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Game 89: Nats at Orioles

Jul 9, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

BALTIMORE — Hello from the one and only Camden Yards. It’s pretty amazing to think that this place is already 22 years old. It’s also the ninth-oldest ballpark in the majors. Remarkable.

After two days (but only one actual game played) in Washington, the Battle of the Beltways moves up the road to the Inner Harbor, where we’ll see the pitching matchup that would’ve been on display last night if not for the rainout: Doug Fister vs. Bud Norris. Norris, remember, is making his first start after more than two weeks on the DL with a groin strain. He didn’t make a rehab start, only pitching a simulated game, so it’ll be interesting to see how sharp the right-hander is tonight.

If you’ve been wondering who would get the call as designated hitter for the Nats, the answer is … Ryan Zimmerman. Matt Williams will take his throwing-challenged slugger off the field and let him just concentrate on hitting for the night. That means Anthony Rendon shifts back to third base, and it means Danny Espinosa gets his first start at second base in 12 days.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Camden Yards
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 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (48-40)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
DH Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
(RHP Doug Fister)

ORIOLES (49-40)
RF Nick Markakis
LF Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
DH Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Manny Machado
C Caleb Joseph
2B Jonathan Schoop
(RHP Bud Norris)

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

7:09 p.m. — And we’re underway. The skies darkened during batting practice, but we have avoided rain so far. Denard Span digs in and takes strike one from Bud Norris.

7:22 p.m. — And the Nats come out hacking. They smoked three consecutive hits off Norris, with Anthony Rendon roping his 22nd double of the season down the left-field line, Jayson Werth drilling his 20th double of the year off the wall in right-center and Adam LaRoche lacing a single to right that brought Werth home. Bob Henley had an aggressive send around third base, and that may have caught Nick Markakis by surprise. Whatever the case, it worked. It’s 2-0 Nats after 1/2-inning.

7:37 p.m. — Well, that didn’t go how Doug Fister would’ve preferred. The guy with the best command on the Nats’ staff was all over the place in the bottom of the first, walking two of the first four batters he faced. This is a guy, remember, who walked only six TOTAL batters in his first 11 starts this season. Now, plate umpire Dan Iassogna certainly wasn’t giving Fister the benefit of the doubt on the edges of the strike zone. But Fister also wasn’t getting the kind of sink he usually gets, leaving several balls up in the zone, including one to Chris Davis that turned into an RBI double. It’s 2-1 Nats after one, and Fister has thrown only 15 of his 31 pitches for strikes.

7:45 p.m. — May god have mercy on the soul of the baseball Wilson Ramos just murdered. I mean, seriously, he destroyed a fastball from Norris deep to left for his third homer of the season. That’s also a 12-game hit streak for the Buffalo, who is now hitting a healthy .302 on the year. Nats up 3-1 now.

7:57 p.m. — Things have settled down considerably here, with both Fister and Norris retiring the sides in their subsequent innings of work. Fister needs to keep that up-tempo pace he had in the bottom of the second moving forward.

8:07 p.m. — Fister got himself into another jam in the bottom of the third, putting runners on second and third with one out. He got out of it, though, getting Cruz to ground out and Davis to pop-out. His command still isn’t entirely there. He’s already walked two and plunked another batter, very uncharacteristic for him. Still 3-1 Nats after three.

8:23 p.m. — Boy, this is not the ballpark (and not the night) to be trying to pitch up in the strike one. Norris and Fister are finding that out the hard way. Desmond crushed his 16th homer of the season in the top of the fourth, a solo shot to right-center. Then Machado went deep to left in the bottom of the fourth, making him a cool 7-for-8 in this series. It’s 4-2 Nats after four, and I don’t think that score is gonna hold up the rest of the night.

8:46 p.m. — Bud Norris’ return from the DL lasted all of 70 pitches and 4-plus innings. Not a real fine effort there from the right-hander. The Nats scored another run off him in the fifth when LaRoche came five feet short of a grand slam, settling instead for a sac fly. Harper had a chance with the bases loaded, as well, but lined out to right, leaving him 4-for-27 since coming off the DL. It’s 5-2 Nats now in the middle of the fifth.

9:08 p.m. — A big-time pick at third base by Rendon to start a 5-4-3 double play that bailed Fister out of a sixth-inning jam. Props, too, to Espinosa for a really strong turn to make it possible. Fister hasn’t been on top of his game, but he’s through six innings of 2-run ball nonetheless. Still 5-2.

9:17 p.m. — Werth took a moment to adjust his contact lens before stepping back to the plate in the top of the seventh. Then he proceeded to crush a pitch to left field for the Nats’ third homer of the night. They now lead 6-2 at the stretch.

9:25 p.m. — I’m not sure we are fully appreciating just how hard it is to bounce back and forth between second and third bases, because Rendon is making it look so easy. He just made another spectacular pick and throw across the diamond, continuing his sensational play at the hot corner. He deserves every bit of praise he receives. Still 6-2 after seven.

9:33 p.m. — Drew Storen enters for the eighth inning with the Nats up four runs. Fister was not himself tonight, but he still managed to go seven innings and allow only two runs. Impressive.

9:40 p.m. — And a 1-2-3 inning from Storen against the meat of the Baltimore lineup. He got Jones to ground out, Cruz to fly out and then struck out Davis, sending many among the crowd of 35,575 headed for the exits.

9:52 p.m. — To the bottom of the ninth we go, and it’ll be Ross Detwiler in from the pen to try to finish this one off. Amazing how managers treat a 4-run lead completely different than a 3-run lead. Instead of Clippard and Soriano tonight, it’s Storen and Detwiler.

9:58 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 6-2. And with the Braves’ fourth straight loss, they’re now a full game up in the NL East.

197 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Let’s go Nats…

    • natsfan1a - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      I second that emotion.

  2. TimDz - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I’d feel better if Zimmerman was the designated hitter for Espinosa and let Fister bat ninth…..

    Is the designated hitter allowed to hit for a position player, or does he have to hit for the pitcher?

    • tcostant - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Not allowed.

    • adcwonk - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Fister is a really terrible hitter (despite being, along with Roark, among the best bunters in the league). He has one single hit this year.

      No matter what you say about Espi, he’s still a better hitter than Fister.

  3. adcwonk - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Espi against righties: 194 PA, 75 K’s, .196 BA
    against lefties: 75 PA, 18 K’s, .273

    I guess he’s in because of Fister, giving us a really solid fielding infield. Which makes sense. But it’s sort of like having a pitcher batting 9th in an AL game.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      +1

    • alexva6 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      in the spirit of our debate, I’ll bet you a virtual beer that Danny gets on base at least twice tonight.

      • Sonny G 10 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Uuuuhe! I like the way you think!

      • adcwonk - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Well put!

        I’ll take your bet (but, please understand, that I sincerely hope, and am rooting, to lose that bet!)

      • alexva6 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

        bartender, please set up my tidbit friend with a cold one

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Actually if my pitcher was hitting .196 (average for Espi against righties) I’d probably take it and move on with the rest of the lineup. Not so much however with my second baseman.

  4. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Did anyone see Rosenthal’s update on the MASN situation? It’s from late May, but I missed it and did not see it discussed.

    “Now, according to sources, a panel of baseball officials will decide what the two teams could not resolve in negotiations — the annual rights fee that the Nationals will receive from MASN.

    The matter went to arbitration after talks between the Orioles and Nationals sputtered. While there is no known deadline for a decision, the panel is meeting regularly due to the urgency of the situation, sources say.

    The decision of the panel will be binding, and could double or even triple the reported $29 million annually that the Nationals currently receive, sources say.”

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/baseball-officials-will-decide-division-of-MASN-tv-fees-between-baltimore-orioles-and-washington-nationals-041812

    Sorry if this posted 3 times, it hasn’t been showing up.

  5. Sonny G 10 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I hate Angelos! I hate the Orioles! I hate the Orioles broadcasters. Let’s go nats and put a whooping on these folks. Best thing about the MASN broadcasts is that there are no combined broadcasts. I hated it when Bob and FP had to make nicey nicey to those degenerates.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      +1

  6. NatsLady - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Tanaka :(

  7. letswin3 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Believe it, or not, I actually like this lineup … for tonight only. You know I’m not Danny’s biggest fan (I’m being PC here), but this lineup essentially exchanges Danny’s 274 bat for any other possible bench bat, while providing a greatly improved infield defense that replaces Zim with Danny … for a pitcher (Fister) who throws groundball pitches all night long. As an aside, Why can’t Bryce finally breakout tonight against a righty that isn’t exactly Cy Young.

    • adcwonk - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Danny’s 274 bat

      ??

      Danny is .273 against LHP — but tonight’s starter is a RHP (and Danny is batting .196 against RHP)

      • letswin3 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Sorry, thought tonight’s O’s pitcher was a lefty. Thank’s for the correction …………nevermind.

  8. therealjohnc - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Espinosa probably gets a start tomorrow against the LHP as well, with Zim going to 1b and ALR getting the day off.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      I was thinking Werth may move to the DH, Harp in LF and Ryan in RF…

      • David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Ryan in RF???

      • adcwonk - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        RF is where you want the strongest arm, no?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        No… Doh… Was working and checked in quick… Meant harp in rf and Ryan in LF…

        My mistake..

  9. rmoore446 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Danny came off the bench and went 4 for 4 with a homer?

    • coop202 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      I would at least crack a smile ;)

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        I might crack a bottle of champagne, or a good bourbon anyway.

      • adcwonk - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        And I would owe AlexVa *two* beers! And I’d be thrilled to do so! ;-)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Funny? It would be amazing. Dream dream dream is the lyrics to that song.

  10. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Just win baby! Just win!

    Go Nats…

  11. nashpersaud21 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/07/09/understanding-ian-desmonds-contract-situation/ Good article on Nats looking for replacements for Desmond. What do you guys think?

  12. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Raining here for the last hour, hope the front doesn’t go that north.

  13. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I’ve been curious whether the smaller and softer American baseball would have an effect on Tanaka’s mechanics — and if so the consequences. Can’t claim to have noticed it w/ any other Japanese pitcher — although the overall record of success is spotty. Just wondering . . ..

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      For what it’s worth, I read (not in the article below, but also in SI) that Mr. Tanaka started using the American baseball in his side sessions a year or so before he made the move to MLB.

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    adcwonk @ 4:52 asked about Masahiro Tanaka’s pre-MLB workload. Here’s a Tom Verducci article from last December — lots of innings, lots of pitches.

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2013/12/27/masahiro-tanaka-major-league-baseball-value

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Neither Aaron Hill or Chris Owings in the game today for the Snakes.

  16. philipd763 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    The extra bat in the lineup tonight because of the DH is Espinosa. Boy, is that dumb!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      He and Rendon give the best defense behind the ground ball pitcher Fister. How would you have done it? The only real alternative is to have McLouth in RF and Werth as DH, but sacrificing the IF quality. It might not work out, but I don’t think it’s so dumb. Frandson? Wouldn’t be in my infield tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Not the worst decision you can make. Espinosa batting 9th is almost fitting for his comparisons to hitting as poorly as the average pitcher.

  17. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Wow, the Marlins get 2 in the 10th to go up 3-1, but Cishek blows it and the Fish lose 4-3 without Cishek ever getting an out.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Exciting end to the Fish/DBacks game….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Goldschmidt is clutch

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        No, not really (if I understand what most people mean by ‘clutch’). He’s simply a great hitter in any situation.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    You want to know why so many hate soccer, they decide a semifinal game with a skills competition. Could you imagine in the playoffs after 12 innings they decided to have a him run derby? Sane thing.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Concur.

  20. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    This might be one of the most stupid things I’ve ever read.

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/07/09/mlb-network-host-nationals-are-lacking-it-factor-the-orioles-possess/

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Concur. The fellow quoted wants to be an amateur psychologist and his argument contains at least one glaring internal inconsistency.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Span lowest swing and miss in NL. Wish Ian was first.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Oh yeah baby… Oh yeah… Let’s not strand him…

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Yes yes yes….

  24. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Back to back doubles just like the other night when we had 8 doubles.

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Good send Henley… Nice swing LaRoche…

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I know FP likes that send of Werth. I don’t. Glad it worked.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Hell of a Throw by NM though…

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

    Where is the rest of the crowd???

    I used to go to CY to see the Yanks/O’s play all the time… Rooted for the Yanks — sue me… I don’t care for the park or their fans…

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

    Harper isn’t even catching up to fastballs. It’s like he’s caught in-between. Having said that, that was his best AB in a while.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      I thought last nights walk was his best…..

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      But he recognizes fastballs eventually timing would be there, I would just pitch him crap.

  30. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Bah bah Bryce sheep.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Harper it appears right now unable to recognize any pitch that is not a fast ball, that needs to be fixed. Once fixed he will be fine. Until fixed, I wouldn’t throw him a fast ball ever.

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

    Was kinda hoping Bryce would try to bunt down the 3b line with the shift on him….

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

      There is no reason not to.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        If him getting on base gets him going, then bunt… It’s worth a try… Or watch him continually strike out….

  33. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Please no free baserunners

  34. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Worth watching if Fister’s too strong with the extra rest.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      I am concerned Roark on Sunday will have way to much rest.

      Hoping we get a real big lead, and Roark can pitchs innings 8 and 9.

      Cruz struck out twice.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      I am a bit worried about fister. He tends to give up HRs and Cruz, Davis, and Jones are good power hitters.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Not as high as I expected but 11.1% hr/fb

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Where the hell was THAT blue?

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Are you serious right now?????

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Blue misses strike 3 against Cruz. Come on man. Can’t hand it to the batter.

  38. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Blue… Really!?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Made Fister throw 11 extra pitches because of the missed K pitch vs Cruz. Cost him a run. All because of a blown call.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Strike 1 to Davis not as good as strikes 3 and 4 to Cruz

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    This is the ish that pisses me off… And makes me favor technology calling the zone…. This blue is pathetic….

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

    Anyone understand why I want laser calls now. Umpiring is getting worse every year.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Nats 2
    Home Plate Umpire 1

    So far….

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

    Fister gave in to the umpire.

  44. TimDz - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    I was going to come on here and bitch about the ump squeezing Fister…..

    I see that has been addressed already….

    Carry on……

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    I have noticed the last 20 home plate umps are getting worse and worse. To me much more annoying then the safe out calls are balls and strikes as they occur every play.

    It will be the next thing addressed by MLB.

    I didn’t hear any chirping from Nats dugout.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Why in the hell, Ian Desmond, are you first pitch swinging at Bud Norris when you saw how your team mates were letting him create holes last inning…

    I can’t….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      I thought the opposite fast ball swing

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

    Not a good first who had no ground outs. That is a bad sign.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Buffalo sighting

  49. NatsNut - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    MOOSE!

  50. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Happy time!

  51. NatsNut - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    er, BUFFALO? I forgot…

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Whew buffalo!!!!!!

    • coop202 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Wilson!!! Gets his average over 300 with that. Is blue at least calling it both ways?

  53. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Espy should patent that high fastball whiff.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      He needs Span’s swing and miss percentage. Since it is so poor he needs to swing at everything in the strike zone, and swing at nothing out.

    • scmargenau - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Sad. I don’t care how good his glove is. Give me Fran.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        I don’t understand how it is he could hit when first came up, but now can’t and no one seems to be able to get him to hit now.

  54. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Our best BA is hitting eighth. Fun fact.

  55. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Roll a pair.

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

    Michado had a terrible average coming into the series, why are clueless where to pitch him?

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Nice play Ian.

  58. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Whew could have been bad if Dez missed that. Good to see Danny has that arm to 1st still.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      His fielding and throwing won’t go away.

      • Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Sarcasm of course.

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Desi with a slick play on that doubleplay ball. That eats up many shortstops.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Braves losing 1-0

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

    That round 2-3-4 looked not so good.

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

    Would anyone take A.J. from Boston or is Lobiton enough of a backup

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Come on Fister way to many pitches

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Another free runner. First one scored. This is a real bad habit in this ball park.

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Fister got Cruz and Davis, Stammen take note how.

  66. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Fister walking the tightrope tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      So far

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Hanging slider is great to hit. Low slider no way.

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Foster has been able to make his pitches when needed, for the most part, but his command is a little off….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Fister*

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        Should have no runs had blue been doing his job.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Never pull an outside pitch. Just drive it the other way.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Harper looked like he was swinging to hurry up and get the at bat over with….

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Ian gone

    • scmargenau - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I dony why people hate, he’s going for 30 hr and 100 RBIs

  72. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Take that OPACY!

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Notice Ian’s on the outer half he drove to right center. When taking pitches on the outer half the other way chances of success is higher.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Why can’t we pitch to Michael? Why so many flies

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Nice play Span…. Damn, a nice play….

    Machado is en feugo….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Saved a run

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Rendon got in Ian’s s way

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Everything is up with Fister…. Come on Fistee, bring it down….

  78. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    If Fister manages to get us through 6 tonight, it’ll be a miracle.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      I was thinking 5…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        I was thinking 7

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Keep scoring guys

  80. NatsLady - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Blue Jays medical staff.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Oh boy….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Mother knows best

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Great at bat Danny….

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Walk is as good as a hit.

    • davecydell - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      someone here has a shot at a beer

  83. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Espy on base, cause for celebration.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Almost picked off, wheeeeeew

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Come on Rendon keep the line moving.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Good running Espi

  86. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Good hustle, Espinosa!

  87. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Gotta get Espinosa in, Jayson

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Come on LaRoche, elevate to the outfield

  89. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    14 out of 16 SB /SBA’s for Span.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Just a little mire, but a positive out.

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    This ump is terrible

  92. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Awful calls went our way.

  93. dgourds - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    I’m pretty sure Brach just balked when he appealed to 2nd base. He came to a full stop. Then with his left foot, not the foot on the rubber, he stepped toward 2nd base–an unoccupied base. You can’t do that. You have to step off the rubber, then throw to the unoccupied bag.

  94. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    What the Harp?

  95. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Fister having trouble getting ahead tonight.

  96. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    That was an important inning. He should be able to go 6 now and setup the backend of our bullpen.

  97. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    2-1 Mets

  98. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    4-1 Mets

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Is it an echo in here???

    Damn Bryce is just… Really not in a good place right now… I hope he gets it together next at bat…

  100. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Get the bullpen going

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Manny is destroying our pitching…

  102. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Get a doubleplay and call it a day, please.

  103. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Wowow Tony saving Fisters behind!

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    What a play…. Thanks Fister…. Gave a quality start although his command was clearly off… May be a good idea to let Roark pitch the rest of the game… He is another sinker pitcher who has issues on extra rest…

    *ducks flying objects*

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    I think I heard that now MLB sends tape to the blues so they can see their game and the tape etc… Thought I heard something like that on the dodgers/tigers game last night…

    With that said, this blue needs to get half his pay deducted for this terribly called game…

  106. masterfishkeeper - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Blue is having a terrible game behind the plate. Robo umps, anyone?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      I started calling for laser strikes 10 years ago, slowly people are seeing the naked eye is to inconsistant.

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Whoop, whoop….

    I hate first pitch swinging… Still…. *snickers*

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      When it is a get me over fastball, it is the best pitch you will see. Many are like you and say let them go. I say drive them.

  108. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Werth with the ambush bomb!

  109. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Remember when it was said by a former poster on this blog that Jayson Werth didn’t have any home run power anymore?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      It comes and goes.

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

    Uhm…. Kinda surprised that Fister is out there, for the 7th….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      I called after the 4th, he was good for 7.

  111. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Fister on a night he clearly didn’t have his command still have is 7 innings 2 earned against a great offense. Very nice!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Fister is a hoss.

  112. David Proctor - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Mets bullpen brings the tying run to the plate for the Braves

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Storen looks great again.

  114. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Mets win

  115. knoxvillenat - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Detwiler for the 9th?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Looks like.

  116. manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Espi batting right.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      That at bat he fraught well, but let the low strike go, and I am not ticked at him, just 12 year vet ump who is awful.

  117. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Nosa got shafted there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      The ump a vet who umped in the World Series last year. Just terrible knowing the zone.

  118. Joe Seamhead - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Though it goes in the book as a strike out, Danny had a very good AB.What a feces of a call by the ump.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      I was pleased with Danny’s effort there. The blue is not worthy of earning his pay tonight.

    • Eric - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      +1

  119. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    I love it when we play good defense.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      I missed watching Danny make those throws. He just lets it rip.

  120. Danny - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    OT: NL Central is going to be a dogfight. The Brew Crew are sinking fast.

  121. scmargenau - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Good game. Bryce needs to get hot, oy.

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