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Game 110: Orioles at Nats

Aug 4, 2014, 3:09 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Though they faced each other three times last month, the Nationals and Orioles knew their annual Battle of the Beltways wouldn’t be completed until tonight, when the two clubs could play their makeup game required from a rainout at Nationals Park. Baltimore took two of those first three games, so the Nats need a win tonight to ensure a series split.

We’ve got a good pitching matchup. Tanner Roark goes for the Nationals, looking to earn his 19th win in his first calendar year in the major leagues, no small accomplishment at all. Kevin Gausman, trying to emerge as the Orioles’ young ace, will face him.

Steven Souza Jr. is here, having replaced Nate McLouth (right shoulder inflammation) on the 25-man roster. Updates to come…

BALTIMORE ORIOLES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 106.7 FM, 980 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 4 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (60-49)
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 Tanner Roark

ORIOLES (62-48)
RF Nick Markakis
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
LF Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
2B Ryan Flaherty
C Caleb Joseph
RHP Kevin Gausman

UMPIRES
HP Gabe Morales
1B Paul Nauert
2B Larry Vanover (cc)
3B Vic Carapazza

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway. There are, as you’d expect a lot of Orioles fans here. Will be curious how it all shakes out once the full crowd arrives.

7:11 p.m. — And a 1-2-3 top of the first for Tanner Roark, who did it on 12 pitches. At this point, we’ve pretty come to expect it, right?

7:25 p.m. — The Nats tried to get a 2-out rally going in the bottom of the first, with Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche each singling to right. LaRoche, after hitting .159 in July, has now reached base in 6-of-14 plate appearances to begin August. That’s a good sign. But with runners on the corners, Ian Desmond took a 97-mph fastball on the outside corner from Kevin Gausman, ending a scoreless first.

7:40 p.m. — Here’s a good sign: Wilson Ramos crushed a first-pitch fastball from Gausman over the wall in right-center for his fourth homer of the season. You know Ramos is locked in when he drives a ball that way. The Nats will happily take it and a 1-0 lead after two innings.

7:48 p.m. — It’s a good night to be a No. 8-hitting catcher, apparently. Caleb Joseph answered Ramos’ solo homer with one of his own, tagging a 1-0 fastball from Roark about 8-to-10 rows up into the left-field bleachers leading off the third inning. Things could’ve been worse when Desmond booted Manny Machado’s grounder, extending the inning. But Roark needed to throw only one extra pitch, immediately getting Adam Jones to fly out. So no harm done. It’s 1-1 heading to the bottom of the third.

8:03 p.m. — Denard Span didn’t provide us any drama tonight in trying to extend his reaching base streak. He led off the third with a double to left-center, making it an even 30 games getting on base. That’s now tied for second in Nats history. Alfonso Soriano also did it in 2006, Ryan Zimmerman holds the club record at 43 games in 2009 (part of that streak included his 30-game hit streak, also a club record). Span’s latest time reaching base paid off, because after advancing to third on Anthony Rendon’s single, he scored without a throw on Werth’s sac fly to center. So the Nats are back on t0p, 2-1, after three.

8:23 p.m. — Seven of the first 16 Nats to step to the plate tonight reached safely, evidence that they’ve had Gausman on the ropes. But they can’t quite deliver the knockout punch. With runners on the corners and nobody out in the fourth, Ramos grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Yes, it scored a run to make it 3-1, but it killed any chance of a big inning. You just hope we aren’t looking back on this by night’s end as a missed opportunity. To the fifth…

8:33 p.m. — And the Orioles get another run right back when Markakis golfs a down-and-in curveball from Roark into the right-field bullpen. At first, it didn’t look like a bad pitch from Roark, but upon further review, Ramos was set up on the outside corner, so he did miss his spot by quite a bit. It’s 3-2 Nats, still a long way to go in this one.

9:10 p.m. — Chase here taking over for Mark. We are still at 3-2 after six innings, despite the Nats seeing Cabrera reach third in the bottom half of the sixth. He walked with two outs and reached third on a Ramos single to right field. Roark was up next, however, and lined out to the first baseman. There was another event of note in the top of the inning. Cruz lined out to center field as Span made a tumbling grab while running in towards the infield. In the process he cut a divot out of the grass with his knee. Werth came behind him to fix it as the crowd gave a loud applause. One out later, when the frame was over, Roark waited outside the dugout for Span to give him a high five. The crowd then gave Span a standing ovation. Very cool moment.

9:31 p.m. — The Orioles got three runs in the top of the seventh to go up 5-3 on the Nats. A pair of doubles by Hardy and Flaherty tied the game at 3-3 before a pinch-hitting Delmon Young singled home another run to make it 4-3. Ross Detwiler would come in to allow a single to Markakis before being replaced by Craig Stammen. Stammen then allowed three singles, only one to score a run. Still, the game is now 5-3 with Roark getting charged with all five runs. Span will leadoff the bottom of the seventh.

9:57 p.m. — Well, this one got sorta ugly. The Orioles added two more runs in the eighth to make it a 7-3 game. Joseph came up with the big hit this time, a two-RBI single with one out. A passed ball put both Davis and Hardy into scoring position, though, which was not good for Stammen and Ramos. Jerry Blevins came in to get the last two outs. Now the Nats have six outs to come back from a four-run deficit.

10:05 p.m. — The bottom of the eighth was not a good showing for the Nationals. Brad Brach set them down 1-2-3 in ugly fashion. LaRoche struck out swinging and Desmond struck out looking. Harper got a good piece of one, but it went straight to Markakis in right field. Blevins will go back out there to face Jones, a pinch-hitter and Davis.

10:12 p.m. — Blevins retired the O’s in order as Darren O’Day will now pitch for Baltimore. Cabrera, Ramos and a likely pinch-hitter (perhaps Souza?) are up next for the Nats.

10:18 p.m. — That’s it, Nats lose 7-3. They are now 60-50 on the season and three games up in the NL East.

281 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Deja vu, all over again.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Yep. No Souza in the startimg lineup.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    I’d call it positive movement, not fallout.

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Fallout from Steven Souza’s promotion: The Nats’ best position player prospect, Michael Taylor, bumped from Class AA to AAA.”

  4. unterp - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    lets go Nats…

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Smite the O’s!

      • natsfan1a - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        I second that emotion. Go, NATS!!

  5. sjm308 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I realize its not big news but how exciting it must be for Souza just to be back in the major league dugout.

    Hoping he will make some sort of difference but MW does not seem the type to mess with the lineups that much. Also hope like others here that McClouth will figure things out and come back to help us in Sept. as well. He was just too good a player the last two years to drop off this much.

    Go Nats!!

  6. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Matt’s a “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” kind of guy. Some have accused me of being a “fix it til it breaks” guy, but I think that’s unfair.

    • sjm308 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I have a hard time fixing a burnt out light bulb so I usually just stay in the dark.

  7. sjm308 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Just had another thought. This probably won’t happen this year but if Taylor and Souza and Harper did start in the outfield for the Nationals at any time, Harper would still be the baby of the group. It doesn’t justify him not producing but I do wish the critics would take a step back and realize just what he has accomplished at his age.

    I, for one, am ready for him to be named player of the month in August!!

    Go Nats!!

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Souza did play a lot of 1st base in A ball. Why not since RZim was the primary backup to ALR.

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Interesting: Steven Souza taking grounders at first base, with an infielder’s glove.”

  9. sjm308 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Having nothing to do with baseball, I remember reading posts that I think were after the Saturday game where good pizza was being discussed. While not a two Amy’s fan, Menomale and Pupatella are two of our 4 favorites. My old High School buddy and I spend a good deal of time looking for good beer and good pizza. Just wanted to add Pacci in Silver Spring and the Pizza Paradisio in Dupont (not G’town) as the other two to make our top 4 pizza places. Pacci does not come through with a great beer selection but the pizzas are terrific. Of those 4 we have Menomale rated tops and the others are right behind.
    Can’t wait to try the new pizzza place along with Big Stick when it opens, but I still have sentimental ties to Justin’s. We talked on Saturday about his new place and it should be fun. I think two more years and Nationals Park will be a destination not just for baseball.

    Go Nats!!

    • unkyd59 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Great pizza is an interesting concept, because there is such a wide latitude if types; thick crust, thin, hand tossed, rolled, sweet sauce or zesty, straight up mozza, or a blend of cheeses, sliced meats or crumbled…. What do you look for, 308?

      • unkyd59 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Prolly my fave ‘za closed last week… Zio’s, on Gaither Rd. off Shady Grove Rd. in Gaithersburg… 35 years (I think…). Thick crust, chunky sauce, mozza and provolone, their own meatballs and great sausage…. Oh! And you can taste the garlic! Miss them already….

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        for old time Maryland pizza, pasta plus in laurel is good but their pasta is remarkable

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        the greek style pizza you kind of describe can be had at Mathews in B’more. Opened in 1943, and the same 4 guys continue to meet there on first Tuesday of the month since 43. pizza is good for the soul

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Yeah, I was talking and always seem to be talkin pizza. You guys are most welcome to check our our pizza meetup. Always loved both Pacci’s.

      Pizza Addicts Anonymous – D.O.C.

      Takoma Park, MD
      218 Pizza Pals

      This is a group dedicated to all things pizza, from its history, to cooking, to sampling some of the best pies in the local area and beyond. It is also a support group for tho…

      Next Meetup

      Pizza Mondays at DaMarco

      Monday, Sep 22, 2014, 7:00 PM
      12 Attending

      Check out this Meetup Group →

      Maybe we can extend it to pizza/beer/nats meetup

      We just went ot Etto on 14th street. It was quite special, up there with Menomale in my humble opinion.
      Unfortunately, I don’t drink anymore, but I know craft beers are a big part of our members experiences and we thought Menomale is one of the best. These are of course Neopolitan style.
      For New York style, I’ve found nothing beats Wise Guys in this area.
      Still looking for a good chicago deep dish outside of Chicago (District of Pi being the closest).

      So much Pizza, so little time.

      • everendp - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        +1 on Wiseguys

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        and they’re open till 4 am…

  10. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Peric must be giddy.

    “The Red Sox are expected to call up outfielder Corey Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket. No official announcement yet from the team. Brown, 28, is batting .226/.294/.452 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI over 83 games this season in Triple-A. He appeared in 36 games with the Nationals from 2011-2013.”

  11. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Let’s get this one game sweep!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      +1

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Let’s go Nats!

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Nice and quick Tanner!

  14. ClementeFan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I’m beginning to wonder if Harper has an eye problem. He doesn’t seem to see the ball well. That could account for his lack of confidence. He gets rattle after strike one.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I hope JDubbs is coming out of his mini-funk…

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Come on Desi… Base hit…

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Desi swings at 2 pitches that were bull… Then let’s a fastball go right by… Unh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Too often done by many major league players.

  18. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    C’mon Ian you are becoming our rally killer. You go all in on strike one and watch strike three.

  19. Danny - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Don’t like Desmond hitting 5th

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      +1
      Bring Ramos up

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Ramos/Desmond/Harp/Cabrera

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Oh Tanner… That was hilarious… ‘I’m fine…’ But seriously, I hope he is okay, that looked like it will turn purple tomorrow.

  21. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    SPAN….Nationals MVP

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    My man Span…

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Yesssssssss……. Way to go Ramos!!!!!!

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      move him up

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Both catchers batting 8th, hitting the ball.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Ian makes up for his poor strike out by extending the third inning.

  26. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Roark bail Ian’s second bad play of the day.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Oh Desi. Luckily no damage

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Good thing Tanner got out of that one…

  29. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Span, Span, Span….Let’s here it Ghost and co.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    I feel like Tanner has been kinda lucky so far… Kinda been up.. And a lot of hard hit balls too… Hopefully, he clamps down and we score a bunch of runs..

  31. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Span double 30

  32. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    SPANDON!!

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    As much as I don’t want the line up changed, it might be time to move Rendon down to the 5 spot… *ducks flying objects*

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Don’t break up the best 1-2 punch since the George Forman grill
      Do move 249/301 Desmond down one.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      It might be time for Desmond and Harper to start crushing the ball

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        could be the next 1-2 punch.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Good going Mr Werth… Productive out…

  35. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Sac fly almost sailed on Jones

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Don’t we play the pirates soon? McCutcheon out 3 weeks to a month…. Oblique strain.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Was that possibly a result of taking a 95 mph fastball to his back on Saturday?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        I didn’t do all my research on it yet… I just saw the flash on my iPad… But you did hear that P Goldy may be out the rest of the season too…

        So about that thing called ‘get-back’…..

      • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        That plY by AC was redic!

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        He a strained oblique while swinging on a sac fly hit.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Bunt to third an easy hit

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      He will wait until the shift is off to bunt to prove he can do that

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        One might think that is true.

      • Eric - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Which one might think that?

  38. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    You have to love AC hitting approach as compared to Danny

    • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      And there u are

  39. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Jeez….if this keeps up, who sits when RZ comes back…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Whoever gets the day off. Can be any of 7 people.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Zimm at 1b: ALR off
        Zimm at 3b: Cabrera/Rendon off
        Zimm at LF: Harp/Zimm or Werth off
        Cabrera at SS: Desmond off
        Cabrera at 2B: Zimm off

        but this is unlikely…..towards the end of season, you wanna keep the groove going with your playoff lineup, unless you’ve clinched

  40. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    And thisi is why I hate having Ramos batting eighth. They probably won’t put him on, butt they could to set up the force anywhere with the pitcher up

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      well..maybe i wish they did walk him

  41. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Double play at least scored a run.

  42. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Ramos is taking 3 days off starting tomorrow on paternity leave. He’ll be back for the Braves series.

    • Eric - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Whoa…congrats Ramos! Nice little tater to celebrate and whet his appetite for his return.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      As meteorology phd advisor Wild Bill Gray told one of his students as she was preparing to complete her dissertation…
      The kid will just have to wait

    • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      For real?

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        yes, indeed, I was there..I think he was kidding but…

        Bill could have been a big league pitcher in the 40s-50s but couldn’t hit the curve.

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    That was a weird swing…

  44. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Throw the target. You miss big with a curve you are asking for a long ball.

    Just keep scoring, O’s score a lot

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    My man, Span….

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Great catch. 2nd one tonight

  46. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Is the power zone the worst graphic ever? Essentially everyone has power if you throw it down the middle.

    Carp calls Span the most underrated. P***c has to change the channel.

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    That was incredible…

    Let’s get some more runs here now guys….

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Wow Desmond….

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      He is convinced, evidence be damned, that isn’t a strike

  49. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Holy 1000 inning stat for Cabrera!!

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Come on Ramos… Crush another 1 for your baby girl.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Come on Tanner, help yourself out.

    • Eric - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Borderline robbery!

  52. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Ramos, the greatest number 8 hitter in the history of baseball,

  53. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    boy these O’s can crush it

  54. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Wow, Harper looked awful in LF. Cost us.

  55. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Did I miss something? Why didn’t MW pinch hit for Roark? Why is he still in this game on such a hot night when balls are flying?

    • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      I mean, I missed the whole game and just got home for the bottom of the sixth, but I don’t understand Roark hitting for himself.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        you are not alone

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        I’m trying to serenity now mantra but MW inaction has cost us a lot….Arrogance goes before the fall.
        He needs to study Fightin Joe Hooker at Chanclersville

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        At least get someone up after the lead off double.

  56. coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Why is it that the O’s seem to score more against us with less hits… Let’s go fellas let’s get this under wraps

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Roark has been lucky all night… He should have been pinched hit for before… But whatever, need runs….

  58. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    If we lose this game I am dinging MW. You have a chance to score a run, and you need to get Roark out of the game. Never mind pitch count, he was skating on thin ice the whole game. Two home runs + web gems…

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      ++1

    • Rick Norris - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      ^^^Agreed^^^

    • David Proctor - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Yup. It was clear as day. Roark was lucky to give up 2. To not PH is unfathomable.

      Davey used to pull guys too early. I prefer that to pulling them too late, which Matt has made a habit of.

  59. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    FP, I con’t CARE about Roark’s string of 7-inning starts. THIS was the one he needed to stop at SIX. I am so P.O’d.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      I’m not sure if I wouldn’t be so p.o.d if it wasn’t against the Angel-O’s and Buck Show-offer

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      No argument here. Needed that run.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I’m not sure about wasting Det in that situation right there… Blevins is the Loogy…

    Sigh

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Not a good night for Roark to throw a stinker.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      nor a good night for Mattie to call one.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      I called it at 730… Roark was lucky for most of the night…. A lot of hard hit balls and he was up..

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      If he was pinch hit for like I wanted 6 innings 2 runs not a bad start. MW allowed it to become bad.

  62. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Matt, do you have any plan at all here?

  63. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    And Ross comes in a gives up a hit to a lefty. And NOW MW decides to get off his butt and play attention to the game… Hopefully we will get to their bullpen. As usual, Matty is playing to win in nine, and we are screwed if it goes extras.

  64. Danny - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    This game got stinky. We are bad against the Os

  65. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Was talking to my nephew when MW decided not to pinch hit for Roark. Both said I guess he preffered Roark in the 7th more than a better chance for a run. That backfired.

    I would day MW knowing when to pull pitchers is his weakest link so far.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      and knowing how to manage a bullpen and his inability to listen to anyone except his egotistical arrogant self.
      jar head

  66. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I need an MW anger management support group
    Serenity now

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I just about blew a vein when he dawdled around pinch running for LaRoche the other night.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        rookie managers…every fan has to go thru one

      • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        I had my share in the sixties and seventies.

  67. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    “By the book.” You got that right, FP.

  68. Rick Norris - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    It seems that the one major thing that keeps The Nats from being a great team is its inability to pounce on offensive opportunities. We just don’t have that killer instinct. Getting just 1 run here or there in possible big inning situations isn’t going to cut it in big games.

    • Danny - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      It would benefit if Bryce did anything.

  69. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    This game is almost ovaaahh

  70. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    The bullpen pitchers are fading fast. They are not being over used. They are just being ineffective. Not hitting Ramos’ mitt at all.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    These guys were averaging 2 runs and all of a sudden, they get their offense back….

    Great.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Our pitchers are pitching right where the batters want it. No control.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Stammen is just throwing the ball down the middle.

    The slider is terrible tonight so why pitch it. That is just not intelligent pitching.

  73. Rick Norris - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    POUNCE.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    When Stammen’s slider isn’t working, he is ineffective…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Correct, the bullpen coach needs to let the bench know.

  75. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    No excuse for any of this. This loss is on MW. Roark should’ve been PH for. Maybe we get more runs, maybe not. Then Storen starts the inning. Maybe Storen gets beat too, but you have to have the right process.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      well said as usual

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Nicely summarized.

    • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Disagree… You’ve got a long slate of games with a pitcher at 84 pitches. He’s been lucky but you can’t expect this (considering he’s been lucky all year it feels like)

      • David Proctor - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Our bullpen is very well rested and is the 10th least used in MLB. It’s not like they’ve been taxed.

      • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Fair but the braves series matters more and you don’t want them spent before

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        No he hadn’t been “lucky” all year he’s been very good, for the most part. Tonight he has been lucky and the Nats should have pulled him after six innings. Bad decision by Williams.

  76. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Nobody up again and Stamman throwing BP

  77. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Even my 7 year old asked me why they didn’t pinch hit for Roark.

    Gotta love xbox baseball for that nugget.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      The bullpen has stunk, but at least we would have a chance to score.

      • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Bs. I’ll take a ph — storen, clip …totally diff game and our odds go up a ton

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      more xbox training for Mattie

      • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Should be mandatory.

  78. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    MW pushing all the wrong buttons. Sometimes it shows this is his first gig.

  79. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Huge play!!!

  80. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Enkew Jeebus.

  81. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    yippeeeeee….this game is not over

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    To play devil’s advocate, I guess MW felt Tanner could get the bottom of the order… But he likes to get his pitchers wins… We’ve seen this act before, so I don’t understand the surprise….

    Sometimes it works, and other times it doesn’t… Tonight, it didnt… Hopefully we can score 3 runs and hold them to no more.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Who the H… cares about giving his pitcher a win…if that’s your number one rule of management, time to get another gig

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        MW cares about getting his pitcher the win… I mean it’s not evident at this point… This isn’t the first time he has done this… Nor the 2nd or 3rd….

      • pchuck69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        AMEN! Who the he** cares who gets the win as long as the team gets the win and Matt Williams lost this game.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        Obviously you all don’t pay attention to the Nats if you have this much vehemence… Again, this isn’t the first time, second time or third that MW has done this… He said in some interviews, how he wants to leave guys in games to give them a chance to win…

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Obviously, you don’t know me and I don’t know you. Just do the right thing….I don’t give a da.. what the reason for stupidity are.
        He’ll learn and one day we’ll all be suprised.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        and yeah, we’re allowed to get po’d once in a while esp against the Angelos

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        He hasn’t ‘learned’ the first time, second, or third time… Again, if you pay attention to the Nats, you will see this is how he works…

        Being upset now kinda defeats the purpose…

        It is what it is…

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        I do follow the Nats as do you….no need to insult.
        I choose to be angry for now…don’t believe in minimizing or denying how people feel.
        Read Buck O’Neil’s the Soul of Baseball…you can learn a lot.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Insult??? Really, no…

        Again, this isn’t the first or second or third time that MW has made this decision and some of y’all are acting like it’s a new thing..

        But do your thing… Just remember this when the next time it will happen, becuz it will.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        I choose to believe Matt will learn and do the right thing (next time, good movie btw
        He’s a smart dude…He’ll learn if he wants to stay in this game and we’ll all be suprised when it happens.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Lol, and thanks for the suggestion on the reading material… It won’t do anything for me, though…

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        ok, know thyself…great book. I met Buck O’Neil a long time ago. A great man.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Since Tanner was good but dominent, it is different to me.

      Hardy went 3 for 3 off Roark, joseph had a homer, so the bottom of the order was hitting him, so I thought it was a no brainer.

      • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Bingo.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        I’m not disagreeing with you… At 730, in the 3rd inning I said Tanner has been lucky all night… And I said it later on…

        I don’t know why people are surprised… MW did the same thing last week or so with Strass…

      • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        No one is surprised, just infuriated.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      hopefully, he’ll learn
      He’s learned with other situations.
      Insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get your starter a win.
      He’s smarter than that. I think even he could not defend that non-move tonight.

    • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Roark had already qualified for the win. He had already gone six innings and would have left with the lead. Let the reliever start with a clean inning. Or, at worst, tell Roark anyone gets on base you’re out (Davey used to do that if the starter felt strongly). Meanwhile, you have now blown up the bullpen AND lost the game.

      • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        So, I’m not getting all of you who are saying MW left Roark in “to qualify for the win.” He had ALREADY qualified for the win. Pinch hit for him. He leaves with the lead. At worst, he gets a no-decision. No brainer.

        MW is at the game. He is seeing it’s hot. He is seeing balls flying out of the park. He is seeing that the only thing that kept it 3-2 is web gems by Span and Cabrera. SIX IS ENOUGH.

  83. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Cruz hit it hard , got a break.

    No we need to get off our rears and score. They got the line moving, we need to the same.

  84. Danny - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Can’t see us hitting O Day or Britton.

  85. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    U guys see stat where Cabrera ranks #1 Def at 2nd for 1000 starts?

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      1000 innings. Way different. Still good, of course.

      • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Yea oops. Still nearly a season

  86. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    feels like a braves beatin at home…except the braves stink now

  87. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    O’s RISP 4 for 6.

    Our biggest problem, we have hit too many in the air. They have hit less and found holes all over

  88. coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    84 pitches and had made it work so far… Don’t blame him for not pinch hitting with the braves coming up this week and wanting to not tax the BP (have to assume tanner is going to keep it going at 84 pitches only). The contrary just seems to be overreacting

    • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      I would however be very interested in any way we could boycott masn

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        A$$elos has already threatened to pull Nats broadcasts from MASN. Maybe, he’ll do it for us.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Up by more then 1 I agree with you but in this close game you call Souza up for that at bat

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Let’s get a few things straight, Tanner was lucky tonight.. Not dominant… Idc who the opponent next is, you play to win THIS game and MW screwed the boot by no pinch hitting for him when we needed runs…

      The BP is not over-used… Our starters have been going 7 innings for the past 6 games or so… Tonight was a prime night for them to do what they do best…

      MW screwed the pooch, it’s simple…

      • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        That next inning was more likely to follow the trend of earlier than 3 runs. I’m not saying it is overused, I’m satin by Friday it could already be stretched if we start pulling starters in the 6th. And Souza likely wouldn’t have been you’re pinch hit but I doubt he has better contact than tanner did

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Everything you just said is irrelevant as you nor I know what would have happened… We will never know since MW didnt give it a chance…

      • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        I guess so but it would seem to me the stats would favor MW’s choice… Maybe I’m wrong tho

      • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Actually no… Everything I just said is a logical forward possibility, just as pulling roark with 2 outs and runners on the corner somehow is the right choice…

      • pchuck69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Precisely. Win the game before you when you can. The Mets might beat the Nationals by 10 runs tomorrow and it won’t matter about the bullpen.

        This game was exceptionally poorly managed by Williams.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Btw, I never disagreed with the poor managing… As I’ve called MW out in a lot of his BP decisions…

        I pointed out that this isn’t the first, second, or third time he has sacrificed the team win for the pitcher win…

        It was clear, to me at least, that Tanner was lucky tonight, we needed runs and MW didnt jump on the chance to get them when he should have….

    • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      No. You win the game you have the lead in, namely, this game. If it were 3-2 O’s that’s a different story. You have the lead at the end of six, it’s a home game. PLAY FOR THE WIN.

  89. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Not a whole lot of fight after the blows step up

  90. Rick Norris - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Very good young team + Rookie manager = ?

    • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      This team is NOT that young.

      • pchuck69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Exactly.

      • Rick Norris - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        I’ll rephrase;
        Very talented average aged team + Rookie Manager = ?

  91. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    MW. Is horrible in assessing a pitchers performance. He’s just pathetic at this point. It’s sad

  92. Danny - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    We don’t have a good record against teams over 500.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Whew, the wheels are falling off now… Come on guys. Get it together… So we can win this.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    What is deal with Stammen he has done nothing in his last few appearances.

    Is he injured, or just failing to do what is expected of him?

    • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      If his slider is off he’s I affective

  95. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    The talent level of these teams is very similar. But frankly, Buck has managed circles around Matt. That doesn’t make Matt a horrible manager. It was to be expected to an extent with a rookie manager. So we just have to live with it and hope we can overcome it until Matt gets more experienced. He’s improved from Opening Day, but he has a ways to go.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      As much as I hate him this team is 8 games up with Buck at the helm

    • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      That’s spot on and fair. Still, a bit of common sense seems like it would go a long way here. I’m afraid u can’t “learn” that.

      Every blog manager here knew the deal, yet mat was clueless.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      +1

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      He’s done this before.. So yeah you do expect him to learn from it… But he seemingly hasn’t… Yet…

      Hopefully he gets these kinks worked out during the season and will be managing like a seasoned vet during the post season….

      • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        Show MW one example why we should think that….he just isn’t very aware. I’m concerned he’s not bright. When Ian has to ask if you should pinch run….

        Speaking of Ian…ugh. Espi is contagious.

      • pchuck69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        @scmargenau

        Williams isn’t very bright.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        I’m not going to say he’s not very bright…

        He’s a rookie manager that has unfortunately made the same mistake countless times… But he probably doesn’t want to be burned as he was with the JZ fiasco in Miami and the SS fiasco… And I can probably think of a few more but I won’t… Not worth it…

        As I said before, I hope he gets it together prior to any managing in October…

  96. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    This looks like 2010 vintage Stammen.

  97. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    We called it right here. MW should have gone to pen after it became clear he has no slider.

    Mismanaged.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      MW speeds up the problem by not identify problems quickly. McCatty is paid to identify this, andi know he sleeps.

      • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        I don’t know how much Matty listens to Cat. Davey didn’t, at first, and then he did.

      • pchuck69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        One of his coaches should have told him that was a good time to ph. Either the coaches don’t speak up or Williams doesn’t listen.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        We don’t know what happened Pchuck… Maybe they did.. Maybe they didnt….

  98. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Maybe they meant to put Stammen on the DL for his shoulder and put the wrong name on the sheet

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      I’ve been telling you for a while now. The slider isn’t sliding much. It’s BP out there.

  99. Danny - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Wonder which bullpen arm we’ll acquire.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Rizzo didn’t bother before.

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    What’s Blevins warming up for? Whew, this got out of hand quickly… Just not a well managed game…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Stammen way to many bad appearances lately. Is he injured or just losing it?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Prior to tonight and his last outting, he hadn’t pitched in 9 days…

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        I hate losing to the O’s more as long as we continue to be supressed by the man.

  101. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Stammen not smart enough to know his slider is terrible tonight? Is he a college grad. When you know your slider is awful why keep pitching it? That seems irresponsible to me.

    Stammen pitch awful last time against O’s too.

    The mo was on this one was lost when MW refuse to pinch hit for Roark.

    • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      I believe in our strength and our strength is our starters. It turned south but we had a lead and a 10 win pitcher going

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Starters are general strong, but seems when they are less strong, the bullpen comes in and really stink it up,

        When starters are strong, relievers in general have been in excellent.

        I hate losing to the O’s. Hate losing to the Braves more.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        I believed in Santa Claus, but that turned south when I was 10, too.

      • coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        10 is kind of late in the game buddy

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      He has no hope against this lineup throwing 91 mph fastballs.

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    The first half of the Dayton duo with a great BP session. Are you kidding me.

  103. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Is blue blind, ball 4 was way low

  104. coop202 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I’m as pissed as anyone else about this game, but I’m confused how you guys think our bench (even if you think Souza is the second coming) with two outs, the lead and a low pitch count starter to pull is the right play… It’s possible Souza is hot in his first AB but it’s just as likely he’s the 1/8 hitter we saw earlier this year (and who else are you batting here?). I don’t always support MW’s choice but I have trouble disagreeing with this one.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      different strokes…hind sight is 20/20 though.

      • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        I wouldn’t call it hindsight, as I called it as soon as I saw the situation. However, I would call it arm-chair managing, and maybe there are factors I’m not aware of. But PLEASE don’t tell me that MW has to “show confidence” in Roark. Roark has managed without that for a long time. Only a month ago his start was skipped, he had competition in spring training, etc. etc. Roark gets his confidence from himself, not from his manager.

        And, bird in hand. Now he’s got Blevins going another inning and pitching to righties… If MW is worried about the Atlanta series he is worried about the wrong games. There are (WERE) four games before that series.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Some people feel like if you don’t type it before it happene, it’s that whole ‘Monday morning QBing’ ( think that’s so dumb) but I mean it’s a blog, that is the point of a blog… To discuss stuff…

        Like people are doing tonight.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        +1

    • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      When I saw Roark coming up, I questioned it not so much because I expected the PH’er to get the run in from third, but because (a) the odds are better that he will and (b) it was clear even from the radio that six was the limit for Roark tonight. (B) was the important factor for me.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        +1

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        And look at the success rate of Tanner tonight… He wasn’t lights out, I think it was the 3rd time thru the order and the bottom of the order was killing him…

        Idk if MW is trying to stretch all the starters out to 7 and then call the BP or what… But at some point soon, I hope he learns his staff limits etc…

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        Everyone but MW saw this, however he is the only one that counts.

  105. Danny - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    LaRoche swing at ball 4-5.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Blue screwed him once. He screwed himself twice.

  106. David Proctor - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Desmond refuses to accept that pitch is a strike.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      It is one to drive to right, pull that it will be a grounder to short, hit it where they pitch it.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Ian Desmond when on, drives outer half fast balls to right. When not on he takes the dame pitch for a strikeout.

    Schu needs to work with him.

  108. dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    but against the O’s, Braves, Phils or whoever…one loss is ultimately just a loss

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Even with a loss we would be three up. But we were leading after 6 and could not hold lead. Not a good effort by pitchers tonight.

    • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Exactly. People worry too much about Atlanta. Get the win you HAVE (assuming the BP can hold a one-run lead).

  109. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    At least Harper hut it hard, ALR and Ian looked clueless (as ALR should have walked, and Ian nor interested in outer side strikes

  110. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    If those three at bats don’t get Desi a night off then what does

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Not sure what Ian was thinking tonight, those are three line drives to right when approaching batting correctly.

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Werth and LaRoche desperately in need of at least a mental day off.

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Maybe these low leverage situations are going to help Blevins get going… Every time I see MW out him out there, though, I feel like he is conceding the game…

  112. veejh - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Let’s just hope if we make it to the World Series, that the O’s don’t too.

    • Rick Norris - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      With a Rookie Manager? Dream on.

  113. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    This looks like April/May Blevins.

  114. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Well, how-dee-doo!!! Blevins getting five outs… The world is crazy.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Maybe cats and dogs will be living together
      and Espinosa will get another start for the Nats

      • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        mop up pinch hitter

  115. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    So whaddya think? Same damn lineup tomorrow (except Lobaton for Ramos)?

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      you got other ideas….. Souza for Werth ???

      • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        I would.

  116. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    O’ Day hasn’t pitched in 9 days so we should hit him like Stammen got hit last time and this time.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Maybe Desi needs a day off…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Or just play to his ability.

  118. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    People used Stammen 9 day break as his excuse. o’day looks fine on 9 day break, so that was just BS by excuse makers.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Well I hope it is 9 days until I see him again

      • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Ha! MNF u r soon right! Too many fanboys!

  119. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I stayed up to watch Souza hit for Blevins. Perfect end.

  120. stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Yeah, Espinosa hitting lefty is the way to close this one out, for sure.

  121. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I’m concerned that we play poorly vs teams over .500. It’s foreshadowing….

    • dcwx61 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      like the Giants and Reds

  122. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Blog do to break any second. I can feel it!

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Het wordpress held up tonight maybe that was the problem

  123. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Shocker Danny

    • stoatva - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      :-0

      That’s my shocked face.

  124. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    And I will not credit the O’s for hitting BP… Sorry, they should be doing that… I bet if their BP was giving it to us, we would be doing the same thing…

    Stammen’s slider was ineffective… Saw that 3 pitches in… But MW left him out there…

  125. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Espinosa up to his usual. Swinging at balls.

    Why can’t he learn the strike zone?

    • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Why do u ask? It’s like MW not knowing when to pull a pitcher. Stop thinking Danny will EVER change.

      #excerciseinfutility

    • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      He needs to go to winter ball and just abandon left handed hitting or he is going nowhere expect farther down the bench

  126. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Between FP and Holiday I keep hearing false info, We are not done with the AL

    • scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Ultimate fanboys

      • scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Give them credit they see good things in a loss

  127. scmargenau - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I wanna punch Johnny

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