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Game 92: Nats at Phillies

Jul 12, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — While we await the update on Jordan Zimmermann’s MRI, and debate his replacement on the All-Star roster, there is in fact another game taking place tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Featuring a star-studded pitching matchup: Stephen Strasburg vs. Cole Hamels.

The Nationals will have Ian Desmond back in the lineup after he sat out last night’s game with a sore right thumb. They will not, however, have Bryce Harper in the lineup. Matt Williams has decided to give his young slugger (4-for-35 since coming off the DL, including last night’s solo homer) a night off against a tough lefty and go instead with Scott Hairston in left field. Hairston’s career numbers vs. Hamels: 13-for-38 with five doubles, five homers and nine RBI. That’s not insignificant.

Strasburg, meanwhile, looks to finish his first half on a high note. Check back for updates throughout…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: FOX, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (49-42)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
LF Scott Hairston
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Stephen Strasburg

PHILLIES (42-51)
CF Grady Sizemore
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Marlon Byrd
3B Cody Asche
C Cameron Rupp
CF Ben Revere
LHP Cole Hamels

UMPIRES
HP Andy Fletcher
1B Toby Basner
2B Mark Wegner
3B Mike Winters (cc)

7:15 p.m. — And we’re underway with a ball from Cole Hamels to Denard Span.

7:28 p.m. — And the Nats jump out to a 1-0 lead, thanks to Span’s 7-pitch leadoff walk and then Anthony Rendon’s double off the left field on the very next pitch. Jayson Werth delivered a productive groundout to bring home the run, but the Nats still wound up stranding Rendon on third after Adam LaRoche struck out and Ryan Zimmerman was robbed of an RBI by Cody Asche, who made a fantastic play to dive and catch Zimmerman’s hard grounder to the left side and then just barely threw him out at first. So it’s 1-0 Nats, though it could’ve been 2-0.

7:37 p.m. — Stephen Strasburg got into a bit of a jam in the bottom of the first, serving up a leadoff double to Grady Sizemore, who then took third on Jimmy Rollins’ grounder to the right side. Strasburg, though, came through big-time with a pair of curveballs that struck out both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Nice job there by Strasburg in a big spot. Still 1-0 Nats after one.

7:46 p.m. — A leadoff double for Ian Desmond in the top of the second, but his teammates couldn’t bring him around. So even though they did get one run home on the Werth groundout, the Nats already are 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in only two innings tonight.

8:00 p.m. — Two innings down, and Strasburg has already allowed four hits. But he has not allowed a run, thanks to Wilson Ramos throwing out Marlon Byrd on a stolen base attempt. (Ramos has now caught 10-of-19 runners this season, a 53 percent success rate that is best among all MLB catchers with at least 200 innings behind the plate.) Strasburg also again struck out a batter with a man in scoring position and two outs, getting Hamels to end the second.

8:36 p.m. — Make it four scoreless innings for Strasburg, who has seven strikeouts tonight, several on his curveball, which has been devastating. He’s now got 147 K’s on the season, easily tops in the NL. Still 1-0 Nats after four.

8:49 p.m. — Make it five scoreless for Strasburg, who has now retired nine in a row. He’s at 79 pitches, still a bit high, but he has been much more efficient his last few innings.

9:02 p.m. — Jayson Werth is some kind of red-hot at the plate right now. He just launched a 2-run homer to right-center. So after homering only six times in his first 349 plate appearances this season, he has now homered five times in his last 37 plate appearances. It’s 3-0 Nats.

9:30 p.m. — Well, Strasburg couldn’t get through the sixth inning. He gave up a 2-run single to Byrd, then with a chance to at least complete the inning, he walked No. 7 hitter Cameron Rupp. Matt Williams decided that was enough and pulled Strasburg after 5 2/3 innings and 111 pitches. Jerry Blevins entered and got Ben Revere to line out to left, so it’s a 3-2 Nats lead heading to the seventh.

9:40 p.m. — An interesting top of the seventh for Scott Hairston. He singled off Hamels and then made a really heads-up play tagging up from first base on Ramos’ flyout to deep right field. But then he got caught too far off second base on Kevin Frandsen’s sharp comebacker to the mound. So after all that, it’s still 3-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh. Drew Storen enters, as does Bryce Harper, who takes over for Hairston in left field.

9:54 p.m. — The Phillies threatened in the seventh, with Domonic Brown singling and then taking two bases on flyballs. Storen and Utley engaged in a pretty good battle after that, with Storen finally getting him to fly out to left to end the inning. So it remains 3-2 after seven.

10:21 p.m. — Uh-oh. This just became a tie game after Tyler Clippard gave up a 2-out single to Asche, then walked Rupp, then gave up an RBI single to Revere. Just like that, it’s 3-3 and here’s Jonathan Papelbon to pitch the top of the ninth.

10:41 p.m. — The Nats had a chance in the ninth, with Desmond leading off with a bunt single and then taking second. But Ramos struck out and pinch-hitter Nate McLouth’s drive to center field wasn’t quite deep enough. To the bottom of the ninth we go, and it’s Ross Detwiler on the mound in a 3-3 game.

10:48 p.m. — Free baseball in Philly! The Nats will try to win an extra-inning game for a change. They’re 2-8 this season.

11:06 p.m. — Ryan Zimmerman to the rescue! He scorched a 2-out, RBI single up the middle on an 0-2, 100-mph fastball by Jake Diekman. Werth then scored on a wild pitch for good measure. It’s 5-3 as Rafael Soriano enters for the bottom of the 10th.

11:17 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 5-3 in 10. They improve to 3-8 in extra innings and keep pace with the Braves in the NL East.

419 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Now I know the reason Rizzo got Hairston LMAO

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Scott Hairston career vs. Cole Hamels: 15-for-38, 5 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI.”

  2. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Harper hits his 2nd HR of the season and is benched for Hairston. I know, I know the lefty right matchup. Whatever.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      He will be the big bat coming off the bench and possibly a late inning defensive replacement. I think it’s a great decision by MW.

      • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Why not bench LaRoche, who happens to be a complete failure at the plate right now, move Zim to 1st, Rendon to 3rd, Espi bats right from 2nd, and play ready to got out of his funk, Harper?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        LaRoche hits Hamels with a 1.010 OPS.

        How’s about Frandsen: 571/.571/1.286 /1.857

        All small sample sizes. Harp hits Hamels well but not as good as those 2 which begs the question, why Hairston over Frandsen?

        Sure, the sample sizes aren’t huge but………..

      • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Ok, Frandsen over Espi. I just think right now keep playing Harper. That is all

  3. masterfishkeeper - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    I hope we can hit the ball to left field, because the Phillies don’t have a leftfielder!

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      LOL

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      They do have 2 CFs though 😉

  4. coolhandbane - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    From the previous article about how the nats will have no one playing in the ASG. I believe the nats should be pissed off about this. They need to use this as motivation to show everyone they are not to be messed with.

    I am sure the majority of everyone here has seen the movie Major League. Well the Indians in the film used the disrespect from their owner to wins games. Nats need to do something similar.

    GO NATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      I don’t wanna see Mark Lerner in a speedo, thank you.

  5. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    If Hairston fails today, DFA his azz.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      He should have been DFA’d in Spring Training. The right-handed Matt Stairs. Even if he were to go 3 for 4 today, does that matter? He still needs to play defense, run, and pinch hit. He has ZERO pinch-hits this year which is his main job.

      • David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        He has 3 pinch hits. 3-19, with a homer andd 4 RBI as a PH. But you can’t expect him to give you pinch hits if you never give him starts. Nobody can do that. The role doesn’t exist. It’s impossible.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        According to BaseRef he has no pinch hits this year.

      • David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        You’re not looking at the right spot then. I’m on Baseball-Reference. Go to 2014 and splits. Look for “as a PH” and you can find it there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        .158/.217/.316/.533

        They must have corrected it. Last week it was listed as 0-8

        Still sucks given that most of his PH appearances are on lefties.

  6. 6ID20 - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Hamels isn’t a tough lefty. He’s a fake tough lefty. Mike Rizzo got fined for revealing that fact.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Good one!

    • letswin3 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Probably time to pay him back tonight. We’ve waited a very long time.

  7. scmargenau - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    As much as a bash Bryce I wanna see him play. If he’s going to get timing back he needs to keep playing. I agree with FFA hairistion if he fails. I’ve seen enough of that dude

  8. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Well Harp’s timing was better last night, so he headed the right way.

    • scmargenau - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      I bet he’s is not happy about not playing. Doesn’t he hit Hamels well?

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Edwin Jackson still finding ways to not help the Nats. He just gave up a 3 run homer to the Barves pitcher.

  10. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    EJax is just awful. What happened to him?

    • ArVAFan - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      I don’t know what happened to EJ, but I can say that the third time appears to be the charm (Jackson, Haren, Fister). All Fister needs is a home run to be a “complete” pitcher: he works fast, throws strikes, fields his position, bunts well, and does the splits.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        9 earned in 3 2/3 for EJax. Very lucky Rizzo passed on him aftwr 2012.

        Thanks for nothing Edwin.

  11. Drew - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Somebody in the previous thread asked which Nats farmhands deserve September callups.

    Steven Souza Jr. has to be at the top of the list. The guy’s hitting .371 in AAA! No one in the International League is within 24 points. Souza leads the league with 60 RBIs and he’s third in the league with 21 stolen bases.

    The guy must be wondering what he has to do to reach the Show.

    It’s a testament to the quality of the Nats major league roster that a handful of guys who probably belong in the majors are stuck in Syracuse.

    Beyond Souza, Tyler Moore and Zach Walters, Taylor Hill leads the league with a 2.04 ERA and Blake Treinen has had a very good year.

    Another encouraging story is developing at Harrisburg. After struggling to regain his form coming back from surgery, Matt Skole is turning his season around.

    He might soon take over the team lead in RBIs from Michael Taylor, whom we know is having a breakout year.

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

      What about Michael Taylor?

      • scmargenau - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        I mean as far as a call up. Maybe platoon wth span?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        The problem with Skole is he is not on the 40 man roster but Souza and Taylor are. I would think all 3 are legit candidates with Kobernus and Moore.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      I have Skole lightly penciled in as RZim’s backup at 1st base next year off the bench.

  12. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    The Cubs have got it to 9-6. Mike Minor now has a 4.86 ERA on the year.

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Just turned on the Bal/NYY game… I forgot that Yanks fan take over OPACY every chance they get… I couldn’t tell where they were playing at 1 point…

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Completely fine with no all stars… Rest up Nats and come out and be ready to kick @$$ after the break… I will be joining Ryan Z and not watching it… As I never really do anyway…

    Scott Hairston in LF is laughable… But I wish him the best of luck and hope he has a tremendous game…

    Gotta concert to go to so will record the game and watch later… Here’s to SS pitching his toosh off and the Nats winning this game…

    Go Nats!

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Nice start boys!

  16. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Just back from spending yesterday hiking the base of Mt. St. Helens. Sounds like I didn’t miss much. GYFNG!

  17. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    If the ball is not in the zone don’t swing

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      You say that all the time. LaRoche didn’t read the spin. It looked like a strike for 55 feet.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        I think it was a changeup and credit to Hamels. Great pitch as ALR was seeing heater.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        It is the 61st foot.

        I was talking to a fellow who pitch college ball, and said you can read a slider by seeing his hand as released. That pros should be able to read it.

        I am not sure what our swing and miss rate is, but seems higher than average.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Easier said than done. If they could all read it, they’d all be Ted Williams.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Look what Stras just did to Utley who is a contact guy.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    FP with a gaffe that he covered up after seeing the replay on Rendon taking 3rd base on Werth’s RBI groundout. Rendon with a poor baserunning play going on Werth’s grounder to SS but Rollins went with the sure thing to 1st. Unless he didn’t like the angle, Rendon would have been out by 2 steps on a good throw.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Looked that way.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Nats couldn’t make the Phillies pay for that. Rendon was a dead duck if Rollins threw to 3rd.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Ray Knight last night hit the nail on the head last night. Way too many swings and miss.

    Players now a days might be bigger and stronger, but unlike the players when I was growing up there is no shame in striking out. In the old days unless you are a power guy if you struck out more 60 times you were shamed

  20. natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    How empty is that Phillies stadium.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      25% empty

      • nats128 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Looks way more than 50% empty when you see the upper deck and outfield

  21. natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Sizemore hit that to the right spot. Near Scott Hairston.

  22. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Not to be a downer but that is extremely frustrating not getting 2 there. Big difference 1-0, 2-0.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Rollins bouncer as good as a sacrifice. Need a K here Stras.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Got it! Nice pitch Stras!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Except on batting average

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        True, which is why I think you need a stat for the “productive out”. That was a productive out. Not his fault the other’s couldn’t get it done after him.

  24. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Utley looked worse than ALR.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM
      Look what Stras just did to Utley who is a contact guy.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Slow call on Howard.

    Umps like to be part of the show on the called strikes.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Glad to see Desi back. That was scarey on Thursday!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      With all thumbs this year especially.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Perfectly said by FP on Hairston “UNPRODUCTIVE OUT”. Frandsen would’ve given MW a better AB there and better defense in LF. smh

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Should say that on MASN more

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Yep, he’s a puppet on MASN when he should be analyzing.

        Frandsen has the best numbers against Hamels although a small sample size. I also don’t care what Hairston did in 2010 and 2011 against Hamels.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Hairston working his way out of here. Remind me why he is on the team.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Working his way out of here? Are you kidding me. How did he make the 2014 roster?

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Had Hairston grounded out like Ramos, the run scores

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    If Hairston does his job and moves Desi over to 3rd with no outs, that’s a RBI there with Ramos chopper up the middle.

    That has to tick you off.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I said that above. We are watching the same game.

      Hairston has not earned his money this season for sure.

    • David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      It was an unproductive out, but you don’t know that Hamels throws the same pitch with a runner on third and 1 out. Can’t just assume the same result.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Still doesn’t matter. You have a proven RBI up to bat in Ramos. Better he gets a pitch to drive then a ball for a grounder.

  31. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Man on 2nd no outs again we don’t move him over Arg!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Phillies had lead off double in first and did the same.

      Come on Strasburg get the lead off guys out.

  32. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I’m sure all these stranded runners won’t come back to haunt us. Nope. No way.

    • Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Stras spin a shutout.. Too much to ask??

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Hairston doesn’t get close to Byrd’s bloop. Sheesh. Come on MW, big mistake like I said earlier, even if he goes 2-4 he’s a defensive liability.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      He won’t go 2 for 4 either.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        Who knows. I hope he gets some hits but it doesn’t change my mind that he is a waste of a roster spot.

  34. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    “Williams spoke with Matheny prior to Friday’s game. Matheny checked to ensure Zimmermann could throw one inning Tuesday night for the National League, and Williams told him he could. After the game, Williams sent Matheny a text message, alerting him that Zimmermann needed to leave the game and could no longer participate. Williams said Matheny did not respond.”

    Apparently Matheny doesn’t even have the decency to give Matt a call.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      We had many candidates to take Zim’s spot and took another Marlin.

  35. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Boy, just catching up with 36+ hours of news (Nats and otherwise) and seeing that Nats won’t have a player in the ASG (but the Cubs will have two?). Amazing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Marlin 2 also

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Come Strasburg focus. Fewer pitches please.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Ramos having a good season.

    You know one thing McCatty has done (or whoever), the runners have been held on better.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Just last night when they hit, they get hits. Move the ball when pitching

  39. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    He is opening up again. McCatty get out there

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    40 pitches for 6 outs. Zero runs are fine, but way too many pitches.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Like Gio, a power pitcher who nibbles for Ks. Not good.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        He doesn’t nibble his pitches are power that are inaccurate, gio’s misses are usualkyvslower

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        There’s some of that too.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        I take that back, 2 curves on 2-2 count is nibbling

  41. natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Those Phoolie fans still boo’ing Werth. What a bunch of frontrunning losers.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      The Phoolie phans in DC a couple of years ago were cheering when Werth broke his wrist. As an entire fanbase goes, they are horrible people.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Awful sequence of pitches to Sizemore.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      You know I have long for the laser balls and strike and home plate umpires have progressively gotten worse.

      I have a hard time believing calling a ball and strike is that hard.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        You think it’s all easy and it’s not. I just want consistency. Most umps are near 95% accurate and that’s been the same for decades. Some umps like Angel Hernandez have to be sent to the Minors.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        I have no doubts that calling balls and strikes on the margins of the strike zone is quite hard. Similarly, I’m certain that — for a hitter — recognizing what a pitch is and reacting to it in a split second is quite difficult.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        So 95% is except able when laser can be just about 100%.

        If a abuse umpire was 95% accurate we would hate it , so why except it from a home ump.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Escaped another inning.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I’m watching the crawl at the bottom of my screen and see Kevin Kiermaier went 3-4 for Tampa. He was a 31st round pick and is batting over .300 and and OPS over .900. One of my favorite rookies in the Majors.

    I’m sure NatsJack has seen him play and I hope some of you have watched this kid. I don’t know if it’s sustainable but just enjoying watching how he’s been a game changer for them.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      My wife says he has beautiful blue eyes. Told her he is also batting .300

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Need to start hitting again.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Need to make Hamels pay for that walk.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    OK Hairston 2 run homer time

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Remind me why is Haurston playing. 1 hit in 5 weeks.

  49. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Wish Hairston could’ve done that his first time up. We’d be up 2-0.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    3-1 count leverage and Hairston hits it on the ground with Desi standing on 2nd base. Come on. Pitch #2 was a mistake fastball and Hairston didn’t swing.

    I’ve read a few dozen quotes on the mighty Hairston vs Hamels and heard it at each at-bat from FP and his booth partner.

    So far, 2 unproductive outs with RISP.

    • nats128 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      His batting average is plummeting a long with his career. He clearly cant play defense. I thought he was supposed to be the big bat against lefties and especialy Hamel.

  51. secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    OMG can anybody hit. My first born child for some runs.

    • nats128 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Yes.

  52. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    More inning like that, please.

  53. breakbad1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    It is just weird to watch two
    teams play each other (when
    neither is the Nats) to see how they drive in runs when guys are on base.

    Washington rarely does this.

    It’s also fun to watch teams who really have the killer instinct. We don’t. Boswell has pointed this out–noting that scouts from other teams say it often.

    It’s also fun to watch teams that do big things on big occasions. National TV audiences, packed houses on national holidays, etc, but we don’t do
    this either.

  54. secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Stras is going to have to be perfect tonight. I expect only 1 run tonight

  55. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Can this team hit or what!?

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN
    #Phillies infield has been particularly well-positioned tonight. Lot of well-struck balls right at them.”

    Good point Mark. Yes, and I thought Wiedemaier was supposed to do the same for the Nats.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Web Gem by Rendon. How is he not an All-Star?

    • nats128 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      That was the leadoff batter in the 5th. How big was that to keep the speedy Revere off the basepaths.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    I was nervous on that can of corn fly to Hairston. He looks so uncomfortable out there.

    • slidell2 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Maybe MW will bring Bryce in as a late-game defensive replacement?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        He better. I’m just thinking sooner than later.

  59. Nats fan in NJ - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Strasburg is much more impressive in person than on the tube.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Without a doubt. If you can ever spend the money to sit in the 1st few rows behind homeplate, you won’t be disappointed.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    I think you have to insert Bryce in LF soon for defense unless the Nats score a few runs here.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Hamels doubled up on the changeups to Rendon and he spit on the last one. Great AB by Rendon. He bats like a veteran. Very impressive.

    Now make Hamels pay for the leadoff walk.

  62. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    And boom goes the dynamite

  63. Nats fan in NJ - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Oh, man. That was awesome.

  64. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    That my friends was sweet!

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Werth switched bat brands when he was in that slump. It’s the first change for JDub since he’s been with the Nats. It’s a denser maple and higher quality wood then what he had been swinging. Where’s the bat manufactured? Right by Phoolie Stadium in Norristown PA.

    I guess after Werth retired his Black Betty glove he thought that maybe a change of bats could help his game. Offensive player of the week last week and this week also with some big hits.

  66. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    There’s nothing better than Werth hurting the Phillies in Philly.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      They boo him every time up to bat. Here he helped them win a World Series and while I don’t expect them to cheer him, just stay quiet.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    That Carlos Gomez is a nut. Did you see him go nuts on his bat and helmet.

    • natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      He made 3 attempts to crack the bat over his leg and whiffed. Anger management needed.

  68. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    This is where steven sometimes breaks, stay strong and trust your stuff young man.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      When errors are made he gets rattled. That was clearly a hit.

  69. davecydell - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    2nd game in row Laro has dived and deflected [ for the runner to be safe]
    when he could have let it go to Rendon

  70. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    like clock work, Jayson comes through and now Stras falls apart, so typical

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      What are you talking about?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        I can the hit off ALR’s glove

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        That was Strasburg’s fault?

  71. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Why is it always so stressful.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Time for a doubleplay Stephen.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Instead a double steal.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Yep, made him pay. The Phoolies have nothing to lose. Why not.

  73. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Who does Jayson resemble most Jesus, Charles Manson and the Joy of Sex character, lol showing my age and my perversion

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    That’s why you needed Bryce Harper in LF.

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      You said earlier you liked the move putting Hairston in LF.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        You are full of ****. I said I was fine with Bryce coming off the bench and Frandsen starting in LF.

        I wouldn’t have Hairston on my roster.

      • scmargenau - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:12 AM

        Unsaid it walks a good move

  75. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM
    What are you talking about?

    that is what I’m talking about

  76. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Hairston blows

    • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Hairston is a Rizzo flop like Dobbs, both=Garbage

  77. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Like clockwork……

  78. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    what real ace of a team blows a 3-0 lead verse a team 8 under 500????

  79. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Like i said, a little adversity and steven becomes susceptible, gave up the double steal, didn’t rise to the occasion. And vy te way, Hairston…oh you know.

  80. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    An ace has a shutdown inning here….

    • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      BINGO!

      but the koolaide drinkers in here treat him like a rookie, he is in year 4 and one half!!!!

      ace my ass

      • Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Honestly when it went 3-0.. Still had that feeling of dread with Steve on the hill. Unfortunately he made some bad pitch selections this inning…. Throw that gas.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Nothing blasted, two roll through infields. Goes back to bad position of our infield compared to them.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Of course the non paying attention of the the runners.

    Then Hairston throws gas on the fire by not throwing to second.

    I sure wish ALR had the ball go to Rendon, maybe an out. Of course he actually fields it instead of muffing, an easy out.

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Come on FP don’t defend Haurston

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    All Hairston has done so far is a big 0-fer and bad plays in leftfield. For the people who constantly defend him, keep telling me he is good.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I am not one of them.

  84. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    You must give him e big hook right now.

  85. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Ghost, your 4:20 comment… ahhemm.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Can you read? I was addressing sitting Harper certainly not Hairston playing as you read down to several comments including the one right below it “which begs the question, why Hairston over Frandsen?”

      “Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM
      He will be the big bat coming off the bench and possibly a late inning defensive replacement. I think it’s a great decision by MW.”

      LaRoche hits Hamels with a 1.010 OPS.

      How’s about Frandsen: 571/.571/1.286 /1.857

      All small sample sizes. Harp hits Hamels well but not as good as those 2 which begs the question, why Hairston over Frandsen?

      Sure, the sample sizes aren’t huge but………..”

      • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        What was the comment you were replying to? Starting Hairston over Harper. Oh yeah.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        BS. I was strictly answering that I thought Harper sitting and coming off the bench would be a good move.

        I posted repeated posts after I heard it was Hairston starting that he stinks

        “Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM
        He should have been DFA’d in Spring Training. The right-handed Matt Stairs. Even if he were to go 3 for 4 today, does that matter? He still needs to play defense, run……”

  86. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Didn’t get the call, now he freaks out.

    • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      of course, its all about him, not the team and it has always been about hi, just like Bryce

      Stras simply has no heart or grit period and the sample size is more than adequate and fair to make that assessment

  87. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Ghost

    the back to back hits and walk are all on Stras

    no. the ball off ALR is not, it is how Stras fails to deal with things when they go bad. pathetic

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      His fault was the hit by Utley and that walk to Rupp.

  88. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Just had to erase my props for keeping it 3-2… To criticism for walking a 500 OPS catcher with a 3-2 changeup. Are you kidding me.. Make him hit a fastball. Don’t have to strike everyone out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I agree the sequence made no sense.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Wow what the sequence to Rupp all about. 2-2, then totally bad mechanics on last 2 pitches, though ball 2 sure like a strike,

  90. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I know championships are not won in July, but they can be lost in July

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Last years was lost in April and May.

  91. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    good job Blevins!

  92. Danny - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Good work Jerry!

  93. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Hairston didn’t lose it in the lights, whooooooooo

  94. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Hairston is a worthless stiff

  95. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I don’t understand the sequence to Byrd. Byrd hasn’t come near Strasburg’s changeup all night and he’s a very good breaking ball hitter. To me, the pitch is the changeup. The pitch Byrd hit wasn’t horrible and it was a groundball, it just found a hole. It was inside, but it was elevated. Still dislike the sequence.

    So basically we’re back to where we were an inning ago when we were up 1-0.

  96. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    the stiff hits, with of course no RISP

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Of course and why isn’t Bryce or McLouth pinch running. WTF????????????

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        I correct myself on Bryce shouldn’t be as MW was probably hoping for Hamels to be pulled with Frandsen coming up to bat then go to Harper.

        Hope Frandsen makes Philly pay for it.

      • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        exactly!

        and this why I said MW s not the guy

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        He is fine Mick. I’m sure he covets more having McLouth available on the bench in a 1 run game.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    It has started snowing in Manassas to celebrate the non RISP hit.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Hairston just run to third, don’t stop

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Hairston with a huge baserunning blunder.

  100. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    What idiotic baserunning by Hairston, after some good baserunning to get to second.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      I don’t give much credit for a good calculated decision on a weak arm OF going backwards and catching a ball at the wall.

      • David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Byrd has a pretty good arm, but he played it poorly, drifting with it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Decent arm and he was going backwards towards the wall.

  101. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    How wide are baselines allowed to be?

  102. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    MW, why bother, stupid base running by Hairston

  103. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    “Stras simply has no heart or grit period and the sample size is more than adequate and fair to make that assessment,” according to a poster above.

    Let’s play a little game of comparison with a pitcher that truly demonstrated ‘heart’ and ‘grit': Bob Gibson.

    One of these is Stephen Strasburg’s average season, the other is Mr. Gibson’s — ID which is which, please.

    Winning %: .590 vs. .591
    ERA: 3.07 vs. 2.91
    HRs allowed: 17 vs. 17
    BB per 9: 2.4 vs. 3.1
    SO per 9: 7.2 vs. 10.5
    Hits per 9: 7.5 vs. 7.6
    WHIP: 1.102 vs. 1.188.

    (The first vs. second listing varies from category to category.)

    Am I suggesting that Stephen Strasburg is as good a pitcher as Bob Gibson? Of course not. But the numbers make an interesting comparison.

    • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      these are ridiculous measures and most would agree. This is Stras’ 4 plus year in the league, to compare Gibson, who pitched many more innings, 8 or 9 a game when relievers only would come in in the 8th or 9th makes the stats ridiculous especially, in this era of pitch counts.

      Is there a stat for blowing 3-0 leads verse sub 500 teams when your team is competing? If there is, then talk to me, I bet Gibson would not have blown this game

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        What game are you watching? It’s 3-2 Nats on my tee vee, Strasburg is the pitcher of record for the win, and can’t be the loser.

    • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      and are these numbers for all of Gibson’s seasons
      well over a decade verse the 4 years of stras??I

      show me Gibson’s first 4 season and innings pitch and then one can have a serious discussion

      I bet some of the losers the Nats had on their teams that lost a 100 plus games had some impressive stats as well, wonder how that worked out

    • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      17 years 3884 innings pitch for Bob Gibson and your making what comparison????

      Stras 5 years (according to baseball almanac) and 553 innings

      I rest my case

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    How does he not DFAed

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      $$$

  105. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Hey ghost..nice tap dance.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Show me where in the world you read that I said great move to replace Bryce with Hairston. I showed you my followup comments and my comments in context was strictly about Bryce coming off the bench which I thought is the right move.

      I said Frandsen over Hairston.

      • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        What comment did you open up this blog with? Then, that comment was followed by my post about how starting Hairston over Harper was stupid, which was replied by you saying it was a great decision. Right?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        I was commenting on my cellphone sitting on the beach. When I refreshed and saw how my comment could be misinterpreted I made 2 more subsequent comments about how I wouldn’t start Hairston and further comments how I can’t believe he plays on this team.

        Sorry you took it out of context and part of that was my fault but I thought my explanation and copy and paste of 2 subsequent posts were enough.

        I won’t mince words, Hairston would never play LF on my field unless I had no other players available.

      • scmargenau - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:27 AM

        Veejh wins. Ghost stop it. It’s obvious.

  106. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Do nationals have the whiniest fans or not? I think I am going to conduct a poll somewhere.

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      I suspect every team has comparably whiney fans… they’re always the noisiest ones on the blogs.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Come on Storen hold them.

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Mick, see. Bryce in for Hairston. Have some patience.

  109. knoxvillenat - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    At the all star break does Rizzo give Hairston the DFA treatment and bring Souza up from Syracuse? I sure hope so.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      I don’t see the net gain there unless you believe Souza can be a bench asset. I think you have to make a trade and get a veteran. I guess if you can’t then TyMo or Souza would be your guy.

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Whoever is on the bench is going to stay on the bench. I see no evidence that Williams has any plans to make day to day lineup adjustments at all.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        That’s what I’m thinking. The 4th outfielder is McLouth.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Well he plays better defense than Hairston, runs better than Hairston, if he could maybe spell Span against tough lefties maybe we will see if he can hit better than Hairston.

        Like you I’m not a fan of Scott Hairston.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        I don’t want to hold Souza back. I want him playing every day.

        He won’t be starting here. I would get Alfonso Soriano as a freebie over Hairston but that’s still a small gain. I just believe there’s guys on benches that Rizzo can trade for.

        I’d take Kobernus because of his speed and he can bunt and do the little things.

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Storen will make this inning another high stress inning with a leadoff hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Our results in general have been good, but sure could make it easier.

  111. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Harper wasn’t ready for that one.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Was like a sneak attack.

  112. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Now 5 of 7 lead off batters have made base. Much easier if you get first guy out.

    Harper didn,’t believe Gwynn was going I guess as he drifted back instead going back and erring up.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Rollins just missed it

  114. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Routine flies to right in this cracker box give me the sweats.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      +1

  115. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    That was scary.

  116. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Water torture

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Baseball.

  117. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    As I said results are good, but why put us through it.

    Pulled the maloox out, took a spoonful.

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      As they always say, the other guys get paid, too.

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Drew went high stress and got out of it. Good job Drew.

  119. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Rendon had the surprise attack bunt there.

  120. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Here comes Bastard-o

    • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      that Bastard-O

      lol

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Sorry for the lower case o

  121. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Werth got a 3-0 slider. That’s why he pulled it foul. If that was a fastball, that would’ve been in the seats. Interesting that they’d throw him a 3-0 slider.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      They have scouting reports.

      • David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Indeed, but that’s still ballsy

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Especially if it was a hanger which becomes a banger.

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    The Phoolies again positioned perfectly.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      There scouts did a good job

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Amazing job. Byrd has been positioned perfectly all night in RF.

        The only ball he hasn’t reached was the 2 run HR by Werth.

  123. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    There infielders in much better position than the Nats has been

  124. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Clipp time.

  125. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    going to have to be a 3-2 win

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Looks that way Mick but I’m hoping that Bryce Harper guy unloads on them in the 9th 😉

      • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        I hope

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        He’ll probably have to do it against that lefty kid who throws 100.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        That’s fine as the Phoolies will have emptied almost their entire bullpen if they do that as I hope Bastardo is replaced.

  126. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    where’s my boy SWM?

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Hopefully gone for the blue light special at KMart.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Actually I was out with your Mom

  127. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Big inning here with Howard and Byrd coming up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      All innings are big here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      They’ve used up their best pinch hitter with Dominic Brown.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Gets the hard 2 then one with 3 k gets a hit

  128. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Dayum those are some gutsy pitches Clipp is throwing to RH.

  129. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Is Howard on the trading block, man he would be a nice pick up

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      He seems like a decent guy, but he has a hole in his swing you could drive a Hum-Vee through.

      • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        agree

        with better hitters around him, he could be a very dangerous hitter

  130. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    stova

    Bryce is a fast ball hitter

    come on Clip, 1 more out

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      He was right on the one he saw last night, but popped it straight up. I didn’t say he couldn’t do it, just that that’s probably who he’ll be seeing.

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        If they’re bringing in Papelbon they won’t be yanking him against Harper.

      • micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        ok, your right

  131. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    That would have been a critical out. We would have had 6-7-8-9 to end it. Got to get this guy.

  132. Drew - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Chase Utley is a rare player. Only 13 players in baseball history have hit 200 home runs while playing second base. Six * are Hall of Famers and Utley is one of four others (Kent, Biggio, Utley, Cano) who are good bets.

    Kent 351
    Sandberg * 277
    Morgan * 266
    Hornsby * 265
    Boone 251
    Gordon * 246
    Whitaker 239
    Uggla 232
    Biggio 226
    Doerr * 222
    Utley 218
    Alomar * 207
    Cano 200

    Note: Neither Grich, nor A. Soriano hit 200 homers while playing second base.

    (In case you’re wondering, Rendon has hit 9 while playing 2b, 11 while playing 3b.)

  133. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    One of the most amazing things I’ve seen was at spring training two years ago when Clippard was facing mostly minor leaguers… those guys were so far out ahead of his change up some of them could have reloaded and swung again.

  134. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Horrible 2-2 pitch

  135. micksback1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    wtf Clip???

  136. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Clippard, walk the tying run to scoring position after 2-2 count.

  137. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Pooh.

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Unreal Clippard.

  139. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I hate baseball.

  140. Drew - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Walks kill.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Yep especially when it moved the tying run into Scoring Position.

      How do you walk Rupp?

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Two of our three runs got on on walks.

  141. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Clippard gets the hard guys out and lets the crappy hitters beat him.

  142. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Clippard u
    You got the two hard ones and screwed around with the easy ones. Why?

  143. scnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Relievers who walk runs into scoring position drive me crazy

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      It’s as if he lost his concentration. Rupp is almost a Mendoza line batter.

  144. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    I fear the next 2 minutes.

  145. natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Rupp is a .216 hitter and Clippard gave him a freebie to push that runner into RISP.

  146. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Desmond, Harper and Ramos. I’ll take my chances with those guys. Hope it’s Papelbon… I love to see him cry.

  147. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Well, sure enough, we’re going to have to score 4 to win. Like always.

  148. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Ashie 0 for 3 with 3 is. 0-2 count, and he then throws a cookie cutter fastball instead of the wider to strike him out.

    This inning immediately went to hell quick.

    He strikes the the last out with the pitch he should have thrown to Ashie

    Now we just need to score again

  149. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    A huge difference in this game has been player defensive positioning. That ball that Rever hit was to Rendon’s right.

    Is there any data suggesting that Rendon was playing too far left? I don’t know but that was big.

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    There’s the ambush bunt I was talking about!!!!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      “Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM
      Rendon had the surprise attack bunt there.”

      • natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Good call Ghost!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        Thanks. Asche had been playing back and I thought with as well as Werth has been hitting that it was there for the taking. Glad Desi took it!

  151. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Wow. I did not see that bunt coming. Nicely done.

  152. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Steal second.

  153. secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    This team just stinks. They don’t know how to win. Limping into the break.

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      How’s things in Trollville, troll? Say hi to the Billy Goats Gruff for me.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Up 3-0 nowhere sight, I thought you were going the negative ambushes as you promised. Comment the positive and negative, not just the negative.

  154. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Our opponents bullpen this week have easily out pitched ours

  155. Drew - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    In 95 starts Strasburg has just 36 wins and a whopping 34 no decisions despite a 3.07 career ERA.

    It must drive him crazy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Unreal how many times the bullpen cannot hold him leads

  156. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Good AB, Bryce.

  157. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Harper must move Desi to 2nd base. That’s his primary job here. A hit is a bonus.

  158. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Okay, that’ll play.

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Do they walk Ramos?

  159. secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Frustrated folks. Shouldn’t be losing to this team. Nats aren’t there and it’s very frustrating.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      we’re not losing, o’s boy

  160. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Well, when Papelbon’s got that pitch working, no one hits him much.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Yep, now he’s out of the game and their bullpen is getting thin.

  161. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Ramos didn’t come close on any of those swings. If pitching low swing low if want to hit it.

  162. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Time for McLouth to make an impact here.

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      What an impact.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        Unfortunately. 2 shots to get the go-ahead hit with RISP and neither comes through.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        McClout hit it hard, can’t say the same for Ramos.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        A hit of any kind was needed.

      • breakbad1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Is there a less-clutch team in baseball than us? A team worse with RISP?

      • breakbad1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        A team worse in extras?

      • David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        Yes, there are many.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        Troll

      • natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Yes.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        No winning team, but I believe we have 2 worse.

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        No. Absolutely. We are worse than the 1962 Mets. You could look it up.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        They never guys on second

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Provide link to prove it as I do not believe it

  163. secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    So when someone gets on here and speaks the facts he’s a troll? Nats don’t get the big hit. Nats don’t make the big pitch. Not enough to win division anyway.

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      You’re a troll. Everyone knows it, Johnny One Note.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        You live with your Mom everybody knows it. MA Meatloaf

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      If you were here when we are winning, it wouldn’t come across so trollish.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        Correct, you wait till we aren’t winning. Exactly what a troll does

      • secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        I’m usually at the games. Hasn’t been much to cheer about lately. If you recall I commented plenty after I attended OPACY

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      If you are only to cone and talk negative, after we ahead 3-0 refuse to look at the standings and see where we are, yes, I would say that is a troll.

      Speak negative when and positive when needed then not a troll. You decide which applies.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      We got the NL EAST in the bag, are you a doubter or believer.

  164. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Again the defense is in the right place.

  165. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    We have to go to extras to win. Don’t like the sound of that.

  166. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    National Det!

  167. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I know the result wasn’t good, but that Harper AB was his best in a while.

  168. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    “manassasnatsfan – Jul 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM
    If pitching low swing low if want to hit it.”

    Why don’t you become the asst. hitting coach because that sage advice is invaluable. (sarcasm)

    • natinalsgo - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Good one. You have to laugh where some of these advice givers come up with this stuff.

  169. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    if zimm needs to miss a turn, i wouldn’t mind seeing det get another shot at starting but i guess that’s a pipedream.

  170. mdmcommish - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    If it’s xtra innings, ….it ain’t us. Hold your breath.,.

  171. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    2-8 in extras the numbers say things have to change.

  172. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    That was Ross the Boss, right there.

  173. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Diekman used to be guaranteed good for a couple of runs, but he seems to have gotten his act together somewhat recently.

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Right you are. Two runs.

  174. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Here we go.

  175. NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Lots of teams are “limping” into the break. The question is how do you come OUT of the break with some rest and healing?

  176. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Why move off the plate Span? You give the ump a clear path strike call. Put the fake bunt out there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Good finish on it Denard. Nice leadoff walk.

  177. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    what does it mean if we lose another extras game?

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Means the Braves are a game ahead.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Means 1 behind

  178. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Span on move the line.

  179. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    That’s where Span should have come back to 1st for a tag-up. He must not have been watching what Hairston did.

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      No shlt. two Times lately he failed on that.

  180. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Utley has not had one of his better defensive nights tonight.

  181. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Diekman appears to come unglued with runners on base.

  182. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    They are due

  183. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I’m hoping Diekman uncorks a wild pitch.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Summoner !

  184. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    no better time to win the game now

  185. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    LaRoche just swung at ball 3.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Awful at-bat by LaRoche. A 3-1 slider and a 3-2 slider. Both were there.

  186. David Proctor - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    ALR has had a horrible night

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      He’s had a rough couple of weeks.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      8 bad days in a row now for LaRoche.

      • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        I did say bench LaRoche over Harper. LOL

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        LOL

  187. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Way to go Ryan Zimmerman! RISP!

  188. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    F××× yeah!

  189. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Face
    Of
    The
    Franchise

    If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, swm.

  190. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Good job Zim

  191. secretwasianman - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Face of the franchise. Awesom Ryan.

  192. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Revere has a rubber arm. Can you believe that throw to 3rd base.

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Can you imagine him and Span in the same outfield in MN?

  193. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I’m a go ahead & tuck now…

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Un.

  194. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    There’s your wild pitch, ghost.

  195. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Koyie Hill. A Nat in Spring Training.

  196. davecydell - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    that was 100 mph

  197. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    The leadoff walk haunts and that dumb a$$ play by Utley to try to get Span at 2nd. Both bite the Phoolies now.

  198. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Soriano do it right

  199. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Desmond left his shoes behind on those swings.

  200. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Desmond swings at more ball 4 then most in the league

  201. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I swear I’d leave in Detwiler to face Howard, THEN bring in Soriano.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Not a bad idea. Detwiler sure did his job. Looked nice and easy throwing.

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        It’s been exciting to watch him his last several appearances. He’s starting to look less miserable on the mound, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        That 4 inning extra inning performance really turned his season around.

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Soriano definitely took care of Ryan’s business, anyway.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        +1

  202. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Is anyone in charge of the word press?

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      It’s on shuffle play again.

  203. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    There’s 1,000 people left at Bad Citizens Bank Park and 750 are boo’ing Ryan Howard. Stay classy Philly!

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      I was about to post this

    • veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      it’s not like he had a golden sombrero. come on

    • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      It was hilarious when they were booing Papelbon for faking moves to second. 😀

    • nats128 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      The Phillies players deserve better fans.

      • stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        I know folks who’ve been Phillies fans since they sucked as hard as any team in baseball, and they’re just good baseball fans, and you don’t mind enjoying a game with them. The bandwagon people are the same everywhere.

        Sound like anyone we know?

      • nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Yep. 2012 brought out the bandwagon in DC. Some stuck and are now new fans.

        Some will all ways be on the band wagon.

  204. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    What a great scoop by Ramos there on the Strike 3 on that slider.

  205. stoatva - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Raise the Jolly Roger!

    No… wait.

  206. nats128 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    A great untuck there!

  207. veejh - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Wow, we won in extras. Baby steps.

  208. nats128 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Another point. That poor throw by Rever cost them the 5th run. Werth should have been out by a mile.

  209. IsawTeddywin - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Ah yes, gutless losers with no heart.
    No clutch at all.
    But somehow, we’re still holding onto a share of 1st place, how is that possible?
    Perhaps the team believes in themselves more than some of the posters here do.

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