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Game 106: Phillies at Nats

Jul 31, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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One day after the Nats salvaged their road trip with a 4-3 win over the Marlins, they pick right back up to begin a four-game set with the Phillies at Nationals Park. It will be a showdown of lefties as Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56) will go up against Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78).

Gonzalez will look to build off his last time out, an excellent start against the Reds in Cincinnati. Gio went seven innings with one run allowed on July 26, though the Nats lost that day 1-0.

Gio will make his 10th career start against the Phillies. The two-time All-Star is 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA vs. Philly in 58 total innings.

Lee will face the Nationals for the 13th time in his career. He is 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings.

Check back for updates throughout the game…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 1500 AM, 1580 AM, XM 178, MLB.com
Weather: Scattered T-storms, 83 degrees, wind 9 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (58-47)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES (47-61)
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
RF Marlon Byrd
C Carlos Ruiz
LF Grady Sizemore
1B Darin Ruf
3B Andres Blanco
LHP Cliff Lee

UMPIRES
HP Tom Hallion
1B Tripp Gibson
2B Chris Guccione
3B Eric Cooper

7:24 p.m. — Both Gonzalez and Lee are off to good starts with each getting out of the first in short order. Gio let up a single to Rollins, but nothing more. He threw 13 pitches while Lee needed 11.

7:36 p.m. — Gio got the Phillies out 1-2-3 in the second, and Lee got through the Nats in just nine pitches. Gio is at 29 pitches, Lee has thrown 20. Still 0-0 with the third up next.

7:57 p.m. — After Gonzalez escaped a mini-jam in the third – he allowed two singles – Lee has now been removed from the game. After throwing a pitch to Span, he immediately called for the training staff and quickly left with what appeared to be an arm injury. Antonio Bastardo is now pitching for the Phillies.

8:31 p.m. — The Phillies broke this game open in the top of the fourth and knocked Gio out of the game. They plated five runs, all charged as earned to Gonzalez. Byrd and Ruiz led off with singles before Sizemore doubled them home for the first two runs. The third came on a Dominic Brown groundball to Espinosa, who mistakenly threw home. That scored Sizemore. The fourth run was on a Revere single and the fifth was on an Utley groundball that should have been a double play. The ball went to Espinosa who flipped it to Desmond, but Desmond dropped the ball on the double play attempt. The bases were loaded and that allowed a run to score. Ross Detwiler is now pitching for the Nats while Mario Hollands has taken over for the Phils.

8:42 p.m. — The Nats struck back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Rendon led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later he was brought home by a Ramos single to center field. It’s now a 5-1 game.

9:05 p.m. — The Nationals added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to Span, who just continues to rake in the month of July. Harper and Frandsen led off with back-to-back singles and a pinch-hitting Scott Hairston was hit in the foot by a pitch to load the bases. Span then singled to right field to score Harper and Frandsen to make this a 5-3 game. Jerry Blevins will now take the mound to begin the sixth inning.

9:29 p.m. — The Phillies added two more runs in the sixth to make this a 7-3 game. The first came on an RBI single by Rollins to score Revere. Revere singled and moved to second on a wild pitch from Blevins before coming all the way home on Rollins’ line drive to left field. Rollins then stole second and third to set up a sacrifice fly by Utley for the second run. The Nats went down in order in the bottom half of the frame, and now Aaron Barrett will take over to pitch the seventh.

9:59 p.m. — The Nats cut into the Phillies lead once again with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but they could have had more. The run came on an Espinosa RBI single that scored Frandsen from third. Espinosa was then joined on base by Span who singled to allow Espinosa to reach third with one out. Rendon then lined out to right field on a ball that did not give Espinosa enough time to tag up and reach home, and Werth then struck out swinging. It’s a 7-4 game with Craig Stammen coming in to pitch for the Nats in the top of the eighth.

10:27 p.m. — Philly padded their lead with three more runs in the top of the eighth to go up 10-4. Byrd singled home two runs before Sizemore notched his second RBI hit of the evening. The Nats then went down 1-2-3 to take us to the ninth. Stammen will go back out there after his unfortunate eighth, his first appearance since July 22.

10:41 p.m. — That’s it, Nats lose 10-4. Nationals are now 58-48 on the year.

437 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. unterp - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP · 1m

    Nats traded for Asdrubal Cabrera, per Indians beat man @MLBastian.

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Pfft. Zach Walters must have kicked someone’s dog.

      • NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        He’s going to Cleveland (Zach Walters, that is).

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Ken Rosenthal said the same. Depending on what we gave up, but that looks like a good upgrade.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Zack Walters to Indians

    • NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Is he on the plane yet? Here are his stats.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabreas01.shtml

  3. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    So Im fine with the deal of Cabrera for Z Walters….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      I don’t think Cabrera is a huge upgrade over Espi… But something had to give…

      But I will guess that since there is still some time left, a big bat will come? We will see….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        He is an upgrade, and hopefully trade will get the most of him.

      • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        He bats .245 from the left side of the place. That’s more than 50 points higher than Danny.

        That translates to 30% more hits than Danny’s getting.

        It is a rather large upgrade — not because Cabrera’s great, but, compared to Danny from the left side…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        He is hitting .246/.305/.386. Espi’s is 212/283/347.

        I don’t see how that is a huge upgrade…

      • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Not a huge upgrade. But if you platoon them, you are much better. You will see Danny against LHP and Cabrera against RHP.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        His OPS against RHP is about 150 points better than Espinosa’s. It’s an upgrade.

  4. kirbs3256 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    We got an upgrade at 2B. The ? Is, what did we lose?

    • NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Yep.

      • passedappetizers - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Straight up for Zach Walters.

    • NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      A bench player…

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Upgrade. U sure?

      • NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Yes, I think Cabrera is an upgrade over Zach Walters. Um, yes I do… :)

      • NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        And if Cleveland is sending cash, it’s not a big problem. Walters was not likely to be a big-league starter on the Nats, certainly not this season or next.

    • kirbs3256 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Its a upgrade over left handed danny. And we shall see how Zack does with playing time if he gets it….i really wanted miller from Bos, but looks like the damn O’s scooped him.

  5. masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I’m okay with this trade. I don’t see Walters as MLB material, with his low OBP and high strikeout rate.

  6. derwink - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    $3.33 million left on contract and a free agent at the end of the year.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      All of which is being paid by the Indians, according to reports.

  7. bleacherbumerik - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    With Zimmerman out for the year, this helps some, but this team just doesn’t have the juice to win much of anything this year. Rizzo will continue to try to build the program. They needed something more via trade to have a legitimate shot. Cabrera isn’t it.

  8. derwink - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Cleveland is sending cash, too, apparently.

  9. NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Cabrera is not a plus defender at SS but he should be able to handle 2B. When he was an All-Star (2010 and 2011) he hit .270. Maybe the change of scenery will help him…

    • bowdenball - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Even if the change of scenery does nothing for him, his 2014 numbers are a significant upgrade over Espinosa against right-handers. I assume Espi will still get some starts against lefties.

    • unterp - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      that’a what you hope for, a boost for him and the team. It happens short term all the time. hope it happens here…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      +1

  10. Danny - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Fine with the move. Azdrubal should be able to consistently hit RHP better than Espy. Marginal upgrade, but we have up Walters who I’ve never been high on. He is an all power bat, high Ks, low OBP. Espy-Cabrera platoon?

  11. chazzmichaelmichaelzz - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    If given the chance, I feel like Zach Walters is at least 1.0 WAR material with more upside than Cabrera who seems to be trending in the wrong direction (~1.0 WAR last year, 0.5 so far this year).

  12. Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Re: Asdrubal, hard to get pumped about .246/.305/.386/.692, although he’s 1.1 WAR over Espi, so there’s that. Looks like he’s about even swinging from both sides, too.

    I like the clean trade for Walters and cash.

    Asdrubal backed up by Espi, and Desi backed up by Asdrubal is better than Desi backed up by Espi and Espi backed up by Walters.

    I like it.

    • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      caveat: I’m basically a rookie on this front ;)

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Yep. Cabrera is about league average. So he’s far from a star and you’d be disappointed if you wanted a star. But, he’s a big upgrade on Espi. And he’s been a star in the past so that potential is there. We gave up quite literally nothing in Zack Walters, not to be harsh.

      • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        So, what’s the general tendency as far as hitting success when moving from AL to NL?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        I don’t know about ‘big’ upgrade… And Im not sure his defense is better than Espi’s but it was obvious that a change was coming…

      • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Espi is at 0.0 dWAR at 2B and Cabrera is at -0.2 dWAR at SS in the AL.

        No idea how Cabrera’s dWAR might translate to 2B in the NL…

        His oWAR is 1.8 vs. Espi’s 0.0.

      • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Er, sorry, Espi is 0.2 dWAR, Cabrera -0.1, and Cabrera apparently at 2B, not SS…not sure where I got SS…heh.

  13. kirbs3256 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Let’s not all forget. Rizzo LOVES scooping the waiver wire trades in august. There is always that chance that Rizzo got him to plug the hole until something better pops up.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      True

  14. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    “Indians are picking up the remainder of Cabrera’s contract ($10M this season total). The club really likes Walters.”

    LOL what?

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Wow, so we are basically getting Cabrera for free?

    • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      The cost is whatever exists between what Walters is now and what he’ll become.

  16. adcwonk - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Almost all I heard last night was: “go all in, trade any prospects except for Giolito”

    And now folks are worried about the loss of Walters?

    You have to give in order to get!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Who’s worried about Walters? I think most people are fine with Walters leaving… at least, I know I am. I don’t think Walters is a legit SS or 2nd baseman, personally…

      Good Luck to him as an Indian…

      • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Who’s worried about Walters?

        Well, for starters, how do you interpret the first comment on this post? (too rich) Perhaps I misinterpreted it?

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Great call, Wonk.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      who cares about Walters?

  17. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Tigers get Price. Wow.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Shut the front door….

    • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Whoa! Didn’t see that coming.

      Filling the hole that Fister left?

      Rays fans must be bumming.

      A’s fans, too? ;-)

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        all 4500 rays fans should be bummed.

      • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        +1 ;-)

      • therealjohnc - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Rays got Drew Smyly+ It’s what they do.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        DD to BB: “I’ll see your Jon Lester and raise you David Price.”

  18. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 3s
    Source: #Twins sign Suzuki to extension.

  19. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Jack Curry ‏@JackCurryYES 25s
    Yankees have acquired Prado from Arizona.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Wonder what the Yankees gave up? Wish the Nats could have gotten Prado, but his contract probably scared them off.

  20. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Gordon Wittenmyer ‏@GDubCub 1m
    Source: Russell and Bonifacio to Atlanta.

  21. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 37s
    Williams called Cabrera “an everyday player.” Said it could be flexible where he hits. Likes option of a switch-hitter 2nd and Rendon at 5.

    If he moves Rendon from the 2 hole, I swear…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Leave Rendon 2 place Cabrera 8th

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        That’s just awful about Lee… any word on his injury? Wonder if philly wishes they traded him now….

        So what happened to GIo? I had to work and couldn’t bring up Charlie and Dave until now.

        Frandsen plays a better out field than IF…

  22. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    LaRoche scratched for tonight. No trade. Day off. frandsen filling in.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Fransen? ughhhh. Why not Hairston in left tonight? Hes white hot and Bryce cant hit lefties. LOL

      • rmoore446 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        One double does not make Hairston “white hot” at the plate and then there’s him in the field.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        That’s called sarcasm.

  23. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    gio, frandsden, Bryce, and Danny? where the hits coming from?

    • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Span, Rendon, Werth, Ramos . . .

      Hey, you said the season was over on Apr 25, what are you still doing here?

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Bugging you guys. Seems to be working Mwah haha mwah haha.

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Will you do some damn research ONE TIME before posting to whine?

      • therealjohnc - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Plate discipline, David. Don’t swing at the wild stuff.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Why should I? Nobody here did andy damn research and now we have the worst President in American history.

      • snerdblurter - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        hahahahhhaahha i KNEW it.

    • nashpersaud21 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Have you not noticed that Bryce is hot as ever right now? He’s hitting lefties great.

  24. janebeard - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    May Danny have this guy’s number. GYFNG! Headed to the stadium…now.

  25. jd - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Cabrera anywhere near the top of the order would be stupid. 7th or 8th sounds pretty good to me.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      To start with, yes. He takes the spot formerly occupied by one Danny Espinosa.

  26. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    If MW takes Rendon out of the 2 hole, he’s insane. Come on, bat ALR 3rd, Werth 4th, Harper 5th, against righties at least.

    • nashpersaud21 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Cabrera has a .179, more or less, average with RISP.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Shhhhhhhhh. Don’t give say anything bad. It’s not allowed here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        .188 covered that in previous posts.

    • jd - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      followed by Desmond, Cabrera and Ramos.

      Makes too much sense.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    My lineup

    Span
    Rendon
    Werth
    ALR
    Harper
    Ramos
    Desmond
    Cabrera.

    When Loboton plays move Ramos out slot everyone up.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      I like it. You should mange.

    • jd - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      You don’t go for the LRLRLRLR thing?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Not always

  28. jd - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    BTW,

    How does Amaro explain standing pat? has to be the worst GM of all time. Needs to go and take private lessons from Ben Cherrington who is rebuilding the Red Sox on the fly. Whatch them be right back in the race next year.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Their farm system not that good, and getting old.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      How can you justify not making a trade and picking up AA prospects.

      It’s beyond belief. Do you wait for Utley to have no value? His offseason value goes down further as he’s a year older and offseasons for players like him don’t have winter stats

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Rizzo has time to see what shakes out on the waiver wire and how RZim’s recovery goes.

  30. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    “The Nationals tried to make more than one trade Thursday, according to a person familiar with the Nationals’ dealings. In the weeks leading up to the deadline, the Nationals focused on adding a relief pitcher. They made several offers to teams for a handful of relievers in the final minutes. They would have landed one, the person said, but they did not want to part with Class AAA Syracuse outfielder Steven Souza.” – Kilgore

    Interesting. I wonder who

    • Danny - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Would that have been enough to get Benoit?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Same as I said. Every deal was centering around demands to include Souza, Giolito or Cole or a combination.

      Best trades are sometimes the ones you didn’t make.

  31. davecydell - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    The Nats still have Soriano, yes, Soriano.
    Hope all concerned got my apology.
    The Nats get a rent-a-player.
    Not the few million but the loss of a first class prospect, forever, that may really matter.
    Play Ball.

    • water47 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      He is right that teams may overvalue prospects but they also downgrade MLB talent if they are old or have contracts either in $$$ or length. And, seriously downgrade MLB talent when it is all of the above. Phillies are going to hope that they can make some waiver wire trades or just let someone take on a contract. They could Uggla a few players but not many have the kind of deal that is easy to eat.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        They still had some players they could have moved and chose not too. What is Byrd worth in the off-season? Much less than now.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    [Espi's] piss and vinegar – Mike Rizzo

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      “I haven’t told Matt what to do one time this season” – Mike Rizzo

  33. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    We give up a higher rate of hits and walks to number 8 batters than I believe is league average. Or maybe it is my imagination.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Gio settle down, we are not scoring enough runs right now to give up early runs. Get a double play.

  35. Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Espi’s swing on the double reminded me a bit of RZimm’s swing.

  36. Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Oh no…hope it’s not the ligament… :(

    Good luck Lee.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Lee is an amazing pitcher. That’s unbelieveable.

      On the crazy side of baseball, Phillies didn’t trade him. Can you imagine if they did and he then has a debut for some team like this?

      • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Yeah… Hate to see it happen to anyone, but someone of that caliber is really sad to see.

        Was thinking about the trade sitch and what that would’ve been like…yikes…

  37. TimDz - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    That doesn’t look good …this just may be his last stand….he just felt something, per Bob and FP. If it was his elbow, he could be in serious straits…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Turns 36 in a few weeks. Age and wear and tear are not a pitcher’s friend.

  38. water47 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I am a pro Nats as there is but Cliff Lee is a classy guy and this is just tough. Heal quickly.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Like I said there is an irony that Cliff Lee was being dangled for a trade and Amaro didn’t like what he was offered. Now he probably gets nothing but the Phoolies owe him $25,000,000 for 2015.

    • nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      The Phoolies owe him $8 million for August and Sept + that $25 million.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Gio getting BABIP’d. Sheesh. Need a doubleplay here.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Two cheap hits and then a gap per. Come on Gio our starters can’t pitch like that until we starting hitting again. We had 5 great starts in a row, guess asking for more is to much.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        I didn’t mind the first 2 hits but then buckle down on Sizemore. You have him lefty/lefty. Can’t go 3 balls on him.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Gio, come on man. You don’t go 3-2 against a lousy hitter who is lefty. You will get burned.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Gio pitching Grady Sizemore like he’s Chase Utley. Unreal. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR A$$ GIO.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Gio is the least consistent of the 5 starters. He can be on or off, because he throws many more balls. Mac Catty as always come after 4 consecutive batters reach to start an inning. Not sure Antone in the infield bothered from what I could see.

      McCatty’s plan worked. Throw way inside so he isn’t comfortable.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        I can’t stand watching this guy when he pitches like this. It’s worse than John Lannan.

  42. Danny - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Just call 2014 Gio Jekyll and Hyde.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      I basically said that. When he is on he is on, when he is off he is so hit table.

      Other have had not so good game.

  43. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I see Gio’s head is in his ass again, its getting old.

  44. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Dumb decision to go home, there. Very dumb

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    STUPID STUPID STUPID. Take the out at 1st Espinosa.

  46. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Gio must be concerned about Lee

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    If Espi gets the runner at 1st, Frandsen isn’t holding the runner there and it’s 3 outs.

  48. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Nats did not come to play tonight

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Gio didn’t for sure. Espi came to hit not field.

  49. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Gio hasn’t been nearly as bad as his line score has indicated. One bad pitch to Sizemore. Everything else has been grounders that found holes.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Espi I guess getting a hit forgot how to field. There was no way he was getting Size more. That was just poor second base play.

    What is MW DOING? Sitting on his rear again. This is becoming a real issue with MW. Way too much rope.

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      It’s not like Gio is being crushed all over the place

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        As I say the scoreboard tells the story.

  51. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Well now the contact is getting harder.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Big Cat just text me, to say Gio quit on the team tonight. Big Cat always saying that.

  53. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Lester for Gio…oh too late

  54. unkyd59 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Not watching…. Is anyone up in the bullpen?

    • unkyd59 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      TCB, Det!!!

  55. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Desmond must be concerned about Cabrera

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Bye Gio. What a disappointment.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    FP says blame Espi for poor feed. I say blame Desi, it was there.

  58. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    That should be an error. It’s not, but it should be. The “can’t assume the doubleplay” thing is BS. Some are tailor made.

    But it’s moot if Espi doesn’t make the boneheaded decision earlier.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      FP blame Espi for the way he tossed it.

      Gio pitching like this is far worse than Soriano in the 9th because, he has been this pathetic 4 or so times, and blows up the whole bullpen.

  59. Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Frandsen really missed one a couple of batters ago. I feel bad for Gio.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Fielders weren’t great, but the pitches were worse. I feel no pity for Gio.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    You feel bad for Gio? 2 seeing eye hits and he gets the bottom of the order and gets the lefty/lefty on Grady Sizemore. Grady Sizemore up until that hit was hitting lefties at .182 Gio had the matchup but went on nibble nibble like he was pitching scared.

    You feel bad for Gio?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Agreed, Gio through kerosine on a fire that started with bad luck. No pity from me.

      Now let’s tie the thing up and bail him out.

      What did he do different tonight then Saturday. Learn from it. Don’t repeat errors, repeat what works.

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      The double shouldn’t have scored 2 runs. That was really the only bad pitch of the entire inning and he’s down 5-0.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        But it was the most important pitch of the inning.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Yeah, and I don’t feel the need to apologize for it. He had a tough night, but I thought his team played pretty crappy behind him. I’m with David on this one, but I also think that the Nats can come back and beat theses bums.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        They did but his talking in the glove and staring down the umpire and all the antics is old hat by now.

        Play the game and pitch. Seeing eye hits happen. He has nobody to blame for the 2 RBI hit by Sizemore but himself.

  61. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Gio was unfortunate tonight. Two bad defensive plays and lots of seeing all singles. Only 2 balls hit well. There have been games where Gio has pitched very poorly. To me, this isn’t one of them.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      That’s exactly right. Everything was fine until he went nibble 3 ball count to Grady Sizemore. Come on. Sizemore vs. lefties .182/.239/.273/.512

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        I have a friend a lefty who pitched in college, he said lefties nibble because no coach cares if they have a fast ball and are promoted with less skills.

        That is why Sales and Kershaw are so great because they have the skills.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Interesting. I just watched Cliff Lee a lefty put on a clinic thru 3 full innings.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Rollins non homer was hit well. However the key hitter was Sixemore, so I throw the bad luck tag. Take care of him it all problems would disappear. Instead he totally messed that up.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Gio Gonzalez screamed into his glove as Matt Williams came to take the ball. Ross Detwiler is in. 5-0, Phillies, after Desmond’s gaffe.”

    Pitch like a power pitcher Gio. If Rizzo wanted John Lannan he would have kept him.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Gio has always loved to nibble and nights he gets burned is because he doesn’t put people away.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Correct, that is why he most frustrating of the starters

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Espi throwing home was a rookie mistake there which also didn’t help.

  63. scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Bad night for the team to lay an egg.

    On a bright note, most NL teams stayed the same, except Cards. We can still hope to get to the WS and get lucky,

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Brand new ball game. Score 2 or 3 in this inning and you’re right back in it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      +1

  65. davecydell - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Can’t follow Nats 60sec60mns24hrs.
    Someone tell me what happened to Laro?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Who?

      • davecydell - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Rendon throw gets by Fransen.
        Must be ” who “on first.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Got to love it. Last 5 games starters 35 innings 5 runs. Tonight 3 1/3 5 runs. More than ten times worse than previous 5 games

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Buffalo, thanks! RISP RBI!

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Rendon screens Rollins. Good job.

  69. mauimo22 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I don’t think Gio is mentally strong. I think JZimm and Fister and even Roark have the mental stuff. I see Gio being left off playoff rosters and dangled for future trades. I like the kid a lot so it’s too bad. We need to beat last place teams and stop playing afraid!

    • davecydell - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      You must be new here.
      You make sense.

      • senators69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        +1

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      You’re not going to win every game against a last place team. The Astros blew out the A’s last night. We’ve dominated the Phillies the last couple years.

      • mauimo22 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        I certainly hope the domination continues. We caught a lucky break with C Lee throwing a 1 hitter before the injury, now let’s go score some frickin’ runs! We have to take 3 of 4 to continue our domination right?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      He throws things in the dugout, why didn’t he use that energy for pitching, not nibble.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Desmond sure killed that quick. Notice no problem turning the double play.

    Obviously no trades didn’t effect them.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Come on Frandsen. Make that play.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Frandsen is no ALR

    • davecydell - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      who?

  73. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Great defense Frandsen.

  74. scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Franzen showing the philly faithful why he was released

  75. scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Franzen showing the philly faithful why he was released

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Buffalo bails out Frandsen

  77. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    The one consistent of the Nats is their inconsistency. Ugly game. And GIO is a big baby. He and Stras 1 and 2 in that contest.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      As I remind who is in first place. And second in the lousy NL?

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Lousy is the key word. If they do manage to win this division it will be because of the mediocrity in this league. I’m sorry but winning a division with a record like 84 and 78 is not impressive to me. 2012 was REALLY impressive.

  78. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Rizzo needs to be called out for the terrible bench he has put together the last two seasons. It is really hurting this team. If the starters are even a little off forget it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      RIght handed what the hell? Heard fans booed which he should be. There is a different Size more doubled, and Espi does something stupid.

      Now Hairston

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Now we get a lucky hit, let’s see if their pitcher melts

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Espi needs to be like Sizemore

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    What are you doing Danny?

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    That’s just awful about Lee… any word on his injury? Wonder if philly wishes they traded him now….

    So what happened to GIo? I had to work and couldn’t bring up Charlie and Dave until now.

    Frandsen plays a better out field than IF…

  83. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Bunt? RU kidding?

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    In steps the “lefty” killer Scott Hairston. He’s hot!

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM
    Brand new ball game. Score 2 or 3 in this inning and you’re right back in it.”

  85. Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Why, Espi, WHY?!?!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Because he has no confidence.

      • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        After smoking one off the fence?

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      He forgot he was batting right handed….

  86. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Danny the ultimate rally killer
    Complain about Cabrera’s risp BA…..but it’s light years ahead of DE

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Total brain cramp

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Yes, that is true but still it’s something to consider when you trade for a player.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        yes, but it was an upgrade over our current starting second baseman…not the cadillac Beltre upgrade, but sometimes you only can get a Chevy.
        I agree there were better 2bman available but am unsure of the cost that the Yanks and others paid. I don’t know, did the yanks give up a lot for Headley ?

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Yes Span. Come on Rendon

  88. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Nats MVP Denard Span

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      You all are funny. There were people ready to bench him 2 months ago.

      He has been the MVP for the month of July.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        yeah I guess Werth had a good month too but
        i’m a homer for span

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Span deserves it. He’s been a huge reason for the success.

    • mauimo22 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Agreed.

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    That’s why Espi’s stupid decision to throw home was so bad. Score is probably tied now.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Bingo. But he is there for his fielding. Totally a mystery. Just hyena same as Monday when Harper didn’t score on one not straight at the fielder. Made no sense

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        I like his fielding but there’s no excuse for that.

      • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Hyena? MNF, your typos and autocorrect fails are a constant source of amusement (I don’t mean anything bad by that whatsoever).

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Yes span… yes… keep chipping away!!!

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    4th pitcher in

  92. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Don’t let up now, boys.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Nats get a seeing eye hit thanks to Hairston screening the 1st baseman. Put bat on ball and things happen.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Yep

  94. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Lousy is the key word. If they do manage to win this division it will be because of the mediocrity in this league.

    Works for me. Were you hoping for style points?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      As Al Davis says just win baby

      • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        “I don’t have to be faster than the bear, I just have to be faster than you.”

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      No hoping to relax by mid Sept. Hahaha. Enjoy the game. Gotta get up at 4.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Nats have the extra bullpen pitcher with Treinen but a short bench.

  96. ehay2k - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Espi is just having a 100% bad game tonight. If you call your own bunt play, don’t start running before you hit it. The throw home? The bad flip to 2nd I can sort of forgive him since Desi was moving towards the bag. But, a stinker. I can’t help but wonder if getting 2 hours last night got into his head. Lots of room in there…

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Two HITS last night…

  97. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I see we scored. I’ll go away then. Go nats.

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM
    Brand new ball game. Score 2 or 3 in this inning and you’re right back in it.”

    Like I wrote when the score was 5-0. Have some faith in your team.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      I don’t know why you indulge and respond to certain posters…. I really dont.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Just letting them know the game wasn’t over ;)

    • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      when you have a good bullpen, you’re never out of it,
      except when they’re having a bad day

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        You say that as Jerry Blevins enters the game………..

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      I’m afraid you may have spoke too soon.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        As soon as Blevins checked into the joint.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Rendon hits into bad luck. Darn.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Nice hit Rendon. That is bad luck. Gio’s pitching to Size more not bad luck.

    Keep chippin

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    “FantasyBaseballAlert ‏@FantasyBBAlert 24s
    Tyler Skaggs exits with forearm tightness – Tyler Skaggs”

    Skaggs had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 and exited with forearm issues. That’s 2 players just today!

  102. Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Blevins. Blah …

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Thank you Jerry Blevins! Unbelieveable.

  104. scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Jerry Blevins is the equivalent of raising the white flag

  105. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Blevins needs to be moved.

    • mauimo22 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      And Quickly!

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I feel like MW concedes since he has out Blevins in the game… Sorry, I do.

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Someone give JoeS some heart meds as I can feel his pissed-tivity from over here… :-)

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      You got that right. I griped about him the day the trade was made.

  108. Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Every time I see Jerry Blevins pitch the less I like to see Jerry Blevins pitch.

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Good twitter follow. Bad pitcher.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        He’s a great guy. Doesn’t mean that he can pitch.

      • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Perzackly. I’ll have a beer with him any day of the week. But I’ve seen enough of him as a pitcher. He’s currently as deadly as HRod or Lidge.

  109. Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    What on earth is Blevins still doing on the team, let alone the mound?

    • senators69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      I am SO f’in tired of Belvins. He had one good month for us — April.
      See for yourself:

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/gamelog/_/id/28915/jerry-blevins

      WHY DOES MW CONTINUE TO PLAY THIS GUY???
      Bring up someone from AAA
      Trade for a lefty.

      So clear that Blevins can’t get it done.

  110. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Blevins hurts to watch.

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    The Jerry Blevins show is like a bad rerun. 2 earned runs. Way to go! Like a kick in the gut.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      You said he wasn’t a loogy when we traded for him, Steve.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        If I said that then, that was backed up by what I had but since then I’ve called it as it is.

        Do players change? Grady Sizemore was one of the best CFs in baseball in 2006 to 2008. Now he stinks.

        The day you start to think you will get the same player year after year you are fooling yourself.

        I also thought McLouth was going to be a good pickup. He’s been awful. That’s sports.

        The good GMs know when to hold em and when to fold em. The Henry Rodriguez story. It happens even to good GMs.

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Sure, leave in Blevins against Byrd. Can’t believe this guy was brought in for the 6th.

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      L, L, S, L. And right is Rollins weaker side. It makes sense from that perspective. Blevins needs to be DFA’d though. It all started by giving up a hit to the lefty.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I can see the wisdom but wrong pitcher in that situation. You just dug back to within 2 runs.

  113. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Blevins should be embarrassed by this inning. Getting hit is one thing, allowing Rollins to have his way is pathetic.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Uhm, MW should be… I mean 100+ games in and he STILL HASNT LEARNED THAT BLEVINS IS A LOOGY… AND BARELY THAT….

      what is the definition of insanity…. Again, I feel like MW concede this game when he put Blevins in…

      • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        The inning was L, L,S, L. Right is Rollins weaker side, so you don’t want to bring in a righty. It’s on Blevins. This is a situation he should handle

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Blevins in long relief is all kinda of bad ideas… I don’t care if he faces 1 batter, that is ALL he should be responsible for…

        Again, what the hell is the definition of insanity…

        Stammen hasn’t pitched in… What, 9 days… Bbt MW CONTINUES to put Jeryy Blevins in there like something is gonna flippin change…

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    You claw back into the game to 5-3 and then you have Blevins who just stinks. No other way to call it.

    • senators69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      ++

  115. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I bought a carton of milk today. Craig Stammen’s picture was on it.

    What is Matt Williams trying to prove? And to whom?

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      He’s not trying to prove anything, he was playing the matchups. The matchups favored the lefty.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      You got me busting a gut on that one, stoatva!

  116. Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Blevins Ks Byrd?!?!!! Amazing.

    A little late though.

  117. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Really, can Xavier Cedeno be any worse than Jerry Blevins right now?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      No, he can’t be if you use him as a situational lefty. Abad was better than Blevins. A lot better.

  118. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I was ok losing 5. To 3. But this is just pathetic managing. I can’t believe how much MW has held this team back. I thought the final audition for Barrett and Blevins was the other night. And they failed. You stink MW. You really do. Give Buck Showalter this team and we are 7 games up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Buck Showalter? Are you kidding me? Even for you that’s low.

  119. Nats fool - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Does Matt “Meathead” Williams even think? He’s so bad you just have to laugh. Stammen was meant for this kind of thing, and he goes for a LOOGY.

  120. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Matt Williams is a complet bafoon.

    Hats off, ladies and gentlemen. A genius. You cannot make stuff like this up.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      We’ll make SWM the manager and Fool can be the bench coach.that’ll get us the WS, eh?

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

        Yes it will. And I have 4 tickets for you right behind home plate.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      The name calling is just childish… I mean, seriously… Idc if you don’t agree with him… Just uncalled for…

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        You called Blevins useless. That’s not insulting? If you heard him you would hurt his feelings. That’s not nice

  121. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I don’t understand how you complain about pitcher choice when your starter goes 3 2/3. You can’t use everyone. That inning was a favorable matchup. You can’t use Barrett because lefties kill him. You need Stammen and Treinan if it goes to extras.

    If you can’t use Blevins there, then he needs to be off the team. Which is where I stand. Get rid of him.

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      And Storen is unavailable.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Right…. So MW should keep trotting Blevins useless self out there and letting him mess up… That’s just brilliant.

        I swear every time he comes in…. ‘In play, runs’ is all on game day….

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I always thought that Davey used to run the same overmatched guys out again and again to tell Rizzo “I’ll keep using this guy in this role until you get me someone better.” Maybe that’s what Williams is doing, too, but I’d be surprised.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        MW isn’t that smart. He’s a bafoon, remember

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      That same sequence of lefthanded batters is going to keep coming up in this game, only now we have no lefties left. Of course now, in all likelihood, it doesn’t matter anymore.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      This was exactly type Stammen is suppose to pitch. Why worry about extra innings.

  122. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    If MW worked as hard on managing as he does shaving his head we might have something here. LOL. Take a seat Matt. Revely is at 0500

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      He has a fine hair due

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Come on Nats….mets just beat the brakes off Philly yesterday… Here’s to a HUGE 8th inning…

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    The Matt Williams hate is uncalled for. He doesn’t put these guys on the roster. At some point, the players have to do their job and if they can’t the GM needs to replace them.

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      It’s not uncalled for to question his decisions, his demeanor, or his managerial skills. What’s the upside he brings to the table, apart from an apparently unmerited reputation for toughness and energy?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        I was sure Stammen would pitch the 6th and brings in Blevins. I complained the minute I heard that in the car.

        Is Stammen no longer on the team? 9 days no okay, while bullpen suffers, that I question

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Doesn’t Blevins have a sore fingernail, or maybe an ingrown toenail, or some thing to put him on the DL?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      It is the managers responsibility to know his players…

      How do you not know that Sori is tired after pitching 3 out of 4 nights and laboring more and more in each appearance…

      How do you not know that Blevins is a Loogy and shouldn’t face more than 1 batter….

      MW is not blameless in any of this.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        He deserves some blame for sure but the front of the bullpen has been hemoraging in Hi Lev spots most of the season.

        Get him some players. How do you not improve the bullpen today?

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Excellent excellent point you make.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        I do believe that MW overall has done a fine job… I’ve disagreed with him a few times and made it known.. I don’t think the name calling is productive at all, but i do think it’s fair to start when he makes some interesting decisions…

        But yeah, I agree as far as the BP… Rizzo has got to do something about the BP…

  125. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I was out running my nightly locking my church duty. Missed seeing Blevins, Was he as pathetic as Dave made him out to be?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I thought he was the BP pitcher.

    • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      I suspect Dave of Charlie and Dave fame hit the nail right on the head. They’re both good for that IMO.

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Wonder if they will pull a ‘Haren’ with Blevins… And then bring Cedeno up….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Danny swinging from his heels on 1-0 count. CONTACT Danny!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        I think Cabrera and Espi will just platoon from now on and Espi will be a late inning defensive guy… I hope they are able to move Harp to 6th, Desi to 7th and Cabrera to 8…..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Hoping that’s the case. Asdrubel better be batting 7th or 8th tomorrow.

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Does it count that the Nats are beating the Phoolies bullpen 3-2?

    • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      It might for the next three days…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      No.

  128. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    t hating, just want to know. Is Craig Stammen PNG (persona non grada) hasn’t played in 9 days. Why did he not pitch the 6th.

    Rizzo needs to DFA or waiver Blevins, and keep Trainen up.

  129. Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    I’m with Ghost regarding the Matt Williams hate. He has managed an infirmary team to first place. He’s not perfect like some of the “complet” genius types on here, but he has done ok with the team he has had to work with.

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      I think the Joe Altobelli comparison someone made the other day is apt.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Well said. Man, I knocked him hard for some real bad in-game decisions just like yesterday when he didn’t pull Hairston quicker for a pinch-runner but he’s not making fatal decision even though some thought keeping Sori in was as he later explained he didn’t have Clip available.

      I just wonder what Randy Knorr is doing while in-game decisions need to be made.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Honestly? I’m not a big Knorr fan.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        His job has to be to get in Matty’s ear and give him suggestions, options, alternatives, ideas, etc.

        “Hey Matt, should we save McLouth and bunt with JZim and get Espi into RISP”???????

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      What???? I think the team is in first in spite of MW. I think with a good manger we are running away with this thing. The team has done a great job compensating for MWs inadequacies.

    • Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Big +1 here, and a LMAO @ “complet” genius.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        To read the guy say , “I think” is a comedy in itself.

  130. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Espinosa drives in Frandsen. Cats and dogs living in harmony.

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    In that situation instead of pinch-hitting McLouth, why not bring in JZim to bunt Espi to 2nd. Just wondering as you have a short bench.

    • nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Thinking the same.

    • micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      good point

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Ghost in all seriousness you are correct. That’s the types of decisions MW should be making. And he just doesn’t. He does NOT put the team in the best position to win.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        I think if I was in the dugout instead of a comfy chair I probably make the same mistake.

        I expect Knorr to get in his ear and he just doesn’t. That’s why some of these managers have lifers who are 60 years old sitting in the dugout because they’ve seen it all and the game moves slowly for them.

  132. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    the boy can hit right handed

    too bad Blevins sucks, could have been a 5-4 game

    • nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      +1

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      But if you know Blevins sucks which everyone does whys does MW put him in???? BECAUSE the managers handbook says to.

  133. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Everyone thinks they can manage better, but don’t think through all the ramifications. They just see the results. Gio went 3.2 innings. At some point, in all likelihood, Blevins was going to have to pitch a full inning. L, L, S, L is the time to do it. If you can’t use him there, take it up with Mike Rizzo.

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      David, L L S L is going to continue to come up for as long as the game continues. Only now we have no LH pitchers left.

      • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        You don’t know that though. You don’t know the inning will start at that exact point. You can’t be burning pitcher’s for partial innings either.

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      David on Monday many said here before it happened to not bring in Soriano. We will all correct because we noticed he was tired of late. But MW did it anyway.

      • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Yes. But for every time a fan is correct, there are ten times fans are wrong. But we don’t remember those.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Totally agree with you. Unless you’ve decided never to use Blevins again, you have to bring him in when you have matchups like that. After the fact, it’s pretty easy to conclude that he was wrong to bring in a pitcher who gets roughed up. Lots of folks here specialize in brilliant post hoc managing. It’s not hard.

  134. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    lets go boys!

  135. Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Span, Span, Span,Span, Oh glorious Span!

  136. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    The Phillies bullpen is the cure for a host of ills.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      What the hell Espi run.

  137. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Rendon early in the 5th was the go ahead run, now he is tying run. Take advantage.

  138. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Espi gets 2 hits and he still a negative. 2 terrible plays in the field, and terrible running. I guess he is not on third enough to know a bad throw. Cabrera can’t get here soon enough.

    • micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      agree, i hope jayson can get this to a 1 run game

  139. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    More poor decisions tonight, then we have had in a long time.

  140. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    an HR would be nice

  141. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    FP again making excuses. You mean to tell me that running from 3rd to home you can’t tell if a throw from RF is headed to home or halfway up the line? That’s laughable.

    • micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      is that more on 3rd base coach than Espi?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        No he stopped on his own, his decision making tonight is befuddling.

    • David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      I’m listening to C&D and they were baffled as to why Espi didn’t score

      • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        I could have lived with him getting thrown out there, if he went all out. But that throw wasn’t going to get him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      You saw my note Espi there rarely he cannot tell. He has allowed them to score 2 extra, cost us one on offence -3

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Disastrous game for Espi, even though he has 2 hits.

  142. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Schlitz!!!

    come on jayson you’ve been a dog the last 2 games

  143. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Let’s hold it here… And chip away next inning…. *fingers crossed*

  144. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Come on don’t swing at balls. Take the walk. Fast balls
    High go higher.

  145. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Well, we need to keep it close enough to make Papelbon cry in the ninth.

  146. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Marlins lost

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Stammen in. Will he be throwing BP or show us something.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Nothing yet.

  148. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Great first pitch a batting practice fast ball

    • nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Cody Asche. A .243 hitter before that. I dont get it.

  149. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    If you were going to use Stammen…. Why not earlier…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      But I recognize that it’s still a learning experience for MW and it’s better to play around with things now vs when we get going in October….

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        This team is built to win now though. Bringing in a rookie manger is a bit irresponsible

  150. nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Keep pitching Ben Revere in 3-2 counts.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Way to much nibbling by a third pitcher tonight.

  151. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    I believe that is a double play if Stammen moves quicker he was second base

  152. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    I think Desi had that one for two, if not for the kick save.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      I agree Stammen his own worse enemy.

  153. Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Section 222 – Jul 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM
    Disastrous game for Espi, even though he has 2 hits.
    ——-
    Rendon has had better games, too.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      I thought the first error was Frandsen’s error… IMO, LaRoche picks that in his sleep… 2nd one yeah… Also thought he was babip’d something serious tonight…

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      What about 20 mil dollar WERTh not doing much tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      His mistakes cost no runs. Espi’s cost 3.

  154. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Nice K

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Except he couldn’t hold the runner at the same time. But the k was fine.

  155. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Well…. Uhm… Yeah….

  156. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Goat rodeo. Lovely.

  157. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Well glad Stammen is knocking the rust off in this game and not a one-run game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Why did they go 9 days and not pitch him. That is on MW

  158. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I guess I was wrong Stammen had no business being in either.

    The bullpen has really been weak this week.

  159. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    So After Monday most wanted Storen to close. He did and it was pretty ugly. Tonight we clear the milk carton and all get our wish with Stammen. And guess what it’s pretty ugly. What now? Bullpen really stinks lately.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      This week they been poor, but even the weeks they have been great you were bitching, so its hard to take much validity from your complaints because you are always negative.

      Look at the standings that is what counts.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        How much does the NAts organization pay you to make excuses for,them? You are just as intolerable as all the LODers you bitch about.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        And your always boring and pompous. Goodnight don’t let the bedbugs bight.

  160. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    So we add an extra pitcher to take Walters’ place for the game. I guess we will hear later why he wasn’t available.

  161. David Proctor - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    We haven’t had too many like this this year. They happen.

  162. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Get it all out tonight… In this laffer…. Get it all out…

  163. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Our best hope. LA Dodgers. Ood it’s ugly tonight. Just imagine if Storen had blown yesterday. Keep folks away from the sharp objects.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      As long as we are in first no sharp objects needed. I don’t mind losing as long as we are in first. Your problem is first is not your goal. If it was you would be happy.

      now score 6 guys.

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Being able to compete with elite teams is my goal. The Nats can’t. Check that record against the NL central and against the Os and against the As…. And against the Braves. You love stats and records. Go check it out.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        I look at the standings we have 3 less losses then Braves. That is what matters. Once in the postseason you play who you play. The best record over all rarely wins the world Series

      • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Hope you right Manassas. I just get frustrated. Keep waiting for this team to takeoff.

  164. nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Ghost,

    What do you call Blevins + Stammen?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      = 5 earned runs = game over

      • nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Well that to.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        The Dayton Duo.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Dayton duo if I remember…. Cuz I remember laughing so hard…

      • nats128 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        MrsB, thanks. That is funny

    • secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      No Mas? A white Towell? Throwing in the towel?

  165. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I am not making excusing was sin. They are losing. So what.

    Look at the standings. How is that making excuses?

  166. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I like winning as much as anyone, but I never assume a future loss gassed on a past or present game.

    Seems each day is new and our starters should pitch well enough win more games then the Braves.

    Is that unreasonable

  167. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Welp, I’ll be at the game tomorrow night so all will be well. Doesn’t hurt that Fister’s pitching, either.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      I’m going to the Werth gnome game…. Sitting in 310 I think… I think…

      • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        I’m there, in my usual 225.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        We’ll be in 314 for the Gnome game.

      • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Imma be there WAY early.

      • naterialguy - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Stoatnova, you in 225 tomorrow night? I sit on 223 in the Abe plan

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Yeah, row B. I’m on the Abe plan, too, although I’ve had to trade a lot of tickets.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Gio pitching gnome night with me in 321.

  168. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    On a good note Dodger 1-0

  169. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Look who found his slider, an inning late.

  170. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    None of these guys are as bad as Henry Rodriguez but its nearly as obvious you have to cut your losses with Blevins. Not sure about Stammen yet but his slider is his bread and butter and if that isn’t sliding, it’s BP. He hasn’t been good for a month and really hasn’t stepped up in a long time in Hi Lev spots.

    • senators69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      My man Henry!
      Per Wikipedia here is the latest on good ole Henry:

      “Rodríguez signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox on June 13, 2014. He was released a month later after walking 8 batters in less than 2 innings for the Triple A Charlotte Knights.”

      Never had any control…except for one brief stretch for the Nats

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        I saw what this guy was quickly. You just don’t complicate your mistakes.

  171. secretwasianman - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Dodgers up 1 0

  172. senators69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Bad stretch here boys.
    We better get our collective s%&t together soon or we’ll be looking up at the a$$es of the Braves

  173. scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    What is it now 8 games without a HR?

  174. scmargenau - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Camping with kids and just tuned in. Brutal.

    I like today’s trade. Guys a 270 lifetime and 2 time allstar for dirt cheap. And he can back up desi if hurt.

    U guys realize even if we win div we can’t win a playoff series with Danny and streaky hitters. We need Zim back or someone else in august.

  175. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    On a side note, I think we are going to learn a lot about Mike Trout the next two months. He has never played in a pennant race before. It isn’t automatic that he will maintain his extraordinary level of production.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      +1

    • scmargenau - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Nice redirect!

  176. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Hey Bob, that’s Papelbon

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      He took that one out of the Johnny Holliday play book.

  177. Eric - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    5 in a row for Giles? I think Carp has turned off the video monitor.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Asleep at the wheel took 2 outs to catch up. Where is he looking during the between inning break?

  178. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    FP screwed that announcing. Bonds, bonilla, puljos, pettitte, Bernie Williams, picada etc all played for Pitomac. As did Ankiel.

    Where these guys get their info.

    I twittered to complain, but if course he will ignore.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      The one season when they were a White sox affiliate was when Jordan played baseball. Thought he was going A. But went AA

  179. Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Nats pitchers gave up 17 hits. Is that the worst of the year?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Might be.

  180. stoatva - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Spouse said much earlier tonight: Is FP drunk? I think she may have been onto something.

    • scmargenau - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      He likes to party a bit

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Nah, just hungover from his Sharknado II party last night.

  181. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Dodgers 2-0

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Kershaw at just 43 pitches in three innings with 4 Ks already and only 1 hit so far. He should be good for 7 or 8 tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Dodgers almost turned an around the diamond triple play

  182. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I don’t and I don’t. They don’t have 1 starter better than the Nats 1-4.

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