m. — After the Nats went down really quickly in the bottom of the fifth, Strasburg cruised himself through the top of the sixth. Assuming he’s done, his final line is: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 107 pitches. The Nats now must score at least 3 runs before making 9 outs against the Braves.

9:08 p.m. — So, Mike Minor entered tonight’s game having given up 22 hits over his last nine innings. He has now given up five hits while striking out 11 in six innings. The Nats look absolutely lifeless out there right now, some terrible body language on display. It’s still 4-1 after six as Drew Storen enters.

9:29 p.m. — Well, Span brought some life back to the crowd and the Nats dugout with an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Espinosa (who has reached three times tonight). With Minor fading and sitting on 104 pitches, Rendon stepped to the plate with a chance to drive home another run … then he popped out on the very first pitch. So it’s a 4-2 Braves lead heading to the eighth.

9:47 p.m. — The Nats gave themselves another chance in the eighth after Zimmerman and Desmond delivered 2-out singles. That brought Espinosa to the plate in a huge spot. He had three really nice at-bats from the right side of the plate against Minor. Now he was batting left-handed vs. Anthony Varvaro. He worked the cont to 2-1 but then got under a pitch and skied a flyball to left to end the inning. So it’s still 4-2 after eight, and now Craig Kimbrel is warming in the Braves bullpen.

9:54 p.m. — OK, last chance. It’s Lobaton, a pinch-hitter and Span due up against Kimbrel. The Nats need two runs to avoid falling out of first place.

10:11 p.m. — Sweet. Fancy. Moses. Anthony Rendon blasts a game-tying, 2-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Kimbrel. The umps initially ruled it a double, but a very quick review confirmed it was a home run. We’re going to extra innings here, 4-4.

10:20 p.m. — A 1-2-3 top of the 10th from Rafael Soriano. So it’s now Zimmerman, Desmond and Espinosa against the left-handed Luis Avilan. That’s a good matchup for the Nats.

10:29 p.m. — And the Nats go down in order. So we go to the 11th, and here’s Tyler Clippard, who has a couple of demons he’d like to exorcise against the Braves.

10:41 p.m. — Three up, three down. Demons exorcised, for now. Bottom of the 11th upcoming, and Juan Jaime (who once upon a time was a Nats prospect) will make his major-league debut. He throws 100 mph.

11:01 p.m. — Despite a great, 10-pitch walk drawn by Span with two outs, Rendon couldn’t produce another dramatic hit. He struck out looking to end the 11th. So we go to the 12th, and it’ll be Jerry Blevins in from the bullpen. The Nats still have Aaron Barrett and Ross Detwiler available after him.

11:10 p.m. — And a 1-2-3 top of the 12th for Blevins, who ended it with a crazy 1-3 groundout. For the second straight night, he took a comebacker off his leg. This time, the ball rolled right to LaRoche, who stepped on first to end the inning. To the bottom of the 12th we go, with another Braves reliever (Ryan Buchter) making his MLB debut.

11:19 p.m. — To the 13th…

11:34 p.m. — Well, so much for that. The Braves have taken the lead back, thanks to a walk by B.J. Upton and singles by Freeman and Gattis off Blevins. Then when Espinosa bobbled a potential double play ball, another run scored. So it’s 6-4 Atlanta, and the Nats again are down to their last three outs.

11:40 p.m. — Game over. The Nats lose 6-4 in 13, truly a heartbreaker after the 9th inning rally. So they’ve lost 20 of 27 to the Braves, and they now trail Atlanta by 1/2-game in the NL East.

299 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 222 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    It was funny to hear Phil Wood turn himself inside out trying to dismiss the idea that the Braves “own” or “dominate” the Nats. Two seasons of lopsided perfrmance is enough to establish dominance for me. What happened in 2012 is pretty much meaningless at this point. It’s on the Nats’ minds, if only because the press keeps asking them about it. The Nats need to turn it around, or they’ll make winning this division a lot tougher.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      We need a live (is it live?) … a live chicken. I wonder if Screetch would do?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Maybe a ritual sacrifice of William Howard Taft. After all:

        1. this so-called “domination” started last year, when he joined the racing presidents. Suspicious, no?
        2. Last in, first out!

      • natsfan1a - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        On another note, candlesticks make a nice gift.

      • ArVAFan - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Try a rubber one first. it might work, it can’t hurt, and the animal rights activists are less likely to protest. On the other hand, cutting off Screech’s head wouldn’t actually produce any bloodshed, either.

        Hey, wait, I’ve got an idea . . . maybe we should sacrifice the Phan . . . think Jayson would help?

      • 6ID20 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        It’s been done, and it didn’t work. In the Prez Race last night, the other presidents ganged up on Bill and knocked him down. Then after the race was over, they knocked him down again and piled on. He couldn’t get up on his own, had to be helped up by the finish line attendants, and staggered off the field. This took place just after JZ had given up 4 hits and 2 runs in top 4.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Obviously, just roughing him up isn’t enough.

        Time to go for the kill.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      But all seriousness aside, ATL has dominated the Nats, during that time (tho if you dismiss 2012 I think it’s less than a year and a half, not two). The Phillies just dominated the Braves for four games. ATL will continue to win right up until they don’t anymore.

    • NatsLady - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Well, in addition to ATL, the Dodgers “owned” us (until they didn’t). Same for the O’s and Pirates (and Cards). Starting with the Rockies, the Nats have a .500 or better record against every other NL Team (2012 to 2104).

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Question for anyone who takes this “ownage” stuff seriously:

        How high does a team’s winning percentage have to rise before they can be said to “own” an opponent?

        Is there some lesser percentage, still over .500, where they are in a “lease” or “rent to own” relationship?

  2. jeffreybeam - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    When the beat writers have given up, it’s a pretty bad sign.

  3. jeffreybeam - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Livo has Bryce just where he wants him… just setting him up for the Bugs Bunny.
    Harper launching BP homers off Livo. $1 billion to whomever sends me the best one-liner to that

    • Doc - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Mugs beats Bugs!

  4. Doc - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    For a victory, the gods will want a sacrifice—-how ’bout Teddy???

  5. Doc - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Minor is having a very mediocre season: WHIPs up, H/9 up, ERA up, W/L–2-4.

    Time for the beards to go huntin’ and bring home the kill!

    • David Proctor - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      We have hit Minor well in the past.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      This just means he’ll pitch gem against us.

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    On a game note, just watched the rest of the game (via DVR). Bummer about Floyd’s injury. Likely won’t watch this entire game in real time either but will try to catch up with the DVR tomorrow.

    On the bright side, renovations are done for now, so I get to sleep in tomorrow. Well, I get to sleep in until the cat tells me it’s time for breakfast, anyway.

    Go, NATS!!

  7. NatsLady - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    For the guy who wanted Dexter Fowler. Ran some numbers. Leading off the game, Dexter Fowler is #3 in runs created, Span is #8. Span is a fine lead-off hitter.

    Rk	Player	G	RC	PA	AB	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS	TB	GDP	HBP
    1	Charlie Blackmon	60	14.4	60	57	21	4	1	3	3	3	11	.368	.400	.632	1.032	36	0	0
    2	Nick Markakis	65	10.8	65	64	25	2	0	0	0	1	3	.391	.400	.422	.822	27	0	0
    3	Dexter Fowler	27	10.1	27	26	12	3	0	2	2	1	6	.462	.481	.808	1.289	21	0	0
    4	Matt Carpenter	71	8.9	71	66	19	4	1	1	1	3	15	.288	.338	.424	.762	28	0	2
    5	Jason Heyward	68	8.9	68	61	17	3	0	2	2	6	7	.279	.353	.426	.779	26	0	1
    6	Angel Pagan	58	8.5	58	55	16	4	0	2	2	3	6	.291	.328	.473	.800	26	0	0
    7	Nori Aoki	64	8.3	64	58	17	4	1	0	0	6	5	.293	.359	.397	.756	23	0	0
    8	Denard Span	61	7.9	61	55	14	5	1	1	1	6	6	.255	.328	.436	.764	24	0	0
    9	Carlos Gomez	42	7.9	42	37	10	0	0	4	4	5	15	.270	.357	.595	.952	22	0	0
    10	Jose Altuve	42	7.6	42	39	13	4	0	1	1	3	4	.333	.381	.513	.894	20	0	0
    11	Gerardo Parra	44	7.2	44	43	14	1	3	0	0	1	4	.326	.341	.488	.829	21	0	0
    12	Billy Hamilton	55	7.1	55	50	12	5	2	1	1	4	15	.240	.309	.480	.789	24	0	1
    13	Coco Crisp	49	7.0	49	45	14	5	0	0	0	4	8	.311	.367	.422	.790	19	0	0
    14	Brian Dozier	52	6.2	52	49	11	3	0	3	3	3	3	.224	.269	.469	.739	23	0	0
    15	Jose Reyes	57	6.0	57	52	12	0	1	2	2	5	4	.231	.298	.385	.683	20	0	0
    16	Dee Gordon	58	5.9	58	55	14	1	1	1	1	3	8	.255	.293	.364	.657	20	0	0
    17	Emilio Bonifacio	56	5.8	56	52	15	2	0	0	0	4	12	.288	.339	.327	.666	17	0	0
    18	Brett Gardner	47	5.8	47	44	13	2	1	0	0	3	7	.295	.340	.386	.727	17	0	0
    19	Shin-Soo Choo	48	4.9	48	40	10	1	0	1	1	6	9	.250	.375	.350	.725	14	0	2
    20	Christian Yelich	57	4.8	57	52	12	1	0	1	1	5	12	.231	.298	.308	.606	16	0	0
    21	Michael Bourn	53	4.5	53	47	10	2	0	1	1	6	15	.213	.302	.319	.621	15	0	0
    22	Adam Eaton	54	4.5	54	50	12	0	2	0	0	3	11	.240	.296	.320	.616	16	0	1
    23	Everth Cabrera	47	3.9	47	45	11	3	0	0	0	2	11	.244	.277	.311	.588	14	0	0
    24	Ben Revere	48	3.8	48	46	11	3	0	0	0	2	6	.239	.271	.304	.575	14	0	0
    25	Brock Holt	28	3.2	28	28	9	1	0	0	0	0	6	.321	.321	.357	.679	10	0	0
    26	Eric Young	36	3.0	36	30	8	0	0	0	0	5	8	.267	.389	.267	.656	8	0	1
    27	Dustin Pedroia	26	2.4	26	21	4	3	0	0	0	5	3	.190	.346	.333	.679	7	0	0
    28	Rajai Davis	30	2.4	30	29	8	0	0	0	0	1	6	.276	.300	.276	.576	8	0	0
    29	Ian Kinsler	39	2.3	39	37	7	3	0	0	0	2	2	.189	.231	.270	.501	10	0	0
    30	Josh Harrison	28	1.5	28	25	4	0	1	0	0	3	6	.160	.250	.240	.490	6	0	0
    31	David DeJesus	25	1.2	25	23	4	1	0	0	0	2	5	.174	.240	.217	.457	5	0	0
    
    • Doc - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      That Charlie Blackmon is some kind of wizard!!!

      In 60 PAs he has 57 2Bs, and 213Bs.

  8. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    We can talk all day about how much the Braves have owned the Nats and there’s no doubt that they have. That’s not even a question, they have dominated us. But just the same, none of that really matters anymore. What matters is how the Nats do from here on out. Win today and take a small step toward changing the aforementioned ownage. Sequencing matters a lot. Had we won yesterday and lost today, the narrative wouldn’t be as strong despite the numbers being exactly the same.

  9. RPrecupjr - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    For some reason the spreadsheet is not allowing me to enter my location for this evening. My wife, mother, daughter, and I will be in Section 106, Row U. So stop by and say Hi! This is my “belated Father’s Day” gift :)

  10. dcsportsfan2277 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    When you play the Braves you are for the most part playing a 6-7 inning game because after that you get the nasties. If you haven’t gotten them by then you are pretty much toast. That is a big disadvantage mentally. Could it be that that is what is in their heads and try to hard to get runs early?

    You have to counter that by swinging at the first pitch cookies you get! Every pitcher wants to be ahead in the count so that is usually going to be one of the best pitches you will see in an at bat. Too many times we see first pitch cookies go by with the theory that you want to get the starters pitch count up. Screw that! Swing at that first pitch fastball. That is how JZimm gets himself in trouble at times. Teams know that his first pitch is almost always a fastball and they attack. That is the philosophy to use with the exception of Werth who is great at working the count and waiting for his pitch.

    Desi and Espi will not see anymore strikes this series and would both be wise to wait the pitcher out until you get one. The only exception is to wait on a first pitch fastball where you want it or do not swing at all. Make the darn pitcher throw a strike!

    Please give Stras some support tonight. It is a crying shame that JZimm is pitching his heart out and getting losses to show for it!

    LET”S GO NATS!

    repost

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Actually, other than Kimbrel, the Braves’ bullpen has been weak this year. Walden looked pretty good last night, however.

      Side note: Walden has a very strange motion, where he seems to hop off the rubber right before he releases the ball. I’m surprised he doesn’t have control issue. Also, I’m not surprised he is prone to arm trouble.

  11. sjm308 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Not having a thing to do with tonights game. I just saw where we signed our #3 pick, the 18 year old HS catcher who had committed to Nebraska. I am still amazed that Rizzo does such a thorough job of making sure he can take this kind of gamble and succeed. I am not a big draft geek but I think I did read that this kid would have been taken much higher if he had not committed early.

    I think we just need to sign our top two now.

    Go Nats! Go Rizzo!

  12. nats106 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I thought the Lerner’s owned the Nationals. When did they sell to Ted Turner?

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      And Angelos owns (most of) MASN.

      So by the transitive property….

    • natsguy - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Ted Turner doesn’t own the Braves any longer. Hmmm, maybe thats the problem.

  13. thelatencn - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    “Ownership” (not the Lerner kind, the Braves kind) is mostly luck. I’m sorry Floyd broke his elbow. But if the Nats “owned” the Braves, it would have happened in the 2nd inning, not after he had pitched 7 scoreless.

  14. mauimo22 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    MY RECIPE FOR BEATING THE BARFS:

    Walk or offer ground ball-inducing pitches to the following players:

    1. C. Johnson
    2. F. Freeman
    3. E. Gattis

    The other Barfs do little damage for the most part. Don’t let these 3 beat you.

  15. NatsNut - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Think I might go try a mayonnaise sandwich, just in case.

  16. NatsNut - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    mayonnaise and banana, I should say.

  17. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Our team is just wound too tight. Relax, and let the ball come to you. Stop pressing. Make the pitchers work.

  18. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Alright, Peeps! Who’s it going to be? Someone is gonna get off, early tonite, and spark a SFG style beat down! Then there’ll be another, along with a hard fought , one run win. Own age over… Whoever after (whoever) gets it going tonite, they’ll all relax, which is all that’s needed.

    GYFNGOGOGO!!!!’

  19. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Not too hot. Stras don’t like it when it’s hot.

  20. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    BTW… I just couldn’t help smiling, watching BJ mouthing at the ump last night…. That was Peric’s Answer for us, in center field… “the next Matt Kemp”… Yup, he really said that… heheh

  21. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Paint. Nice fastball.

  22. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Not the way I envisioned this game to start. Ugh.

    • unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Rats. Not watching, tonight… Did Stras leave one up, already, or did Freddie go and get a good pitch…?

      • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Overthrown change up that didn’t have much movement….ended up low center of the zone. Freddie swatted it. Otherwise Stras stuff looks good. Gates put up a fight but k’d on a nasty curveball looking.

      • David Proctor - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Overthrew a changeup. Normally the change is 88 or so with great movement. This one was 91 but flat and Freddie got it. It was down, but center cut.

      • unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        Thanks to both of y’all…

        Now…. Let’s see who the spark plug is!!!!

  23. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Gattis, that is

  24. David Proctor - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    We were going to have to score to win anyway.

  25. davecydell - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    In one of my bitchings about the no clutch Nat’s truck, someone here asked me to define ‘clutch’. Brought to mind what some supreme court justice is supposed to have said ” I might not be able to define pornography, but I know it when I see it.”
    As to the Nat’s: No Clutch was when the Nat’s left the bases loaded 3 times the other day. THREE TIMES. Want clutch: I give you Freddie.
    The Nat’s got a lot in their lineup, bu they ain’t got one of those.

  26. Joe Seamhead - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    At the park. Zim plays a routine BH into a double.

  27. micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Its a Friday, thought I would chime in during the game for the second time this season, it looks like here we go again……… this is now beyond sad, its actually comical . I doubt old Sigmund Freud could have figured out this group,

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      2nd inning…down by 1….chill

  28. micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    but its the same pattern verse the same team, i am chilin, i am laughing now

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      I think martinis are in order to get through this game.

      • micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        lol, and Corona lights, which is what I am drinking now

  29. micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    where’s my boy wasian, LOL

  30. micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    nice catch by Jesus, i mean Jayson

  31. micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    ha, jayson saved ius

  32. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    HYFNH

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Replaced G with next letter in Alphabet
      HYFNH!!!!

  33. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Zimm, getting back into that DP form

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Back to pulling off the ball but I’ve seen him go from doing that for a few games to getting a bloop hit to going on a tear.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        yes…me too.
        Gets back to that warning track power

  34. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Blammo!!##…Stupid DP

  35. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    the spell has been broken!!!!!

  36. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Maybe the spark we needed

  37. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    HYFNH!!!

  38. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    SPARKY!!!

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Strasburg needs to get in attack mode. He’s nibbling for K’s and getting into long counts. He’s been making his best pitches on the strike 3’s in these K’s.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      65 pitches thru 8 outs. Not good.

      • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        62 thru 3

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        After I said that he attacks on BJ Upton and was economical with Freddie Freeman.

      • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        They’re piping your comments into Stras’ earpiece.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Veejh, I can understand nibbling to Gattis, Freddie and Heyward but not to LaStella, BJ, Johnson, Simmons, Schafer.

      • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        I don’t think he needs to nibble period. Just go get em.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Span blast. That was nice. I thought it had a chance.

  41. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Atlanta Mistique and Aura have just left the ballpark

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Game of inches. Rendon almost beats that.

  43. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Need those runs to win these games. Blag.

  44. natsjackinfl - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Please! Somebody get these Braves out if my head.

    Just kidding. Baseball players have a horrible memory. You have to to go through a grind of 162 games.

    Fans, on the other hand live the game through memory.

    So all you head cases, enjoy.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Good to see you in-game. Need positive people here.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        “@ZuckermanCSN: Ryan Zimmerman since coming off DL: .194 AVG, .265 OBP, .290 SLG. Strugg-a-ling.”

        Say it ain’t so. Just goes to the poor LF offensive production. This has to change.

        Facts are getting in the way of my positivity…In the future,Please only post positive facts.
        Instant Karma’s gonna get us all

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Yah, I hear ya but I had the positivity going earlier on RZim.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Stras needs that doubleplay here to keep his pitch count down.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Look at these grounders that find a hole.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Strasburg had both Johnson and Simmons in tough 2 strike holes and they both got singles. Impressive for them but not for Strasburg.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    LaRoche was playing Schafer perfectly. Way off the line.

  49. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Please no more runs here!

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Thank yoy

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Please quit letting them score before we do. Is that to much to ask?

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Ryan Zimmerman since coming off DL: .194 AVG, .265 OBP, .290 SLG. Strugg-a-ling.”

    Say it ain’t so. Just goes to the poor LF offensive production. This has to change.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      He said playing 3rd was affecting his offense. What’s the excuse now?

  52. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Not bad, Espi, not bad.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    That was a really nice walk by Espi. He seems much more competent as a RH batter.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Lobaton is a black hole in that #8. Put a bat on the ball. Swinging with that big loopy swing and missing the ball by 6 inches is not a professional at-bat. Shorten your swing in 2 strikes and put bat on ball.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Glass Ramos really is a serious issue.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Wilson Ramos is needed back immediately.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      It’s all about perspective. Can we change the outlook to good to have lobaton so he helps the number 9 batter look good.

  55. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Getting Stras thru 6 would be good considering his pitch count early in the game.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      +1 for positivity

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Thank you BJ. Need those quick ABs.

    The question now is do you pinch-hit for Strasburg with either Hairston or Frandsen to begin the bottom of the 5th?

    • nats128 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      I say yes, pinch hit., You would only be gaining an inning at most by leaving Stras in, and need a chance to start off the inning well.

  57. natsjackinfl - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Freddie Freeman is one of my favorite ball players and probably will be for a long time.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Booooooooooo!!!!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Yep, doesn’t overswing which leads to good bat control.

  58. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Welp, dunno what to say. This sucks?

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      please refrain from negative sounding words like sucks, stinks, pathetic, Braves, Kimbrel, bad approach.
      These comments are not helping.

  59. scnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Again we ask SS to be an ace and again he fails.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Strasburg just laid an egg. 2 out hit. Costly. He really screwed his team there. 4-1 looks so big right now. I am very disappointed. You need your supposed “Ace” to really put together a great outing and he nibbled like Gio most of the night.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Wow, Strasburg is left in the game with a pitch count of 98. Why? Send him to the showers. He pitched a dud. I can’t take these 5 inning 20 pitch innings. This is what drives McCatty crazy and me too.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Yep. Matt pretty much lost me on that one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        What do you gain here? 1 inning less on the bullpen? You lead off the 5th with Frandsen and see what he does.

    • micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      you stole my thunder. Stras loses two batters on 0-2 pitches, he is not an ace, he is one over rated pitcher

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Mick, he is only over-rated by the attention the media bestows on him. He’s an excellent pitcher but not elite. He had been very good lately. Here, he laid an egg with the pressure on. At 2-1, I’m satisfied. At 4-1, I’m ticked off. He allowed too many hits in 2 strike counts. When you have batters in 2 strike counts and you are a K pitcher, K them!

  62. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    …and of course we make a pitcher having a mediocre season at best look like an ace.

    • BurnedOnce - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      +1 million
      Incredibly disappointing this team.
      Another opportunity to let the opposing pitcher look brilliant.

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Strasbourg not putting away guys with 2 strikes. Coming back to haunt Nats.

    Why do our pitchers keep getting out pitch by the Braves, when statistically better?

  64. micksback1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    this is comical

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Not really. This is infuriating, more like it.

  65. Danny - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    What can be said besides Nats fans drink up..

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    FP once again pumping up the fact that Strasburg could now qualify for a W if the Nats take the lead in the bottom of the 6th.

    Team Wins, FP, is what counts.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Meh…He just wants to see Stras succeed and see the team take the lead.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Sure, we all want to see that but stop being a butt kisser. It was a bad move. Let Stammen come in and let him get the W. Who gives a rats a$$ who gets the W. Get the W then we can debate who deserved it most.

      • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        I agree w you. Let someone else bat that could possibly get on. Silver slugger Stras has left the building.

  67. BurnedOnce - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Thank goodness SS got thru 6 innings because that’s the most important thing. At least 6 innings in the last however many games. He’s our horse.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      +1 for positive perspectives

  68. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Hey ghost, we found a gap!

  69. scnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    It’s pretty simple – last night Floyd owned us, tonight Minor. Against our horses, Zim and SS. Our offense may take night off but our ‘aces’ need to win the battles. Their guys are doing it, not ours.

    • zerocrates - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Zimmermann was supposed to do what, give up negative one runs yesterday?

      The pitching outings have often been little under par, but it’s the lineup that’s been lifeless in these Cards and Braves games.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      RZim pitched well. The quality of hits were the type that found the holes and those 2 Heyward bloops in the outfield. 2 runs in 7 innings I would take almost any time.

      • scnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        They are pitching well, no doubt, but lesser pitchers are out pitching them.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Yes, that’s what stinks.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Bottom line those is you cannot give runs if you get none. Soft hits or not. Obviously the real fault is the hitting, but as an old coach told us . You win either by outscoring the other team, or giving up less runs. Either way is fine.

  70. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Allright..ray time!llr

  71. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I’m calling this…If Lobo gets a hit, we win.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Lordie, Lobo is useless at the plate.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Another way to look at it. Good that we got Lobo to give Suzuki a chance to shine in Minnesota.
        Please keep it positive

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    We cannot afford for Ramos to stay away. The other hitters just can’t hit especially with RISP

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      He needs hamstring transplants.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Seems the trainers have been awful teaching him to stretch.

  73. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Finally! SPAN the man! Keel it rolling!

  74. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Come on, Rendon. So bad.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Bottom line is we will end up winning the east despite the fact we play pathetically against the Braves.

      • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        I really hope this is the case.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        I refuse come and assume a loss like some do. If you want to talk losses I wish you talk elsewhere. This for winning talk.

  75. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    FL summed it up, we’re pressing.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      FP

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    That’s what Ryan needed. Hope Varvaro makes a big mistake to #20 here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Need Varvaro to make a mistake here to #8.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Just awful watching Danny’s left-handed swing. The Nats have Varvaro in a tough spot. 2-1 pitch and Danny swings under it with the looper swing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      I have asked many times, but have not heard a reporter ask MW, why do they dump the left handed batting from Espi. If I was MW he would be pulled the minute he tried to get in the left box.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        I’ve wondered the same for a long time. It just isn’t working.

    • natszee - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Danny is .094 with RISP … RSIP with 2 outs you ask? His average is .000.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Davey always believed he would come around. It hasn’t happened except a very rare exceptions.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Which is better than .000
        Jeez some fans

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Come on Espi no one base you get hits, but with RISP time when a hit is much more important, you are not able to do the job.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Kimbrel’s command isn’t there. Time to see the Nats patience and watch Kimbrel self-destruct.

  80. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Wooo. Nice AB mcLouth.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Dobbs 1st pitch swinging. Come on Dobbs. Make a professional AB.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Negativeity not helping…Just sayin

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        There’s a difference between negativity and a pathetic approach. The Marlins cut Dobbs for a reason.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Dobbs swings at both pitches he sees and Span goes 1st ball hacking like he has an early tee-time.

      What the F?

      Dobbs has to go. Just pathetic approach. He just walked McLouth and Dobbs is swinging away.

  82. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    DFA Dobbs

  83. philipd763 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Dobbs can’t hit anymore, which is why the Marlins released him.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      OMG!!!!!
      Well earned Poistivity comments to follow!!!!!

  84. philipd763 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Wonderful!

  85. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Holy sweet mother Jesus!!!!!! Woooooo!!!!!!!

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Rendon. That was clutch. That’s what the Nats needed.

  87. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    How does an ump miss that call

    Yippeeeeeeeeee

    4th BS for Kimbrel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Center cut….

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Jun 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM
    Kimbrel’s command isn’t there. Time to see the Nats patience and watch Kimbrel self-destruct.”

    • nats128 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Great call. McLouth with a fantastic AB and Rendon got his pitch and did what he does.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      now that is a good insight…goin to the kimbrel well once too many
      The Comeback Kids.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Dobbs has to be DFA’d tomorrow. Bring back Walters until Bryce is ready.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        OK, such a move would likely have more positive outcome.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Walters is en fuego and Dobbs in en dumpo.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        ;)
        Dobbs es muy mal…Algo grande esta pasando en Muddy Walters

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

        Si. I liked Dobbs a lot in 2012. Not so much any more. He is said to be a great guy. Just not getting it done. The good news was that he didn’t hit into a doubleplay. That’s the only positive I can think of.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Nice way to make some lemonade.
        Just checked out Walters stats…love that Muddy Walters

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        You get short-term gain with a move like that. He’s gone in 10 days when Bryce returns.

  90. natsjackinfl - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Wow. My head hurts. Must be Braves trying to get out.

  91. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    What’s the challenge…?

  92. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Another hr I will not forget.
    Has the park been much louder this year.

    • nats128 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      +1

  93. natszee - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    That will learn ‘em! Way to go Anthony!!!

  94. nats128 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Can Laroche be a walkoff hero here.

  95. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Kimberly burnt for tomorrow, no doubt.

  96. natszee - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I feel a big ending about to happen ..

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    No TV WHY was it called a non homer to start

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Bounced back the ieldfn t

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Ii bounced off the wall well behind the hr wall
      As humans and umps grow older, they lose their depth perception.
      Ghosts and other spirits do not.

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

        Thanks ESPN has not shown it. MLB network blacked out as O’s are playing. In Easton and blacked out on my tablet

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      No TV ???
      Try the wireless.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        I have the at bat, but I am blacked out. This hotel doesn’t have MASN. Any other suggestions?

  98. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    The next Matt Kemp

  99. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Solidify the tie…win this game…monkey off back. Do it!

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Soriano K’s Freeman twice in the same AB. Can’t believe blue didn’t punch him on the 2-2. That’s been a strike all night. I hate helping Freeman.

  101. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I’d love to see a Walkoff Dez

  102. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    C’mon, Clutch!! BRING IT!!!!

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Come on MR. WALKOFF

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Unfortunately, those days are over.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Nah, RZim has plenty of those left. He’s only 29.

      • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        It’s been a while.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        Not over just dorment.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Espi will bat right-handed.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Let’s not forget the Braves bullpen gave up 5 runs in the 13th inning twice this week.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        Nats need to get a leadoff hit and go smallball to win it.

  105. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Ball 4. OuCh.

  106. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    …dirt…smh

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    We must swing at more balls then most any other team except the Braves

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Pitch track had Espi’s 3-2 outside.

  109. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Ruh roh. If they beat us on Clipp, he might have Brave nightmares for the rest of his life.

  110. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Splitter? Wow.

  111. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Clipp looks confident.

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Clipp pitching like a starter with a full repertoire. Fastball, changeup, splitter, Cut-fastball. That’s a lot more than when they sit fasball/changeup.

    What a great inning by Clip.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Simmons as I read was tough

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Sandy Leon unlikely hero

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Nats need a leadoff hit here and play smallball. Its not as exciting as a walkoff HR but its the W that counts the same.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Whatever works

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Not many extras wins, let alone Braves wins. This is HUGE that we win this.

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Be patient with Jaime and take your walks and your HBPs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Sure doesn’t look like HenRod. I was hoping for some balls hitting the backstop.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Frandsen just couldn’t let it go to 3-0. Had to swing from his heels on 2-0.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Frandsen better know he was safe here. Would hate to see it a wasted challenge.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      The pitch track was borderline

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        It was but “take it” and see what the ump gives you.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Only swing if in the wheelhouse.

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I wonder if Span has ever had a Walkoff HR in his MLB career.

  118. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Worthy challenge?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Not overturned. Did he look safe if not why bother.

  119. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    We have number 1 bullpen why only 1 extra inning win?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      A lot of bad luck if you look at the outcomes.

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I’ve lost my voice…. And my phone is about to die…. At the park… Having a blast…. Hope you all didnt give up and had faith like I did…. :-)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      We had doubters as always

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Wonderful at bat Span…. Wonderful…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      That was. I was hoping Rendon could dial up some magic again.

  122. scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Wow. Watched through 8th and my daughter demanded we watch a show together. Great surprise too see we tied it up!!! Let’s do this !!

    SWM

    U r an odd dude.

  123. scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    We need this win. Will except isle many demons. Where is DP?

    • scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Exorcise

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Much needed game for the Nats to win. Werth leads off and need Werth to get on any way he can in the bottom of the inning.

    • scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      That was a ball

  124. scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Rendon laid off a meatball to allow span to steal.. Mistake.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Yah, it happens. I thought it was inside but a strike. I was hoping that with Gattis hopping up he blocked the ump’s view. Many times that’s called a ball.

  125. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Blevins with a good kick save. That’s some luck.

  126. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Some good luck! I feel a shift in the force.

  127. unkyd59 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    9 up, 9 down in extras. Nice.

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Actually didnt agree with Blevins in there… Think he is a Loogy… But it worked…

    We walk off here.. Ryan Z with the magic…

    Phone is at 3%… So I will bid you adieu until I can charge it… :-)

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      looks like you may be right.

  129. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Golden sombrero for Werth!

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Kilgore must be bored. Just tweeted this.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: By the way, Ryan Zimmerman made it clear to @barrysvrluga that while he would do it, he wants no part of third base. http://t.co/orhTQqrTxO

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Pressure on this young pitcher. Take it to him Ryan.

  132. nats128 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    This callup Butcher is due for a wild pitch.

  133. nats128 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    If Freeman isnt holding RZ on base, that’s a double down the line.

  134. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Blevins for a 2 inning appearance.

    • veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Not a fan of this

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Blevins has to make BJ Upton earn his way on base. Free pass that way puts a lot of pressure on the Nats.

  135. philipd763 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Watch out for Gattis—he’s dangerous!

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    What Blevins couldn’t do. Leadoff walk.

  137. scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Damn

  138. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    If we want win this, take Blev out.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      or MW

  139. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Noooooooooo!!!!!!

  140. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Why MW…. Why…. Now I’m pissed.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      you’re not alone
      Arrogant rookie manager has a lot to learn
      First try some humility and take responbiblity

  141. kirbs3256 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    No excuse for Blevins going 1+ innings.

  142. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    It all starts with a leadoff walk. Can’t happen. Can’t happen.

  143. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Blev is not made for these situations, dammit. So pissed right now.

  144. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Sometimes you lose a lot of extra inning games because you are out manuevered
    Pride before the fall, MW

  145. kirbs3256 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    My god they make it look easy. Hit the hole caused by the runner. Pull it and move the runners…

    • kirbs3256 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      and this has sac fly all over it…Johnson is so good at contact.

  146. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: The Nats traded for Blevins, in part, to deal with Freddie Freeman. It has not gone well. First and third, no outs in the 13th.”

    Kilgore likes to tweet those zingers.

  147. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    When the pressure’s on, Espinosa is off

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      It’s squarely on Blevins. Can’t walk a .205 hitter to start an inning.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Team effort…I’m iincluding the manager and the ..089 RISP Espinosa

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Of course but you can’t walk the leadoff hitter. It was almost like a pitch-around.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Yes….Maybe not a good move to let your LOOGY go 2

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Truthfully, the Nats needed to win it in the 10th, 11th or 12th as the bullpen was getting thin.

        Faced 2 relievers making their MLB debuts and couldn’t do squat against them.

        Shame on the Nats batters.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Very True…That’s when we had the opportunity.

  148. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Espinosa, you must field it before you make a move. Nats should be out of the inning.

  149. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Walking a lead off player late almost always backfires.

    Poor execution.

    Our bullpen can’t out endure opponent’s bullpen it seems

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      It can if you hit the other bullpen first. Two rookies out there, we led em go when we had em

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Well, they got 2 off of the best reliever in the Majors (I’m talking about Kimbrel, not Blevins)

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    That botched doubleplay hurts.

  151. kirbs3256 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Hopefully we can count on Philly to keep sweeping them for us :-)

  152. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Blevins can you not be trusted to come in and not give up runs.

    I am starting to think you are no longer able to do your job.

  153. scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Frandsen makes that play.

    Kidding

  154. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Zim grounded into do tonight. What is his deal. Y
    He used to be Mr. Walkoff

  155. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I blame this on MW rolling Blev out there for 2. 1 was enough. Meanwhile, Barrett sits on the bench.

    The 500 lb. Gorilla on our backs just gained 25 lbs.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      +1

  156. dcwx61 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    one of the more painful losses I can remember…not as bade as July 20,2012 against the braves

  157. scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Very disappointing. I wish we had one guy like a trout or FF –

    And no it’s not Bryce.

  158. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I don’t see it as you do.

  159. veejh - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    What good would this do?

  160. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    You said were gone until Monday, and here you are. They win you stay away, please go so they can win.

  161. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    “The Nats look absolutely lifeless out there right now, some terrible body language on display.” I wrote that yesterday in-game that some of the Nats players just didn’t look confident stepping into the batter’s box.

    It has to change from within.

  162. manassasnatsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    You always so negative. Could state it we haven’t lost, but instead you choose the negative, still haven’t won.

    Do you have that negative approach to life.

    My wife says my rose glasses probably drive people crazy, I couldn’t live any other way.

  163. scmargenau - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    The Cranberries

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