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Game 87: Cubs at Nats

Jul 6, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Matt Williams has had a full, healthy roster for six games now. And aside from one day off for Wilson Ramos, the Nationals manager has used the exact same guys in his lineup for all six games. Hey, there’s something to be said for continuity, especially when your team has won four of the first five games in this stretch while scoring more than six runs per game.

That lineup will face a challenge today, however, in the form of Jake Arrieta. Yes, the one-time Orioles washout has been lights-out for the Cubs, going 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 11 starts overall and carrying no-hitters into the seventh inning each of his last two outings.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nats, who are trying to avoid losing a series for the first time since that 3-game sweep in St. Louis three weeks ago.

I’m back at the ballpark and will have plenty of updates, plus news on the Nationals’ All-Star selection (or selections) later today…

CHICAGO CUBS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (47-39)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

CUBS (38-47)
LF Ryan Sweeney
CF Justin Ruggiano
1B Anthony Rizzo
SS Starlin Castro
3B Luis Valbuena
RF Nate Schierholtz
C John Baker
2B Darwin Barney
RHP Jake Arrieta

UMPIRES
HP Mike Everitt
1B Paul Schrieber
2B Ted Barrett (cc)
3B Will Little

1:36p.m. — We are underway. Jordan Zimmermann fires strike one to Ryan Sweeney.

1:45 p.m. — A 1-out double to left-center by Justin Ruggiano, but that’s all Zimmermann allowed in the top of the first. He got a pair of lazy flyballs to right field and then a popup to second to end the 20-pitch inning.

1:57 p.m. — How about manufacturing the game’s first run? The Nats did it flawlessly in the bottom of the first, thanks in large part to Denard Span’s 27th double of the season, this one aided in part by Ruggiano’s circuitous route in center field. Then came the productive outs: Anthony Rendon grounded to the right side to move Span up, Jayson Werth (after a horrible-looking swing for striketwo) then smoked a grounder to the left side that brought Span home and gave the Nats a 1-0 lead after one.

2:17 p.m. — Bryce Harper’s swing still isn’t quite back on track. After flying out to center to lead off the second, he’s now 4-for-19 since returning from the DL. He’ll get there, but he’s not there yet. Which explains in large part why he’s batting sixth right now. Still 1-0 Nats after two.

2:30 p.m. — Kind of a strange top of the third just now. Certainly, it wasn’t a banner half-inning for anyone who is a fan of decisive calls by umpires. The crew made two decidedly indecisive calls in a span of minutes. First base umpire Paul Schrieber had no call of LaRoche’s tag attempt on Sweeney after a wide throw by Rendon. Plate ump Mike Everitt wound up calling Sweeney safe, much to the Nats’ chagrin. LaRoche complained and Matt Williams wound up challenging the play. The call was reversed on replay, which is good from the Nats’ standpoint. But they shouldn’t have been forced to challenge. If the umps obviously weren’t sure themselves, they should initiate the review on their own. Later on, LaRoche snagged a bouncer right up the first-base line. Everitt made no call, but Schrieber did, ruling it fair and thus the third out of the inning. Rick Renterai was upset, (correctly) pointing out that is the plate umpire’s call. Alas, you can’t challenge fair-or-foul calls before they pass the bases. So anyway, after all that, it’s still 1-0 Nats.

2:48 p.m. — The good news: Zimmermann has four scoreless innings in the books. The bad news: He’s already at an uncharacteristic (and whopping) 77 pitches! The Cubs have five hits and a walk against him, and he just hasn’t been as sharp and efficient as usual.

3:06 p.m. — Another inning, another hit allowed by Zimmermann. But another zero on the scoreboard. He’s now at 93 pitches through the top of the fifth, the Nats still leading 1-0, having not been able to solve Arrieta since the first.

3:20 p.m. — The Nats had two on and nobody out in the bottom of the fifth. Faced with a decision, Matt Williams decided to let Zimmermann bat for himself. I’ve got no problem with that … if Zimmermann got the bunt down. Which he didn’t. He fouled it off, striking out. That proved significant, because Span’s subsequent flyball to center only advanced the lead runner to third instead of scoring him. Keep this inning in the back of your mind later, because it could wind up being a really big deal. Still 1-0 Nats after five.

3:28 p.m. — That’ll wrap up a strange afternoon for Zimmermann. He gave up at least one hit in all six innings and threw 105 pitches. But he put up six zeroes. Unconventional, but it worked. Drew Storen warming for the seventh now.

3:39 p.m. — The Nats are now 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position today after Zimmerman and Harper each struck out with Werth standing on second base in the bottom of the sixth. They seem determined to find out if this 1-0 can hold up. We’ll see. Here’s Storen for the top of the seventh.

3:59 p.m. — Well, you remember those chances the Nats had to tack on a run or two? They could really use them right now, because the Cubs just tied the game. Storen gave up a pair of singles and a walk, loading the bases with one out. He got Castro to loft a flyball to shallow center field, giving Span a shot at throwing out Chris Coghlan at the plate. The throw wasn’t perfect, and it certainly could’ve had more on it, but it was on target. Coghlan, though, had a nice slide to avoid the tag, and so we are tied 1-1 at the seventh-inning stretch. That’s only the fourth time Storen has been scored upon in 32 appearances this season.

4:27 p.m. — Now Tyler Clippard gets himself into a jam, putting two on with nobody out in the eighth. The Cubs bunted the runners up, so now the runners were on second and third with one out and Welington Castillo at the plate. Clippard came through with a big 2-2 changeup on the outside corner, with Mike Everitt ringing up Castillo. Castillo clearly didn’t like the call, to which Everitt said: “Hey, what’s your beef, Welington?” (Sorry, I’ve been waiting two years for a situation to come up in which I could use that line. Again, my sincere apologies.) Anyways, Clippard came up big again, getting Sweeney to ground out to escape the jam and keep this a 1-1 game heading to the bottom of the eighth.

4:43 p.m. — And the Nats take the lead. Span notched his second double of the day, his 28th of the season, this time of the “hustle” variety. He then scored on Zimmerman’s two-out RBI single to left. It’s 2-1 and here comes Rafael Soriano for the ninth.

4:49 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 2-1. Clippard gets the win. Soriano gets the save. With the Braves’ loss, the Nats move to within 1/2-game in the NL East.

298 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsLady - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Good to “see” you back, Mark. Off to the game!

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    GYFNG!

  3. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Rendon is listed as batting 6th at the ballpark.

  4. Doc - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    This Arrieta cat must be on steroids this year. Never had an ERA much below 5.00 in his previous pitching history.

    Time for the Nats to bring him down to ‘normal’.

    • nats128 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      “Arrieta cat must be on steroids”

      Is that your analysis?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      That’s a harsh charge, even if made (somewhat?) in jest. Tanner Roark produced an unexpectedly good ERA in his limited appearances last season, but I don’t attribute that to PEDs. Sometimes a small sample size can generate particularly good or bad numbers.

    • Doc - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      All is fair in the democracy of Fandom!

      Other than that,, yes I was being facetious!

      Maybe Jake has been eating lots of Cheerios, or they have him on a special diet at Harry Carey’s restaurant down on Rush Street.

      Let’s knock him out in the 1st!

  5. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    DP…from the last thread about Bryce…..I never said Bryce was shaking his head at LaRoche or whatever had happened, I just said I hope he wasn’t shaking his head at that. Seeing as Bryce has been making the headlines for being such a team player lately, a) throwing Span under the bus, b) possibly whining his way into the #2 spot for a day, and c) shaking his head because he didn’t get an RBI on his stat sheet. It’s not out of the question that the selfishness is oozing into every part of his game. I know you don’t want to believe Bryce is like that, but sometimes the proof is right before your eyes.

    • David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      What indication is there that he whined his way into the 2 spot? It happened 3 days after his initial complaint. If Matt was going to appease Harper, why wait? What about Matt Williams has led you to believe he would cave to Harper? Seems odd given their history. It seems likely to me that Williams always planned to hit Harper in the 2 hole against some RHP. And indeed, prior to being hurt, Harper hit in the 2 hole more than any other spot in the lineup (10 times). Even in Spring Training, Matty mentioned 2 and 5 as being good spots for Bryce. So there’s really no evidence that happened.

      There is evidence the Span situation. We all know about that. We know nothing else and we’re just making assumptions based off of that. That’s where you get into trouble.

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Very true. I was going to add a blurb about b) and c) as to that there is no real proof. A pattern seems to be developing.

        What’s your take about the head shake yesterday? What logical conclusion can be drawn as to why Bryce shook his head after finally getting a hit and loading the bases?

      • David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Do you watch every player when they round first base after a hit? They have all types of mannerisms. Maybe the first basemen or Tony Tarasco said something to him. Maybe he was shaking his head at himself for finally getting a hit after struggling. Maybe he felt he should’ve done more with the pitch. Maybe he was joking with ALR as I alluded to in the previous thread. Or maybe you’re right and he really was upset about not getting the RBI.

        My point is: we don’t know. And we can’t know. To scrutinize him, or anybody, in the manner that you’re doing it is just unfair. It’s unfair to even say there’s a pattern developing because there’s really only evidence of ONE thing happening.

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Fair enough. In my original post, I stated that I hoped that wasn’t the reason. I hope Bryce isn’t the selfish player that many believe he is. If another questionable action happens in the near future, I think my opinion is going to change.

    • David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      And not to add on, but the things you listed do not constitute “proof.” We don’t even know that B or C happened, how can you say they’re proof? It’s pure speculation.

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        I’m agreeing with you on this. Pure speculation on b) and c)

      • coop202 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Can we let the Harper talk go away? If anything I just wish people would let him be under the radar until he can figure out how to hit a curve

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        Harper needs to keep himself under the radar. Don’t give your opinion on what you think the line up should be, on what position you want to play or where you want to bad… Play where ever the hell the manager tells you and do it for the team…

        Bryce hasn’t had great numbers this year (I’m talking before the injury and afterwards) so until he improves, he should keep his mouth shut.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Arrieta throws a Roark assortment of 2-seam sinker, slider, 4-seam, curve, and changeup in that order of frequency.

    He throws his slider more than his curve which was the opposite a year ago.

    Another change is that he has flattened out his sinker with slightly more drop then the 4-seamer. I think he wants it to look like a 4-seam and have a small drop causing a line drive to become a groundball.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Hey all… Hope you all enjoyed the 4th of July weekend…

    Went to the park yesterday and enjoyed the massacre… I would think it’s time for Arietta to have a bad day…. At least I hope so…

    Let’s go Nats!

  8. ArVAFan - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Followup to yesterday’s game. One of my friends in Sec. 313 texted me that “he should be listed as day-to-day with a shoulder strain after 14 N-A-T-S . . .cheers.” I suggested he switch to a lighter hat.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Good advice.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      HA!

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Justin Ruggiano just goes down to get that.

  10. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Where the hell was that blue????

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Where was pitch #1 to Ruggiano? Painted the knees and didn’t get it.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Nice battle between JZim and ARizzo. JZim won that one.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Nice to strand that runner at 2nd. Good job JZim.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    What a mistake by Ruggiano. Oh my.

  14. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Nice play to rob Rendon of an RBI hit.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Look at Rendon. Goes for the single to the right side but mainly wanted to make sure he got the productive out to move Span to 3rd. That is as good as it gets. I love this kid.

  16. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Do not strand Span at third, please!

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Manufactured run! Love that!

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Someone was discussing this exact scenario last night, right?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Not sure but when you look at the matchup you have to think that those single runs could add up nicely.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Oh yeah… Just great base running aNd at bats…

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    That is how Matt Williams taught it in Spring Training with a runner at 2nd and no outs on how to move the baserunner to 3rd and luckily he had “prized student” at the plate in Rendon to execute it. Werth did what he was supposed to do which was to make good contact to get the RBI.

    • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Just like they drew it up

  20. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Wow! Nice job by Jayson, good hustle by Denard taking advantage of Valbuena not being able to get the ball out of his mitt.

  21. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Important 1st lead taking run. This should be a close one.

  22. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I think that a better play by Valbuena and Span would’ve been toast.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      A hard hit back to the 3rd baseman usually is tough to score on.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    That “riser” fastball has been worked back into the plan since Ramos came back. Great swing thru strike 3 there.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Uhm…. This blue is….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      On 3-2 you are supposed to get an expanded K zone. JZim painted the edge. That is usually a strike 3.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Blue isn’t helping out JZim. You paint corners like JZim is where its direct to where Ramos is setup usually gets the call.

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Let’s tack some on.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Time to run Desi.

  28. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    It appears Dez may finally be turning the corner.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    First base ump couldn’t see, the home plate ump should have seen.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Problem of course we had to use that challenge on an obvious call.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      You’re right, but you don’t lose a challenge if you win it.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      It didn’t cost us in any way. The ump 1B ump didn’t see it, nor did the home plate ump, so they gave the runner the benefit of the doubt. Replay worked as it was designed.

      • Section 222 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        As Mark noted, umps should have reviewed on their own. Nats now have only one challenge left, even if they try are successful.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Who ever came up with the Rugiano game plan is not a good planner. Different pitchers same result.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      That is what you call a player “en fuego”. Every bit of contact falls in.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Nats need the doubleplay ball here.

  33. Danny - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    J Zim getting too much plate with 2 strikes.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Correct

  34. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Lots o pitches not even through 3. Need some quick outs.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Fouling lots of 2 strikes

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Zim isn’t putting them away after getting ahead

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    There was the grounder. Almost turns the doubleplay.

  37. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    yesssssssss

  38. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Braves losing 2-0, top 4.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Come on snakes

  39. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    61 pitches in 3 innings? A lot by his standards.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Lot by most of our standards

  40. fielderschoice101 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Whats the after market for a Harper bobblehead?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      About 40-50 on ebay

  41. davecydell - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    zim is just a hair away from blowing up

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      I don’t think it is quite that bad.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Here is why so many pitches pitched 3 fouls on 2 strikes. Needs to put them away

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Time for the Nats to get some add-on run(s).

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      I am all for that.

  44. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    This game is boring. Need some action. It’s not like either pitcher is throwing a gem, either.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I like boring if he means the Nats win.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        We win boring is fine.

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    There was not good swing in there at all…

  46. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Harper looked pretty bad on that K.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Everyone looks bad on strikeouts including Harper.

  47. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I bet Bryce hates that movie, “Trouble With the Curve.”

  48. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    When Bryce is cold, it’s painful to watch. But he’ll figure it out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Correct

  49. Danny - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Bryce doing Non productive things currently.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Arrieta pitches around RZim to get to Harper. Scouts taking notice.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Eventually that will back fire, but nit now

  51. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Baserunners galore against JZimm today. Walking a tightrope.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      His WHIP 1.40 but ERA 0.00

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Need that doubleplay ball here.

  53. Danny - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    All these 200 hitters popping in singles.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      A matter of simple math that they will get a hit 1 out of 5 ABs.

  54. coop202 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    He had two months off?

  55. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Blue making things difficult on JZimm. Sheesh.

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Jordan has been effective today… May not be pretty (didnt realize his pitch count was that high) but he is doing his job….

  57. davecydell - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    ok
    zim qualifies
    p/h
    go to the compfy of the bullpen

  58. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Desi is hot.

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Oh FP…. ‘rally fedora if I’ve ever seen one…’ Hilarious…

  60. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I’m about ready to see some Ramos bombs. Anyone else?

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Thanks Ruggiano….

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      2nd poor play by him today. The first was on Span’s double.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        First one gave us first run.

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Just bunt the ball fair

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I’m sure he was trying to. Jeesh.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Arrieta was pitching him inside and high. That stinks.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        In fact if he had pulled bat back possibly they were balls

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    As hard Rizzo comes bunt it past him.

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Too bad Zim couldn’t bunt

  65. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    One more run would be huge here. Rendon will get this done.

    • nats128 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      +1

  66. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    That was our opportunity to get to Arrieta. Wasted it.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Bah, that missed bunt hurts….

  68. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    When when Arrieta gets two strikes on a batter he has such a varied arsenal to come with that he can make about anybody look bad. Jordon not getting the bunt down on the first two “strikes” was the key to that unsuccessful inning. I hate bunting with 2 strikes, too.

    • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Maybe MW should have pinch hit for JZimm last inning and relied on our pen to clean things up. Meh.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Pinch hit next time.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Agreed because JZim can swing away.

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Snakes hand it over to the ‘pen with 2 outs in the 7th. Still 2-1

  70. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    pitcher’s dual, having said that Zim HAS to lay that bunt down. Frustrating when the best bunter on the team can’t it down. Zim should not worry about the pitcher or first basemen charging because of Desi’s speed.

    Harper 1 for 11 and his at bats are not good, at what point does he get going?????

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Our scouting of Baker is not good either.

  72. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    excellent job by J Zim, can forgive him on failed bunt

  73. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    It’s a miracle that JZimm was able to go 6 scoreless with how he looked. Not his sharpest day, but I’ll take the result

    • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Squeezed a fair amount by blue.

      • micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        do not care for this HP

  74. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    this is a 3-2 final, either way, we need some more runs

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    JZim’s ERA down to 2.79 He has quietly stepped up to the top of the Nats rotation and the top 10 of the NL pitchers.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Steal and swing or run and hit or hit and run. Whatever it was, that worked nice.

  77. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Fast ball middle in, quite hit table and you let it go.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Hanging high btr

    Breaking ball let it fly

  79. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Will Harper ever make contact again?

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Another poor at bat Harp… Whew, this is brutal…

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Schu needs to work on identifying pitches better for Harper. He seems not to be seeing the ball well.

    • Section 222 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Schu needs to work on identifying pitches for Harper? What the heck does that even mean?

  82. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    wow, can’t get worked up on R Zim’s at bat because he has been good, Harper simply stinks and all the defenders of him just amaze me….over rated over rated over rated!!!

  83. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    this is no on Schu, this on the me myself and I brat!

    over rated over rated over rated!!!

  84. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Jake Arrieta has pitched a great game. Our one run was on a break from Ruggiano miss playing Span’s hit in the first, otherwise this would be a scoreless tie.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Well Zim leaves with the lead. So up to the bullpen to finish the job.

  86. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Harper has been almost unwatchable, but he has a lot of company today. Two of Nats four hits were attributable to misplays by Ruggiano.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Many have not seen the ball well today.

    • micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      but the rest of the team has come through the past week, Bryce has contributed NOTHING

      • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        You might want to look up Laroche’s recent numbers.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Storen don’t opup. Third pitch he finally didnt

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Bryce Harper looks a little lost with his swing. He’s 4 for 21 with 9 Ks since he came back. Feels like every at-bat starts 0-2.”

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      I’ve read on this board where people have said that Bryce was getting on track before the injury and I don’t believe it… He’s looked like this (from what I remember) before the injury and after….

  89. davecydell - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    bullpen vs bullpen with a one run lead

  90. nats128 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Not a high quality 3-2 pitch from Storen to Coghlan. You want to be a All-Star?

  91. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    If Bryce does not get going verse O’s and Phils, MW should bench him and go with McClouth after the break

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Harper 0 for 50 and I wouldn’t bring in McClout. Things will work, just not as fast as we want.

      • micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        I hope your correct

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Sweeney looked awful bunting, but understood, just get it fair.

  93. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    you are spot on my friend. over rated over rated over rated!!! is Bryce’s sloagn

  94. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    this HP umpire sucks

  95. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Let me check their averages will get back to you.

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Come on Storen get seious

  97. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    so Storen’s an All star??? what was that on 3-2???

  98. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Storen what is the deal.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Their third base coach worse then ours

  99. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Drew, I’m thinking back to game 5

  100. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Please don’t blow this, Storen…..
    Please don’t blow this, Storen……

  101. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Held Coghlan at third? OMG.

  102. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Look at that selfish Rizzo wanting the RBI

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Of course he should have had one.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Stop it… That was a horrible non send and you know it… He didnt want an RBI, he wanted a run to tie the game up…

      You really reaching trying to defend the childish theatrics of Harper… People can still be a fan and criticize him, especially when he deserves it.

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        +1

  103. davecydell - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    [take advantage of this mistake

  104. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Gio saves the BP yesterday, this is what is frustrating

  105. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    So close….dammit!

  106. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    wow the f did Ramos miss the tag?????????????

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Damn it Ramos you need to be back 6 inches

  108. nats128 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Way to blow the lead Storen. You better not be a All Star .

  109. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Poor throw.

    • micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      throw was there I think

      • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        It wasn’t that far off, but it was weak.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Yeah, not sure what the Ramos blaming is about.

  110. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    he looked like a big slow buffalo on that play

  111. nats128 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    How do you not throw a guy out from shallow CF like that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Harper in center is he out?

      • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Harper in center he doesn’t even try. Fact.

  112. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    logically, Nats should score verse Cubs BP, hope AZ holds on today

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    On second though that throw off to the wrong side.

    Zim didn’t pitch well, but he kept them off the board which Storen couldn’t do.

    Again another 0 run performance by Zim not good enough.

  114. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Denard’s throw wasn’t horrible, but it was just too far to Ramos’ right.
    None the less, that run is on Storen. The guy should not have been held up on Rizzo’s hit to start with.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Storen didn’t do his job way too many balls pitched, which caused him to throw meatballs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Was Denard surprised they were sending the runner? He looked flatfooted to me.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        I think that he was shocked by it, so much so it affected his throw. Span doesn’t have the strongest arm but it usually is very accurate when it’s in his range. It was not only off line, it was lacking zip. A more catlike catcher may have been able to save it, but Ramos is many good things,but catlike isn’t one of them.

  115. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Joe is right, bad throw

  116. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Why is the guy on second still there?

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Don’t want to jeopardize the tying run by getting a runner thrown out by the cutoff man, would be my guess.

  117. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    this is the cross roads for Blevins, if he blows this, there should be no question that he is done in DC after All star break

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Safe for another day. Basically against kefties he is fine.

  118. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Had little faith in Blevins there

  119. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    good job Blevins, now let’s get some runs!!!

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Getting Arrieta out of there can’t hurt. I don’t even recognize him from his O’s days. Filthy stuff with amazing command. Didn’t deserve to take a loss, and he won’t.

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Well, I’m glad to see the MW now knows that Blevins is a Loogy…

    Didnt think the throw from Span was poor… Just off-line… But they should have scored the batter before in the bad non-send…

    Drew’s change up was ineffective today… Drew looked amped up…

    I know the starters go deep but the BP needs work too….

  121. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    About time Blevins came through.
    Again, that run was on Storen. The Cubs 3rd base coach should never have held Coughlin up on Rizzo’s hit. Too bad the Nats didn’t make them pay for that mistake by the coach.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      The throw by Span was definitely offline… But Drew didnt look like he had command today….

      I just wish we had scored more than 1 run when we had the opportunity….

  122. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    This is where I’d pinch run for Ramos.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Nit needed

      • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        He says after the double play.

  123. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Hairston against a eighty. Am I dreaming or has MW been drinking

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Why Hairston batting against a eighty. No explanation F.P. made a dent in my mind.

  124. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Hairston vs the RH?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Well, I thought that was one of the worst managerial decisions by Matt Williams in a long time.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Agreed. I know McLouth is having a bad year, but for this career he’s a much better hitter against right-handed pitching, and much less likely to hit into a double play.

        Really think MW needs to show more trust in McLouth.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I don’t know why Scott Hairston is even on this team…. Bring back Souza… Or Walters…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Agreed. His WAR would be as low as it goes.

  126. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Lefties hit .152 against Schlitter. That’s why MW went with the righty.

  127. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Lefties hit .152 against Schlitter. That’s why MW went with the righty.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      IBut we are talking Hairston.

  128. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    For the record Storen gets a blown save to his record

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Round of applause for the effort…. Didnt think he’d make it that close….

  130. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Hairston the last month 1 for 13. A wasted roster spot.

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Contact equals BABIP hit. Clip needs that doubleplay.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Easier to get a double play when you throw strikes.

      We will hear not enough work or over work when they oitch kike this. You can’t have it both ways

  132. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Storen fell behind 2-0 eventually gives up hit, Clippard same thing.

    Relievers looked poor today except Blevins (so far)

  133. nats128 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    As soon as you start laying the compliments on these guys they stop living up to those expectations.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Generally games are won by the pitchers, at least most championships are, but would kike some hitting.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Storen looked rusty to me… I’ve no positive expectations on Clip…

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Diggin that splitter, though, huh?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        It was a good pitch, don’t get me wrong but that was a gift from the the blue and an excellent frame by Ramos….

  134. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Nit gutless, but not hitting.

  135. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I hate bringing infield in, raises everyone’s average over 100 points

  136. nats128 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    DBacks take care of the Barves. Thanks.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      When the Barves lose, that usually means one thing for us, but I’m not gonna say it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Half game behind

  137. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    HUGE K

  138. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Backwards K!

  139. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Woot! Suck on that, trolls!

  140. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Way to go Clippp!!!!!!!!!!!

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Clip got it done. It was ugly but who cares.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Exactly.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Not as ugly as Storen’s

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Sure. They both were. End results are what differentiate the 2.

  142. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    When we lead after 6 we have come to expect the bullpen to do the job. Storen was totally ineffective today. Clippard wasn’t as sharp but got the team through it.

    Now get a winning run in.

  143. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Clip got a gift from the blue… He didnt call that earlier…

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      It was a great pitch according to Pitch-Trak

  144. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Great job hanging tough, fellows! Ok, let’s do what needs to be done. Span and Rendon to get it started.

  145. everendp - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Why do you post here? Every one of your comments seem to go out of it’s way to be critical, and not particularly insightful.

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Come on top of the order…. Get it done….

  147. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Wonder which Strop shows up today. I’d give him a chance to throw some balls.

  148. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Gutsy double.

  149. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Spantastic!

    I know it’s cheesy, but I couldn’t resist.

  150. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Wow…. What a gamble by Span…. I was cussing him out….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      I was cheering not cussing.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        I was screaming no…. And add a few expletives… Lol…. I get nervous…

  151. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    That was awful close.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      If there’s a definitive “safe” video, I haven’t seen it.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        But doesn’t it have to be a definitive out since the umpire called safe?

      • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Posted my correction under he wrong comment. Yeah, I’m excited.

  152. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    How you know was Casrro said nothing.

  153. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    The throw beat Span but he missed the tag.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      By which, of course, I mean definitive OUT.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      That is how I saw it

  154. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    YOWSA!

  155. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    What.
    A.
    Gamble.

    Nice going D Span…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Then no hustle on Rendon’s hit.

  156. davecydell - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    u dont bunt here
    3 big batters to get one lousy hit

  157. David Proctor - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    How does Span not tag on that? That’s a big mistake.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Yup.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      You and I 100% in agreement.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Great question.

  158. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Why is span on second, back peddling is automatic go.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      I usually agree, but Nate Schierholtz has a very good arm.

  159. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I disagree with FP. I think Span would’ve been nailed at 3rd.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      I do too….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Hard to say as we will never know. Was it online?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Hard to tell and the fact he was going backwards would take mustard off the ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Doesn’t matter now after RZim scores him!!!!

  160. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Oh, Jayson…

  161. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Why does ant team pitch us anything but sliders. We swing at way to many awful sliders.

    That should be the scouting report.

    We crush fast balks

  162. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Wanna face RZim? Or will they semi intentionally walk him to her to Harp?

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      “get”

  163. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Zim make them pay for an intentional walk.

  164. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Goodness that was a pathetic at bat Jayson….

  165. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Sweet.

  166. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Zimmy with a clutch AB there. HELLZ YEAH!!!!!!

  167. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Good Zim, bad LaRoche, Span was easily safe. I again don’t agree with FP

  168. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Span exSpanded things with the double to start off the inning.

  169. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Did LaRoche really try to go from 1st to 3rd….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      His point was to draw the throw, he didn’t need to.

  170. fielderschoice101 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    What is La Roche doing getting hung up? the play is right in front of him. Williams should have bunted Span over to 3rd long ago. Williams hasn’t done much to make me think he is creative or daring yet — and its July. Come on La Roche — your the winning run, and you are too old to be a Knucklehead

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      No, he would have been an insurance run.

      Weird time for him, of all people, to be trying to take the extra base.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        He took it to assure Span scored but nit needed

    • fielderschoice101 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Sorry everyone. Zim broke the tie — I guess im a knucklehead too!!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Hopefully Span was the winning run.

  171. davecydell - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    there u go
    3 shots and the risp clutched
    wouldnt of happened a month ago

  172. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Word Press going nuts again.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      How do you turn off “shuffle?”

  173. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Holy rainbow. As long as he keeps getting outs, I don’t care.

  174. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Those rainbows from third to first make me queasy.

  175. veejh - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Curly dub!!!! Hard fought win…well deserved. Woot!

  176. stoatva - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Where’s wasian? He’s never around when you actually want him.

    • everendp - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      +1

  177. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Clippard gets the cheap win.

    WooooooHooooo! (TM To the lady that used to post all the time here).

  178. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Another series win..

  179. everendp - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    +1

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