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Game 104: Nats at Marlins

Jul 29, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

MIAMI — Was last night’s meltdown a blip on the radar or the beginning of a downward trend? The man who may have the most to say about that is Stephen Strasburg, who tonight gets the ball for the middle game of this series.

Strasburg has his own Marlins Park demons to exorcise. In five career starts here, he sports an 8.61 ERA. So the pressure’s on the right-hander to deal with the Miami lineup and the humidity inside this ballpark and put forth the kind of start that gives the Nationals a chance to win.

The Nats’ lineup, meanwhile, faces a daunting challenge in trying to beat All-Star Henderson Alvarez. And the challenge is only tougher tonight with Jayson Werth sidelined after spraining his right ankle in the top of the seventh last night. Werth and Matt Williams expressed optimism after the game that he could return, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the ankle swelled up overnight. We’ll see.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (57-46)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Nate McLouth
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS (52-53)
LF Christian Yelich
2B Jordany Valdespin
RF Giancarlo Stanton
3B Casey McGehee
CF Marcell Ozuna
C Jarrod Saltamacchia
1B Jeff Baker
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Henderson Alvarez

UMPIRES
HP D.J. Reyburn
1B Ben May
2B Jeff Kellogg (cc)
3B Brian O’Nora

7:11 p.m. — We’re underway as Henderson Alvarez throws ball one to Denard Span.

7:16 p.m. — The good news: Span drew a leadoff walk, meaning he has now reached base in a career-high 24 consecutive games. The bad news: He was immediately wiped out on Anthony Rendon’s 6-4-3 double play. Adam LaRoche, batting third tonight with Jayson Werth out, also grounded out to end the inning.

7:27 p.m. — A good bottom of the first for Stephen Strasburg, in spite of a weird play in left field in which Bryce Harper seemed to have no idea where Jordany Valdespin’s ball down the line was headed. Harper initially broke in, then appeared to put himself back in position to make the catch, then pulled up and watched the ball land about 8 feet from him. Weird. No matter, because Strasburg’s fastball command was strong. And he got Casey McGehee to strike out on a curveball, ending a scoreless first.

7:48 p.m. — On one hand, the Nats couldn’t ask for a better opportunity than they got in the top of the second: Bases loaded, nobody out, with Alvarez laboring and getting visited by a trainer. On the other hand, they couldn’t have set it up in a worse spot, with Danny Espinosa, Nate McLouth and Strasburg due up. Sure enough, they couldn’t push across one run. Espinosa struck out. McLouth smoked a liner that was snagged by a lunging McGehee at third base. And Strasburg, after fouling off multiple 2-strike pitches, grounded out to second. That’s a pretty good example of the importance of Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman to this lineup. Normally, the 7-8 hitters would be Desmond and Ramos. Tonight, it’s Espinosa and McLouth. And so it’s still scoreless heading to the bottom of the second.

8:01 p.m. — Both pitchers are settling into a groove now. Strasburg has retired five straight since that weird Harper play in left. Alvarez has retired six straight since loading the bases in the second. Bottom of the third coming up.

8:22 p.m. — Here’s an encouraging development: Bryce Harper is now 4-for-6 in this series after delivering his second single to right field tonight. And he easily could be 5-for-6 if his bad-hop smash to shortstop last night was scored a hit instead of an error. Still 0-0 in the middle of the fourth.

8:34 p.m. — Four scoreless innings in the books for Strasburg. He has allowed only one hit (the ball Harper lost in left field) and two walks while striking out three. But he’s already at 66 pitches, which is a bit high.

8:48 p.m. — Make it five scoreless for Strasburg on 79 pitches. Alvarez, though, has matched him, putting up five zeroes on 82 pitches and cruising since that bases-loaded jam in the second.

9:00 p.m. — Rendon gave the Nats a shot at putting something together in the top of the sixth, roping a leadoff double to right-center. But they couldn’t get him home. LaRoche flied out to center. Ramos grounded out to second. Harper drew a walk, but then Desmond grounded out on the first pitch he saw. So the Nats are 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position tonight, and this remains a scoreless game in the middle of the sixth.

9:09 p.m. — It’s no longer a scoreless game, thanks to the one and only Giancarlo Stanton. He roped a double down the left-field line to score Jordany Valdespin and put the Marlins up 1-0 after six. Strasburg is at 96 pitches and he’s due up third in the top of the seventh. No action in the bullpen yet, but we’ll see how this plays out.

9:18 p.m. — Weirdness in the top of the seventh. Plate ump D.J. Reyburn took a 3-1 fastball directly off his right forearm, writhing in obvious pain. After a lengthy delay while a trainer looked at him, Nate McLouth went to first base, thinking he had drawn a walk. Except he actually had been called for a check-swing on the pitch, so the count was 3-2 and he was sent back to the plate. At which point he flied out to left. Strasburg got to hit for himself and grounded out, so it’s still 1-0 Marlins heading to the bottom of the seventh, with Strasburg still on the mound.

9:29 p.m. — Alvarez is done after seven scoreless innings and 102 pitches, so the Nats will get a shot against the Miami bullpen. It’ll be right-hander Bryan Morris against the top of the order in the top of the eighth.

9:43 p.m. — The Nats had another opportunity in the eighth when Rendon and Ramos drew walks. That brought Harper to the plate with two on, two out and left-hander Mike Dunn on the mound. Harper, who is batting .333 against lefties this season, swung at a first-pitch breaking ball and popped it up to short. So the Nats are 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and still trail 1-0 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

10:05 p.m. — This just turned into a 3-0 game after Jerry Blevins and Aaron Barrett combined to give up two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Things are not looking so good for the Nats, who must put together the kind of rally the Marlins did last night if they want to avoid dropping their third straight and potentially falling out of first place.

10:18 p.m. — That’ll do it. The Nats loaded the bases in the ninth, but McLouth, Jayson Werth and Rendon couldn’t do it. So they lose 3-0, fall to 2-4 since Ryan Zimmerman was hurt, risk falling out of first place if the Braves win in L.A. tonight and suddenly lead the Marlins by only 5 games.

422 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. tcostant - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Ready to turn the page – Go Nats!

    In other news, another former Nats farm hand, is in the bigs:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/28/as-lose-craig-gentry-to-broken-hand-call-up-speedster-billy-burns/

    • Zona - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      F@&$ Anglos, Selig and MLB owners for allowing this to fester to two years.

      • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Right on Bro

        totally agree

      • janebeard - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        Exactly right

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      It seems clear an arbitration was hears make the Orioles follow it.

    • senators69 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      This is F’IN WAR!
      F ANGELOS!

      * NO Nats fan should be going to Camden Yards until this thing is settled in the Nats favor — No $ for Angelos!

      * EVERY Nats fan should turn on the Nats game on tv even if not 100% watching, and if polled, should state they were watching the Nats — Let bump up Nats viewership (ie $)

      I hope some of our do-nothing Congressmen and Senators take this issue up in Congressional hearings.

      Let’s shine a spotlight in this and turn up the heat. Fair market value, Not accepting arbitration ruling — hard to hide from these!

      Mark — This should be STORY ONE ASAP

  2. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Werth going for 2 on that play was so, stupid. It may end up costing us not just one game, but two. Time for Strasburg to be an ace. It doesn’t matter what our lineup is if the other team doesn’t score.

    • bowdenball - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I think that’s a little excessive, no? It was one of many wrong decisions on the basepaths that every player will make over the course of the season. As it turned out that extra run would have been important, so you can’t argue it wasn’t worth the risk because the game was in hand. And it was just a freak injury. Could easily have hurt himself stopping short and retreating to first, too.

      • jd - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        I felt that it was a double off the bat and I bet it is 9 times out of 10. Stanton made a perfect play. If there’s anything to criticize is the fact that Werth didn’t slide and instead tried to dance around the tag.

        Injuries happen. Doesn’t make the decision wrong.

      • Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        If he had come away completely cured of all current and future injuries, it was still a bad play. You don’t test Stanton’s arm, because it’s not a test–you already know what his arm can do. If it had been close, that would be different, but Werth was out by maybe 15 or 20 feet. Not a good play.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Espinosa swinging at junk with the long swing. Bases loaded and swinging for 500. WTF

    • Doc - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      You got that right, DP!!

      Time for a big game, from someone who hasn’t thrown many.

    • David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Summary: MLB finally reached a decision and sided with the Nationals, ordering MASN to pay the Nats fair market rates. The Orioles have refused to pay, despite the ruling. The Nationals are taking the O’s to court for nonpayment. Selig threatened to strip ownership if this got to open court. Things are about to get ugly.

      • David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        To be clear, the Orioles brought this to court first trying to argue the ruling was invalid and nonbinding. The Nats just responded.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Pass the popcorn. Angelo$ is going down!!!!

      • Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        OMG, you ain’t kidding. Will Selig’s legacy be the end of the antitrust exemption? This is rolling a bomb into the room; no telling what else blows up.

      • Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        WHOA! That’s pretty amazing. Fingers crossed!

      • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Thanks for the link. Strikes me as odd that it broke in the Hollywood Reporter but maybe local media didn’t want to burn any bridges, as it were.

        Also, #^(! Selig.

      • Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Maybe the HR was willing to pay more for it?

      • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Justice at last, I hope Angelos is taken to the cleaners!

    • Sonny G 10 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Wow, nice info. Thanks for the link, David.

    • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Let the games begin! Thanks DP.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      The guy who does the boxing Lets get Ready to Rumble mantra is in my head now….

    • tcostant - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Great job finding this explosive article. Anglos blew it when he didn’t sell MASN to Fox Sports where he would have gotten more money that he paid for the O’s plus a market based rights fee.

    • natsguy - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      This might be the biggest story of the year, unless Nats get into the WS. Only bigger thing would be Nats get into WS with Orioles and into court with the 0’s.

  3. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    New day…. New game…. Lets eat some fried fish!

    Good Luck tonight Mr. Strasburg and Nats Bats!

    • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Seconded on all counts.

  4. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Looked at the standings. We are in first.

    Go Strasbourg.

  5. breakbad1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I predict there will be a hangover from last night’s game.

    • nats106 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Yeah, but that’s my head, not theirs. I call it the Soriano Reserve. Lots of bourbon on the rocks after a 3 run lead is blown. Very simple.

      Stras once again has an opportunity to prove he is worthy of ace status. While it’s not a “must win” digging ourselves into a hole early is a bad option. I hope he’s up to the task this time. I know I need it or I’m going to need another trip to the ABC store.

  6. exposedindc - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    One would think we should all be bubbling with confidence with our opening day management proclaimed ace on the mound tonight…..however I have this sinking feeling we will see Mr. Stammen in the 5th… Hope I’m wrong.
    A win tonight sure would be nice after last nights melt down.

    • exposedindc - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Love it when I’m wrong….. Keep it up Stras

  7. Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Sheesh…the word “sprain” + sitting out a game = no longer holding my breath that Werth will avoid the DL.

    • Smyrcok - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Is everyone else getting sick of hearing “call up Souza”? Let’s call him up though if Werth needs a couple games of rest. I’ve soured on McLouth, to put it mildly.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Hairston needs to go even quicker

    • chiefwj - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      IMO, a 15-day stint on the DL in the middle of the season isn’t necessarily a bad thing for players over 30 (although I don’t have numbers to substantiate this one way or another (yet)), Werth’s performance last year being a case in point. Werth has demonstrated that he tries to stay in the line-up perhaps too much, so an enforced rest period might be in everyone’s best interest even though he’d probably never admit it. His history demonstrates he may be a better player over 130 games per year than over 160. Plus we might find out if Souza is for real or just AAAA.

      • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        I agree with this a lot. That’s also why I did’t mind Fister starting a month late or Gio having a month “off” with his shoulder. Their bodies get really banged up, and a couple of weeks in the sauna and massage parlor can do wonders. The only problem is if you lose your timing (hitters) or if you lose your sinker (pitchers).

      • Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        A good point, just hate to see it happen, especially with Zimm already down.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Uh…..NatsLady, I think you meant to say massage therapist and not massage parlor.

      • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        All you guys are way too willing to send people to the DL who aren’t injured. Now is that the time to see what Souza has. It’s the time to pull away from the Braves and win the division. Werth is a proven major league player and should play if he’s not hurt. Souza will be here in September.

  8. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Keep leaning on those young arms Freddy.

  9. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Soriano got Gio a gift for his 1000th strikeout. What an awful teammate!

    • Smyrcok - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      For all the complaints about Soriano, that “he’s a bad teammate” always annoyed me the most. The dude is quiet, and English isn’t his first language. He’s also got the closer personality. Who wants a happy go lucky closer anyways? If he seems standoff-ish, it’s probably because you don’t know him! Great pic, always love to see why Gio is up to.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Seriously, he must be real jerk. ;-)

    • Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      I love this. Thanks for sharing!

    • janebeard - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Thanks for posting that. I think he gets a bad rap. Good to see him in a positive news piece, especially today!

    • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Great stuff. Thanks for posting this. And never fear, the Soriano bad teammate meme will be back as soon as he blows another save.

  10. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Lineup is hilarious. Slowest 3-4 ever.

    • bowdenball - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Guess you haven’t caught many Tigers games over the last couple seasons :)

  11. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I am Soriano get a chance tomorrow to clean this up.

  12. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    MW had the same desease almost all managers have. A closer to has to blow a 3 run lead before they are relieved. Every once in a while they need to be relieved, but just about never are. MW IS just like the rest he doesn’t want to take care of the business needed. Good management.

  13. secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    BACK UP THE TRUCK. No chance in this one with Cybil on the mound. At least we wont have to watch Sorry OH NO tonight. Salvage one tomorrow when are true ace pitches.

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      You declared the season over on Apr 25 — what are you still doing here?

      • Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        And with the personal insults again. Sad.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Those who defend LoD keep saying that fans are prone to spur of the moment venting.

        But name calling before the game even starts — that doesn’t fit into that category.

        Sheesh . . .

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        Done with you and your comments.

  14. Drew - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Congrats Billy Burns.

    It’s amazing that Billy Burns follows Rendon as the second member of the Nats’ 2011 draft class to make the big leagues.

    Billy Burns makes The Show ahead of Alex Meyer, Brian Goodwin, Matt Purke, Matt Skole and Taylor Hill.

    I sure didn’t see that coming. Great find by the Nats scouts. (Now can we have a mulligan on the Blevins deal?)

    • Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Technically, Taylor Hill has already been up; had a cuppa about a month ago.

      • Drew - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        I forgot about Taylor’s maiden voyage. Thanks. So Burns is third in the Nats’ 2011 class.

      • Drew - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        I’ll bet he never carried his luggage, they used white balls for hitting practice, the ballparks were like cathedrals, every hotel had room service and the women had long legs and brains.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Did you notice that Billy Burns has an OPS of .662 in AA at the age of 24? I mean, congratulations to him, it’s always a big deal to make The Show. Even if it’s just to be a defensive replacement/pinch runner for a couple of weeks until Gentry heals. But there are several reasons that the Nationals were OK with using him as trade bait.

      • Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Greatest 28 days of his life…

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Billy Burns has an OPS of .662 in AA at the age of 24?

        Burns was in AA at age 24?

        Note to those who keep saying age can’t be an excuse for 21 year old Bryce: the average age of AA players this year is 24.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Billy Burns has an OPS of .662 in AA at the age of 24?

        Also: a BA of .250

      • Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        “people”? You mean there’s more than one?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Burns has also had an oblique injury which has affected him since May.A natural right handed batter, he is also only in his third year of switch hitting, a move started by the Nats because of his 80 rated speed. On a 0-80 rating, he has the highest rated speed in pro baseball.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    JimBo

    “@JimBowdenESPNxm: Theo Epstein expects to make a deal in next 48 hours,talks about interest in this yrs FA class #Cubs: http://t.co/gGk9iHgn2J

  16. Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Matt Cain is going to pay a visit to Dr. Andrews http://t.co/nr1wbQsruR— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) July 29, 2014

  17. letswin3 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    IMO the MASN situation will take years to be resolved through the courts. Angelos is a world class litigious personality who would risk most of his family’s wealth to have even a chance to “win”. He would even challenge the antitrust exemption in court if he thought it would cast him as a “winner”. The guy will not take “No” for an answer, regardless of who says it. The Lerners aren’t exactly Casper Milktoast characters either. Find yourself a comfortable chair, because this is going to take awhile.

  18. Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    IMO the MASN situation will take years to be resolved through the courts.

    Just curious, is that a professional opinion, or just sharing with the rest of us IANALs?

    • Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      and it’s Milquetoast, btw.

  19. Nolite Irrumator - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    OK, this would seem to be off-topic, but 1) Ay Caramba! and 2) really bad omen for the fish.

    This great blue heron did eat the entire carp – in only 11 mins! Pic @ Bosque del Apache by David R. Dickinson pic.twitter.com/qyb9XrsLny— US Dept of Interior (@Interior) July 29, 2014

  20. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Carpe carp and all that.

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      +1

  21. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Matt Snyder ‏@MattSnyderCBS 2m
    the Braves are set to take on the Dodgers tonight, marking their first opponent with a winning record since June 22

    Wow

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Wow is right! I had no idea.

      Also — as noted earlier — Dodgers are going to skip Haren, so that Braves will have to face Grienke and Kershaw for Wednesday and Thrs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        They are hoping Haren’s replacement is onboard by Thursday evening.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    “Eriq Gardner, the reporter who broke the story for The Hollywood Reporter, joined Bill Rohland on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday afternoon, explaining how he “kind of stumbled upon” this massive story by paying general close attention to court documents. “No one gave it to me.””

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I believe he stumbled upon it based on a tip.

      Who had the most to gain by pushing this into the public? Amswer: The guy that lost at arbitration.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        The Nats have to gain, too. After all, they won at arbitration and still aren’t seeing any money or enforcement.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Yep, rumors are the amount rewarded was less than the Nats asked.

        My guess is Angelos wants MLB to make up the difference by threatening open legal proceedings.

        It’s supposed to be binding arbitration. Unreal.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Although, a guy who once had part ownership in the Nats is now part of the ownership group for an LA ballclub. hmmm…Nah.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: MLB: “Although certain legal maneuvering has taken place, Selig remains hopeful the parties can reach an agreement in an amicable manner.””

    Angelos also knows the Boys Club could possibly payoff his debt to keep him quiet. I absolutely believe this deal gets restructured and supplemented by MLB.

    Rights Fees get added to operating revenue and would eliminate the Orioles revenue sharing.

    Angelos loses 2 ways and the way the deal works now he is pocketing 2 large windfalls.

    Where does all that money go? He cries poor all the time and used his leverage in 2004 and 2005 to crack this deal.

    • David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Honestly, I don’t care if MLB pays him off or what. All I care about is us getting what we deserve

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        I agree. It’s just interesting as I think that’s Angelos angle.

  24. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Is it me, or does Strasburg’s uni already look soaked?

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Maybe it’s shadows.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      You’re right. Soaked.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Harper? I don’t get that. Lights or concentration issue.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      That play will make all the nighttime shows.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        “@ZuckermanCSN: Harper looked lost out there on that flyball down the LF line. Acted like he thought it would reach the fence, landed about 8 feet from him.”

  26. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Will anybody remember that he just worked around adversity?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Yes.

      • Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        It’s been quite some time since he got rattled, IMO. Maybe since April or May? I can’t even remember the last time. Seems like lately bad innings have only to do with FB location problems.

        So what did Harp do? I tuned in at the end of McGehee’s at bat.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      The people who like to talk about him won’t….

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    What a take…. Okay, let’s cash the walk in this time…

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Much better at bats by Bryce….

  29. Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    The movement on Alvarez’ FB is unbelievable.

  30. coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    GottA lay off that first one espi

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      And last one

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Bailed Alvarez out….

  32. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    What a pathetic AB by Espi. Unforgivably bad. Awful approach

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      My post must’ve been deleted. Espi OMG

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        No plate discipline. That has to be coachable

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Pull him. Can’t happen after 2 walks. His pitcher is giving a better effort.

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      It’s like he wasn’t even watching the first seven batters.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      No plate discipline. Strasbourg has shown much more. How can anyone make the major with such lack of discipline.

  33. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Will no one rid us of this second baseman?

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Wow… Nice play

  34. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    As soon as it’s bases loaded Espy you know what’s coming.

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    This guy is throwing balls. Espi swings at 2 balls. Would have walked had he any plate discipline. He has none.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Nate got robbed….

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      No kidding. Can live with that though. Espi on the other hand

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        People say we don’t need Beltre forget how bad Espi is. I forgot myself when Zim was in full-time. That injury a killer.

  37. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Nothing cures a pitcher’s lack of control than facing Espi batting LH. GRRRRRRRRRRRR!

  38. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

  39. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    WASTED inning

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Think Rizzo might be getting the itch after that. At least he’s at 45 pitches…

  40. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I am ready to take my chances with Walters in the field.

    • coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Which field? Out or in?

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        2B

  41. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    We can’t win with Espi playing everyday. We can win with him playing as a platoon guy, but his left-handed swing is worse than a pitcher.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      We have to win despite it. Bring Beltre or Utley

  42. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    That is why people have wanted Espinosa gone for years. Kills our situational hitting.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      I am basically a positive person, but Espi’s hitting makes me more angry than anything except lead off walks.

  43. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Any contact by Espi scores a run there. Even a DP scores a run.

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Not with Ramos at third

  44. TimDz - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    That was beyond sad……
    Espinosa blew that inning…..How much patience does he deserve from management at this point?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      NONE

      • Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        It would be tolerable if we haven’t seen this for over 2 years!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Three sub-par players in Espi, Frandsen and Walters.

      Like I said, need a trade. RZim not coming back any time soon and even longer before he’s back to form.

      Not sure what Rizzo is waiting for.

      • Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Lots if moves will happen the next two days.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Rizzo better make the right one instead of an obligatory move like Hairston. Those types of trades are a waste.

      • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        Ghost

        think he is trying to make a deal and all clubs are asking for Gioltto. if we have to give up Souza, i say do it along with hairston, Espi and maybe Det.

        tough decisions

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        For Beltre and Castro, you pay more. Have to do it.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Inexcusable by Espinosa. How do you swing at the first pitch.

    That can’t happen. It wasn’t even close to a strike.

    Alvarez on the ropes and Danny let him off.

    Please send him to AAA with Barrett. I can’t watch that type of High School approach.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Of the 5 pitches 1 was a strike. A walk scores a run. However since is clueless of the strike zone he swings at many balls. I still believe he needs eye checked. Surely they give them every 6 months or so.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        His eyes are fine. Did you see that swing? It’s like a guy swinging at a piñata blindfolded because his swing was so long and looping.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Just don’t think the Nats can stand PAT at this time. I’m hoping to see a trade before the deadline.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Beltran or Utley

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        I kinda want Zobrist….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Beltre or Castro and Utley all work. Hill is an upgrade but not sure if he can do much better than his current stats.

    • Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Would have been fine maybe adding a reliever, but with Zim out indefinitely I think I agree about a bat.

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Idk where my comment is…. But kinda surprised Alvarez went back out there….

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Come on Span swing at strikes.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Great, Alvarez finding his command.

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Well… Back to the pitch count game

  50. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Think it’s a back thing with Alvarez?

  51. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Okay, I hear what you guys want to pick up…what are you prepared to give up?

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Detwiler, Souza, Cole and/or Treinen

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Ok

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        Det,, espi Treinan and Souza for either

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Last night the momentum killer was McClouth . Tonight so far Espinosa.

    I don’t understand why McClouth and Hairston are on the team.

    • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      McClouth at least had a good at bat. Hairston I think will be gone by weeks end, if he is not, that would be really strange

    • coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      The real killer was…wait for it…. Danny not getting the tag out to keep a DP alive….

  53. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Span led off with a walk. Rendon hit into a double play.. In the 2nd Nats got the bases loaded with no outs. Came up empty. Go ahead. Blame Espy. It’s gotta be somebody’s fault.

    Now Stras walks a leadoff batter. Not good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      What’s your point? The doubleplay ball is a BABIP play. If Espi does that 1 run scores.

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Not so sure. They’d probably go after Ramos at home given the buffalo’s wheels

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Could be but they were playing for the doubleplay.

      • coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Coop — if they get Ramos at home there’s no DP and you still have bases loaded…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        Exactly.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Stras walks the #8 guy on 5 pitches as the leadoff.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      I committed below. Unbelievable

  55. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Stras looks good tonight. There is a huge concern i have with 2nd base. First off, Espi clearly can not be the long term solution at 2nd. I think it is safe to say, he will be out of MLB with 2-3 seasons, the kid just can not hit period. Hs at bats are no even competitive. I had question why MW has not gone with Walters and it s clear, he does not feel comfortable wit him. SO, does this mean Rizzo has to make a deal for an infielder?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Yes I have asked for Utley or Beltre either will do. Send Det, Espi, Trainen and Souza for either

      • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Utley would be great, but inside baseball is saying he will end up with Giants

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        If we made the Phillies take Espinosa they’d probably make us take Howard, too.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Only lead off walks tick me more than Espi hitting. Walking the 8 guy is unexecusable

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Marlins got both those calls I the second. Come in blue

  57. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Espi hitting is painful to watch, the problem is, no other MLB team i their right mind would take him unless he was part of a package

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      I would package him. It is the weakest part of the team, not counting McClouth and Hairston.

      Why Hairston has a roster spot well beyond my imagination.

      • coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Adding more dogsh*t to a bag full of dogsh*t doesn’t make for a better “package”….

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Anyone who imagines they could do something with him can just wait for him to show up on waivers.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Come on blue Strasburg is getting screwed

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Struck him out twice….

  60. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    maybe MW should bite the bullet and go with Walters period.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Option #4: A trade

      • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        option #4 may be the one. my question is, why is MW not comfortable with Walters? I fra kly am not sure about him either, but them why call him up?

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        It gives me the shivers to think of Souza, Cole, Treinen and/or Detwiler facing us with the phillies for a decade.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Yah, doubt Rizzo would trade any of those names except SSJ. Souza is who they are dangling.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Stras works out of his own trouble.

  62. Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Late to the party, but I’ve been watching. Danny “The Human Rally Killer” Espinosa. He Ks, the other two at the bottom make contact. What a surprise. Maybe bat him 9th when he plays against a lefty?

    Will Walters ever get another start?

    • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      see my posts on walters, i am perplexed.

      Espi just can not hit period, it is too painful to watch him

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        He did just fine last night. He’s just lost cause vs righties

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Though at least working a count there would’ve helped…

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Now Espi grounds to second. Why not the first time.

  64. davecydell - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Why does Espinosa continue to bat left???
    Why did the Nats let Alvarez off the early hook?
    Will Sorryanus be traded by the deadline for prospects?

    • davecydell - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      And why was Walters called up from ‘cuse? Just to sit?

  65. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    last season, i proposed that Espi should only bat right handed period. I got blasted for it. I think he either does that, or he has no value in my view

    • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      mick, tons of people have suggested that here dating back several seasons. No one gets “blasted” for it. But the answer is always the same — he’s been a switch hitter since age 5. he doesn’t want to do it and doesn’t think he can do it. That’s not to say it’s never going to happen, but seems highly unlikely.

  66. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Can’t MW give Danny a “Take” sign in these situations?…. Or pin a note to his jersey?

    • Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Lol on the jersey post it

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Another lead off walk (at least it was Stanton)

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Five straight balls… Reign it in stras

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Back in the groove now get Salty

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Great play Ramos.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Great play….

  70. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    I think Nats will get to Alvarez

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Sometimes once on a roll is good. Espi really fouled things up in the second. Probably doesn’t even realize he would have walked if he just left the bat on his shoulder.

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Nice follow up

  72. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    hearing Lester may end up with Dodgers

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Damn mcclouth hit like that in the second we score.

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Sigh and he’s still going to pitch into the seventh

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      McLouth did hit it hard in the second but had bad luck with BABIP.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Sigh… 7-8-9…. Sigh

  75. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    I hate this stadium.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      +1

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    I hate this park….

  77. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Stras has given up 1 hit, he looks focused an that is what I have been looking for in him

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      You may have brought on the jinx…

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Nope all good

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Be nice to get some runs for SS right here….

  79. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    This would be the inning to break through.

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Start it up…

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Come on Adam… Damn,

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Just pull it. Then Ramos got him over 1 hitter late.

  81. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    What is with the first pitch swings..

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      He may get into the 8th at this pace..

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Alvarez has his mechanics together.

  82. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Come on Harp. Hit another worm scorcher through the infield.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Why pitch to him? Look on deck.

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        UR correct.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        My mistake forgot Harper was 5th.

        Had Harper been running 2b would cover and that ball is right field. They said Harper wouldn’t run.

  83. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Adam’s a pull hitter, except when we need him to pull it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Thought the same thing

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Yah, was not his best work.

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Is this the unintentional intentional walk?

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Double steal best chance?

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Double steal it was

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    I
    Hate
    First
    Pitch
    Swinging.

    For what Desi…. For what.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      If it is a fasrball down the middle I don’t mind all other times I agree

  86. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    3 first pitch outs RISP. BS

  87. scnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I have the sinking feeling since the Nats squander their run that the fish score here.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      You called it unfortunately.

      • scnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        You could see it coming unfortunately

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    So flippin frustrated….

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Sigh outplayed them twice and not looking good

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Which is why last nights loss and inappropriate managing was worst. Especially considering we knew that we were facing their ace today…

        SS has been brilliant and has nothing to show for it,

  89. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    I’m willing to give up anybody on the farm besides Gioltio and Cole for a bat this year.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Utley and beltre are out there, rizzo won’t do a thing.

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Sucks…. That pitch hung up there…

  91. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Wish we could pinch hit for the entire batting order next inning.

  92. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I hope nobody takes issue with Strasburg’s performance. Totally on the offense. Again.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Nope, it’s totally SS fault…. He is such a wimp and it’s always 1 bad pitch with him…. Like today.. He had no business hanging that curve ball up. He needs to be babied and his attitude is such a turn off..

      Did I hit them all?

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        He totally fell apart after Harper misplayed that ball in the first inning. No mental toughness at all.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Yes…. I forgot that phrase ‘mental toughness’….

    • scnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      No issues unless you complain he doesn’t knock a run in

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Actually he was up with bases load a single is 2 runs. So you can complain.

  93. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    So what’s the deal with all the goose turds scattered over the mound, anyway?

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Nats need to manufacture a run here.

  95. Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    I say give Stras the 7th…

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      First pitch again…

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Why in the hell are they swinging at every got damn first pitch…..

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      MW agressive baseball

  97. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Broke the ump’s wrist!

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Yikes…. I hope the blue is okay.

  99. Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Man he looks ill. Poor blue!

  100. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Why is Stras staying in? Pinch hit.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Clippard is not available….he pitched last week

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        He should file a grievance about his work load.

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Who says Matt doesn’t have a sense of humor? I believe the last time he did this the pitcher lasted two or three batters into the next inning.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Wait… Wasn’t that ball 4????

  102. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Pitch a fit, Matt.

  103. davecydell - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Mush Mouth swallows another one

  104. Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Oh man… Seriously?!?! They’re calling him back???!?!!!???!!??! Unbelievable

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Hand them the game.

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      From some reason this pains me more than last night in the 9th

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        fortunately, my pizza meetup group met last night…great pizza, bad game

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Oof. Not me. I’m still not over last night.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Go back to the 2nd inning. Nats had him.

  106. secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Well, a real nice rebound from last night debacle. A goose egg and another loss. This is not an elite team at all. The only they way they can win the division is to hope ATL sucks worse.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      could be worse….they could be the o’s or Peter Asselos

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Do you ever look at the standings?

  107. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Thank God we wasted one of our last 7 outs to allow Strasburg to hit.

  108. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Stay cool peeps, this is nothing…1 run down, 1/3 of the game to go…..

    • secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Nope a shutout loss. Put it in the L column baby. Go Dodgers.

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        This is what makes you a troll.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Why do you always come in with a losing attitude. It makes every one sick. Assume we will win until we lose.

  109. secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    This team proves time and time again they can’t hit any pitcher that is mediocre or good.

    • coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      sorry, 2/9 of the game to go, but still….

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      You mean All Star Henderson Alvarez? You’re just phoning it in tonight.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        So if a guys an allstar we should just except the loss???

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Do we have a stat geek out there?

        Sabermetrics don’t say the story.

        I wonder what our record is with Zim at third and Rendon at second. What are record with Rendon at third and Espi at second? That would be their real WAR.

        Anyone able to do that?

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      You know that’s what make a good pitcher right? Even the good teams have trouble

      • secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Ahh let the excuse train begin. Underachievement at its finest.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Hey meathead, Alvarez was an all star this year!

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Leads league in complete games, but whatever… it’s all about the hate with this sad character.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Oh so why play the game just forfeit and move on. Gonna be a lot of all stars in the post season or to,get there. Should we just take a knee? Jack A

  110. secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Stras has pitched very well . This ones on the bats, or lack there of.

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Thinking a Harper walk off to end a strasburg gem. Baseball gods lift the curse

      • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        That would truly be a superhuman feat since we’re on the road. :-)

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Touché

  111. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Blevins? Good one, Matt. You’re cracking me up.

  112. Zona - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Williams can NOT use espi and McLouth(Wee Dram) in the same lineup ever again.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Mclouth is a disgrace. 5 mil a year??? He’s stealing money.

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        I believe you are neither secret nor wasian nor yet a man fella

  113. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I don’t know who had the better come back tonite, Alvarez or the Ump….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Haven’t had one since LaRoche last Tuesday

  114. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Id say we are due for a homer.

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Very nice outing for Stras.

    • natszee - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Agree … He deserves better tonight.

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Great effort by SS…. Absolutely a great effort…

    • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Except against GCS. Too bad.

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Should be ball two. Don’t get this zone

  117. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    fresh meat, here come the hits!

    • coop202 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      BABIP just not there today again for us

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Why is our BABIP so poor?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        I hate BABIP thrown out all the time.Hit the ball where they aren’t. Especially with men on base.

  118. secretwasianman - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    2nd shutout in 4 games. Make some moves Rizzo

  119. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    great walk!

  120. coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Time for an Adam Bomb

  121. davecydell - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Tony “Show”

  122. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Harper vs Dunn. Stay tuned, kids.

  123. mdmcommish - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Are you a difference maker, with the game on the line? can you pick up your team in a tight spot ehen we are reeling, or are you a pretender?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Whose in first?

  124. mdmcommish - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Pretender

  125. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    This game us poison.

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Fortunately, we have Espinosa and McLouth lined up for the ninth b

      Oy b

  126. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Rizzo needs to get a hitter either second or third baseman . When Zim is out our hitters slump as a group.

  127. mdmcommish - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    At least we have 6-7-8-9 next inning. I am sure espy and mcclouth will get it done #depression.

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Cheers. Owe u 1.

  128. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Blevins. Why did it have to be Blevins?

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Does anyone else think that Matt is trying to prove he wasn’t blatantly wrong about leaving Blevins in last night?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        His moves the last couple nights are bazaar

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        no one is available…Stammen pitched a week ago monday

  129. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    And Blevins was pitching to a eighty for what reason?

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I thought MW learned last night that Blevins vs righties are laughable….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Nope a slow learner. Gives the Marlins a head start.

  131. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Time to fall on your sword, Matt. Do the right thing.

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Stammen must have kicked Matt’s dog.

  132. breakbad1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    After last night’s debacle, I told NI Nation it was a killer game that would continue to hurt us. Nats Lady and many others said I was wrong.

    Today I wrote there would be “a hangover” after last night’s game and I was denounced here.

    Now we have done NOTHING, stranded 8, and converted ZERO of 6 men walked.

    What we are seeing is the feeble, empty effort of a team that was broken last night. People said “a loss is just a loss” but I totally disagree–last night was a punch in the gut and our team is absolutely reeling.

    Some here base their comments on faith; others on probability; others on history. I ground my predictions on human nature. How Nats Lady and others here could say the brutal loss last night would not affect today’s game is beyond me.

    • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      I’m still trying to figure out how losing last night caused the Nats to lose on Saturday night.

      • breakbad1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        Is this Saturday? I said, “How Nats Lady and others here could say the brutal loss last night would not affect today’s game is beyond me.” Today is Tuesday, right?

      • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Thanks for missing my entire point… At least I got a good laugh at my own joke.

    • breakbad1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Was your statement that the loss last night would not affect the Nats today also a joke?

      • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Nope.

  133. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Blevins doesn’t even get the lefty out. Mike Rizzo better make some moves over the next 48 hours.

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      He can start with his dull witted, risk averse, no energy manager AFAIAC.

  134. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Sorry but I can’t help it…we traded the wrong guy for the wrong guy.

    • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      I knew it was coming! :)

    • BombsOverNatsTown - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Truth.

  135. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    So the righty that got base against Blevins scored”. Yet another fail, MW. Yet another fail.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Blind arrogance not working…time for some humility

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Ayup.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Or is that the whole ‘Monday morning QB’ thing… I mean cuz why Blevins was in there… In a 1 run game…. And facing against a righty first….

        Beyond me.

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    All set up by their pinch-hitter.

  137. Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    This has to be final tryouts before the deadline.

    • coollikelivo - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      That actually may be the most accurate comment of the night….

  138. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Blevins can’t get lefties out either. He can go anytime too.

    His ERA is not good, so he can be DFAed at any time

  139. philipd763 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Blevins! McLouth!

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      I’ll see that and raise you a Hairston.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      these are the saddest of possible words…Blevins to Barrett, past McLouth…
      slower than bear cubs, wilder than birds

  140. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    MW your bullpen selections again blow up in your face.

  141. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Guys, Blevins was facing a righty because it was the pitcher’s spot (pinch hitter) and two lefties in the inning. If you can’t use Blevins then, you never can. I’m leaning toward “never can.”

    • Eric - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      +1 at the end there

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      David, I said the day that Rizzo made the trade to get Jerry Blevins that Rizzo got Beaned and Burned. I got ridiculed. I didn’t like Blevins then and I still don’t.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Have we not learned our lesson that he CAN NOT face righty…. I don’t care who is pitching… I mean you can’t make this stuff up…..

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Then you got it figured. Never is not few enough appearances. He didn’t bother to get the first lefty, so totally useless.

  142. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Srsly, infield in against Stanton is a good way to get someone hurt.

  143. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Way to throw a strike on 0-2 when Stanton was flailing wildly

    • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      He threw it right where Ramos wanted it. I guess they thought Stanton might lay off and wanted to catch him with a quick called strike 3. Bad idea.

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Looked to me like the first two were sharp but the last one kind of rolled in.

  144. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    2 great sliders then a crappy slider. These bullpen guys have really quit last 2 night except Storen.

  145. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    We can’t stand pat.

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      But I like Pat.

  146. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    ://dcwx61, you crackin me up. Gotta laugh at this one.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      two shutouts in 3 games….where is our zimm backup

  147. mdmcommish - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    THAT guy is not a pretender. Guys who deserve to get paid 25 mil do THAT. Not pop up to left on the first pitxh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      When he is in his 6th year let’s see what happens

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      I’ll take Stanton in a heartbeat, but you can make a list as long as your arm of the times he failed.

  148. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Blevins 5.11 ERA is well earned. Strasburg gives up 1 run over 7 and Blevins 2 runs over 1/3

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      +1

  149. philipd763 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    We need H-Rod and Matty Stairs back and they would come cheap.

  150. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    FP again telling the truth. The second inning Espinosa implotion, changed the whole game.

    Had he just stood there and never moved his bat he walks. But because he has no bat discipline and swings 2 balls.

    I believe he is totally uncoachable.

  151. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    This twilght zone sh–! Gio, Zim and stras all step up and pitch great and all either lose or get no decision.

    MW is Joe Altobelli, without a WS. What I mean is Altobelli inherited Weaver’s great O’s team in 1983 and won a WS in spite of him. This Nats team is not MW’s and any average manager could mange it and be above 500. My point is MW is a terrible manger, his decisions when they count are just dumb. He willThis clown, and yes not win crap with this team. i am so down on this arrogant jack ass manager and I have seen enough of him. i am proud of Stras tonight

  152. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I have faith Rizzo will make some moves. It doesn’t have to be a huge name. A platoon partner for Espi and a lefty who doesn’t suck. I’m not asking for a lot.

    • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      I have faith in Rizzo, i have ZERO in MW

  153. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Win tomorrow, get a 500 road trip and get the hell out of Miami…. Yesterday’s loss is even worst…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      We got 3 outs still.

  154. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I am sure the kool aide drinkers will defend MW what will be fun is tere are NO FACTS to defend this idiot period

  155. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Good hit, Desi. Maybe Matt will have Espinosa sacrifice.

  156. mdmcommish - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Here comes the 40%

  157. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    we have not had a decent back up since Chad tracy in 2012

    who knows, maybe the Marlins are for real

  158. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    That ones for your crappy strike zone, DJ.

  159. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Best contact Espi’s made all season.

  160. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Danny seemed relieved to get plunked.

  161. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Home plate ump getting his karma for nit allowing McClouth to have his walk on ball 4.

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

      I feel sure it was 3B blue who punched him out.

      Nice cut, Nate.

  162. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    does anyone really see MW in a playoff game tied in the 9th making the right move? honestly

  163. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    McClouth with a chance to make up for last night more changing play

  164. sunshinebobby - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    McLouse Ks. Who could have seen that coming?

    • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      I will eat crow on McClouth, he SUCKS!! as does Espi, Hairston and MW!!!

  165. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Way to swing at ball 3, Nate. Awful.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Has blue gotten hit in the head too. His strike zone is awful. I have been calling for auto calls or at least reports in the box score on how much pitch track and umps agree.

  166. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    McClouth has had some bad years sandwiched around productive ones.

  167. mdmcommish - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Nice swing nate, way to come thru.

  168. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    My goodness 2 strikes over the plate no swing. Footbiutside let swing. Mcclouth you are among those who have robbed the Learners this year.

  169. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    What a POS call.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Ump isn’t reason we are losing.

      • Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Duh. He changed that key AB from 3-1 to 2-2 though.

  170. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    hey blue, you are a crap ass umpire, not to excuse the pitiful and gutless performance by our guys on offense

  171. sunshinebobby - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Maybe Span can jack one of those 305-foot home runs straight down the line.

  172. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    honestly, if we won last night, I could deal with this

  173. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Finally a hit with RISP

    NOW WE NEED A DOUBLE IN THE GAP

  174. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I have had a very bad vibe about Williams since early this season which crystallized during the Harper benching. Nothing has caused me to reconsider that judgment since. He is a cipher.

    • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      WELL SAID!!
      Exactly spot on, I do not like his arrogance and he is one of the worst managers I have ever seen in late innings. If I was coaching against this stooge, i would let him make all the moves and sit back

  175. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I feel a grand slam coming, even at 0-2

  176. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    There is no place for Jerry Blevins on a playoff caliber team’s roster.Nor Hairston.

  177. David Proctor - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Such a tease.

  178. Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Nice AB to end it

  179. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Stras came through, but the rest of them should give their paychecks for tonight back
    no heart!!!

  180. stoatva - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Wonder what Ray will be sputtering about tonight. No I don’t.

  181. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    First series loss since Mid june… Sigh… Get the win tomorrow and get the hell out of Miami….

  182. breakbad1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Game over. The Nats did NOTHING tonight. Thanks to Nats Lady and all the people who naively stated–in writing– last night’s punch-in-the-gut would not affect the outcome of tonight’s game.

  183. micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    two shutouts in past week…some playoff team

    • Danny - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      We don’t score anytime we have 2 regulars out.

      • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        meaning our back ups are GARBAGE and none of our starters can step up

  184. breakbad1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Nats Lady–set all your stats aside. Did the Nats look like a team that was going to win tonight? Do you still believe “a loss is a loss?”

    • micksback1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      well said, this is not a playoff team and it starts with the manager

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