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Game 96: Brewers at Nats

Jul 20, 2014, 11:30 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals have been playing pretty good baseball for awhile now, having lost only one of their last eight series (and that one’s a bit misleading because one of their four games with the Orioles was rained out, so technically they could still salvage a split after they play the makeup game). Today, they have an opportunity to win yet another series, this time against a very good Brewers club that (like the Nats) enters play today tied for first place.

It’s Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, looking to continue his recent run of success (3-1, 0.98 ERA over his last four starts). He’ll face Yovani Gallardo, who held the Nats to one run over six innings last month at Miller Park.

Only one lineup change for Matt Williams: Red-hot Wilson Ramos gets a day off after catching the night game, so it’ll be Jose Lobaton behind the plate for the series finale.

Updates to come…

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (52-43)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

BREWERS (54-44)
CF Carlos Gomez
2B Rickie Weeks
RF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
C Jonathan Lucroy
LF Khris Davis
1B Mark Reynolds
SS Jean Segura
RHP Yovani Gallardo

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

1:37 p.m. — We are underway on a cloudy, 80-degree afternoon in the District. Gio Gonzalez starts off Carlos Gomez with a ball.

1:45 p.m. — That was an eventful top of the first inning, even if no runs crossed the plate. Gio fell behind Gomez 3-0, then was bailed out when Gomex grounded the next pitch to short. He fell behind 2-0 to Rickie Weeks and then struck him out. Ryan Braun sneaked a grounder past a lunging Ian Desmond at short, then stole second. And just when it looked like Braun would score on Aramis Ramirez’s hard grounder up the middle, Anthony Rendon came out of nowhere to make the play and throw Ramirez out at first base. I know Ramirez is the slowest baserunner this side of Wilson Ramos, but that was a heck of a play by Rendon nonetheless.

1:57 p.m. — Good news: The Nats’ first three hitters in the bottom of the first worked Yovani Gallardo to a full count. Bad news: None of them reached base. Denard Span and Anthony Rendon each grounded out, while Jayson Werth failed at a 3-2 pitch in the dirt. Scoreless after one.

2:12 p.m. — Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Ryan Zimmerman committed his first error since returning to third base. It wasn’t exactly a routine play, requiring a nice scoop on a hopper to his left and then a short throw to second base. But Zim looked like he couldn’t decide how he wanted to throw the ball, overhand or sidearm, and wound up lollipopping it and pulling Rendon off the bag. Props to Gonzalez, though, for pitching out of the bases-loaded jam. He struck out Gallardo, then struck out Gomez on a 3-2 changeup. Nicely done to keep this a scoreless game.

2:25 p.m. — Some very good signs from the Nats lineup in the bottom of the second. Adam LaRoche beat the shift with a single through the left side of the infield. Bryce Harper singled to right, making him 5-for-8 with a walk since the All-Star break. And Ian Desmond went to the opposite field for his team-leading 60th RBI of the season. With runners on second and third and only one out, the Nats had a chance to pile on. But Jose Lobaton’s well-struck liner somehow found Gallardo’s glove, and Harper was caught in no-man’s land off third base for an inning-ending double play. 1-0 Nats after two.

2:45 p.m. — Well, that was not a very pretty top of the third. It started off nicely, with Gio recording his 1,000th career strikeout. Then it saw the lefty walk consecutive batters. Then it saw Braun score all the way from second base on a tapper to the mound, without drawing so much as a throw. Then it saw the Brewers score another run on Khris Davis’ RBI single to left. After all that, the Nats trail 2-1 and Gio’s pitch count is at a whopping 78.

3:10 p.m. — Another not-so-pretty inning in the fourth. After giving up a leadoff double to Jean Segura and then a sac bunt, Gio was surprised to see Matt Williams come to the mound and ask for the ball. Gio was not happy as he handed it over and trudged off the mound. Craig Stammen entered, and though he got Gomez to hit a sharp grounder to a drawn-in Desmond at short, Segura still was able to score after Desmond threw to first and LaRoche’s throw back to the plate was late. It’s 3-1 Brewers in the middle of the fourth.

3:25 p.m. — And the Nats storm right back to tie and then take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Zimmerman launched a 2-run homer to right-center, continuing his recent trend of driving the ball the other way. Lobaton then doubled off the same wall, took third when Stammen beat out a dribbler and then scored on a wild pitch. Just like that, the Nats lead 4-3 after four very long innings.

3:48 p.m. — Craig Stammen is doing what Craig Stammen does. He has faced eight batters so far in relief and has retired all eight, bringing sanity back to this game. Still 4-3 Nats in the middle of the sixth.

3:56 p.m. — Well, that’s a new one. Bryce Harper was picked off first base after, it appeared, his oven mitt thingie got stuck in the dirt and left him about 18 inches short of first base on a diving attempt back to the bag. Weird. It’s still 4-3 heading to the seventh as Drew Storen enters.

4:14 p.m. — Storen got himself into a jam in the top of the seventh, giving up a 2-out single to Weeks and then walking Braun. But he got out of it, getting Ramirez to ground to third, with Zimmerman making the sidearm throw across the diamond for the third out. Still 4-3 Nats at the stretch.

4:35 p.m. — All-Star Tyler Clippard didn’t need his defense in the eighth. He struck out the side, getting Lucroy, Davis and Reynolds. So the Nats bullpen now has tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk. It remains a 4-3 lead as Rafael Soriano starts to limber up.

4:48 p.m. — We go to the ninth. Soriano will be facing Segura, a pinch-hitter and Gomez with the Nats clinging to a 1-run lead. And now Matt Williams will go with defense, pulling Zimmerman, moving Rendon to third base and sending Danny Espinosa in to play second.

4:59 p.m. — Uh-oh. Soriano got himself into a jam and couldn’t get out of it. Rickie Weeks’ RBI single up the middle brought home the tying run. He avoided any further damage, but it’s now a 4-4 game heading to the bottom of the ninth. It’ll be Nate McLouth leading off, followed by the top of the lineup.

5:13 p.m. — Nats win. Werth doubles into the left field corner and Bob Henley with a great send, bringing Rendon all the way around from first with the winning run. Final: 5-4.

298 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Buffalo’s hot bat still available for PHing.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Only if it’s a potential game ending situation. You don’t replace your starting catcher with his only replacement. Hard and fast rule when you only have 2 catchers on your roster.

      It’s why you’ll never see Ramos rested until the roster gets expanded.

    • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Doc, Roenicke and other Managers agree with you. The Brewers pinch hit Maldanado last night. Theres only a handfull of times in the last dozens of years that a team has had to go to a emergency catcher and with the new catcher rules it would be hard to imagine.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Lucroy playing 3 days in a row and a day game after a night game.

  3. scnatsfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Long as we keep winning series we will be ok, let’s grab this series today

  4. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Don’t like that Ramos is out. But I get it. Let’s get that early lead again.

  5. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Oh my those sand traps at the British open are real doooooooosies. Go nats

  6. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Quiet on NI today. Nats must have won last night.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Yall enjoy the game. I’m at nats park sec 111…. got my d span bobble head!!!!! :-)

    Go nats!

    • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Spanning!

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      awesome…that is an awesome bobble

  8. natinalsgo - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    The 3 bobbleheads of the Ramos, Harper and Span are 3 of the best I have seen. Definitely better than the ones of yesteryear like the Screech bobble that lost both wing arms that were held together by a drop of glue.

    I just saw a Harper bobblehead on Ebay for $39. They are valuable!

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      i have an old werth, strasburg and morse heads.
      Should try to go to more bh games.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Thank you Gomez for swinging 3-0!

  10. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Gomez with a gift swinging 3-0

  11. unkyd59 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Thank goodness… I though he was gonna walk the lead off batter on four pitches…. Enough with the nibbling, already…. (I know, I know… That’s who he is….)

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Omg!! Was that in time??

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Web Gem saves a run by Rendon! Wow!

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      +1

      • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        +2 that was ticketed for centerfield. Just getting to that was big to save a run. Throwing out the runner was the bonus play!

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Be honest, does Danny make that play?

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        he could

  13. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    but he could not drive in the number of runs that Rendon could.

    But better then Enzy Hernandez who had 12 RBIs in over 500 abs for the 1973 Padres.
    The padres never could hit, except for Tony Gwinn.

  14. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    5 batters to the plate and Gio goes 3 balls on 3 of the 5.

    Come on Gio. 1st pitch quality strikes.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Just not enjoyable watching him pitch when he’s nibbling as much as he is.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Now Gio is talking to himself and showing up the ump. Just STFU Gio and pitch.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      +1, a known whiner in and out of the club house

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Can’t tell if you are being serious.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        well, he seems to always get his way in the clubhouse from my sources

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Never heard that before.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        yeah..just one guys opinion

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        There are guys who are clubhouse guys that aren’t as mainstream then there are clubhouse cancers like Nyjer Morgan. I doubt Gio is a problem.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        No Gio brings more positive than negative it seems.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        I would think so.

  16. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    That should’ve been a DP

  17. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman with a huge error. Could have underhanded it as close as he was.

  18. scnatsfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    That’s what you fear

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Why, that was a short throw to 2nd. I don’t know what you are saying about “fear”.

      • scnatsfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        You fear a Zim error at 3b opens the door for a big inning. I know it was a bobble but still. You know with him there it is going to happen but you know his bat will win more games then his arm will lose.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Gotcha. Thanks. Luckily Gio got better under the pressure.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Credit to Gio. 3-2 changeup K with bases loaded. Picks up RZim and now RZim must pick Gio up here in the bottom of the 2nd.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Huge gutsy pitch

      • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Glad he didn’t throw the fastball. I thought a curveball. It really was a huge gutsy pitch.

  20. natszee - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Think about this inning, how Gio got into that situation and how he got out of it. Other starters could learn from that and it was very enjoyable (outcome)

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Look at that RISP hit by Desi!

  22. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    horrible luck there

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Good luck to bad luck. Lobaton got robbed. That ball was sizzled.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Kyle Kendrick doing his Ricky Vaughn impression down in ATL

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        2 HBPs and a walk.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Nice stab by Gallardo. Nothing to be done. At least we got one.

  23. adcwonk - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Harper 6-for-12 since (and including) last Sunday.

  24. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Gio’s results have been good since coming off the DL, but he can’t be 100%. He is constantly stretching his shoulder between pitches

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      His facial expressions are strange. FP hasn’t commented. I wonder the same what is going on with him.

  25. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Where was that 3-0 pitch?

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Gio just got the 1-1 pitch he didn’t get against Segura.

  27. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Braves whipping Philly. Let’s go guys

  28. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Will be lucky to get Gio through six today.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Braun just stole a run.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Mental error by Gio. Plenty of time to get the guy at first but never checked Braun.

  30. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Um, what just happened

  31. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Wow when GIO goes he goes. ALR just saved a guy at third.

  32. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Wow Stammen already.

  33. scnatsfan - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Two walks and a bonehead move by Gio. This team is not good enough to give runs away.

  34. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Gio is always going to be wild, but he just doesn’t look healthy to me

  35. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Gio, you can pitch or you can umpire. You can’t do both.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Umpire does suck though

      • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Pitch location is all over the place. Not going to get the benefit of the doubt like that.

  36. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    About the only two you can trust pitching with any consistency is Roark and Fister.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    It will be interesting if MW pulls Gio here for a PH.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Nope

      • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Why should he. Gio hits better than the scrubs on the bench.

  38. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I still say if we score 4 we will win.

  39. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Guys worried about the umpire too much . Just play.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Time for a big Rendon hit here.

  41. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    *that* close.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Like I said David, nobody climbs the wall like Carlos Gomez.

    • David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I never disagreed?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        You didn’t. In your comparison of Span to Gomez, I pointed out his ability to go to the wall better than any other CF. He saves multiple XBH hits with his ability to do that as well as he does.

  43. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Wow Just can’t get a break.

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Seems Rendon has that happen a lot. He could easily have 7 more homers and a 320 avg

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      That was robbery and that’s what Carlos Gomez does.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Ump blows. Jayson should have been 3-1 instead of 2-2.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      He has gotten close calls on every corner.

  45. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Wow. Badly fooled

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      I take that back. After the last call he prob had to protect. Blues fault.

  46. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I just can’t watch a game when the home plate umpire is this awful. Gutless

  47. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Gio not happy. But right move here.

  48. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Gio’s not healthy.

    • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Didn’t appear to be but I wonder how he is physically.

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      How so? Seems like mechanics are off. He pitched well lately

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    So by MW allowing Gio to bat in the bottom of the 3rd, he got 1 out in the 4th and a man on 3rd. Should have given Stammen a clean inning.

    • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      All joking aside Gio hits as well as Matt Williams bench guys.

      • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        actually better, Gio at least will put the ball in play

      • nats128 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Stammen also. Hairston with another great looking K.

  50. Drew - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Gio’s forgetting to put the cover page on his TFS reports.

  51. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Gonna need all four runs today.

  52. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Lousy throw by Laroche. Bounced that.

    • David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      he had the throw beat anyway, I think

      • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        He did becuz it was just a lousy throw with little on it and Lobaton couldnt catch it anyway.

  53. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    This is crazy. We played it just right – I still don’t get how he scored. Wish we did more of that.

  54. nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I want to see Werth and Gio go at it in the dug out — Who wins in a cage fight? …i got my money on Werth, aka wolf

    • nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      if Gio’s mom doesnt step in that is. lol

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Not even a fair fight. The wolf of half st.

      • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Hahahahahahaha. I like that. Can we put Bryce down until he learns to hit a curve

  55. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Heres my problem with that Carlos Gomez play. Stammen has him 2 strikes and Gomez is a prime strikeout guy and he couldnt put him away.

  56. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Need a run this inning.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Good start.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Woot!

  57. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Zim!!!!!

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    There you go RZim!

  59. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Finally can watch rest of game on TV, I had been listening to Charlie and Dave. It sounds like Gio had his head up his you know what again and on the play that tied the game, Dave said it was basically dumb baseball on Gio’s part to lob a throw to first base with Braun running from 2nd to home. He also said Gio bitched with facial expressions at all close pitches. When will Gio grow up??

    My only question for MW is why is Ramos sitting, Lobaton just sucks at the pate period

    • nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      i love the buffalo but unfortunately hes made of glass. he need his rest.

      I agree with your print of Gio. he def seems like he complains too much.

      • nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        just saw the soft throw by Gio and you are absolutely right. total bush league by gio

    • adcwonk - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      My only question for MW is why is Ramos sitting, Lobaton just sucks at the pate period

      Because you burn your catcher out if you keep playing him on .day games following a night game, particularly if he has a known hamstring problem. Most teams do that.

      • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        how about resting Ramos vs CO the first game, maybe even 2 in a row instead of a 1st place team like the Brew?

  60. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    oh yes zim!!!!

  61. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Wow how close are we from being up big.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Lobaton looks good. 1 unlucky out and a wall crusher.

  63. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Sometimes I hate no DH

  64. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    It’s 9 versus 13 out there today. Umps hate us

    • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      I sometimes wonder if some umps have an attitude about the team

  65. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Way to dig it out, Craig.

  66. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    See told you, the pitchers hit better than those bench guys. A 5 foot hit.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      It’s a line drive in the box score tomorrow, as they say.

  67. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Ummm, who said trade lobo???

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Probably people that don’t understand the game.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Come on Ghost – u r captain research! It was in last couple days! Bust him.

        Lobo first “hit” was robbed

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        2’s is the guy who knows how to look that up. He must have some special search tool.

        1 guy has to go permanently, 1 temporarily, and the others have to improve.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Just wasted 20 min. Search tool s
        Tinks on this blog

  68. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Hah. Gave us one right back.

  69. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Yes!!!!

  70. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    nice response by Nats offense, thats how you play!

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Yes. And this can be when they start being resilient and take that next step from good to very very good

  71. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    this could be a 10-9 final today. If Stammen is on, I really like our chance

    Its time for Cat, MW or someone, maybe a veteran pitcher like Fister to kick Gio in his ass and tell him to grow up. This is what Earl weaver or Billy martin would have done to Gio. Enough already Gio, please grow up!

    • adcwonk - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Sounds like a classic “what have you done for me lately”, Mick.

      Since coming back from the DL, he’s had five starts — in three of them the opponents (one of them being the Brewers, btw, at Milwaukee) didn’t score any runs.

      • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        hold on, I have been listening to Charlie and Dave and they are discussing how emotions get the best of Gio and that has to change, so include them in as well

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Three sweet pitches to Ramirez.

  72. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    STFU, Johnny.

    Pardon my French.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      That exchange about FPs golfing really struck a bad chord. I wonder what that was all about.

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Great inning by Craig Stammen. Best I’ve seen in a long time. Keep it up and get the game to Storen-Clip-Soriano.

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      And another!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Helped by his defense that time. On TV that looked like a double or triple off the bat. Werth ran into my frame!

  74. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    When Stammen and LaRoche beat out infield hits, it may be our day.
    /crosses fingers

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Gallardo’s velo has dropped from sitting 92-94 to 88-92. He has that pull back and throw as hard as can and getting 92.

    This has to be the end of the line for Gallardo.

  76. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    would Rizzo consider getting A Soriano as PH for the rest of the season?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      I posed that thought as Alfonso Soriano is a freebie but framed it as he is a temporary fix over Hairston and not the cure.

      • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        you may be right

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      I hope not. I’d rather see tymo. He did well in 2012, and is a solid .300 in minors. I’d like him to ph and first vs lefties. ALR is just too unpredictable

  77. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Off the bat I thought that was a gapper only to be run down by Werth. Havent seen him do that in a while.

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Werth runs well. He just seems to be a bit of a laggard at times.

      • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Doesnt come in well on balls.

  78. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Another run right here would be most excellent.

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Ok bill and ted

      • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Bogus!

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Good start.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Guess I was wrong about the demise of Gallardo.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      I don’t think you’re wrong. Although as I’m typing this Harper may have taken him off the hook. He’s on fumes, though.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        I didn’t think Roenicke was going to bring him out for the 6th but certainly Bryce getting picked off changed the complexion of that inning.

  80. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Harp doing the desi base return vs his slide from two days ago

  81. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Idiot

  82. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Whoops.

  83. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Hand still an issue I guess.

  84. nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    two bonehead base running miscues by harp today

    you think MW will say something ?

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      He did nothing wrong on the Lobaton DP.
      The pickoff was another story.

      • nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        ya, im being hard on the kid ;)

      • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        agree, line drive by Lobaton you can not blame Bryce on

    • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      If Bryce is going to be one of the greats, someone needs to remind him that Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams as young players with the Yankees were not knuckleheads making the same mistakes over and over

  85. nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    I think you take out RZim. huge late inning liability

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      What!!! He is our hottest and most clutch hitter. It’s not 8-1

      • nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        was i right or what? RZim out

  86. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Almost a Bartman play there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      You beat FP to that reference. He was slow on getting that out!

  87. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    That’s the way to play that one, Bryce.

  88. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Great job. Way to make a difference after the pick off

  89. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Anyone here from MNF? Hope he’s ok

  90. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Gomez’ strikeouts have skyrocketed the last two seasons.

  91. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Oh that pesky third out.

  92. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    A good throws gets Weeks.

    • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      yup, so the value of Lobaton is what exactly??? he can not hit, at least he can do is be better defensively

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

        He is a back-up catcher.

      • adcwonk - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        What do you mean what’s his value — his value is that he’s a serviceable catcher for when Ramos needs a rest.

        You did notice that he singled and scored a run this game, right?

        Fact is, there aren’t a whole lot of back-up catchers that are much better than Lobaton. That’s why they are back-up.

  93. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    wtf Drew???

  94. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Mick, we can’t excuse Bryce forever but it’s only fair to note that Bernie Williams never played a major league game until he was 23, Jeter only 15 during his 21YO year. He’s making his mistakes on the big stage.

    • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      I think Bernie may have had a ring at 23, the age thing with Bryce I simply do not buy, he has had a played in quite a few games since 2012 including post season. I look at age by game experience and when you make the same mistake over again it has nothing to do with age, it has to do with focus.

  95. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    atta boy Drew!

  96. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Come on, Zach. Choke on it, for old time’s sake. You know you remember how.

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Does Johnny know Stammen was taken out and Hairston is pinch-hitting for Storen?

    Time for a big hit Hairston.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Johnny and Scott should go out for a round of golf and not come back.

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

        That got me laughing.

        How’s about Mark just updated the stats with a tweet with the pinch-hitting tote board of horror.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Johnny doesn’t lose games. He just makes them hard to listen to

  98. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Johnny missed the fact that Storen pitched the seventh. Same mistake last night. Awful, just awful.

  99. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Take a knee Hairston. OMG with this guy.

  100. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Who was nervous about Zim throw???

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

      Who wasn’t nervous about Zimms throw?

  101. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Hairston ba 182 verse righties

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

      I’ll bet it hasn’t been much better against lefties the last month.

  102. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Does anybody miss Lombardozi besides me.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      /raises hand

      • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Hitting .266 at Norfolk, .294 his last ten games.

    • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Yes indeed!

  103. davecydell - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Bench, Rizzo, think bench, as trade deadline nears

  104. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Rendon is due

  105. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Hairston was Davey’s pick up. I hope MW gets rid of him soon, he is totally worthless and on the level of Dobbs which i did not think possible. Hairston is not a guy you want to bat in a post season game with bases loaded and down a run in the 9th

    • secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Yeah I’d rather them kept Bernadina

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      What an awful thought.

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

    Anthony Rendon is due.

  107. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Rendon said on radio interview that he prefers 2 strike counts. Heh

  108. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Apparently not

  109. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Why did’nt MW bat McClouth in that situation instead of Hairston who hits 180 verse righties? I just do not get it?

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Zach’s still a lefty.

  110. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Now ALR agains a lefty. No chance.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Lousy at-bat but the stats prove out he’s almost as good against lefties as righties.

  111. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    ,384 obp for ALR – that’s just awesome

    #leadoff

  112. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    That’s just a terrible A B by ALR. First pitch and he’s reaching and pulling.

  113. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I didn’t even have a chance to type that LaRoche has no chance against Duke.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Would have owed SWM a coke had I done so, I see.

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Updated tote board after Hairston’s K:

    “@ZuckermanCSN: #Nats pinch-hitters now 0 for their last 17, 1 for their last 29. Wrote earlier today on their struggles: http://t.co/6lqbw6NCrK

  115. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Two words: Stephen Souza. Junior (that’s three).

    • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      why not start using some home grown talent? one of these players could be the difference in winning a division or not, they can not be any worse than the garbage on our bench now

      • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Every time I comment about Souza or TMo I have to remind myself that Williams is not going to get them any kind of regular at bats…they’ll just sit on the bench getting rusty until they get a single at bat in a crucial situation. It’s how he rolls.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        How do you plan to get him into the game? He will be in DC September with TyMo and Michael Taylor. Matty needs a proven bench guy. There’s plenty to choose from.

      • adcwonk - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Tyler Moore is .136, lifetime, as a PH.

  116. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Go Tyler. Make em look foolish

  117. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    your probably right, but at what point is a change made? I assume Rizzo and Mw are going to address this before the deadline

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      When he gets a top Pinch-httier. I named 5 players who are available although some like Cody Ross are super expensive but you negotiate out the price.

      • micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        agree Ghost, I assume Rizzo could offer any of them a lucrative 1 year deal?

  118. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    nice job Clip!

  119. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Stammen, Storen and Clippard. Overwhelming.

    Another run, please?

  120. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    how about 1-2 more runs?

  121. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Ghost,who do you have in mind, besides Cody Ross?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      These are players available, Cody Ross, Reed Johnson, Brandon Barnes, Kirk Niewenhuis.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Slash lines plz

      • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Johnson would be good, but not sure the Fish would let him go within the division. Niewenhuis doesn’t do much for me, and ditto within division. Don’t know much about Barnes.

        Thanks for the response.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Cody Ross: .364/.391/.455/.846
        Reed Johnson: .289 .333 .421 .754
        Brandon Barnes: .297 .333 .595 .928
        Kirk Niewenhis (L): .357 .357 .643 1.000

  122. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Pinch hit Mclouth every time you need one. At least he puts the bat on the ball

    • adcwonk - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Pinch hit Mclouth every time you need one. At least he puts the bat on the ball

      9th inning: McLouth strikes out swinging.

  123. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    It’s not as if LaRoche, Werth Zimmerman and even Harper aren’t going to need days off in August. Some already do.

  124. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Bryce embarrassingly bad against breaking balls.

  125. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Bryce has little chance vs lefties

  126. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    As he swings at ball 4 and everybody knew what pitch was coming. That is horrible. He hasn’t a clue.

  127. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    It’s bugs me that Lexus seats always empty on TV

    • secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      It bugs me Lexus seats cost a months salary. Geeeesh.

    • nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      They say that many of the seats are sold to corporations that may not use them and also to people who show up and hang out inside the club.

      Is that true.

  128. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    He should have stood there and watched if it’s a FB down the middle then so be it

  129. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    3 of the ugliest ABs I’ve seen all year. Go bullpen.

  130. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Welp, buckle up.

  131. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Ok. Let’s close this out and untuck

  132. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    PH stats. http://tinyurl.com/lt9x9cq
    Choose pinch hitter as Position.

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Actually it’s under Select Split

  133. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    I want scooter.

  134. nats128 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Thats what a pinch-hitter does. Gennett quickly does his job.

  135. nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    uh oh

  136. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Don’t forget to breathe, friends.

  137. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Soriano hasn’t pitched in 8 days. This scared me

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Soriano now creates his own jam.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Weeks hits the doubleplay ball only Desmond not in that spot. Blown save and Soriano now needs to get out of this as is.

      • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        That was my thought when I saw it hit. Then…wha?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Not sure what happened.

  139. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    He needs a true out pitch

    • nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      at 37yrs old i dont see him developing one

  140. nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    extras

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Walk off.

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Gread throwout Lobaton.

  142. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Perfect throw.

  143. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Phew.

  144. nats1924 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    i thought that was gonzo

  145. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Oy. Let’s improve our extra inning record!

  146. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I will never fault a reliever when they blow a game after pitching consecutive games. Soriano has had plenty of rest, glad he was not an all star at times like this.

    harper’s KO and frankly Desi’s were terrible in the 8th

  147. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    @Will_Bunch: Why? RT @Phillies Today’s game in Atlanta is expected to resume at 4:50 PM.

  148. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Everybody hits Wooten. I haz spoken.

  149. micksback1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    at least we don’t have to see that stupid untuck today

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Would have been the perfect time for a McLouth bunt. Instead another pinch-hitter strikeout.

  151. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Wave your bobbleheads!

  152. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Rendon! Do it!

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Doesn’t seem to be seeing it today. Just takes one, though.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        Missed homer by 6′ to dead left center

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Come on Span. Your more valuable on 1st than sitting in the dugout.

  154. philipd763 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Re: McLouth, can’t believe we are stuck with this turkey for two seasons at over $10 million. He makes Matty Stairs look good!

  155. philipd763 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Rizzo has never put together a decent bench.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Actually, in 2012 Davey got a lot out of the bench that Rizzo gave him. Chad Tracy had a terrific year.

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Blue is a joke. Not even close to a strike on Rendon.

  157. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Blue!!! :(

  158. secretwasianman - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I stepped away. I guess. Sorry couldn’t save it. Ughhh

  159. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Awoooooooooo!!!!!

  160. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    R u kidding!!!!!

  161. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Walkoff!

  162. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Who called walk off!!!??

    • stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      /raises hand

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        U da man! Good call.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        /yoyplayedonlinemmrpsdidntyou

  163. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Soriano with the vulture win.

  164. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Werth didn’t look old on that jump bump with Scotty lol

  165. stoatva - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    This has actually been one of the more enjoyable game threads I recall. Thanks, everybody.

  166. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Ok – watched replay. Rendon is way faster than I thought. He didn’t get a hit but he saved a run with web gem and scored winning run.

    #differencemaker

  167. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    What.
    A.
    Game.

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