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Game 75: Nats at Brewers

Jun 23, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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The Nationals left town yesterday evening feeling a whole lot better about themselves than they did after losing Friday night’s heartbreaker in 13 innings, having re-established their 1 1/2-game lead in the NL East. But now comes a new challenge on the road against a Brewers club that currently owns the NL’s best record and trails the Athletics by only 1/2-game for the best record in baseball.

Gio Gonzalez gets the ball tonight for the Nats, in need of a positive start after a so-so return from the DL last week. Gonzalez has allowed 16 runs over his last 12 1/3 innings, and he has reached the seventh inning only twice in 10 starts this season. Veteran right-hander Matt Garza is on the mound for the Brewers.

I’m not in Milwaukee for this series, but I will be heading to Chicago on Thursday for the final leg of the road trip. I’ll also be at Potomac tonight as both Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos rehab with the P-Nats, so be sure to check back for an update from Pfitzner Stadium…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where: Miller Park
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, ESPN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 70 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (39-35)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

BREWERS (47-30)
2B Rickie Weeks
RF Ryan Braun
C Jonathan Lucroy
CF Carlos Gomez
3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Khris Davis
1B Mark Reynolds
SS Jean Segura
RHP Matt Garza

UMPIRES
TBA

275 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I will be at Potonac tomorrow Mark if you want me to update you if you are not there.

    Go Gio.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      And, if memory serves, Nats Lady will be our commenter-eyes-on-the-field in Milwaukee.

      Go, Nats! (Oh, and go, P-Nats!)

  2. Doc - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Mark, you are a very busy man!

    • veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Gets to go and watch tons of baseball games….I know there’s more to it than that, but that sounds more glamorous.

  3. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Another potential statement series. Taking 2 of 3 would away would be nice.

  4. Steady Eddie - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    This got new-posted in the previous thread–
    Granted that this is not exactly the same team, but we’ve done okay against the Brew Crew the past couple of seasons – 5-3 against them in 2012, 4-3 in 2013. And in both seasons we won the series in Milwaukee, 3-1 in 2012, 2-1 last year, while splitting both four game series in Nats Park. We outscored them in each of the four series, too, mostly by 3 or 4 total runs, but by 26-16 in the Sept 2012 series here that we split.
    Given how our pitching did against the hot hitting Giants, I think we’ll do okay in this series — though I’ll be holding my breath for Gio’s control tonight.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      +1 on Gio throwing strikes.

  5. sjm308 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    After listening to MW in his press conference after yesterdays game, I honestly thought he might rest Werth or Desmond but it ain’t happening. Not sure what the numbers are against Garza but surely McClouth can give Jason one day off every now and then.

    Go Nats!!

    • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      I thought the same thing 308. Hope it has something to do with matchups. Maybe he’s thinking that the Wednesday afternoon game is a better one to rest the regulars, but I’d rather not see everyone out at once. A lineup with McLouth in RF, Frandson at 2B, Espi at SS, Leon at C, and Dobbs at 1B isn’t going to scare anyone but us fans.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      If memory serves, MW said something to the effect that they’d have a long talk about it on the airplane (it being the idea of resting guys on the road trip).

  6. Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    It’s hard to think of the Brew Crew as a serious contender, but with the Cards recent pitching injuries, I guess you have to take them seriously. As someone mentioned in an earlier thread, the Giants had the NL’s best record until the Nats came to town too. So this is an opportunity to show that we’re for real. Fingers crossed that Gio’s first start will be looked back on like Fister’s, and tonight he steps it up a big notch.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    MON – 8:10 p.m. at Milwaukee Brewers (Gonzalez)
    TUE – 8:10 p.m. at Milwaukee Brewers (Zimmermann)
    WED – 2:10 p.m. at Milwaukee Brewers (Strasburg)
    THU – 8:05 at Chicago Cubs (Fister)
    FRI – 4:05 at Chicago Cubs (Roark)
    SAT – 1:05 at Chicago Cubs (Gonzalez)
    7:15 at Chicago Cubs (Zimmermann)

    Mark/Chase do you really expect JZim to go Saturday night on short rest?

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I assume they’ll call up Treinen for that start.

      • jd - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        That’s what I think too. I think it’s time to use that opportunity to say goodbye to Ross Detwiler. Get what you can for him and move on. Then bring up Cedeno when Treinen is returned.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        I think so too and you are allowed a callup for a doubleheader. They need to lineup Treinen for that start.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Yes, you don’t have to send anyone down for a doubleheader.

      • jd - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        To line him up he would have to start today. I think the Chiefs played already and the starter was Laffey.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        Treinen pitched Sunday, so he’d go Saturday on 5 days’ rest. And he pitched 6 shutout innings with 8 strikeouts. He’s ready!

  8. thelatencn - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    The previous post said we only had to face Peralta of their top three, but when I checked on ESPN last night they showed the matchups as Gio against Garza, JZimm against Yovani Gallardo and Stras against Maraco Estrada. So I was happy we’d missed both Peralta and Lohse. Anybody got any further info?

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      MLB.com says the same, so I assume those are the pitchers officially announced by each team.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Happy that the Nats are missing Lohse.

  9. rayvil01 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    The Det situation is so sad. He needs another pitch. Clippard pulled a curve out of the bag against the Braves and it changed the whole equation. Successful guys adapt. Gotta think they have been pushing on him to throw something other than fastballs. He must not want to listen.

    • jd - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      I think he’s got a chip on his shoulder. He thought he was penciled in as the no. 5 starter and never really recovered. I think he would be well advised to accept the fact that he simply does not posses the repertoire to be a successful starter but certainly has the stuff to be a solid reliever. If he doesn’t buy in his career may well follow the man he replaced in DC.

      • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        The man he replaced in DC? You’re referring to Wang? Or Lannan?

      • jd - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Lannan

  10. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Go nats

  11. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Interesting. I was reading back on different teams earlier today on this slow day. The A’s blog from back in the off season said that they traded Blevins, not just because they liked Burns, but because they wanted to make room on their roster forFernando Abad. Now some here would have laughed back then, but Abad has been more than a little impressive for the best in baseball Oakland A’s, though he has had a so-so June. Abad has a .232 ERA over 31 inning appearing in 37 games.

  12. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Interesting. I was reading back on different teams earlier today on this slow day. The A’s blog from back in the off season said that they traded Blevins, not just because they liked Burns, but because they wanted to make room on their roster forFernando Abad. Now some here would have laughed back then, but Abad has been more than a little impressive for the best in baseball Oakland A’s, though he has had a so-so June. Abad has a .232 ERA over 31 inning appearing in 37 games.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Really, WP? Double post? Oh, never mind.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        Make you feel better. 2 of mine are missing.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        I think they like to talk to themselves.

  13. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    MW said during the trip. Saturday for sure.

  14. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Take this series.

  15. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Come on Gio start the mental prep now.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Harper singles Ramos double play.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    MW says he doesn’t know who his closer is tonight.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Wilson Ramos with another 3 run jack.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Let’s hope we are up 8 and Det can close.

  19. rmoore446 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I just watched the second part of Ray Knight’s interview with Matt Williams on MASN and for the first time I saw some warmth and personality to our new manager. I am used to watching his deadpan, unemotional post-game media conferences. I understand the value of keeping it in the Joe Friday-just the facts mode but I didn’t have any feel for him as a personality.

    Made a lot of difference seeing him in a lengthy interview with Knight and the two former star players that became managers had a strong rapport. MW was smiling and joking and Knight threw him some good conversation starters, such as “how do you decide with this lineup who to bat eighth.” MW admitted that was a big topic of conversation coming out of Spring Training (and I gathered it was Rendon in the first game). Now that everyone is back, the debate begins anew. But MW was as engaged and relaxed as I’ve seen him and it was nice to see that side..

    He did make it clear that he sees Ryan at third base for most games. Anyway, watching it warmed me up to our manager.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      I thought the same thing, 446.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Second time around Harper walks Ramos 3 run homer

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Swinging at sliders, a number one faux pas

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Come on MnF…. That was a good slider…

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        I agree, Mrsb

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

    This program sucks throws thing where ever it feels like.

  23. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    FP? Denard almost always takes a step back.Most good outfielders do.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      If Nyjer had ever learned to do that he wouldn’t have had so many go over his head.

  24. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Did I ever tell the story about meeting the famous old Milw. Braves reliever, Mel Famey?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Do tell, Sofa…the short version!

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        So, some years after he was out of the bigs, he pitched against us in an indie league game. By that time he was into the Olde Milwaukee pretty heavy, and when he totally lost the strike zone, ever after we referred to that as The Beer That Made Mel Famey Walk Us.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        HA! Love it!

  25. scnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Wasn’t even close

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Last pitch to Espinosa was way off the plate.

  26. scnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Loboton puts such a big hole in the lineup

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Terrible at lobo…. And I mean terrible…

  28. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    That may have been the ugliest at bat of the year by the Loboton. (Danny should’ve gotten a walk).

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Last pitch to Espi was off the plate… BUt it was too close to not swing and at least foul it off… The dumbest was Lobo… Swinging at all garbage… Knowing he needed to pull something to get Adam home…

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        The pitch missed by three inches. Should have been an RBI.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Disagree, to an extent….Thought it was a close call that a more respectable batter would have gotten… But still too close to not swing….

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        For the record, it wasn’t 3 inches outside. More like four:

  29. TimDz - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    How many FREAKING TIMES has this team loaded the bases with nobody out and got bubkis?
    Championship calibre teams do NOT do that….
    Soooooo frustrating…

  30. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Williams tossed? Oh, great.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      I like that. Good for Matty. Sometimes you have to make a point early or not at all.

    • stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Who knew he has a pulse?

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Wow, MW got ejected???? Surprised he didnt go out after Espi’s at bat…

    Still steaming at Lobo and his dumb as at bat….

  32. micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    I like the passion by MW, that HP sucks and looks like a little shi- to me. having said that, Lobaton’s AB was terrible and was pathetic.

  33. EllieEspinosa - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Balls Strikes Ump ??? Blind? In back pocket Vegas!!!! Not Again !!!

  34. micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    back to potomac for you lobaton when and if ramos comes back, i will take Leon any day over that pitiful at bat

  35. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Dang it! That was close to being a dinger for a Span.

  36. micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    well hit ball by Denard, i hope its not one of those nights where we hit the ball solidly right at em and plus a crap ass umpire behind the plate

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I am the security guy at church. Pulled up as Desmond singled. By the time I locked up Brewers first batter is up.

    What happened on the Espi k. Seems that 80% of the time you score bases loaded no outs. I bet Nats are not nearly that high.

    Now score this inning.

    • micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Espi got hosed, horrible called strike

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Why do we swing at so many bad pitches?

  39. stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Whee!

  40. micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Adaaaaaammm!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Labomb!!

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Way to go ALR

  43. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Way to go, LaRoche!

  44. TimDz - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    THANK YOU Adam!
    Let’s bury them NOW….

  45. micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    ALR and Rendon have to make All star team

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    That back drop is real close to the fence.

    I though Span homered, but not quite

  47. micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    when is ramos due back?

    • Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Thursday

      • Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        How long he will be back, who knows.

      • micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        thank you, and I hear you about how long he is back

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Let’s hope a long time. I can’t believe running to second strained a hamstring.

        He needs a good personal trainer.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    I’m surprised that hr wasn’t looked at…. Oh well, WHOOP, WHOOP ADAM!!!!!

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Come on Zim if you have to reach to swing, hit it right. Hitting 101.

    When he is on he goes to right solidly.

    Wish he just would do it all the time.

    • micksback1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      both Zim and werth need rest

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        Probably more Werth. Aim had 7 weeks rest already

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Zim just had seven weeks of rest.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Damn auto correct aim=Zim

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Come on Gio don’t give back of any of these runs.

    The third inning on has been killing time to Gio.

  51. naterialguy - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Anybody else lose their MASN feed?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      I have this happen off and on all season when MASN 2

  52. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Oh hellz yeah…3 zip! Leggo Gio!

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Here goes nibbling time.

  54. stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Face plant!

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Gio pitch over the plate, and please hold runners. Is that to much to ask?

    • stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Two on for Ryan Braun. What could go wrong?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Gio is screwing around nibbling again

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Gio quit fussing at the ump and throw strikes.

  57. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    STOP GETTING BEHIND BATTERS DAMMIT

  58. knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Throwing too many pitches……..come on Gio pitch from ahead in the count.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      He did on Braun

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Who been in the majors longer Gio or Tanner? Tanner acts a hell of a lot more mature.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    This blue is bad….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Immaterial work with him

  61. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    HUGE K

  62. Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Braun didn’t make Gio throw a strike.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      The Nats do that too often.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Gio made Braun look silly as hell…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Braun made himself look silly.

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Put him away

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Gio quit nibbling.

  66. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Sure does seem like a change would be appropriate here.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Just get him

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    What are doing. ALR gets you a lead and you decide to screw around. Two more walks. While you were gone our starters had almost no walks.

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Horrible call blue… Horrible…

  69. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I was worried for a sec.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      I was more pissed than worried.

      Now keep hitting

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Barreled up but not quite far enough.

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Line drives boys

  72. knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Sixty pitches through three innings for Gio……at this pace he won’t make six innings tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      5 if lucky.

      Needs to found the strike zone.

      Did he watch Fister and Roark the last 2 games? They don’t nibble. Strasburg and JZim don’t nibble much either.

      Why does he do it a different way?

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Now Espi hits a fly. Last time would have been nice

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Loboton might as well swing now as Ramos is coming back Thursday

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Gio swing at strikes

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Good God Lobo….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Ramos on the way.

  77. Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Nice start to the game for the Nats. In case anyone wants a change from Bob and FP, this game is on ESPN and it’s not blacked out. Sean McDonough and Mike Mulder are the announcers.

    MNF Index here is up to 30.6%. That’s just too much of one commenter for me. Catch all of you later.

  78. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    3 15 pitch innings, and Gio makes 6, easy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Correct or another 30 pitch it is over now

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Why are you nibbling. As I said earlier I believe he has more walks than all the other starters combined

    • stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      You did mention that, actually.

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Gio can’t hold anyone

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Why not a strike

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Quit the damn nibbling

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Loboton that is catchavpble.

  84. stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    No harm no foul, amirite?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      This is the first starting pitcher maloox of the season.

  85. Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Gio is really frustrating to watch right now, but he is getting it done.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      They say the ends justifies the means. Hard to convince me. But I like leading.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Lot of people give Clip and Soriano a hard time. Gio to me drives me more nuts than those two combined.

    He nibbles all the time. Wish he would study the 4 right handlers, they might give up runs occasionally but they are not nibblers.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Werth running hard

  88. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    “Only neurotic, self-absorbed men have ‘types.’ The rest of us take what we can get.”
    –Raymond Chandler

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Thank you Weeks

  90. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Gio looking better now. Keep attacking.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Still driving me crazy. Way to many pitches

      • veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Eventually Fister and Roark’s style will rub off on him a bit. Attack, and trust your stuff. Make the batter earn that hit.

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Quit it. Have it at least near the strike zone.

    Is to much to ask for a 3 up 3 down?

    • stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Count
      The
      Runs

      I get ZERO, how about you?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        The results are there, I said that, but why make it hard on us. Three up three down this inning would be nice.

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Henri Houdini is left handed. Who knew?

  93. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono”

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Sorry I have no clue what you said.

  94. stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I so do not want to see Ross Detwiler pitch tonight. Which makes me sad.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Aaron Barrett next?

  95. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Cone on pitch something close enough to swing

  96. stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Barrett! That’s a Knorr move, and I like it.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Damn it Gio quit walking people

    • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Damn it MNF, quit carping about a guy who gave up no runs and three hits in six innings to one of the toughest lineups in the league. What is the point of all this whining and complaining? If you are like this when you watch a game at Nats Park, I’m sure glad I don’t sit anywhere near you.

      • Another Tyler - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        It’s because manassasnatsfan has Gio in his fantasy league. I feel that pain but yeah, Gio’s doing great in the real world, and I’ll take real over fantasy any day.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        I have lost most of my vocal chitprds ling ago, so I barely aduible, so sitting next to me is easy.

        I cannot stands balls and Gio throws to many.

        I actually a very positive person as I know we will the east. Just a perfectionist at my job and I get that way occasionally when pitchers throw balls.

        Will adjust now that a new pitcher comes in,

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        I have Roark and JZim and Soriano as 3 of my 12 pitchers.

        I have hated walks nibbling since Benny Daniels pitched for the Senators

      • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        I honestly don’t care if you adjust or not. What you think about the team or the game is your business. But how about keeping your complaining to yourself? It’s selfish, boring, and annoying all at the same time. You’ve made the game threads virtually unreadable.

        This game is a perfect example of how dumb your comments are. You started complaining about Gio in the third inning and kept it up as essentially a monologue all game long. In the end, he not only had a quality start, but gave up only three hits, and NO RUNS. To act as if this was a bad outing, deserving of the constant criticism you dished out tonight, is absurd, and I think you know that.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Deuces, I feel ya, but you can always just quit reading. i have. He’s not obligated to be entertaining.

      • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        I know I can. But I’d rather not. Someone’s got to call him out on his hogging of this blog. I know I’m not the only one who’s frustrated. As far as I’m concerned he’s worse than swm and all the LoD types combined.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Double play

  99. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Pretty ugly outing, but he gave up zero. I’ll take it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Ugly but we are winning, but man two dose of Maloox already

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      That’s the 42nd dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        To veeg

  100. Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Lol at Gio apologizing to the ump after the inning.

  101. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Now let’s get some runs.

    I am assuming McHit will bat for Gio

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    loboton looks clueless up til now.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Wasn’t clueless just too high, again would have been great in second inning.

  103. knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Well I said earlier that Gio might have trouble making 6 innings tonight so props to him for getting that far with no runs allowed. I still wish he could be more efficient with his pitches and less stressful on his team and their fans.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      +1

    • veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      I think he’ll come around. I really do. Fister already had an effect on everyone’s fielding, he will affect Gio’s style

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Can’t wait for Harper to take Dobbs spot and Dobbs is DFA

    • conatsguy - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      If your wearing Hondo’s 33, you better produce

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        First night I saw him wear 33 I was shocked.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      He certainly hasn’t earned the right to stay in a Nats uni

  105. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    And Do vs was signed, why?

  106. stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Do not want to see Bernie the Brewer this evening.

  107. scnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Gritty outing by Gio let’s hope bullpen option B holds on

  108. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Dirty ass slider. Wow

  109. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Anyone wanna gamble that Barrett is our closer next season?

    • conatsguy - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Getting a lot of love here

    • stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      I’d love to see a Bullpen A Bullpen B arrangement with two sets of closers and setup guys.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      I believe they have him in training for 2016 at the latest.

      • veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Welp, it’s either him, or Storen. No way we pick up Soriano option, or whatever it is…and I doubt we sign another closer

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Don’t bet against picking up the option.

      • veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        We need the money for either JZimm and/or Dez. LaRoche will be bye bye, too.

  110. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Barrett that is how I like pitching no where close to a thutprd ball. No nibbling. Great job. Will he go two? He had 13 pitches.

    • stoatva - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Clippard was doing loosening exercises.

      • conatsguy - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        Damn that looked gone!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        I would prefer to give clip and Soriano night off. Barrett for 8th Storen 9th

  111. scnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Let’s get another and let Blevins pitch 8

  112. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Come on Zim

  113. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Zim Zim zim….

  114. Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Zimmerman jeez.. Espy is about to pass his BA..

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      I guess then Harper can just take Zim’s spot

  115. conatsguy - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Keep waiting for the page to turn for Ryan. He is going to be a big time impact soon- before the all star break.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Once he starts he will be hot three week.

  116. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Drew Storen was hoping the 8th

  117. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Great recovery on that spin by Espi, he irritates me batting, but love his fielding.

  118. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Good job ALR

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    It’s interesting watching Gio… He was damn sure effective tonight… But it wasn’t pretty getting there.. At least, I don’t think it was…

    Barrett has been a gem lately….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      The results were fine, but far from interesting, drove me to maloox.

      Now Barrett attacks like our right handed starters.

  120. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Storen good job. Maloox free bullpen.

  121. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Clipp last night, Storen tonight, overmatching the meat of the opposing team’s lineup. Saweet.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Agreed

  122. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Anyone have a clue why Blevins warming up? Batters 4-5-6. All right handed

  123. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Espi’s fielding live, hitting luck.

  124. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Haurston you are here for one reason only

  125. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Clipp to close…..Interesting

    • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Soriano not available. Pitched the last three days in a row. It was either Clip, Det, Blevins, or Stammen. Stammen pitched 1.2 innings yesterday. Makes sense.

  126. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Am I tucken?
    Tuckyn like a turducken.

  127. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Tucked in bosses

  128. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Nasty

  129. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    CarGo battling.

  130. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Wow

  131. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Right in his hole

  132. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Think he was sitting g on off speed. Nice.

  133. Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    That was awesome Clip!

  134. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I think if the had gone up and in to Gomez 3 times on 0-2, JUST TO CHANGE HIS EYE LEVEL, and then go away, they get him.

    Whaddayaknow.

  135. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Redic !!!

  136. Section 222 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I wonder if MW left instructions for bullpen order tonight, or if this was all Knorr’s call.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Think it was Knorr… Going with what he knows and trusts… I’m still shocked MW was ejected…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      MW had said before the game he probably would rest Soriano. You figure it would be Storen or Clip and no clue if Randy chose in his own.

  137. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Dare I say this win was a tad boring? I felt waaaayyy to confident :-)

    • veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Hardly with Gio at the helm. Well earned shutout.

  138. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Shutting out this lineup is impressive. The MLB and everyone is watching. Fire this jam up! Leggo Nats!

  139. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Wow . 12 hits last 3 games

  140. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Love clip even throws balls he throws hard and that is what I like.

    Just like yesterday 3 k 9th

  141. ArVAFan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    WOO-HOO! (TM Michelle S)

    Nice start to the road trip!

  142. Danny - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    3-0. That’s my kind of win!

    • conatsguy - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      This was a very hot Brewer squad. Good pitching beats everything else.

      Brewers swept the Rockies with double digit run production. Not used to seeing great pitching- get use to seeing 3-0 games. GYFNG!

  143. David Proctor - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    I wasn’t able to see much of the game. Looking at the box score, I suspect many are upset with Gio for the walks, but 6 shutout innings against one of the best offenses in baseball is nothing to sneeze at. Bullpen dominant as usual.

    • veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Lots of balls. Always seemed behind. Tough 6 inning shutout. More telling is his ball to strike ratio. Think like 40/60.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Nope, nobody upset but mnf, and he’s already over it.
      Just get me the buffalo and stand back.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        As soon as Barrett was in I was fine. Mallox helped too.

        95 wins a coming if starters don’t get hurt.

      • Section 222 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        To win 95 games, the Nats would have to go 55-32 (.632) the rest of the way. I doubt that’s going to happen. 90 wins would be nice, and could very possibly win the division.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      It wasn’t pretty watching it live, he was effective not efficient, I mean he was at 80 pitches by the end of the 4th or so…. Thought the blue squeezed him some but the results are what we really care about… And that’s a team W of course…

  144. veejh - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    BP, once again, stellar. Holy cow, what a nice change from last year’s BP train wreck.

  145. npb99 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Great win. And nice to have the shoe on the other foot. If the Nats had been shut out at home like that, in the first game of a series, by a team with a worse record, I’d be cursing and complaining.

  146. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    ALR congrats MW for being tossed.

  147. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Ramos 3 for 4 a triple shy of a cycle

    • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      I don’t .want the buff to get anything but singles and home runs. Too much chance of injury.

  148. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    And Veejh… I think Storen will be the closer next year… Barret the 8th inning… I also think Trienan will be a starter…

    I’m hoping that the pitchers don’t own innings though and it’s match ups that are favored as sometimes the ‘close’ comes in the 8th inning…

    • Section 222 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Hope is free, but it’s not going to happen MW is like every other major league manager these days. We’ll have a new closer (Storen or Barrett) and Clip will probably continue to hold down the set up role. There will be the mopup guys and the “we have a lead” guys.

    • veejh - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Probably. When I see Barrett at his tops, it’s exciting. He will be back up closer if Storen gets the job. Who knows…Baseball is strange

    • unkyd59 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      I think Treinan will, absolutely need to command a third pitch, before serious consideration for the rotation… Love him so far, but he’ll get figgered out pretty quick, up here…

  149. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    At the end of the game, the team with the most runs wins. Not the team with most hits. Not the team with the most walks. Not the team with the highest ISO. The team with the most runs. Doesn’t matter whether they’re earned.

    At the end of the season, the team with the most wins is in first place.

    Everything else … EV. RY. THING. ELSE.
    is Fantasy Baseball.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      So… What you’re saying is… By any means necessary, Just win!

    • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Settle down!!! Lol

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      But in defense (I guess) we watch the game live… And we are posting via what we are currently seeing… If we had the know how to not trip on Gio throwing so many pitches for example becuz we would secure the win, you wouldn’t see the nerves…

      Same with the RISP, etc…

      • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Ray pointed out how his balls set up such a masterful outing. Sure, he’s rosier than DP but it’s a valid point.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Sure, but as we are seeing it live, it doesn’t look that way… Every time Gio walked a batter tonight, it was an anxious feeling on the blog… Same as when he fell behind etc…

        It’s just like folks who criticize SS becuz in a certain moment he isn’t K’ing everyone to the slide… They are seeing him as he works as opposed to the end result…

        Had you told me Gio’s line at the end of the game vs me seeing it with my eyes, I think there are 2 different reactions…. And we saw them tonight…

        But yeah, Nats won… Shut out the Brew Crew…, so I’m ecstatic….

    • Section 222 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Right. Not the team with the least number of walks, or the team with the least number of pitches thrown up in the zone. Not the team whose closer is the most intimidating looking or the team whose bullpen sells the least maalox.

      If you can’t appreciate a gutsy performance like Gio’s tonight, and enjoy a win like this one, maybe you should find another sport to follow,

  150. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    All comments in this thread are awaiting moderation.

    In the meantime, I have several milloin dollars I am hoping to move to your country. Please replie with your personal info.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Oh, so I am no longer Your Dearest One”? That’s it, no more funds for you!

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        I never said that.

  151. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    “Cognitive distortions are thoughts that cause individuals to perceive reality negatively. These negative thinking patterns are simply convincing the mind of individuals that what they see is true when it is not. They are inaccurate thoughts that usually reinforce negative thoughts or emotions.”

  152. Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Deuces? I agree with you regarding the constant babble. I generally enjoy this blog, and hate to ever single anybody out, but I feel your pain. I just had to leave.

  153. natsfan1a - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Haven’t watched the recording yet, but morning happy game results emails are always good.

  154. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Had a good time at Miller Park. DON’T EVER GET A ROOF. NO ROOF. ALERT, NO ROOF! The roof was closed (it was open before the game). It was a lovely evening, about 65-70 degrees, no rain, no fog–and the rood was closed.

    I may never take off my Clip jersey.

    —Be careful about buying tickets online. I clicked on what I thought was the Brewers site, called and got a ticket, but couldn’t print it (because I was driving and had no printer). Get in line, everyone else is getting their tickets with their card, etc. They can’t find mine because it turns out that it was a third-party seller, not their box office, not even their area code. However, it was $9 ticket night, so I bought another ticket and had almost as good a seat. BE CAREFUL. Make sure your are actually talking to the teams’ box office!!!

    –There was a Nats fan right behind me in line but he had put a shirt over his jersey. We had a nice chat, he has been going to games since Senators days. Unnecessary to hid the Nats logo, everyone was very nice (they are ALL very nice in Wisconsin), although some kids did stare at me when I started screaming “GO CLIP GO!” I just shrugged.

    –Parking is like at Camden Yards, very convenient. EVERYONE tailgates. They have tailgating contests announced on the scoreboard. They even tailgate after the game, which is why they announce that the lots close one hour after last out. Traffic going out was well-handled. It was $10.00 to park in the general lots.

    –The stadium is indoors, I mean it’s an indoor stadium, like Verizon center. Nothing is open to the outdoors like the concourses at Nats Park, you can’t stand and look at the view or the river (if there is one) or anything. There are some windows, that’s it. The concourses are really crapped up with a lot of booths, like those claws for stuffed animals, just a lot of stuff like that. There are WAY more ads and scoreboard games. When the do the sausage race each sausage is assigned a section, and whichever one wins that section gets a price (unspecified). They have every conceivable “cam.” Lot of kids at the game because it was little league night. Some of them (boys) felt it necessary to dance (lots of dancing) with their shirts off. It was cold and clammy and (except for the boys) everyone had sweaters or jackets on. It’s very dank and gloomy compared to Nats Park.

    –Scoreboard is nice, clear and informative. (Organist is GREAT, really great). They put stuff up like guys’ line against LHP, guys line with RISP 2 out, whatever the situation is. They DON’T put up the play, so if you glance away you don’t know how the guy was out, 5-3, etc. They don’t put up the pitch count, though it is on another display in the corner of the park.

    –And the Nats won. Gio walks too many guys but it’s hard to argue with a shutout. Barrett, Drew and Clip looked great.

    I got more, but I have family stuff, so later! No blogging today, maybe not for most of the week. Will have plenty of material when I get home.

  155. unkyd59 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Ten AM…. No wrap up….

  156. NatsLady - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    –Oh, and the brat was excellent. Whatever they serve at Nats Park is a poor imitation.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Thank you for the out of town report!

    • natsfan1a - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Seconding the thanks for the report, NL.

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