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Game 93: Nats at Phillies

Jul 13, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Today the Nationals play their final game before the All-Star break with a chance to take two of three against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Tanner Roark (7-6, 3.12) will take the mound after skipping his previous start due to last Tuesday’s postponement.

Roark last pitched on July 4, a stretch of nine days. He’ll go up against a Phillies team against which he has little experience and little success. In two outings – one of them a start – Roark has allowed seven earned runs and two homers in six innings.

Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.46) will pitch for Philly and make his 24th career start against Washington. Including two relief appearances vs. the franchise, Kendrick is 5-9 with a 4.86 ERA against the Nats.

Mark is off to Minnesota for the All-Star Game, so please check back in the morning for analysis. Thanks and enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 13 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (50-42)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Tanner Roark

PHILLIES (42-52)
LF Grady Sizemore
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Marlon Byrd
3B Cody Asche
C Cameron Rupp
CF Ben Revere
RHP Kyle Kendrick

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

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    GYFNG!

  2. Doc - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Next time that we see real baseball will be next Friday.

  3. Jeff - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Funny. Phils outfield include
    A guy once a nat. Byrd. A guy
    Almost a Nat if that Colon 2002 deal never made and the guy behind span on twins
    Second half should see if the nats have that fifth gear to leave braves in the dust.

  4. David Proctor - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Clippard’s been added to the ASG, per Ken Rosenthal

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Throwing us a bone? I’d rather we had no players in the ASG after the way all this went down. I hope Clippard boycotts their azzez.

      • Eric - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        +1

    • dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      +1, thanks for the update. Glad we have someone

    • stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Clippard would be my fifth or sixth choice from the Nats, I think.

  5. Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Last time Clip went he vultures the win.
    I think at this point the Nats should stand united in telling Mike Metheny where to stick it.

    • Eric - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Agreed.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Disagree, Nats deserve it and it is more meaningful to the Nats than many other teams.

  6. dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The Span and Rendon show

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      +1 back to back hits were a nice start!

  7. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Make em pay, Werth, again.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Ah hoooooo!

  9. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    LOL…..woooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Werth it!!!!

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    That new bat + new stance = WERTHQUAKE!!!!

  11. dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Jeez, Jason, Nice….I think we’ll need it.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      He’s the hairy handed gent who ran amuck in Kent
      Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair
      Better stay away from him
      He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim

      • dcwx61 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        waaaoooooooooo!!!
        Great lines, great song

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    26 runs given up by Kendrick in the 1st inning this year.

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      ….and the trend continues

  13. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Is anyone else as happy as I am that Jayson Werth completely owns the Phils in their own park? Yet, they keep taunting him. They might wanna cut it out unless they want to keep throwing fuel on the fire.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Like I said yesterday, keep BOOing him. That fuels his fire.

  14. davecydell - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    pitcher batting w/ two out,
    seems to me like an auto bunt for base hit.

  15. Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Loboton’s sunglasses are so dark. They can’t be doing him any good at the plate.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    There are 3 NL starters pitching/scheduled today who will all be ineligible to pitch in the ASG.

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

      Cueto is pitching now is so he’s officially ineligible. Teheran and Tyson Ross are both scheduled to pitch making them ineligible.

      Watch Matheny not use Clippard. Looks like Huston Street and one more will be added.

      It’s Rendon who I really wanted on the roster.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Maybe Alfredo Simon too. Was Tim Hudson ever added?

  17. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I’m confused. There’s that guy behind the plate relaying the pitch speed, but the speed is posted on the screen before he even pushes the button on the walkie talkie.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      On whose screen?

      • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        my TV screen.

      • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        probably being posted at the stadium.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Yes, that’s for the Phoolies video board in stadium.

        MASN and MLB Media I believe use the same system.

  18. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    MOAR RUNZZZ!!!!!

  19. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Pretty good stuff from Roark, so far

  20. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Oy. That swing by Harper could be the dictionary definition of “pulling off the ball.”

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      How much longer do we give him a pass?

      • stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        As long as it takes.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        2018

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    On July 1st LaRoche was batting .306 with a .412 OBP. He really needs the Allstar break to relax.

    I also think MW has to get a better read on resting him to keep him fresh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      I believe he will rest him more the second half.

  22. stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Phew. Nothing whatsoever against Kendrick since the three run homer.

    Hope Tanner’s feelin’ it today.

    • stoatva - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Hah! Didn’t see that coming.

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Perfect time to post this. Tanner!

  23. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    That’s a big run.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Byrd with a poor throw. Nice manufacturered run on a single and the wild pitch and 2 productive outs.

  24. David Proctor - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Good AB off the very tough lefty.

  25. davecydell - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Tanner doing his own haircuts ?
    Trouble reaching the back?

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Time to get Aaron Barrett warm.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      He finally came in

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Wow, no mentions of either Bryce Harper’s or Lobatons hits.

    Lobaton will now go into the All Star break above the Mendoza line.

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      the Bryce hit was huge, not only for himself, but in keeping the line moving. We desperately need him to get rolling.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Hopefully Bryce takes a couple days off to rest his thumb and body and mind.

        This will be Bryce’s 1st All Star break off in 3 years if my count is correct.

      • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Same thing with LaRoche. Sheesh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Was wondering where Wassin was since we stink, he should be here complaining.

      My complaint didn’t happen to 9th when Barrett couldn’t find the zone.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Minimal damage holding them to 1 run. Good start by Roark.

  29. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    So funny, anyone notice FP saying Werth with 3 RBI and not RBIs?

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Crazy question. Has Ryan Zimmerman fielded even 1 grounder in the Philly series?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      I write it and it became a ball finder. SUMMONER!

      • nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Thats crazy. How do you do it Ghost.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        No clue. Maybe RZim will hit a homer.

      • nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Haaah! And there it goes! A blast! HR

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Ryan was due!

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      I guess you were right. I didn’t remember crinching up until now.

      • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        cringing

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        I wrote it and went to the game logs and BAM, grounder right to him and then Carp confirmed that was the 1st grounder fielded.

        The MLB average is between 2 to 3 grounders per game fielded by a 3rd baseman.

  31. TimDz - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Well done, Zim….take the rest of the week off….or, at least until Friday….

  32. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Ghost is our official NI soothsayer. What happens next?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      I will get back to you! Would love to see MW get Espi and McLouth and Frandsen into the game.

  33. Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    To my way of thinking, a game like this is a perfect time to move RZ to first for the late innings. Give ALR a head start to his break, give Zimm a couple of low stress innings at 1b.

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      and put in the entire bench. What is MW doing? Asleep at the wheel?

      • nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        A small missed opportunity to get them all in to go in to the vacation.

  34. nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Alot of players will go into the timeoff feeling better about them selfs including Roark, Harper, Lobaton, Werth and Zimmerman and Detwiler.

    Laroche is the guy going in the opposite direction. He snubbed himself from All star consideration.

  35. nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I hope Rizzo uses the break to do something with Hairston.

  36. nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Orioles use a faked up injury to Ubaldo Jimenez to bring back Gausman who hasn’t been in the Minors long enough however they use the injury rule to get him back.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Tony 2-bags does it again! How is he not an All-Star? Wait till his numbers are completed today.

    53 RBIs and 67 runs scored and a .287 BA and 24 doubles and 13 HRs. That’s not to mention his late inning clutch numbers.

    • nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Can you foward those stats to Mike Matheny.

  38. nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Hoping Laroche didnt get up again. Will go into the All star break batting .279. In 12 games his batting average has dropped 27 points.

  39. nats128 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Once again we see how poor Frandsen is in the infield and FP making excuses for him. Frandsen took his sweet time.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      That’s FPs buddy. He’s always doing that. Frandsen had a bonehead running mistake a while ago and FP tried defending him.

  40. Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Frandsen stinks at 3rd.

    • veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      at the plate, too!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      His best positions according to FanGraphs is LF and 2nd base.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Sounds about right, Ghost, as long as it is on somebody else’s team. Not a fan.

  41. veejh - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Good way to roll into the ASB.

  42. Joe Seamhead - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Interesting… Three Nats players, Rendon, ALR, and Werth each have more RBIs than M.Morse. No reason for posting this other than I found it interesting.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Except everyone thinks he was the reason we won in 2012. We can win without him.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Citizen’s bank park just like Nats park can’t get my Wi-Fi to work.

    Section 142 is where Werth’s homer went. I was in 143.

    Had my Roark shirt on, saw F,P, a couple hours before the game.

    The Phillie Cheese steak nice.

    Fans were not jerks where I was the ones in right field seem to be.

    We go into the break with fewest losses. So hopefully when I read through thread on ride home.

    Took only 15 minutes once in the car to be long gone from the stadium.

  44. David Proctor - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    The Braves beat the Cubs, but the Cubs gave them a finish and made them use Kimbrel. Braves were up 7-0 and 10-2, but the Cubs got it to 10-7.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Good made them work.

    • Eric - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      OMG, they came all the way back to match the Braves original lead?! Love it…bummer the Cubs couldn’t hold ‘em to…7.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.5
NEW YORK 75 80 16.0
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 20.0
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's early games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 3.0
ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
-------------------------
SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.5 +0.5
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's early games

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MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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