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Game 88: Orioles at Nats

Jul 7, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Hello and welcome to the opener of the Battle of the Beltways, the annual showdown between Washington and Baltimore that means very much to the fan bases of both clubs and, quite honestly, means very little to players on both sides. Much as we’d like to believe this is a real rivalry, the players just don’t see it that way.

That doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t enjoy the next four days, though, with two games at Nationals Park and then two games at Camden Yards later this week. If nothing else, both teams are playing quite well with the Nats 1/2-game back in the NL East and the O’s leading the AL East. It all gets started tonight on South Capitol Street, with Stephen Strasburg taking the mound against fellow right-hander Chris Tillman.

No changes to the Nationals’ lineup. And really, considering that this particular group has gone 5-0 in the last week, why would Matt Williams change anything?

Updates to come, so please check back…

BALTIMORE ORIOLES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 106.7 FM, 980 AM, 1500 AM, XM 188, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly clear, 91 degrees, Wind 13 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (48-39)
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 Stephen Strasburg

ORIOLES (48-40)
RF Nick Markakis
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
LF Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
C Nick Hundley
2B Jonathan Schoop
RHP Chris Tillman

UMPIRES
HP Gary Cederstrom (cc)
1B Dan Iassogna
2B C.B. Bucknor
3B Tripp Gibson

7:08 p.m. — And we’re underway. A big crowd on hand as Stephen Strasburg delivers ball one to Nick Markakis.

7:14 p.m. — A couple of hard-hit balls to get this game started, though Bryce Harper made a nice sliding catch of Markakis’ sinking liner before Manny Machado doubled down the left-field liner. Strasburg battled back and struck out Adam Jones with a changeup, then got Nelson Cruz to ground out to end a 14-pitch first inning.

7:24 p.m. — A leadoff walk for Denard Span, the third straight game he was reached safely in the first inning. But that’s all the Nats could muster against Chris Tillman. Anthony Rendon hit a ball hard but right at Markakis in right field. Jayson Werth then struck out on a breaking ball in the dirt. And Adam LaRoche grounded out to end the inning. Scoreless here after one.

7:30 p.m. — Ryan Zimmerman had yet another nifty pick at third base in the top of the second, snagging Nick Hundley’s hard grounder to his left. And he made yet another throw across the diamond that … well, it got the job done. I think everybody knows at this point it’s not going to be pretty. A 1-2-3 second for Strasburg.

7:43 p.m. — Eight in a row retired now by Strasburg, who has looked sharp. The only guy to get the ball out of the infield against him since Machado’s double was Chris Davis, who flied out to left. He’s got three strikeouts and is at 41 pitches (26 strikes) so far through three scoreless innings.

7:53 p.m. — The Nats’ first hit of the night goes to … Strasburg! Yep, he lined an opposite-field single with one out in the bottom of the third. That’s as far as he went, though. Span flied out to right and Rendon, after a long battle with Tillman, struck out on a 3-2 breaking ball. So we’ve got ourselves a pitchers’ duel here, scoreless through three.

8:05 p.m. — Strasburg grooved a 1-0 fastball to Nelson Cruz, and Nelson Cruz did what he’s been doing all year to grooved pitches. He blasted it over the scoreboard in right-center, his 28th homer of the season. And since Machado was on base at the time, the Orioles take a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

8:28 p.m. — Wilson Ramos has quietly put together an 11-game hitting streak. That’s a career-high for him and a season-high for the Nats. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to do anything else against Tillman. Strasburg did bounce back from the Cruz home run, striking out four in a row. But it remains a 2-0 game after five.

8:40 p.m. — Manny Machado is 3-for-3 against Strasburg tonight. Everybody else is 1-for-17. That one, of course, was kind of a big hit (Cruz’s homer). But the right-hander has been really good, especially his changeup, which he just used to strike out Adam Jones for the second time tonight. That’s eight K’s for Strasburg through six innings. He’s at 94 pitches, the Nats still trailing 2-0.

8:52 p.m. — As has been the case so many times this season, Span and Rendon teamed up to do something big for the Nats. Span led off the sixth with a base hit up the middle. Rendon then smashed the very next pitch over the wall in right-center, his 13th homer of the season. This game is tied 2-2, and it should be noted that the Nationals are 25-0 this season when both Span and Rendon score a run. Well, they both just scored, so ….

8:58 p.m. — That was a pretty big shutdown inning right there for Strasburg. Moments after his teammates had tied the game, he went out and retired the side in the top of the seventh, thanks in part to Rendon, who took a shot off Strasburg’s glove and fired a laser to first base to retire J.J. Hardy. So Strasburg is now at 104 pitches through seven innings, and the Nats bullpen is stirring. Still 2-2 game.

9:10 p.m. — A 2-out single by Ramos in the bottom of the seventh, but pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen couldn’t keep the rally going. So we go to the eighth with Tyler Clippard on the mound. Strasburg’s final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 104 pitches, 68 strikes. All in all, a very good start against a very good lineup.

9:23 p.m. — Hoo-boy, you’ve been waiting for Zimmerman to need to make a throw in a big spot, and it just happened. With a chance to get Clippard out of a 2-on, 1-out jam, he took Machado’s grounder, stepped on third and threw to first with a shot at the inning-ending double play. Except the throw sailed wide, extending the inning. Props to Clippard, though, for picking his teammate up. He got Jones to fly out to left, so this remains a 2-2 game heading to the bottom of the eighth.

9:33 p.m. — Nothing happening for the Nats against Darren O’Day in the bottom of the eighth. Span smoked a liner up the middle, but Hardy was shaded that way and made the play. So we go to the ninth, and it’ll be Rafael Soriano facing the heart of the Orioles lineup in a tie game.

9:39 p.m. — Soriano gave up a leadoff single to Cruz, but then clamped down and retired the rest of the heart of the lineup. So we’re on to the bottom of the ninth, still 2-2. O’Day still on the mound facing LaRoche, Zimmerman and Harper. Hang on, folks.

9:55 p.m. — The Nats couldn’t ask for a better opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. Zimmerman smoked a 1-out double to right-center, forcing Buck Showalter to intentionally walk Harper and bring up Desmond, who LOVES those situations. He entered 11-for-17 in his career after the man in front of him was intentionally walked. Make it 11-for-18. Desmond whiffed at an O’Day slider. Ramos did the same, stranding the winning runner in scoring position. So we go to the 10th, and this is not a situation the Nats enjoy. They’re 2-7 in extra innings this season.

10:07 p.m. — The “no doubles” defense nearly cost the Nats just now. With a man on first and two outs, Machado looped a single to shallow left field. Harper was playing nearly at the warning track, so he had no shot at it. Drew Storen, though, pitched his way out of the jam, getting Jones to pop up. So we head to the bottom of the 10th, with left-hander T.J. McFarland on the mound for the O’s against pinch-hitter Scott Hairston, Span and Rendon.

10:15 p.m. — To the 11th…

10:39 p.m. — Uh-oh, Chris Davis destroyed a 3-2 fastball from Craig Stammen to right-center for a 2-run homer. And Hardy followed with a solo blast. And the onslaught continued, with four runs crossing the plate before Stammen was pulled in favor of Aaron Barrett. Who then served up a 2-run homer to Machado. Just like that, the Nats trail 8-2 and need a big-time rally in the bottom of the 11th.

10:47 p.m. — And that’s your ballgame. Nats lose 8-2 in 11 and fall to 2-8 in extra innings this season. An ugly end to an otherwise splendid ballgame.

402 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Jake Arrieta after the game yesterday:

    “They’ve got a really good ballclub,” Arrieta said. “Top to bottom, their order is very strong. I was looking up in one of the innings and I saw [Ian] Desmond and [Wilson] Ramos hitting seventh and eighth. And I said, ‘Wow, these guys are pretty good.’

    • realdealnats - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      +1 Nice to hear objective opinions that put this particular fielded team in context.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        That’s how I hoped the opposition was viewing the Nats order these days.

  2. Doc - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    You got that right, Jake!

  3. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Means bupkis to me, just playing an AL team to get the wins. I expect the players like it because it’s an extension of the “home” stand. They schedule these games on weeknights so I can’t go anyway.

  4. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Werth wins NL Player of the Week

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Good for him. Happy to see him break out of his slump in such convincing fashion.

      • Eric - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        +1!

    • Section 222 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Good thing they didn’t put him on the DL for some unknown ailment.

      Have you seen his numbers for the seven days: .529/.619/1.176/1.796 with 2 HRs, 5 doubles, and 4 BBs in 21 PAs. He’s a beast right now.

      • Eric - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        1.796

        8^0

  5. sjberke - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    And frankly I’m not even sure how much it matters to the fan bases outside the hard core–and even then I wouldn’t want to speak to the Orioles hard core–I can only speak for those of us who have bitter memories of the decades before 2005 when Peter Angelos did his best to keep a team out of DC; to others it may be a friendly neighborhood contest if that.
    (At least IIRC they are dropping the ridiculous joint broadcasts this year,)

  6. Doc - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    What would make it a real rivalry between the O’s and the Nats, if there were some smack-downs.

    Don’t know for sure but there would appear to be some Nats’ players that actually dislike some Braves and Phllthies.

  7. lphboston - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Went to one game in each park last year. The first game in Baltimore was the one where R Zim hit 3 HRs and the Nats found a way to blow a 6-0 lead, and lost. Chris Davis was hitting bombs then, but seems a bit (cough) less powerful now.

    • Eric - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      I was there for that JZinn implosion. That was really really painful, after being really really awesome for 5 or 6 innings.

      • Eric - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        PS – speaking of bombs, that was also the game the Shark blasted one out to Eutaw street. I had an awesome angle for that. We were sitting more or less directly down the 3rd base line in private box, about halfway between field level and the apex of the ball’s trajectory.

  8. knoxvillenat - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    (At least IIRC they are dropping the ridiculous joint broadcasts this year,)

    Yes that is my recollection as well.

    So when the series goes to Baltimore will Zimmerman be the DH and Danny gets to play second base or does MW put Frandsen in at second? I’m guessing Danny will get the start for defense purposes and MW prefers to have Frandsen on the bench as a PH if necessary.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      I think we face a lefty in Baltimore (Chen). If Danny doesn’t start that game, why even have him on the team?

      • Section 222 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Agreed. I’m baffled by MW’s lineup decisions since Harper got back. Maybe he figures that everyone will have a chance to rest over the All Star break, but he seems to be ignoring the opportunity to give guys a break that having a full roster offers him. Very odd.

      • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        Seeing the Braves have such an easy schedule right now, I feel like it’s important to try to keep pace, and our best opportunity is by starting the starters. Rest em at the ASB.

      • Eric - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        I’ve noticed that everyone on the team is pimping Danny’s 2B skills lately (including Harper in his DL-ending comments), as Danny’s pine ride gets longer and longer. At first, I thought they were just being supportive, but now I’m starting to wonder if his days with the Nats are numbered. If so, and if Frandsen can’t play SS (anyone know?), then maybe we’ll have a new SS-capable utility guy who can bat in the middle 200s soon?

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Eric

        Frandsen has played 33 games at SS at the big league level, the last time in 2009.

        So I am pretty comfortable saying, no, he should not be doing it for the Nats in 2014.

      • Eric - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Right on, so then…maybe the Espi trade so many have pined for is about to happen?

      • rayvil01 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        I suspect, but have absolutely no evidence that they are pounding on Espi to take the coaching being offered to stop swinging from the heels. He should be a reliable contact man. But he hits an occasional homer and then he swings out of control and is a strike out machine. I suspect there’s some frustration from MW at play. Dude had all the chance in the world to make himself irreplaceable. He didn’t do it.

  9. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Don’t care much about the O’s. Never have. I do remember one game years ago when Ronnie Belliard hit a walkoff of their goofy closer with his hat pulled down over his face. That was fun.

    I do enjoy the full houses we get. Don’t enjoy the “OOOO” during the anthem.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      I didn’t have a team before the Nats came to town, so I never cared about the O’s either.

      I also remember that Belliard walkoff. Was one of my fave in-person games back in the day. The O’s fans all around us were standing in anticipation of finishing off the win, and some (okay, a hardy few) of us Nats fans were also standing to counter-cheer. We had a good view of the ball’s path, and in my glee I blurted out “I don’t [flipping] believe it!” Luckily, I don’t think the kids seated nearby heard me, as the place was pretty loud at that point. Heh.

      I am also not a fan of the “OOOO.”

      • natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Also not a fan of the joint booth and glad that’s gone now.

  10. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    A lot of O’s fans are bitter because they think all Nats Os fans are bitter because they think all Nats fans are ex O’s fans that jumped ship when the Nats started to come up. Whatever. I never was an Os fan, but I went to quite a few games and supported the team somewhat. I never felt the connect since Baltimore is Baltimore and DC is DC.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Any of us old Senators fans have no use for anything that has to do with the Orioles and that was long before Angelos. Heck, I lost all respect for Edward Bennett Williams when he took over the Birds.

      • sjm308 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Don’t post much anymore but bingo!

      • Another_Sam - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        You got it. Old Senators fan here. I’m still a fan of the club that went to Minnesota. No use here for the Orioles.

      • Another_Sam - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        308 — why the silence?

      • senators69 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Screw the O’s, but mainly, screw Angelos!
        Lost the Senators when I was a kid, but I NEVER EVER became an O’s fan. Diff city. F ’em
        I’ll never go to Camden Yards — will never want to give $ to Angelos.
        GYFNG

      • rayvil01 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        +1. Never liked the Ho’s. My team went to Texas and I gave up baseball for 34 years.

      • unkyd59 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Count me, among your number, young fella!!

    • chazzmichaelmichaelzz - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Speaking for the 20-30 year old generation. I think most Nats fans of my era grew up Cal Ripken and Oriole fans. I completely lost interest once Cal retired and Angelos ran the team into the ground. I wanted a club back in DC so bad, I was ecstatic when Expos found their way to our home.

  11. pchuck69 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    >>the annual showdown between Washington and Baltimore that means very much to the fan bases of both clubs and, quite honestly, means very little to players on both sides. Much as we’d like to believe this is a real rivalry, the players just don’t see it that way.

    Perhaps if the Nationals players cared a bit more, they wouldn’t lose to them so badly every year.

    The fact that the Orioles dominate this series so much and seem to take considerable pleasure in it, would make you think they care somewhat.

    • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Perhaps you’re overthinking it just a little bit? I’ve never seen the slightest indication that the Orioles take any more pleasure in beating the Nats than they do in beating any other non-division opponent.

      And as far as “domination”: in 2013 the total runs was 20-17 Orioles over the four games. In 2012 the Nationals actually outscored the Orioles 20-16 despite the Orioles taking the season series 4-2. The Orioles have won the close ones, including an amazing four one-runs wins out of six games in 2012. When one team has “dominated,” it’s been the Nats.

      • Section 222 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Run differential is a silly stat for a 4 or 6 game series. If it makes you feel better about the fact that we can’t seem to beat the O’s, then that’s fine.

      • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        If run differential is a silly stat because the sample size is too small, the the sample size is also too small to declare it “domination” and suggest that one team cares more than that other. Can’t have it both ways. Either the sample size is too small or it ain’t.

      • pchuck69 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Untrue. Watch them this week.

        This is not just four games in July for them.

      • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Maybe you’re right, pchuck, I suppose if what was basically an ownerless, ballpark-less expansion team arrived 45 minutes away from my team and sold more tickets, got more national media attention and most importantly won a division title before my team I’d revel in whatever inconsequential small victories over them I could find, too.

      • Brookstoor - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Bowdenball, some O’s fans are under the ridiculous assumption that just because they hate the Nats like Angelos wants them to that their players do too.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      A new “domination” discussion?

      Thanks, but no thanks.

    • Brookstoor - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      pchuck, you’re just projecting your own weird thoughts and desires (considerable pleasure?) onto two entire baseball teams.

  12. natsbro - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    “Showalter revealed that he will put certain relievers off limits after his bullpen worked 12 1/3 innings over the last two days.” -From ESPN

    If we can get to Tillman early and eat into their bullpen today, we can potentially cause some problems for the rest of the series. Lets go boys!

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      I am hopeful that the Nats can handle what is no more than adequate at best pitching from the Orioles.

  13. coop202 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I’ll happily take 2/4 with the O’s and 2/3 from the phillies in Philly and call it a break at 10 over. Let’s go nats!

    • Section 222 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      That sounds just about right. Split with the good teams, beat the bad ones.

  14. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    We’re 27-20 against the O’s. I don’t really view that as complete domination. That’s a 3 game swing from being about even.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      20-27 I guess is the proper way to say it.

      • Section 222 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Not domination, but not good either. Last season’s performance was disappointing. In fact, losing 3 of 4 to the O’s was part of our first bad 18 game stretch that featured the bad road trip out west. These two game at home with Stras and Fister pitching would be a very good time to take care of business and go into the break on a high note.

  15. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Here here. I’m proud to say I haven’t been back to OPACY since the Nats arrived in DC in 2005.

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      That sucks. People do get carried away with sports.

      During the 9th inning of game 5 in 2012, there were some Cards fans really spouting off when we were down to an out or 2 and it took every bit of energy to keep from doing something really stupid. Ahhhhh, booze and losing are not a good combo.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      That makes two of us, Deuces. Like Nats Jack, I was a Senators fan. Liking the Orioles was worse than liking the Yankees in my family. I went to a lot of games in Balmer after we got robbed of the Senators, but I never took them to heart.

  16. senators69 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Rendon > Machado

    • Another Tyler - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      >>>>

  17. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Oh, and on a game note: Go, SS! Go, NATS!!

    On another non-game note, congrats to Werth on PoTW.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Their socio-economic base is much more blue collar then DC and if that makes it a less “family atmosphere” it’s a debatable point and unfortunately they have a few thugs who frequent games that are more interested in intimidating visiting fans then watching the game. It’s sad. There is plenty of stories of fights and the Yankees fan who was beaten into a coma in last years Nats series in OPACY.

    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/06/04/yankees-fan-in-critical-condition-after-brawl-at-camden-yards/

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    “natsbro – Jul 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM
    “Showalter revealed that he will put certain relievers off limits after his bullpen worked 12 1/3 innings over the last two days.” -From ESPN

    If we can get to Tillman early and eat into their bullpen today, we can potentially cause some problems for the rest of the series. Lets go boys!”

    Work Tillman hard and get into the bullpen early. Brach is probably toast for a few games.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Good Luck tonight SS and Nats! Kick the O’s butts!

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Would be nice for a change.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Harper stay in left, nice play.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    OK Stras get the ball moving they are all over the non moving fast ball. Needs to have some movement or will be clobbered.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Cruz hit it hard, but it had movement away, and he pulled it, thus a grounder to short, like I always say.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    First two strikes to Jones more movement, The change up was nice

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Nice comeback inning Stephen.

    I watch enough games to know Machado peppers the 3rd base bag. Why didn’t Weidamaier have RZim closer to the bag? I’d rather play him to protect against a double if it means giving up a single in that 5.5 hole.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      I was a little surprised too.

  25. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Little 96 on the gun. Saweeeet.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I always get nervous about hard hit balls…. Way to go SS….

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      a couple that inning….need solid defense tonight.

  27. texnat1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Did anybody see the Baseball Prospectus top 50 prospects list released today? It’s pay-walled, but I was curious if any Nats made it.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Lucas Giolito was #11 and the highest ranked pitcher.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Nice, a 4 pitch walk to Span to start the game.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I will admit – I shed 1 tear in last years debacle, when Ryan hit 3 hrs and Jordan Z(?) lost it in the 5th inning…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      To refresh your memory, it was the 7th inning and a very hot and humid day and Davey wouldn’t pull JZim with the 3 run lead until the inning fell apart and continued when Clip relieved him.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Sigh….

        Thanks… That was a huge issue with me regarding DJ… He always seemed to leave the starters in too late when th writing was on the wall… I thought it was the 5th inning but either way, that was a heart breaking game….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Yep, JZim was sweating profusely. I was hoping he’d pull him after 6.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Look at all the Naval uniforms in the Prez Club. Nice move Nats!

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Lead off walk… And those are the at bats behind it…. Uhm…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Yep, have to make them pay for leadoff walks.

  32. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Well, wasted the lead off walk, but I had to chuckle about the top of the first. Nice play by the “over-rated” LF.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Not a great read by Bryce on that flyout by Davis. Luckily he camped under it. I agree with Carp, that could’ve been a HR in OPACY.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Note to FP, Rendon can make that play also so that wasn’t the reason why Ryan was playing 3rd in the 9th. BTW, nice play RZim. That was a tough play.

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Stras 24 pitches in 2 innings. Nice start.

  36. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Oh, my! I’m really liking the way Zimm is playing third. His throw still ain’t textbook, but he’s getting it done.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Nice play Mr Zimm…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      But not the at bat… Come on man, make this guy throw strikes… And don’t swing at the first pitch…

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Also FP, RZim played much closer to the grass in 2013..

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Was that really an 8 pitch inning for Tillman… Oi vey…

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    A little note about Ryan getting those 3 HRs last May 29th. While he hit those 3 HRs his average ballooned to over .300 and after the 3rd HR Ryan went into a slump. His BA quickly dropped over 30 points to .267

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Did you hear FP at the start of the broadcast giving the analogy of the Nats to a new car? Sounds like my analogy as Bryce came off the DL that this was like a new Ferrari taken out for a 1st drive.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    The Nats have been getting contact off Tillman which should do them well when those start finding gaps and holes.

  43. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    BABIP in Stras’ favor so far. Let’s hope it stays that way.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    What’s up with all these 1st pitch swings.

    • Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      To be fair he is growing dead red fastballs every 1st pitch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Really? Is that right. And you see that from what chart?

      • Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Eye test. Nice tone.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Stras puts together a 6 pitch AB ending in a hit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        What does Span do? 1st pitch swinging at a high pitch.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        Ramos… Zimm.. I just don’t get it….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        RZim, Ramos, Span in the 3rd, all 1st pitch swinging and ALR 1st strike swinging. Up until Strasburg’s AB, that was the longest AB of the game for the Nats.

  45. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    All of these quick outs are saving them from their depleted bullpen.

  46. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    That’s our Silver Slugger! Woot!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      greinke is on track for the silver slugger in 2014.

  47. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Mets up 1-0.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Mets were up twice last week. Keep ahead.

  48. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Matt said pregame with Dave that the gameplan is to make Tillman works since he walks a lot of guys. So what do we do? Swing first pitch nonstop. Baffling.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      First bayyrt stayed to it, since then no one.

      • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Except Strasburg, of all people.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Jammed it, and still a hit. That is bad luck.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Yep, BABIP. Now get that doubleplay here Stras.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Unh….. Lots of O’s fans at Nats park…

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Poor pitch Stras. Almost center of the plate.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      He caught a lot of plate in the first inning too…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Some players you can get away with it if the movement and deception are there. Not to a guy like Cruz who is locked in.

  52. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    28 HR’s, huh? Holy.

  53. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Done in by be long ball again.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Solo homers don’t kill you, but letting a runner on sets up multi run homers.

    I am not sure, but I bet most of his home runs given up are multi run.

    • Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Seems like he has given up a couple that have led to 2-0, 3-0 deficits.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Can’t really do much about Machado getting on base. It was a bloop. 2 runs isn’t the end of the world if he keeps it there.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Correct not Machado, it was a good pitch. The one to Cruz absolutely no movement, Cruz simple hit a hitable ball.

  55. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    2-0 isn’t the end of the world in the 4th. Let’s not get a gloomy.

  56. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Cruz is having a suspectfully good year.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      You always have to wonder after they have been caught once. Usually you don’t get better, so yes, like John Lackey, you have to wonder.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      I feel/felt that way about Chris Davis too….

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    It’s not that it’s 2-0, it’s that our at bats have been bad… Their BP is shot and we want to get to it yet everyone is hacking all over the damn place and first pitch swinging and looking a mess….

    Hopefully, we can start putting some decent at bats together and make Tillman show his true colors…

  58. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    I just don’t get what our guys are doing. They are doing the exact opposite of what Matt said the gameplan was. Maybe he was lying about the gameplan, but what he said was the correct approach. Werth and Zim both swing first pitchh

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Maybe Tillman’s gameplan is to attack early and get early outs knowing his BP is shot. We are not capitalizing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      I it appears his mosttrable pitch is the first one. Problem we are not barreling it either.

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Hell, at this rate, Tillman will go very deep this game…. 50 pitches thru 4… Smh.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Mets up 2-0 on the Barves. Thank you David Wright.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    We seem to have more problems with pitchers who pitch less than50% fastballs.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    The funny thing about pitchers is they can make mistakes and get away with them many times but maybe Strasburg missed the memo that Cruz is the one guy you better not miss your spot against as he’s “en fuego”.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Vicious change up…. Made Schoop look silly as hell…

  64. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Strasburg’s stuff is as good as it’s been all year. Only one mistake to Cruz. Machado reached on a lucky bloop.

  65. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I like our first baseman, too.

  66. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    We’re going to win this game. Watch.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Stop giving him attention

  67. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    That foul ball was the hardest hit ball by Bryce since coming off the DL

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Here we go again. Not true but keep telling yourself that. Cueto doesn’t agree and neither does Bumgarner, Cain, Cashner, Colon, Garza, Greinke, Keuchel, Samardijia, Teheran, Wacha.

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      I think you can add Sonny Gray to that list. We may not have beat him, but we beat him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Sure, and plenty of others.

        I’d say Kershaw, Hudson, Hammel and Dillon Gee are the pitchers in the small group who have had the Nats number.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Add Kimbrel to that list.

  69. philipd763 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Harper has morphed into nothingness. He was even struggling in spring training.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      He will break out, just wait

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Because he couldn’t swing in the offseason due to knee surgery. Right when he got hot, he got hurt. He’s never been able to get locked in this year.

      • nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Harper will go on a hot streak and when it starts it will be fun to see.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Be careful. When I described his numbers as average I was held in contempt. I do believe sooner or later he will start to rip the ball.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    The hitting is bazarre, the fast balls which are better hit, we are letting go and swinging at his curve or slider. We need to reverse what we swing at.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    FP: Orioles fans travel well.

    Does FP know that many Orioles fans live in the DC area or doesn’t he know the history?

  72. scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    To listen to the Nats announcers SS is pitching a no hitter and we are ahead.

    Can they see the scoreboard from the booth?

    • nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Its called keeping positive.

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      He’s pitched a helluva game besides the Cruz pitch. Bats need to wake up and win us a game here.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      He made one bad pitch all night. He’s been filthy. Have you watched the game?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Because he has… Outside of the mistake to Cruz… But we can’t win a game without scoring runs and the scoreboard says we haven’t scored any….

      That’s the bigger issue….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Just need another one now

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Stras needs to throw that “riser” fastball to some of these guys in 2 strike situations.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Michael hasn’t hit all year, Strasbourg pitching great. How come he can’t get him out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Who is Michael? Morse? Wrong team.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Auto correct Michado changed to Michael.

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Stras 94 pitches.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      While Tillman has thrown 68… I’m trying to figure out what the approach is supposed to be tonight…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Let’s hope Tillman has to pitch 30 in the 6th.

  76. nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Myself and others stay away because of you. Can’t you just go away. There has to be others you can torment.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      ‘Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.’

      • nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Werent you answering him earlier about the quality of pitchers.

    • janebeard - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      The REAL secret? Just skip his posts. Happiness reigns.

      • nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        I just stay away jane. I like this place however its just tuff to read past his negativity.

  77. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Yes, 6 innings really proves your point.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      ‘Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.’

  78. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    I honestly think you’re just a Braves fan here posing as a disgruntled Nats fan. No way a Nats fan can be so negative all the time.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      I do not understand why people read/apply to him.. When folks sto replying and ignore him, he will stop posting… Don’t feed the weed and it won’t grow….

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    And the come back begins…. Let’s. go. Nats!

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Wooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Rendon, my boy! Allstar!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    You were saying?

  82. nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Thank you Anthony Rendon. RBIs to add on to 50+

  83. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    RENDON!!!

    And some O’s fan threw it back in. Hope they kick him out of the park.

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Alright, alright, alright!!!!!! Let’s get it done… Pile on, pile on… Pile on!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Yep, 3rd time through the order you can see the better swings. Tillman is overthrowing. LaRoche just missed his HR.

  85. janebeard - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    AnTieMe Rendon! GYFNG!

  86. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    The Span and Rendon show in full first pitch technicolor.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      I like this line up as is… I hope it doesn’t change…

  87. scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I thought that was a lazy fly ball, amazed it made it out. Keep it going.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      I did too.. Thought he got jammed.. Was fully prepared to start cussing about first pitch swinging etc… Lol

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      he gets amazing spin on the ball that helps in the carry. That’s what he hit off of Kimbrel.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Just about the same spot as Cruz

  88. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Nats Stadium policy is to throw them out for throwing the ball back.How classless to do that in our house .

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Class? Who screams during the National Anthem except Orioles and Capitals fans. The people who do that lack class. Both owners refuse to address the issue. It’s a lack of respect to the musicians performing the anthem as well as to respectful fans in attendance and of course anyone who fought for this country.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Sort of like people that come on here, which is also our house, and constantly disrespect our players, fellow bloggers, and our host.

  89. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Oppo inner half jam HR. Strong.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    What a play by Rendon. Are you kidding me!!!

  91. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Hope Stras’ wrist is ok after that.

  92. nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    9 beautiful Ks for Stras!

  93. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Strasburg looked like he was wrapping his wrist on the bench.

  94. nats128 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Bryce is swinging at alot of balls above the strike zone. That doesnt help as its setting him up for 2 strike counts and then they are killing him with breaking and changeup pitches.

  95. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Hella curveball there.

  96. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Two ugly K’s by Harp and Desi.

  97. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    And suddenly Tillman is over 100 pitches.

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I would have left SS in….

  99. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Was I really just hearing a “Let’s go O’s” chant? Drown those guys out.

  100. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Move Ramos up tomorrow, Mchit 8th, Bryce take a day off.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Only way for Bryce to get out of this slump is to play him… Seems more glaring as he wasn’t really tearing it up before the injury….

    • veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Can’t sit Bryce without causing a controversy. He will come around.

    • Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Agreed, not fun listening to his ab’s currently.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Had to K him twice…..

  102. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    I thought Ryan was gonna go to 2nd….

  103. scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Boy it looks like Zim has no shoulder

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Yah, and it doesn’t show as an E because it was a doubleplay ball and can’t ever assume the 2nd out but…….

  104. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    We’re going to have to live with that.

  105. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    ….and finally a Zim toss cost us….not a run, but we should be out of that inning. I hope this doesn’t cost us the game.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      When he drives in the winning run this inning it will be forgotten

      • stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        There you go!

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    No harm, no foul…. Way to pick your teammate up Clip…

  107. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    That has to be embarrassing for RZim. Thank goodness we dodged the bullet.

  108. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Thank you, Clip, for getting out of your own jam. Shoulda had a doubleplay, but OK.

  109. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Clipp getting it done. Clipp!!!!!!

    Zim thanks you, Clipp.

  110. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Thank God that didn’t hurt us.

  111. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Well, now, that was an interesting half inning. Way to hang tough, fellows.

  112. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I think I’ll get there at 6 a.m. for the DSpan bobblehead.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I know I will be there early… Me and my CFO are going…

  113. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    O Day is tough. One of my favorite RPs

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Time for the double machines to do his thing…. We need runs!

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Damn you JJ…. Damn you….

  116. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Pitching says you are wrong. Better hitters yes.

  117. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Cruz, Davis and Hardy. Gonna have to earn this one.

  118. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Mutts just let the Barves back into it with a 2 out WP.

  119. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Held Cruz to a single

  120. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Has to strike out Davis twice

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Be nice if Bryce can break out his slump by winning it for us tonight… :-)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      I was hoping the same, great way to break the slump.

  122. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Keeping Cruz in the field was key

  123. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Mets blow another one….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Told you the Mets can’t hold Braves, screwed up twice last week.

  124. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    ALR k on one outside

  125. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Mets tie it up.

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Lets go Desi!

  127. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Come on Harp just need a single

  128. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    RZim with a double.

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Here we go… Way to go Ryan… Come on Harp… Base hit should bring Ryan home…. Come on, come on, come on….

  130. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Oh Bryce, if you EVER wanted to get a hit. I don’t care if it’s a bloop.

  131. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Bryce.. Please?

  132. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Walking Harper to get to Dez! Brilliant!

  133. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Did Showalter have a stroke? What is he thinking?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      He thinks Harper is good

  134. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Do you bunt now?

  135. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Harper not liked by many here, but feared by buck, goes to show you.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I think people like him here… But he isn’t above reproach and deserves criticism just as any other person… Can’t keep using the whole ‘he’s only 21′ excuse….

  136. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Ian and his aggressiveness….

  137. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Wild, wild swings.

  138. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    It’s ok, Dez, Wilson here to pick up the team.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      No, that really wasn’t okay by Desi… Swung at 2 balls… And couldn’t even really protect… He was in swing mode instead of making O’Day pitch what Desi wanted…

      That was terrible…

  139. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    What a perfect pitch sequence. Could have called that selection.

  140. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Buck thinking so far I know what I am doing,

    Come on buffalo

  141. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Strike 2 was the hit

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    How the hell was that a K???? That hasn’t been called all night…..

  143. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Ramos took the mistake!!!

  144. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Not yet.

    You want to know why we hate comments? You negative before it happens.

    It might happen, but you speak it

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Now it has happen you can say it, but why do you feel you must say it beforehand. It is like rooting against the Nats in my opinion.

  145. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    There is a reason he has a 1 ERA

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    That was terrible….

  147. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    We should have won the game right there. Not good.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      I feel we will win

  148. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    That was our chance. O’day is tough.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Apparently we should be teeing off on the guy with the 1.19 era.

  149. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Best ERA in the AL..

    • Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      He’s better this year.

  150. scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    That’s tough neither guy puts the ball in play

  151. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Sad part the strike 2 to Ramos was a hanging slider he could smash and he stares at it.

  152. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Extra inning needs a reverse hex. O’s 7-3 Nats 2-7

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Tough to waste that RZim double.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Desk has to make contact right there… Just not a good at bat by him at all….

  154. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Have you looked at his era

  155. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Mets tie up the Barves.

  156. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Sometimes you tip your cap. Only pitch O Day didn’t command perfectly was the meatball Ramos took.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Ramos killed me taking the best battery’s pitch.

  157. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Hairston will probably leadoff the 10th

  158. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Darren O’day never played for the Braves, why are the Braves mentioned, are you thing of Eric O’Fleharty?

  159. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    They do seem to be guessing an awful lot. I’d like to see them looking for mistakes a little more.

  160. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Great baseball game, but I am not in the mood for a moral victory.

  161. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Machado needs to be retired right now, Storen got Narcakis to hit on the ground but not to us.

  162. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    It was easy to steal off all our pitchers….

  163. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    What kind of luck does Manny have tonight…. You’ve gotta be kidding me….

  164. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Picked that one off the freakin plate.

  165. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Too bad the slider isn’t working tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Only given up 2 runs

  166. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Damn it how come michado gets all the luck tonight.

    Well let one of us get lucky.

  167. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Storen held serve but that was too close for comfort. His BABIP hasn’t been good lately. Needs more Ks.

  168. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    *snickers* great at bat Adam….

  169. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Discounting Britton the rest of he Os pen is susceptible.

  170. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Scott Hairston…. Uhm.

  171. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Here’s what Hairston was brought her for .

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      And just like that another easy out on Hairston. smh

  172. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Hairston 1 hit in a month now

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Well over a month, but who’s counting? ME

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Me too. Where is Sooza

  173. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Me and this blue don’t agree… I think it’s a K and he calls a ball and vice versa….

  174. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Huge review in New York on a “neighborhood” play.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Mets win the challenge!

    • Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Overturned!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        He was safe and it wasn’t a neighborhood play. He played it like a forceout. Simmons clearly took his foot off the bag at 2nd.

  175. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Come on Mr Werth… Come on Mr Werth… Come on Mr Werth…..

  176. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Wow a Hardy mistake

  177. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Even if Rendon hits a playable ball, it gets booted. Superman right now.

  178. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    The deeper we go, the less I like our chances. Their lineup is too good to hold down forever.

  179. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Well on to the 11th

  180. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Kept Cruz in the park. Why are all these jams seem to be hits for them, and not for us

  181. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Where
    The
    Hell
    Was
    That
    Blue!!!!!????????

  182. scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Is it just me or does Ramos seem to do a poor job framing pitches?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      He moves his glove too much. Matt Kecroy says you don’t move it all, the ump thinks it is a ball because you think it is a ball.

  183. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Stammen does it again. So you will tell me the Dayton Duo is doing well?

  184. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Stamnen gets nothing and damn Davis homer on a meatball

  185. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I hope no one is surprised….

  186. scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    That is not right. He was struck out.

  187. veejh - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Son of a……..

  188. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I repeat:

    The deeper we go, the less I like our chances. Their lineup is too good to hold down forever.

    Yup.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Why if bukl pen is great and theirs is mediocre it defies logic

  189. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    I mean id hit a hr too if I got extra pitches…. Thanks blue…

    Nats scored 2 runs… Off suspect pitching…

  190. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    FP: Stammen thought he had him struck out twice.

    Me: He didn’t. That’s on Stammen

  191. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Helluva game, but that was very disappointing.

  192. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Well, now it’s laughable…

  193. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    And that Hardy HR is on Stammen also.

  194. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Well we had our chances… And the Mets squander it..

  195. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Well, hopefully the Nats take 1 from them in their park….

  196. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    I mean, what can you do? Machado hit a bloop prior to Cruz’s homer. Cruz reached in extras on a broken bat. And then Stammen struck out Davis twice and it wasn’t called.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Maybe,… Just maybe have better batting approaches… Cuz for the most part the Nats at bats were pathetic against some suspect pitching…

      Just a thought.

      • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        The Nats bats are at fault too. I didn’t and still don’t understand the gameplan against Tillman

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        Nats bats are completely at fault… This game shouldn’t even have made it to the 10th or 11th….

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Of course, we had our chance in the 9th and wasted it. And Stammen isn’t fooling anybody right now so maybe those things don’t matter.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Desmond is hitting almost .700 when the batter in front of him is IBBed. It’s hard to complain. He’s not going to bat 1.000

  197. NatsLady - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Stammen has nothing tonight. Should have won this in the 10th.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Tonight? I think the last 2/3 outtings…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      I agree. The front of the bullpen is suspect. The last 2 outings Stammen got were in blowout wins and in both outings he put men on base.

      I was lambasted when I criticized the Dayton Duo last week.

  198. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Stamnen is throwing pitches right over the middle of the plate. What does he expect?

    I was telling bug cat that Barrett needed to come in before the inning. Easy to call now.

  199. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    So what are the Nats : 2-9 in extra innings…. I’m not sure you can keep raving about the bull pen when those are the numbers….

  200. Nats fool - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Tough loss. Again, it’s our hitting. We had our chances. I thought we turned a corner against the cubs in the last game. We swung at way too many balls. When are we going to address our hitting problems? I think Desmond leads the league in strikeouts.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      He does. Schu needs to ride his ass about swinging at anything but fastballs. Hevstrijes out almost always on sliders

  201. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Stamnen you can stop any time

  202. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Idk why he’s pulling him… Save the BP… This one is over… Nats couldn’t even hit Tillman… What makes you think they will hit worst pitching tonight….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      I would pulled him after Davis. The game is never list til the last out.

  203. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    I like the Os, but I hate when the Nats lose to them.

  204. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Haha what do you want to bet they don’t get swept. Go to bed.

  205. Joe Seamhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    In the bottom of the 9th Ryan Zimmerman got a one out double, Harper gets IBB. Desi and Ramos both strike out.. That was the key to this loss.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Indeed, that was our opportunity and we missed it. Desi took wild swings. But remember, the guy pitching had an ERA of like 1.

  206. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Buck had the same feeling as me Harper would have won the game. People criticized him, when he knew exactly what he was doing.

  207. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    If this were one outing for Stammen I’d right it off, but it’s at least two games in the past two weeks he’s cost us (and a couple of others he wasn’t sharp in). He’ll be fine, but he needs to get his act together soon.

  208. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Carp is clueless. “Stammen has only had 2 bad outings this year” and then he mentions Miami. Sure, the Nats were already down 6 runs and Craig gave up 5 but what about the 4 losses Craig has? Those weren’t good outings and doesn’t include the ones where he came in for mop-up.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      I swear I don’t remember CS’s last good outting… And I will not include any blowouts (I don’t remember him even being in any) as he can be more reckless, in a sense….

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      He hasn’t necessarily pitched poorly in all of those losses. I remember one against the Padres where a guy got on, was bunted over and then scored on a little dribbler up the middle. Yeah, you should say that Stammen never should’ve put him on, but it was like Stammen’s third inning of work, too. You can’t expect the guy to be perfect over multiple innings.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        “You can’t expect the guy to be perfect over multiple innings.”

        It’s usually not just 1 play David. It’s a series of them. I’m not looking for perfection, I’m looking for consistently good.

        Stammen got himself in that 3-2 hole against Davis and then grooved one to him. Is that good pitching? Instead of limiting the damage to 2 runs he went to full out meltdown mode and embarrased his team.

      • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        I get that, but every pitcher in baseball has those innings sometimes. Stammen does not meltdown often. It’s painful when it happens, but it’s going to happen. To everyone, on every team.

      • scmargenau - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        It wasn’t grooved. It was a ball.

  209. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Idk why Stammen was pulled… This is so embarrassing… And pathetic…

  210. Danny - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    This must be what the Rockies feel like all the time.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      The Rockies bat 280 so they at least hit most of the time.

  211. stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    When did Vladi Guerrero become the o’s hitting coach ?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      You could hit those BP pitches. Another extra innings loss on Matt Williams.

      • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        How is this on Matt Williams?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        Who said it was? It’s on his record. Are you putting words in my mouth? It’s Matt Williams managerial W/L record in extra innings. He didn’t pitch the ball.

      • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Not putting words in your mouth, I just misunderstood your intent apparently. Apologies.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        No problem. We are all on edge after that meltdown. No way I blame Matt Williams for that. He managed a great game. His personnel didn’t do their job.

        Hairston has to go. Barrett back to AAA. How long to we wait for Hairston to continue his slide.

      • stoatva - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Give me a break. Both of Machado’s last two hits were going to bounce on the plate.

  212. David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    I hope they get it out of their system tonight. Mother of God.

  213. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    stammen set this all up and Barrett just threw gas on the fire, twice in a week now Barrett has done that
    Now all this bad mouthing of Strasburg seems sill, He had little problem with this same line up.

  214. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    This game went to hell in a hand basket fast…

    Extra innings, the Nats are 2-8… Tells an interesting story…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Class b bullpen implodes

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        People can’t keep claiming the Nats have the best BP or top BP with a stat like that…. They can’t..

  215. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Makes no sense to be this bad in OT, Why does the bullpen imolode in OT?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Craig has lost 3 games now in extra innings.

  216. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Rizzo better work on Barrett’s replacement because at least he has options. Not sure what you do with Stammen. Blevins needs to be a LOOGY.

    The great bullpen just gave up 6 runs.

    • David Proctor - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Stammen went through a rough patch last year too. I distinctly remember people calling for him to be optioned. Every reliever goes through it. Remember Clip earlier? Stammen will be fine, we’ll just have to hope he figures it out soon and try not to put him in high leverage spots for a while. Same could be said for Barrett, but he doesn’t have the track record so I’m more willing to option him if his struggles continue.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        This one game, however I gate Angelo’s so against two teams Braves and O’s I do no accept anyexcuses. Had this been the Nets, not happy, but nit pissed at him. Against O’s pissed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        I see a distinct difference. He lost the bite on his slider. It’s been gone for a while.

      • scmargenau - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        To be fair – some of the pitches hit were darn good pitches

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      The great bullpen pitched innings 8-10. No runs

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        The back of the bullpen guys came through.

  217. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Our 3/4/5 hitters are 1 for 15… Laughable….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Real problem was in 9th batters 7/8. Game was winnable then

  218. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    stammen you see how McFarland is pitching, take note

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      He has a six run lead to work with.

      I left house with tie ballgame, only to come back and see this. I was hoping for peaceful sleep.

  219. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Let’s hear Stammen pitiful excuse in the post game.

  220. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    On the homer by Davis is further out then the non strike that was the original strike out

  221. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    We got the division easy, don’t worry. Might even end up with best record in the NL. Don’t worry

  222. Nats fool - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    This was a bad way to lose. Our lack of professional ab’s will destroy the season. How many times did we go first-pitch hacking? How many high fastballs and sliders outside were chased? I’m sorry, but we have to start planning for Desi’s replacement next year. He is just frustrating to watch. The league has a bead on him and he doesn’t adjust.

  223. senators69 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I F’ing hate to lose to the OOOOOs!
    Reminds me of when I was a kid and the OOOOOs used to lord over the Senators.
    My teams I hate to lose to the most: Braves, OOOOs, Cards
    WTF is with our bats??? NO bats, except for Rendon…and I’d still take Rendon over Machado!

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