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Game 95: Brewers at Nats

Jul 19, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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The second half of the Nationals 2014 season didn’t get off to a great start with a 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Friday night. On Saturday they’ll look to bounce back with Tanner Roark (8-6, 3.01) on the mound before Austin Mahone takes the stage for a postgame concert.

Roark will make his 19th start of the season and his first ever against Milwaukee. The right-hander was excellent his last time out, taking the win in Philly with seven innings of one-run ball.

Matt Garza (6-6, 3.69) will pitch for the Brewers in his 20th start of the year. The 30-year-old took a loss against the Nats on June 23 despite tossing a quality start. He went seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. The Nationals won that day by a score of 3-0.

Both Mark and I are here again for tonight’s game, so please check back for updates…

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (51-43)
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 Tanner Roark

BREWERS (54-43)
CF Carlos Gomez
2B Scooter Gennett
RF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
C Jonathan Lucroy
LF Khris Davis
1B Lyle Overbay
SS Jean Segura
RHP Matt Garza

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

7:52 p.m. — The Nationals leave the first inning with a sizable, five-run lead thanks to the worst start of Matt Garza’s 2014 season. Garza was removed after allowing five runs, all of them earned, with just one out recorded. He threw 42 pitches before Ron Roenicke replaced him with Marco Estrada. The rally got started by a leadoff single from Span, with Werth and LaRoche reaching to load the bases. Zimmerman then singled to center to bring the first two home. Desmond brought another run in with an infield single, and a single to center by Ramos scored the fourth and fifth. Roark threw only 12 pitches.

8:09 p.m. — The Brewers got on the board in the second inning with their first run of the game. All-Star Jonathan Lucroy doubled with one out and then stole third base. While sliding into third Ramos’ throw sailed past Zimmerman and into left field, allowing the Brewers catcher to score. The Nats would then go down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning, giving us a 5-1 game after two. Roark is at 31 pitches.

8:27 p.m. — It’s now a 6-1 game as the Nats added another run in the bottom of the third. Ramos singled home Harper who doubled and then moved to third on a sac fly by Desmond. Ramos now has 3 RBI on the night. Roark has thrown 40 pitches.

8:54 p.m. — Make it 7-1 as the Nats scored another in the bottom of the fourth. Werth and LaRoche walked with two outs before Zimmerman poked an RBI single to center to score the former. Roark will take over to begin the fifth having thrown 58 pitches.

9:15 p.m. — Not much to report on in the fifth inning as neither team mounted much of anything. Segura doubled for the Brewers, but they came away with nothing. The Nats then went down in order. Roark is at 81 pitches as he trots out to begin the sixth.

9:36 p.m. — Put another one on the board for the Nats, who now lead 8-1 after six. This one came on a LaRoche sacrifice fly that scored Rendon from third base. Rendon started the rally with a one-out single and was moved to third on a double by Werth. Roark will now go back out for the seventh with a seven-run lead and 100 pitches on the night.

9:52 p.m. — It is still 8-1 with the eighth inning up next. Roark was removed for a pinch-hitting Scott Hairston. Jerry Blevins will now take over as pitcher with Nate McLouth replacing Werth in right field.

10:16 p.m. — The Brewers got two more runs off Blevins thanks to a two-run homer by Braun. The Nats then got nothing going in their at-bat, leaving the ninth inning for Ross Detwiler who will work with a 8-3 lead.

10:27 p.m. — Nats win 8-3, here’s my instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/07/19/instant-analysis-nats-8-brewers-3/

136 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. veejh - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Went into the break on a good note, came out on a bad note. We need to be able to beat the good teams consistently. Consistency….something this team has yet to achieve.

    • NatsLady - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I dunno. This looks pretty consistent to me.

      Dating to May 30, Washington is 9-2-2 (win-loss-tie) in series play, and 26-16 (.619)
      overall…3 of the 9 series wins were sweeps (3-0 vs. PHI, 2-0 vs. HOU, 3-0 vs. COL)…
      the Nationals’ home-and-home set with BAL is considered one series for this note.

      from the media sheet.

      • npb99 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Yes, but dating to the beginning of the season, which is all that matters in the end, the Nats are 51-43 and currently neither in first nor among the top two wild card teams, although very close on both fronts. So I don’t think it is out of line to call for better playing by what’s been a somewhat underachieving team to date.

      • NatsLady - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        That misses my point completely. The Nats HAVE achieved more consistency. The fact that they were not consistent early in the season is the point–they were inconsistent but they have improved, exactly as demanded by the original poster.

        Now, whether they can “consistently” beat good teams is actually not important. If weak teams are on the schedule (which they are, as the Nats have the 5th weakest schedule in MLB upcoming), then those are the teams to beat. If the Nats’ schedule has 75% “bad” teams and they beat them 100% of the time, then who cares if they lose all 100% of the games to “good” teams? A .750 percent will win you the DIvision every time. (Obviously an extreme hypothesis…)

  2. Doc - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Mark needs to leave his seat, like he used to do when the Nats needed to start a rally .

    We need to pull out all the stops to get to the playoffs!!!

  3. secretwasianman - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    It’s time to start things rolling now. Let’s get the next 5 and 8 of ten.

  4. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Guess which team has the lowest batting average with RISP? (.172)

    • NatsLady - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Hint (it’s not the Nats).

      • secretwasianman - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Padres?

      • NatsLady - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Nope, Dodgers. They posted it in the Cards-Dodgers game.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    “@washingnats: Jordan Zimmermann had a quality bullpen session Saturday and will pitch against the Rockies on Tuesday. #Nats #Nationals #MLB”

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Dy-no-mite!

      • Eric - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        +1

  6. micksback1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    It pains me to say, Nats really need a 1st baseman with the ability to hit with RISP. I believe ALR has deteriorated and his peek was early June. he looks terrible and is an automatic out, that will not change. So, Nats will have to sacrifice some defense at first to get some power. An idea I had would be to move R Zim to first, Rendon back at 3rd and go with Frandsen at 2b. If nats can get a good hitting second baseman, then this would be solved by moving Rzim to 1st. I really believe ALR is done. One more BP closer and as I posted before, depending on Roark’s performances from now until in August 1, perhaps nats might want another starter. a back up catcher would also be nice.

    Big need is filling the slot for ALR

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Yep. It’s so obvious his career ended 3 weeks ago.

      • micksback1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        I said he peaked in early June, please look at his RISP and his overall average over the past 6 weeks, it has declined dramatically. this indicates a trend, not a slump

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        So, if many of us look at the Nats through rose colored glasses, what color lenses does mick look through, as I’m pretty sure that they are not clear?

    • NatsLady - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Probably not. IF we know one thing about LaRoche, we know he is a VERY streaky hitter, prone to deep (and sometimes extended) slumps. He’s probably the streakiest hitter on the team. You have to wait it out. It could last a month.

      • micksback1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        you may be right, but what is troubling is that it has ben 6 weeks and ALR historically struggles early in the season (April-May). and then he warms up. It appears to be the opposite this season and that is why I think age just caught up with him. he also seems slower with his swing

    • unkyd59 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Believe what you like, Mick… I believe that we’ll all be thrilled to have Adam on the bag at first, and in the middle if the order, in the final analysis for this season. The discussion regarding where’re to pick up his option for ’15 will be an animated one… GYFNG!!!!

      • Eric - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        +1

      • unkyd59 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        “Whether to pick up…..”
        (Sheesh!)

      • npb99 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        ALR will likely remain the primary first baseman through the end of this season, but I’ll eat my hat if he has the same job next year, what with the need to free up first base for RZ or JW. (I’ll be scouting for edible hats, just in case.)

    • Section 222 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      mick, does this mean Harper is out of your doghouse and now it’s time for ALR to be the guy who has to be banished right now?

      • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Sec 222 as I posted, please look at ALR’s RISP and his overall average over the past 6 weeks, it has declined dramatically. this indicates a trend, not a slump
        and last night it continued as we head into week 7

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    LaRoche 4-for-6 with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in career vs. Garza.

  8. davecydell - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Good time to make a move as to Laro would be tonite.
    FP called it last nite, Harper did a change over the break and showed it last nite.
    Harper should be hitting 4, Laro farther down until he [if he] gets it back.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I agree with FP: Great AB by Span.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Nice piece of hitting by Mr Zimmerman…. Keep the line moving…

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Garza nibbling against Harper. Goes 3-1 to 3-2 to several 3-2s to a well earned walk.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      One of the best at bats by Harper in a while….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        That 1st pitch to Harp went Harp’s way. That was huge. Watch how close that was. About time Harp got a call and it comes after having a big day. A coincidence? I think not.

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Wow, I thought Harp swung…. Bases loaded, again…

    Come on Desi —- don’t first pitch swing…. Just need abase knock.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Does Garza know what Desi has done this year with bases loaded? 14 RBIs on 6 hits. Make that 15 RBIs on 7 hits.

  13. Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    We’ll take that!

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Swinging bunt… Nice.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Ramos the RBI man up next.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      look at that. Not trying to do too much. 2 RBIs and another RISP hit for the Buffalo.

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    SS is saying Where the hell was this yesterday!?!?

    Way to go Ramos!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Look at the difference in approach and the luck from 2 bloopers and a hit up the middle by RZim that easily could have been a doubleplay if they were playing up the middle.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    To that media guy last night “Hey Dude”!!!!

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Roark better be swinging away.

  19. Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    So is Carlos Gomez really better defensively than Denard Span? Bullfeathers, I say, bullfeathers!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      I’m a homer so I say no but nobody goes to the wall like Gomez.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        CarGo has more errors charged in the last two games than Span has in the last two years. I have watched him misplay more than those two where he hasn’t been charged, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Like I said, he does one thing well and that’s going back on balls at the wall. Best of the CFs in my opinion.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        I agree that he is a fine OFer, and he goes to the wall with the best of them for the web gems, but he does occasionally mess up on the routine.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    That was actually a good play Estrada….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Not sure I understand the bunt though….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        It was a safety squeeze. Ugh.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        I recognized it as soon as I hit post comment… Just not sure I would have gone with that play…

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    When you see the highlights of that inning you have to feel for Garza as there weren’t that many hard hits. BABIP’d big time. The 2 walks are what killed him.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      When was the last time Garza got 86’d in the 1st?

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Poor Johnny…

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    That 1/2 inning in the bottom of the 1st took so long it was like a mini rain delay for Roark.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    First time in Garza’s career he was pulled in the 1st inning.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    That slider that just K’d Ramirez was one of the best sliders I have seen Roark throw this year.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Roark would have had Lucroy on a high fastball.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    That’s unfortunate….

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman caught sleeping. Didn’t get into position for that steal.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Ramos did throw a tough one to handle, though. Just one of those plays…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        If RZim was in position, he easily picks the ball. That error is on RZim. He has unfortunately done that before. None worse than Desi throwing to him and he didn’t get to the bag.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        Right, it is the infielders job to cover and the catchers job to come up throwing. Infielder has to be there.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Uhm, lets not make it easy on Escobar…. Foot on throats, fellas…

  30. Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    I like Harper’s gusto.

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Got the run back… Way to go Willllllsssssooooonnnnnnnn!

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Buffalo with another RBI and RISP hit.

  33. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Is it me or do the Brewers look tired?

  34. Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Nice hit by Ramos, and Harp might have scored anyway, but I ‘m not sure anybody else on this team tags on the play Harp went to third on.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Roenicke not thinking. Didn’t walk Ramos to get to Roark. Bites him.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Agreed. Where was his head?

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    There’s the high fastball on on 2-1. Goes to 2-2 and 3-2. as Davis didn’t bite twice but gets him looking for the K!!!

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    How’s Jayson get on base????

    Oh, imma have to get a gnome too…

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    With a 6 run lead I’m putting in Lobaton for the bottom of the 4th which allows you to start Ramos tomorrow.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      With a game in Colorado on Monday I’m playing Lobaton tomorrow and save Wilson for the Rockies. Besides, doesn’t Gio and Lobaton have a pretty good working history this season?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        They do but I want the high octane offense.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Who’s pitching for the Brewers tomorrow?

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Ramos drops an out and then Desi looks to Ryan Zimmerman and again is not at the bag and you see the slight hesitation. Ryan, you don’t play in front of the bag. Play your darn position.

    • David Proctor - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      I knew you’d blame that on Ryan on that. Ryan came to get the ball because Desi spiked it in the dirt.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Is that right. OK. So he came from behind the bag to field that. Who writes your BS?

    • natinalsgo - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Ghost, glad you had it. If there is a podcast on Charlie and Daves call, listen to it.

  40. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    If Desi makes a good throw there, Segura is out. But it didn’t hurt.

    • natinalsgo - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      I just listened to Charlie and Dave and I suggest you listen to their analysis. He made a slight hesitation because he didn’t see RZ in position. Do you play 3rd base in front of the bag like that?

      • David Proctor - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I saw it with my eyes and FP agreed. The throw was in the dirt, Ryan had to go get it. Watch the replay.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        I’m actually at the game and saw the play and Ryan watched the play instead of running to the bag and get in position. It looked to me that Desi just held it too long and buried it. It’s great because I have a delay on the radio and Charlie agreed RZ was not in position and Desi saw it.

        If you saw something else on replay I didn’t see it that way.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Also, none of that happens if Ramos makes that foul catch.

  41. davecydell - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    1. Tanner on as usual
    2. Not the Braves nite ?

  42. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Phils go up 2-0 on the Braves.

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Anyone going to the game tomorrow?

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    What a K on Lucroy.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Roark gets out of it unscathed except for his pitch count.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Jesus, this is a long game.. But as long as the Nats win, that’s all I care about…

  47. knoxvillenat - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Off topic but listening to Johnny Holiday the last two nights makes me appreciate Carp even more.

    • davecydell - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Johnny reminds me of me.
      Senile.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Rendon with the hit. Deserves that with all the bad luck outs.

  49. stoatva - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Whatever we did to deserve Johnny Holliday play by play let’s promise not to do it again. Painful.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      +1

  50. iconicwoodencap - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Off topic, I know, but did anyone else notice that Estrada’s glove laces are hanging down at least 6 inches. Where are the Lace Police when you need them?

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Yes I noticed but with a 7 run lead wasn’t about to say anything.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      +1

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    What a difference a day makes…. Save some of these runs for tomorrow, please?

    • natinalsgo - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      What a difference the balls falling in makes. Even Werth’s line drive you figure yesterday gets caught by the 2nd baseman.

  52. natinalsgo - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    How much longer do we need to watch this Hairston. He’s 12 days from 2 full months without a hit.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      I’ve seen enough of Hairston to know he needs to be DFA.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Maybe take Blevins with him?

    • davecydell - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Chase had an article on what the Nats need w/trade deadline looming.
      Bench.

  53. nats128 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Blevins and the right-handed batters

    • nats128 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      and there goes a 2 run HR. Why Matt Williams why.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        I guess he figured 8-1 lead in a Low Lev inning. He throws BP.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Right.

        Goal is to get the W, not the biggest run differential possible.

        Save the other BP arms for situations where they matter, and to hell with Blevins ERA.

  54. Hiram Hover - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Two chances and Zimm has handled them “flawlessly,” says Johnny H.

    In a literal sense of the word, that’s obviously true. But man, that was not a strong throw.

  55. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Blevins: useful against lefties ONLY. But in a 8-1 game, whatever.

  56. unkyd59 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Why… Why are our fans doing a wave, behind HP, just as OUR pitcher is releasing the ball…!?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Not smart.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Stats just dont capture some things. That HR was totally the fan’s fault for the wave.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Stats don’t capture it *yet.*

    • janebeard - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      The Wave is bush league idiot stuff

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Their pinch-hitter Maldanado comes in and strokes a single. Our pinch-hitter Hairston comes in against the lefty and K’s.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    On to the 9th in the Phoolie Barves game.

  59. davecydell - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    2nd Brave caught stealing tonite.
    Rally killer.

  60. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Phils win

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

    Nats back in 1st place!

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      If they win.

      Why burn both bullpen lefties tonight? Bgc Gio goes tomorrow?

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        *b/c

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        If they can’t go tomorrow after 1 inning each, I’d worry about their durability.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        I was thinking more about their hitters getting free peeks, but your point would still apply.

  62. janebeard - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Really. How does Johnny Holiday still have a job? I’m a positive person. I look for the good. He needs to go

    • stoatva - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      I agree, but I’m not a nice person at all.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Johnny is like the Lobaton, you can’t expect him to hit .250 as a backup. He is a decent replacement level pxp guy.

  63. davecydell - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    When Stras learns pitching as well as throwing like Tanner……..

  64. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Joe Seamhead – Jul 19, 2014 at 7:24 PM
    So, if many of us look at the Nats through rose colored glasses, what color lenses does mick look through, as I’m pretty sure that they are not clear?

    really a crap ass post, do you only read what you want?? what part of my post did you miss??

    I posted please look at ALR’s RISP and his overall average over the past 6 weeks, it has declined dramatically. this indicates a trend, not a slump
    and last night it continued as we head into week 7 and ALR historically struggles early in the season (April-May). and then he warms up. It appears to be the opposite this season and that is why I think age just caught up with him. he also seems slower with his swing

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ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

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SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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