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Game 74: Braves at Nats

Jun 22, 2014, 10:17 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

After a brilliant and much-needed performance by Doug Fister on Saturday night, today the Nationals have a shot at splitting their four-game series with the Braves. In order to do that, however, they’ll likely need another very good outing from their starting pitcher. Today Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85) will be handed that task.

Roark has been excellent against the Braves in his young career, holding a 2.55 ERA across 17 2/3 innings in four appearances. He did struggle, though, in his one matchup with Atlanta this season. On April 11 he allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings at Turner Field.

Pitching for the Braves is right-hander Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.12). Santana was signed in March as a free agent and was solid through his first six starts this year, holding a 1.99 ERA. Since, he’s gone 1-4 with a 6.17 ERA and the Braves have lost six of his seven outings. Santana has not faced the Nationals as a Brave, but does hold a 3.67 ERA in four career starts against the franchise.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (38-35)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Sandy Leon
RHP Tanner Roark

BRAVES (38-36)
2B Tommy La Stella
CF B.J. Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
C Evan Gattis
RF Jason Heyward
LF Justin Upton
3B Chris Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
RHP Ervin Santana

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

1:55 p.m. — The Nats are off to a great start today with a 2-0 lead after one inning against the Braves. The first run came on a LaRoche single to center field, scoring Rendon from second. Rendon got on with a one-out walk against Santana. LaRoche’s hit moved Werth to third and he came home thanks to a Zimmerman sac fly to deep center field. Roark threw 15 pitches and Santana threw 19.

2:09 p.m. — It’s still 2-0 after the second inning as neither team got a man on base. The highlight of the second had to be Desmond’s play to throw Johnson out for the third out. He fielded a hard-hit groundball up the middle and had to turn on the run to gun Johnson out at first. It was one of the best defensive plays by a National this season, no doubt.

2:27 p.m. — No runs for either team in the third inning. Roark set the Braves down 1-2-3, and the Nats squandered a man on third with one out opportunity. Span reached third after leading off with a single. He moved to second on a throwing error by Santana on a pickoff attempt. A Rendon groundout to second base then got him to third. Werth and LaRoche, however, both struck out swinging to end the frame.

2:50 p.m. — The game is still 2-0, but the Nats have run into trouble getting anything going against Santana. He notched two more strikeouts in the bottom of the fourth, giving him seven on the day through four innings. Six of his last nine outs have been strikeouts. Roark is at 59 pitches while Santana has thrown 62.

3:18 p.m. — The Nationals struck for another run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 3-0 game. This score came on a single by Span that scored Leon from second. Leon led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Roark.

3:45 p.m. — The Braves got their first run of the afternoon in the top of the sixth on a J. Upton RBI single to center field. Roark was then replaced by Craig Stammen who struck out Johnson for the second out on a called check swing appeal to 1st base umpire Tim Welke. Johnson argued the decision and was thrown out for doing so. Santana is also out of the game now after throwing 92 pitches.

3:57 p.m. — No runs to report on in the seventh inning. The Braves went down in order, while the Nats saw Espinosa lead off with a double. The second and third outs came on a 4-6 double play as Greg Dobbs – pinch-hitting for Stammen – lined out directly to La Stella at second. Tyler Clippard will now take over for the eighth inning.

4:23 p.m. — The Nationals got another run in the bottom of the eighth, this on a wild pitch that scored Rendon from third. Now it’s up to Rafael Soriano who will pitch for the third consecutive day. He’ll take the mound with a 4-1 lead.

4:31 p.m. — 1-2-3 for Soriano as the Nats split the series. Instant analysis right here: http://natsinsider.com/2014/06/22/instant-analysis-nats-4-braves-1-2/

186 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ehay2k - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Gattis playing again today?

    • chaz11963 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Not likely given the day game after night game.

    • NatsLady - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      He’s caught four straight, including all 13 innings on Friday. They do have an off-day tomorrow, then they are in Houston.

  2. dcwx61 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    from MLB trade rumors

    Per MLBTR’s DFA Tracker, Dunning joins five other players in DFA limbo: Roger Bernadina, J.J. Putz, Evan Reed, Kevin Slowey, and Josh Outman.

    From Rosenthal
    The Braves bullpen could potentially benefit from experience. Closer Craig Kimbrel has the most service time with four years. The ‘pen currently includes four rookies – two of whom made their big league debut on Friday. The Braves could use a starter, but they may lack the assets necessary to acquire a top hurler like Jeff Samardzija.

    The Nationals could make Danny Espinosa available to second base-needy teams like the Giants or Blue Jays once Bryce Harper returns from the DL. With Harper back in the outfield, Washington would use Ryan Zimmerman at third and Anthony Rendon at second, leaving Espinosa without a regular job. Given Zimmerman’s shoulder problems and questionable future as a third baseman, however, I’d tend to think that the Nats would keep Espinosa as a valuable depth piece.

    From me
    The last comment of course is unlikely given that Zimm will not be the regular third basemen with the return of Harper

    • chaz11963 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Yeah, that really doesn’t make sense. We not only need Danny for 2B to keep Rendon at 3B, but there’s no other back-up for Desi at SS.

      • janebeard - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        I agree. More likely we trade Denard. I’d be fine with letting Scott go. More than fine.

  3. NatsLady - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I just wanted to put to rest the idea that the Nats can’t win against good pitchers.

    Of the 38 wins, 11 have been against pitchers whose current ERA is under 3.00. Ten have been against the opposing team’s Opening Day starter (not always the same guy). The list is in my game post.

    • NatsLady - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      PS for 1a–no videos. ;)

    • chaz11963 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Thanks for that NL- good scoop

    • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Thank you NL. I saw that ridiculous comment last night and what first came to mind was my first game at Nats Park this year — when they demolished Johnny Cueto, who only leads all of MLB in ERA and WHIP. (2d in NL in K’s, 1st in NL in WAR, etc etc etc.)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Wainwright and Tim Hudson are the pitchers who seem to dominate the Nats. They’ve done well against the others but the KEY is outscoring your opponent as the outcome is simple in baseball for the W/L. If Fister gives up 5, Nats lose 5-3.

        Teheran was the one BABIP’d last night and Fister escaped the 1st and cruised. Teheran pitched well, Fister pitched better.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      +1

  4. Whynat - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Nats fans stopping the chop was discussed in the last thread. One other thing about the crowd last night. They completely got on Teheran when he was being the human rain delay. I like to think we helped cause the balk, thank you very much.

    Looking forward to a professional effort, winning result from the boys today. We’ll be there with the whole family for a late father’s day celebration.

    • NatsLady - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      On my way!

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        And once again Word Press goes bonkers, this time without even the excuse of too many comments.

  5. unkyd59 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Looks like Tony is the spark plug I was looking for on Thursday…. Better late than never! Now let’s Hang 10 on these clowns!!!

    GYFNGOGOGOGO!!!!

  6. janebeard - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I would play Gatis today, too, in their shoes. He’s a spark plug and they want to leave town in first place, But they won’t because we will own Santana and tanner will smoke ‘em. Only 8.5 innings of baseball today, predict. GYFNG!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      He is a spark plug, but he is not a great defensive catcher, in my opinion. I’ll tell you one thing, He’s one tough dude. Anyway, he has to be more than a little worn down today, and the Nats base runners should be able to take advantage of him.

      • Another_Sam - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        JaneB, SeamHead — always good to see your remarks, especially back to back. I’m sure hoping for a thrashing laugher today.

    • ehay2k - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Jane with today’s winning prediction!

  7. Doc - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    In other news, Teheran and Gattis will be entering couples therapy when the Braveless return to their tepee.

    Just a bad thought, but Espi’s going through a batting surge and Zim is not. And even F.P. is calling out Zim’s throws from LF.

    Therefore when Harps returns it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that Danny stays at 2B, our new hero ARen stays at 3B, and Zim hits the pines.

    • 6ID20 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      And laser tag is a real sport. No. It’s not.

      • Doc - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Actually it is!

        We play it in my physics lab all the time.

        Now that Zim will be having more free time, we plan on having him join us!

      • jonnynats - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I don’t see Zimm becoming our 10 million dollar Dany Uggla, but who knows?

  8. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Watched the game late last night recorded. I said we needed a solid 8 from Fister the night before and he delivered. Fister is our true ace and stopper. Not only did he bring his A stuff but fielded brilliantly and layer down 2 perfect bunts allowing Rendon to drive in the runs. Stud!

  9. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Who’s going?

    Stay hydrated, my friends.

  10. Another_Sam - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Call me a cranky curmudgeon [sp] as seamhead might say, but, it’s going to take an ass kicking today to get the taste of Thursday and Friday out of my mouth. Yesterday was fine, but I want more.

    Regarding DF’s bunts last night — nice work, but no big deal, IMHO. That’s what a major league NL pitcher is supposed to do. That’s what the whole staff is supposed to do.

  11. Another_Sam - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    FP and Zimm’s throws — you heard it here first. How sad it is.

  12. unkyd59 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Just a thought… Ryan has played every game, since coming back… He and Weeth could both prolly use a couple days off…

  13. jonnynats - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    I went to one game this series. Will catch this one from my couch or the local sports bar. I’m not sure I’m ready for Cognac at 1:00 in the afternoon, but I may have to give it up for the team. If I play Carlos Santana for my pre-game warmup music, is it like an anti-jynx?? GYFNG.

  14. dcwx61 - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Well I’m a fan of the Washington Nationals
    And we’ve beaten up some pretty good teams
    But while watching Teheran and Gattis
    I think the braves will burst at the seams.

    Heard the boy in potomac crack a homer the other day
    Can’t wait to see him behind the plate and here to stay

    Ya Yoew ow.
    (borrowed from Ryan Zimmerman AB music)

  15. dcwx61 - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Great article by BR about how the Nats are ready to take off

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2104266-washington-nationals-poised-for-big-surge-to-the-top-of-the-nl

    “This will be your latest warning that the Washington Nationals are armed, dangerous and ready to take the National League by storm.”

  16. jonnynats - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Man I hope Rizzo doesn’t tinker too much. They are in first place without Harper and Ramos, what will they be with them back? Poured my brandy in a mug of coffee so I don’t feel like a total lush.

    Here we go…

  17. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Braves once again overusing their players. Can’t believe Gattis Is in.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Was just coming on to post that. 13 innings on Friday and playing a day game after a night game. Someone posted last night that Gattis would be off today. Was that a guess or did Freedy change his mind? These types of decisions usually backfire in the long-term.

  18. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Rendon, you should be on 3rd right now. Blah.

    • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Hey, it didn’t matter! Woo!

  19. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Ghost town in here. I take it everyone is at the game?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      The in-game thread “fan experience” has taken a beating, no doubt about it.

  20. jonnynats - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    OK Desi, put some of the defensive good vibes into offense in your next ab.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      That was a true Web Gem by Desi in the top of the 2nd. Not many SS’s could make that play.

  21. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Espinosa bat right vs righties. Can’t be much worse than his lefty approach.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      nightmarish lefty espi…
      free swingin not necessary against Santana, Ian, Danny and the Sand

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Theres years of discussion on this here. Tread with caution as a few don’t like that discussion. Look no further than what Victorino did last year as proof that some MLB batters can adjust if they need to.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        It was interesting to me that FP mentioned Victorino converting last season from switch-hitting, since FP talked about how hard that would be for Danny to do, several times last year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        It would be hard for sure, but that’s what winter ball would be for.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Nats teammates, take note at what Rendon just did. Productive out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Way too many unproductive outs.

  23. dcwx61 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Reason number 89 why Denard will continue to start most of the rest of the season. Yes, he will get days off when Harper returns but he provides a much needed diversity (speed) to the Nats lineup and of course, Harper would inadvertently run into Harper and Werth (on the same play) if he were in Center, unless he hurt himself first.

    • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      So, now Harper is going to run into himself?

  24. Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    I think that’s the fourth time in the past week that Span has been stranded at 3rd.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Maybe 5

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    One of the reason our RISP is 13th in the league is we swing at so many balls for strike 3.

    If we would cut down the number bad ball swings, we would hit at least .050 if not more better.

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    What the hell?

  27. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Rare LaRoche error. Dammit.

  28. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Now that was a strikr. What?!?!

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    My goodness how did blue miss that. Inning over

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    How many extra pitches because of the error then the ump.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    12 extra pitches.

  32. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Tough inning. Way to go, Tanner.

  33. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Zim’s song is Lazaretto? Hmmmm….

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Three straight strikeouts, where strike 3 is no where near the zone.

    Are we just that impatient?

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    4 in a row strike out on slider outside.

    Don’t swing at anything but fast balls

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    I see notes going all over the place again.

  37. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Tanner is as tough as Fister, love them both.

    Ridiculous that Tanner had to get five outs that inning.

    Looks again like ALR’s reflexes are not quite what they once were. Looking at the replays of that error, it seems that the ball had taken a slight hop right before it got to ALR, then rolled pretty flat on the ground and went under his glove. But the hop was not so much that if it had happened again, he couldn’t have at least stopped it from bouncing past him with a better positioning of the glove.

    No harm done other than extra pitches thanks to Tanner’s toughness and focus. Still not a bad pitch count through four. At this pace he could go seven.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    It appears we just need to quit swinging at the sliders. They are almost never strikes.

    This problem is resolved if the batters would just do it.

    • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      You make it sound like it’s simple to do. If it were, hardly any pitchers would be left throwing it.

      Santana’s a tough pitcher. Just two starts ago, even while he was losing to the Rockies, he struck out 8 in 6.1 innings. Earlier this season he struck out 11 in 6 IP.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Not easy to do. But if done you would raise an average a lit, people like Tony Wynn rarely swung at crap.

        Seems to be a secret that when tapped assures greatness

      • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        True. But I’m not expecting many of our current Nats to be as good as a pure hitter as Gwynn — a first ballot hall of famer.

      • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I meant to add: the key, apparently, is being able to read the spin on the ball fast enough given the reaction time it take to decide to swing (or not) and then swinging (or not). If many could do it, there’d be a not of Tony Gwynns.

      • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        (a *lot* of . . . )

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Reading the pitch is the key at least in the Red Williams book. He said all could learn to read the spin, but most don’t want to as it takes effort.

      • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        That’s easy for Ted Williams to say — he may be the person with the best hand/eye in the history of baseball

  39. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Pitch track shoes pitch 5 a strike not ball. Another k.

    I am more and more want electronic zone. Umps are not doing the jobs

  40. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I don’t feel like 2 runs is going to be enough. Wouldn’t mind seeing 2 more runs on the board. This is making me nervous.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      I think 2 will be enough if we score mire and win kike 5-1.

      If we score no mire than 2 is probably nit enough.

  41. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Roark battling. Braves are getting some good ABs.

  42. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Big run! Span the man!

  43. adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Roark with his *8th* sac bunt this season already.

    And Span caches it in!

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Where are all the Span hearers.

    Also where our buddy who only shows up when we are losing?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Wookin pa nub?

  45. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Werth getting gobbled up lately. Snap out of it.

  46. scnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    C’mon Jason get it back on track

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      He is so streaky both hot it cold.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Freeman against Nats 20 for 39 .513.

    Rest of the keague he is 64 for 252 .254.

    What does the rest of the league know that McCatty has not added to our pitching.

  48. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Maybe time for Stammen.

  49. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Tough 6 Innings for Roark. Still a good job.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Good job, but not great. Way too many pitches for 16 outs.

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        You’re ridiculous. He had to get an extra two outs in the fifth, thanks to ALR and a bad HP ump call on the “walk”. Or weren’t you paying attention?

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Mw comes out a batter late. Did he nit see the elevation on the pitches? Every time that happens Roark is done. Well at least he didn’t wait another batter.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Surprised MW gave Roark that much rope. Decent outing.

  52. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    This is where Roark needing to get the two extra outs last inning came back to bite some. As the telecast showed, everything to JUp was up in or over the zone as Tanner got gassed from the extra effort in the 5th.

    Hopefully Stammen can shut them down. To start it looks like he has his pretty good stuff low down.

  53. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Horseshlt!! LOL. Bye bye

    • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      He even threw in a f you. That will cost him some cash.

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        You are correct, sir.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        +1

      • IsawTeddywin - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        Despite the fact was good for the Nats, very unhappy with this. I’m sitting basically a right angle to pitcher to catcher line, and didn’t seem to me Johnson was even close to a swing. If it had been a Nat, ballpark would have erupted in outrage.

      • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Replay showed he did not swing. We caught a break.

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Well, having seen it in slo mo on the replay, while I would say it was a wrong call, to say it wasn’t close to a swing is also just wrong. He went almost perpendicular to the plate, so while it shouldn’t have been called that way, there’s nothing different from a called strike three that’s almost entirely out of the zone but just touching the edge of it.

        Those happen two or three or four times a game, every single game.

        It was a bush league temper tantrum by Johnson.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I am convinced the umps do NOT like the Braves. I got no data on it but it seems they getthe short end of more bad call than any other team I’ve watched.

      Who else gets Outfield Fly called against them?

      • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        They’re getting what they deserve after throwing trash on the field.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Why should be any different I hate the Braves more than any other team too. Though the Phillies fans I might hate more than Brave fans.

        I absolute hate the chop almost as much as the wave.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    According to what they usually call, that was not a swing, though to make life easier for umps you go t a little call it a strike. Just my thought.

  55. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Nice hold on those runners, Stammen.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Good job Stammen. Stammen in the 7th?

    • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      One of those sliders hung up a bit, thought he got away with one.

  57. Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Great job, Craig! Johnson may get more than a fine for that tirade.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Hope not. Had a legitimate beef. I would hate it if a player couldn’t voice his opinion.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        He did have, but you can’t say what he said, regardless.

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Sorry, that’s very silly. This was a wrong call but no different than a bad strike three call that’s fully out of the zone, and those happen every game.

        What is it about YOU DON’T ARGUE BALLS AND STRIKES that so hard to get, or that makes this any different than those?

        A pro knows not to argue those, or to let his frustration out in those situations.

  58. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Sliders are killing us today.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      If we would learn to lay off sliders, we would be hard to beat.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Strike 3 on a ball in the dirt. The identification of a slider is terrible.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Or, that’s a really good slider.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Real good ones we never identify.

  60. Drew - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Tanner Roark lowers his career ERA again — to 2.32 in 147.3 innings.

    What a terrific find that guy is.

    • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      We see two days in a row the pitching stock that Rizzo has acquired: Fister yesterday, and Roark today. Incredible trades, both of them.

      • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        I feel more confident going into a game with these 2 starting. Crazy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Christian Guzman’s legacy.

  61. Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Great play by Espy! I thought that was going to be hit all the way!

  62. adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Is Stammen the most under-rated pitcher on the Nats?

    What a great job — again — today. Five up, five down.

    • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      When his slider is sliding and the 2 seamer is moving, he’s excellent.

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    7 pitch inning Stammen. Nice job.

    Let’s get a couple add on runs.

  64. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Espi! Espi!

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I thought Justin Upton was going to get a chance not to field one again.

  66. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I’m tellin ya, Danny is a better hitter in games he bunts in.

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    What the hell? Bunt him over.

  68. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Danny making a play for “don’t bother trying to put RZim back at third”. Still not sold, as the lineup is a lot stronger with Zim in it and Danny not hitting right in back of Desi.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      I prefer Danny only right handed.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Is Dobbs DFA when Harper comes back?

  70. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Dobbs, you suck. DFA his ass..

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Dobbs has to go. Yesterday.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      My thoughts exactly. But had Leon bunt, and infield drawn in, that might be a hit.

      MW kisses me off a lot not advancing runners.

  71. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    With Clip coming in to face Freeman, Gattis, and Heyward, this next inning is the whole ballgame.

    I’d prefer MW give the eight to Storen right here, but as he’s giving the eight to Clip, he’d better have Storen warming up if he doesn’t get Freeman out.

  72. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    OK, good, then warm up Storen if Clip doesn’t get Gattis out.

  73. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Important out. No one on for Gattis.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Go back to my Freeman comment. Now .500 against everyone else .254. What do they not know the rest of the league does?

  75. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I seeing clipp work in that curve. He was getting too predictable just throwing fast and change.

  76. Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    It hasn’t been mentioned, but Gattis’ consecutive game hitting streak is in serious jeopardy.

  77. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    What a great inning for Clip to exorcize the Barves and especially the Freeman/Heyward demons!!

    • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      MW showing confidence and Clipp delivering. Love it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      The Justin Upton demon still needs exircizing

  78. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Braves own Clipp no more.

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Clip if I recall has only given up runs in 2 games this year (though maybe it is 3)

    I know for Soriano it is only 2 games he is given up a run.

    However each either do people go crazy. Where the problem in those games were lack of runs.

  80. Drew - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Here’s a postscript on Roark’s 2.32 career ERA, lest anyone think the number is skewed by his relief stints in 2013.

    The only Nats reliever with a better career ERA than Roark is Aaron Barret, with a 1.82 mark in 24.66 career innings.

    No one else is close:

    Soriano — 2.74
    Clippard — 2.94
    Storen — 3.18
    Blevins — 3.43
    Stammen — 3.85
    Detwiler — 3.87
    Cedeno — 5.13

  81. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Get this insurance run in!

  82. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Hey, at least Werth made contact.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      And move a runner up. What Leon needed to do

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Well, he did have a hit earlier today. Tough crowd.

      • veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        I know A bit harsh…I expect more from him..

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        If you imagine it…Span has a higher slugging percentage than Werth does, though Span’s OBP still leaves a lot to be desired.

      • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        got a hit — and scored

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    I am looking at my notes. Nats 24-5 when Brandon and Span both get hits.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      That looks suspiciously like auto correct

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Good score set up by Werth moving the runner.

  85. scnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    According to the Braves announcers they have 5 number 1 starters and 5 closers. All of the position players are gold gloves and all stars. All ground balls should find holes.

  86. Drew - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Huge.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I could used that RBI I am only 3 up going into west coast games.

  88. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Rendon IS an all-star.

    GREAT to see Barves making the mistakes against us for a change. If Sori shuts them down in the ninth, I’d say we’ve turned the corner against them.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      There are no corners, there’s just the next game.

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Yes, there is a corner, in mindset. The vets — ALR and Zim especially — have been acknowledging it all week, and mindset is big in what you bring to the next game.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Alternatively,

        “When you turn the corner, and run into yourself, you’ll know you’ve turned all the corners that are left.”
        –Langston Hughes

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Good one to describe where some of the Barves’ heads seem to be.

        Which has to help our guys even more seeing them getting out of control like that.

  89. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Tucking it up here, jefe.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      PONCHE SORIANO
      PONCHE SORIANO

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Almost forgot … UnTucked.

  90. adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    First time all year Soriano has worked three days in a row . . . .

  91. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    What’s he crying about? A swing and a miss?

    • adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      I think he’s complaining about the pitch before that — it was borderline high it appeared to me. Then when Soriano threw the same pitch he had to swing at it . . .

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Not so borderline — both GameDay and PitchTrack showed it fully in the zone.

        This is taking out their own frustration on the umps, which is what players with bush league temperaments do. Johnson every bit as much if not more.

  92. Joe Seamhead - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I despise both of the Uptons. What a couple of brats.

  93. adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Braves kinda feeling tense today, eh?

    40% of all their ejections this year have occurred in this game ;-)

    (2 of 5)

  94. Steady Eddie - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    JUp has no beef at all. All three of them per GameDay were completely in the zone, and PitchTrack had it the same.

    I’d say this is turning the corner, because the Barves frustration with themselves is boiling over, and they do themselves no favors with the umps acting like this.

  95. jonnynats - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Chop this you…… NAh, gg bravos. Off to beertown.

  96. veejh - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    HUGE win and HUGE salvaging games 3 and 4. Agree we have turned the corner…..finally.

  97. unkyd59 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Attaboys!!!!!

  98. adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Where’s the guy who confidently predicted that Soriano would have a long stretch of bad outings because he had blown a save recently?

  99. adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    A little bit reminiscent of two years ago, when we lost two straight to the Braves, and then Lannan came up to shut them down.

    This year: JZ and Stras falter, but Fister and Roark shut them down.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Thinking the same. Fister to the rescue and showing the way.

    • natszee - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      We should have won Friday. The only “struggle” was from the “Ace” …

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Where are the haters?

  101. adcwonk - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Earlier this year you wrote: “McOut is just pathetic”

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