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Game 94: Brewers at Nats

Jul 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

After four long days off, the baseball season resumes tonight, with the Nationals opening a brief, 3-game homestand against the Brewers before heading out on the road.

Given the opportunity to reset his rotation over the All-Star break, Matt Williams decided to give the ball to Stephen Strasburg for the second-half opener. Strasburg will be followed by Gio Gonzalez tomorrow and Doug Fister on Sunday, with the final two spots still TBA based on the status of Jordan Zimmermann’s strained biceps muscle (we should have an update on that soon).

The Brewers, who do still lead the NL Central but have been in a freefall losing 11 of 13, send veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse to the mound. They also have shortstop Jean Segura back with the club, only one week after his 9-month-old son passed away in the Dominican Republic. Segura has decided to play tonight, obviously under horrible circumstances, but certainly his decision to make.

Updates to come — including the news on Zimmermann’s arm and the Nats’ down-to-the-wire negotiations with top draft pick Erick Fedde and two others — so please check back…

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (51-42)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Stephen Strasburg

BREWERS (53-43)
CF Carlos Gomez
2B Scooter Gennett
RF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
C Jonathan Lucroy
LF Khris Davis
1B Mark Reynolds
SS Jean Segura
RHP Kyle Lohse

UMPIRES
HP Chad Fairchild
1B Vic Carapazza
2B Angel Campos
3B Bill Miller (cc)

7:07 p.m. — And we’re underway on what has turned into an overcast Friday evening in the District. No threat of rain, though, and it’s a very comfortable 80 degrees as Stephen Strasburg delivers a 96-mph fastball to Carlos Gomez, who sent a flyball to right field for a very quick out.

7:12 p.m. — When you think of the great power hitters of our time, Scooter Gennett’s name doesn’t immediately come to mind. As far as Strasburg is concerned, though, the Brewers second baseman might as well be Barry Bonds. He launched a grand slam off him last month at Miller Park, and just belted a 2-0 changeup to right for a solo shot in the top of the first. Only seven big leaguers have hit multiple homers off Strasburg in their careers: Giancarlo Stanton (three), Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Ike Davis, Tyler Colvin, Justin Ruggiano and now Scooter Gennett. Go figure. It’s 1-0 Milwaukee.

7:28 p.m. — So, we just witnessed perhaps the longest umpire conference delay in MLB histiry. And the end result was a call that nobody in the ballpark understood. The scenario: With Denard Span on first base, Anthony Rendon hit a grounder to short. Span beat the throw to second base, but the Brewers still retired Rendon on a 6-4-3. That’s what the umpires initially called. Except then Angel Campos then decided to call Span out for interference at second base, ruling the whole thing a double play. Which prompted Matt Williams to come out and argue. Which prompted all four umps to gather up to confer. For five minutes. Seriously. And after all that, they decided to call Span out for interference but summon Rendon back to first base. Which makes no sense at all. In the end, it made no real difference, because the Nats went down in the inning. But that’s one that’s going to require some explanation at the end of the night.

7:39 p.m. — Wow, another homer served up by Strasburg, this time on a 3-2 fastball to Khris Davis, who like Gennett sent it flying over the wall in right-center. It’s 2-0 Brewers. In nicer news, props to all of you in the crowd who stood and applauded for Jean Segura as he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat following his 9-month-old son’s death. Very classy gesture there.

7:48 p.m. — The good news: Bryce Harper, sporting a new haircut (a mohawk) and a new batting stance (very upright, a la Ken Griffey Jr.) roped a base hit to right, giving the Nats a golden opportunity. But with runners on the corners and nobody out, they still wound up with a zero on the scoreboard. Ian Desmond popped out to first base. Wilson Ramos then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

7:58 p.m. — Strasburg’s struggles against the Brewers continue. He isssued a 2-out walk to Gennett in the top of the third, then gave up hits to Ramirez and Braun, bringing home two more runs. It’s now 4-0 Milwaukee, and Strasburg has now surrendered 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings vs. the Brewers this season. Not good.

8:20 p.m. — Better stuff from Strasburg in the top of the fourth, though he was facing the bottom of the lineup. He’s at 57 pitches. The Nats lineup, meanwhile, has five hits but zero runs so far.

8:29 p.m. — The Nats finally get a clutch hit, with Desmond sending an RBI base hit to center to score Zimmerman (who led off the fourth with a double). They’ve got seven hits off Lohse in four innings, but so far only one run. It’s 4-1 Milwaukee heading to the fifth.

8:39 p.m. — One thing Strasburg has improved this season is his ability to stop the running game. Ramos just threw out Gomez trying to steal second, so opponents have been successful only 64 percent of the time this season after posting a 79 percent rate previously in his career.

8:50 p.m. — The Nats have had Lohse teetering all night. They’ve put the leadoff man on base in four of five innings. But they haven’t been able to land a big punch, scoring just the one run. They ran themselves out of the fifth just now when Span (who is 3-for-3 and stole second) was thrown out trying to advance to third on a grounder right in front of him. Can’t do that. So it remains 4-1 Brewers heading to the sixth.

9:06 p.m. — Chase here taking over for Mark for the rest of the game. The score remains 4-1 after the sixth inning as neither team got much of anything going. Strasburg struck out two Brewers to give him nine total on the night. He has struck out five of the last eight batters, actually. Harper would single with one out, but a Desmond groundball yielded a 4-6-3 double play. Strasburg is at 85 pitches through six, Lohse has thrown 91.

9:28 p.m. — Another inning with more missed chances for the Nats. This time they saw Ramos lead off with a single to right and then reach third on consecutive groundouts by Nate McLouth and Span. Rendon, however, flew out to right field to end the frame. McLouth, by the way, was pinch-hitting for Strasburg who has now been replaced by Drew Storen who will begin the eighth.

9:47 p.m. — It’s still 4-1 after eight innings. The one highlight was former Nats pitcher Zach Duke coming in to get the second and third outs of the bottom half of the frame. He got LaRoche and Zimmerman both to fly out. Craig Stammen will now pitch for the Nats who are down three with an inning to go.

10:09 p.m. — Harper added a solo home run in the ninth to cut the lead to 4-2, but the Nats lose and fall to 51-43 on the season.

140 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Suarez announced that he is not signing. That throws a wrench in the Fedde negotiations

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      All it did was lower how much he can get paid. Now down to $2,511,000 approx.

  2. iconicwoodencap - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Repost from last thread. I’m heading to the game tonight and wanted to drum up support for a first AB standing ovation for Jean Segura, back for his first game after the death of his infant son. That story has hit me hard. Some things are bigger than baseball…

    • Eric - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I can’t believe he’s playing. I can’t even imagine.

    • bowdenball - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      +1 . Glad someone got this in at the top of the comments, I was coming here to do the same. I hope Nats fans give him a warm welcome. Maybe Stras and the Nats in the field/dugout will pause for a moment to encourage them to do so.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      From my previous comment to you a big +1 for doing this and hopefully other fans are aware and join in with you.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      +1

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      I am as sure as I can be that Nats fans will greet him with sympathy and respect.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      I won’t be there to help, but good on ya.

      +1

      For those who, like me, hadn’t heard, this, from the MJS.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Oh, and does anyone know if the Nats (players or management) plan anything at all?

    • Candide - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      +1

      Cunegonde and I will be there and will join in the standing ovation.

      Nice to see this. More proof – if any was needed – that we’re better than Philadelphia, where they cheer when a guy breaks his wrist.

      • NatsLady - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Have no idea what time I’ll get to the game because I can’t leave work until 6:30, but I hope there is a standing ovation for Segura. We gave a standing O to Pujols, and this is more important.

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    GYFNG!

  4. tcostant - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I think Desi needs to hit ahead of Harper, at least until Harper gets little hot…

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Why? Is that going to help Harper? Desi’s not swinging it that great either. Stick with what’s been working.

    • tcostant - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Because I’d rather have Desi up in the 7th inning of a tie game with two outs. Seems like Harper isn’t doing well with RISP and I think we need to max every chance we get.

  5. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Jim Callis ‏@jimcallisMLB 28s
    If @Nationals don’t sign Suarez or Byler, max they can give Fedde w/o losing a 1st-rder is $2,511,100.

    Heyman said between 2.5-2.6 So it could still get done without losing a pick if it’s on the low end of that.

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Now way the Nats would give up a pick, right? I’m sure Boras knows and understands that. If he and his client want to walk away from the max that the Nats can reasonably expected to pay, that’s their right. They’d be stupid to do so though.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        This deteriorated quickly. Suarez pulled a fast one on Rizzo. The money is a moving pool and target. Suarez is betting big on himself and that’s his perogative. Given his previous shoulder surgery I think Rizzo didn’t want to risk giving into Suarez demands and then offer lower to Fedde and risk that.

        Such a tough minefield to get through.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Fister moved to pitch Monday in Colorado to get his sinkerballer working there. Smart.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      I guess Matt Williams said it was because Gio missed his flight yesterday and didn’t get his Thursday bullpen in but I think that makes good sense.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Reposting my comment about Suarez:

    “…it’s not good but certainly not the end of the world. Understandable that Suarez could be a mid-1st rounder next year and he’s betting on himself. These things either go real wrong or real right. He can’t stay the same. Keep in mind Suarez had shoulder surgery 2 years ago and the teams he dominated were Maine and Bethune-Cookman. His 2.95 ERA is good for a big time College but I think Rizzo knows what he’s doing and didn’t want to go crazy over slot with the question marks.”

  8. knoxvillenat - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Sure hope Strasburg pitches better tonight than he did the last time he faced the Brew Crew.

    4.2 innings pitched (90 pitches), 8 hits allowed, 7 runs (all earned), 3 walks, 2 K’s and 2 HR allowed. Oh, we lost 9-2.

  9. rabbit433 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Put Zimmerman in LF and send Harper to AAA to work on hitting the ball!

    • Section 222 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Hahahaha. Harper can hit the ball just fine in the minors. We already know that.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Plate discipline, 222!

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        : )

  10. Section 222 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Just an impromptu game of catch for this lucky fan with a 22-save closer before #Nats BP… pic.twitter.com/6GfTycbuBH— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2014

  11. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Jim Callis ‏@jimcallisMLB 15s
    1st-rder Erick Fedde signs w/@Nationals for $2,511,100.

    As expected. He took the max we could offer without giving up a draft pick.

    • adcwonk - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Right. As expected. At the last minute. We had it all the way ;-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Of course. We may never know the real story behind Andrew Suarez. Mike Rizzo said he was “a little surprised it didn’t happen. Gives Nats two 2nd rounders next year”. That’s one way to put a spin on it.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    “Astros Fail To Sign Aiken, Nix, Marshall
    By Steve Adams [July 18, 2014 at 4:16pm CDT]
    The Astros did not sign first-round pick Brady Aiken, fifth-rounder Jacob Nix or 21st-rounder Mac Marshall, reports MLB.com’s Jim Callis (on Twitter). Aiken and Nix are both advised by Casey Close.

    The Astros will receive the No. 2 pick in next year’s draft, Callis adds, meaning that Houston did at least offer Aiken 40 percent of his slot value ($3,168,840), which Aiken did not accept. Aiken becomes just the third No. 1 overall pick ever to not sign, Callis adds (Twitter link).

    Obviously, the news represents a disappointing turn of events for both Houston and Aiken. The Astros did increase their offer, ultimately going to the $5MM range, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (Twitter link). “We tried to engaged Casey Close three times today,” Astros GM Jeff Luhnow tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter), but “there was no interest.”

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Right. You want to see what a real draft disaster looks like, that’s it.

  13. NatsLady - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    The Nats signed Fedde but not Suarez. Rizzo said he would not go into details about the negotiations but he’s happy to have another 2nd round pick next year.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Not that it makes all that much difference, but when in the 2nd round does that pick come? Or does it come between the 2nd and 3rd round?

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        The rule is, one pick later than the one you failed to sign.

        So for the Astros, pick #2 next year for failing to sign #1. For the Nats next year, #58 in the second round, for failing to sign #57.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        I believe it’s the pick right after #18 in the 2nd round.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Thanks, both of you.

  14. adcwonk - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    In case y’all missed it:

    Braves cut Uggla. They still have to pay him $17M — but that’s an improvement in their lineup (as he was hitting under .210)

    See http://www.csnwashington.com/baseball-washington-nationals/talk/braves-part-ways-second-baseman-dan-uggla

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      When you think about the golden parachutes and severance packages some ex-CEOs have gotten (sometimes for performances worse than Mr. Uggla’s), that’s really not a bad deal for the Braves.

      • adcwonk - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        OK, that’s one spin on it.

        Looking at http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/ugglada01.shtml, it seems the Braves are on the hook for about $6M more for this year, and $13M for next year.

        Ouch!

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Hewlitt-Packard alone has given out over $80 million to three CEOs who’ve been DFA’ed (to use the baseball terms) since 2005. Don’t even get me started on the financial services sector. But enough of that — play ball!

    • adcwonk - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      And — correction: lifetime for the Braves he hit .209 (in 2-1/2 seasons — wow). He was .162 this year.

      Man, he just really fell off a cliff. He batted .287 for the Marlins at age 30 in 2010, was traded to the Braves — and then hit: .233, .220, .179, and then .162 playing half-time this year.

      What in the heck happened to him? Since when do guys starting playing like they’re too old at the age of 31? Wow.

      • adcwonk - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        (.209 for Braves in 3-1/2 seasons)

  15. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Glad I don’t have to score that one.

  16. scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Dang u Stras

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    The ball is carrying to rightfield. I thought that Davis ball was landing near the warning track. Well it went past the warning track.

    • stoatva - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Both hrs looked crushed from 225.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Gennet’s did. Obviously Davis was too.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Nice hand for Segura.

  19. scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    That was a weird call on span at second. I mean, what could he possibly of done?

  20. knoxvillenat - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    knoxvillenat – Jul 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM
    Sure hope Strasburg pitches better tonight than he did the last time he faced the Brew Crew.

    4.2 innings pitched (90 pitches), 8 hits allowed, 7 runs (all earned), 3 walks, 2 K’s and 2 HR allowed. Oh, we lost 9-2.

    This isn’t the start I was hoping for from Stephen.

    • pausecoaching - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Awful command on the Davis pitch. MEATBALL

    • scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      This is getting ugly

  21. pausecoaching - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Is it just me or does it seem like Strausburg is now our worst starting pitcher, and Harper is our weakest regular right now?

    Until our two 1.1 draft picks start playing to their potential, we’ll never be more than a .500 type team. I’d love to see us get Souza some time in the majors.

    • scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Lol. Sure seems like it. At least harp got a hit

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Should be 3-0 on Desi. Instead 2-1. Come on blue!

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    No comment.

  24. TimDz - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I swear….if I had a dollar for every Nat player that got to third with no outs and didn’t score, I could make up the difference between what the Nats deserve and the O’s will pay on that crappy ass MASN deal….

  25. TimDz - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    In addition….I hate it when we get beaten on a long ball by a guy with a name like “Scooter.”

  26. scnatsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Really guys?

  27. scnatsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Two out walk. Just weak by our ‘ace’.

    • nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      That liner by Braun over RZs glove could be caught if RZ is playing at normal depth

  28. hitmeimopen - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Obviously hasn’t a clue how to pitch in the bigs…not that I do, but still

  29. nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Span looking good. 2 hits.

  30. knoxvillenat - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Sometime back NatsJack made a comment here that he was beginning to question Strasburg’s make up, or something to that effect anyway. I’m beginning to do the same.

    • scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      I’ve questioned it for a while, and been lambasted for it here. He’s just seems like a whiny selfish kid to me. He and Bryce.

      Rendon/Zim complete opposite.

  31. scnatsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Over the last two years SS is a .500 pitcher. Use whatever argument you want he isn’t winning any better on a good team then mediocre pitchers are on other teams.

  32. philipd763 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Hitting in the clutch is completely foreign to the Nats hitters.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Totally disgusted… I waited 4/5 days for Nats baseball and this is what we get…

    Hope everyone enjoyed the break…

  34. unkyd59 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Stras needs to stop shaking his groove thing….

  35. Rick - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Here we go again just like before the AS break. Strasburg struggles and weak clutch hitting.

  36. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    If I were Williams, I would have pinch hit for Strasburg in the 3d. Let him walk up to the plate and then send up McLouth. The guy was behind 4-0 before he even got to hit.

  37. npb99 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Can’t wait to see what obscure stats the Stras-boosters dredge up next to argue he’s really a top pitcher.

    • nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Hes very inconsistent. Hes had many good starts. this isnt one of them.

      • scnatsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        When a guy is picked number one you expect more then good starts

  38. nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Laroche needs to get back on track and quickly.

  39. scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Zims on fire

  40. nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Harper fails to move RZ over. Uggggg

  41. scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Sheesh Bryce!

  42. scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Desi is pretty clutch :-)

    • Rick - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      His BA might not be where you would like to see it but we would be sunk without his RBI’s. Pretty clutch.

  43. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Another chance to pinch hit.

  44. scnatsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Way to go Ian. Ramos looking like he is still on break.

  45. nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Amazing how Buffalo is throwing out runners.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Time for the Nats to knock Lohse out of the game.

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Jesus Blue… What are you seeing????

    I had wanted the Nats to get Lohse… But I sincerely hope they beat the pants of him this inning…

  48. knoxvillenat - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Denard, wtf?

  49. nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Span with another poor baserunning mistake. He makes to many of those.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    D’oh…. Not good Baserunning Span….

  51. scnatsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Easy out there thanks to Denard. Stupid fundamental mistake.

    • Rick - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I didn’t see him thanking “god” after that boneheaded blunder.

  52. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I was just about to praise Span’s improved baserunning this year, before he did that…

  53. Danny - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Soooooo close!!!!!

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Baserunning mistake by Span ended up not mattering… So it’s a moot point.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Austin Voth 7 inning shutout with 8 Ks

    • scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Call him up, he’s ready!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        He’s been promoted already to High A. Wait for AA and then we’ll talk.

  56. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    I don’t like Harper changing his stance so dramatically…but he’s 2/3 so…

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    No Johnny, Bryce wasn’t the leadoff hitter.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Such a worthless inning… I hate first pitch swinging….

    • Rick - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Some players on this team have very little discipline or strategy at the plate.

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Heckuva effort by Ryan… Thought the runner would be out but oh well…

  60. scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Nice play!!!!!

  61. nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Take that review Brewers!

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Heads up play by Rendon… Now come on Nats bats… Get on fire and win this damn game!

  63. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    This is unbelievable. Just one of those games, I guess.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I mean, there is no way to cut it.. Yet another Leadoff man on base and we can do nothing but strand him…

    That’s terrible….

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    The lack of of clutch hits coupled with bad baserunning and the dreaded doubleplay ball.

    • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      The baserunning didn’t end up mattering, but it was still stupid.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        It changes the pitchers approach to pitching straight pitches with a runner on 3rd. It took the pressure off of Lohse when Span was thrown out at 3rd.

  66. Danny - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    10 hits 1 run!! Grr!

  67. knoxvillenat - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Can we put a crooked number on the score board here, please?

  68. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Okay when that happens, it’s not your night

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Which ‘that’ was that?

      • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Take your pick.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Fair enough.

  69. nats128 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Can Stammen put together a clean inning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Just not fooling anyone. Khris Davis hit his to the deepest part of the park and fortunately Span got there.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Can the line up drive in any runs? When this team starts losing 5 to 4 I’ll kill the pitching. But not until then

  70. secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Time to bat Zimmerman 4th. 2nd inning 1st and 3rd no outs. Ramos dbl play. Not good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Ramos is batting 8th.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        I was making two points. Move ALR was one point . The other is Ramos goes hacking on a low pitch when he needs to elevate.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        As I’ve been saying ALR is in a slump but tonight he looked better than last week. Not sure if MW is ready to push him back in the lineup yet.

    • scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      We seem to have many players slumping all the time

  71. secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Don’t know why everybody is in a big hurry to dump Span. He catches he hits he steals. We got guys can’t do even one of those things.

  72. philipd763 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Same old story tonight—no offense! These hitters look great on the lineup card but in reality they suck.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Not all, but most.

    • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Don’t you think that’s a tad harsh?

  73. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I’m going to skip the post-game show tonight. If I hear Williams say, “He grinded; he gave us a chance to win,” one more time I’m gonna puke.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      I think Stras did give us a chance to win. Once again the lineup didn’t deliver. Only way Stras wins this is with a shutout.

  74. secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Can’t keep relying on the Phillies and others to help. We gotta start beating good teams.

    • David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      We did take 2/3 from this team before

      • secretwasianman - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        All star break is over. The past doesn’t matter. Time to start playing

  75. David Proctor - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Harper is coming around and that’s far more important than the result of the game, I think

    • scmargenau - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      +1
      Still don’t like new stance? :-)

  76. philipd763 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Harper has ditched that ridiculous crouch stance and it’s working.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Haren goes 4 2/3 and gets pulled.

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Good night for B Harper.. Hope this is a sure sign of things to come…

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Wow Frandsen… Oh well… Pathetic game… Forget it and win it tomorrow…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Saturday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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