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Game 79: Nats at Cubs

Jun 27, 2014, 12:45 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

CHICAGO — Hey, we can actually see the rooftops here today! There’s still some fog lingering way off in the distance, closer to Lake Michigan, but the skies are mostly clear directly over Wrigley Field, a pleasant change from last night’s surreal scene.

It’s Tanner Roark on the mound today for the Nationals, and just as was the case last summer, the Illinois native will have a sizable rooting section on hand. Sounds like the entire town of Wilmington (about an hour south of Chicago) will be here cheering on the right-hander, who is seeking his team-leading eighth win.

No changes for the Nationals’ lineup, aside from Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond flip-flopping the 6 and 7 spots. They’ll be going up against Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 11 mph RF to LF

CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark

CUBS (33-44)
RF Ryan Sweeney
CF Justin Ruggiano
1B Anthony Rizzo
SS Starlin Castro
3B Luis Valbuena
LF Chris Coghlan
C John Baker
2B Darwin Barney
RHP Jason Hammel

HP Mike Estabrook
1B Jerry Layne (cc)
2B Hunter Wendelstedt
3B Mike DiMuro

4:07 p.m. — We are underway as Denard Span takes strike one from Jason Hammel. It’s 83 degrees under mostly sunny skies, quite the change from last night’s conditions.

4:12 p.m. — That didn’t take long. Hammel retired the side on 10 pitches, getting Span to ground out and Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth to fly out. So here’s Tanner Roark taking the mound for the bottom of the first.

4:21 p.m. — A scoreless bottom of the first for Roark, who did allow a soft, 2-out single to left to Anthony Rizzo but otherwise was unscathed in the 17-pitch inning.

4:33 p.m. — The good news: The Nats scored in the top of the second, thanks to Adam LaRoche’s single and then Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI double. The bad news: Despite that, followed by Wilson Ramos walk and a wild pitch later that advanced two runners, the Nats only scored the one run. Zimmerman was easily thrown out at the plate when he ran on contact on a grounder to third. Danny Espinosa struck out on three pitches. And Roark tapped one back to the mound. Sorry, but you’ve got to score more than one run when given that kind of opportunity to bust out. 1-0 Nats, middle of the second.

4:52 p.m. — That was not a good bottom of the second for Roark. He allowed four straight hits to open the inning, leading to a pair of runs crossing the plate for the Cubs. Worse, Roark is throwing a ton of pitches, 51 of them to only 11 batters through two innings. Not what the Nats are looking for. They now trail 2-1 heading to the third.

5:04 p.m. — And the Nats run themselves into yet another out on the bases. That’s four in 12 innings so far this series after Rendon was caught trying to steal second with two outs in the third.

5:19 p.m. — LaRoche ties this game back up, roping a 2-0 pitch into the basket beyond the right-field wall. That’s LaRoche’s 10th homer of the season and makes this a 2-2 game in the fourth.

5:31 p.m. — Twice today the Nats have scored a run. And in each instance, Roark has responded by giving two runs right back. Sweeney’s 2-out single up the middle just made it 4-2 Cubs after four. Roark is at 75 pitches and has been scorched for nine hits already. Not a good afternoon so far.

5:55 p.m. — Bottom of the sixth now, still 4-2 as the Nats have been unable to mount anything against Hammel.

6:11 p.m. — Ramos’ single up the middle in the seventh snapped a stretch of 10 straight batters retired by Hammel and knocked the Cubs starter from the game. But after working the count to 2-0 against reliever Brian Schlitter, Desmond grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. So it remains a 4-2 game at the stretch. Jerry Blevins now pitching in relief of Roark.

6:30 p.m. — And this game has now gotten out of hand. Blevins entered and poured a tank of gasoline on the fire. He gave up a leadoff double, then uncorked a wild pitch, then intentionally walked one batter only to unintentionally walk the next. Then he fell behind the next hitter 2-0 and 3-1 before battling back to strike him out, only to serve up a 3-run double to John Baker. Blevins’ ERA now sits at a whopping 5.34, and the Nats now trail 7-2.

6:45 p.m. — Here’s Taylor Hill pitching in a mop-up role in what will probably be his final big-league appearance for at least a little while. The Nats are likely to call up lefty Xavier Cedeno in time for tomorrow’s doubleheader, sending Hill back to Syracuse, where he can continue to develop as a starter.

6:56 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats lose 7-2. They’ve dropped three straight and now must sweep tomorrow’s doubleheader just to salvage a 4-game split with the Cubs.

  1. Doc - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Hope I get to see Roark and his large rooting section–does Wrigley have room for the town of Wilmington???

    That Tanner Roark story is one heck of a story.

    But probably blacked out again by—sh*************************************t!!!!!!

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Wilmington has fewer than 6,000 people on its best day, so yeah, probably.

  2. Sonny G 10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    OK, Tanner, you’re our stopper today. Go Nats!!!

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    “@Nationals: #Nats lineup @ #Cubs: Span CF, Rendon 3B, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Zimmerman LF, Ramos C, Desmond SS, Espinosa 2B, Roark P”

    Desi and Ramos exchange spots in the batting order.

  4. sjm308 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I really was hoping Desmond would get a day off

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      I think they still want his defense and I have to think with Harper back Desi will get a day off the end of next week and possibly one of the doubleheader games tomorrow.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Of course I mean “when” Harper comes back which I anticipate on Monday.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        “possibly one of the doubleheader games tomorrow.”

        Matt Williams just said that will be the case that Desi will get 1 game off tomorrow.

  5. mrnat7 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Does anyone know how the Masn TV contract is progressing? What is this now the fourth year we are trying to reach settlement with Angelos. There has to be something in the background going on with an agreement. I can’t believe the Lerner’s are this dumb to be run over by Angelos!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      They’re not dumb but MLB has a reason to act dumb. It has to be in the Top 5 worst deals in the last 25 years of baseball ranking next to the “joke” of a PED testing program that didn’t exist.

    • bowdenball - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      There was a very good article about this by Jonah Keri a few months ago. Here it is:

      It’s written from an Orioles perspective, wondering whether the uncertainty is limiting their spending. But it talks about the impact on the Nats quite a bit too. Perhaps the most revealing passage suggests that the Nats/the Lerners are getting paid off to prevent them from suing for resolution and a bigger share:

      “According to a source close to the Washington franchise, MLB has sent the team an undisclosed sum every year to help bridge the gap, and to prevent the Lerners from taking matters to court, until the deal becomes more balanced.”

      • mrnat7 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM


        Thanks for the information!


      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        MLB cannot allow this contract to get unpacked in court, so that payoff, if true, is not surprising. Angelos made his money as an anti-trust plaintiff’s attorney, and I for one wouldn’t put it past him to go nuclear on them if they corner him. At his age he’s got nothing to lose.

  6. #4 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I am as excited and optimistic as the next person about the Nats. I think they have the best line up and pitching in the division. There is one thing that nags at me though. We are half way through the season and the #3 hitter is on pace to have 12 HRs and 68 RBIs for a full year. That ain’t great. Is their line up really as good as we think it is.

    • JamesFan - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      They need to give Werth some days off. He looks tired to me. I would use Harper in right once a week to save Werth for September. My guess is that Harper will go in the three slot in the order. Werth to six

      • coop202 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Didn’t they give him a day off Wednesday?

      • BurnedOnce - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Werth has looked like he’s on tired legs since before LaRoche was on the DL. Nursing a tweaked groin maybe. He’s ok on the bases but not so much in the outfield. It seems like he’s stabbing at balls he would have run to last year. Definitely could use some days off.

    • David Proctor - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I don’t particularly look at RBI because he can’t help if guys in front of him are getting on base or not. He has a good average with RISP. I am concerned about the power outage. He’s had 1 home run in a month and a half. Perhaps he has a monster second half like he did last year, but I worry that the wrist is barking again.

      • #4 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Agreed on the RBI, but that’s my point exactly. It’s not a knock on Werth particularly and more an indictment of the entire line-up. If things are functioning at a high level, your #3 hitter should drive in more than 68 runs.

      • bowdenball - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        I don’t think it’s overly concerning. Werth hasn’t hit for power, which is somewhat concerning, but the RBI total doesn’t really reflect any “problems” beyond that. The lineup has managed to rank in the middle of the NL in runs scored despite the injuries and I think we can expect them to improve on that with the return of Ramos and Harper and when Zim hopefully returns to form. That’s the bottom line in my opinion. Doesn’t really matter which spot is batting in the runs as long as they’re getting batted in, does it?

      • #4 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        I suppose, but when they head down the stretch at some point they will need a stud or two in the line up. I think most contending teams have had that. I just wonder who that will be for the Nats, the guy other teams are really scared of, the guy other teams say, “don’t let him beat you.”

      • bowdenball - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Our stud in the lineup down the stretch will be the guy wearing #34 and getting loudly booed on the road.

      • bowdenball - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        I should add that I share your general concern about Werth. For the last month or so he has not looked good. I’m just not overly concerned because I think the offense overall will be more than adequate if Ramos and Harper can stay healthy. And also because I’ve worried about Werth several times before, and it seems like he bounces back and carries the offense for a spell every time I think he’s done.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Yes, but “on a pace” can be misleading for guys who’ve missed substantial time, so there’s that.

  7. natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Today’s probably my best shot to watch this series in real time, given other commitments for tomorrow.

    Go get ’em, Roark! Go, NATS!!

  8. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I know Henry Rodriguez is persona non grata here, but it’s sad what’s become of him. He was released by the Marlins and picked up by the White Sox and put into ROOKIE BALL. While there, he’s pitched 2.1 innings. He has 8 strikeouts, but 11 wild pitches, 2 balks and a HBP. He has more strikeouts than actual outs because of guys reaching first on a strikeout/wild pitch. Here’s an example of a game log from his latest game:

    Michael Gettys strikes out swinging. Wild pitch by pitcher Henry Rodriguez. Michael Gettys to 1st.
    Jonas Lantigua strikes out swinging. Wild pitch by pitcher Henry Rodriguez. Michael Gettys to 2nd.
    Mason Smith strikes out swinging.
    With Carlos Belen batting, wild pitch by Henry Rodriguez, Michael Gettys to 3rd.
    With Carlos Belen batting, Michael Gettys scores on a balk.
    Carlos Belen walks.
    With Zach Risedorf batting, wild pitch by Henry Rodriguez, Carlos Belen to 2nd.
    With Zach Risedorf batting, wild pitch by Henry Rodriguez, Carlos Belen to 3rd.
    Zach Risedorf strikes out swinging.

    Overall this year in the minors between the Fish and Sox, he has 41 walks and 25 wild pitches in 27 innings.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Doesn’t surprise me in the least.

      The other teams like the Cubs and Marlins figured it out fairly quickly. The White Sox put him where he belongs which is to learn how to pitch. HenRod knows how to throw but really has never been a pitcher. Location, movement, deception, velo. His velo was supposed to be the deception but his location generally couldn’t get it in the strike zone.

      The question will always be, why did it take Rizzo almost 3 years to DFA Henry.

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        “Has never been a pitcher” is wrong. Go back to the seventh inning against the Barves on Sunday September 25, 2011 — pinpoint control and total domination. And he showed almost as good several other times late in the 2011 season

        So he clearly had the mechanical capability to be a good MLB reliever but he was a sad head case. What Rizzo did was demonstrate that even one of the best organizations in nurturing/advancing/fixing pitchers (Chris Young, anyone? — as well as all the other previously unknown MiLB talent including our starter today) couldn’t fix him, the only .question that anyone else could have was “has he gotten it together now?” Is it became clear that he still hadn’t, there was nothing left to ask no other reason to hold onto him. Rizzo and then the hats unfortunately did all the bedding the other teams needed beyond that.

        Maybe took longer than it should have but look at that September 2011 inning and it was worth a long try.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        You are talking the exception and not the rule. Everyone points to 3 great innings he threw. Seriously?

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Autocorrect stinks.
        Nats not hats
        Vetting not bedding

      • Steady Eddie - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Throw all the glib snark you like at it, you haven’t denied the fact that he did for short but nontrivial time demonstrate the mechanical ability to be a decent pitcher. And then he became an irredeemable head case and lost it for good, which is why the other teams dropped him so quickly.

        Hard to understand what’s so difficult to see in that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        We are talking such a short amount if time that he was excellent in outings. If we have to try that hard it proves my point. He’s a nice guy who just couldn’t make it as a Major Leaguer.

  9. natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    The Nats as a team are batting just .228 this month…we’re fortunate to have gone 14 – 10 in that stretch. Just a testament to our starting pitching. Hopefully Ramos and Harper (when he returns) can pick this offense back up a little..

  10. natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Another interesting stat as I’m sitting here bored at work…Nats pinch hitters are batting .175 on the season…that’s 3rd worst in the NL and 23rd overall in the majors…didn’t realize that

    • natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Our OBP for PH on the season is .314 however..which is 4th best in the National League. Their PH OPS on the season is .623…6th in the National League.

      So the pinch hitters may not be hitting the ball that frequently thus far..but they do get on base/hit for power.

  11. natszee - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    In spite of the fact that Rizzo (Anthony not Mike) is an extended family friend, today we “Club the Cub’s” …. Go Tanner!!

  12. sjm308 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Thought I would try and paste this article from the Post to let Mick see that while he might not be a member of the SS fan club, there are numbers out there that say he is still our #1 guy. I am not going to get into that and I am also not a huge fan of all these numbers being used but I do understand that Stephen can and hopefully will be a huge part of our drive to the NL East Championship.

    Here you go Mick (and all the other L of D members)

    • npb99 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      That’s a silly article. It’s based on mixing objective and subjective criteria. SS is only so highly rated because strikeouts are given inflated value over other types of outs. Yes, a strikeout is sometimes needed, but a popup is just as good. BTW, this POV isn’t hating SS, just downsizing expectations.

    • micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      OK, thanks coach,

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Horrible send by Henley with no outs. If the ball doesn’t bounce…….

  14. Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM


    • Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Man on 3rd no outs and we aren’t going to get anymore in.

  15. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Why? Why did Zim go?

  16. Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Espinosa fails for the ??????th time to make contact when that’s all we need to drive in a run. Failure.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      He clearly has some dirt on Rizzo…logic would put him on the bench to try someone/anyone else…yes even Kevin Frandsen

  17. natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Pretty unfortunate to only come away with 1 run. Terrible approach by Espinosa there just wailing at everything…luckily one of them ended up being a wild pitch.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      He clearly has some dirt on Rizzo…logic would put him on the bench to try someone/anyone else…yes even Kevin Frandsen

  18. davecydell - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Memo to Rizzo:
    Next time Danny has a mini-hit-fit, get on the horn and tell all GMs that you have a hot hitting 2nd base gold glover available for $99.00.

  19. natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Bat flip on a double? Not very classy…

  20. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    From Nats Lady in the earlier “Fog Blog” she articulated much better what I was trying to say regarding the book being out that everybody is going to run on Ryan in LF:
    The game was weird and frustrating. I was on the third base side, so I couldn’t see quite into the corner, but they are really going to run on Zim’s arm. The Cubs radio guys (who are knowlegable and not homers at all) noticed it and said the Cubs should start taking advantage, since 7 of the next 10 games are against the Nats. They also seemed to think he misplayed the ball and could have saved a run, so it would have been 4-3 instead of 5-3. Desi goes WAY into the outfield for the relay so Zim only has to toss it about 5-6 feet, and, in essence, it will be DESI’s arm they will run on, not Zim’s. Desi is everywhere. He runs deep into Zim’s “territory” for every fly ball. I sense they are all trying to protect Zim, and he could actually play pretty deep with that strategy because Desi is fast.

    Harper flat out has to go back to left.

    • npb99 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Any chance RZ could play second? The throws are typically short, but have to be accurate.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        I doubt it, but your guess is as good as mine.

  21. Steady Eddie - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    “Watching” on GameDay and that ball two to Valbuena looked a lot like it should’ve been called strike three. Did it look like that to anyone watching on TV?

  22. Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    See what happens when you put it in play.. This is lame.

  23. natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Roark not showing his best stuff so far. Bats are gonna have to show up today.

  24. natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Wow great play by Roark right there to get the lead runner..almost a double play.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Unfortunately he couldnt field that hot smash up the middle.

  25. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Great hustle by Rendon!

  26. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Rendon was lucky that he wasn’t doubled off on Werth’s fly ball , then gets nabbed on an awful steal attempt. One step forward and two steps back so far today.

  27. natsbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I know the all star voting is BS, but I really hope LaRoche gets in. He has never made it and certainly deserves to go this year.

  28. Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM


  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Yikes Tanner… I guess it was bound to happen for our starting pitcher(s) to not have a good outting… SS, Fister, and now Tanner..

    • Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      All of them at once.. No thanks.

  30. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    We can’t go to the bullpen in the fifth inning the day before a doubleheader. That’s why Roark is staying in.

  31. philipd763 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    It may be time to come to grips with the possibility that this is a mediocre .500 team, in contention in the NL East only because it’s the weakest division in MLB.

  32. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Head first slides to first are dumb as dog poop.

  33. Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    They take so many strikes 3’s

  34. snerdblurter - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Well dang, I guess we should probably just cancel the rest of the season.

    I just hope MLB.TV will refund me for half of my subscription.

  35. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    what’s up SW!

    just got home to watch Desi ground into ANOTHER DP, I take it Tanner was off today?

  36. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    that is the art that hurts, although the Cubs have been playing over 500 the past 25 games

  37. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    I’m with you bro, half the fun in here is to wait for the poster police to come after you, any moment , lol

  38. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Cubs may win series, but at least we are not cursed Cub fans, man, 1907 was last WS win and 1930 last appearance in WS, oh my!

  39. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Blevins last 2 outings have been poor

  40. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Charlie and Dave make a great point, Cubs are beating us with sub 200 hitters, our bottom of order is not matching the Cubs

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Didn’t need Charlie and Dave to tell us that one.

  41. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    SW, you lucky mofo, myrtle beach is nice

    man Blevins blows!!!

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    The Dayton boys 2 days in a row meltdown.

    Tough to watch. The game was still within reach at 2 down.

  43. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    are we the only club in MLB who plays worse when we get our starters back in the lineup, go figure

  44. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Jerry Blevins was good early on, but he’s been awful for a while now. Yikes.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Right. I’ve been waiting for a Cedeno call up,to stay…

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Whew… Tough, tough, tough… Our stellar SP and BP haven’t been very effective…. Take the highs with the lows…

  46. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Ghost, last night hurts, I can deal with today. MW should have pulled Stammen verse Ruggiano, since he is 6 for 9 verse him. Zim’s DP was awful last night too. Today was bound to happen, its last night’s loss that is the killer. i also think Blevins is God awful, these are sub 190 hitters smacking him around

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Hang in there Mick. The bad luck BABIP is back. The luck will turn.

  47. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    so which team is inferior?

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    “@MLBRosterMoves: .@Phillies place C Carlos Ruiz on 7-day DL with concussion-like symptoms; select C Koyie Hill from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.”

    Koyie Hill makes it back to the Majors.

  49. veejh - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I take it back….Strasburg is our stopper…..stopper of winning.

  50. breakbad1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    No shame in these two losses. After all, we’re facing the best team in baseball.

    • micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM


      you got it

  51. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    maybe its just me, but it does not feel like the Nats are or should be in first place

    • Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Maybe you know because they are 3 over 500.

  52. Danny - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    I rate this game 1 Harper out of 5.





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