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Game 105: Nats at Marlins

Jul 30, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

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MIAMI — The end of a long, 3-city, 9-game road trip has come, and in a bit of a surprise, the Nationals need to win today at Marlins Park to finish 5-4. Such is their predicament after losing the first two games of this series to the resurgent Marlins, who have won six in a row and suddenly are only 5 games back in the NL East.

The Nationals have one of their best on the mound in Tanner Roark, who sports a 2.42 ERA in five career appearances (three starts) against Miami. He’ll go up against lefty Brad Hand, who faces what has become the Nationals’ full lineup right now with Ryan Zimmerman injured.

Jayson Werth is back, his sprained ankle feeling strong enough to return to the lineup after coming off the bench last night. Wilson Ramos is catching a day game after a night game, something Matt Williams said he wants to try to do a little more often now. And Danny Espinosa is at second base, hoping to do some damage from the right side of the plate today.

Updates to come from this early matinee, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 12:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: 1500 AM, 1580 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (57-47)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark

MARLINS (53-53)
LF Christian Yelich
2B Jordany Valdespin
RF Giancarlo Stanton
3B Casey McGehee
1B Garrett Jones
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis
LHP Brad Hand

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

12:40 p.m. — And we’re underway. It’s summer camp day here, so there are thousands of screaming little tykes wearing various shades of neon T-shirts. Makes me actually miss the good old days when there would be 375 fans at the old ballpark on a weekday afternoon.

12:53 p.m. — And the Nats very quickly take a 1-0 lead thanks to the two guys atop the order. Denard Span drew a 4-pitch walk, extending his streak of reaching base to 25 straight games. He then broke for second base too soon but still managed to beat the throw from Brad Hand to Garrett Jones to Adeiny Hechavarria for his 19th stolen base in 21 attempts. Anthony Rendon then scooted a double just inside the bag at third base, bringing home Span and giving the Nats a 1-0 lead.

1:04 p.m. — Like Hand, Tanner Roark issued a leadoff walk. Unlike his counterpart, Roark was able to keep the damage right there. He got Jordany Valdespin to fly out, Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee to pop out. 17 pitches, 9 strikes for Roark in the first.

1:17 p.m. — Six in a row retired by Roark since the leadoff walk. He’s looking sharp so far.

1:31 p.m. — Nine in a row retired by Roark since the leadoff walk. He notched his first pair of strikeouts on the day in the bottom of the third, getting Jeff Mathis and Christian Yelich. He’s at 45 pitches, 33 strikes overall. Still 1-0 Nats heading to the fourth.

1:43 p.m. — The Nats tried to get something going in the top of the fourth, with a leadoff single from Werth (who appears to be running OK) and a 1-out walk by Desmond. But Harper just got under another pitch and skied a flyball to center, and Ramos followed with a grounder to short. So it remains 1-0 Nats here.

1:58 p.m. — Well, there’s something we haven’t seen in awhile: a home run. Old nemesis Jordany Valdespin took Roark into the second deck on a 3-2 fastball to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Incredibly, that was the first home run either hit by or given up by the Nationals in seven games. Even more incredible: The first four games during that streak were played in Colorado and Cincinnati! Crazy. It’s 1-1 now after four.

2:14 p.m. — Roark got back on track in the fifth, retiring the side. The Nats, though, haven’t been able to take advantage of some opportunities against Hand. They’ve put three men on base the last two innings but haven’t delivered a big hit when they needed it. Still 1-1 heading to the sixth.

2:21 p.m. — Make it 18 of 21 retired by Hand since the Rendon RBI double in the first. This lineup just hasn’t been able to get it going. Still 1-1.

2:32 p.m. — Roark nearly got himself into a pickle in the bottom of the sixth, issuing a 2-out walk to Stanton and then watching him steal second and take third on Ramos’ errant throw. But Roark buckled down and got McGehee to pop up, so this remains a 1-1 game heading to the seventh, with Roark sitting on 99 pitches.

3:04 p.m. — The deadlock has been broken. By the Nats. Scott Hairston led off the eighth with a pinch-hit, hustle double. Yeah, you read that right. Span then beat out a perfectly placed sac bunt attempt. And after a 3-minute delay to confirm that Span was safe at first, followed by a pitching change, Werth delivered the broken-bat sac fly that brought home pinch-runner Nate McLouth to give the Nats a 2-1 lead. But they weren’t done. LaRoche drew a walk, and then stole second (yes, you read that right, too). That proved big, because he was able to score on Desmond’s 2-run double to left. So just like that, the Nats lead 4-1 and Tyler Clippard enters for the eighth.

3:19 p.m. — A 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth for Clippard. So the Nats will go to the ninth leading by at least three runs.

3:42 p.m. — Well, here’s a twist: Up 3 runs in the ninth, the Nats are going with Drew Storen to close the game. Either Rafael Soriano needed two days off after a heavy workload, or Matt Williams decided to change things up. My hunch: Williams just wanted to give Soriano another day off.

4:00 p.m. — That’s your ballgame, though it didn’t come easy. Storen gave up a leadoff homer to Stanton, then a broken-bat infield single, then an RBI double off the end of the bat, then a walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But he hung on for a 4-3 win. The Nats finish the road trip 5-4. Roark improves to 11-6. Storen gets his first save of the season.

236 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Our “full” lineup needs an upgrade to compete for a WS.

  2. stoatva - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Ah. The “pretend nothing’s wrong” lineup.

  3. bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I’m confused by the first two comments. What lineup would people prefer against a left-handed starter?

    • stoatva - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Fair enough. I had imagined a few things might change for day after night game, but LH is a big factor.

      Imma shut up and go to work now. I expect after Roark’s 11th win I’ll be a little less cranky.

    • Danny - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      I did forget that we are facing a lefty.

  4. bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Also, the Nats don’t have to :”pretend” that nothing’s wrong. They’re in first place and have the best run differential in the National League. Nothing is wrong.

    • Smyrcok - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Nothing is “wrong”, this is the same situation we were in at the beginning of the year. It’s just that after we got healthy everything was right. Anything less than that feels hopeless, but it shouldn’t. We did get this far with Espi starting at second. But seeing the full lineup in action was a thing of beauty.

      • bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        As several others have pointed out, we DID get this far with Espi starting at second. By my count we’re 38-31 when he starts and 19-16 when he doesn’t. Basically the same thing.

        That said, I totally understand where you’re coming from. It truly was a fleeting, wonderful thing of beauty while it lasted.

      • Eric - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Boy was it ever. Man.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      They’re in first place and have the best run differential in the National League.

      You’re just looking at the standings with rose covered glasses.

      • markbyers1716 - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        I’ve tried a few different colors of glasses… still in first in the NL East, still have the highest run differential in the NL.

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Then you must be lying with statistics.
        ;-)

  5. chaz11963 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    At least Danny will be able to hit from the right side of the plate today.

  6. Eric - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    I really want some kind of definitive knowledge about Zim’s status…the waiting is killing me.

    • Danny - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      It’s pretty clear not to count on him returning.

    • 6ID20 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Switch to following thoroughbred racing. There they don’t keep you waiting, they destroy the horse immediately following a leg injury.

      • Eric - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        lmao

    • ArVAFan - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Let’s see who’s on the team at 4:01 p.m. tomorrow. That will tell you a lot about Zim’s status.

      • Eric - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Maybe at 4:01 tomorrow they’ll be willing to publicly state that Zim is out for the season.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Nats are furious on Ladson’s tweet. It now tells the competition they are desperate. Longoria had a Grade 2 and his could have been a 3, very subjective. Never was good news from the time it happened.

      • Smyrcok - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Can’t stand Ladson, he always wants to be first and is wrong, or at least not completely accurate, too often for my taste.

        Didn’t something similar happen during the hiring process for the new manager? Some info got leaked and it upset the Nats brass? Or was that during a different incident?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Nobody will ever know the truth on this hamstring and Nats won’t confirm or deny. That’s how Ladson wants it. He’s wrong too often or fed misinformation.

      • Eric - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        If it’s misinformation, then I start to wonder about what the Braves might be after…have they replaced Uggla with someone reliable yet?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Eric, I doubt in this situation that they fed him fake news because the Nats wanted to paint this as fine. I don’t think they gave him any news.

        Did you hear Ray Knight in the pre-game? He’s still saying RZim out 4 to 6 weeks which is consistent with that Grade 2.

  7. philipd763 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    It seems like Fister and Roark are the only starting pitchers to win games lately. The Big 3 have only about 15 wins between them. Of course, the paltry offense has contributed to the dearth in wins for all three pitchers. Nats need to win today or Soriano’s blow up on Monday night is going to begin to look like a season changer.

    • Eric - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      I think the only season this series is changing is the Marlins, and only because of their strong showing coming into it.

      Worst case for the Nats is we’ll be a half game out coming into a home stretch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      I believe all the mo was lost on McClouth nonsense. Had he just played it routine Stanton might not gone to third even, and no runs score 1 at the most. Then Soriano might not pitch.

      Mo is a fickle thing.

  8. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Seems to me we have too many weak hamstrings. Do we stretch enough.

    Seems Beltre for a few prospects is a great deal. Signed through 2015, Zim can play first next year.

  9. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Good news for Braves. They face Kershaw and Grainke next 2 nights

  10. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Espi big day coming

    • scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Stop it!!! Do u never learn? Espi is awful. Either side. A-.02 player
      ZW deserves consistent starts to get timing and learn pitchers. They guy has shown he dominated the minors. Why not the majors.

      • bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Espinosa has a higher OPS from the right side against major league pitching than Walters had against minor league pitching last season. That’s why not the majors.

      • scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        What?? Wrong. Espi .563 Walters .803 – over 1000 this year.

      • bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Espinosa has an .842 OPS from the right side, where he’ll be batting today against an LHP. .842 > 803.

      • scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Bad sample vs crap pitching. He’s still Espinosa…a minor leaguer at best.

      • scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Watch him bang out a hit now that I am talking smack on him lol

      • bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Bad sample? His career OPS against lefties is .797.

        Why do people refuse to admit that Espinosa is really good against lefties? Does their frustration at watching him hit against righties somehow keep them from looking at the obvious truth of his impressive production on the other side of the plate?

  11. knoxvillenat - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Would prefer not to see Desi hitting fifth. Maybe Ramos or Harper but not Desi as he just doesn’t seem to perform well in that slot.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Harper had 2 hits batting 5th last night.

  12. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Nats last homer last Tuesday 7th inning LaRoche. Last one given up last Tuesday 5th inning Dickerson.

    Wonder how long it has been 6 games in a row with no homer either way.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      BTW — our series with the Reds was the first time in history there were three consecutive games in that ballpark with no home runs hit by either team.

  13. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Ramos catching today (after night game) and will be tomorrow for Gio, because Lobaton and Fister are seriously locked in right now. Nice to see Jayson back in right, and Danny with a chance to hit right handed. I’m not sure what the thinking has been with Walters not playing against the righty pitchers and Danny against the lefties in a strict platoon, but as I have stated (and a few others) we got to this point having Danny starting and we’re over 500 both with him starting and without, five games over each, IIRC.

  14. snerdblurter - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    I’m sure this has been brought up on previous threads but what about a couple of mid-level prospects for Daniel Murphy? Rendon moves over to 3rd and Espi gets the starts vs. RHP (and maybe the occasional Fister start). Pretty solid offensive upgrade, and I think you can live with the defense that comes with it…

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Daniel Murphy is a serious down grade defensively at second.

    • ratiocinational - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      I think the Mets are hoping to compete next year when all that young pitching is ready (and Harvey comes back). They’d probably like to have Murphy since they don’t have any great near-ready middle infield prospects that I know of.

      Murphy would, of course, be a vast improvement over Espinosa’s offense. And Murphy’s not so bad against LHP himself. His line this year against them is .314/.357/.431/.789, which is better than his line against RHP this year.

      • scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Espi hasn’t been mr defense lately. Tons of mistakes. Why would anyone support playing this guy? All he does is kill you when it matters. U guys never learn.

  15. snerdblurter - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    *vs. LHP…. obviously want to keep Danny on the right side of the plate as much as possible.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    As Matt Williams said in the pre-game, Rizzo is working the phones. I decided to call some of my sources. Was told by one that “Mike is burning up the phone lines”.

    I asked if he was looking at Starlin Castro and was told it’s “been discussed. Complicated because he’s a shortstop and under long-term deal with Cubs”. I couldn’t get to if there is a favorite or really any other information.

    Glad to hear Nats aren’t staying “as is”.

    • natinalsgo - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Ghost, was it discussed internally or was this discussed with the Cubs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        I have to dance around these things. I didn’t ask. The fact it hasn’t hit any of the national beats tells me it hasn’t gone far.

  17. natsfan1a - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Finished my work for the day, so I get to watch in real time again. And I probably won’t fall asleep before the game is over. Probably. Woo. hoo.

    Go, Ro-ark! Go, NATS!!

    • scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Yea 1a!! Glad u r aboard!

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Remember last year how we used to say Span would always go to 3-2 counts, but then he didn’t walk. Now he’s getting walks and this is huge to table-set.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      At least Span didn’t get picked off. Can’t let that happen. Sorry. He should’ve been but poor execution by the Marlins. Pitcher is supposed to run right at the runner as you risk not getting him by doing what they did.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        That was pretty damn near a balk. I

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Aren’t most good pickoff moves?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Actually, I think he had committed to going home, that’s why Span took off. I think that it was a balk that should’ve been called.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        I really thought it was a good move. He didn’t bring his front foot behind the rubber and kind of pivoted.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Well, whatever, it goes in the book as a SB. And lucky, or not, it is key so far in this game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        It sure is. Poor execution by the Marlins.

  19. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Woo hoo Tony Two-Bags!!

    • ArVAFan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      My Spanish-speaking friends call him Ren-doble. (as in doble= “double” for the Spanish-challenged among us.)

      • Eric - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        I like this a lot better than Tony Two Bags, which for some reason always makes me feel…dirty ;)

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Lucky BABIP by Rendon. Yesterday that’s a grounder right at the 3rd baseman. Good job with RISP.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      They had bad BABIP last night because they were depressed from the night before. I expect it to be better today.
      ;-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I think so but the Nats didn’t make their own luck. They had Alvarez on the ropes in the 2nd inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Of course McLouth smashed that ball down the leftfield line and it was caught.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Good start.

    I need help with my Comcast remote. I have some how locked the volume and channel changing. Any suggestion how to undo it.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      The old computer standby method: turn it off and then back on? (Or, remove batteries and put them back in?)

      Just fishin’ here — no idea, really . . .

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Tried those two.

    • scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      U can download the comcast remote app

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        I can down load an app where? I have no computer hooked to to the cable or TV

  22. njd4314 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Sorry for the off topic post, but i have an extra Zimmermann bobblehead. Anyone willing to trade a Harper or Span for it?

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Bunting is fine, but bunt toward line not straight at a pitcher.

  24. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Word Press is out of order. Good grief could some whose job is, fix this. The techs at word press are worse than Espi batting left handed.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Blue helps Hand on Espinosa. That’s a joke on a 3-1 count.

    • natinalsgo - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I would call that a HELPING HAND

  26. scmargenau - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    2ks is over under for Danny. Who wants the under?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Not me

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    That sound in the stadium is like what you hear at a crowded beach.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    New rumor for you, Gordon Beckham. That’s like an oldie but a goodie.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Forget him. That is no better than espi batting

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        He was never on my radar but guess what he’s being dangled. No thank you.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Ugly, Beckham is almost as bad as Espinosa. Wonder why its worth considering unless you swap problem cases for change of scenery. Is that making a trade for the sake of making a trade?

      .225/.271/.358/.629

  30. thecynicin408 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Here at Marlins Park with the family. Seems as though the Nats have a good showing of fans. Agree with Mark about the campers, but my wife and daughters think it’s “cute.”

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I don’t like seeing commercials by MASN on players who are on a long DL stint. That “lead by example” commercial was a joke.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      It could be worse. They could be running commercials for attorneys. . . . for themselves!

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Nice walk Desi!

    • nats128 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Almost a pitch around to get to Harper. Now lets see Bryce make them pay.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Hand isn’t a good pitcher. Men on 1st and 2nd and 1 out and Nats do nothing.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Nats fail to capitalize and with 1 swing the Marlins tie it.

    • nats128 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Get into 3-1 and 3-2 counts and you are running into deep counts and the batter starts sniffing fastballs over the plate.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Not to mention a lot of pitches getting fouled off.

  35. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    What a BS error. You have to assign one, but that’s a bad break.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Had did LaRoche let that get by him? Puts the runner in RISP

  37. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Where is Ramos backing up the play by the way?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      I guess you haven’t been following. He hasn’t been trailing many plays to 1st because of his hamstring. In perfect world, yes,

      • David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        That’s BS. There’s a lot of things I’m okay with him not doing, but if he can’t backup a play then he’s not in good enough shape to play. It’s not that much effort.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Take it up with his manager.

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Better yet, David should write a well crafted complaint letter and see how far that goes. Theres better things to complain about like that bunt by Roark.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        You’re trying to save your catcher’s legs and you tell him 2 things. Take it easy on the basepaths and don’t worry about trailing the runner to 1st base.

        David wants to complain. I’d complain about a poor attempt by ALR to block the throw given the runner was past him.

  38. davecydell - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Marlins working Tanner to high counts
    doubt he lasts six.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Agreed. Not like Tanner working this many 3 ball counts.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Are you kidding me Carp? That’s a hit all the way.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Lousy bunt by Roark hurts badly. The fundamentals you expect from a 1st place team to show, just keep coming back to bite them.

    • bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Only four teams in the league have more sacrifice bunts than the Nationals.

      It’s not “fundamentals.” It’s hard to get down a sacrifice bunt against a major league pitcher. The Nats do it better than average.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        You have to put angle on bat. He was chopping at it with a parralel bat

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Agreed. Roark is just one away from leading the entire NL in bunting. He obviously has the fundamentals to do it. You just can’t do it every time.

  41. stoatva - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    If Valdespin could play 162 games a year against the Nats, dude would go to the Hall of Fame.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Him and Justin Ruggiano.

      • stoatva - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Srsly.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      4 homers against us. 14 career

  42. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Justin Masterson traded to Cards

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I expect 4 things from Rizzo

    1. Identify we need a productive bat thar makes all other bats better (like Zim)

    2. We do nit need an average bat, we have plenty of those.

    3. Get the bat really needed.

    4. Get Andrew Miller from Boston. Two reasons. If we don’t the Braves will.

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

      It’s all about cost. The Red Sox supposedly want a top prospect for Miller. I’m not giving up Cole or especially Giolito for 3 months of a reliever. If some team wants to offer that, let them.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        No one will give that much, sox will lower price.

  44. coop202 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Need to gut this one out… Let’s go fellas

  45. secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Another crappy hitting game. You have to admire the resiliency of this team. After Mondays meltdown they respond with 1 run thru 16 innings. 8 hits. Inability to bunt properly. Errors and more base running mistakes. MW has done one hell of a job rallying the troops.

    WTF

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Last 6 starts 7 innings each total 42. Total runs 6.

    Rizzo notice, we need to support these starters.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Didn’t have his best stuff, but you’d never know it by the boxscore. Best #3 pitcher in baseball. ;)

    “@Nationals: Wow! Inspired work from Roark, who despite entering the 7th with 100 pitches gets the #Nats to the 8th inning still tied, 1-1.”

  48. secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    The hitting on this team without Zimm is anemic. Harper Ramos Desi just not doing anything out there. And Danny, oh Danny.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      But with him they score and hit fine.

  49. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Nice job by Tanner to gut out the 7th after starting the inning at 100 pitches

  50. secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Roark and Stras have been great the last two. Nobody can hit. I’m getting tired of Ramos also. Where is the power? Let’s get Suzuki.

  51. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Wow Hairston with an XBH. Maybe he feels the heat

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      He’s had a fire lit under his butt for 2 months. 9 lives.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Goodness me a Hairston sighting. Now get him in.

    • coop202 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Beat me too it

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Mike Rizzo just did a Michael Jordan celebration jump after that pinch hit double.

  54. secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Here’s your game. Now or never.

  55. secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Oh no now we keep Hairston. Ahhhhhhhhh

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Nice job — you can even put a negative spin on a PH lead-off double.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    This is where you need that speedy pinch runner. Surprised.

  57. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Any complaint with that baserunning?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Even if it gets overturned it was a great effort.

  58. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Nicely done, D-Span. Now, Mr. Rendoble, it’s time

  59. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I think he was safe

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      That play would have gone however the ump called it. Foot and ball simultaneous.

  60. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    As far as I can tell, Span was safe. The new interpretation that the ball must be all the way in the glove leads me to believe that’s the correct call.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      If they called him out, still probably inconclusive.

    • RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      I wonder if they’ll hire me in New York? :)

  61. Drew - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Roark drops his career ERA to 2.389 in 188.3 innings.

    Tremendous.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      What’s amazing is he didn’t have his A stuff. That’s the sign of a very good pitcher.

  62. secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    I’ve seen this movie before. Hopefully we get a happy ending this time. Can’t bare to watch.

  63. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    That was absurd to take that long to make a ruling…it’s either inconclusive,or he’s clearly out, which it wasn’t. It amounted to letting the Miami BP get lots of time to warm up.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Glad MW went to the pinch runner but like I said, why not one batter earlier.

    • jd - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Ghost,

      I think the thinking goes like this:With none out you send the runner from 3rd only on a fairly deep fly on which pretty much anyone can score. With 1 out you are going even on a medium fly. That’s the best I can come up with but having said that I agree with you that you have to get the faster runner in carrying the go ahead run in the 8th.

  65. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    That Werth-while guy sure brings a lot a variables to the table!

  66. bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    The offense is terrible!

    The bench is useless!

    The Nats can’t do the little things!

    What’s wrong with Desi!!!??!?

    • secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Ok ok if the BP can hold I will eat raw CROW and let myself get Salmonella.

  67. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Way to go, Desi!

  68. secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Desi!!!!!!!! See, just complain and the guys deliver. Need more though with our BP

  69. bowdenball - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I forgot: They can’t get a big hit with two outs!

  70. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I think they ruled Span’s steal of second to be indifference, which makes no sense.

    • David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      they did initially, but changed it to a steal per Charlie

      • texnat1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        I was going to ask about this. Is there a trump to real world indifference where the stolen base is actually material?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        tex, there can be come contract incentives.
        DP, glad they did. ESPN’s box has it as indifference.

      • RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        There’s no way you can call it indifference in a TIE game. When you’re down (or up) by 8 in the 9th inning, THAT’s indifference. I think the reason(s) that catcher didn’t throw were a) SPan got a good jump, and b) he was framing that inside pitch to get the strike call. If he tries to throw Span out, he’s going to be starting to stand as the pitch comes in, blocking the ump’s view, and since it wasn’t right down the middle, would have likely been called a ball.

  71. Danny - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    The bench may have finally helped us win a game!

  72. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Ok, if it stays 4-1 who pitches the bottom of the 9th? Huh, huh? I still like Soriano, but I really don’t want to see him today.

    • RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Storen, please let it be Storen

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        You got your wish.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Soriano — when you fall off a horse, get ‘em back on there asap.

  73. micksback1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Roark is special, good job Desi and yes, Hairston too

    Thank goodness Harper bats behind Desi. that’s some hitting clinic Bryce is putting on today. jeez

    So do I guess I will be doing my Fred G. sanford in the 9th, with Soriano, lol

  74. micksback1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    OK, Drew, now its his chance to become the closer

  75. snerdblurter - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Assuming Sori just need the extra rest here? Nothing else to it?

  76. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Storen warming, not Soriano. Soriano had thrown A LOT of pitches. Guess he needs 2 days off.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      I agree, David. Sorry, folks, but Raffy is still your closer, but is understandably getting today off.

  77. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Storen is up.
    Harper is fine. Every team in MLB would love to have him.

  78. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Interesting, Danny misses the right handed reliever and gets another shot hitting right handed

  79. davecydell - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Sorianus not being used for the save??
    Maybe my dream will come true: “Sorianus traded for prospects”

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I’m glad Mike Rizzo is the GM.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Soriano has only one more blown save than Cishek in almost the exact same number of chances. Cishek’s ERA is over 3.00 — Soriano’s is under 2.00.

      He must really suck, eh?

  80. adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    scmargenau – Jul 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    2ks is over under for Danny. Who wants the under?
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    manassasnatsfan – Jul 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Not me

    Hmm . . . 2 for 4 with no K’s ;-)

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Yep, and Scott “he’s gotta go” Hairston got a pinch hit.
      And Frandsen had a good stoke, but it goes in the book as F-7

  81. NatsLady - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Jayson Werth still leading all NL hitters in July by WAR. Guess who is in second place.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=nl&qual=y&type=8&season=2014&month=7&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Wow. Holy Moley. And that’s only crediting that second place guy with a +0.3 WAR for defense!

      • RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Not only that, five guys (Werth, Span, Rendon, Ramos, Desmond) in the top 30. Pirates also have five, no one else with more than three.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Amazing, huh?

  82. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP 58s
    Soriano was given two days off. He pitched three of four games recently and threw 70 pitches combined.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      70 pitches — that _is_ a lot. That’s, like, how much many starters are throwing at the beginning of the season.

      The good thing is: we have so many good BP guys.

  83. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I’m loving these Span walks

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      He is 3rd on the team in BB’s, behind ALR & Werth. And 20-22 in steals. Not bad for such a lousy base runner.

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        And not bad for a lousy lead-off guy, too ;-)

  84. philipd763 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Hope Storen does well in the 9th. I never want to see Soriano again.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Yeah, well, wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one gets filled up first. Soriano is still the closer, like it, or not.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Yeah — who has use for a guy who converts approx 90% of his save chances and has an ERA of under 2.00?

  85. NatsLady - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Tampa Bay lost. Maybe they will consider selling now.

  86. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    So, about the people begging for Storen….

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Gee, I guess relief pitching isn’t as easy as it looks! ;-)

  87. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Get up, Raffy!

  88. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    That’s exactly the kind of Stanton homer you want, if there has to be one at all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Still, this thing just has to turn your stomach. Wild Pitch takes away the force

  89. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    So…

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

    No saves coming easy. This is unreal. Come on Drew.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      No saves coming easy

      I thought they _were_ easy. That’s why we can sit up here and complain that Soriano, with 24 saves and ERA of 1.80, sucks, right?

  91. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Storen giving us his best Soriano.

  92. micksback1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    wtf!!!!

  93. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Quit pitching back to back same pitches, make them first, they hit it second

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Quit pitching back to back same pitches, make them first, they hit it second.

  95. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I think I’m going to puke.

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    They pull one in it is a strike. We pull one a ball

  97. micksback1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Houston, we have a problem

  98. David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Nothing can be easy, can it?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Storen not any better than Soriano the other night for the most part.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    It takes six for McCatty to go out. What are they doing in the dugout. Watching this and saying nothing.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      You’re only allowed to go out once in an inning before you have to pull the guy.

  100. micksback1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    regardless of the outcome, Nats need a closer

    • David Proctor - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      No they don’t. No closer is perfect.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Yes they do. At least another option.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      They have three guys who have better than 2.00 ERA. And the, what, third best BP in MLB?

      • jd - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        would you stop confusing the issue with facts?

  101. alexva6 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Then I’m f#$%king Superman! ;-)

      • jd - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        I,m pretty sure I,m dead.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    MW hasn’t learned. The closer needs help and he abandons them

    • jd - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      What do you suggest?

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      MW hasn’t learned. The closer needs help and he abandons them

      Huh? What would you have done? Bring in Soriano to relieve Storen? Stammen? That would have been better?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Stammen is used to jams and I would used him 4th batter Monday. Not used then, use him today once trouble brews. Don’t stand pat when trouble is there.

  103. RPrecupjr - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Ok, off to CVS for more Maalox….no bourbon here at work.

    A curly W in the books, but man…..

  104. natsfan1a - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The good news is I watched the whole thing, and I didn’t fall asleep. Oh, and the good guys won. The bad news is, my blood pressure is through the roof. But it was totally worth it. Um, yeah.

  105. jd - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    The other day many of the posters were screaming because Storen wasn’t left in for the 9th. Today they want a new closer. Never mind that Soriano has been lights out all year and Storen still has an ERA of 1.50.

    Some people are never happy. If we went 161 – 1 they’d want to get of the bum who was responsible for the 1 loss.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      The other day many of the posters were screaming because Storen wasn’t left in for the 9th. Today they want a new closer. Never mind that Soriano has been lights out all year and Storen still has an ERA of 1.50.

      Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

      +100000000000000000,,,,,,

    • natsfan1a - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      The thought did occur to me in the 9th. Maybe to FP as well, when he said “So, you want to be a big league manager.”

    • secretwasianman - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Ah yeah. I want names

  106. davecydell - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Love how some cherry pick their stats:

    ” Cishek’s ERA is over 3.00 — Soriano’s is under 2.00.”

    clip 1.80
    storen 1.53
    sorianus 1.96

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      What are you talking about? That wasn’t cherry-picking. We have three guys under 2.00, and Cishek is just above 3.00, and you think Soriano sucks. That’s crazy.

      You didn’t like ” Cishek’s ERA is over 3.00 — Soriano’s is under 2.00.” ?

      So, then, how’s this: “Cishek’s ERA is 3.06 — Soriano’s is 1.96″? That makes my point 100% the same.

      • davecydell - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        and my point, good trade for prospects

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        OK, perhaps I am completely misunderstanding. Are you saying that we need a reliever so badly that we should trade prospects to get one?

        If so, I think that’s nuts. Storen-Clip-Soriano are about as good a three-some as they come (check other teams). They are all under 2.00

        The Nats have some weaknesses, but relief pitching is nowhere near the top of that list.

  107. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    A couple of years ago people called Jayson Werth “werthless” and it was offensive.
    Now we have someone calling Rafael Soriano “sorianus” which is not only offensive, but totally classless and it cheapens the quality of Nats Insider. You don’t like him, that’s fine, gripe about him, but grow up.

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