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Game 107: Phillies at Nats

Aug 1, 2014, 3:36 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Asdrubal Cabrera has arrived and will make his Nationals debut tonight, batting seventh and starting at second base against the Phillies. I would imagine that’s where we’ll see the former Indians infielder most of the time, though we’ll see how it all plays out.

To make room for Cabrera on the active roster, the Nationals decided to keep Blake Treinen in their bullpen and option struggling Aaron Barrett to Class AAA Syracuse. Barrett could use some time away from the pressures of the big leagues to work on some things, including his mechanics. It’s notable that in his first 30 big-league appearances, he owned a 1.67 ERA. Then Joe West called a balk on him for the way he moves his hands when coming set, and in 10 appearances since, Barrett’s ERA was 9.45.

Meanwhile, Doug Fister starts tonight, seeking his 11th win in 15 tries. He’ll be opposed by Roberto Hernandez, aka the former Fausto Carmona. Updates to come, please check back…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 178, MLB.com
Weather: Chance of rain, 74 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (58-48)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Doug Fister

PHILLIES (48-61)
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Marlon Byrd
LF Grady Sizemore
C Carlos Ruiz
3B Cody Asche
RHP Roberto Hernandez

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

7:06 p.m. — We are underway on a cloudy Friday evening in the District. Doug Fister starts off Ben Revere with a 89-mph sinker for strike one.

7:11 p.m. — Man, Fister was all business in the top of the first. He needed only 14 pitches (11 strikes) to retire the side, getting a couple of groundballs and then striking out Chase Utley. As you see from the time stamp, it took him only five minutes to complete that inning. He’s a sportswriter’s dream!

7:17 p.m. — Roberto Hernandez sees Fister’s 14-pitch top of the first and raises him a 7-pitch, 6-strike bottom of the inning. Also got a pair of grounders before striking out Jayson Werth. Good stuff from both starters to get this game started.

7:31 p.m. — Fister looked like he was going to get out of the top of the second with ease, as well, but then Bryce Harper butchered Grady Sizemore’s drive to deep left field, taking a circuitous route and watching as the ball struck his arm. Sizemore was credited with a double — by the way, where did the 2008 version of Grady Sizemore suddenly come from? — and the Phillies made the Nats pay for the miscue. Fister walked Carlos Ruiz, then served up an RBI single to Cody Asche. So instead of a quick top of the second, the Phillies lead 1-0 and Fister’s pitch count just skyrocketed to 43.

7:45 p.m. — Now that was one of the strangest half-innings of baseball you’ll see all year. It began with Adam LaRoche hitting what looked like a routine popup between the mound and third base. The ball, though, dropped untouched. Even so, LaRoche was jogging down the line, so Asche had a chance to throw him out at first. Except the throw sailed into the right-field corner, allowing LaRoche to advance all the way to third base. Unreal. Ian Desmond made the Phillies pay for the blunder with an RBI single up the middle. Harper’s single to right put runners on the corners, still nobody out as Asdrubal Cabrera stepped to the plate for the first time as a National. He smoked the very first pitch, but right at Howard, who then stepped on first for a double play. And later Fister drilled a ball to left field, but right at Sizemore. So, to recap: The two hardest-hit balls in the inning produced three outs, while the worst-hit ball in the inning produced three bases. Gotta love baseball, folks. It’s 1-1 after two.

8:03 p.m. — Things calmed down considerably here in the third inning. Cabrera made a really nice play, ranging well to his left to make a sliding grab, then hopping to his feet to throw to first. Rendon singled in the bottom of the third. Still 1-1 heading to the fourth.

8:17 p.m. — Another well-struck ball by Cabrera in the bottom of the fourth, with nothing to show for it. He smoked a liner at Rollins. To the fifth we go, still 1-1.

8:25 p.m. — Werth with a great throw to the plate to nail Asche trying to score on Revere’s single to right. Also a nice tag by Ramos. Sandberg tried to get the umpires to initiate a review of the hated Rule 7.13, suggesting Ramos was blocking the plate, but umpire Tripp Gibson would have none of it. That’s Werth’s sixth assist of the year, and it keeps this a 1-1 game in the middle of the fifth.

8:35 p.m. — Make it 27 consecutive games reaching base for Span, who singled with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to keep his streak alive. Unfortunately, that’s all the Nats got in the inning, so this remains a 1-1 game.

8:48 p.m. — Chase here taking over for Mark for the rest of the game. The Phillies struck for another run in the sixth to go up 2-1. Byrd hit a solo shot to right field over the out of town scoreboard off Fister with two outs. Fister has thrown 99 pitches through six.

9:06 p.m. — Nothing going for either team in the seventh inning, as the game remains 2-1 with the eighth up next. Tyler Clippard will take over for Fister who is done for the night after 106 pitches.

9:15 p.m. — Three up, three down for both the Phillies and the Nats in the eighth. This game is still 2-1 with the ninth on deck. Rafael Soriano will pitch next.

9:37 p.m. — The Nats got two men on, but Harper and Cabrera both struck out swinging to end this one. Nats lose 2-1 and fall to 58-49 on the season. They’ve lost six of nine.

164 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    would like to see Desi hit tonight and bull pen come back

  2. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    that is a good point about blowhard Joe West, which brings me to this, I assume MW and the Nats got in his fat face and asked him simply, why is it ONLY a balk when you umpire? I would also assume the Nats asked the commissioner of umpires as well and would also remind the commissioner that MlB is not about Joe west

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      I’m pretty sure an article reported that the Nats had asked MLB and were told that West was right on the balk call.

      • bowdenball - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        The follow-up question should have been about Jordan Walden’s hop-step delivery, a much more obvious rules violation than Barrett’s.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        I agree with you, but some have pointed out that Walden’s move doesn’t have an element of deception. Still seems like a clear violation to me, but I’m not an umpire, thankfully.

      • bowdenball - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        It’s not a balk, it’s a violation of the fundamental rules of pitch delivery.

        “He shall not raise either foot from the ground, except that in his actual delivery of the ball to the batter, he may take one step backward, and one step forward with his free foot.”

      • janebeard - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Then that’s a case of the foxes guarding the hen house. He’s blowhard and he was wrong.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. on August 1, 2014 at 10:58 am
    Nats need to make a roster move when Asdrubal is activated.

    I say Barrett to AAA but maybe they do the right thing and DFA Blevins.

    micksback1 on August 1, 2014 at 10:59 am
    agree totally, good post. i bet they do just that.”

    Mick, you bet on Red on the roulette wheel and won.

    Those that assumed Treinen was up for one day weren’t paying attention.

    • senators69 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      +

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Rizzo believes Asdrubal is an undervalued player who will return to form. Short-term I can see that as you usually get that extra motivation on a move to a contender.

    Additionally Rizzo has the waiver wire to work.

    Today is better than yesterday.

    • tcostant - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      I agree – when I use to play fantasy baseball Asdrubal was hight draft pick. He shjould play well, he now doesn’t have to worried about a first round pick being attached to his free agency and if he plays well he might even end up back on this team.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        True, and now he is playing for a new contract. Lots of motivation.

  5. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I would put Ramos in 5 and then move everyone else down. Good Luck (and welcome! ) Mr Cabrera…. hopefully you will contribute positively to the game…..

    Good Luck Mr Fister and Nats Bats…

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Think I would leave Ramos in the 8 hole as he has performed well there this year. If I could make a change in the batting order tonight I’d flip Desi and Harper even though it means back to back left handed hitters with LaRoche ahead of Bryce. I’m just not a fan of Desmond hitting 5th in the lineup, he seems more productive at 6 or 7.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        See, I think bout the fact that is Ramos gets on, the pitcher has to do a perfect bunt since Wilson is kinda slow… Kinda limits options that the pitcher can do etc…

        But hopefully he will get his power soon and can bring himself home. :-)

    • bowdenball - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      I’d like Ramos to move up a bit too, but it seems like a bit of a waste for Bryce Harper and his post-ASB .420 on base percentage to be in the 7 spot.

      My preference

      Span
      Rendon
      Harper
      Werth
      LaRoche
      Desmond
      Ramos
      Cabrera
      P

      • letswin3 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        The cool thing is that most of us are wondering how we can move guys UP in the order, which tells you that the lineup is pretty good top to bottom. I waited for that lineup that included Zim since the first game of the season, and then we got it back for a few days, and then it was gone again. Now we have it almost back to those elevated levels. The beauty of it is that opposing pitchers have to decide who to pitch around, and that just ain’t easy anymore.

  6. scnatsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Let’s blow them out tonight. We get the W and the board gets to chill, a win win.

  7. tcostant - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I remember Roberto Hernandez, aka Fausto Carmona shuting us down earlier in the year in an unexpected spot start. Let’s get on track tonight/

  8. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    It wasn’t just Barrett’s hands. It was also his foot movement. And west was right. Should’ve been called before.

  9. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    I don’t know how much stock to put into this, probably none, but I was browsing Cabrera’s batter vs. pitcher stats. He has some good numbers against great pitching. 15-for-35 off Greinke, 8-for-32 off Sale, 7-for-27 off Lester, 5-for-10 off Yu Darvish. He’s 6-for-16 off AJ Burnett which is nice since we suck against him.

    Only 8-for-41 against Doug Fister though!

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      You left out that he has 2 HRs against Burnett, and 3 walks. Maybe MW will bat him cleanup tomorrow!

      Interesting that he’s mostly batted 2nd or 3rd in his career, but that probably says more about Cleveland than anything else. He is a .180 hitter batting seventh, if you believe in that sort of thing.

  10. Baseballswami - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Seems to me when the starters go long for an extended period, the relievers and pinch hitters get rusty. It’s a good news/bad news kind of thing. They need innings and at bats to stay sharp.

  11. uvadan86 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Kind of concerned about throwing Cabrera into the fire at second base right away. He has not played there since 2009. Might be nice to break him in today at short (giving Desi a day) and get at least two pre-game workouts at second before throwing him in.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      I said that shortly after the trade thinking he’d have rust. Here’s MW’s observation. I’m more worried about 6-4-3 and 4-6-3 and bag communiqué.

      “@ZuckermanCSN: Cabrera hasn’t played 2B since ’09, but after watching him take grounders today, Williams said: “It’s natural for him.””

  12. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Looks like Cabrera enjoyed facing old pal Ian Krol.

    http://m.nationals.mlb.com/wsh/video/v33888223/?query=asdrubal%2Bcabrera

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Cabrera hasn’t played 2B since ’09, but after watching him take grounders today, Williams said: “It’s natural for him.””

  14. janebeard - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Another reason to hate Joe West. And his coaches should be getting West outta Aaron’s head. West clearly wasn’t paying attention, called the balk, and then was too chicken to cop to it, and made it about Barrett. The Nats should have fixed it with Barrett. How hard would it be to just not run the kid out there when Joe is behind the plate?

    • Doc - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Leave to the evil West to try and spoil a ballplayer’s career.

      The Bear will prevail, and we shall see him again at his best in September!

      Death to evil umpires; long live the Bear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Amaro is getting crushed by the Media and Phoolies fans for making no deals. Hoping they make a trade soon off a waiver trade.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      It’s called nasic asset management. You don’t watch your inventory depreciate to zero value while paying above the margin for it. The problem becomes that you can’t move the assets because there is no market. Take the small loss early to avoid the huge loss late.

      It’s really a form of negligence what he’s doing. Glad it’s Philly.

      • rayvil01 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Basic. Arrgh

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Inventory also can become obselesent and depreciates over time and spoilage isn’t good for perishable inventory.

        Utley isn’t getting younger!

      • rayvil01 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        He is at the point of eating money to move people. So far he won’t do it. Good. Hope he continues.

  16. davecydell - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    If MushMouth had opened his mouth and let all of MLB know his opinion, Barrett would have gone back to his original pitching motion and still be here. Maybe the Nats would even have an extra win or 2.

    But those with eyes saw it coming from the Desmond “ball under the padding, HR/double craparoma”

    Anyone here pay attention to pitchers, most recently the Philly’s closer last nite.

    Evidently not all managers and GMs are quietly obedient..

    • David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      What the hell are you even talking about?

      • davecydell - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        another with his eyes closed.

      • David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Your post is literally incomprehensible. I have no idea what you are saying

      • Candide - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Thanks; I thought it was just me.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        to translate
        MM=MW=quietly obedient
        meaning he doesn’t complain to umpires for the Barrett balk call or the ground rule double call in the game vs braves earlier this season.

        Part II of MW=quietly obedient to the grand masters of the universe that control baseball and ultimately Joe West

        phillies closer also balks but evidently Phillies manager has already fought the powers so that noone can call a balk against the phillie closer

        You got to fight the power that be
        and do the right thing

  17. donniebenth - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Not sure I understand why Ramos is hitting 8th. I like his bat in the middle of the lineup and if he gets on base, he’s likely to be bunted over then asked to score from second on a single by Span… both of these things require some speed.

    I’d much rather see him at 5th, move Desi back to his more natural 6th spot and push Harper and Cabrera to 7th and 8th.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Ramos s/b 5th v RHP.

      Harper
      Werth
      Rendon
      LaRoche
      Ramos
      Span
      Cabrera
      Desmond

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        translation. throw the team under the buffalo

    • bisonaudit - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Not that the order matters a ton. Reversing Harper and Span is the biggest miss.

      • David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Span’s OBP is .349. Combined with going 20/22 in steals, he’s perfect for leadoff.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        His OBP hasn’t been that high in 5 years. Won’t be that high 2 months from now.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Also, Harper’s OBP v. RHP is .367 for his career.

  18. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    any calls to DFA Cabrera yet ?

    • Eric - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Ha!

    • Eric - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      The NI article about his arrival went up a full 5 minutes ago and he still has yet to get a hit.

      Does he have options left?

      • janebeard - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        LOL

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        not on this blog

  19. TimDz - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Man, is Fister fun to watch…..
    I would love for Rizzo to find a way to sign him long term….

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    7 pitch inning for Hernandez….yep, that’s the key to beating them….

  21. natsjackinfl - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Jayson Werth is really struggling. So is Desmond. I feel like these guys are pressing to make up for the loss of Zimmerman.

  22. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    zimmerman would have had it

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Come on Bryce, that had a lot of air under it.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Juicy pitch…

  25. scnatsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    McCatty in the second inning?

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Some on this board complain McCatty waits too long to visit the mound in these situations.

  26. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    what the hell is going on, you are suppose to kick in another gear in August Nats. I expect nats to win 3 of 4 verse Phillies. Is that unrealistic?

  27. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    come on guys, hit the damn ball verse this pitcher

  28. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Bryce got scared of the wall

    • micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      I am glad he did though

    • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      That’s what it looked like to me.

  29. stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Ready to score some runs up here in 225!

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Bwahahahahaha…. I mean you’ve gotta love seeing speedy Adam LaRoche hit a triple… :-)

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      I mean, I know they won’t score it a triple… But still… I like the triple better… :-)

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      it was his speed that caused the error

      • nattyboh - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        It actually was. If he had been any faster there would not have been a throw.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        LOL

  31. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    what did I just see, ha ha, looked like my first little league team, lol

  32. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    if #4 is here, imagine Coach Buddy after that, lol

  33. philipd763 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Desmond is trying to kill every pitch. That was Espi’s downfall.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Great at bat Desi….

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Dave with a good point that if LaRoche is running a hard 90, Asche eats that ball for a single. Shame on ALR but that’s baseball.

    Good RISP hit Desi.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Desi in the 5 spot is beginning to grow on me…

  36. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    very nice Ian, i was worried about you.. may as well enjoy tonight, i am headed on vacation tomorrow so Bowden and Wonk will have to miss me for the next week, LOL, although will watchNnats on MLB

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Alright mr Harper…. Great swing…

    I just don’t understand what situation you would ever want Bharp34 to bunt…

    • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Srsly. Maybe once or twice a year.

  38. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    oh well, a memorable at bat

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Damn, Cabrera’s at bat was so fast…. I didnt even see it…

  40. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    I would have preferred an Espinosa K

    • micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      but cabrera did have a solid hit, nice to see from the left side of the plate for a change

      • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        That was smoked.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        yes…is that Red Buttons behind home plate with the homeless guy

    • Eric - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      So…about those options…???
      ;)

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        you gotta know when to use the K offense

      • Eric - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Ha!!

  41. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    So an infield popup gets us 3 bags, but two line drives create 3 outs.

    • micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      and that is baseball, lol

      • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        GMTA.

    • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      That’s baseball, dude. Keep grinding.

  42. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Hernandez ERA over 4.00, matter of time until Nats wack him, i think

  43. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    nice play sir

  44. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    very nice Jayson

  45. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Can someone explain why the Werth Garden Gnome is all over ebay already ?
    I was in Chicago lst week and got a talking Jack Brickhouse bobblehead at Wrigley

  46. stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Crowd is incredibly sparse tonight. What’s up with that?

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      no gnome

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      good question though….maybe threat of rain ???
      oh wait, Redskins training camp, of course.

  47. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Will we ever homer again? I pick Denard Span to break the drought, because why not

  48. stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Seems like when you never rest your regulars you wind up with a whole lot of guys who are gassed, at the same time.

  49. Danny - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Where is the powah?

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      in beantown with Cespedaahhhs

      • Danny - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        I’ve got the powah dun dun dun dun dun. Yeaaaaaaaaa

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        the fisher king with Jeff Bridges

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      who’s on first ? I dont know, third base

  50. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I’m waiting for an apology from Ryan Zimmerman for pulling his hamstring…totally uncalled for.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Robbery at its best….

    • Eric - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Once, twice, three times the charm.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Just saw Matt Cain is done for the season…. Ouch…. Dodgers should win the west easily now….

    • Danny - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      He was terrible this year anyway.

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Helluva throw…..

    • Eric - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      +1!

  54. stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Seems like blue’s zone is expansive, from up here in the mezzanine.

  55. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Nats need to go to the west coast offense like the Giants (of NY)

  56. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    At the game. Radar is showing real threat of a big storm closing in. We need 2 runs NOW!

  57. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Lineouts galore.

  58. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    bad babip….instant karma gonna get you

  59. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    there are 30,000 plus tonight

    this is ridiculous, will Nats ever hit a honer again, this is not on Fister.

    • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I don’t see them. A lot of no shows.

      • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        11 in a row retired by Hernandez.

      • micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        it is less than last night, but remember, Aug 1 is the busiest vacation weekend historically, that has something to do with it, case and point, me tomorrow

  60. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I know one thing, i do not ant to hear MW’s bullcrap about there is no problem, if Nats do not get another run.

    Werth 1 for 11 since ankle, are you kidding me?/

  61. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    hernandez ERA over 4

  62. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Fister does his job again, can lame Nats offense do theirs???

  63. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    I know, harper’s young, jeez

    this would be 4 of 5 losses going into the most important part of the season and 2 at home

    last 5 games, BP falls apart and team is hitting worse than the 2007-2008 team

  64. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    this where you find out if MW is a manager or a clown

  65. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    There’s nothing more our guys can do. They’re smoking balls right at guys repeatedly. It’s not a bad approach or bad swings. There is literally nothing that can be done about it. That’s baseball.

    • micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I hope its baseball and not a downward trend, remember, Hernandaz EAR well over 4.00 5-8 record, he is not Kershaw

  66. TimDz - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Anacostia Ocean? Really Bob?

  67. micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    you just can not lose home games with a large crowd to a team 13 under 500. you can, the Zim injury is absolutely no excuse!

    • stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      What would you do?

      • micksback1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        not much during the game, but after, 2 things, I would not sugar coat it to the press, i would say I am disappointed in our effort at the plate and its unacceptable and 2, i would be up in my teams grill privately, Earl weaver style. I am not talking about the line drives, i am talking about the lame at bats and KO’s by players that should be stepping up.

        no homers in how many games, are you sh— me!!!!

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Mick,

        Glad I never played for someone like you. Do you really think these guys(Nats) are trying to strikeout or hit weak ground balls? Would you really be the kind of manager that throws his team under the bus when times aren’t very good?

        Stay on your couch with your remote control and let the professionals manage the team. The more you rant the more you confirm to me, and I suspect others, what a fool you really are.

  68. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Unreal.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    You’ve gotta be kidding me….

  70. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    ……………………………………………

  71. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I just saw the replay of Werth’s throw. Text book

  72. stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Ho-lee carp. Who’s got a solution to this?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Some of this ain’t ‘just baseball’…. As idk what the hell the approach is tonight… Yeah Nats hVe had tough luck but I don’t remember seeing anyone work a count…

      • David Proctor - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Why work the count if you can crush the ball? You don’t take pitches just to take pitches. You take until you get your pitch. They’ve been getting them and hitting them hard. You can’t aim it

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        +1

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        If you honestly think Henderdez throwing a 7 pitch inning here, or a 5 pitch inning there… Is ‘just baseball’ then I can’t help you…

        Again, the Nats had some tough luck but their approach and first pitch swinging/out was not the receipe for success…

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Was that really a 5 pitch inning….

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I’m going to be really disappointed if the Nats split this series with the phillies…

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      i’d be extatic at this point

    • karlkolchak - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Still have to face Hammels and Burnett–with the way this offense is playing they’ll be lucky to not get swept.

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Well, we’ve got some big bats coming up…. Let’s walk off here…

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Do not understand why there is no pinch runner for Adam…

  77. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    DFA, DFA

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Nah but he was supposed to be this HUGE upgrade… And he isn’t…

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        actually, i’m joking following up on my much earlier comment. It’s a nice option to have him though but wanted more too.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Lol, I get it… And I’m glad he’s on the team… He quickly absorbed what the Nats were doing tonight…. Sure he made contact but his final line was 0-4…

        I, and I hope everyone else, will wait a few more starts to really judge the trade in it’s entirety but uhm, tonight… It was no difference….

        Gosh, I miss Zimm….

  78. Danny - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Lame.

  79. karlkolchak - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    I guess with his 0-fer and making the last out Cabrera wanted to ensure he’ll fit right in with his teammates.

  80. stoatva - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Aargh.

  81. micksback1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    knoxvillenat – Aug 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM
    Mick,

    Glad I never played for someone like you. Do you really think these guys(Nats) are trying to strikeout or hit weak ground balls? Would you really be the kind of manager that throws his team under the bus when times aren’t very good?

    Stay on your couch with your remote control and let the professionals manage the team. The more you rant the more you confirm to me, and I suspect others, what a fool you really are.

    so whats with the name calling. for a fool and jackass, look in the mirror you flaming a-hole and read ones post more carefully.

    knoxville, it figures, wt and redneck I am sure

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